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Trump Pardons Soldier Convicted of Unpremeditated Murder of al Qaeda Operative

President Trump has pardoned former Army Ranger Michael Behenna after he was convicted of unpremeditated murder for killing an al Qaeda operative in 2008.

Last night, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced, “Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for former Army First Lieutenant Michael Behenna of Oklahoma.”

In April of 2008, as a young commander of a small 17-man platoon, Michael and his men were struck by a massive IED that killed two of his soldiers and severely injured others in his platoon.

After the IED attack, Behenna read several intelligence reports which drew a connection between the IED attack and an al Qaeda operative named Ali Mansur.

An Army intelligence report specifically cited Mansur as someone who “transports explosives” for the terror group, so Behenna worked with the local Sheik to locate the operative and took him into custody on May 5, 2008.

Mansur was ordered released by the Army and Behenna was told to transport the terrorist home.

Determined to obtain more information about the al Qaeda cell to further protect his soldiers from future attacks, Behenna decided to conduct a field interrogation while transporting him home.

During the interrogation, Mansur aggressively reached for Behenna’s weapon, so he shot and killed him in self-defense.

Shockingly, during his 2009 court martial, Army prosecutors failed to notify Behenna’s defense lawyers that a forensic expert had sided with Michael’s version of events surrounding the shooting.

Instead, prosecutors sent the expert home before he could testify and present his potentially exculpatory evidence to the panel.

The White House statement points out that dozens of generals and admirals signed a brief in support of Behenna’s self-defense claim.

“Thirty-seven generals and admirals, along with a Former Inspector General of the Department of Defense, signed a brief in support of Mr. Behenna’s self-defense claim. Numerous members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation, Oklahoma’s then-Governor Mary Fallin, and current Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter have also expressed support for Mr. Behenna,” wrote the White House.

“Further, while serving his sentence, Mr. Behenna was a model prisoner.  In light of these facts, Mr. Behenna is entirely deserving of this Grant of Executive Clemency.”

Behenna released a statement last night, thanking President Trump for his “tremendous act of mercy.”

“Although this brings great peace to my family, we as a country must never forget Adam Kohlhaas and Steven Christofferson and all those who gave their lives in service of this great nation,” the statement continues.They represent the finest of our society, and their families will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.”

Trump Pushes to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorist Organization

President Trump has asked his administration to figure out a way to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, according to the Daily Caller.

The news was originally reported in the New York Times, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has confirmed the reporting, telling the paper, “The president has consulted with his national security team and leaders in the region who share his concerns, and this designation is working its way through the internal process.”

The group is opposed to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who asked President Trump during a meeting on April 9 to designate them as a terror organization.

The plan to label the group as a terrorist organization has the backing of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, while others in the Pentagon disagree and are seeking a more “moderate” solution.

The Daily Caller notes, “Seven countries, including Russia and Saudi Arabia, have made the designation. The sanctions imposed would punish those who fund the group or provide banking services, and ban members or those with ties to the group from entering the United States.”

The designation would mark a stark contrast from the Obama administration, which invited Muslim Brotherhood leaders to President Obama’s infamous American apology speech in Cairo in 2009.

The Obama administration also invited Muslim Brotherhood leaders to the White House in 2012.


Breaking: Mueller Report Completed, Delivered to AG Barr

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his Trump-Russia report to Attorney General William Barr, who expects to send a summary of the report to Congress as early as this weekend.

“I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend,” Barr wrote in a letter to Congress.

Fox News reports:

The report was delivered earlier Friday afternoon to the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s office and it was delivered to Barr’s office within minutes, a senior DOJ official told Fox News. The White House was notified that the DOJ had received the report around 4:45 p.m., before lawmakers on Capitol Hill were informed.

Both Barr and Rosenstein have seen the report, according to a senior DOJ official.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders reacted to the news and tweeted, “The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course. The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report.”

Earlier today, Trump told reporters that the release of Mueller’s report was “going to be very interesting.  But we’ll see what happens.  There was no collusion.  There was no obstruction.  Everybody knows it.  It’s all a big hoax.  It’s — I call it the witch hunt.  It’s all a big hoax. So we’ll see what happens.  I know that the Attorney General, highly respected, ultimately will make a decision.”

White House: ISIS Territory in Syria 100% Eliminated

The White House announced today that ISIS territory in Syria has been “100 percent” eliminated.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders made the announcement to reporters on board Air Force One and directed them to the Department of Defense for further information.

Yesterday, Fox News reported that ISIS had “officially crumbled,” and its last stronghold, Baghouz, Syria had been liberated.

“It’s the first time since we’ve been here in Syria for five days that the bombs have stopped dropping and the gunfire has disappeared. We have witnessed the end of the caliphate – the brutal empire that once ruled over 8 million people – is gone,” wrote Fox News foreign affairs correspondent Benjamin Hall.

Hall wrote that he witnessed the last major offensive up close– “with U.S.-backed SDF forces attacking ISIS from three sides, pushing the fighters back, house to house, then tent to tent, against the Euphrates River.”

“In the end, the majority surrendered,” continued Hall. “In fact, since the start of the year about 60,000 have dripped into the desert, and most are now held in camps.”

On Wednesday, President Trump said ISIS would be “gone by tonight,” as he showed reporters maps of the region in 2016 with red spots indicating ISIS strongholds.

“When I took it over, it was a mess,” he said.

Trump Admin Has More Female Top Advisers Than Obama, Bush or Clinton

While many on the left continue to breathlessly and desperately push the false narrative that President Trump is anti-women, it turns out, he has more top female advisers than Presidents Obama, Bush or Clinton.

The Washington Examiner reports that the President has seven top female advisers, compared to five for President Obama, three for Bush and five for Clinton at the same time during their presidencies.

The Examiner writes, “The top advisers are White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway; CIA Director Gina Haspel, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, senior adviser Ivanka Trump, Director of Legislative Affairs Shahira Knight, and Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp.”

It’s reported that Trump will nominate more women to powerful posts soon, including Kelly Craft for U.N. ambassador and Jessie Liu for Rod Rosenstein’s position of Deputy Attorney General.

For the full report, click HERE.

President Trump to Visit U.S.-Mexico Border on Thursday

The White House announced today that President Trump will visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday as he continues to push for funding for the border wall.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders wrote on Twitter, “President @realDonaldTrump will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis. More details will be announced soon.”

Fox News reports:

The president’s visit will come on what will likely be the 20th day of the partial government shutdown. Numerous government agencies first ran out of funding on Dec. 22, as Democrats vowed to block Trump’s requested $5.7 billion to build the border wall and Trump insisted on the money. Last week, House Democrats proposed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees construction of the wall, at current levels through Feb. 8, with $1.3 billion for border security—a figure far less than Trump requested. Senate Republicans so far have not taken it up.

A recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that immigration is a top issue for Americans in 2019.

In an open-ended question, forty nine percent of respondents named immigration as one of the top five problems they’d like the government to handle in 2019. That is up from 27 percent who mentioned immigration in 2017.

Last week, President Trump joined Border Patrol officials at a White House press conference where they expressed their support for a wall at the southern border.

President of the National Border Patrol Council, Brandon Judd, told journalists, “I have been a border patrol agent for 21 years. I can personally tell you from the work that I’ve done on the southwest border that physical barriers, that walls actually work. You hear a lot of talk that there are experts that say that walls don’t work. I promise you that if you interview border patrol agents they will tell you that walls work.”

He continued, “I worked in Naco, Arizona for ten years. We didn’t have physical barriers in Naco and illegal immigration and drug smuggling was absolutely out of control. We built those walls, those physical barriers and illegal immigration dropped exponentially. Anywhere that you look where we have built walls, they have worked. They have been an absolute necessity for Border Patrol agents in securing the border.”

White House Rejects Democrats’ Plan to Reopen Government without Wall Funding

The White House announced yesterday that President Trump would reject Democratic legislation that would fund the government without funding the border wall.

“President Trump made a serious, good faith offer to Democrats to open the government, address the crisis at our border, and protect all Americans,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. “We have heard nothing back from the Democrats, who so far have refused to compromise. Speaker Designate Nancy Pelosi released a plan that will not re-open the government because it fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of our own citizens,” she continued.

Sanders said Pelosi’s plan is a “non-starter” because it doesn’t fund homeland security or “keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime.”

Pelosi plans on getting the legislation passed in the House of Representatives this week.  It would include funding for several agencies, however does not include funding for the border wall.

The White House has invited Democrat and Republican leaders to meet with senior Department of Homeland Security officials today for a briefing on border security.

President Trump suggested yesterday he might be ready to “make a deal,” tweeting, “Border Security and the Wall ‘thing’ and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker! Let’s make a deal?”

White House Slams Comey After Yesterday’s Anti-Trump Tirade

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders blasted former FBI Director James Comey today after his comments yesterday which were critical of the President and Republicans.

After his testimony yesterday, Comey spoke with reporters where he said that Trump undermined the “rule of law.” The disgraced former FBI Director continued, “This is the president of the United States calling a witness who has cooperated with his own justice department a ‘rat.’ This is not about Republicans and Democrats. This is about what does it mean to be an American…There’s a set of values that represent the glue of this country and they are under attack…”

Sanders issued a scathing response, telling Fox News, “I think the last person that we’re going to take any lecture from about the values of this country is from a self-admitted liar and leaker that we know James Comey to be,” she said.

She continued, “There’s no doubt that he did a tremendous number of things wrong and brought outrageous corruption to the FBI. He led it with a political bias that is unheard of at an agency like that and so he’ll be the last person that we’re going to take any type of lecture from.”

Last night, after Comey’s comments Sanders took to Twitter to call on the GOP to stand up to the former FBI Director and his “tremendous corruption.”

“Republicans should stand up to Comey and his tremendous corruption – from the fake Hillary Clinton investigation, to lying and leaking, to FISA abuse, and a list too long to name,” she wrote. “The President did the country a service by firing him and exposing him for the shameless fraud he is”

White House to Jim Acosta: We’re Suspending you Again in Two Weeks

White House officials reportedly sent CNN reporter Jim Acosta a letter stating they would suspend his press credentials once again, as soon as the temporary restraining order CNN won expires.

CNN’s Brian Stelter reported:

After CNN won a temporary restraining order on Friday, forcing the White House to restore his press pass for 14 days, White House officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires. From the looks of the letter, the W.H. is trying to establish a paper trail that will empower the administration to boot Acosta again at the end of the month.

Acosta was banned from the White House after engaging in a contentious discussion with President Trump and refusing to hand over the microphone to a female White House intern. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Acosta “[placed] his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

CNN responded to the White House letter, stating, “The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution. These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President.”

Huckabee Sanders Unloads on CNN’s Acosta Over ‘Pipe Bombs’

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders unloaded on CNN’s Jim Acosta during her daily briefing Monday; saying it’s “irresponsible” to attribute last week’s string of dangerous “pipe bombs” on the Trump administration.

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Sanders was speaking with reporters when Acosta asked if the White House “has the guts” to name “which outlets” the President believes peddle in Fake News.

“Shouldn’t you have the guts, Sarah, to state which outlets, which journalists are the enemy of the people?” asked Acosta.

“I think it’s irresponsible of a news organization like yours to blame responsibility of a pipe bomb that was not sent by the president, not just blame the president, but blame members of his administration for those heinous acts,” fired-back Sanders.

Watch the fiery exchange above.