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Federal Judge Lays the Smack Down On California Over Law Denying Trump Ballot Access

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President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. Trump returns from a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea as well as the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Here’s a bit of an update to a story I covered a few weeks back.

After California passed a law effectively keeping President Trump off their state ballot unless he released his tax returns, the Trump campaign sued. The law was a loser from the start and the judge quickly put a hold on it going into effect.

Now, he’s released his written decision and it’s an absolutely beat down for California’s unconstitutional garbage.

On four different counts, the judge found the law to be unconstitutional. This was like an NFL team playing a high school team, i.e. just a total massacre. I can’t link to every line of the above article but I’ll post the summaries below.

Earlier, I noted the court suggested that California’s statute was preempted by the Ethics in Government Act. The court did make that finding. But the court also found it unconstitutional on three other bases.

First, the statute runs afoul of the Elections Clause, meaning California lacked the power to add this rule as a condition of ballot access…

Second, the court concluded it burdened the associational interests of candidates, voters, and political parties under the First Amendment…

Third, the court held that it violated the Equal Protection Clause by “distinguishing among constitutionally eligible candidates.”

If you’d like the full legal breakdown, be sure to click the link above and check it out. The author obviously knows his stuff and had this called from the beginning.

It was painfully obvious that California was going to run afoul of the constitution here. The idea that a state can arbitrarily decide to deny a citizen the right to vote for their candidate of choice is a horrible precedent to try to set. It was also sure to backfire, so perhaps California should be thanking this judge? Had this been upheld, Republican states could have put their own barriers up.

In the end though, it’s better this was shot down. We don’t need states kicking people off the ballot because they won’t play ball with whatever political delusion the party in power has at the time. People should be able to for who they want as long as they meet the constitutional requirements. Releasing tax returns, school records, medical reports, etc. are voluntary and it’s up to voters to decide how much that matters, not partisan legislators.

What’s so ironic in all this is that Democrats were cheering this on, even as they melt down over things like voter ID laws. Ask people to do something easy to prevent fraud and they set their hair on fire. Try to kick a candidate off the ballot completely, disenfranchising million, though? Well, they are all for that.

No doubt California will appeal. I’m not even sure the 9th Circuit is stupid enough to give them the green light here though.

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GOP Congressional Leaders Demanding Answers on Hillary/Dems Soliciting Info From Ukraine During 2016 Election

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There has been some attention now paid to the Biden connections to Ukraine, and rightfully so.

But that’s not the only story out there involving the Democrats and Ukraine.

There’s the huge story hanging out there – what the Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s team allegedly did in soliciting Ukraine to undermine Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, Republican Congressional leaders are demanding answers as to the status of the investigation.

In a letter released on Monday morning, Republican senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin ask U.S. Attorney General William Barr if he’s trying to answer the lingering questions:

We write to follow up on Senator Grassley’s July 20, 2017 letter, which highlighted brazen efforts by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign to use the government of Ukraine for the express purpose of finding negative information on then candidate Trump in order to undermine his campaign. That letter also highlighted news reports that, during the 2016 presidential election, “Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump” and did so by “disseminat[ing] documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggest[ing] they were investigating the matter[.]” Ukrainian officials also reportedly “helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.”

It’s the height of hypocrisy for the past few years that Democrats have pushed the Russia collusion hoax without evidence of any conspiracy with Russia while there was this huge question of them getting information from Ukraine hanging out there.

The senators referenced reporting from Politico (not exactly a bastion of conservative thought), detailing what the Democrats allegedly did. Here’s more from the article:

They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.

A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in the race, helping to force Manafort’s resignation and advancing the narrative that Trump’s campaign was deeply connected to Ukraine’s foe to the east, Russia. But they were far less concerted or centrally directed than Russia’s alleged hacking and dissemination of Democratic emails.

Now there have been reports that U.S. Attorney John Durham was looking into this matter.

Part of a DOJ statement released in the last couple of days also tries to answer that question.

From Wall Street Journal:

“A Department of Justice team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham is separately exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. While the Attorney General has yet to contact Ukraine in connection with this investigation, certain Ukrainians who are not members of the government have volunteered information to Mr. Durham, which he is evaluating.”

Michael Mukasey, himself a former U.S. Attorney General, who wrote that last WSJ piece, says he has confidence in Durham and he teases, “Stay tuned.”

Sounds like the show coming might be worth the wait…

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Liz Cheney to Pelosi: How Did You Get to See Full Ukraine Call Transcript Before White House Authorized Release?

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There are some pretty fishy things going on with respect to the Ukraine call transcript, the whistleblower complaint itself, and the how Democrats are conducting the impeachment process – and GOP leaders are demanding answers.

This morning, I wrote about how Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, was on Fox News Monday raising questions about what House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) knew about the whistleblower complaint and when he knew it. Here’s what he told Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade (bolded emphasis added):

Collins: “If you go back, actually the whistleblower complaint was on August 14th I believe. On August the 28th, go back and look at Adam Schiff who is now heading the ramrod investigation. He actually put a tweet out saying basically what the whistleblower complaint said. This is a month ahead of time. I’m beginning to wonder if there was not more communication here.

Collins also said there is a troubling reason why Pelosi has not called for a House vote on a formal impeachment inquiry:

And this is why I’ve said this week that the Speaker abused her power … she said we’re starting the impeachment inquiry and she gave it to her buddy Adam Schiff who has been dishonest with the American people from the get-go on Russia. And why that is important for everybody in this country to know is a [true] impeachment inquiry would actually afford due process, it would make sure both sides were heard. It would make sure the President and the minority have the rights that are not present in the hearings currently.

Kilmeade pointed out something else during the segment about how Pelosi made “a slip” in an interview she did with 60 Minutes on Sunday about when she read the Ukraine call transcript. Here’s what he said:

Kilmeade: “Nancy Pelosi on 60 Minutes last night was asked ‘Did the President call you?’ She said ‘yes, he called me.’ [This was] before she came out with the impeachment inquiry. [Trump said] ‘the letter was perfect. We’re gonna release the transcript, the call was perfect.’ And she said to him, ‘I knew what was in the letter.’ Then she paused and said ‘it was in the public domain.’ Number one, it was not in the public domain, and the transcript had not been released yet. How could she possibly know?”

Collins isn’t the only GOP leader in the House raising alarm bells about what Democrats knew and when they knew it.

Rep. Liz Cheney (WY), who is the GOP Conference Chair, tweeted out a clip of the Pelosi interview on Monday and stated “This is starting to seem like a political set up”:

Fred Fleitz, who has extensive experience working for various intelligence agencies including the CIA NSC, and DIA, speculated last week that the whistleblower might have had “outside help” writing the actual complaint itself – either from a member of Congress or staff:

I am very familiar with transcripts of presidential phone calls since I edited and processed dozens of them when I worked for the NSC. I also know a lot about intelligence whistleblowers from my time with the CIA.

My suspicions grew this morning when I saw the declassified whistleblowing complaint. It appears to be written by a law professor and includes legal references and detailed footnotes. It also has an unusual legalistic reference on how this complaint should be classified.

From my experience, such an extremely polished whistleblowing complaint is unheard of. This document looks as if this leaker had outside help, possibly from congressional members or staff.

He also wrote that it was “more than a coincidence” that a Schiff tweet from late August virtually mirrored the whistleblower complaint.

You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to see shades of the Russia collusion hoax playing out all over again. This whole thing stinks.

Related –>> Schiff’s Staffer Traveled To Ukraine, Trip Was Paid For By Group Funded By Hunter Biden’s Old Firm

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Trump Campaign’s Third-Quarter Fundraising Haul Is Absolutely Mind-Blowing

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Amid all the impeachment fever, perhaps Democrats have awoken a sleeping giant?

We have already heard about how much money the Trump campaign was able to bring in post Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry announcement. Over $5 million was raised in just 24 hours. But apparently that wasn’t a fluke or just one emotional day. His campaign just announced their third-quarter fundraising totals and they are absolutely mind-blowing.

By comparison, Barack Obama and the DNC raised around $70 million in the same quarter before his re-elect campaign. Trump nearly doubled that. Hillary Clinton, even with all her huge donors in 2016, didn’t have numbers like this.

That’s an interesting thought. We are assured that the enthusiasm is of the 2020 raise resides with Democrats, yet the DNC’s fundraising has fallen flat compared to their Republican counterparts. Meanwhile, polling is also showing that Republicans are more energized than ever to vote. Are these fundraising totals more proof of that? I think it’s pretty indicative, especially given how much of this came from small donors.

With that said, is money really that important? I think the answer is yes and no. It’s going to be really key in getting the ground game going early and effectively. It’ll also allow the RNC to put a lot of cash into some of these Congressional races Democrats are taking for granted. These are advantages Trump will absolutely need to have in order to have the best shot at re-election in the current environment. While it won’t show up in fundraising totals, the legacy media are going to shovel billions of in-kind campaign contributions into the coffers of whatever Democrat is the nominee. Trump was outspent in 2016 and lived off of unearned media, so it’s definitely important.

I guess the best way to describe what we are seeing is that it can’t hurt. It’s never a disadvantage to have the most money and the best ground game. That won’t win an election on its own, but it helps. Impeachment will likely only energize the right more and pour more money on Trump’s head. Democrats should be very careful how they treat the next six months. They already appear to be overplaying their hand and it could get really bad for them if they miscalculate. Trump seems to be betting on that happening though and it’s a dang good bet.

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Ukraine Isn’t the Only Country Hunter Biden Had Extremely Sketchy Dealings With

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Given his drug addiction and getting kicked out of the military, I could be just talking about his dealings in the United States, but Hunter Biden gets around.

Somehow a guy with no experience doing anything has managed to land several lucrative gigs in foreign countries, making more in a month than most people make in a year. I wonder what could possibly be behind the stroke of luck the drug addled, womanizing Hunter Biden found himself on over the past five years?

Although most of the smoke surrounding the former VP’s son has revolved around getting paid $50,000 a month by a corrupt Ukrainian oil company, he’s also found himself tied up in dealings with the Chinese. Ironically, it looks like a mistaken phone call to the wrong Biden family member exposed the whole thing.

The Washington Examiner shares the details.

A high-ranking Chinese businessman was charged by the Justice Department with global corruption and bribery in 2017, and the first call he made after his arrest was to Vice President Joe Biden’s brother, James Biden, who thinks the call was meant for Joe’s son, Hunter.

Patrick Ho, the lieutenant to the founder of the multibillion-dollar Chinese conglomerate CEFC China Energy, was indicted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the Southern District of New York for his role in a global money laundering and bribery scheme aimed at government officials in Africa. The Justice Department also accused Ho of helping with Iranian sanctions evasion and working to use the Chinese company’s connections to sell weaponry to Chad, Libya, and Qatar.

Ho immediately tried reaching out to the younger Biden for help because that summer, as investigators circled, Hunter agreed to represent Ho as part of Hunter’s efforts to work out a liquefied natural gas deal worth tens of millions of dollars with CEFC China Energy’s leader Ye Jianming.

James Biden gave Ho the details on how to contact Hunter, but why was he calling in the first place? That all comes back to who Ho is and what his company, CEFC China Energy, was doing. Ho was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison for all manner of bad deeds, including money laundering, sanctions evasion, and bribery.

Ho was the right hand man of Ye Jianming. And who just happened to be his right hand man in the United States? That would be Hunter Biden. By comparison, this would be like Donald Trump Jr. being exposed as working directly with a Russian company of which it’s founder was put in prison. Anyone think that’d be a scandal?

Hunter Biden says he met Ye for the first time in Miami and that two of Biden’s associates surprised him when they gave Ye Scotch valued at thousands of dollars. Ye sent a thank-you card and a 2.8-carat diamond to Hunter’s hotel room. Hunter says he handed the diamond off to his associates and doesn’t know what happened with it but denies it was meant as a bribe.

“What would they be bribing me for? My dad wasn’t in office,” Hunter Biden told the New Yorker. “I knew it wasn’t a good idea to take it. I just felt like it was weird.”

Oh, I don’t know Hunter. Perhaps because your father was already flirting with running for President and was seen as the odds on favorite to beat Trump in 2020 by the chattering class? There’s also the fact that Ye would have expected the Bidens to still hold considerable sway in Washington.

This is the same lame line the Clintons used in 2016. Because they were out of power at the time (and remain so), they postured as if it was impossible that anyone could be attempting to buy influence. That was asinine, as many world leaders who were giving them millions saw them as a great bet to regain power after 2016. Obviously, those people gambled and lost, but the thinking was obvious and made more so by the fact that the Clinton Foundation basically went defunct after Hillary lost.

It should also be noted that diamond in question was said to be worth $80,000 by Hunter Biden’s ex-wife in their divorce filings. Someone doesn’t just give another person a rock worth that kind of cheese for no reason, and they certainly don’t do so as a thank you for a glass of scotch. Ye was desperate and he wanted something in return. Biden claims he doesn’t know what happened to the diamond and that he gave it to his associates. He’s obviously lying, because again, his wife knew enough about it to claim it and its value in the divorce filing.

Of course, we actually have a pretty good idea of what Ye wanted in return.

Hunter negotiated a $40 million investment deal with Ye related to a liquefied natural gas project on Monkey Island in Louisiana.

At the same time, Ye told Hunter that one of his business associates, Ho, was being investigated in the U.S., and Hunter agreed to represent him. The deal between Hunter and Ye crashed almost immediately when Ho was arrested by U.S. law enforcement at John F. Kennedy Airport in 2017.

I’m under no illusions that anyone in the media or on the left will be consistent and find this disturbing, but even then, it’s still mind-blowing that this isn’t a big story. Not only was Hunter Biden racking up the cash from corruptocrats in Ukraine, he was getting $80,000 diamonds in an obvious bribery scheme from China. But because Joe Biden has the magic letter next to his name, none of this matters I guess. We all know what the response would be if this were Trump’s kids.

Lastly, recall that Biden got into a bit of a controversy early in the year for hand waving away China as an enemy and threat. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that his son was tied up in dealings with a Chinese company looking to make a lot of cash in the United States.

Biden may end collapsing in the Democratic primary anyway, making all this moot, but as long as he’s still in the race, this stuff is going to hang over him like a dark cloud. Anyone think Trump will be too bashful to bring this stuff up in a debate? Yeah, didn’t think so. If Biden survives the primary, it’s going to get really dirty.

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Proof that YouTube Is Censoring Non-Mainstream Conservative Content Surfaces

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We all know it’s happening. Social media suppresses conservative voices, articles, and videos all the time.

One person in particular who has been censored both overtly and behind the scenes is Steven Crowder, who claimed that his content was being censored. It turned out that he was right, and that his videos would not pop up if you searched for them by name.

They would continuously show themselves in overseas countries, but in America, they were being censored. Crowder created a video to show first-hand screenshots.

As Crowder says in the video, this happening in the United States, where we celebrate free speech, has some very dark implications.

The problem is that it doesn’t end there.

Paul Joseph Watson of Summit News also did an experiment and searched for a video specifically by name called “Hillary Clinton lying for 13 minutes straight.” The video features Clinton caught telling lies about her political positions as you can see.

Entering the name of the video directly into YouTube’s search function yields many results, but not this video as you Watson shows in a screenshot.

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I recreated the search myself and got the same exact result.

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Meaning that YouTube is actively censoring this video about Clinton, and one that would be damning to her if she were to ever run again, which is a rumor that is floating around at this time. In its place are mainstream sources for videos giving commentary and one promotional video by Clinton herself.

While I wouldn’t call all the videos presented flattering to Clinton (with the obvious exception of one) I wouldn’t exactly call them damaging, unlike the one showing her blatantly lying is.

Google’s attempting to protect and promote Clinton has not been anything new. In fact, as a pro-Clinton author detailed, the relationship between Google and Hillary, and noted that it goes much deeper than support from Google employees for her campaign as he detailed in a series of tweets:

Now, switching to Hillary Clinton: This is going to hurt me to write, because I & my whole extended family have been strong supporters of the Clintons for decades. I have a framed, signed letter from Bill on the wall near my desk. But Hillary should be ashamed of herself.

Hillary has long depended on Google for both money & votes. Her largest donor in 2016 was Alphabet/Google. Her Chief Technology Officer during the campaign was Stephanie Hannon, a former Google exec. And then there’s Eric Schmidt, longtime head of Google …

A leaked email showed that in 2014 Google’s Eric Schmidt offered to run Hillary’s tech campaign (see pic). In 2015, Schmidt in fact funded The Groundwork, a highly secretive tech company, the sole purpose of which was to put Clinton into office.

About 96% of 2016 campaign donations from Google employees went to Hillary. And Elan Kriegel, Hillary’s Chief Analytics Officer, credits his 2012 tech team, informally supervised by Eric Schmidt, for half of Obama’s win margin: nearly 2.5 million votes.

Even if Clinton doesn’t run, what we have here is pretty solid evidence that Google is willing to rig searches in order to better benefit a Democratic candidate.

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President Trump Has Every Right and Authority to Ask or Demand Other Nations Help in Our Investigations

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Last week as leaker in the CIA assisted in a calculated hit on President Trump. Much like James Comey contrived a fact set that led to the appointment of a special counsel, this guy obviously coordinated with Adam Schiff (and I think with Michael Atkinson, the IC IG) to create a fact set would lead to the launch of an impeachment process against President Trump.

The Ukraine call was pretty mundane. President Trump asked the Ukraine president to assist Attorney Bill Barr’s investigation into the possible existence of a copy of the DNC server logs and files that allegedly Crowdstrike examined (I’ve been astonished at the number of people, ostensibly on the right, who will argue that Crowdstrike did not have unique access to the DNC server logs and files when, in fact, we know no US agency was allowed to see them) in Ukraine. He also asked Ukraine to continue the investigation into corruption that Joe Biden shut down in order to save his son’s coke-addled butt.

The fact that Joe Biden is running for the Democrat nomination is irrelevant. No one, under our system of laws, gets a pass because of family connections. Various media organizations claim the charges have been “debunked” but “debunked” is just media code meaning a) we don’t like this and b)lalalalala! I can’t hear you. The fact is the charges of influence peddling have been around for quite a while and have never been investigated by law enforcement. As we were told over the past three years, if the Biden’s are innocent they should welcome the investigation in order to clear their name (hahaha…no one ever believed that lie and we’re seeing that clearly right now). At least President Trump didn’t use an asset of British intelligence to dummy up a “dossier” or bullsh** allegations that, where there is any specificity at all, has been disproven by law enforcement. And, as we discovered in 2016, that is a perfectly legitimate tactic.

If you think the Crowdstrike story is a conspiracy theory, I’d just note that 1) you don’t know as much about this as the Attorney General does and he’s taking it seriously and 2) if you’re right, you should be happy because this is just a waste of time. But people are upset about this for some reason. Funny, that.

Yesterday, we heard first that President Trump has approached the Australian government for assistance in the investigation. Australia is a key component as an Australian diplomat with intelligence community connections, Alexander Downer, is one of the key figures in the whole Russia Hoax. Australia has agreed to cooperate.

Last night, Sarah Lee reported that Attorney General Bill Barr had been on the ground in Italy (this is where Joseph Mifsud, the guy who played George Papadopoulos is holed up and the country for whom’s intelligence service most people think Mifsud works). He’s also been in Britain.

This is how the loony left is framing it.

These are the facts.

Getting to the bottom of the genesis of the Russia Hoax is a top priority for Trump. It seems obvious that the FBI, parts of CIA, State, and Justice were working hand-in-glove with the Clinton campaign to destroy Trump’s candidacy and then his presidency. The underlying supports of the hoax seem to rest equally on intelligence operations run by Britain, Italy, an Australia against Trump campaign staff. Those operations seem to be designed to create the appearance of collusion with Russia. The major pillar was the Steel Dossier. This was created by an asset of British intelligence and, quite possibly, was the product of a Russian information operation. Read:
The Steele Memo Is Much More Likely Russian Dezinformatsiya Than It Is Intelligence
Key Russian Sources For The Steele Dossier Are Identified And They Will Blow Your Mind
Here’s Why We Should Be Hoping That The Steele Dossier Was Written By The Russians
The New York Times Takes Another Look At The Steele Dossier And Reaches An Astonishing Conclusion
If This New York Times Reporter Suspected The Dossier Was A Fraud Why Is He Only Reporting On It Now

If the Clinton campaign used the federal government to run an operation against the Trump campaign, we need to know about that because people need to go to jail. If a document authored by the FSB/SVR was used to kick off the investigation of a president, we need to know and harsh action needs to be taken against anyone who touched it.

This is not to say this will not have a huge political impact on the 2020 election. Suddenly, everyone who pushed this disgraceful hoax will have to answer for their own involvement. It is hard to see how CNN could even survive such a revelation. That political impact doesn’t make it wrong or illegal. The political impact was created when the Democrats decided to construct the hoax.

So President Trump has every right to send out investigators to find out what happened. Bill Barr’s presence is critical because that impresses upon the locals the fact that POTUS is dead serious and there is no higher priority in our bilateral relations than getting to the bottom of this criminality.

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‘Resistance by Whistleblower’ was Always Part of the Plan

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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

I came across a fascinating post today written by Legal Insurrection’s “New Neo,” who explains that the unprecedented resistance to the Trump presidency from the left is part of a plan that was hatched long before his Inauguration Day.

Whistle-blowing included.

He cites a Vanity Fair article that was published on February 1, 2017 entitled “An Anti-Trump Resistance Movement is Growing Within the U.S. Government.” It’s lede says, “The bureaucracy is fighting back.”

A U.S. diplomat in Africa told The New York Times that a “draft of a State Department letter of dissent had made its way through dozens of U.S. embassies abroad, accumulating hundreds of signatures from foreign service officers opposed to Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration.” Within days, the draft contained over one thousand signatures.

Similar initiatives were taking place in other government agencies. Workers were simply refusing to carry out policies which they disagreed with. Recall the firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates for her refusal to enforce the travel ban order. This was the start of the anti-Trump resistance movement.

The diplomat describes some of the tactics the resistance planned to use. He specifically mentions whistle-blowing and leaking to the press.

Others, however, view resistance as a part of the job. “Policy dissent is in our culture,” one diplomat in Africa, who signed the letter circulating among foreign diplomats, told The New York Times. “We even have awards for it,” this person added, in reference to the State Department’s “Constructive Dissent” award. One Justice Department employee told The Washington Post, “You’re going to see the bureaucrats using time to their advantage,” and added that “people here will resist and push back against orders they find unconscionable,” by whistle-blowing, leaking to the press, and lodging internal complaints. Others are staying in contact with officials appointed by President Obama to learn more about how they can undermine Trump’s agenda and attending workshops on how to effectively engage in civil disobedience, the Post reports.

In the next excerpt, an Obama State Department official tells a reporter he is entitled to defy Trump’s orders because he believes the President is a threat to national security.

When asked how the opposition emerging at this stage compares to past administrations, Tom Malinow­ski, who served as Obama’s assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, sarcastically told the Post, “Is it unusual? There’s nothing unusual about the entire national security bureaucracy of the United States feeling like their commander in chief is a threat to U.S. national security. That happens all the time. It’s totally usual. Nothing to worry about.”

The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway understood from the beginning what was happening. On January 17th, 2017, she wrote:

Dwight Eisenhower warned that if we didn’t stay vigilant, the military-industrial complex would start creeping into politics with pernicious motives all its own. The intelligence community’s war of leaks against Trump before he’s even taken office is just the latest questionably politicized action in the decades since Eisenhower’s farewell address. And it’s safe to say that the intelligence community pushing unproven and absurd allegations about a president-elect’s sexual perversions is probably way worse than anything Ike imagined.

In order to understand how we got to this perilous place and get a handle on what’s going on, it’s worth taking a closer look at the motives and allegations of political operatives in intelligence agencies, as well as the basic timeline of allegations of Russian electoral interference in the last few months. Far from discrediting Trump, it paints a worrisome portrait of the deep state gone rogue, desperate to stop a man who, whatever his considerable flaws, is an outsider to Washington.

Early on, Democratic politicians and pundits were issuing warnings to Trump on how to behave in his dealings with the intelligence community. He was the duly elected President of the United States.

Hemingway cites Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s unforgettable advice to Trump. In an appearance on MSNBC, he told host Rachel Maddow:

…President-elect Donald Trump is “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community and its assessments on Russia’s cyber activities.

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

Members of the “elite” media felt the need to educate the incoming President as well:

Presidential historian Timothy Naftali said on a CNN panel that Trump should stay “silent” lest harmful information be released against him.

Never-Trumper David Frum tweeted, “CIA message to Trump: you mess with us, get ready for a leakstorm of Biblical proportions.”

It would appear that the left had a plan from the beginning. Perhaps not a formal, organized plan. But most of them decided that, since they and all of their friends felt Trump was not a legitimate President and did not belong in the White House, that they didn’t have to implement his policies or treat him with respect. Nothing was off-limits. No matter how egregious or outrageous their statements or actions, liberals could always find an audience to nod approvingly. Yes, we understand.

They all thought they had the power to drive him out of Washington. They have thrown everything they could possibly conceive of at this man and he’s not only standing, he’s thriving.

They may think they’ve finally cornered him this time. That’s laughable.

Hail to the Chief!

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President Trump Wins First Court Fight on SALT Deduction

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It looks like a key component of President Trump’s Tax Reform might get to stick around. CSNBC notes, New York judge dismisses blue state suit over SALT tax deductions

From the article

On Monday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by four states against the IRS, thwarting four blue states’ challenge against a new $10,000 cap on the deduction for state and local taxes, also known as SALT.

First, some background. In 2017, as part of President Trump’s Tax Reform Initiative, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Part of this legislation was a reduction to $10,000.00, the amount of state & local taxes that could be written off on Federal Income Taxes.

As a conservative reform measure, this was brilliant. It limited the amount of Federal subsidies high tax, mostly Democrat locales, could receive via the Federal Tax Code. Before this legislation, low tax states were effectively subsidizing higher tax states. This feature in the new law leveled the playing field by stopping the reward for prolific spending by some states, at the expense of others who more effectively manage their budgets.

Of course four leftist states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland) promptly sued. This past Monday a New York Federal District Judge, J. Paul Oetken, an Obama appointee, dismissed the case.

This development puts the ball back in Congress’s court, said Michael D’Addio, principal at Marcum in New Haven, Connecticut.
“You know that the federal law is effective and it won’t be overturned because this case has been dismissed,” he said. “Unless you pressure your senators and representatives, there won’t be a solution other than a congressional one.”

Of course this doesn’t end there. The leftists, if they can’t win at the ballot box or in court, try to circumvent the rules. At the same time as the above suit was playing out in New York…(emphasis mine)

A second lawsuit filed in July 2019 by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the Southern District of New York is still ongoing.

This time, the three states are suing to protect workarounds they built to permit taxpayers to claim deductions beyond the $10,000 SALT cap.

The three states passed legislation that would permit municipalities to establish charitable funds to pay for local services and offer property tax credits to incentivize homeowners to give.

This way, the taxpayers could write off the [their tax] payment as a charitable deduction on their federal tax returns.

Taxes now counting as charity? As I’ve often pointed out, the left never, ever quits. They are all about results, even if they have to cheat. What is more worrisome, is their entitled attitude. They honestly believe that it’s morally fine to force other states to subsidize their profligate spending habits.

Rush Limbaugh is correct. There is no compromise with these people. There is no reciprocal, “reaching across the aisle.” We must defeat them and defeat them soundly. Here’s hoping that the judge in the current case, see the Leftist effort for what it is—and quashes it.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

Follow him on Twitter: @MikeFor10394583

You can find his other Red State work here.

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President Trump Wins First Court Fight on SALT Deduction

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It looks like a key component of President Trump’s Tax Reform might get to stick around. CSNBC notes, New York judge dismisses blue state suit over SALT tax deductions

From the article

On Monday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by four states against the IRS, thwarting four blue states’ challenge against a new $10,000 cap on the deduction for state and local taxes, also known as SALT.

First, some background. In 2017, as part of President Trump’s Tax Reform Initiative, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Part of this legislation was a reduction to $10,000.00, the amount of state & local taxes that could be written off on Federal Income Taxes.

As a conservative reform measure, this was brilliant. It limited the amount of Federal subsidies high tax, mostly Democrat locales, could receive via the Federal Tax Code. Before this legislation, low tax states were effectively subsidizing higher tax states. This feature in the new law leveled the playing field by stopping the reward for prolific spending by some states, at the expense of others who more effectively manage their budgets.

Of course four leftist states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland) promptly sued. This past Monday a New York Federal District Judge, J. Paul Oetken, an Obama appointee, dismissed the case.

This development puts the ball back in Congress’s court, said Michael D’Addio, principal at Marcum in New Haven, Connecticut.
“You know that the federal law is effective and it won’t be overturned because this case has been dismissed,” he said. “Unless you pressure your senators and representatives, there won’t be a solution other than a congressional one.”

Of course this doesn’t end there. The leftists, if they can’t win at the ballot box or in court, try to circumvent the rules. At the same time as the above suit was playing out in New York…(emphasis mine)

A second lawsuit filed in July 2019 by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the Southern District of New York is still ongoing.

This time, the three states are suing to protect workarounds they built to permit taxpayers to claim deductions beyond the $10,000 SALT cap.

The three states passed legislation that would permit municipalities to establish charitable funds to pay for local services and offer property tax credits to incentivize homeowners to give.

This way, the taxpayers could write off the [their tax] payment as a charitable deduction on their federal tax returns.

Taxes now counting as charity? As I’ve often pointed out, the left never, ever quits. They are all about results, even if they have to cheat. What is more worrisome, is their entitled attitude. They honestly believe that it’s morally fine to force other states to subsidize their profligate spending habits.

Rush Limbaugh is correct. There is no compromise with these people. There is no reciprocal, “reaching across the aisle.” We must defeat them and defeat them soundly. Here’s hoping that the judge in the current case, see the Leftist effort for what it is—and quashes it.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

Follow him on Twitter: @MikeFor10394583

You can find his other Red State work here.

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