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It Looks Like Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange May Never Face the Charges the U.S. Levied Against Him

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Julian Assange is currently sitting in jail in the U.K. and he’s got quite the list of suitors pining for his time.

The Wikileaks founder was finally kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy about a month ago. Given his mental state and some of the stories of his time there, there wasn’t much of a path for him to stay there anyway. Shortly after his arrest, the United States unveiled a list of charges against Assange, including conspiracy revolving around the hacking efforts of Bradley Manning.

Ironically, while the Obama administration was seeking to put Assange away for life, they were granting clemency to Manning, allowing his release just seven years into his sentence. None of it made much sense and was probably wholly driven by the fact that Manning had become a pop-culture figure on the left due to his transgenderism.

The current charges against Assange are very flimsy and seem to rely on an extremely stretched idea of what conspiracy is.

He rejected the notion that Assange could claim to be a mere journalist with free-speech protections. “WikiLeaks is more than just a repository for classified information, they’re actually out actively seeking it. And the question is whether Assange was enabling individuals like Chelsea Manning to steal classified information. That would make him a co-conspirator.”

It is not illegal to actively seek out classified material as long as you aren’t the one illegally obtaining it. If it were, The New York Times, among many others, would no longer exist. Does that make Assange a “journalist?” Not in the traditional sense, but it doesn’t really matter because the protections under the law apply to everyone, not just self-appointed mainstream reporters. The only real question is whether Assange assisted in any hacking and the evidence of that appears non-existent.

It may not matter though because it doesn’t look like Assange is headed to the U.S. anytime soon. The Swedish Government has decided to re-open the rape case against him that they had originally dropped some years ago and that puts a wrench in the situation.

Sweden will re-open its investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the country’s deputy chief prosecutor announced on Monday.

Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson told reporters in Stockholm that the investigation into the alleged rape had been suspended in 2017 not for lack of evidence but as a result of Assange’s continued residence in Ecuador’s London embassy.

Sweden pretty much has first call on Assange. They’ve already got a court ruling from the U.K. authorizing his extradition while the U.S. would still have to fight those battles. Because of this, it’s likely any statutes of limitations will have run their course by the time the U.S. gets their shot at him.

There’s some hint that this could be gotten around by claiming an exemption in the law dealing with terrorism across international borders but that’d be ludicrous in my opinion. While Assange is clearly a bad actor and it’s perfectly acceptable to oppose his tactics, that doesn’t mean we should massage the meaning of the law to absurdity just to target him. He’s clearly not a terrorist nor has he participated in terrorist acts.

In the end, what I think this looks like is the U.S. overplaying their hand. As much as a lot of people would like to haul Assange in, I think the technicalities of the law will preclude that from happening. That leaves the real threat to Assange’s freedom residing in Sweden and I’m guessing they’ll make whatever they’ve got stick for obvious reasons.

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Bombshell Report of Secret Dossier Meeting Has Sen. Grassley On The Warpath

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Christopher Steele, former British intelligence officer in London Tuesday March 7, 2017 where he has spoken to the media for the first time . Steele who compiled an explosive and unproven dossier on President Donald Trump’s purported activities in Russia has returned to work. Christopher Steele said Tuesday he is “really pleased” to be back at work in London after a prolonged period out of public view. He went into hiding in January. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

 

The Hill’s John Solomon broke the bombshell story of an October 2016 meeting between a high ranking State Department official and Christopher Steele. During this exchange, the author of the dossier told Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec that his client was “keen” to break the story before election day. (I wrote about it here. Solomon’s article can be viewed here and here.)

Ten days before the FBI applied to the FISA Court for their first warrant to spy on Trump advisor Carter Page, Kavalec made two important discoveries. First, she realized that some of the material in the dossier Steele had prepared for the FBI and the Clinton campaign was inaccurate. After a brief meeting with Steele, Kavalec was instantly aware of Steele’s agenda and she was alarmed. She prepared a memo from her meeting notes and sent it to the appropriate officials at the FBI. The memo said that Steele had told her, “Payments to those recruited are made out of the Russian Consulate in Miami.” She then wrote, “It is important to note that there is no Russian consulate in Miami.” Kavalec also said that Steele admitted his work was political.

Citizens United recently obtained copies of Kavalec’s memo, through a FOIA request. The documents were immediately forwarded to the DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz who had not been aware that the document even existed.

Citizens United learned that the memo and related documents had been retroactively labeled as classified by the FBI. They were heavily redacted. Kavalec sent the email to the FBI on October 13, 2016.

It’s impossible to know who Kavalec sent the memo to because the FBI redacted the names of the recipients, the subject line and the attachments. Solomon said that only three sentences were unredacted.

As if they FBI did not know that Steele’s motivation was political, lawmakers want to know how they handled Kavalec’s memo. Dates it was received. By whom. And why they went forward with their application to the FISA Court for a warrant to spy on Page when they knew the document was just a political smear. Hmmm.

It’s been reported that Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which they request all documents, memos, texts, emails “related to an October 2016 meeting between Christopher Steele and State Department – information that was reportedly referred to the FBI, possibly before the FISA applications.” The letter can be viewed here.

Johnson and Grassley wrote:

Based on the publicly-released version of the typed notes of the meeting, it appears Steele’s intent of the meeting with the State Department was to maximize the impact of the unverified information that he had acquired in an effort to undermine the Trump campaign.  Further, if that information was included in the material submitted to the FBI, then the FBI may have been aware of Steele’s political motivations before submitting any FISA application.

They also included a list of questions they would like written answers to by May 24th.

  1. On what date did the State Department notify the FBI that it obtained the Steele dossier?
  2. How did the State Department describe to the FBI the process by which it obtained the Steele dossier?
  3. On what date did the State Department notify the FBI about the October 2016 meeting between Kathleen Kavalec and Christopher Steele?
  4. On what date did the State Department provide the memorandum, notes, and any other material connected to Kathleen Kavalec’s October 2016 meeting with Christopher Steele to the FBI?
  5. Did any FBI employees request that Christopher Steele furnish the dossier to the State Department or seek a meeting with the State Department?  If so, who, when, and why?
  6. Did the State Department mark any material from the October 2016 meeting as classified?  If so, what was initially marked classified and at what level?

  7. Has the FBI provided all material relating to the State Department’s meeting with Steele to the Justice Department Office of the Inspector General?  If so, on what date?  If not, why not?

  8. All records, including all memoranda, notes, and other material regarding the State Department’s receipt of the Steele dossier and its referral of that information to the FBI.
  9. An explanation about the legal and factual basis for classifying any of these materials.

This information came right in the nick of time, because IG Horowitz is expected to complete his report into possible FISA abuse by the FBI within the next month.

As I wrote last week:

Former U.S. District Court Judge Joe diGenova appeared on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” Thursday evening and made an extraordinary claim. He said the DOJ Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, has “concluded that the final three FISA extensions were illegally obtained.”

He added, “The only question now is whether or not the first FISA warrant was illegally obtained…As a result of those disclosures from John Solomon today, which he was unaware of, the Bureau hid those memos from Horowitz. As a result of that, they are doing some additional work on the first FISA. It may be that all four FISAs will have been obtained illegally.”

DiGenova did not reveal his source, but he is certainly a well connected man who has spent years in Washington.

 

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Murphy Brown Reboot is Cancelled as Sitcom Derangement Does Not Sell

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The major networks are getting primed to promote their upcoming seasons for this fall in what are called the network upfronts. In preparation for their rolling out the revamped TV schedules and the debut of new shows, the first step has to be the official cancellations of the deadwood programs. CBS, on what is traditionally dubbed “Black Friday” , declared that it was giving up on one of the highly touted programs from last Spring, “Murphy Brown”.

When it had been announced last Spring that the network was bringing back the iconic political comedy there was much excitement in the media. “Murphy Brown” was going to become the perfect entertainment counterbalance to the Trump administration. With an eye to the show’s heyday in the 1990s the new version of the show would be heavily steeped in current events. It was promised to be a lightning rod-type of program, addressing contemporary issues — especially the “fake news” narrative.

The main shift would be the titular character moving from having a primetime news program (a la “60 Minutes”) and instead be on a morning news show. There would be a built-in conflict as her now adult son Avery would be the host of his own conservative program. The producers dove headlong into modern storylines. They even included a cameo by Hillary Clinton.

The premiere episode (“re-debut”, maybe?) was a true harbinger of the season. The fake news angle was trotted out, and President Trump was name-dropped liberally. Avery was even said to be broadcast on the Wolf Network, a less than sly reference to the accursed Fox News. The next episode had Murphy plotting to worm her way into the White House press briefing to confront Sarah Sanders directly. It seems the producers overestimated the affection in the viewing audience for a Jim Acosta-like figure.

Following shows were centered on similar materiaal. They covered items like sexual harassment, the opioid crisis, and a reporter being accosted at a political rally. It was clear they felt as if they had tapped into the pulse of the nation and would be rewarded with both praise, and ratings. It was not to be.

As has been seen frequently the usual effect of this level of political pandering is to essentially be preaching to the choir. While late night talk shows, and Saturday Night Live have enjoyed a plateaued level of success there have been few other instances of this type of dramatic effort paying dividends. “Murphy Brown” failed on multiple levels.

Despite all the hope, and the hype, you can see that CBS hedged its bets. Even as many were heralding the return, and promising it would be an ideal answer to our political climate, the network was cautious. The show was granted only a 13 episode run, a modest schedule. This had to be due to the fact that this was a full cast, with some costly sets and other expenses. The show would almost have to overperform to turn heads.

The touted debut came in with a soft rating, with just over seven million viewers. Throughout the season the show bled viewers, averaging something closer to 6 million, and ending up as the 65th ranked program for the year. This does not get a show renewed — it gets let go, like a campaign chairman in the face of horrific poll numbers.

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Rebel Without a Clue: Bette Midler Also Rallies the Troops With Call for a #SexStrike, Gets Mixed Reactions

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As I wrote last Friday, failed Democratic House and Senate candidate Pam Keith (FL) is known for posting some off the wall stuff on her social media feeds, but perhaps none has been as unhinge-y as her tweet from Friday morning urging women to withhold sex from conservative men:

Presumably this was in response to Georgia governor Brian Kemp (R) signing the fetal heartbeat bill into law last week.

Actress/activist Alyssa Milano made a nearly identical call for women to abstain from sex that Friday night. It’s not clear whether or not she’d seen Keith’s tweet, but what is clear is that her fellow feminists did not respond well to it at all (the comment-to-retweet ratio on it is crazy, too).

Fellow actress/left wing activist Bette Midler joined in on the act, too, amplifying the call for a sex strike on Saturday without mentioning Milano’s campaign specifically:

Her tweet received a mixture of responses, with some of them calling her out, while others mocked her:

Others jumped on board, calling the “sex strike” a “vaginal revolt” and promising to do their parts:

I’m not sure if Midler and Milano see the irony of calling for a sex strike in response to a bill that seeks to prevent abortions in the event a couple has unprotected sex, but maybe we’ll find out in the coming days as Milano says she’s working on an opinion piece on the subject:

Stay tuned…

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Mob Rule Wins at Harvard: Law School Dean Fired Because He’s Harvey Weinstein’s Lawyer

An alternative headline for this article could be: Black man fired from job and kicked out of his home because he defended the constitutional rights of an unpopular person. Sound farfetched? That’s what happened when Harvard Law School decided to cave to the outrage mob and let political correctness triumph over justice and common sense.

Ronald Sullivan, Jr. and his wife Stephanie Robinson are both attorneys with degrees from Harvard Law School and impressive resumes in the years that followed their graduations. Sullivan’s biography on the Harvard website notes his work advising former President Barack Obama on criminal justice issues and his criminal defense work on notoriously difficult cases, securing acquittals in high-profile cases and successfully winning the release of over 6,000 wrongfully incarcerated prisoners.

Since 2009, Sullivan and Robinson served as the co-faculty deans for Winthrop House, one of Harvard’s residential houses. They were the first African-Americans to hold those positions, which include living in the dormitory buildings and serving as advisors to the students there, offering guidance in academics and future career advice as well as working to foster a social atmosphere.

Unfortunately for the couple, their faculty dean roles came into sharp conflict with Sullivan’s criminal defense work during recent months, when he was retained as part of the legal defense team for Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is perhaps one of the #MeToo movement’s biggest villains. Weinstein is facing multiple charges related to accusations that he sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, and/or raped a long list of actresses, journalists, and other women working in the film industry.

Sullivan’s participation in Weinstein’s legal defense outraged some of the Harvard students at Winthrop, and they demanded he be removed from his position. One of the main student activists, Danukski Mudannayake, described Sullivan’s legal work for Weinstein as “not only upsetting, but deeply trauma-inducing” and claimed it proved that he “does not value the safety of students he lives within Winthrop House.” Mudannayake writes for The Harvard Crimson, the campus student paper, and helped organize a change.org petition, protest events, and other efforts to encourage the administration to kick Sullivan out.

The outrage mob won. Over the weekend, Harvard College Dean Rakesh Kurana wrote an email to students stating, “Ronald Sullivan and Stephanie Robinson will not be continuing as your Faculty Deans when their term ends on June 30, 2019.”

The news was shocking to both sides.

Mudannayake told the New York Times she was “just completely gobsmacked, but in the best way,” adding that she was “very proud today of our college and our college’s administration for finally choosing to do the right thing.”

Sullivan and Robinson also released a statement, saying, “We are surprised and dismayed by the action Harvard announced today. We believed the discussions we were having with high-level university representatives were progressing in a positive manner, but Harvard unilaterally ended those talks.”

Their positions at the law school have not been affected thus far, but since their faculty dean roles necessarily involved living in the Winthrop residential buildings, the couple will have to move.

Let’s be clear about one thing: Weinstein is, by the evidence that has come to light thus far, a terrible person who used his money, fame, and power to demand sexual gratification from unwilling women, and to ruin the careers of anyone who thwarted him. He is not a sympathetic figure in the slightest.

He is still entitled to a full and vigorous defense of his constitutional rights.

Our justice system is built on the foundational principles of due process that the government must prove every element of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt, that we have have a right to have our case decided by a jury of our peers, and that we have a right to have an attorney advise us throughout this process and advocate on our behalf.

We are all entitled to these rights, regardless of age, gender, race, wealth, or popularity. In fact, there’s a fair argument that these rights are more critical for those who are unpopular.

The burden on the government to satisfy the demands of due process should never be lowered because someone is out of favor. That would be a truly horrific precedent to contemplate, for in these days of social media viral stories, hashtag activism, and 24-7 news channels, public sentiment can be whipped into a fury within mere moments, and not always with any effort to maintain fairness and accuracy.

Harvey Weinstein deserves the hell that is raining down upon him. He deserved the loss of his position in the company he co-founded with his brother, he deserved watching that company collapse into bankruptcy, he deserved being expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he deserved the complete collapse of his personal and professional life, all of it.

But he also deserves a legal defense against the criminal charges he is facing.

The Harvard students who demanded Sullivan’s ouster are seemingly unable to separate the legal representation against the accusation of a crime from the crime itself. As Reason’s Robby Soave wrote:

This is a disaster. The administration has endorsed the ridiculous notion that serving as legal counsel for a person accused of sexual misconduct is itself a form of sexual misconduct, or at the very least contributes to sexual harassment on campus. It is no exaggeration to say that Khurana has undermined one of the most important principles of modern, enlightened justice. He should be ashamed of himself.

Harvard fed the monster of the outrage mob by abandoning Sullivan, and they seem satisfied, for now. But these student activists have now experienced the high of their success — Mudannayake told the New York Times the students were in a “very happy” mood and enjoying a “celebratory atmosphere” — and since they’ve been taught that this tactic works, what demands will they make next?

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Kamala Harris Tries to “Clarify” Her Healthcare Stance (Again), It Doesn’t Go Well

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Kamala Harris is an interesting candidate. On paper, she’s formidable. She checks several of the major inter-sectional boxes, she’s generally well-spoken, and the media absolutely love her. Despite that, she can’t seem to get any traction in the Democratic primary.

Why? Because she’s actually pretty bad at running for President.

Take her many positions on healthcare. Back in January, she came out against private health insurance.

So for people out there who like their insurance, they don’t get to keep it?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked.

“Well, listen, the idea is that everyone gets access to medical care, and you don’t have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through the paperwork, all of the delay that may require,” she said.

“Who of us has not had that situation where you’ve got to wait for approval, and the doctor says, well, I don’t know if your insurance company is going to cover this. Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on,” Harris explained.

CNN, realizing what they’d just done to one of their preferred candidates, ran out the next day to try to clean up her mess.

“Medicare-for-all is the plan that she believes will solve the problem and get all Americans covered. Period,” Sams told CNN. “She has co-sponsored other pieces of legislation that she sees as a path to getting us there, but this is the plan she is running on.”

So she wants to eliminate private health insurance but also supports not eliminating it? CNN’s article is typical in that it reads like a Kamala Harris press release but it offers no more real clarification on her current stance.

Then in April, she tried yet again to spell out her position.

“On this issue of this whole dynamic about access to private insurance — of course private insurance, you can get supplemental insurance and all of that, but let’s not be duped by a messaging campaign that has been waged for years by the insurance companies to have you into believing that you need to defend them.”

Her new message essentially boiled down to her not being against private health insurance, but those that get it are are a subservient dupes of the insurance companies. That obviously didn’t play well either.

Well, brace yourself because we’ve got another clarification from Kamala Harris on her healthcare position.

HARRIS: I support Medicare for all, but I really do need to clear up what happened on that stage.

TAPPER: Yes, OK.

HARRIS: It was in the context of saying, let’s get rid of all the bureaucracy. Let’s get all of the waste…

TAPPER: Oh, not the insurance companies?

This is false. If you read her exchange in the first CNN town hall, she specifically references insurance companies in her rant, claiming that people are waiting around for approval before a doctor is allowed to do anything (while that’s not false with some procedures, it’s nowhere near the norm as she painted it). Now, Harris is claiming she wasn’t talking about the insurance companies at all.

Then things get really confusing.

HARRIS: I support Medicare for all. It is my preferred policy.

TAPPER: As a principle, you mean, not Bernie Sanders’ bill?

HARRIS: I support the bill.

TAPPER: OK.

HARRIS: I support the bill. I…

TAPPER: Well, because the bill gets rid of private insurance for everything that…

HARRIS: It doesn’t get rid of supplemental insurance for…

TAPPER: Right, for cosmetic surgery, but for all…

HARRIS: So, it doesn’t get rid of all insurance.

TAPPER: OK. It doesn’t get rid of all insurance.

HARRIS: OK. Right.

TAPPER: … but for all essential health care benefits.

So she supports Bernie’s bill, which does eliminate private insurance, but she doesn’t support it, but she does support it. Also, she’s not supporting getting rid of private insurance because she’ll still let you get supplemental coverage for cosmetic surgery. Makes sense.

Finally, she endorsed “Medicare for All” for illegal aliens because that’s basically a litmus test for Democrats these days.

TAPPER: So you support giving universal health care and Medicare for all to people who are on this country illegally?

HARRIS: Let me just be very clear about this. I’m opposed to any policy that would deny in our country any human being from access to public safety, public education, or public health, period.

So what’s really going on here?

Exactly.

No matter how much CNN wants to spin it, Harris supports eliminating private health insurance. She’s doing everything in her power to avoid saying so, but her statements leave no other alternative.

This is why Harris is languishing at the bottom of the polls in the Democratic field. While she seems like the kind of candidate the left-wing base would want, she’s basically a more inter-sectional Hillary Clinton. She tries to paint herself as tough but comes across looking like she’s trying way too hard. She can’t articulate a position without seeming inauthentic and dodgy. She tries to act like a cool, modern outsider of a candidate and she’s just not.

Unless she just kills it in the debates, I think her campaign is already on it’s last legs.

 

 

 

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WATCH: The FBI Find an Islamic Terrorist Training Camp in Alabama. If It’s There, It’s Everywhere. What’s the Answer?

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[SCREENSHOT FROM TWEET]

 

This just doesn’t seem right at all.

As reported by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the FBI’s made a startling discovery in Alabama: a jihadist training compound.

In Sweet Home, Alabama.

A Federal Bureau of Investigations search warrant noted a “makeshift military-style obstacle course” on a piece of land resembling “an abandoned dump” just miles outside of downtown Tuskegee.

That’s Tuskegee — home of Lionel Richie and the Commodores, who gave us “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Nightshift,” and the bada$$ “Brick House.”

What looks like a shack of a wooden house sits on the property owned by Siraj Wahhaj. The notorious 40-year-old made news last year for purportedly training 11 children to commit school shootings at a New Mexico compound.

For that activity, in March, Siraj was indicted by a grand jury for terrorism, kidnapping, and firearm violation.

Speaking to Sinclair, former Mobile Special Agent Tim Fuhrman laid out a disturbing contemporary picture of ubiquitous, murderous anti-Americanism within:

“The threat of domestic terrorism exists in every region of the United States and affects all walks of life.”

Even in Alabama??

Tim said location, schmocation:

“Just because you’re in a small town or a small state does not mean you might not potentially have individuals engaged in the types of activities that would call into question threats to national security.”

I think it’s safe to say if it’s happening in the Heart of Dixie, it truly could be anywhere.

And according to Tim, the best defense…is you:

“Sometimes, if you see something it isn’t suspicious. It’s someone exercising their first amendment rights or living the way they do that you may not agree with but does not pose a criminal or national security threat. But sometimes they actually are.”

Meanwhile, a porous border — partly made holier by Democrats (here, here, here, and here) — keeps us from knowing who’s coming in. And a U.S. congresswoman heavily accused of anti-Semitism represents the terrorist recruitment capital of the nation (here, here, here, and here).

We need a turning of the tide. A wave of national security. We should be aware of who’s here. And in cases of terrorist efforts, we need the gumption to deal with the threat. If it’s penetrated the deep south, it’s profoundly embedded. And so I say: let the waters move in the favor of protected liberty. Roll Tide.

-Alex

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here, here, hereherehere, here, here, and here.

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Peter Schweizer Reveals Details of Hunter Biden’s Deal With China…His Partners Will Surprise You

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Investigative reporter Peter Schweizer, the author of Clinton Cash, completed an in-depth study of Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China. It was Schweizer who first revealed that Hunter Biden’s private equity firm received a $1 billion investment within two weeks of accompanying his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, on an official trip there. The cash infusion came from a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China and it wasn’t long before the investment increased to $1.5 billion.

Schweizer and his team of investigators spent two years researching cases in which families and friends of powerful politicians have benefited handsomely from those interested in “currying favor with their influential parents.” In his book, entitled “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends,” Schweitzer provides some interesting details about Hunter Biden’s dubious dealings with China.

Schweizer reports that Hunter Biden and his business partners created a group of LLCs to conduct their deals with Chinese government-owned companies. The largest LLC was their private equity firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners, which was founded in 2009. This firm was controlled by Hunter Biden, long-time business partner Devon Archer and, lo and behold, Chris Heinz, who happens to be the stepson of former Secretary of State and Senator, John Kerry.

Rosemont also partnered with the Thornton Group, a consulting company run by James Bulger, who was named after his uncle, the notorious mob hitman James “Whitey” Bulger.

In 2010, the principles of Rosemont Seneca and the Thornton Group, headed to China to meet with business officials there. On their Chinese language website, Thornton reported the reason for the meeting was  to “explore the possibility of commercial cooperation and opportunity.” It said that “Chinese executives “extended their warm welcome” to the “Thornton Group, with its US partner Rosemont Seneca chairman Hunter Biden (second son of the now Vice President Joe Biden).”

Schweitzer points out this information was not reported on the English-speaking web site.

He also notes that the meeting “occurred just hours before Hunter Biden’s father, the vice president, met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Washington as part of the Nuclear Security Summit.”

According to Schweizer, The Bank of China founded an investment fund called Bohai Harvest RST (BHR) shortly after the Biden’s December 2013 official trip to China. BHR’s website listed Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC as one of it’s founding partners.

Yet, “Chris Heinz claims neither he, nor Rosemont Seneca Partners, the firm he had part ownership of, had any role in the deal with Bohai Harvest. Nonetheless, Biden, Archer and the Rosemont name became increasingly involved with China. Archer became the vice chairman of Bohai Harvest, helping oversee some of the fund’s investments.”

Schweizer writes that “several of BHR’s investments had major implications for national security.” He explains:

In December 2014, BHR became an “anchor investor” in the IPO of China General Nuclear Power Corp. (CGN), a state-owned energy company involved in the construction of nuclear reactors. In April 2016, the US Justice Department would charge CGN with stealing nuclear secrets from the United States — actions prosecutors said could cause “significant damage to our national security.”

Of particular interest to CGN were sensitive, American-made components that, according to experts, resembled components used by the US on its nuclear submarines.

That Hunter Biden had no experience in China, and little in private equity, didn’t dissuade the Chinese government from giving his company a business opportunity in place of established global financial brands like Morgan Stanley or Goldman Sachs. In fact, the Chinese government wasn’t done funding deals with Hunter Biden.

Around the same time, the Schweizer team discovered that  a “Chinese state-backed conglomerate called Gemini Investments Limited was negotiating and sealing deals with Hunter Biden’s Rosemont on several fronts. That month, it made a $34 million investment into a fund managed by Rosemont.

Biden had set up a “sister company” called “Rosemont Realty” which announced in August 2015 that the above mentioned “Gemini Investment was buying a 75 percent stake in the company. The terms of the deal included a $3 billion commitment from the Chinese, who were eager to purchase new US properties. Shortly after the sale, Rosemont Realty was rechristened Gemini Rosemont.”

Li Ming, Sino-Ocean Land Holdings Limited and Gemini Investments chairman, was among many in the Chinese business world to commend the deal. “Rosemont, with its comprehensive real-estate platform and superior performance history, was precisely the investment opportunity Gemini Investments was looking for in order to invest in the US real estate market. We look forward to a strong and successful partnership.”

Another said, “The plan was to use Chinese money to acquire more properties in the United States. We see great opportunities to continue acquiring high-quality real estate in the US market. The possibilities for this venture are tremendous.”

In 2015, BHR announced a deal with Chinese state-owned military aviation contractor Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). They were interested in purchasing an American company called Henniges, which “manufactures technology with military applications.”

All transactions having anything to do with national security must be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Several government agencies were involved in the approval process. One of those was John Kerry’s State Department. The deal passed. AVIC hold a 51% stake in the new company and BHR, 49%.

Interesting, huh?

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Chris Wallace, Unpatriotic or Just Plain Dumb

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Chris Wallace, Unpatriotic or Just Plain Dumb

While driving around doing errands yesterday, I happened to catch Fox News Sunday on SiriusXM. As I listened, Chris Wallace proved once again, he is not quite the journalist his Old Man was. He was interviewing Larry Kudlow, Director of the(se) United States Economic Council and President Trump’s senior economic advisor. The topic was the recently imposed tariffs on Chinese goods entering America.

The interview was quite standard until Wallace asked how much longer the President is willing to continue with escalating tariffs. This is a piece of information the Chinese would absolutely love to have. In military parlance, it would be a CCIR (Commander’s Critical Information Requirement). This particular information would let the Chinese know exactly how long they would need to gut it out, before the(se) United States would fold.

Kudlow, being a good Presidential advisor and refusing to assume authority not his own, forthrightly deferred back to the President, stating that that decision rightly belongs to the POTUS, thus giving Wallace—and the Chinese, gornisht.

I understand that a senior administration official must be temperate in all responses, unless specifically directed by POTUS to do otherwise. However, there’s a big part of me who would have loved to hear **

Chris, you idiot; Do you really think it’s a prudent move to disclose our negotiations timetable to the Chinese?

Are you really that stupid?

Have you ever really had any responsibility for other folks’ lives & livelihoods?

I’ll bet you think it’s a great idea, just like President Obama, to tell the Taliban and ISIS, what our end dates were, in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Your father would be ashamed.

I understand that journalists must ask the tough questions and keep the American people informed. However, sometimes (OK quite often) it can be difficult to determine if a “journalist” is unpatriotic, or simply stupid. Chris Wallace made it really difficult yesterday morning.

**I was thinking all of this and had these same thoughts confirmed by a fellow West Pointer, initials, RAM, so he gets some credit here.

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The Washington Post Goes with “Republicans Seize” After Tlaib Makes Yet More Anti-Semitic Remarks

Last night, I wrote on Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s latest dive into antisemitism, which involved historically ignorant comments about Palestinians providing a “safe haven” for Jews after the Holocaust.

“There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports,” Tlaib said just after the 28 minute mark. “And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”

This was extremely problematic for two reasons.

One, it’s completely false. The Palestinians were massacring Jews before, during, and after the Holocaust. Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Palestinian leader at the time, allied with Hitler and tried to carry out his own genocide, which includes numerous mass killings. There’s also the fact that Palestinians and their Arab allies tried to, you know, destroy Israel the same year it gained statehood in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The idea that there was ever an effort, voluntarily or even involuntarily, by Palestinians to provide a safe haven for Jews is objectively nonsense.

To assert such is like saying a German saying they are extremely proud their ancestors provided free housing for Jews during the Holocaust. It’s not only an extreme, out of context misreading of history, it’s morally gross to claim.

Second, Tlaib’s comments are not a new creation. What she said is typical anti-Semitic propaganda which seeks to paint the Jews as new arrivals after the Holocaust. In reality, Jews far predated Arabs in the region, were there long before the Holocaust, had legally begun buying land to resettle in Israel before World War 2, and the agreed plan for a Jewish state predated the conflict by decades. And that’s just me glossing over the matter. The complete history of Jews in Israel is vast and would take hours to recount here.

What is being done by Tlaib is an attempt to paint Israel as some random entity that popped up to facilitate European Jews after the Holocaust, which frames them as foreigners with no right to be there.

Now, we are starting to get reaction from non-right leaning sources on the matter and it’s exactly what you’d expect.

The Washington Post is claiming that Tlaib’s comments are being “seized” on by Republicans.

Yes, that’s the story here.

It’s objectively false to say Tlaib is being taken out context. What the WaPo is trying to do is center the conversation on her “calming feeling” comment, which could actually be taken out of context (no, she wasn’t saying the Holocaust itself gave her that). But that’s not what any conservative reacting is talking about. We are all commenting on her historical ignorance and the gross nature in which she painted genocidal Palestinians submissive protectors of Jews.

If you read the WaPo article, not once does the writer address the falsities in Tlaib’s comments, instead choosing to defend her and Ilhan Omar, who wasn’t even a part of this issue.

For her part, Rashida Tlaib commented late last night via her official Twitter account.

Notice the re-direct by Tlaib to her “calming feeling” statement, even though that’s not the issue anyone was discussing about her comments. She does that knowing the media will now spend all day claiming Republicans were accusing her of supporting the Holocaust. I haven’t seen a single legitimate conservative voice do that. Instead, the focus has been completely on what I described at the beginning of this article.

Tlaib lies and doubles down about the criticism against her knowing that not a single mainstream media outlet will call her on it. Instead, she can sit back and count on being defended at all costs. It’s insanity on a grand level.

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