Big govt, Courts, Politics

Trump: Time to “Investigate the Investigators”

President Trump is doubling down on his call for an investigation of the Russia collusion witchhunt against his campaign that lasted for more than two years during his White House tenure. The president tweeted early Monday: “Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction. These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!” President Trump’s tweet follows Attorney General Barr’s testimony that “spying did occur” on the Trump 2016 campaign, which the Left blasted as “peddling conspiracy theories.” Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

President Trump on Monday said it was time to “investigate the investigators,” doubling down on Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings in the Russia investigation.

“Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction. These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!” Trump tweeted early Monday.

The president’s tweet comes following a week of mounting scrutiny on the attorney general for his testimony that “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats blasted Barr, and accused him of “peddling conspiracy theories.”

But despite the backlash from Democrats over his use of the term, Barr’s testimony appeared to refer to intelligence collection that already has been widely reported and confirmed.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Transparency for Thee But Not for Me

That’s Democrats’ modus operandi in Washington these days — especially when it comes to their unrestrained mission to “Get Trump.”

Take the latest special counsel report that, after a 22-month, $30 million investigation into the 2016 presidential election, found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Nor did Bob Mueller or his team of aggressive lawyers find any other alleged crimes by the president, blowing a seismic hole in House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and fellow Democrats’ credibility. After all, these are the politicians who told the American people for the past two years the president colluded with Russia to affect the outcome of the 2016 election — a lie.

Desperate Democrats scrambling to save face are now working overtime, launching an additional never-ending investigation into virtually every aspect of the president’s life including his vast business empire and shuttered foundation. But that’s not all. The House Judiciary Committee issued an unnecessary subpoena to the attorney general this week that demands a full unredacted copy of the special counsel report, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal is demanding the IRS release six years of the president’s personal tax returns, and those of some of his businesses.

This out-of-control fishing expedition on the backs of taxpayers goes well beyond presidential harassment; it’s a full-blown Inquisition, waged by a hateful cabal of rabid Democrats weaponizing government agencies to target political opponents.

“This was not a transparency subpoena. This was a 2020 subpoena,” said House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, in an interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” “It’s all political theater. It has nothing to do with really getting to the truth.”

Of course, Trump’s enemies in Washington claim they’re just fulfilling their congressional oversight duties and seeking “transparency.” That’s quite laughable given these are the same Democrats who aren’t the slightest bit interested in oversight or transparency when it comes to their own party’s dirty deeds or illicit actions by the deep state agents who spied on the 2016 Trump campaign using deceptive and misleading FISA warrants.
Not to mention other pernicious actions to remove a duly elected president.

Once such example is Rep. Schiff’s attempt to block Congress from accessing the bank records of Fusion GPS to shield Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee, which paid millions to the slimy opposition research firm for the infamous “dirty dossier” used by the FBI to spur the special counsel investigation. Then there’s House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler who, during the 1998 Bill Clinton investigation conducted by independent counsel Kenneth Starr, was against the public release of details contained in the report. Back then, he sought to protect grand jury testimony.

All of this illustrates that when it comes to government oversight and “transparency,” Democrats have a distinct set of rules: One for thee, and none for me.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Abortion, Big govt, Courts, Politics

SCOTUS Refuses to Toss Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Against Pro-Life Group

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to scrap a request by the Center for Medical Progress to throw out Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against the group for allegedly illegally secretly recording employees discussing selling aborted baby body parts. The recordings caused a tidal wave of negative publicity for Planned Parenthood, America’s #1 abortion provider, because selling aborted fetal tissue for profit is illegal as is altering abortion protocols to maximize profit with more “intact” specimens. For now, the ruling from the 9th Circuit allowing the lawsuit to proceed remains in effect despite the Center for Medical Progress’ arguments that it was exercising its First Amendment rights. Read more…

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress’ request to throw out a lawsuit from Planned Parenthood alleging that the group broke the law by secretly taping its employees discussing reimbursement for fetal tissue.

The Center for Medical Progress argued that the Planned Parenthood lawsuits interfered with the organization’s right to free speech and that it violated a law in California meant to protect citizen journalists. Because the Supreme Court will not take up the case, the ruling from the 9th Circuit permitting the lawsuit to proceed remains in place.

The case did not receive the support of at least four justices, which is the threshold all cases must meet in order to receive a hearing in the Supreme Court. The justices have appeared reluctant to take up controversial topics, including those linked to abortion, after the bruising confirmation battle Justice Brett Kavanaugh faced in the Senate.

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Big govt, Courts, Economy & Investments, Politics

DOJ Tells Court That Obamacare is Unconstitutional

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) informed a federal appeals court on Monday that President Trump’s repeal of the individual Obamacare mandate has made the entire law unconstitutional, and accordingly the entire thing should be nixed. This fight boils down to the issue of severability or to what degree lawful parts of a law can be upheld following the removal of unconstitutional parts of it. Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida has already put forth that the unlawful individual mandate cannot be severed from the remaining portions of the Affordable Care Act and so has the state of Texas. Congress, too, has already found that the individual mandate is key to making the entire Obamacare system function based on that mandatory coverage or financial punishment of those willing to go without coverage. The Obama administration itself called the individual mandate a “linchpin” to the entire system. Read more…

Here’s more form Breitbart…

The Trump-Barr Department of Justice (DOJ) informed a federal appeals court on Monday that it agrees with Texas and the other states suing over Obamacare that President Donald Trump’s repealing of the individual mandate renders the entire law unconstitutional, and therefore should be struck down in its entirety.

This all turns on the legal doctrine of severability. Much of the time when a statute is unconstitutional it is actually only partially unconstitutional. Typically a court will strike down that part of the law, but sever it from the rest of the statute and uphold the remainder.

Pundits who have never studied or litigated severability will surely show up on television now posing as experts, and criticizing DOJ’s position. But writing as a former law school faculty member who authored the largest academic work on severability doctrine ever published, permit me to describe the argument and why it should be taken seriously.

 

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Obama-Clinton Insider Caught Unlawfully Lobbying for Russia

Former Obama White House counsel and Clinton-tied attorney Greg Craig is facing possible federal charges for illegal unregistered overseas lobbying on behalf of Russian-backed Viktor Yanukovych, president of Ukraine. The allegations are coming to light as the latest installment of deep state corruption getting caught up in the Russia collusion dragnet during the course of the Mueller investigation. According to a Fox News report, the lobbying work occurred in 2012 while Craig was a partner at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, but Craig failed to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA. Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

Former Obama White House Counsel and Clinton-linked attorney Greg Craig may soon be charged by the Justice Department for engaging in illegal unregistered overseas lobbying, in a case initially probed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller — a development that would make him the first Democrat to face prosecution amid the long-running Russia investigation.

The case centers on lobbying work that Craig performed in 2012 for the Russian-backed president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, while Craig was a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Craig allegedly never registered as a foreign agent under a U.S. law known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, which requires lobbyists to declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders, governments or their political parties.

FARA violations were only rarely prosecuted until Mueller took aim at Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, for his lobbying work in Ukraine. Manafort, who connected Craig with Yanukovych, has been convicted on numerous bank and tax fraud charges, and was separately accused of FARA violations as well. He was sentenced earlier this month to approximately seven years in prison.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

War Memorial Cross Scrutinized by SCOTUS

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday from atheists targeting a 40-foot-high cross erected in 1925 to honor American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I. The Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, is offending enemies of Christian symbolism at a prominent intersection. It has been made possibly more offensive to them after President Trump signaled his support for saving it. The legal battle reached the Supreme Court after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the cross must be removed or altered to eradicate religious symbolism, an impossible task for a cross. At the heart of the legal debate is the “Lemon Test,” which seeks to determine whether a government action is based in religious intention or coercion. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

The fate of a 40-foot high cross erected in 1925 to honor men who died in World War I will be the focus of arguments before the Supreme Court Wednesday.

The concrete cross, known as the Peace Cross, was erected in Bladensburg, Maryland by the American Legion. It has been owned by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission since 1961.

Atheists demanded the federal courts rule the monument violated the constitutional prohibition on the establishment of religion, claiming they were offended by the display. The cross sits at a prominent intersection in the Washington area. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a two to one decision, ordered that the cross be removed or altered to remove any religious symbolism.

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Big govt, Courts, Issues

Man Refusing to Pay Abortion-Funding Taxes Wins in Court

Christian Michael Bowman of Columbia City, Oregon, is taking taxpayer funding of abortion to court with a specific challenge to the Internal Revenue Service. Citing the federal government’s funding of abortion, 53-year-old Bowman has refused to file a tax return or pay taxes since 1999 despite the IRS sending him warnings and garnishing money from his bank account. Federal prosecutors argue that his cashing of paychecks constitutes “remov[ing] his income from the reach of tax authorities” and have indicted him for felony tax evasion in the amount of $356,857 in addition to four misdemeanor counts for willfully failing to file returns. Last week, however, U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman sided with Bowman against the felony charge that he is trying to conceal his income or deceive the federal government.

Here’s more from Life Site News…

COLUMBIA CITY, Oregon, April 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Like 60% of Americans, Michael Bowman opposes taxpayer funding of abortion. Unlike most Americans, he is currently squaring off against the Internal Revenue Service to avoid doing so.

Bowman is a 53-year-old Christian and contract engineer in Columbia City, Oregon. He has refused to file a tax return or pay taxes since 1999, The Oregonian reports, citing the federal government’s funding of the abortion industry.

“I’m not a tax protester. I love my country,” he told the paper. “I have a duty to my country. I have a duty to my conscience.”

The IRS has sent him numerous warnings over unpaid taxes from 2002 to 2014, and in 2012 the Oregon Department of Revenue began garnishing money from Bowman’s bank account. In response, he started cashing out his paychecks and leaving only a minimum balance in his account.

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Courts, Issues, Politics

Covington Kids to Sue Activist Nathan Phillips

Lawyers for Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann-the student raked over the coals during the March for Life-will be suing Native American activist Nathan Phillips for his role in the Left wing smear campaign. Sandmann’s attorney L. Lin Wood explained Phillips’ “lies and false accusations” against Sandmann et al. are “well documented.” Wood tweeted that: “While it is true that civil lawsuits are about money damages (1) for injury done & (2) to punish and deter, they also reveal the truth. The sworn deposition testimony of Nathan Phillips will prove invaluable in obtaining justice for Nick Sandmann. And it will be one of many.” Holding Left wing bomb throwers-and their media counterparts-acceptable is long overdue.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Lawyers for Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann intend to sue the Native American activist who got the ball rolling on the agenda-driven smear campaign against their client and the rest of the Covington boys.

L. Lin Wood, an Atlanta-based attorney who specializes in aggressive defamation suits against the media, told LifeSiteNews on Friday that Nathan Phillips’ “lies and false accusations” against Sandmann and the other Covington students are “well documented” and he will be sued. He confirmed to PJ Media on Twitter Wednesday that he intends to sue Phillips.

Wood explained in a tweet last week that a sworn deposition from Phillips would “prove invaluable in obtaining justice” for his client.

 

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Big govt, Courts, Issues, Politics

It Gets Worse for Virginia Democrats

From blackface Halloween costumes sported by Governor Ralph Northam in 1984 to sexual assault allegations against Democrat Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, the Left is eating its own in the commonwealth of Virginia. The latest report in this saga reveals that a fourth Democrat has now been caught up in this: Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), who apparently knew about the allegations against Fairfax for more than a year but did nothing. What should really scare the Left, though, is that Fairfax’s accuser has not only submitted a detailed statement about the alleged 2004 assault at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, but she has also retained the legal services of Katz, Marshall, and Banks, the same law firm used by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The series of scandals that have brought Virginia Democrats to their knees over the last week worsened after a new bombshell report was released on Wednesday night that alleges a Democratic lawmaker knew about the sexual assault allegations against Democrat Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax for over a year.

ABC News reports that Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) was made aware of the allegations directly from Fairfax’s accuser, Dr. Vanessa Tyson, “who on Wednesday released a statement detailing the alleged 2004 assault, which took place at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.”

“Allegations of sexual assault need to be taken seriously,” Scott said in a statement to ABC News. “I have known Professor Tyson for approximately a decade and she is a friend. She deserves the opportunity to have her story heard.”

Aides to Scott told ABC News that Tyson told Scott on October 20, 2017 that she was “not a fan” of Fairfax, who at the time was a candidate for Virginia Lieutenant Governor.

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Big govt, Courts, Media, Politics

Roger Stone Calls for CNN to Testify “Tip-Off” Truth Under Oath

Following his high-profile arrest at his home last week-complete with a full CNN production team trailing the FBI-Roger Stone is calling for the “fake news” network to testify under oath that it was not a tip-off from the Department of Justice. CNN was, of course, quick to deny that its presence as the sole media outlet on the scene was anything more than “gut instinct.” According to Breitbart, Stone said: “[FBI agents] walked me out in the middle of the street to make sure the CNN camera could get great footage of the whole thing. The street was sealed off, so how CNN had a camera right outside the door that’s very hard to understand because nobody else was allowed on the street.” Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Roger Stone told Breitbart News that CNN coordinated with the “Mueller investigation” in producing “great footage” depicting him as “some sort of criminal” in order to “taint the jury pool.” He offered his remarks in a Tuesday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

Stone recalled last Friday’s events when he was arrested by FBI agents at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with a CNN production team in tow.

Stone said, “[FBI agents] walked me out in the middle of the street to make sure the CNN camera could get great footage of the whole thing. The street was sealed off, so how CNN had a camera right outside the door; that’s very hard to understand, because nobody else was allowed on the street.”

CNN denied being tipped off by sources within Robert Mueller’s team or the broader FBI, crediting “reporter’s instinct” with its decision to have a camera crew on-site during the pre-dawn raid of Stone’s home.

 

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