Pinkerton: The Twitter Files Remind Us the Deep State Lives

Pinkerton: The Twitter Files Remind Us the Deep State Lives

By now, anyone with a political pulse knows about the Twitter Files. Thanks to their release, we have proof of what we long suspected: that the real collusion was between Big Tech and Big Government. And one of the leading chroniclers of this historic moment, Matt Taibbi, helps us tie up another loose end:  

The takeaway: what most people think of as the “deep state” is really a tangled collaboration of state agencies, private contractors, and (sometimes state-funded) NGOs. The lines become so blurred as to be meaningless.

Ah yes, the Deep State, much written about here at Breitbart News. Back in late 2016, Breitbart News noticed that hidden forces in the federal government were mobilizing against Donald Trump, even before he was inaugurated as the 45th president. In a flurry of articles, this website chronicled the Deep State’s successful effort, for example, to take out Michael Flynn as Trump’s national security adviser.

At the time the establishment denied that there was any such thing as the Deep State. Nothing to see here—just patriotic civil servants doing their duty! Yet then, in November 2021, after Trump was safely gone from office, they fessed up; one Beltway establishmentarian published a book entitled—you guessed it!—American Resistance: The Inside Story of How the Deep State Saved the Nation. The book received admiring notices from—you guessed this one, too!—National Public Radio. Obviously, as they emerged from the gloom of Trump to the bright light of Biden, Deep Statists were happy to shift, from denying the plainly obvious to basking in liberal applause. 

Yet as Taibbi documents, the Deep State is more than just lifer-bureaucrats in the Federal Triangle. It also includes sympathetic techsters, easily enlisted in the Deep State doings. And here, providing granular detail, the Twitter Files are invaluable. Another Twitter File scribe, Michael Shellenberger, notes that the FBI was so eager to get the company in on its game that it extended Top Secret security clearances to Twitter employees. Did you know that the FBI could do that? Indeed, the FBI gave Twitter $3.4 million to help with the suppressing, filtering, shadow-banning, and deplatforming. Did you know the FBI could do that?

Shellenberger further adds, “As of 2020, there were so many former FBI employees—‘Bu alumni’—working at Twitter that they had created their own private Slack channel and a crib sheet to onboard new FBI arrivals.”

Beyond career enhancement and networking for FBI alums, the big mission was discrediting the Hunter Biden laptop story. The FBI (the one headquartered in Washington) had gained possession of the laptop in late 2019, seizing it from the Delaware repair-shop owner. And while the Bureau obviously had no intention of telling anyone about the laptop prior to the election—indeed, two years after the election, we don’t even know for sure that the laptop even still exists—the FBI seems to have figured that there were copies of the laptop somewhere, perhaps due to surface prior to election day, 2020. And that would be bad for Joe Biden, and thus good for the dreaded Trump. So the FBI and its Deep State pals hatched a plan to preemptively declare the laptop’s contents to be a hoax, nothing but Russian disinformation. 

Hunter Biden and his son Beau Biden, President Joe Biden's grandson, arrive with the president and first lady Jill Biden at Nantucket Airport in Nantucket, Mass., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. The Baden's are spending the Thanksgiving Day holiday in Nantucket with their family. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Hunter Biden and his son Beau Biden, President Joe Biden’s grandson, arrive with the president and first lady Jill Biden at Nantucket Airport in Nantucket, Mass., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Shellenberger explains of the laptop-release strategizing, “The goal was to shape how the media covered it—and how social media carried it.” As Taibbi puts it, the relationship between the FBI and Twitter was “master-canine.” And journalist Lee Fang shows us part of the plan of preemption: 

The Aspen Institute hosted reporters, media companies and social media firms in Sept. 2020 to prep for a possible Russian hack of Hunter Biden, one month before the NY Post story, at a time when the FBI had the laptop and had Giuliani under surveillance. Amazing coincidence.

Yes, it’s an amazing coincidence that the Deep State warned about a “fake news” laptop a month in advance. So when the laptop’s real contents were revealed by The New York Post on October 14, the pre-planned preemption was ready, and the story was kiboshed on Twitter. The woman who helped break the story at the Post, Emma-Jo Morris, recalls,

The closeness—and dare I say control—the FBI had with Twitter runs roughshod over the 1st, 4th, and 5th amendments. But the IC [Intelligence Community] isn’t the only one coming out of this reporting with a bruising. Or shouldn’t be.

Morris, who now works for Breitbart News, is blunt in spreading the blame on to Twitter: in her words, the company “employed a gang of spies leading up to the 2020 Election.” And Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who has been an ace on this issue, adds, “Big Tech interfering in elections is bad enough. The FBI doing it is far, far worse.” 

Writing in The American Conservative, Sumantra Maitra summed up Twitter’s role as a Deep State and Democratic enabler, which could yet lead to legal trouble for the enablers:

Twitter was connected deeply to the national security bureaucracy. It was led by extreme radicals with a hatred for any view even remotely conservative.  The company interfered with elections. It was deeply censorious, a place where halfwit bureaucrats shadow-banned counterfactual analysis from a Stanford epidemiologists just because that analysis didn’t fit an approved narrative.  In the name of social justice and equity, the company was a hotbed of trans and pedophilia activism.  Twitter leadership lied to Congress, an offense punishable under law.

And iconoclast Glenn Greenwald adds, “When Dems controlled both houses of Congress and the WH (and Exec Branch), they repeatedly summoned Big Tech CEOs and openly and explicitly threatened them: if you don’t *censor more*, you will be punished. And DHS/FBI/CIA applied immense pressure.”

Of course, none of these transgressions will lead to trouble for either the Deep State or Twitter employees—most, if not all of them, by now ex-employees—unless there’s a law enforcement mechanism in place. The normal mechanism would be the U.S. Department of Justice, of which the FBI is a unit. And yet the same people who have sat on the Hunter laptop for the past three years are hardly likely to rouse themselves now. What are they supposed to do? Put themselves in jail? 

Okay, so that’s the bad news: Nobody is going to get in serious legal trouble for machinations that might have well have tilted the 2020 election in Biden’s favor. At least no time soon. But there’s good news , too. And what’s that? We’ve all learned a lot. Thanks to the Twitter Files–which keep coming–we’ve seen inside the belly of the beast, and we know that we’re not paranoid–we really do have enemies, in very high places. The Deep State is real. We’ve seen it and  its workings. That’s knowledge we can take with us: into 2024 and beyond. And as they say, knowledge is power. 

Yet in the meantime, what tools do we have to to enforce accountability? All that remains now is Congressional oversight: the power of the Legislative Branch to demand that the Executive Branch do its job. (That job doesn’t properly include protecting Joe Biden.) 

Fortunately, the Republicans won the House last  year, and so they will have oversight power in that chamber in the 118th Congress. To be sure, this oversight power is contingent on the GOP’s ability to actually elect a Speaker to replace Nancy Pelosi. That’s a likely thing, but not, alas, a sure thing.

But assuming that House Republicans do get their act together for the new Congress and assert their majority, the GOP will still have to split its oversight power with the Democrats, who retained the Senate in the midterms, thank to some issues regarding candidate quality. And the Democrats will not be any more interested in pursuing Hunter Biden, the FBI, or Deep State in the future than they have been in the past.  

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reacts after winning the 15th vote in the House chamber as the House enters the fifth day trying to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reacts after winning the 15th vote in the House chamber as the House enters the fifth day trying to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Yet even if Republicans control only half the Congress, they are rarin’ to go, and that could be worth a lot. Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and James Comer of Kentucky are now taking over the chairmanships of the Judiciary and Oversight Committees, respectively, and they are both determined to expose Twitter, Big Tech, and the Deep State, even as more revelations keep surfacing.  For instance, just on January 3, as all eyes were on the speakership election drama in the House, Taibbi showed the world how Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) maneuvered to get the MSM and the Deep State to pressure Twitter management to “show” how the Russians were running a big pro-Donald Trump ring on Twitter in the presidential election.  (They weren’t.) 

Jordan’s deft and fact-based exposing of ex-conservative Rob Schenck at a December 11 Judiciary Committee hearing gives conservatives hope that a lot more exposing will come. (If Jordan can do that from the mostly powerless minority, imagine what he can do as majority chairman, wielding subpoena power.) And for his part, Comer told Fox Business on December 20 that he will seek to put a hold on FBI funding until they “come down here” and “explain.” Indeed, Republicans have said they want to see a “Church-style investigation” of the FBI and CIA, referring to the extensive Congressional investigation of those agencies led by Sen. Frank Church of Idaho back in the 1970s. Interestingly, Elon Musk, Twitter’s new owner–and the man who ultimately deserves credit for the release of the Twitter Files–has endorsed the idea of a full Congressional investigation.

Admittedly, no matter how hard they try, Jordan, Comer, and other GOP diggers can’t do much more than shine a light on the problem–in the short run. Hearings can set the agenda, as Americans discuss this three-way between the Democrats, the Deep State and Big Tech. (And, as Breitbart News has further reported, the federal government, including ex-government employees, has insinuated itself into virtually every big tech company.)

The real movement in exposing, and perhaps undoing, this cronyism will come if and when Republicans win back the White House–Donald Trump, to name the only announced 2024 GOP aspirant, has made “dismantling the Deep State” a prime objective– and investigate the DOJ, the FBI, Big Tech, and all the rest from a position of real power.  

Until then, the Deep State lives. And thrives.  

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Watch Live: Leftist ‘January 6th Justice’ Rally in D.C.

Watch Live: Leftist ‘January 6th Justice’ Rally in D.C.

Progressive groups are hosting a “January 6th Justice Rally” in Washington, D.C., Friday “in observance of the two-year mark since the attack on the U.S. Capitol to prevent a peaceful transfer of power.”

“Join the Not Above the Law Coalition, Declaration for American Democracy and special guests Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King, Congressman John Sarbanes, and tentatively Congressman Jamie Raskin for our event in DC,” reads the event description. “This January 6th, we will gather together in front of the US Capitol to remember what happened on this day 2 years ago, and to call for action to protect our democracy.”

The event is slated to begin at 12 p.m. Eastern.

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Deputy DNI Warned Hunter’s Laptop Was Not ‘Russian Disinfo’; CNN’s Natasha Bertrand Wrote Now Discredited Story Anyway 

Former deputy director of National Intelligence (DNI) Cliff Sims on Wednesday stated he warned CNN reporter Natasha Bertrand that Hunter Biden’s laptop was not Russian disinformation before she wrote the infamous and now discredited Politico story which used “dozens of former intel officials” to push a false and misleading narrative about the origins of Hunter’s laptop.

Bertrand, a reporter for Politico at the time, approached then-deputy DNI Sims on October 19, 2020, regarding an article she was writing about 50 former information officials claiming Hunter’s laptop was Russian disinformation. Breitbart News’s Emma-Jo Morris had a few days earlier broken the “Laptop from Hell” story, which big tech censored, in the New York Post.

Sims told Bertrand before the publication of the Politico story that the “Laptop from Hell” was not Russian disinformation, citing then-Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe. Despite Sims’ warning, Bertrand wrote the story anyway and gave the Democrats the headline they wanted, Sims stated.

Natasha Bertrand (PBS)

On October 16, a few days before Bertrand approached Sims, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) falsely claimed the New York Post’s “Laptop from Hell” story was a part of a Russian attempt to “smear” then-candidate Joe Biden. Ratcliffe had condemned Schiff’s false claim, and Sims relayed that to Bertrand as background for her now-debunked Politico story.

I was serving as Deputy DNI for Strategy & Communications in 2020, so during the height of election season. I was part of then-DNI @JohnRatcliffe‘s small circle of advisors and part of my job was handling reporter inquiries, particularly if they dealt directly with the DNI.

Oct. 16: @RepAdamSchiff suggest the laptop might be a part of a Russian effort to “smear” Biden.

Oct. 19: @JohnRatcliffe says there’s NO intel to support Schiff’s lie. The press played it like it was a “battle.” History has proven who was a liar & “politicized” their position.

Oct. 19, then-@politico reporter @NatashBertrand preps a story about 50 former Intel officials claiming the Biden laptop story is Russian disinfo. I warn her that it is NOT and point her to Ratcliffe’s statements. She writes it anyway and gives Democrats the headline they want.

Sims also stated that Bertrand has never admitted she pushed false and misleading information at Politico that likely impacted the 2020 election. In fact, Bertrand was shortly thereafter hired by CNN, which had been pushing the false narrative spun by Bertrand at Politico about Hunter’s laptop being Russian disinformation. 

“None of them — Schiff, the former Intel officials who lied about the laptop…the journalists involved — have ever admitted they were wrong,” Sims said “And these headlines remain on @politico to this day.”

House Republicans have promised to investigate the cabal involved in the false narrative leading up to the 2020 presidential election. On December 2, 2022, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) demanded two of the highest ranking spies that signed onto the Politico letter, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan, divulge information related to their attempt to discredit the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020.

If Clapper and Brennan refuse to comply, Jordan vowed he will use his future subpoena power to compel the two men to comply with his requests.

According to recent polling, 71 percent of Americans believe accurate reporting of Hunter’s “Laptop from Hell” could have altered the 2020 presidential election.
In 2018 and 2020, Breitbart Senior Contributor and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer published Secret Empires and Profiles in Corruption. Each book hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list and exposed how Hunter Biden and Joe Biden flew to China aboard Air Force Two in 2013 before Hunter’s firm inked a $1.5 billion deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China less than two weeks after the trip. Schweizer’s work also uncovered the Biden family’s other vast and lucrative foreign deals and cronyism.

Breitbart Political Editor Emma-Jo Morris’s investigative work at the New York Post on the Hunter Biden “laptop from hell” also captured international headlines when she, along with Miranda Devine, revealed that Joe Biden was intimately involved in Hunter’s businesses, appearing to even have a 10 percent stake in a company the scion formed with officials at the highest levels of the Chinese Communist Party.

Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.

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Trump Suggests ‘Termination’ of U.S. Constitution Allowable over 2020 Twitter Scandal

Trump Suggests ‘Termination’ of U.S. Constitution Allowable over 2020 Twitter Scandal

Former President Donald Trump suggested the “termination” of the United States Constitution could be allowable in response to the bombshell report that the Democrat Party colluded with Twitter to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story before the 2020 election.

The former president made his observation via his Truth Social account on Saturday following journalist Matt Taibbi’s thorough report on Twitter’s internal communications during the 2020 elections at the behest of newly-minted CEO Elon Musk.

“So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION?” Trump said.

Putting the Founding Fathers in quotes — “Our great ‘Founders’” — the president then essentially seemed to suggest the “termination” of the U.S. Constitution could be allowable.

“A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!” he added.

In some later posts, the former president said that America stands embarrassed on the world stage due to the revelations, while trashing “RINO” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“The world is laughing at the United States of America and its corrupt and rigged Presidential Election of 2020!” he said. “UNPRECEDENTED FRAUD REQUIRES UNPRECEDENTED CURE!”

“I wonder what Mitch McConnell, the RINOS, and all of the weak Republicans who couldn’t get the Presidential Election of 2020 approved and out of the way fast enough, are thinking now? They are a disgrace to our great Party, and to our Nation, which has become a laughing stock all over the World!” he added.

Earlier in the day, the former president said that the revelations from Twitter vindicated his claims that the 2020 election was “rigged and stolen by a combination of Democrats, Big Tech, ‘law enforcement,’ and other bad actors.”

“Sadly, we have become a corrupt Country, perhaps one of the most corrupt anywhere in the world. We MUST right this horrible wrong, and take our Country back!” he said.

As Breitbart News’s Allum Bokhari reported, Twitter not only suppressed the laptop story, but did so in collusion with the Democrat Party.

“An email from Carl Szabo, one of the tech industry’s top lobbyists in D.C., told Twitter that Democrat lawmakers he spoke to in the aftermath of the decision all believed ‘social media needs to moderate more,’ and complained that the Hunter Biden story had been allowed to travel as far as it did,” the report noted.

“Szabo summarized the concerns of Democrats: ‘They let conservatives muddy the water and claim the Biden campaign looked corrupt even though Biden is innocent,’” Bokhari added.

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Morris: Internal Twitter Deliberations on Laptop from Hell Censorship Reveal Willful Ignorance on ‘Hacking’ Claim

Morris: Internal Twitter Deliberations on Laptop from Hell Censorship Reveal Willful Ignorance on ‘Hacking’ Claim

Internal Twitter deliberations surrounding the censorship of the New York Post‘s reporting on Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” reveal the company’s management engaging in willful ignorance of the facts of the story in order to justify censoring it on the platform.

Matt Taibbi, the journalist tasked by Elon Musk to reveal the internal communications, explains that Twitter management at the time used the company’s hacked materials policy “as an excuse” to squelch the Post’s reporting, but knew it “wasn’t going to hold.” The reason it “wasn’t going to hold” was because the Post explained that the reporting was based on a hard drive abandoned at a computer repair shop, not “hacked material,” and produced a federal subpoena given to the repair-shop owner to bolster the claim.

Jack Dorsey and Twitter employees

Jack Dorsey and Twitter employees (@Jack/Twitter)

Twitter Exec Vijaya Gadde

Twitter Exec Vijaya Gadde (Fortune Brainstorm TECH/Flickr)

Former Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth messaged colleague Vijaya Gadde, “The policy basis is hacked materials — though, as discussed, this is an emerging situation where the facts remain unclear. Given the SEVERE risks here and lessons of 2016, we’re erring on the side of including a warning and preventing this content from being amplified.”

Another member of management, Brandon Borrman, then asks, “Can we truthfully claim that this is part of the policy?”

Jim Baker, Twitter’s then-Deputy Legal Counsel and former senior member of the FBI, adds, “[We] need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked. At this stage, however, it is reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that conclusion is warranted.”

Baker then admits, per the Post‘s reporting in the story in question, that there is evidence “indicating that the computer was either abandoned and/or the owner consented to allow the repair shop to access it for at least some purposes.”

But during the time this communication was underway, Twitter did not contact the New York Post to inquire about whether the reporting was based on hacked material, and the story in question explained exactly how the Post obtained the material it was reporting on.

In the story headlined, “Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad,” published on October 14, 2020, it says that the correspondence between Burisma board member Vadym Pozharskyi and Hunter was “contained in a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer.”

The Post published that it had the entire hard drive, which was originally obtained by a computer repair shop in Delaware.

“The computer was dropped off at a repair shop in Biden’s home state of Delaware in April 2019, according to the store’s owner,” the Post wrote in the initial story.

The customer who brought in the water-damaged MacBook Pro for repair never paid for the service or retrieved it or a hard drive on which its contents were stored, according to the shop owner, who said he tried repeatedly to contact the client.

The shop owner couldn’t positively identify the customer as Hunter Biden, but said the laptop bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, named after Hunter’s late brother and former Delaware attorney general.

Photos of a Delaware federal subpoena given to The Post show that both the computer and hard drive were seized by the FBI in December, after the shop’s owner says he alerted the feds to their existence.

But before turning over the gear, the shop owner says, he made a copy of the hard drive and later gave it to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello.

Steve Bannon, former adviser to President Trump, told The Post about the existence of the hard drive in late September and Giuliani provided The Post with a copy of it on Sunday.

The Post also published an image of a federal subpoena, showing the computer was in the FBI’s possession, after being turned in by the computer repair shop owner, who has now been publicly identified as John Paul Mac Isaac.

Emma-Jo Morris is the Politics Editor at Breitbart News. Email her at  or follow her on Twitter.

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‘The First Amendment Isn’t Absolute’: Democrat Staffers Wanted Twitter to Censor More

‘The First Amendment Isn’t Absolute’: Democrat Staffers Wanted Twitter to Censor More

House Democrat staffers wanted Twitter to censor more, arguing the “First Amendment isn’t absolute,” according to internal Twitter emails released by Twitter CEO Elon Musk via Matt Taibbi on Friday evening.

The emails related to Twitter’s suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, which broke in the weeks before the 2020 presidential election.

According to the emails, Carl Szabo of research firm Net Choice,had emailed Twitter’s head of Public Polic, Lauren Culbertson, a report after polling 12 congressional staffers — nine Republicans and three Democrats.

Szabo reporoted to Culbertson that the Democrat staffers complained that Twitter “let conservatives muddy the water and make the Biden campaign look corrupt.”

They also compared the Hunter Biden laptop story to the Hillary Clinton email scandal, wherein the then-secretary of state set up an unsecured private server in her home basement that contained work and classified emails. Despite being required to hand over the material, tens of thousands of emails were deleted.

Szabo wrote:

They linked this to Hillary Clinton’s email scandal: she did nothing wrong but because the press wouldn’t let the story go, it became a scandal far out of proportion. In their mind, social media is doing the same thing: it doesn’t moderate enough harmful content so when it does, like it did yesterday, it becomes a story. If the companies moderated more, conservatives wouldn’t even think to use social media for disinformation, misinformation, or otherwise.

The Democrats were in agreement: social media needs to moderate more because they’re corrupting democracy and making all “truth” relative. When pushed on how the government might insist on that, consistent with the First Amendment, they demurred: “the First Amendment isn’t absolute.”

Since purchasing Twitter, Musk has pledged to increase transparency and public trust in Twitter.

On November 23, 2022, he tweeted: “The more I learn, the worse it gets. The world should know the truth of what has been happening at Twitter. Transparency will earn the trust of the people.”

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Sean Spicer Calls Out Jake Tapper for Asking Hakeem Jeffries Zero Questions About Election Denial

Sean Spicer Calls Out Jake Tapper for Asking Hakeem Jeffries Zero Questions About Election Denial

Former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer called out CNN anchor Jake Tapper for not questioning possible Democrat leader Hakeem Jeffries about his past election denial.

Hakeem Jeffries announced his desire to run for Democrat House minority leader last week in the wake of Nancy Pelosi stepping away from the top position she has held for 20 years. As Breitbart News reported, Jeffries has a history of election denial, a position that the establishment media has deemed unconscionable in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s protest of the 2020 election.

“The more we learn about 2016 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes. America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE President in the Oval Office #RussianInterference,” Jeffries said on social media in 2018.

As Jeffries’ scheduled interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union approached, Sean Spicer wondered if the anchor would give the Democrat leader-in-waiting the same level of scrutiny he would to a Republican that questioned the 2020 election.

“Heads up @CNNSotu the likely new leader of House Dems – election denier @RepJeffries – is on your show tomorrow- maybe ask about this,” tweeted Spicer as he shared screenshots of several past Jeffries’ tweets.

Well, Sunday came around and so did Tapper’s interview, and though the two discussed a variety of topics, the congressman’s past election denial received nary a mention.

“NADA Over a 2 segment infomercial/interview with incoming House Dem leader @RepJeffries on @CNNSotu @jaketapper asked ZERO questions about his history of election denial In fact it was Jeffries that brought the subject up – twice – and still nothing,” tweeted Spicer on Sunday.

Hakeem Jeffries announced his bid for Democrat minority leader last Friday, potentially becoming the first black American to hold the title.

“Our top non-governmental priority, for the sake of the American people, must be retaking the majority in November 2024,” he wrote in a letter to House Democrats.

“It is my hope that we can find common ground where possible with our Republican colleagues in order to deliver results for the American people,” he added.

Jeffries further alleged that House Republicans would not “accomplish anything meaningful” due to a “bankruptcy of ideas” and “disinformation.”

“At the same time, the opposing party appears to have no plan to accomplish anything meaningful. If the Republican Conference continues to major in demagoguery and minor in disinformation, their bankruptcy of ideas must be aggressively exposed on an ongoing basis,” he said.

Senior House Democrats Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) have endorsed Jeffries in his leadership bid.

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Merrick Garland Names Special Counsel on Trump; Still No Special Counsel on Hunter Biden

Merrick Garland Names Special Counsel on Trump; Still No Special Counsel on Hunter Biden

Attorney General Merrick Garland reportedly plans to name a special counsel to investigate former President Donald Trump, though he has yet to name such counsel to investigate President Joe Biden or his son, Hunter.

Update: Garland named John L. Smith as special counsel Friday afternoon in a televised press statement. According to LinkedIn, Smith is the Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division at U.S. Department of Justice — one of the most highly politicized, left-wing departments within the agency.

Hunter Biden acknowledged in December 2020 that he had been under federal investigation for possible tax violations. Since then, the investigation reportedly broadened to include more of his global business dealings.

However, Attorney General Garland has declined to appoint a special counsel, despite criticism from legal scholars who say that greater political independence is needed in an inquiry involving the president’s family.

President Joe Biden, lower right, talks with his son Hunter Biden, lower left, as they walk up the steps with first lady Jill Biden, top left, and daughter-in-law Melissa Cohen, top right, to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. They are heading to South Carolina for a week-long vacation on Kiawah Island. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday:

The special counsel will assess whether criminal charges are merited in connection with the handling of classified documents at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and oversee key aspects of the sprawling Justice Department investigation into efforts by Mr. Trump and his allies to overturn his 2020 election loss, according to a senior Justice Department official.

A formal announcement, which is expected by Friday afternoon, would come three days after Mr. Trump announced another bid for the presidency and would mark the naming of the third independent prosecutor in five years to examine issues involving Mr. Trump.

Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported —  nearly a week after the midterm election — that the Mar-a-Lago documents were of a personal interest and there was no indication that the former president intended to sell any national secrets. The story has largely been ignored.

Garland had promised at his confirmation hearing in 2021 to keep politics out of the Department of Justice.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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