BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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AOC Ethics controversy
Here’s the latest ethical brouhaha that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is embroiled in. While her staff is trying to brush it off as a simple misunderstanding, you can rest assured that had anyone named Trump done the same thing, they’d be saying the potential $50,000 fine and five years in jail isn’t nearly enough.
Milt Harris at PJ Media on “The Bluster and Demise of Sanctuary Cities,” or what happens when empty virtue-signaling collides head-on with reality.
Warner Music has just signed an AI-generated pop singer who put out a video with a voice created by AI and images created by CGI.
The really scary part: I dare you to detect any difference between this recording and what’s been released by allegedly real pop stars over at least the past five years.
Republicans cleared of wrongdoing
Polls show that many Americans believe former President Trump must be guilty of some crimes. After all, there are so many indictments of him. Never mind that you can indict a ham sandwich, and the partisan indictments being thrown at him are so insubstantial that they’re more like vegan ham salad.
Well, as a reminder of the fact that partisan accusations don’t necessarily mean that someone actually did anything wrong, here are two news stories that hit on the same day:
After the DOJ finally dropped a groundless, three-year investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz on alleged sex trafficking charges, the FEC has thrown out a complaint against him alleging campaign finance violations. It was filed by his Republican rival Cris Dosev. Gaetz said the claim was baseless, adding, "Cris Dosev has lost every FEC complaint he has filed as a gadfly — and every election he has run in as a candidate, including two to me. Here's hoping he finds less expensive, more productive hobbies for himself going forward."
Also, it was revealed that in August, the FEC cleared Sen. Ted Cruz of an accusation by a leftwing activist group that he personally benefited from using campaign funds for Facebook ads promoting his book “One Vote Away.” Turns out all the proceeds from the book went to charity and Cruz didn’t benefit from it at all.
Now, let’s see how many media outlets that breathlessly covered the allegations against Gaetz and Cruz will give the same attention to the fact that they were both completely cleared.
This story is so distasteful, I don’t want to spend too much time on it. But surely by now, you’ve heard of Susanna Gibson, a Democrat running for the Virginia legislature. It was revealed that she had a side business making sex videos with her husband and posting them on an X-rated website, where she solicited tips in exchange for various unmentionable acts (which, incidentally, violated the site’s terms of service.)
This sort of thing, if it had ever happened at all in the past, would’ve spelled the end of anyone’s political career. But we live in post-morality 2023, so Gibson immediately began posturing as an outraged victim and voice for women’s rights. She accused Republicans of “leaking” the tapes (there’s no evidence of that, and her opponent said he only heard of this when it hit the news), and claims now that her privacy was violated and she’s a victim of revenge porn and a sex crime, a claim that she’s using to fire up support and donations from easily-deluded Democrat voters. She even wants law enforcement to prosecute whoever “leaked” the videos.
Sorry, but "revenge porn" is when someone releases private images without the other person's permission. When you voluntarily produce sex videos and post them on an Internet porn site for money, I think you lose the moral high ground to claim your privacy was violated if anyone sees them. Knowing that a Congressional candidate is also a porn star seems to be the very definition of a topic that’s in the public interest. The fact that we’re even talking about this is incredible, and the fact that she’s making these ludicrous arguments and some people are actually taking them seriously and sending her money (I don’t even want to think about what they expect in return) shows we are “through the Looking Glass, people.”
FYI, if you really want to know the details of what the candidate was doing online, this article describes them without showing them. I’ll warn you, it’s not for the easily offended or the squeamish, and no, I will not recap it here.
Mitt Romney announced that he will not run for a second Senate term, proving that he can read the writing on the wall all the way back in Utah. In his announcement, he bashed both Trump and Biden for various things, like not doing enough about the climate. But he will still be in office through January 2025.
The good news for Republicans: they have an excellent chance to pick up that seat in 2024!
DACA is struck down by a federal judge again
For the second time, a federal judge has struck down President Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program as unconstitutional. Biden had hoped to keep it alive by making it a “regulation” instead of an executive order, but the judge ruled that there was no difference between the two, and creating such a program was the job of the legislature.
This shouldn’t be a surprise since even Obama himself repeatedly told us he had no constitutional authority to rewrite US immigration law with an executive order. And then he went ahead and did it anyway. Now, it’s twice been ruled unconstitutional…and yet, it’s still here. In fact, this latest ruling specifically does not order the government to take any action such as deportation against DACA recipients. It leaves in place the current situation in which DACA remains in force, but it can’t accept any new recipients. It proves that Ronald Reagan was right: there's nothing more permanent than a temporary government program.
Personally, I’m not unsympathetic to the idea behind DACA. I’ve long thought that it was cruel and counterproductive to force young people who were brought to the US as small children and only know our language and culture to return to a country that’s totally alien to them, especially just as they’re starting to pay income taxes to repay all the public schooling we had to provide for them. I think there should be some accommodation for that small subset of illegal immigrants who had no say over their entry and grew up as Americans.
That said, any accommodation should be written and passed by Congress, not dictated by an illegal executive order. And I certainly condemn the judicial precedent of declaring a government program to be clearly unconstitutional and then letting it continue anyway. If that’s okay, then why do we even have federal courts? Just to host groundless Trump trials?
I told you about the Biden White House sending a letter to its lapdog media outlets, instructing them to attack Republicans for launching an impeachment inquiry and to push the narrative that there’s no evidence Joe Biden did anything wrong. As Athena Thorne at PJ Media reports, CNN surprisingly committed an actual act of journalism by reporting on this outrageous attempt to coerce the media into promoting self-serving, partisan political propaganda.
Except being CNN, they could only manage to act like journalists for two paragraphs. By the third paragraph, they started repeating the exact same propaganda points that the White House told them to say.
Well, baby steps. Maybe by the time the impeachment inquiry ends, they’ll have worked up enough integrity to report on it. I wouldn’t bet the farm on that, though.
Here’s how you can tell the Democrat establishment is panicking at the idea of having to “Weekend At Bernie’s” Joe Biden through another presidential campaign and four more years in office:
Several liberal columnists at regime mouthpiece outlets are suddenly opining that he shouldn’t run again.
Even Washington Post writer David Ignatius, said to be Biden’s favorite columnist, wrote an op-ed urging him not to run and to replace Kamala Harris, whose approval ratings are an even worse dumpster fire than Biden’s.
And if there’s any question that this push is coming from the Deep State, which is terrified of Trump getting back into power and exposing and reversing their power grab, journalist Glenn Greenwald told Jesse Watters on Fox News, “There is no member of the media more loyal to the CIA and its narratives than he. Pretty much if David Ignatius' mouth is moving, it means the CIA is talking. That's been his entire career.” His conclusion: the CIA thinks Joe has outlived his usefulness and has to go before he takes the whole corrupt, power-mad enterprise down with him.
For me, the most revealing part of Ignatius’ article was his admission that Biden risks "undoing his greatest achievement – which was stopping Trump." I would argue that it’s his only achievement, but it’s nice to finally see a leftist admitting that for all their high-flown applesauce about their great plans and visions, the only thing they really cared about was getting rid of Trump and putting themselves back in power.
Biden impeachment inquiry update
If anyone suggests to you that Republicans just want to impeach Biden to “get back” at Democrats for impeaching Trump, that person is demonstrating a deep ignorance of the legal process.
What Speaker McCarthy is talking about is an impeachment INQUIRY, which might or might not lead to an impeachment. This, as Michael Goodwin at the NEW YORK POST explains, “is the only way the American public will ever get the full truth about the President’s role in his family’s corrupt schemes.” Goodwin’s column is a great refresher on what we know and are looking for --- and a warning about how vicious the attacks from the Washington press corps will be as we fly over the target.
Jonathan Tobin, senior contributor to THE FEDERALIST, has a good piece about the reasons for the inquiry, acknowledging that Republicans are very, very angry at Democrats for what they did to Trump, and that revenge is certainly a factor, but making the point that “without an inquiry, hearings, and then an impeachment debate and trial, there’s simply no way to break through the liberal corporate media’s refusal to substantially cover the issue of Biden family corruption.” And since federal prosecutors seem “suspiciously incurious” about Joe Biden’s role, “House Republicans aren’t wrong to think that the only way we’ll get anywhere close to the bottom of this is by launching an impeachment inquiry.”
Tobin’s piece appeared in NEWSWEEK, of all places.
Biden himself doesn’t seem to get it. He said the Republicans want to impeach him “so they can shut down the government.” Huh?
The latest example of Democrat spin is in response to a transcribed-and-leaked interview with FBI Agent Thomas Sobocinski, conducted behind closed doors by the House Judiciary Committee last week. This agent strikes us as someone who wasn’t nearly as clued in on the investigation as the two IRS whistleblowers in the office (especially lead investigator Gary Shapley, who had documented the whole thing in notes). When Sobocinski said it wasn’t his understanding that U.S. Attorney David Weiss lacked charging authority, the Dems (especially Rep. Jerry Nadler) played that up. But when Sobocinski agreed with the whistleblowers that Weiss had dragged his feet in charging Hunter, they did not.
Here’s the NEW YORK POST’s report on the Sobocinski interview, refreshingly spin-free...
And here’s an analysis from THE BLAZE. They point to something very interesting: that Sobocinski was accompanied by lawyers from both the FBI and DOJ, and they were there to represent not him but the government. It was reportedly after one of these lawyers spoke to him off the record that he started hedging on whether Weiss had full charging authority against Hunter.
The Heritage Foundation has looked at the DOJ’s investigation into Hunter’s ties with Patrick Ho and CEFC and released a detailed memo finding “significant irregularities,” including that “DOJ was aware of connections between the Biden family and CEFC at least as early as 2017 and that they acted to conceal this information (from) the public.” The DOJ even redacted mentions of the Biden name in the evidence presented at Ho’s 2018 trial.
This memo even provides a handy list of questions for Congress to ask during the impeachment inquiry. Mighty thoughtful.
Finally, here’s something fun from the laptop emails. In 2010, Hunter Biden complained that Obama had plagiarized one of his father’s speeches. We may never learn who his father plagiarized it from...
New Georgia law might stop out-of-control prosecutor
A few days ago, we asked the musical question, “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Fani Willis?”
Willis is the Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney who, along with her “Trump” special grand jury, has gone completely out of control in citing and indicting Trump and his supporters. Just one example: an alternate slate of Georgia electors, the creation of which is absolutely constitutional and has legal precedent, now faces the possibility of decades in prison for simply doing their duty in case a razor-thin vote count were flipped. The TDS-infected grand jury presented Willis with a list of 39 individuals whom they recommended for indictment, including South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham. Willis at least knew well enough to pare that list down to half.
Here’s what Sen. Graham had to say about it on Tuesday’s HANNITY (after brief lead-in from Sean Hannity). Very powerful. The system is “truly off the rails,” he said, if officials aren’t even allowed to do their jobs without being dragged before a grand jury. The left wants to use the law to intimidate anyone from asking questions.
This is an abuse of the legal system that, short of the treatment of January 6 political prisoners, is about the most serious we’ve ever seen.
So, what needs to happen now? Author and persuasion expert Scott Adams wondered aloud if it’s time to arrest her. Others say impeachment by the Georgia legislature is the way to go. Still others are looking at new, existing state legislation, described by A. R. Hoffman in the NEW YORK SUN as “an avant garde law that grants power to remove prosecutors to lawmakers rather than to voters or governors.”
The NY SUN is subscription-only, but we’ll summarize the piece for you…
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has said he does not want an impeachment for Willis. He made it clear at a press conference that he considered her impeachment to be “political theater that only inflames the emotions of the moment.” To that we would say that if Gov. Kemp doesn’t want to see emotions inflamed, he’d better do whatever is necessary to stop Willis’s own political theatre. That’s already inflaming plenty of emotions.
Kemp added that having a special session for the purpose of removing Willis “would ignore existing Georgia law and directly interfere with the proceedings fo a separate but equal branch of government.”
He said the bottom line in his state is that, “as long as I’m governor, we’re going to follow the law and the Constitution, regardless of who it helps or harms politically.” Never mind that impeachment is in the Constitution and that any prosecutor on the left or right who went this far off the rails should be subject to it.
But in May, at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Gov. Kemp did sign into law S.B. 92, which creates an eight-member “Prosecuting Attorneys Oversight Commission” with the power to “discipline, remove, and cause involuntary retirement of appointed or elected district attorneys or solicitors-general.” Grounds for removal include “willful misconduct in office” and “willful and persistent failure to carry out statutory duties.”
They also include “conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice which brings the office into disrepute.” Ding-ding-ding! That’s the one.
This is for egregious conduct. Anyone disqualified under this law is forbidden from being appointed or elected to a similar office in Georgia for 10 years.
So, who gets to make this call? The committee members are all appointed by the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, all of whom are currently Republicans. But the three members they’ve appointed so far are all district attorneys, so they might be likely to side with the independence of another DA.
In fact, the district attorney of De Kalb County, Sherry Boston, took it as a slap in the face. She called it “an assault on prosecutorial discretion and independence,” and a “direct attack on the nature of our democratic process.” And four DAs have filed a lawsuit --- in Fulton County --- alleging that S. B. 92 is unconstitutional. They say it violates the separation of powers and also the First Amendment, by “punishing prosecutors for articulating their prosecutorial philosophies.” They also say it grants “vague and broad authority” to the commission. Plus, it violates due process, they say, by “failing to give fair notice of conduct that is forbidden or required” before the state can deprive someone of elective office.
What constitute “fair notice”? It would be nice to think any prosecutor would be able to recognize a blatant abuse of power on her part and not have to be given a tutorial on the definition of “crime,” but this one apparently needs to be told. And the commission is only now being chosen.
According to the NY SUN, their case is being handled by Public Legal, a nonprofit whose legal director, Joshua Rosenthal, calls the law “an anti-democratic and unconstitutional intrusion into core powers of local prosecutors” that “must be halted.”
So, to call the new law controversial would not be overstating it. But Fani Willis is one particular local prosecutor who has clearly gone on a huge “core power” trip that really must be halted. She’s charging a long list of people criminally with actions that are NOT CRIMES. Ironically, it seems this law was passed not in response to an overzealous DA like Willis but to deal with just the opposite situation --- prosecutors failing to enforce laws.
RELATED: In case you don’t quite get the level of Trump-hate that is powering prosecutions like Fani Willis’s in Georgia, check out Sirius XM radio host and MSNBC columnist Dean Obeidallah, who insisted on Friday that Trump “must die in prison” to set an example for the public and protect democracy. Because Trump, as we all know courtesy of MSNBC, attempted a coup.
Likewise, Julie Kelly’s new column deals with what she calls the “bloodlust of the left” as still more J6 arrests are made. She focuses on “Jord” Meacham, the young man who recently killed himself, the fourth known suicide of a January 6 defendant. He took his life just hours after his arraignment was scheduled. Some on social media coldly mocked him; others blamed Trump for his death.
Now, this is going to make you mad, but it’s important to know the state of derangement with which we’re dealing. As Kelly writes, “...the sad, alarming truth is that millions of our countrymen will shed no tears for Jord and his family. They won’t consider the ramifications of branding Americans with whom they disagree politically as ‘terrorists.’ They don’t care that this soulless ruling class is rapidly tearing away the boundaries of the law, the Constitution, fairness and human decency.”
And our ‘Justice’ Department marches on --- “undeterred, unfinished, and unrepentant.”
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