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Today's newsletter includes:
- It's happening: peeling the layers off the hoaxes
- Biden nominee advances out of committee, setting up a confirmation vote
- My take on this: Biden has a border strategy?!?
- Hey California, New York! Slick marketing isn't going to fix your mess
- And much more.
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2. It's happening: peeling the layers off the hoaxes
If Republicans return to power and don’t issue subpoenas and get to the bottom of what happened to bury the Biden laptop story before the 2020 election, they don’t deserve power.
That’s what I told Sean Hannity on FOX News Monday night, after he said he couldn’t think of a bigger “in-kind” campaign contribution the media could’ve made to Joe Biden. Republicans must show up and engage the other side so the American people can find out if the President of the United States is compromised.
As I’ve said, this isn’t about Hunter, but “the Big Guy.” If Hunter traded on his father’s powerful name to work deals with our country’s biggest adversaries, especially China, this truly is the biggest political scandal in America’s history. Perhaps the worst part, though, is the media’s role as accomplices, crying "Russian disinformation!" to hide the deeds of their political friends, at least for as long as this met the needs of those pulling the strings. I hate to say it, but what we see looks like something akin to the Corleone family.
We have to strip off layer after layer, like peeling an onion, till we expose the rotten center. And, yes, also like peeling an onion, it makes us want to cry.
On the bright side, the latest update from the New York Post suggests Durham’s grand jury is already exploring the “Big Guy” connection…
Greg Gutfeld targeted the Washington Post Monday night for offering a lame defense and semi-apology for the media’s failure to report the story. On Sunday, the unintentionally amusing WaPo Editorial Board actually asked, “Why is confirmation of a story that first surfaced in the fall of 2020 emerging only now?”
Why indeed, WaPo Editorial Board? As if you weren’t largely to blame for that yourselves, though you tried to point fingers away from yourselves and towards Twitter and Facebook. You said you were just trying to be “prudent,” so as to not be “the unwitting tools of a Russian influence campaign.” (Never mind that you were for years the eager tools of Hillary’s “Russia Hoax.”) We still get the distinct impression that you shared Twitter’s goal –- that if you’d had your way, that laptop story would’ve disappeared without a trace, as the White House surely wishes the laptop itself had.
Gutfeld put it more bluntly, “The press asking why the story is only emerging now –- that’s like O.J. Simpson asking what happened to his ex-wife Nicole, or Scott Peterson putting up missing person posters of his wife all around the neighborhood. Your hands were all over this.”
His coup de grace, Line Of The Day: “There was a disinformation campaign all right, but the culprits weren’t chugging vodka in Moscow; they were sipping lattes in Silicon Valley.”
At this writing, Monday’s “Gutfeld!” hasn’t yet been posted, but do check it out if you missed it, as both the monologue and the opening discussion are about the Biden scandal and media cover-up.
As for Hillary and the “Russia Hoax,” Michael Sussmann’s attorneys have tried again to get the charge dropped against their client. They’ve come up with a novel argument that plays off some circular logic. Here’s how the reasoning goes:
Sussmann is accused of lying to the FBI about whether he was there on behalf of clients (Hillary and tech executive Rodney Joffe), telling them instead that he was just there to give them a “tip” (the fake Alfa Bank story) out of his patriotic duty. His attorneys told the judge that never before, at least to their knowledge, “has an individual provided a tip to the government and been prosecuted for making a false statement that’s ancillary to the tip itself.”
Reminder to Sussmann’s attorneys, and also to the presiding judge, Obama appointee U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper: Sussmann was not providing a “tip” to the government. That’s what he was lying about! On behalf of his clients, whom he was billing for the meeting, he PRETENDED it was a tip. We all know he was actually feeding the FBI a fake piece of evidence. So unless you’re doing a standup comedy routine, don’t use the lie that it was a tip in your argument to dismiss the charge of lying that it was a tip.
The Epoch Times has a good summary, but it’s a “premium” story. I’ll include the link, but we’ve covered the main points.
Speaking of Sussmann and the argument for dismissal, legal analyst Margot Cleveland has a detailed new piece relating to that. Sussmann’s attorney --- from law firm Latham & Watkins, whose reach extends far in this scandal --- had another argument for dismissal: that the lie wasn’t “material,” and thus not a crime. So, why wasn’t it material? The attorney, Michael Bosworth, said no one at the FBI even asked Sussmann about the source of the Alfa Bank information. “Not once,” Bosworth said. “Ever.”
Cleveland recounts from the transcript the heated back-and-forth on this point between Boswell and prosecutor Andrew DeFilippis. Boswell was arguing that Sussmann’s (alleged) lie didn’t matter to the FBI, because if the FBI had cared at all about the source of the information he had brought them, they would have asked him about it.
Now, as I’ve said many times, my research team and I are not attorneys, but it occurred to us that the FBI DID straight-out ask if Sussmann had come representing clients, so that must have mattered, and that’s what he lied about. It sure seems material to us. Bosworth was probably thinking, “Hey, it’s worth a shot.”
Still, amazingly, we learn from this that the FBI never asked Sussmann anything like, “Who are these cyber experts you talked to? Can we talk to them? How’d they get this information?” Sure enough, Cleveland had the same take-away; namely, that the FBI’s failure to ask these questions “speaks not of the unimportance of the information, but of the incompetence (or political corruption) of the Crossfire Hurricane team.” They had the same lack of curiosity about the Steele “dossier” and didn’t care if they were relying on obviously suspect information if it fit their purpose.
Finally, in an update to the FEC’s fining of Hillary For America and the DNC, Kash Patel, lead investigator for the House Intelligence Committee when it was chaired by Devin Nunes, says they’re paying their fines to bury the story.
Recall that the fines were for misreporting “oppo research” for the Steele “dossier” as “legal services” and funneling the money for the “dossier” through law firm Perkins Coie. As we’ve reported, they essentially pleaded “no contest” and are paying the fines, with Patel now saying it’s to avoid calling more attention to what they did.
Patel points out that “the Hillary Clinton campaign could’ve said, ‘We disagree with your finding. We’re going to court.’ What did the Hillary Clinton campaign do? ...They agreed to the finding of probable cause by the FEC, which means they’re basically agreeing that it happened. ...Like we’ve always said, ‘Follow the money.’”
He sees the FEC fines as “another step towards accountability,” which needs to come in the form of indictments.
3. Biden nominee advances out of committee, setting up a confirmation vote
Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked 11-11 on approving Biden SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Republicans have been deeply disturbed by her record of lenient sentencing for child predators, her professed inability to define “woman,” and her claim that she doesn’t know if Americans have natural rights, like the one enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
That deadlock vote means that she doesn’t have a favorable recommendation from the Committee. But thanks to “Republicans” Mitt Romney, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, the Senate voted 53-47 to discharge her from the Committee, setting up a confirmation vote later this week that she’s virtually certain to pass, again thanks to the announced support of those same three “Republicans.”
As you might imagine, conservatives were not happy with these alleged “principled” votes, particularly Romney’s. As Sean Davis of the Federalist pointed out, Romney opposed Jackson’s appointment to a lower court less than a year ago, but now he thinks she’s highly qualified for the Supreme Court after learning she’s soft on pedophiles?
Here’s today’s link to Fox News’ continually-updated bulletins on Russia and Ukraine.
Latest updates at this writing: Today, Ukrainian President Zelensky will address the UN Security Council for the first time since Russia invaded. The horrifying images of dead civilians and alleged Russian war crimes in towns like Bucha have shocked the world. A number of European nations are expelling Russian diplomats, including Italy, Germany, France, Sweden and Denmark. In Rubizhne, there was a report of Russian troops hitting a tank with nitric acid, which is being treated as equivalent to a chemical weapons attack.
If you’d like to go deeper than the headlines and see an assessment of what’s really happening on the ground and what might possibly happen next, check out the latest analysis from the Institute for the Study of War:
Spoiler alert: Russian forces may be withdrawing, but this is “far from over,” and could still turn Russia’s way.
Meanwhile, David Goldman, who writes geopolitical analysis under the name “Spengler,” delivers the bad news that for all of President Biden’s talk of trying Putin for war crimes and destroying the ruble and Russia’s economy, the ruble has recovered almost all its value, Russia’s economy is doing better than you think, and Putin is at 78% approval and unlikely to go anywhere.
He also has a plan B for Ukraine: if they don’t surrender easily, he will completely demolish the country, and so far, that’s what he’s doing and the world doesn’t seem too interested in stopping him because pushing too hard could spark nuclear war. It’s a pretty grim assessment and will make you wish even harder that someone else was in charge in the White House.
5. My take on this: Biden has a border strategy?!?
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ strategy for dealing with the expected massive surge of illegal immigrants when Biden lifts the Title 42 COVID restrictions was leaked to Breitbart.com. They have all the details, but to put it in a nutshell, the plan is “Do everything we can to help as many of them as possible to stay here.”
6. Hey California, New York! Slick marketing isn't going to fix your mess
Ukraine may be the only place on Earth that people are fleeing in greater numbers than New York City or California. That means their tourism officials really have their work cut out for them, when their biggest selling point is, “At least the people running this place are better than Vladimir Putin.”
To try to convince tourists to return to cities that have become infamous for their own residents fleeing from the criminals, filth and dangerous homeless people, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an order creating a tourism cabinet. Sadly, just minutes after the cabinet was created, someone stole it.
Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has an even wackier scheme to try to bring people back to the big rotten apple. Playing off the totally incorrect idea that Florida has banned people from saying the word “gay,” he’s launched a tourism campaign urging Florida LGBTQ residents to leave their beautiful, low-tax Miami homes for New York. They might be terrorized by criminals, shoved in front of subway trains by deranged homeless people and taxed into bankruptcy, but they can say “Gay! Gay! Gay!” all day if they want. Which they can also do in Florida, if anyone actually wants to.
I have a feeling this will create one of those “strange bedfellows” moments where gay Floridians respond by quoting country star Buck Owens, who sang, “I wouldn’t live in New York City if they gave me the whole dang town.”
Incidentally, here’s how reading helps: Public Opinion Strategies conducted a unique poll in which they asked respondents to read the text of the Florida bill and then give their opinion on it. After seeing what it actually says (it merely bars inappropriate sexual or gender lessons for children under eight without parental consent), two-thirds of respondents supported it.
That lopsided support held across all demographics, including Democrats (55-29%), Biden voters (53-30%), and people who “know someone who’s LGBTQ” (61-28%.)
Instead of wasting his time trying to persuade people in Florida to come back to New York, Mayor Adams should read the bill and take a voyage back to reality.
7. Gender X Follow-up
Following up on President Biden’s order to allow a third “X” gender designation on passports, Alex Parker at Redstate.com tried to calculate just how many people might actually check that box, to see the size of the group that’s apparently running the White House now.
All the math is at the link, but extrapolating from data in states that allow “X” gender designations on drivers’ licenses, he estimates that this passport change might be utilized by 0.005% of the US population.
And speaking of bending over backward and remaking all of society to pander to a group so tiny it’s barely there, here’s the latest new water mark in craziness:
A top official in New York City’s Health Department came under fire for tweeting that “babies born to Black and Puerto Rican mothers in this city are three times more likely to die in their first year of life than babies born to non-Hispanic White birthing people.” When challenged on why Blacks and Puerto Ricans are “mothers” but Whites are “birthing people,” the health department quickly called it an “oversight” with no deeper meaning and apologized. Not for dissing white mothers, but “for inadvertently gendering Black and Puerto Rican birthing people.” Imagine the gall of assuming that someone who gives birth is a female-type mother!
Let’s all hope and pray that’s as crazy as this gets. For a welcome sign that perhaps some sanity is returning, here’s what some women (and yes, I can define that word) bicycle racers in Britain did when a male “trans” cyclist who only began hormone therapy last year tried to compete against them. This is what female college swimmers should’ve done a year ago, and maybe they’d still have a sport.
8. Now they tell us
In yet another one of those “So now they tell us” stories, New York Magazine reports that the leaders of Black Lives Matter allegedly used donations to secretly buy a $6 million luxury mansion in Southern California.
With the nonprofit facing legal scrutiny over its handling of funds, a video reportedly showed three BLM leaders marking the anniversary of the death of George Floyd by sipping champagne on the patio of the mansion they secretly bought with donors’ money. They claim they plan to use the mansion as a “safe house” and staging ground for social media content creation.
While BLM’s leaders are trying to deflect suspicions by accusing critics of being racist, what sets off my radar is something that has nothing to do with race. As you’ll see in the linked story, it’s BLM’s involvement with notorious leftwing law firm Perkins Coie, “home of high-profile Democrat election lawyer Marc Elias.” Talk about being judged by the company you keep.
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