|December 18, 2020|
Good morning! Today's newsletter includes:
- New transcripts
- Unemployment applications go up
- Colbert "questions" Joe Biden about Hunter Biden
- SCOTUS ruling on Census
- Sidney Powell lawsuit on Supreme Court docket
By Mike Huckabee
The latest release of text messages from Operational Crossfire Hurricane (i.e., the Russiagate scandal) shows that FBI officials spied on and secretly recorded a phone conversation between former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and an unnamed executive at Fox News.
This is only the latest incident we’ve learned about of the Obama Administration covertly surveilling journalists (James Rosen, the A.P., Sheryl Attkisson.) Yet according to the “journalists” themselves, it’s Trump who's “targeting journalists” and waging a violent assault on the First Amendment by tweeting mean criticisms of them after they savage and slander him. As Tristan Justice at the Federalist points out, so far, no major media outlets have criticized the Obama Administration for tapping Fox News’ phone conversations without even bothering to get a warrant.
As we always say, if it weren't for double standards...
Unemployment applications go up
By Mike Huckabee
Yesterday, the government reported that there were 885,000 applications for unemployment benefits last week, up from the previous week’s 862,000, and far more than the 820,000 economists had predicted. This was attributed partly to a “surprise jump in layoffs.”
A "surprise" jump? Are trained economists really surprised to learn that when Democrat Governors order 90% of the businesses in their states to shut down indefinitely, unemployment leaps?
Colbert "questions" Joe Biden about Hunter Biden
By Mike Huckabee
If you’re weak of stomach, you probably won’t be able to sit through watching Stephen Colbert polish Joe Biden’s shoes with his tongue, but Biden was on that show last night and said some things that are making news. One is that he would work with his critics for the good of the country. He also had some eyebrow-raising comments involving his son, Hunter.
Naturally, Colbert framed the questions about Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings as merely political attacks on Biden via his children (something Democrats certainly never did to Trump’s kids!) This was Joe’s response:
"I have, we have, great confidence in our son. I am not concerned about any accusations being made against him. It's used to get to me. I think it’s kind of foul play but look, it is what it is and he’s a grown man, he is the smartest man I know. I mean, from a pure intellectual capacity – and as long as he’s good, we’re good."
I hope that was just a father’s love being expressed and that Hunter Biden really isn’t the smartest man Joe Biden knows. If so, say even more prayers for America’s future than you already are.
Biden’s Rapid Response Gaffe Team quickly “clarified” that by “foul play,” he meant Republicans using Hunter’s business dealings to attack him and not the federal investigation. Although I wonder if it would be “foul play” for the investigators to look into whether Joe benefited from Hunter’s foreign business dealings or did anything in his official capacity to help them? Because those seem like the type of serious ethics questions that should rightly spark, say, a federal investigation.
In a slightly less dismissive view of Hunter Biden’s financial activities, Sen. Lindsay Graham is calling on President Trump to appoint a special counsel to ensure that the media can’t bury it and a President Biden can’t sweep it under the rug.
SCOTUS ruling on Census
By Mike Huckabee
Friday morning, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to dismiss a challenge to President Trump’s effort not to count illegal aliens in the 2020 Census. The plaintiffs’ original claim that doing so might have a chilling effect on gathering information had already expired with the conclusion of the counting. This means that Trump can go ahead with plans to exclude illegal residents from the population numbers used to apportion tax dollars and Congressional seats.
The Court didn’t accept the plaintiffs’ argument that it somehow causes a “legally cognizable injury” not to count illegal aliens toward how many Congressional seats a state gets. But that sounds like an argument I’d sure get a kick out of hearing.
Sidney Powell lawsuit on Supreme Court docket
By Mike Huckabee
The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to even hear the case brought by Texas about other states’ unconstitutional handling of their elections and didn’t really explain why --- “standing,” really?? --- but there’s another case, in Michigan, brought by Sidney Powell, that they’ve put on the docket.
This case was heard and dismissed by an Obama-appointed U.S. District Court judge as “an amalgamation of theories, conjecture and speculation.” Why would the Supreme Court decide to hear such a case?
This one involves the forensic audit of the Dominion machines, potentially affecting at least 200,000 votes in Michigan –- what Powell has referred to as “the Kraken.” She wrote a letter to the Court alerting them to new evidence stemming from the audit done in Antrim County. As the NOQ REPORT says, “This audit shines a bright spotlight on what every contested state in the nation (and technically every state, period”) should be addressing in a hurry, namely the technological side of 2020 election fraud.”
(Note: Since the story I’ve linked to contains allegations of election fraud accomplished in part through Dominion Voting Systems, I’ll appease the “fact”-checkers by linking to one of their own at the end of this piece to include what Dominion has to say. Question to the “fact”-checkers: Why aren’t you more skeptical of what Dominion has to say? It’s not proof of anything.)
It’ll be interesting to see what SCOTUS does now. This case doesn’t deal with constitutional challenges as the Texas case did; rather, it addresses hard evidence of blatant mail-in ballot tampering.
Amazingly, the city of Detroit is fighting back against Powell with a motion for a federal judge to sanction her and her team, ban them from practicing in the Eastern District in Michigan and refer them to the state bar for grievance procedures.
They say she is “frivolously undermining People’s faith in the democratic process and their trust in our government.” But this is retribution, pure and simple. Would the Supreme Court hear a "frivolous" case?
This sounds just like Democrats’ accusations in the Senate Homeland Security hearings Wednesday. (Those Democrat talking points have a way of getting around.) I maintain that if anything undermines the people’s trust in our government, it’s Democrats trying to steamroll their way to Inauguration Day when many millions already do not trust the election results.
"It’s time for this nonsense to end,” Detroit’s lawyer David Fink told LAW & CRIME. “The lawyers filing these frivolous cases must pay a price.” His problem with Powell’s suit is that it “raises doubts in the minds of millions of Americans about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.” I hate to tell you, Mr. Fink, but it’s far too late to keep doubts from being raised. In fact, what you’re doing to try to suppress the examination of this voting process is raising doubts even further.
Attorneys have already been intimidating firms representing Trump to get them to abandon their cases (which some did). So this is more of the same. Legal expert Jonathan Turley has condemned this intimidation before, which we reported. Turley, a liberal, thinks “it’s clear at this point” that there was election fraud. He would no doubt agree with Powell and Trump’s own attorneys that they need “greater access to the system itself,” which he said is held “by election officials, and that requires a court to order that information to be turned over.”
Turley said the system set up to evaluate allegations of fraud should be allowed to move forward. That is surely what Powell’s trying to achieve with her “Kraken” suit. There's nothing frivolous about it.
Michael Flynn, appearing Thursday on NEWSMAX, said Trump should appoint a special counsel “immediately,” seize the Dominion voting machines, and prioritize “by state and probably by county” the places to conduct audits, where “he’s gonna find exactly the same problem.” Flynn does allege that “there’s a foreign influence tied to this system” and sees likely ties between Dominion and Smartmatic with China, Iran and Venezuela. (Dominion has denied all this.)
Flynn said he doesn’t know what Trump will do. “The President has to plan for every eventuality,” he said, “because we cannot allow...the integrity of our election to go the way it is. I mean, this is just totally unsatisfactory. There is no way in the world that we’re going to be able to move forward as a nation with this.” Flynn even mentioned the option of instituting martial law in certain areas while their votes are re-cast, noting that martial law has been imposed 64 times in our history. (He said specifically that he’s not calling for that, but watch the left go crazy now!)
Flynn is disappointed in the Supreme Court, particularly the Chief Justice, for not looking at the “fabric of the Constitution” and the merits of these cases, only at procedure. “To me, that lacks courage; it lacks moral fiber.” He expects much more of the Republican Party as well. As for the run-offs in Georgia, “That’s a fake election. You can’t have another election on the same system,” he said. (Of course, Georgia, it's still critical to VOTE!)
The motion against Powell hasn’t actually been filed yet, because rules require that opposing counsel (Powell’s team) be granted a 21-day window to withdraw “offending litigation.” But news of it was tweeted out by --- get ready --- Perkins Coie attorney MARC ELIAS, who was the (Clinton) lawyer responsible for filing those lawsuits around the country that resulted in the loosening of rules. (You remember Perkins Coie, of Fusion GPS and “dossier” fame.) Elias is largely responsible for the mess we’re in now.
U.S. District Court Judge Linda Parker had dismissed Powell’s suit with a scathing rebuke, saying of the Michigan electorate, “The people have spoken.” Many thousands of people in Michigan would take issue with that.
I will say, though, that Powell really does need to have the goods with these suits; some of her witnesses have been brushed off as questionable. Though she isn’t technically part of Trump’s legal team, every time one of her suits gets tossed, it's easier for the other side to dismiss claims of fraud and deny President Trump the opportunity for the full defense he's entitled to, including an audit of the machines. Powell has to bring it.
Still, Mr. Fink is wrong to assert that the key factual allegations from this lawsuit have been debunked. The fact that some lawsuits based on these assertions have been dismissed by other courts does NOT mean they've been debunked. The courts have simply found reasons not to take those cases up.
We saw for ourselves what went on in Detroit: Republican poll watchers ejected from the counting and windows covered with cardboard pizza boxes. Detroit did plenty on its own to undermine trust in our elections. I don’t have the technical expertise to know exactly what went on in Detroit with the voting machines, but I do know that Detroit’s lawsuit against Powell’s team is not about election integrity. It’s about politics.
As I've said, some of the allegations contained here are currently in dispute, and here's where you can read what the other side says.
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