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(FreedomWire.org) – David Axelrod, one of Barack Obama’s key advisors on his 2008 campaign trail and confidante during his presidency, has a warning for President Joe Biden: Be humble during your upcoming State of the Union address.

In an opinion column for The New York Times, Axelrod pleaded with Biden to tone down his rhetoric during the speech by painting things as they really are in America while acknowledging the pains and anxieties caused by inflation, COVID-19 restrictions, and violent crime — amongst other woes.

“The speech will command the largest television audience the president is likely to enjoy this year, and the temptation will be, as it always is, to herald his achievements and declare that we have navigated the storm,” Axelrod noted.

“But, Mr. President, proceed with caution.” he warned.

“Talk about the things you and Congress have done to help meet the challenges Americans are facing, for sure. Lay out your goals for the future, absolutely. Offer realistic hope for better days ahead,” he added.

Axelrod then noted — without directly saying it — that Americans think Biden’s presidency is a disaster.

“Unsurprisingly, incidents of suicide, drug overdose deaths and violence in our homes and on the streets have grown dramatically. Frustrations with masks, mandates and shifting rules have deepened our political divides. Jobs have come roaring back, raising wages,” Axelrod claimed of the current situation. “But those wage increases have been eaten up by inflation, the likes of which we have not seen in four decades. And all the while, the rich have gotten richer.”

“The state of the union is stressed. To claim otherwise — to highlight the progress we have made, without fully acknowledging the hard road we have traveled and the distance we need to go — would seem off-key and out of touch,” Axelrod added. “You simply cannot jawbone Americans into believing that things are better than they feel.”

It is unclear if the advice will fall on deaf ears. For example, just last week, Biden admonished NBC’s Lester Holt for being a “wise guy” for asking about inflation, which polls have indicated is a top concern for most American voters. The U.S. government announced inflation rose 7.5% year-over-year, but Biden maintained he was not responsible for it and it was caused by a “lack of computer chips,” as reported by The Daily Wire:

“I think it was back in July, you said inflation was going to be temporary,” Holt said. “I think a lot of Americans are wondering what your definition of temporary is.

“Well, you’re being a wise guy with me a little bit, and I understand that’s your job,” Biden responded. “But look, at the time, what happened was the, uh, let’s look at the reasons for the inflation. And the reason for the inflation is the supply chains were cut off, meaning that the products, for example, automobiles, the lack of computer chips to be able to build those automobiles so they could function, they need those computer chips, they were not available.”

As for not making lofty promises, as Axelrod also warned against, readers should keep in mind the Biden administration has recently promised to cure cancer and bring automobile accidents to zero. To avoid comments like that in the State of the Union, Axelrod told the president, “Lay out your goals for the future, absolutely. Offer realistic hope for better days ahead. We desperately need it. But recognize that we are still in the grips of a national trauma. Polls show that the vast majority of Americans believe we are on the wrong track, and people will have little patience for lavish claims of progress that defy their lived experiences.”

The entire op-ed can be read here. The State of the Union will air on March 1, 2022, from the nation’s Capitol Building.

(FreedomWire.org) – Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe met with Special Counsel John Durham on more than one occasion and told him there was evidence in intelligence to support the indictments of “multiple people” in his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, sources told Fox News.

Fox News first reported on Durham’s latest filing, which alleged that lawyers from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016 had paid to “infiltrate” servers belonging to Trump Tower and later the White House, in order to establish an “inference” and “narrative” to bring to federal government agencies linking Donald Trump to Russia.

Fox News first reported in October 2020 that Ratcliffe provided nearly 1,000 pages of material to the Justice Department to support Durham’s investigation.

‘Enough evidence’

But sources told Fox News this week that during his meetings with Durham, Ratcliffe, who served as a congressman and as the former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, said he believed there was “enough evidence” in those materials that he provided to indict “multiple people.” 

The sources pointed to one key piece of declassified intelligence, which Fox News first reported in October 2020, revealing that intelligence community officials within the CIA forwarded an investigative referral on Hillary Clinton purportedly approving “a plan concerning U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.”

Sources told Fox News that the CIA memo, also known as a Counterintelligence Operational Lead (CIOL), was properly forwarded to the FBI, and to the attention of then-FBI Director James Comey and then-Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok.

Fox News first obtained the declassified memo in October 2020.

“The following information is provided for the exclusive use of your bureau for background investigative action or lead purposes as appropriate,” the 2016 CIA memo to Comey and Strzok stated.

“This memorandum contains sensitive information that could be source revealing. It should be handled with particular attention to compartmentation and need-to-know. To avoid the possible compromise of the source, any investigative action taken in response to the information below should be coordinated in advance with Chief Counterintelligence Mission Center, Legal,” the memo read. “It may not be used in any legal proceeding — including FISA applications — without prior approval …”

“Per FBI verbal request, CIA provides the below examples of information the CROSSFIRE HURRICANE fusion cell has gleaned to date,” the memo continued. “An exchange [REDACTED] discussing US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning US presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering US elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.”

The memo was heavily redacted.

Concerns raised

A source familiar with the matter told Fox News that Ratcliffe, privately, has raised concerns that the CIOL was directed to Comey and Strzok.

Fox News, at this point, has not obtained evidence to suggest the FBI opened an investigation into Clinton’s plan per the CIA referral.

Meanwhile, Ratcliffe had also declassified documents that revealed former CIA Director John Brennan briefed then-President Obama on Hillary Clinton’s purported “proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.” 

“We’re getting additional insight into Russian activities from [REDACTED],” Brennan’s declassified notes, which were first obtained by Fox News in October 2020, read. “CITE [summarizing] alleged approved by Hillary Clinton a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.”

Three indictments

At this point, Durham has indicted three people as part of his investigation: Igor Danchenko on Nov. 4, 2021, Kevin Clinesmith in August 2020, and Michael Sussmann in September 2021.

Ratcliffe told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” on Nov. 8, 2021, that he was expecting “many indictments” out of Durham’s special counsel investigation.

Danchenko was charged with making a false statement and is accused of lying to the FBI about the source of information that he provided to Christopher Steele for the anti-Trump dossier. Kevin Clinesmith was also charged with making a false statement. Clinesmith had been referred for potential prosecution by the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office, which conducted its own review of the Russia investigation.

Specifically, the inspector general accused Clinesmith, though not by name, of altering an email about Page to say that he was “not a source” for another government agency. Page has said he was a source for the CIA. The DOJ relied on that assertion as it submitted a third and final renewal application in 2017 to eavesdrop on Trump campaign aide Carter Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). 

Durham also charged former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann with making a false statement to a federal agent. Sussmann has pleaded not guilty.

The indictment against Sussmann says he told then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016, less than two months before the 2016 presidential election, that he was not doing work “for any client” when he requested and held a meeting in which he presented “purported data and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a covert communications channel” between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.

Fox News, this weekend, first reported on Durham’s filing on Feb. 11. In a section titled “Factual Background,” Durham reveals that Sussmann “had assembled and conveyed the allegations to the FBI on behalf of at least two specific clients, including a technology executive (Tech Executive 1) at a U.S.-based internet company (Internet Company 1) and the Clinton campaign.” 

Durham’s filing said Sussmann’s “billing records reflect” that he “repeatedly billed the Clinton Campaign for his work on the Russian Bank-1 allegations.”

The filing revealed that Sussmann and the Tech Executive had met and communicated with another law partner, who was serving as general counsel to the Clinton campaign. Sources told Fox News that lawyer is Marc Elias, who worked at the law firm Perkins Coie. 

Elias’ law firm, Perkins Coie, is the firm that the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign funded the anti-Trump dossier through. The unverified dossier was authored by ex-British Intelligence agent Christopher Steele and commissioned by opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

‘Large amounts of Internet data’

Meanwhile, Durham’s latest filing states that in July 2016, the tech executive worked with Sussmann, a U.S. investigative firm retained by Law Firm 1 on behalf of the Clinton campaign, numerous cyber researchers and employees at multiple internet companies to “assemble the purported data and white papers.”

“In connection with these efforts, Tech Executive-1 exploited his access to non-public and/or proprietary Internet data,” the filing states. “Tech Executive-1 also enlisted the assistance of researchers at a U.S.-based university who were receiving and analyzing large amounts of Internet data in connection with a pending federal government cybersecurity research contract.”

“Tech Executive-1 tasked these researchers to mine Internet data to establish ‘an inference’ and ‘narrative’ tying then-candidate Trump to Russia,” Durham states. “In doing so, Tech Executive-1 indicated that he was seeking to please certain ‘VIPs,’ referring to individuals at Law Firm-1 and the Clinton campaign.”

Durham also writes that during Sussmann’s trial, the government will establish that among the Internet data Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited was domain name system (DNS) internet traffic pertaining to “(i) a particular healthcare provider, (ii) Trump Tower, (iii) Donald Trump’s Central Park West apartment building, and (iv) the Executive Office of the President of the United States (EOP).”

Durham states that the internet company that Tech Executive-1 worked for “had come to access and maintain dedicated servers” for the Executive Office of the President as “part of a sensitive arrangement whereby it provided DNS resolution services to the EOP.”

“Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited this arrangement by mining the EOP’s DNS traffic and other data for the purpose of gathering derogatory information about Donald Trump,” Durham states.

The filing also reveals that Sussmann provided “an updated set of allegations” including the Russian bank data, and additional allegations relating to Trump “to a second agency of the U.S. government” in 2017.

Durham says the allegations “relied, in part, on the purported DNS traffic” that Tech Executive-1 and others “had assembled pertaining to Trump Tower, Donald Trump’s New York City apartment building, the EOP, and the aforementioned healthcare provider.”  

In Sussmann’s meeting with the second U.S. government agency, Durham says he “provided data which he claimed reflected purportedly suspicious DNS lookups by these entities of internet protocol (IP) addresses affiliated with a Russian mobile phone provider,” and claimed that the lookups “demonstrated Trump and/or his associates were using supposedly rare, Russian-made wireless phones in the vicinity of the White House and other locations.”

“The Special Counsel’s Office has identified no support for these allegations,” Durham wrote, adding that the “lookups were far from rare in the United States.”

“For example, the more complete data that Tech Executive-1 and his associates gathered–but did not provide to Agency 2–reflected that between approximately 2014 and 2017, there were a total of more than 3 million lookups of Russian Phone-Prover 1 IP addresses that originated with U.S.-based IP addresses,” Durham wrote. “Fewer than 1,000 of these lookups originated with IP addresses affiliated with Trump Tower.”

Durham added that data collected by Tech Executive-1 also found that lookups began as early as 2014, during the Obama administration and years before Trump took office, which he said, is “another fact which the allegations omitted.”

“In his meeting with Agency-2 employees, the defendant also made a substantially similar false statement as he made to the FBI General Counsel,” Durham wrote. “In particular, the defendant asserted that he was not representing a particular client in conveying the above allegations.”

“In truth and in fact, the defendant was representing Tech Executive-1–a fact the defendant subsequently acknowledged under oath in December 2017 testimony before Congress, without identifying the client by name,” Durham wrote. 

Trump’s reaction

Former President Trump reacted to the filing on Saturday evening, saying Durham’s filing “provides indisputable evidence that my campaign and presidency were spied on by operatives paid by the Hillary Clinton Campaign in an effort to develop a completely fabricated connection to Russia.”

“This is a scandal far greater in scope and magnitude than Watergate and those who were involved in and knew about this spying operation should be subject to criminal prosecution,” Trump said. “In a stronger period of time in our country, this crime would have been punishable by death.”

Trump added: “In addition, reparations should be paid to those in our country who have been damaged by this.”

Former chief investigator of the Trump-Russia probe for the House Intelligence Committee under then-Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., Kash Patel, said the filing “definitively shows that the Hillary Clinton campaign directly funded and ordered its lawyers at Perkins Coie to orchestrate a criminal enterprise to fabricate a connection between President Trump and Russia.” 

“Per Durham, this arrangement was put in motion in July of 2016, meaning the Hillary Clinton campaign and her lawyers masterminded the most intricate and coordinated conspiracy against Trump when he was both a candidate and later President of the United States while simultaneously perpetuating the bogus Steele Dossier hoax,” Patel told Fox News, adding that the lawyers worked to “infiltrate” Trump Tower and White House servers. 

Meanwhile, unearthed Hillary Clinton tweets from days before the 2016 presidential election show the candidate pushing now-debunked information that Donald Trump was using a “covert server” linking him to Russia.

Clinton, on Oct. 31, 2016, tweeted: “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank,” and shared a statement from her campaign’s senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan, who now serves as President Biden’s White House National Security adviser.

“This could be the most direct link yet between Donald Trump and Moscow,” Sullivan said in the October 2016 statement. “Computer scientists have uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.”

Sullivan said the “secret hotline may be the key to unlocking the mystery of Trump’s ties to Russia.”

“This line of communication may help explain Trump’s bizarre adoration of Vladimir Putin and endorsement of so many pro-Kremlin positions throughout this campaign,” he continued. “It raises even more troubling questions in light of Russia’s masterminding of hacking efforts that are clearly intended to hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”

Sullivan added that they “can only assume federal authorities will now explore this direct connection between Trump and Russia as part of their existing probe into Russia’s meddling in our elections.” 

A second Clinton tweet from that day stated it was “time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia.”

Clinton tweeted an image that states that Trump had “a secret server” to “communicate privately with a Putin-tied Russian bank called Alfa Bank.”

(FreedomWire.org) – Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich managed to raise White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s hackles on Friday as she probed the Biden administration’s Ukraine policy in light of the Afghanistan debacle.

“This is now the second evacuation of Americans in the course of –” Heinrich began.

“It’s not actually an evacuation,” Psaki interrupted.

“To be clear, American citizens can depart Ukraine. There are means of departing Ukraine. This is not a country where we are at war, where we have tens of thousands of troops who have been fighting a war for 20 years. So it’s incredibly different,” she said.

“Correct. You are correct in that. But it’s the second time we’ve urged American citizens to get out of a country,” Heinrich said in reply, leading Psaki to cite a number of times the State Department has urged Americans to leave a country.

“But these are the two major events that have happened under this administration,” Heinrich pressed until Psaki again interrupted.

Then Heinrich got the chance to ask her question.

“What does the administration say to critics who are looking at these two events and questioning his administration’s foreign policy approach?” she asked.

“Who is questioning us? Give me names,” Psaki asked.

“Plenty of Republicans,” Heinrich replied.

“Like who?”

“I could name off any number of Republicans,” Heinrich said.

“I’d love to know a name,” Psaki fired back.

“Goodness. Mitch McConnell,” Heinrich replied.

Psaki then launched into an explanation of why the Afghanistan withdrawal was a success.

“OK. Well, here’s what I would say to Mr. McConnell: The president ended a 20-year war in Afghanistan — a war that had cost us thousands of American lives, billions, trillions of dollars, and was a failed enterprise after 20 years.

“He was the first president to do that after many of his predecessors failed to take exactly that step. We knew it would be complicated. We knew it would be challenging. He had the courage to get our troops out of there and end a 20-year war.

“This is entirely different because we are not ending a 20-year war. We are trying to prevent war here. We are trying to keep American citizens safe in Ukraine by encouraging them to depart, by providing them information about what the security circumstances are on the ground. And I think it’s important for the American public to understand the significant differences between these different scenarios,” Psaki said.

After avoiding to answer the question she was asked, she then just moved on to another reporter’s question.

(Freedomwire.org) – In a new interview, President Joe Biden proclaimed that he was unaware of an Army Intelligence report warning of the potential pitfalls of the withdrawal of United States troops in Afghanistan.

The host of the interview for NBC News that will air during Sunday’s Superbowl, Lester Holt, asked Biden about military leaders warning him and saying that the administration “ignored the handwriting on the wall.”

“Another described getting folks in the embassy ready to evacuate and encountering people who were essentially in denial of the situation. Does any of that ring true to you?” the host said.

“No. No. That’s not what I was told,” the president insisted.

“You were told that the U.S. administration officials were prepared, they knew it was time to get out?” the host said.

But Biden stumbled as he attempted to answer the question and not look inept and ridiculous.

“No, what I was told … no one told me that … look, there was no good time to get out. But if we had not gotten out, they acknowledged that we would have had to put a hell of a lot more troops back in. It wasn’t just 2,000, 4,000,” he said. “We would have had to significantly increase the number of troops and would be back in this war of attrition.”

Holt did his best to give the president a chance to answer again and actually address the question he was asked.

“I just want to clarify. Are you rejecting the conclusions or the accounts that are in this Army report?” he said.

“Yes, I am,” the president said.

“So they’re [the reports] not true?” the host pressed.

“I’m rejecting them,” the president said.

A report from Army intelligence claims that the White House and Senior Pentagon staff did not grasp how quickly the Taliban was gaining control in Afghanistan before they removed troops.

It said that the officials at the White House and Pentagon resisted efforts by military officials to prepare for the evacuation of its embassy personnel and Afghan allies weeks prior, The Washington Post reported.

An Army investigative report, numbering 2,000 pages and released to The Washington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request, details the life-or-death decisions made daily by U.S. soldiers and Marines sent to secure Hamid Karzai International Airport as thousands converged on the airfield in a frantic bid to escape.

Beyond the bleak, blunt assessments of top military commanders, the documents contain previously unreported disclosures about the violence American personnel experienced, including one exchange of gunfire that left two Taliban fighters dead after they allegedly menaced a group of U.S. Marines and Afghan civilians, and a separate incident in which U.S. troops killed a member of an elite Afghan strike unit and wounded six others after they fired on the Americans.

The investigation was launched in response to an Aug. 26 suicide bombing just outside the airport that killed an estimated 170 Afghan civilians and 13 U.S. service members. But it is much broader, providing perhaps the fullest official account yet of the evacuation operation, which spanned 17 nightmarish days and has become one of the Biden administration’s defining moments — drawing scrutiny from Republicans and Democrats for the haphazard nature in which the United States ended its longest war.

Military personnel would have been “much better prepared to conduct a more orderly” evacuation, Navy Rear Adm. Peter Vasely, the top U.S. commander on the ground during the operation, told Army investigators, “if policymakers had paid attention to the indicators of what was happening on the ground.” He did not identify any administration officials by name, but said inattention to the Taliban’s determination to complete a swift and total military takeover undermined commanders’ ability to ready their forces.

(FreedomWire.org) – House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is being slammed by GOP lawmakers who have called him out for his continuous false claims regarding Donald Trump and so-called “Russian collusion.”

In an interview with Fox Business, host Elizabeth MacDonald asked North Carolina GOP Rep. Dan Bishop about the unverified and salacious anti-Trump dossier.

“Democrat Adam Schiff saying that even though there are many discredited claims in the debunked Steele dossier, that the [Department of Justice Inspector General] and multiple experts have said this is totally false, he’s still thinking parts of it are trust trustworthy and going after Trump,” said MacDonald.

She then played a clip of Schiff’s recent appearance on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, who reminded Schiff that much of what the dossier contained was unverified.

“Do you worry, Congressman, that your credibility, other Democrats’ credibility could be hurt by that?” asked Blitzer.

“No,” Schiff said, before claiming, falsely, that the dossier played a “very limited role” in shaping the investigations into Trump. In fact, the FBI relied heavily on the dossier to obtain FISA warrants to spy on the 2016 Trump campaign.

“It doesn’t change the fact that the president’s son was secretly meeting in Trump Tower with the Russian delegation to get dirt on Hillary Clinton or that others in Trump orbit were also seeking the gain of the Russian hack of the Democratic Party,” Schiff said.

“The Steele dossier is a nice talking point for kind of right-wing pundits, but it’s a distraction from what we did learn. What we did learn was very damning of the former president, of the Russians, and his campaign,” he added.

MacDonald then cut back to Bishop and he did not mince his words for Schiff.

“Well, Adam Schiff is misleading again,” said MacDonald. “The Steele dossier did not play a limited role. The DOJ inspector general noted the FBI used the Steele dossier as a basis to get FISA wiretaps – meant for terrorists – to go after the Trump campaign. There goes Adam Schiff misleading again.”

Bishop added: “Adam Schiff is the Jussie Smollett of Congress. He just hasn’t had his trial yet.”

This isn’t the first time Schiff has come under fire for his questionable behavior.

Last month, Fox News host Mark Levin called for Schiff to be disbarred after it was revealed that his staff played a role in doctoring text messages.

During an interview on Fox, Levin spoke about reports that Schiff and his staff on the Democrat-led January 6 Commission admitted to doctoring text messages between GOP Rep. Jim Jordan and former White House Chief of Staff mark Meadows.

“When it comes to Adam Schiff doctoring evidence, Adam Schiff is a lawyer and has a license in the state of California and maybe other places,” Levin began.

“Rather than us just whining about this reprobate and unethical hack, let’s do something about it. Lawyers are not free to doctor evidence particularly when they are doctoring evidence for the purpose of putting people in prison,” he added.

“That’s exactly what Adam Schiff did. It’s time that people file a serious ethics complaint. Enough is enough. I’d ask the Republicans in Congress, but any citizen can do it – with the ethics arm of the Supreme Court of California and seek the license of Adam Schiff,” he said.

“This guy is unethical,” Levin said. “He doesn’t deserve to be a member of the bar – he is worse than a slip-and-fall lawyer, he’s a slip-and-fall congressman.”

Specifically, the committee admitted to doctoring a text between Jordan, one of Trump’s most ardent supporters, and then-Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

(FreedomWire.org) – Another Republican lawmaker has reported being illegally investigated, this time by the Biden administration’s Department of Justice.

The DOJ has opened the constituent mail of Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert’s at least twice, he said Tuesday.

That same day, Rep. Troy Nehls, also of Texas, said a Capitol Police officer had taken illegal photographs of materials being processed in his office.

In January, Gohmert’s office received a letter from a Christian missionary already opened and with a stamp indicating it had been through the DOJ mailroom and had been X-rayed, the congressman said in a statement.

Last week, Gohmert said, another opened letter arrived at his office, this time with a postmark indicating it had been delayed four and a half months. That letter also had a DOJ stamp, he said.

Congress and the executive branch have different ZIP Codes and their mail should not be mixed, much less opened, according to the congressman.

“It is gravely concerning that since Congressional mail is constitutionally protected under the Speech and Debate Clause of the Constitution, it could be routed, intentionally or not, through the highly partisan DOJ. This is felonious behavior,” Gohmert said in his statement.

“Given reports breaking today of an Inspector General’s investigation being opened after another Republican member alleged Speaker Pelosi’s Capitol Police were in his personal office photographing his work product, the Democrat’s spying on political opponents appears to know no end,” he continued.

Nehls, who has been a thorn in the side of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her kangaroo court investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incursion, said in a news release Tuesday that a Capitol Police officer entered his unlocked office on Nov. 20 and photographed “confidential material.”

A few days later, he said, three plain-clothed Capitol Police officers came into the office and questioned one of Nehls’ staffers about material photographed that the Capitol Police considered “suspicious writing.”

According to Nehls, police said the writing seemed like a veiled threat against the congressman, but “it became clear that my office was under investigation and surveillance by USCP. We were the ‘threat.’”

Pelosi has applied extreme tactics toward House members — constituents cannot freely approach their elected representatives without Pelosi having them monitored.

“The Speaker has already required offices to turn in names, dates, and times of our meetings, along with the purpose of the meeting, for our constituents to be allowed entrance into our office buildings to meet with their duly-elected member of Congress,” Gohmert said in his statement.

“Then, we are told, she has the Capitol Police doing opposition research that is catalogued for later use.

“We have never ever seen a Congress so partisan to such an unethical and illegal extent. The people behind this should be hoping and praying that they will not be treated in the same manner in which they are running roughshod over Republicans when and if Republicans retake the majority.

According to Gohmert, the Supreme Court has ruled that the DOJ is prohibited from even using a search warrant to go through a congressman’s mail or office.

“We want answers to this outrage, not excuses,” he said.

Newsweek reported that it had reached out to the Justice Department about the congressman’s claims and had not received an immediate response.

Speaking on the House floor, Gohmert said the Biden administration and House Democrats don’t think House rules, the laws or the Constitution mean what they say.

“We have got to get back to following the Constitution if we’re going to preserve this republic,” he said. “But it is in [a] dire situation. It is in a desperate situation, and if we do not get back to following the Constitution and observing the rules of the House, then our republic will be lost.

“And that’s where we’re being taken right now.”

(FreedomWire.org) – Texas’s outspoken Republican Congressman Troy Nehls has dropped a bombshell on Twitter.

In a stunning series of tweets, Congressman Nehls outlines a scenario that one would expect to read in a Russian spy novel, and certainly not in the United States of America.

Rep. Nehls, a vocal critic of the partisan hack January 6th Committee and of the shooting death of Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, tweeted about a discovery made by staffers in his office over the Thanksgiving break in November 2021.

Nehls tweeted:

On November 20th, 2021, Capitol Police entered my office without my knowledge and photographed confidential legislative products protected by the Speech and Debate clause enshrined in the Constitution, Article 1 Section 6.

Two days later, on Monday, November 22, 2021 (Thanksgiving week), three intelligence officers attempted to enter my office while the House was in recess.

Upon discovering a member of my staff, special agents dressed like construction workers began to question him as to the contents of a photograph taken illegally two days earlier.

@CapitolPolice never informed myself or senior-level staff of their investigation, and the reasons are clear.

They had no authority to photograph my office, let alone investigate myself or members of my staff. So, why is the Capitol Police Leadership maliciously investigating me in an attempt to destroy me and my character?

Maybe it is because I have been a vocal critic of  @SpeakerPelosi, the @January6thCmte, and @CapitolPolice leadership about their handling of January 6th, the death of Ashli Babbitt, and the subsequent SHAM investigation.

National Pulse reports – Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger confirmed the Inspector General has now opened an investigation after receiving multiple congressional inquiries into the Capitol Police tactics, such as those reported by Politico. Capitol Police intelligence analysts have also raised concerns to the inspector general over the department’s practice.

Politico – Several Capitol Police intelligence analysts have already raised concerns about the practice to the department’s inspector general, according to one of the people who spoke for this story.

The Capitol Police, in a statement, defended the practice of searching for public information about people meeting with lawmakers and said the department coordinates the work with members’ offices.

Major changes in the Capitol Police intelligence unit started in the fall of 2020 when the department brought on former Department of Homeland Security official Julie Farnam to help run its intelligence unit, which is housed in its Intelligence and Interagency Coordination Division. In the weeks before the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, Farnam made a host of changes to internal intelligence protocols that “caused internal confusion” and “scrambled the priorities” of the unit’s analysts, according to CNN.

Then, in the months after the riot, Farnam changed another key process in a way that hasn’t been previously reported.

Watch Nancy Pelosi’s US Capitol Police Chief Manger explain to US Senators how the US Capitol Police Department has “doubled” the number of police members to address the “threats.” Did he mean to say they’ve increased the number of Capitol Police needed to spy on members of Congress who opposed and expose the lies of Nancy Pelosi and friends?

For years, analysts in the department’s intelligence division have put together documents called Congressional Event Assessments. That process entails the House and Senate Sergeants at Arms, Congress’ chambers’ internal logistical and security leaders, sharing information with Capitol Police on lawmakers’ plans for meetings and events away from the Capitol.

Intelligence division analysts then use that information to assess physical safety risks to those events — things such as large, planned protests, parades, concerts, or other events that would draw crowds. Analysts regularly filled out a standard template with that assessment.

But after the Capitol attack, Farnam changed the template. According to a copy that POLITICO reviewed, she directed analysts to look closely at the people meeting privately and publicly with members.

(FreedomWire.org) – Even as the White House claims that Joe Biden is not soft on crime, it has been reported that his administration has the potential to give nearly $200 million to a Soros-linked group to help criminal illegals escape punishment.

Federal budget watchdog Open the Books revealed that Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $164 million contract to left-wing advocacy organization Vera Institute of Justice to fund lawyers for illegal aliens and undocumented minors, according to Just the News.

The award started as a $158 million contract in 2021, but this year HHS added an additional $6 million to the till. And some sources say that Biden is looking to make the contract rise to $198 million when all is said and done, Just the News reported.

The left-wing Vera Institute of Justice is funded in part by anti-American billionaire George Soros and has reportedly been given more than $10 million by Soros’ Open Society Foundation.

“The Vera Institute of Justice is a behemoth progressive nonprofit based out of New York City with well over a $140 million budget, which they use to fund a slate of progressive causes and initiatives across the country,” the Immigration Reform Law Institute’s Jason Hopkins told Fox News. “Whether that be criminal justice reform, bail reform and also immigration.”

A major problem with this program is that it tends to encourage illegal migration. If illegals think that any infraction they perpetrate will be smoothed over by lawyers paid for by the very government whose laws they are breaking, what will stop them from continuing to stream over the border?

To date, the HHS cash is set to be doled out to five programs, according to Just the News:

  • “$9.4 million for EOIR, which refers to the Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • $12.7 million for legal orientation program
  • $4.7 million for family group legal orientation program
  • $4.6 million for ‘immigration court help desk’
  • $5.3 million for legal orientation for unaccompanied alien children custodians”

“The Vera Institute seeks to set up a parallel public defender system that they run with your tax dollars,” said Adam Andrzejewski, the CEO and founder of Open the Books, Just the News reported.

“With hundreds of millions in taxpayer funding, they are seeking a legal subsidy for illegal entrants. This has troubling public policy implications. For example, Vera is a non-profit entity and is not government. Therefore, they are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act, so citizens don’t have a right to know and can’t follow the money.”

This deep pocket donation to illegal aliens underscores the fact that Joe Biden has been soft on crime since entering office.

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy recently blasted Biden for failing to corral the rising class of soft-on-crime Democrats.

“Soft-on-crime politicians are destroying our country. Both President Biden and VP Harris have indulged the soft-on-crime far left for political gain, helping create a climate hostile to law enforcement,” McCarthy said, according to Fox. “It has been an absolute disaster.”

McCarthy went on slam Biden for refusing to condemn far-left Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, saying, “Now, Biden lacks the courage to condemn a far-left prosecutor in New York City who refuses to prosecute crime, downgrades felony charges for crimes like armed robbery and releases criminals on low bail.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki recently went on the defensive over Biden’s stance on crime. Psaki insisted claims that Biden is soft on crime have “no basis” in fact, The Hill reported.

She added that Biden’s American Rescue Plan contains funds to hire more police, but she then went on to claim — without evidence — that high crime is caused by lax gun laws.

Polls show that only one in three voters approve of Biden’s handling of crime, according to ABC News.

Indeed, the polls show that Biden’s approval rating on crime has tanked since October.

(FreedomWire.org) – Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is being joined by multiple Republican attorneys general to put the crowdsourcing platform GoFundMe under a microscope after GoFundMe decided to sever its connection with Canada’s Freedom Convoy.

GoFundMe claimed Friday that the protest aimed at ending Canada’s vaccine mandates was becoming violent and therefore the Freedom Convoy would not see a penny of the $9 million donated but not yet distributed to the group.

In its initial announcement, GoFundMe’s wording indicated to many readers that the money could instead be used by any group it chose.

After an outcry, GoFundMe issued a statement saying it would simply refund money to all donors.

Cutting the financial legs out from under the protesters did not set well with DeSantis and others, including Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry,  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

“It is a fraud for @gofundme to commandeer $9M in donations sent to support truckers and give it to causes of their own choosing. I will work with @AGAshleyMoody to investigate these deceptive practices — these donors should be given a refund,” DeSantis tweeted.

Others soon joined in.

Donald Trump Jr. called for a coordinated response.

“All GOP Attorney Generals should be looking at this & helping to get people their $$$ back so it can be redirected to the truckers,” he tweeted. “Don’t let @gofundme scam you… call your AGs & let them know. GFM seems to have no problem finding BLM riots… peaceful truckers should be fine too.”

Yost said any Ohio residents impacted by this should contact him.

“I want to verify that GoFundMe isn’t playing God with other people’s money,” he said, according to WANE-TV.

Yost said that just because money is being refunded does not mean his investigation is over.

“While that is a welcomed move, I am still interested in collecting information to make sure such things do not happen in the future,” Yost said. “Ohioans rely on their platform to do good, and their intentions and hopes should be honored.”

The crowdfunding website GiveandGo has since stepped in and was closing in on $2.8 million in donations for the Freedom Convoy as of early Sunday afternoon EST.

(FreedomWire.org) – Coming directly on the reports last week of the BLM shutting down their fundraising efforts because of legal action in two states for lack of financial transparency the group faces another scandal.

Pro-lockdown, pro-criminal, pro-mask Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is also apparently pro-Black Lives Matter.

Last month the governor’s office submitted a report to the Illinois General Assembly’s Legislative Budget Oversight Commission containing “information regarding revenue and expenditures, statutory transfers, grants awarded from certain federal relief related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Included in the report was the bombshell fact that at some point before December of 2021, the governor funneled $300,000 to Black Lives Matter’s Lake County chapter.

This finding, first reported by the Lake County Gazette, comes amid reports that BLM Lake County and its locally notorious founder, Clyde McLemore, are currently facing eviction from their office that reportedly sits across from the Lake County Courthouse.

“[A]ccording to Lake County Court records, building manager Mon Ami Realty filed a commercial eviction notice with the court against McLemore and Black Lives Matter of Lake County on Jan. 3, 2022,” the Gazette notes.

The reason for the filing is unclear. What’s known is that McLemore is the quintessential criminal.

“McLemore, 63, was arrested in Kenosha, Wisc. in Feb. 2021 and charged with felony battery to a police officer and disorderly conduct after he allegedly kicked a door at the Kenosha Courthouse and threatened to ‘break the fingers’ of a Kenosha police officer. A hearing is scheduled on the charges for Feb. 28,” according to the Gazette.

“According to Lake County Court records, McLemore has pled guilty to criminal felony battery and criminal misdemeanor battery multiple times, as well as faced orders of protection over stalking, most recently in 2020 and 2019.”

That Pritzker would fork over money to a group run by a man of this caliber is not necessarily surprising. This is the same governor who last spring commuted the sentence of a man convicted in the gruesome double-murders of Pamela Powers and Willie Williams — and who did so without even informing the victims’ families.

This is also the same governor who signed a bill last year that will eliminate cash bail starting in 2023, and who — along with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot — has presided over a spike in Illinois crime.

What’s odd about Pritzker is that while it seems he’s all about cutting criminals a break and giving them cash, he appears to staunchly believe in punishing the innocent.

Last August, for instance, he issued a shocking order requiring even children under two to be masked up while at school, despite the coronavirus posing an “extremely low risk” to them.

His 2022 gubernatorial challenger, Illinois state Sen. Darren Bailey, responded to the stunning order by calling the governor a “tyrant”:

Similarly, during the earlier days of the pandemic, Pritzker instituted “the most restrictive lockdown in America,” as reported at the time by the Illinois Policy Institute.

The lockdown “destroyed the state of Illinois,” according to Fox News host Tucker Carlson. It also allegedly provoked a teen into killing himself.

As previously reported, Illinois mother Lisa Mara Moore’s teenage son Trevor Till loved sports and dreamed of making it to the state championships in pole vaulting during his senior year. But thanks to Pritzker’s draconian restrictions, the dream died in 2020, prompting him to take his own life in 2020 of that year.

Meanwhile, “rich and powerful” professional and college sports players, as Moore’s attorney put it, were allowed to keep playing.

When confronted with this criticism, Pritzker defended his restrictions by claiming the state — which gave $300,000 to a BLM chapter — couldn’t afford it.

“Professional sports and college sports have significant resources for protecting their players. For creating social distance, for example, by having multiple locker rooms; by making sure they have plexiglass everywhere that they need to separate the players; to test them on a much more regular basis than an individual high school or district could afford. That’s why there is a difference,”  he claimed.