Nick Arama


St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner justifiably got a lot of criticism for filing charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey for displaying guns to defend themselves and their property.

Given her political leanings, it seemed a completely political move on her part.

But perhaps she should have been holding up a mirror to herself and keeping her own house in order.

According to reports by KMOV4, she allegedly took several trips that she failed to disclose including to Portugal, Houston, Selma and New Haven, despite the law requiring that they be disclosed.

From Washington Examiner:

“When something isn’t reported, the public has a right to ask, ‘Well, why wasn’t it?’” said Patrick Ishmael of the Show-Me Institute, a Missouri think tank. “Elected officials have an obligation to be transparent, and that’s especially true related to their duty because the public wants to know their officials are working for the interest and not someone else’s.”

Every elected official in St. Louis is required by law to disclose travel no matter if it was funded by public or private dollars. Missouri also has statewide laws that require disclosures in some cases. Gardner reportedly did not disclose any trips in 2018 or 2019 despite taking trips funded by a liberal organization called Fair and Just Prosecution, which has lauded her decision to prosecute the McCloskeys after they brandished and pointed weapons at protesters who broke into their private neighborhood last month.

She had other trips funded by FJP in the past in 2017, including to New York, Chicago, Seattle and Philadelphia, but she disclosed them.

City ‘sources’ finked her out, with some saying that she was unreachable when she was traveling.

She denied any quid pro quo for actions, said KMOV4:

“Since shortly after her election, Circuit Attorney Gardner has been an active member in Fair and Just Prosecution’s network of progressive prosecutors. She was invited to participate because of her beliefs, values, and goals. Those goals are in line with FJP’s priorities and the same as policies the Circuit Attorney has promised to deliver for St. Louis since day one. The suggestion that there is any quid pro quo involved here is patently absurd,” her office said in a statement. [….]

The office said that Gardner would not apologize for not disclosing her travel because it is a “veiled attempt to disparage” the attorney.

Gardner was backed in her election to the office by a Soros-backed PAC.

Fair and Just Prosecution responded to some of News 4’s questions, saying they generally will pay for prosecutors’ food, lodging and airfare for their events, which they say is standard practice of other non-profits. They did not, however, confirm the number of trips Gardner or Bell have taken with them.

They also say their funding comes from a number of sources, saying only a tiny fraction came from an entity related to George Soros, a billionaire philanthropist.

Gardener has also faced criticism for fundraising off the McCloskey case from their attorney, who is now asking that the case be dismissed because of that.

Her campaign sent out an email on July 17 that directly spoke of the case and then of donations.

From Daily Caller:

The email went on to say that “President Trump and the Governor are fighting for the two who pointed guns at peaceful citizens during the Black Lives Matter protests” and later included a request for campaign donations, the court documents show.

Gardner leveled felony weapons charges against the McCloskeys on July 20. On July 22, her campaign sent out another fundraising email that directly leveraged her decision to charge the couple.

“In the last 24 hours, there has been a lot of national attention surrounding Kim’s decision to press charges against a couple that brandished guns at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest,” the July 22 email said, according to court documents. The email went on to ask supporters to “rush a donation today” to signal their support for her in the case, court documents show.

“Ms. Gardner, via her campaign mailers, linked the criminal proceedings against [the McCloskeys] to her personal, financial and political interests,” Joel Schwartz, the couple’s attorney, wrote in the motion Wednesday.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: St. Louis Prosecutor Who Was Going After the McCloskeys Now Has a Small Problem of Her Own

Last week, in an effort to attack President Donald Trump, Mayor Bill de Blasio spent city time and money to paint a Black Lives Matter on the street outside of Trump Tower. While Trump has been supportive of the general statement, he has been critical of the far leftist BLM group.

From Townhall:

“When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ there is no more American statement, there is no more patriotic statement because there is no America without Black America,” de Blasio said in a statement. “We are acknowledging the truth of ourselves as Americans by saying ‘Black Lives Matter.’ We are righting a wrong.”

On the contrary, painting a symbol on the ground does nothing to right wrongs and is all about trying to gain political points. What actually says you care about black lives is action, actually righting wrongs, like stopping the spikes in shootings that that took the life of 1 year old Davell Gardner, Jr. on Sunday, as he sat in his stroller with his family at a cookout in Brooklyn. It means putting back the anticrime unit that helped save lives that you removed in an effort to appease the “defund the police” folks.

De Blasio got heckled for his priorities when he was helping to paint the letters on the street.

Then someone tossed red paint on it on Monday.

He had it repainted within hours and then made it clear that it was about endorsing the BLM political movement.

Meanwhile failing to actually care about the lives of New Yorkers, including black lives.

Plus, 5 more people were shot in the hours after the little boy was shot on Sunday.

What’s ironic on top of it all is that if you if this were vandalism done by BLM activists, it likely wouldn’t be investigated at all. But this is being investigated by the police that the BLM wants to defund.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: NYC Paints ‘Black Lives Matter’ on Street, It Gets Defaced, De Blasio’s Response Says Everything About Him

Liberal media are doing their best to try to make John Bolton’s book a “thing.”

Because, of course, if it makes President Donald Trump look bad, they’re all for it.

But the problem with it, as we’ve previously reported, is that his outlandish claims just don’t match reality. It just seems like he was trying to pull things out of his hat to hurt the man who fired him as well as get attention and money for his book.

I laid out some of those claims and how ridiculous they were here. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer completely disputes Bolton’s crazy claim about asking China for election help and discussing Uighur concentration camps, noting he was there and he heard no such thing. Former National Security Council Chief of Staff Fred Fleitz laid out what he believes the “turning point” was as to why his former boss Bolton might have flipped — one that Fleitz believes “disproves his whole book.”

Now South Korea is calling out Bolton’s claims in the book as well.

From Daily Wire:

A South Korean security official says that Bolton’s version of the events surrounding three U.S.-North Korea summits that took place from June 2018-June 2019 is “distorted.” In his book, Bolton claims that South Korean President Moon Jae-in set unrealistic expectations for the talks while pursuing his own agenda to unify the Korean peninsula. Bolton describes Moon as “schizophrenic,” according to Reuters.

“It does not reflect accurate facts and substantially distorts facts,” South Korea national security adviser Chung Eui-yong said, adding that Bolton’s published account of internal deliberations between the heads of state set a “dangerous precedent.”

“Unilaterally publishing consultations made based on mutual trust violates the basic principles of diplomacy and could severely damage future negotiations,” Chung said.

In other words, Bolton is endangering our international relations with the nonsense that he’s spreading. This is why such books are not published until the president the person served is out of office or until they will not adversely impact the United States. But Bolton apparently was more concerned about being sensational.

The DOJ had tried to stop the book because Bolton hadn’t gotten permission prior to publication and violated rules as to publishing classified information. While the Judge, Royce Lamberth, ruled that basically the horse was out of the barn with trying to stop the book, he found that if Bolton hadn’t gotten permission, he could forfeit his $2 million book advance and be in big trouble.

“Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States,” Lamberth wrote in his decision, according to The New York Times. “He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: South Korea Busts Bolton, Says He ‘Distorts’ Facts in Book; Judge Says He May Be Subject to Civil or Criminal Liability

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took a stand today against the pulling down of historical monuments.

We’ve already seen one person grievously injured in one such effort by BLM protesters pulling down a confederate statue in Portsmouth, Virginia.

But they’re pulling down any statue the left finds offensive, regardless of the history. Because suddenly we are in the middle of leftist Stalinist revisionism. All things that they find offensive must be purged and done away with.

Cruz called that out in the destruction of a statue of Christopher Columbus in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The left of course flipped out at him for saying that, including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Cruz busted her with the facts.

Nicely done! A complete rewriting of history. But that’s what this effort is about, it’s to demonize Columbus to taint the very origin of the United States, an effort Marxists and radicals have been about for year.

Here’s a little more about how they are following in the steps of the KKK who used to try to stamp out monuments to Italians and Catholics.

At what point does the insanity stop? The people who claim they care about black people are vandalizing monuments to Abraham Lincoln, abolitionists and black people.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Boom: Ilhan Omar Picks a Fight With Ted Cruz over Columbus Statue, It Does Not Go Well For Her

Looks like #ObamaGate is heating up with the release of documents related to Gen. Michael Flynn as well as the other transcripts released by the House Intel Committee.

In those transcripts, Obama officials testified that they had no evidence of any collusion between the Trump team and the Russians. This despite the same Obama officials saying something quite differently in public and stoking the Russia collusion delusion for the past three years.

Now, Republicans in the Senate want to hear from those Obama officials under oath as part of its own investigation into the Russia probe and they may subpoena some of the big names in the case.

From Daily Wire:

Fox News reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose investigation is separate from the one being conducted by U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham for the Department of Justice, may issue subpoenas for the Obama officials to get to the bottom of how the narrative started that President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to steal the election. A source told the outlet that the committee wants “former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan to testify before the committee.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who chairs the committee, said last week that he wants former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to testify this summer.

Fox’s source told the outlet that it would subpoena the officials if they refused to appear and that Senate investigators were looking at “various piece” from “various sources” for their investigation.

“This is a multilevel puzzle,” the source told Fox. “They are looking at layer upon layer, and you have to be able to tell the story of exactly what was going on, and who was doing what, when, and why.”

Add that to the Durham piece and things may start to get very hot for Obama officials. They’ve already shown their very panicky over what has come out so far, as Barack Obama’s “leaked” phone call, John Brennan’s rabid rant and the House Democrats’ letter attempting to derail Attorney General Bill Barr reveal.

Put these guys under oath and ask them the right questions and let’s see if they start jumping shit and talking with enough pressure.

One of the key pieces to focus on: the Jan. 5 meeting, with the question “what did Barack Obama and Joe Biden know and when did they know it?” Because the fundamental switch in how they deal with Flynn, going from dismissing the matter to trying to shoehorn a normal call with the Russian ambassador into some kind of Russian conflict came after the meeting with Obama and Biden. It was also during that meeting where they discussed possibly withholding information about Russia from the incoming team. Why? One obvious answer would be so that the Trump team wouldn’t know about the efforts to undermine them.

Sen. Chuck Grassley has made it clear that he’s going to go there, asking that question about Obama and Biden.

Can we anticipate that they would be put under oath? That would make the summer.

Can Republicans finally put their big boy pants on and hold these folks to account?

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Senate Throws Down the Gauntlet, Wants Big-Name Obama Officials to Testify on Russia Probe

Remember the utter fury with which the media and Democrats fell upon Mitt Romney for saying he had “binders” on possible female job applicants as Governor of Massachusetts?

From Washington Examiner:

Recalling his business career in private equity and hiring for staff positions in Massachusetts state government, Romney recalled. “All of the applicants seem to be men. And I said, ‘Well, gosh, can’t we find some women who are also qualified?’” before adding that he “went to a number of women’s groups, and I said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ And they brought us binders full of women.”

Those remarks were quickly mocked on social media, and some analysts said the remarks contributed to losing the female vote to President Barack Obama that November, along with the White House.

OMG! Binders of women! That fiend! How dare he! One of the most ridiculous, media-jacked up “stories” ever.

So now, media, applying the same standard, should be upset with what Joe Biden has said about his VP picks, right?

According to the New York Times, Biden is looking at these potential candidates through the lens of a “calendar model” pick.

In private encounters before this campaign, Mr. Biden has likened running-mate evaluation to deciding among calendar models, with three broad categories (and outdated honorifics): Contenders can be a “Mr. August” (a shot of momentum in the summer), a “Mr. October” (a reliable and effective campaigner for the fall) or a “Mr. January” (a governing partner, politics notwithstanding).


Imagine if President Donald Trump had said this. We can already see from Romney what they would have done with any Republican who would have said this and what he said wasn’t even close to this. “Calendar models?” On top of that the sexist “Mr.” as the descriptor?

Is this really how Biden sees the job? Will they have to walk the catwalk? Do they have to pass his “sniff test?”

Let’s hear from Neil Sedaka.

Really, this is how you see it? Especially given accusations of sexual assault and inappropriate touching hanging out there?

Apparently, someone forgot to run this by the Biden campaign, or perhaps worse, they did. Prepare for the text to get stealth edited.

I’m also wondering which women he is considering fall under which months by these categories. But it’s interesting, there’s something missing here that most other vice presidential considerations have had in the past, that’s “who can bring me more of the country that I don’t already have firmly in my camp.” It’s not clear which, if any, of those categories covers that essential bit. Being a good campaigner doesn’t necessarily say that.

So, for example, he doesn’t need to pick someone from California which will already be for him. What he needs is Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Which female candidate helps bring him those states? Who will help him capture more of the undecided middle?

Stacey Abrams, for example, couldn’t even bring her own state. Kamala Harris never really got traction and is hated by a good portion of those on the left as “Kamala the Cop.” To me, there’s an obvious choice.

But hey, why help him? He clearly has real issues with how he sees the job.

HT: Twitchy

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Really, Joe? Biden Compares Picking VP Candidates to ‘Calendar Models’

CNN’s Chris Cuomo just can’t seem to stop digging the hole deeper.

As we reported earlier, on Tuesday, Cuomo bashed Vice President Mike Pence for not wearing a mask while visiting the Mayo Clinic.

“Look, I’m not into the gotcha game. I think it’s a waste of time, I think people are turned off by it, but all I’m saying is at some point, you’ve got to start being able to take any kind of responsibility for anything that’s negative at some point,” Cuomo said. “I mean, this administration has never done a damn thing wrong, ever, and they just can’t own it.”

What was most ridiculous about his attack on Pence was his own actions and his own lack of responsibility for the.

Pence was not ill, but Cuomo was was still allegedly supposed to be in quarantine in his basement in Southhampton when was caught on April 12, Easter Sunday, in East Hampton by a bicyclist visiting a home he had under construction there with his wife, their three kids and another woman. Cuomo admitted encountering the bicyclist on his Sirius XM radio show and called him a “jackass, loser, fat-tire biker.”

But then CNN ran a segment where Cuomo then tried to sell the “moment” he “reemerged” from the basement to a happy reunion with the family “this was the dream” on April 20. The kids didn’t look all that excited by the ‘reemergence’ (small wonder). While he was supposed to be in quarantine, his wife came down with virus and his 14 son was announced as having it after Cuomo’s ‘reemergence.’

But now, he just made it a lot worse and in a way that gives more fuel to the nickname “Fredo.”

In response to someone calling him out to his response on the Pence story, Cuomo then came out with a completely revised story.

Alrighty now.

First, the incident with the bicyclist which he previously acknowledged (and didn’t say was in his backyard) occurred on Easter Sunday, April 12. He represented to his CNN audience that he hadn’t emerged from quarantine until April 20.

Not to mention, he now confirmed he was with his family when he was still representing to the public that he was in quarantine.

Moreover, his new story doesn’t wash because of his wife’s own “diary” of their “corona quarantine” which says that on that day he was still in quarantine and he had a fever.

Notice how the post preaches “social distancing and self quarantine to limit the spread of the virus” on the day he allegedly broke quarantine.

Stephen Miller, @redsteeze, who did a great job picking up on this, tags Matt Dornic, the head of “Strategic Communications” for CNN. Does CNN have anything to say now about the obvious lies and presenting a false segment on their network?

And they wonder why people don’t trust them?

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Boom: Chris Cuomo Gets Busted Big Time As He Tries Major Spin of his Breaking Quarantine Story

According to new bipartisan report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee, former top FBI officials confirmed that they included the Steele dossier in the Intelligence Community Assessment about Russian interference because of an order from then-President Barack Obama, despite the fact that it was unverified and not vetted.

From Washington Examiner:

The Senate report revealed the Intelligence Community Assessment began at the behest of Obama himself in early December 2016 during a meeting of the National Security Council, with the president instructing then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to prepare a comprehensive report on Russian interference. The report stated Obama “directed that the report include everything the IC knew about Russian interference in the 2016 elections.”

Clapper told the committee, “I don’t think we would have mounted the effort we did, probably, to be honest, in the absence of presidential direction, because that kind of cleared the way on sharing all the accesses.”

The Senate report noted Obama asked for the intelligence assessment to cover a wide range of Russia-related topics and be completed by the end of his second term in late January 2017. The report notes, “There was no document memorializing this presidential direction.”

The report appeared to suggest that it was FBI Director James Comey and the FBI who included it because they thought Obama wanted it in the assessment.

Comey appeared to be somewhat flippant about the dossier.

“I insisted that we bring it to the party, and I was agnostic as to whether it was footnoted in the document itself, put as an annex,” Comey said. “I have some recollection of talking to John Brennan maybe at some point saying: I don’t really care, but I think it is relevant and so ought to be part of the consideration.”

When intelligence community leaders briefed Trump on the intelligence community assessment at Trump Tower in January 2017, Comey stayed behind to tell Trump about some of the most salacious allegations in the dossier and made Trump’s reaction to the news part of the bureau’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation.

Bill Priestap, the former assistant director for the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, told the Senate committee in April 2017 the bureau believed Obama’s directive compelled them to include the Steele dossier in the intelligence assessment, claiming that “the FBI didn’t want to stand behind [the dossier].” Other FBI officials told Senate investigators that it “would have had a major problem if Annex A had not been included” and that the bureau thought they “had to put everything in.”

But it was despite the fact that it had not been vetted. Not only wasn’t it vetted, but the fact that it was paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign was not included in the ICA.

On top of all that, this past week declassified footnotes from the report of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz indicated the FBI knew that it could be compromised by Russian disinformation. But that wasn’t included either.

It was that inclusion in the ICA that then prompted media coverage and further investigation, undermining Trump and aiding the hoax we’ve seen for the past few years.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Ex-FBI Officials Confirm in New Report: They Included Dossier in Russian Interference Report Because of Obama Order

According to the Free Beacon, there’s more news in the ever evolving saga around Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Turns out that her campaign committee has paid even more money to the consulting firm of her now-husband, Tim Mynett, according to their report.

Omar’s new committee filings, posted Wednesday afternoon, show that during the first three months of the year, the campaign paid $292,905 to the E Street Group. E Street is a political consulting firm owned by Omar’s husband, Tim Mynett. The cash, which reportedly went toward an array of services that included fundraising and advertisements, accounted for over 40 percent of the campaign’s $674,892 in disbursements. Omar raised $456,374 during the quarter.

Last year, Omar’s campaign paid the firm $525,000, and according to the Free Beacon, they were the biggest vendor for the campaign.

At the time, Mynett was married to Beth Mynett and Omar was married to Ahmed Hirsi. But it blew up into a scandal when Beth Mynett claimed during divorce proceedings that Omar and Tim Mynett were having an affair. Both couples later were divorced and Omar claimed that she married in March of this year in an announcement on her Instagram account.

Mynett is Omar’s third husband, depending upon how you count. He’s the fourth if you count Hirsi as marrying her twice.

The National Legal and Policy Center filed an ethics complaint against her last year over the payments at that time to Mynett’s firm, pointing specifically at the question of whether Omar had used funds to pay Mynett to travel with her, raising the question of whether it was personal rather than professional.

Will Hailer, Mynett’s partner in the firm, denied that there was anything improper about the payment.

“On any given day, eight or more people could be touching her account at some point, between design, digital ads, social media, email content creation, high-dollar fundraising, political support, and many other things that we provide for the campaign,” Hailer told the Washington Post in March. “Similar to what we provide for countless other clients across the country.”

Omar was fined $500 in June, 2019 by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board along with paying back $3,469 to her Minnesota statehouse campaign after she unlawfully used funds for multiple personal expenses.

The board required Omar to repay $2,250 she had been reimbursed for law firm invoices for her immigration records and personal tax returns. The report said the law firm was tied to a “crisis committee” which was created to defend her against allegations that the congresswoman had married her brother in an immigration scheme.

In addition, the board found that on five different occasions that Omar paid for travel and hotel expenses on out-of-state trips in 2017, including a rally for a local candidate in Boston, she had them “categorized as expenses of serving in public office.”

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Ilhan Omar’s Campaign Committee Pays Almost $300,000 More to New Husband’s Firm

Folks on the left were all over a CNN interview that Dr. Anthony Fauci did with Jake Tapper today.

Tapper said that Dr. Sanjay Gupta thought we reacted late and Fauci disputed that, saying it was unfair to compare us to South Korea which has a different makeup.

During the interview, they spoke about a report that the government had been advised to begin social distancing measures in February a couple of weeks after the first case was diagnosed in the U.S.

From Daily Wire:

Fauci said, “You know, Jake, as I have said many times, we look at it from a pure health standpoint. We make a recommendation. Often, the recommendation is taken. Sometimes it’s not. But we – it is what it is. We are where we are right now.”

Tapper asked Fauci if lives could have been saved if stay-at-home orders had begun earlier.

“Obviously, no one is going to deny that. But what goes into those decisions is complicated,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

“But you’re right, I mean, obviously, if we had right from the very beginning shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then,” he said.

He may be saying, obviously, in hindsight if everyone knew what one knew now that would be correct. Except of course everyone didn’t know that.

The problem is that doesn’t comport with what Fauci himself said throughout January and February. Fauci himself was telling the public on Feb. 29 there was no reason to change any behaviors.

Here’s what Fauci said on February 29:

So what he was saying himself on that date was there was no reason to change any behaviors.

Why was he saying that at that point? He indicates it in his remarks – at that point, they weren’t sure yet there had been community spread. There were the cases in Washington state. But they weren’t sure it had gone beyond that. That’s why they thought they might have cut it off with cutting travel. This was before even the first case in New York, which was discovered March 1. Once they got into March and realized there was community spread beyond the individual people just coming in from China or Iran, that’s when they came out with the social distancing guidelines, which seems perfectly rational in terms of response.

The problem was that the Chinese had not been honest from the beginning, as Fauci noted in another interview that the President himself tweeted. The interview, with Jesse Watters, further explains why they really didn’t have all the information in January and February because of the lies by China and the false information spread by the WHO about it not being communicable human to human.

From The Sun:

“The Chinese were saying first it [the virus] was only going from an animal to a human, and then when there were human to human cases, that it was inefficient,” he told Watters.

“When it became clear not only is transmitted efficiently from human to human, but that it is very very contagious… and a high degree of morbidity and mortality, it became clear we were in for a problem.”

“Early on we did not get correct information,” he continued. “The incorrect information was propagated from the beginning.”

Fauci also said to Tapper that they were now considering a gradual rollback of restrictions to get the economy back on track, depending on where you were in the country, probably starting next month and that New York appeared to have “turned the corner” this weekend.

From Daily Wire:

“It’s not going to be a light switch,” he said, adding that there will likely be a “rolling re-entry.” “It’s going to be depending where you are in the country, the nature of the outbreak that you already experienced, and the threat of an outbreak that you may not have experienced.” [….]

“It’s started to turn a corner… it’s cautious optimism that we are seeing that decrease. Once you turn that corner, hopefully we will see a very sharp decline. Then you can start thinking about how we can keep it that way and prevent it from re-surging,” he said.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Here’s What the Media Are Leaving out About CNN’s Controversial Fauci Comments

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