Daily Recap — August 21

My, what a litigious day.

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ANOTHER AMERICAN TAKEN FROM US

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I’m not leading off my Recap with the stories dominating everywhere else. The mainstream media does its level best to cover stories like this, therefore it’s incumbent on alternative media to amplify them that much more. And that’s exactly what I’ll be doing so long as I’m alive to type.

On July 19, the Tibbetts began to live a nightmare that parents pray to God they never encounter — their daughter Mollie was missing. She was a psychology major at the University of Iowa; a bright, kind, beautiful girl with an even brighter future. It didn’t make sense for her to vanish in this way. She didn’t run away for periods of time or anything else of the sort. She was well-liked by all who knew her with no enemies to speak of, respectful of her parents and followed a steady daily routine that made her easy to find.

Still, the Tibbetts found themselves searching all hours day and night for their daughter, helplessly pleading for the help of anyone or anything along the way that could bring Mollie home where she belonged. 

Now, they add their names to the growing list of American parents who have lost a child to someone who had no business being here in the first place.


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Police confirmed today they found the 20-year-old Mollie’s body after a five-week search. 

Cristhian Rivera, 24, has been charged with first degree murder in the case. Police also confirmed during a press conference today that he is an illegal immigrant. 

“We have confirmed with Homeland Security Investigations that he is an illegal alien and has been in this area for 4 to 7 years,” Rick Rahn, special agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said at the press conference. “We first approached Mr. Rivera yesterday… There was no fight or struggle of any kind.”

According to charging documents, Rivera told investigators that he ran next to Tibbetts after seeing her jogging on July 18 near Brooklyn, Iowa. He continued alongside her until she threatened to call the police and tried to run away. Rivera said he chased her and “blacked out.” He said he came to, realized that he had killed her and put her body in the trunk of his car. 

Police were led to Rivera as a suspect after they noticed security cameras at a house close to where Mollie was last seen. The owner of the house gave them access to the tapes and it provided enough evidence for the police to single out the suspect and detain him.

“The video was critical,” Rahn said at the press conference. “Through that we were able to identify a vehicle that we believed belonged to Mr. Rivera. From that we were able to track his pattern and routes he took. We were also able to find Mollie running on this video and we were able to determine that he was one of the last to have seen Mollie running.”

Thank God for that surveillance, otherwise there’s no telling if we would’ve ever found Mollie. 

Rahn said that while they have not confirmed the identity of the body, they are convinced it’s Mollie. She was found in a cornfield this morning, with corn stalks “placed on top of her.” The clothes are similar to what she was last seen wearing.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, but Rahn said that it would take authorities four to six weeks to receive the final results. In the meantime, Rivera’s bail has been set at $1 million. 


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My heart aches for the Tibbetts family. We’ve seen this too many times — a young boy or girl with their whole lives ahead of them being taken from us by someone who should have never been here.

We need the wall, Mr. President, among many other immigration reforms. Crime is something that will always be present regardless, but there is no excuse for continuing to suffer at the hands of people who don’t have to be here.

Please play hardball with these scumbags. Do it for Kate Steinle. Do it for Mollie Tibbetts. Do it for Jamiel Shaw. Do it for every American family who suffers the unimaginable pain of losing a child due to our shameful immigration policies.

Shut the whole damn government down. If we want a government, we need to have a country first.

Please take the gloves off, Mr. President.

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ANOTHER (PARTIAL) SCALP FOR KING BOB

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After failing to demonstrate any “Russian collusion” involving anyone in the Trump campaign, much less Trump himself, the Mueller witch hunt claimed another (partial) scalp today in the form of a mixed verdict against former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

A jury convicted Manafort – who worked on the campaign for a short period during the summer of 2016 – on eight counts of bank and tax fraud. They couldn’t reach agreement on 10 other counts of criminal conduct, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial on those.

The 18-count federal indictment against Manafort included charges broken down into three areas: filing false income tax returns, failing to file reports for foreign bank accounts, and bank fraud.

Below is the full list:


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The 18 counts and verdicts:

  • Filing false U.S. individual income tax returns, 2010. Verdict: Guilty
  • Filing false U.S. individual income tax returns, 2011. Verdict: Guilty
  • Filing false U.S. individual income tax returns, 2012. Verdict: Guilty
  • Filing false U.S. individual income tax returns, 2013. Verdict: Guilty
  • Filing false U.S. individual income tax returns, 2014. Verdict: Guilty
  • Failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, 2011. Verdict: No agreement by jury; judge declares mistrial on this count.
  • Failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, 2012. Verdict: Guilty
  • Failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, 2013. Verdict: No agreement by jury; judge declares mistrial on this count.
  • Failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, 2014. Verdict: No agreement by jury; judge declares mistrial on this count.
  • Bank fraud conspiracy ($3.4 million loan). Verdict: No agreement by jury; judge declares mistrial on this count.
  • Bank fraud ($3.4 million loan). Verdict: Guilty
  • Bank fraud conspiracy ($1 million loan). Verdict: No agreement by jury; judge declares mistrial on this count.
  • Bank fraud ($1 million loan). Verdict: Guilty
  • Bank fraud conspiracy ($5.5 million loan). Verdict: No agreement by jury; judge declares mistrial on this count.
  • Bank fraud conspiracy ($9.5 million loan). Verdict: No agreement by jury; judge declares mistrial on this count.
  • Bank fraud ($9.5 million loan). Verdict: No agreement by jury; judge declares mistrial on this count.
  • Bank fraud conspiracy ($6.5 million loan). Verdict: No agreement by jury; judge declares mistrial on this count.
  • Bank fraud ($6.5 million loan). Verdict: No agreement by jury; judge declares mistrial on this count.

BIG PICTURE:

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The government has until Aug. 29 to decide whether it will move to retry the 10 deadlocked counts. However, it’s doubtful they will since Manafort already faces a maximum of 80 years for the charges on which he was just convicted.

Then there is the trial he faces next month in a separate federal court case in D.C., including conspiring against the United States, conspiring to launder money, failing to register as an agent of a foreign principal and providing false statements.

The whole point here — and it was always the whole point — is to squeeze Manafort into singing (or composing) against PDT. While this certainly wasn’t a sweeping victory for Mueller, he got what he wanted, which is Manafort facing serious jail time with more possibly on the way.

So will King Bob get what he want? Will Manafort beg for mercy and tell him whatever he wants to hear regarding PDT? I doubt it. I believe he’s banking on a pardon from PDT. And frankly, I think he should get it.

No, I don’t like foreign lobbyists. I’ve been clear on this point. But what I hate even more is the federal government throwing its weight around for political purposes and selectively prosecuting Americans based on their affiliations. In his zeal to find collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, Mueller has turned our justice system into a corrupt cabal that would make the Soviets blush.

This has to end.

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COHEN SLEEPS WITH THE ENEMY

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Sigh. Man, what a day.

Michael Cohen, PDT’s former personal attorney, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court today to eight criminal counts, admitting that “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office” he acted to keep information that would have been harmful to the candidate and the campaign from becoming public during the 2016 election cycle.

Translation: He paid off some floozies to shut up during the election.

 

The counts against Cohen included tax fraud, false statements to a bank and campaign finance violations tied to his work for Trump, including payments to said floozies. Though not named in the plea deal filed in court, the women whom Cohen allegedly helped silence were the two usual suspects we’ve come to know and love over the last few months: porn star Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. PDT denies the claims.

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THE CHARGES:

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In the case of Stormy, Cohen allegedly arranged a nondisclosure agreement for which he paid her $130,000, and for that Cohen was charged with making an excessive campaign contribution, since the payment was made “in service of the campaign” and exceeded the federal limit.
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McDougal, Cohen and the CEO of the National Enquirer allegedly “worked together to keep an individual from publicly disclosing” information that would have been harmful to a candidate, saying the individual received $150,000. In the summer of 2016, the publisher of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc. paid McDougal $150,000 for a contract that effectively silenced her claims of an affair with Trump. 
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Today, Cohen said of the charge linked to McDougal that it was done “for the principal purpose of influencing the election.” Regarding the charge linked to Stormy, Cohen said the money “was later repaid to me by the candidate.”
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Other charges relate to bank and tax fraud with regard to a series of loans totaling more than $20 million made to Cohen by Sterling National Bank and the Melrose Credit Union in 2014. Feds allege that he misrepresented the value of his assets to get the loans, committed bank fraud on income from the taxi medallions he owned (which are required to operate New York City taxis), and failed to report money he made in cash to the IRS.
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All told, Cohen could theoretically face up to 65 years in prison.
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Judge William H. Pauley set a sentencing date for Cohen for December 12, along with a $500,000 bond, which must be co-signed by Cohen’s wife and another party. 
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BIG PICTURE:

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Let’s get down to the nitty gritty here. I’m not going to blow sunshine up anyone’s you-know-what, nor am I going to yell that the sky is falling. The truth, as usual, is somewhere in the middle. And as always, truth (as opposed to sensationalism) is what we’re aiming for. 
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Cohen is cutting a deal for decreased jail time and a substantial fine. Jail time was reportedly one of the sticking points in the negotiations between the two sides. Cohen had been pressing for three years but prosecutors sought 50 months.
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As part of the deal, Cohen is not expected to cooperate with the government. However, his guilty plea presents issues for PDT nonetheless.
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It remains to be seen whether or not Cohen has any valuable information to offer to prosecutors that may be able to further reduce his sentence for the charges for which he is now pleading guilty. Most of the focus has been on the information he could potentially provide to the King Bob Russia probe, but that aspect is virtually non-existent in the list of worries here. The Russia narrative has been dead since last year and Cohen isn’t bringing it back.

What he can bring back is damn near everything else.

Cohen, like the Judas he is, was a member of PDT’s inner circle for many years. As Trump’s personal attorney, Cohen had access to finances going back a long time. If there are any inconsistencies in the Trump Organization’s paper work, Cohen is a guy who may know. Or worse, he’s someone who could have shown rabid anti-Trump investigators where to look. That’s not to say that PDT necessarily has much to hide, but if you dig long and hard enough into anyone’s personal finances you’re bound to find something, and we all know that whatever is found will immediately be blown up the OMG CRIME OF THE CENTURY regardless how banality. 

If Cohen provided information on potentially criminal activities to the Southern District of New York (where he’s being charged) and it opened an investigation into them, it would place PDT in a double bind: First, since it would be an investigation separate and apart from the Mueller probe, he wouldn’t be able to argue that the Special Counsel exceeded his mandate or crossed a “red line” — after all, any U.S. Attorney’s office is legally authorized to investigate any violations of federal law it learns about.

The Cohen case is almost wholly separate from the King Bob probe, which insulates it from any potential moves by the DOJ. For instance, in the extremely unlikely event that Keebler Jeff awakens from his slumber and takes control of the Justice Dept., it wouldn’t matter because the Cohen case is being handled away from D.C by the Southern District of NY.
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But at the same time, the special master in the case finished her review of the documents seized from Cohen’s office during the government’s thuggish raid. She determined that almost none of the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege. Judge Wood formally adopted that finding yesterday. This means that almost all of these documents will be available to prosecutors investigating the Trump campaign.
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So Mueller gets to benefit from the insulation of the SDNY probe, yet reaps the benefits of anything coming from it. Pretty sweet deal for an old Deep State operative. King Bob is a kid in a candy store right now with a treasure trove of Cohen’s personal communications. It’s an absolute disgrace.
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BIG(GER) PICTURE:

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The most important part of this deal, at least thus far, is the alleged hush money paid to Stormy and McDougal. The fact that Cohen implicated PDT in his plea allocation is extremely significant, since it ties PDT directly to illegal campaign activity. Although the plea agreement does not mention cooperation with the special prosecutor’s office, Cohen’s willingness to speak out against Trump now implies he will cooperate with the special counsel moving forward, perhaps in the hopes of obtaining a lower sentence.
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But more importantly, it implicates PDT in a “high crime or misdemeanor,” which is what Dims and their RINO buddies need to files articles of impeachment. 
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United States campaign finance laws have been watered down by the Roberts Supreme Court since 2006, but there are a few pillars of campaign finance law that the Supreme Court has upheld repeatedly: (1) bans on corporations’ giving directly to federal candidates, (2) bans on foreigners’ spending in US elections, (3) the lawfulness of contribution limits and (4) the requirement that money going into and going out of federal campaign be fully disclosed.

Another fundamental requirement of campaign finance law is that campaign funds be used for legitimate campaign expenditures and not for personal use. The Cohen pleas on counts 7 and 8 appear to acknowledge his working with candidate Trump to violate federal campaign finance laws by violating two of those pillars (the corporate ban and the contribution limits), which aim to prevent corruption of the American political process.

Now, does this mean PDT is liable to be indicted at any moment? No, not at all. The DOJ guidance on sitting presidents is clear. They’re not indicted while in office.

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What can and likely will happen is he’ll be named as an unindicted co-conspirator and Mueller will create a whole separate section of his report titled “Conspiracy to Violate Campaign Finance Laws” or something to that effect.
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The Swamp has needed an actual crime to bring PDT down and it appears they’re throwing all their eggs into the campaign finance basket. Everything that’s been happening since last year has been for this purpose. It’s all about that report Mueller is putting together. Dims and their brethren in the GOP need for that report to be the atom bomb that vaporizes the Trump presidency.
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Unfortunately for them, campaign finance is a piss poor foundation from which to launch an impeachment push of that sort, and Jay Sekulow and co. will have a field day with all the difficulties in proving such a case. They would have to demonstrate intent to skirt campaign finance law, which is a very tall task.If this went to court, they would have an extremely difficult time convincting PDT. Unfortunately, this has never been about a court of law, but rather the courts of the Senate and public opinion, respectively.
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Additionally, they need a 2/3 majority vote in the Senate to actually convict under articles of impeachment. The GOP is likely to hold onto Senate control and possibly even gain a few seats. It’s extremely unlikely that they would have the support for such an endeavor, although it certainly won’t stop them from trying. 
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We know what’s coming. It’s incumbent upon us to contact our representatives and let them know that if this comes anywhere close to impeachment, their seats are good as gone.
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This isn’t going to be easy. It never was. It’s going to be stressful to the point of madness. But DO NOT fall into the trap of thinking that all is hopeless. We’ve had very bad days before and manage to survive every time. We’re going to survive this time, too.

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This is no time to go squishy and begin losing the faith. There are bullets primed to head in the other direction in due time. This story is far from over.

I have many flaws but lack of integrity is not among them. When I tell you we’re going to be okay, I mean it.

Just keep the faith and put your work boots on. 

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ANOTHER ONE? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

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Our day from Hell continues apace. 

According to a 47-page indictment unsealed today, Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret, routinely used campaign funds to pay personal bills big and small, from luxury vacations to kids’ school lunches and delinquent family dentistry bills.

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The charges of wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations and conspiracy were the culmination of a Department of Justice investigation that has stretched for more than a year, during which Hunter has maintained his innocence.
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The detailed indictment portrays the Hunters as living well beyond their means and said they “knowingly conspired with each other” to convert campaign funds to personal use.
Federal prosecutors contend that the Hunters repeatedly misrepresented what their expenses were for — in one instance buying personal clothing at a golf course so that the purchase “could be falsely reported to the treasurer as ‘balls for the wounded warriors,'” the indictment says.
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Ouch.
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The indictment also charges that Hunter facilitated the “theft of campaign funds” by directing his treasurer to obtain a campaign credit card for his wife at a time when she had no formal role. He then insisted that his wife be named as his paid campaign manager — over the objections of his treasurer — because, according to the document, he said the family needed “the extra money that would come from her salary.”
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Prosecutors said Hunter also allowed the alleged theft to take place by “ignoring his campaign staff’s multiple warnings about Margaret Hunter’s improper use of campaign funds.” He lashed out at aides, the indictment says, by accusing them of disloyalty and “trying to create some kind of paper trail on me. The indictment makes it clear that the Hunters were in dire financial straits and could not have supported their lifestyle without the use of those campaign funds.
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Lavish Spending Allegations:

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Unlike the legacy media, I’d like to remind you that these are merely allegations. Nothing has been proven. Still, this is what the indictment lays out, so let’s dig in.

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Hunter’s campaign credit card allowed the family to take lavish vacations that they could not otherwise afford.. Investigators found that Margaret Hunter concealed the name or location of their destination by purchasing tickets for personal vacations by using websites like Expedia. Among the trips using campaign funds: a 2015 family vacation in Italy over Thanksgiving totaling more than $14,000; an April vacation in Hawaii costing $6,500; and a $3,700 trip to Las Vegas and Boise in July 2015.
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In addition to family trips to fast food and fine dining establishments, as well as venues like the Del Mar Racetrack, the Hunters allegedly also spent thousands of dollars of campaign funds on routine purchases for personal items at Costco ($11,300), Walmart (more than $5,700), Barnes & Noble, Target and Michael’s craft store.
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In one of Margaret’s trips to Target, she allegedly spent more than $300 in campaign funds for “a tablecloth, three square pillows, a three-brush set, a metal tray, four temporary shades, four window panels, a white duck, two Punky Brewster items, a ring pop and two five-packs of animals,” according to court documents. She described the purchases as being needed for “teacher/parent & supporter events.”
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Hunter repeatedly pushed back on inquiries from his treasurer about his and his wife’s spending. For example, the Hunters allegedly spent nearly $2,000 on a November 2010 birthday gift for a family member to attend a Pittsburgh Steelers game at Heinz Field. When questioned by his treasurer about whether the expense was campaign related, he gave a curt response: “Yessir.”
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When the treasurer explicitly told Rep. Hinter in December 2010 that he could not use campaign funds “for a leisure outing at which the discussion occasionally focuses on the campaign,” Hunter asked the treasurer if he was “trying to create some kind of paper trail” on him. When the treasurer threatened to resign, Hunter promised that he would instruct his wife not to use the campaign credit card and put it in a safe place.
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The indictment underscores that the Hunters also spent campaign money to entertain friends, family members and associates, many of whom are not named in the court documents.
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In one instance in January 2010, Rep. Hunter allegedly spent more than $1,000 for a three-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino for what was described as a “personal ski trip” with a person identified in the indictment only as “Individual 14.”
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It states that in June 2011, Hunter used $162 in campaign funds “for a personal stay at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel with Individual 14.”
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When the campaign fell short at the end of 2012, and the treasurer informed Hunter they could not pay outstanding bills, Hunter allegedly told his aide that he would raise between $11,000 and $15,000 from campaign donors to address the shortfall by the middle of the next month.
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Again, ouch (if true).
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The Hunters allegedly overdrew their personal bank accounts more than 1,100 times in a seven-year period, resulting in $37,761 in “overdraft” and “insufficient funds” bank fees.
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“By virtue of these delinquencies — as well as notifications of outstanding debts and overdue payments from their children’s school, their family dentist, and other creditors — the Hunters knew that many of their desired purchases could only be made by using campaign funds,” the indictment says.
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HUNTER CLAIMS A POLITICAL HATCHET JOB:

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A spokesperson for Hunter said he believes the indictment against him and his wife is “purely politically motivated.”
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Hunter’s team asked DOJ to recuse two prosecutors who they say attended a Clinton campaign event in La Jolla. According to letters to DOJ released by Hunter’s team, US Attorney Adam Braverman determined recusal was not necessary.
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Of course not. These are Reublicans. They immediately hop out of the picture when their party mates are being charged with crimes by overzealous partisans.
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A letter to Deputy AG Fraud Rosenstein accuses DOJ of a truncated process and timing meant to hand Dims a victory in Hunter’s Republican district. The decision to indict was reportedly made by Braverman, who was appointed by Keebler Jeff Sessions last year. Assistant US attorneys act at Braverman’s direction, though, and far be it from Jeff to step in and ask whether partisan prosecutors are targeting Republican congressmen. 
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In a statement, a spokesperson for the US attorney’s office said, “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California and the Department of Justice in Washington, DC reviewed and rejected Mr. Hunter’s complaints. The prosecutors attended the event at the invitation of the Secret Service. The Secret Service, for many years, has routinely invited prosecutors to attend events involving their protectees in support of the Service’s law enforcement mission.”
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That may be so, but at a time when the lead prosecutors of the King Bob probe were known to have attended the Hillary “victory party” in 2016, it’s hardly a coincidence that should go unnoticed and/or unchallenged.
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This didn’t sneak up on anyone (although I admittedly forgot about it amidst all the other stuff going on). Republican Party leadership, to the extent they can carry that title, had long worried that with a potential indictment looming, Hunter’s traditionally safe eastern San Diego County district could be at risk of Dim takeover in the midterms.
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Senior White House officials were reportedly aware of the impending announcement and bracing for the Hunter news, along with the 10000 other pieces of bad news to hit the wire today.
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Hunter was a founding member of the “Trump Caucus” in the House during the 2016 campaign, and alongside Rep. Chris Collins, was the first of two sitting congressmen to endorse Trump for President back in February 2016. Collins was indicted earlier this month on insider trading charges. And now, they’re well on their way toward getting a second scalp from Hunter.
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House Speaker Paul Rino could barely contain his excitement at the notion of purging another Trump loyalist, calling the charges against Duncan “deeply serious” and said he will be removed from his committee assignments “pending the resolution of this matter.”
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Rep. Steve Stivers, who heads the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a statement, “These are troubling charges leveled against Congressman Hunter. I trust our judicial system and eagerly await more facts surrounding the case.”
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You trust our judicial system? Must be nice.
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Implications for the Midterms:

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California’s 50th District is a staunchly Republican district, believe it or not. The many current and former military families who call the area home certainly help that cause. Rep. Hunter’s father, Duncan L. Hunter, represented parts of the district (which changed after redistricting) and has rallied donors and supporters to his son’s side.
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However, Hunter’s Dim challenger, Ammar Campa-Najjar, a former Department of Labor aide in the Barry administration, has repeatedly outraised him. That being what it is, many Hunter allies believe he will stay in his House seat while fighting the charges.
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According to the California Secretary of State’s Office (yes, I checked), even if federal candidates choose to withdraw from contention, their names will remain on the ballot unless they seek removal of their names from a judge. Hunter shows no signs of taking that route, especially this late in the game.
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At this juncture, there is no possibility of a write-in campaign. Only Hunter and Campa-Najjar will appear on the November ballot, since they were the top vote-getters in California’s top-two primary in June.
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Can Hunter survive this? Believe it or not, yes. The one thing that Republicans have going for them is Dims. I believe in the power of the Dims to run a candidate worse than someone under investigation for lying about wounded warrior charities in order to pocket campaign cash.
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I’d need to see some polling and other types of data about a week from now before stating my opinion one way or the other.
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BIG PICTURE:

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I have no earthly clue whether Hunter is guilty. Typically, when there is this much smoke, there’s usually at least a campfire happening somewhere.

But in this hyper-politicized environment, and with Hunter’s status as an early and steadfast Trump supporter, frankly, I would like to learn a whole lot more information before declaring him to be just another corrupt swamper. 

What I do know, and have repeated often as of late, is that anyone supporting this president is being put under the microscope. Assuming it’s true, do you think Hunter is the only guy on the Hill misusing campaign funds? That is in no way an excuse for his actions. I hate corruption regardless of where it resides.

But I’m sick and tired of all the indictments coming in one direction when I know good and damn well that corruption is a bipartisan issue. It’s the one issue in which Dims and Republicans can be relied upon to work together.

When are we going to learn all the names of lawmakers who spent our money paying off sexual harassment cases?

This pattern of prosecution over the last year has been transparently selective and demands a response.

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TOLD YOU THIS WOULD HAPPEN

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It’s been a brutal recap to write, folks. Just let me have this one “I told you so.”

I told you that this Russian hacking narrative would inevitably be used by Dims who are struggling in polls as an excuse for their impotence, and by golly, they proved me right almost immediately.

Top officials at the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have pushed back on claims from Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) that Russians have “penetrated” some of Florida’s election systems.


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In a letter to Florida election officials yesterday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FBI Director J. Edgar Wray said the two agencies have not observed the activity mentioned by Nelson, but were sure to note that the OMG RUSSIAN THREAT IS STILL REAL YOU GUIZZZEEE.  

“Although we have not seen new or ongoing compromises of state or local election infrastructure in Florida, Russian government actors have previously demonstrated both the intent and capability to conduct malicious cyber operations,” Nielsen and Wray wrote in a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner (R),.

“DHS and the FBI will continue to notify any victim of a successful cyber intrusion into their election network in any jurisdiction nationwide,” the letter stated.

Let me rephrase J. Edgar’s letter for purposes of accuracy. What he meant to say was, “Sen. Nelson told a blatant lie about Russian hacking for political reasons. Espionage is a real threat to our country from many parts of the globe, and cynical fear-mongering regarding one country in particular does a disservice to those who actually care about securing our republic.”

WAS THAT SO FRIGGIN HARD?


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The letter comes just days after Nelson doubled down on his lie, which he first told this month, that Russian hackers had successfully “penetrated” some of Florida’s election systems ahead of the November midterm elections.

“Of course,” Nelson said last week when asked whether he still stands by his remarks. And why wouldn’t he? The #FakeNewsCrew will be there to support the narrative every step of the way.

Nelson has pointed to the letter he and his RINO butt buddy Lil Marco Rubio sent last month to Detzner, in which the two senators broadly warned state election officials about “cyber threats.” But their letter did not mention current Russian infiltration in voting systems.

A LETTER ABOUT CYBER THREATS COULD BE WRITTEN LITERALLY EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK ABOUT ANY NUMBER OF COUNTRIES, BOTH FRIEND AND FOE. IT’S A BRUTE FACT OF THE 21ST CENTURY. PLEASE STOP THIS DISINGENUOUS CRAP. 

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BIG PICTURE:

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Nelson isn’t the first to use the Russia excuse and he won’t be the last. Republicans could actually use this dishonesty to their advantage, illustrating how the Russia narrative has been nothing more than a political tool for Dims from the beginning.

Some Republicans have done just that, and very competently. But most haven’t and I’m not exactly hopeful that they’ll get the memo.

Let’s just count our blessings that there are still enough honest people working behind the scenes to expose the lies of snakes like Nelson. We need the white hats to keep coming through for us in the near future.

Call me an optimist, but I think they will.

I have my reasons.


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It’s been a rough day, Trumpers, but things will get better. Don’t you dare let the news beat you down. Keep your head up and remember how helpless it felt at times during the 2016 election. We faced worse odds then than we do now.

We’re going to be okay. Don’t ever doubt that. We have something the other side can never attain no matter how many media outlets are in their pocket: a righteous spirit.

And that’s everything.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Recap — August 21

  1. Kathryn Suzanne Sower August 22, 2018 — 3:02 am

    Great recap, Trey Vaught. You have a thorough diagnosis of problems facing the Country. I say diagnosis as there is a raging life/threatening illness in our Country. God know President Trump needs every accurate analysis to be spread in every available format.

  2. Thank you Trey❤💙🇺🇸…. Thank you.

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