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The investigation of the extramarital conduct of a North Carolina Democrat running for a U.S. Senate seat has now escalated as the widening scandal deepens.

Last week, Democrat Cal Cunningham, who is seeking to unseat Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, acknowledged exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with a woman who is not his wife

On Monday, Arlene Guzman Todd confirmed to The Associated Press that her relationship with Cunningham went beyond texts and included at least one intimate encounter. Cunningham has been married to another woman for 20 years, and Guzman Todd is reported married as well.

On Wednesday, the Army Reserve said it was investigating Cunningham, who serves as a lieutenant colonel in the reserve force.

“The Army Reserve is investigating the matters involving Lt. Col. James Cunningham. As such, we are unable to provide further details at this time,” Simon B. Flake, chief of media relations and public information for Army Reserve Strategic Communications, told WRAL-TV.

The Uniform Code of Military Justice labels adultery as “unacceptable conduct.” The website National File has claimed that the woman with whom Cunningham had a relationship is the wife of an Army veteran.

Guzman Todd, a California public relations strategist, confirmed to the AP that she had two in-person encounters with Cunningham. She said a July rendezvous in North Carolina was intimate, while a March one in Los Angeles was not.

The AP also reported that it obtained texts Guzman Todd sent to an individual other than Cunningham, and that the outlet “contacted [Guzman Todd] to confirm their authenticity.”

In one text, Guzman Todd characterized it as “weird” that she and Cunningham were intimate at his home, according to the AP.

Some texts the AP appeared to show frustration with Cunningham.

“I’m just going to send to his opponent his naked photos,” she reportedly wrote. “That will teach him.”

In another text obtained by WRAL, Guzman Todd reportedly wrote: “I just want to [expletive] him one last time and break his heart.”

Another said, “Trying to make plans to see the politician so I can give him the [expletive] of his life and then walk away.”

Cunningham spokeswoman Rachel Petri said the Democrat will not drop out of the race.

“Cal will participate in this process, but it does not change the stakes of this election or the need for new leaders who will fight for the issues North Carolinians care about instead of caving to the corporate special interests — which is exactly what Senator Tillis has done in his years in Washington,” Petri told WRAL on Wednesday.

Cunningham, who has canceled at least one campaign event, issued a statement Friday about his relationship with Guzman Todd.

“I have hurt my family, disappointed my friends and am deeply sorry. The first step in repairing those relationships is taking complete responsibility, which I do,” he said. “I ask that my family’s privacy be respected in this personal matter.”

Tillis said Cunningham needs to tell the whole truth.

“I’m sad for his wife and his teenage children,” Tillis told WRAL on Tuesday.

“Cal Cunningham owes everybody an explanation for two revelations over the past week. I think North Carolinians deserve it. He needs to stop canceling media events and campaign events and go before the people of North Carolina and give us all a thorough explanation.”

Guzman Todd apologized for the “pain and embarrassment, and disrespect I’ve caused to my immediate family, loved ones, and everyone affected by this situation.”

“A few months back, I displayed a lapse in judgment by engaging in a relationship with Cal Cunningham during a period of marital separation,” she told the AP.

“The relationship spanned several months and consisted primarily of a series of text exchanges and an in-person encounter.”

Chris Cooper, a political science professor at Western Carolina University, said the emerging details could hurt Cunningham’s candidacy.

“It was a character-first campaign, and it was as much about who Cal Cunningham is than what Cal Cunningham stands for — and that’s a harder sell today than it was last week,” Cooper told the AP on Tuesday.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Army Reserve Investigating Democratic Senate Candidate Amid Growing Sex Scandal

An interim Senate committee report that condemns Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine will be referred to the Justice Department to consider whether actions the report found improper were criminal, according to Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Speaking on Fox News Wednesday, Paul said an interim report issued by the Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committees may have revealed criminal conduct on the part of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son.

“I think riding on Air Force 2 and doing business is illegal,” Paul said. “I think it’s illegal to take money from a Russian politician’s wife.”

The report said that Hunter Biden’s consulting firm was paid $3.5 million by the wife of a former Moscow mayor.

“I think the only way to determine the actual legality of this is to have it referred to the Department of Justice,” Paul said.

“So I’m going to send the report over,” he said. “I don’t know if the whole committee will vote for it, but I’m sending the report tomorrow to the Department of Justice, and we’re asking for a criminal referral.”

Although Congress has the power to investigate, it has no power to prosecute. That means that any time Congress wants charges filed, or at least considered, it must procedurally refer the case to the Justice Department for its review.

“We want to see if there’s a criminal investigation that’s justified. Here’s this evidence. Look at it. You’re the lawyers for the government. You decide if you have enough evidence to prosecute,” Paul said.

The report from Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Hunter Biden “was paid as much as $50,000 per month to serve on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company with a corrupt owner, while his father was the public face of the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.”

“Burisma was not the only example of Hunter Biden seeking to monetize his family name. During the course of our investigation, Chairman Grassley and Chairman Johnson uncovered additional examples of Hunter Biden, other family members, and their business associates pursuing financial arrangements with foreign nationals in various parts of the world,” the report said.

The report said that “Treasury records acquired by the Chairmen show potential criminal activity relating to transactions among and between Hunter Biden, his family, and his associates with Ukrainian, Russian, Kazakh and Chinese nationals.

“In particular, these documents show that Hunter Biden received millions of dollars from foreign sources as a result of business relationships that he built during the period when his father was vice president of the United States and after.”

The report said that it discovered “questionable financial transactions involving Hunter Biden, other members of the Biden family, and their associations with foreign nationals. These foreign nationals have questionable backgrounds that have been identified as being consistent with a range of criminal activities, including but not limited to organized.”

It said that “the Obama administration knew that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board was problematic and did interfere in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine.”

“Moreover, this investigation has illustrated the extent to which officials within the Obama administration ignored the glaring warning signs when the vice president’s son joined the board of a company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch,” the report said.

Report on Hunter Biden by The Western Journal

“This report not only details examples of extensive and complex financial transactions involving the Bidens, it also describes the quandary other U.S. governmental officials faced as they attempted to guide and support Ukraine’s anticorruption efforts.”

Many on the right called out establishment media organizations for their lack of coverage of the report.

The interim report concluded that “Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board negatively impacted the efforts of dedicated career-service individuals who were fighting to push for anticorruption measures in Ukraine.”

“Because the vice president’s son had a direct link to a corrupt company and its owner, State Department officials were required to maintain situational awareness of Hunter Biden’s association with Burisma,” the report said.

“Unfortunately, U.S. officials had no other choice but to endure the “awkward[ness]” of continuing to push an anticorruption agenda in Ukraine while the vice president’s son sat on the board of a Ukrainian company with a corrupt owner,” it said.

“Hunter Biden and his family were involved in a vast financial network that connected them to foreign nationals and foreign governments across the globe.

“Hunter Biden and Devon Archer, in particular, formed significant and consistent financial relationships with the corrupt oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky during their time working for Burisma, and their firms made millions of dollars from that association while Joe Biden was vice president and the public face of the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.”

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Hunter Biden Report Will Be Sent to DOJ for Criminal Referral

Legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is telling protesting NFL players just where he thinks they belong.

Ditka, a Hall of Fame tight end and coach who led the 1985 Bears to a Super Bowl win, has been standing foursquare against protests that take the form of disrespect for the national anthem ever since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made the protests trendy back in 2016

“I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick — he probably has no respect for me, that’s his choice,” Ditka said in a 2016 interview with KRLD-FM. “My choice is, I like this country, I respect our flag, and I don’t see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on.”

Time marches on. But Ditka has not bent with the winds of change, as he made evident in a new interview with Newsmax TV.

“Football’s football. It’s not a complicated thing. You’re playing the game, you’re enjoying the game. You don’t like the game, get out of it,” Ditka said Monday.

Ditka said politics does not belong in the game.

“It’s not for protesting one way or the other — what color you are, what you think, this or that,” he said.

Players do not understand how lucky they are to be where they are, he added.

“You play football. That’s it. You’re privileged. You got a gift from God that you can play the game because you got a body you can do it with. I don’t really understand what you’re protesting. I played the game. I coached the game for a long time. It makes no sense to me.

“You ought to get down on your hands and knees and thank God every day that you can make the kind of money you can make playing football. Or playing any sport,” he said.

“I would tell those players, go to another country and play football there,” Ditka added. “You don’t have to come out. You don’t have to come out for the anthem if you go to another country. You can’t! Because the game’s only played in this country.

“And if you can’t respect this country, get the hell out of it.”

Ditka’s comments provoked a strong reaction on Twitter:

In July, Ditka spoke out about anthem protests in the context of the X League — a professional football league for women of which he will be the chairman.

“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country,” Ditka said then. “That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned, so I’m only going to say what I feel.”

“I that that there’s a way you protest and there’s a way you don’t protest,” he said. “You don’t protest against the flag and you don’t protest against this country who’s given you the opportunities to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen.”

“So, I don’t want to hear all the crap,” he added.

Ditka said too many whiners fail to see opportunities that are all around them.

“I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunity — now if they don’t want to look for them — then you can find problems with anything, but this is the land of opportunity because you can be anything you want to be if you work. If you don’t work … that’s a different problem,” he said.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: NFL Legend Mike Ditka To Anthem Protesters: ‘If You Can’t Respect This Country, Get the Hell Out of It’

China responded Monday to U.S. sanctions against 11 people over their actions to throttle freedom in Hong Kong by imposing sanctions against 11 Americans, including six Republican lawmakers.

“The U.S. action was a blatant interference in Hong Kong’s affairs and in China’s internal affairs,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday, according to CNN. “It was in serious violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations.”

Zhao did not specifiy what the sanctions entail.

Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Josh Hawley of Missouri and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey were sanctioned for “behaving badly on Hong Kong-related issues,” Zhao said.

No Democrats were on the list.

Also sanctioned were National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman, National Democratic Institute President Derek Mitchell, International Republican Institute President Daniel Twining, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth and Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House.

Rubio brushed aside China’s action as he and others reacted on Twitter.

On Friday, the U.S. sanctioned Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and 10 other Chinese and Hong Kong officials “for undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy and restricting the freedom of expression or assembly of the citizens of Hong Kong,” according to a Treasury Department news release.

The sanctions block those named for accessing any financial interests in the U.S.

“The recent imposition of draconian national security legislation on Hong Kong has not only undermined Hong Kong’s autonomy, it has also infringed on the rights of people in Hong Kong, allowing mainland China’s security services to operate with impunity in the region, mandating ‘national security education’ in Hong Kong schools, undermining the rule of law, and setting the groundwork for censorship of any individuals or outlets that are deemed unfriendly to China,” the release said in explaining the U.S. action.

“The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong and we will use our tools and authorities to target those undermining their autonomy,” Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

On Monday, Hong Kong officials issued a statement of support for China’s sanctions against American legislators who have supported freedom in Hong Kong.

”The US Government has gone further in recent days by imposing the so-called ‘sanctions’ against officials of the Central People’s Government and the HKSAR Government,” a spokesman for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region said in a statement. “The act is shameless and despicable, and is resented by the people of Hong Kong and the whole nation. … The HKSAR Government fully supports the move and will facilitate its enforcement in accordance with the law.”

On Monday, Hong Kong businessman Jimmy Lai, a major supporter of pro-democracy protests, had his newspaper offices raided and was arrested under one of the new security laws that triggered sanctions against Chinese and Hong Kong officials, according to the BBC.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: China Issues Sanctions Against 6 Republican Lawmakers

Fake IDs are pouring into America this year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Through the end of June, federal officials had confiscated 19,888 fake driver’s licenses at Chicago O’Hare International Airport alone as part of 1,513 shipments, CBP announced in a news release.

Officials said the major sources of the fake IDs were China and Hong Kong.

“These counterfeit driver’s licenses can lead to disastrous consequences,” said Ralph Piccirilli, the acting port director in Chicago. “Criminal organizations use these counterfeit IDs to avoid attracting attention to their illegal activities.”

According to Ballotpedia, 34 states require identification to vote in the November presidential election, with 18 requiring a photo ID.

Most of the fake IDs were for college-age students, and some had a common photo with different names.

The barcode on some phony Michigan licenses actually worked, CBP said in its release.

CBP outlined the consequences of fake licenses.

“These fraudulent identity documents can lead to identity theft, worksite enforcement, critical infrastructure protection, fraud linked to immigration-related crimes such as human smuggling and human trafficking,” the release read.

“These documents can be used by those individuals associated with terrorism to minimize scrutiny from travel screening measures.”

Fears of voter fraud resounded on Twitter.

In April, CBP issued a release outlining an uptick in fake IDs at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. At that time, officials said they had confiscated about 2,000 fake licenses in the past 18 months.

Port Director Timothy Lemaux noted that people who buy fake IDs expose themselves to the threat of identity theft.

“What is most disconcerting about theses interceptions, besides the volume in which we are experiencing, is the ease in which so many young people freely share their personal information with counterfeiters abroad,” Lemaux said in the release.

“We’ll continue to collaborate with local law enforcement to educate the public, and anyone who is contemplating purchasing a counterfeit ID online, on the potential dangers of sharing your personal identifiable information with a criminal element.”

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Fake Licenses Flood US Ahead of Critical Election

Former President Barack Obama made his first round of endorsements on Monday and progressive Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York did not make the list.

“I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic, and highly qualified Democrats. Together, these candidates will help us redeem our country’s promise by sticking up for working class people, restoring fairness and opportunity to our system, and fighting for the good of all Americans — not just those at the top,” Obama wrote on Medium.

“They make me optimistic not just about our party’s chances in November, but about our country’s future long after that. So if you’re in one of their districts or states, make sure you vote for them this fall. And if you can, vote early — by mail or in person,” he posted.

Obama endorsed 118 candidates in 17 states. He office said another round of endorsements will follow, Fox News reported.

In 2018, when Obama first named the Democrats he supported, Ocasio-Cortez was not mentioned.

Later that year, Ocasio-Cortez defeated House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District. Eventually, the former president supported Ocasio-Cortez in his second wave of endorsements, according to The Hill.

Twitter users noticed that Ocasio-Cortez was once again not a first-round pick.

On the website of commentator Dan Bongino, Matt Palumbo noted that “It’s somewhat refreshing that for all crazy as the Democrat Party has become, Obama is at least willing to draw the line somewhere. For now.”

Democratic Rep. Max Rose of New York, who was endorsed by the former president, had lashed out at Ocasio-Cortez’s recent failed effort to limit online military recruitment.

“This is incredibly insulting as it perpetuates the limousine liberal trope that soldiers are idiots who only get duped into enlisting,” Rose told the New York Post.

Obama also endorsed first-time progressive candidate Jamaal Bowman, who defeated longtime Rep. Eliot Engel in the Democratic primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District.

Bowman said he would take on the “system” if elected to Congress in the fall.

“So tonight as we celebrate, we don’t just celebrate me as an individual, we celebrate this movement, a movement designed to push back against a system that’s literally killing us. It’s killing black and brown bodies disproportionately, but it’s killing all of us,” he said at a campaign speech, according to The Hill.

“The results show that this district is demanding change. This is what this district has been waiting for, this is what this country has been waiting for, and we are all here now together. So I am excited, I am happy, I am fired up,” he went on.

“I cannot wait to get to Congress and cause problems for the people in there who have been maintaining a status quo that is literally killing our children.”

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal : Obama Looks To Make His Mark on 2020 Elections with 118 Endorsements – But Skips a Notable Name

President Donald Trump on Tuesday sought to give American citizens the only voice that matters in determining congressional representation by signing an executive order that excludes illegal immigrants from being counted for the purpose of House apportionment.

The order continues a battle Trump has waged to prevent communities that have attracted large numbers of illegal immigrants — such as sanctuary cities that protect illegal immigrants from potential deportation — from using that population to bolster their voice in Congress.

“Last summer in the Rose Garden, I told the American people that I would not back down in my effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population,” Trump said in a statement. “Today, I am following through on that commitment by directing the Secretary of Commerce to exclude illegal aliens from the apportionment base following the 2020 census.”

The president said the order protects American citizens.

“There used to be a time when you could proudly declare, ‘I am a citizen of the United States.’ But now, the radical left is trying to erase the existence of this concept and conceal the number of illegal aliens in our country. This is all part of a broader left-wing effort to erode the rights of Americans citizens, and I will not stand for it,” he said.

Trump’s order does not prevent the Census Bureau from counting illegal immigrants along with American citizens for informational purposes, but requires they be weeded out when arriving at population numbers that will be the basis for drawing congressional district lines.

“Today’s action to exclude illegal aliens from the apportionment base reflects a better understanding of the Constitution and is consistent with the principles of our representative democracy,” Trump said. “My Administration will not support giving congressional representation to aliens who enter or remain in the country unlawfully, because doing so would create perverse incentives and undermine our system of government.

“Just as we do not give political power to people who are here temporarily, we should not give political power to people who should not be here at all.”

In the order, Trump argued that he is well within the law, saying: “The Constitution does not specifically define which persons must be included in the apportionment base.”

Noting that the census can already have the flexibility to count individuals temporarily overseas, Trump’s order said: “The discretion delegated to the executive branch to determine who qualifies as an “inhabitant” includes authority to exclude from the apportionment base aliens who are not in a lawful immigration status.”

The order pointed out that in a 2019 executive order, various federal agencies were required to share information with the Department of Commerce, which oversees the census, to determine the numbers of illegal immigrants living in various communities.

“Excluding these illegal aliens from the apportionment base is more consonant with the principles of representative democracy underpinning our system of Government. Affording congressional representation, and therefore formal political influence, to States on account of the presence within their borders of aliens who have not followed the steps to secure a lawful immigration status under our laws undermines those principles,” the Tuesday order read.

“States adopting policies that encourage illegal aliens to enter this country and that hobble Federal efforts to enforce the immigration laws passed by the Congress should not be rewarded with greater representation in the House of Representatives.”

Trump then took a jab at California, which hosts multiple communities that have designated themselves as sanctuary cities to protect illegal immigrants.

“Current estimates suggest that one State is home to more than 2.2 million illegal aliens, constituting more than 6 percent of the State’s entire population,” the order said.

“Including these illegal aliens in the population of the State for the purpose of apportionment could result in the allocation of two or three more congressional seats than would otherwise be allocated.”

Trump’s order will face challenges, according to CBS News.

The majority-Democrat House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing next week on the order, and committee chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York has already called it an “egregious and sinister” attempt to influence the census.

American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Dale Ho indicated a lawsuit against the order is likely.

“The Constitution requires that everyone in the U.S. be counted in the census. President Trump can’t pick and choose,” Ho said in statement.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Trump Signs Order Excluding Illegal Aliens from Congressional Seat Apportionment

New documents released by the Senate Judiciary Committee show that as early as 2017, even within the FBI, the myth of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was known to be just that.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that the documents released by the Department of Justice show the FBI knowingly went off the rails in its investigation of the Trump campaign and campaign aide Carter Page.

The panel released two documents. One was a heavily redacted interview from February 2017 with an individual who is called the “Primary Subsource” because he fed information to former British spy Christopher Steele. Steele later produced a dossier of innuendo and disproven claims about President Donald Trump.

The second document was an annotated copy of a story from The New York Times about the alleged Trump-Russia collusion in which FBI special agent Peter Strzok, whose antipathy to Trump later came to light, wrote that the newspaper’s claims of collusion were wrong.

“What have we learned from the release of these two documents by the Department of Justice? Number one, it is clear to me that the memo regarding the FBI interview of the primary sub-source in January 2017 should have required the system to stop and reevaluate the case against Mr. Page,” Graham said in a statement on the committee’s website.

“Most importantly after this interview of the sub-source and the subsequent memo detailing the contents of the interview, it was a miscarriage of justice for the FBI and the Department of Justice to continue to seek a FISA warrant against Carter Page in April and June of 2017.”

Strzok’s comments “are an admission that there was no reliable evidence that anyone from the Trump campaign was working with Russian intelligence agencies in any form,” Graham said.

“The statements by Mr. Strzok question the entire premise of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign and make it even more outrageous that the Mueller team continued this investigation for almost two and a half years. Moreover, the statements by Strzok raise troubling questions as to whether the FBI was impermissibly unmasking and analyzing intelligence gathered on U.S. persons,” he added, referring to the investigation of former special counsel Robert Mueller.

The document that recounts the FBI interview with Steele’s primary sub-source “not only demonstrates how unsubstantiated and unreliable the Steele dossier was, it shows that the FBI was on notice of the dossier’s credibility problems and sought two more FISA application renewals after gaining this awareness,” the Senate release read.

The interview showed the FBI that “information that Steele’s primary source provided him was second and third-hand information and rumor at best.”

As of February 2017, as a result of this interview, the FBI knew that the primary sub-source for the dossier “did not recall or did not know where some of the information attributed to him or his sources came from; was never told about or never mentioned to Steele certain information attributed to him or his sources,” according to the release.

The document related to Strzok is an annotated Times article from February 2017. Throughout the piece, Strzok notes the ways in which the Times got the story wrong.

“The document further shows that the FBI’s assertion to the FISA court that ‘the FBI believes that Russia’s efforts to influence U.S. policy were likely being coordinated between the RIS [Russian Intelligence Services] and Page, and possibly others’ appears to be a misrepresentation. This is because, in his comments on the Times article, Strzok asserts that ‘[w]e have not seen evidence of any individuals affiliated with the Trump team in contact with IOs [Intelligence Officials]. . . . We are unaware of ANY Trump advisors engaging in conversations with Russian intelligence officials,’” the release read.

“The document also indicates that the FBI may have been using foreign intelligence gathering techniques to impermissibly unmask and analyze existing and future intelligence collection regarding U.S. persons associated with the Trump campaign.”

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Declassified FBI Docs Reveal Agents Never Believed Trump-Russia Conspiracy – Not Even Strzok

New emails have been released showing that on the eve of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, top FBI officials were buzzing to each other.

The full extent of the communication among then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, then-Assistant Director for the Counterintelligence Division Bill Priestap, then-agent Peter Strzok, and then-FBI attorney Lisa Page is limited by extensive redactions. (Strzok later became the FBI’s deputy assistant director.)

However, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton was ready with an overall summary.

“These documents suggest that President Trump was targeted by the Comey FBI as soon as he stepped foot in the Oval Office,” Fitton said.

The documents were released in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act request.

“And now we see how the Comey FBI was desperate to spin, through high-level leaks, its mishandling of the Clinton email investigation. And, in a continuing outrage, it should be noted that Wray’s FBI and Barr’s DOJ continue slow walk the release of thousands of Page-Strzok emails – which means the remaining 8,000 pages of records won’t be reviewed and released until 2021-2022!”

The email chain began on Jan. 19, 2017, with an email to Strzok by an assistant general counsel in the FBI’s National Security Law Branch.

“I’ll give Trisha/Baker a heads up too,” reads the unredacted piece of the message.

After two redacted emails, Strzok’s reply is shown.

“I briefed Bill this afternoon and he was trying without success to reach the DD [McCabe]. I will forward below to him as his [sic] changes the timeline. What’s your recommendation?” he wrote.

Amid more redactions, Priestap told Strzok, “Approved by tomorrow afternoon is the request. [Redacted] – please advise if I am missing something.”

After more redacted conversations, Strzok wrote, “Just talked with Bill. [Redacted]. Please relay above to WFO and [redacted] tonight, and keep me updated with plan for meet and results of same. Good luck.”

Strzok sent the full exchange to Page, with whom later investigations would reveal he was having an affair, saying, “Bill spoke with Andy. [Redacted.] Here we go again …”

The day after Trump’s inauguration, Strzok wrote to Priestap, “I heard from [redacted] about the WH CI briefing routed from [redacted]. I am angry that Jen did not at least cc: me, as my branch has pending investigative matters there, this brief may play into our investigative strategy, and I would like the ability to have visibility and provide thoughts/counsel to you in advance of the briefing. This is one of the reasons why I raised the issue of lanes/responsibilities that I did when you asked her to handle WH detailee interaction.”

Strzok was cited in documents released Friday by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said in a release on the Judiciary Committee’s website that comments Strzok made disagreeing with the report in The New York Times about alleged Russian ties to the Trump campaign “are an admission that there was no reliable evidence that anyone from the Trump Campaign was working with Russian Intelligence Agencies in any form.”

“The statements by Mr. Strzok question the entire premise of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump Campaign and make it even more outrageous that the Mueller team continued this investigation for almost two and a half years. Moreover, the statements by Strzok raise troubling questions as to whether the FBI was impermissibly unmasking and analyzing intelligence gathered on U.S. persons,” Graham said.

According to the release, “The document further shows that the FBI’s assertion to the FISA court that ‘the FBI believes that Russia’s efforts to influence U.S. policy were likely being coordinated between the RIS [Russian Intelligence Services] and [Trump campaign aide Carter] Page, and possibly others’ appears to be a misrepresentation. This is because, in his comments on the Times article, Strzok asserts that “[w]e have not seen evidence of any individuals affiliated with the Trump team in contact with IOs [Intelligence Officials]. … We are unaware of ANY Trump advisors engaging in conversations with Russian intelligence officials.”

“The document also indicates that the FBI may have been using foreign intelligence gathering techniques to impermissibly unmask and analyze existing and future intelligence collection regarding U.S. persons associated with the Trump campaign,” the release said.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: New Strzok-Page Emails Show Frantic Exchange Night Before Inauguration

The Trump administration has rejected Minnesota’s request for federal aid to repair damage inflicted on Minneapolis and St. Paul after the death of George Floyd.

Gov. Tim Walz, a member of the state’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, announced earlier this month that he was asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the funds.

Walz noted in a release that “nearly 1,500 Twin Cities businesses were damaged by vandalism, fire, or looting” that took place during violent protests that followed Floyd’s death.

His request included more than $15 million to help local governments respond to costs related to a wave of arsons that took place during the days of rioting. He said the full costs of the damage inflicted by mobs totaled more than $500 million.

A spokesman for Walz made the announcement that the request was denied, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

“The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support,” spokesman Teddy Tschann said in a statement. “As we navigate one of the most difficult periods in our state’s history, we look for support from our federal government to help us through.”

FEMA explained its decision in a statement to Minnesota Public Radio.

“After a thorough review of Minnesota’s request for a major disaster declaration from extensive fire damage as a result of civil unrest in late May and early June, it was determined that the impact to public infrastructure is within the capabilities of the local and state governments to recover from. The governor has 30 days to appeal that decision,” the statement said.

Tschann said the state is “exploring all options.”

The denial came after the White House received a letter from Republican Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota calling for a “thorough and concurrent review” of the response to the rioting so that “every governor, mayor and local official can learn from our experiences” to prevent a similar situation from taking place in the future.

The letter noted that “to date, there has been no federal analysis of the actions that were — or were not — taken by local and state officials to prevent one of the most destructive episodes of civil unrest in our nation’s history.”

“If the federal government is expected to assist in the clean-up of these unfortunate weeks, it has an obligation to every American — prior to the release of funding — to fully understand the events which allowed for this level of destruction to occur and ensure it never happens again,” Emmer wrote.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has noted that Baltimore had sought FEMA funding after the riots that followed the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody. FEMA, then run by the Obama administration, denied Baltimore’s request.

During the spree of violence, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey had indicated support for the rioters.

“What we’ve seen over the last two days … is the result of so much built-up anger and sadness,” Frey said on May 29, according to NBC News. “Anger and sadness that has been ingrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years.”

“If you’re feeling that sadness and that anger, it’s not only understandable, it’s right,” he said.

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose district includes the city, has said Minneapolis was owed federal aid.

“The situation facing our city stems from a long history of discrimination, prejudice and violence in the community,” she said in a statement. “It is no less worthy of federal relief than communities facing natural disasters or the COVID-19 pandemic.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Trump Denies Governor’s Request for US Taxpayers To Cover Damage Bill from Riots, Fires

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