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Incarcerated individuals were used to make phone calls on behalf of the Bloomberg campaign. A confidential source told The Intercept that women prisoners at the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Oklahoma made phone calls to California on behalf of the Bloomberg campaign. The prisoners were required to disclose that calls were being paid for by the Bloomberg campaign but did not disclose the fact that they were prisoners.

Michael Bloomberg confirmed on Twitter that prison workers did indeed make phone calls on behalf of his campaign but denied knowing that such labor was being used before The Intercept’s reporting on Tuesday. Bloomberg also announced that his campaign has ended its relationship with the company that was using prison labor to make phone calls for the candidate.

“We only learned about this when the reporter called us,” Bloomberg tweeted, “but as soon as we discovered which vendor’s subcontractor had done this, we immediately ended our relationship with the company and the people who hired them.”

The former New York City mayor has already been criticized for his previous support of the stop-and-frisk policing strategy, which critics argue leads to a disproportionate number of certain minority groups being stopped at higher rates than other individuals. So it’s really not a good look for the billionaire to have been caught using prison labor to make his campaign calls.

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: Bloomberg Was Using Prison Labor To Make Campaign Calls

An expert legal witness testified Wednesday that the current legal case for impeaching President Trump is “woefully inadequate” and “dangerous,” as the House Judiciary Committee holds its first impeachment inquiry hearing.

In his opening statement, Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University Law School, told lawmakers that, while he is not a “supporter” of the president, he is concerned about the “integrity” of the impeachment process based on the case being built against Trump.

“One can oppose President Trump’s policies or actions but still conclude that the current legal case for impeachment is not just woefully inadequate, but in some respects, dangerous, as the basis for the impeachment of an American president,” Turley said.

At the center of the impeachment inquiry, which began in September, is Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During the call, Trump pressed Zelensky for investigations that could help him politically, including relating to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Turley, in his opening statement, said, “The reference to the Hunter Biden deal with Burisma should never have occurred and is worthy of the criticism of President Trump that it has unleashed. However, it is not a case of bribery.”

He argued the “issue is not whether these comments are correct, but whether they are corrupt.” Turley said if Trump “honestly believed that there was a corrupt arrangement with Hunter Biden that was not fully investigated by the Obama administration, the request for an investigation is not corrupt, notwithstanding its inappropriateness.”

“In my view, there is no case law that would support a claim of corrupt intent in such comments to support a bribery charge,” Turley said. Still, he said, “There is no question that an investigation of the Bidens would help President Trump politically.”

Turley, a Republican witness, will testify alongside three other legal scholars — Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan, Harvard Law professor and Bloomberg columnist Noah Feldman, and University of North Carolina Law Professor Michael Gerhardt — all of whom are witnesses for the Democrats.

“President Trump will not be our last president and what we leave in the wake of this scandal will shape our democracy for generations to come,” Turley said. “I am concerned about lowering impeachment standards to fit a paucity of evidence and an abundance of anger.”

He added: “If the House proceeds solely on the Ukrainian allegations, this impeachment would stand out among modern impeachments as the shortest proceeding, with the thinnest evidentiary record, and the narrowest grounds ever used to impeach a president.”

“If we are to impeach a president for only the third time in our history, we will need to rise above this age of rage and genuinely engage in a civil and substantive discussion,” he said.

The hearing is slated to set the stage for the next phase of the House impeachment inquiry into the president. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., last week announced the hearing which he said would weigh whether the president’s actions reach a level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and warrant articles of impeachment.

Nadler invited the president and counsel to participate in the hearing, but the White House declined.

“This baseless and highly partisan inquiry violates all past historical precedent, basic due process, rights, and fundamental fairness,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to Nadler on Sunday, accusing the chairman of “purposely” scheduling the proceedings to coincide with the president’s attendance at the NATO Leaders’ Meeting in London.

The hearing on Wednesday is expected to be of similar format to the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearings last month. The hearing will begin with a 45-minute period for the Democrats, most likely led by Judiciary Committee counsel Norm Eisen. Republicans will then get 45 minutes. Then, the hearing will go to five-minute rounds for each of the 41 members.

Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky prompted a whistleblower complaint to the intelligence community inspector general and, in turn, the impeachment inquiry in the House. Trump has challenged the accuracy of that complaint, though the transcript released by the White House did support the core allegations that he pressed for politically related investigations.

The president’s request came after millions in U.S. military aid to Ukraine had been frozen, which Democrats and witnesses who testified before the House Intelligence Committee claimed shows a “quid pro quo” arrangement. Trump denies any wrongdoing, and Zelensky has said he did not feel pressured.

This week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., transmitted a report with the majority’s findings from their inquiry, which concluded last week. The report concluded that Trump withheld nearly $391 million in military aid from Ukraine, conditioning its delivery as well as a White House visit for Zelensky on a public announcement that he was conducting investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden’s, business dealings in Ukraine, as well as issues related to the 2016 election. The Democrats’ report also accuses Trump of committing obstruction by instructing witnesses not to comply with congressional subpoenas.

Meanwhile, Republicans on the Intelligence Committee drafted a report of their own, which rejected Democrats’ claims, stating there is no evidence for impeachment.

“The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor,” the Republican report read.

Author: Brooke Singman

Source: Fox News: Impeachment legal case is ‘woefully inadequate,’ ‘dangerous,’ legal expert Turley testifies

Arizona’s Kayla Mueller was a humanitarian aid worker who was abducted in Syria by ISIS after she left a Doctors Without Borders hospital in 2013. It was revealed that Kayla Mueller had been raped by now-dead ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and tortured before her death in 2015.

In an interview with USA Today, Mueller’s parents praised President Trump for the death of their daughter’s rapist and wished that President Obama had been more of a decisive leader like President Trump because maybe then their daughter would still be alive.

(Via USA Today)

On Sunday, the Muellers praised President Donald Trump and the soldiers who pulled off the mission.

“We are so grateful for them … we are so grateful,” Marsha Mueller said. They were glad there was no loss of life on our side. They are grateful their daughter and the others who were tortured and killed by ISIS have not been forgotten.

“I still say Kayla should be here, and if Obama had been as decisive as President Trump, maybe she would have been,” Marsha Mueller said.

“For me what matters most I’m hoping now we will finally get the answers we have been asking for all along,” Marsha Mueller said. “I think this administration truly might help us. I don’t think they are as closed about what happened.”

During the Obama administration, the Muellers were told to keep their daughter’s captivity a secret and threatened with prosecution if they attempted to pay a ransom.

For obvious reasons, Kayla’s parents are strong supporters of President Trump. Carl, Kayla’s father, has spoken at Trump rallies. The president mentioned Kayla when he announced the death of al Baghdadi on Sunday.

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: Parents of Killed ISIS Hostage Praise Trump, Slam Obama

The Biden campaign has been busy writing letters to The New York Times, Facebook, Twitter – anyone who dares to repeat the “conspiracy theory” that Hunter Biden made millions as a board member of a Ukrainian energy company that was being investigated by a prosecutor who Vice President Joe Biden got fired by blackmailing the Ukrainian government.

When Democrats and the media don’t want something investigated, they call it a “conspiracy theory.” This is in contrast to the “Russian collusion” nonsense they believe about President Trump, which can never be investigated enough — and we are always moments away from finding that smoking gun!

A Trump ad — which ran on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube – repeated inconvenient facts about the Bidens, and Democrats have been going crazy ever since! Both the Biden campaign and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are calling on Big Tech to step up censorship and prohibit the president from engaging in protected political speech.

Elizabeth Warren has an ongoing feud with Facebook over its policies protecting first amendment rights. Warren said in a tweet, “Facebook changed their ads policy to allow politicians to run ads with known lies — explicitly turning the platform into a disinformation-for-profit machine.”

Warren of all people should be defending the rights of politicians to tell lies. For decades, she falsely claimed to be a Native American. And more recently, she can’t stop repeating the lie about losing a job because she was pregnant.

In a bizarre decision, Warren then decided to test the waters of Facebook’s tacit embrace of the First Amendment by running a political ad supporting Donald Trump. The ad falsely claims that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had endorsed Trump for president. “We intentionally made a Facebook ad with false claims and submitted it to Facebook’s ad platform to see if it’d be approved. It got approved quickly and the ad is now running on Facebook. Take a look.”

Warren then proceeded to lie about TV networks censoring lies in political ads. “If Trump tries to lie in a TV ad, most networks will refuse to air it,” Warren claimed. But even so-called “fact-checkers” were quick to point out that federal law requires broadcast networks to run campaign ads. So Warren lies even when she’s accusing other people of lying.

And Warren’s claim that “Facebook already helped elect Donald Trump once,” sure sounds like a conspiracy theory to me. In Warren’s mind, all this Trump-being-president stuff could have simply been avoided if Facebook had done a better job censoring “fake news” back in 2016.

In a speech at Georgetown University last Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a strong defense of his company’s decision not to censor political speech on its platform. “I know many people disagree, but, in general, I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy,” Zuckerberg told the crowd. “As a principle, in a democracy, I believe people should decide what is credible, not tech companies.”

For instance, people decided Warren’s claims of Native American ancestry were not credible years before Warren revealed her DNA results.

“While I worry about an erosion of truth, I don’t think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judge to be 100% true,” Zuckerberg said.

Warren was outraged at Zuckerberg’s speech. She doesn’t want people hearing what the Republicans have to say! Elizabeth Warren wants a monopoly on telling lies.

Kamala Harris is simply calling for President Trump to be banned from Twitter.

In a statement, a Biden campaign spokesperson said, “Zuckerberg [had] attempted to use the Constitution as a shield for his company’s bottom line, and his choice to cloak Facebook’s policy in a feigned concern for free expression demonstrates how unprepared his company is for this unique moment in our history and how little it has learned over the past few years.”

Democrats need Facebook to know what the liberal media figured out years ago: If Republicans are allowed to speak, people will start listening to them. And if Big Tech caves into demands from Democrats to censor their political opponents, Big Tech really will have a role in deciding the next president.

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: The Democrats’ Strategy For Winning In 2020 Seems to Rely Heavily On Censoring Republicans

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) are demanding swift action to protect transgender migrants attempting to enter the United States. In an eight-page letter to Trump administration officials, the senators implore the administration to reverse immigration policies they consider harmful to transgender migrants and other vulnerable populations. The policies they want reversed? All of them! The populations they consider vulnerable? All of them!

“We write to express alarm over reports detailing the abuse and neglect of trans gender migrants and asylum seekers at the border and in U.S. custody,” the letter states. “We ask you to immediately reverse policies that harm these vulnerable individuals and take swift action to protect the health and safety of transgender migrants.” The senators then call for “alternatives to detention, including release from detention on recognizance, parole, and community-based alternatives to incarceration.”

Recognizance is codeword for “catch and release,” the losing bargain immigration authorities make when they release migrants, who promise to appear at their immigration hearings but frequently fail to show up. And what “community-based alternatives to incarceration” might the senators have in mind? My guess is the community-based policy known as a sanctuary city, which is where local officials jeopardize the public’s safety by refusing to cooperate with federal authorities.

And I thought trans people were being murdered in the United States? At least that’s what the trans activist who stole the microphone at CNN’s “Equality Town Hall” kept shouting. Now, according to trans experts Sen. Warren and Sen. Baldwin, the safest place for trans people everywhere is the United States of America.

But not in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), of course. The letter takes ICE to task for failing to adequately protect trans individuals in their detention facilities. “Reports describe horrendous conditions in immigration detention that effectively punish people for their gender identity and gender expression,” the letter states. For the senators, ICE’s most important job is to make sure the migrants can express their gender identities when trying to immigrate to the United States.

The senators also have a problem with the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico policy,” requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their asylum requests are being processed. “There has been ample documentation of the violence and harassment of transgender individuals in Mexico, often at the hands of state actors.”

The letter then gives an example of a transgender woman whose finger was cut off by a cartel member in Mexico, which is pretty lucky considering the cartel is known for cutting off people’s heads.

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: Elizabeth Warren Demands Protection For Trans Migrants

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