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Kellyanne Conway on Fox: Joe Biden’s Now Viewed as Hunter’s Dad Rather Than Obama’s VP

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Campaign manager of President-elect Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, talks to other guest after attending services at St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

 

 

The Democratic Party has really done Joe Biden a disservice.

As 2020 looms and their chances of success remain seriously dubious, rather than focusing on providing someone America would want to elect, they’re stuck in Revolt mode.

Apparently distracted by anti-Trump furor, those across the aisle are still trying to undo 2016.

If they continue, they’ll revolutionize themselves all the way to a second November loss.

This seems obvious.

Evidently, it ain’t.

And as they attempt a dragging of Trump over Ukraine, they’re slogging poor Joe Biden through the mud.

And there go his chances of a win.

But is there more to it? Kellyanne Conway thinks so, as she explained to Fox News show Sunday Morning Futures.

Kellyanne makes quite the interesting observation: Despite Joe’s fantastic cred as the former Vice President of the United States, due to the Dems’ impeachment mania, America now sees Biden, not as a man with a gold star on his CV, but rather, as Hunter Biden’s father.

So goodbye, resume.

As reported by Bloomberg, “[H]unter Biden is stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company and promising to forgo all foreign work if his father is elected president.”

But to Kellyanne, he’s tardy to the max — it’s something he “should have done…quite a while ago.”

Kelly asked:

“Why isn’t Biden on top of the polls, just by saying, ‘I’m going to bring us back to the Obama years?’ Let’s keep Biden in there, because Biden made a huge mistake.”

And here’s the bottom line:

“He’s now seen in the news as Hunter Biden’s father, not as Barack Obama’s vice president.”

Man — Obama’s the Dems’ most exalted leader, and here’s his Number 2 ready to lay down some serious electoral wizardry. But he’s being cut off at the knees.

And Donald Trump doesn’t mind helping:

Kelly had another question:

“Where is President Obama? Why isn’t he out there supporting the man who served as his vice president for eight years?”

Where, indeed.

Former Vice President Joe’s turning into Joe Schmo.

And Trump’s set to win the White House onceschmo.

-ALEX

 

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Whoa, Nelly: A New Poll Sees Elizabeth Warren Hoof It Past Joe Biden In The Race For 2020 Glory

Joe Biden Rats Out Hillary: He Told Her How To Handle The ‘Access Hollywood’ Thing, But She Ignored Him

Joe Biden OverWoking It: Illegal Immigrants ‘Become American’ Before Many ‘Americans Become Americans’

 

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Ted Cruz Goes Up Against Trump’s Call for China to Investigate the Bidens: ‘Foreign Governments Should Stay Out’

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[Screenshot from Face the Nation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICke5cvgbOY]

 

On Sunday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had critical words for Donald Trump over his call for a Chinese investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden.

Earlier in the month, the President suggested, “China should start an investigation into the Bidens.”

From Fox News:

[Trump] said he hadn’t previously asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to investigate the former vice president and his son Hunter, but it’s “certainly something we could start thinking about.”

On CBS program Face the Nation, Ted was asked if the idea was kosher.

The senator was clear:

“Of course not. Elections in the U.S. should be decided by Americans, and it’s not the business of foreign countries, any foreign countries, to be interfering in our elections.”


Many in the GOP have downplayed the Commander-in-Chief’s remarks, but Ted shot straight — he sees it all as electoral interference.

He reiterated:

“[F]oreign countries should stay out of [U.S. elections]. That’s true for Russia, that’s true for Ukraine, that’s true for China, that’s true for all of them. It should be the American people deciding elections.”

Nevertheless, Donald’s keeping the fires burning:

Ted’s less than impressed by Trump’s international comments on the Bidens, but he’s open to the Justice Department doing its job:

“I have long advocated that the Justice Department should enforce the law, should investigate corruption, should investigate violations of law, regardless of party. … If there’s credible evidence of a violation of law, yes, they should investigate. And I’ll tell you what I have called for: I think President Trump wisely released the transcript of his conversation with the Ukrainian government. I think that was good, because a lot of what the Democrats had been raising, alleging an illegal quid pro quo, was not, in fact, backed up by the transcript. But I think, actually, the administration should do the exact same thing for Joe Biden — that it should release the transcripts of Joe Biden’s conversations with Ukraine — use the same standard for President Trump and Joe Biden, and let the American people read the transcripts and decide.”

-ALEX

 

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Pow! Ted Cruz Mercilessly Lays Out Bernie Sanders Over His Pro-China Comments

Alyssa Milano Meets ‘Caricature Of A Villain’ Ted Cruz To Find Out If He’s ‘Really A Human With A Heartbeat’

Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz Announce New Legislation Allowing Victims Of Violence To Sue Sanctuary Cities

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NY Times Writer Acknowledges the Existence of a Deep State, But Makes One Key Distinction

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Not even New York Times columnist James B. Stewart can disagree there exists in America an anti-Trump deep state which has worked tirelessly to rid the country of this President. In fact, he’s written a book about it which is aptly titled, “Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law.”

We’ve been aware of the deep state’s existence for years, but prior to the stunning victory of Donald J. Trump in November of 2016, it had always operated quietly beneath the surface of the Washington establishment. Rocked by the reality of a President Trump, the deep state has come out of the shadows and into the mainstream. Since Trump’s election, it has labored relentlessly and unabashedly to undermine his presidency every step of the way.

Stewart admits that the deep state is alive and well and living in Washington, D.C. However, rather than viewing it as something anti-American or sinister, he believes it’s actually a positive force that’s “protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution.”

He portrays the men, women and institutions of the deep state as saviors of our fragile democratic republic. They are doing a service to the country by trying to rid us of this lawless, thuggish outsider who is destroying America. The fact that Trump won a fair election, accumulating over 300 electoral votes, is not even a consideration.

Stewart appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” last week and spoke to host Savannah Guthrie to promote his new book. The brief clip can be viewed here.

Guthrie says to Stewart, “Deep state is one of those phrases that really wasn’t in our political lexicon until a few years ago with President Trump. And his central allegation is that there are people inside these government agencies actively working against him. What did you find?”

Well, you meet these characters in my book, and the fact is, in a sense, he’s right. There is a deep state…there is a bureaucracy in our country who has pledged to respect the Constitution, respect the rule of law. They do not work for the President. They work for the American people. And, as Comey told me in my book, ‘thank goodness for that,’ because they are protecting the Constitution and the people when individuals – we don’t have a monarch, we don’t have a dictator – they restrain them from crossing the boundaries of law. What Trump calls the deep state in the United States is protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution. It’s a positive thing in this sense.

While it sounds surreal to hear anyone voicing such a farfetched opinion, Stewart sounds as if he really believes in what he’s saying. He truly sees himself and the others fighting to “overthrow” President Trump as the “good guys.” I used to imagine that Democrats knew they were telling lies, but now I think they have all convinced themselves that their perception of events is the truth.

Next, the two discuss how the term “deep state” has become “pejorative.” Stewart explains, “Well, it’s pejorative because of how it was treated in Turkey and Egypt, with a deep state of people who were protecting their own power. What Trump calls the “deep state” in the United States,” according to Stewart, “is protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution. It’s a positive thing in this sense.”

No, actually James the people of the deep state are trying to protect their own power in the same way the Turks and the Egyptians did. It is not their job to second guess or to undermine the President’s lawful orders. Rather, it is their job to implement those orders.

Next Guthrie says, “It always was assumed, fairly or unfairly, that Republicans were the party of law enforcement. And just yesterday on “Meet the Press” you had Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, saying he doesn’t really trust the FBI, he doesn’t trust the CIA, now he named in particular, individuals, McCabe, Comey, those folks. But what do you think about this larger development that there’s questioning of these very institutions, what does that mean for those institutions?

And Stewart replies:

Well, it’s historically unprecedented and it’s very dangerous. The reason they’re being attacked is the Justice Department and the FBI are independent. For good reasons. They may be called upon to investigate, as they did, the White House. They do not answer to the President, even though he appoints them. And for them to be branded, as Trump has, as traitors, to alienate them, has struck terror into many of these people. Many of the people I have talked to, they’re terrified. They’ve been branded as traitors, the penalty for traitors is the death penalty.

Please! How many times have the Democrats and the media branded Trump as a traitor? Even after the Mueller report came out, former CIA Director John Brennan told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” that he stands by his earlier statement. He said, “I called [Trump’s] behavior treasonous, which is to betray one’s trust and aid and abet the enemy, and I stand very much by that claim.” President Rep. Eric Swalwell once said Trump was an agent “working on behalf of the Russians.” Let’s not even get started on the comments of Nancy Pelosi or Adam Schiff. It wouldn’t take long to make a list of 100 times a leftist has called Trump an agent of Russia or a traitor.

Asked by Guthrie what the current mood is inside the intelligence agencies, the FBI, now that there are whole groups of people who look at them askance and they say, “Wait a minute, whose side are you on here?,” Stewart responded:

Well, morale has been devastated. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve been inside there, it is terrible. These are people who don’t make a whole lot of money but they dedicated themselves to public service, and they were treated like local heroes. Now, there’s a huge faction of the population that thinks they’re the enemy of the people, that they’re traitors, that they’re doing something sinister, that they’re conspiring against the White House. That is unfair, it’s untrue, but it has had a terrible toll on the people there…There’s a lot of damage, it’s gonna be lasting for many years. But it’s something I hope the American people will take into consideration when they decide who to support. How important the  and who is going to be able to restore the integrity of these institutions.

Is it really unfair or untrue? Where were the whistleblowers inside of these organizations when the FBI was submitting unlawful applications based on a bogus, unverified dossier, which the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign paid a foreign spy to produce? And that foreign spy paid other foreigners to provide material they hoped would end Donald Trump’s candidacy or else provide cause to remove him from office in the remote event he might win. All of those with knowledge of this activity who remained silent are guilty.

How important is the rule of law is to this country? It sure wasn’t important to James Comey when he told President-elect Trump in January of 2017 that there was a “salacious and unverified” dossier out there about him, which was the same “Verified” document he presented to the FISA Court just two and a half months earlier as evidence that the FBI needed a warrant to surveil Carter Page.

Nor was it important to Comey when he gave copies of his memos to his law professor friend to leak to the New York Times after he’d been fired in the hopes it would trigger the appointment of a special counsel.

Or when Rod Rosenstein, angry that Trump had portrayed the memo he had written, upon Trump’s insistence, which made the case for Comey’s firing, made his game-changing decision to appoint a special counsel. And not just any special counsel, but the highly partisan, conflicted Robert Mueller.

Once Democrats began to see Trump as a threat to a Hillary Clinton victory, the creatures of the deep state banded together and homed in on Trump like maggots to a corpse. And they have maintained maximum pressure on Trump and his administration on a daily basis ever since.

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Beto’s Problems are Exclusively Financial, so He Needs You to Send Him $2 Million – Pronto

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On Friday, Beto O’Rourke revealed his third quarter campaign take: $4.5 million.

That was nearly a cool mil more than quarter 2.

Still, his Democratic adversaries raised more.

O’Rourke took to the webwaves for an urgent plea: Send money, pronto.

He needs this “breakthrough.” STOP.  Send cash. STOP. Blessings await. STOP.

Or maybe just stop?

No way — the punk rocker expressed optimism about the campaign’s “wonderful trajectory” and expectations of snagging California, Nevada, and Texas for the nomination.

He’s got a “path”:

“We have a path to the nomination — and through that, a path to the presidency — but at this moment we’ve got to break through. So, I need everyone’s help, doing everything that they can…to make sure that you make this commitment now. There is no later moment to do it. It must happen now if we’re going to make the most of this moment, of the momentum that we have, of this wonderful trajectory that we’re on.”

Back to that 4.5, in his race against Ted Cruz, Beto broke the record for contributions in a single quarter, making the books with $38.1 million.

Ted — who won — only raised 12, but that was still the third-highest senate fundraising for that quarter.

I’m no mathematician, but perhaps Beto’s problem isn’t cashflow.

Then again, what do I know? So he needs $2 million over the next six weeks.

“If we’re going to take this campaign to the next level and move up in the standings, we are going to need your help right now. I often say this is a critical moment for the country, and now it’s a critical moment for the campaign too.”

He’s ready to let people know him:

“We believe we have the right message. But we need a monumental amount of money this month to make sure we get on that debate stage in November, reach out to folks who don’t know us yet, pay for our ads, grow our organizing team, and all the other ingredients we need to get right so we can win this thing.”

I’m just spitballing here, but it may be that folks already know about him, and that’s why he’s at 2% — they know he’s the millionaire inheritor who’s going to seek and destroy privileged wealth (here), he’s the one who said anything less than him isn’t good enough for the country (here), he’s the guy who blamed them and their lives of “excesses” for illegal immigration and starving Central Americans (here), he’s the guy who tried to show he was like them by conspicuously changing a tire without a speck of sweat or grease and his shirt tucked in (here), and he’s the thief who’s literally promised — complete with T-shirts — to steal their hunting rifles just ’cause (here). And if he doesn’t know those are hunting rifles (here), then he’s the guy who’s too inept to find out about the very thing he’s willing to forcibly take from millions of Americans’ homes.

And, as reported by the Catholic News Agency, he’s also this guy:

On Thursday night, during and Equality Townhall hosted and broadcast on CNN, Robert Francis O’Rourke, a former congressman, was asked by CNN anchor Don Lemon if he thought that “religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities, should they lose their tax exempt status if they oppose same sex marriage?”

O’Rourke answered “yes,” and after applause and cheers from the crowd, added, “there can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break, for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us. And so, as president, we’re going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”

Nevertheless, he insists he’s the only “candidate in this field who can compete in blue states and in red states…”

Beto’s ready to fulfill his promises.

And all he needs is $1 million for each percentage point in the polls.

He inherited millions of dollars; he married into half a billion dollars; and he raised over $40 million for a campaign that never got there. But he needs you to send him $2 mil so he can steal from you.

Politics is a very strange place.

But it looks to be good work if you can get it.

-ALEX

 

 

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NSC Staffer is Revealed as Whistleblower’s Likely Informant; White House Decides to Cut NSC Staff

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On Friday, a source told Fox News that a National Security Council (NSC) staffer had spoken about Trump’s July 25th phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “multiple” people outside of the NSC, and had characterized the call as “outrageous.” This occurred before the whistleblower’s complaint had been submitted. This development had been reported to then-senior National Security Council (NSC) leadership.

According to Fox:

The development comes as Fiona Hill, a former special assistant to the president who worked on European and Russian affairs, is set to give a deposition next week. Fox News has reached out to Hill for over a week with questions about whether she helped prep for the July 25 call or received any readout of the call.

Hill departed the White House in July, after working under ex-National Security Advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton.

Separately, President Trump’s new National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien, appeared on Fox Business News’ Lou Dobbs on Thursday and said he plans to reduce the number of staff members of the National Security Council over the next 15 months to about 100 from the current level of 178. O’Brien said that the Obama administration had over 200 staffers on its NSC while the George W. Bush administration had only 100. He told Dobbs that, “It just ballooned into a massive, you know, bureaucracy…under the last administration. We want to bring it back to historic levels. We think we can be more efficient and better serve the President with that sort of a streamlined organization.”

O’Brien said the cuts would happen through attrition. He explained that “most of them are detailed from agencies, from the DOD, from various branches of the military, from the State Department.”

Considering that the most recent leak from an NSC staffer resulted in the whistleblower’s complaint which has become the basis of the Democrats’ bogus impeachment inquiry, Trump is obviously concerned.

However, a senior administration official said Friday that O’Brien’s planned staff reduction was unrelated to the leaks. That seems rather unlikely. A smaller staff would be in the administration’s best interest as it would make members a bit more accountable and leakers somewhat easier to find.

On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the whistleblower’s attorneys asked lawmakers if, instead of appearing before Congress in person,  their client might answer questions in writing. So far, there has been no response.

Their source said the whistleblower’s attorneys fear that Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee would leak their client’s identity.

Several ideas have been tossed around about how to protect the whistleblower’s anonymity such as having him or her “appear remotely and using technology like voice modulation software to conceal his identity.”

Other ideas involve the use of secure rooms called Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, or SCIFs. The source said that “while those rooms are available on Capitol Hill, appearing there likely would pose additional challenges to protecting the whistleblower’s anonymity given the number of people, especially reporters, in the halls of Congress. One alternative that has been discussed is using a SCIF at an executive branch agency, people familiar with the matter said.”

Given how significantly the whistleblower’s case has unraveled over the last couple of weeks, I think we should dispense with the term “whistleblower.” Like Christine Blasey-Ford, he or she is a tool of the Democratic Party.

The Democrats’ protection of this individual stands in sharp contrast to their Stalinesque treatment of the President. Even the accused have rights in the U.S. justice system. The Confrontation Clause in the Sixth Amendment “provides that a person accused of a crime has the right to confront a witness against him or her…as well as the right to cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses.” House Democrats have accused our President of an offense that falls into the category of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” He is entitled to a defense and he deserves to confront his accuser.

 

(Relevant segment begins at 3:55.)

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John Hayward Absolutely Nails the Stakes of 2020, Conservatism, and Donald Trump

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As we deal with impeachment fever, the coming election, and the absolute insanity coming from the Democratic party, all these different factors have left gaping holes between most conservatives and the beltway class that claims the same general ideology. Obsessions over decorum vs. results have become the major dividing line. When Trump cussed at his rally the other night, I didn’t even have to open Twitter to know exactly who would rush to virtue signal their disapproval. Other’s simply didn’t care because they see a far more dangerous threat from the Democratic party in 2020 than Trump’s filthy mouth.

The differences seem almost not reconcilable at this point, with some former conservative icons like George Will actively stumping for a Democrat victory. It’s no coincidence that people like Will have the least to lose in that scenario.

That leads me to this thread Mollie Hemingway shared yesterday. It’s written by John Hayward and perfectly captures the angst and thinking behind much of the support for Trump.

I’m going to lay it all out here to digest.

I’ll cut in here to say this is exactly correct. While NE corridor conservatives thumb their noses up at those icky evangelicals (and Christians in general who support Trump), they never stopped to consider the actual realities at play. The “culture wars” are not a new thing and conservatives got their clock cleaned during the Obama years. It’s only gotten worse under Trump, as trans issues and the absolute insanity of the LGBTQ lobby have taken hold.

Christians didn’t vote for Trump and don’t support Trump now because they are hypocrites. They are doing it for self-survival. We just had a 2020 Democrat candidate vow to punish churches who don’t support same-sex marriage. Not only that, everyone in the audience cheered wildly at the idea. Not a single legacy media outlet pushed back, nor did any of the other candidates.

There is never going to be a line. They are never going to stop. That’s why so many saw Trump winning, and by virtue saving the courts, as so important. George Will may not be affected, but millions of Americans feel that weight.

Let’s continue.

Exactly. Conservatism isn’t just a “principle” or ideology. It’s the act of actually trying to conserve something. Any Republican that is actively throwing the game because they suppose it makes them moral or virtuous isn’t conserving anything. Perhaps they can feel some personal good about that, but they also don’t get to obscure the realities of their decisions.

There’s no better evidence for this than how much conservatives have continued to lose the culture wars no matter who is President. The judiciary is the last line of defense. There is no backup plan, no valient media riding in on a white horse to finally sway public opinion in a fair way. So some anti-Trump conservatives can “muh judges” all they want. It’s those judges that will ensure we have even a fighting chance over the next several decades.

Again, the left are not going to stop. It’s just a few years ago that it was considered a conspiracy theory to think Democrats might strip churches of tax exemption over teaches on homosexuality. How’s that worked out? Heck, we’ve went from “we aren’t going to take your guns” to “we support federal confiscation programs” in a matter of months.

The problem is that there are a sizable amount of conservative influencers who’ve grown fat and happy in the Acela Corridor that are perfectly fine with their profession becoming even more niche. They think they can ride the lightening and come out unscathed on the other end. I think they are mistaken.

Look, at this point, what Hayward is saying wont move the needle with these people, but it still needs to be said. If they want to sit on the sidelines, fine. What they don’t get to do is work to get a Democrat elected and then rejoin the party in 2021 as thought leaders. They don’t get to pretend the consequences they are cheering on don’t actually exist. They will have no grounds to complain about anything the left does and as I’ve said now three times, the left are not going to stop.

If a conservative is going to go out on Twitter and wring their hands over that CNN LGTBQ+ whatever town hall last week, then they should be ready to do something to stop it from becoming a reality. If they aren’t, then they aren’t conserving anything. They are just keeping faux religious tenants. We’ve got real religions for that.

Battles don’t wait for you to feel good enough about your own side to fight them.

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Here We Go, Rudy Giuliani is Under Investigation for Foreign Lobbying Disclosure Violations

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The New York Times reports that President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is under investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan for foreign lobbying disclosure violations. The charges stem from his efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, as well as the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who was recalled in May, two months earlier than scheduled.

U.S. law requires American citizens to disclose to the DOJ “any contacts with the government or media in the United States at the direction or request of foreign politicians or government officials, regardless of whether they pay for the representation.”

Sources told the New York Times that this is related to the Wednesday night arrests (for campaign finance violations) of the two Ukrainian-American men who had allegedly helped facilitate Giuliani’s investigation of the Bidens and Ms. Yovanovitch.

Giuliani has denied wrongdoing. He has openly discussed his efforts to investigate the Bidens’ dealings in Ukraine and Ms. Yovanovitch’s efforts to undermine Trump in her capacity as the U.S. ambassador. He points out that he is the President’s attorney, and he works to defend his client.

When questioned by the Times, Giuliani said, “Look, you can try to contort anything into anything, but if they have any degree of objectivity or fairness, it would be kind of ridiculous to say I was doing it on [former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy] Lutsenko’s behalf when I was representing the President of the United States.”

Mr. Giuliani also told the Times he was unaware of any investigation into him, and “he defended the pressure campaign on Ukrainians, which he led, as legal and above board.” (This is not a direct quote from Giuliani, it is the Times’ version of what he said to them. I don’t believe Giuliani would characterize his actions as a “pressure campaign” on Ukrainians.)

Giuliani, who led the SDNY throughout much of the 1980s, has now become their target.

The Times’ piece can be viewed here. But, I must caution you, throughout the article, the writers leap to political conclusions that have not yet been established, which is to be expected from this newspaper.

For example, they write, “The associates were charged with funneling illegal contributions to a congressman whose help they sought in removing Ms. Yovanovitch.”

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman made contributions to multiple candidates and political action committees, one of which was a $20,000 donation to former Rep. Pete Sessions’ (R-TX) 2018 campaign. The Times portrays it as if this was their sole transaction. The men have merely been charged and while help in removing Ms. Yovanovitch may have been the motive behind this contribution, it has not been proven. Until then, it remains an allegation.

Knowing that House Democrats are now exploiting the recall of Ms. Yovanovitch in their impeachment inquiry, the authors have given this subject top billing in their article, when the main focus of Giuliani’s investigation was the Bidens.

They write, “Mr. Lutsenko had sought to relay the information he had collected on Mr. Trump’s targets to American law enforcement agencies and saw Mr. Giuliani as someone who could make that happen.” The inference was that Lutsenko was trying to violate a law by giving this information to the U.S. government.

The real wrongdoing was the measures taken by government officials to prevent the Attorney General from receiving this information. Lutsenko and Shokin had tried on numerous occasions to do so. Ms. Yovanovitch is alleged to have tried to impede their efforts. No one in the Jeff Sessions DOJ would acknowledge this material. Lutsenko and Shokin even hired a retired U.S. attorney to hand deliver it to the current U.S. attorney of the SDNY, Geoffrey Berman. Still, it was not acknowledged.

With the exception of Giuliani, no one has bothered to examine President Trump’s reasons for Ms. Yovanovitch’s removal. Rather, they’ve jumped to the conclusion that she was wrongly recalled from her post to further the President’s personal political goals. She is alleged to have discredited the President abroad, blocked both U.S. and Ukrainian government efforts to investigate the Bidens, and to have presented Lutsenko with a “do not prosecute” list among other things.

In her prepared opening statement for her testimony before House lawmakers on Friday, she said Lutsenko had retracted that accusation. I looked for such a retraction and found only a long, muddled, wildly spun explanation from ABC Go which ended with the following:

Around the same time, Lutsenko indicated in an interview with a Russian-language news outlet that his initial account of Yovanovitch giving him a “do-not-prosecute list” was not accurate.

I wrote about this here.

ABC gives us an approximate time (around the same time), they don’t name the news outlet and they say only that his statement was not accurate. How was it inaccurate? That is not a retraction. And this makes Ms. Yovanovitch’s statement that Lutsenko had retracted his accusation at the very least, misleading, or more likely, false information.

If Lutsenko had truly retracted his statement, we would have heard about it and not from a Russian-language news outlet. The truth is that many officials inside the U.S. Embassy in Kiev were corrupt.

Finally, just as former FBI Director James Comey “served at the pleasure of the President” and could be removed for no reason at all, U.S. ambassadors “serve at the pleasure of the President.” If Trump wanted her removed because he didn’t like the way she looked at him, he could fire her. Yet Democrats are making this part of their impeachment inquiry. One Democrat recently called her ousting a “perversion of U.S. foreign policy.”

Democrats are employing the same tactics they used when they framed Trump for colluding with the Russians. Just as the deep state targeting Roger Stone and others in that investigation, they are now pursuing Rudy Giuliani. Same strategy, new names.

Next Friday, the DOJ Inspector General’s long-delayed report on FISA abuse is due to be released. Finally, Republicans will have some ammunition to fight back. The more comprehensive reports, those from Attorney General William Barr and Prosecutor John Durham, whose investigations have just expanded due to new evidence, may take some time.

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Biden Switches to New Silencing Tactic After Efforts at Strong-Arming Fox News, Facebook on Ukraine Issue Fail

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The Biden campaign’s efforts at silencing news media outlets and social media platforms on the Ukraine issue have largely failed.

Fox News issued a statement late last week rejecting their demand to not air the Trump campaign’s Ukraine ads or any other similar type ad.

Facebook said no to a similar request.

Even the reliably left-wing New York Times has gone against the Biden campaign’s wishes on raising questions about Hunter Biden’s cushy board of directors gig with Burisma Holdings.

So what’s a Democrat who has completely lost control of the narrative on the biggest scandal he’s faced since he officially declared his candidacy to do?

Set his sights on his fellow presidential campaign competitors in hopes that he can shame them into keeping quiet, as Bloomberg reports:

Joe Biden has a warning for his Democratic rivals as they prepare for the fourth televised debate next week: Stay away from the issue of Ukraine and Hunter Biden.

The 12 candidates participating in Tuesday’s debate in Westerville, Ohio, are honing their answers to questions about the U.S. House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, which centers on the president’s request to the leader of Ukraine to investigate unfounded allegations about Biden and his son’s work there.

But the front-runner’s campaign suggests they shouldn’t stray into shots about the Biden family.

An aide to Biden said that any candidate who “calls themselves a ‘Democrat’” and repeats what the aide said were “discredited lies” about Biden and his son “would be making a profound statement about themselves.”

“…making a profound statement about themselves” that says what? That they want to win the nomination? That this is a competition, not tea and crumpets?

Even if Trump had never brought it up, it’s a legitimate issue that at least one of Biden’s opponents should have already raised. Asking questions about parental/political patronage and possible wrongdoing by a candidate for the highest office in the land is entirely appropriate.

One Democratic candidate in particular who has made it clear since she declared her candidacy that she is unafraid to take on the Democratic establishment is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who torched Sen. Kamala Harris at the second Democratic debate. Harris’ candidacy has been in a freefall ever since.

Was the Biden campaign looking at Gabbard when they made their statement declaring Hunter Biden off limits at the next debate?

Gabbard taking off after Biden so needs to happen. This. needs. to. happen. Assuming she doesn’t boycott it, of course.

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Trump Jr. Fiercely Rips the Media Over Its Double-Standard Treatment of the Bidens vs. the Trumps

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Don Jr. was on fire Friday, speaking to Brian Kilmeade on his eponymous Fox program.

Jr. was especially inflamed over what he considers a gargantuan media double standard between the Trump family and the Bidens.

He wanted to address what some have asserted: that Joe’s family — in particular, Hunter Biden — is off-limits.

Here’s what DTJ had to say, with a reference to calls from blocked numbers before and after the Trump Tower meeting of 2016 between Russians and Trump campaign reps.

“Look at what they tried to do to me for three years. I mean, these clowns tried to put me in jail for three years because I took an unsolicited phone call.”

The vice president of the Trump Organization labeled the difference sickening:

“You know, the double standard is pretty sick, Brian. I’ve talked about it for a long time. We can play one way, or we can play another way, but we’ve got to be playing the same game.”

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Don put himself in a semi-Bidenish position:

“The reality is this: If Donald Trump Jr. flew on Air Force One with my father, the president, to China and came back with $1.5 dollars — not $1.5 billion, just $1.5 dollars — we’d solve the fake news media problem because their heads would explode.”

He’s certainly been scathed by the press a time or two. And he knows a bit about peeps going family-deep in a political attack.

As I covered in May, as part of the collusion clamor, Jr. said Dems sought to subpoena the tax records of his 4-year-old daughter, Chloe (here).

Actually, given the recent rise of children being utilized for political means (here, here, and here), that might not be a half-bad idea.

But Don ain’t into it:

“If Donald Trump Jr. had a no-show gig on a corrupt Ukrainian oil company while my father was in charge of the issues over there… minor details. I’ve never been in energy or oil. Minor details. I don’t speak Ukrainian. You think the press would have a problem with that, Brian?”

Hunter was, of course, on the board of Burisma Holdings while dad Joe was VP.

But Hunter probably won’t have to deal with cousin Eddie in the RV.

Don did:

“I had the media camped out in front of my apartment for two years. They don’t even try to find this guy to even get a comment.”

“It’s not fair. It’s not a level playing field,” he insisted. “And, so we have to fight back accordingly.”

Some critics of the news media would likely easily believe they were holed up like Eddie…and “full”:



 

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Whistleblowers Start Coming out of the Woodwork; Take a Number, We’ll Get to you Shortly

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It looks like people are responding to former CIA Director John Brennan’s call to action.

Two Congressional sources have told The Daily Beast that additional whistleblowers have contacted the House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee. They report:

Congressional investigators are currently vetting the new accounts they’ve received for credibility. Accordingly, knowledgeable sources would not discuss where in the government these new would-be whistleblowers come from, nor what they purport to have to say.

It’s also unknown if their accounts are as significant as that of the intelligence whistleblower whose alarm over President Trump’s July 25 phone call sparked the impeachment probe. Investigators often encounter cranks as well as those with genuine knowledge of wrongdoing. Nor is it clear if these new ostensible whistleblowers have contacted any inspectors general, as the original two whistleblowers did.

Attorney Mark Zaid, who represents the first two whistleblowers, told The Daily Beast, “There are clearly numerous whistleblowers out there and many people who possess firsthand relevant information who could come forward, and I expect some will.”

For those of us who followed the senate confirmation hearings for Justice Brett Kavanaugh, all of this is very predictable. Last fall, it seemed that a new witness came forward every day. And as time went on, the stories became more and more fantastic. One woman said that every month or so, Kavanaugh would throw a rape party. Another woman, who had been drinking heavily, vaguely remembers a man exposing himself to her at a college dorm party. It might have been Judge Kavanaugh. There were at least five or six of these completely bogus accusations made against him. All of which were lies.

I think it’s time for Adam Schiff to be investigated. I would be interested to read his communications, particularly around the time that the whistleblower was in touch with his staff. We need to determine what level of involvement Schiff had with this individual. Additionally, Schiff needs to be held accountable for his lie. In an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he was asked if he or any members of his staff had spoken to the whistleblower. He answered, “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to.” When his lie was revealed, Schiff “expressed regret.” Is that all a Democrat has to do when they’re caught in a lie? It would seem so.

Schiff told The Daily Beast he would not comment on “whether investigators had heard from additional whistleblowers. Schiff noted that his committee rarely acknowledges receiving whistleblower complaints because “people can reverse-engineer who whistleblowers are” given an abundance of identifying information.” Always looking out for the little guy.

Okay, so let’s brace ourselves for the long line of partisans we’ll be hearing from over the next several weeks.

And when in the world will the FISA report be released?

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