On Jan. 18, a now infamous BuzzFeed story erroneously revealed that estranged Trump attorney Michael Cohen “told the special counsel that after the election, the president personally instructed him to lie-by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did-in order to obscure Trump’s involvement.” What BuzzFeed called “the first known example of Trump explicitly telling a subordinate to lie directly about his own dealings with Russia” has now been decisively debunked by Robert Mueller’s report. According to the report, “Cohen said that he and the President did not explicitly discuss whether Cohen’s testimony about the Trump Tower Moscow project would be or was false, and the President did not direct him to provide false testimony. Cohen also said he did not tell the President about the specifics of his planned testimony.” BuzzFeed’s dubious Leftist smear campaign has been exposed for everyone to see. Precisely no one can believe anything they report ever again. In other words, welcome to the MSNBC Club for Dezinformatsiya.
Here’s more from The Daily Caller…
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation directly contradicts an explosive BuzzFeed story that claimed Mueller had evidence President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen, his former attorney, to lie to Congress about a potential Moscow real estate deal.
The Jan. 18 BuzzFeed story claimed that Cohen “told the special counsel that after the election, the president personally instructed him to lie — by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did — in order to obscure Trump’s involvement.”
The story claimed that Mueller’s office “learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.”
Attorney General William Barr ignored House Democrats’ demand to keep the Mueller Report under wraps, choosing instead to unveil it Thursday morning. As late as Wednesday, a group of House Democrats begged Barr not to hold the press conference, calling it “unnecessary and inappropriate” and “designed to shape public perceptions of the report before anyone can read it.” In reality, it’s more likely that the Left did not want to lose their latest opportunity to perpetuate a new “cover up” collusion conspiracy theory to dog President Trump in the run-up to 2020. Democrats’ silver bullet strategy has gone up in smoke before their eyes, and now they’ll be forced to campaign on the merit of their ideas, which, of course, is something they can’t do so well.
Here’s more from The Hill…
A group of House Democrats on Wednesday called for Attorney General William Barr to cancel his planned press conference Thursday morning ahead of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“The Department of Justice announced today that the Attorney General will hold a press conference tomorrow morning before Congress has even seen Special Counsel Mueller’s report,” they said in a statement.
“This press conference, which apparently will not include Special Counsel Mueller, is unnecessary and inappropriate, and appears designed to shape public perceptions of the report before anyone can read it,” they continued.
The rights of some are more equal than others according to a district judge involved in the latest case of forcing transgender “rights” in America’s public schools. According to Judge Jorge Alonso of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division, allowing biological boys to use biological girls’ bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms can proceed because girls have no rights to “visual bodily privacy.” In his opinion, “bodily privacy” only refers to being physically touched, not gawked at. “[S]o far, the right not to be seen unclothed by the opposite sex is not on the Supreme Court’s list,” the judge wrote. The lawsuit comes in the wake of a 2016 determination by the district to allow boys claiming to be female to use the girls’ locker rooms in order to stop the Obama Department of Education from nixing its $6 million in federal funding. If the Left prevails, all of us will eventually be liberated from our bodies, free to do whatever we want, whenever, and with/to whomever. Sounds like a perfect paradise [insert dripping sarcasm].
Here’s more from World Tribune…
While allowing a lawsuit to proceed against an Illinois school district which allows transgender students to use the facilities of their choice, a federal judge threw out the student-plaintiffs’ argument that they have the right to “bodily privacy,” saying that right refers to physically being touched by others, “not visual bodily privacy.”
Judge Jorge Alonso of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division is allowing a lawsuit to proceed against Chicago Township High School District 211, which adopted the Obama-era transgender policy permitting boys claiming to be female to use the girls’ bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms.
The judge informed the girls who are suing the school district, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), that, “[s]o far, the right not to be seen unclothed by the opposite sex is not on the Supreme Court’s list.”
Former Representative Trey Gowdy (R) argued this week that the Mueller report was left “open-ended” concerning whether or not President Trump obstructed justice. In turn, this is helping the anti-Trump Left continue their conspiracy theory and impeachment pursuits. Gowdy pointed that the message to Congress is essentially: “That’s for you to decide. We’re going to punt it to you.” This “vagueness” in the report is what appears to be fueling Democrats’ ongoing conspiracy-driven hunt for a smoking gun against Trump. The question is whether or not that helps them in 2020. If the GOP’s losses in 1998 during the Lewinsky scandal are any clue, the answer is demonstrably negative.
Here’s more from Fox News…
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s decision not to offer up a conclusion on whether President Trump obstructed justice stems from serious uncertainty over the law.
That’s according to former congressman and Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy, who gave a lengthy, candid interview to Bill Hemmer on the latest “Hemmer Time” podcast.
“There is some unsettled law on exactly what a president can do. I mean, a president could pardon you today, Bill, before you were ever charged,” Gowdy told Hemmer.
“A president can call the United States attorney and say, ‘look, I’m going to pardon Bill Hemmer so don’t even waste your time.’”
“I think it’s an open-ended question — can a president obstruct an investigation? Surely if you spoliate evidence, if you encourage witnesses to lie, of course, that’s obstruction of justice.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-10 Thursday to move two of President Trump’s Ninth Circuit nominees to the Senate floor for a vote. Judges Kenneth Lee and Daniel Collins were chosen last year for seats on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is regarded as the country’s most liberal appeals court. Democrats have slow-walked the nominations over concerns ranging from college writings and personalities to work for conservative think tanks. If these nominations are approved, 11 of the judges will be appointed by Republicans compared with 16 by Democrats, with two more vacancies remaining. At this pace, the most liberal court in the country could quickly mirror the U.S. Supreme Court.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
Two nominees to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a target of President Trump’s ire, cleared a major hurdle Thursday as they won approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The panel voted 12-10 along party lines to advance the nominations of Kenneth Lee and Daniel Collins, who were first chosen by Trump last year for seats on the 9th Circuit, considered to be the country’s most liberal appeals court.
The nominations will now head to the Senate floor for a vote.
Lee came under scrutiny by Democrats on the panel for his college writings on sexual assault, race, and LGBT rights, which were not initially turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Among the writings was one titled “Ebonics at Cornell,” in which he defended The Cornell Review for an article that was a parody of Ebonics.
The ACLU is doubling down on its attack against the First Amendment freedom of religion to force Catholics to violate their constitutionally protected rights. The liberal activist lawyers are now targeting St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California, for conscientiously objecting to surgically changing a biological woman to a man. The ACLU slammed the hospital for its allegedly discriminatory practices for performing hysterectomies on patients in medically necessary cases but not performing one on the transgender patient. Once upon a time, the ACLU actually fought for civil liberties. Now they’re just an activist shill for every fringe issue du jour.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
Religious freedom? What religious freedom?
I’m pretty sure that I’ve written those same two questions to open an article in the past. No doubt, considering how rapidly society is transforming, I will plagiarize myself again before everything is said and done. This time, I ask the questions because the ACLU has sued St. Joseph hospital in Eureka, Calif., for refusing to perform surgery on a woman who thinks she is a man.
Oliver Knight (I don’t know her real name) explains in an article published on the ACLU’s website that the hysterectomy she was scheduled to have was the next surgery in the process of sex reassignment. She confesses that:
Since I was a kid, I’ve felt like my body didn’t match my soul. I felt uncomfortable in clothes. I felt disgusting when I showered. Everything felt wrong, but it took me a while to figure out why.
When U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett was a top contender last year to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, Axios quoted President Trump, “I’m saving her for Ginsberg.” The ensuing witch hunt led to the eventual nomination and confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Now with Ruth Bader Ginsberg, 86, fighting her third round of cancer and missing oral arguments for the first time ever in her career on the Supreme Court, Barrett’s place on deck may be short-lived. Barrett, 47, is a socially conservative Catholic with seven children (including two from Haiti); replacing a retiring female justice would make it much more difficult for the Left to pull a #metoo gang attack, though they undoubtedly will savage her academic writings and Catholic faith, suggesting a staunch ally for conservatives against Roe v. Wade, which would be true. Short version: the battle will become a second civil war…albeit soft.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
President Trump is understood to be “saving” U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“I’m saving her for Ginsburg,” Trump said a number of times while in discussions about replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy last year, according to Axios.
Barrett, 47, is socially conservative Catholic with seven children – two of whom were adopted from Haiti. Her academic writings suggest she might support overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade case.
Trump went with Justice Brett Kavanaugh to replace Kennedy, who retired in July. During talks about Supreme Court picks, Trump’s advisers were worried that nominating Barrett could cost the votes of Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, who supported to Roe v. Wade.
Despite objections from the FBI, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the bureau must make public two October 2017 court orders to keep former FBI director James Comey’s meeting with President Trump a secret. The memos, which were leaked with Comey’s knowledge but then obtained with redactions by Congress, triggered the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017. CNN, which filed the lawsuit to obtain the records, argues that they are necessary to determine why the FBI in April 2018 refused to release the memos after claiming months earlier that it would compromise the investigation. Who knew that CNN would help fuel the fire for upending Obama’s deep state?
Here’s more from Fox News…
Over the objections of the FBI, a federal judge on Thursday sided with CNN in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to make public what the bureau said in two secretive court declarations in October 2017, as part of its aggressive efforts to keep memos documenting former FBI director James Comey’s meetings with President Trump hidden.
Comey’s memos, whose existence was ultimately leaked with Comey’s knowledge and which were later obtained by Congress in redacted form, became a catalyst for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017. CNN filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that same month, and later filed a lawsuit seeking access to the memos.
In their original complaint, CNN noted that FBI Section Chief David Hardy and FBI Deputy Assistant Director in the Counterintelligence Division David Archey, as well as an attorney in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, promptly submitted ex parte declarations to the federal district court in Washington, D.C., as part of their argument that publicly releasing the memos would compromise an ongoing probe.
Just how high did the deep state Russia collusion conspiracy run? Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is taking the question straight to the Obama Oval Office. According to Paul, former Barack Obama and his CIA Director John Brennan were intentionally hands-on in the dissemination of the unverified and since debunked Steele dossier before and after the 2016 election. Paul told “Fox & Friends” that a “high-level source” confirmed it and is calling for Brennan to testify under oath before Congress. Paul went on to add that he believes the dossier was held back for “several months” before the FBI briefed Barack Obama. It was apparently only made public because it was going nowhere within the federal government until anti-Trump MSM glommed onto it with glee. As we’ve said before, this was a hit job coordinated at the highest level from day one.
Here’s more from The Daily Caller…
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul implicated former President Barack Obama and former CIA Director John Brennan in the dissemination of the Steele dossier throughout the U.S. government before and after the 2016 presidential election in a Thursday morning interview on “Fox & Friends.”
Paul said Wednesday evening that a high-level source told him Brennan insisted on briefing Obama and President Donald Trump on the dossier days after the 2016 presidential election.
The briefing was later the impetus for news reports from CNN, which led to BuzzfeedNews releasing the full unverified dossier.
Paul went further Thursday morning, saying he believes the dossier was held by the FBI for “several months” and then briefed to Obama.
President Trump is forcing deep state transparency in comments made to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday. The President said now that the Mueller report has been released he will declassify the FBI- and FISA-related documents that kicked off the entire sham investigation into alleged collusion with Russia. Telling Hannity that forcing release before now wouldn’t have been appropriate, he said, “But at the right time, we will be absolutely releasing it. I did the right thing by not doing it so far.” The deep state should be trembling right about now with Trump in the driver’s seat ahead of 2020. This should get fun.
Here’s more from The Daily Caller…
President Donald Trump told Sean Hannity on Wednesday that he will declassify FBI- and FISA-related documents, now that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has concluded.
“I have plans to declassify and release. I have plans to absolutely release,” Trump said, adding that he wanted to declassify documents in 2018 but was told by his lawyers not to do it during the Mueller investigation.
“One of the reasons that my lawyers didn’t want me to do it, they said if I do it, they will call it a form of obstruction, so they will say, oh, you released these documents so we would make all of this information transparent,” Trump said of his lawyers advice, declaring, “But at the right time, we will be absolutely releasing it. I did the right thing by not doing it so far.”
Trump originally was set to declassify multiple documents related to the FBI investigation of his presidential campaign in 2016.