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(FreedomWire.org) – The federal judge who reportedly signed off on the raid at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence donated thousands of dollars to former President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and victory fund in 2008.

Bruce Reinhart, a Florida federal magistrate judge, donated $1,000 to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and added $1,000 more to the Obama Victory Fund that same cycle, according to federal filings.

According to the same New York Post report on the donations, Reinhart also represented employees of the late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in connection to a sex trafficking investigation. Reinhart previously told the Miami Herald that those he represented included Epstein’s pilots, his scheduler, Sarah Kellen, and a woman named Nadia Marcinkova.

On October 23, 2007, as federal prosecutors in South Florida were in the midst of tense negotiations to finalize a plea deal with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, a senior prosecutor in their office quietly laying out plans to leave the U.S. attorney’s office after 11 years. 

On that date, as emails were flying between Epstein’s lawyers and federal prosecutors, Bruce E. Reinhart, now a federal magistrate, opened a limited liability company in Florida that established what would become his new criminal defense practice.

The stated address, according to Florida state corporate records: 250 South Australian Ave., Suite 1400. It was the same location, and identical suite number, as that of Epstein’s lead attorney, Jack Goldberger.

By the end of the year, Reinhart had resigned his post in the Southern District of Florida. Within Days, on Jan. 2, 2008, he was hired to represent several of Epstein’s accused accomplices who would later, like Epstein, receive federal immunity for allegedly trafficking underage girls.

(FreedomWire.org) – The Department of Homeland Security announced late Monday that they would end the Remain in Mexico policy.

Several thousand migrants forced to wait in Mexico under a Trump-era program gradually will be allowed to enter the United States to pursue their asylum claims in coming weeks and months, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Monday.

The move comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Democratic President Joe Biden in his administration’s bid to end the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, which pushed non-Mexican migrants back to Mexico to await resolution of their U.S. cases, which sometimes took months or years.

The Biden administration will no longer enroll migrants in MPP and those currently waiting in Mexico will be removed from the program and allowed to enter the United States as they return for their next scheduled court dates, DHS said in a statement.

The end of the disincentives that Remain in Mexico provided will likely result in a flood of new applicants that will now be allowed to wait in the US while their claims are adjudicated. Most of them do not show up for court dates and deportations, of course, which is why Donald Trump imposed Remain in Mexico in the first place.

(FreedomWire.org) – On Friday, CBS’s Catherine Herridge interviewed former Attorney General Bill Barr. When Herridge asked, “What is the future of the Republican Party?”

Barr said, “I think the future is bright. I see 2024 like setting up another 1980 where Reagan won two terms, and then Bush won a third term. And that’s what I think you need to really Make America Great Again. Decisive victory in reaction to the excesses of the progressive Democrats. And I think we could do that again a really achieve decisive victory with the right candidate. But i don’t think Trump is that candidate.”

Barr explained, “The day that he’s elected, he’ll be a 78-year-old lame duck who is obviously bent on revenge more than anything else.”

President Donald Trump is the GOP frontrunner right now, and the nomination is his if he decides to seek it.

When Barr stated that he will be bent on revenge, is because his team has announced as much. Trump team plans post-election purge of Department of Justice, FBI, and the Intelligence Community.

If Trump ran on a promise to gut the federal bureaucracy and return it to its role as an apolitical servant of the people, it would appeal to voters.

(FreedomWire.org) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney unleashed a series of dramatic attacks against former President Donald Trump in a Thursday campaign ad for his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney.

Cheney accused Trump of being a “coward,” citing the former President’s litigation against the outcome of the 2020 election.

Cheney called Trump the greatest individual threat to the United States in the nation’s 246-year history, assigning him a distinction usually reserved for the likes of Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Laden and Emperor Hirohito.

“He is a coward. A real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters,” said the 81-year-old Dick Cheney.

“He lost his election, and he lost big.”

Dick Cheney had supported Trump for president in 2016. He went on to criticize Trump’s foreign policy, according to Politico.

Liz Cheney didn’t turn decisively against Trump until after the 2020 election.

Dick Cheney played a key role in instigating the 2003 Iraq War, a conflict today considered one of the worst foreign policy blunders in American history.

As George W. Bush’s Vice President, Cheney falsely claimed that Saddam Hussein’s government actively possessed weapons of mass destruction, according to Newsweek. That claim formed the basis of the 2003 invasion.

The conflict resulted in the deaths of thousands of American service members and many more Iraqis.

Instability in the Middle East after the American withdrawal from Iraq led to the rise of the Islamic State, a jihadist terrorist group that played a role in the exodus of Christians and other minorities from the region.

Cheney has never apologized for his role in the Iraq War.

Dick Cheney claimed that his daughter would prevail in her Aug. 16. primary.

“Liz is fearless. She never backs down from the fight. There is nothing more important she will ever do than lead the effort to make sure Donald Trump is never again near the Oval Office.”

“And she will succeed.”

Polling shows the younger Cheney trailing her Trump-endorsed primary challenger by massive margins.

(FreedomWire.org) – Former president Trump on Wednesday said he intends to sue CNN on the grounds that the network has repeatedly defamed him in its coverage since he announced his first 2016 presidential run.

“I have notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory statements against me,” Trump wrote in a statement. “I will also be commencing actions against other media outlets who have defamed me and defrauded the public regarding the overwhelming evidence of fraud throughout the 2020 Election. I will never stop fighting for the truth and for the future of our Country!”

A July 21 letter from Trump’s legal team to CNN executives demands that the company retract or amend written digital content and on-air comments about the former president that they claim are untrue and slanderous, the Hill reported. CNN specifically spent enormous air-time decrying and debunking Trump’s allegations of widespread voter fraud and Democratic manipulation in the 2020 election, using phrases like “false narratives” and “baseless theories.” The lawsuit claims that such terms are  “false and defamatory” on the basis that there was abundant evidence of cheating in the 2020 election.

Most of the litigation launched by the Trump campaign after November 2020 failed to advance after multiple judges rejected them owing to lack of evidence or timeliness.

“Without regard for President Trump’s genuine belief in his statements, CNN has published numerous articles characterizing him as a ‘liar’ and the purveyor of the ‘Big Lie,’” the letter to CNN reads.

The lawsuit points to a number of examples of CNN allegedly misrepresenting Trump in articles, some of which are opinion stories implying that Trump’s rhetoric fueled the January 6 Capitol riot and denouncing Trump’s accusations of election fraud in multiple swing states.

Other CNN commentary that the lawsuit said was incorrect and unfair included on-air appearances by Democratic politicians who insisted that Russia meddled in the 2016 election to guarantee Trump’s victory. Trump has already sued some of the actors involved in that scandal.

In March, Trump sued Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and multiple other parties, claiming they conspired to falsely accuse him of collusion with Russia ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

“In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton and her cohorts orchestrated an unthinkable plot — one that shocks the conscience and is an affront to this nation’s democracy,” the lawsuit stated. “Acting in concert, the Defendants maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative that their Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty.”

In 2019, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation concluded that Trump’s campaign did not coordinate with Russia to influence the United States’ 2016 election.

(FreedomWire.org) – A new intelligence report warns that Iran may be plotting to assassinate former President Donald Trump and/or other top former United States officials in revenge for the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani two years ago.

“According to the intelligence report, Iran has identified former President Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and other officials as ‘priority targets’ for their role in overseeing the January 2020 US drone strike that killed Soleimani as he visited Iraq. Iran has long openly made bombastic threats to take revenge for Soleimani’s death, but the new report offers further confirmation that US officials are taking the threats seriously,” Yahoo News reported.

“The intelligence report, which is marked as unclassified but as ‘for official use only,’ was widely distributed inside the government and to law enforcement agencies nationwide,” the report added.

“Since January 2021, Tehran has publicly expressed a willingness to conduct lethal operations inside the United States and has consistently identified former President Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, and former CENTCOM Commander General Kenneth McKenzie as among its priority targets for retribution,” the report says.

“Iran would probably view the killing or prosecution of a US official it considers equivalent in rank and stature to Soleimani or responsible for his death as successful retaliatory actions,” the assessment adds.

The report warns that Iran is “waging a multipronged campaign” to avenge Soleimani’s death, including “threats of lethal action, international legal maneuvering, and the issuance of Iranian arrest warrants and sanctions.”

(FreedomWire.org) – MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough summed up Thursday morning why Democrats should be worried about the crisis at the border while admitting former President Donald Trump was right about the crisis.

Scarborough brought up the southern border while interviewing Axios Co-founder and CEO Jim Vandehei. Scarborough said the border  “is something that the media doesn’t talk about that much” despite the dramatic increase in illegal immigration over the past two years.

“Democrats in Washington don’t like to talk about it. Democrats on Twitter don’t like to talk about it. So they just pretend it’s not there and that it doesn’t upset Americans. But crime, these illegal crossings at the border, I mean, it’s not like Donald Trump, who made stuff up when he came in 2016, illegal border crossings were at a 50-year low after eight years of Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” Scarborough said. “This is real. The numbers keep spiking. More people keep coming. Joe Biden wants to get rid of a rule that provides some relief for border agents. But why is the White House so completely lost on this issue?”

“There is a wing of the party that – remember, go back a year or two, there was talk of should we push open borders and have a lax border policy? They feel they’re caught in a vice. What you said is real. We’ve done a lot of reporting of the different warnings we’re hearing from Homeland Security that the crisis at the border could get even worse,” Vandehei said.

“People don’t like feeling unsafe. They look at the murder rates in big cities. They look at what happens in Chicago every weekend. They look at the shootings. The spike in crime worries people. Then politicians can easily conflate that with illegal immigration and say Democrats aren’t worried about you or your safety, whether it’s your income safety in terms of inflation or your safety because of crime,” he continued.

“Yeah, and they even conflate Ukraine with the southern border. Two completely different things, but that doesn’t change the fact that this administration really is ignoring a massive crisis that members of their own administration say is a massive crisis. Also, you said it concerns millions of Americans who want our laws enforced at the border. You know who else, Mika, feels that way? Hispanics on the Texas border.”

“They’re voting Republican,” Vandehei said.

A caravan of roughly 6,000 migrants comprised of individuals mostly from Venezuela are headed toward the southern border, Reuters reported. Mexican authorities let the group pass through southern Mexico and head north, Fox News reported. Agents at the border are concerned the situation could be overwhelming.

Amid the crisis, a federal judge ruled in May that the Biden Administration must pause their efforts to rescind Title 42. The policy was implemented under the Trump administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been used to quickly expel migrants.

(FreedomWire.org) – Ex-CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin accused her former employer of ditching a live interview with a teacher on the heels of the 2018 Parkland, Florida school shooting to cover breaking news about then-President Trump.

Baldwin detailed her role in CNN’s coverage of the Parkland school shooting that occurred as the network had become known for dedicating the majority of its time to negative coverage of Trump. In the days immediately following the shooting, CNN producers made a decision to cut away and cover news about the former president. 

“One of my producers interrupted our broadcast from Florida and spoke into my earpiece. News was breaking about President Donald Trump and the FBI. My producer assured me that we’d return to coverage in Parkland, but that right then—I’ll never forget it—‘we have to break away to go live to Washington.’ But. But. But. Fourteen students were dead. I stood there dumbfounded,” she wrote. “A teacher from the school was just out of camera range, waiting to join me for a five-minute live interview. I used the pause in coverage to tell her what was happening and told her that we’d get to her, that her story mattered. But I already knew then that they weren’t coming back to us.”

Baldwin recalled waiting outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to continue her coverage of the shooting until CNN’s leadership team ordered her to leave South Florida and scrap the story. 

“I waited to reappear on my own show, furiously emailing my producers back at CNN headquarters to fight for more airtime on what was happening at Parkland: Come back to me. The teacher! Soon after, I got my marching orders: Come back to New York. I knew what that meant. We were done,” she wrote.

 

Baldwin went on to detail other mass shootings she covered during her time at CNN before making a prediction about media coverage of the tragedy.

“Let me tell you what will happen: The news media will be in Texas through this weekend, and then news executives will start paring down the coverage next week. The conversation has already turned to politics, as some pundits urge a focus on mental health and others on guns. Some journalists will try to hold our elected representatives’ feet to the fire. A segment or two will go viral. Americans will share their outrage on social media. And then another story will break next week, and the news cycle will move on,” Baldwin wrote. 

“After a week or 10 days, the outraged public grows tired of hearing about the carnage, loss, and inaction. The audience starts to drop off. The ratings dip. And networks worry about their bottom line. And while the journalists in the field have compassion for the victims of these tragic stories, their bosses at the networks treat the news as ratings-generating revenue sources. No ratings? Less coverage. It’s as simple as that,” she continued.

Baldwin departed CNN when since-ousted boss Jeff Zucker was still in charge of the network, but he was forced to resign earlier this year ahead of a long-planned merger with Discovery. Zucker is known as the person who shifted CNN from it’s just-the-facts approach to news to an anti-Trump opinion network. His replacement, longtime TV executive Chris Licht, has publicly stated a desire to put a focus back on news.

(FreedomWire.org) – Former Obama administration officials were working secretly with Iran in 2018 as former President Donald Trump was deciding whether or not to pull out of the Iranian nuclear agreement.

John Kerry, who was secretary of state during the Obama administration, admitted meeting with Iranian officials at the time.

The American Center for Law and Justice sued to reveal the contents of an internal State Department document that has just been made public, and said even more former Obama officials were involved.

The memo said that several former U.S. ambassadors held an “off-the-record” meeting with former Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif in New York City

The memo also said that topics included “nuclear weapons, potential prisoner swaps, the Afghanistan withdrawal and negotiations with the Taliban,” according to ACLJ.

“This memo reflects even more than we already knew about former State Department officials continuing on as if they were still in office,” former Secretary of State and current senior counsel for global affairs at the ACLJ Mike Pompeo said.

“Trying, at every turn, to work with the foreign minister for a terrorist regime, Iran, to undermine the very sanctions put in place by America. It’s worse than not knowing when to get off stage. Actively seeking to protect the terrible deal they struck, these former officials, two years after Obama left office, were signaling that Iran should stand firm against America,” he said.

Pompeo called the revelation of the extent of Obama administrating meddling “bad stuff, dangerous stuff, un-American stuff.”

The former officials who met with Zarif “should be ashamed of themselves. Working against their own nation’s policies alongside such a brutal regime,” he continued.

The ACLJ received emails showing that during the Trump administration, State Department staff members were being used by Kerry in his communications with Zarif.

“There were even more secret meetings happening behind the Trump administration’s back than had been previously reported,” ACLJ’s senior litigation counsel Ben Sisney said.

He also said that the memo’s very existence raises questions.

“How did this memo of ‘former’ U.S. officials meeting with Zarif get into the State Department’s hands? Was someone at the State Department there? Did the State Department send an informal liaison?” he said.

The seven-page memo quoted Zarif as blaming Trump for the rise in anti-American sentiment in Iran.

Zarif also said Iran would never give up its missile program or stop enriching uranium.

“The U.S. says no peace deal and the U.S. will reimpose sanctions, but the condition is zero missiles, zero nuclear enrichment. This what John Bolton wants,” Zarif said, citing Trump’s former national security adviser.

“I know Bolton and negotiated with him years ago. His views are so radical, that we could not reach an agreement. Absolute impossibility to reach an agreement with John Bolton unless you ask him to sit down and read at dictation speed what he wants and then you sign it. He is incapable of compromise.”

(FreedomWire.org) – Dr. Anthony Fauci was told by Hugh Hewitt, a radio host, that a significant number of Americans have lost confidence in him and perhaps it’s time to step down. Fauci was quick to disagree with Hewitt.

“No. Absolutely unequivocally no, Hugh. Sorry,” replied the now-81-year-old chief medical adviser to the president.

Hewitt isn’t the only person who’s told him to his face it’s time to go. Sen. Rand Paul has demanded that he should resign during heated testimony, but was not able to persuade him. 

However, Fauci just revealed the one event that will force him to retire.

Fauci responded to CNN’s Jim Acosta a plain “no” when asked if he would work with the 45th president again.

“If Trump were to return to the White House as President, and COVID was still a threat or there was some other public health emergency, would you have confidence in his ability to deal with a pandemic of this nature? Would you want to stay on at your post?” Acosta asked.

“Uh, well, no,” he responded, laughing. 

“If you look at the history of what the response was during the administration, I think, you know, at best, you can say it wasn’t optimal,” Fauci said. “History will speak for itself about that.”

It was Fauci who recommended, “15 days to stop the spread.”  Trump backed the recommendation. Numerous studies showed the lockdowns in Europe and the U.S. had virtually zero benefit.