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Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Clinton calls for caution on impeachment, tells Democrats not to 'jump to any conclusions'

Former 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighed in on President Trump's impeachment fight Tuesday and cautioned House Democrats against moving too fast and jumping to conclusions.

"I think the evidence concerning Ukraine is so dramatic and irrefutable because it came right out of the White House. So let the impeachment inquiry proceed," she said on ABC's "Good Morning America." "I know that they will do a thoughtful, thorough job. Nobody should jump to any conclusions."

Clinton also criticized Trump's calls to unmask the Ukraine whistleblower and claimed his actions could put the leaker at risk.


IG Horowitz - A Democrat Donor - Feared Pulling Punches To Protect Establishment Operatives

Inspector General Michael Horowitz - tasked with investigating and exposing wrongdoing at the highest levels - is feared by some to be pulling punches in order to protect establishment darlings, according to RealClear Investigations' Paul Sperry.

Of note, Horowitz "volunteered on the political campaigns of several Democrats while in college and later donated to the campaign of Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, a former colleague who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination – and who has slammed Trump's praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin," according to Sperry.

Horowitz is also married to a former Democratic political activist, Obama donor Alexandra Kauffman Horowitz, who helped run campaigns for liberal Democrats before producing content for CNN's Washington bureau.



The Streaming Ban Will Significantly Impact Our Ability To Attend Future Trump Rallies!
Dear Patriot,

We come to you today with an urgent message.

On September 13th, 2019, YouTube inexplicably disabled our ability to live stream on our account. They gave us no reason or justification for doing so- our account is still in good standing with no copyright or community violations.

We deal with censorship on a daily basis here at RSBN, but this is on a whole other level we haven't seen yet. We have tried reaching out to YouTube several times and have been unable to get an answer as to what prompted the ban- or when/if we will ever get our streaming abilities back.

This ban will severely impact our ability to stay in business and bring President Trump's rallies to millions of people.

While we are still able to stream to Facebook and Twitter, YouTube accounts for a large portion of our revenue, which we use to pay travel and operating expenses.

In 2016, we helped President Trump reach over 300 MILLION people across all of our platforms. Now, it appears YouTube is dead set on making sure we don't have the tools to do that the second time around.

It is CRITICAL for us to to be able to attend every single rally in the lead up to 2020 and help the President reach HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of people at a very critical time.



Trump Goes There: ‘This is Not Impeachment, It’s a COUP Intended to Take Away the Power of the People and Their Vote’

President Trump on Tuesday evening went all in and accused the Deep State and Democrat politicians of a coup intended to take away the power of the people.

President Trump is correct. This is not impeachment, it is a COUP.

“As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!” Trump said in a pair of tweets Tuesday evening.


Former CIA Whistleblower Kevin Shipp: The Partisan CIA “Leaker” Is No “Whistleblower” and Is Connected to Obama

Former CIA Whistleblower Kevin Shipp joined Laura Ingraham on Monday on The Ingraham Angle.

Shipp told Laura that he wrote several reports for the CIA and was a classifying authority.

Kevin said with certainty that this person is not a whistleblower, but is a “leaker.”
Kevin Shipp: If you read the statement it’s based on absolutely nothing but hearsay and terrible accusations against the President of the United States that are not substantiated by anything. In the statement, the so-called whistleblower, says 12 times that he had no direct evidence to what he was saying and 18 times that he overheard the evidence from “several US government officials” never mentioning their name or their identities at all. And, as you know, if this was a court case based on hearsay the judge would throw it out. Also if we examine the whistleblower’s statements it’s pretty clear to me it was not written by the whistleblower…

Court Forces Release of Previously Hidden Email That Confirms State Department Knew About Hillary Clinton’s Private Email Account

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch on Monday announced the State Department released a previously hidden email that shows the State Department was fully aware of Hillary Clinton’s private email account.

The email provided to Judicial Watch shows State Department officials not only knew about Hillary’s private email, they also used it to communicate with Hillary Clinton while she was the head of the Department of State.

A top State Department official admitted that Hillary didn’t want a lot of people to know about her private email and said she “guards it pretty closely.”


Trump's Transparency is Driving the Left Nuts (and Messing Up Their Impeachment Dreams)

“He wasn't supposed to release the transcripts. Or the whistleblower report. He was expected to do what any president would have done – what President Obama always did. Hide the evidence,” former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) writes in Fox News.

“As House Democrats rolled out their latest meticulously choreographed, perfectly timed, and broadly coordinated attack on President Trump, they weren't counting on the president's unprecedented transparency. Nobody releases a transcript of calls between heads of state. But Donald Trump did.”

Click here to read more.

See for yourself: Read the full transcript of President Trump’s call.
“Ivanka Trump and the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, will host a roundtable in Dallas on Thursday which will focus on preparing American workers for the changing economy,” Jason Whitely reports for WFAA. “The Dallas visit is part of the Administration’s commitment to preparing American workers for the 21st-century economy and the emerging industries of the future,” a goal that’s being steadily accomplished by the Pledge to America’s Workers.
“The Obama administration bungled its response to the nation’s opioid epidemic, according to a stunning inspector general’s report released Tuesday that says the Drug Enforcement Administration allowed painkiller production to soar even as deaths mounted,” Stephen Dinan reports for The Washington Times. “DEA officials failed across the board, said the Justice Department’s inspector general, pointing to a ‘toxic’ environment, lack of data to spot the mounting crisis, and a failure to use tools that could have shut down some of the worst offenders.”
“Our founders created the greatest country in the history of the world, where anything is possible. We have the freedom to get an education, raise a family, travel, pick a career, and live in peace. Few countries are like America,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) writes in Fox Business. “It really is amazing. And it’s important to stop and think about it sometimes – what we have and what we could lose if we let Democratic socialists have their way.”

Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network Contributes to Dismantling of Drug Trafficking Organizations

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced another successful month for the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN), including the complete dismantling of a drug trafficking organization that operated in Southwest Baltimore and the indictment of more than a dozen people suspected of trafficking deadly narcotics, including fentanyl.

During the month of September, law enforcement agencies in Maryland made dozens of arrests related to violent crimes and drug trafficking organizations that were distributing a number of controlled dangerous substances throughout the state, including nearly 500 grams of fentanyl. According to the DEA, that amount could kill more than 200,000 people.

“The safety and security of our citizens is a top priority, and the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network is making a difference by helping to restore our communities impacted by violent crime.” said Governor Hogan. “These recent arrests send a powerful message that trafficking of illegal drugs will not be tolerated.”

MCIN is a criminal justice strategy funded by the Hogan administration through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Announced by Governor Hogan in 2017, the MCIN strategy encourages local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to collaborate and share information to target, disrupt, and dismantle criminal organizations, including gangs and other groups that conduct drug, firearm, and human trafficking. So far, the Hogan administration has invested roughly $9 million in the MCIN initiative, with more than $1.7 million going to efforts in Baltimore City since 2018.

“Governor Hogan has encouraged his administration to work across disciplines to find ways to address the opioid epidemic,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, during a press conference with Baltimore Police and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office announcing recent indictments. “Our MCIN partners have played an important role in stopping the distribution of dangerous drugs like fentanyl in our state, and we are grateful for their hard work to protect our communities and put traffickers behind bars.”

Baltimore City MCIN

On September 10, Baltimore City Police executed nine search warrants and dismantled the “Primetime” drug trafficking organization, which sold fentanyl in Southwest Baltimore. As a result of this investigation, police made seven arrests and seized:
Approximately 450 grams of fentanyl
85 grams of crack cocaine
A loaded Ruger pistol that was reported stolen
More than $69,000 in cash

Twelve suspects have been indicted on state Kingpin and related drug charges. Baltimore Police worked with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program to complete this operation.

Salisbury MCIN

The Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit led two multi jurisdictional operations that yielded more than a dozen arrests to reduce violent crime and violations involving firearms on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. During the first operation, State Police and allied agencies gathered information and identified a number of gang members and other suspects in open criminal investigations. Seven people from Salisbury were arrested and investigators seized:

  • 39.7 grams of marijuana
  • 2 grams of heroin
  • 42.3 grams of fentanyl
  • 10.1 grams of cocaine
  • 14.5 grams MDMA/Ecstasy
  • 15 milligrams of Oxycodone
During the second crime reduction operation, Maryland State Police arrested 11 people from Salisbury and Snow Hill. Authorities also seized two firearms along with suspected controlled dangerous substances including fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana and the sedative alprazolam. At least one person arrested had ties to an organized gang.

Maryland State Police partnered with the Salisbury Police Department, Wicomico County State’s Attorney Office, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations- RAC Eastern Shore Office, Maryland State Police Gun Enforcement Unit- East, Maryland State Police S.T.A.T.E. Team, Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack, and the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force to complete these operations.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSET) -- President Donald Trump signed the Autism CARES Act of 2019 into law on Monday, Sept. 30.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSET) -- President Donald Trump signed the Autism CARES Act of 2019 into law on Monday, Sept. 30.

According to Rep. Chris Smith, the bill will authorize $1.8 billion over 5 years in research funding to help children and adults with autism.

The bill will fund research, early detection and treatment for autism spectrum disorder.


Chicago PD tells cops not to cooperate with DHS – “Law and order no longer matters in this city”

An internal department memo leaked from the Chicago Police Department to Fox News shows the breakdown in enforcing laws in the city.

The document instructs officers not to cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security, especially in cases that involve immigration arrests. It tells them that instead of assisting DHS when requested, officers need to wait for their supervisor to arrive.

And when that happens?

According to the memo:
“If the request is to assist with an immigration arrest or detention, CPD personnel will leave the scene as directed by the CPD supervisor”.


Teen given birth control implant at school without parent's permission

BALTIMORE, MD (WPVI) -- A mother found out her 16-year-old daughter received a birth control implant at school after the teen started complaining about headaches and arm pain, according to WMAR.

Nicole Lambert sent her daughter to get checked out by a pediatrician.

The doctor said the three-year contraceptive had been implanted improperly and had to be removed.

Photos showed Lambert's daughter had the implant near the back of her arm instead of the inside of her upper arm.


Who Would Do Such A Thing?

This came from a group on Facebook.  This was not the Mayor of Ocean City. This was done by someone that created a spoof account with the same name as the Mayor of Ocean City.  I wonder who could have done this? 

French billionaire to give $109 million to repair Notre Dame Cathedral

François Pinault, currently the second-richest person in France, finalized his $109 million gift to help rebuild the Notre-Dame Cathedral on October 1, according to the Associated Press.

Soon after the Cathedral caught fire in April, Pinault's son announced that the family would donate €100 million, or $113 million, to repair the 800-year-old building. In the aftermath of the devastating fire, France's superrich collectively pledged over €400 million, or $452 million, to the iconic cathedral's repairs; that includes fellow fashion mogul Bernard Arnault, who also announced that he'd be pledging $226 million to the cause. However, in the ensuing months, many of those promises were left unfulfilled.

François Pinault is tied to some of the biggest names in fashion: Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent. As the owner of Kering luxury group, his family manages over a dozen high-end brands.

Alongside other major holdings, such as a winery in Bourdeaux and a cruise line in Marseille, Pinault is one of the world's biggest private art collectors. His collection includes over 3,000 works of art and is worth over $1.2 billion.


Please REMEMBER this about Joe Biden....

When he was the Vice President, he did the most STUPID, unthinkable thing for a man in his position. He revealed the names and the unit that killed Bin Laden; "On May 3 2011, at a national event in Washington, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. did the unthinkable, he publicly revealed the identity of the special-operations unit responsible for bin Laden’s killing, just to show that he "is in the know".

His reckless action put at risk the lives of every member of Seal Team 6. The Taliban and other jihadists eager to avenge bin Laden now knew which unit to target. Stunned and shocked, Seal Team Six members immediately realized they were going to be hunted by al Qaeda sympathizers.

Soon after Biden’s reckless idiotic speech, an American CH47 Chinook was shot down by a rocket propelled grenade in the Tangi Valley, Maidan Wardak Province, Afghanistan, all 38 aboard were killed including most if not all of Seal Team Six, this incident became known as Extortion 17... After Biden had let the identification out, and before the Chinook was shot down, members of Seal Team 6 had called their families and told them to wipe out all connection to them, including social media, and disassociate themselves as far away from them as possible because they too would be in grave danger as the Taliban would attempt to find them in retaliation...and Biden, well he didn't even drop a sweat over any of it, and he was just too stupid to realize what he had done."

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This smiling idiot is responsible for the deaths of most Seal team 6 by the Taliban because he let them know which team killed bin laden. What an irresponsible moron.

Under Armour trademark dispute hits family start-up company in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho — What’s in a name? For Alex Short, the answer is everything. Short and his wife, Diana, own a clothing start-up whose name, Cascade Armory, has landed them in a trademark dispute with retail giant Under Armour.

The Idaho Press reports the company officially formed in late 2017, but the way Short, who works at Micron Technology, tells it, it really started years ago, when the couple was still in college. Advertising through Myspace and word of mouth, they sold clothes to their friends and classmates out of their dorm rooms. Short says it got them through college, after which they both pursued their separate careers.

They couldn’t escape the dream. Eventually, they decided to “go all in,” Short said, and spend their life savings starting Cascade Armory. The clothes were designed with the Shorts’ community in mind — flannel button-ups, hoodies and beanies make up the unofficial uniform of Bend, Oregon, where the company is located. Currently, Diana Short lives there with the couple’s two children, while Alex splits his time between Boise and Bend.


Maryland State Police, MDOT SHA Continue To Stress Importance Of ‘Move Over’ Laws

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – This month marks the one-year anniversary of Maryland’s “Move Over” law being expanded to include all service vehicles on state roads.

The Maryland State Police and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration are using this milestone as a reminder on just how important it is for motorists to adhere to these vital motor vehicle safety laws. The outreach to the public for this law will include news releases, social media, public service announcements and media interviews.

All 50 States have enacted “Move Over” laws, but very few Americans know they exist. According to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling & Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission, 71 percent of Americans have not heard of move over laws. So far in 2019, 29 law enforcement officers have been killed nationally in traffic-related crashes.


The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is taking a number of steps to minimize traffic backups during the $27 million Bay Bridge rehabilitation project to replace the deck surface of the westbound span right lane. The first step is to implement cashless tolling at the Bay Bridge from noon to 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays through the duration of the project. With all tolls collected electronically, cash drivers will move through the toll plaza without stopping. Cash drivers will still get the $4 rate and will be sent a statement in the mail. Drivers are encouraged to get a free E-ZPass transponder at to simplify toll payments.

On Thursdays and Fridays, only under severe backups and weather permitting, MDTA will implement two-way operations allowing drivers to travel eastbound and westbound on the westbound span at reduced speeds of 25 to 35 mph. Two-way operations will provide three lanes eastbound and one lane westbound for short periods of time to reduce the backups. As we have communicated throughout the summer, drivers should still expect to encounter heavy congestion and delays throughout the project.

MDTA Police will travel the westbound span for enforcement and to help slow vehicles down during two-way operations. The public can help by staying alert, keeping speeds down and maintaining a safe distance. During two-way operations, commercial trucks are not permitted to travel eastbound or westbound on the westbound span due to the narrower lane configuration. As with wind restrictions that prevent trucks from using the Bay Bridge in certain conditions, MDTA will notify truckers when two-way operations are in place.

MDTA officials will work closely with the MDOT Maryland State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) to monitor traffic throughout the system.

MDOT SHA will continue to dispatch additional CHART vehicles to address any incidents on route 50 and parallel routes. MDTA Police will continue to work with Maryland State Police, Anne Arundel County Police Department and Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office.

NYC will fine citizens $250K for calling someone Illegal Alien

SJW=Social Justice Warrior

JMB High School Put In "Safe in Place"

This is an important status update for students, families and staff of James M. Bennett High School. This morning the school was put in Safe in Place status after a concerning phone call.

School administration and Central Office personnel worked closely with School Resource Officers and the Wicomico Sheriff's Office to investigate the call and make sure the staff and students were safe.

Law Enforcement officials deemed the school safe from any immediate threat, and the school is returning to normal operations and you do not need to pick up your student. However, if you wish to sign out your student, please come to the main entrance doors with a photo ID to sign them out.

Please know that the safety of students and staff is our highest priority. We will update you later. Thank you.

Do You Remember?

Nolte: Phony Australia Freak-out Proves Ukraine Hoax Is Running Out of Steam

The artificial media freak-out over President Trump asking Australia to look into the roots of the Russia Collusion Hoax tells me the Ukraine Hoax is already running out of steam.

Someone once told me about a 19th century magician who could make an elephant appear from nowhere. After announcing his intent to conjure the mighty beast, the showmanship would begin: fireworks, dancing girls… and while everyone was watching the dancing girls and fireworks, the magician would simply walk the elephant on stage.

Australia is just one small part of the dancing girls and fireworks being used to distract us from the fact that a basis for impeachment does not exist.

Let’s start with this…

SURPRISE! ICIG Michael Atkinson — Who Turned in the Partisan CIA ‘Whistleblower’ Complaint — Was Top Mueller Hoax Operative

The Deep State ICIG released a statement on Monday on why they found it necessary to change their rules LAST MONTH to include watercooler talk, rumors, hearsay and cafeteria conversations.

Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson turned in the partisan CIA operative’s ‘whistleblower’ complaint to start the latest impeachment probe against President Donald Trump.

Of course, the liberal mainstream media has ignored this crucial player in their latest impeachment quest.
They don’t want you to delve to deep into Michael Atkinson’s background.

That is because Michael Atkinson played a major role in the Trump-Russia Mueller hoax


Yes, Robots Are Hurting Your Pay, Fed Study Finds

Automation has “contributed substantially” to reducing the portion of national income that goes to U.S. workers over the past two decades, according to a new study by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Despite the lowest unemployment rate in around 50 years, the so-called labor share has fallen to about 56% from 63% in 2000 and the increased use of robots and other technology has been an important driving factor, the economists Sylvain Leduc and Zheng Liu wrote in the report published on Monday.

“Businesses have more options to automate hard-to-fill positions now than in the past,” wrote Leduc and Liu. “With rapid advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, robots can perform more jobs and tasks that required human skills only a few years ago.”


Ukraine Mystery: Schiff Staffer Made August Visit for Think Tank Backed by Hunter Biden’s Old Employer

A staffer for Rep. Adam Schiff’s House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence took a trip to Ukraine last month sponsored and organized by the Atlantic Council think tank.

The Atlantic Council is funded by and routinely works in partnership with Burisma, the natural gas company at the center of allegations regarding Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

The Schiff staffer, Thomas Eager, is also currently one of 19 fellows at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Congressional Fellowship, a bipartisan program that says it “educates congressional staff on current events in the Eurasia region.”

Eager’s trip to Ukraine last month was part of the fellowship program and included nine other House employees. The bi-partisan visit, from August 24 to August 31, was billed as a “Ukraine Study Trip,” and culminated in a meeting with former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The dates of the pre-planned trip are instructive. Eager’s visit to Ukraine sponsored by the Burisma-funded Atlantic Council began 12 days after the so-called whistleblower officially filed his August 12 complaint about President Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.


Important Status Update for JMB Families

This is an important status update for students, families and staff of James M. Bennett High School. This morning the school was put in safe in place status after a concerning phone call. School administration is working closely with law enforcement to investigate the call. Students are remaining in their classrooms at this time. We will soon be releasing them to their next class and lunch. The school day will continue and you do not need to pick up your student. However, if you wish to sign out your student, please come to the main entrance doors with a photo ID to sign out your student. We will update you soon. Please know that the safety of students and staff is our highest priority. Thank you.

'Mouse hunt in the White House': Twitter reacts to mouse that fell on reporter

On Tuesday morning at about 10:45 a.m., a welcome break in the White House news cycle occurred.

A small mouse abruptly announced its arrival by falling from the ceiling of the White House directly into the lap of NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander. Chaos ensued.

Reporters scattered, some chasing the mouse in an attempt to capture it, others running for cover. Eventually, it scurried into the White House briefing room, then disappeared into a tangle of wires behind a shelf.


Bomb Threat At Local High School?

We have received a few comments/emails that state that James M. Bennett is on lock down due to a bomb threat.  Hopefully the Board of Education will update everyone as to what is going on.

Media Bias?

Editor's Note: Notice the first 2 never mention the amount raised by President Trump only the "massive" $25.3 million raised by Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders campaign says it raised a massive $25.3 million in the third quarter

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign said Tuesday that it raised more than $25 million in the third quarter, a huge haul that will give the operation a boost as it jockeys for position near the top of the 2020 Democratic primary field.
Bernie Sanders announces massive $25.3 million third quarter fundraising haul
Sen. Bernie Sanders raised more than $25 million over the past three months, his campaign said Tuesday morning.
The haul -- up more than $7 million from his second quarter total -- underscored Sanders' continued strength with small dollar donors. The campaign announced last week that it had received contributions from more than a million people.


Trump campaign and RNC raised $125 million in the third quarter
President Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $125 million to support the president's reelection in the third quarter, Mr. Trump's campaign manager announced on Tuesday. The enormous haul overshadows the fundraising announcements of Democratic candidates like Senator Bernie Sanders, who reported $25.3 million in contributions on Tuesday.

How fraudsters are gaming pathway to citizenship for immigrant domestic violence victims

The government’s special program granting a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who are victims of domestic abuse is rife with fraud, according to a new watchdog audit Monday that suggests migrants have figured out how to game the system.

Fraud cases have quadrupled this year alone, the Government Accountability Office says, and now total about 13% of new applications from those who “self-petition” for protections under the Violence Against Women Act.

Claiming abuse can be a fast track to citizenship, and at the very least usually serves as a shield against deportation and leads to immediate work permission for immigrants who allege they were victims of domestic violence. Experts said those benefits make the program attractive for both real victims and fraudsters.

“There’s a very strong motivation to commit fraud in these cases,” said Matt O’Brien, a former immigration service official who is research director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform. “It sets up a situation where people have a very strong motivation to lie.”


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How do you do this??

Senate Bill 909 will require healthcare practitioners to obtain consent before performing certain bodily exams on patients who are unconscious or under anesthesia.

You can read a copy of the bill HERE

Bending the Rules

Last week, a writer with The Federalist published a potential bombshell story alleging that “the intelligence community secretly” changed a whistleblower complaint form to eliminate “a requirement that whistleblowers provide direct, first-hand knowledge of wrongdoings.” The story ignited a firestorm of accusations after President Donald Trump demanded to know “WHO CHANGED THE LONG STANDING WHISTLEBLOWER RULES JUST BEFORE SUBMITTAL OF THE FAKE WHISTLEBLOWER REPORT? DRAIN THE SWAMP!”

On Monday, top House Republicans sent a letter to Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) Michael Atkinson seeking answers: “Based on the language on [the May 24, 2018] form, it appears that the requirement for first-hand information has been an ICIG policy regardless of how a whistleblower makes an urgent concern report. Curiously the urgent disclosure form that now appears on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence website has recently changed and no longer contains this explicit first-hand information requirement. … The timing of the removal of the first-hand information requirement raises questions about potential connections to this whistleblower’s complaint. This timing, along with numerous apparent leaks of classified information about the contents of this complaint, also raise questions about potential criminality in the handling of these matters.”

There has been pushback over the Federalist’s claim of an altered document, including a statement from the office of the ICIG noting that the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA) does not specify that a whistleblower must have direct knowledge to make a complaint. Furthermore, the statement says, “The whistleblower stated on the form that he or she possessed both first-hand and other information.” No specific date was given for when the original form was altered.

The questions are these:

GOP/Democrat Senators Beg Trump: Import ‘As Many Refugees as Possible’

A coalition of Republican and Democrat Senators sent President Trump a letter last month, begging his administration to bring “as many refugees as possible” to the United States next year.

In a letter dated August 5 — before Trump announced he would lower the refugee resettlement cap to a maximum of 18,000 admissions for Fiscal Year 2020 — Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) led a group of lawmakers to ask that the president increase the number of refugees resettled in the U.S. every year beyond the current year’s 30,000 admissions ceiling.

The lawmakers include:
  • Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN)
  • Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD)
  • Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE)
  • Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
  • Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
  • Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
  • Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)
Likewise, the lawmakers called reports “alarming” that the Trump administration would halt the refugee resettlement program for Fiscal Year 2020 for national security reasons and said the U.S. has a responsibility, above all else, to be compassionate to the world’s migrants:


Kamala Harris calls for Trump Twitter ban

Sen. Kamala D. Harris, a 2020 Democrat presidential candidate, is going after President Trump’s bullhorn, calling on Twitter to pull the plug on his social media account.

“Look let’s be honest, @realDonaldTrump’s Twitter account should be suspended,” Ms. Harris of California said on Twitter Monday.

Ms. Harris has reportedly shaken up her campaign after failing to meet expectations in the 2020 Democratic presidential race.

Looking to capture some of the political limelight, she went after Mr. Trump’s Twitter account on CNN”s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

“The president’s tweets and his behaviors about this are just further evidence of the fact that he uses his power in a way that is designed to beat people down instead of lift people up,” she said.

“I think there is plenty of now evidence to suggest that he is irresponsible with his words in a way that could result in harm to other people. And so the privilege of using those words in that way should probably be taken from him,” Ms. Harris said.


[Fact check: The 1st Amendment to the US Constitution does not convey 'privileges'. --Editor]

Pompeo: 'I will not tolerate such tactics'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is fighting back against House Democrats seeking to depose five State Department officials over the Trump-Ukraine controversy.

In a letter and in tweets on Tuesday, Pompeo accused those Democrats of attempting to "intimidate" and "bully" the State Department’s foreign service officers (FSOs) and said depositions being sought by Congress are "not feasible."

The “requested dates for depositions are not feasible,” Pompeo wrote, claiming the lawmakers have not given the employees enough time to prepare and voicing concern that they're trying to prevent State Department counsel from participating in the depositions. Pompeo said Executive Branch counsel would have to be present.

“Let me be clear: I will not tolerate such tactics, and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside at the Department of State,” Pompeo tweeted in response to the Democrats' demand for depositions.

In turn, the Democratic chairmen of the three House committees -- House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif. and Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md. -- accused Pompeo of “intimidating” witnesses.


Black Lives Saved as Donald Trump Ends Barack Obama’s Crime Wave

FBI data shows that President Donald Trump has helped save more than 1,000 lives by reversing the crime wave that emerged amid President Barack Obama’s crackdown on state and local police forces.

Nationwide, homicides spiked to 15,195 in 2016, up from 12,278 murders in 2014 when Obama and his progressive and media allies began blaming police forces for multiple episodes in which young black men were killed.

Since then, Trump has ended the White House support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and the number of murders was forced down to 14,123 in 2018, according to new FBI data. The murder rate dropped by 6.8 percent from 2017 to 2018.

The combined reduction in murders in 2017 and 2018 adds up to roughly 1,318 Americans who did not die from murder since Obama’s departure in early 2017. The savings amount to approximately two fewer dead each day. A large percentage of the people who did not die are African-American.

If Obama had kept the murder rate at the 2014 level, 9,304 Americans would not have been murdered from 2015 to 2018.

Overall, the violent crime rate fell by 3.3 percent from 2017 to 2018, after rising by 4.7 percent from 2014.

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