James Barrett


After going notably quiet for several hours after a series of riot-themed posts slamming the mainstream media for “doing everything within their power to foment hatred and anarchy,” calling for “law and order,” and declaring that the U.S. will be designating Antifa a terrorist organization, President Trump blasted out more tweets Monday morning picking up where he left off and condemning presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s staff for donating money to help bail out “anarchists.”

In a tweet citing Newt Gingrich and “Fox & Friends,” Trump tweeted the quote: “‘These were the people that trashed Seattle years ago. Who’s paying for these people. I was appalled that 13 of Joe Biden’s staff were donating money to bail people out in Minneapolis. They should have stayed in jail until this is over (and beyond).’”

“Sleepy Joe Biden’s people are so Radical Left that they are working to get the Anarchists out of jail, and probably more,” Trump wrote in a follow-up tweet (posts below). “Joe doesn’t know anything about it, he is clueless, but they will be the real power, not Joe. They will be calling the shots! Big tax increases for all, Plus!”

Before the Gingrich quote, Trump posted another quote from “Fox & Friends,” this time attributed to co-host Brian Kilmeade saying the group behind some of the protests appear to be Antifa and noting that white supremacists groups do not appear to be involved. “‘I don’t see any indication that there were any white supremest groups mixing in. This is an ANTIFA Organization. It seems that the first time we saw it in a major way was Occupy Wall Street. It’s the same mindset,’” Trump tweeted citing Kilmeade. “TRUE!” Trump added.

As reported by Reuters on Saturday, at least 13 members of Biden’s staff have touted online that they have donated money to a group that is paying bail fees in Minneapolis for those arrested amid the ongoing protests and riots.

“At least 13 Biden campaign staff members posted on Twitter on Friday and Saturday that they made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which opposes the practice of cash bail, or making people pay to avoid pre-trial imprisonment,” Reuters reported. “The group uses donations to pay bail fees in Minneapolis.”

In a statement to Reuters, Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said Biden opposes the cash bail system as a “modern day debtors prison.”

“But the campaign declined to answer questions on whether the donations were coordinated within the campaign, underscoring the politically thorny nature of the sometimes violent protests,” Reuters notes.

Riots continued to spread across the country over the weekend. The situation got so tense at the White House Friday evening that Secret Service reportedly rushed President Trump into a bunker for nearly an hour.

Late Sunday, violence erupted again near the White House reportedly resulting in the injury of dozens of Secret Service agents. Rioters also reportedly vandalized multiple historic sites, including St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Lincoln Memorial, erected to honor the president who ended slavery.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Trump Breaks Silence, Slams Biden’s Staff For ‘Working To Get The Anarchists Out Of Jail’

On May 7, the Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss the case against former Trump national security adviser retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn — “one of the signature cases brought by special counsel Robert Mueller,” as The Associated Press put it — “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.” Among that newly disclosed information was evidence that the interview upon which the case was built was a “perjury trap,” as Attorney General William Barr has described it.

But the federal judge overseeing the case, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, has refused to accept the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the case, tabling the motion and instead opening the case up for amicus briefs from interested parties — a move blasted by Flynn’s legal team as a “travesty of justice.” Among those invited to file amicus briefs is the legal team that Flynn fired and who has since been accused by his new attorneys as advising him while in “the grip of intractable conflicts of interest.

But, as reported by CBS News investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge, Judge Sullivan’s opening up of the case has also drawn responses from over a dozen attorneys general who have signed an amicus brief calling on the judge to support the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss without commentary “because such punditry disrobes the judiciary of its cloak of impartiality.”

Attorneys general from 15 states — Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and West Virginia — filed the briefing to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Monday “in support of the United States” and arguing that “the Court lacks authority to exercise judgement over a decision that constitutionally belongs to the executive branch.”

The argument of the attorneys general aligns with arguments made by Flynn’s legal team, which has called for the immediate dismissal of the case.

“This travesty of justice has already consumed three or more years of an innocent man’s life — and that of his entire family. No further delay should be tolerated or any further expense caused to him and his defense,” Flynn attorney Sydney Powell wrote in a court filing responding to Sullivan’s decision to shelve the Justice Department’s motion and reopen the case. “This Court should enter the order proposed by the government immediately.”

In the filing, Powell, who Flynn acquired after dismissing his initial legal team, which advised him to plead guilty to lying to the FBI, pointed out that “this Court has consistently — on twenty-four (24) previous occasions — summarily refused to permit any third party to inject themselves or their views into this case.”

Attorney General Barr has made clear where the Justice Department stands on the case, calling for the dismissal of the case and condemning the charges against Flynn as being the result of a “perjury trap” laid by James Comey’s FBI.

In an interview with CBS News on May 7, Barr explained the DOJ’s rationale. “It’s on the question of materiality that we feel really that a crime cannot be established here because there was not, in our view, a legitimate investigation going on,” he said. “They did not have a basis for a counterintelligence investigation against Flynn at that stage, based on a perfectly legitimate and appropriate call he made as a member of the transition.”

Asked by Herridge if “the counterintelligence case against General Flynn was simply left open to lay a trap for lying,” Barr said, “Yes.”

“I think a very important evidence here was that this was not a bona fide counterintelligence investigation – was that they were closing the investigation in December,” he explained. “They started that process. And on January 4th, they were closing it. They initially tried some theories of how they could open another investigation, which didn’t fly. And then they found out that they had not technically closed the earlier investigation. And they kept it open for the express purpose of trying to catch, lay a perjury trap for General Flynn.”

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Several Attorneys General Demand Judge Drop Flynn Case: ‘Disrobes The Judiciary Of Its Cloak of Impartiality’

In response to what experts say is a disproportionately rising number of COVID-19 cases in San Diego amid an outbreak across the southern border, California officials have asked for the federal government’s help in handling the situation. The requests have prompted President Trump to weigh in publicly, saying that after all that criticism of his hawkish focus on securing the border, California officials are “sooo lucky” that he is their president.

In a letter sent recently to Vice President Mike Pence, who is heading up the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services, San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar requested assistance in a variety of ways, including instituting temperature checks at the border, requiring triage and isolation for anyone with a temperature over 100 degrees, and forcing all non-essential crossers to carry out a 14-day quarantine.

“We need the help of the federal government to be vigilant in working with our neighbors to the south to contain their current outbreak while protecting the health and safety of our own residents,” Gaspar wrote.

“Gaspar said she thinks, on average, about 10 coronavirus border-related cases are added to San Diego hospitals each day,” Voices of San Diego notes. Meanwhile, South Bay city mayors have called for “more testing and contact tracing” to help curb the spread of the virus, the outlet reports.

In a separate letter sent last week, Scripps Health CEO Chris Van Gorder and Sharp HealthCare COVID‐19 Strategic Response consultant Daniel Gross “urged Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to address the ‘inadequacy of medical resources’” across the border in Baja California, as reported by Times of San Diego.

“Any impression that we are flattening our curve ignores the threat south of the border and the fact that providers in the San Diego region do not have adequate supplies to meet the projections we anticipate as a result of the increasing cases in our border communities,” Gross and Van Gorder warned in their letter.

While a number of factors are impacting the situation, Gross pointed to the crisis in Baja California as particularly problematic for San Diego residents. “I think we can extrapolate the known variables that influence the South Bay experience, and one of those things is Tijuana,” he said.

Dr. Eric McDonald, San Diego County’s epidemiology director, concurs that a significant part of the growing problem appears to be travel across the border.

“There are an increasing number of individuals with recent travel or residing to Baja California who are presenting,” McDonald said at a press conference Wednesday, Voice of San Diego reports. “We are tracking that carefully. It is an increasing trend and is certainly part of the increasing cases being seen in Baja California.”

With all the concern about the impact of the outbreak in Mexico and the increasing cases around the southern border, President Trump highlighted on Monday the difference in tone from California officials about the porous border that he has been trying to lock down from the first day he took office.

“Mexico is sadly experiencing very big CoronaVirus problems, and now California, get this, doesn’t want people coming over the Southern Border. A Classic!” Trump tweeted Monday. “They are sooo lucky that I am their President. Border is very tight and the Wall is rapidly being built!”

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: ‘They Are Sooo Lucky That I Am Their President’: California Officials Ask For Federal Help Amid Mexico Covid Outbreak; Trump Responds

The former British intelligence officer behind the infamous Democrat-funded dossier that helped fuel the “Trump-Russia collusion” narrative — a conspiracy theory for which Special Counsel Robert Mueller ultimately found no evidence — told a court last month that key documents and records related to the dossier “no longer exist.”

On Thursday, Chuck Ross reported on a transcript of a March 17-18 deposition exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation in which Christopher Steele, a former MI6 officer who was hired to investigate Donald Trump ahead of the 2016 election, told a court “that he no longer has documents and other information from his meetings with the main source for his Trump dossier.”

“Christopher Steele told a British court last month that he no longer has documents and other information from his meetings with the main source for his Trump dossier, suggesting that the former British spy has no way of backing up his side in a dispute with the Justice Department’s inspector general (IG),” Ross reports, citing the transcript of the deposition. “Steele also told the court that his communications regarding the dossier, including with Fusion GPS, were ‘wiped’ in December 2016 and January 2017, the transcript shows.”

The firm that hired Steele, Fusion GPS, was paid by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign to produce opposition research on Donald Trump. The end product was Steele’s “dirty dossier,” which was infamously published by BuzzFeed News in January 2017 despite being unverified, salacious, and clearly politically motivated. Investigations have since revealed that the unverified dossier played a “central and essential role” in the FBI initiating surveillance of the Trump campaign.

Ross provides some background on the key documents and correspondence that Steele told the court “no longer exists” (formatting adjusted):

Steele suggested in a Dec. 10 statement that he had evidence that would shed light on what his main dossier source told him back in 2016, when Steele was working for the firm Fusion GPS to investigate the Trump campaign.

Steele’s statement was a response to an IG report released the day before that said that Steele’s source — dubbed the “Primary Sub-Source” — told the FBI in January 2017 that Steele misrepresented or embellished information in the dossier. That bombshell severely undermined Steele’s report, which the FBI used as part of its investigation into the Trump campaign.

Steele also said he does not have information related to the 2016 debriefings with the “primary sub-source.”

“It is unclear if Steele made audio or video recordings of the debriefings with the source, or if the retired spy was referring to written or electronic documents,” writes Ross. “It is also unclear whether Steele got rid of the information himself, or if it was lost through other means. Steele’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.”

The deposition came as result of a lawsuit by three Russian bankers who are suing Steele for defamatory accusations included in the dossier about them supposedly directing money to Vladimir Putin. When asked by one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers about the documents and recordings he mentioned, the lawyers asked, “But none of these documents exist, so they have all been destroyed?”

“They no longer exist,” said Steele.

“As I understand your position, you have no contemporaneous notes or emails, save for your notes of interactions with the FBI; is that right?” the lawyer asked in reference to correspondence and notes related to the dossier and the “primary source.”

“I believe that is true, yes,” answered Steele. Asked about any records or emails or “other memoranda” related to the claims made against the plaintiffs, Steele said, “No, they were wiped in early January 2017.” (Read Ross’s full report here.)

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Anti-Trump Dossier Author: Key Documents, Emails Related To Dossier ‘No Longer Exist’

The Trump administration is now the first U.S. administration to label a white supremacist group a terrorist organization. The move, The New York Times notes, “could cut against criticism that the Trump administration has played down the threat of white nationalist violence for political reasons.” The group also happens to be pro-Russia.

The State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator, Ambassador Nathan Sales, underscored in a statement to the Times Monday that by naming a white nationalist group a “specially designated global terrorist organization,” the Trump administration is doing something “unprecedented.”

“These designations are unprecedented,” said Sales, as reported by the Times Monday. “This is the first time the United States has ever designated white supremacists as terrorists, and this illustrates how seriously this administration takes the white supremacist terrorist threat. We are doing things no previous administration has done to counter this threat.”

“The State Department’s designation for the organization, the Russian Imperial Movement, sets up the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to block any American property or assets belonging to the group,” the Times explains. “It will also bar Americans from financial dealings with the organization and make it easier to ban its members from traveling to the United States.” Three of the group’s leaders — Stanislav Anatolyevich Vorobyev, Denis Valliullovich Gariev and Nikolay Nikolayevich Trushchalov — are being labeled individually as terrorists, officials told the Times, a designation that includes additional sanctions.

Officials told the Times that the group is not believed to be sponsored by the Russian government, but that its actions have been “tolerated” by President Vladimir V. Putin and it has “helped advance the Russian government’s external goals by recruiting Russian fighters to aid pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine.” The organization has also supported neo-Nazi organizations in Scandinavia, which follows a larger Russian government strategy of “sow[ing] chaos in Western democracies,” the paper adds.

While Trump’s critics have frequently portrayed the president as “racist” and “empowering” white supremacists in his rhetoric, his administration has now taken multiple decisive and historic steps to counter the threat of white supremacism. As the Times notes, the White House added white supremacist groups to the federal government’s National Strategy for Counterterrorism in 2018.

In the document, the administration cites nationalist and separatists movements, including specifically neo-Nazis’, as potential global threats. Below is an excerpt from a passage describing the global threat posed by such groups:

There is also a broad range of revolutionary, nation- alist, and separatist movements overseas whose use of violence and intent to destabilize societies often puts American lives at risk. For example, the Nordic Resistance Movement is a prominent transnational, self-described nationalist-socialist organization with anti-Western views that has conducted violent attacks against Muslims, left-wing groups, and others. The group has demonstrated against United States Government actions it perceives are supportive of Israel and has the potential to extend its targeting to United States interests. Similarly, the neo-Nazi National Action Group, a terrorist organization that was banned by the United Kingdom in 2016 for its promotion of violence against politicians and minorities, operates mainly in the United Kingdom but has engaged with like-minded groups in the United States, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, and Poland—expanding the potential influence of its violent ideology. Likewise, Babbar Khalsa International seeks, through violent means, to establish its own independent state in India and is responsible for significant terrorist attacks in India and elsewhere that have claimed the lives of innocent civilians. Such groups may avoid or deprioritize targeting United States interests for now to avoid detracting from their core goals but frequently conduct assassinations and bombings against major economic, politi- cal, and social targets, heightening the risk to United States personnel and interests overseas.

The document also describes domestic terrorists motivated forms of violent extremism not connected to radical Islam, “such as racially motivated extremism”:

Lastly, the United States has long faced a persistent security threat from domestic terrorists who are not motivated by a radical Islamist ideology but are instead motivated by other forms of violent extremism, such as racially motivated extremism, animal rights extremism, environmental extremism, sovereign citizen extremism, and militia extremism.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Trump Administration First In History To Label A White Supremacist Group Terrorists

After officials discovered that U.S. aid to foreign countries was not being coordinated with U.S. requests for much-needed supplies to handle the crisis, the Coronavirus Task Force headed up by Vice President Mike Pence clamped down on the process to make sure American needs are prioritized and that countries that are assisting the U.S. get the help they need.

In a report published Tuesday, Politico detailed the sequence of events that led to the task force imposing stricter oversight on the handling of USAID.

“Last week, a Trump administration official working to secure much-needed protective gear for doctors and nurses in the United States had a startling encounter with counterparts in Thailand,” the outlet reported. “The official asked the Thais for help — only to be informed by the puzzled voices on the other side of the line that a U.S. shipment of the same supplies, the second of two so far, was already on its way to Bangkok. Trump aides were alarmed when they learned of the exchange, and immediately put the shipment on hold while they ordered a review of U.S. aid procedures.”

The concern was not just that our allies might be confused or offended, Politico explains, but that Americans might be outraged to learn that urgently needed supplies were being shipped to other countries amid the ongoing crisis.

“The incidents have spurred the Pence-led coronavirus task force to scrutinize all of USAID’s deliveries to countries requesting personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to fight the outbreak, according to people directly involved in the discussions, causing tensions between aid officials and task-force members,” Politico reports. “The administration has also placed a moratorium on overseas shipments of USAID’s stockpiles of protective gear and is asking that the equipment be sent to the U.S. instead, other officials said.”

Pence has also taken steps to make sure that the new review process was not holding up coronavirus-related aid to any countries that were offering assistance to the U.S.

Politico notes that the move follows “backlash” from the administration’s critics, including from far-left California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) who called the president an “incompetent idiot” for sending PPE to China early on.

But the administration says such criticism is unwarranted, noting that the supplies sent to China came from private donations and that they’ve been attempting to balance the complex diplomatic situation as the crisis has unfolded. Politico quotes Pence spokeswoman Katie Miller, who said it is “a good thing” that the administration is “taking a holistic look at where and when we’re sending PPE as we’re looking to fulfill needs here at home.”

Another complication, the outlet highlights, is “China’s attempts to exploit the shortages by supplying aid to Western countries, keenly aware of Beijing’s interest in showing it is supplanting the United States as a global leader.” (Read the full report here.)

While the administration’s handling of aid has resulted in some criticism from Democrats, their most prevalent complaint is that President Trump did not take action fast enough to protect Americans from the pandemic. In the task force’s daily briefing Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, pushed back against that complaint, which was raised by CNN’s Jim Acosta.

“Just to underscore what Dr. Birx was saying, if there was no virus in the background, there was nothing to mitigate,” Dr. Fauci said. “If there was virus there that we didn’t know about, then the answer to your question is probably yes. Now the only trouble with that is that whenever you come out and say something like that, it always becomes almost a sound bite that gets taken out of context, but I think that’s very important, what Dr. Birx has said, is that if there was covert infections here that we didn’t know about, and we didn’t mitigate them, that they would’ve made a difference. If there was virtually nothing there, then there’s nothing to mitigate.”

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Coronavirus Task Force Freezes Foreign Aid After Troubling Discoveries

Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) sounded the alarm Tuesday over the news that President Trump is proposing an $850 billion economic stimulus package, a majority of which will come in the form of payroll tax cuts, to help ease the economic distress caused by the coronavirus crisis.

The “Green New Deal” advocate and vocal Bernie Sanders supporter issued her complaint about Trump’s attempts to give Americans more post-tax paychecks in response to a report by Fox News Tuesday.

“[Fox News] has learned that [President Trump] will ask Congress for more than $800 billion in economic stimulus: $500 bil in payroll tax cut, $250 [billion] in Small Business Association loans, $58 billion for the airlines, and a smattering of other items,” Fox News Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts reported via Twitter Tuesday.

Trump’s proposal, said Ocasio-Cortez, is “unacceptable.”

“This is unacceptable,” the left-wing congresswoman tweeted in response to the report. “Trump is using this public health crisis as an opportunity to push tax cuts and corporate bailouts.”

“This is an emergency,” she continued. “We need to help vulnerable people [and] small biz now [with] paid leave, extended unemployment, UBI, Medicaid expansion, [and] mortgage suspensions.”

The radical representative followed her post listing various Democratic policy priorities by giving Trump one thing: the small business loans is “an acceptable consideration,” though she said she has her concerns about that idea, too.

“Expanding small biz loans is an acceptable consideration- but we must avoid allowing this crisis to put millions of people in insurmountable debt,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a follow-up tweet.

She also doesn’t disagree with the $1,000 checks to every American proposed by Trump, but that was “not enough,” she stressed. “Checks to people are good and I applaud the proposal, but it’s not enough. But we need payment suspensions to get people through,” wrote the New York Democrat.

As reported by Fox News Tuesday, while the Senate takes steps to pass another coronavirus relief bill, the White House is in talks with congressional leaders about a new significant stimulus proposal.

“Fox News has learned that the White House specifically is pushing an $850 billion stimulus, largely in the form of tax relief measures,” the network reported Tuesday. “Roughly $500 billion of this would be tied to a payroll tax cut, while $250 billion would come in the form of Small Business Administration loans and another $58 billion would be directed to the airline industry, among other measures.”

“The $850 billion package would come in addition to another roughly $100 billion package that aims to provide paid sick leave for impacted workers, though the details of that legislation remain very fluid as it moves through Congress,” The Washington Post reported.

The news follows a Monday-night tweet from President Trump indicating that the federal government will take strong steps to help out struggling industries, particularly airlines.

“The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!” Trump tweeted.

Along with voicing complaints about Trump’s proposed stimulus package on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez also took aim at the coronavirus-hit airlines Trump mentioned in his tweet.

“96% of airline profits over the last decade went to buying up their own stocks to juice the price – not raising wages or other investments,” she tweeted. “If there is so much as a DIME of corporate bailout money in the next relief package, it should include a reinstated ban on stock buybacks.”

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: ‘UNACCEPTABLE’: Trump Pushes Big Tax Cuts To Help Americans; Ocasio-Cortez Sounds Alarm

In January, the Progressive Policy Institute released an analysis of the costs of the leading Democrats’ policy proposals and found that democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) far-left policies were by far the most expensive, costing around $50 trillion over ten years, effectively doubling the size of the federal government.

The group, which describes itself as “radically pragmatic,” found that Sanders’ policies would cost taxpayers more than $15 trillion more over ten years than the next most radical Democratic candidate (Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s $35 trillion in proposals) and $42 trillion more than the third most expensive Democrat (former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s $7.6 trillion).

The progressive group’s relatively modest estimates on the costs of Sanders’ radical plans include:

  • Medicare for All $24.4 trillion
  • Green New Deal $16.3 trillion
  • Child Care, Pre-K, and K-12 Education $2.2 trillion
  • Higher Education and Debt Forgiveness $2.1 trillion
  • Social Security and SSI Expansion $1.4 trillion
  • Affordable Housing $850 billion
  • Paid Family Leave $430 billion
  • Other policies under $160 billion

The total offsets Sanders has proposed, even given optimistic assessments, amount to less than half of the more than $50 trillion he’s proposed in costs over 10 years, PPI found. His proposed offsets total $22.5 trillion and include potentially economy-devastating tax increases, including:

  • 4% across-the-bard income tax increase
  • 7.5% payroll tax increase (and a 12.4% increase above $250,000)
  • $3.3 trillion wealth tax,
  • 35% corporate income tax rate increase

IPP offers a summary of its assessment of Sanders’ cripplingly costly policies and his woefully inadequate proposed offsets:

Sanders has proposed just over $50 trillion in new spending, the largest component of which is his $24.4 trillion Medicare-for-All plan. Sanders embraces a suite of aggressive tax increases and lays out a broad “menu of options” to finance Medicare for All, but even if all of these policies were adopted, they would fall $25.3 trillion short of what Sanders has proposed in new spending. Another costly proposal is his $16.3 trillion “Green New Deal,” which includes a federal jobs guarantee that could seriously harm the economy by pulling workers away from gainful employment in the private sector while doing nothing to stem greenhouse-gas emissions. Sanders proposes more spending on higher education than his competitors, but the majority of it is for universal debt forgiveness that would give even high-income professionals a windfall without increasing the productivity of America’s workforce. Although Sanders proposes the biggest increase in dollars for public investment of any presidential candidate, it is fiscal fantasy to believe he could ever deliver on it given his non-investment spending priorities and failure to develop sufficient revenue proposals.

About $15 trillion behind Sanders in costs, according to PPI, is Warren, whose proposed policies would cost taxpayers about $35 trillion over ten years. Here’s PPI’s summary of the senator’s much-touted “plans” for various issues:

Warren has proposed $34.9 trillion of new spending to date – less than Sanders, but still nearly five times as much as the what the next highest-spending candidate (Buttigieg) proposes to spend. Her most-expensive initiatives include a $22.5 trillion Medicare-for-All framework, a $3.9 trillion plan to tackle climate change, and $3.6 trillion for investments in education and student-debt forgiveness. Warren also proposes to increase Social Security benefits by far more than any other candidate, including for wealthy retirees. She proposes more new spending for research and educating low-income students than any of her competitors, but these proposals are dwarfed by new consumption spending that by itself exceeds the total revenue raised from Warren’s proposed offsets. Given the large taxes on high-income people she has already embraced, Warren’s agenda leaves little room to raise enough taxes to close the $8.3 trillion gap between her proposed spending and revenue (let alone address existing fiscal needs) without breaking her commitment not to raise taxes on the middle class.

H/T John Sexton

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Progresssive Group Analysis Shows Bernie’s Plan To Pay For His Policies Doesn’t Come Close

In a pair of social media posts on Sunday, President Trump pointed to reports that FBI Director Christopher Wray acknowledged during a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week that the FBI engaged in “illegal surveillance with respect to at least several of these FISA applications [for Trump adviser Carter Page] because there was no probable cause or proper predication.”

“FBI Director Christopher Wray just admitted that the FISA Warrants and [Surveillance] of my campaign were illegal,” Trump wrote in a two-tweet thread Sunday. “So was the Fake Dossier.”

Trump then hit the caps lock for an incensed declaration about the “scam investigation” into “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia, for which Special Counsel Robert Mueller ultimately found no evidence after his two-year, wide-ranging probe:


Wray’s acknowledgment of the FBI’s wrongdoing reportedly came during a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week. CBS News’ Catherine Herridge reported that Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe, citing the inspector general and DOJ report on the FBI abuse of the FISA court, asked Wray if he would “acknowledge that this was illegal surveillance with respect to at least several of these FISA applications because there was no probable cause or proper predication. Correct?”

“Right,” Wray responded, Herridge reported.

Recently declassified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ruling in January determined that the FBI should have discontinued its secret surveillance of Page because it had “insufficient predication to establish probable cause.” At least two of the four FISA applications for Page, ruled FISA Judge James Boasberg on January 7, were “not valid.”

“DOJ assesses that with respect to the applications in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679, ‘if not earlier, there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that [Carter] Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power,’” ruled Boasberg, as reported by The Federalist’s Sean Davis. “The Court understands the government to have concluded, in view of the material misstatements and omissions, that the Court’s authorizations in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679 were not valid.”

In an interview with ABC News in December following the release of the IG report, Wray defended the bureau and denied that there was any evidence that the FBI unfairly targeted Trump’s campaign. “[T]he Inspector General did not find political bias or improper motivations impacting the opening of the investigation or the decision to use certain investigative tools during the investigation, including FISA,” said Wray. “But that the Inspector general did find a number of instances where employees either failed to follow our policies, neglected to exercise appropriate diligence, or in some other way fell short of the standard of conduct and performance that we, and that I, as Director, expect of all our employees.”

Trump responded by declaring that Wray would “never be able to fix the FBI” with that kind of attitude. “I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me,” Trump tweeted. “With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!”

Read the full list of 17 “inaccuracies and omissions” in the Trump campaign-targeting FISA applications found by the inspector general here.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Trump: FBI Director Just Admitted Surveillance Of My Campaign Was Illegal

In a video that’s stirred up some attention online, a self-described father of a college graduate asks Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA), whose platform includes “a plan to cancel student loan debt,” if he can get his money back after “working a double shift” and dutifully saving so he could pay for his daughter’s college education. Her answer inspires an exasperated response from the man.

In a video highlighted over at Twitchy, the father approaches Warren to ask her about her student loan cancellation plan.

“My daughter’s getting out of school, I saved all my money, so she doesn’t have any student debt,” the man says. “Am I going to get my money back?”

“Of course not,” the Massachusetts senator responds.

“So, we end up paying for people who didn’t save any money, then those who did the right thing get screwed,” the father says.

He goes on to describe the actions of his “buddy,” who he says makes more money than him but didn’t use his money responsibly. Meanwhile he worked a “double shift” and carefully put money away in order to make sure his daughter wasn’t burdened with debt.

“So, you’re laughing,” the man says in response to Warren’s reaction. “Yes, that’s exactly what you’re doing,” he says after the senator appears to protest. “We did the right thing — and we get screwed,” the frustrated father says before walking away.

On her official campaign website, Warren details her “plan to cancel student loan debt on day one of my presidency” which includes giving debt relief to “42 million Americans”, addressing “racial disparities” in student debt, and “making public college and technical school tuition-free.” A few excerpts below (formatting adjusted):

…I will start to use existing laws on day one of my presidency to implement my student loan debt cancellation plan that offers relief to 42 million Americans — in addition to using all available tools to address racial disparities in higher education, crack down on for-profit institutions, and eliminate predatory lending. … Here’s how it will work:

I’ll direct the Secretary of Education to use their authority to begin to compromise and modify federal student loans consistent with my plan to cancel up to $50,000 in debt for 95% of student loan borrowers (about 42 million people).

I’ll also direct the Secretary of Education to use every existing authority available to rein in the for-profit college industry, crack down on predatory student lending, and combat the racial disparities in our higher education system. …

I’ll ensure that borrowers get the relief they deserve by simplifying the application processes, doing affirmative outreach to borrowers to encourage them to apply, clearing out backlogged applications, using available data to match borrowers with their discharge options, automatically cancelling debts, discharging loans for groups instead of requiring individuals applications, and fixing any adverse effects of the debt on borrowers’ credit history. These programs will allow for additional relief — beyond the broad debt cancellation available to 42 million borrowers — for as many as 1.75 million borrowers.

Further, my administration will roll back harmful changes by the Trump administration to the rules that govern these programs and implement new rules to ensure that borrowers get the greatest opportunity to cancel their debts allowable under the law. …

In addition to canceling existing student debt, we must take steps to improve college affordability and curb the growth of student loan debt in the future. I have already called for new laws making public college and technical school tuition-free, supporting HBCUs and Minority-Serving Institutions and working to close the racial gaps in access to higher education and college completion, and ending for-profit colleges’ access to federal student aid.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: WATCH: Father Asks Elizabeth Warren If He’s Going To Get His Money Back After Paying For Daughter’s Education

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