February 6, 2020
(updated October 16, 2020)
Published by Lee Floyd
The U.S. Treasury Department has started turning over confidential banking records related to Hunter Biden in response to requests from Senate investigative committees.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson asked the treasury in November for “suspicious activity reports,” banking alerts involving money laundering or fraud, related to Biden and his associates.
A spokeswoman for Sen. Ron Wyden, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, toldYahoo News that the department has already started turning over records. The Wyden spokeswoman criticized the Treasury Department for “rapidly complying” with the requests, calling the Republican-led Senate investigation of Biden a “sideshow.”
“Applying a blatant double standard, Trump administration agencies like the Treasury Department are rapidly complying with Senate Republican requests — no subpoenas necessary — and producing ‘evidence’ of questionable origin,” said Wyden spokeswoman Ashley Schapitl.
A spokesman for Grassley said he could not elaborate on what the records contained at this time but criticized Democrats for “recklessly” seeking to interfere with the investigation.
“As a matter of routine, we don’t discuss sensitive third-party material during ongoing investigations. It’s unfortunate that Democrats whom we’ve kept in the loop on our investigations would recklessly seek to interfere with legitimate government oversight,” Grassley’s spokesman Taylor Foy told the Washington Examiner.
Grassley’s and Johnson’s committees have been investigating whether the Obama administration took official action to help the business interests of Biden while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president. The Republican senators asked the treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network for suspicious activity reports involving Hunter Biden, his business partner Devon Archer, their firm Rosemont Seneca Partners, the Ukrainian oil company Burisma Holdings, and other related companies and individuals. In the letter, they asked the department to turn over the records by Dec. 5, 2019.
Banks and financial institutions are required to file “suspicious activity reports” when they notice unusual transactions that could indicate illegal activities such as money laundering, terror financing, or fraud.
A spokesperson for Johnson did not respond to request for comment. On Wednesday, Grassley and Johnson also requested Hunter Biden’s official travel records from the U.S. Secret Service.
The report was released in September 2020 and claims Hunter Biden paid women linked to ‘prostitution or human trafficking ring’. The report described several scenarios: “Records on file with the Committees do not directly confirm or refute these individual reports. However, they do confirm that Hunter Biden sent thousands of dollars to individuals who have either: 1) been involved in transactions consistent with possible human trafficking; 2) an association with the adult entertainment industry; or 3) potential association with prostitution. Some recipients of those funds are Ukrainian and Russian citizens.”1
February 5, 2020
(updated May 28, 2020)
Published by Lee Floyd
The Senate voted to acquit President Donald John Trump on the first of two articles of impeachment. The vote was 52-48 for acquittal on the first article, for “abuse of power,” with only Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), crossing party lines. Romney made history by becoming the first US Senator to vote to convict a president of his own party.
The vote was 53-47 for acquittal on the second article, for “obstruction of Congress,” with Romney voting “not guilty.”
The Chief Justice presided over the final vote, and after the clerk read each article of impeachment, each Senator stood in his or her place and responded “guilty” or “not guilty.”
With the “not guilty” vote of Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), the president was acquitted of the first article, as he passed the 34-vote threshold necessary to defeat a two-thirds vote of those president, as required by the Constitution for conviction and removal.
Sen. Moran cast the decisive vote to acquit on the second article of impeachment as well.
President Trump, commanding a triumphant scene at the White House complete with the playing of “Hail to the Chief,” railed against what he called an “evil” impeachment process on the following morning, hours after his historic acquittal in the Senate.
And on a day when he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were trading shots in deeply personal terms, Trump turned fire on those who prosecuted the case and other investigations against him. He called Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff “horrible” and “vicious” people.
“It was evil. It was corrupt. It was dirty cops. It was leakers and liars. This should never, ever happen to another president, ever,” Trump said. “It was a disgrace.”
He detailed the timeline of investigations, remarking of the Russia probe: “It was all bulls—.”
And as he did earlier Thursday at a prayer breakfast, Trump brandished a copy of the day’s Washington Post with a blaring headline: “Trump acquitted.”
“We can take that home, honey. Maybe we’ll frame it,” he joked to first lady Melania Trump, saying that it was the “best” headline he’s ever received from the outlet.
In the final vote, all Democratic senators supported convicting the president of both articles, including swing-vote moderate Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Doug Jones, D-Ala.
The only party defection was on the abuse of power charge from Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who declared hours before the final vote that Trump had engaged in as “destructive an attack on the oath of office and our Constitution as I can imagine.” Romney, though, voted not guilty on the obstruction charge.
Trump, in his impeachment trial, was accused of withholding aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure the country to launch an investigation involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his family’s dealings there. Democrats alleged he abused his power to investigate a political rival, considering Biden’s 2020 presidential bid. Trump denied any quid pro quo and repeatedly described his conversations with Ukraine’s president as “perfect.”
“Now we have that gorgeous word, I never thought I’d hear it,” Trump said Thursday. “It’s called total acquittal.”
After a while, Thursday’s more than hour-long address shifted into a rhetorical high-fiving and back-slapping phase as Trump went around the room and began thanking Republican lawmakers.
Trump lauded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for his handling of the entire process.
“You did a fantastic job,” Trump said, joking about his reputation as a quiet and shrewd political operator. “He’s the greatest poker player, right?”
And he told House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy he’ll someday be speaker of the House.
The president went on to thank a number of House lawmakers, including Reps. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., Doug Collins, R-Ga., John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, and Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.
During another moment, the president joked with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, touting his “incredible” voice, saying he has one “that scares people.”
And in a bizarre moment, he even called out Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, an adviser to his impeachment legal team, on his physique.
“When I first got to know Jim Jordan, I thought, huh, he never wears a jacket,” Trump said, touting Jordan’s college wrestling career. “What the hell’s going on. He’s very proud of his body.”
Trump then shifted to thank House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who he said has become even more “handsome” since he was shot at a congressional baseball practice in 2017.
“Steve Scalise, I think you’re better looking now,” Trump said. “You weren’t that good looking, he looks better now. I don’t know what the hell that is!”
The president’s address Thursday comes after he literally waved his acquittal in Pelosi’s face. The president, at the National Prayer Breakfast just hours before his address, held up newspapers with “Acquitted” headlines mere feet from Pelosi.
The two have been sparring all week—notably Tuesday at his third State of the Union. Following his address, the speaker tore up the pages of his speech in full view of the cameras, shocking lawmakers.
“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong, nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when you know that is not so,” Trump said at the prayer breakfast. Pelosi had publicly said during the impeachment process that she and fellow Democrats were “prayerful” and that she prays for the president.
Following the breakfast Thursday, Pelosi fired back at Trump for his comments and his proud display of his acquittal.
“You’re impeached forever, you are never getting rid of that scar,” Pelosi declared at a press conference Thursday, even amid Trump’s victory lap.
“He shredded the truth with his speech, he’s shredding the Constitution with his conduct and I shredded his state of mind address,” she said.
But during Thursday’s speech, Trump said people like Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., “want to destroy our country.”
He went on to thank his family and apologized to them.
“I want to apologize to my family for having to go through this phony, rotten deal,” he said, calling Ivanka to the podium and giving her a hug, and welcoming Melania Trump to the stage for a kiss.
“I just want to thank my family for sticking through it,” he said. “This was not part of the deal, if I was going to run for president..I didn’t know I was going to have to run again and again and again every single week, but they stuck with me.”
Holding Melania’s hand, the president added: “Our country is thriving. Our country is respected again, and it’s an honor to be with the people in this room, it’s an honor.”
It may appear that the Democratic Party, furious over Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss, is the driving force behind this ongoing attempt to remove Donald Trump from office, but at every turn we see the fingerprints of the CIA and its allies in the US deep state.
In August 2016, a former acting director of the CIA, Mike Morell, wrote an extraordinary article in the New York Times accusing Donald Trump of being an “agent of the Russian Federation.” Morell was clearly using his intelligence career as a way of bolstering his claim that Trump was a Russian spy – after all, the CIA should know such a thing! But the claim was a lie.
Former CIA director John Brennan accused President Trump of “treason” and of “being in the pocket of Putin” for meeting with the Russian president in Helsinki and accepting his word that Russia did not meddle in the US election. To this day there has yet to be any evidence presented that the Russian government did interfere. Brennan openly called on “patriotic” Republicans to act against this “traitor.”
Brennan and his deep state counterparts James Comey at the FBI and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper launched an operation, using what we now know is the fake Steele dossier, to spy on the Trump presidential campaign and even attempt to entrap Trump campaign employees.
Notice a pattern here?
Dr. Paul then points to the so-called whistleblower, Eric Ciaramella, who triggered the impeachment hearings, was a CIA officer assigned the White House. He had only 2nd hand information (dismissed as hearsay in any court of law), but the Intelligence Community Inspector General’s office changed the rules just days before the complaint by Ciaramella requiring that a whistleblower must have first hand knowledge only. President Trump release the full transcript of the call which proved no quid pro quo or wrongdoing, but the CIA and democrats persisted in their attempt to oust trump. With their failing propaganda machine of MSM, they weren’t able to brainwash the public as usual.
Ron Paul concludes:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer once warned Trump that if “you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.” It’s hard not to ask whether this is a genuine impeachment effort…or a CIA coup!
October 31, 2019
(updated December 14, 2019)
Published by Lee Floyd
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has increasingly come under pressure for doing nothing as the powerful Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that he will be abdicating his chairmanship immediately after the 2020 presidential election.
Sen. Graham plans to hand the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee back to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.) in the next Congress.
Graham took over the panel this year from Grassley, who left to chair the Senate Finance Committee.
In an interview Thursday, Graham said Grassley asked to come back after his tenure on the Senate Finance Committee. Graham responded “absolutely.”
Senate Republicans allow their members to chair a committee for six years in total, regularly leading to rounds of musical chairs as senators face committee term limits.
Grassley has more seniority on the Judiciary Committee than Graham. Graham added that the Iowa Republican is “a very special friend” who has two more years in which he could be chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Grassley’s role as chairman would depend on Republicans keeping the Senate in 2020.
Grassley said on Wednesday he would “absolutely” want to go back to being Judiciary chairman and spoke to Graham about the request in November.
As Judiciary chairman in the last Congress, Grassley oversaw the hotly contested confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
October 4, 2019
(updated May 30, 2020)
Published by Lee Floyd
Intel Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson stonewalled lawmakers during his Friday testimony to the House Intelligence Committee and refused to explain how or why the whistleblower form was changed.The ICIG secretly gutted the whistleblower complaint form in September to include second-hand knowledge and water cooler gossip to support allegations of misconduct.The ICIG then backdated the whistleblower rules and allowed the complaint form filled out by the CIA officer on August 12 to qualify under the new rules.Atkinson refused to explain why he allowed this to happen.The Federalist reported:
In tense testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) on Friday, the inspector general for federal spy agencies refused to disclose why his office backdated secret changes to key whistleblower forms and rules in the wake of an anti-Trump whistleblower complaint filed in August, sources told The Federalist.
Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general, told HPSCI lawmakers during a committee oversight hearing on Friday that the whistleblower forms and rules changes were made in September, even though the new forms and guidance, which were not uploaded to the ICIG’s website until September 24, state that they were changed in August. Despite having a full week to come up with explanations for his office’s decisions to secretly change its forms to eliminate the requirement for first-hand evidence and to backdate those changes to August, Atkinson refused to provide any explanation to lawmakers baffled by his behavior.
Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson released a statement last month addressing the changes.
In the letter Atkinson admitted the changes to the form were made at the time of the partisan CIA leaker’s complaint.
The ICIG also admitted that it changed its own whistleblower rules because of the anti-Trump complaint from the CIA spy:
In June 2019, the newly hired Director for the Center for Protected Disclosures entered on duty. Thus, the Center for Protected Disclosures has been reviewing the forms provided to whistleblowers who wish to report information with respect to an urgent concern to the congressional intelligence committees. In the process of reviewing and clarifying those forms, and in response to recent press inquiries regarding the instant whistleblower complaint, the ICIG understood that certain language in those forms and, more specifically, the informational materials accompanying the forms, could be read – incorrectly – as suggesting that whistleblowers must possess first-hand information in order to file an urgent concern complaint with the congressional intelligence committees.
As Conservative Treehouse notes the changes were made at the same time Rep. Adam Schiff was accusing President Trump, Rudy Giuliani and holding back funding pending assistance with political opponents. (This was already found to be a lie.)
We now know that House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff was made aware of the CIA officer’s allegations against President Trump before he filed the whistleblower complaint form.
We also know that Schiff broke the House rules when he withheld classified information from the Minority members of the House Intel Panel (such as Devin Nunes).
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