Friday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors: SPYGATE: “President Trump on Thursday night issued a memo giving Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.” (Fox News)

IMPEACHMENTGATE “Wells Fargo and TD Bank have turned over President Trump’s financial records to the House Financial Services Committee … amid a contentious legal battle between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats seeking access to sensitive files.” (Fox News)

GOOD RIDDANCE: “Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. In an emotional statement, she said she had done her best to deliver Brexit and it was a matter of ‘deep regret’ that she had been unable to do so.” (BBC)

ASSANGE INDICTMENTS: “A federal grand jury in Virginia has indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on 18 charges, including conspiracy to obtain national-security secrets and leaking classified information.” (National Review)

FARMER AID: “The Trump administration will provide $16 billion in aid to help keep farmers afloat as they reel from the yearlong trade war between the U.S. and China, the latest sign that the world’s two largest economies are still far from striking a long-term trade agreement.” (NPR)

DISASTER AID: “Republicans, Democrats, and President Trump have reached an accord on disaster relief after eight months of partisan infighting. … The measure will provide money for states and Puerto Rico for hurricanes dating back to 2017 as well as wildfires, tornadoes, and recent Midwest flooding.” (Washington Examiner)

EARMARK BAN RENEWED: “The Senate Republican Conference adopted an amendment Thursday, pushed by Sen. Ben Sasse, to retain the Senate’s ban on spending earmarks.” (The Daily Signal)

MEDIA MANIPULATION: “According to a new Harvard/Harris poll, most Americans wildly underestimate the number of illegal aliens entering the United States each month, and one reason could be the news media’s reluctance to disclose the real statistics.” (NewsBusters)

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFIANCE: “Chinese factories are pumping tons of dangerous chemicals into the air despite an international agreement intended to halt the destruction of the ozone layer, a study released on Wednesday said. Two provinces in China have been cited as a source of a spike in emissions of a globally banned chemical chlorofluorocarbon.” (New York Post)

WEINSTEIN SETTLEMENT: “Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative $44 million settlement with numerous women accusing him of sexual assault and harassment.” (The Hill)

POLICY: Network matching: an attractive solution to surprise billing (Health Affairs)

POLICY: Assessing the Trump team’s Afghanistan peace plan (American Enterprise Institute)

HUMOR: Trump announces more aid for farmers hurt by tariffs passed to raise money for aid used for farmers hurt by previous tariffs (The Babylon Bee)

~The Patriot Post


FBI Lawyer James Baker Lied about ‘Verified Application’ for FISA Warrant against Trump Campaign

by Since Attorney General William Barr announced he intends to dig deeper into the genesis of the Russiagate affair, things are getting frantic in Washington… Desperate to avoid federal prison, the main players in the FBI attempted coup of the presidency can’t seem to find enough air time to defend their innocence or point a finger at each other. Former FBI general counsel James Baker is a good case in point. Baker tried to deflect the blame from himself last Friday when he went on Chuck Todd’s MSNBC show, but ultimately admitted the “verified application” for spying on Donald Trump in 2016 went forward although it was not verified at all. The Daily Caller reported last week that Baker was skeptical and “concerned” about the validity of the accusations made in the Steele dossier. Despite those concerns, Baker along with other FBI officials who reviewed the Carter Page surveillance warrant application did not stop but proceeded with their application for a FISA warrant. British spy Christopher Steele has come under intense scrutiny following special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s report. After two years of inquiry, dirty cop-Mueller’s report demolished the foundation of Steele’s core accusation that a “well-developed conspiracy of co-ordination” existed between Trump and the Kremlin. The first of four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants were granted against Page based primarily on unverified information in the Steele dossier. Baker told Chuck Todd on MSNBC: “It was more information that we viewed, that I viewed, skeptically from the outset, and I was concerned about it and had a jaundiced eye, or looked at it with a jaundiced eye right from the outset.” Baker protested that since Steele had previously been “a source that we thought was reliable” and his information was “alarming” the FBI took it “seriously.” Baker further defended himself saying “we tried to vet it.” Nothing could be further from the truth as Steele has since admitted he didn’t verify the information himself before passing it long to the Bureau. Though Steele first provided his bogus information for the Trump investigation on July 5, 2016, it supposedly didn’t make its way to the FBI team investigating Trump until mid-September 2016. By then Baker and the rest of the FBI team were aware Steele was funded by and working for the Democrat campaign. The bureau counsel also knew that Steele had told a Justice Department official he was “desperate” to see Trump defeated in the 2016 election…


William Barr: More Nationwide Injunctions in Trump Era Than in Entire 20th Century

by Kevin Daley

{ } ~ Attorney General William Barr condemned the rise of nationwide injunctions Tuesday, saying such sweeping orders undermine the rule of law. Nationwide injunctions prohibit the federal government from enforcing a particular law or policy across the entire country… Progressive cause lawyering groups have used such injunctions to stymie a wide array of Trump policy priorities.“Since President Trump took office, federal district courts have issued 37 nationwide injunctions against the executive branch—that’s more than one a month,” Barr said during a Tuesday evening speech to the American Law Institute. “According to the Justice Department’s best estimates, courts issued only 27 nationwide injunctions­ in all of the 20th century,” he added, before bristling at the notion that the disparity is a function of the president’s “lawlessness.” Barr cited the Trump administration’s attempt to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as the starkest example of a nationwide injunction’s harmful effects. After the government took steps to terminate DACA in 2017, three federal trial judges entered injunctions requiring that Trump maintain the program. Appeals of those injunctions have since reached the Supreme Court, though the justices have declined to broach the issue for months. As a result, Barr says the nationwide injunctions have paralyzed political debates around immigration, culminating in the 35-day government shutdown that extended from December 2018 to January 2019. “What have these nationwide injunctions wrought? ‘Dreamers’ remain in limbo, the political process has been pre-empted, and we have had over a year of bitter political division that included a government shutdown of unprecedented length,” Barr said. “Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis at our southern border persists, while legislative efforts remain frozen as both sides await the courts’ word on DACA and other immigration issues.” Aside from the DACA cases, nationwide injunctions are also in effect against the administration’s bid to strip so-called sanctuary cities of federal funds, among other items…


US Attorney John Durham Examining Documents Generated by Inter-Agency “Fusion Cell” Set up by scumbag/commie-John Brennan

by According to DOJ sources, US Attorney John Durham is examining documents generated by an inter-agency “fusion cell”… that former CIA Chief scumbag/commie-John Brennan set up in mid 2016. Attorney General Barr appointed special prosecutor John Durham to investigate the origins of Spygate and it was recently revealed the probe is much broader than previously known. Barr and Durham are working closely with CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray on surveillance issues related to Trump’s 2016 campaign. This suggests a broader inter-agency effort is underway which is why former CIA Director scumbag/commie-John Brennan, whose fingerprints are all over Spygate, is lashing out at Trump and Barr on Twitter and in media appearances. Investigative journalist Paul Sperry reported: According to Main DOJ sources, Durham’s portfolio for looking into the provenance of CH includes examining docs generated by an interagency “fusion cell” scumbag/commie-Brennan set up in mid-2016 on Russian election interference + pre-election briefings Steele gave to UK intelligence. scumbag/commie-John Brennan was the architect of Spygate and he knows he is in trouble. A circular firing squad has formed between scumbag-Comey and scumbag/commie-Brennan as Bill Barr and US Attorney John Durham uncover the truth about Spygate. scumbag/commie-Brennan is blaming scumbag-Comey for pushing the phony dossier and Comey is claiming scumbag/commie-Brennan pushed for the dossier to be used in the IC report. The CI investigations into Trump officials started way before Crossfire Hurricane was launched by FBI counter-intel chief Peter Strzok in late July of 2016 and it’s all coming out. scumbag/liar-nObama’s intel agencies and law enforcement agencies launched a series of illegal CI investigations into Carter Page, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos and General Mike Flynn, then used the bogus dirty cop-Mueller witch hunt to justify and mask the illegal spying operation on Trump and his officials.


Wells Fargo, TD Bank have turned Trump’s financial records over to House

by Vaishnavee Sharma

{ } ~ Wells Fargo and TD Bank have already handed over President Trump’s financial records to the House Financial Services Committee, according to a Wednesday report… Two sources familiar with the House’s investigation into Trump’s finances told NBC News that Wells Fargo handed the committee thousands of documents and TD Bank also provided multiple documents, joining seven other financial institutions that have complied with the committee’s subpoenas. The committee, chaired by Rep. scumbag/mad-Maxine Waters, D-Calif., wants documents on business the banks conducted with suspected Russian and Eastern European money launderers. The committee sent subpoenas to the two banks, along with Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase, in April with a May 6 deadline. Other banks have failed to meet the deadline, but the Royal Bank of Canada is in the process of complying. Wednesday’s news comes the same day a federal judge ruled that Deutsche Bank and Capital One can share Trump’s financial documents with Congress and two days after a federal judge ruled against blocking the committee’s subpoena of Mazars USA, Trump’s accounting firm. Deutsche Bank has lent Trump more than $2 billion over the years, and Trump’s latest financial disclosures indicate he still owes the organization $130 million. Trump, along with three of his children and the Trump Organization, filed a federal lawsuit in Manhattan in April to stop Deutsche Bank and Capital One from complying with the subpoena. They allege the subpoenas are a political ploy intended to “harass” the president. “The potential use of the U.S. financial system for illicit purposes is a very serious concern,” scumbag/mad-Waters said after issuing the subpoenas. “The Financial Services Committee is exploring these matters, including as they may involve the president and his associates, as thoroughly as possible pursuant to its oversight authority, and will follow the facts wherever they may lead us.” Never in American history this has ever happen. Now lets do the same of all the dems running for president in 2020.


Reps. Roy, Jordan, Biggs: Pulosi, Dems just don’t care about our national emergency

by Rep. Chip Roy, Rep. Andy Biggs & Jim Jordan

{ } ~ House Democrats spent two years in the minority last Congress admonishing Republicans for not doing enough to protect and care for migrant children crossing the nation’s southern border… Now in the majority with control over the House floor, Speaker Nancy Pulosi and her conference are poised to let funding for the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program run out. Why? They never cared in the first place. White House OMB Director Russ Vought sent congressional leadership a letter May 1 requesting $4.5 billion in emergency funding, citing an unfolding “humanitarian and security crisis” that is becoming “more dire each day.” While Vought’s request included funding for additional ICE beds, resources to care for migrants, including mothers and children, who are apprehended by law enforcement, the majority was for humanitarian aid, which includes the care and placement of unaccompanied alien children, otherwise known as the UAC program.The volume of UAC seeking to enter the country has increased to unprecedented levels in recent months. From October 2018 to April 2019, the number of unaccompanied alien children nearly doubled. Border Patrol estimates its agents have apprehended 44,835 unaccompanied minor children this fiscal year alone. According to OMB, the number of UAC referred to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has increased over 57 percent compared to this time last year, while the appropriation for the program has not increased. Before so much as reviewing Vought’s request and without regard for the UAC figures, House Democrats went to the media to sully it before the American people. House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey called it an attempt “to double down on cruel and ill-conceived policies,” a bailout for ICE for “overspending on detention beds,” and accused the administration of “locking up people who pose no threat to the community.” After some Democratic preening and over two weeks with no response from House leadership, Vought sent leadership another letter last Friday. Vought warned congressional leadership that the situation at the border has “continued to deteriorate” and that, without action from Congress, HHS will quickly burn through its funds — set to expire at the end of the fiscal year–that involve the “immediate welfare” and “safety for human life.” Vought specifically referenced the $2.88 billion in supplemental funding for the UAC program included in his original request. House Democrats have remained silent. Their silence is either out of ignorance, or it is deliberate. Given the level of media coverage, and the repeated, direct requests from OMB about the need to fund the UAC program, it is clear this is a deliberate choice from our Democratic colleagues…



Trump Impeachment: Put Up or Shut Up

Thomas Gallatin: Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has faced Democrat demands for impeachment. Dems called for Reagan’s impeachment multiple times throughout his two terms. In 1991, George H.W. Bush heard impeachment calls due to the Gulf War, and George W. Bush saw Democrats go so far as to introduce 35 articles of impeach centered on the bipartisan war in Iraq. President Donald Trump has faced nonstop calls for impeachment dating back to even before his inauguration. In other words, calls for impeachment from Democrats are standard political practice, no matter how much they claim otherwise.

Now, it appears the constant Democrat drumbeat for impeachment in order to undermine Trump’s successful agenda, has reached a fever pitch as House Speaker Nancy Pulosi, who has long resisted taking any actual action on impeachment, held a meeting with House Democrats this morning. For political veterans like Pulosi, the goal is to push the negative narrative of Trump supposedly obstructing justice in order to keep a cloud over his presidency, while at the same time avoiding too much political fallout from these clearly partisan allegations. Calling Trump a criminal is a lot easier than proving he is one.

As predicted, following the meeting, Pulosi once again trumpeted the narrative while refusing to initiate impeachment proceedings. “We do believe that it’s important to follow the facts,” she bloviated. “We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States. And we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up. And that was the nature of the meeting.”

Pulosi knows that following through on impeachment proceedings without having any obvious and clear illegal action with which to charge the president is a recipe for disaster. Acting on the real reason behind their obstruction allegations — “Trump is a bad guy because we don’t like him, so therefore he must be impeached” — won’t fly with the vast majority of Americans.

Ironically, California Democrat Jackie Speier unwittingly admitted as much, stating, “Let me be clear: I don’t believe that in the end we will do any more than lay out for the American people the articles of impeachment and then, rather than send it to the Senate where he would be tried, I think the trial will be the 2020 election and the American people can convict him.” It’s all about partisan politics. And it’s a cynical political play Democrats have repeatedly used for decades. 

  ~The Patriot Post  


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