International, Politics

Obama Blocked FBI Director’s Offer to Reveal Russian Meddling

FBI Director James Comey is pretty much hated equally by both sides of the political spectrum.

But Democrats may have one more reason to hate him with a new report that puts Obama deep-state officials back in the hot seat.

Democrats are champing at the bit to nail Trump’s coffin for alleged collusion with Russia in the election.

But the new report reveals that Comey offered to publish information on Russian meddling last summer…but the Obama administration ordered him not to.

Why on earth would they do that?

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

FBI Director James Comey planned to write an op-ed early last summer making the case that Russia was meddling in the U.S. election, but other top Obama administration officials vetoed the idea.

That’s according to a report from Newsweek magazine.

“The White House shut it down,” one source told the magazine of Comey’s op-ed offer. “They did their usual — nothing.”

The revelation, if accurate, would appear to suggest that the Obama administration did not take Russia’s meddling in the presidential campaign as seriously as many Democrats would have liked.

Comey, who took over the FBI in 2013, proposed the op-ed during a meeting in June or July in the situation room of the White House in which Sec. of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Sec. of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson were also present, according to Newsweek.

“He had a draft of it or an outline. He held up a piece of paper in a meeting and said, ‘I want to go forward, what do people think of this?’” a source with knowledge of the meeting told Newsweek of Comey.

According to Newsweek’s source, Comey’s op-ed would have laid out some of the evidence showing that the Kremlin was attempting to influence the presidential election. The Obama administration would not make a similar public accusation until Oct. 7, when the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security alleged that Russia was involved in cyber attacks against Democrats.

 

 

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Politics

Trump Tosses Obama’s ‘Clean’ Energy Plan, Declares Energy Independence

President Trump made good yet again on his plan to create new jobs and protect existing ones by rolling back Barack Obama’s so-called ‘Clean’ Energy Plan.

Early in his campaign for president, Obama made it clear his goal was to destroy the coal and fossil fuel industries and prop up green energy like solar and wind.

And he intended to do it through taxes and draconian regulations from the EPA.

But that was all undone yesterday as if it never was with the stroke of Trump’s pen.

Poof!

Here’s more from Newsmax…

Declaring “the start of a new era” in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.

The move makes good on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama’s plan to curb global warming. The order seeks to suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels.

Environmental activists, including former Vice President Al Gore, denounced the plan. But Trump said the effort would allow workers to “succeed on a level playing field for the first time in a long time.”

“That is what this is all about: bringing back our jobs, bringing back our dreams and making America wealthy again,” Trump said, during a ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters, attended by a number of coal miners.

The order initiates a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The regulation, which was the former president’s signature effort to curb carbon emissions, has been the subject of long-running legal challenges by Republican-led states and those who profit from burning oil, coal and gas.

But just as Obama’s climate efforts were often stymied by legal challenges, environmental groups are promising to fight Trump’s pro-fossil fuel agenda in court.

Trump has called global warming a “hoax” invented by the Chinese, and has repeatedly criticized the power-plant rule as an attack on American workers and the struggling U.S. coal industry.

In addition to pulling back from the Clean Power Plan, the administration will also lift a 14-month-old moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands.

The Obama administration had imposed a three-year moratorium on new federal coal leases in January 2016, arguing that the $1 billion-a-year program must be modernized to ensure a fair financial return to taxpayers and address climate change.

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EPA Bureaucrats Using Encrypted App to Coordinate Against Trump

According to a recent Politico story, deep-state bureaucrats inside the EPA have been using an encrypted messaging app called Signal to secretly message each other about coordination against the Trump administration.

But when a watchdog group caught wind of it, a FOIA request was sent demanding the agency reveal the contents of those communications.

How did they respond?

The EPA’s Inspector General argued that they’re exempt because those communications are already under law enforcement review.

Um, except there’s no federal law against that activity.

So are they lying? You be the judge.

Here’s more from Redstate…

The EPA is one of a handful of agencies in which current and former employees have boasted about becoming part a Resistance to the Trump administration. Presumably, this means they seek to obstruct the administration’s agenda but, never fear because they are all apolitical civil servants and any form of considering a “deep state” brands one a conspiracy theorist.

Allegedly these apolitical civil servants were using a messaging encryption app to plot thwarting History’s Greatest MonsterTM. And their boasting about their secret plot had caused some attention:

House Science, Space and Technology Committee leaders are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to crack down employees reportedly using encrypted chat apps to circumvent agency rules and public records laws.

Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and oversight subcommittee Chairman Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) sent a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins on Tuesday asking him to investigate “a group of approximately a dozen career EPA officials … using an encrypted messaging application, Signal, to discuss potential strategies against any attempts by newly appointed political officials to redirect the EPA’s priorities.”

Smith was relying on a Politico story, and so were other people:

Citing POLITICO’s story, the Cause of Action Institute, a right-leaning watchdog group, filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act this month seeking EPA employees’ communications using Signal. “The bottom line is: An encrypted app is basically a way to avoid transparency,” Institute Assistant Vice President Henry Kerner said in an interview.

It’s not just encryption that is raising eyebrows. Republican research firm America Rising filed a FOIA request this month seeking all emails sent by John O’Grady, a top union official at the EPA, that “mentions or refers to President Trump.”

The FOIA request came in response to O’Grady’s comments to The Washington Post that Trump’s decision to firing then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates “sends kind of a chilling effect” through agencies. O’Grady did not respond to a request for comment.

“The public is entitled to know whether career federal government employees are engaged in partisan politics on the taxpayers’ dime,” said Allan Blutstein, vice president of FOIA operations at America Rising.

EPA employees said they are not using Signal for official government business, and they raised concerns that they’re being targeted because they are critical of Trump.

“I don’t think anybody can dictate which apps we use on our personal time, for personal conversations,” one EPA employee told POLITICO.

Cause Of Action Institute has received a partial response from EPA and it definitely isn’t what they’d expected:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has one or more open law enforcement investigations into employees using encrypted text messages to coordinate their resistance to the Trump administration.

EPA’s Office of General Counsel sent a letter to Cause of Action Institute (CoA), a public interest law firm, to notify them that records regarding employees using the encryption app, Signal, and the agency’s efforts to retrieve those records were “part of one or more open law enforcement files.”

CoA filed suit against EPA on Monday for not handing over records on employees using Signal as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sent in February.

This is strange. An inquiry by an agency IG into not maintaining federal records is not going to pass the smell test for a FOIA exemption for a law enforcement investigation. The worst outcome, if the allegation as described in Politico panned out, would be a reprimand and maybe a short suspension. It is not plausibly covered by the law enforcement investigation exemption. Either something significant is going on in EPA and this investigation has uncovered more than Resistance (there is the reference to a union officer, so fraud is always a very real possibility) or EPA is up to its old game of lying to get out of responding to FOIA requests.

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Issues, Politics

Boom: Rep. Mo Brooks Files One-Sentence Obamacare Repeal

For some conservatives in Congress, the failure of AHCA doesn’t mean the effort to replace Obamacare is dead.

One such member is Congressman Mo Brooks from Alabama. Every once in a great while someone comes along and states the obvious, and Brooks has done just that.

He filed a bill to repeal Obamacare that has just one sentence.

It reads thusly: “Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.”

Done.

Read more from Redstate…

BOOM!

THIS is how you do a repeal bill!

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks cut through all the political mumbo-jumbo and filed a 2-page repeal bill today.

“This Act may be cited as the ‘Obamacare Repeal Act,’” the bill states.

Very simple. No need to be fancy or use unnecessary adjectives, right?

And in a single, to-the-point sentence, Brooks spells out how to enact a repeal of the disastrous Obamacare debacle:

“Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,” the bill states.

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Issues, Politics

Sessions to Punish Sanctuary Cities, Could Lose Billions of Dollars

Attorney General Jeff Sessions made good Monday on a promise by President Trump to crack down on sanctuary cities.

Citing the countless Americans who would still be living if sanctuaries had instead followed federal law in reporting and deporting criminal aliens, Sessions vowed to cut federal funding to cities that refuse to comply with immigration regulations.

And the cost to those cities in lost federal funding good be in the billions.

Get ready for the liberals foaming at the mouth over this move.

Here’s more from Washington Times…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday he’ll begin punishing sanctuary cities, withholding potentially billions of dollars in federal money — and even clawing back funds that had been doled out in the past.

Speaking at the White House, Mr. Sessions said his department is preparing to dole out more than $4 billion in funds this year, but will try prevent any of it from going to sanctuaries.

“Countless Americans would be alive today … if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended,” Mr. Sessions said.

He said he’s carrying out a policy laid out by the Obama administration last year, which identified three grant programs — the COPS grants, Byrne grants and State Criminal Alien Assistance Program money — that already require sanctuary certification.

The Obama administration didn’t end up enforcing that policy, but Mr. Sessions said he’ll begin.

Sanctuaries are jurisdictions that thwart federal immigration agents’ efforts to deport illegal immigrants, usually be refusing to comply with detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

More than 100 cities and counties were identified last week in ICE’s inaugural public name-and-shame list of sanctuaries.

Some of the sanctuaries refuse all communication with ICE, saying they want no part of helping deport anyone. But other jurisdictions say they’re concerned about the legal implications of holding someone for ICE agents, and say federal agents’ requests aren’t good enough.

On Friday ICE issued a new detainer form, replacing a jumble of forms that had emerged under the Obama administration. ICE’s new single form allows agents to demand notification when a potential deportee is about to be released from custody, and also asks that the target person he held for up to 48 hours so agents can get there to pick the person up.

The notification requirement is controversial with only a handful of the most strident sanctuaries, but the 48-hour hold is more problematic.

The National Sheriffs’ Association said it was looking for a clearer policy statement from Mr. Sessions.

“Until the Department of Justice issues legal guidance confirming the constitutionality of current detainers, sheriffs will remain exposed to legal and ethical ramifications,” Jonathan Thompson, executive director of the association, said last week.

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Schumer: Trump’s Border Wall Won’t Get the Votes He Needs

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is swinging for the fences this week with a bold claim that President Trump’s border wall is DOA in the Senate.

He’s dropping all the usual false arguments against the wall including the cost and the alleged lack of effectiveness as reasons against building it.

But what Schumer is ignoring is the overwhelming support from both Democrats and Republicans and the cost to taxpayers for NOT building the wall.

Short-term memory, Chuck?

Here’s more from Breitbart

Sunday ABC’s “This Week,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said President Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border wouldn’t get the votes on either the Democratic or Republican side.

Schumer said, “The border wall should be talked about, shouldn’t be rammed down people’s throats for a whole bunch of reasons. First, it’s not the best way to protect the border, everyone agrees on that. Second, it’s very expensive. Why don’t we use that money for roads? Third, let’s give the president a little chance to get Mexico to pay it.”

“Isn’t that what he told everybody that we weren’t going to pay it?” he continued. “Fourth, it’s got a big problem that Republicans in border states are opposing, Texas, Arizona, because there’s eminent domain, so you have to take private land. So instead of trying to jam it through on this short-term budget and saying take it or leave it, we should debate it in 2018’s budget over the summer. And, by the way, my prediction, it wouldn’t get the votes on either the Democratic or Republican side.”

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Trump Tweets for Pirro, Then She Calls for Ryan Resignation

This weekend, after the colossal defeat of Ryancare, the media is piling on with calls for Paul Ryan’s removal as Speaker.

Though Trump continues to maintain his confidence in Ryan, he tweeted that followers should watch Judge Jeanine’s Fox News show.

But when her show actually aired, she launched into a scathing attack on Ryan’s lack of leadership and then officially called for his resignation.

Will this lead to upheaval in control of the House?

This week will be interesting.

Here’s more from Newsmax…

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday slammed House Speaker Paul Ryan for the healthcare replacement failure and questioned his agenda hours after President Donald Trump told his Twitter followers to tune in to her show.

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“Paul Ryan needs to step down as Speaker of the House,” she said in her opening statement. “The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill. The one trumpeted to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Later, Pirro said, “I want to be clear, this is not on President Trump. No one expected a businessman to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process. How would he know which individuals upon which he would be able to rely?”

Pirro later said she didn’t discuss the opener with Trump or anyone from the White House and, she was “still furious with Paul Ryan.”

Mediaite suggested Pirro might have new revelations on Trump’s wiretapping claims, but she didn’t and rehashed the news from the week about committees looking into claims that Trump’s administration had contact with Russia.

She continued: “The reason, Ryan, you and all of your Washington colleagues are held in such low self-esteem with the American people is because you forgot about us. … The president joined with you, and he relied on you. The American people won’t forget this and neither should the president.”

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Politics, War on Terror

WhistleBlower: NSA Spying on All Branches of Government

On Friday evening while all the political cable news hubbub concerned the failure of Paul Ryan AHCA bill earlier that day, Tucker Carlson had a guest on his show that should’ve brought all other news to a halt.

A thirty-year NSA veteran turned whistleblower revealed to Tucker what voters have suspected for quite a while: the NSA has been spying on all branches of government for a long time.

So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Obama might have directed that activity in specific directions that would sweep up intel on the Trump campaign.

Here’s more from Gateway Pundit…

30 year veteran of the NSA and whistleblower, Bill Binney appeared on Tucker Carlson last night. He dropped a bombshell when he told Tucker that the NSA spies on every branch of government on a daily basis.

This bombshell revelation really exposes the level of corruption we are dealing with inside of the NSA.

Binney: “Inside NSA there are a set of people who are — and we got this from another NSA whistleblower who witnessed some of this — they’re inside there, they are targeting and looking at all the members of the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress, both House and Senate, as well as the White House.”

“And all this data is inside the NSA in a small group where they’re looking at it. The idea is to see what people in power over you are going to — what they think, what they think you should be doing or planning to do to you, your budget, or whatever so you can try to counteract before it actually happens,”

The Feds did their best to ruin Binney’s life after he stood up against the NSA and exposed the illegal spying.

We need more Patriots like him who are prepared to stand up and expose any illegal activity that they see within the government.

Here’s the video:

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Issues, Politics

Next Up for Trump: ‘Big Tax Cuts, Tax Reform’

Now that the question of Obamacare vs. Ryancare has been answered after the demise of Paul Ryan’s AHCA on Friday, Trump is changing the conversation — one his chief talents — by turning his sites to taxes.

Via Twitter he made it clear that he intends to push Republicans in Congress to enact ‘big tax cuts’ as a part of major tax reform.

If they can pull it off — and defeat Democrats in the process — they could save much face lost in the dumpster fire of failed health care reform.

It’s gonna be interesting either way.

Here’s more from Newsmax…

Now that the effort to overhaul the nation’s health care system has collapsed, the Trump administration is turning its attention to tax reform.

President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that the administration will now focus on gaining congressional approval for a sweeping tax overhaul plan.

Trump’s comments came after Republicans were forced to cancel a House vote on their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act because they could not get the support needed for passage.

After Republicans pulled the health measure, Trump told reporters at the White House, “I would say that we will probably start going very, very strongly for the big tax cuts and tax reform. That will be next.”

While the GOP decision to pull the health care proposal could be an ominous sign for tax cuts and the rest of Trump’s legislative agenda, Trump was more optimistic, saying, “now we’re going to go for tax reform, which I’ve always liked.”

Earlier in the day, Mnuchin, the president’s chief economic spokesman, suggested that tax reform might be easier to sell in Congress.

“Health care is a very complicated issue,” Mnuchin said. “In a way, tax reform is a lot simpler.”

During a morning interview, Mnuchin said he had been overseeing work on the administration’s bill over the past two months and it would be introduced soon. He said it would be one proposal that would cover both cutting individual and corporate taxes in the same legislation.

“We are not cutting this up and doing little pieces at a time,” Mnuchin said.

He said the goal was still to win congressional approval of the tax measure by August. But if the timeline is delayed, he said he expected the proposal to pass by the fall.

At the White House, press secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged the August deadline is an “ambitious one” for such a comprehensive and complicated project, but he said it’s a goal the administration “is going to try to stick to.”

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Trump: Blame Democrats, Not Paul Ryan for Ryancare Fail

Democrats immediately took to the cameras to crow about the epic fail of Paul Ryan’s AHCA bill and gloated about the fact that Obamacare remains intact.

But President Trump was quick to let the press know that he’s giving no reprieve; it’s their fault that the bill went down in flames.

And now he’s signaling that the failure could mean his team will hang Obamacare around their necks in the midterm elections as it continues to melt down.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

At approximately the time that the U.S. House of Representatives was supposed to vote on Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare replacement bill—the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—news broke that the vote had again been canceled.

Reporter Bob Costa posted news of the bill’s cancellation:

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CNN reported that the bill was pulled at President Donald Trump’s request despite earlier reports that the President wanted a vote—whether or not the bill had the votes to pass. Later reports indicated it was Ryan who urged Trump that the bill needed to be pulled. It was unclear as of Friday afternoon who was ultimately responsible for the decision to pull the bill.

The vote was previously scheduled for Thursday evening, but was canceled within hours of the White House assuring that there would be a vote.

Vice President Mike Pence had canceled Friday plans to travel and promote the AHCA in two states to remain in Washington, D.C. and work with the President.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Thursday that if the House Leadership’s bill failed, Obamacare would remain, according to several reports.

“There were a lot of emotional pleas last night that might cause people to take off their thinking hats and react with their hearts, rather than their heads, and support what we all know is bad legislation,” Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said on Friday morning to SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Breitbart News Daily.

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