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Conservative Leaders Call on Jim Jordan to Run for House Speaker

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks to supporters gathered at The Champions of Liberty Rally in Hebron, Ky., Friday, Aug 11, 2017. Rep. Jordan was joined at the fundraising event by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)Washington, DC300

WASHINGTON, DC — Over 100 conservative leaders are sending an open letter to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), urging him to run for Speaker of the House.

Conventional wisdom says that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is heavily favored to be the establishment Republican choice to lead the chamber if the GOP holds on in November’s midterm elections. But many conservatives want a choice, and 114 leaders signed a letter asking for Jim Jordan to be the alternative.

“The present House Republican leadership has proven that it’s part of ‘the Swamp.’ Consequently, a vote to promote any member of today’s House GOP leadership is a vote for the Swamp,” the letter begins. “It’s time to Clean House.”

Jordan for Speaker Letter by Breitbart News on Scribd


May 21, 2018
Hon. Jim Jordan
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Jordan:


The present House Republican leadership has proven that it’s part of “the Swamp.” Consequently, a vote to promote any member of today’s House GOP leadership is a vote for the Swamp.  It’s time to Clean House. There must be a real race for Speaker of the House. Now, No backroom deals. A real race, starting this spring, to make every incumbent and candidate commit on the record, as a campaign issue, whether they’ll vote to save the Swamp or drain it.
America needs you to declare yourself as a candidate for Speaker at once. We write to you on behalf of millions of Americans who want Congress to Drain the Swamp.


That’s borne out by an instructive new poll of likely voters – Republicans, Democrats and independents – conducted by John McLaughlin for the Ear to the Ground Listening Project. It shows that the majority agrees that the current congressional leadership has failed to “eliminate the influence of the network of DC-centric professional bureaucrats, media, and insider elites.”  As many as 60% of those polled want to drain the Swamp.
 Only 6% believe Republicans will keep their campaign promises, a key symptom of resistance to the Swamp. So, even if the current GOP leadership had an inspiring agenda, few believe they would work to implement it.
 And that’s entirely understandable since the Republican leaders in Congress have gone along with the rest of the Swamp in sabotaging President Trump’s efforts to staff his administration, shrink government, build a wall, etc.
 The startling poll results found, moreover, that 80% of likely voters from across the political spectrum  believe that “American traditions of freedom and individual rights are being threatened by social movements, public bullying, and increasing political violence.”  Those threats, bullying, and violence are perpetrated by the extreme Left. But they are enabled by the wishy-washy, double-dealing present House leadership that, by not draining the Swamp, keeps the extremists funded and empowered.
As the Ear to the Ground Project’s Anne Sorock observed, “Americans are concerned that their individual rights are threatened with the rise of the often-violent mass movements – and yet they say their representation doesn’t share that concern, and is even contributing to the ‘Swamp’ that is boxing them out of being heard.”
Of those polled, a large number self-identified as Trump voters and 72% of them said it is“important to drain the Swamp.” As you know, they have become a key part of the Republican Party’s base. If the House of Representatives continues to be led – or, more accurately,misled –by the existing GOP leadership going into the elections this fall, their sentiments predictably will cause such voters to stay home.
It is imperative for the sake of the country we love and our God-given freedoms that the American people be offered another choice. They must have an alternative in the People’s House to the leadership and largely identical agendas of Republican and Democratic Swamp creatures.
 It’s time to “clean House.”


 You must take the lead. You have demonstrated over your years on Capitol Hill an unwavering commitment to our constitutional liberties and conservative principles of free market economics, budgetary discipline, traditional values and a strong national defense. You have worked to drain the Swamp, not fill it further. And we all know what the current House Republican leadership really thinks of you and those who share your beliefs. You have established a record of responsible leadership of the kind our times demand.  
We petition you to declare yourself a candidate for Speaker of the House immediately and to begin offering a platform that will inspire and engage millions of Americans. What is needed now — not just in this fall’s congressional elections, but for years to come – is the reliable promise that the people’s interest will govern, not the Swamp and its bureaucratic-industrial complex.
To those who say there is no Speaker’s race at the moment, we say that it’s already underway – in back rooms, behind closed doors, and aimed at preserving the Swamp and making it bigger. The Speaker’s race must be public.  There will be no Republican Speaker in 2019  unless the GOP can appeal to those Americans in its own ranks, among independents and even many Democrats who voted for Donald Trump to drain the Swamp and for the current Republican-led House to help him do that. They will not tolerate the promotion of those now in House leadership who have utterly failed in this regard. And neither will we.
The present House Republican leadership has failed. It is part of the problem. You are the solution. This is your moment. We pray you will seize it, knowing that if you do, we will do everything we can to help you succeed.
Ed Meese, Former Attorney General for President Ronald Reagan
L.Brent Bozell III, Media Research Center
Richard Viguerie, Chairman,

Ron Maxwell, Filmmaker
Jenny Beth Martin, Chairman, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund
Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks
Tim Wildmon, President, American Family Association
Eunie Smith, President, Eagle Forum
Anne Schlafly Cori, Chairman, Eagle Forum
Hon. Ken Cuccinelli, President, Senate Conservatives Fund
David Bozell, President, ForAmerica
Cleta Mitchell, Conservative Attorney, Washington, DC
Frank Gaffney, President, Center for Security Policy
Kelly Shackelford, President, CEO, Chief Counsel, First Liberty
Morton C. Blackwell, Chairman, The Weyrich Lunch

Ralph Benko, Founder, The Prosperity Caucus
William R Collier Jr, Chairman, American Values in Action
Tim LeFever, Chairman, Capitol Resource Institute
Colin A Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring
Tim Macy, Chairman, Gun Owners of America
Adm. James “Ace” Lyons (Ret.)

Art & Bonnie Ally,
Timothy Plan
Paul Liberman, Executive Director, Alliance for Israel Advocacy
Jim Martin, Chairman, 60 Plus Association
Matthew Tyrmand, Principal, Matthew Tyrmand LLC

Rebecca Hagelin, Secretary, Council for National Policy;
Columnist, The Washington Times

Col Francis X. De Luca USMCR(Ret), President Emeritus, Civitas Institute
Sandy Rios, Director of Governmental Affairs, American Family Association
Alejandro A. Chafuen, Chairman, Hispanic American Center for Economic Research
J.Keet Lewis, Lewis Group Intl
Kelly Kullberg, President, America Conservancy
Jim Hansberger, Chairman, Legal Immigrants For America
Amapola Hansberger, President, Legal Immigrants for America
Robert K. Fischer, Meeting Coordinator, Conservatives of Faith
The Hon. Mica Mosbacher, Mosbacher Interests LLC 
Donna Hearne, President, The Constitutional Coalition
Ron Pearson, Executive Director, Conservative Victory Fund 
Nancy Schulze, American Prayer Initiative
David Kullberg, Friends of the Freedom Caucus
Bob Adams, President, Revive America PAC 
Sue Trombino, Founder & President, Women Impacting the Nation
Pamela Geller, President, AFDI, Editor-in-Chief, Geller Report 
Willes K. Lee, President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Roxanne Phillips, Executive Committee Council for National Policy

Ken Cribb, Former Assistant for Domestic Affairs, President Ronald Reagan
Lawson Bader, Former President, CEI 
Andresen Blom, President, Center for Civic Virtue
ginni Thomas, President, Liberty Consulting
George K. Rasley Jr., Managing Editor,
David Kubal, President/CEO Intercessors for America
Robert Spencer, Director, Jihad Watch
LTC Kenneth Benway, US Army Special Forces Retired, Co-Founder Special Operations Speaks & Vets in the Fight 
Deborah Weiss, Esq, Senior Fellow, Center for Security Policy
Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readines
Kay R. Daly, President, Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Benjamin Bull, Executive Director of Advocacy, Washington D.C.
Jack W. Daly, CEO, Reach Right LLC
Susan A. Carleson, Chairman/CEO, American Civil Rights Union
Ralph T Hudgens, Insurance Commissioner, State of Georgia
Suzanne Hudgens, Conservative ActivistChad Connelly, President, Faith Wins
Caroline Lewis, Owner, Percipio Communications
Tim Daughtry, PhD., Author
Rolfe Carawan, Carawan Global
Lila Hinz
Carrie Hawkins, former President California Mortgage Bankers Association
Samuel B. Casey, Managing Director, Liberty T
Clare M. Lopez, VP for Research & Analysis, Center for Security Policy
J.Michael Waller, Director, Georgetown Research
Christopher C. Hull, Ph.D, Executive Vice President, Center for Security Policy
Jack Sarfatti, Theoretical Physicist
Jake Hoffman, Councilman
Stella Morabito, Author
Tricia Cunningham, Pennsylvania Political Field Representative
Philip B. Haney, Founding Member, DHS (CBP-Retired), Venatus Group, Inc
James Simpson, Freelance Investigative Journalist
Martha Boneta, President, VCS
Gary B. Denning
Rev. Ralph A Rebandt, Oakland Hills Community Church
Michigan Association of Police Chiefs
Paavo Ensio, Universal Minerals Group
Jeremy Cerone, CEO, EliteSafe Inc.
Rachel Alexander, Townhall Contributor, and Senior Editor with The Stream
Randall S. Page, Chief of Staff, Bob Jones University
James C. Czirr, Consultant, Spokane, WA
Valerie Foster Hoffman, Pasadena, California
Brenda Baller, Denver, Colorado
Peggy and James Dau, Christian Activists
William L. Creedon, CAPT, USN (Ret), La Canada, California
Dr. Mark Christian, President Global Faith Institute
Maria Strollo Zack, Nations In Action
Donald L. Woodsmall, Charlottesville, Virginia

David Mosier

john & Diane Stover, President, Ohio Value Voters, Inc
William W. Pascoe, III, Managing Partner, Antietam Communications
Lee Beaman, CEO, Beaman Automotive Group
The Honorable Diana Denman,
The Reagan Legacy Forum

Mark Fitzgibbons, President of Corporate Affairs,
American Target Advertising

Arlene M Krings, Kansas Activist
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, PhD,
The Crouse Institute for Family and Culture
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle, Trustee Media Research Center
Joe R. Calvert
Richard O. Rowland, Colonel, USA, Retired. Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
Michael K. & Marcia G. Taylor, McDonough, GA
Gary B. KringsStephen C. Nelson, Retired, Distribution Industry
Gunnery Sgt Jessie Jane Duff, USMC (ret), Senior Fellow, London Center Policy Research
Felix Bronstein, New York
Becky Gerritson, President, Wetumpka TEA Party
Jackie Siciliano, Councilwoman, Borough of Surf City, NJ
Stephanie Coleman, Executive Director, Liberty Action Network



Report: Inspector General Will Declare FBI, DOJ Broke Law in Clinton Email Probe

IG Horowitz Finds FBI, DOJ Broke Law In Clinton Probe, Refers To Prosecutor For Criminal Charges
G Horowitz Finds FBI, DOJ Broke Law In Clinton Probe, Refers To Prosecutor For Criminal Charges

As we reported on Thursday, a long-awaited report by the Department of Justice’s internal watchdog into the Hillary Clinton email investigation has moved into its final phase, as the DOJ notified multiple subjects mentioned in the document that they can privately review it by week’s end, and will have a “few days” to craft any response to criticism contained within the report, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Those invited to review the report were told they would have to sign nondisclosure agreements in order to read it, people familiar with the matter said. They are expected to have a few days to craft a response to any criticism in the report, which will then be incorporated in the final version to be released in coming weeks. –WSJ

Now, journalist Paul Sperry reports that “IG Horowitz has found “reasonable grounds” for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ’s handling of the Clinton investigation/s and has referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution.”

BREAKING: IG Horowitz has found “reasonable grounds” for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ’s handling of the Clinton investigation/s and has referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution

— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) May 17, 2018

Sperry also noted on Twitter that the FBI and DOJ had been targeting former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn before his December 2016 phone call with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, stemming from photos of Flynn at a December 2015 Moscow event with Vladimir Putin (and Jill Stein).

BREAKING: Comey/Yates targeted Gen. Flynn in C.I. investigation a yr BEFORE he communicated w Russian ambassador in Dec 2016 as a transition official–and the trigger was Flynn sitting at same table w Putin at Dec 2015 Moscow event, even tho Green Party’s Jill Stein also at table

— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) May 17, 2018

As the IG prepares to release his next report, Sally Yates is suddenly animated & agitated. She is tweet-storming against Trump, giving speeches bashing Trump, and spinning her role in the investigations in the New York Times. Yates appears worried about something ahead of report

— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) May 17, 2018

Who is Huber?

As we reported in March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed John Huber – Utah’s top federal prosecutor, to be paired with IG Horowitz to investigate the multitude of accusations of FBI misconduct surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The announcement came one day after Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed that he will also be investigating allegations of FBI FISA abuse.

While Huber’s appointment fell short of the second special counsel demanded by Congressional investigators and concerned citizens alike, his appointment and subsequent pairing with Horowitz is notable – as many have pointed out that the Inspector General is significantly limited in his abilities to investigate.   Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) noted in March “the IG’s office does not have authority to compel witness interviews, including from past employees, so its investigation will be limited in scope in comparison to a Special Counsel investigation,”

Sessions’ pairing of Horowitz with Huber keeps the investigation under the DOJ’s roof and out of the hands of an independent investigator.

Who is Horowitz?

In January, we profiled Michael Horowitz based on thorough research assembled by independent investigators. For those who think the upcoming OIG report is just going to be “all part of the show” – take pause; there’s a good chance this is an actual happening, so you may want to read up on the man whose year-long investigation may lead to criminal charges against those involved.

In short – Horowitz went to war with the Obama Administration to restore the OIG’s powers – and didn’t get them back until Trump took office.

Horowitz was appointed head of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in April, 2012 – after the Obama administration hobbled the OIG’s investigative powers in 2011 during the “Fast and Furious” scandal. The changes forced the various Inspectors General for all government agencies to request information while conducting investigations, as opposed to the authority to demand it. This allowed Holder (and other agency heads) to bog down OIG requests in bureaucratic red tape, and in some cases, deny them outright.

What did Horowitz do? As one twitter commentators puts ithe went to war

In March of 2015, Horowitz’s office prepared a report for Congress titled Open and Unimplemented IG Recommendations. It laid the Obama Admin bare before Congress – illustrating among other things how the administration was wasting tens-of-billions of dollars by ignoring the recommendations made by the OIG.

After several attempts by congress to restore the OIG’s investigative powers, Rep. Jason Chaffetz successfully introduced H.R.6450 – the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016 – signed by a defeated lame duck President Obama into law on December 16th, 2016cementing an alliance between Horrowitz and both houses of Congress.

1) Due to the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016, the OIG has access to all of the information that the target agency possesses. This not only includes their internal documentation and data, but also that which the agency externally collected and documented.

TrumpSoldier (@DaveNYviii) January 3, 2018

See here for a complete overview of the OIG’s new and restored powers. And while the public won’t get to see classified details of the OIG report, Mr. Horowitz is also big on public disclosure:

13) Horowitz in 2017 took his organization to a new level via public disclosure. He no longer wants his findings hidden from us by the media. In May he created the twitter account @OversightGov. On October 1st his website went live.

— TrumpSoldier (@DaveNYviii) January 3, 2018

Horowitz’s efforts to roll back Eric Holder’s restrictions on the OIG sealed the working relationship between Congress and the Inspector General’s ofice, and they most certainly appear to be on the same page. Moreover, FBI Director Christopher Wray seems to be on the same page as well. Click here and keep scrolling for that and more insight into what’s going on behind the scenes.


GOP lawmakers want Trump to stop bashing Congress

Senate Republicans want President Trump to stop taking jabs at Congress over its inability to get things done.
Trump loves to tout results and bash lawmakers when they do not move fast enough on his priorities.
A flurry of criticism has some Republicans worried that Trump could dampen enthusiasm among the GOP base, hurting turnout for the midterm elections.

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Kim Jong Un surprises with savvy power plays

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s maneuvers on the international stage over the last few months have shocked some for their savviness.

Kim sent his sister on a charm offensive during the Winter Olympics, cracked jokes when meeting with South Korea’s president and knocked President Trump off-balance this week by throwing a kink into their planned nuclear summit.

“It’s quite remarkable,” said Robert Manning, a senior fellow the Atlantic Council. “He’s been there for, what, five years, and the only person he’s hung out with is Dennis Rodman, and suddenly he’s this great statesman.”

This year has been something of a coming out party for Kim, who took power in 2011 when his father died.

Read more here


Talk of unproven FBI ‘plant’ in Trump campaign circulates among Republicans

A small cadre of House Republicans believe that they have sniffed out the identity of a confidential FBI informant who reportedly met with Trump campaign officials during the election.

The GOP lawmakers have raised alarm bells about the alleged source in service of their argument that the FBI may have inappropriately “spied” on members of the Trump campaign during the election.

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Florida Representatives in U.S House Farm Bill vote

     Karen Jaroch

Here’s a preliminary summary. Farm bill failed, all dems voting against and 30 R’s against. Most FL delegation we’re tracking voted correctly on the Banks amdmt which repeals Obama’s WOTUS rule that defined ditches (such as irrigation ditches on farms and ranches) as navigable waters subject to federal regulation.
Francis Rooney and Ron DeSantis the only ones who were 4 for 4 on our key votes.
remove sugar subs-


add stronger work req-YES end bio subs-


end WOTUS rule-


Final Passage HR2
Bradley Byrne AL-01 no yes no yes yes
Martha Roby AL-02 no yes no yes yes
Mike Rogers AL-03 no no no yes yes
Robert Aderholt AL-04 no yes no yes yes
Mo Brooks AL-05 no no no yes yes
Gary Palmer AL-06 no yes yes yes yes
Matt Gaetz FL-01 no yes no yes no
Neal Dunn FL-02 no no no yes yes
Ted Yoho FL-03 no no no yes yes
John Rutherford FL-04 no no no yes yes
Ron DeSantis FL-06 yes yes yes yes yes
Bill Posey FL-08 no no yes yes yes
Daniel Webster FL-11 no no yes yes yes
Gus Bilirakis FL-12 no no yes yes yes
Dennis Ross FL-15 no no no yes yes
Vern Buchanan FL-16 no no no yes yes
Tom Rooney FL-17 no no no yes yes
Brian Mast FL-18 yes yes no yes yes
Francis Rooney FL-19 yes yes yes yes yes
Mario Diaz-Balart FL-25 no no no yes yes
Illeana Ros- Lehtinen FL-27 no no no yes no

House rejects farm bill as conservatives revolt – RINO RYAN GIVEN A DESERVING DEFEAT!

House rejects farm bill as conservatives revolt

House rejects farm bill as conservatives revolt

A five-year farm bill went down to defeat in the House on Friday in a stunning blow to GOP leaders brought about by conservative unrest over immigration.
In a 198-213 vote, GOP conservatives essentially joined Democrats in rejecting the measure, which would have introduced new requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] that were a priority for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
Ryan and other GOP leaders fought in vain to convince recalcitrant members to back the measure before and during the vote.
Ryan, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) huddled with House Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.) earlier as lawmakers voted on amendments to the bill.
After the failed vote, a frustrated Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) left the chamber warning that now more Republican members would sign a discharge petition intended to force votes on a series of immigration measures, including some likely to be backed by Democrats.
He said GOP leaders had sought to convince members to back the farm bill with this warning.
Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus opposed the farm bill because the GOP did not first allow a vote on a conservative-backed immigration bill crafted by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).
McCarthy has promised the bill would get a vote in June, but that wasn’t enough assurance for the members.
The discharge petition has badly divided Republicans and reminded the GOP of their stark differences on immigration.
The effort represents a revolt against GOP leaders, who generally control what comes to the floor. The petition would set up a “Queen of the Hill” process in which four immigration measures would be voted upon, with the one getting the most votes above 218 being sent to the Senate.
Democrats have been told to back the discharge petition, and GOP leaders have argued it effectively gives power to the minority party.
The votes could lead to House passage of legislation that would shelter “dreamers,” immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. Helping these immigrants is important to Democrats and many of those backing the discharge petition, as an Obama-era program sheltering them from deportation is being unwound by President Trump.

What we need is a strong Senate Majority Leader to push these rediculous backlogs past the Democrats – we don’t have this in Sen McConnell who seems more worried about pleasing Chuck U. Schumer than doing what’s right. RAB III


16 Senate Republicans Urge Colleagues to Work

Through August, Get Nominees Confirmed Faster

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“This is nothing but pure, unadulterated obstructionism,” says Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

Sixteen Republican senators are asking their colleagues to pass a budget and confirm President Donald Trump’s nominees before the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30.   “It is time to drain the swamp, and we can help do that by keeping the pumps running in August,” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said at a press conferenceTuesday aimed in part at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
“It is time to cancel the August recess, keep members here, get the spending bills passed, and get President Trump’s nominees through the Senate and working on behalf of the American people,” Daines said.   Daines signed a letter with 15 other senators asking McConnell for the Senate to work Mondays and Fridays, and nights and weekends, to confirm Trump’s judicial and executive nominees and fund the government before the Sept. 30 deadline.
“Today, 15 months into this presidency, we have 276 nominees backlogged, waiting for confirmation hearings … this is nothing but pure, unadulterated obstructionism,” Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., told reporters.    As of Wednesday, the number of pending nominations has increased to 283.
It is actually nearly 17 months since Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017.   In their letter, the lawmakers say they hope to have the kind of success they saw last year when they campaigned to cancel the August recess and worked to confirm 77 nominations with no floor debate.


DAY OF RECKONING: Obama Officials to
Face SENATE GRILLING over Russia



The Senate Intelligence Committee is gearing up for a highly-anticipated showdown with former Obama officials Wednesday; preparing to grill top aides over allegations of Russian election interference in the 2016 race for the White House.   According to Fox News, the Committee is expected to interview former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA director John Brennan, former NSA Director Michael Rogers, and possibly former FBI director James Comey.
Those close to the panel say Comey “plans to skip” Wednesday’s behind-closed-doors discussions due to a “previously scheduled engagement.”
The Committee, led by Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Mark Warner, hope to “wrap up” their investigation by the end of the summer.   “This gives staff the month of August in all likelihood to wrap up our investigation and for staff to work intensely while we’re out of here and not getting in their hair,” said Sen. Burr.
Comey, though, plans to skip the closed-door session Wednesday due to a “previously scheduled engagement,” his attorney said.  “This gives staff the month of August in all likelihood to wrap up our investigation and for staff to work intensely while we’re out of here and not getting in their hair.”

– Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.

Comey, who was fired last May, has been on a media blitz in recent weeks promoting his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” in which he is highly critical of now-President Trump.  Burr and Warner, who are leading the panel in investigating Russian meddling and coordination with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election, hope to wrap up their probe by the end of summer.
“This gives staff the month of August in all likelihood to wrap up our investigation and for staff to work intensely while we’re out of here and not getting in their hair,” Burr told reporters last week, referring to Senate members being on summer recess.   The U.S. intelligence community assessment titled “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections,” was released just two weeks before Trump’s inauguration in January 2017—the heat of the transition between the administration of former President Barack Obama and the new Trump administration.
Source – Fox News

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New Clinton Emails Reveal Classified Docs,
Clinton Foundation Connections



By Gary Maher –

Judicial Watch today released 281 pages of newly uncovered emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the U.S. Department of State sent and received over her unsecure, non-“” email system. The emails, dated 2010 through 2013, contain classified information and detail collusion between the Clinton State Department and the Clinton Foundation.
Ten emails contain classified information redacted “in the interest of national defense or foreign policy,” including confidential sources, and concern Israel and the Middle East. Most of the emails include exchanges with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The emails show Hillary Clinton conducted classified and sensitive negotiations about the Israel-Arab conflict on her unsecure, non-governmental server.
  • A document labeled “plan” was completely redacted as classified.
  • A November 2012 email chain discusses the “Mid East” and includes then-Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan, Blair as “aclb” and Clinton.
  • Another November 2012 email chain discusses the “Mid East” and includes Sullivan, Clinton’s office manager Claire Coleman, Blair and Clinton.
  • A November 2012 email chain fully redacted is titled “Mid East Peace” and includes Blair, Clinton, Obama’s Special Envoy to the Middle East David Hale as “,” Sullivan and Blair’s Chief of Staff and former Downing Street aide Catherine Rimmer.
  • In an April 2011 email exchange between Blair, Clinton and Sullivan concerning “Israel,” Blair says he “had another long session with BB [Netanyahu].”
  • A May 2011 exchange concerns “Israel” and includes Blair, Clinton and Sullivan.
  • A May 2011 email concerns “Palestinians” and includes Blair, Clinton and Sullivan. Blair says, “I’ve also sent you a paper.”
  • A June 2011 email regarding “Israel” includes Blair, Sullivan and Clinton. Blair says, “Saw Israeli PM. Put the concept of a Q statement. He was receptive. Palestinians interested too. I know there are discussions also you guys are having. And the French initiative….”
  • In a July 2011 email – with several national security redactions – written by Blair to Clinton and Sullivan, Blair says, “I saw BB….. Molcho [chief negotiator in the Israeli negotiating team with the Palestinians] will speak to David Hale. I can see Cameron and Sarkozy with David…. I saw Egyptians….”
  • A September 2010 email exchange is titled “Info for you,” and includes Sullivan, Blair and Clinton. Blair writes that he just spent three hours with Netanyahu, and Sullivan, using his Sprint BlackBerry, he writes “We have pitched this to [redacted].”
These new classified and other emails appear to be among those that Clinton had attempted to delete or had otherwise failed to disclose. The documents are part of the November 2017 accelerated schedule of production ordered by U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg. The State Department must now complete processing the remaining documents by September 28, 2018. There were 72,000 pages recovered by the FBI in its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s illicit email server. The State Department’s original production rate would have put the completion date into 2020.



Breaking News on Spending Rescission

Karen Jaroch  11:58 AM (9 minutes ago)


Many of you will remember Russ Vought, our former Vice President at Heritage Action. I am proud of him as you are also since he joined the administration as Deputy Director at the Office of Management and Budget. Russ is the driving force behind the Rescission package that was unveiled this morning. I wanted to share with you our press release on the subject which contains a link to Russ’ Wall Street Journal op-ed published today. Please take the time to call your Congressman today and let them know you support the White House Rescission Package and urge them to vote for it when it comes to the floor in the coming days.



May 8, 2018

Washington—This morning, the Trump administration formally requested Congress rescind more than $15 billion in previously appropriated funding. The authority for such a request comes from the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (ICA). Heritage Action released the following statement from Chief Operating Officer Tim Chapman:  

The Trump administration deserves credit for its historic $15 billion rescissions request. Heritage Action looks forward to working with the administration and leaders in the House and Senate to rescind unspent money that is just sitting around. For too long, Americans have watched as the Washington Establishment spends our nation further and further into debt. Today’s rescission request will not change that overnight, but it will signal a desperately needed shift in mentality and begin to build the legislative muscle memory for future action.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Russ Vought, who is deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, makes clear “The Trump administration and Congress must be responsible with each taxpayer dollar that comes to Washington.” Vought concludes:

Over the past decade, it’s become increasingly apparent that Washington has no appetite for fiscal restraint. Unless the federal government as a whole commits to cutting spending and letting the economy grow, bloated deficits and outrageous levels of debt will haunt future generations. President Trump stands ready to put our fiscal house back in order and put the American taxpayer first. Does the rest of Washington? 

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told reporters, “I think what you do is you start with incremental steps and hopefully what we’re able to do is show that we can start here. This is I believe the first of many rescission 

Upheaval at Pruitt’s EPA as departures mount


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears to be in a state of massive upheaval following the departure of several aides and new allegations against the agency’s embattled administrator, Scott Pruitt.  Four officials at the agency have stepped down in the past week, an exodus that has deprived Pruitt of some of his closest aides.
Meanwhile, several new controversies have exploded around Pruitt regarding his travel and his ties to lobbyists.
People with knowledge of the departures at EPA likened them to getting out of Dodge, either due to impending investigations or simply a desire to escape a tumultuous work environment. One source described the offices at EPA as “eerily quiet” this week.   The first resignation came Tuesday, when Albert Kelly, a close friend of Pruitt’s who was hired to lead the EPA’s Superfund program, announced his departure.
The week before Kelly’s resignation, two Democratic House members had asked EPA’s inspector general to investigate Kelly’s qualifications and “unexplained red flags.” Once someone leaves government employment, the inspector general’s office cannot compel someone to comply with an investigation.   Lawmakers became interested in Kelly after it emerged in December that he had been banned for life from working in the banking sector. Reports also asserted that Kelly had helped get Pruitt financing for a mortgage and to buy a minor league baseball team.



GOP faces internal battle over changing Senate rules – GO TO NUCLEAR OPTION!


Senate Republicans are battling over whether to use the so-called nuclear option to speed up consideration of President Trump’s nominees.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is under pressure from conservative colleagues and outside groups to change the Senate’s rules to ensure a quicker pace on Trump’s court picks.
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) all want to change the rules to a simple majority vote — a tactic known as the “nuclear option” because it is so controversial.  But moderates such as Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) aren’t comfortable with using the maneuver because it will further inflame partisan passions in the chamber.   “If we’re going to change the rules, I want to be able to change the rules in the right way,” she told The Hill, expressing her preference for a bipartisan vote.   She said muscling through the changes over Democratic objections will just lead Democrats to do the same thing when they have the Senate majority.
“When we try to muscle things through, then you get in the position when the shoe’s on the other foot, when the other side’s in charge, we try to change it again, try to muscle it through on that side,” she said.    Murkowski is one of at least two Senate Republicans opposed to going nuclear.   Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told The Hill last year that she did not support the rules change and has voiced opposition to it within the GOP conference.
Other Republicans, however, are losing patience.
“We continue to witness historic obstruction by Senate Democrats when it comes to funding the government and confirming nominations,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.).  Perdue noted on Friday that there are only 71 working days left in the fiscal year — and only 43 excluding Mondays and Fridays, when the Senate rarely works full days.  Perdue said the Senate should start working “around the clock” to catch up on passing spending bills and “break through the backlog of confirmations.”
“We need to speed up the process,” he said.
The rules are normally changed by a two-thirds vote of the entire chamber or by issuing a standing order, with 60 votes. Either way, rules and precedent changes traditionally require bipartisanship.   The nuclear option requires a simple majority vote, but with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at home in Arizona battling cancer, Republicans have a razor-thin majority of 50-49.
They cannot afford a single defection on an attempt to change the rules unilaterally.  Outside conservative groups are gearing up for a battle over Trump’s nominees.
The Judicial Crisis Network on Thursday launched a million-dollar television and digital advertising campaign targeting Senate Democrats for slow-walking Trump’s judicial nominees.  Carrie Severino, the group’s chief counsel and policy director, said if Democrats refuse to vote to limit debate time for nominees, “then the level of obstruction has become such that they would need to change the rules with 51 votes.”


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White House Lawyer Ty Cobb Announces Retirement

Ty Cobb, the lawyer who has lead President Donald Trump’s counteroffensive against Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, is retiring, the White House announced Wednesday.
The White House had known for some time that Cobb was planning on retiring. “For several weeks Ty Cobb has been discussing his retirement and last week he let chief of staff (John) Kelly know he would retire at the end of this month,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
“It has been an honor to serve the country in this capacity at the White House,” Cobb told the New York Times. “I wish everybody well moving forward.”
Trump hired Cobb in July 2017 amid rumors that his private lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, couldn’t take on the Russia probe alone. Notably, Cobb’s retirement announcement comes just days after the House Intelligence Committee revealed they found no evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russian government in the 2016 election.
The New York Times first reported that Trump plans to hire Emmet T. Flood to replace Cobb. Flood, who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment, is expected to take a more “adversarial approach” to the Russia investigation than Cobb did.
Flood has extensive experience working with the White House. He was the lead lawyer in the White House Counsel’s Office during George W. Bush’s second term in dealing with congressional investigations. Additionally, he represented Vice President Dick Cheney in private practice.

Trump answers Netanyahu bombshell on Iran: ‘Not an acceptable situation’

Trump reacts after Israeli PM Netanyahu shows
damning evidence Iran is cheating on nuke deal



Trump reacts after Israeli PM Netanyahu shows damning evidence Iran is cheating on nuke deal

President Trump called the Iran nuclear deal a “horrible agreement for the United States” in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bombshell allegations about Tehran’s covert activity – but stopped short of saying whether he’d abandon the deal ahead of a looming deadline.
The president addressed the claims during a Rose Garden press conference Monday afternoon, moments after Netanyahu held a dramatic presentation revealing intelligence he says shows Iran is lying about its nuclear weapons program.
“That is just not an acceptable situation,” Trump said.
Trump said Netanyahu’s claims show Iran is “not sitting back idly.”
“They’re setting off missiles which they say are for television purposes,” Trump said. He added: “I don’t think so.”  Trump has repeatedly expressed a desire to exit the Iran deal, which was signed during the Obama administration. A crucial deadline for re-certifying the deal is on the horizon.
Netanyahu clearly intended for Trump to see his presentation, as he noted that Trump would soon make a key decision on the Iran deal.  “I’m sure he’ll do the right thing,” Netanyahu said.  On Monday, Trump suggested he could seek to negotiate a new agreement, something he discussed during French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Washington last week.
“So we’ll see what happens,” Trump said, when asked about the announcement. “I’m not telling you what I’m doing. [A lot] of people think they know. And on or before the 12th, we’ll make a decision.”   The president made the comments during a joint press conference with visiting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
Trump said that overall, “what we’ve learned has really shown that I have been 100 percent right.”





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