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Trump Signs Social Media Executive Order to ‘Protect and Uphold Free Speech Rights’

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order allowing the government to regulate social media platforms after years of complaints that the companies are biased against conservatives.

“Today I’m signing an executive order to protect and uphold the free speech rights of the American people,” Trump said. “Social media giants like Twitter receive an unprecedented liability shield based on the theory that they’re a neutral platform, which they’re not.”

Two Republican lawmakers, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) have both already announced that they are working on legislation to remove Twitter’s liability protections.

The president was joined in the Oval Office by Attorney General William Barr, who said that the new regulations should receive bipartisan support because Section 230 has been “stretched well beyond its original intentions and people feel that on both sides of the aisle.”

Trump’s order directs an agency within the Commerce Department to file a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clarify the scope of Section 230, a proposition that has already drawn rebukes from the two Democratic members of the five-person commission.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement Thursday that the commission “will carefully review any petition for rulemaking filed by the Department of Commerce.” He added that “this debate is an important one.”

Section 230 gives media platforms “legal immunity for content posted by third-party users while also giving them cover to make good-faith efforts to moderate their platforms,” according to the Hill.

The president claimed that the order would strip the liability protection from companies that censor content, have Barr work with states to develop regulations and ensure government funding does not go to companies that suppress free speech. The order also instructs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prohibit social media companies from engaging in “any deceptive acts or practices affecting commerce,” Trump said.

“We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers it has faced in American history, frankly, and you know what’s going on as well as anybody. It’s not good,” Trump told reporters. “This censorship and bias is a threat to freedom itself,” Trump said.

He said that social media companies have had “unchecked power to censure, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter virtually any form of communication between private citizens or large public audiences” and added that if he were able to shut Twitter down, he would.

“We can’t continue to let this happen, it’s very, very unfair,” Trump said.

The attorney general said that the DOJ would pursue litigation to regulate social media companies that violate users’ rights.

The president seemed to focus primarily on Twitter. “The choices that Twitter makes when it chooses to suppress, edit, blacklist, or shadowban are editorial decisions, pure and simple,” Trump said. “In that moment, Twitter ceases to be a public platform. They become an editor with a viewpoint.”

Twitter recently flagged a pair of Trump’s posts with fact-check warnings, provoking the president’s ire.

The social media giant for the first time applied a warning label to two of the president’s tweets warning of the potential for fraud in California’s mail-in voting, urging users to “get the facts about mail-in ballots.”

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany spent some time on Thursday correcting the media’s misconception that California’s mail-in voting is not rife for fraud.

She also sparred with CNN’s Jim Acosta over the fact-checking issue.  Acosta claimed that Trump needs to be fact-checked because of his propensity to tell “lies,” citing the Washington Post’s absurdly biased list of 18,000 “false and misleading” statements. McEnany threw the accusation that the president needs to be fact-checked back in Acosta’s face. “There is no one that should be fact checked more than the mainstream media that has been continually wrong about a number of things,” she said as she began ticking off a list that included his own network.

In his statement Thursday, the president said that a platform’s decision to fact-check a conservative’s tweets while ignoring dubious Democrat tweets was “inappropriate” and amounted to “political activism.”

When asked about the possibility that his executive order will be challenged in court, Trump acknowledged that it would probably happen, but added, “what isn’t?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Former Mueller Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann Now Fundraising for Joe Biden

Robert Mueller’s hard-charging former “pit bull” Andrew Weissmann plans to participate in an upcoming fundraiser for Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden, effectively ending his television career at NBC News. The network’s policy reportedly requires that employees avoid activities “that may create the appearance of a conflict of interest.”

“If the fundraiser goes forward, I’m withdrawing from MSNBC so I can be in compliance with their policy,” Weissmann told the Washington Free Beacon on Friday.

Weissmann joined MSNBC as a legal analyst in November, offering advice to House Democrats during their unsuccessful impeachment gambit against President Trump.

He told the Free Beacon that when he notified the network about his plan to headline the June 2 fundraiser for Biden, he understood that the activity was prohibited by his contract.

“I knew what I was getting into and what the consequences would be,” Weissmann said. “They wanted me to adhere to their policy.”

The Free Beacon had previously reported on Weissmann’s fundraising plans, noting that the political activity would have violated the network’s longstanding policies.

The decision to overtly campaign for Biden comes shortly after it was announced that Weissmann would be rejoining law firm Jenner & Block, where he was a partner before he was hired by the Department of Justice in 2011. He will take over the firm’s investigations division on July 1.

“It doesn’t get any swampier than this: trying to stage a partisan coup against the president and then raising money for his political opponent,” said Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh.

The “legendary prosecutor” is known for engaging in ruthless and unethical behavior in several high-profile cases at the Justice Department.  Gen. Michael Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell, in fact, made him the lead villain in her book “Licensed to Lie” and has labeled him “the poster boy for prosecutorial misconduct.”

Before he became Mueller’s top deputy in the special counsel investigation, Weissmann was involved with the corrupt, election-year Crossfire Hurricane investigation.

In 2018, DOJ official Bruce Ohr told a House task force investigating the Trump-Russia affair that in July of 2016, he met with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the discredited anti-Trump dossier for the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.  By that time, Steele had completed a few installments of the dossier, including the salacious and never-verified sex allegations about  Trump and prostitutes in a Moscow hotel.

Ohr testified that he relayed that information to Andrew McCabe, who was at the time the number-two man at the FBI, then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, and top FBI agent Peter Strzok. Ohr said that he told three people at the DOJ, including Andrew Weissmann, who was already “working on some of these matters.”

Earlier this month, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, vowed to pursue multiple new criminal referrals on members of the special counsel team.

“We’re looking at doing criminal referrals on the Mueller team, the Mueller dossier team, the Mueller witch hunt, whatever you want to call it. That’s where we are now in our investigation,” Nunes told Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett on May 13.

“We’re doing a large criminal referral on the Mueller dossier team that put together a fraudulent report — that knew there was no collusion the day that Mueller walked in the door,” said Nunes. “They set an obstruction of justice trap. There’s no doubt in my mind that we will make a conspiracy referral there.”

When he joined the MSNBC team last Fall, Weissmann was focused on the effort to oust President Trump from office. The impeachment hoax ultimately failed and now as the entire Russia hoax is completely unraveling and implicating many FBI/DOJ bad actors in the process. It’s no wonder that the “the poster boy for prosecutorial misconduct” is doing what he can to help get Biden elected.

 

 

 

 

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Media Fail: MSNBC Reporter Called Out on Camera While Trying to Shame Holiday Revelers in Wisconsin

Corporate media “Karens” were out in full force over the Memorial Day weekend to scold holiday revelers across the country for enjoying the great outdoors without wearing masks.

Despite the media’s coronavirus obsession, crowds of people flocked to beaches on the East and West coasts and to lakes throughout the Midwest, perhaps confident that the sun—with it’s powerful disinfecting properties—would quickly destroy any coronavirus germs discharged into the air.

In Wisconsin, hundreds of people gathered in Lake Geneva to enjoy the swimming, sunbathing, and culinary pleasures the area offers.

MSNBC was on the scene to record the uncouth savagery of the throngs.

“Are the people there just not worried about it?” asked reporter Katy Tur with obvious disdain. “They’re not worried about their own personal safety?”

“I haven’t met anyone who is,” replied on the ground reporter Cal Perry, who was apparently there to observe whether vacationers were practicing safe social distancing.  Perry, who was wearing a mask himself, added that he talked to some people from Lake Geneva who were worried that people coming to the area from Chicago might cause a “second spike.”

“But they’ll quickly add at the same time that this is a place that relies on that business,” Perry continued.

“I think people around here want a little bit more funding when it comes to these programs so that they [can] stay closed,” he added without evidence.

As the camera panned on a man who was walking by without a mask, Perry said, “as you can see, no one is wearing them.”

“Including your cameraman,” the man shot back. “Half your crew’s not wearing them!”

“Yeah—’kay!” the flustered reporter replied, throwing up his hands in embarrassment.

“Striking images!” Tur declared, ending the awkward moment.

On Tuesday, a woman who claimed to be the man’s wife posted the video he took onto Twitter.

“Full video my husband, Andy, took of @CalNBC at Lake Geneva on Memorial Day! Hypocrites on full display! @MSNBC Cameraman and other crew NOT wearing masks while shaming others exercising their freedom not to!” @Deana921 tweeted.

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Man Arrested After Disturbing Video Shows Elderly Man Being Punched in the Head in Nursing Home

Detroit police have arrested a man after a disturbing video circulated on social media appearing to show the man “punching elderly victims” as they lied helplessly in bed, the Detroit News reports.

The incident allegedly occurred at the Westwood Nursing Center on the city’s northwest side and is being investigated, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said.

“The nursing home was unaware of the assault until they saw the video,” Craig said during a press conference Thursday. “We are still investigating that aspect of the case, but we do have a suspect in custody.”

Police did not name the suspect or provide further details.

One video that appeared online shows an elderly man being repeatedly punched in the head by a black man at what appears to be a nursing home.

“This b-tch-ass n-gger,” he tells the bleeding senior after the sustained assault. “Get the f-ck off my bed, n-gger.”

Update:

According to WXYZ Detroit, the perpetrator is a 20 year old man who was also being treated at the nursing home for “recovery and rehabilitation.”

He allegedly took the video of the assault himself on the 75 year old man with his cell phone, and also filmed himself assaulting an elderly woman confined to her bed. People who saw the videos online tipped off the police and they were quickly able to track him down.

The Westwood Nursing Home said in a statement that the video is shocking and that they are cooperating with the police.

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Rice’s Last Minute ‘By the Book’ Email Written Upon Advice of Obama’s White House Counsel

Former national security advisor Susan Rice wrote her last minute and now infamous “by the book” email to herself upon the advice of the White House Counsel, a newly released letter reveals.

Rice’s email purports to describe a Jan. 5  briefing in the Oval Office between Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, then-CIA Director John Brennan, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and fired former FBI Director James Comey.

Rice’s attorney and former Obama White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler wrote the letter to Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. on Feb. 23, 2018.  According to Ruemmler, Rice wrote the letter  “upon the advice of the White House Counsel’s Office” and didn’t get to it until Inauguration Day, 2017 because “that was the first opportunity she had to do so.”

Rice’s short email mentioned a desire to proceed “by the book” three times.

“Given the importance and sensitivity of the subject matter, and upon the advice of the White House Counsel’s Office, Ambassador Rice created a permanent record of the discussion,”  Ruemmler wrote to the senators. “Ambassador Rice memorialized the discussion on January 20, because that was the first opportunity she had to do so, given the particularly intense responsibilities of the National Security Advisor during the remaining days of the administration and transition.”

Erin Pelton, a spokeswoman for Rice, told Fox News on Wednesday that Rice penned the memo at the advice of Neil Eggleston, who was the White House counsel at the time.

According to Rice’s email, Obama asked Yates and Comey to “stay behind” after the Russia briefing with the other Obama officials. The president told the two that he had “learned of the information about Flynn” and his conversation with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions.

“From a national security perspective, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia,” Rice wrote.

Rice’s email, declassified by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, says that Comey then told Obama that he was doing everything “by the book” as it relates to law enforcement,” but he had “concerns” about Flynn because he was “speaking frequently” with Kislyak.

“President Obama asked if Comey was saying that the NSC should not pass sensitive information related to Russia to Flynn,” Rice wrote. According to the email, “Comey replied ‘potentially,’” and “added that he has no indication thus far that Flynn has passed classified information to Kislyak, but he noted that ‘the level of communication is unusual.’”

But Comey had no reason to be concerned about Flynn. Because they could find no damaging evidence against him, the FBI had moved to close their counterintelligence probe into Flynn on January 4, 2017, the very day before the “by the book” meeting at the White House. But on Comey’s orders, the investigation was left open so an FBI counterintelligence team could set a perjury trap for Flynn over the phone call.

Flynn spoke by phone with Kislyak five times on December 29, 2016 after President Obama signed an executive order announcing sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. The reason there were so many calls in one day was because of a bad connection and the need to call back when the call was dropped. Comey, who had the transcripts to the calls, would have known this.

In those December 29 calls (Flynn had had to phone back a few times because reception was choppy), Flynn had urged Kislyak not to escalate tensions with the United States. Obama had just expelled 35 of Russia’s spies and had levied minor sanctions against Putin’s intelligence agencies as a rebuke for election meddling. According to the motion to drop his prosecution, Flynn’s request was “consistent with him advocating for, not against, the interests of the United States.” Moreover, Flynn’s communications with Kislyak “gave no indication that Mr. Flynn was being directed and controlled by the Russian federation.”

Former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland, who early on was also pushed out of the Trump administration and into Mueller’s meat grinder, said nothing about Rice’s email made sense.

McFarland told Fox News’ Shannon Bream that sending an email to yourself like Rice did was an “odd thing to do.”

“Why would you write a memorandum to the record for yourself unless you assumed that somebody was going to come and look for those clues, that somebody was potentially going to come after the fact and see that they’ve done something wrong,” McFarland said. “So she was trying to make sure everything was done ‘by the books.’”

McFarland also pointed out that she and Flynn had received intelligence briefings that left out Russia before the “By the Book” meeting, so Obama’s question— “Is there any reason why we shouldn’t bring the new team in on what we’re doing with Russia?”—doesn’t make sense.

During a briefing three weeks prior,  “every other topic was mentioned” including North Korea, China and ISIS,” she said. “But they didn’t mention anything about Russia and yet they knew, at that point, that they were about to sanction Russia for election interference.”

“So none of it really [jibes] unless you look at it from the perspective of they knew they had done something wrong and now they were trying to cover their tracks,” McFarland said.

“I mean, it’s the most bizarre thing I’ve read,” former congressman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) remarked on Fox News, Wednesday. “It is, ‘Dear Diary, President Obama is perfect and Jim Comey says he’s done everything by the book.’ Well, I’d like to know what book he’s following.”

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Flynn Lawyer Sidney Powell Files Petition ‘to Correct Judge Sullivan’s Unauthorized Actions’

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s defense team delivered a Petition for Writ of Mandamus to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday “to correct Judge Sullivan’s unauthorized actions.”

The petition seeks an order directing the district court to dismiss the case against President Trump’s short-lived national security advisor, vacate Judge Emmet Sullivan’s amicus curiae order, and reassign the case to another judge.

“Petitioner respectfully requests that this Court order the district court immediately to (1) grant the Justice Department’s Motion to Dismiss; (2) vacate its order appointing amicus curiae; and (3) reassign the case to another district judge as to any further proceedings,” the petition states.

Flynn’s lead attorney Sidney Powell asked the court to determine whether “the district court exceeded its authority and egregiously abused its discretion by failing to grant the Government’s Motion to Dismiss the Criminal Information and, instead, appointing an amicus to oppose the motion and to propose contempt and perjury charges against General Flynn, while inviting additional amici.”

Judge Sullivan, who oversees the Flynn case, refused last week to grant the government’s Motion to Dismiss and instead entered an order “appoint[ing] The Honorable John Gleeson (Ret.) as amicus curiae to present arguments in opposition to the government’s Motion to Dismiss” and to advise “whether the Court should issue an Order to Show Cause why Mr. Flynn should not be held in
criminal contempt for perjury.”

Flynn, in December of 2017, under extreme duress, pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents in order to save himself from further financial ruin and protect his son from corrupt and overzealous government prosecutors. Now Sullivan wants Flynn charged with a crime for pleading guilty to a crime he didn’t commit.

Sidney Powell filed the 36 page writ of mandamus on Tuesday afternoon with the court, arguing that Judge Emmet Sullivan has displayed “deep-seated antagonism” toward her client and shown “manifest confusion” about the case.

“General Flynn pled guilty on December 1, 2017,” the petition states.

A year later, on what was scheduled to be his sentencing, for which the Government had filed a motion for downward departure and certified his “substantial cooperation,” Judge Sullivan publicly berated him. He suggested he may have committed “treason,” asserted that he had “sold [his] country out,” and expressed “disdain” and “disgust” for General Flynn’s conduct—flat wrong on crucial facts of the case. Before Judge Sullivan returned from recess, explosive headlines of General Flynn’s “treason” permeated international news. Judge Sullivan postponed sentencing, after making clear that General Flynn faced prison despite the Government’s recommendation of leniency.

Powell argued later in the petition that “a defendant facing sentencing is entitled to a judge who does not express ‘disgust’ and ‘disdain’ in a courtroom filled with reporters.

Inflaming public passions against a party, particularly a criminal defendant, and encouraging prosecutors to vastly increase the charges against him, is the very antithesis of calling balls and strikes.

She went on to liken Sullivan to “an umpire who has decided to steal public attention from the players and focus it on himself.” She added: “He wants to pitch, bat, run bases, and play shortstop. In truth, he is way out in left field.”

Powell requested another judge to oversee the case, arguing that Sullivan’s “deep-seated antagonism” toward Flynn would make fair judgment impossible.

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AZ Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Candidates Promising to ‘Make America Self-Sufficient’

A new Arizona opinion poll shows overwhelming public support for a “plan to make America self-sufficient” by producing more food, energy and medicine at home.

In the statewide public opinion poll, conducted by OH Predictive Insights, 75 percent of respondents said that they would be more likely to support a candidate that had a plan to make the United States more self-sufficient in those three areas.

The question had majority support from all demographics, including gender, age and region groups.

Only six percent of respondents said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who placed a priority on self-sufficiency in the United States. Two out of three liberals and about 90 percent of conservatives and Republicans said they would be more likely to support such a candidate.

Biden supporters were the least likely to vote for a candidate who had a plan to make America more self-sufficient, with 28 percent saying they would not.

Oddly enough, the Arizona poll also shows that Biden tops President Trump 50 percent to 43 percent in a presidential match-up, despite Trump’s promise to “Make America Great Again” by bringing jobs back to the United States.

The fact that most Arizona voters support Biden suggests that they believe he would be a better “America First” president than Trump. Yet Biden supported NAFTA in 1993, which led to massive offshoring and outsourcing of jobs.  And as vice president, he fought for passage of the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Trump’s campaign meanwhile claims that the president has been able to bring jobs back to the U.S. through “tough negotiations with China,” withdrawing the U.S. from the TPP, and successfully negotiating a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal.

In better news for the president, a new Gallup poll showed 49 percent approval for Trump among voters nationwide.

“At 49%, Trump is a hair away from the generally accepted 50%-51% approval political experts consider a lock to win reelection,” The Washington Examiner reported.

At this stage of their presidencies, Obama was at 47% approval, and Bush was at 46% approval. Also, at this stage of their presidencies and heading into the reelection, Bill Clinton was at 55% approval, George H.W. Bush at 40%, Ronald Reagan at 52%, and Jimmy Carter at 38%.

Yet another poll had good news for the president, Monday.

The latest Economist/YouGov survey showed that only one-third of voters blame Trump for the virus-crushed economy, despite the corporate media’s attempts to pin the blame on him.

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Money and Politics Behind Anti-Hydroxychloroquine Bias, New Report Suggests

Remdesivir, an antiviral medication that was developed by the biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, has been widely touted as the most promising drug to treat COVID-19, even though—so far—the new and expensive drug does not seem to be terribly effective at fighting the disease.

The anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, on the other hand, is cheap, has been used safely for decades, and has shown great promise as a weapon in the fight against the coronavirus—yet after President Trump mentioned it as a promising potential treatment for the disease, the media immediately blasted him for touting an “unproven” and potentially unsafe drug.

As Full Measure reported Sunday night, the two camps have divided along political lines, with conservatives siding with hydroxychloroquine and the left-leaning media backing remdesivir.

The FDA seems to have taken a side too, green-lighting emergency use of remdesivir for severely ill coronavirus patients, while warning that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine should only be taken in the hospital or as part of a formal study due to reports of “serious heart rhythm problems.”

Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson spoke with a doctor and several scientists who told her that the anti-hydroxychloroquine bias in the media has been “unwarranted,” “harmful,” and has even “cost lives.”

Attkisson also “followed the money” to find out why the two drugs are being treated so differently. Not surprisingly, she found that many of the people promoting remdesivir have major conflicts of interest.

She first spoke with cardiologist Dr. William O’Neill, a medical director at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan, where both remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine are being studied.

O’Neill told Attkisson that the media’s attempts to “disprove and discredit” hydroxychloroquine has been “very harmful.”

“I think those of us that are actually involved in the scientific endeavor feel that there is some value to it and it has to be tested,” he said.

Joining many other doctors who have gone on the record to praise hydroxychloroquine as a promising treatment for coronavirus, O’Neill said that he’s seen improvement in every coronavirus patient to whom he has prescribed the drug.

Remdesivir, on the other hand, leaves him cold.

“There’s a lot of hype for the drug,” he said. “I saw the original new England Journal article study and I saw the Lancet study and to me it’s just like a big Ho Hum. I just don’t see a big benefit to it,” O’Neill told Attkisson.

Attkisson noted that “a draft version of a study was accidentally published last month showing remdesivir did not help most coronavirus patients and caused such serious side effects, 18 test subjects were taken off the drug.”

O’Neill is currently leading a hydroxychloroquine study in Michigan, but says the media’s bias against the drug is making things difficult for him.

“Now people are scared to use the drug without any scientifically valid concern,” he explained. The doctor characterized the media’s hostile coverage of hydroxychloroquine as “fake news and fake science.”

We’ve talked with our colleagues at the University of Minnesota who are doing a similar study, and at the University of Washington. We’ve treated 400 patients and haven’t seen a single adverse event. And what’s happening is because of this fake news and fake science, the true scientific efforts are being harmed because people now are so worried that they don’t want to enroll in the trials.

Attkisson also talked to Dr. Steven Hatfill, a biomedical scientist who studies pandemic responses and medicine.

“Why are the press running medicine in the United States?” he asked. “This is not right.”

Hatfill told the reporter that there’s an unwarranted campaign against hydroxychloroquine.

“You think lives were lost because it wasn’t used?” Attkisson asked.

“Yes, lives were lost,” he answered.

The scientist said the drug should be used as a prophylaxis for healthy critical workers going back to work, as well as high risk populations such as people with “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ex-smokers, diabetics, obesity.”

A third scientist Attkisson spoke to said hydroxychloroquine has been unfairly disparaged, and had a pretty good theory as to why.

is Dr. Jane Orient, head of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

“How do you account for the difference in medical and scientific opinion about this drug?” Attkisson asked Dr. Jane Orient, head of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

“That’s a very good question,” Orient replied. “But the ones who have the most experience are very enthusiastic about the possibilities.”

And we do have naysayers that we suspect may have a little conflict of interest because they are so enthusiastic about remdesivir, which is a new drug that hasn’t been approved for anything. And that so far is showing a really very equivocal or even negative results.

All three scientists criticized a recent VA report that denigrated hydroxychloroquine, saying it was “little more than a list of cases with crucial details missing.”

And one of the report’s authors, Attkisson found, received major research funding from Gilead, the company that makes remdesivir, “including a 247-thousand dollar grant in 2018.”

“I think we have to look at the money,” Orient said. “There’s no big profits made in hydroxychloroquine.”

It’s very cheap, easy to manufacture, been around for 70 years. It’s generic. Remdesivir is a new drug that could be very expensive and very lucrative if it’s ever approved. So I think we really do have to consider there’s some financial interest involved here.

Dr. Hatfill told Attkisson that some of the decisions being made concerning the drugs “do not seem to be rational” and that when what seems like a clear path is not taken, “very often, money is somehow involved.”

The experts on a government panel that devised the coronavirus treatment guidelines talked up remdesivir but downplayed hydroxychloroquine. Full Measure checked into their financial ties to see if there were any conflicts of interest there.

“We found that of 11 members reporting links to a drug company, nine of them named relationships to remdesivir’s maker Gilead,” Attkisson said.

Seven more, including two of the committee’s leaders, have ties to Gilead beyond the 11 months they had to disclose. Two were on Gilead’s advisory board. Others were paid consultants or received research support and honoraria. Nobody reported ties to hydroxychloroquine which is now made by numerous generic manufacturers and is so cheap, analysts say even a spike in sales would not be a financial driver for the companies.

Attkisson asked Dr. O’Neill if it’s possible that both drugs could be helpful in the right settings.

O’Neill answered that that “absolutely” could be.

“I think that it’s just still very early in this disease process that we’re going to learn lot,” he explained. “There’s 600 studies that are being done in the United States right now on Covid to see all sorts of different kinds of infections and combinations. We’re going to be a lot smarter at the end of the summer. So I think what I would just say to everybody, just hold your powder.”

 

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Graham Throws Cold Water on Trump’s Call For Obama to Testify in ObamaGate Hearing

President Donald Trump on Thursday strongly urged Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to call former President Barack Obama to testify before his committee about the unmasking scandal that has become known as “ObamaGate,” but the senator quickly threw cold water on the idea.

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell this week declassified a list of Obama officials who asked to “unmask” the identity of the president’s incoming national security adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn, and on Wednesday, Senators Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) released the bombshell information.

The roster implicates top Obama officials, including then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-CIA Director John Brennan, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Obama’s then-chief of staff Denis McDonough.

As American Greatness’ Julie Kelly reported on Wednesday, McDonough requested his unmasking on the same day Obama held a key meeting at the White House with “all the perpetrators of the Russian collusion hoax.” It was recently revealed that during the meeting, Obama himself brought up Flynn’s infamous December 29, 2016 phone call with the Russian Ambassador. It now appears likely that McDonough was Obama’s source for the Flynn phone call information.

During a two-month period that began on election day, Nov. 8, 2016, senior Obama administration officials made 49 requests to unmask Flynn, and according to former Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), those requests were only the tip of the iceberg.  As Nunes first noted in March of 2017, Flynn was only one of many other Trump transition team members who were under surveillance by Team Obama.

For over a year now, Graham, the chairman of the powerful Judiciary Committee, has been promising to hold hearings to examine the spy scandal, as well as other Democrat scandals, but for some reason or other, he has been largely missing-in-action.

The last straw for the president apparently came when Graham vowed to “get to the bottom of” the unmasking scandal on Fox and Friends, Thursday morning.

“If I were a Senator or Congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama,” President Trump wrote on Twitter. “He knew EVERYTHING.”

He added: “Do it @LindseyGrahamSC, just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!”

Graham shot down the president’s tweet, telling Politico, “I don’t think now’s the time for me to do that. I don’t know if that’s even possible.”

Later Thursday, the senator released a statement saying the Judiciary Committee will hold “multiple in-depth hearings” in June “regarding all things related” to the FBI Russia investigation (dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane”).

“No president is above the law,” Graham said in the statement. “However, the presidency has executive privilege claims against other branches of government. … As to the Judiciary Committee, both presidents are welcome to come before the committee and share their concerns about each other. If nothing else it would make for great television. However, I have great doubts about whether it would be wise for the country.”

Obama will get away with community organizing the biggest spy scandal in American history because Republicans like Graham fear that calling a former president to testify before congress would set a bad precedent.

The senator told Politico that he was “greatly concerned by the precedent that would be set by calling a former president for oversight.”

“I understand President Trump’s frustration,” he added. “But be careful what you wish for.”

 

 

 

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New York Attorney General Demands NYPD Stop Enforcing Social Distancing Rules for Minorities

New York State Attorney General Letitia James (D-N.Y.) has publicly called on the New York Police Department to stop enforcing social distancing measures for African-Americans and Hispanic Americans, claiming that there is a disparity between punishments for minorities and punishments for white Americans, according to Fox News.

James cited statistics released by the NYPD the previous day showing that 90 percent of such violations were committed by black or Hispanic citizens. Out of 125 people arrested from March to May, 83 were black and 30 were Hispanic.

“The apparent unequal enforcement of social-distancing policies,” James said, “is deeply troubling and deepens the divide between law enforcement and the people they are tasked to protect.” James also claimed that “it is inherently wrong to aggressively police one group of people,” and that “the NYPD must ensure that a New Yorker’s race, color, and neighborhood does not determine how they are patrolled.”

James demanded that the NYPD hand over a number of materials and documents to her office by Friday, including “demographics of people who were arrested or issued summonses, as well as officer training material.” NYPD spokeswoman Jessica McRorie confirmed in a statement that “the NYPD will of course work with [James] in any way.”

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Obama Chief of Staff Unmasked Flynn Day of Crucial White House Briefing

According to declassified documents released Wednesday by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, President Barack Obama’s chief of staff requested the unmasking of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn on the same day as a crucial White House meeting that involved all the perpetrators of the Russian collusion hoax.

Denis McDonough, a longtime Obama loyalist and the president’s chief of staff during his second term, asked the NSA to unmask Flynn’s identity on January 5, 2017 related to an unspecified foreign intelligence report. That date is significant because it’s the same day that President Obama met with top aides including James Comey, James Clapper, Susan Rice, and John Brennan for the ostensible purpose of reviewing the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russia’s attempted election interference. (Vice President Joe Biden also attended the Oval Office meeting. Biden made an unmasking request on January 12, 2017, the day David Ignatius at the Washington Post first reported on the Flynn-Kislyak call.)

The real purpose of the meeting, as new evidence suggests, was to discuss how to set up the incoming president and entrap Flynn. After the general briefing, President Obama asked Comey and Sally Yates, the number two at the Justice Department who would serve as acting attorney general until Trump’s appointee was confirmed, to stay behind. (Yates and Comey, it’s worth noting, both signed the initial FISA application on Carter Page.)

That’s when Obama informed Yates about Flynn’s infamous December 29, 2016 phone call with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions. “At that point, Yates had no idea what the president was talking about, but figured it out based on the conversation,” according to the special counsel’s 2017 interview with Yates. “Yates recalled Comey mentioning the Logan Act. It was not clear to Yates from where the President first received the information.”

It now appears that we know the source: McDonough. There are no other unmasking requests between Flynn’s call on December 29, 2016 and the January 5, 2017 meeting.

But that might not have been the only leak tied to McDonough. Mary McCord, former head of the National Security Division that was responsible for seeking the FISA warrants on Page, testified to the House Intelligence Committee in 2017 that “in theory” the leak to the Washington Post came from the Obama White House. 

Igantius’ article first floated the outlandish Logan Act case against Flynn. “According to a senior U.S. government official, Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials as well as other measures in retaliation for the hacking,” Ignatius wrote. “What did Flynn say, and did it undercut the U.S. sanctions? The Logan Act (though never enforced) bars U.S. citizens from correspondence intending to influence a foreign government about ‘disputes’ with the United States. Was its spirit violated?”

The illegal leak of classified government information is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison. The “senior U.S. government official” who tipped off Ignatius about the Flynn-Kislyak call has not yet been identified or charged with a crime.

McDonough’s request is the closest tie between President Obama and the framing of Michael Flynn; as this massive scandal unfolds, Barack Obama still has not been asked a single question about what he knew or when he knew it.

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Report: Grenell to Declassify Docs Showing Brennan Suppressed Intel About Putin Preferring Clinton

Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Ric Grenell has shared with the Department of Justice the declassified names of Obama administration officials who participated in the “unmasking” of retired General Michael Flynn during the presidential transition in 2016, and their names will reportedly be made public soon.

Several corporate media news sources reported Tuesday that the Department of Justice did not plan to release the declassified documents, but a Fox source clarified that it’s not up to the DOJ to release the docs.

“The Justice Department is confused as to where the idea that we would be releasing this information came from, given that ODNI is the owner of that information, if they want to release it they can do it, that’s their call,” the DOJ official told Fox News’ Brooke Singman.

According to Fox, Grenell is working to declassify four or five batches of other intelligence, and it’s being done in stages. An intelligence source wouldn’t tell Fox whether former President Barack Obama’s name was on the list of officials involved in the improper unmasking, but stressed the list would “make waves.”

Unmasking occurs after a U.S. citizen’s conversations with foreign officials are incidentally picked up because the foreign officials are being monitored by the intelligence community. The U.S. citizen’s identity is protected if his participation is incidental and no wrongdoing is suspected. However, intelligence officials can learn the U.S. citizen’s name through an unmasking process that is supposed to safeguard his rights.

Former Fox News reporter, now independent journalist, Adam Housley, reported on Twitter Tuesday that Brennan hired “contractors” to gather intelligence on U.S. citizens targeted by the Obama regime.

 

“I’m told it could get sticky for John Brennan,” Fox News correspondent Ed Henry told Tucker Carlson Tuesday night.

The 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment of Russian interference in 2016 determined that Russia meddled in the election to help candidate Trump.

Documents being declassified will show that former CIA Director John Brennan deliberately suppressed intelligence evidence that indicated Russian President Vladimir Putin preferred “the more predictable and malleable” Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to sources.

Former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz first reported on this last month in an oped at Fox News, and American Greatness covered the story at that time, as well.

“House Intelligence Committee staff told me that after an exhaustive investigation reviewing intelligence and interviewing intelligence officers, they found that Brennan suppressed high-quality intelligence suggesting that Putin actually wanted the more predictable and malleable Clinton to win the 2016 election,” Fleitz wrote.

“I separately have an intelligence source tonight who confirmed that information,” Henry said, adding that rather than issuing a balanced report that reflected all of the intelligence, Brennan “set the narrative that Russia wanted Trump to win.”

Henry told Carlson that the upcoming information “could be a bombshell.”

 

 

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#ObamaGate Trends on Twitter as Durham Investigation Goes ‘Full Throttle’

U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham is going “full throttle” in his review into the roots of the Russia investigation and is being assisted by two additional prosecutors, Fox News reported Monday.

According to two sources,  Jeff Jensen, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, and Timothy Shea, the interim U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, are both helping with Durham’s investigation.

Jensen was tasked by Attorney General William Barr in February to review the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and is continuing to work with Durham now that the DOJ has dropped the case.

“They farmed the investigation out because it is too much for Durham and he didn’t want to be distracted,” one of the sources told Fox News. “He’s going full throttle, and they’re looking at everything,” the source added.

The DOJ determined that the bureau’s 2017 Flynn interview — which formed the basis for his guilty plea of lying to investigators — was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”

The retired Army lieutenant general for months has been trying to withdraw his plea, aided by a new attorney aggressively challenging the prosecution’s case and conduct.

Documents unsealed by the Justice Department earlier this month revealed that agents discussed the outdated Logan Act as a pretext to interview Flynn in the Russia probe.  Officials also discussed whether they wanted to “get him to lie” so he’d be fired or prosecuted, or get him to admit wrongdoing.

Flynn explained in a statement that he finally pleaded guilty to lying federal agents in December of 2017  because of “the intense pressure from the Special Counsel’s Office, which included a threat to indict my son Michael, and the lack of crucial information from my counsel.”

According to Fox’s source, the “pattern of conduct” Durham is investigating also includes the FBI’s abuse of the FISA court to obtain warrants to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

“Barr talks to Durham every day,” the source said. “The president has been briefed that the case is being pursued, and it’s serious.”

Durham is expected to wrap up his investigation by the end of summer.

President Trump on Friday expressed disgust with the newly released transcripts of interviews from the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation that showed top Obama officials admitting they knew of no “empirical evidence” of Russian collusion even though many of them accused him of having ties to the Kremlin in public interviews.

“It was a very dangerous situation what they did,” Trump said during an interview with “Fox & Friends” Friday. “These are dirty politicians and dirty cops and some horrible people and hopefully they’re going to pay a big price in the not too distant future.”

The transcripts, which were released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., revealed top Obama officials were questioned over whether they had or had seen evidence of such collusion, coordination or conspiracy — the issue that drove the FBI’s initial case and later the special counsel probe. They generally said they had not.

“I never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting/conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election,” former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified in 2017. “That’s not to say that there weren’t concerns about the evidence we were seeing, anecdotal evidence. … But I do not recall any instance where I had direct evidence.”

Trump on Sunday blasted former President Barack Obama on twitter for spearheading what he called “the biggest political crime in American history, by far.” On Sunday and most of Monday, #ObamaGate trended on Twitter.

Referring to this tweet during a briefing on Monday, Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker asked Trump, “What crime exactly are you accusing President Obama of committing and do you believe the Justice Department should prosecute him?”

Trump replied, “ObamaGate. It’s been going on for a long time. It’s a disgrace that it happened.” The president added ominously, “and from what I understand that’s only the beginning, some terrible things happened.”

Pressed by Rucker to specify what crime Obama potentially committed, Trump said, “You know what the crime is, the crime is very obvious to everybody. All you have to do is read the newspapers, except yours.”

“You’ll be seeing what’s going on in the coming weeks,” he said. “I wish you’d write honestly about it.”

 

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, meanwhile, has declassified a list of former Obama administration officials who were allegedly involved in the “unmasking” of former national security adviser Michael Flynn in his telephone conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition, according to ABC News.

Grenell, who remains the U.S. ambassador to Germany along with being the acting DNI, visited the Justice Department last week and brought the list with him, according to the official.

In 2017, the conservative media highlighted improper unmaskings of various Trump campaign officials by Obama officials, including Susan Rice and Samantha Power.

While the law requires that identifying information of U.S. persons picked up during foreign surveillance be “masked,” high-ranking intelligence officials can request the identities be revealed if they feel the information is necessary to further understand the intercepts.

Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice has openly acknowledged unmasking the identities of some senior Trump officials during the presidential transition but has strenuously denied ever leaking any identities and said nothing she did was politically motivated.

Declassified text messages between FBI lovebirds Lisa Page and Peter Strzok strongly suggest that Obama was pulling the strings on the anti-Trump operation from the White House.

In an August 5, 2016 email, Strzok told Page “the White House is running this” and in a Sept. 2, 2016, text exchange Page wrote that “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.”

In a bizarre phone call with thousands of his supporters last week, Obama falsely claimed that Flynn had been charged with perjury, and added inaccurately that “there is no precedent that anybody can find” for someone accused of perjury “getting off scot-free.”

Obama made the incorrect assertions as it became known that he was acutely interested in Flynn’s intercepted December 2016 phone calls with Kislyak, surprising then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in a White House meeting.

An exhibit in the DOJ’s motion to dismiss the Flynn case last week detailed a special counsel interview of former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. The interview indicated outgoing President Barack Obama was aware of Flynn’s intercepted December 2016 phone calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period.

The document noted Yates learned about the calls during a Jan 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting with Obama, Rice, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

After the briefing, Obama asked Yates and Comey to “stay behind,” and said he had “learned of the information about Flynn” and his conversation with Russia’s ambassador about sanctions. Obama “specified that he did not want any additional information on the matter, but was seeking information on whether the White House should be treating Flynn any differently, given the information.”

On Inauguration Day, Rice sent a curious email to herself, and now, in light of recent revelations, Senate Judiciary Committee investigators want to take a closer look at it.

“President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia,” she wrote in the email about the Jan. 5 meeting with top Obama administration officials.

On his his Fox News show Monday night, Tucker Carlson summed up Obama’s words, thus: “The president of the United States turned to the head of the FBI, the most powerful law enforcement official in America, and said, ‘continue to secretly investigate my chief political rival so that I can act against him.”

Carlson said Obama deserved to be known as “the disgraced former president who used the power of federal law enforcement to hurt his political enemies,” but added that “unfortunately, this is not a normal period” because the corrupt corporate media is so grotesquely biased, reporting the news honestly and fairly is an unrealistic expectation.

“Obama’s plan to derail his successor unfolded with very little opposition along the way, including from Republicans,” Carson noted. “The entire country, therefore, spent the first three years of the Trump administration hyperventilating about Russian collusion.”

 

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Convicted Child Sex Abusers Among 4.5K Inmates Freed from Illinois Prisons

Over 4,500 inmates in Illinois have been released from prison including pedophiles convicted of sex crimes against children, state records confirm.

Breitbart reports, between March 1 and May 6, more than 4,500 inmates in Illinois have been freed from prison — many have been convicted of sex crimes against children, drug trafficking, assault, and various murder-related charges — over concerns of the Chinese coronavirus spreading.

The data indicates that every week for the last two months about 450 inmates are released from Illinois prisons. The full list of prison releases thus far reveal that nearly 150 of the more than 4,500 released inmates have been convicted of sex crimes.

Steven Haberkorn, 31-years-old, is one of the child sex abusers who was allowed to parole out of prison on March 2. Around 2011, Haberkorn was convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Breitbart reports.

At the time of the incident, Haberkorn was 21 years old and his victim was nine years old.

Gustavo Covarrubias, a 59-year-old child sex abuser, was also allowed to parole out of prison on March 24. Around 2014, Covarrubias was convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault. At the time of the incident, Covarrubias was 53 years old and his victim was 11 years old.

Likewise, 47-year-old Charles Shumard was allowed to parole out of prison on March 9. Around 2016, Shumard was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. At the time of the incident, Shumard was 43 years old and his victim was 15 years old.

About 520 of the more than 4,500 Illinois inmates released since March 1 have been convicted for “Class X” felonies — the most serious violent crimes on the books aside from first-degree murder.

While thousands of inmates are released, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) has threatened that violators of the state’s stay-at-home order can be arrested, charged, and prosecuted.

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Unveiled Court Document Confirms Tara Reade Reported Biden Sexual Harassment in 1996

A newly-unveiled court document from 1996 appears to further corroborate Tara Reade’s claims of sexual harassment against her by then-Senator, and now Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, as reported by the New York Post.

The document was first obtained by The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, which is where Reade’s mother was confirmed to have been living at the time of the alleged assault. The document is from Reade’s divorce from then-husband Theodore Dronen, and features Dronen confirming that she had told him about enduring sexual harassment “in U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office.”

“It was obvious that this event had a very traumatic effect on Reade,” the statement by Dronen reads, “and that she is still sensitive and effected by it today.”

This is the latest piece of corroborating evidence of Reade’s account, and one more concrete example of contemporaneous evidence involving someone who was told about the alleged assault around the time that it happened. Reade alleges that Biden sexually assaulted her in his Senate office in 1993 when they were alone, and that she left his employ shortly thereafter.

A former neighbor of Reade’s, who also lived in San Luis Obispo at the time, came forward last week to confirm that Reade told her about the incident in either 1995 or 1996. Reade also said that she told her mother, who subsequently called into the Larry King Live show shortly afterward, anonymously, to describe her daughter’s plight and to seek advice from King and his panel; video of the clip has since emerged, with King confirming that the caller lived in San Luis Obispo. When asked, Reade confirmed that it was her late mother’s voice in the clip.

Joe Biden and his campaign have repeatedly denied the allegation. But the increasing credibility of the claim has led to a rift within the Democratic Party, as well as widespread allegations of hypocrisy regarding Biden and his supporters,  considering their previous stance of believing all women at the height of the “Me Too” movement.

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Betsy DeVos Implements More Title IX Protections for College Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos unveiled several new rules that will be changed regarding Title IX protections for college students accused of sexual misconduct, as reported by CNN.

The changes involve increased legal protection for the accused, including the right during trial to cross-examiner their accusers. In a statement regarding the implementation, DeVos said that “too many students have lost access to their education because their school inadequately responded when a student filed a complaint of sexual harassment or sexual assault.”

This marks a significantly different approach from the Obama Administration, which outlined its college sexual harassment policies in the infamous “dear colleague” letter in 2011; under the previous administration, in a precursor to the “Me Too” movement, colleges were ordered to take the default position of believing the accusers, and putting the burden of proof for disproving allegations on the accused.

The new rules are set to go into effect in August. As opposed to the Obama Administration’s broad definition of sexual harassment, the new rules define sexual harassment on college campuses as one of three scenarios: “A school employee conditioning education benefits on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct,” “unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity,” and “sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.”

The new rules will also apply to certain off-campus activities, including Greek life, but will not include accusations of sexual misconduct that took place during study abroad programs.

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Texas Salon Owner Jailed for Reopening Business

A salon owner in Frisco, Texas has been arrested after defying the government shutdown to reopen her salon, according to the New York Times.

Shelley Luther, who owns the Salon A La Mode, reopened her business on April 24th, after it had been closed for an entire month. On the same day, police officers arrived at her business and handed her a citation, pressuring her to re-close the salon. She was subsequently sent a cease-and-desist letter by a judge in Dallas County; on April 25th, while appearing at a lockdown protest, Luther publicly tore up the cease-and-desist letter.

Luther was eventually forced to appear in court, with Judge Eric Moye of the 14th Civil District Court presiding. The case was heard via Zoom, with Judge Moye wearing a mask.

In a video that has since gone viral, Judge Moye asks Luther to apologize to her elected officials and acknowledge that she was wrong in order to avoid jail time, telling her that “failure to do so will only have catastrophic consequences.” Luther refused to do so, asserting that her decision to reopen her business, for the sake of “feeding [her] kids,” was not selfish. “If you think the law’s more important than kids getting fed,” Luther fired back, “then please go ahead with your decision. But I am not going to shut the salon.”

Moye subsequently declared Luther to be “criminally and civilly in contempt,” and was sentenced to a week in jail and a fine of $3,500.

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House Republicans Demand Action From FBI Director Wray After Bombshell Flynn Docs

Top Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are demanding that FBI Director Christopher Wray review the FBI’s’s handling of the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn after newly released documents exposed serious misconduct in the case.

The letter, written by Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mike Johnson (R-La.), is seen as a direct rebuke of the embattled FBI director and a sign that Republicans have become extremely frustrated with his lack of action amid growing evidence of corruption at the Bureau.

“We write to request that you immediately review the actions of the FBI in targeting LTG Flynn,” the lawmakers wrote in the May 4 letter.  “The American people continue to learn troubling details about the politicization and misconduct at the highest levels of the FBI during the Obama-Biden Administration. Even more concerning, we continue to learn these new details from litigation and investigations—not from you. It is well past time that you show the leadership necessary to bring the FBI past the abuses of the Obama-Biden era.”

Jordan and Johnson go on to ask Wray when he “personally knew of the FBI’s misconduct” and why the public “is learning of the FBI’s misconduct with respect to Flynn from court filings rather than from you.”

The lawmakers are also seeking to question FBI agent, Joe Pientka, one of the agents who questioned Flynn, and former FBI counterintelligence director Bill Priestap, who ran the Crossfire Hurricane and Clinton email investigations.

Pientka, who along with disgraced FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, conducted the January 2017 White House interview that led to Flynn’s prosecution, was also intimately involved in the investigation of former Trump aide Carter Page. The DOJ inspector general last December determined that the FBI’s surveillance applications to spy on Page were riddled with fundamental errors and heavily relied on the discredited, Democrat-funded Steele dossier.

Although Pientka was removed from the FBI’s website, he reportedly remains employed at the FBI in a senior role at the agency’s San Francisco field office.

The four-page document included one page of handwritten notes, believed to be written by former Priestap. The notes were taken in January 2017, following a meeting with former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to Fox News.

In addition to a Pientka interview, the Republicans — Johnson is the ranking member on the House Subcommitee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; and Jordan heads up the House Oversight Committee — sought a sit-down with Bill Priestap, the former assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division.

Explosive handwritten notes that surfaced last week — written by Priestap after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Fox News is told — suggested that agents planned to get Flynn “to admit to breaking the Logan Act” when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period.

The Logan Act has never been used in a criminal prosecution and has a questionable constitutional status; it was enacted in 1799 in an era before telephones, and was intended to prevent individuals from falsely claiming to represent the United States government abroad.

Even more damning, the notes revealed that Priestap openly questioned whether the FBI’s “goal” in questioning Flynn was “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

The former counterintelligence director stepped down from his position at the end of 2018 and left the FBI entirely in early 2019. Priestap landed at the Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service where he is currently listed as a “2019-2020 Centennial Fellow.”

Jordan and Johnson argued that the dirty cops were only using the outdated Logan Act as a pretext to go after Trump’s experienced and highly qualified national security advisor.

“Any criminal investigation grounded in Logan Act questions is an obvious political pretext to attack the Trump Administration. FBI attorney Lisa Page admitted to Congress the Justice Department saw the Logan Act as an ‘untested’ and ‘very, very old’ statute,” the lawmakers wrote to Wray.

A newly unsealed January 4, 2017 “Closing Communication” from the FBI Washington Field Office recommended that the FBI close its investigation of Flynn, after its exhaustive investigation into Flynn “did not yield any information on which to predicate further investigative efforts,” but Strzok intervened to keep the probe open long enough for the Bureau to set up their perjury trap later that month.

Van Grack also failed to provide evidence to Flynn’s attorneys that anti-Trump former FBI agent Peter Strzok then immediately intervened and instructed the FBI case manager handling the Flynn investigation to keep the probe open, followed by indicators that the bureau would seek to investigate Flynn for possible violations of an obscure 18th century law known as the Logan Act — which has never been utilized in a modern prosecution.

Brandon Van Grack, a Justice Department prosecutor and former member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Team, is now under fire for withholding this and other evidence in violation of a court order to produce favorable evidence to Flynn.

According to Axios, President Trump, who is clearly not happy with Wray’s handling of this situation, is looking to replace him after the November election.

The president “has never felt like Wray was his guy” and does not trust him to “change the culture” at the FBI, a source told the outlet.

Sources said Trump was unlikely to to fire the embattled FBI director before the election because of the controversy he would cause by sacking a second FBI director so close to the election.

 

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Some Americans Make up for Meat Shortages by Hunting During Pandemic

As fears spread about possible meat shortages during the coronavirus pandemic due to many meat processing plants being forced to shut down, many Americans are turning to hunting for food themselves, as reported by Reuters.

The story starts with a focus on David Elliott, a 37-year-old emergency manager at the Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico, who had recently submitted his paperwork for New Mexico’s “annual elk permit draw.” The article then focuses on numerous other examples from around the country, including teachers and building contractors, as examples of many cases of regular Americans turning to big-game hunting in order to secure their own meat during the shortage.

Reuters reports that there has been a spike in applications for hunting licenses or license sales with various game and fish agencies, from Minnesota to New Mexico. Indiana is reported to have seen a 28 percent increase in the sale of turkey licenses in the first week of this year’s hunting season. In addition, firearm sales have also skyrocketed, with the FBI confirming that 3.74 million background checks for firearms purchases were carried out in March, a historic record for any month in recent memory.

Addressing the fears of a possible meat shortage, President Donald Trump announced that he would be using the Defense Production Act to mandate meat processing facilities to remain open.

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Strzok Stopped Flynn Probe From Being Shut Down After ‘No Derogatory Information’ Was Found

Evidence long withheld from Michael Flynn’s defense team shows that agents at the FBI and possibly CIA had actively searched for “derogatory” information regarding Flynn and Russia but found none. As a result, the investigative team on January 4, 2017, recommended that the investigation into Flynn—who had been given the codename of “Crossfire Razor”—be closed. According to newly released text messages, counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok stopped the investigation from being closed, telling the other agents on the case that the “the 7th floor” of FBI headquarters—where then-Director James Comey and then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe worked—was involved.

“The goal of the investigation was to determine whether [Flynn], associated with the Trump campaign, was directed and controlled by and/or coordinated activities with the Russian Federation in a manner which is a threat to the national security and/or possibly a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act,” the FBI memorandum to close down the investigation stated. “Following the initiation of captioned case, the [Crossfire Hurricane] team conducted a check of logical databases for any derogatory information on [Flynn].”

The FBI document shows the Bureau asked a redacted agency—probably the CIA—to conduct a search of its own records for derogatory information against Flynn, but “no derogatory information was reported back to the FBI.”

According to the memo, the FBI also “initiated surveillance on a certain Russian subject” to determine whether “there was contact between him and [Flynn].”

“No contact between the two individuals was observed by the surveillance teams,” the memo stated.

The document also revealed that the FBI used confidential human sources (CHS) to spy on Flynn during its investigation, but they also found “no derogatory information” against Flynn.

“The absence of any derogatory information or lead information from these logical sources reduce the number of investigative avenues and techniques to pursue. For the direction of FBI management, Crossfire Razor was not interviewed as part of the case closing procedure. The FBI is closing this investigation,” the agent wrote.

“Following the compilation of the above information, the [Crossfire Hurricane] team determined that [Flynn] was no longer a viable candidate as part of the larger CROSSFIRE HURRICANE umbrella case,” the memo said. “A review of logical [redacted] databases did not yield any information on which to predicate further investigative efforts.”

The agents proposed that Flynn be provided with a defensive briefing on Russia as he started in his new job as President Trump’s national security advisor, but Peter Strzok, then the lead agent in the larger Crossfire Hurricane investigation, leapt into action to stop the case from being closed.

In text messages to other agents that day, agent Strzok cited “the 7th floor” of FBI headquarters as the reason to hold off on closing the case.

The dirty cops at the FBI at this point were probably plotting to use Flynn’s alleged Logan Act violations as a pretext to keep the case open. Allegedly, McCabe said at a senior-attended FBI meeting or video conference around that time: “First we f*ck Flynn, then we f*ck Trump,” or words to that effect.

“Hey if you haven’t closed RAZOR, don’t do so yet,” Strzok texted on Jan. 4, 2017.

“It is still open and Im still listed as the case manager,” his colleague texted back.

“Rgr, I couldn’t raise earlier. Please keep it open for now” Strzok texted. Later he added, “7th floor involved.