Inspector General Horowitz Completes Investigation – Notifies Congress of Classification Review

by sundance

{ } ~ The DOJ Office of Inspector General Michael Horowitz has notified congress that his investigation is complete. In a letter to congressional committee members with oversight authority… IG Horowitz states the draft report on his FISA abuse investigation is currently undergoing an internal classification review: The completion of the draft report indicates: (1) the investigation has concluded; (2) the IG referencer checks are now complete; and (3) the draft is submitted to the DOJ (AG Bill Barr) and FBI (Christopher Wray) for a review. Depending on the size, scale and content of the report a classification review could take several weeks.  This is where President Trump previously granting AG Bill Barr authority to make declassification decisions will come into play. Ultimately the decision on what can be released is now in the hands of U.S. Attorney General William Barr. AG Bill Barr’s May 23rd, 2019, declassification authority covers investigative material from the DOJ, FBI, Central Intelligence Agency, State Department, Treasury Department, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). How much AG Bill Barr will declassify is an unknown; and this part will most likely be the source of a great deal of debate and political positioning. After the classification review, and possible declassification determinations by AG Bill Barr, the draft report will be returned to the Office of Inspector General for a Final Draft assembly.  Any information remaining classified will be placed into a separate “Classified Appendix” that will not be public. The Final Draft could, likely will, be shared with key stakeholders who are outlined within the report during the Principal Review Phase generally two/three weeks. Here the IG may accept feedback on the investigative findings. If the IG accepts feedback for placement in the report; the referencer will generally provide additional material specific to the allowed response from the principals, with further comment from the IG…  

How Many Democrats Think Gun-Owning Americans Are Terrorists?


{ } ~ Are American gun owners potential domestic terrorists? The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution declaring the National Rifle Association “a domestic terrorist organization.”… They blame the “epidemic of gun violence” in part on the NRA, which they accuse of using “its considerable wealth and organization strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence.”  There is no proof that the NRA ever incited anyone to acts of gun violence, and the organization has a long track record of promoting gun safety. But San Francisco can’t really be bothered with facts. If the board of supervisors looked at crime statistics, they might have to admit that most gun violence in this country takes place in cities like San Francisco that already have strict gun control laws. Abusing the word “terrorist” is par for the course in San Francisco. Remember, this is the definitionally challenged city that calls convicted felons “justice-involved persons.” Funny how the board of supervisors wasn’t as concerned about terrorism when it voted in 2003 to encourage city employees not to cooperate with federal enforcement of the Patriot Act. San Francisco’s anti-NRA resolution comes as part of a series of recent moves by liberals and progressives to marginalize law-abiding citizens who support the right to bear arms. Another troubling trend is increasing chatter about “red flag” laws that would empower the government to disarm those considered at risk of committing violent acts. The proposals are an outrageous abuse of due process rights. Protective orders which are sometimes abused exist to take action when someone is clearly unhinged and a threat is imminent. Is the real objective of the “red flag” proposals to establish lists of people who might one day constitute a threat based on a hypothetical mental or emotional state? What criteria would be used to assess red-flagging? Who would establish them? Who gets to define who is too “troubled” to own a weapon? Some liberals might argue that anyone who voted for Donald Trump is mentally ill. Or maybe those seized with Trump Derangement Syndrome need to be kept away from guns? It seems obvious that this process would be dominated by anti-gunners who would create an ever-expanding list of phony reasons why weapons should be confiscated from more and more law-abiding Americans. For example, in 2009, the scumbag/liar-nObama administration issued a report speculating that veterans returning from overseas war zones “could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.” …    

Pension funds in Iran on brink of collapse amid US ‘maximum pressure’ campaign

By Nick Kalman and Rich Edson  

{ } ~ Crippling sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran since President Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal last year have left pension funds throughout the country on the brink of collapse… according to documents reviewed by National Security Council officials and obtained by Fox News. U.S. officials are pointing to this as evidence of just how punishing the ongoing “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has been. “They have fewer resources. We can see it with the Shia militias in Iraq. They’re scrambling for resources. We think the Iranian government will shrink, that their GDP will shrink by as much as 12 or 14 percent this year,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on “Fox News Sunday,” speaking to the economic impact. “This will reduce their capacity to purchase the things they need, the equipment they need, the materials they need, to inflict terror around the world.” The impact has been so severe that of the 18 existing retirement funds in Iran, 17 are in the red, according to these documents. That includes the pension funds for all of Iran’s armed forces. As much as 80 percent of Iran’s retirement funds rely on government subsidies, which the documents refer to as unsustainable for not just pensions but for food products, drugs and fuel. There are also signs of a growing crisis in Iran’s real estate market. The documents refer to the interconnected challenges as a “house of cards.”…  


loose lips liar-Biden Said He Didn’t ‘Lock People Up In Cages’ During The Debate The Record Says Otherwise

by Jason Hopkins

{ } ~ Former Vice President loose lips liar-Joe Biden said during the Democratic debate on Thursday that he didn’t “lock people up in cages” under his administration, a blatantly incorrect statement… loose lips liar-Biden was the first candidate to be questioned about the topic of immigration during the Democratic debate in Houston, Texas on Thursday night. Debate moderator Jorge Ramos began the discussion by calling out the former vice president, bringing up the fact that, as a presidential candidate in 2008, loose lips liar-Biden supported wall construction on the southern border. Ramos also brought up the fact that, under the scumbag/liar-nObama administration, three million foreign nationals were deported under loose lips liar-Biden’s watch. “Did you do anything to prevent those deportations? You’ve been asked this question before and refused to answer. So let me try once again. Are you prepared to say tonight that you and President scumbag/liar-nObama made a mistake about deportations?  Why should Latinos trust you?” Ramos asked. loose lips liar-Biden began by calling the comparison between former President Barack scumbag/liar-nObama and President Donald Trump “outrages.” However, loose lips liar-Biden then made the bold claim that no people were placed in cages during his White House tenure. It may be more fair to assume that loose lips liar-Biden meant to say “kids” rather than “people.” Numerous Democrats, for example, have balked at the immigration enforcement against family units, which has in the past resulted in the temporary caging and separation of immigrant children. However, loose lips liar-Biden’s statement is still false even if it was assumed he was referring to children. Immigrant children were placed in cages during the scumbag/liar-nObama administration. In fact, pictures of caged kids from the scumbag/liar-nObama-era have continually resurfaced on the news as both Democrats  and media outlets have erroneously tied the photos to the Trump administration…   

Elizabeth dinky-Warren is Endorsing Primary Challengers to Democrat Incumbents

by ~ It’s not hard to see that the Democratic Party is deeply fractured. Even so, Sen. Elizabeth dinky-Warren’s decision to endorse two far-left primary challengers to Democratic representatives in Congress… is sure to cause further damage to what’s left of the party’s unity. The two candidates in question are progressive activists hoping to unseat fairly moderate Democrats in Illinois and Texas. Marie Newman, a marketing consultant in Chicago hopes to unseat Rep. Dan Lipinski. Jessica Cisneros, an immigration attorney in Texas, is running to unseat Rep. Henry Cuellar. Both upstarts have the support of Justice Democrats, the same organization that helped Rep. commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez get elected. It makes sense for dinky-Warren to lend her political muscle to these candidates. Both women are far-left progressives, and their platform includes Medicare for All, full support for the “right” to murder an unborn child, gun control, and support for the Green New Deal. Incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski, on the other hand, is one of the few pro-life Democrats left in the House of Representatives. Fellow incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar has a low rating from pro-abortion advocates, and has opposed gun control efforts. Nonetheless, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already made it clear that it will not support insurgents who attempt to snatch seats from incumbent Democrats. In fact, the DCCC has already committed itself to supporting Rep. Lipinski. It is likely that Rep. Cuellar can also count on support…    

Rep. Chris Collins pleads not guilty to revised indictment, trial still set for February 2020

by ~ Rep. Chris Collins pleaded not guilty to a revised indictment on Thursday in New York, where he, his son Cameron Collins and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron Collins’ onetime fiancee… were initially indicted in August 2018 on insider trading charges and lying to the FBI. Prosecutors have dropped three of the original eight securities fraud charges against Collins and two against his son and Zarsky in order to speed up the pretrial process in time for the trial slated for Feb. 3, 2020. All three co-defendants pleaded not guilty on Thursday to their respective superseding indictments.The defense team for Collins, a longtime Republican from New York’s 27th District, could delay that trial date for the congressman through a potentially lengthy pretrial appeals process. U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick stressed Thursday that he does not want that: 2020 is an election year and Broderick is scheduled to preside over another trial beginning in April that could last for months. “I don’t intend to move the trial date. The trial date is going to be what it is,” Broderick said, Adam Klasfeld of Courthouse News reported. He added later: “Once a jury is in the box, they’re in the box.” On Wednesday,  Broderick ruled against Collins’ motion to compel prosecutors to turn over evidence to his defense team to review whether the prosecutors violated the Constitution’s Speech or Debate clause by seizing materials from his congressional staff. The Speech or Debate clause protects members of Congress for being arrested and prosecuted based on their political views or legislative actions…   

.Progressives’ Worship Nature at Altar of Climate Church

Louis DeBroux:  The only time progressive Democrats take a break from mocking, vilifying, and persecuting Christians is when they attempt to use the Bible to justify some element of their radical leftist agenda. In truth, though progressives claim to shun religion as the opiate of the masses (to quote their idol, Karl Marx), as a collective they actually practice a much more primitive form of religion than Christianity — a paganistic neo-Gaiaism in which they worship the Earth itself, rather than its Creator.

The earth is their goddess and their prophets are drawn from the political class. Remember Barack scumbag/liar-nObama claiming his nomination to the presidency would itself mark the day when the oceans would begin to recede and the earth would begin to heal? Please [ignore the hypocrisy of climate prophets like scumbag-Al Gore and scumbag/liar-nObama living in massive mansions and traveling by private jet.Recently, Democrat presidential candidate and self-proclaimed devout homosexual Christian Pete Buttigieg attempted to use scripture to justify Democrats’ radical global-warming agenda, declaring, “To me, environmental stewardship isn’t just about taking care of the planet; it’s taking care of our neighbor. … And the biggest problem with climate change isn’t just that it’s going to hurt the planet … it’s that we are hurting people.”He continued, “The way I see it, I don’t imagine God’s going to let us off the hook for abusing future generations, anymore than you would be off the hook for harming someone right next to you. With climate change, we’re doing both.”God will punish us for “abusing future generations”?Really? If God is going to punish us for driving gas-powered cars, cooling our homes with air conditioning, and drinking from plastic straws, we shudder to think how His wrath will be kindled when we are punished for the 60,000,000 (and counting) preborn children we’ve slaughtered in abortion clinics since 1973.But Buttigieg says that abortion until birth is morally acceptable because “there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath.”Really? What parts might that be? Certainly not the Book of Jeremiah, where the Lord declares, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee.”And it is hard to fathom God approving the death and dismemberment of an in utero John the Baptist, who “leaped” in the womb of Elizabeth, cousin to the Virgin Mary, when the preborn prophet heard the voice of the mother of the Son of God.Democrats have long invoked Christ’s admonition to care for the poor as justification for their massive income-redistribution programs. Yet Christ’s exhortation that His disciples be charitable is an individual commandment, not a call for government programs.Indeed, by definition, charity must be a voluntary individual act, done with cheerfulness. When the rich young ruler approached Christ, asking what he must do to have eternal life, Christ initially told him to keep the commandments. When the young man declared he had done so since his youth, Christ exhorted him to “go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor … and come and follow me.” The young man, unwilling to give up his wealth, “went away sorrowful.”What didn’t happen next? Christ didn’t direct His disciples — or the Roman soldiers with legal authority — to accost the young man and take his wealth by force, and redistribute it to the poor and needy.Democrats cheered heartily when the progressive Pope Francis claimed a religious imperative for open borders, but cast him aside when he condemned abortion.This is why attempts by the “progressive” Left to co-opt the Bible to advance their political agenda fall flat. They not only don’t truly believe what it says, they are actively hostile to its teachings. They use it simply as a political tool against religious conservatives.The Bible teaches us that man is God’s greatest creation, formed in His image. The Left believes we are an accident of evolution; the latest in a series of mutating species who once crawled out of the primordial slime. The Bible teaches us that man was given dominion over the earth, including the animals. The Left teaches human subjugation to nature.The Bible commands us to “go forth, and multiply, and replenish the Earth.” The Left calls for the self-annihilation of mankind so that the other species may thrive.Mankind is God’s greatest creation. God gave us self-awareness, reason, and emotion. He gave us an incredible intellect that has, in just a thousand years (a blink of an eye compared to the age of the earth), taken us from living in caves and huts, with lifespans of just a few decades, to a world where more information than is contained in all the earth’s libraries fits in the palm of our hands; where we travel around the world in less than a day, and have lifespans now approaching a century.If climate change is truly a problem, we’ll solve it the same way we solved hunger, disease, and exposure to nature’s fury — by harnessing the collective power of the God-created human mind.The Bible is given to man for his salvation, a guide to eternal life in the kingdom of God. Those who seek to twist it for political gains should heed the words of Simon Peter, who declared, “They that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”  ~The Patriot Post  


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