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That headline is about as bad as this story gets for Hillary Clinton, as additional emerging details aren’t quite as damning as one might suspect — and there’s a Trump tie-in, as well. We’ll begin with the basics. A California CEO and several others have been charged in a scheme to funnel millions in illegal campaign donations to Hillary Clinton via a Lebanese-American businessman, who showered Clinton with cash until Trump won the election, then scrambled to curry favor with the incoming administration with a major contribution to the president-elect’s (shady) inaugural fund. There’s no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Clinton or Trump connected to this matter. From Tuesday’s Justice Department press release:

Earlier today, an indictment was unsealed against the CEO of an online payment processing company, and seven others, charging them with conspiring to make and conceal conduit and excessive campaign contributions, and related offenses, during the U.S. presidential election in 2016 and thereafter. A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia indicted Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja, 48, of Los Angeles, California, on Nov. 7, 2019, along with George Nader, Roy Boulos, Rudy Dekermenjian, Mohammad “Moe” Diab, Rani El-Saadi, Stevan Hill and Thayne Whipple…According to the indictment, from March 2016 through January 2017, Khawaja conspired with Nader to conceal the source of more than $3.5 million in campaign contributions, directed to political committees associated with a candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 election. By design, these contributions appeared to be in the names of Khawaja, his wife, and his company. In reality, they allegedly were funded by Nader. Khawaja and Nader allegedly made these contributions in an effort to gain influence with high-level political figures, including the candidate. As Khawaja and Nader arranged these payments, Nader allegedly reported to an official from a foreign government about his efforts to gain influence.

How do we know the candidate in question was Hillary Clinton?

It seems as though Mr. Khawaja was an equal-opportunity access/influence-purchaser, however, as he turned around and showered the Trump inaugural committee with a seven-figure donation after the election. But what’s all this about foreign influence? And what’s the Mueller tie-in? The reporter quoted above says the evidence suggests that Mr. Nader was in contact with one of two powerful Middle Eastern princes about his pursuit of political influence, one from the United Arab Emirates, and the other from Saudi Arabia. As for the Mueller component:

CNN reported on his latest child pornography arrest this past summer:

George Aref Nader, who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, was arrested on child pornography charges Monday in New York, federal prosecutors announced Monday. Nader was arrested upon arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport for “transporting visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.” He previously pleaded guilty to the same charge in 1991, the Justice Department said. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 40 years.

More sordid details:

Nader is already in federal custody on other charges. In July, he was charged with sex trafficking for allegedly transporting a 14-year-old boy from Europe and then abusing him. Nader pleaded not guilty in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. Part of a rap sheet dating to the 1980s, Nader pleaded guilty in 1991 to a federal child porn charge involving footage of 13- or 14-year-old boys and received a six-month sentence, served at a Baltimore halfway house.

The Associated Press started digging into the campaign finance conspiracy last year. I’ll leave you with with a quasi-snarky question: Weren’t Nader, Khawaja et al aware that there was another (dodgy but apparently legal) way to throw piles of cash at the Clintons in exchange for access and coziness? And wouldn’t you know it? Once Hillary lost the election, that funding stream dried up considerably. What a coincidence. Also, could this be a bigger problem for the Clintons? They’re not the only powerful family caught up in the Epstein web.

Author: Guy Benson

Source: Town Hall: Oh My: DOJ Indicts Mueller Witness Over Illegal Scheme to Funnel Millions to Hillary’s Campaign

I’ve panned Joe Biden’s response to the Ukraine story for weeks, skewering him for his blanket assertions that no wrongdoing took place and his seemingly false claim that he never discussed foreign business dealings with his son, Hunter. If there was no conflict of interest problem, why has Hunter stepped down from his perch on a Chinese company’s board (after all, his dad keeps saying China isn’t much of a threat to the US), and why has be publicly pledged not to engage in overseas business if his father is elected president? Lashing out at reporters asking fair and pertinent questions is also a bad look.

Author: Guy Benson

Source: Town Hall: More Smoke: New Details, Suspicious Timeline Emerge on Biden-Ukraine Conflict of Interest Story

It’s always fun watching journalists who rooted for Barack Obama for eight years, and who are now rooting for Elizabeth Warren, concern trolling about deficits and the national debt. It’s the mirror effect of erstwhile Tea Partiers having nothing to say as both arrows are pointed inexorably northward under another Republican president. To be clear, the deficit is ballooning in a truly alarming way, given that the economy is in good shape and we’re at relative peace:

But contra the center-left conventional wisdom (which was perfectly fine with runaway deficits and astonishing debt accrual back when Barack was running the show), the 2017 tax cuts and reform law is not responsible for the expanding sea red ink, as the graphic above implies. Government revenues are up. Put bluntly and accurately, Washington has a spending problem. That’s what the math shows, period. Warren’s newsroom cheerleaders feign concern about ‘unpaid-for’ tax cuts, which allow families and businesses to keep more of the money they earn, yet they’re endlessly delighted by the Massachusetts Senator’s supposed wonky “plans” — nearly all of which amount to more spending, more taxing, and more government control. And she’s racking up a “staggering” tab:

Altogether, the Massachusetts senator’s agenda would require $4.2 trillion per year in new federal spending, and a like amount in new taxes, if she paid for everything without issuing new debt. The federal government currently spends about $4.4 trillion per year, so Warren’s plans would nearly double federal spending. The Treasury takes in about $3.4 trillion in tax revenue each year, so if Warren levied new taxes to pay for everything, federal taxation would rise by 124%. She could pay for some of her plans by issuing new debt instead of raising taxes, but with annual deficits close to $1 trillion already, that might be unwise. The biggest chunk of new spending in Warren’s agenda, by far, would be Medicare for all, the single-payer health plan she would impose to replace all private insurance. Warren explains how she would pay for all of her plans—except this one.

Bear in mind a few facts here:

(1) The federal government spent roughly $4.1 trillion in 2018, so Warren’s new plans would entail doubling the entire federal budget, which is already running reckless and unsustainable deficits, as mentioned above. To break even, Warren would need to more than double (+124%) all tax revenue. Isn’t it adorable that she won’t answer whether this will impact the middle class? Of course it would.

(2) She claims she’s working on an explanation for how she’d finance her giant healthcare scheme, sending her team of left-wing economists ‘rushing‘ to produce something. Here’s the truth:

More like $34 trillion in its first decade, but who’s counting? A specific roadmap to these tax increases looks like this. Good luck proposing that, Liz. (3) A separate, detailed “pay for” that she’s laid out, to cover the bill for other elements of her jaw-dropping agenda has been tried, and has largely failed badly, in Europe. It has chased away wealth and capital, it has failed to generate anywhere close to its projected revenues, and it has been repealed in the large majority of places it was attempted. But we’re supposed to be believe it will magically work in the US. Speaking of magical thinking, I’ll leave you with former Obama chief of staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel dismissing Warren’s single-payer scheme as a “pipe dream:”

Author: Guy Benson

Source: Town Hall: Nonpartisan Analysis: Elizabeth Warren’s List of ‘Plans’ Would Literally Double the Entire Federal Budget

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