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VIDEO. Antifa Goons Get Thrashed By Federal Protective Service As They Attack An ICE Facility

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Yesterday, a couple of thousand people showed up in Portland for the Climate Strike. This was a coordinated worldwide event in which the least educated and most credulous among us demanded that the rest of us join them in moving society back to the Stone Age. [Every once in a while I muse over just how few of the Michael Mann types would survive in the society they are trying to create where there would be no major income streams of grant money, they would have to actually work to survive, and we might be inclined to hunt them for sport.]

As you know, you can’t have a demonstration in Portland without antifa or bloc or whatever they are calling themselves. So, naturally, they set out to attack the DHS/ICE facility in Portland. That’s when they found out that they weren’t opposed by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s ineffectual and anarchist-sympathetic police force but by people who took their duties and responsibilities seriously.

It is really a shame that no one has yet identified the noxious little toad who appears at 0:23 because it would be a service to the nation to treat him the way that CNN treats a meme maker.

Not surprisingly, these clowns are major league p***ies when they aren’t hitting people from behind with bicycle locks

What sniveling little b****es they are.

If more police forces aggressively confronted this nonsense…and more prosecutors took this nascent terrorism seriously and started charging felonies…this crap would cease. As it is, it is pretty inevitable that eventually one of these clashes is going to turn deadly and leave some of these cretins dead and we’ll have to pretend that we are sad or something.

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Over a Hundred People are Arrested in a Central Ohio Sex and Human Trafficking Sting

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Wow.

In Ohio, over 30 law enforcement agencies have come together to expose a gigantic sex trafficking ring, and the participants run the gamut.

A large-scale sting by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force blew off the doors in three counties — Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield.

According to Maj. Steven Tucker of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office — as reported by WBNS — arrests included 24 men who turned up at an undisclosed location so they could have sex with a child they’d met online.

But surprise: the “child” was a police officer.

Steven laid it out:

“The reality that they were operating in, is that there absolutely was a child at the other end of that device, and that’s who they were coming to see.”

So how do they know for sure that the guys were specifically gonna have sex? Well, there were a few clues:

“They show up with sex toys, they show up with lubrication.”

That does seem suspicious.

“They show up with things that clearly somebody isn’t going to show up to a house with, unless they intended to engage in sexual activity.”

More from CBS 10:

“This four-part simultaneous operation involved more than 30 law enforcement agencies,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, announcing the operation Friday.

It was focused not just on internet predators, but human traffickers and the men who feed the sex trade with their dollars.

“Criminals involved in trafficking other human beings prey upon those individuals that are already at risk, subjecting them to prostitution and addiction,” Yost said. “Predators who seek to harm our children and grandchildren are not hiding in the bushes, they’re lurking on the internet.”

Among the bamboozled were a 31-year-old emergency room doctor and — possibly worse — a former church youth director.

In addition to the child sex sting, thirty-six dudes were taken into custody for trying to buy the ol’ S-E-X.

But men weren’t the only ones involved: Forty-three women were arrested for selling it.

Those chicks’ll be taken to social services, among them Franklin County’s CATCH Court program.

Charly McClain said it in 1980:

Who’s cheatin’ who, who’s being true
Who don’t even care anymore
It makes you wonder
Who’s doing right with someone tonight
And who’s car is parked next door

You never know what’s going on with people.

As for the two dozen: Thanks to some who found out, perhaps a few more children are safe in Ohio tonight.

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Vigorously Heterosexual Cory Booker Tells Staff He’s on the Verge of Dropping out of the Democrat Primary

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A lot of people thought Cory Booker was The Man this year. He had a good resume. He was telegenic. He was not as profoundly stupid as many of his rivals. I don’t know if Joe Biden pronounced him an “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy” but he was the beau ideal of vigorously heterosexual maleness…I mean he even had one admitted instance of sexual assault to demonstrate his brush with toxic masculinity and received absolution from CNN…and naturally he has a sorta hot (YMMV) girlfriend and his campaign floated rumors that there may be an engagement in the offing. Unfortunately, the more people saw of Booker the less they was Spartacus and the more they realized what kind of a pathetic poseur and loser he is and so his campaign never caught fire. Right now, in the RCP average, he’s trailing Andrew Yang (who dat?).

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This anemic polling has led to anemic fundraising and while you can win the Democrat primary as a poseur and loser (see Clinton, Hillary) you can’t win it as a broke poseur and loser. Now we’re down to crunch time and Booker has told his staff the situation is grim:

[Booker campaign manager, Addisu] Demissie said the campaign has enough money to keep going at its current pace if it wanted to, but not enough to expand operations before voting starts early next year and that Booker doesn’t want stay in the race if he doesn’t think he can win.

“If our campaign is not in a financial position to grow, he’s not going to continue to consume resources and attention that can be used to focus on beating Donald Trump, which needs to be everyone’s first priority,” Demissie wrote.

Booker’s campaign has struggled nationally. He averages at just under 3 percent support in the polls, according to Real Clear Politics.

He warned other candidates were in similar situations and that the historically large 2020 field “is about to narrow dramatically.”

“Booker might not be in this race for much longer — the same is true for other important voices in the field,” Demissie wrote.

He argued there probably only four campaigns with the “money necessary to build and sustain the national organization needed to win,” presumably referring to former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, who raised more money last quarter than any other candidate.

I think Demissie is correct. Outside of the four top fundraisers he lists, only Yang has the resources to stay in the race much past the October debate. If Joe Biden doesn’t self-immolate or hasn’t been extradited to Ukraine by then, only people with the money to enable them to compete in actual caucuses and primaries are going to be in the race. He’s obviously trying to open wallets and checkbooks and PayPal accounts among progressive voters, but so is everyone else and when you’re living in Mom’s basement and working as a barrista, you don’t have much left over for political donations after your weed budget is set aside.

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Border Agents Have Begun Vetting the One-Million-Plus Migrants Claiming Asylum. What’s Next?

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For quite some time now, there’s been much talk of asylum seekers coming across the U.S.-Mexico border. Some have claimed many are misusing the asylum angle to get into the U.S. Is it true?

Border officials are ready to find out.

Hence, along with asylum officials, BP agents have begun conducting “credible fear” interviews to gain a better understanding of the crisis.

The initiative was announced in May, in response to a big ol’ backlog of asylum applications being submitted to the south. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began training border security to assist in the interview process.

And now it begins.

Under the Credible Fear Pilot Program, there are now 55 agents participating in the interviews.

And there are lotsa interviews to be held — good grief. The Daily Caller reports:

The program aims to help reduce the number of migrants who are waiting for a decision of their asylum claim. In the backdrop of the ongoing illegal immigration crisis, the Trump administration has been faced with an unprecedented number of asylum claims. The U.S. immigration court’s active backlog, for example, surpassed one million at the end of August 2019.

55 to help 1 mil? Hmmm…that may not be enough.

But everybody’s doing what they can.

More explanation from TDC:

The Trump administration is doing what it can to help relieve the flow of active cases that are bottlenecking. Two soft-sided facilities recently opened up in Laredo and Brownsville, Texas, in order to process more asylum claims. The cases pertain to the administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program. Judges from across the country can adjudicate cases via video conference at these temporary structures.

Despite some criticism over security guys and gals assisting immigration vetting, the newbies do undergo 5 weeks of training prior. And, as USCIS spokeswoman Jessica Collins assures, everything’s being reeeeal supervised:

“Importantly, USCIS provides training to Border Patrol agents so that they can be thoroughly trained on the credible fear screening process, and like every officer conducting credible fear interviews, show that they understand all applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures before being allowed to conduct interviews on their own. All credible fear determinations will have to be reviewed and signed by a supervisory asylum officer before a final determination can be made. This humanitarian and security crisis requires an all-hands-on-deck approach from DHS.”

There certainly is a crisis down toward the bottom of the map. And the situation also begs another question: If you have 1 million people who are legitimately in need of asylum, in what manner does the U.S. absorb so great a number? Not to mention: If a large number are rejected, what will be the Dems’ next move?

At least there’s now an effort being made to gain clarity. The alternative — people just yelling at each other on TV — doesn’t seem to be working all that well.

Better beef up that 55, though.

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

Sen. John Kennedy In Light Of The Border Ban: The Dems’ Stance On Immigration Is ‘On-The-Pipe Crazy’

Georgetown Students Recoil At Trump’s Racist Statement On Immigration – Until They Find Out Obama Said It (Video)

An Elderly Man Walks Into The Hospital For A Bladder Procedure, Walks Out Circumcised – Accidentally

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Candace Owens Eviscerates White Dems Lecturing Her on White Supremacy – ‘I’ve Been Black in America My Whole Life’

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You know who could use a lecture on white supremacy? A black chick.

So arguably believed participants in a House Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday, after white witnesses schooled Candace Owens on the subject.

But Candace had a thing or two to say back.

Not only did she rip the people tellin’ her stuff, but Democrats in general for being so obsessed by race and making it the issue of every election:

“I’ve been black in America my whole life, all 30 years, and I can tell you that you guys have done the exact same thing every four years we have an election cycle and it needs to stop.”

So what exactly is white supremacy? Earlier in the exchange, Candace provided an answer:

“It’s a fringe occurrence that is being used in my opinion by Democrats to scare Americans into giving up their votes to a party that can no longer win based on simple ideas, which is why we’re seeing so many of these hearings back-to-back despite other threats that are facing this nation. I want to reiterate that point. White supremacy is real, just as racism is real, but neither of these ideologies are real in this room. They have become mechanisms for the Left to continue to call these hearings and to distract from much bigger issues that are facing this country and which threaten minorities, much bigger issues that they are responsible for.”

Candace then turned the conversation toward a breakdown of the family, in her view bolstered by the very people claiming to be on the side of the black community:

“White nationalism sounds a lot better as a threat than father absence. When are we going to call a hearing on the 74 percent of single motherhood rate in black America today? My guess is probably never, since Democrats are the author of that epidemic, which leaves us – black Americans – 20 times more likely to end up in prison, nine times more likely to drop out of high school, and five times more likely to lead a life in poverty and to commit crime.”



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That didn’t sit well with the University of Chicago’s Dr. Kathleen Belew, who The Daily Beast describes as “a professor and historian who’s researched the rise of the white power movement.”

She went about tellin’ Candace what’s what in the realm of Klannish behavior:

“I just have to say that I object strenuously to your use of the word ‘hilarious.’ To me, this feels a lot like your reaction to being named in one of these manifestos. Now, you’re of course not responsible for the words of somebody writing that document. But I do think that laughing at it is a real problem, because these are real families that are impacted by this violence. And I think that our efforts toward talking about this have to start from a place of mutual respect, which is what I’ve heard from this side of the table. Now, the reason we don’t have those numbers, I want those numbers as much as you do, but to say the numbers don’t show something is simply not supported by the data.”

As noted by The Daily Wire, Democratic Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin asked for clarification from Kathleen:

“You reject the idea that it’s something that doesn’t matter, or it doesn’t really matter?”

“Absolutely reject,” she replied.

But Republican North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows came to Candace’s defense:

“Ms. Owens, obviously this is a gang-up on you; we’re giving these witnesses the ability to do a rebuttal on you. And so, I find it unfair, Ms. Belew; candidly, for you to show ‘mutual respect’ and then go after Ms. Owens, it’s not appropriate. So Ms. Owens, you can have four minutes and thirty-four seconds to respond however you like.”

Candace explained it isn’t that racism doesn’t matter; it’s that there are other things that “matter much, much, much, much more…”

Hit it, Candace:

“I said that in my opening, and I will say it again: you know that white supremacy and white nationalism is nowhere near, ranks nowhere near the top of the issues that are facing black America. And the reason you are bringing them up in this room is because it is an attempt to make the election all about race as the Democrats do.”

Jamie: “Not in my case, Ms. Owens.”

Owens (frustrated): “Please don’t cut me off.”

Mark: “Mr. Chairman, it’s my time.”

Jamie: “You’ve got your time. Mr. Meadows, I’ll give you three more seconds.”

Then Candace went off, Jack:

“Every four years you bring up race, and you knew exactly what I meant when I said ‘hilarious.’ You just tried to do live what the media does all the time to Republicans, to our president, and to conservatives, which is you try to manipulate what I said to fit your narrative, okay? I was not referring to the subject matter that is ‘hilarious.’ I said that it’s hilarious that we are sitting in this room today and I’ve got two doctors and a Mrs. and nobody can give us real numbers that we can respond to so that we can assess how big of a threat this is, because you know that it is not as big of a threat as you are trying to make it out to be so you can manipulate. And the audacity of you to bring up the Christchurch shooting manifesto and make it seem as if I laughed at people who were slaughtered by a homicidal maniac, is in my opinion absolutely despicable. I think that we should be above that. To try to assign responsibility or any meaning to a homicidal maniac writing a manifesto, which, by the way, also cited Spyro the Dragon, the child’s cartoon; he also cited Nelson Mandela as a source of inspiration. I don’t think that Nelson Mandela has inspired mosque shootings; you can correct me if you think I’m wrong.

“You would rather assign meaning to a homicidal maniac than to actually address the things that I said that are actually harming black America; number one: father absence; number two: the education system and illiteracy rate. Illegal immigration ranks high; abortion ranks high; white supremacy and white nationalism, if I had to make a list of one hundred things, would not be on it.

“This hearing, in my opinion, is a farce, and it is ironic that you’re sitting her and you’re having three Caucasian people testify and tell you what their expertise are. You want to know what my expertise are? Black in America. I’ve been black in America my whole life, all 30 years, and I can tell you that you guys have done the exact same thing every four years we have an election cycle and it needs to stop.”

Watch the video above, and somebody call the red truck — the girl’s on fire.

-ALEX

 

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The Secret Service is Investigating a Community Leader’s Announcement That Mike Pence ‘Should be Shot in the Head.’ Their Position is Pitiful

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The kids are in fine hands…

In North Carolina, the Secret Service is investigating a woman who allegedly announced that VP Mike Pence “should be shot in the head.”

Numerous reports confirm.

Probably so numerous because she did it to a classroom full of people — the murder-endorsing lady’s a high school teacher.

The Charlotte Observerobserves:

The woman allegedly told her class at Cuthbertson High School in Union County that Pence should be “shot in the head,” WJZY reported over the weekend.

She purportedly spread the news to young skulls full o’ mush during the week of Mike’s visit to their town — Union City — to campaign for House candidate Dan Bishop.

As per a statement released to WBTV among other news agencies, the Service that’s not so Secret is taking the situation “very seriously.”

The Daily Wire relays a the school district’s statement:

Union County Public Schools is aware of the allegation of inappropriate comments made by a Cuthbertson High School teacher. District administrators are taking this allegation seriously and an investigation is being conducted. This is a personnel matter and information related to this alleged incident is protected by state law.

Union County GOP Chair Allison Powers told WBTV the whole thing stinks:

“You should not be bringing in those type of viewpoints to your job. … To just wish that kind of violence on anybody is just way out of bounds.”

There was a time when most people couldn’t have imagined a teacher — someone entrusted with guiding the children of their community — saying such a thing about the President of the United States.

But as we’ve seen over and over, if anyone thinks things in schools are still good like that…they ain’t.

According to Charlotte’s CBS 3, the lousy lecturer’s been placed on administrative leave.

What do you believe’s an appropriate outcome here? I look forward to hearing from you in the Comments section.

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The Whistleblower Scandal Is More Likely to Take out Joe Biden Than It Is to Hurt Trump

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As Bonchie posted yesterday, this whole Ukraine flap has all the makings of yet another media generated faux scandal that will end in nothing. (See As Predicted, that Trump-Ukraine “Whistle-Blower” Story Just Blew Up In Epic Fashion.) Now we’re learning that the alleged whistleblower really isn’t a whistleblower or entitled to any kind of protection because that person never heard the call nor read any transcripts, they had heard about it.

The way the story is developing, though, the worst you can say about Trump is that you don’t like what he did. Fine, I think we all have that feeling time and again. The stupidest thing you can say is this or something like it:

I think that we can all see from the way Goldberg and his fellow Vichyists pushed the Collusion Hoax that they have no issue whatsoever with a presidential campaign using the services of foreign intelligence services to attack a political opponent. In fact, these people were in the forefront of demanding Trump cooperate with the investigation because he should look forward to being exonerated. I can’t understand why they think Joe Biden isn’t chomping at the bit to have his name cleared or why they’re upset.

But some interesting things are happening that indicate that this story poses more of a danger to Joe Biden than to Donald Trump.

First, the story is not a hoax. Hunter Biden is a grift-o-matic and Joe Biden’s protection of his son has been an issue since early in the Obama administration. Here we have a reporter being stonewalled by a State Department spokeswoman (Jen Psaki, right?) over the rather grotesque appearance of a conflict of interest of Hunter Biden getting a lucrative job from Ukrainian oligarchs given the US involvement in the Russia-Ukraine war.

The reason he was asking about it is because it was a significant story despite what Biden tries to claim.

Unlike during the Obama administration when Hunter Biden’s propensity for shady deals would have attached to the Biden, personally, and through him to the Obama administration, now there are people inside the Democrat party who want to take Biden out. That’s why you have stories like this which are driving Biden fans crazy.

and this

The “more with sadness than anger” examinations of how Joe Biden got sucked into questionable acts in order to help his son. And it seems like some major media outlets and CNN might cover the story:

Making it sweeter is Joe Biden boasting about telling the Ukrainian government to shut down their investigation of his son or lose all funding.

Even the Usual Suspects on the left are pulling their chins and clucking that this is worthy:

Stoller is spot on. Trump’s actions are well within his authority as president and Trump’s disregard for protocol is largely baked into the equation. Biden was involved in a garden variety cover up of his son’s apparent corruption. More people understand that story than the attack on Trump. Mind you, I don’t believe for second, that this an diddly squat to do with them wanting to investigate Biden and everything to do with them realizing how weak a candidate Biden is and wanting him out of the race.

In this case, as hard as it is to believe, it is very easy to see Chris Hayes being completely right here

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That Trump-Ukraine “Scandal” Just Went Up In Flames Even More

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The media are really covering themselves in glory at this point.

As I wrote yesterday, the latest “bombshell” involving a phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president blew up in the launch tube. For the better part of 12 hours, we were subjected to baseless speculation and “anonymous sources” claiming Trump had dangled foreign aid as an extortion tool to get Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s possible corruption in the same country.

In the end, it was all garbage. Trump had indeed asked Ukraine to look into the matter, but he had not offered a quid pro quo or done anything else improper. A lot of people people thought they finally had Trump, that this was going to be the thing that finally gets him impeached. As per usual though, the story lacked vital facts and context.

Well, things just got a lot worse. It turns out the supposed “whistle-blower” hadn’t even heard the phone call in question, nor seen a transcript.

You’ve got to be kidding me.

Even as CNN runs a headline claiming the scandal deepens, the actual story here continues to go up in flames. How can you be a whistle-blower when you don’t even have direct knowledge of what you are claiming? The answer is that you can’t.

What we have here is a partisan within the dumpster fire that is our intelligence bureaucracies playing resistance hero. He or she thought they could force the release of this call to embarrass Trump but all ended up backfiring. Now, it’s Biden who’s facing renewed scrutiny.

Meanwhile, the same “conservatives” and media members who always fall for this stuff got suckered again. Or perhaps they are just doing it on purpose at this point? That’s probably more likely.

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Hillary Carping About Ukraine Meddling for Trump is the Height of Political Audacity After that Nation Aided Her Campaign

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The woman complaining today was a beneficiary of Ukrainian collusion in 2016.

As Bonchie has detailed the Trump/Ukraine hysterics are beginning to unravel like a sweater in a Soviet-bloc department store. Turns out there was no such forcible deal being provoked by the President, and in fact, it looks like a case of sheer desperate distraction by the press/Democrats.

What was initially accused as being a setup to “fix” the upcoming 2020 election by compelling the Ukraine to look into Biden for political oppo-research has instead become an investigation into things that transpired in the last election. As a form of distraction the press has been alluding to conspiracies going forward when in fact the issue was about looking backward. And Hillary has tripped over her own tongue.

In what has become standard practice within the media in the Trump era a brash story is announced and many leftist opponents respond with over-the-top outrage. Then, once the actual details of the story become known, it dies a quick but very silent death. (The recent Brett Kavanaugh hysterics were the latest example.) Yet everyone remembers the outrage and that echoes onward. Hillary Clinton was an active participant in this media 2-step hoedown yesterday, and she really should have known better.

Hillary has claimed that what transpired was the Trump administration attempting to leverage the Ukraine authorities into providing dirt on Joe Biden, for the purpose of aiding his reelection efforts next year. Hillary sent out a tweet declaring, “The president asked a foreign power to help him win an election. Again.”

There are two monumental problems with Clinton chirping about this incident.

First, John Solomon last night provided something the press has been steadfast in avoiding — details, and facts. In defiance of the hysterical news reports (many which resorted to qualifying phrases such as “if true”) it turns out that this summer it was the State Department that asked the administration to meet with Ukrainian authorities. The reason? To help the new Ukrainian President develop relations, as they looked into possible issues emanating from the Obama administration. It had nothing to do with the 2020 election, outside of whether results will impact things in the future.

Of course, this will be memory-holed, given that this came out in the document-dump vortex of late Friday and it completely disrupts their anti-Trump narrative. The press will avoid this story like audiences avoid John Travolta films. The second issue with Hillary? It was her, and her campaign, and the DNC that was in coordination with the Ukrainians during the 2016 election.

Recall the name Alexandra Chalupa? She was a Ukranian-American consultant to the DNC. She coordinated with the Democrats and the Ukranian embassy to feed information about Paul Manafort to the media, in the effort to derail the Trump campaign. And, small reminder, this was all inspired by the Steele dossier, created through Fusion GPS at the behest of Hillary’s lawyers, and the DNC.

So for Hillary to now come forward and talk of foreign powers helping campaigns — specifically Ukraine — is as brazen a move as there is. However, once you consider the way the press had completely avoided this aspect of the election, all while screeching how inappropriate Trump’s disproven connection to Russia had been, you can understand her confidence she would not be held accountable for these words either.

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New Revelations About Giuliani’s Contact With Ukrainian Officials Blows Up Media’s Narrative

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The media has spent the last three days in a frenzy over what they hope will become the next Trump administration scandal. And Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani has found himself right at the center of it after his unfortunate interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

The Hill’s John Solomon, a long-time investigative reporter with extensive connections inside the intelligence community, has revealed new information about Rudy Giuliani’s engagement with Ukrainian officials. His sources have also provided a timeline of all communication between them.

Contrary to what the media is reporting, Giuliani did not initiate contact with Ukrainian officials. Instead, Solomon reports that a State Department official, a senior U.S. diplomat, contacted Giuliani in July to ask if he would agree to speak with Andrei Yermak, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s top advisor and attorney. State both encouraged and facilitated this meeting. Solomon writes:

Giuliani met in early August with Yermak on neutral ground — in Spain — before reporting back to State everything that occurred at the meeting.

That debriefing occurred Aug. 11 by phone with two senior U.S. diplomats, one with responsibility for Ukraine and the other with responsibility for the European Union, according to electronic communications records I reviewed and interviews I conducted.

On Friday, Giuliani spoke to Solomon. He confirmed that the State Department asked him to meet with Yermak and said he apprised State officials “every step of the way.”

Giuliani told Solomon, “I didn’t even know who he (Yermak) really was, but they vouched for him. They actually urged me to talk to him because they said he seemed like an honest broker. I reported back to them (the two State officials) what my conversations with Yermak were about. All of this was done at the request of the State Department.”

And yes, Giuliani did speak with Yermak about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. But the reason for that was far different than what the media would have us believe.

(Note: Solomon points out that, even if that had been the sole purpose for meeting with him, it would not have been illegal.)

Solomon interviewed over a dozen Ukrainian and U.S. officials and learned that the Ukrainian government had been trying since the summer 2018 to “hand over evidence about the conduct of Americans they believe might be involved in violations of U.S. law during the Obama years.”

The Ukrainians say their efforts to get their allegations to U.S. authorities were thwarted first by the U.S. embassy in Kiev, which failed to issue timely visas allowing them to visit America.

Then the Ukrainians hired a former U.S. attorney — not Giuliani — to hand-deliver the evidence of wrongdoing to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York, but the federal prosecutors never responded.

What a surprise that the SDNY failed to act on the Ukrainian information.

Solomon interviewed the retired attorney, whom he described as reputable, and he confirmed the story.

The allegations that Ukrainian officials wanted to pass on involved both efforts by the Democratic National Committee to pressure Ukraine to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election as well as Joe Biden’s son’s effort to make money in Ukraine while the former vice president managed U.S.-Ukraine relations, the U.S. attorney told me.

Giuliani learned of this in November 2018 and began to investigate. And why wouldn’t he? In November, the special counsel investigation was still ongoing and it was possible this new information could help in Trump’s defense. In addition, if the Bidens had been involved in questionable activities, the administration had every right to know about it.

So, although Giuliani did not travel to Ukraine, he began making inquiries. He had planned to visit the country in the summer, but Ukrainian officials leaked word of his plans, likely those from the pro-Hillary Clinton faction. Following the uproar in the press, Giuliani canceled his plans. And he stopped talking to the Ukrainian officials.

Solomon writes that his American and foreign sources told him:

Ukrainian officials worried that the slight of Giuliani might hurt their relations with his most famous client, Trump.

And Trump himself added to the dynamic by encouraging Ukraine’s leaders to work with Giuliani to surface the evidence of alleged wrongdoing that has been floating around for more than two years, my sources said.

It is likely that the State Department’s overture to Giuliani in July was designed to allay fears of a diplomatic slight and to assure the nascent Ukrainian administration that everything would be okay between the two allies.

The belief was that if Zelensky’s top lawyer could talk to Trump’s top lawyer, everything could be patched up, officials explained to me.

Ukrainian officials told Solomon they are privately considering sending their information directly to Congress.

Democrats and the mainstream media have a strong interest in preventing this information from seeing the light of day because it likely involves corruption by pro-Hillary officials and staffers inside the Embassy in Kiev prior to the 2016 election. This activity has been chronicled in Dan Bongino’s book, “Spygate.” It may even include information about the origin and authenticity/inauthenticity of the infamous “black ledger” which “randomly” turned up in August 2016 and forced Paul Manafort to resign from his position as manager of the Trump campaign and marked the beginning of his legal problems.

If it includes evidence of serious or illegal actions by Hunter Biden while his father served as the Obama administration’s “point man” on Ukraine, it could force Joe Biden out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. That may happen anyway.

The mainstream media, as always, is practicing selective reporting. They are trying to present last week’s developments as a new reason to impeach Trump. And they will be proven wrong. Again.

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