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.
A slew of heavily redacted, classified emails from Hillary Clinton’s secret server have been forced to light by Judicial Watch. The 756 pages of documents reveal that the former Secretary of State discussed establishing a “private, 100% off-the-record” back channel to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Others reveal Clinton pulling strings to help a friend of her daughter successfully apply to the State Department, chatting with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and meeting with a Putin-aligned Georgian oligarch. These documents came from the more than 72,000 recovered by the FBI and turned over to the State Department in 2017 in the wake of “server gate.” We’re SHOCKED, absolutely shocked. Where’s the FBI when we need them most?
Here’s more from Fox News…
A newly unearthed batch of heavily redacted, classified emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal email server revealed that the former secretary of state discussed establishing a “private, 100% off-the-record” back channel to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and that one of her top aides warned her that she was in “danger” of being “savaged by Jewish organizations, in the Jewish press and among the phalanx of neoconservative media” as a result of political machinations by “Bibi and the Jewish leadership.”
The 756-page group of new documents, revealed Thursday as part of a transparency lawsuit by Judicial Watch, seemingly contradicted Clinton’s insistence under oath in 2015 that she had turned over all of her sensitive work-related emails to the State Department, and included a slew of classified communications on everything from foreign policy to State Department personnel matters.
The files came from a trove of 72,000 documents the FBI recovered and turned over to the State Department in 2017.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 with the Trump administration Tuesday that immigration authorities can detain noncitizens for possible deportation regardless of when or if prison sentences have been served. The case was brought by the ACLU, which argued that the federal government cannot exceed the strict 24-hour time limit on detentions of illegal immigrants pending deportation following release from prison.” As we have held time and again, an official’s crucial duties are better carried out late than never,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority. This is a major victory for Trump in the battle with Congress over the emergency declaration amid a massive upsurge in illegal crossings in recent months.
Here’s more from The Daily Caller…
A deeply divided Supreme Court ruled that immigration authorities can detain noncitizens for possible deportation long after they serve prison sentences for criminal convictions.
The ACLU had argued that federal law imposes a strict time limit on when government officials can detain aliens for deportation after they are released from jail.
Thousands of noncitizens could be affected by Tuesday’s ruling.
The Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration Tuesday in a dispute over the federal government’s power to arrest certain noncitizens who commit crimes and hold them in immigration jails before a deportation proceeding.
The five to four decision was met with a vigorous dissent from the Court’s liberal bloc led by Justice Stephen Breyer, who said the majority was enabling the detention and possible deportation of foreign nationals for minor crimes they committed in the distant past.
In a recent interview, former NYC Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik reported that FBI agents are “scared to death” to criticize partisan and political corruption within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Kerik argued: “Not one of these people has been brought up on criminal charges, or even ethical charges…There is a two-tier system of criminal justice in this country.” Kerik warned that FBI agents themselves are “scared to death” to blow the whistle “because they’re afraid of losing their jobs or they’re afraid of being targeted by the administration.” The bottom line is this: despite pressure from the Trump administration, Obama holdovers in the DOJ have created an environment of fear and intimidation in which true justice is impossible.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Breitbart News that FBI agents are “scared to death” to criticize political corruption and abuses of power at the bureau and broader Department of Justice (DOJ).
Kirk offered his analysis on Wednesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight in an interview with hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.
Kerik reflected on partisan and political corruption at the FBI and DOJ: “Not one of these people has been brought up on criminal charges, or even ethical charges. McCabe was terminated. Comey was fired. Page is gone. But at the end of the day, there are Americans all over this country that would be sitting in prison right now if they made the same decisions, if they violated the law the way these people did.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th District sided 11-6 with the state of Ohio to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. According to Judge Jeffrey Sutton, the law to defund America’s number one abortion provider does “not violate a woman’s right to obtain an abortion,” and that the state “has no obligation to pay for a woman’s abortion.”
“Private organizations do not have a constitutional right to obtain governmental funding to support their activities,” Judge Sutton continued. A key provision of the Ohio legislation is that it “does not condition a woman’s access to any of these public health programs on refusing to obtain an abortion.” The decision is a major blow to Planned Parenthood’s stranglehold on public subsidy for abortions. This may also ultimately embolden Congress to revoke the half billion of your tax dollars that end up in their blood-soaked coffers.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, 11–6, to allow Ohio to end taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions.
Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit wrote Ohio’s law to defund the abortion vendor does “not violate a woman’s right to obtain an abortion,” that the state “has no obligation to pay for a woman’s abortion,” and that the law doesn’t impose “undue burden” on a woman’s access to an abortion.
“Private organizations do not have a constitutional right to obtain governmental funding to support their activities,” the judge continued. “The State also may choose not to subsidize constitutionally protected activities.”
The Ohio law “does not condition a woman’s access to any of these public health programs on refusing to obtain an abortion,” Sutton added. “It makes these programs available to every woman, whether she seeks an abortion or not.