The Christmas Spirit

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Mike Luckovich)

In other news, the federal government posted a $209 billion deficit in November, up from $205 billion in November of 2018.

Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve has stopped cutting interest rates and does not expect to cut rates again in 2020. Those plans could obviously change if Trump widens his trade war again.

Finally, the Justice Department's inspector general told Congress today that his office is investigating leaks from the FBI's New York office to Trump's henchman Rudy Giuliani.

The Justice Department’s watchdog told Congress that he has an ongoing investigation into what appears to be leaks from agents in the New York FBI field office to Rudy Giuliani about the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016.

“We were very concerned about that,” Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. “This continues to this day, we are investigating those contacts.”

The leaked information and threats of more leaks played a role in prompting then-FBI Director James Comey to announce the Clinton email investigation was being re-opened just days before the 2016 election. Clinton and her supporters have long contended that Comey’s decision played a role in her defeat.

“Rudy Giuliani and others appeared to receive highly sensitive leaks from the New York FBI field office -- leaks that likely contributed to Director Comey’s public announcement that he was re-opening the Clinton investigation just days before the election,” Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont said.