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New Government Map Shows 80% of Mexico’s 266 Districts Are Controlled By Drug Cartels

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Members of a US-bound migrant caravan stand on a road after federal police briefly blocked their way outside the town of Arriaga, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Hundreds of Mexican federal officers carrying plastic shields had blocked the caravan from advancing toward the United States, after several thousand of the migrants turned down the chance to apply for refugee status and obtain a Mexican offer of benefits. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

 

The Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz wrote a fascinating article comparing America’s efforts to combat the Taliban in Afghanistan to the measures we are taking to solve the current crisis at our southern border. He points out that, as of 2018, “the Taliban controlled or contested 46 percent of the districts in Afghanistan’s civil war.” In Mexico, a new government map indicates that the drug cartels control an even greater proportion of the country. Thus, Horowitz suggests the idea of approaching the immigration crisis as we would a military crisis.

He discusses a map, prepared by the government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), which shows just how powerful the drug cartels in the country have become. According to the map:

80 percent of the country’s 266 districts recently targeted for enforcement by the Mexican National Guard in a new counter-cartel operation are either controlled (57.5 percent) or disputed (23.3 percent) by the cartels. “Only 53 (19.92 percent) enjoy a low level of violence, which means that control is exercised by the authorities,” reported Contralínea on May 4, citing the data on the color-coded map.

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Horowitz believes “Mexico looks awfully similar to Afghanistan in terms of how much is controlled by insurgent groups. The map of Mexico shows the districts in red fully controlled by the cartels, the ones in yellow in dispute, and the ones in green in control of the Mexican government. They all represent priority enforcement areas for a new Mexican National Guard operation against the cartels proposed by the AMLO regime.”

He asks, “What if you were told that 80 percent of Mexico’s territory is controlled by dangerous cartels, including all of the key smuggling routes at our border, and that the cartels are orchestrating all of the illegal immigration into our territory and bringing their members back and forth across our own border?”

Retired captain of Texas’ Department of Public Safety Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division Jaeson Jones explains that “the priority areas color-coded on the map are mainly the areas where people live, and the ones left out are simply not a priority, not because the cartels don’t control most of those areas, but because there is little infrastructure or population in those areas.”

For example, the areas color-coded at the border are all the cities where people live, such as Tijuana, Mexicali, San Luis, Nogales, Juarez, Piedras Negras, Loredo, Miguel Alimen, and Reynosa (going west to east). And notice how every one of them is controlled by the cartels. All of the major smuggling areas leaning into California, Nogales, Arizona, El Paso, Texas, and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas are fully controlled by the cartels. The other areas are deserts with few people and no infrastructure, so they weren’t a priority for the Mexican government’s campaign, but they still affect our security because the cartels are sending large flows of migrants in areas like Antelope Wells, New Mexico, which are absolutely controlled by Sinaloa.

Horowitz’ point is that the drug cartels in Mexico control a greater portion of the country than do the Taliban in Afghanistan. And if the U.S. is willing to devote such vast resources to combat terrorism in a country so far away from us, why don’t we treat the problem in Mexico in the same way?

The government of Mexico has little influence over the drug cartels which have become organized, sophisticated and powerful.

They are international organizations that are engaged in endless criminality, most prominently human smuggling, but they seek to control territory and terrorize populations as well. Mexican drug cartels seek to replace local governments by imposing their own law. The Mexican cartel culture is similar to the ideology of ISIS and al Qaeda in the sense that they seek “to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) or to effect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping,” which is the definition of international terrorism defined under 18 U.S.C. § 2331.

Several months ago, Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX) and Mark Green (R-TN) proposed that the Mexican cartels be designated as terrorist organizations. If President Trump were to take such a course of action, Horowitz says that it “would open up new resources to target the cartels and to treat all of our border policies in a much different light than simply a domestic immigration problem. Yet the State Department continues to balk.” He argues:

So why do we not have Special Operations Command engaged in protecting our border from the cartels? Unlike the Taliban, cartel operatives come over our border all the time. Why do the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the State Department refuse to recognize the border issue as a military problem and agree to target the cartels as terrorists?

If the Taliban were orchestrating a flow of mass migration across parts of Afghani-controlled territory, strategically shutting down our security, and profiting from it, we would instantly take military action. When Mexican cartels are placing our own country in mortal danger, why is that not reason enough to treat this is a military threat instead of an immigration issue?

What is amazing is that Border Patrol and the National Guard are ordered not to engage the cartels and armed smugglers at all and cannot nab any of them even a few feet over our border for concern of violating Mexico’s sovereignty. We won’t even fight back when they detain and disarm our regular military units on our own side of the river. Yet, we now see that the Mexican government itself admits it has no sovereignty over that area. Why should we allow our sovereignty to be trampled by cartel figures going back and forth with impunity when fighting them won’t even violate Mexican sovereignty and will actually help it?

I agree with Horowitz. The situation has deteriorated so significantly and continues to worsen by the month. Although this is an excellent idea, Democrats would certainly oppose it for the very same reasons they’ve opposed all of President Trump’s proposed remedies. The border crisis benefits their party. For them, the more illegals, the better.

Perhaps, if Trump wins reelection, and the Democrats are handed an unmitigated defeat in 2020, Republicans will find themselves back in the driver’s seat. Hopefully, Democrats will frighten voters away with their sharp left turn. If not, then America will have an existential problem.

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Video: Pregnant Illinois State Legislator Gives Powerful Speech Opposing Extreme Pro-Abortion Bill

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State Rep. Avery Bourne (R) spoke on the Illinois House floor last week about an expansive abortion bill that, once signed into law, will be one of the most extreme in America.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

For about 45 minutes, Bourne questioned [bill sponsor and Democratic Rep. Kelly] Cassidy on everything from the meaning of a “fundamental right” to parental notification to what an “extraordinary medical measure” is.

Bourne offered examples, such as whether a baby at 36-weeks could be terminated if an ultrasound shows a “hole in their heart.” She also described whether a sick baby being flown to a neo-natal intensive care unit would be considered an “extraordinary medical measure.”

“This broadens their ability to make that decision,” Bourne said.

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“We are talking about the most expansive bill we have seen in this state,” Bourne said in tears, surrounded by her female Republican colleagues. “We already know that we’ve got women coming to Illinois to have abortions because we are so expansive on this issue. That will continue. This bill is not about keeping abortion legal in Illinois. This is about a massive expansion that will impact viable babies. And that is wrong.”

Bourne, who is pregnant, also noted that the bill did not define the meaning of a woman’s “familial health” which she said is a broad term that could mean literally anything:

Bourne said that in failing to provide a specific definition of “familial health,” the bill’s authors open the door for that phrase to be interpreted in the broadest senses possible.

“This bill will mean that for a woman at my stage in pregnancy, where a baby responds to his dad’s voice when he reads him books at night, the woman could go to the facility—the baby’s perfectly healthy—but if that woman says, ‘based on my familial health, this is medically necessary,’ that is allowed,” Bourne said.

Because of the bill’s wide range of permission for abortion, many women are coming to Illinois specifically to receive abortions, Bourne added. Following the bill’s passage, she argued, Illinois would not only have the “most expansive” allowances for abortion in its state history but also “one of the most expansive across the country.”

Watch Bourne’s powerful speech below:

Since Bourne has given her speech, the Illinois State Senate passed the bill as well. It now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D), who is expected to sign it.

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Miley Cyrus and Marc Jacobs Team Up to Unintentionally Drive People to Support Pro-Life Stances

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Former “Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus has decided to take her specific brand of gross weirdness and support the abortion giant Planned Parenthood with a new line of hoodies designed by Marc Jacobs.

The hoodie is a Planned Parenthood pink with a picture of the singer on the front holding two halves of a grapefruit in front of her exposed breasts. This is accompanied by the words “don’t f**k with my freedom.”

Cyrus posted the picture of herself along with a link to the hoodies on her Instagram page, which received over a million likes.

 

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She previously sent out a picture which features her licking a cake that says “abortion is healthcare.”

All proceeds are reportedly going to Planned Parenthood.

While many were only too happy to clap along to Cyrus’s promotion of abortion, many found Cyrus’s ridiculous attempt at promoting abortion to be gross. Many resolved to unfollow her as others argued her position and questioned her maturity.

As well they should. Abortion is definitely not healthcare, and studies have been shown to prove that abortion actually creates more health complications than it solves. Also, what does holding grapefruits up to your breasts and licking a cake have to do with abortion?

Cyrus seems to have been on a desperate quest to be as attention-grabbing and controversial as she can since she left her Hannah Montana days behind. Her overt sexual displays come off more like desperation than entertainment. They may have shocked audiences the first time they saw Hannah Montana wag her tongue and her butt in their direction, but now it just comes off as strange and even a little sad.

This team up with Planned Parenthood only cements the look.

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WATCH: Whoopie Goldberg’s Desperate Search for a Solid Pro-Abortion Argument Results In Vulgarity

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The ladies of “The View” are always a good place to find some of the most ridiculous statements on television, even giving CNN a run for its money…or whatever money CNN has left.

Usually, it’s Joy Behar with the really out there comments, but it would seem that Whoopie Goldberg is totally ready to take her turn on the eye-roll-ercoaster after she heard some pro-life comments from former UN ambassador Nikki Haley.

As Sister Tolja covered further in-depth, Haley recently spoke at a Susan B. Anthony List event and said that pro-life women are told that they must conform to the pro-abortion agenda and do so in the name of feminism. Haley said that this kind of “feminism” isn’t real feminism and that it’s important to stay true to yourself and others.

This kind of individualistic thinking didn’t sit well with Goldberg, who began ranting about Haley’s stance, first by firing off a popularly used fringe statistic.

“So let me get this straight, so giving a woman a choice about what to do with her body is anti-feminist?” Goldberg said.

“You have the right never to have an abortion,” she continued. “You have that right, and I support that. But what about the 9-year-old girl who gets raped by a family member or some thug in the street? Why are you taking her mother’s discussion with her family, with their choices, why are you taking it out of their hands? See to me, you taking choice from people is anti-human.”

Less than one percent of abortions are performed due to incest or rape according to the New York Times.

Furthermore, I’m not sure how not killing a child in the womb is “anti-human.” I realize that both sides are divided on what constitutes a child vs a fetus, but the argument has become so polarized that the left has begun denying that unborn children are even human. They’re definitely not something else before they’re born. They’re not a panda or an airplane. They’re definitely human, and I think science would readily agree with this.

Killing a human could definitely be considered “anti-human.”

Goldberg continues, however. She goes into questioning where women will go for something like a vaginal check if places like Planned Parenthood closed, prefacing the question with “maybe I’m dumb.”

I don’t think Goldberg is dumb, but I do think she’s mightily ignorant if she doesn’t know that you can get checked out by many standard clinics which are far more numerous than Planned Parenthood locations. In fact, the standard clinic can do everything a Planned Parenthood can do medically but also do far more, and they outnumber PP 20 to 1.

That said, I got the impression that Goldberg knew she had backed herself in the corner with her argument. She spewed forth the word salad that often comes from someone not knowing what they’re talking about or trying to make up a lie on the spot. I assume this is why Goldberg stuck with the old go-to of saying something bombastic if you can’t say anything smart.

You know…the Behar way.

“I don’t say that everybody has to believe, but I say you want to have choice. I don’t want you in my coochie,” she added. “You don’t want me in yours, either.”

Finally, something we both agree on.

 

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Survey: ‘Confident’ Employers Expect to Give and to Take in 2019 Bargaining

“Employers are nearly always confident that they will achieve their objectives in overall bargaining.”

Unionized employers negotiating contracts in 2019 expect to pay more in wages, while getting concessions on health care, according to Bloomberg Law’s annual Employer Bargaining Objectives survey [in PDF].

The survey, which is in its third decade of publication, reveals that, thanks to wage pressures due to the economy, unionized employers realize they will need to provide more in compensation than they have in years past.

“About three-quarters of management representatives (74%) will propose first-year pay increases in the range of 2% to 3.9% That’s up from 64% in 2018, and the highest mark since 2002,” notes Bloomberg’s Daily Labor Report (DLR).

While that is good news for unionized workers, on the flip side of the coin is the fact that “if management gains concessions on health care, that money may come straight back out again, in the form of higher premiums, deductibles, or out-of-pocket maximums,” the DLR reported.

“Almost all responding employers said they were either ‘fairly confident’ or ‘very confident’ about achieving their bargaining goals this year. This is a consistent trend in the data collected in this survey: Employers are nearly always confident that they will achieve their objectives in overall bargaining.”

Given the economy is considered to be in ‘full employment‘ with 5,762,175 job openings right now, and 89% of small manufacturers not able to fill job openings, it is not surprising that unionized firms are experiencing the same pressures to raise wages in order to fill jobs as union-free firms are.

However, as non-union earnings are rising twice as fast as union earnings, the pressure on unionized firms with expensive union health plans may be more acute.

“Jobs that saw some of the largest pay increases over the past year included cashier at 4.5 percent, a pharmacy technician at 7.8 percent, restaurant manager at 4 percent, truck driver at 5.2 percent and bank teller at 4.2 percent,” according to FoxBusiness.com

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Stop the Pearl Clutching…Trump Is Right At Home With the British Royal Family

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In case you haven’t heard, Trump is visiting the U.K. and it is causing all kinds of anxiety for the international press. Apparently London is expected to pretend Americans don’t elect a new leader every 4-8 years and instead treat Trump like he is the second coming of Jar Jar Binks.

A writer for The New Yorker tweeted out his sympathy and fawning thanks to Prince Charles for “taking one for the team” in greeting Mr. and Mrs. Trump when they landed on British soil.

I suppose it is just human nature to idealize other people or other nations based on superficial knowledge. In this case Cassidy and others like him idealize British culture based on their Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Trump is no prince, but then again neither is the Crown Prince. Let’s not pretend the British monarchy has no familiarity with sin, crassness or scandal.

Prince Charles has managed to wrangle away from the cruelty he has perpetrated in his past, largely in thanks to a dead former wife. The world isn’t constantly reminded anymore of how poorly he treated Princess Diana. Charles began ‘dating’ Diana when she was just 16 and only after he had previously dated her older sister. He was 32.

Charles was cheating on his wife even before they married. He continued his less-than-private affair throughout their entire marriage, eventually going on to marry his mistress after Diana’s death. He was an adulterer and a liar. People may rightfully despise President Trump for his secretly recorded remarks about grabbing women by their private parts, but Charles is no stranger to crude expressions. In 1992 – while he was still married – the press released recordings of him telling then-lover Camilla Parker-Bowles he wished he could be a tampon so he could live inside her all day.

By the time of Diana’s death a fuller picture had emerged of their rocky relationship and the Prince’s cold and disrespectful treatment of his world-famous bride.

Diana herself was not without scandal. It is fairly common knowledge that she carried on her own affair with polo player James Hewitt. Hewitt is rumored to be Prince Harry’s biological father although he and the palace have obviously denied the rumor emphatically over the years.

Then there are the typical “scandals” revolving around the young men and women who were trying to negotiate growing pains with being a member of the monarchy – Harry dressing as a Nazi for a costume party and getting caught playing nude games at a  party in Vegas; William being photographed drunkenly cavorting with friends. The Queen’s sister Margaret was infamous in her day for her partying ways and blatant bucking of royal protocol. Her doomed marriage succumbed to rumors of drug use, alcoholism and other unseemly questions about her husband’s sexuality. She quite publicly took a lover and later it was revealed her husband had fathered a child with another woman just prior to their nuptials.

Princess Anne faced similar challenges in her own first marriage. Prince Andrew endured his own divorce with Sarah Ferguson and has since faced a barrage of accusations about his sexual appetite, including a rape charge.

Then there is shocking and romanticized case of King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. History remembers it as a voluntary act of love, but recent FBI revelations from the time point to a more disturbing truth – Edward may have been forced to abdicate because of Simpson’s involvement in passing state secrets to a Nazi she’d been involved with.

Of course we can go back further, all the way through history to King Henry VIII who had six wives, murdered two of them and created the first notion of a “state church” when he infamously created the Church of England in order to set himself up as the head and grant himself permission to divorce.

None of this is shocking and most of it is hardly even news anymore. That is my point. The idea that Trump is some crass, debaucherous scallywag and the British monarchy are comprised of moral, upstanding and refined characters is patently ridiculous. This is not Beauty and the Beast. The monarchs don’t have to plug their ears and look away in Trump’s presence for fear of his crassness rubbing off on them. They’re quite familiar with low behavior and blue expressions. They practically invented the public scandal.

The truth of the matter is that none of these people are without shame. None of them holy and blameless. Far from it. In fact, I suspect Charles and Trump might have more in common than not and that he probably gets on well with most of the state leaders the media assumes hate him as much as they do.

Public persona is never the same as private persona. Let us not idealize a family that depends on the meager earnings of others to support their great wealth.

Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Mayor Sadiq Khan…none of them are any better than Trump and not one carries any sort of moral superiority over our president.

We fought a long and bitter war to free ourselves from such notions.

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Justice Clarence Thomas: “I really don’t have a lot of stress, I cause stress.”

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Glad to see that Associate Justice to the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, is in fine form.

In a rare interview given by Thomas to David Rubenstein, for the Supreme Court Historical Society it seems that the Justice with the longest tenure now on the court is in no mood to retire anytime soon.

According to the the New York Times

In rare public remarks, Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday dismissed what he called “this rumor that I was retiring.”

“I have no idea where this stuff comes from,” he said.

Justice Thomas, 70, joined the court in 1991 and is now its longest-serving current member. Political scientists say he is the most conservative justice in the Supreme Court’s modern history.

He often writes concurring and dissenting opinions that are joined by no other justice. So far this term, he has called for the court to reconsider New York Times v. Sullivan, the landmark libel ruling, and argued that the fight for abortion rights shares roots with the eugenics movement.

With the current term of the Supreme Court coming to a close, lots of speculation has been on if Justice Thomas would step down and allow President Trump to pick a 3rd Supreme Court nominee before the Presidential election season heats up next year. From what Justice Thomas says here he is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Thomas who has been notorious since his confirmation of not asking questions during oral arguments and went 10 years without asking a single question, opens up a bit in this interview about his view of cameras in the court and should his fellow colleagues ask more questions during oral arguments.

His recent statements comparing the abortion rights movement to the eugenics movement is a debate that is long overdue in this country. With the slew of abortion-limiting laws that are currently passing in the states, one of these cases will end up in the Supreme Court and hopefully will be taken up instead of what the court recently did in the Indiana case.

Hopefully, we have Justice Thomas around for a while longer continuing to “cause stress” for a while longer.

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It Sure Looks Like Mueller Let a Pedophile Run Free in a Desperate Ploy to Nail Trump on “Collusion”

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The inter-workings of government bureaucracy aren’t pretty and this may be one of the more disgusting episodes in recent memory.

You may remember a man named George Nader. He was the “witness” in a series of “bombshell” reports several years back alleging nefarious, evil backchannels were being setup between Trump and various foreign governments. Those reports ended up going nowhere as they turned out to fairly normal actions by a transition team getting ready to assume office. Amazingly enough, incoming administrations typically do attempt to setup up preliminary lines of communication with the world leaders they’ll eventually be interfacing with. It’s not “collusion” or improper to do so.

George Nader was the go between in trying to set some of those meetings up and he appeared at Trump Tower in December 2016. We all know that any meeting at Trump Tower is automatically bad, so Nader became a #resistance hope and key witness for Mueller’s investigation.

Now, Nader has been arrested for alleged distribution of child pornography. My colleague Brandon Morse first reported on the situation yesterday.

Officials said Nader, 60, was charged by criminal complaint over material he was traveling with when he arrived at Washington-Dulles International Airport on Jan. 17, 2018, from Dubai. At the time, he was carrying a cellphone containing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, officials said. The charges were unsealed after his arrest Monday morning at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

While that would be embarrassing enough for Mueller and his key witness, new information is painting a much, much worse picture of what exactly went down.

The complaint against him was unsealed in Virginia federal court on Monday after his arrest. But that complaint was actually filed in April 2018, three months after he was interviewed by FBI agents in January 2018 at Washington Dulles International Airport about a matter “unrelated to child pornography,” according to the complaint.

It was during that encounter that Nader was first asked to cooperate with the special counsel.

Three of Nader’s iPhones were seized at the time. And at least one of them was later found to contain videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the complaint unsealed Monday.

Notice the timeline. Nader wasn’t caught last week. The warrant for his arrest was first filed way back in April of 2018. It was at that time that the special counsel sought his cooperation in the Trump-Russia probe. After he obliged, Nader’s warrant was sealed and he was allowed to keep running free, including leaving the country.

In other words, Robert Mueller was so desperate to nail Trump on collusion that he let a pedophile run around unchecked, posing as a credible witness and driving “bombshell” news coverage for over a year. It wasn’t until it became clear that Nader had nothing to offer that the arrest warrant was slotted to become unsealed and enforced. With Mueller closing up shop, Nader has finally been brought in.

That’s a pretty incredible and gross set of events. It’s not surprising though. We saw others get the same treatment throughout the entire Trump-Russia probe. Michael Cohen ended up pleading on two probable non-crimes dealing with campaign finance while the prosecution ignored most of his much bigger financial crimes. Why? Because they thought Cohen could give them the goods on Trump.

Paul Manafort is headed to solitary confinement on Rikers Island right now while Tony Podesta, who did the exact same thing, is still a free man. Why? Because Podesta couldn’t be used against Trump so he’s safe.

The entire Russia investigation was always about “getting” Donald Trump. Everything revolved around that one, singular goal. If that meant letting a sicko like Nader stay a free man in exchange for some dirt on the President, then that was a deal Mueller was willing to make. In the end, Nader didn’t have the goods though, so that’s why he’s finally headed to jail.

There’s one final angle to this involving collusion conspiracy truther Rep. Adam Schiff. He made a criminal referral to the DOJ for Erik Prince, charging that he made false statements to Congress. Guess who’s testimony Schiff was using to compare against Prince’s? None other than George Nader.

Schiff was using a pedophile’s word (admittedly he was probably unaware until now) to try to go after a Trump associate. That line of investigation is now dead and it’s likely why Mueller never went after Prince in the first place.

This entire episode shows just how far investigators were willing to go to try to take down Donald Trump. Mueller and his team were not virtuous saints just doing the work of the people. They had an outcome they preferred, namely to prove Trump committed conspiracy with Russia, and they did everything they could to try to arrive at it. It’s only on the basis of Trump’s clear innocence that they weren’t able to get there and had to shift to obstruction of justice instead.

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Judge Tosses Military Prosecutor in Trial of Navy SEAL

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Judge Tosses Out Military Prosecutor in Trial of Navy SEAL

The judge in the War Crimes trial of a decorated Navy SEAL has removed the prosecutor from the case, reports the New York Post.

A military judge on Monday removed the prosecutor in the trial of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes after the defense team accused the attorney of misconduct.

The judge ordered Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak removed from Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher’s trial after Gallagher’s attorney accused him of spying on their emails, according to court documents.

This type of thing has to stop. The Military justice system at one time, had a reputation for doing it right. Convictions were rarely overturned on appeal, especially not for procedural errors. That stellar reputation is rapidly disappearing, only to be replaced by one of mistrust, toadyism and downright criminal conduct. As the defense counsel put it,

“Gallagher’s case has been irreparably corrupted by a government campaign of outrageous and illegal conduct,” attorney Tim Parlatore said in the opening motion to dismiss the charges Wednesday. “This prosecution threatens to make an unequivocal farce of our justice system.”

He’s right. It takes years, even decades to build up a good reputation. All it takes are a few instances like this one to destroy that same reputation. Then there’s the personal destruction of a Warrior’s life, a life dedicated to serving, often at great personal risk, this great thing we call, These United States of America. It needs to stop and the folks involved need to be prosecuted to send a message.

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Trump Admin Blocks Hope Hicks, Annie Donaldson From Complying With Subpoenas

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This is going to be a long summer of court battles between the Trump administration and Congress.

In yet another fight between the Executive and Legislative branches, the Trump administration has informed former communications director Hope Hicks and former deputy counsel Annie Donaldson not to comply with Congressional subpoenas for info during their time in the White House.

According to NBC News

It’s the latest in a bitter back-and-forth between the White House and Capitol Hill, with the Trump administration blocking a number of congressional oversight requests by Democrats for interviews and documents from current and former aides.

An attorney for Hicks told the committee Tuesday that she would turn over some documents that lawmakers had requested from her time on the Trump campaign.

In a statement, Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the White House “has no lawful basis for preventing these witnesses from complying with our request.”

“We will continue to seek reasonable accommodation on these and all our discovery requests and intend to press these issues when we obtain the testimony of both Ms. Hicks and Ms. Donaldson,” he said.

This clearly signals that on anything that the kids on the House side of the Hill want, the Trump White House is going to tell them to go pound sand. This follows up on a story from yesterday HERE WE GO: Jerry Nadler Orders Hearings On The Mueller Report about the Democrats desperate to put pressure on Nancy Pelosi to start impeachment hearings.

With the full House to vote on contempt for Attorney General William Barr next week and with the rest of this nonsense going on you can expect a long summer of nothing productive getting done on Capitol Hill.

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