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The parents of Kayla Mueller, a young American aid worker killed by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in 2015, excoriated the Obama administration during the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Thursday for doing nothing to ease their daughter’s plight.

Mueller was held captive, tortured, and “raped repeatedly” by the vicious group’s late leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Former “President Obama refused to meet with us until ISIS had already beheaded other Americans,” Carl Mueller proclaimed at the RNC. “To this day, we’ve never heard from [then-Vice President] Joe Biden.”

Democrat presidential nominee Biden’s loss of his first wife, young daughter, and his eldest son has become central to his political persona. The presidential candidate, along with his Democrat colleagues and their mainstream media allies, often tout the tragedy that has shaped his life as a point of connection to those who need help overcoming similar hardships such as the Mueller family. The media has praised the former VP for consoling those who need help overcoming surmounting loss.

Carl and Marsha Mueller stressed that President Barack Obama and his administration could have been heroes and rescued their daughter, but chose not to.

“We endured an agonizing back-and-forth between us, the Obama administration, and ISIS. We put all our faith in the government. But the government let us down,” Carl said, adding:

The Obama administration hid behind policy so much that we felt hopeless when they kept us from negotiating to save Kayla’s life. … The military prepared a rescue mission, but the [Obama] White House delayed it. By the time it went forward, Kayla had been moved to a different location.

U.S. President Donald Trump named the operation that led to the October 2019 demise of the “whimpering and crying and screaming,” as Trump described him, “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in honor of Kayla. ISIS kidnapped Kayla while she was working as a humanitarian in northern Syria in 2013. In 2015, U.S. officials confirmed the death of then-26-year-old Kayla.

“The Trump team gave us empathy we never received from the Obama administration,” her parents said at the RNC, adding, “If Donald Trump had been President when Kayla was captured, she would be here today.”

Under Trump, the U.S. has helped secure the release of a record number of Americans (over 20), including three children born in captivity to an American woman and her Canadian husband held by the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network.

The Muellers had previously said the Obama administration threatened them with criminal prosecution for potentially violating a U.S. policy against negotiating with terrorists when they attempted to pay ISIS a ransom for their daughter’s release.

Obama’s Pentagon conceded that the U.S. government does “on occasion,” pay U.S. taxpayer money “to obtain information” on American hostages.

A few months after Kayla’s 2015 death, Obama changed the policy against negotiating with hostage-takers, admitting the government had failed families of American captives. However, he refused to change the measure prohibiting the paying of ransoms to terrorist groups.

Before the alleged policy overhaul, President Obama did not hesitate to carry out failed peace talks with Afghan Taliban narco-terrorists. After the changes, he paid the world’s leading state sponsor of terror Iran $400 million in cash described by some Republicans as “ransom” to release hostages.

Obama negotiated the 2014 exchange of five high-level Taliban prisoners held at the Guantánamo Bay prison for the now-convicted U.S. Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl while refusing to allow Kayla’s family to pay a ransom for her release.

“The administration showed more concern for the terrorists in Guantanamo than for the American hostages in Syria,” Carl Mueller said at the RNC.

In 2015, a House panel determined that some of the Taliban jihadis released in exchange for Bergdahl had reengaged in “threatening activities.

The Obama administration denied GOP allegations that before the prisoner swap, it paid a Taliban and al-Qaeda ally, the Haqqani Network, ransom money that failed to produce Bergdahl.

Jordan has vehemently denied ISIS claims that Jordanian airstrikes targeting the jihadi group killed Kayla. Although some ISIS factions continue to pose a threat, the Trump administration annihilated the group’s territorial caliphate in Iraq and Syria in early 2019, significantly degrading the organization’s capabilities.

Author: Edwin Mora

Source: Breitbart: Slain ISIS Victim Kayla Mueller’s Parents at RNC: ‘We Never Heard from Joe Biden’

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) allegedly misspoke when she indicated that she considers it an honor to be joining Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s 2020 ticket during a rally for the former vice president in Michigan over the weekend.

Nevertheless, her comments have sparked speculation that she may be Biden’s running mate.

On Saturday, Klobuchar told a crowd in Grand Rapids that she “couldn’t think of a better way to end my candidacy … than to join the [Biden] ticket.”

Klobuchar quickly corrected the alleged verbal slip-up, which drew cheers from supporters.

Shaking her head and laughing at her alleged mistake, Klobuchar said, “Kidding,” as the crowd chanted, “Amy! Amy!”

Amid the cheers, Klobuchar explained that what she meant to say is that she considers it an honor to be joining “the terrific, the terrific, terrific campaign of Joe Biden.”

Despite her explanation, Klobuchar’s comments have triggered speculation that she may be Biden’s VP if he were to get the Democrat party’s presidential nomination.

Klobuchar is “on the list of potential Biden picks for #2” along with several others, Axios reported on Monday.

Biden, however, has not explicitly said whom he might pick as his prospective vice president.

Ahead of the primary on Tuesday, Klobuchar has been stomping for Biden across Michigan since she dropped out of the race and endorsed him on March 2, a move that Democrats hope will unify moderate voters behind the former vice president’s 2020 bid.

After his Super Tuesday victories, Biden has had a resurgence in his quest to become the Democrat party’s presidential nominee, returning his formerly struggling bid to front-runner status.

According to the Associated Press (AP), Biden had 664 delegates to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) 573 as of Saturday. Sanders is now Biden’s top rival for the Democrat presidential nomination.

On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls in Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Washington state, and Michigan, which has the most delegates. With a total of 352 delegates up for grabs, the election this has been dubbed “mini Super Tuesday.

Biden has floated several possibilities for his prospective vice president, including former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

Axios also noted that Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), as well as former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, are “high” on the list of potential Biden picks for vice president.

Biden supporters on social media have also pushed for him to choose Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) or former South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg as his VP, Fox News noted on Sunday.

Along with Buttigieg and Patrick, Sens. Harris and Booker have endorsed their former primary rival Biden for president.

U.S. President Donald Trump suggested that Biden likely offered to give Klobuchar and Buttigieg a spot in his administration to convince them to drop out.

Author: Edwin Mora

Source: Breitbart: Amy Klobuchar Triggers VP Speculation After ‘Accidentally’ Saying She’s Joining Biden Ticket

The New York Times allegedly “colluded, collaborated, and conspired” with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to leak false information from a closed-door deposition to harm President Donald Trump and advance the “impeachment inquisition,” according to claims contained in a defamation lawsuit filed Wednesday by a senior Trump White House official.

White House official Kash Patel, who is a senior counterterrorism official on the National Security Council (NSC), filed the lawsuit in a Virginia court. In it he claims Schiff leaked allegedly false information from the October 14 closed-door deposition by Dr. Fiona Hill, a former NSC official.

Hill’s deposition was supposed to be closed to the public and even many lawmakers.

Patel filed a similar lawsuit against Politico for “working in concert” with Schiff to leak allegedly false information from closed-door depositions.

In her November 21 public testimony, Hill accused the Democrats of mischaracterizing her comments about Patel, undermining the Politico stories gleaned from leaks from Schiff, the chief impeachment inquisitor.

Patel is a former staffer to the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who later moved to the White House in the NSC to advise the president on national security and intelligence matters.

On Wednesday, Patel filed the defamation suit in Virginia’s Circuit Court of Fairfax against the Times and Adam Goldman, both identified as defendants.

Patel accuses the defendants of defaming him by working with Schiff and members of his staff to disseminate a false story about him from Hill’s testimony.

In the lawsuit, Patel, who identifies himself as Kash, alleges:

Between October 14, 2019 and November 8, 2019, Goldman and the Times colluded, collaborated and conspired with Schiff to defame Kash. Schiff, or members of his staff or aides acting at his direction, leaked to Goldman the closed-door testimony that Hill gave in the subfloor of the Capitol Visitor Center. The leaks occurred in real-time. Schiff leaked the testimony to Goldman because Schiff knew that it would be a violation of House Rules and Committee Rules for Schiff to publish the substance of the testimony himself.

The joint collaborative purpose of the leaks was to publish Hill’s false and defamatory statements, including Hill’s egregious personal attacks on Kash, so as to further Schiff and the Times’ interests in harming the President and advancing the impeachment inquisition. In furtherance of the conspiracy, Goldman secretly communicated with Schiff or his staff via encrypted email, including proton-mail, and/or encrypted messaging, including Signal.

Based on the leaks, Goldman’s report for the Times alleged that Patel was misrepresenting himself to Trump as a Ukraine director during secret meetings, something by the NSC official.

Similar to the case involving Politico, Patel stressed that Goldman and the Times worked “in concert” with Schiff and his staff to willfully defame him, noting in the lawsuit:

Defendants made the false statements with actual or constructive knowledge that they were false or with reckless disregard for whether they were false. Defendants acted with actual malice and reckless disregard for the truth for the following reasons:

a. Defendants intentionally employed a scheme or artifice to defame Kash with the intent to undermine the President’s confidence in Kash and to further Schiff’s impeachment inquisition. Defendants acted in concert with Schiff to accomplish an unlawful purpose through unlawful means, without regard for Kash’s rights and interests.

b. Defendants knew that Kash did not engage in the unlawful and salacious behavior described in the NYT Article. Defendants relied on sources that were known to be inherently unreliable. Defendants fabricated statements. They made up statements out of whole cloth.

f. Defendants abandoned all journalistic integrity and violated their own code of ethics in order to further the conspiracy with Schiff. Defendants did not seek truth; did not report truth; did not minimize harm; did not act independently; and they most certainly were not transparent.

The New York Times has “refused to retract or clarify their false and defamatory” reports, Patel notes.

Patel is seeking the sum of $44,600,000 or more for the defamation he suffered and “actual damages, including, but not limited to, insult, pain, embarrassment, humiliation, mental suffering, injury to his reputation, special damages, costs, and other out-of-pocket expenses.”

He is also seeking $350,000 for punitive damages. Patel is demanding trial by jury.

Breitbart News highlighted the lies about Patel disseminated in an October 23 story by the Times written by Julian Barnes, Adam Goldman, and Nicholas Fandos.

Author: Edwin Mora

Source: Breitbart: White House Official Sues NYT: Alleges ‘Colluded with Schiff’ to Leak ‘False’ Info to Fuel Impeachment Probe

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) “acted in concert” with Politico to leak allegedly false information from the impeachment inquiry as part of a “scheme” to advance the “inquisition” against President Donald Trump, according to an explosive defamation lawsuit filed by a senior Trump White House official on Monday.

White House official Kash Patel, who is a senior counterterrorism official on the National Security Council (NSC), filed the lawsuit in Virginia court in which he says Schiff “weaponized the media” to advance his impeachment agenda.

Patel is a former staffer to the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who later moved to the White House in the NSC to advise the president on national security and intelligence matters.

Patel on Monday filed the defamation suit in Virginia state court against Politico, Natasha Bertrand, a reporter for the establishment media outlet, and Robert Allbritton, the publisher and executive chairman of the media organization, all identified as defendants.

Patel accuses the defendants of defaming him by working with Schiff and members of his staff to disseminate false stories about him.

In the lawsuit, Patel alleges:

Defendants intentionally employed a scheme or artifice to defame Kash with the intent to undermine the President’s confidence in Kash and to further Schiff’s impeachment inquisition. Defendants acted in concert with Schiff to accomplish an unlawful purpose through unlawful means, without regard for Kash’s rights and interests.

Defendants abandoned all journalistic integrity and violated their own code of ethics in order to further the conspiracy with Schiff. Defendants did not seek truth; report truth; minimize harm; act independently; and they most certainly were not transparent.

In particular, Patel accuses Bertrand of writing two false stories for Politico claiming the NSC official was feeding Trump negative information about Ukraine and misrepresenting himself as an expert on the Eastern European country to the U.S. president.

Politico, however, refuses “to retract or clarify” the allegedly false stories. Breitbart News reported on the false information publicized about Patel by Politico and the New York Times.

The defamation lawsuit, which only deals with Politico, states:

Between October 14, 2019 and November 8, 2019, Politico and Bertrand colluded, collaborated and conspired with Schiff to defame Kash. Schiff, or members of his staff or aides acting at his direction, leaked to Bertrand the closed-door testimony that [former former senior advisor and European and Russian affairs specialist who served on the NSC Fiona] Hill and [NSC Director of European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander] Vindman gave in the subfloor of the Capitol Visitor Center. The leaks occurred in real-time. Schiff leaked the testimony to Bertrand because Schiff knew that it would be a violation of House Rules and Committee Rules for Schiff to publish the substance of the testimony himself.

The joint collaborative purpose of the leaks was to publish Hill and Vindman’s false and defamatory statements, including Hill and Vindman’s egregious personal attacks on Kash, so as to further Schiff and Politico’s interests in harming the President and advancing the impeachment inquisition. In furtherance of the conspiracy, Bertrand secretly communicated with Schiff or his staff via encrypted email, including proton-mail, and messaging services, such as Signal.

Patel alleges Politico knew the information it was publishing about him was false. He claims in the suit:

Between October 23, 2019, and November 8, 2019, the Defendants, acting in concert with Schiff, made, published and republished numerous false factual statements of or concerning Kash without privilege of any kind. … On November 8, 2019, Schiff released the transcripts of Hill and Vindman’s closed-door, secret interviews conducted in the Capitol Visitor Center. The transcripts demonstrate that Politico, Bertrand, Schiff, and his staffers misled the public in the First and Second Politico Pieces, and intentionally lied about the substance of Hill and Vindman’s interviews.

Politico, Bertrand, and Allbritton knew that Schiff had a preconceived agenda that he was actively promoting. They knew about Schiff’s extreme bias and hatred of President Trump. Significantly, they also knew that Schiff was a wholly unreliable source because of his penchant to tell lies and to mislead.

Patel vehemently denies the allegations made by Bertrand, noting in the court document:

Defendants’ reporting was categorically and knowingly false. At no time prior to October 30, 2019 had Kash ever communicated with the President on any matters involving Ukraine. Kash never supplied any Ukraine “materials” to the President. Kash is proud of his record as a dedicated national security professional who is entrusted to handle our nation’s most sensitive matters. At no time did Kash stray from his mission to protect the homeland in service to the President and the NSC.

Patel is seeking the sum of about $25,000,000 or more for the defamation he suffered and “presumed damages and actual damages, including, but not limited to, insult, pain, embarrassment, humiliation, mental suffering, injury to his reputation, special damages, costs, and other out-of-pocket expenses.”

He is demanding a trial by jury.

The significance of this lawsuit’s filing is that Bertrand’s Politico story on Patel came based off of testimony provided behind closed doors to the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry by Fiona Hill and Alexander Vindman. They both alleged, incorrectly, in their testimony that Patel had secret meetings with President Trump on Ukraine matters and provided the president with documents on Ukraine. But as Breitbart News has already reported, while these Democrat impeachment witnesses Hill and Vindman may have testified in Schiff’s private impeachment inquiry to that effect, it was not accurate. Patel has since publicly confirmed he has never spoken with the president about Ukraine.

Politico’s decision to print the false testimony of Hill and Vindman as fact, which Patel’s lawsuit makes clear was in close coordination with Schiff and his team on Capitol Hill, could seriously cost the media outlet. Other media outlets that printed the inaccuracies could also end up on the chopping block as well, but for now Patel is focused on Politico with this lawsuit.

The timing of the lawsuit’s filing is also important in that both Vindman and Hill will be testifying in public hearings this week as part of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Author: Edwin Mora

Source: Breitbart: White House Official Sues Politico: ‘Conspired with Schiff’ to Leak False Info to ‘Further Impeachment Inquisition’

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