Category: Politics

Wait, What? Pelosi Slams Media for Constant Focus on “Allegations” Against Trump

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters yesterday during her weekly press conference that they’d “have more viewers or readers” if they stopped constantly focusing on “allegations” against President Trump.

“I wish, I wish, that the press would spend a lot more time on what we need to do here to meet the needs of the American people, instead of – morning, noon and night – allegations against the president,” she said.

“The Justice Department, the Mueller investigation – they’ll work their will. But, there are other things that are going on, that are newsworthy. And, I think that you’d have more viewers or readers if you would address concerns that people have, rather than just this ongoing, ongoing coverage of what’s current with the president from one day to the next.”

CNSNews reports:

Asked if House committees should stop investigating Trump, Pelosi replied that the committees of jurisdiction will do their job – but, they have more important priorities, such as address stopping gun violence, cleaning up government, and immigration reform:

Question: “So, should the House committees not investigate these things?”

Rep. Pelosi: “The committees will have to make a judgement, at that time, when they come in, as to where we go. But, again, the committees of jurisdiction have important work to do.

“We want to pass our HR1 to clean up government, and Judiciary Committee pass the voting rights act, that’s very important to us. That same committee is the committee of jurisdiction for commonsense gun violence prevention. That same committee is the committee for protecting our DREAMers.

“The list goes on about the priorities that the committees have to establish.”

Robert Mueller Releases Key Documents in Flynn Case

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office has turned over key documents in the Michael Flynn case.

Fox News reports:

The documents – some of which are heavily redacted — were released in response to U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordering prosecutors to hand over the government’s files and “memoranda” related to the FBI’s questioning of Flynn by Friday afternoon.

The documents include then-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe’s notes after talking with Flynn to arrange his interview with the FBI. It also includes a so-called “302” report documenting what Flynn told anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok and one other agent during their conversation at the White House.

The 302 report states that Strzok and the other agent “both had the impression at the time that Flynn was not lying or did not think he was lying.” It also states that several unnamed people back at FBI headquarters “later argued about the FBI’s decision to interview Flynn.”

It comes days after Flynn’s legal team made the bombshell allegation that the FBI pushed him not to bring a lawyer to his fateful Jan. 24, 2017 interview with agents at the White House.

On Tuesday, Flynn’s attorneys filed a sentencing memo in which they cited the 302 report from his interview with the FBI which show then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe urging Flynn to not have an attorney present for the questioning.

**LISTEN: Dan discusses disturbing revelations in Flynn sentencing memo**

“I explained that I thought the quickest way to get this done was to have a conversation between [Flynn] and the agents only,” McCabe wrote. “I further stated that if LTG Flynn wished to include anyone else in the meeting, like the White House counsel for instance, that I would need to involve the Department of Justice. [Flynn] stated that this would not be necessary and agreed to meet with the agents without any additional participants.”

Flynn’s report also stated, “The agents did not provide Gen. Flynn with a warning of the penalties for making a false statement under 18 U.S.C. 1001 before, during, or after the interview.”

Before the interview, McCabe and other FBI officials “decided the agents would not warn Flynn that it was a crime to lie during an FBI interview because they wanted Flynn to be relaxed, and they were concerned that giving the warnings might adversely affect the rapport.”

The Flynn memo points out that the 302 report reveals that FBI agents strategized on how to handle Flynn if he did not remember exactly what he had said in his phone conversation with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak because the agents had already read transcripts of the phone call.

The memo states that FBI officials decided if “Flynn said he did not remember something they knew he said, they would use the exact words Flynn used … to try to refresh his recollection. If Flynn still would not confirm what he said … they would not confront him or talk him through it.”

Christie No Longer in Running to be Next White House Chief of Staff

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie withdrew his name from consideration for the White House chief of staff position today.

“It’s an honor to have the president consider me as he looks to choose a new White House chief of staff,” Christie said in a statement. “However, I’ve told the president that now is not the right time for me or my family to undertake this serious assignment. As a result, I have asked him to no longer keep me in any of his considerations for this post.

Yesterday, Trump told reporters he had narrowed down his choices for chief of staff to five candidates.

“We are interviewing people now for chief of staff,” Trump said, calling those considered for the position “mostly well-known” and “terrific people.”

Current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will be leaving the White House at the end of the year and those tapped to possibly replace him include Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and budget director Mick Mulvaney.

It was originally reported that Trump was considering Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers for the job, however, Ayers announced over the weekend that he was leaving the White House.

DHS Drops Startling Facts on CNN After Network’s Attempt to Discredit POTUS

CNN’s attempt to “fact check” President Trump on terrorists attempting to enter the U.S. hit a snag on Wednesday when the Department of Homeland Security provided the so-called news network with some disturbing facts.

It all began on Tuesday during Trump’s epic meeting with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) when the president claimed that DHS recently apprehended “10 terrorists” attempting to make their way into the United States.

“People are pouring into our country, including terrorists…,” said Trump. “We caught 10 terrorists over the last very short period of time. Ten. These are very serious people. Our border agents, all of our law enforcement has been incredible with what they’ve done. But we caught 10 terrorists. These are people that were looking to do harm,” he continued.

Never wanting to miss an opportunity to embarrass the president, CNN decided to “fact check” President Trump’s comment with correspondent Jim Sciutto stating, “DHS did not provide evidence of a single terrorist caught at the southern border over the very last short period of time as the president claimed.”

Despite CNN claiming they reached out to DHS, Homeland Security Spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton took to Twitter and told CNN “you never reached out.”

Houlton continued, “In fact, DHS prevented 3,755 known or suspected terrorists from traveling to or entering the U.S. in FY 17. That’s in addition to 17,526 criminals, 1,019 gang members, and 3,028 special interest aliens. #FactsFirst”

Own the Libs: Trump Posts Video of Top Democrats Supporting Border Security

President Trump completely owned the libs yesterday when he posted a video of top Democrats calling for tougher immigration practices and border security.

In a video posted to Twitter, Trump says “The Democrats are absolute hypocrites. All along they’ve been supporting walls and supporting fences and supporting all sorts of border security.”

The video then cuts to clips of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama all sounding like Republicans when it comes to border security and immigration.

“Illegal immigration is wrong. Plain and simple,” says Schumer in the video.

Hillary Clinton brags about how she voted for the border wall. “I voted numerous times when I was a senator to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in,” she says.

“We simiply cannot allow people to pour into the united states undetected, undocumented, unchecked,” says Obama.

Trump says Democrats no longer support the wall and border security because they’d rather oppose him.

“The fact is they’ve always supported fences and walls and partitions, but you know what? They only don’t want to do it because of me.”

 

Strzok-Page Texts Were Wiped Before Inspector General Could Review Them

The text messages between FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were wiped before the Inspector General could review them, according to a new report issued yesterday from the Office of the Inspector General.

The Federalist reports:

The 11-page report reveals that almost a month after Strzok was removed from Mueller’s team, his government-issued iPhone was wiped clean and restored to factory settings by another individual working in Mueller’s office. The special counsel’s Record’s Officer told investigators that “she determined it did not contain records that needed to be retained.”

“She noted in her records log about Strzok’s phone: ‘No substantive texts, notes or reminders,’” the report states.

When the OIG obtained his old cell phone in January, it had been issued to another individual within the agency and investigators were unable to recover any text messages sent or received by Strozk on that device.

Two weeks after Page departed Mueller’s team on July 15, 2017, her government-issued iPhone was also wiped and restored to factory settings and had not been reissued to another person within the agency. No one within the special counsel’s office or the Justice Management Divisions of the agency had any records as to who cleared all the data from the iPhone.

On January 12, 2017, the Inspector General announced it would review “whether the Department and the FBI followed policies or procedures in connection with, or in actions leading up to or related to, the FBI Director’s public announcement on July 5, 2016, and the Director’s letters to Congress on October 28 and November 6, 2016, and whether certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations.”

The Inspector General initiated the investigation into Page and Strzok’s phones after being notified of a “gap in text message data collection” between December 16, 2015 and May 17, 2017.

Strzok and Page (who were both part of the initial group of employees assigned to the Special Counsel’s Office) rose to infamy after text messages between the two revealed they despised Donald Trump and were rooting for Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election. They also discussed a “media leak strategy” and a suspicious “insurance policy” in case Trump got elected.

Some of their most memorable texts (there are too many to list them all) include:

  • Page: “Trump’s not going to become president, right?” Strzok: “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
  • Page: “God Trump is loathsome human.”  Strzok: “Yet he many win.”
  • Strzok: “God Hillary should win. 100,000,000-0.” Page: “I know”
  • Strzok: “I am riled up. Trump is a f***ing idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer.”

Page resigned from the FBI in May of 2018 and Strzok was fired in August.

WATCH LIVE: Oversight Subcommittee Hearing on Clinton Foundation Schemes

Watch a livestream the House oversight subcommittee on government operations hearing on the Clinton Foundation. The hearing is scheduled to take place at 2:00 p.m. ET.

The hearing, titled, Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations: A Case Study on the Clinton Foundation will feature the following speakers: Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, Phillip Hackney, Associate Professor of Law at University of Pittsburgh,  Lawrence W. Doyle, Managing Partner at DM Income Advisors and John F. Moynihan, Principal at JFM and Associates.

**LISTEN: Dan discusses why he thinks the time is up for the Clinton Foundation**

PURPOSE:
  • To discuss the management of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and how the designation impacts the programs and activities a nonprofit is allowed to conduct.
BACKGROUND:
  • 501(c)(3) organizations are not permitted to be organized or operated for the benefit of any private individual and are only permitted to engage in minimal political activity. When a nonprofit organization violates these terms, defrauds contributors, or engages in impermissible political activity, the IRS may revoke its tax exempt status.

Poll: Nation Optimistic About 2019, “Strongest” Numbers for Trump in Almost 2 Years

Despite what the mainstream media would have you believe, a new poll shows the nation is optimistic about 2019 and President Trump is gaining in popularity.

Paul Bedard reports in the Washington Examiner:

For the first time since February 2017, Trump’s “disapproval rating” has dropped to below 50 percent, a significant achievement considering the recent GOP elections and wildly swinging stock market. The Emerson College Poll, provided to Secrets, found that Trump’s disapproval rating is at 47 percent, “below 50 percent for the first time this year.” His approval rating is 43 percent.

The analysis of the survey stated, “These are his strongest job numbers for the president in an Emerson Poll since February 2017, when Trump had a 48 percent approval/47 percent disapproval.”

Emerson found that 47 percent of respondents expect 2019 to be better than 2018 while around 30 percent said it will be worse.

A recent Fox News poll has the president sitting at a 46 percent approval rating.

Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll released Tuesday shows Trump holding a 49 percent approval rating–that’s three points higher than President Obama’s approval rating during the same time in his presidency.

For the full report, click HERE.

 

First Lady Melania Trump Praises U.S. Military, Slams Media “Opportunists” in Rare Interview

First Lady Melania Trump sat down with Fox News’ Sean Hannity yesterday and gave a wide ranging interview where she discussed her support for the U.S. military and their families, her relationship with President Trump and slammed “opportunists” in the media who use her family’s name to advance their own agendas.

The First Lady made history yesterday when she flew in a V-22 Osprey aircraft on her way to visit military members and their families at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, and Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, VA.

Mrs. Trump also spent time on the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush where she spoke with Hannity about the importance of visiting with the military families.

“I wanted to come and visit military families and also the servicemen and women,” she said. “It’s very important that we support them. Holidays are coming. Not many of them they will be with their families. So for me it’s very important to show them that the president and I and the country where we are behind them.”

Mrs. Trump also discussed her relationship with the president, telling Hannity they had “great chemistry” when they met in 1998.

When asked what was the hardest thing she’s had to deal with since becoming first lady, Mrs. Trump replied, “I would say the opportunists. Using my name or my family name to advance themselves from comedians to journalists to performers, book writers…The problem is they are writing the history and it’s not correct.”

Trump Responds to Cohen Sentencing, Blasts Campaign Finance Charges

President Trump responded this morning to his former attorney Michael Cohen’s sentencing, writing on Twitter that the campaign finance charges he plead guilty to were meant to “embarrass the president” and help Cohen get a reduced prison sentence.

The three tweets read in full, “I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called ‘advice of counsel,’ and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid. Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly stated that I did nothing wrong with respect to campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance. Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me, but he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not guilty even on a civil basis. Those charges were just agreed to by him in order to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did-including the fact that his family was temporarily let off the hook. As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!”

Cohen was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison after he plead guilty to tax evasion, lying to Congress, making false statements on a bank loan application and so-called campaign finance violations. NOTE: No mention of Russian collusion.

Last week, Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett blasted Acting U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami for convincing Cohen to plead guilty to the “non-crime” relating to the campaign finance charges.

Jarrett wrote on Twitter, “Robert Khuzami, the ‘Acting’ US Attorney, filed a sentencing memo claiming President Trump organized illegal payments. Khuzami doesn’t know the law. Non-disclosure contracts are legal in every state. It’s not an illegal campaign contribution. Not a crime. Khuzami is wrong. Trump did not use campaign funds. A candidate may make unlimited contributions to his own campaign. Yet, Robert Khuzami convinced Cohen, a liar and tax cheat, to plead guilty to a non-crime. Khuzami wants to be the guy who brings down the President.”

Trump Cancels White House Christmas Party for Media

Fox News is reporting that President Trump has canceled the White House Christmas party for the press this year.

Howard Kurtz writes:

President Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media, making the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations. The annual Christmas-season gathering was a significant perk for those covering the White House, as well as other Washington reporters, anchors and commentators, and New York media executives would regularly fly in for the occasion. At its peak, the invitation-only soirees grew so large that there were two back-to-back events, one for broadcast outlets and one for print organizations….The White House made no announcement that it was dropping the press party. The president and first lady threw such a gathering last December but did not pose for pictures. Trump made a brief appearance with his wife and offered a few welcoming remarks.

Many in the press were left speculating whether the Christmas party would occur. Last month, White House Communications Director Bill Shine told the New York Times he couldn’t comment on the party, but quipped, “This year we’re inviting Mueller.”

The news of the cancellation isn’t that surprising considering the media’s hostility towards Trump. A study by the Media Research Center found that 92 percent of press coverage over the summer of Trump was negative, compared to just eight percent positive.

And who could forget CNN “reporter” Jim Acosta’s disrespectful behavior at a press conference last month where he engaged in a contentious discussion with President Trump and refused to hand over the microphone to a female White House intern.

 

 

 

HUGE: Judge Orders Mueller to Turn Over Key Documents in Flynn Case

The federal judge overseeing former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s case has ordered Robert Mueller to hand over key documents after it was revealed the FBI suggested Flynn to not have an attorney present for the interview that eventually led to his pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Mueller’s team to hand over any “302s or memoranda” related to Flynn’s questioning by 3:00 p.m. ET Friday.

The 302 reports are summaries of FBI interviews. Usually written soon after the questioning, Flynn’s report was dated August 22, 2017–nearly seven months after his meeting with FBI agents took place.

Fox News reports:

The judge’s brief order states that Mueller can choose to file the materials under seal if necessary. Sullivan also ordered the Flynn team to turn over the documents backing up its assertions. The judge could determine why the FBI apparently took a significantly more aggressive tack in handling the Flynn interview than it did during other similar matters, including the agency’s sit-downs with Hillary Clinton and ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos. Flynn is set to be sentenced next Tuesday — but Sullivan’s move might delay that date, or lead to other dramatic and unexpected changes in the case. Sullivan even has the authority to toss Flynn’s guilty plea and the charge against him if he concludes that the FBI interfered with Flynn’s constitutional right to counsel, although he has given no indications that he intends to do so.

On Tuesday, Flynn’s attorneys filed a sentencing memo in which they cited the 302 report from his interview with the FBI which show then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe urging Flynn to not have an attorney present for the questioning.

**LISTEN: Dan discusses disturbing revelations in Flynn sentencing memo**

“I explained that I thought the quickest way to get this done was to have a conversation between [Flynn] and the agents only,” McCabe wrote. “I further stated that if LTG Flynn wished to include anyone else in the meeting, like the White House counsel for instance, that I would need to involve the Department of Justice. [Flynn] stated that this would not be necessary and agreed to meet with the agents without any additional participants.”

Flynn’s report also stated, “The agents did not provide Gen. Flynn with a warning of the penalties for making a false statement under 18 U.S.C. 1001 before, during, or after the interview.”

Before the interview, McCabe and other FBI officials “decided the agents would not warn Flynn that it was a crime to lie during an FBI interview because they wanted Flynn to be relaxed, and they were concerned that giving the warnings might adversely affect the rapport.”

The Flynn memo points out that the 302 report reveals that FBI agents strategized on how to handle Flynn if he did not remember exactly what he had said in his phone conversation with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak because the agents had already read transcripts of the phone call.

The memo states that FBI officials decided if “Flynn said he did not remember something they knew he said, they would use the exact words Flynn used … to try to refresh his recollection. If Flynn still would not confirm what he said … they would not confront him or talk him through it.”

 

WH: Meadows Needed in Congress, No Longer Considered for Chief of Staff

President Trump has told Congressman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) that he is needed in Congress to “continue the great work” he is doing and is no longer being considered for White House Chief of Staff, Fox News reports.

In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “Congressman Mark Meadows is a great friend to President Trump and is doing an incredible job in Congress. The President told him we need him in Congress so he can continue the great work he is doing there.”

Meadows responded with his own statement:

“I’ve had the best job in the world, representing my constituents of western North Carolina and working alongside President Trump these last two years to give the forgotten men and women of America a voice in their government. I’m fully committed to continuing to both of those roles. I know the President has a long list of tremendous candidates for his next Chief of Staff, and whomever it is will have my total support moving forward.”

Current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will be leaving the White House at the end of the year and those tapped to possibly replace him include former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, and budget director Mick Mulvaney.

It was originally reported that Trump was considering Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers for the job, however, Ayers announced over the weekend that he was leaving the White House.

Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers Set to Make “Explosive” Allegations This Week

Three Clinton Foundation whistleblowers will speak out Thursday and make some “explosive” allegations, according to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.)

Meadows spoke with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum last night where he revealed a hearing would take place this week to go over 6,000 pages of evidence from the Clinton Foundation investigation.

When asked that the next steps would be for the investigation, Meadows replied, “… we’re going to be having a hearing this week, not only covering over some of those 6,000 pages that you’re talking about, but hearing directly from three whistleblowers that have actually spent the majority of the last two years investigating this.”

The Congressman also described the allegations from the whistleblowers as “explosive.”

“Some of the allegations they make are quite explosive,” he said. “…just look at the contributions. Now everybody’s focused on the contributions for the Clinton Foundation and what has happened just in the last year. But if you look at it, it had a very strong rise, the minute she was selected as secretary of state. It dipped down when she was no longer there. And then rose again, when she decided to run for president. So there’s all kinds of allegations of pay-to-play and that kind of thing.”

According to federal tax filings, donations to the Clinton Foundation dropped by $36 million the year after Hillary Clinton ran for president.

The filings, obtained by the New York Post, show that “contributions plunged from $62,912,331 in 2016 to $26,566,825 in 2017.”

The Clintons and their foundation have a long history of troubling dealings, many of which are outlined in the bestselling book by Peter Schweizer, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.

Consider the below list as a small example of some of the questionable behavior of the Clintons as laid out by Breitbart:

  • Hillary’s Foundation Hid a $2.35 Million Foreign Donation from the Head of the Russian Govt’s Uranium Company that Had Business Before Hillary Clinton’s State Dept.—a Clear Violation of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Obama Administration
  • Bill Clinton Bagged $500,000 for a Speech in Moscow Paid for by a Kremlin-linked Bank
  • Hillary’s Brother Sits on the Board of a Mining Company that Scored an Extremely Rare “Gold Exploitation Permit” in Haiti as Hillary and Bill Clinton Disbursed Billions of U.S. Taxpayer Dollars in Haiti
  • Hillary’s Approval of the Russian Takeover of Uranium One Transferred 20% of All U.S. Uranium to the Russian Govt.
  • At Least $26 Million of the Clintons’ Wealth Comes from Speaking Fees by Companies and Organizations that are Also Major Clinton Foundation Donors

Suspected French Christmas Market Terrorist Identified as Another “Known Wolf”

The suspected terrorist who killed two and wounded at least 13 others in a shooting attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France yesterday was being monitored by police ever since he was radicalized in prison and has a long criminal record.

The Washington Times reports that French Senior Interior Ministry official Laurent Nunez says 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt was monitored by authorities since 2015, when he was released from prison after having been radicalized.

Nunez also said that Chekatt was supposed to be arrested yesterday morning prior to his attack in relation to an attempted murder however, he was not home when authorities arrived.

The shooter, who shouted Allahu Akbar as he attacked innocent shoppers, has a long criminal record, having served prison time for robberies in Germany, France, and Switzerland over the years.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers have been hunting down the killer, who–according to officials–may have crossed into Germany.

The Times reports:

Many of Europe’s deadliest terror attacks in recent years have taken place in France. In response to Tuesday’s shooting, the government decided to take the country’s attack risk up a level on the official threat index and to send security reinforcements to Strasbourg, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said in Strasbourg. Some 350 officers and two helicopters were searching for the assailant after Tuesday’s drama, which involved shooting in multiple neighborhoods of Strasbourg, authorities said. The assailant confronted law enforcement officers twice, exchanging fire, while he “sowed terror,” Castaner said. The shooter was shot and wounded by soldiers guarding the Christmas market, according to Stephane Morisse of police union FGP Police.

 

Migrants Demand Trump Let Them into U.S. or Pay Them 50K Each

An ultimatum was delivered to the Trump administration by a group of migrants attempting to make their way into the U.S.: allow them to enter the United States or pay them each $50,000 to turn around and go home.

The outrageous request came Tuesday as two migrant groups marched to the U.S. consulate in Tijuana with a list of demands, according to a report by Fox News.

“The first group of caravan members, that included about 100 migrants, arrived at the consulate around 11 a.m. Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa, an organizer from Honduras, said the $50,000 figure was chosen as a group,” writes Fox.

“It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Ulloa told the San Diego Union Tribune. “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”

Ulloa says the money would help the migrants return home and start businesses.

A second group of about 50 migrants sent a letter to the U.S. to demand they speed up the asylum process and allow up to 300 asylum seekers to enter the U.S. each day through the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego.

Approximately 6,000 migrants have traveled from Central America to Tijuana as part of the “migrant caravan.” So far, according to Fox News, around 700 of them left and returned home, 300 have been deported, and 2,500 applied for humanitarian visas in Mexico.

Click HERE for the full report.

 

Deep State FBI Suggested Flynn Not Have Attorney During Interview Which Led to Guilty Plea

Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe suggested then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn did not need a lawyer present during the bureau’s questioning with the three-star general in the interview that led to his pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

The information is from the FBI’s 302 report which was part of Flynn’s sentencing memo filed yesterday by his defense team.

Byron York explains in an excellent piece in the Washington Examiner:

Citing McCabe’s account, the sentencing memo says that shortly after noon on Jan. 24 — the fourth day of the new Trump administration — McCabe called Flynn on a secure phone in Flynn’s West Wing office. The two men discussed business briefly and then McCabe said that he “felt that we needed to have two of our agents sit down” with Flynn to discuss Flynn’s talks with Russian officials during the presidential transition.

McCabe, by his own account, urged Flynn to talk to the agents alone, without a lawyer present. “I explained that I thought the quickest way to get this done was to have a conversation between [Flynn] and the agents only,” McCabe wrote. “I further stated that if LTG Flynn wished to include anyone else in the meeting, like the White House counsel for instance, that I would need to involve the Department of Justice. [Flynn] stated that this would not be necessary and agreed to meet with the agents without any additional participants.”

Within two hours, the agents were in Flynn’s office. According to the 302 report quoted in the Flynn sentencing document, the agents said Flynn was “relaxed and jocular” and offered the agents “a little tour” of his part of the White House.

The 302 report also stated the the FBI didn’t want to warn Flynn of the penalties for making false statements to the FBI “because they wanted Flynn to be relaxed, and they were concerned that giving the warnings might adversely affect the rapport.”

York points out that the FBI agents had already read transcripts of Flynn’s conversation with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak:

“Before the interview, FBI officials had also decided that if ‘Flynn said he did not remember something they knew he said, they would use the exact words Flynn used … to try to refresh his recollection. If Flynn still would not confirm what he said … they would not confront him or talk him through it,'” the Flynn memo says, citing the FBI 302.

Read the full story HERE.

Andrew Gillum Addresses Donors, Stokes 2020 ‘Buzz’

Failed Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum sparked new speculation of a potential 2020 run for the White House yesterday; addressing nearly 300 high-powered Democratic donors in Washington DC.

“Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum is set to address top Democratic Party donors gathered in Washington amid speculation he’s considering a 2020 presidential bid,” writes NBC News. “Party officials confirm Gillum is the surprise speaker at a closed gathering of about 300 donors huddling Tuesday in a Washington hotel.”

Gillum was defeated in November by Republican Ron DeSantis, but is widely regarded as a future star among Democratic politicians; exciting the liberal base of the party.

“Despite his loss in the governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis, Gillum is among the young Democratic Party liberals who excited party activists nationally,” adds NBC.

The Democratic National Committee’s finance gathering includes major donors from the 2018 midterms and former donors that party leaders hope will re-emerge as key financial supporters. The DNC is trying to narrow its sizable fundraising deficit with the Republican National Committee at the same time that an unusually large group of potential presidential candidates competes for the limited resources among top donors on the left.

Read the full report here.

Comey to Congress: It was “Not Necessary” to Validate Sources in Dossier

Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Friday that it was “not necessary” to validate the sources in the anti-Trump dossier before citing the document in an application to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

The Daily Caller reports:

According to a transcript of Comey’s testimony released on Saturday, the former FBI chief also asserted that it was “not necessary” for the FBI to assess the sources that dossier author Christopher Steele used to compile his report, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign.

“I think I’ve dealt with warrants where you just identify that your primary [confidential informant], or primary source, has subsources, and so long as the court is aware of that phenomenon and that you’re speaking to the reliability of the primary source, to my mind, that’s a totally legit warrant application,” he said.

Comey told lawmakers that “work was ongoing” by the time he was fired on May 9, 2017, to “to replicate, either rule in or rule out” as much of the dossier as possible.

He said that by the time he was fired on May 9, 2017, he “still didn’t know whether there was anything to it,” referring to the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Kremlin.

Comey agreed on Dec. 2 to testify behind closed doors after initially filing a lawsuit to avoid the questioning because he believed his testimony would be “selectively leaked.”

Comey told lawmakers that Steele was a “reliable source with a track record” and left him with little concern as to how the former British spy gathered his information.

In the interview, Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) told Comey about testimony from Justice Department attorney Salley Moyer, who asserted there was a 50-50 change that the FISA warrants on Page would not have been approved without the dossier.

“If she testified — and I’ll represent to you that she testified that the FISA court — it was 49-51, maybe 50-50, that the FISA court would have approved the warrant without the Steele dossier.”

Comey also said he had no concerns about the process in which the Page FISA warrant was obtained.

“Did you then or do you now have any concerns about the process that occurred around the Carter Page FISA?” a Democratic lawmaker asked Comey.

“I do not,” he replied.

Read the full report HERE.

Will Mark Meadows be the Next White House Chief of Staff?

President Trump is considering Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-S.C.) as his next chief of staff, according to Axios.

Three sources have told the news outlet that the president has asked his confidants what they think of Meadows to replace outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly, who will be leaving his position at the end of the year.

It was originally reported that Trump was considering Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers for the job however, Ayers announced yesterday that he was leaving the White House.

A source told Axios that Ayers couldn’t commit to the job, saying “Nick couldn’t give POTUS a two-year commitment, so he’s going to help him on the outside instead.”

According to Bloomberg, the president is considering three others for the job: Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and budget director Mick Mulvaney.

On Saturday, Trump told reporters “John Kelly will be leaving, I don’t know if I can say retiring. But he’s a great guy,” and added that he would choose a replacement “over the next day or two.”