James Barrett


As usual, the White House has done a lot to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, including the traditional presidential turkey pardon and President Trump’s formal declaration that Thursday is “a National Day of Thanksgiving.” The White House is also taking the opportunity of the holiday to troll the president’s political enemies and their “impeachment stunt.”

“Congress broke for Thanksgiving late last week. Thanks to the far left’s impeachment stunt, the House has been effectively shut down for weeks,” the White House tweeted Wednesday. “That isn’t stopping President [Donald Trump] from working hard for the American people!”

Trump has repeatedly hammered the “do nothing Democrats” for wasting time and taxpayer money on the “partisan witch hunt” impeachment inquiry. In recent tweets, Trump has pointed to polling data showing a decline in support for impeachment since the official Democrat-led inquiry began.

The “impeachment scam,” Trump is predicting, will end up backfiring in 2020. “Democrats going back to their Districts for Thanksgiving are getting absolutely hammered by their constituents over the phony Impeachment Scam,” he tweeted this week. “Republicans will have a great #2020 Election!”

Among the poll numbers Trump has highlighted were results reported by Vanity Fair, which found that Independents overwhelmingly say the impeachment issue is “more important to politicians than it is to me” (62 to 22%) and “more important to the media than it is to me” (61 to 23%). The new polling, Vanity Fair reported last week, “suggests [the] Democrats’ impeachment push could alienate key voters.”

Along with slamming the other party this week, Trump has been holding rallies and giving official and unofficial Thanksgiving proclamations. In a rally in Sunrise, Florida on Tuesday, Trump made clear that he will not cave to those on the “radical left” who want to do away with Thanksgiving.

“As we gather together for Thanksgiving, you know, some people want to change the name Thanksgiving,” Trump told his supporters at the jam-packed rally Tuesday. “They don’t want to use the term Thanksgiving. And that was true also with Christmas. But now everybody’s using Christmas again. Remember this?”

“But now we’re going to have to do a little work on Thanksgiving,” Trump said. “People have different ideas. Why it shouldn’t be called Thanksgiving. But everybody in this room, I know, loves the name Thanksgiving. And we’re not changing.”

Trump’s comments came amid claims of a “War on Thanksgiving,” including from Fox News, which reported Wednesday: “Twitter users used the hashtag ‘#WhatLiberalsCallThanksgiving’ to mock the president’s remarks. One person, who said she was Native American, pointed to how she prefers to instead name the fourth Thursday of November a #nationaldayofmourning.’”

On Wednesday, Trump officially proclaimed Thursday “a National Day of Thanksgiving.”

“THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 28, 2019, as a National Day of Thanksgiving,” he said.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: White House Trolls Democrats On Thanksgiving Break

With the former president recently making public comments triggering to the radical left — including that all that hashtag “woke” activism isn’t actually activism — The Washington Post felt compelled to give Americans on the left side of the aisle a little more “perspective” on the man whose legislative legacy Donald Trump has almost completely wiped out. The reason Democratic presidential candidates have been struggling so hard to figure out how to discuss Barack Obama, David Swerdlick writes for the Post, is that Obama isn’t what they think he is.

“Perspective: Democratic presidential candidates still can’t figure out how to talk about the most popular figure in their party, [Swerdlick] writes, and there’s a simple reason,” the Post tweeted Sunday. “Barack Obama is a conservative.”

As Swerdlick highlights, Obama has tweaked some of his fellow progressives in recent public comments about the flawed assumptions and approaches of Democrats and their supporters.

“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly,” the former president told a group of young activist at an Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago in late October. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”

As if that wasn’t enough to outrage the permanently outraged, Obama added a sobering reality check to those increasingly steering the party toward more overtly socialist policies: The Democratic presidential candidates would be wise to come back more to the center because “[t]his is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement.”

It’s becoming increasingly clear, writes Swerdlick, that the leading Democratic contenders “can’t quite figure out how to talk about the most popular figure in their party,” which poses a major problem because he “casts a long shadow over the 2020 primary campaign”:

Preserving Obama’s legacy is the heart of former vice president Joe Biden’s pitch to voters — which has allowed his rivals to mark him as complacent. More left-leaning candidates, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), say the next president needs to do more to push for health-care reforms and combat income inequality — but lately, she’s struggling to sell her proposals. Onetime Obama Cabinet secretary Julián Castro has ripped his former boss’s record on immigration and deportation. Meanwhile, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg raced to have a reporter correct a story that misquoted him citing “failures of the Obama era.” Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) said in Wednesday’s debate that it’s crucial to “rebuild the Obama coalition” because “that’s the last time we won.” Picking and choosing which parts of Obama’s tenure to embrace, and how firmly to embrace them, has become a delicate game in the primary season.

So why are they struggling to much to frame both their praise and criticism of The One? Because none of them have accepted what Swerdlick believes to be the hard truth about Obama.

“It’s because the former president, going back at least to his 2004 Senate race, hasn’t really occupied the left side of the ideological spectrum,” he insists. While he was of course no Republican, “Obama never dramatically departed from the approach of presidents who came before him.”

“There’s a simple reason: Barack Obama is a conservative,” Swerdlick declares. His “evidence,” that while Obama embraced left-wing positions like the Paris climate accords, Dodd-Frank, pro-choice policies, and same-sex marriage (after opposing it), his “constant search for consensus” ultimately made him be “conservative” on key domestic initiatives, like Obamacare and gun control, and foreign policy…

The underlying concept for his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, with its individual mandate, was devised by the right-wing Heritage Foundation and first implemented at the state level by Mitt Romney, then the Republican governor of Massachusetts. Obama wanted to protect Americans from the effects of a prolonged recession, so he agreed, in one of his defining votes as a senator, to a bailout of banks — and as president, he prioritized recovery over punishing bankers for their role in the financial crisis. In his first inaugural address, he affirmed the power of the free market “to generate wealth and expand freedom.”

Until the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012, Obama studiously avoided any push for gun control. Indeed, in his first term, he signed laws that loosened restrictions on bringing firearms to national parks and on Amtrak. Though cast as a “dithering” peacenik who led “from behind,” he stuck with his thesis that the imperative “to end the war in Iraq is to be able to get more troops into Afghanistan,” and he prosecuted a drone war in Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen.

Obama was a “conservative” in the end, suggests Swerdlick, because he “believes, fundamentally, that the American model works — even if it hasn’t been allowed to work for everyone.”

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Washington Post: ‘Obama Is A Conservative’

Controversy over whether or not to reveal the name of the man widely believed to be the whistleblower whose complaint prompted the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry ratcheted up even further on Wednesday after Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out an article and quote including the whistleblower’s alleged name. While Democrats and the left-leaning media expressed outrage about Trump’s social media post, an impeachment inquiry transcript released by the office of Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff includes the very name Trump tweeted out.

As reported by RedState, Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee who is heading up the Democrats’ impeachment efforts, appears to have accidentally allowed the name widely identified as the whistleblower to appear in the transcript of the committee’s interview with top U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor.

In the transcript, the interviewer asks Taylor if the name of the man who has been widely reported as the whistleblower “ring[s] a bell?” Taylor responds, “It doesn’t.”

“So, to your knowledge, you never had any communications with somebody by that name?” Taylor is asked, to which he replies, “Correct.”

The failure to redact the name means one of two things, suggests Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson, either he’s not the whistleblower or the Democrats made a massive error.

The alleged identity of the whistleblower was first reported by RealClearInvestigations’ Paul Sperry, who describes his identity as “an open secret inside the Beltway.”

Sperry reported last week that the whistleblower is allegedly a 33-year-old “registered Democrat held over from the Obama White House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped initiate the Russia ‘collusion’ investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.” The whistleblower reportedly “left his National Security Council posting in the White House’s West Wing in mid-2017 amid concerns about negative leaks to the media” and “has since returned to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia,” Sperry reports, citing federal documents.

The alleged whistleblower “was accused of working against Trump and leaking against Trump,” a former NSC official told RealClearInvestigations.

On Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out an article and a quote naming the alleged whistleblower. In response to blowback from the left-leaning media, the president’s son tweeted: “The entire media is #Triggered that I (a private citizen) tweeted out a story naming the alleged whistleblower. Are they going to pretend that his name hasn’t been in the public domain for weeks now? Numerous people & news outlets including Real Clear Politics already ID’d him.”

“PS: Maybe Real Clear Politics & others wouldn’t have been able to ID the alleged whistleblower if the NY Times didn’t out that he was a CIA official detailed to the WH?” Trump added. “The media is full of sh** with their faux outrage over me tweeting something already in the public domain!”

As The Daily Wire reported, the whistleblower’s attorney announced Sunday that his client is willing to answer Republicans’ questions, but only in written form. President Trump, who has provided some of the descriptions of the alleged whistleblower included in Sperry’s report but has not named him publicly, responded to the attorney’s offer with an unequivocal rejection. “The Whistleblower gave false information and dealt with corrupt politician [Adam] Schiff,” Trump tweeted Monday. “He must be brought forward to testify. Written answers not acceptable!”

Perception that the whistleblower is motivated by a partisan political agenda was further inflamed this week after tweets from 2017 by the whistleblower’s attorney, Mark Zaid, resurfaced in which Zaid celebrated that the “coup has started” in the federal government against Trump and his “impeachment will follow.”

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Alleged Whistleblower’s Name Appears In Transcript Released By Democrats

The war between President Trump and the House Democrats continues to escalate, as Democrat-led House committees issue subpoenas related to the impeachment inquiry, while the White House refuses to cooperate, and Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi trade barbs both publicly and behind closed doors.

On Wednesday, Democrats walked out of a closed-door meeting with Trump about Syria after the president allegedly called Pelosi either a “third-rate politician” or a “third grade politician” — like everything else, the exact phrasing of his alleged put-down is in dispute. In response, Trump took to Twitter to troll his political opponents, mocking Pelosi’s “total meltdown” while sounding the alarm about her mental health and blasting the Democrats’ “witch hunt” impeachment efforts.

“What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown, sad to say,” Pelosi told reporters in a joint press conference with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer after the mess of a meeting on Wednesday.

The president, the Democrats claim, insulted “third-rate”/”third grade” Pelosi and suggested that they “probably appreciated communist Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East,” Fox News reports.

“I pray for the president all the time, and I tell him that — I pray for his safety and that of his family,” Pelosi said later Wednesday. “Now, we have to pray for his health — because this was a very serious meltdown on the part of the president.”

But Trump says the only one who truly had a meltdown was Pelosi, and her mental health is what should really concern Americans.

“Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown!” Trump tweeted along with an image of Pelosi standing up during the meeting in apparent protest of his comments (tweets below).

“The Do Nothing Democrats, Pelosi and Schumer stormed out of the Cabinet Room!” he tweeted, this time with a photo of the Democrats’ now-empty seats.

Prior to the “Nervous Nancy” tweet, Trump posted another photo of Pelosi and her fellow grim-faced Democratic leaders at the meeting, trollingly asking, “Do you think they like me?”

“Nancy Pelosi needs help fast!” Trump tweeted later, in an echo of her condescending comments about his mental health. “There is either something wrong with her ‘upstairs,’ or she just plain doesn’t like our great Country. She had a total meltdown in the White House today. It was very sad to watch. Pray for her, she is a very sick person!”

Trump, who’s been even more busy on Twitter than normal, has been repeatedly tweeting and retweeting on the impeachment inquiry.

One of his particular targets is House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), whom he’s calling on House Republicans and any “honest House Democrats” to “vote to censure for “his brazen and unlawful act of fabricating (making up) a totally phony conversation with the Ukraine President and U.S. President, me.”

Trump has also retweeted posts by other Republicans, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, who warned that Democrats are “trying to impeach [President Trump] behind closed doors … excluding the public, the press, and even Members of Congress from this process.”

Trump has also highlighted tweets by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell condemning the Democrats for how they are handling the inquiry.

“Already, House Democrats’ impeachment ‘inquiry’ is violating norms and precedent,” McConnell wrote in a post retweeted by Trump. “They are denying Republicans and President Trump the same rights that Democrats and President Clinton received during those impeachment proceedings.”

Some of Trump’s many impeachment-themed tweets below:

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Trump Sounds Alarm: Pelosi Needs Help!

On Tuesday, BNN Bloomberg reported that the $1.57 billion allocated to the building of the southern border wall has “yielded just 1.7 miles” of new wall thus far.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put up just 1.7 miles of fencing with the US$1.57 billion that Congress appropriated last year for President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border, a federal judge was told,” the outlet reports. “A lawyer for the U.S. House of Representatives provided the information Tuesday to the judge in Oakland, California, who is weighing requests from 20 state attorneys general and the the Sierra Club to block Trump from using funds not authorized by Congress to build the wall.”

In a court filing, the lawyer told U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam that according to information provided by the administration, as of April 30, 2019, “it appears that CBP has now constructed 1.7 miles of fencing with its fiscal year 2018 funding.”

But in a series of tweets Wednesday morning, President Trump blasted the claims as misleading.

“Much of the Wall being built at the Southern Border is a complete demolition and rebuilding of old and worthless barriers with a brand new Wall and footings,” he wrote. “Problem is, the Haters say that is not a new Wall, but rather a renovation. Wrong, and we must build where most needed. Also, tremendous work is being done on pure renovation – fixing existing Walls that are in bad condition and ineffective, and bringing them to a very high standard!”

After Democrats refused to give him the full $5 billion he requested for border wall construction, prompting the longest partial government shutdown in history, Trump declared a national emergency at the border over the humanitarian crisis caused by a massive influx of illegal immigrants, which has overwhelmed our already overburdened immigration system. That declaration allows Trump to redirect billions to the border.

Democrats, however, are attempting to cap how much Trump can allocate to the construction of the border wall. “Rep. John Garamendi, the Democratic chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, suggested in a Thursday statement cited by Defense News that the president was using the military construction budget ‘and other critical projects as a personal slush fund to fulfill a campaign promise,'” Business Insider reported last week. “Garamendi, whose subcommittee oversees military construction, presented a bill Wednesday that would cap military spending at $250 million per national emergency, Defense News reported.”

Along with the resources Trump has opened up through the emergency declaration, he is also asking Congress for $4.5 billion to address non-border wall immigration needs. After denying it for months, Democrats have finally agreed that we are indeed facing a “humanitarian crisis” at the border, but they are still reluctant to fully approve of Trump’s request. “Democrats said they would review the request but raised concerns about some of the proposals,” USA Today reported when Trump first made the request three weeks ago. “More than $150 million of the new money would be used to accommodate ‘significant increases’ in immigrants detained, for instance.”

Trump is also requesting $8.6 billion in funding for the border wall for the new budget, which is over six times the amount provided in the past two budgets and a request that Democrats will almost certainly reject.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Report: Just 1.7 Miles Of Wall Built; Trump: ‘WRONG’

Speaking to the press Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused Attorney General William Barr of having committed a “crime” by “not telling the truth” to Congress about Robert Mueller’s response to his summary of the principle findings of the special counsel’s final report.

“What is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America is not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States. That’s a crime,” Pelosi told reporters in comments reported by CNBC Thursday. “He lied to Congress,” she alleged when asked about her claim again. “If anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime. Nobody is above the law.”

While she directly accused the attorney general of commiting a “crime,” Pelosi would not give a straight answer about if he should go to prison for his alleged criminal offense, saying only that there’s a “process involved.”

As CNBC notes, the Justice Department has responded to Pelosi’s “deadly serious” accusation, spokeswoman Kerri Kupac calling the speaker’s comment a “baseless attack on the Attorney General” that is “reckless, irresponsible and false.”

While some Democrats, including Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), continue to accuse Barr of misrepresenting Mueller’s final report — despite Mueller himself reportedly making clear that he did not believe Barr’s summary of the report’s key findings was “inaccurate or misleading” — Pelosi appears to be referencing Barr’s previous statement to the House last month concerning reported “frustration” among the special counsel’s team about the information in his summary.

Asked by Florida Democrat Rep. Charlie Crist if he knew what reports that the special counsel’s team was “frustrated at some level with the limited information” in his summary were referencing, Barr said, “No, I don’t. I think I think, I suspect that they probably wanted more put out, but in my view I was not interested in putting out summaries.”

Barr’s follow-up comments about the special counsel’s team wanting him to put more information out, specifically their summaries, aligns with the recently leaked letter from Mueller sent to Barr three days after Barr’s summary report to Congress. In a March 27 letter to Barr, Mueller expressed concern about the “new public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation” and asked Barr to release the special counsel’s summaries of the report’s findings (formatting adjusted):

The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions. We communicated that concern to the Department on the morning of March 25. There is new public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations. See Department of Justice, Press Release (May 17, 2017). While we understand that the Department is reviewing the full report to determine what is appropriate for public release — a process that our Office is working with you to complete — that process need not delay release of the enclosed materials.

The Post reports that Barr and Mueller had a phone conversation the next day in which Mueller explained that he was concerned about the media coverage of Barr’s summary but also said that he did not believe the summary was “inaccurate or misleading.” Barr told Mueller he wanted to wait to release the entire redacted report, which included the summaries, rather than releasing it “piecemeal.”

“A day after Mueller sent his letter to Barr, the two men spoke by phone for about 15 minutes, according to law enforcement officials,” the Post reports. “In that call, Mueller said he was concerned that media coverage of the obstruction investigation was misguided and creating public misunderstandings about the office’s work, according to Justice Department officials.”

“When Barr pressed Mueller on whether he thought Barr’s memo to Congress was inaccurate, Mueller said he did not but felt that the media coverage of it was misinterpreting the investigation, officials said,” the Post reports. “In their call, Barr also took issue with Mueller calling his memo a ‘summary,’ saying he had never intended to summarize the voluminous report, but instead provide an account of its top conclusions, officials said.”

A Justice Department spokeswoman addressed Mueller’s letter and the follow-up phone call in a statement to the Post. “After the Attorney General received Special Counsel Mueller’s letter, he called him to discuss it,” said the spokeswoman. “In a cordial and professional conversation, the Special Counsel emphasized that nothing in the Attorney General’s March 24 letter was inaccurate or misleading. But, he expressed frustration over the lack of context and the resulting media coverage regarding the Special Counsel’s obstruction analysis.”

This article has been revised for clarity.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Dailywire: Pelosi Accuses Barr Of Committing A ‘Crime’; Justice Department Slams Her

In a blistering condemnation of the dismissal of all 16 felony charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, the Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association (IPBA) has accused State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her office of having “fundamentally misled” the public about the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of the case.

The backlash against the decision Tuesday by Foxx’s office to suddenly drop all charges in the high-profile “hoax hate crime” case continues to mount. On Wednesday, the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), which represents prosecutors across the country, released a statement detailing what Foxx’s office did wrong. On Thursday, the IPBA, which “serves as the voice for nearly 1,000 front line prosecutors across the state,” issued its own, even more directly accusatory statement.

“The events of the past few days regarding the Cook County State’s Attorney’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case is not condoned by the IPBA, nor is it representative of the honest ethical work prosecutors provide to the citizens of the State of Illinois on a daily basis,” the statement reads.

“The manner in which this case was dismissed was abnormal and unfamiliar to those who practice law in criminal courthouses across the State,” the association continues. “Prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges alike do not recognize the arrangement Mr. Smollett received. Even more problematic, the State’s Attorney and her representatives have fundamentally misled the public on the law and circumstances surrounding the dismissal.”

Among the “fundamentally” misleading statements Foxx and her office have made to the public: falsely claiming that she had recused herself, which would require appointing a special prosecutor, which she failed to do, keeping the decision in-house and thus still influenced by her. She has also “falsely informed the public that the uncontested sealing of the criminal court case was ‘mandatory’ under Illinois law,” a claim which “is not accurate.” The prosecutors also point to the still unexplained “emergency” hearing that resulted in the decision, which has “compounded” the appearance of “impropriety.”

“Lastly, the State’s Attorney has claimed this arrangement is ‘available to all defendants’ and ‘not a new or unusual practice,'” the prosecutors state. “There has even been an implication it was done in accordance with a statutory diversion program. These statements are plainly misleading and inaccurate.”

Read the full statement below:

The Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association serves as the voice for nearly 1,000 front line prosecutors across the State who work tirelessly towards the pursuit of justice. The events of the past few days regarding the Cook County State’s Attorney’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case is not condoned by the IPBA, nor is it representative of the honest ethical work prosecutors provide to the citizens of the State of Illinois on a daily basis.

The manner in which this case was dismissed was abnormal and unfamiliar to those who practice law in criminal courthouses across the State. Prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges alike do not recognize the arrangement Mr. Smollett received. Even more problematic, the State’s Attorney and her representatives have fundamentally misled the public on the law and circumstances surrounding the dismissal.

The public has the right to know the truth, and we set out to do that here.

When an elected State’s Attorney recuses herself from a prosecution, Illinois law provides that the court shall appoint a special prosecutor. See 55 ILCS 5/3-9008(a-15). Typically, the special prosecutor is a neighboring State’s Attorney, the Attorney General, or the State Appellate Prosecutor. Here, the State’s Attorney kept the case within her office and thus never actually recused herself as a matter of law.

Additionally, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office falsely informed the public that the uncontested sealing of the criminal court case was “mandatory” under Illinois law. This statement is not accurate. To the extent the case was even eligible for an immediate seal, that action was discretionary, not mandatory, and only upon the proper filing of a petition to seal. See 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(g)(2). For seals not subject to Section 5.2(g)(2), the process employed in this case by the State’s Attorney effectively denied law enforcement agencies of legally required Notice (See 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(d)(4)) and the legal opportunity to object to the sealing of the file (See 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(d)(5)). The State’s Attorney not only declined to fight the sealing of this case in court, but then provided false information to the public regarding it.

The appearance of impropriety here is compounded by the fact that this case was not on the regularly scheduled court call, the public had no reasonable notice or opportunity to view these proceedings, and the dismissal was done abruptly at what has been called an “emergency” hearing. To date, the nature of the purported emergency has not been publicly disclosed. The sealing of a court case immediately following a hearing where there was no reasonable notice or opportunity for the public to attend is a matter of grave public concern and undermines the very foundation of our public court system.

Lastly, the State’s Attorney has claimed this arrangement is “available to all defendants” and “not a new or unusual practice.” There has even been an implication it was done in accordance with a statutory diversion program. These statements are plainly misleading and inaccurate. This action was highly unusual, not a statutory diversion program, and not in accordance with well accepted practices of State’s Attorney initiated diversionary programs. The IPBA supports diversion programs, and recognizes the many benefits they provide to the community, the defendant and to the prosecuting agency. Central to any diversion program, however, is that the defendant must accept responsibility. To be clear here, this simply was not a deferred prosecution.

Prosecutors must be held to the highest standard of legal ethics in the pursuit of justice. The actions of the Cook County State’s Attorney have fallen woefully short of this expectation. Through the repeated misleading and deceptive statements to the public on Illinois law and circumstances surrounding the Smollett dismissal, the State’s Attorney has failed in her most fundamental ethical obligations to the public. The IPBA condemns these actions.

This irregular arrangement was an affront to prosecutors across the State, the Chicago Police Department, victims of hate crimes, and the people of the City of Chicago and Cook County. We strongly encourage our members and the public to review the National District Attorneys Associations statement on prosecutorial best practices in high profile cases.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Dailywire: Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association: State’s Attorney ‘Fundamentally Misled’ Public About Dismissing Smollett Case

“But when people see you as one-sided, it just makes it tough.”

Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno — who successfully pulled off the impossible, following up the inimitable Johnny Carson — says he doesn’t miss his late-night hosting gig because now “everyone has to know your politics.” The current hosts, he suggested, have failed to learn what he learned from Carson: not to let yourself appear to be “one-sided.”

In an exchange during his appearance on NBC’s “TODAY” Tuesday highlighted by The Hill, the hosts of the show began by saying, “So it’s been five years since you left ‘The Tonight Show,’ and you see the place we are right now in this country. Do you miss being on the show? Or is it such a different time that it would be hard to do?”

“No, it’s different — I don’t miss it,” said Leno. “You know, everything now is if people don’t like your politics — everyone has to know your politics.”

“I kind of used Johnny [Carson]’s model,” he explained. “People couldn’t figure out: ‘Well, you and your Republican friends…’ or ‘Well, Mr. Leno, you and your Democratic buddies…’ And I would get hate mail from both sides equally. And I went, ‘Well that’s fabulous! That’s exactly what I want.'”

The hosts reacted enthusiastically to Leno’s response.

“But when people see you as one-sided, it just makes it tough,” Leno said. “And plus, I did it when, you know, Clinton was horny and Bush was dumb, and it was just a little easier,” he added, a line that got more laughs from the NBC team.

“You know, now it’s all very serious, everything so, so na—” he said, stopping himself mid-line. “I’d just like to see a bit of civility come back to it, you know?”

“People say, ‘Oh, it must be easy to do jokes with Trump,'” he continued. “No, it’s actually harder because the punch line of the joke used to be ‘That’s like the president with a porn star.’ Well, now the president is with a porn star. Where do you go with that?! … How do you get more outrageous than that?! Exactly.”

Asked if he thinks the pendulum will swing back the other way, Leno said, “Of course, I think it will swing back the other way.”

Video below (comments begin around the 3:30 mark):

Leno began guest hosting “The Tonight Show” starting in 1987 and took over as the full-time host in 1992, when Carson retired. Leno dominated the late-night scene all the way until his retirement in 2014, when his replacement Jimmy Fallon took the reigns. Fallon at first continued the show’s top-rated streak until more politically charged shows began to overtake him. Fallon drew the outrage of progressive viewers for interviewing Donald Trump in 2016.

“It just got bigger and out of control,” Fallon told The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter in June 2018 regarding the backlash against him for inviting on Trump. “[P]eople just jump on the train, and some people don’t even want to hear anything else. They’re like, ‘No, you did that!’ You go, ‘Well, just calm down and just look at the whole thing and actually see my body of work.'” It was “definitely a down time” amid all the backlash, Fallon said, and morale really dropped on the show. “I’m sorry,” he said for having Trump on the show. “I don’t want to make anyone angry — I never do and I never will. It’s all in the fun of the show. I made a mistake. I’m sorry if I made anyone mad. And, looking back, I would do it differently.”

Trump responded by telling Fallon to “be a man.”

While Leno’s no longer hosting a show, he is a regular on Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing,” which is now over at Fox after ABC inexplicably dropped it, a decision that drew accusations of political bias.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Dailywire: WATCH: Jay Leno Smacks Late-Night Shows For ‘One-Sided’ Politics

“We write to refer significant evidence that Michael D. Cohen committed perjury and knowingly made false statements during his testimony…”

Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer — who was sentenced to three years in prison in December for, among a long list of things, lying to Congress — has filled up the headlines this week with his big testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee in which he declared his former boss a “con man” and “racist” who is guilty of all sorts of “illicit acts.” But while Michael Cohen has promised to, unlike last time, provide Congress “accurate and truthful” testimony, on Thursday he ended up getting referred to the Justice Department for perjury.

“I recognize that some of you may doubt and attack me on my credibility,” Cohen told the committee in his prepared opening statement Wednesday. “It is for this reason that I have incorporated into this opening statement documents that are irrefutable, and demonstrate that the information you will hear is accurate and truthful.”

But some who participated in the hearing disagree that the convicted felon lived up to his promise of accuracy and truthfulness in his testimony. On Thursday, Reps. Jim Jordan (OH) and Mark Meadows (NC) — the two Republican congressmen who ended up generating some of the most incendiary fireworks in Cohen’s testimony Wednesday — sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr referring Cohen for investigation for perjury.

“We write to refer significant evidence that Michael D. Cohen committed perjury and knowingly made false statements during his testimony before an Oversight and Reform Committee (Committee) hearing titled, ‘Hearing with Michael Cohen, Former attorney for President Donald Trump’ on February 27, 2019,” the letter begins.

“While testifying under oath, Mr. Cohen made what appear to be numerous willfully and intentionally false statements of material fact contradicted by the record established by the Justice Department in United States v. Cohen, 18-cr-602 (S.D.N.Y.) (WHP),” the letter continues. “Mr. Cohen’s testimony was at times in direct contradiction to assertions contained in pleadings authored by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY). There are other instances in which Mr. Cohen’s statements to the Committee were immediately contradicted by witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the subject matter.”

Jordan and Meadows then lay out a series of accusations about specific statements made by Cohen to the committee and providing over 20 pages of exhibits. Among the accusations are that Cohen falsely claimed the had never defrauded a bank, for which he has already pleaded guilty, and that he did not covet a White House job, which multiple sources have refuted, including CNN reporters. Read the full list of accusations as detailed in the six-page letter here.

Cohen’s “television lawyer,” Lanny Davis, has responded to the perjury referral. “Mr. Cohen testified truthfully before the House Oversight Committee,” he said in a statement reported by The Hill. “He took full responsibility for his guilty pleas. He also backed up much of his testimony with documents.” The “baseless” referral, he suggested, is just a political move by “two pro-Trump Committee members” intended to distract from the hearing. Accusing his client of perjury is “a sad misuse of the criminal justice system,” he said.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Dailywire: Cohen Vows To Be ‘Truthful’ To Congress, Ends Up Getting Referred To Justice Dept. For Lying

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