BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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BREAKING: Hunter Biden pleads not guilty to gun crimes
Okay, first son Hunter Biden is known to have been a serious crackhead when he went to buy a Colt Cobra revolver in October 2018, and he allegedly made false statements on an official federal form, maintaining that he was not addicted to drugs. He was indicted on September 14 on two counts of making false statements and one count of gun possession while he was a known drug user. Seems pretty cut-and-dried.
A conviction on these charges could bring a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, which any person ever seen wearing a MAGA hat would probably receive.
But in breaking news Tuesday morning, Hunter pleaded not guilty to these gun-related crimes. Hunter's lawyers are going to fight the charges, apparently not trying to argue that Hunter didn't do it --- that would be a tough sell --- but that the law itself violates the Second Amendment. So here's your dose of irony for the day: Hotshot Democrat DC attorneys using Second Amendment rights in defending the son of a President who would dearly love to clamp down on law-abiding gun owners. Discuss.
Emails uncover Iranian spy network within the U.S. government
Haven’t we all wondered over the years why both the Biden and Obama administrations have taken actions that were much more beneficial to Iran than to the United States? Investigative reporter Lee Smith, writing in TABLET, explains at least part of the mechanism behind this:
“The Biden administration’s now-suspended Iran envoy Robert Malley helped to fund, support and direct an Iranian intelligence operation designed to influence the United States and allied governments, according to a trove of purloined Iranian government emails,” which were “published last week after being extensively verified over a period of several months” by independent news source IRAN INTERNATIONAL and by veteran WALL STREET JOURNAL correspondent Jay Solomon.
We learn from these emails that the Iranian regime used a pool of Iranian academics who had pledged their personal loyalty to that regime. They would meet in foreign countries to “receive instructions” from top regime officials. These operatives, Smith reports, played on their Iranian heritage and Western academic positions to influence U.S. policy towards Iran. Malley reportedly supported the efforts of the members of this circle, both inside and outside of government.
And, yes, Malley served as the U.S. government’s chief interlocutor (defined as “one who is involved in conversation”) with Iran for both the Biden and Obama administrations. It’s all starting to become clearer.
This circle of operatives was, as described in one email from one Iranian official to one of Iran’s lead nuclear negotiators, “a core group of 6-10 second-generation Iranians who have established affiliation with the leading international think-tanks and academic institutions, mainly in Europe and the U.S.”
For when you have time, this article offers much more detail about how our State Department was infiltrated by these operatives. One Malley protege, Ariane Tabatabai, even briefed members of Congress on the Foreign Relations, Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, and apparently it was all in service to Iran. Correspondence shows that she “was an active participant in a covert Iranian influence campaign designed to shape U.S. policy in order to serve the interests of the Iran regime,” taking her guidance from “top Iranian officials.”
Peter Theroux, a veteran Mideast analyst who is now retired from the CIA after 25 years of service and receiving the Career Intelligence Medal, said, “I know what a spy network looks like.” He recognizes this correspondence as “the way recruited assets speak to their handling officers.”
The State Department predictably “rejects the characterization” of this as a spy ring. “Rob Malley remains on leave and we have no further comment due to privacy considerations,” they said. “The Biden-Harris administration appointed Ariane Tabatabai to serve various roles in the U.S. government because of her expertise on nuclear and other foreign policy issues.” But according to Theroux, it seems likely that the Biden administration was well aware of her alleged covert activities on behalf of the Iranian regime. They way he describes the process for a top-level security clearance, they hardly could not have been. “Contacts with any foreign government raise more red flags than a Bernie Sanders honeymoon,” he said. (And that’s saying a lot!)
He went on: “Contacts with senior officials from enemy governments, classified as non-frat governments like Russia, China, Cuba, as well as Iran, are in a different category altogether, what would normally be totally disqualifying.”
Not disqualifying for the Obama and Biden administrations, though. We hate to keep linking to stories that are going to make you very angry, but let’s face it, more and more stories these days are going to do that. They just are.
Evidence shows FBI planted document used to prosecute Proud Boys
The theme for today seems to be covert operations. It won’t surprise you to know --- in fact, you may already know, if you follow THE GATEWAY PUNDIT’s January 6 reporting --- that the “1776 Returns” document used to convict four Proud Boys, including Enrique Tarrio, who was found guilty of seditious conspiracy and sentenced to 22 years, was actually written by a government official and sent to Tarrio immediately before the January 6 rally. There’s no evidence that he even saw it.
Proud Boys attorney Roger Roots has filed a blockbuster brief alleging that this was done “to frame or implicate Tarrio in a government-created scheme to storm buildings around the Capitol.” He accuses the government of “either entrapment or outrageous government contact, or both.”
The person who apparently wrote the “1776 Returns” document is identified as Samuel Armes, described as “a former State Department and Special Operations official” who was also interviewed by Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 Kangaroo Kommittee.
Armes’ document got to Tarrio by way of a “love interest” named Erika Flores, who told the committee that she’d passed it on at Armes’ request. Armes later disputed that in his own testimony, saying Flores asked to see it and he shared it with her on a Google drive, never imagining it would become part of January 6. He also told the committee that he’d been groomed to join the CIA and FBI before his stint at the State Department and special operations and participated in ‘war gaming’ scenarios, such as that contained in the “1776” pages. (Funny, I don’t remember any of this coming out in the public hearings.)
Jurors in the Proud Boys case did hear about the document but not its origins. They were left by Judge Timothy Kelly --- who knew of the document’s actual history from pre-trial hearings --- to believe that it was a plan created by Tarrio or one of the other defendants, when it was actually supplied by a government operative. In the words of attorney Roots, “This means that the most damning document in this trial was authored by the intelligence community --- someone “groomed” by the FBI itself.”
It’s a travesty, just one more piece of the puzzle implicating the FBI. Much more detail here…
RELATED READING: The DOJ has been caught in another false statement about Ray Epps. Why did Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Gordon say Epps left the Capitol area far sooner than he actually did?
On Sunday, Maria Bartiromo of FOX NEWS’ SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES hosted bestselling author Alex Marlow, who has written a new Biden book, “BREAKING BIDEN: Exposing the Hidden Forces and Secret Money Machine Behind Joe Biden, His Family, and His Administration.” It’s in bookstores as of Monday.
The interview offers a taste of what he has covered, including deeper family ties to the Bank of China and to Ukraine. And whatever happened to Hunter’s company Rosemont Realty? Marlow says it was sold to an entity that was referred to by Xi Jianping as the “Dragon Head” because of its strategic importance. He alleges that even though Hunter was “paid off for it,” he “also retains a stake in this company,” and we have no idea how much it is. That’s just one of what he says are many stones unturned.
“That’s why we need to pursue impeachment,” he told Maria, “because the executive branch is trying to obfuscate and trying not to answer questions, trying not to turn over documentation, communications and bank records.”
As for Hunter’s art, one of the buyers is actually Hunter’s lawyer and “sugar brother” Kevin Morris, the same guy who paid his huge tax bill and also his reported $20,000/month rent on a Malibu beach house. (Hunter really has gotten by with a little help from his friends.) Other buyers are largely unknown.
But the truly stunning story is that Hunter’s and Devon Archer’s company BHR, controlled by the Bank of China, purchased a $1.7 billion stake in Sinopec in 2014. In 2022, Sinopec acquired some of America’s strategic petroleum reserve when it was released by President Biden. Marlow describes Sinopec as “the trading arm of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation.” It was a bad idea for President Biden to deplete our strategic oil reserve, which is supposed to be kept in RESERVE in case of national emergency, but at least we can take comfort in the knowledge that Hunter Biden had a stake in a company that benefited.
“There is no reason for Chinese to get U.S. [strategic] oil,” Marlow said, “aside from to benefit the commercial interest of the Biden family.”
We are saddened to have to report that Republican state Sen. Doug Larsen of North Dakota, his wife Amy and their two young children have died in a plane crash in Utah. It was a small private plane piloted by the Senator, and the family were the only ones on board.
The crash is still under investigation. All of us here offer our deepest condolences and prayers for their families, and I hope you will join me in doing so.
A witch hunt
Having attended the first day of the civil fraud trial against him in New York instead of campaigning (which I suspect was the real purpose of the charges), former President Trump is also attending day two. He said he wasn’t required to attend, “but I want to watch this witch hunt myself.”
This trial is going to be so convoluted that I won’t attempt to recap every twist and turn. Fox News has a continually updated page with trial news, so I suggest you click here and check back regularly to keep up.
I’ll just comment on the major points. First of all, as ridiculous as this trial seems, it could be devastating for Trump if he can’t get it overturned on appeal. The judge has already found him guilty of wildly overvaluing his properties to lenders, even though Trump has argued, with plenty of justification, that his properties are actually worth far more than Attorney General Letitia James claims they are. Also, all the contracts had disclaimers on them about the subjective evaluations, and the lenders had a duty to do their own valuations. Even in cases where they thought Trump had overvalued the properties, they gave him the loans anyway because they knew he would pay them off with interest, and he did.
But the judge already ruled that the fact that nobody was defrauded is somehow not relevant to finding Trump guilty of fraud. The punishment he’s assessed, requiring Trump to liquidate his assets and give up doing business in New York, has been described as a “corporate death sentence.” Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy, no Trump fan, writes about the Kafkaesque insanity of this trial and explains how, despite the fact that James launched a case that no other prosecutor would touch, the crazy way in which this New York law punishes business people for common practices that aren’t illegal means Trump could suffer a huge loss and have a hard time getting it reversed.
Tucker Carlson also described this case aptly as “a grotesque parody of the system our ancestors created.”
Trump’s spokesman denied "news" reports that his attorneys forgot to request a jury trial, saying, "The Attorney General filed this case under a consumer protection statute that denies the right to a jury. There was never an option to choose a jury trial. It is unfortunate that a jury won't be able to hear how absurd the merits of this case are and conclude no wrongdoing ever happened.”
His attorney Alina Habba added, “It has never been used in this way for a reason, because this judge who oversaw the special proceeding has given them everything they wanted, effectively for years. They wanted to keep it in this division as opposed to the commercial division where we would have had a normal judge. So no, everyone, I didn't forget to check a box."
Trump did get some good news out of the trial when the judge finally made a rational ruling that he would dismiss charges James wanted to bring that are beyond the statute of limitations, which would nix about 80% of the remaining charges.
On a more human level, though, I think that James may have overplayed the Democrats’ hand with her repulsive, naked partisanship. Video taken before the trial began revealed the judge mugging for the camera as if he didn’t take this seriously, while James stared daggers at Trump, showing all the world her undisguised personal hatred and bile, and the real motivations for his prosecution. No surprise, considering she ran for election on a promise to “get Trump,” and she’s ignored real criminals while abusing the powers of her office ever since to find something, anything, to charge Trump with.
Even Trump haters who believe he must’ve done something criminal have to be looking at this trial – a kangaroo court that gives kangaroos a bad name, a judge ignoring evidence and handing out death penalties like the Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland,” and a prosecutor so warped by personal animosity toward Trump that she can’t even hide it – and shuddering at the thought that this is what our criminal “justice” system has been reduced to.
Trump got some good news from the Supreme Court, which rejected without comment an appeal of a failed attempt to have him barred from the 2024 ballot under the 14th Amendment’s ban on insurrectionists. There are still a couple of others of these frivolous suits floating around, but let’s hope they crash and burn the same way. If you’re going to try to “save democracy” by banning the people from voting for whoever they want, the least you can do before banning someone for insurrection is prove that he ever actually committed insurrection.
A DC carjacking is making the news
I’m relieved to report that Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar was unharmed after being carjacked by three armed men in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington, DC. The robbers took his car, and police are investigating. He’s the second Congressional Democrat to become a crime victim in DC this year, after Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig had to fight off an attacker in an elevator in February.
While Rep. Cuellar and I don’t agree on much, I appreciate that so-called “progressives” attack him for being pro-border security and as the only remaining pro-life Democrat in the House. I’m sorry he had to be a victim of the sadly typical blue city crime wave. But it shows that in cities run by leftists, nobody is safe.
And I hope that getting mugged by reality will make him rethink his past support for defunding the police and other idiotic pro-criminal Democrat “justice reform” ideas.
A new talking point for Newsom
California Gov. Gavin Newsom can finally take credit for convincing someone to move to California instead of moving out. It’s his new Senate appointee, who apparently had to quickly and surreptitiously move there from Maryland.
There’s an old saying, “Is the Pope Catholic?” That used to describe something obviously true, but a lot of Catholics are starting to ask it seriously about Pope Francis. He’s recently been voicing support for a range of leftwing social issues, from climate change to same-sex marriage, even when they directly contradict the Bible and church teachings. Catholics are starting to notice and speak up about it.
For instance, a new Pew Research poll found that “shockingly few US Catholics” support the Pope’s radical stance on the “climate crisis,” with his calls to end fossil fuels, “fracking for oil and gas extraction, unchecked mega-mining projects, and intensive animal farming.” (FYI: do you know what requires extremely dirty and destructive mega-mining projects? Obtaining minerals for electric car batteries, which also need fossil fuel-fired power plants to charge them.) Pew found that only 44% of US Catholics believe the Earth is warming “mostly due to human activity.” 29% believe it’s warming due to natural processes, while 13% say there’s no solid evidence that it’s warming at all. This is definitely a field in which there’s not much support for the doctrine of Papal infallibility.
FYI, since you probably won’t see it anywhere else, that linked story includes information about the World Climate Declaration, issued in August and signed by over 1600 climate experts, including two Nobel Prize winners. It states that computer climate models have proven completely unreliable (which proves that we are far from understanding climate change), CO2 is not a pollutant, climate change has not increased natural disasters, and we’re still in a natural warming cycle following the end of the Little Ice Age in 1850. I’m sure President Biden disagrees, and he might actually remember 1850.
Other high church officials have also been baffled by some of the Pope’s recent blurring of church and politics. So much so that five concerned Cardinals sent a set of questions known as “dubia” to the Pope seeking clarification of his stances on issues such as same-sex marriage, female priests and “the claim that we should reinterpret divine revelation according to the cultural and anthropological changes in vogue.” That could sum up a lot of recent questionable statements from the Pope.
This link has the questions and the Pope’s answers, but I warn you that they don’t exactly clear up the issues. Maybe they should’ve asked him, “Is the Pope Catholic?”
Here’s some good news out of the courts for a change:
A federal court ruled against the ACLU and the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, finding that it is constitutional for South Carolina to continue working with faith-based foster care organizations to help children find homes.
That’s right, these two organizations have nothing better to do with their time and their donors’ money than to file lawsuits seeking to prevent people of faith from helping orphaned children find loving homes. Something to think about the next time the ACLU asks for money to defend our precious civil liberties. This case reminds me of Eddie Murphy’s joke about the man who shot the Pope: “I really wanted to go to Hell, and I didn’t want to have to wait in no line.”
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