BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
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Supreme Court sides with Texas Judge and blocks the Biden Administration
The Supreme Court decided 5-4 to leave in place a Texas judge’s block on a Biden Administration policy restricting the deportation of some illegal immigrants. Full details are at the link.
Of particular note to me was the argument in favor of this policy by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. He claims we must focus on illegal aliens who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security because with so many millions here, we don’t have the resources to deport them all just for being here illegally.
In short, they opened the border, and now they want to be allowed to shirk their duty to remove illegal immigrants because there are too many of them, after some idiot opened the border.
Government must be the only place where you can use your own willful refusal to do your job as an excuse to keep on not doing your job. In any other field, you’d be fired immediately. Let’s bring that policy to the government.
And speaking of deliberately refusing to take immigration law seriously, you have to hand it to the Biden people for continually coming up with creative new ways to erase America’s borders and destroy national security.
The notoriously lapdog-like White House Press Corps is actually starting to get riled over being stonewalled about President Biden’s condition as he isolates with COVID.
Nick Arama at Redstate.com has more on the story, and makes a similar observation to what I said: they’re trying to convince us that Biden, who at 79 should be resting and recuperating, is putting in a busy eight-hour work day, when nobody believed that he worked an eight-hour day even when he was well.
Republican AGs warn Google
A number of Republican state attorneys general sent a letter to Google, warning the search giant to stop discriminating against pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in search results. This comes about a month after Congressional Democrats pressured Google to purge pro-life groups from searches for reproductive health care by falsely branding the truth and facts that they offer as “misinformation.”
Republicans need to use the many areas of government that they control to make life hard on tech giants that are using the false flag of “misinformation” to censor viewpoints the left doesn’t like and facts that it finds inconvenient. They seem to forget that under that law that’s been completely ignored since the Dems took full power in 2020, they are required to act as neutral platforms, and if they act as publishers with editorial control, then people should be allowed to sue the living daylights out of them.
I think it’s time that law started being enforced again, and even strengthened. If these Internet giants believe the Democrats are going to remain in power forever, then maybe they can keep defying it and acting as the left’s house organs. But if they suspect the Dems’ days are numbered, they might want to consider that theirs’ could be, too, and scurry back to acting like a nonpartisan service before they find themselves busted to public utilities.
California Governor signs anti-gun law modeled after Texas anti-abortion law
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an anti-gun law modeled after Texas' abortion law that allows private citizens to sue anyone who manufactures, sells, transports or distributes illegal "assault weapons and ghost guns" and collect $10,000 in damages.
Newsom said it sends a message that criminals who spread illegal weapons have no safe harbor in California (he's specialized in making all parts of California unsafe.) Critics called it “nothing but vindictive” and say it will result in a tsunami of lawsuits and legal gun owners being targeted and harassed. They also expect it to be appealed to the Supreme Court.
Incidentally, I can’t believe I have to keep pointing this out over and over again, but to those who claim it’s constitutional because the SCOTUS didn’t overturn the Texas anti-abortion law it’s based on: The right to own guns is the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights. The right to abortion is not in the Constitution at all. Is that ever going to sink into Democrats’ skulls?
What a surprise! DC jury finds Steve Bannon guilty
On Friday, after less than three hours of deliberation by a DC jury, former Trump strategist Steve Bannon was found guilty (surprise!) on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 kangaroo court.
To those who think our use of the term “kangaroo court” is just an example of the rampant partisan hyperbole so common in 2022, I assure you we’re not being flip or exaggerating. Here, once again, is the Merriam-Webster definition:
kan-ga-roo court (noun) 1. a mock court in which the principles of law and justice are disregarded or perverted 2. a court characterized by irresponsible, unauthorized or irregular status or principles
That is EXACTLY what the J6 committee is.. Both definitions work. So why shouldn’t Bannon refuse to honor their subpoenas?
Prosecutor Molly Gaston told jurors that Bannon “didn’t want to recognize Congress’ authority or play by the government’s rules.” To that, I’d say it’s the government that hasn't been playing by the rules, and Bannon’s (and Peter Navarro’s) non-compliance is shining a big spotlight on that, conviction or no conviction.
“When he chose to deny a congressional subpoena, that was a crime,” the prosecutor told the jury. “The defendant chose allegiance to Donald Trump over compliance with the law.” You and I may safely assume that any allegiance to Trump IS the real crime in Washington DC.
The trial went quickly as trials go; it lasted four days. Bannon was found guilty of 1) willful failure to appear for testimony, and 2) willful failure to provide records. Sentencing is scheduled for October 21, with Bannon facing anywhere from 30 days to a year in prison. He could also face fines of between $100 to $100,000. Bannon said to Tucker Carlson Friday night, “If I go to jail, I go to jail...I support Trump and the Constitution, and I’m not backing off one inch.”
But Bannon attorney David Schoen was confident after the trial that the verdict would not stand. “This is round one,” he said. “You will see this case reversed on appeal.” He called the appeal “bulletproof.”
Bannon said, “We may have lost the battle here today; we’re not going to lose this war.”
Bannon is the first to be found guilty of criminal contempt of Congress since 1974 (!), when G. Gordon Liddy of Watergate fame had that distinction.
More details on Bannon’s trial here.
There was a potential conflict of interest that apparently fell on deaf ears in the jury box. Bannon’s lawyer, Evan Corcoran, told the jury that the prosecution’s case stands or falls with the testimony of January 6 committee staffer Kristen Amerling, and that Amerling has an interest in the outcome of the case. Corcoran told them that politics were at play, that Amerling “has been doing committee work for the Democrats for 20 years” and has donated money to Democrat causes. She also has a relationship with prosecutor Molly Gaston going back 15 years.
Of course, since this is Washington DC, donating money to Democrats is just what everybody does.
Believe it or not, the HUFFINGTON POST actually has a pretty straightforward account of the proceedings, so I’ll link to it here. One thing HUFFPO mentions that we found amusing: the judge in this case, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols, actually warned the defense not to claim in court that the January 6 committee was politically biased. That’s like telling them not to say the sky is blue.
Jonathan Turley said this guilty verdict was one of the more predictable he’d ever seen, as Bannon “didn’t put on a defense,” calling no witnesses. (I would add that since this was a DC jury, Bannon probably thought, “Why bother?) Turley assumes Bannon will have more to say in his appeal. He would’ve told Bannon to just show up for the committee and then take the Fifth.
Well that might be the most solid legal advice, but personally, I kind of like the idea of ignoring subpoenas from this (yes) kangaroo court. Bannon’s argument was that he didn’t have to respond to the committee because he was covered by executive privilege. Now, as I like to remind my readers, I am not a lawyer, but it seems to me that since Trump waived executive privilege for Bannon, that might not have been the best defense in his case. I’m thinking my defense would be that since the committee is bogus, there’s no obligation to take a role in this disgusting piece of political theatre.
Oh, but wait --- Judge Nichols ruled specifically that Bannon’s attorneys couldn’t argue his subpoena was legally invalid. (I am not kidding.) So scratch that idea. They also weren’t allowed to subpoena January 6 committee members to come to court and testify. (It’s okay if THEY don’t cooperate with HIM.) So if Turley expected Bannon to put on more of a case, what exactly was he supposed to use?
If Bannon is wedded to the executive privilege argument, it’s likely by default, as the judge is allowing him nothing else. Still, he might see his appeal go all the way to the Supreme Court (which perhaps was the idea all along). Decisions in this case will almost certainly impact Peter Navarro’s case as well, as he, too, has refused to comply.
Tucker Carlson noted Friday that “contempt of Congress” is a crime for which Democrats are never held accountable. Eric Holder, Lois Lerner, James Clapper, the list goes on. He also said that Bannon had essentially nothing to do with January 6 and had left the White House three years before it happened. “It didn’t matter.” Tucker said. “He annoyed the right people.” Tucker went on to give other examples of the double standard, particularly when it came to FARA, the Foreign Agents Registration Act. That’s another law that seems to apply only to Republicans.
Maybe that’s something else Bannon’s attorneys can use in his appeal. Can you say “selective prosecution”?
But that’s par for the course at today’s DOJ. Trump supporter Mike Flynn’s life was destroyed with a bogus charge of lying to the FBI in a set-up, ambush interview. Trump supporter George Papadopoulos served jail time for, the FBI said, not being “forthcoming” with them after they targeted and spied on him. In glaring contrast, Democrat Michael Sussmann was acquitted by a DC jury of lying to the FBI, when Special Counsel John Durham had him dead to rights.
Bannon appeared on Tucker’s show Friday, to say we need a REAL January 6 committee. But that won’t be possible until Republicans “have a sweeping victory in the House.” Intelligence failures, FBI involvement, DHS involvement, the intelligence services, what happened to the Pentagon and the National Guard, Ashli Babbitt –- all of that needs to be looked into. And it will be.
“It’s outrageous what the public doesn’t know about this,” he said. And later, “This is an ideological war, and we cannot lose. The fate of the country is [decided] over the next couple of years.” The Republicans will have to deliver “a crushing blow...and then, we have to really govern...ON OFFENSE.”