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(FreedomWire.org) – At a press conference held on Thursday morning, Representatives James Comer (R., Ky.) and Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) announced that House Republicans would be opening up an investigation to determine the extent of President Joe Biden’s involvement in his son Hunter’s business dealings.

James Comer: expressed, “I want to be clear. This is an investigation of Joe Biden”

According to Comer and Jordan, Republicans have already gathered incriminating evidence of wire fraud, violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, money laundering, and tax evasion, among other crimes allegedly committed by the Bidens. Jordan, who is expected to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee now that Republicans have secured a narrow majority in the chamber, plans to make the Biden’s overseas business dealings a central focus of the committee’s oversight efforts in the new Congress.

“As part of our investigation, we have evidence that the finances, credit cards, and bank accounts of Hunter and Joe Biden were co-mingled, if not shared. And on some accounts at least, red flags were raised by banks to the account owner or owners indicating suspicious or illegal activity,” said Comer, who also noted that Hunter Biden’s business associates met with his father on numerous occasions while Biden was serving as vice president.

Comer, citing whistleblowers, asserted that the  Bidens “flourished and became millionaires by simply offering access to the family,” said Comer.

(FreedomWire.org) – Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD) joined CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday to discuss the midterm elections with host Margaret Brennan, and suggested that some far-right House lawmakers could vote for former President Trump to be the next Speaker as an indication that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) may not have the votes to be the next leader.

Raskin told CBS’s “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan some far-right lawmakers have “repeatedly” discussed voting for Trump.

“It’s a real problem for Kevin McCarthy now, because there are certain pro-Trumpists within his House caucus who refuse to accept that he’s really with Trump and they want to get rid of McCarthy,” Raskin said.

“One potential candidate who’s name has been floated is Donald Trump himself because the Speaker of the House does not have to be a member of the House,” Raskin said.

Raskin noted that the Speaker of the House does not have to be a member of Congress.

Brennan was skeptical.

“That’s not a real option, though,” she told Raskin.

But the Maryland congressman claimed the option is very much on the table.

“They talk about it repeatedly,” Raskin said. “And if Trump decided he wanted to do it, it would pose a profound problem for their party because they refuse to do the right thing.”

The Constitution does not require the Speaker of the House to be an incumbent member and representatives have used this rule to vote for candidates, often in protest, from outside of the House. In 2019, former Rep. Anthony Brindisi voted for Joe Biden — then the former vice president — as Speaker.

(FreedomWire.org) – Former President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday that Republicans want people to be “miserable” and “angry.”

While campaigning for Democrat Josh Riley, who is running to represent New York’s 19th Congressional District, Clinton described Republicans as “pretty simple actually … and pretty straightforward. They say, ‘I want you to be very miserable'” as well as “‘very angry'” and to “‘vote for us and we’ll make it worse but we’ll blame them.'”

Republicans have relied on key issues such as crime rates, and inflation to boost their campaigns across the nation. Clinton, while he didn’t dispute Republican talking points, insisted that their rhetoric was nothing more than “tough talk.”

“Here’s the truth. We do have too much inflation, and we do have too much crime. But all this tough talk doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, that the Republicans are making,” he said.

Clinton then took aim at the prominent Republican Governors Ron DeSantis of Florida, and Greg Abbott of Texas calling out Republicans’ apparent paradoxical lamentations. Clinton said that in the states under the stewardship of the “two shining stars of the Republican firmament”, crime is “50 percent higher than it is in New York.” While this is true, Clinton failed to mention that the District of Columbia, and the state of New Mexico – both under Democratic governance – have significantly higher crime rates than Florida and Texas with D.C. taking the top spot in the whole nation. Cherry-picking statistics can create any narrative suitable for a particular argument.

“But wait, you can’t think, you’re supposed to be mad,” he added in an effort to redirect the ire of the constituency in attendance. Clinton then continued to echo a key Democrat talking point in these midterms by warning that if Republicans manage to take control of the House, they will slash the budgets of Medicare and Social Security.

These claims refer to Florida Senator Rick Scott’s proposal to sunset all federal legislation after five years in order to force Congress to pass new laws keeping them on the books, and the suggestion that key Republicans of the House that they would consider using next year’s debt-limit deadline to install new eligibility requirements for these popular programs. Scott maintains that he doesn’t “know one Republican” willing to axe Social Security.

Clinton went on to criticize the lack of support by Republicans for the boondoggle infrastructure bill, a bill that promised $1.2 trillion in spending, only $110 billion of which was allocated for roads and bridges. Clinton remarked that only 13 Republican members of the House of Congress voted to pass the bill, citing its lack of GOP support due to their aim of infuriating American citizens.

“Why? They gotta keep you upset, they gotta keep you angry,” the former president claimed.

In a 24-minute speech laden with jokes and folksy jargon, Clinton concluded to the crowd, “I want you to laugh because you can think when you laugh.” The midterm elections are forecasted to be rousing successes for the Republican party. If the Democrats lose control of the House and fail to win the tightly contested race that saw former president Bill Clinton stump for a relatively unknown candidate, it’s doubtful many will still be laughing.

(FreedomWire.org) – During Wednesday’s White House press conference, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if President Biden thinks Republican voters are a threat to Democracy.

Ahead of the midterms, Democrats and the White House have warned about candidates who deny the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, and have called Make America Great Again (MAGA) Republicans “a threat to democracy.”

“Following up on your comment that there is an alarming number of Republicans who are saying they’re not gonna accept election results, does that mean that President Biden thinks it is a threat to democracy if somebody votes Republican?” Doocy asked.

“No, that’s a ridiculous question, no,” Jean-Pierre said.

“Why is that a ridiculous question?” he asked.

“Because the American people should have their right to vote for whomever they want. Voting is a sacred right, it is something that the president wants to protect at every turn, and he has done that. He has taken actions to protect the right to vote, and you see Democrats in Congress also doing the work to protect the right to vote,” Jean-Pierre said. “We are talking about mega-MAGA Republican officials who have been very clear about this, who say they are pro-police but then are also pro-insurrectionist. You cannot be pro-police and pro-insurrectionist. Who also say they want to defund the FBI. That is a problem.”

Doocy then asked if Democrats and Republicans should be equally condemned for denying election results. The press secretary responded that the president will “call out any rhetoric” that threatens political violence, regardless of party affiliation.

During a speech in September, Biden said, “Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal. Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”

He claimed so-called “MAGA Republicans” do not “respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of the law. They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election.”

(FreedomWire.org) – Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Monday if anybody approves of the administration’s handling of inflation.

Doocy asked the press secretary why inflation is continuing to skyrocket despite President Joe Biden continuously promising to tackle the issue. Jean-Pierre expressed the administration’s understanding of the American people’s frustrations and warned that Republicans are going to make inflation worse by repealing the Inflation Reduction Act and CHIPS Act.

“The president understands, and we’ve talked about this many times, that inflation is an issue. High costs, costs, is an issue for the American people and so he’s been very clear about making that his number one economic priority,” Jean-Pierre said. “And he has done the work, and he’s done the work with congressional Democrats when you think about the Inflation Reduction Act which is going to lower the cost for our seniors, millions and millions of seniors across the country. When you think about that $2,000 cap on their own Medicare prescription, when you think about the thousands of dollars that our seniors pay a month, now that’s going to be $2,000 a year.”

“That is the work that congressional Democrats and the president has done. Republicans did not vote for that at all and what Republicans want to do is that they want to repeal that very historic piece of legislation that is also going to lower energy costs, that is also going to help fight climate change. They want to get rid of it. So there is a contrast that we are going to make which is how Republicans are actually going to make things worse and Democrats want to do the opposite and make things a little easier,” she continued.

“But, who exactly think the president is doing a good job on inflation because we’ve got a new poll that finds he receives his lowest job ratings on inflation at -38 points,” Doocy said.

The press secretary reiterated that the president is working to lower the costs of gas, Medicare and healthcare. She then accused Republicans of refusing to work alongside the president to ease the burden of high costs on Americans.

“Republicans in Congress refuse, they refuse to be partners with us on this,” she answered. “They refuse to help us. You think about the American Rescue Plan that has helped create an economy that is indeed resilient, that created jobs, they refuse to help.”

The Fox News reporter pointed out a general consensus held by most economists that the American Rescue Plan “has contributed” to inflation. She referred Doocy to Treasury Department Janet Yellen’s scheduled statement on these reports, then argued that the pieces of legislation passed by the Biden administration are “popular with the American people.”

(FreedomWire.org) – Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday if she believes the 2016 election was “stolen” following criticisms by President Biden against the GOP.

Jean-Pierre: “Oh, I knew this was coming!”

Doocy: “…in 2016 Trump stole an election. You tweeted…”

Jean-Pierre: “I was waiting Peter when you were gonna ask me that question. (Laughs.)

Doocy: “Well, here we go. You tweeted Trump stole an election. You tweeted Brian Kemp stole an election. If denying election results is extreme now, why wasn’t it then.?”

Jean-Pierre: “Yeah, so, let’s let’s be really clear. That, that comparison you made is just ridiculous. I have been…”

Doocy: “No, it’s not ridiculous”

Jean-Pierre: “…You’re asking, you’re asking me a question, let me answer it.”

Doocy: “And you said it was ridiculous.”

Jean-Pierre: “I was, I was talking specifically at that time of what was happening with voting rights and the, what was in danger of voting rights, that’s what I was speaking to at the time.”

Jean-Pierre tweeted on December 17, 2016 with no apparent context of voting rights, “Stolen emails, stolen drone, stolen election …..welcome to the world of #unpresidented Trump”

On March 12, 2019, Jean-Pierre said of the 2016 Georgia governor election in response to a comment claiming voter suppression and cheating, “Yes – the race was stolen.”

A year later on April 2, 2020, with no apparent context of voting rights, Jean-Pierre accused Kemp of stealing the election from Abrams, “Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams.”

Last week, Biden slammed Republicans loyal to Trump as a threat to democracy, saying there was “no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans. And that is a threat to this country.”

Doocy tried to get to the bottom of who exactly the President thinks is a threat to our country.

Many conservative critics, including on Fox News, have criticized Biden’s remarks as intentionally divisive and partisan ahead of the fall midterm elections.

(FreedomWire.org) – President Biden will deliver a prime-time address Thursday on the fight for democracy in America and “the continued battle for the soul of the nation,” a White House official said Monday, an address that is likely to confirm his growing rhetorical emphasis on the anti-democratic forces he sees as capturing much of the Republican Party.

Biden is scheduled to deliver the GOP-bashing speech outside the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.

“He will make clear who is fighting for those rights, fighting for those freedoms, and fighting for our democracy,” the official said, adding that Biden will also tout what he sees as progress under his administration within the last two years.

The president’s visit to his native Pennsylvania for the prime-time speech will be his third visit to the battleground state in a week.

Biden, who has been ramping up travel ahead of November’s midterm elections, is set to make a speech on crime and gun safety in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. He will also attend a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh next Monday.

His scheduled prime-time address will come exactly a week after he slammed MAGA philosophy as “semi-fascism” at a DNC rally in Maryland.

“We’re seeing now either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA agenda,” Biden told the crowd at a high school in Rockville.

“It’s not just Trump … It’s almost semi-fascism.”

Biden used the rally to urge Americans to turn out to the polls in November to fight off “extreme” Trump supporters.

The Republican National Committee criticized the president’s recent jabs at the GOP.

“Biden has pitted neighbors against each other, labeled half of Americans as fascist, and tarnished any idea of his promise of ‘unity.’ Families are left with a recession, high gas prices, and a nation on the wrong track,” RNC spokesperson Emma Vaughn said in a statement.

Thursday’s address, one of only a few Biden has given in prime time since entering the White House over a year and a half ago, is not being billed as a political speech. Additionally, the president may not repeat his stinging attacks on Trump and his legions of loyalists in the GOP.

However, the theme of working to protect the nation’s democracy and rule of law has been a common one for Biden dating back to the launch of his successful presidential campaign more than three years ago. He repeatedly noted that viewing the controversial and violent protests by White supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 motivated him to make a third White House bid.

The president’s choice of Philadelphia as the setting for his address comes as no surprise. Biden, in May 2019, held the first major rally of his successful presidential campaign in the city, which is located halfway between his native Scranton, Pennsylvania and his longtime hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.

Pennsylvania, long a crucial general election swing state, is home this cycle to crucial gubernatorial, Senate, and House showdowns.

The visits come as Biden’s poll numbers continue to rebound after sinking deep into negative territory over the past year, fueled in part by rocketing gas prices and record inflation. With prices at the pump continuing to fall, inflation slightly easing, and with a slew of recent legislative successes, the president’s approval ratings — while still well underwater — have edged up over the past month and a half. 

(FreedomWire.org) – Left-leaning media figures on MSNBC, CNN, as well as number of Democrats, have attempted to defend and unpack President Biden’s comments in which he referred to “extreme MAGA” Republican philosophy as “semi-fascism.”

“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy,” Biden said during a Thursday Maryland fundraiser. “It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism.”

Several reporters and guests over the weekend attempted to decipher Biden’s statement, often clarifying that they did not believe it was a criticism of all, or even most Republicans. CNN national politics reporter Eva McKend said it seemed like Biden was attempting to “bring in” some Republicans to the fold with his words.

“It almost seemed like he was trying to call in some Republicans by delineating between MAGA Republicans and mainstream Republicans and try to bring them into the fold,” she said. 

CNN political commentator Errol Louis also provided his thoughts on Biden’s critique, arguing that despite being perhaps “harsher” than anticipated, it really just happened to be the “truth.”

“I think the president is laying out the terms of the debate in very stark terms. A little harsher than maybe some of us expected, but that happens to be the truth. It happens to be what’s at stake here,” Louis said.

The topic was also discussed at length on CNN Newsroom with Pamela Brown, in which the host asked CNN political commentator Maria Cardona if she felt that Biden’s “semi-fascist” comment aimed at millions of Americans was a mistake. 

“No, because the president actually didn’t call millions of Americans semi-fascists,” Cardona said. “He called the Republicans that are supporting the big lie that Joe Biden did not legitimately win the election—

“But that’s milli—that’s a lot of people,” Brown interjected. 

“But, why is that Pam?” Cardona replied. “It’s because Republican leaders from Donald Trump on down, to many that are in the Congress, many that are in the Senate, many that are on the ballot, many that are on the ballot going into the midterm elections who if elected would be in positions of power over elections and would overturn free and fair elections—that is fascism.”

The discusson continued on over at MSNBC, where “The Beat” host Ari Melber asked The Atlantic staff writer Mark Leibovich what he thought of Biden using “the f-word.”

“Well he said semi, so there was a modifier there,” Leibovich said. He added that Biden and his administration seemed much more “emboldened” to use that kind of language, and to discuss threats to democracy as an election issue heading into the midterms. 

MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough felt that Biden did not go far enough in his comments, and instead should have outright called MAGA Republicans fascists. 

“I must say actually, for the most extreme saying semi-fascist leads me only to the question—what’s semi about that?” Scarborough said. “It’s full-on fascism.”

Only NBC’s Peter Alexander and CNN’s Don Lemon appeared to push back on the Biden administration’s latest description for Trump-friendly Republicans. 

Alexander suggested Sunday that Biden’s comment likening Trump’s philosophy to “semi-fascism” undercut his pledge to be a unifier.

Alexander noted that Biden’s more aggressive tone as of late “fires up Democrats” and “juices up the base.”

“But it also does become problematic because, you know, this is a guy who said he wants to be a unifier,” Alexander added.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended Biden’s remarks during Friday’s press briefing. When asked if Biden respects Americans who voted for President Donald Trump in 2020, Jean-Pierre replied that the president was “pretty clear” with his comments. 

“I think he was pretty clear, and he was very powerful last night. Look, what the president said last night was that when it comes to MAGA Republicans, when it comes to the extreme, ultra wing of Republicans, they are attacking democracy, right? They are attacking, taking away rights and freedoms,” Jean-Pierre said.

She later noted that, between threats of violence, and voting rights, historians would agree that Biden simply “called it what it is.”

She later clashed with CNN’s Lemon last week over why he used the terminology.

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Jaime Harrison on Sunday said that Biden was being “consistent” when calling the MAGA philosophy linked to former President Trump “semi-fascism” despite Biden’s own past calls for lowering the temperature on harsh rhetoric.

Earlier this year, President Biden rolled out a catchphrase trying to negatively characterize the GOP as “ultra-MAGA, referring to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. 

(FreedomWire.org) – For decades, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao have maintained a glaring conflict of interest, conducting extensive government business despite the Chao family’s deep ties to China through a maritime shipping company. Now, former President Donald Trump is calling attention to the top Republican’s problematic China ties, while most of Washington remains silent.

“Why do Republicans Senators allow a broken down hack politician, Mitch McConnell, to openly disparage hard working Republican candidates for the United States Senate[?]” Trump asked in a Truth Social post on Sunday. “This is such an affront to honor and to leadership. He should spend more time (and money!) helping them get elected, and less time helping his crazy wife and family get rich on China!”

It didn’t take long for the corporate media to mock Trump’s assertion, framing his legitimate criticism of McConnell and Chao as unfair and unjust. Some outlets such as Vanity Fair even hinted that Trump’s comments were revenge against Chao for resigning from the Trump administration following the 2021 Capitol riot and subsequently cooperating with the illegitimate Jan. 6 Committee.

Trump’s criticism of McConnell and Chao, however, is not something to be taken lightly. For years, the McConnell and Chao families have maintained a symbiotic relationship that grants opportunities to the Chaos’ shipping company, Foremost Group, which largely operates in and on behalf of communist China.

This reciprocity is well documented, but unlike with Hunter Biden, there is less scrutiny from observers, including those on the right, for this “corruption by proxy,” as author and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer calls it.

As Schweizer documented in his 2018 book “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends,” McConnell took a strong stance against China before his marriage into the Chao family. According to Schweizer, it was a 1994 trip arranged by James Chao, McConnell’s father-in-law, and sponsored by China State Shipbuilding Corp. (CSSP), one of the CCP’s largest military contractors and reportedly an unofficial arm of the CCP navy, to meet the Chinese president that pushed McConnell to “increasingly avoid public criticism of China.”

That’s likely because Chao and her family are well-connected in communist China thanks to her father’s company. Foremost is technically based out of New York but largely operates out of China, where at least 70 percent of its freight, mostly industrial, is delivered. Not only are a majority of Foremost’s ships built in state-owned shipyards, but some are even financed by the Chinese Communist Party. They are then used to deliver cargo outlined in contracts with the communist government, which has clearly stated goals to rapidly expand its industries to compete with the U.S.

Foremost and the Chao family have benefitted from loans estimated to be between $350,000 and $1 million from the U.S. government and loans from Chinese banks known by the Trump administration as threats. Again, this is a company owned by the father-in-law of America’s top congressional Republican and the father of the former transportation secretary. Not only do Chao’s father and sister Angela Chao still share leadership over Foremost, but the pair also once sat on the board of an offshoot of the CSSP together.

This trend of the Chao family expanding their influence in China only continued as McConnell and his wife burrowed deeper into the American political system. When Trump named Chao head of the Department of Transportation in January of 2017, her family publicly rejoiced — likely at the opportunity to further their business interests. That same month, Chao’s sister Angela was named independent non-executive director of the CCP-affiliated Bank of China.

Even though the Trump administration took a hardline stance against China and its intent to compete with the U.S., the Chao family company proceeded with the purchase of 10 new ships from the Chinese government. That strategic buy expanded the Foremost fleet capacity by more than 40 percent, enabling the company to do even more business with the CCP. It also came shortly after Chao secured a spot in the Trump Cabinet overseeing an industry in steep decline thanks to competition with China.

While China sought to expand its maritime endeavors, it was under Chao’s leadership that the Department of Transportation proposed budget cuts for programs meant to stimulate American shipping and mariners.

McConnell still expresses some support for curbing China’s ascent, but whether his concern is sincere or political is difficult to say.

Not only do McConnell and Chao’s family members financially benefit from doing business with communist China, but so have McConnell and Chao. The political duo may not have a formal stake in the Chao shipping empire, but they have certainly amassed wealth from the business.

The biggest evidence for this came in 2008. Just one year after James Chao joined CSSC Holdings, in addition to running Foremost, McConnell received a “gift” of $5 to $25 million from his father-in-law. As Politico reported, that payment significantly bumped McConnell’s net worth, which was measured at around $3.1 million in 2004, to between $9.2 million and $36.5 million in 2014.

Several members of Chao’s family, including Angela and James, also contributed more than $1 million to McConnell’s re-election campaigns. In other words, the founder of an unofficial arm of our top adversary’s navy is helping keep McConnell in U.S. leadership. According to Schweizer, these kinds of payments could have been money designed to keep a favorable relationship between McConnell and the Chao family.

“Foreign governments and oligarchs like this form of corruption because it gives them private and unfettered gateways to the corridors of Washington power,” Schweizer wrote in his book “Empires.” “Foreign entities cannot legally make campaign contributions, so using this approach creates an alternative way to curry favor and influence America’s political leaders. Simply camouflaging these transactions as business agreements provides another shield of plausible deniability.”

(FreedomWire.org) – Governor DeSantis of Florida wasn’t holding back during a recent speech about President Slow Joe Biden. A speech in which he utterly wrecked Biden and blasted our senile president for just staring mindlessly at the teleprompter.

Joking about that during his savage, anti-Biden speech, DeSantis said “With Biden, you think of a guy staring into the teleprompter like a deer in the headlights.”

In case you missed, here’s Biden staring with dead eyes at the teleprompter and mindlessly repeating instructions.

The deer in headlights remark was just one of DeSantis’ savage attack on Biden. He also joked that he wished America a speedy recovery from Biden. DeSantis joked, “I must say he did test positive for COVID. And I want to on the behalf of the state of Florida wish President Biden a speedy recovery from COVID. And I also want to wish the United States of America a speedy recovery from Joe Biden.”

DeSantis continued to comment on what he thought Biden has failed with so far during his Presidency.

“He came in and cranked the printing presses, kneecapped American energy, and he also opened our southern border.”

“And what we’ve seen in the last year and a half is the largest illegal migration into this country in the history of the United States of America. We have record human trafficking, we have record sex trafficking, and we have record drug trafficking.”

On the other hand, DeSantis has gained the strong support of Republican voters as he boldly pushed back against not just the establishment media and the Biden administration but also Disney, which fought the state’s Parental Rights in Education bill. That has made him a top contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.