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House Dems Excited About Mueller Testimony, But Not Half As Excited As Republicans Are

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Democrats are delighted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify under subpoena on July 17th before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. Don’t they realize that this move has the potential to backfire? Spectacularly?

There are so many reasons why this may not end well for Democrats or for Mueller.

For starters, let’s go back to Mueller’s nine minute press conference last month. Putting aside the investigation and the report itself for a moment, Mueller appeared to be completely overwhelmed. At the time, I wrote, “If you watch Mueller’s demeanor, especially when he first steps up to the podium, he appears extremely ill at ease. It’s hard to imagine that such a powerful man would be quite so nervous, but he appeared petrified. And all he had to do was read something. He gave the impression that if he had to answer a serious question, he would explode.

Historian and political commentator Mark Levin’s observation was that Mueller appeared feeble. He said, “this is not a man who would do well under seven, eight, nine hours of questioning, with the Republicans honing in on so many issues.”

Next, Mueller does not want to answer questions. He is vulnerable and has a lot to hide.

He is used to operating behind the scenes. He issues orders and, until now, has answered to no one. Not even to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. House Republicans, particularly Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and those like him, will rip off the curtain. He will be taken completely out of his comfort zone and will be expected to answer many uncomfortable questions. Here are a few.

1.  Why did you accept the Special Counsel appointment when you had such obvious (and personal) conflicts of interest? (First, Mueller was interested in returning to his old job as FBI Director. President Trump turned him down the day before Rosenstein appointed him to the Special Counsel; Next, Mueller had a close long-term relationship with James Comey, whose firing triggered the Special Counsel; Last, Mueller had been involved in a financial dispute with Trump years ago over a portion of his membership fee ($15,000) at one of Trump’s golf clubs.)

2.  When did you learn that President Trump had not colluded with the Russians? (Republicans will press him on this.)

3.  Why did you choose only Democrats for your investigation team? (Special Counsel rules require a bipartisan team. They also require that the Special Counsel be a Washington outsider. Mueller was the ultimate Washington insider.)

4.  Why did you give the strong impression during your press conference that, although there may very well have been a prosecutable case against the President, you weren’t able to draw a conclusion due to the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel rules? And, given that you were able to draw a conclusion about collusion, why couldn’t you have done so on obstruction?

(Specifically, he said: “If I had evidence, and that evidence was clear that he did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”
“Charging the President with a crime was not an option we could consider.”)

Attorney General William Barr was asked about why Mueller had failed to come to a conclusion on the question of obstruction of justice during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 1st. He said, “We were frankly surprised that they were not going to reach a decision on obstruction and we asked them a lot about the reasoning behind this. Mueller stated three times to us in that meeting, in response to our questioning, that he emphatically was not saying that but for the OLC opinion he would have found obstruction.”

Barr made a similar remark at the press conference he held prior to the public release of the redacted Mueller Report. He told reporters, “We specifically asked him about the OLC opinion and whether or not he was taking a position that he would have found a crime but for the existence of the OLC opinion. And he made it very clear several times that was not his position.”

5.  Why did you stir up impeachment fever among House Democrats during your press conference? (Mueller tossed out a not so thinly veiled call to action.)

6.  Why did you ignore Hillary Clinton and her obvious crimes of obstruction of justice? Why did you ignore her collusion with Russia and Ukraine?

7.  When did you realize the Steele dossier was a pack of lies? And that the FBI had obtained a warrant to spy on Carter Page using the bogus dossier as the basis of their application?

8.  A DOJ court filing shows that the FBI actually began spying on Michael Flynn in January 2016 rather than December 2016 as the FBI and the Mueller report maintain. Please explain.

9.  The Mueller report omits a significant sentence from a voicemail left for Michael Flynn’s attorney’s by Trump’s attorney, John Dowd, which materially changes the meaning of the message. Please explain.

10. In the opening of the report, the Mueller team ties Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Paul Manafort’s lobbying firm, to Russian intelligence. The reality is that Kilimnik was a top informant for the U.S. State Department and other Western intelligence agencies as well. Please explain.

And several more from American Greatness’ Julie Kelly:

11. In Volume II, page 103, in reference to the participants in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, you refer to “the firm that produced the Steele reporting.” Why did you intentionally omit citing the name Fusion GPS or its owner, Glenn Simpson, throughout the 448-page report?

12. Did you know that at the same time Fusion GPS was working to collect opposition research on Donald Trump for the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee it also was representing Prevezon, a Russian-based company sanctioned by the U.S. government?

13. Why did you omit the fact that Glenn Simpson was working with Natalia Veselnitskya, the so-called Russian lawyer, on the Prevezon project and that Simpson met with her before the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting that she attended with Trump campaign associates including Donald Trump, Jr.?

14. Why did you also omit the fact the Glenn Simpson was working with Rinat Akhmetshin—another attendee of the Trump Tower meeting—on the Prevezon project and that Simpson met with both Veselnitskya and Akhmetshin the day after the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting?

15. Your office scrubbed the iPhone devices used by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page after they were dismissed from the team. Is that obstruction of justice since both are subjects of ongoing congressional investigations?

16. At what point did Comey inform Trump that the campaign was under investigation since there is no indication in Comey’s own memos that he disclosed that information to the president at any time prior to March 2017?

17. Aside from Comey’s own memos, do you have additional evidence to support the allegation that the president asked Comey to drop any inquiries related to Michael Flynn?

18. The report cites numerous news articles, including a few that contain classified information sourced by anonymous government officials. As you know, it is a felony to disclose classified information, such as intercepted phone calls with foreign ambassadors under surveillance and the existence of a FISA warrant. Did you identify any of the government officials who were illegally leaking classified information to the news media?

19. Is it illegal for the president of the United States to fire the FBI director, with or without cause?

20. Is it illegal for the president of the United States to consider firing, or to fire, a special counsel?

This is not a complete list. It could go on from here. By the end of the day, we might actually start feeling sorry for Mr. Mueller…Nah.

We all know what this investigation was about. It was an unsuccessful attempt to remove President Trump from office.

Still, I do have one final question for him. If it was not your job to determine if the President had committed a crime, what have you been doing for the past 22 months?

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E. Jean Carroll’s Rape Claim Looks Awfully Similar to a Plot Line from an Episode of “Law and Order”

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We’ve been watching the unfolding of the story of E. Jean Carroll, the woman who claims Trump raped her.

While the mainstream media did everything in their power to prop Carroll up as a viable source, the woman has exhibited incredibly odd behavior, including a very awkward interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN, wherein she floated the idea that people think rape is sexy.

Carroll’s claim was that one day she was in a Bergdorf dressing room in Manhattan when Trump burst in and sexually assaulted her. There’s no proof that it happened, and as time goes on, it’s becoming safe to assume that it didn’t. Especially after an interesting discovery floated around on social media.

As it turns out, being sexually assaulted in a Bergdorf dressing room is the plotline in an episode of “Law and Order,” wherein a man being questioned by police describes a role play fantasy being played out by a couple where the man bursts into a Bergdorf dressing room while the woman was trying on lingerie.

Let’s remember that during Carroll’s interview with Anderson Cooper that she mentioned that people think rape is sexy and described it as being a fantasy.

“Think of the fantasies,” she told Cooper.

I want to be clear that I’m not saying that Carroll’s claim is or isn’t real. I have no proof of either, just a hunch due to a long history of watching accusers come out of the woodwork when a person is about to achieve a position of power. From Clarence Thomas to Brett Kavanaugh, and a plethora of Republican politicians in between, sexual assault allegations are a dime a dozen, and they very rarely seem to be true.

With Trump approaching 2020 and the Russian scandal a dud, the left has to turn to something, and another sexual assault or rape accusations was completely expected.

That said, I do want to bring attention to the fact that this “Law and Order” episode and the similarities of the claims made by Carroll seem too similar not to be suspect. Adding the fact that she mentions rape fantasies, just like the episode talks about, makes this seem even odder.

I’m not one for engaging in conspiracy theories, but I am one for paying attention to weird details. And this? This is definitely a weird detail.

Somebody should ask Carroll if she watches a lot of television.

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Abortion Activist Reaches New Levels of Crazy With Claim About Infant Baptisms

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Abortion activists are an odd bunch, to say the least. Just when you think you’ve reached the rocky bottom of their insanity, they toss you a shovel and encourage you to keep digging.

Former Irish president Mary McAleese is one such activist who believes her brand of crazy is absolutely normal, yet a harmless tradition practiced for hundreds of years is somehow a horrible thing.

According to the Irish Times, McAleese recently attacked the Catholic practice of baptizing a baby in water as a violation of fundamental human rights:

Saying that early Baptism breaches fundamental human rights, she said: “You can’t impose, really, obligations on people who are only two weeks old and you can’t say to them at seven or eight or 14 or 19 ‘here is what you contracted, here is what you signed up to’ because the truth is they didn’t.”

The current model of Baptism “worked for many centuries because people didn’t understand that they had the right to say no, the right to walk away”, she declared.

According to Life News, McAleese may be a bit salty about the Catholic church, especially after it opposed the repeal of Ireland’s pro-life laws:

Last week, McAleese also blasted Catholic Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin who urged Catholics to attend confession if they voted to repeal the country’s pro-life Eighth Amendment.

The Irish Independent reports McAleese flouted the bishop’s urging and openly touted her vote to allow the legalized killing of unborn babies in Ireland. She made the statements at a weekend conference organized by the Catholic lay group We Are Church Ireland in Dublin.

I really shouldn’t have to explain why McAleese’s statement is absolutely ridiculous, but I feel like I do in light of the fact that too many pro-abortion advocates exhibit low levels of reasoning that surprises me, given the fact that these opinions come from thinking humans who are intelligent enough at least put fully formed sentences together.

During the baptism, infant baptism is when water is poured over a baby’s head in a ceremony dating back to what some believe to be the time of Paul the apostle. No harm befalls the baby. Their heads get a bit wet and then everyone goes to lunch.

During an abortion, the baby dies because the doctor kills the child with various methods of doing so at his disposal, some of them sounding like concepts straight out of a horror movie.

Of the two of these, which one do you feel violates the baby’s human rights. The one where it puts on a nice little gown, has some H20 dribbled on its head and then has a bottle, or the one where it’s killed.

You decide.

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Grow Up, AOC: Liz Cheney Schools Her Highness on How Mature Members of Congress Should Address Border Crisis

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Ever since Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) called her out last week on her absurd comparison of border detention facilities to Nazi concentration camps, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been on a revenge mission to get back at her Congressional colleague for having the audacity to set the record straight.

Cheney addressed AOC in three different tweets over the issue on Tuesday and Wednesday last week. Ocasio-Cortez has devoted significantly more time to not only waffling back and forth on her own position on the detention facilities, but also in trying to blame Cheney for making a comparison to the Holocaust that AOC claims she herself never made.

We all know Her Highness is just straight up lying here:

As it turns out, Cheney has had enough of Ocasio-Cortez’s liberal tears and governing-by-Twitter, and the Wyoming Congresswoman called her out yesterday both for her remarks on the detention centers, and for also how she treats her job:

“I think that any member who suggested, as she did, that the camps on the U.S. border are concentration camps deserves that,” Cheney told reporters Tuesday during a press conference when asked why she has been such a vocal critic of her fellow freshman lawmaker. “That’s a comment that is clearly ludicrous, clearly something that must be responded to,” she added.

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“I think that you should be in a position where rather than launching attacks like that, which are clearly political on their face, clearly misinformed, we all ought to be working to try to help the crisis at the border, both the security and the humanitarian crisis at the border. And she and many of her colleagues have now prevented us from bringing the bill to the floor that would do that 17 times,” the House Republican Conference chairwoman said. “So I think it’s very important we focus on the fact that this is real Congress, this isn’t model Congress, we have real work to do and we ought to be getting it done.”

Watch Cheney speak on the issue below:

In other words, grow up, AOC.

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The Disgusting Lie Hiding Behind the Left’s Circulation of the Viral Photo of a Dead Migrant Child

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You likely opened up your internet for the first time today and, if you follow enough news and media accounts, likely saw this photo drift across your screen.

It’s of a small child face down in the water next to her father. Both are drowned.

According to the New York Times, the man is Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez. The child is his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria. The two were not fleeing war. They weren’t escaping some sort of violence. They were just economic migrants looking for that proverbial greener grass on the other side. Since they weren’t fleeing war or violence, they wouldn’t qualify for asylum.

So, Ramirez opted to try the river with his daughter and met his, and his daughter’s, fate.

To be clear, this photo is absolutely tragic and heartbreaking. It’s a very sad look at, — and a clear indication of — just how horrible the border crisis has gotten.

And Democrats can’t wait to show it to you. Why?

The obvious answer is that they’re going to sell the idea to the American people that this is all President Donald Trump’s fault for being so racist as to not let people who want into the United States in. This will then lead to the softening of hearts, which will then allow Democrats to obtain more power in elections and pass whatever they please, such as open borders.

It should be remembered that Trump’s approval took a dip when the story of children being separated at the border hit. Democrats are counting on your emotional reaction to this photo to do the same just in time to make this a 2020 election issue.

What’s more, they have a solid feeling it will work for them because it worked before back in Europe in 2015 when the left was doing their open borders push. In fact, as Raheem Kassam highlights at Human Events, it’s almost the exact same story, just with a different border:

In 2015, at the peak of Europe’s self-inflicted migration problem, the media plastered pictures of toddler Aylan (later ‘Alan’) Kurdi washed up dead on a beach in Turkey.

Kurdi was utilized as a global symbol of why Western nations were morally bound to throw open their borders to anyone and everyone apparently seeking refuge.

The media would also, in the same period, blur out pictures of children killed in Islamic terror attacks.

This, even though it became clear the Kurdi family was living relatively well in a safe country (Turkey), and had paid nearly $6,000 to try and cross illegally into Europe on their way to Canada. Around 40 per cent of Americans can’t put $400 together in a crisis. The same goes for many Europeans.

Here, with this picture, is America’s version of Aylan Kurdi.

The Democrats are sinking to new lows with old lies.

Oddly enough, this has been happening for years, especially during the Obama administration’s time in power, yet no one seemed to care. In fact, Breitbart’s Brandon Darby has been sounding the alarm with on the ground reporting before Trump was even in office.

Let’s be clear. There are people to blame for tragedies such as this, but it’s not Trump. Trump is simply upholding the laws that govern how migration is handled in our country to the letter. Obama was more or less doing the same but with far less media oversight.

In fact, as Stephen Miller pointed out, the left is hoping your memory is shorter than going back to the Obama administration. In fact, they hope you can’t recall that they were saying there was no crisis not but a handful of months ago with a completely different narrative.

Let’s be very clear. This is a result of incentivization to cross illegally. The left offering places like “sanctuary cities,” giving drivers licenses to illegals, entitlement programs, and a chance at higher paying work while having to give nothing back.

The problem is that we’re making the risk of immigrating illegally in the face of death a worthwhile option, and the deaths that occur, including the two in the viral photo, are on those who continue to push to make that journey worth taking.

Yet you’re going to be sold that the only reason this is happening is that Trump is unfairly denying entry to poor children fleeing horrible countries because of (fill in the blank) which is just one more reason to vote him out of office.

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John Brennan’s Thrown Together 2017 ICA Report on Russia Is Being Investigated

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The 2017 ICA report, released in January of that year, has become a gospel edition to the Russian collusion narrative.

The supposedly unquestionable report was commissioned and led by then CIA Dir. John Brennan, a self-exposed political hack. You may know him from one of his many unhinged Twitter rants against Donald Trump. He also famously made this ridiculous claim, which blew up in his face just a week later.

The “report” was literally thrown together over a span of a month. It claimed to have substantiated every major liberal talking about about Donald Trump and Russia. Not only did it make accusations  that clearly lacked evidence at the time, it even proclaimed to know Putin’s motivations, i.e. that he definitely wanted to get Trump elected. What evidence was there for any of this? There was essentially none at the time and there’s still precious little today as well.

That’s not to say there was no “Russian interference” at all, but it is to say that many of the claims we hear as factual today still have little to no evidence behind them. That was especially true in early 2017 when this ICA report came out.

Now, AG Barr is investigating the genesis of not only the Steele dossier, but also that report, which has largely escaped scrutiny to this point. Julie Kelly shares that and other information in a new piece.

But that conclusion reportedly is under scrutiny by Attorney General William Barr as part of his wide-reaching investigation into the corrupt origins of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.

A special prosecutor appointed by Barr to oversee the probe is supposed to interview senior CIA officials who helped produce the report. According to a June 12 New York Times story disclosing the inquiry, the impending inquiry “has provoked anxiety in the ranks of the CIA.”

As Julie Kelly notes, Andrew McCarthy questioned the ICA at the time for very obvious reasons.

“To my mind the assessment is very peculiar,” former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy told the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month. “Ordinarily the kind of assessment that you’re talking about there would be something that would take well over a year to do, certainly many months to do . . . seems to me, in this instance, there was a rush to get that out within a matter of days.”

How did the Brennan led CIA and Obama administration go from saying Russian interference wasn’t going to happen right before the election to making grand proclamations of a tainted election in a matter of days? Simple, they threw together a bunch of unsubstantiated accusations that sounded good and shoved them out under official auspices.

This allowed the media to then run wild claiming that Trump was an illegitimate President.

With the pump primed, the next step in the game would be to brief the President on the Steele dossier while withholding key information about it’s credibly from him. Then a simple leak to CNN provided the hook for what would culminate into the mess that we are dealing with today.

The hastily prepared report is akin to a last-minute term paper, carefully formatted with plenty of white space and graphics. Odd anecdotes are stitched together in a hodgepodge manner. It’s filled with repetition and hearsay. One vague passage insists that Putin “holds a grudge for comments [by Clinton] he almost certainly saw as disparaging him.” Another factoid is that a Putin pal said Russia would “drink champagne” if Trump won. Not exactly the kind of conjecture that would pass muster in a court of law.

The document was released in declassified form; readers repeatedly are assured that highly-classified information supports the Intelligence Community’s conclusions but that “the release of such information would reveal sensitive sources or methods and imperil the ability to collect critical foreign intelligence in the future.” (Where have we heard that before?) It strained to make a connection between the Kremlin, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

In the end, there was no grand measure of evidence hiding behind those classified markings, as the Mueller report would make fairly clear. Even in regards to something as foundational as the DNC hack, Mueller would end up relying on the same 3rd party assessment by Crowdstrike, who were hired by the DNC after they refused to let the FBI examine the server.

While the media and Democrats spent years accusing anyone questioning the narrative of being a “conspiracy theorist,” the reality is that it was the government delving in conspiratorial thinking to shove out a rushed, clearly questionable report. The only reason to do that was to get ahead of Trump’s inauguration.

Hopefully, Barr’s investigation will look deeply at the motivations of figures like Brennan, Clapper, etc. and just how politically corrupt they were in getting their preferred narrative out there.

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Newly Released Documents: Obama Officials Changed Intelligence Sharing Rules In Final Days To Undermine Trump Administration

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President Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow serves as chief counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a conservative watchdog group headquartered in Washington. Via a FOIA request, Sekulow reports the ACLJ has received documents which show Obama officials, led by then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, had gone to great lengths to change intelligence sharing rules in the last weeks of the Obama administration.

The changes were intended to increase access to raw signals intelligence by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. Sekulow explains the modifications were made to “pave the way for a shadow government to leak classified information – endangering our national security and severely jeopardizing the integrity and reputation of our critical national security apparatus – in an attempt to undermine President Trump.”

The more officials who have access to classified information, the more difficult it becomes to determine accountability in the event of a leak.

According to Sekulow, the documents show that Clapper was especially “eager” for the adjustments to be made and “rushed to get the new procedures signed by the Attorney General [Loretta Lynch] before the conclusion of this administration.”

The documents reveal DNI official Robert Litt telling the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense’s Director of Intelligence Strategy, Policy, & Integration: “Really want to get this done … and so does the Boss [James Clapper].”

The ACLJ also received documents from the National Security Agency. An NSA official is quoted telling a colleague that they “could have a signature from the AG as early as this week, certainly prior to the 20th of Jan.”

Sekulow wrote:

We are also now aware of Director of National Intelligence Clapper’s open hostility to President Trump and intentional leaking by senior law enforcement and intelligence officials who were also hostile to Trump.

All of these facts point to a coordinated effort across agencies during the Obama administration to oppose the incoming Trump administration.

As part of the ACLJ’s Government Accountability Project and Freedom of Information Act practice, we uncovered key information about the embedded “resistance” operating within our government.

Sekulow cited a January 12, 2017 New York Times article:

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.

On December 15, 2016 – after President Trump’s election – Director of National Intelligence Clapper executed a document titled “Procedures for the Availability or Dissemination of Raw Signals Intelligence Information by the National Security Agency Under Section 2.3 of Executive Order 12333.”

On January 3, 2017 – just days before President Trump’s inauguration – then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch executed the document, indicating her approval.

The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations.

The first mention of these rule changes came in a 2014 New York Times article, however, it wasn’t until the final weeks of the Obama administration that they were acted upon.

Related to this was the unprecedented increase in the number of “unmasking” requests made in the run-up to the election. Over 300 requests were carried out in 2016, most of which were recorded in the name of Samantha Powers, who served as Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations. However, Powers denies she was responsible for all of them.

The ACLJ filed their FOIA request for this information from the DNI and the NSA two years ago. They currently have three additional FOIA lawsuits pending.

Sekulow’s revelation adds to the ever-growing pile of evidence indicating that there was indeed a “coordinated effort” by a shadow government which worked to undermine President Trump.

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Chicago Bar Employee Spits on Eric Trump; Secret Service Take Her Into Custody

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Shortly after Eric Trump had arrived at Aviary, an upscale bar in Chicago on Tuesday night, a young female employee walked up to him and spit in his face. According to Breitbart, an eyewitness said the woman “murmured inaudibly something that sounded like it was anti-Trump.”

ABC5 Chicago’s Mary Ann Ahern reported that the offender was immediately handcuffed and taken into custody by Trump’s Secret Service agents. She was later released after Trump declined to press charges.

Breitbart News’ spoke to Trump following the incident. He said, “It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems. For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility. When somebody is sick enough to resort to spitting on someone, it just emphasizes a sickness and desperation and the fact that we’re winning.”

Liberals have a history of abusing Trump associates in restaurants. Last June, the owner of a Lexington, VA restaurant, The Red Hen, asked then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to leave and told the Washington Post she “would have done the same thing again.”

Then-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was dining at a Washington, D.C. restaurant last year with a companion when a group of activists arrived, and began chanting, “Shame, shame, shame.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), journalist Candace Owens and other Trump allies have been subjected to similar treatment.

I have to say it. Can you imagine the outrage if, instead of Eric Trump, this young woman had spit on Sasha or Malia Obama, or Chelsea Clinton?

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Iran Calls Trump ‘Mentally Retarded.’ The President Reminds Them of Something Very Important

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Iran and Donald Trump continue to spar (here).

On Tuesday — following both countries touting how they could destroy each other (here and here), the Middle Eastern nation’s president called our Commander-in-Chief “mentally retarded.”

Suddenly, this doesn’t sound super professional.

On the international playground, Kid Trump fired back with how strong he is — make a muscle.

And how rich:

“You may have some red parachute pants, but I’ve got four Swatches. And I play baseball in my Guess Jeans. “

KT called Kid Iran a bully:

And, said Trump, Iran best not be gettin’ him confused with any of the others they tried to push around before:

Although the President 86’d a strike that would’ve likely killed 150 in the aftermath of Iran’s destruction of a U.S. spy drone, Fox News has confirmed that the U.S. did launch a cyberattack last week:

“Fox News has confirmed that the U.S. military also carried out a cyberattack against Iran last Thursday even as the president nixed plans for airstrikes in response to the downing of an American drone. Sources said U.S. Cyber Command launched the cyberattack targeting the Iranian intelligence and radar installations used to down the U.S. Navy drone last week.”

And the battle — or, the argument in front of the monkey bars — rages on.

-ALEX

 

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Robert Mueller Agrees to Testify in Open Session Before Congress

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Some late breaking news tonight.

Robert Mueller, after stonewalling for months, has agreed to testify in an open session of Congress about the special counsel investigation. This is likely in coordination with the DOJ and super-villain Bill Barr.

This per The Wall Street Journal.

WASHINGTON—Robert Mueller will testify in open session next month before a pair of House committees, in a victory for the Democratic leaders who had long sought his testimony in public.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) said that the special counsel had agreed to testify in open session on July 17 pursuant to a subpoena.

Both of those committee’s are absolute clown shows, so expect there to be lots of stupid and gnashing of teeth.

It’s unlikely anything new will come from Mueller testifying, as he’s already said he won’t veer away from what’s already in the report itself. While Democrats will try their hardest to get him to deliver a smoking gun that somehow eluded us all this time, what’s more likely to happen is that Mueller will drop a few malleable insinuations like he did at his press conference. The media will go wild in one direction and Adam Schiff will rant on Twitter about moral evil. But the facts are already out there and they aren’t changing.

You can see the strategy that’s coming by reading Nadler’s statement on the matter.

“Americans have demanded to hear directly from the Special Counsel so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia’s attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign’s acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates’ obstruction of the investigation into that attack,” the lawmakers wrote in a statement.

Since the Trump campaign didn’t accept any foreign assistance, that line will probably be a dud. But hey, who’s keeping score at this point? This is going to be all rehashed nonsense, which is exactly the purpose of this charade.

Unfortunately for Democrats, all evidence says the American people have checked out on this. Nadler and Schiff can keep beating the dead horse but it’s going to stay dead.

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