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Pro tip from Rep. Jackson Lee: The AR-15 is 500 pounds and shoots .50 caliber rounds, or something

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You know what gives Congress its confidence ratings from American voters? The expertise among legislators on subjects for which they intend to dictate choices to the electorate. Earlier today, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee offered her expert review of the AR-15, which apparently takes five men to lift and shoots cannonballs from its muzzle.

How did this get to be so popular if no one can shoot it? Hmmm (via Twitchy):

Maybe she just meant empty boxes, but that doesn’t make much sense in context. The Colt AR-15 weighs less than ten pounds, and in fact was designed to provide a lightweight alternative to other semi-automatic rifles. Having handled it once myself on the range, I can attest to the ease in which it can be handled, perhaps even surprisingly so given its relative power and size. That, of course, is its purpose, and why so many law-abiding owners attest to its use as a self-defense weapon of choice.

As for the ammunition used by the AR-15, it doesn’t come close to .50 caliber bullets. It uses either .223 Remington or 5.56 mm NATO rounds, both of which are less than half the diameter of a .50 caliber round. (The graphics here from PewPew Tactical that includes both rounds show just how ridiculous this claim is.) Very few gun owners would choose a .50 caliber, 660-grain round as a realistic self-defense choice, even if they bothered to shop for one of the few models of weapons available to shoot it. It’s a difficult round for anyone not expert in firing those weapons.

It’s this kind of ignorance, professed proudly in front of any cameras on hand, that contributes to the disconnect between the governing class and the 60 million American firearms owners who know better. It’s pretty darned tough to argue that Congress can be trusted to craft restrictions on gun ownership when they can’t even get this much right even after holding the weapon. Or claiming to do so, anyway.

If the AR-15 bore any resemblance to Jackson Lee’s description, it would have never become a popular choice for gun owners. Instead, it’s so popular that Colt announced that production of civilian models will be suspended because the market has become saturated:

In a statement on its website, Colt emphasized that the company remained “committed to the Second Amendment,” but cited market conditions for its decision.

“Over the last few years, the market for modern sporting rifles has experienced significant excess manufacturing capacity,” Dennis Veilleux, the company’s chief executive, said in the statement. “Given this level of manufacturing capacity, we believe there is adequate supply for modern sporting rifles for the foreseeable future.”

At least Jackson Lee provided us with some level of education in this clip. When it comes to firearms, most Democrats have no education at all, nor much interest in acquiring any. We should therefore take their demands on gun owners with a grain of salt the size of Lot’s wife.

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Here’s Proof that the Right Respects the Environment More than the Left Does

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Climate activists demonstrate in Paris, Saturday, Dec.12, 2015 during the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Several environmental and human rights groups are planning protests around Paris to call attention to populations threatened by man-made global warming and urge an end to human use of oil, gas and coal. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The left’s cult of environmentalism sure is loud and flashy, but despite all their efforts to “bring awareness” of their church’s doctrines to the public, it doesn’t seem to make one bit of difference. In fact, we could venture to guess that a lot of what these climate alarmists are doing is harmful to the environment.

Meanwhile, the right seems far more responsible and helpful when it comes to the environment.

Some perfect examples are the protests themselves. As a Daily Caller reporter pointed out in a man on the street interview-style video at the Climate Strike in D.C., many of the protesters who show up at these kinds of rallies get there by burning fossil fuels in jets and cars while holding signs that were made by cutting down trees. They also utilize plastics, which are harmful to the environment to both make and dispose of.

(Watch: Climate Protesters Try To Justify Their Use Of Climate Harming Products)

Not to mention the fact that during these events, protesters will do stupid things that harm the environment for reasons I’m not sure about. In D.C., they stall traffic by blocking roadways which keeps those cars on the road burning more fuel to stay on and backing up traffic to multiply the problem.

They also, for some reason, decided to set a dumpster fire that spews smoke and fumes from what’s burned in there while complaining that the world is on fire and needs to be put out. The cognitive dissonance is astounding.

Climate activists are also notorious for leaving behind tons of trash during their protests. Even the pipeline protests, which were supposed to be purposed for combatting the supposedly environmentally damaging pipelines, left behind so much trash and waste that the land was actually that was deemed a “sensitive wildlife habitat” was destroyed.

As of this writing, the climate protest in D.C. features a twerking man that is being sprinkled with confetti, which is being left on the ground. That’s not activism, that’s littering.

All the while, these climate protesters continue to live lavish lifestyles of consumerism, waste, and convenience, even as they complain about how everyone else is screwing up the planet. Even the elite who push climate change alarmism live these lifestyles while flying to climate summits and events by taking private jets, burning an immense amount of fuel.

(WATCH: Australian Broadcaster Takes Down The Spoiled Climate Protesting Students In Epic Fashion)

They demonize capitalism as the reason this is happening, but forget that capitalism is the system capable of the most technological progression which can then help us develop better ways of obtaining energy. They want you to cut back on your consumption of various foods, such as beef but hold BBQs for photo ops.

As the hypocritical complaining from the left gets wild attention from media and politicians, the right is actually doing what’s necessary to help the environment.

I’ve seen the right push for nuclear energy, which is far cleaner and creates way less waste. It’s far more environmentally safe than even solar and wind power, which requires massive amounts of rare earth metals to be dug out of mountains and swaths of land to be destroyed and repurposed for their implementation. And that’s all before it begins killing the wildlife.

(READ: An Environmentalist’s Blistering Article Against Renewable Energy Wrecks AOC’s Green New Deal)

Unlike the left, which believes the government will magically fix all of the world’s problems, the right believes in the ingenuity and gumption of brilliant minds to create new or improved energy sources through the free exchange of ideas and market forces of capitalism.

In terms of everyday help, the right in general smiles on the act of hunting, which when done in moderation actually helps the environment by keeping populations at manageable levels. In Texas, we hunt the wild hogs that breed very quickly, and with few natural predators, it’s up to humans to keep these populations low so that they don’t destroy the land and ruin the lives of the surrounding wildlife. Conservationism is part of the game, not just the blood sport the left makes hunting out to be.

What’s more, while the left is busy littering while it complains about environmental damage, right-wing groups are actually going out and cleaning things up. Scott Pressler, who has been demonized by the leftist media, has led a cleanup effort that picked up streets so trashed that they became environmental hazards.

As politicians and big-name activists like Al Sharpton gave speeches about how Trump was racist for noting that Baltimore was indeed a rat-infested, trash ridden city, Pressler was there with a large team fixing the problem.

(READ: Trump Supporters Clean Up West Baltimore As Thankful Residents Defy Media Narrative)

Now, Pressler’s volunteer group is cleaning up the streets of Los Angeles.

See the difference? While the left complains about the environment while it burns and litters, the right is doing the work of picking up the litter.

After all of this, one of the biggest differences in how the left and the right handle the environment comes at the intellectual level. According to the left, climate change is happening and we’re not allowed to question it beyond that. Just get on board with whatever solutions are being proposed and don’t you dare speak out against it in any way.

The right, however, doesn’t think the science is settled. It wants more conversation, more study, and less sensationalism. It wants to hear all the angles, not just one.

And why shouldn’t it? Stories continue to come out that defy climate alarmism narratives. We’ve been told the world is going to end in a decade for decades. We’ve been told the ice caps are melting when many are actually growing. We’re hearing about how our planet is on fire when new greenery has been growing where it hasn’t before, essentially increasing Earth’s vegetation in what’s called a “global greening.”

Even noted climate scientists laugh at the environmental doomsday predictions of agenda-driven politicians and scientists, calling their predictions borderline impossible.

As far as I can tell, the left likes to tout itself as the savior of the global environment, but I only see it hurting it while using sensationalism to push agendas. Meanwhile, I see the right grounding itself in reality and actually helping fix problems.

 

 

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Joe Biden Ripped for “Sexist” Response to Question About Past Praise of VP Mike Pence

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden pays for his order at a Krispy Kreme following a campaign town hall on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

No matter how hard he tries to, Joe Biden can’t escape accusations of sexism.

The latest example comes from Iowa, where Biden campaigned over the weekend at an LGBTQ rights forum. The Hill reports:

Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Lyz Lenz tweeted Friday night that Biden dryly called her a “real sweetheart” in private after the two shared an onstage exchange over Biden’s support for the Defense of Marriage Act and the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

“In 1994, you did vote for ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ and in 1996, you voted for the Defense of Marriage Act,” Lenz said. “You did vote to repeal both of those, but you have also praised Vice President Mike Pence as a ‘decent guy.’”

After the audience interjected with boos following the mention of Pence’s name, Biden responded, “You’re a lovely person.”

“Just asking the questions people want to know,” Lenz replied.

Lenz told USA Today she found Biden’s treatment of her “condescending”, saying that “it’s 2019, you shouldn’t be calling women sweethearts.”

TIME magazine editor at large Anand Giridharadas tweeted out the video clip, calling Biden’s answer “sexism with a smile”:

Rolling Stone writer Jamil Smith called Biden’s treatment of Lenz “Paleolithic”:

Other liberals weighed in and also equated Biden’s comments to “sexism”:

Look, I understand that it’s en vogue for liberals to pretend to be triggered by otherwise harmless comments (because it’s a great way to attract attention), but this is ridiculous. I’ve been subjected to much worse sexism just standing in the checkout line at the grocery store than Lenz was at this forum.

As Lenz noted, it is indeed 2019. Perhaps this year even more so than the last several, we are subjected to daily lectures about how strong and fierce women are and how nothing’s gonna bring them down. If this is the case, it’s time for feminist women and their liberal male enablers to stop reaching for the fainting couches everytime someone says something mildly offensive and grow up.

We have much bigger problems in this country than a presidential candidate calling women “sweethearts” and “lovely.”

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Watch MSNBC Discuss Trump’s Coming Execution

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This seems sane.

As I wrote this past weekend, that Trump-Ukraine scandal exploded into a million pieces after about twelve hours of hysteria. In the end, there was no threat, no quid pro quo, and no real meat to the story. The issue for many in the media and on the left though is that they had invested everything into this. They truly felt this was finally it and that Trump would be taken down for using foreign aid money to force an investigation of Joe Biden. That didn’t happen and they were again left chasing the wind, suckers of fake news once more.

The problem with being so emotionally invested in tall this is that it’s hard to let go. And instead of just admitting their mistake, we end up with lunacy like this from MSNBC.

If you watch the video, no one pushes back. No brings levity to the conversation. No one suggests that because Trump didn’t actually do anything wrong, perhaps riffing on his coming execution is a bit much. Instead, they entertain the dialogue because these people have lost their minds.

Remember, these are your intellectual and moral betters. Never mind that these people clearly have no idea what the definition of treason is. Heck, I’m old enough to remember when the media lost their minds and did a million fact-checks when Trump misused the term. When it’s to target Trump though? All’s fair in the world of orange man bad.

You can not commit “treason” and be punished with death by asking an ally to investigate corruption. None of the elements needed are actually there. We aren’t at war with Ukraine. Trump didn’t subvert the U.S. government. Joe Biden isn’t even a part of the government.

All of this is incredibly stupid and makes no sense. It’s also incredibly hypocritical. These are the same people who lauded the Obama administration targeting Trump in 2016 with our intelligence apparatus and with the help of foreign governments. Now they stand aghast at Trump asking Ukraine to not let Biden off the hook for something he admitted on tape? Give me a break.

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Good News, NBC News Has Created a Way For You to Confess Your Climate Sins

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Remember how many on the right have been saying for years that climate change hysteria is a cult? Yeah, it’s a cult.

NBC News, a supposed objective news organization, has decided to create an entire web portal where you can go post and itemize your climate sins as part of a mass confessional. I guess this is part of some faux religious awakening, where you internalize what you are writing and realize you truly need a life change.

When you go to the sight, you can write your own confession or view others. They come in categories like transportation, plastics, and meat because apparently those are all really bad things.

Here’s a sampling.

“I’ve been using plastic golf tees from time to time. I will never use plastic golf tees again – Plastics”

You can almost feel the pathetic through the monitor. I’m not sure why plastic golf tees are bad, but this person seems to think he’s committed one of the seven deadly sins by using them. Actually, I’m not even sure what plastics have to do with global warming. Because of the use of petroleum in them? But given they don’t emit the carbon they contain, it’s a nearly irrelevant factor even if you are a hysteric about carbon emissions.

Here’s another one.

“I am a homebuilder and homes today are such energy hogs. I tour new home developments and see how developers look at profits first – Energy”

Let me translate that for you. Some twenty something Bernie supporter who’s never had a real job is making stuff up again. Homes are far, far more energy efficient today than those build decades ago. Everything from insulation, to windows, to HVAC units all work in far more energy efficient ways than your grandmother’s house built in the 1960s. A modern home’s electric bill is often less than half that of an older home of the same square footage.

But none of this is really about the climate. I mean, for some it is because they’ve been brainwashed, but for those at the top pushing the hysteria, it’s about control. We saw “climate strikes” last weekend and you saw just as much propaganda pushing for socialist takeovers of every aspect of human life as you did relating to global warming. Their efforts are only intensifying and they’ve got the help of a compliant liberal media.

Unfortunately, as is typical, you are seeing more and more on the right cave under the pressure. It’s just a matter of time before this quaz-religious ideology overtakes public policy because the left are just better at this than we are.

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Elizabeth Warren Has Overtaken Biden In an Iowa Poll, Signaling Many Dems Really Have Fallen to Radicalism

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FILE – In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a house party campaign stop in Rochester, N.H. Rising disagreement among congressional Democrats over whether to pursue impeachment of President Donald Trump has had little effect on the party’s presidential candidates, who mostly are avoiding calls to start such an inquiry. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Every time I think the Democrats have reached rock bottom, they ask me for a shovel.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, the woman who is just shy of being AOC in terms of radicalism, is now leading the Democrat party, at least according to the Iowa Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll that was recently taken. Joe Biden, the race’s former leader, has now taken second place.

Don’t get me wrong, Biden was no moderate himself. He was just billed that way. Embracing the Green New Deal, one of the most socialistic laws to see the light of an American day, is good enough to throw him into the radical pile with the rest. However, most Americans aren’t going to busy themselves delving too deep into a candidate. If the media says he’s a more moderate choice, then that’s where they’ll head.

With that said, it looks like Democrats in Iowa are cool with radicalism.

As the Daily Wire reported on Monday, the poll shows Warren has squeaked by as both the favored candidate for first and second choice:

The poll, which surveyed 602 “likely Democratic caucusgoers” and was conducted between September 14-18, asked: “Which one of the following Democrats would be your first choice for president?” The respondents stated both their first and second choices.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren came out on top with 22% of respondents selecting her as their first choice, and 20% as their second choice.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, long considered the front-runner of the Democratic race, came in second, with 20% of respondents selecting him as their first choice, and only 10% as their second choice.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) came in a distant third place, with just 11% selecting him as their first choice, and 10% as their second.

The Daily Wire also pointed out that while Warren leads in Iowa, Biden is still the overall leader throughout the rest of the nation with a 30.2 percent lead to Warren’s 19.8. That’s a big gap, but there’s still a lot of football left to play.

Biden might be the leader, but looking at his performance while on the campaign trail has me wondering if he’ll hold onto it for much longer. Late last month, polls showed Biden’s numbers were in free fall and that it was only a matter of time before he was replaced with someone else at the top.

The gaffe tap seems to be open to full and every day brings a new gaffe. What’s more, the Ukranian scandal hasn’t been good for his image either. Biden is becoming increasingly complicated for the left to support, and it’s only a matter of time before that complication becomes a rejection.

The Iowa poll might be an outlier, but I think it’s the pebble that starts the avalanche.

It’s not all bad, however. Warren will bring complications all her own if and when she takes over as leader of the 2020 pack. For one, the left will have to rewrite its book of outrage in order to make Warren lying about her Native American heritage okay, which will certainly be hammered by Trump and the Republicans going forward.

She also has the issue of being a radical who embraces socialistic programs, which Americans just arent’ that into. This shift of Democrats to the radical left will likely turn many Americans off, and bring them into the arms of one Donald J. Trump.

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Donald Trump Definitely Wants Impeachment Proceedings To Begin Soon

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President Donald Trump threw gasoline onto the smoldering fire of the Ukraine call controversy when he admitted that he did, in fact, discuss Joe Biden with the nation in a phone call.

As expected, that led us to a weekend of media reports on Democrats calling for impeachment and Adam Schiff saying it’s probably the best recourse at this point. Search “Trump Ukraine” on Twitter, and you’d be hard-pressed to find many tweets that don’t also use the word “impeach” in some form.

Truth be told, I held off on caring about this story because it was another case of “Too Good To Be True.” It fits exactly into what people perceive of Trump, and pretty much every story that has done so has ended up refuted at least in part and always ended up having an entirely different context than originally portrayed. With the revelation that the whistleblower wasn’t actually a witness to the phone call and other sources in the room saying the story isn’t what it was played up to be, and that Joe Biden did something similar, the story did indeed end up changing a bit in both context and impact.

That isn’t going to stop the Democrats, however, and it’s becoming obvious that Trump doesn’t want them to stop. Trump currently can’t run on his successful economy because it may be on the verge of weakening, and there aren’t many more accomplishments he can tout because his most vocal promises outside of tax reform and regulatory rollout haven’t come true.

Biden, his leading opponent ahead of 2020, has an appeal to moderate voters and could very well become a major threat to Trump in the general election. However, as more Democrats drop out, Elizabeth Warren could overtake Biden, presenting Trump with a far-left opponent. That’s the scenario Trump wants, and it’s the scenario he’s hoping to get.

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t think Trump is the three dimensional chess player his supporters like to believe he is, but there comes a time (as I pointed out a while back) that you have to stop assuming Trump is just aimlessly firing his talking points and tactics and actually working a larger strategy. I think that this could be one of the times we need to assume Trump wants what’s happening right now.

Nancy Pelosi knows full-well what the Democrats want. She knows she won’t be able to hold off on impeachment altogether. She also knows that impeachment over anything remotely close to a nothing burger story will kill her party in 2020. Pelosi does not want to impeach unless there is a clear-cut offense that the facts support an impeachment over.

Trump will continue to goad the Democrats into shooting for impeachment, saying just enough to make them continue to froth and roil and eventually force the party’s leadership to pull the trigger. If that happens, the 2020 election will become an election over impeachment and not the issues. Trump gets his enemy and the Democrats think they get a winning issue.

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SHOCKER. Adam Schiff Says the Impeachment He’s Been Working For May Be Necessary

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Pencil neck congressman Adam Schiff was on Jake Tapper’s State of the Union show today and it was more with sadness than anger that he announced that the impeachment that he’s been trying to orchestrate for nearly a year might actually be necessary now.

“I have been very reluctant to go down the path of impeachment. . . . This would be an extraordinary remedy of last resort, not first resort,” Schiff said. “But if the President is essentially withholding military aid at the same time that he is trying to browbeat a foreign leader into doing something illicit that is providing dirt on his opponent during a presidential campaign, then that may be the only remedy that is coequal to the evil that that conduct represents.”

He later added: “We very well may have crossed the Rubicon here.”

Schiff’s comments are particularly striking given his previous unwillingness to call for impeachment. He came to Congress about 20 years ago in part because his predecessor, former Republican congressman James E. Rogan, voted to impeach President Bill Clinton. Schiff defeated him.

Schiff is also a close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has been an impeachment skeptic and put the House on a path of turning to the courts to enforce subpoenas that the administration has ignored.

Yet, on Sunday, Schiff appeared to suggest Pelosi’s impulse to look to the courts would not do in this instance. The inspector general of the intelligence community has deemed the whistleblower allegation to be “urgent,” which, under law, should have triggered the administration to turn it over to Congress.

The administration refused.

“We cannot afford to play rope-a-dope in the court for weeks or months on end,” he said. “We need an answer. If there’s a fire burning, it needs to be put out. And that’s why we’re going to have to look at every remedy. . . . We’re going to have to consider impeachment, as well, as remedy here.”

One of the clown acts being perpetrated by the Washington Post and the Schiff fluffers in the media is the idea that Schiff is being dragged ever so reluctantly towards impeachment. This is how the Post describes it.

Here’s Schiff on Sunday on CNN when asked where he stands now: “Certainly, the administration and the president seem to be doing everything they can, everything they can to push us into an impeachment. And we may get there. We may get there.”

Both times, Schiff stressed he’s not willing to support impeachment. But earlier this month, impeachment seemed distant to Schiff, who emphasized that Democrats have more important things to worry about, such as showing they can govern. It was an answer that seemed designed to shut down impeachment talks without closing the door entirely to them — a tightrope Pelosi is also balancing on.

This is from LawfareBlog where the usually just write what James Comey tells them to and get drunk on Qatar’s cash:

Hennessey got dragged a bit here and started screeching

Everyone knows what the game is. Adam Schiff took over his committee determined to engineer the impeachment of President Trump. You really have to be a special kind of stupid not to realize that. Schiff is from California and there impeachment is a non-issue. My guess is that he’s got his sights set on a senate seat and Nancy Pelosi can go hang herself for all he cares. The Democrats who entered Congress from Red and Purple districts have to contend with the fact that most of the country do not want impeachment and, unlike Schiff, Pelosi doesn’t want to put freshmen congressmen in a difficult position in a presidential election year.

Trump is clearly goading Schiff, partially from enjoyment and partially to cause discord in House Democrat leadership. From what we know about the Ukraine nonsense it is doubtful that Trump did anything wrong and it is very doubtful that either Fat Jerry Nadler or Nancy Pelosi are going to pull the trigger on a full-blown impeachment hearing when the malfeasance and corruption of the leading Democrat presidential candidate will become part of the issue.

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Mike Pompeo Suggests That Joe Biden Might Actually Need Investigation for Corruption and Election Interference

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo, picked to be the next secretary of state, listens during his introductions before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, Thursday, April 12, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pompeo’s remarks will be the first chance for lawmakers and the public to hear directly from the former Kansas congressman about his approach to diplomacy and the role of the State Department, should he be confirmed to lead it. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ranking Member Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds Pompeo’s confirmation hearing Thursday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on ABC’s This Week program and naturally the whole Ukraine kerfuffle was discussed. Pompeo said some expected stuff. No, we’re not on the brink of war with Iran. No, we’re very unlikely to release the transcript of President Trump’s call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. No, Pompeo doesn’t see this a a particularly big deal.

But then there was this

POMPEO: I think I saw a statement from the Ukrainian foreign minister yesterday, said there was no pressure applied in the course of the conversation. I do think — I do think, if Vice President Biden behaved inappropriately, if he was protecting his son and intervened with the Ukrainian leadership in a way that was corrupt, I do think we need to get to the bottom of that, Martha. And I — I hope that we will. I hope that, if Vice President Biden engaged in behavior that was inappropriate, I hope the American people will come to learn that. America can’t have…

RADDATZ: We’ve seen no evidence of that yet. But I want to go back to the question.

POMPEO: America cannot have our elections interfered with. America cannot have our elections interfered with. And if — if that’s what took place there, if there was that kind of activity engaged in by Vice President Biden, we need to know.

Two interesting points here.

First, Pompeo is not dismissing out of hand the stench of corruption than hangs over Joe Biden links to his ne’er do well kid getting a seat on the board of directors of a Ukrainian gas company run by one of their economic oligarchs and to Biden’s admitted interference in Ukraine’s judicial process to his son’s benefit. Second, he’s clearly tying Biden’s actions in relation to Ukraine to the efforts by the Obama administration…or at least the faction that was hoping to ride Mrs. Clinton’s more-than-ample-acres-wide coattails to continued power….to aid the Clinton campaign. (See Elizabeth Vaughn’s The Real Foreign Collusion Occurred Between Pro-Clinton Ukrainians And The DNC and U.S. Embassy Pressured Ukrainian Officials To End Investigation Of Soros Group In 2016.) The comment, “America cannot have our elections interfered with. And if — if that’s what took place there, if there was that kind of activity engaged in by Vice President Biden, we need to know,” nearly caused Martha Raddatz to stroke out.

Unlike Trump, Pompeo is not a bomb-thrower. I have to suspect that he has some reason to throw campaign interference into the mix other than mere amusement. Given the role the State Department played in moving the Steele Dossier into the proper channels, I have little doubt that there is more on that angle just waiting to be revealed.

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U.S. Embassy Pressured Ukrainian Officials To End Investigation Of Soros Group In 2016

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Anyone who’s ever worked on a jigsaw puzzle knows that the process is tedious in the beginning. First, we place all the similar colored pieces in small groups, try various configurations and then we see how two groups might fit together and so on. At a certain point, the progress becomes faster until finally, a picture starts to emerge.

We’ve reached the point where old information that once seemed disconnected and meaningless now makes sense based on new developments.

Unless you’ve been on Mars for the last few days, you know that former Vice President Joe Biden threatened to withhold U.S. aid unless the Ukrainian government fired then-Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin in March 2016. He was about to question Biden’s son, Hunter, about his involvement in Burisma Holdings, a natural gas company.

Back in March (of this year), investigative reporter John Solomon interviewed Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko, who replaced Shokin.

Lutsenko told Solomon that in April 2016, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s office was investigating a nonprofit called the Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC). The concern was that $4.4 million the U.S. had sent to help fight corruption in Ukraine had been improperly diverted.

This so-called anti-corruption organization, AntAC, was co-founded by the Obama administration and George Soros.

Shortly before Lutsenko took office, then-U.S. Embassy Charge d’ Affaires George Kent sent a letter to the Prosecutor General’s office. He wrote, “The investigation into the Anti-Corruption Action Center (sic), based on the assistance they have received from us, is similarly misplaced.” Kent also indicated that “U.S. officials had no concerns about how the U.S. aid had been spent.”

Soon after taking office, Lutsenko was summoned to the U.S. Embassy to meet the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.

Lutsenko told Solomon that Yovanovitch handed him “a list of people whom we should not prosecute.” (The list included a founder of the AntAC group and two members of Parliament who vocally supported the group’s anti-corruption reform agenda.)

I guess that’s what happens when one tries to investigate an Obama administration/Soros group.

Solomon wrote:

It was collaborating with the FBI agents investigating then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s business activities with pro-Russian figures in Ukraine.

The implied message to Ukraine’s prosecutors was clear: Don’t target AntAC in the middle of an America presidential election in which Soros was backing Hillary Clinton to succeed another Soros favorite, Barack Obama, Ukrainian officials said.

“We ran right into a buzzsaw and we got bloodied,” a senior Ukrainian official told me.

Lutsenko suggested the embassy applied pressure because it did not want Americans to see who was being funded with its tax dollars. “At the time, Ms. Ambassador thought our interviews of the Ukrainian citizens, of the Ukrainian civil servants who were frequent visitors in the U.S. Embassy, could cast a shadow on that anti-corruption policy,” he said.

State officials told me privately they wanted Ukraine prosecutors to back off AntAC because they feared the investigation was simply retribution for the group’s high-profile efforts to force anti-corruption reforms inside Ukraine, some of which took authorities and prestige from the Prosecutor General’s Office.

But it was an unusual intervention, the officials acknowledged. “We’re not normally in the business of telling a country’s police force who they can and can’t pursue, unless it involves an American citizen we think is wrongly accused,” one official said.

In the end, no action was taken against AntAC and it remains thriving today. Nonetheless, the anecdote is taking on new significance.

First, it conflicts with the State Department’s official statement last week after Lutsenko first mentioned the do-not-prosecute list. The embassy responded that the claim was a fabrication and a sign that corruption is alive and well inside Ukraine.

But Kent’s letter unequivocally shows the embassy did press Ukrainian prosecutors to back off what normally would be considered an internal law enforcement matter inside a sovereign country. And more than a half-dozen U.S. and Ukrainian sources confirmed to me the AntAC case wasn’t the only one in which American officials exerted pressure on Ukrainian investigators in 2016.

When I asked State to explain the letter and inclusion of the Soros-connected names during the meeting, it demurred. “As a general rule, we don’t read out private diplomatic meetings,” it responded. “Ambassador Yovanovitch represents the President of the United States in Ukraine, and America stands behind her and her statements.”

Second, the AntAC anecdote highlights a little-known fact that the pursuit of foreign corruption has resulted in an unusual alliance between the U.S. government and a political mega-donor.

If this account is correct, the Obama administration pressured a foreign government to drop an investigation into an organization they had co-founded along with activist George Soros. They were interested in preventing American taxpayers from learning how their tax dollars were being spent as well as concealing their collaboration with Soros. But, above all, they were each doing their part to insure that Hillary Clinton won the presidency.

Another piece of the puzzle involves Nellie Ohr who worked for Fusion GPS along with Christopher Steele. During her testimony last summer, she told lawmakers that a major source of the information she provided to the FBI was a Ukrainian official. I plan to hit that tomorrow.

Remember when Joe Biden told us the Obama administration was scandal-free?

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Note: Solomon’s lengthy article goes into depth about the cozy relationships between the ambassador, embassy personnel, an FBI agent who was in charge of international fraud cases and one of the lead agents in the Manafort investigation in Ukraine and others. The entire piece can be viewed here.

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