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Barr Describes Far-Left Riots as ‘Urban Guerrilla Warfare’

“They want to run people’s lives so they can design utopia for all of us,” the attorney general told Fox News host Mark Levin.

In an extensive interview with nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin, Attorney General William Barr described the summer of riots by far-left terror groups as “urban guerrilla warfare,” which he says is the latest indication of the Left’s “lust for power,” as reported by the New York Post.

In a Sunday interview on Levin’s Fox News program, “Life, Liberty, and Levin,” Barr described the Anarcho-Communist group Antifa as a group of “Bolsheviks,” representing “some form of socialism,” or “Communism.” 

In the Levin interview, Barr said the riots in places such as Portland and Seattle were highly organized and coordinated, calling them “a new form of urban guerrilla warfare.” Barr explained how Antifa “hides out among the people as a fish in the ocean,” which is the essence of guerrilla warfare, and that “what they do is they are essentially shielding themselves or shrouding themselves in First Amendment activity.”

Barr also noted that the Democratic Party’s embrace of the violence from Antifa as well as Black Lives Matter was indicative of a broader shift in the American Left, which has “pulled away from the umbrella of classical liberal values that have undergirded” the founding of the United States, in favor of establishing “a secular religion” with the goal of “complete political victory.”

“They want to run people’s lives so they can design utopia for all of us,” Barr said. “And it’s the lust for power. And they weren’t expecting Trump’s victory. And it outrages them.”

Watch a clip of Barr discussing Antifa with Fox News host Mark Levin:

Barr’s comments echoed what President Donald Trump said in a recent interview with “Fox and Friends,” where he described Black Lives Matter as a “Marxist group that is not looking for good things for our country.”

Looting and riots began in late May and continued throughout the country in June when they reached their peak. At the height of the violence, multiple major American cities would burn on the same night, with thousands of businesses across the country vandalized or burned, and hundreds of innocent civilians assaulted by rioters. Far-left terrorists also began a campaign of tearing down statues all across the country, from Confederate leaders to statues of the Founding Fathers and even religious figures.

As of July, the vast majority of the riots and the destruction of statues had subsided, following several actions by President Trump and Attorney General Barr; among them were an executive order signed by the president expediting the federal government’s ability to pursue, arrest, and prosecute those who vandalized federal monuments, as well as now over 300 anti-terrorism investigations by the FBI against various far-left groups responsible for the violence.

In the few cities where violence is still ongoing, such as Chicago and Portland, the Trump Administration launched “Operation Legend,” a plan to send hundreds of additional federal agents from various agencies, including FBI, the DEA, the ATF, and the U.S. Marshals, into the cities to work with local law enforcement to quell the violence.

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Biden ‘Clarifies’ Awkward Comment About African American Community After Media Downplays

Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden (or his staff) Thursday evening felt the need to “clarify” comments the candidate made  suggesting lack of diversity among “the African American community”—even after the corporate media worked valiantly to excuse the comments.

“In no way did I mean to suggest the African-American community is a monolith — not by identity, not on issues, not at all,” Biden said in an series of tweets.

During an interview with Black and Latino journalists published earlier in the day, Biden seemed to insult black voters, saying, “unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly diverse attitudes about different things.”

During his interview at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Joint Virtual Convention, Biden also denied ever taking a cognitive test—even though he recently bragged that he takes them “constantly,” and blathered incoherently about China.

Biden made the unfortunate racial comment after National Public Radio’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked him whether he would stop the deportation of Cubans.

“I’m going to look at every single country in the world … this guy [President Donald Trump] is sending them back,” Biden  said, adding that he would extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program on his first day in office.

Garcia-Navarro then asked Biden whether he would attempt to restore the Obama administration’s policy of improving relations with communist Cuba.

Biden answered yes, and then offered his thoughts on the incredible diversity of the Latino community verses what he suggested was a lack of diversity among African Americans, a key Democrat voting block.

On Twitter, President Trump responded to the story, saying:  “Wow! Joe Biden just lost the entire African American community. What a “dumb” thing to say!”

As the story blew up, media firefighters did their best to put out the fire.

D.C. consultant Drew Holden highlighted their efforts to downplay the gaffe on Twitter, and pointed out that despite all their hard work, Biden still felt the need to “clarify” what he had meant to say.

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Biden Denies Ever Taking a Cognitive Test After Claiming That He’s ‘Tested Constantly’

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday denied ever taking a cognitive test—even though he recently bragged that he takes them “constantly.”

After scoffing at the idea, Biden, who was appearing at a virtual forum at the 2020 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Joint Virtual Convention, compared the question to asking if black CBS reporter Errol Barnett had taken cocaine before the interview.

“When asked in June if you’d been tested for cognitive decline, you responded that you’re constantly tested,” Barnett reminded Biden. “Please clarify specifically—have you taken a cognitive test?”

Biden had told the reporter in June “I’ve been tested. I’ve been tested constantly.” He also said he could “hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.”

After laughing at Barnett’s question, Biden replied “no, I haven’t taken a test—why the hell would I take a test?!”

“Come on man!” he continued. “That’s like saying, yo, before you got on this program, you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not? What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?” he asked the bewildered reporter, before breaking out again in inappropriate laughter.

Barnett, to his credit, pressed Biden on the question.

“What do you say to President Trump who brags about his test and makes your mental state an issue for voters?” he asked.

In an interview with Sean Hannity last month, Trump said that he had taken a cognitive test recently and had “aced it.”

“Well, if he can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion, I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about,” Biden blustered.

He went on to declare that he is “forward looking” to debate Trump.

“‘Cause you watch that, I mean, come on man! I know you’re trying to goad me but—I mean—I’m so forward looking to have an opportunity to sit with the president or stand with the president in debates,” Biden said. “There’s going to be plenty of time.”

While Biden appeared open to debating Trump, his allies in the media have been pushing the idea that he skip them.

Biden then appeared to want to poke fun at Trump, but thought better of it.

“And by the way, as I joke with him, you know, I—I shouldn’t say it. I’m gonna say something I probably shouldn’t say,” he wavered.

“Anyway!” he continued, “I am very willing to let the American public judge my physical and mental fil—my physical as well as my mental fil—fitness! And to a—you know—make a judgement about who I am.”

The entire interview will be aired at the NABJ and NAHJ virtual convention on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Terrorism Expert: Antifa Developed From Communist Terrorist Movements Like Weather Underground

A counterterrorism expert testified at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Tuesday that antifa developed from communist domestic terrorist groups like the Weather Underground and has the goal of overthrowing the United States Constitution.

In his testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Kyle Shideler, Director and Senior Analyst for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism for the Center for Security Policy, said that antifa is an anarcho-communist movement that uses physical violence and intimidation to keep American citizens from engaging in the political process.

“While they do this under the cover of antifascism, the reality is that antifa defines the entire American political system, regardless of party affiliation, as fascism,” Shideler explained during the hearing entitled “The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble: Protecting Speech by Stopping Anarchist Violence.”

Also testifying at the hearing were Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), U.S. Attorney Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox, Deputy Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli, independent journalist Andrew Ngo, Brennan Center for Law and Justice Fellow Michael German, George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley, and Ms. Nkenge Harmon Johnson, President and CEO Portland Urban League.

“Antifa developed out of the communist urban guerilla and terrorist movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s, such as the Weather Underground and Germany’s Red Army Faction,” Shideler declared.

The terror expert explained that, as such, the tactics used by antifa had been developing for “over half a century of radical left-wing organizing and political violence.”

Shideler noted that while some analysts suggest that antifa doesn’t exist in any meaningful sense, “the reality is that antifa demonstrates an elaborate but non-hierarchical structure.”

“Antifa relies heavily on support organizations such as the Democratic Socialists of America, the International Workers of the World, Refuse Fascism, and the National Lawyers Guild and in coordination with other protest organizations,” he said. “It is not uncommon for antifa to require outside groups to sign what are essentially memorandums of understanding to ensure that allies agree not to interfere with criminal activity in exchange for protection.”

Shideler added that terrorism is a “low-cost form of warfare,” and pointed out that 9/11 cost less than half a million dollars.

“Claiming that antifa is too disorganized to understand should not be an acceptable excuse for law enforcement—federal, state, or local—to tolerate antifa’s private street war to overthrow the constitution,” Shideler argued.

“Like their predecessors in the Weather Underground and Red Army Faction, antifa will continue to escalate its behavior unless it is checked. There will be more attacks, and rioting techniques will continue to grow in capability and in sophistication, their cadres will grow, and there will be more autonomous zones for increased periods of time, and more Americans of all political persuasions will be terrorized,” he concluded.

Shideler’s testimony echoes what a former Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI has been saying in media interviews about antifa and the terror organization’s apologists in the Democrat party.

Terry Turchie, the driving force behind the capture of two notorious domestic terrorists— Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski and Olympic Park bomber Eric Robert Rudolph—also suggested that today’s antifa radicals sprung from the Weather Underground terrorists of the 1970s.

Turchie explained on Fox News’ Ingraham Angle in June that the Weather Underground domestic terrorist group (led by Bill Ayers, a former comrade of Barack Obama) was “responsible for over 2,000 bombings and attacks on government institutions [and] businesses in the United States,” and had the goal of fomenting a communist revolution.

Continually on the run from the FBI, the Weather Underground movement eventually petered out,” Turchie noted, but not before they released a manifesto that lived on.

“In 1974, they authored a document called Prairie Fire and they outlined their strategy and they outlined the way they could get to that strategy and actually bring down the U.S. government,” Turchie explained.

The document was authored by Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and other members of the Weather Underground.

The only path to the final defeat of imperialism and the building of socialism is revolutionary war. Revolution is the most powerful resource of the people. To wait, to not prepare people for the fight, is to seriously mislead about what kind of fierce struggle lies ahead.

Revolutionary war will be complicated and protracted. It includes mass struggle and clandestine struggle, peaceful and violent, political and economic, cultural and military, where all forms are developed in harmony with the armed struggle.
Without mass struggle there can be no revolution.

Without armed struggle there can be no victory. It will not be immediate, for the enemy is entrenched and intractable. It will require lengthy, deliberate political and armed…

“What was their strategy? Their strategy was resistance,” Turchie said, going on to compare them to today’s Democrats. “Not too long, maybe five minutes after President Trump won the election in 2016, Democrat Party leaders came out and said we’re going to resist. We’re going to embark upon a strategy of resistance of the President.”

Turchie noted that the document contained six strategies that the Weather Underground felt would help overthrow of the United States government, including fomenting racial hostility through the false allegations of systemic racism and police racism. The Weather Underground, like antifa, also sought to “attack and dethrone God.”

The former G-man said that the radical left was making the same accusations about systemic racism and police brutality in the 70s as they are now.

“Police racism then and police racism now is a phony issue,” Turchie said. “It has always been a phony issue. It’s the issue that Communist societies use to literally tear apart America and be divisive.” He pointed out that the Black panther Party in Oakland was demanding that the police leave black neighborhoods and let them police themselves.

Turchie went on to assert that “all of this has been adopted into the 2016 party platform in almost the same language you have on the screen.”

It should be noted that during the hearing on Tuesday, Democrats repeatedly brought up and denounced white supremacist groups, but refused to condemn antifa.

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Cuban Restaurant Owner in Louisville Says BLM is Using ‘Mafia Tactics’ to Extort Local Businesses

A Cuban business owner in Louisville has accused local Black Lives Matter activists of threatening him and using “mafia tactics” after they presented him and other business owners with a list of “demands.”

Fernando Martinez, a partner of the Olé Restaurant Group, was one of dozens of business owners in the downtown “NuLu” district who  received a letter from “local organizers and activists” in recent days that made a number of demands, including a requirement that they make “a recurring monthly donation of 1.5% of net sales” to local black organizations, and that they display a sign that shows support for “the reparations movement” or face “repercussions of noncompliance.”

The complete list of demands below were included in the letter to NuLu business owners “RE: Reparations and Representation in NuLu Market District.”

According to the Courier Journal, Martinez did not take the attempted shakedown sitting down.

The restaurateur publicly denounced the demands on Facebook, calling them “mafia tactics” designed to intimidate business owners.

And on Thursday, a small group of protesters confronted him outside his newest restaurant, La Bodeguita de Mima, on East Market Street.

“There comes a time in life that you have to make a stand and you have to really prove your convictions and what you believe in,” Martinez wrote in his Facebook post. “… All good people need to denounce this. How can you justified (sic) injustice with more injustice?”

According to Martinez in a press release, La Bodeguita de Mima was forced to close on July 24 during a demonstration that shut down the entire street. He said several protesters presented him with the list of demands and told him he “better put the letter on the door so your business is not f*cked with.”

Martin said in the press release that his restaurant “has been subject to vandalism and extortion in recent days.”

The restaurant remained closed the next two days because “management and staff were concerned about safety,” according to the release. “30+ staff members (mostly immigrants) were unable to earn a paycheck.”

On Thursday, a small group of protesters returned to the restaurant after seeing Martinez’s post about the demands on Facebook. While there, one protester smashed a flower pot outside the business, while the rest spoke with Martinez and other employees about why the demands are needed.

 

On Sunday, more than 100 members of Louisville’s Cuban community gathered at La Bodeguita de Mima to rally in support of the restaurant.

Martinez gave an impassioned ten minute speech to the crowd with his mother and relatives standing alongside him, the Courier-Journal reported.

“People telling me than I’m a bigot, that I’m a racist?” Martinez said. “That’s not right! It’s not fair!”

“La Bodeguita is open to everybody,” Martinez told the crowd of supporters. “If you’re gay, this is your home. If you’re Black, this is your home. If you’re white, this is your home. If you’re human, this is your home.”

He also condemned the criticism his business had received over diversity concerns.

“How can I be called a bigot and a racist when my family is Black? When my son is gay?” he asked. “I’m the proud father of a gay son, and I’m gonna fight for him against anybody.”

Many black residents came out to support the restaurant.

“We need to stand together and fight against anyone who’s trying to extort people who are just trying to make a way in this country,” one man said.

“It’s just unethical and that’s not how you handle business,” a black woman told WHAS 11. “And if you want help from someone, there’s a way of going about that—you know, be diplomatic about it—but you don’t threaten anyone.”

Phelix Crittenden, a local activist who works with Black Lives Matter Louisville, told the Courier-Journal that the demands “were not meant to be a threat but were instead intended to start a conversation with owners about how their businesses can better reflect and support Black people.”

Crittenden claimed several NuLu business owners had already volunteered to sign the contract and were open to “have a conversation” about their roles in the gentrification of the area.

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Fauci Dodges Rep. Jordan’s Question About Limiting Protests, Sees No Inconsistency in Restrictions

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Friday exposed the hypocrisy of  White House advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, skillfully pressing him on whether the government should limit the people’s right to protest to help slow the spread of the coronavirus like it has limited other constitutional rights.

Fauci, who was testifying before the House Select Subcommittee on the coronavirus pandemic, repeatedly refused to condemn the protests, but said in general terms that people should “avoid crowds of any type no matter where you are.”

Jordan, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, pointed out that there is a gross double standard at play when public health experts support massive Black Lives Matter protests, but push for restrictions on gatherings at churches and places of business.

“Do protests increase the spread of the virus?” Jordan asked Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“I think I can make a general statement,” Fauci responded. “Crowding together, particularly when you’re not wearing a mask contributes to the spread of the virus.”

Given his answer, Jordan asked the infectious disease expert if the government should “limit the protesting.”

“I’m not sure what you mean,” Fauci replied, appearing confused.

When Jordan repeated the question, Fauci called the question “irrelevant.”

“Well you just said it increases the spread of the virus, I’m just asking should we limit it,” Jordan persisted.

“Well, I’m not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way,” Fauci replied.

“Well, you make all kinds of recommendations,” Jordan fired back. “You make comments on dating, baseball, and everything you can imagine.  I’m just asking you should we try to limit the protesting.”

“No, I think I would leave that to people who have more of a position to do that,” Fauci demurred.

“Government has stopped people from going to church Dr. Fauci,” Jordan exclaimed. He went on to note that the Supreme Court recently ruled that it was okay for the state of Nevada to limit church services.

“Is there a world where the constitution says you can favor one First Amendment liberty—protesting—over another—practicing your faith?” Jordan pressed.

But Fauci continued to dodge the question, saying only that “crowds” should be avoided, instead of saying “protests” should be limited.

“I’m not favoring anybody over anybody,” Fauci replied defensively. “I’m just making a statement that’s a broad statement: Avoid crowds wherever you are because that leads to the acquisition and transmission. And I don’t judge one crowd versus another crowd.”

He added: “When you’re in a crowd, particularly if you’re not wearing a mask, that induces the spread.”

Back in March, it should be noted, Fauci said during a 60 Minutes interview that “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.” The infectious disease expert explained that masks may block some droplets, but they do not provide the level of protection people think they do. Additionally, he stressed that wearing a mask could also have unintended consequences because people who wear masks tend to touch their face more often to adjust them, which can spread germs from their hands.

The Ohio congressman continued to press Fauci to answer his question about the government limiting protests.

“The government is obviously limiting people from going to church, and look, there’s been no violence that I can see at church,” Jordan pointed out. “I haven’t seen people during a church service go out and harm police officers and burn buildings. But for 63 days—nine weeks—it’s been happening in Portland. One night in Chicago 49 officers were injured. So no limits to protests but boy, you can’t go to church on Sunday!”

Frustrated, Fauci said that he wasn’t going to “opine on limiting anything” regarding government restrictions.

“You’ve opined on a lot of things, Dr. Fauci,” Jordan shot back.

Indeed, Fauci has been a leading proponent of state lockdowns, the closing of “non-essential” businesses and draconian restrictions on church gatherings to stem the spread of the Wuhan virus.

During an appearance on CNN back in April, for instance, Fauci blasted states that were refraining from implementing statewide stay-home orders.

“I don’t understand why that’s not happening,” he opined at the time.  “If you look at what’s going on in this country, I just don’t understand why we’re not doing that. We really should be.”

Jordan continued to press Fauci on restricting protests amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the good doctor refused to give him a straight answer.

“I’m not going to opine on limiting anything, I’m telling you what is the danger, and you can make your own conclusion about that,” Fauci said.

Still not satisfied, Jordan noted that the government has stopped people from going to work, citing a case in New Jersey where gym owners were arrested for trying to operate their gym.

Fauci said he would not comment on who is arrested and who isn’t.

When Jordan asked if the White House advisor could at least see the inconsistency, Fauci replied that he did not.

Incredulous, the Ohio Republican repeated his question.

“You’re allowed to protest—millions of people in one day—in crowds, yelling, screaming—but you try to run your business, you get arrested?” Jordan said. “And if you stood outside that same business and protested, you wouldn’t get arrested. You don’t see any inconsistency there?”

Fauci dodged the question by hiding behind his position as a “public health official.”

“I don’t understand what you’re asking me as a public health official to opine on who should get arrested or not. That’s not my position …” he deflected.

“We know the protests increase the spread of the virus, you said that,” Jordan argued.

But Fauci corrected him. “I said crowds. I didn’t say specifically protests do anything.”

“So the protests don’t increase the spread of the virus?” Jordan demanded.

Fauci fired back: “I didn’t say that, you’re putting words in my mouth.”

“I just want an answer to the question, do the protests increase the spread of the virus?” Jordan asked.

“I can tell you that crowds are known, particularly when you don’t have a mask, to increase the acquisition and transmission, no matter what the crowd is,” Fauci replied.

“But do you understand Americans’ concern that protest, particularly according to the Democrats, are just fine, but you can’t got to work, you can’t go to school, you can’t go to church. There’s limits placed on all three of those fundamental activities—First Amendment activities— but protesting’s just fine.”

President Trump retweeted Jordan’s video of his questioning, but also had praise for Fauci’s performance at the hearing.

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Obama Vilifies Feds During John Lewis Eulogy, Accuses them of ‘Using Tear Gas’ Against ‘Peaceful Demonstrators’

Former president Barack Obama fanned the flames of racial resentment in his politicized eulogy for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) at his funeral in Atlanta, Georgia, Thursday afternoon, comparing law enforcement officers and President Trump to racist Democrats Bull Connor and George Wallace.

“Bull Connor might be gone, but today we witness with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans,” Obama intoned. “George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators. His fact-free assertion about federal agents using tear gas on “peaceful demonstrators” was met with enthusiastic applause from the mostly Democrat attendees.

As American Greatness has previously reported, statistics do not support the Black Lives Matter narrative that law enforcement in the United States is systemically racist, but Obama could not resist the opportunity to divide the nation along racial lines like he did for eight long years as president.

His dig against federal agents was even more egregious.

Since May, violent, left-wing street mobs across the nation have blocked traffic, ignited fires, looted stores, done massive amounts of property damage, and terrorized unfortunate citizens caught up in the antifa/BLM mayhem.

Meanwhile, as police officers are ordered to pull back from doing proactive police work, homicide rates have skyrocketed across the nation.

Last month hundreds of federal officers were deployed to American cities as part of Operation Legend to quell the violence and restore order.

In recent days, federal officers in Portland, Oregon, have been fending off violent rioters intent on storming and torching the federal courthouse with DHS personnel inside.

The antifa mob has hurled bricks, frozen water bottles, canned goods, rocks, paint, gasoline, mortars, knives, and Molotov cocktails at federal officers, who have responded by firing non-lethal munitions and tear gas. They have also shined high powered lasers into their eyes, in some cases causing permanent damage.One of the Homeland Security agents who was protecting the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in downtown Portland recently confided that officers have been dealing with  “mentally ill, frothing-at-the-mouth individuals” who seem “almost catatonic with hate.” “As the night goes on, the rioters become so hateful it is surreal,” he told the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) earlier this week.

Their voices hoarse, their sentences jumbled, they seem almost catatonic with hate. The unrest seems to draw the mentally ill and drug abusers. Some seem to be both. The officers stand calmly, listening to it, taking it, only making a move if the rioters try to destroy the property or enter the area they have been told repeatedly not to enter. They [the agents] don’t even respond to thrown projectiles, merely calmly dodging them. Some of the things screamed at us, ad nauseum:

“Go home! You’re Nazis, racists, the Gestapo! Fuck you, fuck your mom, you suck! Quit your job and go fuck yourself! I’m going to get all your fucking names!”

I’m seeing African American Federal Protective Service inspectors, twenty year’s law enforcement officer, being called the N-word to their face for the first time in their careers, by a scrawny, pasty white booger-eating communist shithead.

But of course, ever the “community organizer,” Obama took the opportunity to describe scummy racist creeps like the agitators in Portland  as “peaceful protesters” during a civil rights icon’s funeral.

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Far-Left Militia in Columbia, S.C. Advocates the Use of ‘Deadly Force’ Against Law Enforcement

A far-left, Antifa-supporting paramilitary group in Columbia, SC, openly advocates the use of “deadly force” against law enforcement personnel to “protect the people” from what they call government “tyranny.”

In a recent Facebook post, the militia group, Civil Defense Corps, suggested that federal agents should be shot in the face, Far Left Watch has learned.

According to its website, the Civil Defense Corps is actively recruiting  “former infantry” to serve as armed “Reserve Units” to “investigate hate crimes and threats against minorities as well as the LGBTQ+ community.”

The local media refers to the heavily armed Civil Defense Corps as a “leftist peace group.”

The group, which appears to be a 501(c)3 non-profit, uses a formal application process to choose qualified applicants.

In addition to general employment information and professional references, there are four questions for the applicant. The first two are “Are you comfortable around firearms?” and “What is your opinion on MAGA?”

The Civil Defense Corps openly aligns itself with the domestic terrorist group Antifa on its Instagram page:

The leader of the militia, Walid Hakim, is originally from Al ‘Āşimah, Kuwait, according to his Facebook About page.

As “Far Left Watch” notes, Hakim’s Facebook page “is littered with Communist iconography and Black Lives Matter logos.”

 

In a post on Wednesday, Hakim copped to being a Communist, saying that “only communism will save the planet.”

In a suspect post last month, Hakim claimed to have the “vocal support” of the Democrat mayor of Columbia, Stephen Benjamin.

Skot Garrick, a spokesman in the mayor’s office, could not immediately confirm to American Greatness whether or not Benjamin had endorsed the radical paramilitary group without first talking to the mayor, but pointed out that the picture appears to be crudely photoshopped. In the photo, Hakim’s raised fist appears to be squared off, as does his right shoulder.

After advocating the use of “deadly force” against law enforcement officers, Hakim encouraged followers on his personal Facebook page to attend a “march” on Friday at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.

 

The post claims that SLED is the lead investigating agency in the Elijah Weatherspoon case.

Weatherspoon, 18, drowned after he went missing from a boat in the Cooper River on June 25. Although there doesn’t seem to be a social justice angle to the teen’s drowning, his family initially questioned the official account of his drowning.

“Elijah deserves a proper investigation and his family deserves answers!” the post says.

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WATCH: Press Conference on Coronavirus that Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and Vimeo Have Censored

Watch the press conference with Frontline Doctors talking about Coronavirus that Facebook, You Tube and Vimeo have censored.

There’s more video here where you can watch the press conference of the doctors responding to the Big Tech censors.

 

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DHS Agent: Portland Rioters ‘Mentally Ill,’ ‘Drug Abusers,’ ‘Catatonic With Hate’

The deranged antifa mob that has rioted in Portland, Oregon for 60 consecutive days is full of “mentally ill, frothing-at-the-mouth individuals” who seem “almost catatonic with hate,” according to a DHS agent who shared his impressions of the situation anonymously to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

Last week, federal agents were deployed to Portland in a mission called Operation Diligent Valor to protect downtown’s Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse.

The DHS agent called the situation “surreal,” and hypothesized that the violent agitators have projected their hatred of the president onto the federal courthouse.

You get large, nonviolent demonstrations where people march, they chant, they give speeches, then shortly after are replaced with a smaller crowd, though still large, who immediately start trying to break into and destroy the federal courthouse.

They have transposed their hatred for the president and for law enforcement onto the physical structure of the federal courthouse, and the uniformed personnel whose job is to protect that courthouse.

They throw homemade Molotov cocktails, try to set the walls on fire, try to cut and pry through the plywood covering the glass walls, all the while screaming vitriol until their voices are cracked and hoarse. When DHS personnel are visible, they throw frozen water bottles at them, canned goods, paint and gasoline.

They try to shine high powered lasers into our eyes, which can cause permanent damage.

The agent pointed out the pointless absurdity of agitators objecting to the presence of DHS personnel protecting the building.

“They chant and spray paint ‘feds go home’ as one of their slogans, and that could be easily achieved,” he explained. “If they could prove they wouldn’t destroy the courthouse, DHS personnel would go home. It is that simple.”

He went on to contrast the behavior of the federal law enforcement officers with the hostile hatred of the demented antifa mob.

The law enforcement officers involved are some of the nicest, friendliest people I have ever worked with. From several different agencies, they have come from around the country. Everyone is kind, generous, sharing food, giving each other rides home, and offering to host or show around each other in their home towns in the future. West Virginia, Idaho, Georgia, everyone is supportive, walks around with a smile and a pat on the back.

Once they step out the doors of the courthouse, though, they are met with a hostile hatred from fellow citizens I consider unmatched in my life. I have seen mentally ill, frothing-at-the-mouth individuals screaming at people in front of liquor stores or Walmart parking lots, but that is one single, unhinged individual. Multiply that by 1,000 people, standing 10-20 yards in front of you, who also have rocks and other hidden weapons.

The DHS officer went on to describe the “surreal” hatred of the “mentally ill” agitators, who are not above hurling racist invective at black agents.

As the night goes on, the rioters become so hateful it is surreal. Their voices hoarse, their sentences jumbled, they seem almost catatonic with hate. The unrest seems to draw the mentally ill and drug abusers. Some seem to be both. The officers stand calmly, listening to it, taking it, only making a move if the rioters try to destroy the property or enter the area they have been told repeatedly not to enter. They [the agents] don’t even respond to thrown projectiles, merely calmly dodging them. Some of the things screamed at us, ad nauseum:

“Go home! You’re Nazis, racists, the Gestapo! Fuck you, fuck your mom, you suck! Quit your job and go fuck yourself! I’m going to get all your fucking names!”

I’m seeing African American Federal Protective Service inspectors, twenty year’s law enforcement officer, being called the N-word to their face for the first time in their careers, by a scrawny, pasty white booger-eating communist shithead.

The DHS employee described some of the mental cases federal agents have to deal with day in and day out.

We get more surreal things yelled at us. One guy kept repeating, “You shot my fucking dog!” over and over, but we have seen zero dogs anywhere at any point. One guy wanders down the skirmish line when things are more in control and says, “Why are you shooting at them? You don’t need to. Their shields are made of cardboard. There’s no threat. No one is armed…” And he repeats that night after night with a backpack full of wildflowers, which he places everywhere.

Much of it is contradictory. One rioter begged to be shot, begged, but then screamed that we were guilty of shooting people. He told us to lay down our weapons and join them, and then said he would kick all our asses.

He told CIS that the rioters would be “overjoyed” if they got a non-lethal gunshot wound from DHS personnel because they all want to be a “famous” victim of police brutality,” and be the one who “irreversibly turned the tide against DHS and the administration.”

Meanwhile, the hated and reviled DHS officers are getting injured on a nightly basis from various weapons, including “rudimentary IEDs,” the officer said.

Regarding injuries to agents, I personally saw an agent get hit in the leg with a bottle and limp back from the skirmish line. I saw video of another agent hit similarly and limp back. One DHS law enforcement officer had irritant thrown on his arms, which turned them red and caused a burn. Another guy had a firework explode directly on his chest. The use of fireworks has increased every night.

There’s no intel of actual firearms. We picked up unexploded aerosol cans taped to commercial-grade fireworks, so rudimentary IEDs [Improvised Explosive Devices] are a thing too.

He concluded by saying that they are in a “lose-lose” situation.

“If federal law enforcement leaves, we lose face, but we walk away with stacks of overtime pay, and we get to go home,” he explained.

But on the other hand, by leaving, they would hand the left a propaganda victory amidst the smoldering ashes of downtown Portland, the DHS agent added.

“They get to say they defeated Trump, and they will have caused tens of millions of monetary loss to their downtown local businesses, and will have a ransacked and torched a courthouse in the heart of their city,” he said.

It’s still not clear who helps fund and organize the antifa rioters who in multiple cities across the nation appear increasingly armed with various weapons and fireworks, as well as helmets, umbrellas, makeshift shields, and even catered meals.

According to former federal prosecutor Jim Trusty, the DOJ will probably be indicting people as part of its probe into antifa.

“I think there’s a real good chance this Justice Department ends up identifying and indicting antifa financiers, or people associated with antifa,” adding that it could be “a bit of a bombshell,” Trusty said on Fox News, last month.

 

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Chicago Mayor Orders Removal of Christopher Columbus Statues in the City

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D-Ill.) has ordered the removal of several statues of iconic explorer Christopher Columbus, after violent protests at the monuments have seen police attacked by Antifa and Black Lives Matter terrorists, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.

Following the outbreaks of violence, Lightfoot ordered city workers to remove the Columbus statues located in Grant Park and Arrigo Park, with both memorials coming down early Friday morning, in the dead of night.

Lightfoot attempted to justify the city-sanctioned iconoclasm with a statement, claiming that the move was made “in response to demonstrations that became unsafe for both protesters and police…this step is an effort to protect public safety and to preserve a safe space for an inclusive and democratic public dialogue about our city’s symbols.”

Viral videos depicted a ring of Chicago police officers surrounding the Columbus statue at Grant Park, with a mob of rioters throwing various objects at them in an almost nonstop barrage, including glass bottles and fireworks, injuring nearly 50 officers in a single day. Although the statue was eventually covered by a massive tarp, Lightfoot eventually ordered the final removal of the statue, moving it to an unknown location.

Chicago has seen a significant increase in violence in recent months, with Lightfoot being one of the prime examples of a Democratic mayor in a big city who has largely allowed far-left rioters and domestic terrorists to wreak havoc on her city, due to largely sharing their politics.Last week, President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr announced the expansion of the Department of Justice’s “Operation Legend,” to send over 200 federal officers from various agencies into Chicago to quell the violence. Despite an initial public condemnation of the president and his efforts, Lightfoot eventually caved to the president after a phone call and allowed him to deploy the federal forces to her city.

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St. Louis Prosecutor’s Office Appears to Have Tampered With Evidence in McCloskey Gun Case

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s staff appears to have tampered with evidence in order to press charges against the St. Louis woman who waved a gun at the Black Lives Matter rioters who stormed her neighborhood last month.

Patricia McCloskey’s gun was inoperable when she voluntarily surrendered it to the police, but prosecutors reassembled it into working order so they could charge her with a crime.

Gardner announced her intention to prosecute Mark and Patricia McCloskey after images of the gun-toting couple defending their $1.15 million home against the BLM mob went viral.

According to KSDK, a member of Gardner’s staff “ordered crime lab experts to disassemble and reassemble” the weapon and after it had been rendered operable, wrote that it was “readily capable of lethal use” in charging documents.

In Missouri, police and prosecutors must prove that a weapon is “readily” capable of lethal use when it is used in the type of crime with which the McCloskeys have been charged.

Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Hinckley ordered crime lab staff members to field strip the handgun and found it had been assembled incorrectly. Specifically, the firing pin spring was put in front of the firing pin, which was backward, and made the gun incapable of firing, according to documents obtained by 5 On Your Side.

Firearms experts then put the gun back together in the correct order and test-fired it, finding that it worked, according to the documents.

Crime lab workers photographed the disassembly and reassembly of the gun, according to the documents.

The McCloskeys said that the handgun was inoperable because they had to bring it to a courtroom during a lawsuit they once filed against a gun manufacturer.

Their attorney, Joel Schwartz, confirmed to KSDK that the firing pin on the gun had been intentionally misplaced and that it was in that condition when Patricia McCloskey used it to defend her home.

“It’s disheartening to learn that a law enforcement agency altered evidence in order to prosecute an innocent member of the community,” Schwartz said.

A spokeswoman for Gardner told KSDK: “We can’t comment on a pending case.”

Missouri recognizes the Castle Doctrine law, which allows people to defend their property with lethal force.

Local and national Republicans, including Missouri Governor Mike Parson, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, and President Trump have rallied to the couple’s side.

Parson has said he will pardon the couple if they are convicted, and Schmitt has filed a legal briefing asking that the case be dismissed,  calling it “a political prosecution.”

“Kim Gardner’s action toward the McCloskeys is outrageous,” Parson wrote on Twitter Monday. “Even worse, the Circuit Attorney’s office has admitted there is a backlog of cases and dozens of homicides that haven’t been prosecuted, yet she has accelerated this case forward.”

The Washington Post, meanwhile, is touting a statement put out by 67 left-wing current and former district attorneys defending Gardner’s “exercise of discretion” in the McCloskey case, and condemning what they call racist attacks on her by the president and Republican office holders in Missouri. 

“You know, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. We had every right to do what we did,” McCloskey told Fox News on Wednesday.

“Every single person in my neighborhood was trespassing. All those people were trespassing. They’re admitted criminals. None of those people have been charged with anything. We are the only people [who] have been charged,” he noted.

“We get charged with felonies for doing nothing more than defending ourselves. If we get convicted of felonies, we can’t own weapons again. We can’t practice law. It takes our livelihood away,” he told host Martha MacCallum.

“And so, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the circuit attorney has made the decision that her job – instead of protecting law-abiding citizens from criminals – is to protect the criminals from law-abiding citizens,” McCloskey concluded. “There’s just something fundamentally wrong with that.”

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Gottlieb’s Pfizer Announces $1.95 Billion Deal with Feds for COVID-19 Vaccine

One would be hard-pressed to find a more influential figure in the ongoing coronavirus crisis than Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former chief of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In late March, Gottlieb, now a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, authored a lengthy report detailing how the country could get back to normal after the 15-day “Flatten the Curve/Stop the Spread” order. (Remember that?)

“A Road Map to Reopening” established the phased-in process most public officials are following as America struggles to recapture the daily life we abruptly abandoned more than four months ago. Much of the report fixated on the need to develop a widely-available vaccine to fight COVID-19; only then, according to Gottlieb, could the country return to some sense of “normal.”

The media, Democratic and Republican governors, and the White House have embraced Gottlieb’s report as the gold standard. Trump’s ex-FDA commissioner is a fixture on CNBC and the Sunday morning talk shows, where he often touts the need for a vaccine. “Life’s never going to be perfectly normal until we get to a vaccine,” he said March 22 on “Face the Nation.”

It looks like Gottlieb is getting his wish. On Wednesday morning, the federal government announced plans to purchase and distribute 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine; this is the first step in fulfilling the goal of “Operation Warp Speed,” a public-private partnership committed to delivering 300 million doses of a “safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021.”

The initial order, paid for by the U.S. government but nonetheless advertised as “free” to Americans, will cost $1.95 billion.

In a joint statement, Pfizer and BioNTech, the two companies providing the vaccines, confirmed that two trial vaccines have received fast-track approval from the FDA; pending further testing, the companies will seek emergency regulatory approval “as early as October.” The companies plan to have 1.3 billion vaccines available by the end of 2021. Gottlieb should be thrilled.

But there is more than one reason why Gottlieb should cheer this news: He sits on the board of directors for Pfizer. Less than three months after resigning his post at the FDA in April 2019, Gottlieb was elected to Pfizer’s board. (The doctor also has joined the boards of Illumina, Tempus, and Aetion, all companies in the health care sector.)

Just hours before the Pfizer vaccine news became public, Gottlieb appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box to explain that any vaccine will need to be administered on an annual basis.

“With this coronavirus, it seems more like a seasonal coronavirus,” Gottlieb said. “With respect to a vaccine, it means you’re going to need a seasonal vaccine in all likelihood this will become like the flu vaccine where you’ll get it in advance of every coronavirus season.”

Neither Gottlieb nor CNBC disclosed to viewers that Gottlieb is a Pfizer board member.

Pfizer’s stock price rose 4 percent on Wednesday.

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Associated Press Refuses to Capitalize ‘White’ While Still Capitalizing ‘Black’

The Associated Press confirmed that while they will continue to capitalize the word “black” when in reference to African-Americans, they will not capitalize the word “white” in the same context, as reported by the Daily Caller.

The AP explained their decision in a statement posted as both an article and a Twitter thread, addressing the growing calls for them to give equal treatment to the use of the word White after the Left had increasingly been calling for black to be capitalized.

In their statement, the AP claimed that they would continue to capitalize black because “people who are black have strong historical and cultural commonalities, even if they are from different parts of the world,” and that supposedly among these similarities is “the shared experience of discrimination due solely to the color of one’s skin.”

The AP then falsely claimed that “White people generally do not share the same history and culture, or the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color.”

The AP’s vice president for standards, John Daniszewski, falsely claimed that capitalizing the term White “is done by white supremacists,” and that as such, capitalizing the word might “subtly convey legitimacy to such beliefs.” He then made the racist statement that “White people’s skin color plays into systemic inequalities and injustices.”

AP is one of many major publications to have caved to the Left’s pressure in agreeing to start capitalizing the word “black.” Others that have followed suit include the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and NBC News.

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Black Woman Throws Paint on Multiple Black Lives Matter Murals in New York City

On Saturday, three different “Black Lives Matter” street murals in New York City were vandalized by the same black woman, Bevelyn Beatty, as reported by Fox News.

The 29-year-old Beatty live-streamed herself in all three cases, first striking at the infamous mural painted on 5th Avenue just outside Trump Tower. She dumped black paint all over the mural while shouting “Refund the police” and “Jesus matters,” while also declaring that “we will never support Black Lives Matter.”

Although she was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, she was released shortly afterward. That same evening, she did the same thing at two more Black Lives Matter murals: One located in Harlem, and another located in Brooklyn. In both cases, she was yelled at by angry leftists as she filmed herself live in the act.

During the Brooklyn stunt, she declared that “we’re taking our country back,” and that “the police need our help. They can’t stand alone. Don’t just sit idly by and watch your country go to the ground.”

The mural on 5th Avenue, painted by Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.) and radical racial provocateur Al Sharpton, has been the target of several acts of counter-protest by those opposed to the Black Lives Matter mural. Beatty’s actions mark the fourth time that someone has thrown paint on the mural over the course of just one week.

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Kentucky Couple Placed Under House Arrest Due to Refusal to Self-Quarantine

After a Kentucky woman tested positive for the coronavirus, her entire family was placed under house arrest and forced to wear ankle monitors to prevent them from leaving, as reported by the New York Post.

Elizabeth Linscott, who was planning to visit her family in Michigan, first got tested for the coronavirus as a safety measure. But upon learning that she had tested positive despite showing no symptoms, the state’s Health Department sent her an email demanding that she “check in daily with her symptoms, self-isolate, and let officials know if she has to seek hospital treatment.”

Linscott, however, refused to adhere to such demands since she believed it would prevent her from going to the emergency room if she ever faced a real emergency, due to first requiring her to get special permission from the government to do so.

As a result, the family’s home was visited several days later by government agents. Linscott’s husband Isaiah answered the door to “eight different people,” including “a guy in a suit with a mask” from the Health Department, who handed Isaiah three different documents to sign: One for himself, one for Elizabeth, and one for their daughter.

The officials then ordered the couple placed under house arrest, with Elizabeth and Isaiah forced to wear ankle monitors that would sound an alarm if they traveled more than 200 feet from their house.

Elizabeth, speaking to the press, pointed out how unjust the treatment was, noting that “we didn’t rob a store, we didn’t steal something, we didn’t hit and run, we didn’t do anything wrong.” When reached out to by the press, the local health department refused to give a comment, using the family’s “privacy” as an excuse.

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Liberty University Sues New York Times Over False Coronavirus Outbreak Story

The conservative college Liberty University has filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times after the paper falsely reported a coronavirus outbreak at the university, according to the New York Post.

The story, titled “Liberty University Brings Back Its Students, and Coronavirus Fears, Too,” was published on March 29th. The school said that the Times’ story drastically misrepresented what they were told by a doctor at the school, especially considering that the doctor would not have been “the most knowledgeable on the subject” of possible coronavirus infections.

The doctor in question told the Times that at least 12 students had “upper respiratory infections,” which the paper assumed meant they were infected with the coronavirus. However, upper respiratory infections are actually tantamount to a common cold, instead of the “lower respiratory infections” that are more symptomatic of the coronavirus.

As such, the lawsuit claims, not a single student at Liberty’s campus was actually diagnosed with the Chinese virus, even after classes ended two months after spring break. This meant that the story was nothing more than “clickbait,” the lawsuit alleges, where ‘the only actual ‘viral’ element of this narrative that existed was the intense ‘viral’ internet attention it generated for the New York Times.”

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Local News Investigation Finds Florida Hospitals Exaggerated COVID Numbers

After an investigation by local media outlet Fox 35 in Orlando, Florida, it has been revealed that the supposed positivity rates in Coronavirus testings have been grossly exaggerated in many hospitals.

The investigation was conducted after several facilities reported unusually high numbers of positive results, including a 100 percent positivity rate at an Orlando Centra Care (where all 83 people tested came back positive), and an 88 percent positivity rate at NCF Diagnostics.

Upon getting in contact with several other facilities, Fox 35 found that the Florida Department of Health had either deliberately exaggerated or unintentionally misinterpreted several of the numbers. Although Orlando Health had been reported to have a positivity rate of 98 percent, representatives of the facility confirmed to the news outlet that their positivity rate was actually a mere 9.4 percent.

Similarly, the Orlando Veteran’s Medical Center, which had been reported with a positivity rate of 76 percent, confirmed to the news outlet that theirs was a positivity rate of only 6 percent.

When the Florida Department of Health was confronted with these figures, a spokesperson claimed that such smaller medical facilities had failed to report their negative test numbers and had only included the positives in their reports, which would contribute to the misreporting of 100 percent positivity rates.

In recent weeks, the mainstream media has attempted to paint Florida as the new epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, citing such numbers as the alleged increase in positive cases. However, in addition to this new research debunking those numbers, the state of Florida has still managed to keep its death toll significantly low, especially compared to other states that have been ravaged by the disease such as New York.

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Penn State Deletes Tweet in Support of Tolerance for Conservative Beliefs

Pennsylvania State University, more frequently known as Penn State, posted and then deleted a tweet encouraging tolerance of all political viewpoints, including conservatism, after backlash from intolerant leftist students, as reported by the Daily Caller.

The tweet, posted by the Twitter account of Penn State’s College of Liberal Arts, originally read “Dear students, each of you belongs here. Dear conservative students, your viewpoints are important.” But after multiple leftist students complained about the support for conservatism, the tweet was deleted.

One student complained to Penn State’s student newspaper, the Daily Collegian, falsely claiming that “Conservatives in the United States do not live in a system that was built from the blood and trauma of their ancestors.” She also claimed, without evidence, that “students can scream the N-word at protesters and draw a swastika for a cute sorority squat picture and there are no consequences.”

Another student similarly made the baseless claim that “conservative students are some of the students that call us the N-word and show us firsthand what white supremacy is.”

William Hessert, Penn State’s director of strategic communications, defended the content of the tweet by saying that it was meant to convey the university’s “inclusive and supportive environment.”

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Conflicting Reports: John Durham May or May Not Wait Until After Election to Bring Indictments

U.S. Attorney John Durham is reportedly feeling pressure to wrap up his investigation into the origins of the Russia probe by the end of the summer, but because his work is ongoing, he may wait until after the election to reveal his findings to avoid looking political.

Investigative journalist John Solomon, meanwhile, is reporting that he has personally seen “a lot of activity” in Durham’s investigation that suggest indictments could come as soon as Labor Day.

After the Mueller investigation flamed out in April of 2019, Attorney General William Barr appointed Durham to investigate the shady origins of the FBI’s Russia probe, which lasted from July 2016, until the appointment of Mueller in May 2017.

Two sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News that Durham is “working expeditiously” and feels “it’s critical” to do a thorough job.

Two sources familiar with Durham’s investigation told Fox News this week that Durham is working expeditiously to try to finish the probe by the end of summer, but that several lines of investigation are not yet complete.

“He believes it’s critical to do them,” one source said. “He is feeling more pressure to get this done and wrapped up.”

The source also told Fox News that Durham “does not want this to be viewed political,” and the closer it gets to November, Durham could “punt it to after the election.”

Conservative legal eagle Undercover Huber reacted to this news on Twitter. “A Biden administration will fire every US attorney on day one, especially John Durham,” he tweeted. “If his investigation doesn’t produce results before the election, it never will.”

Undercover Huber went on to point out that the Mueller probe yielded almost instantaneous results, as opposed to the more sluggish Durham probe.

President Trump angrily lashed out on Twitter Thursday morning, in response to two Supreme Court rulings dealing with subpoenas for his tax records, and also apparently in response to rumors that Durham will punt on indictments until after election day.

Quoting Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo who questioned why there have been no consequences for the “Biggest political scandal of our time,” Trump replied: “You are 100% correct, Maria, it is a disgrace that nothing happens. Obama and Biden spied on my campaign, AND GOT CAUGHT…BUT NOTHING!”

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley first signaled that results of the probe might be delayed on Twitter earlier this week.

“IF NO PROSECUTIONS TIL AFTER ELECTIONS SAD SAD //just think Flynn Mueller Impeachment/ The deep state is so deep that ppl get away w political crimes/Durham shld be producing some fruit of his labor,” Grassley said.

 

However, Attorney General William Barr last month told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that Durham’s investigation of the Russia probe’s origins will likely yield “developments” before summer is over.

“You know, he’s pressing ahead as hard as he can. And I expect that, you know, we will have some developments hopefully before the end of the summer,” Barr said.

Investigative reporter John Solomon said Wednesday night that Republicans are getting frustrated with the pace of the Durham probe because “there is overwhelming evidence now in the public record now that crimes were committed inside the Russia investigation.”

Solomon lamented that no one has been brought to justice even though crimes such as “falsification of documents, false testimony, false representations before the FISA court” were committed by various SpyGate actors.

However, Solomon said he has personally seen “a lot of activity” in Durham’s investigation that suggest indictments are forthcoming.

“My sources tell me there’s a lot of activity. I’m seeing, personally, activity behind the scenes showing the Department of Justice is trying to bring those first indictments,” Solomon said during an interview with Lou Dobbs of the Fox Business Network.

“And I would look for a time around Labor Day to see the first sort of action by the Justice Department.”

When asked if he believes indictments are coming, Solomon replied that he’s seen “a lot of activity consistent with building prosecutions and preparing for criminal plea bargains.”

He went on to note that that doesn’t mean it [prosecutions] will happen. “Until they bring it before the grand jury you never know if it’s going to happen. I’m seeing activity consistent with that,” he explained.

Solomon also said that sources his sources have told him that the grand jury process was slowed down due to the Coronavirus complications.

“But everything I’m seeing on the ground … suggests that there’s an ongoing criminal investigation intent on bringing indictments and possibly plea bargains,” he said.

Durham’s team includes a number of federal prosecutors, including Jeff Jensen, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri who was tapped by the DOJ in February to review the case against Michael Flynn. In May, Barr also tapped U.S. Attorney for Western Texas John Bash to launch a more focused review on the process of unmasking.

According to Fox, “the pattern of conduct Durham is investigating includes misrepresentations made to the FISA court to obtain warrants to surveil Trump campaign associate Carter Page.”

Last month, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — who oversaw the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller — testified that he would not have signed a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant renewal application for former Trump campaign aide Carter Page had he known about since-revealed “significant errors” in in the document.

Mueller’s investigation yielded no evidence of criminal conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election, though the question of whether Trump obstructed justice was left open in the final report.

The Justice Department also revealed that Durham, himself, is investigating the unmasking of Trump campaign associates as part of his broader review. That line of investigation was confirmed after Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., made public a list of Obama officials who purportedly requested to “unmask” the identity of Michael Flynn, who at the time was Trump’s incoming national security adviser.

Earlier this year, Barr threw cold water on the idea that the former president and vice president could be indicted, saying: “not every abuse of power, no matter how outrageous, is necessarily a federal crime.”

“As for President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their level of involvement based on what I know, I don’t expect Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man,” Barr said. “Our concern of potential criminality is focused on others.”