Nick Arama


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

It would really have been better for Joe Biden to just sit out the pandemic. But since he keeps trying to be relevant, he did a town hall yesterday about unemployment and issues facing workers.

During the town hall, he hilariously tried to claim he was a “foreign policy expert.”

He was supposed to be responding to a woman who just lost her job about how she would be able to keep the healthcare coverage that she had.

From Townhall:

“As you and I have talked about this, senator, I’m always talked about as being a foreign policy expert, healthcare is more complicated than foreign policy,” he told Nevada state Sen. Yvanna Cancela, who moderated the event. “Healthcare is complicated. It really is daunting for an awful lot of people.”

Foreign policy expert? Really? Not only has no one ever said that, but Robert Gates, who served as President Obama’s Defense Secretary, said he was wrong on everything. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates wrote in his book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.”

Asked again about his comment by CBS “Face The Nation” host Margaret Brennan, Gates said he stood by that assessment.

This is the guy Democrats are putting forward? The guy who has difficulty putting a coherent sentence together anymore, much less foreign policy?

The is also the man Politico described as being known for gaffes for thirty years. The Obama administration had to issue an apology for Biden’s remarks during the swine flu pandemic that almost caused a panic and could have hurt the transportation industry. “These sorts of comments are what the Obama administration fears from Biden, who after more than three decades in Washington is known for making gaffes,” Politico observed in their account of the event.

Media used to be honest about their assessment of Joe Biden until he became their only hope against President Donald Trump. Now they’re just trying to paper all that over in the hope that everyone forgets and they can push him to the presidency.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Biden Claims He’s Known as a ‘Foreign Policy Expert,’ but Obama Defense Sec Has Already Busted That Narrative

Media and some Democrats have been going all-in on their attack on President Donald Trump for having the temerity for talking about the potential benefits of hydroxychloroquine for the Wuhan coronavirus.

CNN’s Brian Stelter flipped out on him on Sunday, calling promoting the drug “dangerous”, and Rep. Tavia Galonski, an Ohio state representative and Joe Biden adviser, said she’d had “enough” and was going to file a complaint against him at The Hague for “crimes against humanity.”

Meanwhile, outside of that insanity, the FDA has approved it for other uses for decades and has approved it for emergency use for the virus. Moreover, a global study of 6227 doctors listed it as their “most effective therapy” so far.

Now, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is adding to that positive view, according to his remarks in The Hill, about the trials they are running in NYC.

They have thousands of people taking it in the controlled trials.

While he noted that they needed to have a further period of study for the official data to come in, he noted that anecdotally, they were finding it had been effective.

Asked about the progress of the trials at his daily press briefing, Cuomo noted that state officials have allowed use of the drug in combination with the antibiotic Zithromax in hospitals “at their discretion.” He said the federal government would increase supplies to New York pharmacies, but that New York has imposed a 14-day limit to protect the supplies for people who rely on it to treat other medical conditions.

“The tests in the hospital, they’re too short a period of time to get a scientific report,” Cuomo said. “Hospital administrators, doctors want to have a significant data set before they give a formal opinion. Anecdotally, you’ll get suggestions that it has been effective. But we don’t have any official data yet from a hospital or a quote-unquote study, which will take weeks if not months.”

“There has been anecdotal evidence that it is promising; that’s why we’re going ahead,” he added, noting that some patients have a pre-existing condition or medication regimen that prevents them from taking it.

Doctors have reported its effectiveness after their prescriptions, although they were obviously not in a controlled clinical trial and that would be “anecdotal.”

From ABC:

Dr. Anthony Cardillo said he has seen very promising results when prescribing hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc for the most severely-ill COVID-19 patients.

“Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free,” Cardillo told Eyewitness News. “So clinically I am seeing a resolution.”

Cardillo is the CEO of Mend Urgent Care, which has locations in Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys and Burbank.

He said he has found it only works if combined with zinc. The drug, he said, opens a channel for the zinc to enter the cell and block virus replication.

He cautioned against people using it for mild conditions in order to prevent shortages. Other doctors have also reported success with a similar cocktail.

Media and some on the left have again been trying to push a false story about Dr. Anthony Fauci’s position on the matter. What he said is that they can’t make a scientific judgment until more data is in. But that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t prescribe it for those in need. He too would prescribe it, as he said to Chris Stigall, according to a Townhall story on March 25.

“If you’re a doctor listening to me right now and a patient with coronavirus feels like they want to try that,” Stigall asked, “and you’re their doctor, you’re not Anthony Fauci the guy running the coronavirus task force, would you say ‘alright, we’ll give it a whirl’?”

“Yeah, of course, particularly if people have no other option,” Fauci said. “These drugs are approved drugs for other reasons. They’re anti-malaria drugs, and they’re drugs against certain autoimmune diseases like lupus. Physicians throughout the country can prescribe that in an off-label way. Which means they can write it for something it was not approved for.”

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Media Isn’t Going to Like What Cuomo Has to Say About Results With Hydroxychloroquine

Hillary Clinton must be getting antsy in her home because she certainly was concentrated on trying to attack President Donald Trump over the response to the Wuhan coronavirus on Thursday.

First, she tweeted out a picture of nurses allegedly at Mt. Sinai West in New York City allegedly having to wear garbage bags as part of their protective gear.

First, the report Clinton cited suggested that the hospital apparently had an issue with being short on supplies for a year now (in other words, not because of the Wuhan coronavirus) and suggests that supplies were disappearing. It’s not clear how Trump is supposed to be responsible for that and not the hospital who’s supposed to be responsible for their own supply.

Additionally, both the hospital and Governor Cuomo claimed that the hospital had sufficient personal protective equipment for the workers.

Apparently Hillary didn’t feel like she scored enough of a hit with the first story so she tried again, this time with a more pointed attack.

It’s sad, really, that she’s still — four years on — so mad and still so locked up (see what I did there) with anger about losing.

First of all, she’s citing some insane graph pulled out of the air by the NY Times that doesn’t match any reality based on the information we have at this point. 128 million cases by the end of the month? It’s not happening. Secondly, Trump didn’t say he was going to relax strictures in 14 days, he said they were going to look at the end of the month to see where we were in relation to the virus and if they’d felt we’d sufficiently flattened the curve. Then they might look at the concept of isolating the more at-risk people and let some of the rest of us out in a limited fashion.

A president not only has to look at the medical question but also the economic questions and the huge damage to American lives as well, to jobs that might never come back. So it’s a fine balancing act.

But Trump did not set a 14-day deadline and say everything was going to reopen.

So, not only is Hillary misrepresenting that, she’s trying to tell Trump how to do his job, bitter that she will never have that job.

But how fortunate that is for us.

HT: Twitchy,Twitchy

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Hillary Takes Two Swings at Trump Over Wuhan Virus Response, but Still Misses

One of the most shameful things surrounding the Wuhan virus is how the Democrats, since word of the virus hitting our shores, have, instead of pulling together, have used it to try to attack the president and stoke panic while President Donald Trump was working to address the question and calm people.

Democrats including Joe Biden have lied about Trump saying it was a hoax. Lied about saying the CDC was cut. Lied about Trump muzzling scientists. Biden even put out an ad including the lies, trying to stoke more angst.

Meanwhile folks like Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. Anthony Fauci (for the administration) have been trying to put it into perspective so as not to create panic and do more harm to people.

But that hasn’t stopped those on the left.

So GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel put out a helpful thread to show the difference and call out the Democrats for politicizing things and not being helpful.

Exactly. Many Democrats have been focused on how to attack Trump over the virus, how to politicize it, not how to actually help with the situation. That’s been pretty vile.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: GOP Chair Explains, In Terrific Thread, What Dems Were Doing While Admin Has Been Working to Address Wuhan Virus

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