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NYT: Let bygones be bygones, as long as it’s Clinton and Uranium One

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New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker thinks it’s wrong for President Trump to ask the Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton’s Uranium One scandal. He thinks it’s okay to let bygones be bygones, as long as they are committed by Democrats.

Look at the quotes he included in his latest piece “Trump shatters longstanding norms by pressing for Clinton investigation.”

From Karen Dunn, one of the Obama White House lawyers and a Clinton adviser: “This is exactly what he said he would do: use taxpayer resources to pursue political rivals.” From former Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon: “It is another thing entirely to try to weaponize the Justice Department in order to actually carry it out.”

Trump Shatters Longstanding Norms by Pressing for Clinton Investigation | Peter Baker, New York Times

The request alone was enough to trigger a political backlash, as critics of Mr. Trump quickly decried what they called “banana republic” politics of retribution, akin to autocratic backwater nations where election losers are jailed by winners. The issue will almost certainly energize what was already shaping up to be a contentious hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning, when Mr. Sessions is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

He buried the lede of the substance of the Justice Department’s review many paragraphs down. In July, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to the Justice Department asking them to look further into Uranium One (Baker doesn’t mention the timing here, only Trump’s tweets about it). In late September, the Judiciary Committee again requested the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate Uranium One, since that investigation appears “to be outside the scope of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.”

Finally, Baker closed the case all by himself.

Donors related to Uranium One and another company it acquired contributed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, and Bill Clinton received $500,000 from a Russian bank for a speech. But there is no evidence that Mrs. Clinton participated in the government approval of the deal, and her aides have noted that other agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, signed off on it as well. The company’s actual share of American uranium production has been 2 percent; the real benefit for Russia was securing far greater supplies of uranium from Kazakhstan.

Nothing to see here. Move along, because “there is no evidence.” That doesn’t mean “no evidence has been found,” or “investigators have turned up no evidence.” Baker is asserting that no evidence exists, therefore, no investigation is necessary.

Thank you to the New York Times for closing the case.

With Democrats in office, it’s okay for the Justice Department to help craft deals to funnel settlement slush fund money to liberal causes and away from conservatives. It’s okay for then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch to meet with Bill Clinton in a hush-hush private-plane on the tarmac confab just days before then-FBI Director James Comey recommended no prosecution for Hillary. It’s okay for the Obama White House to exert political pressure to end the Clinton email investigation before the election. It’s okay for the FBI to continue investigating Donald Trump’s Russia connections, paying the same operative used by Fusion GPS to compile the “Trump dossier,” and use secret FISA wiretaps against targets.

It’s okay for those FISA warrants and investigations to become the foundation of Robert Mueller’s cases against George Pappadopoulos, Carter Page and Robert Manafort. It’s okay for Mueller to strong-arm those indicted individuals (convicted, in Pappadopoulos’ case) in order to move further into President Trump’s inner circle. It’s okay to use Wikileaks-obtained documents to force release of White House communications, against the advice of White House counsel Don McGahn, to further the Russia investigation.

And it’s okay with the New York Times to continue the Trump-Russia collusion investigation despite the fact that no evidence of collusion has turned up yet (at least not leaked to the public yet, and we know if it existed, it would be leaked).

But when it comes to things that Hillary did and got away with (so far), it’s called “weaponizing” the Justice Department to revisit those things when the House Judiciary Committee has requested it.

It’s so nice to let bygones be bygones, when you’re an unabashed liberal pretending to be impartial.

Further reading

Goodlatte & Judiciary Republicans Renew Call for Second Special Counsel to Address Issues Outside the Scope of Mueller’s Investigation | U.S. House of Representatives

https://goodlatte.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=978Recently, we wrote to you to request responses to those and other unanswered questions pertaining to the Clinton investigation. However, as the most recent Comey revelations make clear, ignoring this problem will not make it go away. Director, did you make the decision not to recommend criminal charges relating to classified information before or after Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI on July the 2nd?

Jeff Sessions considers investigating Hillary Clinton, others involved in Uranium One deal

http://noqreport.com/2017/11/13/jeff-sessions-considers-investigating-hillary-clinton-others-involved-uranium-one-deal/Update: President Trump Tweeted a teaser last night. Some are betting on it being and announcement about the investigation. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/930320191699017730 https://twitter.com/benshapiro/status/930330913094885376 https://twitter.com/libbybakalar/status/930329180599861249 Original Story Reports out of DC indicate Attorney General Jeff Sessions is weighing the options for investigating the Obama-era Uranium One deal that gave a Russian-owned company partial control over our nuclear energy…

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Why wasn’t a thwarted school shooting a major news story?

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Why wasnt a thwarted school shooting a major news story

(Please note that we are not using the perpetrator’s name to keep the focus on the heroes who stopped this potential tragedy)

The liberty grabbers on the left usually jump at a chance to demonize the 2nd Amendment. Why not in this case?

Three staff members of Smith High School in Greensboro, North Carolina stopped a potential tragedy on Monday by quickly locking down the school and arresting the perpetrator.

The first to intervene was Patrick Jordan, a Behavioral Intervention Specialist who works at the school. He noticed someone who did not “fit in” walking past in the courtyard. Jordan then approached the man to ask why he was there, and after a short exchange the individual raised his shirt to show a handgun. Assistant Principal, Lashonti Hines, also noticed the gun. Hines and Jordan immediately called for a lock down. The criminal ran and was arrested after being tased by school Resource Officer, D.K. Evans.

The perpetrator had previously assaulted his girlfriend in Virginia Beach Monday morning before allegedly stealing the victim’s car to drive to the School in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The man had a backpack with two loaded handguns and eight boxes of ammunition. It was reported in the Sacramento Bee that the man had a “hit list” with plans to kill a woman and her parents in Durham, and then move on to Smith High School in Greensboro to kill two people. He then planned to drive to Maryland and kill one more person.

Why wasn’t this a major news story?

This potential mass murder in a school and elsewhere took place several days ago. While it did receive some perfunctory notice by some local and national news sources, it was quickly glossed over in favor of other stories. Why?

Several reasons can be gleaned from the accompanying video on the hero who stopped this tragedy. Suffice it to say that the ethnicity of the perpetrator, as well as the victims, did not fit the usual narrative. The featured video also had one of the heroes referring to that which is generally taboo with secular socialist television.

The primary difference between this case and others is that the perpetrator didn’t succeed. There were no images or video of children fleeing for their lives from the scene, and a decided lack of relatives of the victims emoting on-screen demanding for restrictions on freedom.

Colleague, Lorie Wimble, noticed a similar pattern with regard to a rape allegation by Katie Brennan, in which a political inconvenient story ends up getting buried in the news cycle. In this environment it’s mind-boggling that the media doesn’t understand why they are no longer trusted. It’s equally perplexing that they don’t understand that their bias is manifestly obvious.

A lost opportunity to demonize liberty

Compare the coverage of this potential “serious crisis” with one that is ripe for exploitation by the freedom floggers. Wall-to-wall coverage would soon be initiated after word of an exploitable tragedy coming in over the optic fiber (followed by the usual admonitions about our issue with liberty and how we must now restrict freedom) then, somber denizens of the nation’s Socialist left will pontificate on the dire need to control personal property, as well as everyone’s online speech.

One can easily imagine the gatherings of excited leftists in “news” rooms around the nation hoping for another chance to further their gun confiscation agenda, only to be disappointed that the obvious solution of armed school security saving the day. The sheer letdown for them, in the midst of their writing up of tweets with the hashtag #GunReformNow (meaning #GunConfiscationNow), when the news breaks that ordinary citizens stopped evil dead in it’s tracks.

Killing off the contagion

Studies show that over-the-top media coverage and making perpetrators “anti-heroes” tends to encourage copycat crimes. Even far-left publication ‘Mother Jones’ recognizes this problem. It’s also logical that publicizing the failure of one of these murderous miscreants would discourage this behavior in others with similar ideas.

Those planning these crimes go through five distinct planning phases. Seeing that someone was thwarted by an armed response may end the fantasy of an active shooter once and for all.

The takeaway

Truly common sense measures, such as eliminating so-called ‘Gun-Free’ zones and freeing people to carry concealed weapons, would dramatically reduce if not eliminate these tragedies. But for some, security is more important than essential liberty. Perhaps that is why they oppose the common sense solutions.

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Katie Brennan story would be nationally covered if her alleged rapist were a Republican

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Katie Brennan story would be nationally covered if her alleged rapist were a Republican

Katie Brennan claims she was raped. She reported the incident to the police. After their investigation, they said there wasn’t enough evidence to arrest and convict her alleged rapist. Undaunted, Brennan worked her way up the ladder until finally calling on Governor Phil Murphy himself, a man she volunteered for in his election campaign, to meet with her and discuss the alleged rapist on his payroll.

Unfortunately for Brennan, the chief of staff at the state’s housing agency and a former volunteer for the governor’s campaign, she was accusing a powerful Democrat in deep-blue New Jersey. There was little chance she was going to be heard by anyone in public office, so she did what she hoped wouldn’t be necessary. She contacted the press.

A Sexual-Assault Accusation in New Jersey Spotlights a National Dilemma

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-sexual-assault-accusation-in-new-jersey-exposes-a-national-dilemma-1539542172A meeting with the governor was never scheduled. And months later, the man, Albert J. Alvarez, was still working for the state, as chief of staff at the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. Mr. Alvarez resigned his position Oct. 2, the same day the Journal emailed him for comment.

“At each turn, I’ve just felt so disappointed,” Ms. Brennan said in an interview. “I tried everything. And none of it worked. If I can’t get any justice, I just don’t seriously know who can.”

Now, she faces skepticism from many people who have claimed the #MeToo mantle as their own. It caught her by surprise. In her public hearing yesterday, she told the story from the time of the alleged rape all the way through to now.

“I thought if any administration could make progressive reforms, it would be this one,” Brennan said during her testimony.

She has every right to be baffled by the way she has been treated, even recently. The attorney general found no wrongdoing by the district attorney who turned her away and refused to file charges against her alleged rapist, Al Alvarez. How they came to that conclusion without even attempting to interview Brennan herself is unfathomable.

Putting together the pieces, it’s starting to make more sense. The last thing any Democratic lawmaker in the state of New Jersey wants is for their boss to be seen as ignoring a sexual assault allegation against one of his top staffers made by a former campaign volunteer.

Katie Brennan Responds To AG’s Finding In Review Of Rape Allegation Investigation

https://www.insidernj.com/katie-brennan-responds-ags-finding-review-rape-allegation-investigation/“The integrity of every government body involved in the Attorney General’s investigation has been called into question. I am deeply discouraged that the Attorney General’s Office could rush to its conclusion without the Attorney General or Office of Public Integrity and Accountability ever even requesting to speak with me. They have not heard my story directly. They have not allowed my concerns to be heard or asked me any clarifying questions.

“Had I been asked, I would have told them that, contrary to some reports, the first and only time I met Prosecutor Suarez was at a dinner on August 30, 2018.

My Take

This is purely political, 100%. I was shocked it wasn’t getting national attention back in October when the WSJ article first dropped.

Why isn’t Katie Brennan’s #MeToo accusation getting national attention?

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/15/isnt-katie-brennans-metoo-accusation-getting-national-attention/It’s the type of story that should have received national attention immediately. It was sourced by a respected major news outlet, the Wall Street Journal. Both the accuser and the accused are high-ranking public official in New Jersey’s government. The accused stepped down two weeks ago when approached by WSJ for comment. Katie Brennan’s story is a major newsworthy scandal.

As of Monday morning, a day after the story officially broke and four days after it was leaked to other major news outlets, both mainstream media and the #MeToo movement are essentially silent.

As I did in October, I waited a day before writing about this because I assumed, surely this time leftist mainstream media could no longer ignore this story. Searches for “Katie Brennan” on Google News today reveal it’s still essential only being covered by local press. The networks aren’t picking it up. Outlets like the NY Times and WaPo aren’t picking it up. The Wall Street Journal continues to cover it, but Politico is the only major left-leaning outlet to even mention Katie Brennan.

It’s an extremely credible story of a woman allegedly raped by a powerful man protected by his cohorts in government. If it was a Republican rapist protected by a Republican governor, this would be huge. Instead, media is sweeping it under the rug.

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We have another casualty to report from Trump’s war on the media

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We have another casualty to report from Trumps war on the media

In Donald Trump’s war against the First Amendment and freedom of the press, one of the indisputable casualties has been the conservative media as formerly conservative voices are assimilated by the Trumpservative Borg.

Less than two weeks ago, I wrote about how Trump critics in TV and radio are being canned and replaced by Trump cheerleaders, such as we witnessed when Salem Radio Network cancelled Michael Medved’s nationally syndicated radio show to make room for former advisor to Donald Trump Sebastian Gorka.

Shortly after that story, I wrote about Trump’s proposal to create a state-run media company to combat his “Fake News” critics and how a recent revelation about FOX & Friends showed how they had become another propaganda arm of the White House.

Stories such as these are why I wrote yesterday about my concerns over the merger between Mark Levin’s CRTV and Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze. While being touted as a boon for the conservative movement, the examples I mention above show how far the conservative media has fallen and should give any objective observer reason for pause concerning the newly formed Blaze Media.

Media outlets that have refused to surrender to Trump have paid the price for doing so.

Yesterday we learned that The Weekly Standard may be shutting down after over 20 years in business. Editors Bill Kristol, Stephen Hayes, and Charlie Sykes have been adamantly critical of Trump for his unpresidential behavior and his liberal policies.

While there will be those within the Trumpservative media and the Trump cult who will point to The Weekly Standard’s opposition to Trump and their neo-con leanings as a valid reason for their demise, it should concern every Constitution-loving American that such a thing should happen and be celebrated simply because a publication is critical of the president.

But that’s the condition of liberty in America today in the Age of Trump. Our Constitutionally protected God-given rights are secondary to the egomaniacal needs of the narcissistic New York liberal occupying the White House.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “I am…for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents.”

A free press is necessary to enforce accountability in government. I hope we figure that out before it’s too late.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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