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Although the new US embassy opened in Jerusalem a fortnight ago, I did not have time to sort through links and tweets of the event until now.

Background

During his presidency, Bill Clinton pledged to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Subsequent presidents did, too, but only President Donald Trump actually followed through.

On December 5, The Conservative Treehouse posted on this historic move (emphases mine below):

In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, requiring the movement of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The act said that Jerusalem should be undivided and be recognized as the capital of Israel. The legislation passed 93-5 in the Senate, and 374-37 in the House of Representatives. (link)

Following passage, all subsequent Presidents never carried through with the law; each signing national security waivers to delay moving the U.S. Embassy.

The most recent waiver lapsed at midnight last night; President Trump did not extend another waiver. It is now reported that President Trump has been in discussions with various mid-east leaders to notify them of his plan to follow through on the Jerusalem Embassy Act with a six month phase-in. President Trump will deliver a speech tomorrow outlining the plans …

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) applauded the move. Note how long ago the move was to have taken place:

Trump met with a lot of opposition, the rationale being that a move to Jerusalem would exacerbate the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The pope publicly expressed his ‘deep worry’.

On December 6, President Trump held a press conference to say, in part:

Presidents issued these waivers under the belief that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace. Some say they lacked courage, but they made their best judgments based on facts as they understood them at the time. Nevertheless, the record is in. After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.

Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.

Promises made, promises kept:

On December 18, Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have nullified Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. She said, in part:

I have been the proud Representative of the United States at the United Nations for nearly a year now. This is the first time I have exercised the American right to veto a resolution in the Security Council. The exercise of the veto is not something the United States does often. We have not done it in more than six years. We do it with no joy, but we do it with no reluctance …

It is highly regrettable that some are trying to distort the President’s position to serve their own agendas.

What is troublesome to some people is not that the United States has harmed the peace process – we have, in fact, done no such thing. Rather, what is troublesome to some people is that the United States had the courage and honesty to recognize a fundamental reality. Jerusalem has been the political, cultural, and spiritual homeland of the Jewish people for thousands of years. They have had no other capital city. But the United States’ recognition of the obvious – that Jerusalem is the capital and seat of the modern Israeli government – is too much for some.

On December 21, a vote came up before the UN General Assembly. Only eight countries stood with the United States: 128 nations voted against. Haley said, in part:

When we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our good will is recognized and respected. When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization, that nation is disrespected. What’s more, that nation is asked to pay for the “privilege” of being disrespected …

The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation. We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations. And we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.

America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do, and it is the right thing to do. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that.

But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN. And this vote will be remembered.

On Christmas Eve, Guatemala decided to move their embassy to Jerusalem.

On December 27, The Daily Caller reported that a proposed new railway station in Jerusalem might be named after Trump:

The nation’s transportation minister Israel Katz said Wednesday that the station, if approved and built, will be a thank you to Trump for his “courageous and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.”

The run-up to the new embassy

In April, Trump congratulated Israel on her 70th anniversary as a nation:

On April 24, he said:

Trump did not attend. First Lady Melania Trump underwent a previously scheduled procedure on her kidney on Monday, May 14, the day of the embassy’s opening. He also rescheduled a fundraiser which was to have taken place that day.

One week earlier, the White House announced the delegation headed to Jerusalem. The Washington Free Beacon reported:

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will lead the delegation to Jerusalem for the May 14 events.

Joining Sullivan will be Ambassador David Friedman, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not attend.

Meanwhile, in Israel that day:

The excitement continued. By May 10, Israelis showed their enthusiasm for Trump:

A commemorative coin went on sale, marking Israel’s 70th anniversary and the embassy’s move. It compares President Trump to King Cyrus.

On Friday, May 11, Trump tweeted:

That day, the State Department issued a statement about the dedication ceremony, adding:

While in Jerusalem as the Head of Delegation, Deputy Secretary Sullivan will also meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General Yuval Rotem, and members of both our Embassy and Consulate General staff.

Preparations in Jerusalem continued:

Fox News’s Judge Jeanine Pirro went to Jerusalem and interviewed locals and tourists. Most were overwhelmingly pro-Trump. One man said:

He’s a strong man. He knows what he’s doing.

Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was annoyed with CNN’s criticism of the embassy move:

Ivanka Trump said:

.: “With great joy, I am returning to Jerusalem. I am honored to join the distinguished delegation representing President Trump, at this momentous ceremony commemorating the opening of our new US Embassy in , Israel.”

Sunday, May 13, was Jerusalem Day:

The American delegation arrived:

Before streets shut down:

This video has more on the Israeli bikers.

Excitement continued to build:

May 14, 2018 — opening day of the new embassy

The new — albeit temporary — embassy opened on Monday, May 14.

The ceremony was in the afternoon, Jerusalem time, 9 a.m. EST in the US.

The Jerusalem Post‘s front page is memorable. The paper’s poll said that two-thirds of Israeli Jews support the move. Also read their editorial ‘NO HOLDS BARRED: Jerusalem on fire with gratitude to President Trump’.

The White House issued a statement about the new embassy.

Reporters and guests gathered:

Below are tweets from the dedication ceremony (full video here):

Pastor Hagee delivered the Benediction. Pastor Robert Jeffress also offered a prayer:

Trump appeared via video link:

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is standing next to Ivanka Trump:

That evening, other commemorative events and speeches took place:

The vice president gave a speech via video link:

In closing, this is what Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Missouri) had to say:

It is probably the one time he has ever truly agreed with Trump. (Why can’t Trump get more appointees through? Mitch is stalling!)

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Friday’s post provided background to the Russian dossier.

Today’s post looks at the memo from Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina) about the dossier. A second version — less redacted — appeared on Tuesday, February 6.

First, this is the current state of play with FBI and DOJ employees involved with the dossier:

On December 7, 2017, Fox News had more on Bruce Ohr’s demotion (emphases mine):

Until Wednesday morning, Bruce G. Ohr held two titles at DOJ: associate deputy attorney general, a post that placed him four doors down from his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a program described by the department as “the centerpiece of the attorney general’s drug strategy.”

Ohr will retain his OCDETF title but has been stripped of his higher post and ousted from his office on the fourth floor of “Main Justice.”

Initially senior department officials could not provide the reason for Ohr’s demotion, but Fox News has learned that evidence collected by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., indicates that Ohr met during the 2016 campaign with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the “dossier.” 

Also:

According to congressional sources, Simpson and Ohr met sometime around Thanksgiving last year, when President-elect Trump was in the process of selecting his cabinet, and discussed over coffee the anti-Trump dossier, the Russia investigation and what Simpson considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory.

How exactly Simpson and Ohr came to know each other is still being investigated, but initial evidence collected by the House intelligence committee suggests that the two were placed in touch by Steele, a former FBI informant whose contacts with Ohr are said by senior DOJ officials to date back to 2006.

A man by the name of Carter Page was used as the excuse to spy on Donald Trump. He very briefly volunteered for the Trump campaign but, contrary to what the media say, was not his foreign affairs adviser:

Christopher Steele, the former MI-6 spy, was responsible for that:

Steele was well known to the FBI:

Some at the FBI were heavily involved with Hillary Clinton’s campaign:

The Conservative Treehouse points out the the DOJ was only interested in this state of affairs when Inspector General Michael Horowitz found out (purple highlights mine):

Proving, once again, this is a well thought-out strategy, Chuck Grassley’s newest partly declassified version of the Graham-Grassley memo highlights the DOJ didn’t care about Bruce Ohr meeting with Christopher Steele until Inspector General Michael Horowitz found out.

Page #5 of the Grassley Memo (pg. 7 pdf), highlights the FBI interviewed DOJ Deputy Attorney Bruce Ohr on November 22nd, and December 12th, 2016 [FD-302 Interview Notes], yet didn’t take any action about their discoveries until Inspector General Michael Horowitz found out and revealed the interviews on December 7th, 2017.

Based on what we know to date, the following tweets suggest how the dossier was most likely compiled:

Interesting:

But who is Cody Shearer?

Egads!

You could not make this up!

Conclusion:

Yes, indeed.

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