Biden Makes Securing U.S. Jobs Easier for Border Crossers, Illegal Aliens

President Joe Biden’s administration is making it easier for border crossers and illegal aliens to secure American jobs after they are released into the United States interior.

In 2019, former President Trump directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to stop fast-tracking work permits for border crossers and illegal aliens who are subsequently released into American communities.

The rule change made sure that border crossers and illegal aliens would need to be in the U.S. for at least a year before applying for work permits through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency.

Now, as Reuters reports, Biden is repealing the Trump-era rule change to ensure that hundreds of thousands of border crossers and illegal aliens his DHS releases every few months into the U.S. interior can now more quickly secure work permits to take American jobs.

As part of the reversal, border crossers and illegal aliens who crossed in between ports of entry or have been convicted of certain crimes will now be eligible for work permits after residing in the U.S. for at least 150 days.

Biden’s push to more quickly get border crossers and illegal aliens into American jobs comes as 11.5 million Americans are jobless but want full-time employment and another 4.1 million Americans are stuck in part-time jobs wanting full-time work.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here. 

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The Left’s Domestic Terrorism Double Standard

While Democrats label Republicans as “domestic terrorists” for supporting Trump and claim that non-politically correct statements amount to violence, they turn a blind eye to actual violent terrorism by pro-choice group Jane’s Revenge firebombing pregnancy crisis centres.

The Left’s domestic terrorism double standard is another bleedingly obvious example of “rules for thee, and not for me.”

Want proof? Look at four years of leftists inciting their side of politics to violently overthrow the Trump presidency, then compare that with the overblown January 6 narrative.

None of the Left’s most vocal “insurrectionists” have been held without due process, called before show trials, or financially reprimanded.

Kathy Griffin, Madonna, Johnny Depp, and Maxine Waters, among others, still walk and work without censure or reprimand.

Demonisation

January 6 is as much a distraction as it is a trojan horse.

Although miles apart, the tragic breach of security on January 6 has been and is being manipulated in such a way as to give the event the same weight as 9/11.

Overreactions to the events of January 6, 2020, are part of the “never Trump” circus lifting its motivation straight from the Left’s twisted “Four Pillars” on its domestic terrorism agenda.

Such is the apparent aim: to mould a mindset that falsely correlates Trump with terrorism, and anyone not a Democrat, with Al Qaeda, and ISIS.

Facts and definitions be damned.

As long as there’s power to be gained by straw man emotional manipulation, the abuse of language is permissible.

Ergo, what domestic terrorism is, and isn’t, largely depends on which side of the postmodern political aisle any particular group with a track record of applying violence to serve political ends, lands.

ANTIFA gets a free ride, just don’t fly the American flag, or you might end up being raided by the FBI.

For leftists, cancelling people, burning down city centres, and destroying the property of those with an opposing viewpoint, are “fiery, but mostly peaceful protests.”

Yet, if a conservative or Christian simply affirms biological science on social media, they’re branded a terrorist, and treated as such.

None of this is an exaggeration. (See here, here, here and here.)

The left’s double standard on domestic terrorism is not the exception, it’s the rule.

This is why Seth Dillion, CEO of the Babylon Bee’s recent criticism was apt,

“If you question an election, you’re a threat to our democracy — unless you’re a Democrat. In that case, you’re protecting democracy.”

Attacks on Pregnancy Crisis Centres

The double standard on domestic terrorism is so insidious that the leftism it is bred from appears to be stopping victims of actual domestic terrorism from getting justice.

This was backed by CompassCare CEO Rev. Jim Harden on Wednesday, when he reported that law enforcement had failed to take the June 7 far-left firebombing of a CompassCare pro-life pregnancy centre seriously.

The organisation’s Buffalo, Wisconsin office faced a $500,000 USD damage bill after abortionists scrawled graffiti and destroyed a significant part of the building in June.

Far-left abortion group Jane’s Revenge — who claims they’re “fighting fascism” — took credit for the attack.

They’ve also claimed responsibility for fire-bombings in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as for vandalising another pregnancy help centre in Lynchburg, Virginia.

As of the writing of this article, there have been no arrests.

For this reason, CompassCare accused ‘pro-abortion politicians like the Biden administration’ of ‘refusing to recognize the violence, […] despite there being over 50 attacks and ongoing threats against peaceful pro-life pregnancy centres.’

“If four days are enough for federal law enforcement to arrest a perpetrator of attempted arson against a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic,’ Harden said, then ‘105 days ought to have been enough to locate arsonists causing a half-million dollars in damage to CompassCare’s pro-life medical office in Buffalo.”

The CompassCare CEO’s frustrations go back to June, when, 10 days after the far-left terrorist attack, he questioned the double standard, writing on Twitter,

‘[It] Shouldn’t be hard for pro-abortion politicians to denounce violent attacks on peaceful pro-life pregnancy centres by domestic terrorists…’

Talking with Epoch News, Harden said, he ‘believes police have suspects, but for whatever reason, are refusing to arrest them.’

He added,

‘There’s a double standard between progressive politicians like President Joe Biden calling conservatives semi-fascist, while law enforcement ignores the terrorism that’s being targeted at pro-life crisis centres.’

Harden, Epoch News said, believes the ‘Democrat Party are secretly rooting for far-left groups like Jane’s Revenge.’

The optics look as bad as Build-Back-Better Biden’s bare-knuckled discordant beat down of political opponents, in his recent so-called rally for unity.

Set this alongside comments in early September from Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono.

In a speech opposing the Republican right-to-life bill banning abortion past 15 weeks, the Democrat senator declared her opposition to be a “literal call to arms.”

The left’s double standard on domestic terrorism is not the exception, it’s the rule.

Had Trump done as Biden has done.

Had the Trump White House weaponised law enforcement against its political opponents.

Had MAGA voters attacked Planned Parenthood clinics with the ferocity as far-left activists have done.

Had Republicans said the same thing as Hirono, Griffin, Depp, Madonna, and Waters, about Biden as they have Trump, they and their voter base would already be sitting in Gitmo.

Buyer beware: The “rules for thee, and not for me” domestic terrorism double standard could be a death blow to the United States, driven home by the dark agenda of “death to America” Democrats.

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Originally published at Caldron Pool. Photo: GEA Stock/BigStock

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The Left’s Domestic Terrorism Double Standard

The Left’s Domestic Terrorism Double Standard

While Democrats label Republicans as “domestic terrorists” for supporting Trump and claim that non-politically correct statements amount to violence, they turn a blind eye to actual violent terrorism by pro-choice group Jane’s Revenge firebombing pregnancy crisis centres.

The Left’s domestic terrorism double standard is another bleedingly obvious example of “rules for thee, and not for me.”

Want proof? Look at four years of leftists inciting their side of politics to violently overthrow the Trump presidency, then compare that with the overblown January 6 narrative.

None of the Left’s most vocal “insurrectionists” have been held without due process, called before show trials, or financially reprimanded.

Kathy Griffin, Madonna, Johnny Depp, and Maxine Waters, among others, still walk and work without censure or reprimand.

Demonisation

January 6 is as much a distraction as it is a trojan horse.

Although miles apart, the tragic breach of security on January 6 has been and is being manipulated in such a way as to give the event the same weight as 9/11.

Overreactions to the events of January 6, 2020, are part of the “never Trump” circus lifting its motivation straight from the Left’s twisted “Four Pillars” on its domestic terrorism agenda.

Such is the apparent aim: to mould a mindset that falsely correlates Trump with terrorism, and anyone not a Democrat, with Al Qaeda, and ISIS.

Facts and definitions be damned.

As long as there’s power to be gained by straw man emotional manipulation, the abuse of language is permissible.

Ergo, what domestic terrorism is, and isn’t, largely depends on which side of the postmodern political aisle any particular group with a track record of applying violence to serve political ends, lands.

ANTIFA gets a free ride, just don’t fly the American flag, or you might end up being raided by the FBI.

For leftists, cancelling people, burning down city centres, and destroying the property of those with an opposing viewpoint, are “fiery, but mostly peaceful protests.”

Yet, if a conservative or Christian simply affirms biological science on social media, they’re branded a terrorist, and treated as such.

None of this is an exaggeration. (See here, here, here and here.)

The left’s double standard on domestic terrorism is not the exception, it’s the rule.

This is why Seth Dillion, CEO of the Babylon Bee’s recent criticism was apt,

“If you question an election, you’re a threat to our democracy — unless you’re a Democrat. In that case, you’re protecting democracy.”

Attacks on Pregnancy Crisis Centres

The double standard on domestic terrorism is so insidious that the leftism it is bred from appears to be stopping victims of actual domestic terrorism from getting justice.

This was backed by CompassCare CEO Rev. Jim Harden on Wednesday, when he reported that law enforcement had failed to take the June 7 far-left firebombing of a CompassCare pro-life pregnancy centre seriously.

The organisation’s Buffalo, Wisconsin office faced a $500,000 USD damage bill after abortionists scrawled graffiti and destroyed a significant part of the building in June.

Far-left abortion group Jane’s Revenge — who claims they’re “fighting fascism” — took credit for the attack.

They’ve also claimed responsibility for fire-bombings in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as for vandalising another pregnancy help centre in Lynchburg, Virginia.

As of the writing of this article, there have been no arrests.

For this reason, CompassCare accused ‘pro-abortion politicians like the Biden administration’ of ‘refusing to recognize the violence, […] despite there being over 50 attacks and ongoing threats against peaceful pro-life pregnancy centres.’

“If four days are enough for federal law enforcement to arrest a perpetrator of attempted arson against a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic,’ Harden said, then ‘105 days ought to have been enough to locate arsonists causing a half-million dollars in damage to CompassCare’s pro-life medical office in Buffalo.”

The CompassCare CEO’s frustrations go back to June, when, 10 days after the far-left terrorist attack, he questioned the double standard, writing on Twitter,

‘[It] Shouldn’t be hard for pro-abortion politicians to denounce violent attacks on peaceful pro-life pregnancy centres by domestic terrorists…’

Talking with Epoch News, Harden said, he ‘believes police have suspects, but for whatever reason, are refusing to arrest them.’

He added,

‘There’s a double standard between progressive politicians like President Joe Biden calling conservatives semi-fascist, while law enforcement ignores the terrorism that’s being targeted at pro-life crisis centres.’

Harden, Epoch News said, believes the ‘Democrat Party are secretly rooting for far-left groups like Jane’s Revenge.’

The optics look as bad as Build-Back-Better Biden’s bare-knuckled discordant beat down of political opponents, in his recent so-called rally for unity.

Set this alongside comments in early September from Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono.

In a speech opposing the Republican right-to-life bill banning abortion past 15 weeks, the Democrat senator declared her opposition to be a “literal call to arms.”

The left’s double standard on domestic terrorism is not the exception, it’s the rule.

Had Trump done as Biden has done.

Had the Trump White House weaponised law enforcement against its political opponents.

Had MAGA voters attacked Planned Parenthood clinics with the ferocity as far-left activists have done.

Had Republicans said the same thing as Hirono, Griffin, Depp, Madonna, and Waters, about Biden as they have Trump, they and their voter base would already be sitting in Gitmo.

Buyer beware: The “rules for thee, and not for me” domestic terrorism double standard could be a death blow to the United States, driven home by the dark agenda of “death to America” Democrats.

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Originally published at Caldron Pool. Photo: GEA Stock/BigStock

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NY Attorney General Letitia James Sues Trump, His Three Children, for Alleged Fraud

NY Attorney General Letitia James Sues Trump, His Three Children, for Alleged Fraud

New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, on Wednesday took the dramatic step of filing a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his three grown children, accusing them of undervaluing properties to gain better rates on loans, insurance policies, and taxes.

James’s lawsuit is a civil case, not a criminal case. It and to bar Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump from serving as executives at any company in New York, or to bar the Trump Organization from buying any commercial real estate or obtaining loans from financial institutions in New York for five years.

The lawsuit is the result of a multiple year investigation by James and comes less than 50 days before the mid-term elections.

Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, said the lawsuit is not focused on the facts, nor the law.

New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a press conference regarding former U.S. President Donald Trump and his family’s financial case on September 21, 2022 in New York. (YUKI IWAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)

“[R]ather, it is solely focused on advancing the Attorney General’s political agenda. It is abundantly clear that the Attorney General’s Office has exceeded its statutory authority by prying into transactions where absolutely no wrongdoing has taken place,” Habba said in a statement.

“We are confident that our judicial system will not stand for this unchecked abuse of authority, and we look forward to defending our client against each and every one of the Attorney General’s meritless claims,” she said.

Donald Trump Jr. was more to the point, tweeting, “The bullshit Dem witch-hunt continues!” His tweet accompanied a video of James vowing to sue Trump.

Trump Jr. also tweeted another video of James calling Trump an “illegitimate president,” and saying she looked forward to “suing him and going home.”

She has also called him an “existential threat” and “crazy.”

“This president is an existential threat to all of us in this room…the number one issue in this country is defeating Donald Trump. Nothing else matters,” she has said.

Eric Trump tweeted a compilation of her remarks, adding: “Not a political “witch hunt?!” What a joke…

Rep. Jim Banks, Republican Study Committee chairman called James “desperate.”

“AG Letitia James campaigned on suing President Trump and now she’s desperate to keep that promise. For the sake of our nation, I hope House Democrats and President Biden come to their senses and denounce this illegitimate fishing expedition,” he said in a statement.

“House Republicans will hold partisan actors posing as law-enforcement agents accountable for abusing their power when we retake the majority,” he added.

GOP House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) said in a statement that James has “been on a deranged anti-Trump mission since even before she became Attorney General.” She said in a statement:

This is just another chapter of an illegitimate witch hunt against President Trump. Corrupt Tish James is down by two points in the latest independent poll from the Trafalgar Group against Republican Michael Henry. Republicans are going to surge to victory across New York because hardworking New Yorkers are tired of corrupt Albany Democrats putting their own deranged anti-Trump obsession ahead of supporting law and order.

The New York GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy blasted the lawsuit as a “brazen political publicity stunt.”

“Tish James’ civil lawsuit against the Trump family 49 days before the election is one of the most brazen political publicity stunts I have seen during my lifetime. Recent polling confirms that voters are leaving her and her fellow Democrats in droves, and as we have consistently seen from New York Democrats, they have no problem breaking laws or trampling our constitution to try and hold onto power,” he said, adding:

Day after day, Tish James ignores the blatant corruption of her fellow Democrats and the crimewave that has besieged our state. She has engaged in her own corruption of the office, launching political attacks against rivals, and her relentless obsession with not only the President, but his entire family is disgusting. This lawsuit isn’t worth the paper it’s written on and voters of all stripes should be deeply disturbed by this reckless abuse of power that is being wielded purely for political gain.

According to the Washington Post, James is suing for more than $250 million and has referred possible violations of federal law to the Justice Department and the IRS.

The suit also names, in addition to Trump and his children, the Trump Organization and business executives Allen Weisselberg and controller Jeffrey McConney.

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Unpacking Apparent Trump-Hillary Double Standard

Unpacking Apparent Trump-Hillary Double Standard


Unpacking Apparent Trump-Hillary Double Standard

By Paul Sperry via RealClear Investigations

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch obtained evidence that a computer contractor working under the direction of Hillary Clinton’s legal team destroyed subpoenaed records that the former secretary of state stored on a private email server she originally kept at her New York home, and then lied to investigators about itYet no charges were brought against Clinton, her lawyers, or her paid consultant.

The leniency accorded to Clinton contrasts with recent moves by Attorney General Merrick Garland to aggressively investigate former President Trump and his lawyers for allegedly obstructing investigators’ efforts to locate subpoenaed records at his Florida home. Legal experts say the apparent double standard may provide a useful defense for Trump and his legal team.

The treatment of Clinton included a deal with her defense team that required the FBI to, in effect, obstruct its own investigation. During its 2016 probe, the bureau agreed with her lawyers’ demands to destroy two laptop hard drives containing subpoenaed evidence immediately after searching for files on them. They did so while the information was still being sought by congressional investigators and even though the lawyers had served under Clinton at the State Department and were subjects of the FBI’s investigation. In fact, the laptops were theirs.

Long before it bowed to the request, the FBI suspected Clinton’s lawyers played hide-and-seek with evidence, making the concession that much more baffling.

The scandal first erupted on March 2, 2015, when news broke that Clinton had secretly set up a non-government email server in the basement of her Chappaqua, N.Y., mansion in the weeks before she started her job at Foggy Bottom in early 2009. She used the unauthorized and unsecured device to conduct official State Department business – including transmitting and storing classified information – which allowed her to bypass legally mandated archiving of her government records.

The next day, the House Select Committee on Benghazi sent her attorney David Kendall a letter advising his client to preserve all electronic records created since January 2009 and specifically not to delete any emails on her private server. The panel then issued a subpoena for records related to the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.

Three weeks later, on March 25, Kendall and former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills, who also acted as her personal attorney, asked a computer contractor with Platte River Networks, which hosted Clinton’s secret email server, to join a conference call with them, according to FBI documents. Over the next week, the contractor, Paul Combetta, deleted the entire email archive from Clinton’s server using a software program called BleachBit, which digitally “shreds” files to prevent their recovery.

All told, the paid Clinton agent scrubbed 31,830 emails from her server and backup files. In addition, he permanently removed duplicates of the emails from the laptops of Mills and another Clinton lawyer and aide, Heather Samuelson, where they also had been stored. According to  FBI records, Combetta knew the documents he destroyed were under subpoena.

In July 2015, the FBI counterintelligence division opened a criminal investigation, codenamed “Midyear Exam,” in response to a referral from the intelligence community inspector general concerning Clinton’s unsecure server. The FBI predicated the opening of the probe on the possible compromise of highly classified Sensitive Compartmented Information. Emails classified at the SCI level were later found on Clinton’s server.

Some career FBI agents working on the case, which was tightly controlled within headquarters and deemed a “SIM,” or sensitive investigative matter, thought they had a slam-dunk case of obstruction, a key aggravating factor for prosecuting cases involving the mishandling of classified information or government records. All they had to do was get Combetta in a chair and pressure him to implicate the high-level Clinton surrogates who told him what they wanted done.

Several investigators believed “that Combetta’s truthful testimony was essential for assessing criminal intent for Clinton and other individuals, because he would be able to tell them whether Clinton’s attorneys — Mills, Samuelson or Kendall — had instructed him to delete emails,” according to a 2018 report by the DOJ’s inspector general.

But during voluntary interviews with FBI agents, Combetta falsely denied he had “deleted or purged” Clinton’s emails from the server or back-ups, and insisted Clinton’s legal team never requested that he do so.

Combetta refused to talk to investigators about the critical March 2015 conference call with Clinton’s lawyers that preceded his purge of evidence, the only topic he refused to speak about. So investigators and prosecutors agreed to give him immunity and interview him again. Still, they never got his account of the conference call. A written FBI summary of the interview, known as an FD-302 report, does not reference the call, indicating that agents failed to follow up on a key line of questioning in the investigation.

Investigators declined to pursue other aspects of the case as well. They obtained an email in which Combetta told a colleague he was part of a “Hilary[sic] coverup operation” and said he would elaborate later at a “party.” Asked about it, Combetta claimed he was just joking; the FBI accepted his explanation and did not appear to follow up with the colleague to learn what they discussed at the party.

The FBI also accepted another explanation for why Combetta, using the screen name “stonetear,” sought technical assistance on the Reddit forum on how to “strip out” the email addresses of a “VERY VIP” client from a “a bunch of archived email,” in an apparent reference to Clinton. (After Internet sleuths revealed stonetear was a name Combetta used in other forums, he began scrubbing his posts from the web.)

An FBI case supervisor told the inspector general that “he believed Combetta should have been charged with false statements for lying multiple times,” according to the IG report, but prosecutors refused to indict him. The FBI also obtained forensic evidence from the server that could establish that Combetta made the deletions, but prosecutors balked at charging him with obstruction.

Then-FBI Director James Comey personally agreed with the DOJ decision to give Combetta immunity rather than sweating him in a grand jury box, which typically is done with subjects who are lying, to get them to tell the truth.

Comey was forced to defend the deal in an October 2016 conference with FBI supervisors, who were hearing complaints from rank-and-file agents that headquarters handed out immunity deals “like candy” to Clinton witnesses. Comey explained the bureau wasn’t interested in prosecuting a small fish like Combetta, and sought only to massage him for information to “make a case on Hillary Clinton,” even though internal FBI emails reveal Comey already had decided to let Clinton off the hook. He did not explain why the contractor hadn’t been pressured more with threats to bring charges against him for lying to agents, the traditional investigative method for getting such an uncooperative witness to turn.

With respect to Combetta, we found his actions in deleting Clinton’s emails in violation of a congressional subpoena and preservation order and then lying about it to the FBI to be particularly serious,” DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in his report. “We asked the prosecutors why they chose to grant him immunity instead of charging him with obstruction of justice.”

One DOJ prosecutor told Horowitz’s investigators they wanted to make Combetta “feel comfortable enough” that he would eventually cooperate on his own. Another said they weren’t interested in prosecuting a bit player for lying and that doing so would just bog down the investigation, which they were rushing to wrap up “well before” the November 2016 presidential election.

“I was concerned that we would end up with obstruction cases against some poor schmuck on the down that had a crappy attorney who [was] hiding the ball,” the unidentified prosecutor said.

And so at the end of the day, I was like, look, let’s immunize him. We’ve got to get from Point A to Point B. Point B is to make a prosecution decision about Hillary Clinton and her senior staff well before the election if possible,” the prosecutor added. “And this guy with his dumb attorney doing some half-assed obstruction did not interest me. So I was totally in favor of giving him immunity.”

The prosecutors reported directly to then-DOJ counterespionage official David Laufman, who would later play a key role in the discredited Russiagate probe, including opening investigations on several Trump advisers and signing off on wiretap warrants targeting at least one Trump aide, even though he knew they were based on a fabricated dossier financed by the Clinton campaign.

Prosecutors also gave Clinton aides Mills and Samuelson immunity deals, over the objections of some FBI investigators who wanted to bring them before a grand jury to explain their actions.

A handful of agents also argued for issuing a search warrant to seize their personal laptops, which they used to upload all the emails from the Clinton server and cull away supposedly “personal” messages that they claimed were out of the reach of investigators. Instead, prosecutors opted to review the laptops through an unusual consent agreement, which restricted searches to certain files and specific dates – and nothing before or after Clinton’s tenure as secretary, which put any email exchanges with Combetta out of reach – and required the FBI to destroy the hard drives after conducting the limited search, according to documents outlining the agreement.

This is simply astonishing given the likelihood that evidence on the laptops would be of interest to congressional investigators,” former Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and three other GOP congressional leaders complained in a letter to DOJ at the time.

In his talk at the FBI conference, Comey explained that he had to agree with prosecutors and defense lawyers to limit the search because of “huge concerns” that attorney-client privilege and attorney work product could be discovered on the laptops, a concern that apparently did not register in the broad, sweeping search of Trump’s records. Agents scooped up at least 520 pages of attorney-client privileged information during their raid of Mar-a-Lago, according to a federal judge who has ordered an independent inspector to review the seized records for privileged material.

Mills and Samuelson, who agreed to answer only a narrow scope of questions to prevent investigators from soliciting privileged information, were later allowed to sit in on Clinton’s own interview, which the FBI conducted after Comey had already drafted a statement exonerating her of mishandling classified information and obstructing justice. The director famously delivered the statement in a July 5, 2016, press conference, proclaiming the FBI found “no evidence” that Clinton’s emails were “intentionally deleted in an effort to conceal them.”

Trump Didn’t Get ‘the Same (Gentle) Treatment’

Grassley says the FBI “pulled its punches” investigating Clinton in comparison to Trump, who he says is being harshly investigated and prosecuted for the same offenses.

Trump has not been provided the same (gentle) treatment given to Secretary Clinton and her associates,” Grassley asserted in a recent statement.

To be sure, the agency has used more intrusive methods probing Trump for similar allegations of mishandling classified information and concealing documents under subpoena.

Unlike the Clinton probe, where investigators and prosecutors sought to obtain evidence by consent whenever possible, the department has used a federal grand jury to issue subpoenas to Trump for thousands of documents, as well as surveillance video footage, from his Palm Beach estate. They also obtained a search warrant to raid his private office and family bedrooms. In addition to seizing more than 11,000 documents, agents confiscated some 1,800 personal items, including gifts, photo albums, clothing, passports, and medical and tax records, according to court records.

Clinton and her representatives were spared such heavy-handed tactics and indignities, the senator pointed out.

Even though Secretary Clinton and her attorneys did not hand over classified records in their possession, they were not subject to a raid similar to what occurred at Mar-a-Lago,” Grassley said.

In the end, computer-forensics investigators and intelligence analysts were able to determine that at least 81 classified email chains were transmitted and stored on Clinton’s unclassified personal server. Their levels ranged from CONFIDENTIAL to TOP SECRET/SPECIAL ACCESS PROGRAM, a highly sensitive designation which makes access to certain information restricted even to Secret and Top Secret clearance-holders without a “need to know.” By comparison, the FBI recovered 100 documents with classified markings from its raid of Trump’s home. They range in level from CONFIDENTIAL to TOP SECRET.

In a court filing last month, DOJ said it developed evidence that presidential records held in a basement storage room at Mar-a-Lago may have been concealed or removed prior to a June visit by FBI agents to pick up classified documents, suggesting possible attempts to obstruct investigators.

Investigators issued a grand jury subpoena in May for the records and visited Mar-a-Lago on June 3 to pick them up. When they got there, the filing said, a Trump lawyer handed them a large envelope containing documents. Another lawyer acting as the official custodian of Trump’s records certified in a sworn statement that they conducted a “diligent” search for classified papers in response to the subpoena. Over the next two months however, officials “developed evidence that government records were likely concealed and removed from the storage room and that efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation,” DOJ said in its filing, without specifying what it believes was removed from the room, or by whom. The affidavit explained that this suspicion is why it sent some 30 armed agents back to Mar-a-Lago early last month to conduct a massive search of the property.

Prosecutors say the additional documents they found with classified markings cast doubt on claims by Trump’s lawyers that they were fully cooperative with the subpoena. They are said to be focusing their investigation on Trump lawyer Christina Bobb, in particular, who allegedly acted as the custodian who signed the certification.

Bobb, who has not been charged with a crime, did not respond to requests for comment. Trump’s legal team has told the court that the DOJ “significantly mischaracterized” the June meeting with Bobb and another lawyer, but did not elaborate.

Laufman, the top prosecutor in the Clinton case and a caustic critic of Trump in the media, believes Trump should also be worried and “has significant criminal exposure” to an obstruction rap. “Either [his lawyers] wittingly lied or they got that assurance from their client, in which case Trump has jeopardy,” Laufman, an Obama appointee and donor, told Politico.

But at this point, investigators can only speculate that documents were intentionally moved or destroyed to avoid compliance with subpoenas, which would be a felony. Legal experts note that prosecutors were careful to say in their filing that documents were “likely” concealed and that efforts were “likely” taken to obstruct the investigation, indicating they still lack solid evidence.

“It is not clear from the filing if the FBI has evidence of intentional acts of concealment as opposed to negligence,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said.

By contrast, prosecutors had solid material evidence – including emails, phone calls, work tickets and computer forensics – that Clinton operatives conspired to not just conceal but actually destroy documents under subpoena in violation of Section 1519 of the federal criminal code, the same statute cited by the FBI in its warrant to search Mar-a-Lago. It bars the destruction or falsification of any documents or materials “with the intent to impede, obstruct or influence” an investigation.”

“Did Hillary Clinton violate 18 USC 1519 when emails from her private email server were destroyed during government investigation? Possibly, yes,” said Donald Skupsky, a lawyer specializing in government records-retention procedures.

“In December 2014, she did instruct her team to destroy remaining emails after 60 days. And ultimately, she never halted nor protested again any records destruction,” he added. “Under 18 USC 1519, Clinton may have concealed and covered up the destruction of records.”

Both the Trump and Clinton cases also invoke Section 2071, a federal statute which prohibits the willful concealment, removal, or destruction of federal records. But in investigating Clinton’s homebrew server scheme, prosecutors declined to pursue a Section 2071 charge because they argued the statute had “never been used to prosecute individuals for attempting to avoid Federal Records Act requirements by failing to ensure that government records are filed appropriately,” according to the IG report. Some legal experts say the same standard should apply to Trump, whom the DOJ said tried to avoid Presidential Records Act requirements.

Trump lawyer Jim Trusty said Trump’s retention of allegedly classified papers is akin to “an overdue library book” and complained that Biden administration prosecutors are holding him “to a different standard than anyone else” because he is a Republican.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon earlier this month issued an injunction temporarily barring the Justice Department from using the seized material in its espionage investigation until a Special Master can review it for privileged and other information outside the scope of the probe.

Despite the order, the obstruction part of DOJ’s probe can move forward. Among other things, investigators can continue to interview witnesses about whether subpoenaed documents were moved or concealed.

DOJ is in the midst of an ongoing criminal investigation pertaining to potential violations of the Espionage Act, as well as obstruction of justice, 18 USC 1519, and unlawful concealment or removal of government records, 18 USC 2071,” DOJ chief counterintelligence prosecutor Jay Bratt stated in a recent court filing.

Paul Sperry is an investigative reporter for RealClearInvestigations. He is also a longtime media fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Sperry was previously the Washington bureau chief for Investor’s Business Daily, and his work has appeared in the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Houston Chronicle, among other major publications.

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Prominent Figures call for a new ‘Church Committee’ to probe FBI Abuses

From bureau veterans to key lawmakers in Congress, the notion of an independent review is growing in urgency.

By John Solomon

Ahalf century ago, Americans held grave concerns that J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies had abused civil rights, improperly targeted enemies and illegally gathered evidence, so Congress set out on a great cleansing mission. It formed a special committee chaired by Idaho Sen. Frank Church that laid bare the wrongdoing, overhauled the bureau and created new guardrails to protect civil liberties.

A growing number of influential figures in Washington are arguing it’s time for another Church Committee after a tumultuous six years in which the FBI admitted it misled the FISA court while spying on Donald Trump’s campaign, had executives who lied, doctored evidence or usurped prosecutors’ authority, and employed agents who dropped the ball on a sexual abuse scandal involving Olympians and overcollected evidence in a raid of a former president’s home.

The revelation this week that the bureau secretly paid a Russian businessman as a confidential informant against Trump even though he was suspected of lying and having ties to the Kremlin’s intelligence agencies only accelerated support for a sweeping, independent probe of the FBI now under the control of Director Christopher Wray.

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“I think, frankly, it would be great for the FBI,” Kevin Brock, the bureau’s first-ever intelligence chief, said of the notion of a new Church Committee. “They find themselves obviously in a very challenging situation, some of which they brought on themselves, others kind of imposed upon them.

“But they find themselves in a place right now where well over the half the country believes they’re working on behalf of one political party over another,” he said during a wide-ranging interview with the John Solomon Reports podcast this week. “And that can’t stand … the agency can’t survive if that persists.”

Brock, a former assistant director who helped write the rules the FBI currently uses for informants, is a widely respected voice inside the bureau. But many outside it echo his support for a 21st  century Church Committee or something like the 9/11 Commission that investigated the worst terror attacks in American history.

Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, who helped unravel the false Russia collusion narrative, said the highly partisan tensions in Washington these days make it hard for a traditional congressional committee to do the sort of oversight it needs, citing examples of how Democrats thwarted his effort to probe FBI failures in the Russia case. He said that reality makes a blue ribbon commission or select committee a better option to investigate and reform the FBI.

“You know, we weren’t really designed to run these types of investigations,” said Nunes, recalling his time on the House Intelligence Committee. “And for so long, the process actually worked. It was relatively bipartisan for the most part. But when you have corruption at that level, it becomes so hard to run these investigations right.

“You have to ultimately have Congress involved doing a real investigation, and I think it’s going to be very, very difficult if you use just the current committee structure that they have.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the likely House Judiciary Committee chairman next year if the GOP wins control of Congress, supports the idea of a select committee like the one Church chaired, even if his panel does aggressive oversight on its own.

“I think that that exercise is definitely needed, whether it’s done in a special select kind of committee or a blue ribbon commission,” said Jordan, who himself has been contacted by five FBI whistleblowers in recent months alleging political manipulation of investigations and even crime data. “That’s even maybe with some members outside of Congress.”

“We need to seriously look at how this all has to change in a way that respects the liberties of the American people,” Jordan said, adding he has increasing concerns about the influence that politically “woke” intelligence analysts are having inside the bureau in shaping allegations and investigations.

The Church Committee ultimately assembled some of the biggest names in the Senate, including three members who ran for president. All brought intellectual and political heft from both sides of the aisles in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal and the end of the Hoover era. Figures like Walter Mondale, Howard Baker, Barry Goldwater, John Tower and Gary Hart were able to find consensus, issuing numerous volumes of reports that exposed intelligence death squads and civil liberty violations that included unlawful snooping and spying.

Ultimately, that committee’s greatest contribution was a series of legal reforms that reined in the FBI and governed two generations of agents to color inside the lines after a dark history of past abuses.

“They pointed out a lot of these abuses and from that gave birth the attorney general guidelines, which the FBI still operates under today,” recalled Brock, who joined the FBI in the aftermath of the Church Committee.

The new, post-Church guidelines “in stark terms stipulated how, and when an FBI agent can open up a case against a subject,” Brock explained. “And those were great bumper pads that were put in place. Now the bureau knew, ‘Okay, we can’t go beyond these boundaries. We’re safe as long as we stay inside these boundaries.’ And it worked wonderfully for years.”

Nunes said one reason outside forces are needed to press FBI reform is that its current leader, Wray, hasn’t been willing to make the sweeping changes the public needs to restore trust, even if he has put in place some new reforms of tactics involving, for example, FISA warrants.

“We cannot trust after all this time, that Wray has done one damn thing to clean up this agency,” Nunes said. “In fact, it’s gotten worse. The American people know it’s worse.”

Whatever solution the next Congress chooses, the status quo is not an option, said Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.”We have to find out what is going on in the FBI,” she told the “Just the News, Not Noise” show earlier this week. “I know a lot of people that work with the FBI are good, hard-working people. But there is a political cabal inside the FBI that has to be dealt with. It’s inside the Department of Justice also.”

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Remain Silent Or Be Branded An Extremist

Remain Silent Or Be Branded An Extremist


Remain Silent Or Be Branded An Extremist

Intolerance

By Bruce Wilds 

It appears we are rapidly approaching or have reached the place where we must remain silent or be branded an extremist. There is a growing trend of intolerance. In such an environment it is little wonder that many people have become less vocal and afraid to speak their mind. The source of this is rooted in a blatant disregard for the opinions of others by both those on the left and the right. Democracy as a form of government is far from perfect. Its greatest weakness is rooted in the ability of a small vocal group to force its opinions on others. Sadly, this is not something that is going to rapidly go away.

In a recent speech akin to something you might have witnessed in Germany or Italy before World War II President Biden demonized what he called MAGA Republicans. Biden labeled this group of Americans as dangerous extremists. The message was clear, anyone that expressed the views bantered about by former President Trump could be marked as an extremist. Those that do speak out under such a political framework are now part of a group that law enforcement officials target and might be inclined to place under tighter scrutiny or surveillance.

This growing fear of speaking out is not limited to America, we are seeing it in countries that claim to be free across the world. The tech giants and governments have been throwing fuel on the fire by adding to the feeling retaliation is a fair response to those we disagree with speaking their mind. The tech giants’ effort to closely watch, silence, and censor those not marching in line with their desired narrative is a dagger in the heart of free speech. This effort is apparent when we hear about small fringe groups outside mainstream society threatening to block highways, shut down ports, and occupy state capitols if things fail to go their way. It even extends to harassing elected officials, we are hearing more threats from groups vowing to hound and badger members of Congress or the judicial system at their homes.

Governments Are Adding To The Fear

This started several years ago and ramped up when the term “politically correct” moved front and center. In the minds of some individuals if you say anything that they consider “incorrect” it justifies a harsh response. It has now extended to declaring saying something that could hurt the feeling of some individual or group could be considered “hate speech.” As a result of this growing intolerance, people feel compelled to deny their opinions and remain silent.

The United Nations has weighed in on this subject since hate speech incites violence and undermines social cohesion and tolerance. It claims such speech is nothing new, however, its scale and impact are nowadays amplified by new technologies of communication. The impact of hate speech cuts across numerous existing United Nations areas of focus, from human rights protection, preventing atrocity crimes, sustaining peace, promoting gender equality, and supporting children and youth. The problem here is when hate speech is allowed to be defined by the ears of the beholder.

Forcing Agreement Can Be Ugly

A sign of growing intolerance is seen in the mass arrest of nonviolent protesters by governments. It is important we remember the cornerstones of democracy are the  freedom of assembly and the right to speak freely. When these are trampled upon for any reason, the system is in danger of being cast aside.

This article is about the ability of a vocal minority to make people so uncomfortable they become silent. It is about how we should be appalled by those that justify violence, aggression, and force towards those that simply disagree with them. It is about how the threat you may be demonized if you say what you feel tends to breed silence. Watching this unfold is leaving a sickening feeling in those valuing free speech.

We should be alarmed by a survey taken by Cato Institute/YouGov that found most Americans say “the political climate these days prevents them from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive”. The survey indicated that 52% of Democrats, 59% of independents, and 77% of Republicans now say they have political opinions they are afraid to share. Most people do not enjoy confrontations or being harassed and as a result, are self-censoring themselves. With the free exchange of opinions and ideas being the foundation of a free and healthy democracy the signpublic discourse is being destroyed does not bode well for our continued freedom.

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Democrat Tim Ryan Goes Silent After Saying Voters Must ‘Kill’ MAGA Movement

Democrat Tim Ryan Goes Silent After Saying Voters Must ‘Kill’ MAGA Movement

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), running against Republican J.D. Vance for Ohio’s open United States Senate seat, has gone silent after saying “Democrats, Republicans, and Independents” must “kill and confront” former President Trump’s Make America Great Again (MAGA) populist-nationalist movement.

On Tuesday, Ryan called for voters to “kill and confront” the MAGA movement even as more than 3.1 million Ohioans voted for Trump in the 2020 election and more than 2.8 million voted for him in the 2016 election.

“How do we fix all of these broken systems? Some of those answers will come from Republicans, not the extremists that we are dealing with every single day. We’ve got to kill and confront that movement, but working with normal mainstream Republicans, that’s going to be really, really important,” Ryan said on MSNBC.

“I’m saying exhausted majority — Democrats, Republicans, Independents against the extremists, leading an era of reform around reconciliation so we can heal this country and move into the future,” he continued.

Since the remark, Ryan has been silent, refusing to answer questions from Breitbart News. He also has not posted a statement retracting the “kill and confront” comment. Elected Democrats, alike, have not called on Ryan to apologize for the remark.

J.D. Vance, in an interview with Sean Hannity, said that when Ryan is “unscripted, he’s saying that we need to confront and kill the entire movement.”

“A majority of the people of Ohio, of course, voted for that movement in 2016 and 2020,” Vance said. “… he’s just a complete fraud. On every single issue, he has voted with Joe Biden, and yet he pretends in his TV commercials that he actually thinks exactly the opposite … he’s supported by George Soros. He’s got millions of dollars to swamp the airwaves of Ohio and to lie to the people of Ohio.”

A Republican National Committee (RNC) spokesman told Breitbart News that Ryan is seeking to “demonize” Trump voters across Ohio.

“The Tim Ryan-Joe Biden playbook: divide and duck blame,”  the RNC’s Will O’Grady said. “Ohioans know Ryan votes with Biden 100% of the time, so it is no wonder they both demonize voters. The only wipe out Ryan and Biden will see this year is their party’s majorities in November.”

National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Lizzie Litzow said Ryan was “two-faced” and “echoing the same divisive, dangerous rhetoric as Joe Biden did last week.”

“Ryan has spent his campaign desperately trying to convince Ohioans that he is on their side, but once he’s with his elitist, progressive friends he turns his back on them,” Litzow said.

As Breitbart News reports, Ryan made the “kill and confront” comments after he blamed Trump’s rhetoric for inciting a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas in 2019.

“I believe that the president is most certainly creating an environment here where people like this kid in El Paso drive ten hours to go kill Mexicans, kill people of color,” Ryan said at the time.

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