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Today's newsletter includes:
- Watch out: How the left will play the Biden scandal
- UPDATE: More on the bizarre Secret Service infiltration
- New Podcast Episode
- And much more.
1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
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2. Watch out: How the left will play the Biden scandal
In more breaking news from the New York Post, emails reveal that Hunter Biden frequently covered family expenses, and reports dating from Joe Biden’s time as Vice President are getting specific.
On June 5, 2010, an email to Hunter from partner Eric Schwerin titled “JRB Bills” (Joseph Robinette Biden), detailed expenses on the VP’s palatial, Kennedy-esque lakefront home –- pictured at the link below –- in the wealthy Greenville enclave of Wilmington, Delaware. For a breakdown of some of these maintenance expenses, you can go to the NY Post story –- we apologize again for the creepy Hunter pictures.
As the Post has previously reported, a January 2019 email from Hunter to his daughter Naomi said, “I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years. “It’s really hard. But don’t worry, unlike pop, I won’t make you give me half your salary.”
So even though we don’t have the actual bank transfers, we get the idea here that Hunter was induced to give something like 50 percent of his earnings to his dad. That might have been the drugs talking, but the grand jury will sort it out.
Schwerin, president of Hunter’s firm Rosemont Seneca Partners, said five days later that he had received Joe Biden’s “Delaware tax refund check,” which suggests the finances were intermingled, though another email suggests Joe sometimes paid his son back.
But here’s something that sounds potentially even worse: In an email to Hunter dated July 6, 2010, titled “JRB Future Memo,” Schwerin said, “Your dad just called me [about his mortgage]...He could use some positive news about his future earnings potential.” Why would Joe be wanting to talk to Hunter about that?
There’s other intriguing correspondence as well. One sample from May 2018 that was reported by the NY Post has to do with an accidental transfer of $25,000 to an escort named “Gulnora” during a drug-and-alcohol binge. This transaction triggered a visit from the Secret Service, suggesting that it was done from an account he shared with his father. Hunter received a series of texts from a former Secret Service agent who was trying to get him to come out of his room, reminding him that “this is linked to Celtic’s account.”
“Celtic” was Joe Biden’s code name with the Secret Service when he was VP.
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, spoke with Maria Bartiromo on “Fox News Sunday” about the intermingling of the Biden family finances.
He also spoke about the media’s sudden turn to sort-of covering the Hunter Biden story. It should be obvious by now that somebody flipped a switch to tell the mainstream media, “Okay, it’s time to start picking up on the laptop story.”
The switch is metaphorical, of course, but all it took was The New York Times getting a signal from somewhere that, given that indictments were likely to come down soon, this was the time to get ahead of the story and present the best possible spin. They were late to the party, but it does look as though the Delaware grand jury assigned to Hunter’s case started without them.
By the way, that NY Post story also includes some quotes from Valerie Biden Owens, Hunter’s aunt Val, who sympathizes with Hunter for his struggle with drugs and, in true enabler fashion, places no responsibility whatsoever on him for the scandal enveloping the Bidens now. Why should she, when she can (surprise) blame Trump and his supporters? After an “ugly, degrading” campaign, she said, “Trump and his right-wing followers have continued to do whatever they can to discredit the family and therefore to bring Joe down.” I’m sure that if Trump’s family had been similarly accused, the left would have respected their privacy and backed off. Kidding, of course.
“Aunt Val” happens to have a new book coming out Tuesday, called “GROWING UP BIDEN: A Memoir.” In the book, she compares the Biden family to the John F. Kennedy family. You know, we can kind of see it, but not in the way she means.
This weekend, Trey Gowdy, on his show “Sunday Night In America,” discussed the hesitancy of the media to cover the Hunter story with Howard Kurtz, who hosts the FOX News show “Media Buzz,” and let’s just say he disagreed with Aunt Val. Most news organizations minimized, or even mocked, the New York Post story, he recalled, leading into the 2020 election. Twitter blocked the sharing of the story, and the NY Post’s account was suspended, an incredible step.
Kurtz gave the media “one clap” for finally coming around and “advancing the story in certain ways”; I give them nothing, not even a one-handed clap.. In fact, I give them a “turn your back and walk away.” As I’ve said, by treating this very real story as fake news, they interfered with the 2020 election and very likely changed the outcome.
After the Post came out with their story, then-Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe was vocal about the laptop NOT being “Russian disinformation.” The media preferred the lies of California Rep. Adam Schiff, however, and got on board with his false “Russia” narrative. They wanted Trump out of office, and this was just the way to discredit something that they saw as helpful to him. They knew: this story is so serious and far-reaching that Biden wouldn’t have been elected to anything if the vast majority of people had known what it was about.
Some in the media are still dismissive –- recall our story last week about Anne Applebaum at The Atlantic –- but as Kurtz said, they’re afraid “they’ll wake up one morning and the grand jury in Delaware may have indicted Hunter Biden, on charges of either tax evasion or illegal lobbying or money laundering...” They don’t want to look “really bad” if that happens. But it’s too late for that. We all know what their coverage would’ve been like all along if this were about Trump’s family.
“It just amounts to media malpractice,” Kurtz said.
So, to get to the main point: who pulled the switch and got the mainstream media in gear on this story? Our thought is that it’s none other than former President Obama pulling the strings. Here’s a must-read article by Andrea Widburg in American Thinker that will tell you why we so strongly suspect this.
Widburg even explains the three steps in which Obama could use Biden’s problems to regain the presidency on a technicality. In a nutshell: The 22nd Amendment to Constitution doesn’t say the President can’t have more than two terms --- it says he can’t be “elected” to more than two terms. Get Kamala out of the VP spot, appoint Barack Obama to fill it, and oust Joe Biden via the 25th Amendment (or, I would add, his forced resignation over the Biden family scandal). Obama could choose his own VP and would then have a couple of years to lock in the “fundamental transformation” he didn’t quite get done during his first two terms.
So watch out for moves in this direction.
3. UPDATE: More on the bizarre Secret Service infiltration
Retired CIA operations officer Sam Faddis has more information on the two men who apparently fooled at least four Secret Service agents --- one of whom had been on the First Lady’s security detail --- into believing they were working for the Department of Homeland Security.
(Incidentally, it was Faddis who also reported the discovery of Hunter Biden’s laptop having Defense Department encryption keys on his laptop, “which,” he tweeted, “may have allowed him to create fake email accounts and run his [communications] through DOD servers. Slick. And very, very illegal.”)
And now, back to our regularly scheduled story.
Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Sher-Ali, 35, were arrested last Wednesday at a luxury apartment complex called Crossing in the high-end Navy Yard neighborhood of southeast Washington DC and charged with impersonating HHS officials. They had told the Secret Service agents that they were investigating events related to January 6, and they managed to fool them for at least 18 months, plying them with extravagant gifts.
According to Faddis, the management at the apartment complex bought the line that they were government agents and had allowed them to live there rent-free. Amazingly, the two men had even wangled access to apartment surveillance cameras and access codes to all doors. From all appearances, they were surveilling residents of the building. As we reported last week, the raid on their apartment turned up quite a collection of weapons, as well as a binder that contained a list of all the residents in the building.
Regarding that, we have more information concerning what we wondered most about when the story broke: the names on that list. Not surprisingly, residents include federal agents (real ones), individuals who worked at the White House, and congressional aides and advisers. So, who were these guys there to spy on?
Sher-Ali claimed to be a Pakistani intelligence officer and held visas for both Pakistan and Iran. Taherzadeh, who may be an American citizen, reportedly told investigators he didn’t know the source of their funding and that Sher-Ali was paying for everything. In the months before impersonating an HHS agent, Sher-Ali had traveled to Pakistan, Turkey, Iran and Qatar, including multiple stopovers in Doha.
The men used fake websites, and, as we reported last week, recruited at least one man to be “trained” as an agent. How the Secret Service agents were taken in will be another matter for investigation; they are all on leave and “are restricted from accessing Secret Service facilities, equipment and systems,” according to a Secret Service statement. In their defense, the imposters did make it look good; they reportedly carried the kind of handguns used by U.S. law enforcement, drove official-looking black SUVs with emergency lights, and --- big heads up, folks --- demonstrated to them that they had secure access to what appeared to be DHS computer systems.
The charge of impersonating a government officer could be expanded to include conspiracy, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
To quote Faddis: “It is too early to determine what all of this means, but the arrests come against the backdrop of repeated Iranian threats to assassinate former President Donald Trump and numerous other American officials,” particularly Mike Pompeo, in retaliation for the U.S. air strike that took out Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a little over two years ago.
Faddis says that American officials are reportedly investigating these two men as perhaps working on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as part of an effort to kill U.S. officials on U.S. soil.
The Daily Mail also has done some solid reporting.
Ironically, this story is developing just as Biden is on the verge of signing a new and even more disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, with part of it, reportedly, being to lift sanctions on the IRGC and remove its designation as a terrorist group. Never mind that it most definitely IS a terrorist group. Goodness knows, living at a time when the government can’t even define what a “woman” is, we can’t expect it to be able to define what a “terrorist” is. As Humpty Dumpty once said, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean --- neither more nor less.”
As for the Iran deal, Benjamin Netanyahu has plenty to say about the dangers, but whoever is pulling the strings at the White House isn't listening.
4. New Podcast Episode
Governor Huckabee is joined by special guest David Isay, founder of Sound Portraits Productions, to discuss StoryCorps and other current projects he is working on.
5. Russia-Ukraine War
Here’s today’s link to the continuing updates on Russia and Ukraine from Fox News:
Among the latest headlines: President Zelenskyy claimed that tens of thousands of people were killed in the city of Mariupol. Finland and Sweden plan to join NATO as soon as this summer. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to Zelenskyy in Kyiv, prompting many to ask why President Biden hasn’t visited.
Zelenskyy said Russia is about to move to even larger operations in the eastern part of Ukraine, and that Biden is the only person who can stop the invasion by providing military equipment. He said, “To be honest, whether we will be able to (survive) depends on this. Unfortunately, I don’t have the confidence that we will be receiving everything we need…He has the list. President Biden can enter history as the person who stood shoulder to shoulder with the Ukrainian people who won and chose the right to have their own country. (This) also depends on him.”
While you chew on that, here’s the latest assessment of what’s happening in Ukraine from the Institute for the Study of War.
6. A Superspreader Event
Last week’s Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington is being called a superspreader event after (at last count) 53 prominent Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, White House staffers and media members tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, there have so far been no reports of anyone being severely ill, and I sincerely hope and pray there will be none. Many issued statements crediting the vaccines for protecting them.
Ironic considering the entertainment at the Gridiron Club Dinner was a Donald Trump impersonator who did a vicious depiction of him that the attendees applauded. Yet I haven’t heard any of them utter a word of thanks to Trump for “Operation Warp Speed,” his program to rush the creation and approval of those very vaccines they’re crediting with saving their lives. I’ll bet some of the media members even wrote stories accusing Trump of being a lying liar who lies for claiming that a vaccine would be available before the end of 2020, which it was. Biden and Harris both tried to gin up suspicion of any vaccine created under Trump before they became among the first to receive it and then started taking credit for it.
Sorry if this is all old news to you, but I feel I have to occasionally remind people because there’s been such an effort to rewrite history that those of us who actually lived through it are obligated to constantly correct the record.
And while we’re talking irony, how about the story of VP Kamala Harris going maskless at the Senate confirmation vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson and hugging her at a White House celebration? Pressed on why this was okay amid all the Democrats’ mask mandates and demonizing of those who oppose them, White House press secretary Jen Psaki offered two excuses so feeble, they could’ve used a pair of crutches.
She claimed that Harris had her mask on in the Senate “99.9 percent” of the time and only took it off briefly (and how much time does it take a virus to spread?) As for the White House event, she said it was outdoors, which reduces the risk of transmission – apparently, even when you hug someone and both of you are maskless. Besides, Ms. Psaki said it was a very emotional moment for Harris. Funny, I thought that spending the last moments with a dying parent was a very emotional moment, but Democrats blocked a lot of people from doing that, even if they were all wearing masks. And how many people have been yelled at by leftist mask fanatics for the crime of walking alone outdoors while breathing fresh air?
Once again, it seems that COVID-19 is the most accommodating virus to liberal political causes that ever existed. We can now add confirming leftwing activists to the Supreme Court to the growing list of events where it refuses to infect people. Those include: celebrations of the anniversary of Obamacare, BLM riots, photo ops, appearing at major sports or entertainment events and attending dinners at fancy restaurants.
If only someone had told the virus that there were so many Democrats at the Gridiron Dinner, I’m sure it wouldn’t have spread there.
Note to the virus: The mayor of New York is also a Democrat, so you obviously slipped up in infecting him. I don’t know how it happened. Since he’s such a stringent mask proponent that he’s continuing to force masks onto two-year-olds despite them being at almost zero risk, I assume he wore three of them himself, 24 hours a day.
Related: When asked the possibility of more lockdowns from new COVID variants, Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted what a lot of us have been saying ever since that “two weeks to reduce the curve” passed its two-week expiration date, only we got censored on social media for saying it:
"There will be a level of infection. This is not going to be eradicated and it’s not going to be eliminated, and what’s gonna happen is we’re going to see that each individual is going to have to make their calculation of the amount of risk that they want to take..."
Wait, so he’s saying that we can’t shut down the entire world every time a new disease pops up, and that the people will have to be trusted to take personal responsibility for their own decisions in balancing preventative measures with living their lives? At long last, he’s finally making sense, so I expect him to disappear from the media completely.
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