Sunday Talks, Harmeet Dhillon Discusses RNC Chair Outcome and Her View of Future

There is something quite hypocritical about Harmeet Dhillon criticizing the RNC over not winning elections yet taking millions in legal fees from the RNC and never winning an election related case.

Harmeet is as successful a lawyer for the RNC as the private corporation is at winning elections; yet for some reason, people choose not to see it.

Harmeet Dhillon is successful at collecting legal fees from the RNC club, and the RNC club is successful at collecting donor contributions from Wall Street, Hedge fund managers, corporations and billionaires. No one in this process has been successful at collecting ballots, because the club priorities have always been on the money gathering operations, Dhillon’s disingenuous claims notwithstanding.

In this interview segment, Dhillon talks about losing her bid for the RNC chair position, while also talking about the need for structural reform to the way the RNC operates.  The fundamental change needed is accurately pointed out; however, you cannot change a system simply by retooling the same people who have been inside the system when the broken operations were created.  Ronna McDaniel and Harmeet Dhillon are cut from the same cloth.  WATCH:

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There it is – George Stephanopoulos Asks Rep Scott Perry to Recuse Himself from House Investigation of Weaponized Fed, if Same Fed is Investigating Him

There it is – George Stephanopoulos Asks Rep Scott Perry to Recuse Himself from House Investigation of Weaponized Fed, if Same Fed is Investigating Him

I friggin’ knew this would surface {Prediction Here}, and it makes sense that deep state George Stephanopoulos would be the one to take the lead.  Here we go…

During an appearance on ABC This Week, Pennsylvania Republican Scott Perry was asked by Stephanopoulos about the Jack Smith special counsel investigating him as a transfer of the J6 investigation to the DOJ.  In essence the special counsel is now presumed to be investigating Scott Perry for insurrection.

Stephanopoulos then takes the accusatory questioning one step further and asks Perry if he is going to recuse himself from the House subcommittee investigation on weaponization of the federal government.  Representative Perry doesn’t back down.  WATCH:

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The overarching Lawfare framework has been transparently created by President Obama’s former White House Legal Counsel and current U.S. Asst Attorney General Lisa Monaco.  To wit, on November 18, 2022, following the outcome of the midterm election, Joe Biden’s Attorney General, Merrick Garland, announced the appointment of DOJ Attorney Jack Smith as special counsel to investigate two specific areas:

♦ First, to investigate current republican members of congress (House and Senate), former President and current candidate Donald J Trump, former Trump administration officials, former White House staff, and other individuals, groups and organizations for their role in supporting an insurrection on January 6, 2021, against the incoming administration of President-Elect Joe Biden.  In essence, the J6 investigation – with an emphasis on congress – transfers to Special Counsel Jack Smith:

The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the ongoing investigation into whether any person or entity violated the law in connection with efforts to interfere with the lawful transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College vote held on or about January 6, 2021, as well as any matters that arose or might arise directly from this investigation or that are within the scope of [Special Counsel Regulations 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a)]. (pdf)

This is an extension of the January 6th Committee special investigation that transfers the committee’s investigative findings, ie phone records, text messages, transcripts, emails, prior testimony and all evidentiary records, into the newly appointed Special Counsel.

However, all prior and current DOJ prosecutions against citizen individuals will remain within the control and direction of Main Justice.  This structure frees up Jack Smith to target the new republican controlled congressional members, their staff, families and/or communication network.   Main Justice keeps focus on the citizen insurrectionists, Jack Smith now appointed to go after the public officials.

♦ Second – and this is ancillary to the first priority – DAG Lisa Monaco has written, and AG Garland has appointed, Jack Smith to target Donald Trump with the same special counsel process previously used by Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissmann.

The Special Counsel is further authorized to conduct the ongoing investigation referenced and described in the United States’ Response to Motion for Judicial Oversight and Additional Relief, Donald J Trump v. United States, No. 9:22-CV-81294-AMC (S.D. Fla. Aug. 30, 2022) (ECF No. 48 at 5- 13), as well as any matters that arose or may arise directly from this investigation or that are within the scope of [Special Counsel Regulation 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a)].

The Trump Mar-a-Lago document investigation (the proverbial nothingburger – just like Trump/Russia) transfers to the Special Counsel office, along with an intended angle to look for an obstruction of justice charge (just like Mueller).   This is Robert Mueller 2.0 using Special Counsel Jack Smith.

The Trump-centric part of the special counsel appointment, the part that everyone is focusing on, is ancillary to the real purpose of the appointment.  However, that said, all investigative resources from Main Justice and the FBI will transfer to Jack Smith as they did when Crossfire Hurricane transferred to Robert Mueller.  The investigative people will transfer along with the investigative evidence.

As you can see from the simple (non-pretending) explanation of what is being done, the Lawfare process become clear.   Everything congress now begins to question falls under the protective blanket of an “ongoing investigation,” exactly as we predicted.  Plus, you get the additional Lawfare elements of congressional leadership under investigation which provides an entirely new ‘conflict of interest dynamic’ to the political equation.

Then you have the congressional representatives under investigation and search warrants on their phones, text messages, emails, etc…. AND the added benefit of using DOJ-NSD defined terms of “national security threat” (that’s why they emphasized insurrection) to gain FISA warrants on an entire incoming congressional delegation.  How slick is that? 

They didn’t just think this up overnight.

This is why the January 6 committee never ended.  They are using J6 as a weapon against their losing the House to republicans.  The Democrats are now structurally targeting Republicans with the appointment of Jack Smith.  It’s actually a Machiavellian move.  The executive is now investigating the legislative branch; the legal structure of this eliminates the separation of powers issue.

The DOJ is not investigating republicans, they are investigating defined criminals; insurrectionists that are national security threats, that happen to be republicans.  See how that works?

This also explains why Nancy Pelosi did not resign from congress, but only stepped down from her leadership role.  The timing of mid-November gave Smith time to get all his midterm counter-offensive ducks in a row before his republican targets took office.

All of the congressional J6 and DOJ main justice teams are now assembled in new DC offices to set up the 2023 targeting operation.  The announcement was made mid-November, but the planning of the construct was likely in place for months, contingent upon the number of actual House seats that flipped.  The Lawfare design is transparent and Norm Eisen’s fingerprints are all over it when you stop looking at the obfuscation reporting from mainstream media.

Barry Berke (left) and Norm Eisen (right)

DATA Links:  (1) Merrick Garland DOJ Statement on Appointment of Special Counsel ~ (2) pdf of Legal Appointment ~ (3) Statement of Jack Smith upon Appointment ~ (4) Transcript of AG Merrick Garland Public Announcement.

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Lee Smith and Matt Taibbi Outline Details Around How the FBI Infiltrated Twitter

Lee Smith and Matt Taibbi Outline Details Around How the FBI Infiltrated Twitter

While everyone was focused on the House Speaker battle this week, a few interesting stories were overwhelmed and deserve to be revisited.

Matt Taibbi released Twitter File drop #12 (IC Infiltration) and Twitter File Drop #13 (FBI Specifics) using information from his access to the internal documents of the social media platform.   Additionally, columnist Lee Smith wrote an excellent and extensive outline showing the arc of the FBI involvement in social media, as specifically centered around former FBI Legal Counsel James Baker.

In the Taibbi release (Twitter File #12) he outlines how Senate Select Committee Vice-Chair Mark Warner was instrumental in framing a media narrative that boxed in Twitter, forcing them to allow the intelligence apparatus through the front door.

Within the Russiagate and intelligence state storyline, the one person who has not been given enough scrutiny is Senate Mark Warner.  In fact, Warner was elevated to his position inside the SSCI in January of 2017 specifically as an outcome of the 2016 election.  Senator Warner replaced Senator Dianne Feinstein with the specific mission to coverup the committee involvement in 2016 election operations.

As noted by Taibbi, “In September, 2017, after a cursory review, Twitter informed the Senate it suspended 22 possible Russian accounts, and 179 others with “possible links” to those accounts, amid a larger set of roughly 2700 suspects manually examined. Receiving these meager results, a furious Senator Mark Warner of Virginia – ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee – held an immediate press conference to denounce Twitter’s report as “frankly inadequate on every level.”

However, what Taibbi doesn’t outline is the frontside story of Warner’s purpose throughout 2017.

Senator Warner’s activities involved two parallel tracks.  (1) to cover for the SSCI operation that led up to the 2016 election: and then (2) to continue the Trump-Russia narrative as an attack weapon against the Trump administration. Within 2017 and 2018 all of Mark Warner’s activity was conducted with those two overarching objectives in mind.

In the period between January and May 2017 Warner’s goal was to get a Special Counsel installed.  After the Mueller appointment, Warner then shifted to providing fuel for the media to assist the Weissmann/Mueller special counsel narrative.  Taibbi’s article about Warner and Twitter is hitting on the latter part of that agenda in the fall of 2017.

Basically, the intelligence community and the Senate Intel Committee that facilitates them, wanted all of the various social media platforms to join their Trump-Russia creation.  Twitter couldn’t find any evidence of Russian propaganda activity, so the intelligence community manufactured it and then used the media as a weapon to make Twitter admit to a situation that didn’t exist.

While the SSCI was manufacturing this narrative through social media pressure, Weissmann and Mueller began pushing dubious accusations -even some indictments- against weird Russian entities including the now infamous Concord Catering group.   The indictments themselves were based on complete nonsense, promoted via press releases and media statements and then sealed within the DOJ National Security Division.

The Russia election interference claims were never intended to reach a courtroom, they were created by the special counsel purely for public consumption.  That’s also why Senator Warner was so focused on controlling WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.   In order to retain the fraud about the Russians hacking the DNC servers, the intelligence community needed to keep a bag over Assange.   Mark Warner using covert communication to Adam Waldman, a pro-bono lawyer for Assange, was part of that effort.

They all knew the Trump-Russia narrative was a fraud, but that narrative was the tool they were using to coverup everything that happened before the 2016 election.  The Trump-Russia narrative was part of the bigger fraudulent construct to justify a variety of schemes including the investigation of President Trump and the removal of Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor.

Maintaining the Trump-Russia narrative was ultimately the objective of Senator Warner and pressure was put upon traditional media and social media to retain it.

Senator Mark Warner and the FBI officials who manufactured the Trump-Russia ruse, were leaking to the media.  The FBI officials who transferred into the Weissmann/Mueller special counsel were also retaining that ruse.  Any individual or evidence that would expose the Trump-Russia ruse as a fraudulent construct of the intelligence apparatus was considered a threat.

With Weissmann and crew in charge of the DOJ National Security Division, and the FBI counterintelligence operations as they pertained to Russia, all of the elements to retain fraud were in place.  The DOJ-NSD then delivered false attestations to the FISA Court to retain the premise.

Mark Warner was selling the narrative from his position as SSCI Vice-Chair, while people like Dan Jones, Adam Waldman and Fusion GPS were spinning fabricated evidence to media that was supported by FBI and Intel Community leaks.  It was all one big propaganda push in one direction and Senator Mark Warner was a big part of it.

It wasn’t until very late in December 2017 and January 2018 when we began to see real evidence that all of these stories were being manufactured from within the DOJ, FBI and SSCI.   That’s when people found out about Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Nellie and Bruce Ohr, and a variety of DOJ and FBI officials who were removed in 2017 and 2018 as their activities started to become public.


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Sketchy at Best Labor Report Shows 223,000 Jobs Gained in December, Year-Over-Year Wage Rate Growth 4.6%

Sketchy at Best Labor Report Shows 223,000 Jobs Gained in December, Year-Over-Year Wage Rate Growth 4.6%

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) released the December jobs report today [DATA HERE] showing 223,000 jobs gained in December ’22.

Most of the job growth was in the “leisure and hospitality” sector (+67,000), healthcare (+55,000), construction (+28,000) and social assistance (+20,000).  Additionally, average hourly earnings rose by 0.3%, with a year-over-year measure of wage growth at 4.6%.

At this point in the history of our economic pretending game, we are well aware the employment numbers are heavily manipulated in order to support the government policymaking that is destroying the same workforce they claim to represent.   It’s all a ruse, just look around your community and you will see what I am talking about.

The financial pundits, Wall Street, government policy makers and various individuals and economic gaslighters are concerned that worker wage growth could drive inflation.  This is one of the most aggravating aspects to reviewing the majority of economic punditry. [Example:]

This knuckleheaded narrative engineer from the New York Times/Atlantic even has the audacity to say, “let prices continue to fall to target,” as if there is a single item at any price that is dropping.  His spin is a good example of gaslighting just from the use of the statement “price inflation is falling back towards where we want it.

Price inflation is not price.  ‘Price inflation’ is the rate of increase.  There’s a BIG DIFFERENCE between “inflation falling back” and prices dropping. Inflation falling back is merely a lessening of the rate of price increase.  The price does not drop, and never will.

This reality is why it is infuriating to see government policymakers and pundits decry wage growth as a bad thing that might cause inflation.

Government monetary, fiscal and energy policy created inflation.  Devalued currency from spending, simultaneous to massive government policy changes driving up supply side energy costs, exploded inflation.

Prices for energy, oil, gas, home heating, fuel and food all skyrocketed as a result.  Workers need pay raises to afford these essential costs of life.  However, the same people who created the inflation are now worried that wage rate increases may drive inflation.  The mindset at work here is infuriating.

Consider these empirical data points.   In August of 2021 the Biden administration permanently increased food stamp benefits by 25% for everyone who needed the subsidy {LINK}.  This permanent benefit increase was delivered at the same time as the administration was claiming “inflation was transitory.”  They knew it wasn’t transitory. They were lying.

The Social Security Benefits were also raised in 2022 by 8.7% for the largest ever cost of living adjustment in 2023 {LINK}.  Both the 25% food stamp increase and the 8.7% SSI COLA were needed to offset the inflation created by government policy….  However, the same government doesn’t want wages to rise.  Can you see the hypocrisy.

Workers are being crushed by the outcomes of policy, and those who created the policy making the outcomes do not want worker wages to offset the policy.

We need to see wage growth in the 20% range just to keep pace with the increased cost of living created by policy.  Food costs 40% more, energy 30% more, housing 20% more and the list keeps going.

The prices for many goods have already doubled, worker wages need to compensate for those increases.   However, government, Wall Street, corporations and policy makers do not want to see wage growth that will offset the price of goods because they fear those wage gains will drive inflation.

The financial media, Wall Street, govt policy makers (republican & democrats) and corporations are lying to us and simultaneously killing the working-class. We, the workforce, are in an abusive relationship with govt…. and they have the nerve to blame us for inflation.

Our food costs +40%, energy +30%, housing +20%, all of it.. with interest rates now climbing, making it worse. Yet, they now clutch pearls and worry about our need for higher wages to afford these costs (from their policy) driving inflation higher?

Yet we are supposed to be concerned about giving an entitled republican control of the speaker position in congress because.. why?

Probably the same reason they want us looking at Ukraine, or transgender issues, or queer/gay rights, or climate change, or (fill_in_the_blank with something Ron DeSantis is promoting) all to keep us from realizing our economic life is being destroyed all around us while this constant and insufferable game of pretending continues.

A pox on all their houses! 

I hate them all right now.

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“Liars Know How to Figure” – House Adjourns Until 10pm Tonight, When Next Speaker Vote Will Be With Fewer House Members Present

“Liars Know How to Figure” – House Adjourns Until 10pm Tonight, When Next Speaker Vote Will Be With Fewer House Members Present

Our dear friend Sharon always reminds us, “Those whose motives are based on deception, will always find an audience willing to be deceived.”  That, my friends, is the current status of the Republican party watchers and one of the primary reasons this little corner of the internet, The Last Refuge, was formed.

We accept things as they are, not as we would wish them to be and never as we would pretend them to be.   Pretending is an endless quest akin to convincing. Those who operate in the world of political pretense expend an exhaustive amount of energy in constant vigilance against those who speak plain truths.

The House of Representatives has adjourned until 10pm tonight, when another vote will be taken, as outlined by the design of the Kevin McCarthy supporters.

Why adjourn?  Why return at 10:00pm on a Friday evening?  Simply, because the McCarthy team is counting on several House members (mostly Democrats) not being in attendance for the quorum, facilitating a lower threshold of the vote to achieve a majority.

435/434 members present = 218 votes needed
433/432 members present = 217 votes needed
431/430 members present = 216 votes needed
429/428 members present = 215 votes needed
etc.

(Washington DC) – […] McCarthy got an additional jolt of energy on the 13th ballot when Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), another previous opponent, also flipped to support him. He still fell short of the necessary majority of those voting present, however, with six GOP members remaining in the no camp.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), a moderate and key McCarthy ally, said the chamber hoped to adjourn after the thirteenth ballot to allow allies of the California Republican to sit down one-on-one with his remaining dissenters. As to whether their opposition comes down to McCarthy himself, he said: “We’re gonna find that out.”

And lawmakers then followed suit, voting to adjourn the chamber until 10 p.m. That will tee up a potentially decisive ballot late Friday night.

McCarthy, speaking to the press, said he would have the votes needed for election when it came back into session. (more)

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Video, Representative Scott Perry (PA) Nominates Representative Byron Donalds (FL) for Speaker of House

Video, Representative Scott Perry (PA) Nominates Representative Byron Donalds (FL) for Speaker of House

During a floor speech earlier today, Pennsylvania Republican Representative Scott Perry nominates Florida Republican Representative Byron Donalds to become Speaker of the House.  WATCH:

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Meanwhile, Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) mounted his one-eyed high horse to slam the 20 House Republicans who oppose Kevin McCarthy’s bid for the speakership.

“I’m tired of your stupid platitudes that some consultant told you to say on the campaign trail, alright. Behind closed doors tell us what you actually want, or shut the f*** up,” he said of the holdouts, according to the Washington Post’s Dylan Wells. (link)

Crenshaw’s comments come after McCarthy failed to win the House speakership in a fourth, fifth and sixth vote. Representative Victoria Spartz (R-Indiana) voted “present,” moving her support of McCarthy away from her position in prior ballots.

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Video, Representative Scott Perry (PA) Nominates Representative Byron Donalds (FL) for Speaker of House

During a floor speech earlier today, Pennsylvania Republican Representative Scott Perry nominates Florida Republican Representative Byron Donalds to become Speaker of the House.  WATCH:

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Meanwhile, Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) mounted his one-eyed high horse to slam the 20 House Republicans who oppose Kevin McCarthy’s bid for the speakership.

“I’m tired of your stupid platitudes that some consultant told you to say on the campaign trail, alright. Behind closed doors tell us what you actually want, or shut the f*** up,” he said of the holdouts, according to the Washington Post’s Dylan Wells. (link)

Crenshaw’s comments come after McCarthy failed to win the House speakership in a fourth, fifth and sixth vote. Representative Victoria Spartz (R-Indiana) voted “present,” moving her support of McCarthy away from her position in prior ballots.

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After Three Failed Attempts to Elect a Speaker, The House of Representatives Adjourns Until Noon Tomorrow

The House of Representatives failed to elect a House Speaker through three rounds of voting.   Approximately 20 members of the Republican conference will not vote for Kevin McCarthy, as a result there is a stalemate.   The Republican caucus requested adjournment until noon tomorrow, Wednesday January 4th.

Essentially Kevin McCarthy needs to: (1) step aside and accept he will not be Speaker, or (2) continue the House voting in futility, or (3) find a way to convince the Republican holdouts to support him.

“They’re just not into you Kevin”… 

This has happened before, just not in the modern political era.   The holdouts want Jim Jordan to accept the Speaker position.

Don’t get defrosted, worried or overly attached to any outcome.  This is simply the way our system was designed.

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