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Media Matters Smears Matt Drudge As Putin Puppet For Linking .4% of Time To Russian News Outlets

On Wednesday, left-wing hit machine Media Matters published perhaps one of its most erroneous “reports” yet — “How Matt Drudge became the pipeline for Russian propaganda

Matt Gertz, a Senior Fellow at Media Matters, purports media titan Matt Drudge is a puppet for Russian president Vladimir Putin because the Drudge Report has linked to Kremlin-linked news publications 400 times since 2012. Now, 400 links may appear like a large number, yet a simple analysis reveals it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the massive volume of links published in the past four years. One doesn’t have to read the Drudge Report avidly to know the website publishes anywhere between 70-100 links daily. Such is a conservative estimate.

(Very) conservatively speaking, let’s assume the Drudge Report has published 60 links daily for the past four years.

The Gateway Pundit estimates The Drudge Report publishes 21900 links annually. Multiplying 21900 by four equals 87,600 links since 2012. Now we’ll add the 261 days that have past in 2017, bringing our total link average from 2012 to the present day to 101,460.

400 / 101,460 x 100 = .394% 

It is more likely the number is closer to .2% because of The Drudge Report’s prolific link volume.

Media Matters shamelessly published a graphic detailing the volume of Kremlin-connected news outlets linked on the Drudge Report.

Keep in mind the news aggregator may link on average of 20,000 stories per year and yet, Gertz is ringing the alarm on the number of “Russian propaganda websites,” which barely receive 50 links in some years. If the premise of Gertz’s report is correct, the Drudge Report is far from being the pipeline for Russian propaganda.

One glaring item the Media Matters report fails to include is an analysis of Russian propaganda sites linked as the main headline story. As someone who has received multiple stories linked on the Drudge Report, there is a strong correlation between link placement and traffic. Stories placed closer to the top of the Drudge Report usually receive more traffic than those linked at the bottom.

Media Matters’ report is yet another desperate attempt to rehash a narrative that the political class and mainstream media use to nullify the 2016 presidential election and distract from the Democrats’ lacking policy agenda.

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‘I Felt Like a Slave’: Police Records Reveal Imran Awan Physically Abused Multiple Women

A new report by the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak reveals Imran Awan, former IT aide for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, abused multiple women. Under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act, Rosiak obtained police records detailing the harrowing experiences of abuse at the hands of Awan.

Daily Caller reports:

Multiple women in relationships with Imran Awan, the indicted former IT aide for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, have recently called Virginia law enforcement and alleged being abused by him, police reports obtained under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act show.

Officers found one of the women bloodied and she told them she “just wanted to leave,” while the second said she felt like a “slave,” according to Fairfax County Police reports obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group. A third woman claimed she was being kept “in captivity.”

The third woman is Awan’s stepmother, Samina Gilani, who said in court documents that Awan invoked his authority as a congressional employee to intimidate immigrant women, in part by telling them he had the power to have people kidnapped.

All but two of the nearly two dozen Democratic women Awan worked for in the House declined to comment on the police reports.

With each passing day, we learn more and more about the dark and murky past of Pakistan IT staffer Imran Awan. The former employee of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is accused of stealing hardware from ranking Democrats and sending sensitive intel to foreign groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. A new report reveals Imran Awan was banned from the House’s network for attempting to hide a secret server.

Daily Caller reports:

Now-indicted former congressional IT aide Imran Awan allegedly routed data from numerous House Democrats to a secret server. Police grew suspicious and requested a copy of the server early this year, but they were provided with an elaborate falsified image designed to hide the massive violations. The falsified image is what ultimately triggered their ban from the House network Feb. 2, according to a senior House official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

The secret server was connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra. Police informed Becerra that the server was the subject of an investigation and requested a copy of it. Authorities considered the false image they received to be interference in a criminal investigation, the senior official said.

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Data was also backed up to Dropbox in huge quantities, the official said. Congressional offices are prohibited from using Dropbox, so an unofficial account was used, meaning Awan could have still had access to the data even though he was banned from the congressional network.

According to the report, Imran Awan “had access to all emails and office computer files of 45 members of Congress who are listed below.”

As TGP reported on Tuesday, we are now hearing rumblings that the Awans could receive immunity in exchange for dirt on Wasserman Schultz, according to Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ).

Here is the video from Lou Dobbs Tonight:

Zerohedge reports:

But, at least according to Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) who appeared on Fox News recently, there may be more to Alvi’s return than meets the eye as he predicts that the Awans could be working on a broader immunity deal with prosecutors in return for a “significant” and “pretty disturbing” story about Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“I don’t want to talk out of school here but I think you’re going to see some revelations that are going to be pretty profound.  The fact that this wife is coming back from Pakistan and is willing to face charges, as it were, I think there is a good chance she is going to reach some type of immunity to tell a larger story here that is going to be pretty disturbing to the American people.”

“I would just predict that this is going to be a very significant story and people should fasten their seat belts on this one.”

IT specialist Imran Awan worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz for thirteen years since she was first elected to national office in 2004 as a Florida representative. She only fired him after he was arrested and would have kept paying her “IT expert” even after he fled to Pakistan. The Awan brothers IT ring had access to emails and computer data from an estimated 800 lawmakers and staffers.

Three Pakistani brothers who managed the IT affairs for several Democratic government officials were relieved of their duties in February on suspicion that they accessed specific computer networks without permission, also known as hacking Imran Awan, who started working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, received $164,600 in 2016, with close to $20,000 of that coming from Wasserman Schultz.

His brother Jamal, who started working as a staffer in 2014, was paid $157,350.12 in 2016. Abid, who started working in 2005, was paid $160,943 in 2016. Imran’s wife, Hina Alvi, who was employed as a staffer since February 2007, was paid 168,300 in 2016. Rao Abbas was paid $85,049 in 2016. Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives in February.

Most of the House Members fired the Awans subsequently. Only Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on the pay roll up to the day he got arrest for Bank Fraud after trying to flee the country. The rest of the family fled since months to Pakistan along with hundreds of thousands of tax-payer money they mysteriously were able to wire.

Democrats were willing or unwillingly compromised by the Awans and Sensitive Information leaked to foreign Enemies!  (Muslim Brotherhood – Yemen Raid with dead soldier for example?) Many of them have Seats on Committees that handle highly sensitive information. More information is coming out on Imran Awan and his criminal activities.

Awan pretended to be his wife when requesting a loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union and got it! He had the credit union wire $165,000 to PAKISTAN – no questions asked. In public lawsuits in Fairfax County, Va., the brothers have been accused of life insurance fraud as well as fraud involving a car dealership.

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WOW! Former Fox News Commentator Claims Anchor Raped Her in Explosive Lawsuit

The drama between Fox News host Charles Payne and political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes took a dramatic turn on Monday. The former Fox analyst claims she was blacklisted after notifying the network that Mr. Payne raped her in 2013.

New York Times reports:

Fox News, which for more than a year has dealt with the fallout from an embarrassing sexual harassment scandal, was sued on Monday by the political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes, who claimed that she had been raped by the longtime anchor Charles Payne and was then retaliated against by the network after she came forward with her allegation.

Mr. Payne, the host of “Making Money” on Fox Business, returned to the air earlier this month after the network suspended him in Julypending an investigation into his conduct. Upon his return, the network said that it had completed the investigation, which came after Ms. Hughes brought her allegations to the network in late June.

Representatives for Mr. Payne could not immediately be reached for comment, but he has previously denied claims from Ms. Hughes. In a statement released on July 7, his lawyer, Jonathan N. Halpern, said: “Charles Payne vehemently denies the allegations. He will defend himself vigorously against these claims and will hold those responsible to account.”

In her lawsuit, Ms. Hughes said that Mr. Payne had “pressured” his way into her hotel room in July 2013 and coerced her to have sexual intercourse with him, even though she had refused his advances by telling him “no” and “stop.”

The news comes as Payne is set to return to Fox News after being suspended following claims of sexual harassment.

Variety reports:

Fox Business Network host Charles Payne will return to his early-evening perch at the outlet following an investigation into claims of sexual harassment, the network confirmed Friday.

The latest development in a series of personnel issues that have plagued the Fox News operations owned by 21st Century Fox was previously reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Payne is expected to return to hosting the program “Making Money” this evening, the network said in a statement.

What’s notable concerning Scottie Nell Hughes’ explosive accusation is that it is only coming to light now — months after news broke about their alleged affair. Hughes is also suing Dianne Brandi, EVP of legal & business affairs at Fox News, and Irena Briganti, the network’s EVP of corporate communications for allegedly “knowingly and maliciously aided and abetted the unlawful employment practices, discrimination and retaliation” against her.

Red Alert Politics obtained emails between Charles Payne and Scottie Nell Hughes dated September 3rd, 2013.

Red Alert Politics reports:

“Do you know what I keep dreaming about.. You and I in the pool… My legs wrapped around your waste and you have me pressed up against the wall of the pool,” Hughes wrote. “Skin glistening and smelling of coconut… You thrusting yourself deeper inside with each push… And your fingers grasping each of my cheeks,” Hughes wrote.

Hughes told Payne in a second e-mail on that day that he would have to save all of his energy if they ever were “given the chance of lots of time and no commitments.”

Another email shows Hughes describing them interacting in the morning as “the ideal way to start a Saturday or any day for that matter.”

 

 

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Iran Claims Country Has Infiltrated U.S. Military, Obtained “Sensitive Documents”

As tensions between the U.S. and North Korea reach new heights, it appears Iran sees an opportunity to flex its military might, as well. A new report reveals the Islamic Republic claims to have not only developed a monster 10-ton bomb, but also to have infiltrated the U.S. military.

Both are explosive claims.

Washington Free Beacon reports:

A senior Iranian military leader claims the Islamic Republic has developed the “father of all bombs,” a 10-ton bomb that is said to rival the United States’ ‘mother of all bombs,” or MOAB, according to regional reports.

Iranian General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp’s airspace division, claimed in an interview over the weekend with the country’s state-controlled media that Iran has developed the 10-ton bomb and has the capability to drop them from aircraft.

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Hajizadeh also claims that Iran has infiltrated the U.S. military and has sensitive documents in its possession.

“We have infiltrated into the Americans’ command control centers over the recent years,” he was quoted as saying in a television interview broadcast on PressTV, another Iranian-controlled outlet.

As previously reported by TGP, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reveals mainstream media journalists have been both threatened and blackmailed by Iranian spies for positive coverage.

Washington Free Beacon reports:

Iran’s clandestine spy network has been threatening and blackmailing scores of journalists, even going so far as to detain and threaten the family members of these reporters, in order to ensure positive coverage in global media outlets, according to a new report that estimates at least 50 international journalists have been threatened in just the past year.

[…]

Outlets such as the BBC and Voice of America have been subjected to threats and in some cases have had their computers hijacked by Iran, according to the report, which states that “all international media outlets with Persian-language services are concerned” about the Islamic Republic’s often-secret efforts to blackmail reporters in order to gain positive headlines.

 

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New Details Emerge of Bill O’Reilly Accuser’s Shady Past With Making False Statements to Police

Although its been months since Bill O’Reilly was fired from Fox News, new shady details have emerged concerning the host’s accuser Perquita Burgess. According to documents obtained by Newsmax, Burgess has a history of making false statements to law enforcement — and was even arrested for doing so. Will the media cover this? Don’t count on it. 

Newsmax reveals:

Newsmax has obtained two documents that cast doubt on Burgess’s credibility.

A Detroit Police report dated Feb. 11, 2015, documents Burgess’s arrest on charges of making a false report and obstructing a court order.

According to the police document, Burgess called authorities and alleged her boyfriend had struck her in the face with a gun. Police said when they arrived at the scene Burgess “appeared intoxicated.”

The arresting officer stated: “I asked Ms. Burgess where the gun was that she was struck with in the face, she replied there is no gun. I again asked her where the gun was, and if she had been assaulted. Ms. Burgess stated there was no gun, and he didn’t assault me!”

The boyfriend told police she had threatened him, saying she would call “the cops saying you hit me with a gun!”

According to the police document, Burgess was arrested for filing a false felony report and for violating a personal protection order.

Earlier this year, Bill O’Reilly accuser Perquita Burgess recounted her horrific experiences while working at a temporary job at FOX News back in 2008.

Burgess said Bill O’Reilly once walked past her and said, “hey, hot chocolate,” but was not looking at her when he said it(?)

She then went on to tell the ladies on “The View” that it made her feel “plantational.”

Via The Daily Mail:

‘He walks past and doesn’t look at me. When he said it, I didn’t respond. I was mortified because it not only was sexual, I took that as a very plantational remark. I’ve been around enough racism. Such a blatant person, with such a high profile, making me feel uncomfortable, but then not even acknowledging me as a human being.’

Perquita got a big payoff from FOX.

In April, the Murdoch family fired Bill O’Reilly, the top personality on cable news for the past 15 years.

James and Lachlan Murdoch, two committed leftists, have a much different vision than their father for the FOX News channel.

The new FOX News will not include Bill O’Reilly. In fact, the Murdoch family did not even allow Bill to say good-bye to his friends and millions of fans.

They wiped Bill O’Reilly’s name from “The Factor” on Wednesday night.

Bill O’Reilly issued the following statement after being let go from Fox News:

Over the past 20 years at Fox News, I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television. It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today. I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.

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WSJ FAKE NEWS: Trump Administration IS STILL Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal published a deeply concerning report about the Trump administration reversing its decision to exit the Paris Climate agreement.

According to WSJ:

Trump administration officials said Saturday the U.S. wouldn’t pull out of the Paris Agreement, offering to re-engage in the international deal to fight climate change, according to the European Union’s top energy official.

The shift from President Donald Trump’s decision in June to withdraw to renegotiate the landmark accord or craft a new deal came during a meeting of more than 30 ministers led by Canada, China and the European Union in Montreal.

“The U.S. has stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris accord, but they will try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement,” European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The White House issued a statement to NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell, denying the explosive claim. The Trump administration is still leaving the international agreement and retains the right to negotiate more favorable terms for the U.S.

“NEW: WH officials say “NO CHANGE” on US position regarding Paris Agreement on climate change after report,” tweeted O’Donnell.

“WH says no change “unless” US can “re-enter on terms more favorable” Regarding report Trump admin would not withdraw from Paris Accord”

Per Fox News:

According to the EU’s top energy official, the U.S. has said it will “not renegotiate the Paris Accord,” but will instead review its terms, the Wall Street Journal said.

Four months ago the White House said it would either renegotiate or withdraw from the climate treaty, which has been signed by 189 of the world’s 192 nations.

The treaty has also been backed by numerous American citites.

The Trump administration’s shift from rejection to being willing to renegotiate the landmark accord or negotiate a new deal came during a meeting of more than 30 ministers led by Canada, China and the European Union in Montreal, the Journal said.

The agreement is very much unpopular in the U.S.

A poll by CSP Polling shows a plurality of Americans agree with President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the flawed Paris Climate Accord.

This is despite the fact that the liberal mainstream media overwhelmingly attacked the president over his decision to drop US commitment to the international agreement.

The Paris Climate Agreement will cost at least $1 trillion per year.

CSP Polling’s newest poll shows a plurality of support for President Donald Trump’s proposal to renegotiate the Paris Accords. Nationally, by a 42/37 split, Americans support renegotiating the Paris Accords with better terms to benefit the U.S.; 21% were undecided. Support for the proposal splits along party lines: 48% of Republicans support renegotiation while 30% oppose renegotiation; 22% expressed no opinion. Only 39% of Democrats support while 45% oppose it; 16% did not have an opinion. Independents split evenly — 39/38 — between support and opposition; 23% had no opinion. Among gender lines, men support renegotiation by a 7-point margin, 47/40, whereas women support it by a 3-point margin, 37/34. We found plurality support for renegotiation among standard age blocs, with 65+ having highest support (48/39) and 35-44 having the lowest support (38/36). Dividing respondents along geographic lines reveals uniform support for renegotiation among in all major U.S. regions except the West, which splits evenly at 40/40.

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POTUS Trump Went Nuclear on “Idiot” AG Sessions, Demanded He Resign After Mueller Appointment

On March 2nd Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the crackpot “Russian” conspiracy investigations.
He thought it would be a nice gesture to Democrats.
It wasn’t. It was foolish.

President Trump was furious with the Attorney General’s decision.

Trump was reportedly blindsided by the decision and furious with Sessions at the time.

In May Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel. This NEVER would have happened under Jeff Sessions.

On June 6 Deep State activists reported that Trump was still upset with the Attorney General for his unintelligible decision.

On June 8 former FBI Director and leaker James Comey admitted he played the DOJ into launching a Special Counsel investigation of the Trump-Russia connections.

In a July interview President Trump told The New York Times he never would have selected Sessions for Attorney General if he knew he would recuse himself from the Russian witch hunt.

Now this…
In an explosive report, President Trump humiliated Attorney General Jeff Sessions after Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel to oversee the Russia investigation. President Trump called Sessions an “idiot,” and demanded he step down as head of the Department of Justice. 

Daily Mail UK reports:

President Donald Trump chewed out attorney general Jeff Sessions in the Oval Office and called him an ‘idiot’ after Robert Mueller was named as special counsel, according to the latest report of White House turmoil over Russia.

The president considered the act a display of disloyalty from Sessions, his first Senate supporter, in an event that set in motion a wide-ranging probe that now encompasses Trump family members and top campaign officials with subject matter including Russia contacts and possible obstruction.

Trump called Sessions an ‘idiot’ and told him to resign, the New York Times reported. The president told the former Alabama senator that appointing him was one of the worst decisions he had made.

Sessions, described in the article as ‘humiliated,’ replied that he would, and furnished a resignation letter. He told associates it was the most humiliating event in his public life.

The president apparently thought better of the decision, and did not accept Sessions’ resignation.

AG Sessions has been a complete disappointment since he took over as Attorney General.

Recently, Sessions came under fire from Republicans for deciding against prosecuting former IRS official Lois Lerner over her alleged role in targeting conservative groups under former President Obama.

Former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner asked that her testimony in an upcoming class-action case to remain sealed.

 

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GOP Rep Says Charlottesville Protest Was a ‘Setup’ By Left-Wing Agitators

On Thursday, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) told the San Francisco Chronicle that he believes the Charlottesville protests were a ‘setup’ by left-wing activists.

Washington Examiner reports:

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said leftists convinced Civil War re-enactors to protest the removal of a civil war statue and pretend to be white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., last month.

“It was a setup for these dumb Civil War re-enactors,” Rohrabacher told the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday.

“It was left-wingers who were manipulating them in order to have this confrontation,” he added, noting they attempted to “put our president on the spot.”

He attributed that this conspiracy was headed by a former “Hillary and Bernie” supporter, who convinced Civil War re-enactors to stage a protest against the removal of a Confederate General Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville.

White supremacist and ‘Unite the Right’ leader, Jason Kessler, was once reportedly a supporter a former President Obama and the Occupy movement. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (an organization that is certainly no friend to Conservatives), Kessler revealed his political transformation around November 2016, the same month then candidate Donald Trump won the presidential election.

Southern Poverty Law Center reports:

Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama.

At one recent speech in favor of Charlottesville’s status as a sanctuary city, Kessler live-streamed himself as an attendee questioned him and apologized for an undisclosed spat during Kessler’s apparent involvement with Occupy. Kessler appeared visibly perturbed by the woman’s presence and reminders of their past association.

Kessler himself has placed his “red-pilling” around December of 2013 when a PR executive was publicly excoriated for a tasteless Twitter joke about AIDS in Africa.

Regarding the incident, Kessler stated “… so it was just a little race joke, nothing that big of a deal, she didn’t have that many followers, she probably didn’t think anybody was gonna see it,”

Regardless of Kessler’s past politics, the rightward shift in his views was first put on display in November, 2016 when his tirade against Wes Bellamy began.

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REPORT: U.S. Navy Investigating If Nefarious Act Was Behind USS John McCain Crash

The U.S. Navy is investigating if nefarious forces were behind the deadly crash sustained by the USS John S. McCain destroyer. Investigators are zeroing in on where or not hackers infiltrated the ship’s systems prior to colliding with a merchant vessel.

Foreign Policy Magazine reports:

The military is examining whether compromised computer systems were responsible for one of two U.S. Navy destroyer collisions with merchant vessels that occurred in recent months, Vice Admiral Jan Tighe, the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, said on Thursday.

Naval investigators are scrambling to determine the causes of the mishaps, including whether hackers infiltrated the computer systems of the USS John S. McCain ahead of the collision on Aug. 21, Tighe said during an appearance at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Investigators are not, however, considering the possibility that the USS Fitzgerald collision, which took place on June 17, was the result of hacking.

“With the McCain incident happening so close to the Fitzgerald,” questions immediately arose about whether computer manipulation could have been the cause of the crash, Tighe said. The Navy has no indication that a cyberattack was behind either of the incidents, but is dispatching investigators to the McCain to put those questions to rest, she said.

Tighe said the Navy plans to use the results of the McCain probe to include a look at cybersecurity in future investigations.

10 U.S. sailors went missing after the USS John McCain collided wth a commercial tanker off the coast of Singapore on Sunday. The first set of videos and photos show extensive damage to the destroyer. All sailors have been pronounced dead.

DVID reports on the damage sustained by the Navy vessel:

Damage to the portside is visible as the Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore, following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated.

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Trump Insider Roger Stone Set To Testify Before House Intelligence Committee

Political operative Roger Stone will testify in private before the House Intelligence Committee later this month, as part of the ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Hill reports:

“Although I have again called for an open public hearing in the interest of full transparency, the hearing is currently scheduled to be in a closed session,” Stone said in a statement. “I have again asked for immediate release of the transcripts so that there will be no confusion or misinformation about my testimony.”

Stone said that “all 20 members of the committee” will be present at the Sept. 26 interview. The panel, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump associates, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Stone has previously publicized a scheduled appearance before the committee, in July, that never materialized. Through an attorney, Stone told reporters that interview was delayed because the committee wasn’t ready. The committee then declined to confirm the details of the interview.

Stone joins an ever-growing list of Trump supporters subject to Congressional testimony. Last week, Donald Trump Jr. testified in front of Senate investigators. Key details of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Senate investigators leaked shortly after. According to the New York Times, Trump Jr. took the ‘Russia meeting’ to gauge Hillary Clinton’s ‘fitness’ for office.

New York Times reports:

A copy of Mr. Trump’s statement was obtained by The New York Times.

The acknowledgment by the president’s eldest son that he intended to seek legal counsel after the meeting suggests that he knew, or at least suspected, that accepting potentially damaging information about a rival campaign from a foreign country raised thorny legal issues.

“To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out,” he said. “Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration.”

Donald Trump Jr., tweeted a statement following his 5+ hour meeting with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I met with the Senate Judiciary Committee today. I am thankful for their professionalism and courtesy,” tweeted Trump Jr.

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WATCH: CNN Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain Says He Would Poison POTUS Trump

In a video confirming Anthony Bourdain suffers from ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome,’ the CNN celebrity chef told TMZ last Friday that he would poison the President if asked to cater a White House meal. 

Video credit: TMZ

Below is the entire exchange between Bourdain and TMZ.

Breitbart News reports:

The former Food Network personality and current host of CNN’s Parts Unknown was caught outside LAX airport by a photographer for celebrity gossip website TMZ. Bourdain was asked whether or not he would go to North Korea to do a food show.

Bourdain said that everyone in North Korea is starving, so there is no reason to go there. He also called the diminutive dictator of the oppressed nation a series of obscene names, saying Kim Jong-un is a “chubby, evil little f***.”

But then the TMZ stringer asked what Bourdain would serve if he was asked to cater a dinner for President Trump.

Bourdain answered simply, “Hemlock,” appearing to admit he would poison the president if given the chance.

If you aren’t familiar with Hemlock, it is one of the most dangerous plants on earth.

According to MNN:

This is one of the most famous poisonous plants in history — it’s the flora responsible for killing Socrates. All parts of the plant contain the relatively simple alkaloid coniine which causes stomach pains, vomiting and progressive paralysis of the central nervous system.

Hemlock is also known by several common names, including devil’s porridge, beaver poison or poison parsley.

Bourdain is an outspoken critic of President Trump, having once said he wouldn’t have dinner with the leader of the free world because he’s a narcissist.

Independent UK reports:

World famous chef Anthony Bourdain has said he will not sit down to dinner with Donald Trump because the US President “only talks about himself and he’s only interested in himself”.

Mr Bourdain, who ate with Barack Obama in Vietnam this year, told the New York Daily News he was unlikely to do with same with the current US leader.

“I can’t see the point, he only talks about himself and he’s only interested in himself,” he said “I can’t see that as being scintillating dinner conversation. Plus he eats his steak well done. I think that really settles it.”

The irony should not be lost here, as it’s likely the President probably wouldn’t have dinner with Bourdain anyway. Bourdain has a history with drugs — President Trump has never consumed alcohol or drugs. Sorry, Tony!

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DEVELOPING=> Multiple Soldiers Rushed To Hospital After Explosion at Fort Bragg

At least 15 soliders have been hospitalized after an explosion occurred at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Fox News reports:

At least 15 soldiers were injured in an explosion at a training field on Fort Bragg on Thursday, WRAL reported.

The soldiers were all members of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, according to WRAL.

The conditions of the soldiers were not immediately known, but several were transported by medical helicopter to Womack Army Medical Center.

“There are injuries but we don’t know extent,” Special Ops Command Lt Col Rob Bockholt told Fox News.

It was also not clear what caused the explosion.

The incident at Fort Bragg comes just a day after a vehicle fire at Camp Pendleton in California left 15 Marines injured — eight of them in the burn unit — following a training exercise accident.

DEVELOPING…

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POTUS Trump Sets The Record Straight: “If We Don’t Have The Wall, We’re Doing Nothing” (VIDEO)

President Trump cleared the air Thursday about his “deal” with the Democrats on DACA, explaining unless an agreement is made to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, “we’re doing nothing.”

In the same impromptu statement to the press, President Trump denied making a deal with Democratic leadership.

This morning, President Trump refuted claims about him making a deal with Pelosi and Schumer.

News of President Trump’s alleged deal with the Democrats on DACA and the border wall sent shockwaves throughout the media Wednesday evening. While it’s being widely reported President Trump and Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer struck a deal, or agreed to work on a deal, the White House’s legislative affairs director Marc Short says not so fast.

Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus tweeted after the dinner that Short told her the Democrats’ announcement on a deal with the President is “misleading.”

“WH leg affairs director Marc Short calls Dems’ DACA statement “misleading,” says no deal on DACA or border wall $$ was reached tonight,” tweeted Ballhaus.

Ballhaus continued, “Short says POTUS and Dems did agree to try to address DACA “quickly.””

And ended with “Short says WH is not committed to including border wall $ in DACA legislation if they feel “confident” it will be included in another bill.”

The Trump administration may very well demand border wall funding be included in a deal with DACA, as TGP reported last night, Speaker Ryan believes support for it is slim to none. At a private dinner over the summer, Speaker Paul Ryan claimed Congressional support for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico is non-existent. Only “one member” supports President Trump’s core campaign promise to build “the wall,” said Ryan.

Breitbart News report:

House Speaker Paul Ryan, at a private dinner earlier this year, said he thought only “one member” wanted to build a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border, Breitbart News has learned from multiple sources with direct knowledge of the comments, including former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO).

The dinner, sources said, took place on the eve of the House’s passage of two relatively minor immigration bills at the end of June: Kate’s Law and sanctuary city reforms. The far wider reaching Davis-Oliver Act was tabled at the same time.

“Ryan told a group of Republicans he met with … that only one person wants a wall,” Tancredo told Breitbart News shortly after the dinner.

Tancredo took issue with the Speaker’s characterization of support for the wall within the House GOP. “Of course he means only one person in his entourage and of the leadership,” he told Breitbart News. “I know several people in Congress who want a wall and I know that there are millions of Americans who want a wall.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent out a tweet after Pelosi and Schumer issued a statement. She said, “While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.”

Here is the joint statement from Schumer and Pelosi on their dinner with President Trump.

AP has more on the alleged deal:

The top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had reached agreement with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements — not including Trump’s long-sought border wall.

The agreement, the latest instance of Trump ditching his own party to make common cause with the opposition, was announced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi following a White House dinner that Republican lawmakers weren’t invited to attend. It would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids who had benefited from former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which provided temporary work permits and shielded recipients from deportation.

[…]“We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.

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No Deal? Second Trump Official Refutes Democrats’ “Misleading” Statement On DACA, Border Wall

News of President Trump’s alleged deal with the Democrats on DACA and the border wall sent shockwaves throughout the media Wednesday evening. While it’s being widely reported President Trump and Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer struck a deal, or agreed to work on a deal, the White House’s legislative affairs director Marc Short says not so fast. 

Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus tweeted after the dinner that Short told her the Democrats’ announcement on a deal with the President is “misleading.”

“WH leg affairs director Marc Short calls Dems’ DACA statement “misleading,” says no deal on DACA or border wall $$ was reached tonight,” tweeted Ballhaus.

Ballhaus continued, “Short says POTUS and Dems did agree to try to address DACA “quickly.””

And ended with “Short says WH is not committed to including border wall $ in DACA legislation if they feel “confident” it will be included in another bill.”

The Trump administration may very well demand border wall funding be included in a deal with DACA, as TGP reported last night, Speaker Ryan believes support for it is slim to none. At a private dinner over the summer, Speaker Paul Ryan claimed Congressional support for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico is non-existent. Only “one member” supports President Trump’s core campaign promise to build “the wall,” said Ryan.

Breitbart News report:

House Speaker Paul Ryan, at a private dinner earlier this year, said he thought only “one member” wanted to build a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border, Breitbart News has learned from multiple sources with direct knowledge of the comments, including former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO).

The dinner, sources said, took place on the eve of the House’s passage of two relatively minor immigration bills at the end of June: Kate’s Law and sanctuary city reforms. The far wider reaching Davis-Oliver Act was tabled at the same time.

“Ryan told a group of Republicans he met with … that only one person wants a wall,” Tancredo told Breitbart News shortly after the dinner.

Tancredo took issue with the Speaker’s characterization of support for the wall within the House GOP. “Of course he means only one person in his entourage and of the leadership,” he told Breitbart News. “I know several people in Congress who want a wall and I know that there are millions of Americans who want a wall.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent out a tweet after Pelosi and Schumer issued a statement. She said, “While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.”

Here is the joint statement from Schumer and Pelosi on their dinner with President Trump.

AP has more on the alleged deal:

The top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had reached agreement with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements — not including Trump’s long-sought border wall.

The agreement, the latest instance of Trump ditching his own party to make common cause with the opposition, was announced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi following a White House dinner that Republican lawmakers weren’t invited to attend. It would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids who had benefited from former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which provided temporary work permits and shielded recipients from deportation.

[…]

“We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.

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LEAK: Susan Rice Revealed To House Investigators Why She Unmasked Trump Officials

A new report out on Susan Rice says the former top Obama administration official revealed to House investigators why she unmasked Trump officials. Rice sought to understand more about a meeting between UAE crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and senior Trump aides that took place late last year.

CNN claims:

Former national security adviser Susan Rice privately told House investigators that she unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late last year, multiple sources told CNN.

The New York meeting preceded a separate effort by the UAE to facilitate a back-channel communication between Russia and the incoming Trump White House.

The crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, arrived in New York last December in the transition period before Trump was sworn into office for a meeting with several top Trump officials, including Michael Flynn, the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his top strategist Steve Bannon, sources said.

The Obama administration felt misled by the United Arab Emirates, which had failed to mention that Zayed was coming to the United States even though it’s customary for foreign dignitaries to notify the US government about their travels, according to several sources familiar with the matter. Rice, who served as then-President Obama’s national security adviser in his second term, told the House Intelligence Committee last week that she requested the names of the Americans mentioned in the classified report be revealed internally, a practice officials in both parties say is common.

Last Wednesday, Rice was grilled in private, by the House Intelligence Committee concerning her role in the highly controversial intel-gathering practice.

Fox News reports:

Former national security adviser Susan Rice is meeting privately Wednesday with the House Intelligence Committee, Fox News has learned, in the latest Capitol Hill session involving an Obama administration official.

Rice was expected to face questions in closed session about Russia and the unmasking controversy. The sit-down comes after she attended a similar private session in July with staffers on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Some lawmakers have made clear they want to hear more from Obama administration officials, especially Rice, over their potential role in “unmasking” the identities of Trump associates from intelligence reports last year.

Top Trump aide, H.R. McMaster believes Rice did nothing wrong in unmasking White House officials.

Breitbart News reports:

Two United States intelligence officials told Bloomberg’s Eli Lake that McMaster has concluded that Rice did nothing wrong.

That assertion is at odds with Trump’s thinking, as he repeatedly raised the Rice story during speeches and media interviews.

“I think the Susan Rice thing is a massive story,” Trump said in an interview with the New York Times, suggesting that it was possible that she may have committed a crime.

On April 12, Trump used the story to defend his accusations that the Obama administration was spying and leaking on his transition team in an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo.
“When you look at Susan Rice and what’s going on and so many people are coming up to me and apologizing now,” Trump said. “They say, ‘You know, you were right when you said that.’”

When Bartiromo told Trump that Rice denied doing anything political, he dismissed it.

Former Obama Ambassador and White House adviser Susan Rice went on CNN over the summer to trash President Trump.

This is the same woman who lied to 5 different networks on the same day about the Benghazi terrorist attacks.

Susan Rice, Barack Obama’s national security adviser and UN ambassador, reportedly requested on several occasions the “unmasking” of identities of private citizens linked to President Trump’s transition and campaign.

In April Susan Rice appeared on MSNBC to respond to allegations that she unmasked Trump and his top associates .

Rice denied she unmasked Trump and his associates for political purposes, ‘I leaked nothing to nobody’. This was a direct contradiction from what she said two weeks ago on PBS… When she denied Trump’s ‘wiretap’ allegations.

This woman is not trustworthy and never was.

Rice told Fareed Zakaria she did her job faithfully in unmasking Trump advisers.

“I never did anything that was untoward with respect to intelligence I received.”

Rice actively sought to unmask the names of Trump advisers in personal conversations with foreign agents.

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‘That Sucker’s Coming Down’: 83-Year-Old Man Pushes Burglar Off His Roof (VIDEO)

On Tuesday, an 83-year-old man tossed a suspected robber off the roof of his home after a five hour stand off.

LA Times reports:

Crisis negotiators had been called to the neighborhood, where a man was jumping from rooftop to rooftop, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.

The suspect was on one roof for about five hours before the elderly resident “got tired” of his antics, climbed onto the roof and pushed the man off, according to Sgt. Joseph Morales.

“The grandpa did what we couldn’t,” Capt. Tim Murakami tweeted after the incident.

“I’d made up my mind. I said, ‘He’s on my roof? Whatever it takes, he’s coming off,’ ” Wilford Burgess told ABC7 after he pushed the man off his house’s roof.

Burgess said he told his neighbor he needed to borrow his ladder to get the man down.

“I’m going on that roof. That sucker’s coming down,” Burgess said.

In a video of the incident, Burgess is seen pushing and shoving the man and giving him a few “choice words” before the man is launched off the front of the roof and slams onto the hood of Burgess’ car. The windshield was wrecked with a circular web of cracks and breaks from the man’s impact.

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Did the NSA Secretly Award a Multi-Billion Dollar Contract to an IT Firm?

Thanks to whistleblower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) has come under increased levels of scrutiny from the American people in recent years. That’s why it is rather odd that the NSA would award a massive contract to a tech firm in a “hush-hush” manner.

Daily Caller reports:

The NSA quietly granted a tech company a $2.4 billion contract last week in part of a larger series of deals with IT service firms, according to Nextgov.

The NSA, or the larger Department of Defense, have apparently made very little effort, if any, to announce the expensive agreement, and the tech company CSRA disclosed the partnership within a very brief Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Under the NSA’s Groundbreaker program, the federal agency is set to make a total of three business arrangements with firms in order to develop and establish a private cloud computing network, among other virtual systems, according to Washington Business Journal. Particulars of Groundbreaker are limited, perhaps unsurprisingly given the nature of the NSA.

The SEC filing, for example, is one of the few recent tidbits of information related to the program. The CSRA is hoping to get all three contracts, Nextgov reports, which are anticipated to be finalized later in the year.

The NSA has been in the news lately for reportedly offering Hillary Clinton’s lost emails to former FBI Director James Comey. The NSA’s offer was allegedly rebuffed. The “lost” emails from Clinton’s private server aren’t lost — in fact — the NSA has them, but during the FBI’s investigation, Comey didn’t want to hear about it.

New York Post reports:

Remember, the Republicans now control this committee. So bad news isn’t going to be stifled anymore.

Clinton, you probably remember, “lost” her private emails, which she’d been storing on a personal computer server. Comey chastised her harshly in a televised speech but then said there was a unanimous decision not to recommend prosecution.

Clinton’s emails, which were stolen by the Russians, have never been found. But as I’ve mentioned numerous times, the messages are still in the possession of the National Security Agency (NSA), which offered to give them to the FBI.

Comey turned down that offer, according to a source who has been very reliable.

I’ve also mentioned that Comey fibbed when he said his agents unanimously agreed that prosecution was unnecessary. In fact, my source says that FBI agents were irate about the decision not to go after Clinton.

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MILO To Bring Navy SEAL Squad To Berkeley “Free Speech Week” As Security Fears Mount

Come hell or high water, Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos vows “Free Speech Week” at the University of California, Berkeley will go on. In a statement posted to his Facebook page Wednesday, Yiannopoulos revealed a Navy SEAL Security squad will be there to protect him, along with other event speakers, later this month.  

Campus Reform reports:

In a statement to Campus Reform, Yiannopoulos further blasted the reports of possible cancellation, calling Mogulof’s comments “balderdash and piffle.”

Following his August pledge to spend “hundreds of thousands of dollars” on security at the event, Yiannopoulos also revealed that he is bringing a Navy SEAL team to assist with protecting the speakers.

“Our efforts are moving ahead at full speed to put together the best free speech event Berkeley has ever seen,” he said. “I am sparing no expense, including a 16-man Navy SEAL security detail for me and our speakers.”

“UC Berkeley has claimed that this will be a year of free speech, but they’ve quickly gone back to their old tricks,” Yiannopoulos observed. “They seem committed to the course of excluding speakers who don’t share their progressive authoritarian mindset from campus. It won’t fly, there is too much at stake for America, and too many eyes on both the university administration and the city of Berkeley.”

Former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon will appear later this month at U.C. Berkeley’s campus for Milo Yiannopoulos’ “Free Speech Week”.

Bannon will join the ranks of numerous high-profile speakers during the four-day, Yiannopoulos-led “Free Speech Week”, which begins on September 24th. More than two dozen speakers are slated to attend, according a Tuesday press release.

Yiannopoulos commented on Bannon’s attending of the event, via the Washington Examiner:

“Uncle Steve was the force behind [President] Trump’s election victory and much of his initial policymaking . . . Nothing could be better for the leftists who oppose Trump so vehemently than a lesson in the logic behind Trump’s actions, directly from the architect of his policies.”

Steve Bannon returned to his position as chairman of Breitbart News last month following further shakeups in the White House and just recently conducted a stellar interview with CBS’ Charlie Rose this past Sunday wherein he said he would be actively supporting the president from outside of the White House.

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GOP Leader Blasts Dem Rep. Gutierrez Over ‘Disgraceful’ Attack on Gen. Kelly (VIDEO)

The war of words between Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Chief of Staff John Kelly has yet taken another turn, with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaking out about the spat. McCarthy zinged Gutierrez’s ‘disgraceful’ attack, calling for the Democrat lawmaker to apologize to Kelly and his family.

The Hill reports:

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday lashed out at Rep. Luis Gutierrez, calling on the Illinois Democrat to apologize for disparaging White House chief of staff John Kelly, a retired four-star general.

“General Kelly has served his country in the Marines and he is serving his country again in this administration. He is truly an American patriot,” McCarthy told reporters at a news conference in the Capitol.

“Now what is disgraceful is to attack the character of such an honorable man who has dedicated his life serving this country,” McCarthy continued.

“I believe Rep. Gutierrez owes General Kelly and his family an apology.”

It was a rare sight to see the No. 2 GOP leader publicly call out another House member from the leadership podium without any prompting from the media.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) has responded to John Kelly after being called out for saying the Chief of Staff  is a ‘disgrace to the uniform.’ According to Gutierrez, the retired four-star Marine general isn’t actually a general, rather he’s a politician.

Video Credit: Fox Insider

Fox Insider reports:

Gutierrez said Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, is “a politician, OK, not a general.”

“What could be more mean and more vicious than to say ‘you’ve got six months to pack up…and leave the United States’,” Gutierrez said.

“I don’t see [him wearing] a uniform,” Gutierrez told the Washington Post. “He’s a politician who works for Donald Trump.”

He said that the retired officer “did nothing” when Trump impugned Vietnam War veteran Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) last year, saying he preferred soldiers who “weren’t captured.”

In an exclusive email to Fox News, Kelly zinged Gutierrez after the amnesty-loving lawmaker called him a ‘disgrace to the uniform.’

Fox News reports:

In an email to Fox News late Sunday, Kelly responded by saying Congress did “nothing” to help so-called Dreamers when they had the chance.

“As far as the congressman and other irresponsible members of congress are concerned, they have the luxury of saying what they want as they do nothing and have almost no responsibility,” Kelly said. “They can call people liars but it would be inappropriate for me to say the same thing back at them.  As my blessed mother used to say ‘empty barrels make the most noise.’”

He concluded, “The congressman has a right to his opinion.”

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New Intel=> Imran Awan Was Banned From House Network After Attempting To Hide ‘Secret Server’

With each passing day, we learn more and more about the dark and murky past of Pakistan IT staffer Imran Awan. The former employee of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is accused of stealing hardware from ranking Democrats and sending sensitive intel to foreign groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. A new report reveals Imran Awan was banned from the House’s network for attempting to hide a secret server.

Daily Caller reports:

Now-indicted former congressional IT aide Imran Awan allegedly routed data from numerous House Democrats to a secret server. Police grew suspicious and requested a copy of the server early this year, but they were provided with an elaborate falsified image designed to hide the massive violations. The falsified image is what ultimately triggered their ban from the House network Feb. 2, according to a senior House official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

The secret server was connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra. Police informed Becerra that the server was the subject of an investigation and requested a copy of it. Authorities considered the false image they received to be interference in a criminal investigation, the senior official said.

Data was also backed up to Dropbox in huge quantities, the official said. Congressional offices are prohibited from using Dropbox, so an unofficial account was used, meaning Awan could have still had access to the data even though he was banned from the congressional network.

Data was also backed up to Dropbox in huge quantities, the official said. Congressional offices are prohibited from using Dropbox, so an unofficial account was used, meaning Awan could have still had access to the data even though he was banned from the congressional network.

According to the report, Imran Awan “had access to all emails and office computer files of 45 members of Congress who are listed below.”

As TGP reported on Tuesday, we are now hearing rumblings that the Awans could receive immunity in exchange for dirt on Wasserman Schultz, according to Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ).

Here is the video from Lou Dobbs Tonight:

Zerohedge reports:

But, at least according to Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) who appeared on Fox News recently, there may be more to Alvi’s return than meets the eye as he predicts that the Awans could be working on a broader immunity deal with prosecutors in return for a “significant” and “pretty disturbing” story about Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“I don’t want to talk out of school here but I think you’re going to see some revelations that are going to be pretty profound.  The fact that this wife is coming back from Pakistan and is willing to face charges, as it were, I think there is a good chance she is going to reach some type of immunity to tell a larger story here that is going to be pretty disturbing to the American people.”

“I would just predict that this is going to be a very significant story and people should fasten their seat belts on this one.”

IT specialist Imran Awan worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz for thirteen years since she was first elected to national office in 2004 as a Florida representative.

She only fired him after he was arrested and would have kept paying her “IT expert” even after he fled to Pakistan.

The Awan brothers IT ring had access to emails and computer data from an estimated 800 lawmakers and staffers.

Three Pakistani brothers who managed the IT affairs for several Democratic government officials were relieved of their duties in February on suspicion that they accessed specific computer networks without permission, also known as hacking.

Imran Awan, who started working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, received $164,600 in 2016, with close to $20,000 of that coming from Wasserman Schultz.

His brother Jamal, who started working as a staffer in 2014, was paid $157,350.12 in 2016. Abid, who started working in 2005, was paid $160,943 in 2016.

Imran’s wife, Hina Alvi, who was employed as a staffer since February 2007, was paid 168,300 in 2016. Rao Abbas was paid $85,049 in 2016.

Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives in February.

Most of the House Members fired the Awans subsequently.
Only Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on the pay roll up to the day he got arrest for Bank Fraud after trying to flee the country.

The rest of the family fled since months to Pakistan along with hundreds of thousands of tax-payer money they mysteriously were able to wire.

Democrats were willing or unwillingly compromised by the Awans and Sensitive Information leaked to foreign Enemies!  (Muslim Brotherhood – Yemen Raid with dead soldier for example?) Many of them have Seats on Committees that handle highly sensitive information.

More information is coming out on Imran Awan and his criminal activities.
Awan pretended to be his wife when requesting a loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union and got it! He had the credit union wire $165,000 to PAKISTAN – no questions asked.

In public lawsuits in Fairfax County, Va., the brothers have been accused of life insurance fraud as well as fraud involving a car dealership.

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Judge Napolitano Explains Why AG Sessions Is Making “Terrible Decision” Not Prosecuting Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)

During a Tuesday appearance on Fox Business Channel’s “Varney & Co.,” legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano told Stuart Varney that he’s disappointed in his “friend” Attorney General Jeff Sessions for refusing to prosecute Hillary Clinton. 

Napolitano told Varney “there’s ample evidence of her guilt,” in connection to her private email investigation.

The Trump supporting Fox contributor then gave Varney an explanation as to why Sessions refuses to go over Clinton.

Fox Business Channel reports:

A Maryland judge has order an investigation into three lawyers who reportedly helped Hillary Clinton delete her private emails.

[…]

Napolitano sees criminal charges against Clinton as unlikely at this point.

“The government has chosen not to prosecute. [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department, can investigate, indict and prosecute, but they choose not to do so,” he said.

Napolitano disagreed with the decision not to prosecute, telling Varney, “I think it’s a terrible decision not to prosecute. They should prosecute Mrs. Clinton because there’s ample evidence of her guilt, and they should prosecute anybody that destroyed evidence in a criminal investigation.”

[…]

According to Napolitano, the culture in government is holding back Sessions from pursuing an investigation against Clinton.

“It’s an institutional culture in government,” he said. “We don’t want to go after our predecessors because we don’t want our successors to come after us.”

On Monday, the Maryland state bar was ordered by County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. to investigate the lawyers who assisted Hillary Clinton with deleting her private emails.

Washington Times reports:

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said the complaints lodged against David E. KendallCheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were egregious and the state bar couldn’t dismiss them as frivolous.

“There are allegations of destroying evidence,” Judge Harris said at a hearing Monday morning.

He said the state’s rules require the bar to conduct investigations no matter who raises the complaint and can’t brush aside accusations.

The judge made the announcement a day before Mrs. Clinton releases her latest book, “What Happened,” and begins a monthslong book tour attempting to explain how she lost an election she thought she had secured.

If Judge James E. Boasberg has his way, details of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation by the FBI will see the light of day. The U.S. District Judge isn’t buying the FBI’s claim that a “lack of public interest” justifies withholding the documents.

Washington Times reports:

A federal judge ordered the FBI on Thursday to disclose more details about how it handled its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s secret email account.

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said court papers describing the grand jury subpoenas the FBI obtained to compel information from Mrs. Clinton’s internet service providers can be made public.

In doing so, he overruled objections by the Trump administration that had insisted making the information public would violate grand jury secrecy rules.

“After reviewing the document in camera, the court concludes that it largely rehashes information already made public, thus obviating any need for secrecy,” the judge said.

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REPORT: Paul Ryan Says No Chance for Border Wall at Private Dinner

At a private dinner over the summer, Speaker Paul Ryan claimed Congressional support for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico is non-existent. Only “one member” supports President Trump’s core campaign promise to build “the wall,” said Ryan. 

Breitbart News report:

House Speaker Paul Ryan, at a private dinner earlier this year, said he thought only “one member” wanted to build a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border, Breitbart News has learned from multiple sources with direct knowledge of the comments, including former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO).

The dinner, sources said, took place on the eve of the House’s passage of two relatively minor immigration bills at the end of June: Kate’s Law and sanctuary city reforms. The far wider reaching Davis-Oliver Act was tabled at the same time.

“Ryan told a group of Republicans he met with … that only one person wants a wall,” Tancredo told Breitbart News shortly after the dinner.

Tancredo took issue with the Speaker’s characterization of support for the wall within the House GOP. “Of course he means only one person in his entourage and of the leadership,” he told Breitbart News. “I know several people in Congress who want a wall and I know that there are millions of Americans who want a wall.”

[…]

“The Chamber of Commerce doesn’t want a wall … the pressure is greater from the Chamber of Commerce than it is from the members,” Tancredo, who for years in the House fought a mostly fruitless battle to get Congress to combat the flood of illegal immigration, added.

From the moment Donald Trump stormed the political scene, the real estate billionaire had the GOP establishment shaking in its boots. Since Trump announced he was running for president, Speaker Paul Ryan has been one of the conductors steering the Never Trump train. Everything Ryan does in support of President Trump should be taken with a grain – very large grain – of salt. On August 1st, Ryan released a video advocating for President Trump’s border wall. Has hell frozen over or is Ryan paying lip service to the wall he is secretly trying to kill? It appears the ad was all a lie.

The video begins with Ryan entering a helicopter overseeing the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. “1,954 miles along America’s Souther border. It’s time for the wall”, reads the intro text.

Ryan narrates the ad, saying the following:

“I had the opportunity to travel down to Texas to the Rio Grande Valley to spend time with our border patrol. When you see what they’re up against, it really gives you an even greater respect for what they do. They clearly need more tools, more support to do their job, effectively. That’s why we’re going to get this done, this week.”

Paul Ryan’s primary opponent recently tweeted Ryan is working with Democrats to shut down government over building the proposed Trump border wall.

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War of Words: Dem Rep. Luis Gutierrez Fires Back at ‘Mean’ John Kelly (VIDEO)

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) has responded to John Kelly after being called out for saying the Chief of Staff  is a ‘disgrace to the uniform.’ According to Gutierrez, the retired four-star Marine general isn’t actually a general, rather he’s a politician. 

 

Video Credit: Fox Insider

Fox Insider reports:

Gutierrez said Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, is “a politician, OK, not a general.”

“What could be more mean and more vicious than to say ‘you’ve got six months to pack up…and leave the United States’,” Gutierrez said.

“I don’t see [him wearing] a uniform,” Gutierrez told the Washington Post. “He’s a politician who works for Donald Trump.”

He said that the retired officer “did nothing” when Trump impugned Vietnam War veteran Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) last year, saying he preferred soldiers who “weren’t captured.”

In an exclusive email to Fox News, Kelly zinged Gutierrez after the amnesty-loving lawmaker called him a ‘disgrace to the uniform.’

Fox News reports:

In an email to Fox News late Sunday, Kelly responded by saying Congress did “nothing” to help so-called Dreamers when they had the chance.

“As far as the congressman and other irresponsible members of congress are concerned, they have the luxury of saying what they want as they do nothing and have almost no responsibility,” Kelly said. “They can call people liars but it would be inappropriate for me to say the same thing back at them.  As my blessed mother used to say ‘empty barrels make the most noise.’”

He concluded, “The congressman has a right to his opinion.”

Gutierrez was arrested last month, along with 30 other protesters, outside of the White House during a DACA rally.

The Daily Caller reports:

Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois was arrested along with roughly 30 fellow protesters outside the White House during a gathering commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The protesters were arrested for sitting on the sidewalk outside the White House after attending a rally in Lafayette Square across the street, according to The Hill. Gutierrez, a well-known immigration advocate, defended the protest shortly before his arrest.

“The same values that I inculcated in my daughters, that my wife and I raised them, [Dreamers] are an example and exemplify them. Their dreams are just like my kids’ dreams,” Gutiérrez told The Hill shortly before his arrest.

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Homeland Security Issues Key Waiver Allowing Border Wall Construction To Begin

President Trump is one step closer to fulfilling one of his core campaign promises; building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. On Tuesday the Department of Homeland Security announced it has issued a waiver “to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction near Calexico, California” reports KVOA.

Per KVOA:

This waiver is pursuant to authority granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security by Congress and covers a variety of environmental, natural resource, and land management laws.

The Department has exercised the waiver authority in Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), as amended, on five previous occasions from 2005 to 2008, as well as exercising this waiver authority earlier this year for a project in the San Diego area, which was announced in August.

This current waiver covers certain border infrastructure projects in the United States Border Patrol’s El Centro Sector, a critical sector for border security. In fiscal year 2016 alone, the United States Border Patrol apprehended more than 19,400 undocumented immigrants and seized approximately 2,899 pounds of marijuana and approximately 126 pounds of cocaine in the El Centro Sector.

The El Centro Sector remains an area of high illegal entry, and replacing the existing fencing, which was built in the 1990s and no longer meets the Border Patrol’s operational needs, is a high priority.

As TGP reported last week, CBP announced it awarded four companies “other materials” contracts for border wall prototypes.

According to CBP:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today contract awards for “other materials” prototypes of the border wall. The following companies were selected to construct alternate materials border wall prototypes:

Caddell Construction Co., (DE), LLC, Montgomery, Alabama

KWR Construction, Inc. – Sierra Vista, Arizona

ELTA North America Inc. – Annapolis Junction, Maryland

W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, Philadelphia, Mississippi

CBP officials will meet with the vendors and determine construction timeline, however we expect to construct the prototypes in the fall.

Prototypes constructed from alternate materials will serve two important ends. First, given their robust physical characteristics-for example, they will be between 18 and 30 feet high-the “other materials” border wall prototypes are designed to deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed. Second, they will provide an innovative perspective in the application of new materials which will allow CBP to evaluate the potential for new wall and barrier designs to complement the current wall and barrier used along the Southwest border.

Back in June, TGP reported new photos revealed President Trump is making good on his number one campaign promise — building a ‘big, beautiful’ border wall between the united States and Mexico. Left leaning Texas Observer published photos of contractors preparing the construction of the wall. You’ll read the site was more concerned about the wildlife of Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in South Texas than the President keeping his word on curbing illegal immigration

Texas Observer reports:

For at least six months, private contractors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been quietly preparing to build the first piece of President Trump’s border wall through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in South Texas. The federally owned 2,088-acre refuge, often called the “crown jewel of the national wildlife refuge system,” could see construction begin as early as January 2018, according to a federal official who has been involved in the planning but asked to remain anonymous.

“This should be public information,” the official told the Observer. “There shouldn’t be government officials meeting in secret just so they don’t have to deal with the backlash. The public has the right to know about these plans.”

CBP plans to construct an 18-foot levee wall that would stretch for almost three miles through the wildlife refuge, according to the official. The structure would consist of a concrete base, which would serve as a levee, and be topped with a fence made of steel bollards, similar to a levee wall built almost a decade ago near Hidalgo, Texas. A second federal official confirmed these details to the Observer.

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Democrat Seattle Mayor Ed Murray To Resign After Cousin Accuses Him of Sexual Abuse

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will resign effective at 5 pm Wednesday following allegations the Democrat lawmaker sexually abused his cousin Joseph Dyer. According to Seattle PI, “Murray announced plans to resign Wednesday hours after the allegations surfaced on Tuesday.”

Seattle PI reports:

A younger cousin of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has become the fifth man to accuse the longtime politician of sexual abuse.

[…]

“I am announcing my resignation as mayor, effective at 5 p.m. tomorrow,” Murray said in a statement. “While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our city government to conduct the public’s business.”

“I’m proud of all that I have accomplished over my 19 years in the Legislature, where I was able to pass what were at the time the largest transportation packages in state history, a landmark gay civil rights bill and a historic marriage equality bill.

Joseph Dyer, 54, said he was 13 years old when Murray sexually assaulted him for a year while they shared a bedroom in Dyer’s mother’s home on Long Island, New York in the 1970s.

As TGP previously reported in July, child protective services accused Seattle Democrat Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing his foster son in a 1984 investigation. Child Protective Services also asserted “under no circumstances should Mr. Murray be certified” as a foster parent in the future.”

Seattle Times reported:

An Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded that Ed Murray sexually abused his foster son in the early 1980s, leading state officials to assert that “under no circumstances should Mr. Murray be certified” as a foster parent in the future, according to public records obtained by The Seattle Times.

The investigation by Oregon Child Protective Services (CPS) of Jeff Simpson’s allegations determined them to be valid — meaning the agency believed Murray sexually abused Simpson, the records show.

“In the professional judgement of this caseworker who has interviewed numerous children of all ages and of all levels of emotional disturbance regarding sexual abuse, Jeff Simpson has been sexually abused by … Edward Murray,” CPS caseworker Judy Butler wrote in the May 1984 assessment.

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Awan Brothers To Get Immunity For “Significant, Disturbing Story” About Wasserman Schultz?

With each passing day, we learn more and more about the dark and murky past of Pakistan IT staffer Imran Awan. The former employee of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not only accused of stealing hardware from ranking Democrats and sending sensitive intel to foreign groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, but now it appears the Awans could receive immunity in exchange for dirt on Wasserman Schultz, predicts Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ).

Zerohedge reports:

But, at least according to Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) who appeared on Fox News recently, there may be more to Alvi’s return than meets the eye as he predicts that the Awans could be working on a broader immunity deal with prosecutors in return for a “significant” and “pretty disturbing” story about Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“I don’t want to talk out of school here but I think you’re going to see some revelations that are going to be pretty profound.  The fact that this wife is coming back from Pakistan and is willing to face charges, as it were, I think there is a good chance she is going to reach some type of immunity to tell a larger story here that is going to be pretty disturbing to the American people.”

“I would just predict that this is going to be a very significant story and people should fasten their seat belts on this one.”

Just when you thought the Awan brothers case couldn’t get anymore bizarre, the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak floats the idea that Imran Awan may have planted Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s laptop for Capitol Police to find.

Rosiak provides background on how the laptop was discovered.

Per Rosiak:

A laptop that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has frantically fought to keep prosecutors from examining may have been planted for police to find by her since-indicted staffer, Imran Awan, along with a letter to the U.S. Attorney.

U.S. Capitol Police found the laptop after midnight April 6, 2017, in a tiny room that formerly served as a phone booth in the Rayburn House Office Building, according to a Capitol Police report reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. Alongside the laptop was a Pakistani ID card, copies of Awan’s drivers license and congressional ID badge, and letters to the U.S. attorney. Police also found notes in a composition notebook marked “attorney-client privilege.”

The laptop had the username “RepDWS,” even though the Florida Democrat and former Democratic National Committee chairman previously said it was Awan’s computer and that she had never even seen it.

GOP Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert told the Daily Caller that Awan is too calculating to have forget the laptop in the tiny room.

Daily Caller has more:

The circumstances of the laptop’s appearance described in the police report suggest Wasserman Schultz was trying to keep the police from reviewing a laptop that Awan himself may have wanted them to find. The former phone booth room where police found the items is small, and there was no obvious reason to enter it.

Leaving important items there accidentally would seem extremely unlikely, according to Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican, former prosecutor, and member of the House Judiciary Committee.

“Imran Awan is a calculating person who made great efforts to cover his tracks, both electronically and physically,” Gohmert told TheDCNF. “Placing that laptop with his personal documents, which may well incriminate him, those he worked for, or both, in the dead of night in a House office building, was a deliberate act by a cunning suspect, and it needs to be investigated.”

The wife of Imran Awan, Hina Alvi, struck a deal to return to the United States and face charges for conspiracy and bank fraud.

Washington Examiner reports:

Hina Alvi is the wife of Imran Awan, and both face charges of conspiracy and bank fraud. Both worked for Democrats for several years, and Awan worked directly for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., when she was chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

A document filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia indicates that federal prosecutors have struck a deal with Alvi that would allow her to return to the U.S., but would also require her to surrender her passport and afterwards not book any international travel. The deal only surrounds how Alvi will turn herself in, and is structured so that she can avoid being arrested in front of her children when she returns to the U.S., “during the last week of September 2017.”

IT specialist Imran Awan worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz for thirteen years since she was first elected to national office in 2004 as a Florida representative.

She only fired him after he was arrested and would have kept paying her “IT expert” even after he fled to Pakistan.

The Awan brothers IT ring had access to emails and computer data from an estimated 800 lawmakers and staffers.

Three Pakistani brothers who managed the IT affairs for several Democratic government officials were relieved of their duties in February on suspicion that they accessed specific computer networks without permission, also known as hacking.

Imran Awan, who started working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, received $164,600 in 2016, with close to $20,000 of that coming from Wasserman Schultz.

His brother Jamal, who started working as a staffer in 2014, was paid $157,350.12 in 2016. Abid, who started working in 2005, was paid $160,943 in 2016.

Imran’s wife, Hina Alvi, who was employed as a staffer since February 2007, was paid 168,300 in 2016. Rao Abbas was paid $85,049 in 2016.

Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives in February.

Most of the House Members fired the Awans subsequently.
Only Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on the pay roll up to the day he got arrest for Bank Fraud after trying to flee the country.

The rest of the family fled since months to Pakistan along with hundreds of thousands of tax-payer money they mysteriously were able to wire.

Democrats were willing or unwillingly compromised by the Awans and Sensitive Information leaked to foreign Enemies!  (Muslim Brotherhood – Yemen Raid with dead soldier for example?) Many of them have Seats on Committees that handle highly sensitive information.

More information is coming out on Imran Awan and his criminal activities.
Awan pretended to be his wife when requesting a loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union and got it! He had the credit union wire $165,000 to PAKISTAN – no questions asked.

In public lawsuits in Fairfax County, Va., the brothers have been accused of life insurance fraud as well as fraud involving a car dealership.

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Awan Brothers To Get Immunity For “Significant, Disturbing Story” About Wasserman Schultz?

With each passing day, we learn more and more about the dark and murky past of Pakistan IT staffer Imran Awan. The former employee of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not only accused of stealing hardware from ranking Democrats and sending sensitive intel to foreign groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, but now it appears the Awans could receive immunity in exchange for dirt on Wasserman Schultz, predicts Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ).

Zerohedge reports:

But, at least according to Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) who appeared on Fox News recently, there may be more to Alvi’s return than meets the eye as he predicts that the Awans could be working on a broader immunity deal with prosecutors in return for a “significant” and “pretty disturbing” story about Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“I don’t want to talk out of school here but I think you’re going to see some revelations that are going to be pretty profound.  The fact that this wife is coming back from Pakistan and is willing to face charges, as it were, I think there is a good chance she is going to reach some type of immunity to tell a larger story here that is going to be pretty disturbing to the American people.”

“I would just predict that this is going to be a very significant story and people should fasten their seat belts on this one.”

Just when you thought the Awan brothers case couldn’t get anymore bizarre, the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak floats the idea that Imran Awan may have planted Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s laptop for Capitol Police to find.

Rosiak provides background on how the laptop was discovered.

Per Rosiak:

A laptop that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has frantically fought to keep prosecutors from examining may have been planted for police to find by her since-indicted staffer, Imran Awan, along with a letter to the U.S. Attorney.

U.S. Capitol Police found the laptop after midnight April 6, 2017, in a tiny room that formerly served as a phone booth in the Rayburn House Office Building, according to a Capitol Police report reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. Alongside the laptop was a Pakistani ID card, copies of Awan’s drivers license and congressional ID badge, and letters to the U.S. attorney. Police also found notes in a composition notebook marked “attorney-client privilege.”

The laptop had the username “RepDWS,” even though the Florida Democrat and former Democratic National Committee chairman previously said it was Awan’s computer and that she had never even seen it.

GOP Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert told the Daily Caller that Awan is too calculating to have forget the laptop in the tiny room.

Daily Caller has more:

The circumstances of the laptop’s appearance described in the police report suggest Wasserman Schultz was trying to keep the police from reviewing a laptop that Awan himself may have wanted them to find. The former phone booth room where police found the items is small, and there was no obvious reason to enter it.

Leaving important items there accidentally would seem extremely unlikely, according to Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican, former prosecutor, and member of the House Judiciary Committee.

“Imran Awan is a calculating person who made great efforts to cover his tracks, both electronically and physically,” Gohmert told TheDCNF. “Placing that laptop with his personal documents, which may well incriminate him, those he worked for, or both, in the dead of night in a House office building, was a deliberate act by a cunning suspect, and it needs to be investigated.”

The wife of Imran Awan, Hina Alvi, struck a deal to return to the United States and face charges for conspiracy and bank fraud.

Washington Examiner reports:

Hina Alvi is the wife of Imran Awan, and both face charges of conspiracy and bank fraud. Both worked for Democrats for several years, and Awan worked directly for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., when she was chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

A document filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia indicates that federal prosecutors have struck a deal with Alvi that would allow her to return to the U.S., but would also require her to surrender her passport and afterwards not book any international travel. The deal only surrounds how Alvi will turn herself in, and is structured so that she can avoid being arrested in front of her children when she returns to the U.S., “during the last week of September 2017.”

IT specialist Imran Awan worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz for thirteen years since she was first elected to national office in 2004 as a Florida representative.

She only fired him after he was arrested and would have kept paying her “IT expert” even after he fled to Pakistan.

The Awan brothers IT ring had access to emails and computer data from an estimated 800 lawmakers and staffers.

Three Pakistani brothers who managed the IT affairs for several Democratic government officials were relieved of their duties in February on suspicion that they accessed specific computer networks without permission, also known as hacking.

Imran Awan, who started working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, received $164,600 in 2016, with close to $20,000 of that coming from Wasserman Schultz.

His brother Jamal, who started working as a staffer in 2014, was paid $157,350.12 in 2016. Abid, who started working in 2005, was paid $160,943 in 2016.

Imran’s wife, Hina Alvi, who was employed as a staffer since February 2007, was paid 168,300 in 2016. Rao Abbas was paid $85,049 in 2016.

Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives in February.

Most of the House Members fired the Awans subsequently.
Only Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on the pay roll up to the day he got arrest for Bank Fraud after trying to flee the country.

The rest of the family fled since months to Pakistan along with hundreds of thousands of tax-payer money they mysteriously were able to wire.

Democrats were willing or unwillingly compromised by the Awans and Sensitive Information leaked to foreign Enemies!  (Muslim Brotherhood – Yemen Raid with dead soldier for example?) Many of them have Seats on Committees that handle highly sensitive information.

More information is coming out on Imran Awan and his criminal activities.
Awan pretended to be his wife when requesting a loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union and got it! He had the credit union wire $165,000 to PAKISTAN – no questions asked.

In public lawsuits in Fairfax County, Va., the brothers have been accused of life insurance fraud as well as fraud involving a car dealership.

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Judge Orders Investigation Into Lawyers Who Helped Hillary Clinton Delete Private Emails

On Monday, the Maryland state bar was ordered by County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. to investigate the lawyers who assisted Hillary Clinton with deleting her private emails.

Washington Times reports:

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said the complaints lodged against David E. KendallCheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were egregious and the state bar couldn’t dismiss them as frivolous.

“There are allegations of destroying evidence,” Judge Harris said at a hearing Monday morning.

He said the state’s rules require the bar to conduct investigations no matter who raises the complaint and can’t brush aside accusations.

The judge made the announcement a day before Mrs. Clinton releases her latest book, “What Happened,” and begins a monthslong book tour attempting to explain how she lost an election she thought she had secured.

The Maryland bar complaint was brought by Ty Clevenger, a lawyer who has pursued sanctions against Mrs. Clinton and her legal team in several venues and who is also pressing the FBI to release details of its investigation into the former top diplomat.

If Judge James E. Boasberg has his way, details of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation by the FBI will see the light of day. The U.S. District Judge isn’t buying the FBI’s claim that a “lack of public interest” justifies withholding the documents.

Washington Times reports:

A federal judge ordered the FBI on Thursday to disclose more details about how it handled its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s secret email account.

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said court papers describing the grand jury subpoenas the FBI obtained to compel information from Mrs. Clinton’s internet service providers can be made public.

In doing so, he overruled objections by the Trump administration that had insisted making the information public would violate grand jury secrecy rules.

“After reviewing the document in camera, the court concludes that it largely rehashes information already made public, thus obviating any need for secrecy,” the judge said.

Two groups, Judicial Watch and Cause of Action Institute, have been prodding the government for more information about the Clinton emails, and they cheered the judge’s ruling as a victory for transparency.

 

President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton released a statement regarding this ruling:

We’re happy with the ruling but it is unbelievable we’re being opposed by Trump appointees in the State and Justice Department’s on the Clinton email issue.  President Trump ought to be outraged his appointees are protecting Hillary Clinton. The State Department should initiate action with the Justice Department – and both agencies should finally take the necessary steps to recover all the government emails Hillary Clinton unlawfully removed.

As the TGP reported, the FBI has denied lawyer Ty Clevenger’s request to obtain documents related to Hillary Clinton’s email probe. The reason given? A “lack of public interest.”

According to the Washington Times:

Hillary Clinton’s case isn’t interesting enough to the public to justify releasing the FBI’s files on her, the bureau said this week in rejecting an open-records request by a lawyer seeking to have the former secretary of state punished for perjury.

Ty Clevenger, the lawyer, has been trying to get Mrs. Clinton and her personal lawyers disbarred for their handling of her official emails during her time as secretary of state. He’s met with resistance among lawyers, and now his request for information from the FBI’s files has been shot down.

“You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject,” FBI records management section chief David M. Hardy told Mr. Clevenger in a letter Monday.

 

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PAPER: Trump Legal Team Wanted Jared Kushner To Step Down Over Russia Investigation

The Wall Street Journal reports several lawyers advising President Trump suggested Jared Kushner should step down as Senior Advisor over ‘possible legal complications’ in connection to the Russia investigation. In July, Kushner made a public statement to the media, calling the Russia investigation a “nothing burger.”

Wall Street Journal reports:

Some of President Donald Trump’s lawyers earlier this summer concluded that Jared Kushner should step down as senior White House adviser because of possible legal complications related to a probe of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election and aired concerns about him to the president, people familiar with the matter said.

Among their concerns was that Mr. Kushner was the adviser closest to the president who had the most dealings with Russian officials and businesspeople during the campaign and transition, some of which are currently being examined by federal investigators and congressional oversight panels. Mr. Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and confidant, has said he had four such meetings or interactions.

Another issue was Mr. Kushner’s initial omission of any contacts with foreign officials from the form required to obtain a security clearance. He later updated the form several times to include what he has said were more than 100 contacts with foreign officials.

A number of President Trump’s lawyers, namely John Dowd, disagreed Kushner was a legal liability to the administration. “I didn’t agree with that view at all. I thought it was absurd,” Mr. Dowd said. “I made my views known.”

Ahead of his July testimonies to the Senate Intelligence Committee (Monday) and House of Representatives Intelligence Committee (Tuesday), Kushner released full details of a previous meeting he had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

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TGP EXCLUSIVE: Peter Duke Responds To CBS Calling His Bannon-60 Minutes Video “Nonsense”

In an email to The Gateway Pundit, photographer Peter Duke responded to CBS dismissing his now viral video suggesting 60 Minutes used color adjustments to make Steve Bannon “look bad.” Duke argued it’s common for professional video production to include color correction and their 60 Minutes interview with the Breitbart boss was likely no exception.

Credit: Photo by Hugh Slavitt. Used with kind permission. 

Duke issued the following statement to The Gateway Pundit:

RE “Nonsense”

All professional video production uses color correction in the editorial process. Minor tweaks can be done in all digital video editing tools, but the majors use Avid Media Composer (see link) or Davinci Resolve to add the final finish to the work.
In addition to my experience as a photographer and technologist, I spent 5 years of my career working as creative director at a post-house that produced marketing videos, electronic press kits, for every major studio in Hollywood.
Color is a big deal and big productions spend a lot of money and pay a lot of attention to it. In low budget productions, the editor usually does the work, as budgets get bigger, specialists are brought in to do the fine tuning.
I don’t know what the review and approval process is at 60 Minutes, but it is assumed that they have one, where things like this are addressed.

Decider.com reached out to CBS for comment regarding allegations they altered Bannon’s appearance. “It’s nonsense,” a representative for 60 Minutes told Decider.

Following Steve Bannon’s highly anticipated interview with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes Sunday night, professional photographer Peter Duke published a video explainer on how CBS may have used color adjustments to make the Breitbart News boss “look bad” on television.

“It seems like 60 minutes would like you to listen less and look more at Steve Bannon. By subtly tweaking the color of the video, they make him look like a bleary-eyed drunk. I show you how they did it,” writes Duke on the video’s YouTube page.

Peter Duke has photographed Milo Yiannopoulos, Scott Adams and James O’Keefe.

In the video, Duke explains how CBS color adjusted Bannon’s shots to make his eyes and lips red by increasing the level of saturation. This results in curtains that are a brighter orange behind Bannon than they are in Charlie Rose’s shot. Rose’s shot was made “cooler,” to make the host’s make-up more subtle.

Duke then adjusted the interview’s lighting, removing Bannon’s redness and Rose’s “coolness.”

The result is a natural looking Bannon.

As author Ann Coulter pointed out, these types of mainstream media tricks aren’t done on Fox News — hence why conservatives look better on the channel.

Below is a transcript of Peter Duke’s video:

DUKE: I wanted to talk a little bit today about color correction and grading, and how it can be used to make people look better or worse on television. This is a still frame of Steve Bannon from the 60 Minutes interview that’s going to run tonight. And the first things that I noticed was that there were red circles around his eyes and his lips looked cherry red. And I also noticed the curtains in the background looked really orange.

Now I’ve met Steve Bannon and I know what he looks like. He’s Irish and he does kinda have paper skin. But, he doesn’t have pronounced red circles around his eyes. That’s not who he is in real life. So I started comparing the two shots of Charlie Rose and Steve Bannon to see what kind of differences I could find, and it was very interesting. The first thing that you need to take a look at is the coloring saturation. Those drapes in the Breitbart Embassy are actually the same color. Now the light lighting them might be slightly closer or farther away, which accounts for the brightness, but they are the same color. And you can see from these two shots that they are defiantly not the same color.

If you take a look at Charlie Rose’s shirt, it’s about 13 unit of blue from neutral, which means that they’ve graded it into a cooler shot. That does a couple of things. It makes his make-up look less clownish and it also knocks down the contrast a little bit. So, I’m going to do the same thing to Steve. I’m going to make it a little bit bluer and I’m also going to lighten up the shadows a little bit. And Voila, the blood shot eyes are gone.

Now I’m going to do to Charlie what they did to Steve. I’m going to kick up the situation, the red, the orange, and i’m going to increase the contrast. So here are the two shots before and after, before and after. And here’s what the pictures would look like if they were graded similarly. Steve doesn’t have red circles under his eyes, Charlie’s make-up is subtle, can’t really tell he’s got it on, unless you’re looking. And Steve doesn’t look like the monster they want you to think that he is.  

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared on 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose and discussed a myriad of topics, from the GOP establishment trying to nullify Trump’s presidency to Hillary Clinton not being as smart as liberals always say she is . . .

“Her very first speech when she came off the beach was nonsense,” Bannon begins to Rose, “and this goes with something I want to address with you: Hillary Clinton’s not very bright.”

Bannon continues to describe the ways in which she failed during the election, and beyond.

“Everybody says she’s so smart, so much smarter than Donald Trump . . . She doesn’t really have a grasp, she doesn’t have a grasp on what’s important and what’s not – and that’s what’s essential in a leader. Donald Trump has a grasp on what’s important and what’s marginalia.”

Rose then pressed Bannon the ethno-nationalist descriptor she pinned to Breitbart and others on the New Right, but Bannon was quick to shut down the impending smear.

Rose asks, “Cause you want no part of ethno-nationalism?”

Bannon replies quickly, “That’s ridiculous on the face of it, it’s absurd . . .”

Rose: “You don’t want any part of any of those people?”

Bannon: “Not only is it morally wrong, it’s also totally irrelevant. Economic nationalism is what this country was built on, it’s the American system . . .”

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CLAIM: Mueller & Sessions In Possession Of Evidence ‘Debunking Russian Hacking Narrative’

The Offices of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are in possession of evidence reported by The Gateway Pundit, which debunks the Russian hacking narrative.

Disobedient Media reports:

Carter published a new article earlier today, which indicated that authorities including Robert Mueller and Jeff Sessions have been informed of the latest findings and evidence which may dismantle the Russian hacking narrative by VIPS member Skip Folden.

Carter stated in his report: “Since the original report was sent out, Skip Folden, one of the co-authors of the VIPS report, has sent a far more detailed report to the Office of Special Counsel (Robert Mueller), Office of the Attorney-General (Jeff Sessions) and, I believe more recently, to additional parties that will be disclosed in the week ahead (along with further details about the contents of that report). The new report covers more than any of the previous reports (going beyond what Forensicator and myself even have the means to assess).”

According to Carter, critics of the report are ignoring the following evidence:

The framing from most critics recently has done little more than construct a straw-man to attack (typically by making it appear as though confidence of those calling for investigation is solely based on transfer speeds that were mentioned in the 7th conclusion in Forensicator’s analysis).

[…]
  • inconsistencies and anomalies with Guccifer 2.0’s (G2’s) behavior versus his stated intentions
  • the consistent poor quality of G2’s leaks (link)
  • predictable outcome in terms of headlines he would generate in the media (link)
  • his multi-part Russian-origin deception and that GRU/FSB and allies would not purposefully draw attention to Russia (link)
  • associating self to Wikileaks on day #1 and on various dates after that (including the day the DNC emails were published) (link)
  • creating a blog and luring in press with the Trump research (the timing of it in relation to CrowdStrike/DNC announcements and the nature of the first documents leaked) (link)
  • the linguistic analysis showing no syntactical traits of a Russian communicating in English (link)
  • the discredited breach claims (link)
  • the fact none of his hacks were verifiable
  • the premise of a talented hacker adopting another hacker’s name and sticking “2.0” on the end of it
  • that every association between G2 and the APT28/29 malware and infrastructure ended up collapsing under scrutiny (link)
  • the attempt to fool (with multimedia props) a reporter into thinking G2 was tied to a hacker with root access to DCLeaks (link)

As TGP previously reported, a mysterious IT specialist, who goes by the name The Forensicator, published a detailed report that appears to disprove the theory that the DNC was hacked by Russia.

The report as laid out by The Forensicator:

Based on the analysis that is detailed below, the following key findings are presented:

  • On 7/5/2016 at approximately 6:45 PM Eastern time, someone copied the data that eventually appears on the “NGP VAN” 7zip file (the subject of this analysis).  This 7zip file was published by a persona named Guccifer 2, two months later on September 13, 2016.

  • Due to the estimated speed of transfer (23 MB/s) calculated in this study, it is unlikely that this initial data transfer could have been done remotely over the Internet.

  • The initial copying activity was likely done from a computer system that had direct access to the data.  By “direct access” we mean that the individual who was collecting the data either had physical access to the computer where the data was stored, or the data was copied over a local high speed network (LAN).

  • They may have copied a much larger collection of data than the data present in the NGP VAN 7zip.  This larger collection of data may have been as large as 19 GB.  In that scenario the NGP VAN 7zip file represents only 1/10th of the total amount of material taken.

  • This initial copying activity was done on a system where Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) settings were in force. Most likely, the computer used to initially copy the data was located somewhere on the East Coast.

  • The data was likely initially copied to a computer running Linux, because the file last modified times all reflect the apparent time of the copy and this is a characteristic of the the Linux ‘cp’ command (using default options).

  • A Linux OS may have been booted from a USB flash drive and the data may have been copied back to the same flash drive, which will likely have been formatted with the Linux (ext4) file system.

  • On September 1, 2016, two months after copying the initial large collection of (alleged) DNC related content (the so-called NGP/VAN data), a subset was transferred to working directories on a system running Windows. The .rar files included in the final 7zip file were built from those working directories.

  • The computer system where the working directories were built had Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) settings in force.  Most likely, this system was located somewhere on the East Coast.

  • The .rar files and plain files that eventually end up in the “NGP VAN” 7zip file disclosed by Guccifer 2.0 on 9/13/2016 were likely first copied to a USB flash drive, which served as the source data for the final 7zip file. There is no information to determine when or where the final 7zip file was built.

The most important aspect about the report is the “estimated speed of transfer (23 MB/s)” at which the documents were copied. It’s inconceivable DNC documents could have been copied at such speed from a remote location.

Disobedient Media reports:

Importantly, The Forensicator concluded that the chance that the files had been accessed and downloaded remotely over the internet were too small to give this idea any serious consideration. He explained that the calculated transfer speeds for the initial copy were much faster than can be supported by an internet connection.

This is extremely significant and completely discredits allegations of Russian hacking made by both Guccifer 2.0 and Crowdstrike.

This conclusion is further supported by analysis of the overall transfer rate of 23 MB/s. The Forensicator described this as “possible when copying over a LAN, but too fast to support the hypothetical scenario that the alleged DNC data was initially copied over the Internet (esp. to Romania).” Guccifer 2.0 had claimed to originate in Romania. So in other words, this rate indicates that the data was downloaded locally,  possibly using the local DNC network. The importance of this finding in regards to destroying the Russian hacking narrative cannot be understated.

If the data is correct, then the files could not have been copied over a remote connection and so therefore cannot have been “hacked by Russia.”

The use of a USB drive would also strongly suggest that the person copying the files had physical access to a computer most likely connected to the local DNC network. Indications that the individual used a USB drive to access the information over an internal connection, with time stamps placing the creation of the copies in the East Coast Time Zone, suggest that  the individual responsible for initially copying what was eventually published by the Guccifer 2.0 persona under the title “NGP-VAN”  was located in the Eastern United States, not Russia.

During the presidential campaign, POLITICO reported what now appears to be a disproven story about Guccifer 2.0 hacking and releasing DNC documents:

The hacker persona Guccifer 2.0 has released a new trove of documents that allegedly reveal more information about the Democratic National Committee’s finances and personal information on Democratic donors, as well as details about the DNC’s network infrastructure.

The cache also includes purported memos on tech initiatives from Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine’s time as governor of Virginia, and some years-old missives on redistricting efforts and DNC donor outreach strategy.

DNC interim chair Donna Brazile immediately tied the leak to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“There’s one person who stands to benefit from these criminal acts, and that’s Donald Trump,” she said in a statement Tuesday night, adding that Trump has “embraced” Russian President Vladimir Putin and “publicly encouraged further Russian espionage to help his campaign.”

POLITICO then suggests Guccifer 2.0 hacked into the DNC:

If authentic, the documents would represent the latest strike from the mysterious hacker persona that has already roiled the 2016 election with leaks of documents stolen from the DNC and the House Democrat’s campaign arm, the DCCC. Earlier document dumps include the internal communications that forced the resignation of former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz this summer and fueled allegations of party bias against Bernie Sanders.

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MSNBC Has No Shame — Uses 9/11 As Excuse To Attack POTUS Trump (VIDEO)

If you thought MSNBC might have one ounce of shame left — you’re wrong. On a day when most Americans are putting politics aside to comfort one another, MSNBC used 9/11 to attack President Trump.

Daily Caller reports:

While boasting the chyron “Nation Pauses To Remember 9/11 Attacks,” MSNBC pivoted to slam Trump for not replacing Gen. John Kelly at the DHS, implying that Trump would not be prepared to handle another terror attack without a replacement.

“John Kelly has been White House chief of staff for more than a month, I think,” Mitchell said. “At this point, we still don’t have a replacement for him at Homeland.”

“How troubling is it that there is no nominee at this very complicated department?” she asked Johnson.

“Well, today it’s a reminder that the job of secretary of Homeland Security is an incredibly important one to the American people,” Johnson replied, “and I hope and expect that Trump will nominate somebody very soon for this very important position.”

“It’s not just counterterrorism and natural disasters…and so it’s a job that needs to be filled,” Johnson said. “You need somebody at the cabinet level to keep their eye on all of this.”

16 Years Ago Today–

Sixteen years ago today the US came under attack by radical Islam.
2,997 people were murdered in a series of coordinated attacks by the Islamic group Al-Qaeda.

President George W. Bush later famously proclaimed: “I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And, the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

George W. Bush: Bullhorn Speech to Emergency Rescue Workers at 9/11 Ground Zero, New York, delivered 14 September 2001.

Here’s a beautiful tribute to the victims of the 9-11 attacks…

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BUSTED: Former Aide Testifies Democrat Sen. Menendez Helped With Shady Visa Applications

In a major blow to Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), former senior policy adviser, Mark Lopes, testified that the lawmaker helped with visa applications for friends of a wealthy donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen.

ABC News reports:

Under direct questioning from the government, former senior policy adviser Mark Lopes testified that Menendez emailed him in 2008 authorizing a letter of support from Menendez to be sent to consular officials regarding the visa applications of two sisters from the Dominican Republic.One of the emails sent around the time had a subject line that read: “Dr. Melgen’s request.” When the applications were denied despite Menendez’s signed letter, Lopes testified, Menendez instructed him to reach out to the U.S. ambassador. The sisters were friends of Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, a longtime friend of Menendez’s. The two men were indicted in 2015 and face multiple fraud and bribery charges. Prosecutors said they orchestrated a scheme in which Melgen gave Menendez gifts and campaign donations in exchange for Menendez’s political influence.

The New Jersey Democrat’s corruption trial kicked off to a rocky start.

POLITICO reports:

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Walls told a lawyer for Sen. Robert Menendez to “shut up for a moment” as the two engaged in a heated argument during the first moments of the New Jersey Democrat’s corruption trial.

Shortly after court proceedings began, defense attorney Raymond Brown criticized Judge William H. Walls for a line in his opinion on Friday that rejected Menendez’s request that the trial be recessed on days where the Senate is taking “critical” votes, so that the senator can be in Washington.

“Quite frankly, your honor, that language is extremely prejudicial to the defense and it comes form the court. I think the court has disparaged the defense,” Menendez attorney Raymond Brown said.

Brown was not completely clear on which passage he was referring to, but it appears to be this part of Walls’ opinion: “The Court suspects that the trial strategy behind this motion, if granted, would be to impress the jurors with the public importance of the defendant Senator and his duties. No other plausible reason comes to mind.”

In a surprising segment by CNN’s standards, the network’s Jake Tapper recently highlighted the Senator’s corruption trial.

 

In 2015, Obama’s Department of Justice charged Senator Robert Menendez with corruption.

CNN reported:

Federal prosecutors indicted Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges on Wednesday for allegedly using his Senate office to push the business interests of a friend and donor in exchange for gifts​, according to the Justice Department.

The case, brought by the Justice Department’s public integrity unit, sets up a high-stakes battle between a New Jersey senator who has fought off investigations for years, and federal prosecutors and the FBI who have spent years pursuing him.

“Robert Menendez, a U.S. senator, and Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, were indicted today in connection with a bribery scheme in which Menendez allegedly accepted gifts from Melgen in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to benefit Melgen’s financial and personal interests,” said Peter Carr, a Justice Department spokesman, in a statement.

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Gen. John Kelly Fires Back at Democrat Who Called Him ‘Disgrace to the Uniform’

In an email to Fox News, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly responded to Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who called the General a “disgrace to the uniform.”

Fox News reports:

In an email to Fox News late Sunday, Kelly responded by saying Congress did “nothing” to help so-called Dreamers when they had the chance.

“As far as the congressman and other irresponsible members of congress are concerned, they have the luxury of saying what they want as they do nothing and have almost no responsibility,” Kelly said. “They can call people liars but it would be inappropriate for me to say the same thing back at them.  As my blessed mother used to say ‘empty barrels make the most noise.’”

He concluded, “The congressman has a right to his opinion.”

Gutierrez was arrested last month, along with 30 other protesters, outside of the White House during a DACA rally.

The Daily Caller reports:

Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois was arrested along with roughly 30 fellow protesters outside the White House during a gathering commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The protesters were arrested for sitting on the sidewalk outside the White House after attending a rally in Lafayette Square across the street, according to The Hill. Gutierrez, a well-known immigration advocate, defended the protest shortly before his arrest.

“The same values that I inculcated in my daughters, that my wife and I raised them, [Dreamers] are an example and exemplify them. Their dreams are just like my kids’ dreams,” Gutiérrez told The Hill shortly before his arrest.

This isn’t the first time Rep Gutierrez has been arrested. As TGP previously reported, Gutierrez was handcuffed at a Chicago ICE ‘Sit-in’ back in March. He said the handcuffs were taken off after law enforcement ‘changed their minds’.

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FLASHBACK: Hollywood Star James Woods Witnessed 9/11 Dry-Run (VIDEO)

On a flight from Boston to Los Angeles, Hollywood star and firebrand conservative James Woods witnessed what the FBI believes was a ‘dry-run’ for the 9/11 attacks. According to Reuters, Woods “tipped off the FBI about his encounter with four suspicious airline passengers a month before last Tuesday’s attacks on America.”

ABC News reported:

On a flight from Boston to Los Angeles about a month ago, Woods observed four men of apparent Middle Eastern origin acting so oddly that he reported them to the flight attendants and authorities on the ground when he landed.

The Oscar-nominated actor told the FBI last week that he was alone in first class with the four men and noticed during the entire cross-country flight that none of them had anything to eat or drink, nor did they read, sleep, or appear to make themselves comfortable. They sat erect in their seats and stared straight ahead, saying nothing to flight attendants and speaking to each other only in inaudible tones.

[…]

The flight now appears to have been a dry run for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, in which hijackers seized and crashed four commercial planes, including one flying the same Boston-to-Los Angeles route. The day after the terrorists crashed the planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in western Pennsylvania, Woods called the FBI to report his eerie experience.

 

Sixteen years ago today the US came under attack by radical Islam.

2,997 people were murdered in a series of coordinated attacks by the Islamic group Al-Qaeda.

The Twin Towers at the World Trade Center were destroyed in the attacks.

Today One World Trade Center stands in its place.

And today America has a populist president who puts Americans first.

On Monday September 11, 2017, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump honored those lost on 9-11 with a moment of silence at the White house.

This was powerful.

God bless this great country and its leader and First Lady.

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FLASHBACK: 9/11 Hero Predicts Twin Towers Attack — Leads 2,700 To Safety Before Perishing

Before Morgan Stanley security chief Rick Rescorla died inside the World Trade Center on 9/11, he long warned the towers were a prime target for terror. Sadly, Rescorla was correct. The security chief saved 2,700 people on 9/11, before perishing in the attack while looking for additional people to save.

Daily Mail UK reported:

A man who was convinced the Twin Towers would be targeted in a terror attack led 2,700 people to safety from the World Trade Center before being killed when he went back in looking for stragglers.

Security chief Rick Rescorla carried out training drills with staff at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter to prepare them for a terror atrocity after realising the vulnerability of buildings to air terror attacks.

But after leading thousands to safety on 9/11 when his fears were realised, the 62-year-old Cornishman was last seen going back up the stairs of the South Tower before it collapsed.

Mr Rescorla survived the 1993 car bomb attack on the World Trade Center, but later became one of very few people who realised how vulnerable the skyscraper could be to a terror atrocity.

He became so convinced that the banking firm, at his insistence, started running drills every three months on how to get thousands of staff from the company’s offices – which covered 40 floors of the South Tower and a site nearby – out as quickly as possible.

Mr Rescorla’s cousin, Jon Daniels, a former pub landlord who still lives in Hayle, Cornwall, where Mr Rescorla was born and grew up, remembers all too well the events of that day, which he said are brought home again with every anniversary.

In another emotional flashback, who could forget then real estate developer Donald Trump speaking out on 9/11?

Donald Trump visited Ground Zero after the attacks.

trump twin towers

New York remembers Donald Trump’s support for the city.

Donald Trump told a reporter:

People were willing to die. And when they’re willing to die and they’re willing to become kamikazes in a sense there’s very little you can do about it. The heat and the power. Actually it’s amazing that the initial jolt didn’t jar the building as people would have thought.

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WATCH: Photographer Explains How CBS Uses Color Adjustments To Make Steve Bannon ‘Look Bad’ On 60 Minutes

Following Steve Bannon’s highly publicized interview with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes Sunday night, professional photographer Peter Duke published a video explainer on CBS may have used color adjustments to make Steve Bannon look bad on television.

“It seems like 60 minutes would like you to listen less and look more at Steve Bannon. By subtly tweaking the color of the video, they make him look like a bleary-eyed drunk. I show you how they did it,” writes Duke on the video’s YouTube page.

Peter Duke has photographed Milo Yiannopoulos, Scott Adams and James O’Keefe.

In the video, Duke explains how CBS color adjusted Bannon’s shots to make his eyes and lips red by increasing the level of saturation. The result are curtains that are a brighter orange behind Bannon than they are in Charlie Rose’s shot. Rose’s shot was made “cooler,” to make the host’s make-up more subtle and nature.

Duke played with interview’s lighting to remove Bannon’s redness and Rose’s “coolness.”

The result is a normal looking Bannon.

As author Ann Coulter pointed out, these types of mainstream media tricks aren’t done one Fox News — hence why conservatives look better on the channel.

Below is a transcript of Duke’s video:

DUKE: I wanted to talk a little bit today about color correct and grading, and how it can be used to make people look better or worse on television. This is a still frame of Steve Bannon from the 60 Minutes interview that’s going to run tonight. And the first things that I noticed was that there were red circles around his eyes and his lips looked cherry red. And I also noticed the curtains in the background looked really orange.

Now I’ve met Steve Bannon and I know what he looks like. He’s Irish and he does kinda have paper skin. But, he doesn’t have pronounced red circles around his eyes. That’s not who he is in real life. So I started comparing the two shots of Charlie Rose and Steve Bannon to see what kind of differences I could find, and it was very interesting. The first thing that you need to take a look at is the coloring saturation. Those drapes in the Breitbart Embassy are actually the same color. Now the light lighting them might be slightly closer or farther away, which accounts for the brightness, but they are the same color. And you can see from these two shots that they are defiantly not the same color.

If you take a look at Charlie Rose’s shirt, it’s about 13 unit of blue from neutral, which means that they’ve graded it into a cooler shot. That does a couple of things. It makes his make-up look less clownish and it also knocks down the contrast a little bit. So, I’m going to do the same thing to Steve. I’m going to make it a little bit bluer and I’m also going to lighten up the shadows a little bit. And Voila, the blood shot eyes are gone.

Now I’m going to do to Charlie what they did to Steve. I’m going to kick up the situation, the red, the orange, and i’m going to increase the contrast. So here are the two shots before and after, before and after. And here’s what the pictures would look like if they were graded similarly. Steve doesn’t have red circles under his eyes, Charlie’s make-up is subtle, can’t really tell he’s got it on, unless you’re looking. And Steve doesn’t look like the monster they want you to think that he is.  

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Steve Bannon Breaks Down Why He’s No Longer In the White House (VIDEO)

In a fascinating interview with 60 Minutes host Charlie Rose, Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon explained why he is no longer Chief White House Strategist. 

***Click here to watch the 60 Minutes segment***

Mediaite reports:

Throughout his interview on 60 Minutes, Bannon defended Donald Trump over a variety of tough questions and controversial matters shrouding the mogul’s presidency. This eventually prompted Rose to ask why Trump would’ve allowed such a stalwart supporter to leave his orbit in the White House.

“To be this strong a defender,” Rose asked, “why aren’t you there?”

Bannon answered that he was not cut out to be a staffer, and he talked about how he couldn’t fight for Trump as he wanted to as a government employee. From there, Rose asked Bannon about his reported conflicts with other Trump advisers, as well as Bannon’s comments about how the White House has never been so divided amongst itself.

Bannon said that the divide was the difference between those telling Trump to remain true to himself as he was during the election, and the advisors suggesting that the president work out compromises with his political opponents. Bannon also insisted that John Kelly never tried to have him removed from the Administration.

Bannon also spoke to Charlie Rose about the Trump administration’s “original sin” – embracing the swampy establishment.

Speaking to Rose, Bannon stated:

“In the forty-eight hours after we won, there’s a fundamental decision that was made . . . you might call it the original sin of the administration . . . We embraced the establishment. I mean, we totally embraced the establishment.”

Bannon went on to state that Senate Majority Mitch McConnell did not want the president to “drain the swamp,” and was actively acting against the interests of the president by repressing and attempting to dismantle the president’s populist agenda.

The former chief strategist commented that Ryan, McConnell, and other GOPe, “do not support the President’s program . . . it’s an open secret on Capitol Hill.”

Watch Bannon discuss the draining of the Swamp below:

https://twitter.com/President1Trump/status/907020191825104897?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thegatewaypundit.com%2F2017%2F09%2Fbannon-60minutes-trump-teams-original-sin-embracing-swamp-establishment%2F

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UPDATED: SWAT End Standoff With Armed Looters at Sporting Goods Store In Orlando

Florida looters are targeting stores in areas impacted by Hurricane Irma. A SWAT operation in Orlando involving armed looters barricaded in a sporting goods is over.

*UPDATE*

“Burglary call at sporting goods store has been peacefully resolved. Two suspects in custody. No officers hurt,” say Orlando Police.

Breaking911 reports:

A SWAT operation was reportedly underway in Orange County Sunday as looters were attempting to steal guns from a sporting goods store.

According to local media, the standoff was ongoing at the ‘Academy Sports’ store as Hurricane Irma moved through the area. The scene is at 3557 Gardens Ridge Way—-near the Mall at Millenia.

One suspect has surrendered and another was barricaded inside and believed to be armed with stolen guns from the store.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

As TGP previously reported a WPLG camera crew caught looters breaking into stores in Fort Lauderdale as Hurricane Irma batters Florida.

WPLG reports:

Despite dangerous winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Irma, several looting incidents have been reported in Fort Lauderdale.

Local 10 cameras caught a group breaking into the Simon’s Sportswear on Sunrise Blvd. and Powerline Road.

The group of about 8-9 people broke through the front window and were seen walking in and then walking out with stolen items.

A group then began looting a Footlocker in the same area. It’s not known whether the groups were the same.

South Florida law enforcement officials promised to police the streets to prevent looting, but with unsafe winds currently pummeling the region, it’s not known if units are currently on patrol.

Another viral video shows looters caught stealing shoes from a Miami Foot Locker. The police arrive towards the end of the looting.

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VIDEO: Looters Caught Ransacking Miami Foot Locker Store During Hurricane Irma

A WPLG camera crew caught looters breaking into stores in Fort Lauderdale as Hurricane Irma batters Florida. 

WPLG reports:

Despite dangerous winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Irma, several looting incidents have been reported in Fort Lauderdale.

Local 10 cameras caught a group breaking into the Simon’s Sportswear on Sunrise Blvd. and Powerline Road.

The group of about 8-9 people broke through the front window and were seen walking in and then walking out with stolen items.

A group then began looting a Footlocker in the same area. It’s not known whether the groups were the same.

South Florida law enforcement officials promised to police the streets to prevent looting, but with unsafe winds currently pummeling the region, it’s not known if units are currently on patrol.

Another viral video shows looters caught stealing shoes from a Miami Foot Locker. The police arrive towards the end of the looting.

Foot Locker looters in Miami

DESPICABLE – 7News cameras caught a group of suspected looters ransacking a Miami Foot Locker store, loading dozens of sneakers into multiple getaway vehicles as police arrived on the scene.

Posted by WSVN-TV on Sunday, September 10, 2017

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