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FBI Is So Committed To Transparency Nearly Entire Trump Raid Affidavit Is Redacted

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On Friday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released the affidavit supporting the FBI’s warrant application to raid former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence.

Nearly the entire 38-page affidavit released was redacted, with few lines offering insight into the FBI’s unprecedented raid of a former president. The document outlining the justifications to redact the redactions was itself also nearly entirely redacted.

The few sentences made public in the affidavit, however, show the FBI was motivated to comb through Trump’s 128-room living quarters because of a CBS News article that a truck was present at Mar-a-Lago in the final days of his presidency.

“Boxes Containing Documents Were Transported from the White House to Mar-a-Lago,” read a subject head. “According to a CBS Miami article titled ‘Moving Trucks Spotted At Mar-a-Lago,’ published Monday, January 18, 2021, at least two moving trucks were observed at the PREMISES on January 18, 2021.”

The affidavit also showcased the raid as a dramatic escalation of federal law enforcement targeting political opponents driven by a disgruntled employee at the National Archives.

The search, ultimately culminating in the confiscation of 15 boxes from Mar-a-Lago, was demanded by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to reclaim presidential documents under government possession.

The NARA referral stated that according to NARA’s White House Liason Division Director, a preliminary review of the FIFTEEN BOXES indicated that they contained ‘newspapers, magazines, printed news articles, photos, miscellaneous print-outs, notes, presidential correspondence, personal and post-presidential records, and ‘a lot of classified records.’

Following criticism of the raid earlier this month, Attorney General Merrick Garland held a press conference where the nation’s chief law enforcement official admitted to personally signing off on the raid of the president whose inauguration nullified Garland’s Supreme Court nomination in 2017.

“First, I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter,” Garland said, adding that the warrant was “narrowly scope[d].”

“The department does not take such a decision lightly. Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search, and to narrowly scope any search that is undertaken,” Garland added.

Examination of the search warrant, however, shows the roughly 30 plainclothes agents were granted authority to seize any and all documents Trump came in contact with as president.

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This article was published at The Federalist and is reproduced with permission.


Courage or Experience?

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As the collective blood starts to boil among conservatives for the unprecedented raid on the home of former President Donald Trump, we need to think about who is responsible for the leadership of both the Department of Justice and the FBI. And we must demand that Republicans investigate and clean out these agencies.

It is not just because of this latest caper. It is necessary because of a long line of abuses and selective enforcement of the laws. From the very beginning, the DOJ and FBI were involved in the Russian hoax, they ignored the BLM riots and labeled parents who objected to school curriculum as terrorists. They bought into and promoted the lie that white supremacists were the chief national security threat and allegedly permeated the military.

This latest outrageous event has the potential to unite a rather fractured conservative movement. As we see the comments coming in from various conservative media, most all are strongly condemnatory. Even National Review, a consistent Trump skeptic says:

“The most common defense of the search has been circular: to wit, that the FBI would not have taken a step this dramatic unless it really needed to. But this, of course, will not do. Not only does such an approach accord carte blanche to the government, it rests upon a presumption that has been severely undermined by the developments of the last six years. In 2015, Americans might have been forgiven for assuming that, if the Department of Justice was looking into a president, it must have an excellent reason. But after the Steele dossier, the FISA surveillance of Carter Page, the Mueller report, and the near endless web of implications and insinuations that tied up American politics for the first two and a half years of Trump’s presidency, one can no longer fall back on such reflexive credulity. If the government has a case, it must make it as bluntly as it can — and it must make it now.”

The main editorial of the usually hostile to Trump Wall Street Journal, on August 10, suggests this raid sets a very bad precedent, ripe for political payback, and likely will turn Trump into a martyr. The initial tally of fundraising numbers indicates this act of prosecutorial misconduct has united the conservative forces in this country.  The distance between MAGA Republicans and establishment Republicans has been narrowed. 

If victory comes for Republicans in the fall, they need to hold those responsible to the severest form of governmental correction.

No doubt deep state Obama era holdovers in both agencies are part of the problem. But there are plenty of Biden appointees involved as well.

Moreover,  many Republicans are to blame.  A fairly large swath of the party just does not understand that while they played the standard game of political bean bag, the other side was taking their cues from Saul Alinsky and were playing with clubs and knives.

Republicans often just don’t seem to recognize who they are fighting. They think this is the Democratic Party of the 1960s.

The New York Post on March 10, 2021, mentioned that:

“The Senate voted to confirm Judge Merrick Garland as U.S. attorney general with a strong bipartisan vote Wednesday with 20 Republicans crossing the aisle in support of the one-time Supreme Court nominee.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — who prevented Garland from becoming a Supreme Court justice in 2016 when he blocked his nomination — said he was voting to confirm Garland because of “his long reputation as a straight shooter and a legal expert” and that his “left-of-center perspective” was still within the legal mainstream.

Along with McConnell (R-Ky.), the Republicans who crossed over were Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Ia.), James Lankford (R-Ok.), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Joni Ernst (R-Ia.), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Thune (R-SD), Mitt Romney (R-Ut.), Rob Portman (R-Oh.), Jim Inhofe (R-Ok.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Cornyn (R-Tx.), Jerry Moran (R-Ks.). Thom Tillis (R-NC), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Susan Collins (R-Me.), Richard Burr (R-NC), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak.), and Mike Rounds (R-SD).”

So, Mitch McConnell thinks Garland is a “straight shooter.” How is that working out for ya?

Only about three Senators on the list, Chuck Grassley, Lindsey Graham,  and Ron Johson have become vocal and articulate opponents of the Democrat juggernaut.It will be interesting to see if any more can bother themselves to fight after this latest outrage.

In the Wall Street Journal on August 9, 2022, Gerard Baker opines that many nonexperienced and never before elected Republican candidates are “not ready for prime time.” He accuses many of these never previously elected candidates such as Mehmet OZ, Blake Masters, Herschel Walker, and J.D. Vance of peddling “quack conservatism.”

His theme is somewhat garbled in that in one sentence he criticizes outsiders with little political experience while at the same time admitting that President Joe Biden is arguably the most experienced, and at the same time, the most incompetent President we have ever had. And if experience alone is the measure of political wisdom, how do explain the fawning Republican support for the appointment of  Merrick Garland, who promptly turned out to be our most dangerous Attorney General in history? 

It would seem that “experience” in Washington means knowing your way around the Swamp.

Baker fears, with some justification, that these neophytes cannot compete against hardened and ruthless Democrats. If that is what he means about “experience”, we concur.

But we would also note, that Trump and his MAGA platform have had tremendous political appeal, and in fact have reshaped a political party. We just had a primary season where many MAGA candidates were victorious.  It has brought many working-class people into the party and the MAGA movement.

Democrats are rabid against Trump in some ways because of his personality, but more likely because they fear his electability and his political appeal. He threatens their hold on power.

However, from today’s perspective, experienced and seasoned Republicans have been one of the major problems. They can’t seem to win any battles on our behalf, even when in the majority. In fact, the desire of many MAGA supporters is precisely to find people with experience in other fields besides politics, because the “pros” have been responsible for a 50-year retreat.

They don’t want people who are comfortable and at home in the Swamp, they want people to drain the Swamp.

They want candidates to go to Washington not to make millions, but to represent the interests of the people.  Hence the strong undertow of populism in the MAGA movement.

What many find attractive about Trump was that he was indeed from the outside, did not have “experience”,  but was willing to fight, even using the new tools of social media.

He didn’t run for office to make money, he already had money, and hardly needed to take a perfectly wonderful life as he had, and have it torn to shred by swamp dwellers.

The willingness to fight must take priority over political experience. You can hire political strategists but you can’t “hire” courage, principle, and tenacity.  You either have it or you don’t, and many of our most esteemed Republicans in the Senate make the surrendering Italian Army appear brave.

It will be interesting to see which of the 20 Republican Senators named above will get behind the movement to reform the Department of Justice and the FBI. If they can’t find the courage now, when will they ever find it?

 

Blind Justice

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The founding of the United States and its Constitutional government is predicated on three separate yet co-equal branches: Executive, Legislative and Judicial.

The executive branch is inherently political and always will be, it is the seat of power vested in one individual, our elected president.

The legislative branch is political, however slightly less so as it is comprised of hundreds of elected officials from all political parties, all walks of life, and all states. It is the embodiment of representative government.

The judicial branch is intended, from its very inception, to be apolitical. This is the very reason why we have statues of blindfolded women representing the impartiality of justice, why we depict justice as a set of scales for it is to be applied equally.

We have never seen justice agencies and law enforcement agencies of the executive branch be so politically partisan in our lifetimes.

Some may think this is a very recent development but it is sadly not. Consider the work of Eric Holder under Barack Obama, who earned the dubious distinction of being the first sitting member of any presidential cabinet held in contempt of Congress for his role in Fast and Furious by a bi-partisan vote in the house. This was followed by the work of Lois Lerner at the IRS in slowing or outright denying 501c(3) applications for any organization that appeared to be conservative from their application name.

Our vaunted federal police investigators at the FBI took a long look at this activity and decided that, in 2015, found “substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment, and institutional inertia” but “found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution yet only conservative groups (bear in mind this occurred in the runup to the 2012 election) had been denied their IRS status under her leadership. Remember that her investigation was thoroughly hampered when all of her email correspondence was ‘accidentally’ deleted from the IRS servers.

Follow this with the bizarre treatment of Hilary Clinton for her use of a private email system for her work at the State Department in the summer of 2016. She was invited to an ‘interview’ with the FBI and was allowed to have her advisors and attorney present. The federal statutes and violations she is demonstrably guilty of have filled entire books (read Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash). Yet no charges were filed for what is clearly a serious crime. Her law firm and that employed by the DNC, Perkins Coie, had an office in their DC branch that housed an FBI team. Why does the FBI maintain an office in the presidential campaign’s law firm? This is the same law firm that promoted the Steele Dossier which led to the entire Russian Collusion hoax embraced by Adam Schiff and the Pelosi-led Congress.

Let’s fast-forward to today’s Justice department under, the one-time candidate for our Supreme Court, President Biden’s Attorney General, Merrick Garland. He now represents the inverse of blind justice, his only mission appears to be the investigation and prosecution of any who do not follow the Marxist orthodoxy of the Biden regime. Consider the relentless pursuit and prosecution of the January 6th Capital trespassing: according to Insider.com, 884 people were arrested for this ‘insurrection’ for crimes ranging from trespassing, and illegal parading to assault. Of those arrested, 329 have entered guilty pleas.  It is important to note that no law enforcement or capital staff were killed as a result of this event however approximately 140 were injured. Contrast this with the riots in the summer of 2020 for George Floyd’s death: 1 officer was killed, over 2,000 law enforcement personnel were injured and these caused over $1 billion in damages.  One only has to review the case files on these two events to notice the zeal with which our legal system has prosecuted the case against insurrectionists versus the ‘mostly peaceful’ BLM/Antifa protests where only 123 participants have received federal charges. But, let’s not get caught up in these too obvious examples of partisan justice.

Let us now consider some other high-profile cases such as lying to Congress. For Roger Stone (who was charged with this among other crimes) it culminates in a pre-dawn FBI SWAT team raid (with a CNN camera crew who just happened to be in the area). This culminated in a 9-year prison sentence from which he was pardoned by President Trump. For John Clapper and Jim Brennan, they received contributor roles at CNN and no arrests. Hilary Clinton violated numerous federal laws for her unauthorized email server and yet has never been charged. Peter Navarro, a top advisor in the Trump organization, was indicted on contempt of Congress charges (the same charge leveled at Eric Holder) and he offered to turn himself in to the FBI. Not surprisingly the FBI ignored his offer and instead chose to slap him in leg irons while trying to board a flight at the airport and send him to solitary confinement for the weekend. These contradictory outcomes of the same charge speak volumes about our justice system.

Attorney General Garland has also stated that the primary threat to our country is domestic terrorists in the form of “White Supremacists”. As of this writing, I am hard-pressed to find any instances of domestic terrorism related to White Supremacy. The only specific charges of domestic terrorism out of AG Garland’s office have been to target parents who object to having their kids indoctrinated by teachers trying to promote Critical Race Theory and Gender fluidity to elementary school children. I am not a prosecutor nor am I an attorney, yet I believe fervently that any form of sexual predation on minor children should be illegal if it isn’t already. This includes discussing gender identities by school teachers. This Justice Department finds no fault in tax-payor-funded ‘educators’ exploring these issues with our children.

Consider also the case of Hunter Biden, as yet he has not been charged with any crimes although there is ample evidence of many. His laptop (whose very existence was denied as Russian Disinformation during the 2020 presidential race) details a wide variety of criminal activity ranging from drug use to hiring prostitutes, to FARA violations, selling access to his father’s influence, et cetera. This laptop, which details numerous felonious behavior, has been continually buried by the FBI as they try to shut down any serious investigation into its contents.

No nation can stand a politicized justice system that prosecutes only those who disagree with the Marxist autocracy that is in place in DC today. We are engaged in a battle of words and definitions as the left continues to move our nation into chaos. We will now have a Supreme Court justice who is unable to define what the word “woman” means.

Homeland Security’s Secretary Mayorkas continually states that our border is secure when over 2 million illegal immigrants have flooded across our border since January of 2021. Kamala Harris has been given the job of securing our borders by President Biden and to date, there has been no change in policy. Securing our borders is one of the principal duties of the executive branch. If nothing else, this administration should be impeached for dereliction of duty.

We are approaching our mid-term elections. Each and everyone one of us has a duty to cast our votes after researching the candidates to the best of our ability. These elections are critical. We need to bring this lawless administration to heel, and the only way we can do that is through the legislative branch and taking back the House of Representatives and the US Senate.  This current administration is the very embodiment of an existential threat to this great Republic it has been entrusted with.  Only we the people can change this.  GO VOTE!

‘Identify Patriotic Americans As Suspects’: Sen. Ted Cruz Confronts Wray On Project Veritas Leak

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Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz confronted FBI Director Christopher Wray about a leak of alleged FBI material by the conservative activist group, Project Veritas, at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday.

Cruz tried to make the case that the FBI has a repeated pattern of targeting conservatives and “patriotic Americans.” He pointed to a copy of FBI training material obtained by Project Veritas that allegedly listed the Betsy Ross, Gadsden, and Gonzales Battle flags as themes “indicative of militia violent extremism.”

“Director Wray, what are you all doing?” Cruz asked. “This makes no sense. Do you agree with this FBI guidance that the Betsy Ross flag and the Gadsden flag and the Gonzales Battle flag are signs of militia violent extremism?”

“Senator, I am not familiar with the document behind you and I’m not in the practice of trying to comment on a document that I haven’t recognized. But, I will tell you that when we put out intelligence products, including ones that reference symbols which we do across a wide variety of contexts, we usually make great pains to put caveats and warnings in the document that make clear that a symbol alone is not considered evidence of violent extremism.”

The senator said the document does not include symbols connected to Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

“Instead, you identify patriotic Americans as suspects,” Cruz said.

The senator said this has become a pattern by the FBI, pointing to the National School Board Association requesting U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland use the Gun-Free School Zones Act and the USA PATRIOT Act to stop threats and violence that could be “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” The organization later apologized for the letter. (RELATED: ‘You Need To Follow The Law’: Ted Cruz Grills DOJ Official On The Handling Of Pro-Abortion Attacks)

“How many moms and dads who have spoken up at school boards have the FBI interviewed or investigated since the memo for the attorney general?” Cruz asked.

“I’m not aware of any,” Wray said. “Second, let me address the issue—”

“You’re not aware of any? Like the House of Representatives has written and they have asked you about it,” Cruz interjected.

“Let me say to you and to this committee the same thing I said to every FBI field office after I read the memo, which was that the FBI is not going to be in the business of investigating speech, to policing speech at school board meetings or anywhere else,” Wray answered. “And that we’re not about to start now, that threats of violence, that’s a different matter altogether and there we will work with our state and local partners as we always have.”

After Cruz repeated his question, Wray said there have been “small assessments and investigations” of people making threats. The senator said the House sent Wray oversight letters detailing dozens of investigations directed at parents attending school board meetings to oppose mask mandates and critical race theory.

The senator pointed to the case of four men conspiring to kidnap Republican Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, which he called a “total debacle.” Two men were acquitted and the others received mistrials. He asked about the number of FBI agents reprimanded over the case, to which Wray would not comment on.

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This article was published by the Daily Caller News Foundation and is reproduced with permission.

The Sham of White Supremacy

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According to President Biden, “terrorism from White supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today”, as he put it in an address to Congress. Attorney General Merrick Garland agreed, noting that “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists“ are the most dangerous element of domestic violence. Garland declared that we must “bring federal resources to bear“ and “adopt a broader societal response“ to the threat of white supremacy.

But it’s a slur to claim that Americans live in fear of White supremacists like the brown shirts of yore. In reality, White supremacists are a small fringe group of pathetic losers who are despised by all.

Their gatherings often attract more attackers than members. No one raises money for their bail when they get in trouble like Kamala Harris did for BLM when their “mostly peaceful“ protests produced burning buildings and mass looting.

The Left media faithfully performs its task of propping up this imaginary threat. Incidents of white-on-black violence make headline news for days while pundits emphasize the role of systemic hate. Similar incidents with different racial dimensions are often underreported or ignored.

In early May, five outbreaks of violence occurred within a few days. A California Taiwanese church was shot up by a black man. Another black man killed workers in a Dallas salon. A white man killed shoppers in a Buffalo grocery store. Pro-life offices were fire-bombed in Wisconsin and Oregon.

President Biden, as usual, only paid attention to the one that fitted his white supremacy narrative. He seized upon the Buffalo incident as “proof of the poison with which White supremacy threatens America“. He vowed to not “let hate win“.

Even though the media’s over-reporting makes them seem more numerous, incidents like the Buffalo shooting are, statistically, isolated events. But the Buffalo murders don’t even qualify anecdotally as an example of right-wing-inspired terror.

C.E. Cupp on CNN explained the horrific incident by noting how “far right-wing media…stir up racial animus, ethnic animus, religious animus…getting people angry and afraid”. Another CNN expert compared Republicans to 1930s fascists and current Islamic dictatorships. “What these people want is a Christian white nationalist version of what you have in Iran today and Saudi Arabia“.

But the perp’s own 80-page manifesto reveals no hint of any such causation. Yes, he was deranged, a psychopath with an intense hatred of Blacks but no connections to White supremacy groups or ideology. He despised Fox News specifically and said he “wanted no part of conservatism“.

Though he was clearly not inspired by right-wing influences, commentators latched on anyway to the killer’s advocacy of “replacement theory“. The New York Times called it a “racist, fringe conspiracy theory“, but it’s nothing of the sort.

It’s simply the fact that the US white population is shrinking while the population total is growing, mostly due to immigration. The concern isn’t skin color but whether this demographic shift will contribute to the decline of America’s culture and values. Recent trends in minority support of Republicans give hope that this may not happen, but at any rate the observation is immaterial to White supremacy.

The Big Lie of pervasive White supremacy is deeply harmful. First, it serves as the pretext for our overgrown government to react to the “threat“ with a series of banana republic-style measures to suppress opposition.

The so-called Ministry of Truth was paused, but the DOJ has created task forces to counter “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists”, including members of the military and parents advocating before school boards, but not Antifa, BLM, or Muslims.

Second, the Big Lie precludes a serious discussion of realistic remedies for interracial violence and the ongoing carnage of young black men. We should do away with gun-free zones, which only reassure potential killers. We should work harder to keep guns out of the hands of the clearly deranged without a wholesale sacrificing of civil rights. We need to stop the push to decriminalize crime and denigrate police officers. And much more.

While we chase the chimera of White supremacy, real people continue to die.

Note: This column was written before the school shooting in Texas. Its conclusions are not affected.

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Thomas C. Patterson, MD is a retired Emergency Medicine physician, Arizona state Senator and Arizona Senate Majority Leader in the ’90s. He is a former Chairman, Goldwater Institute

 

A Cabinency of Dunces

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As the nation sinks inexplicably into self-created crisis after crisis, a debate rages about whether President Joe Biden is incompetent, mean-spirited, or an ideologue who feels the country’s mess is his success.

A second national discussion revolves around who actually is overseeing the current national catastrophe, given Biden’s frequent bewilderment and cognitive challenges.

But one area of agreement is the sheer craziness of Biden’s Cabinet appointments, who have translated his incoherent ideology into catastrophic governance.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas has essentially nullified federal immigration law. More than 2 million foreign nationals have illegally crossed the southern border without audit—and without COVID-19 vaccinations and tests during a pandemic.

Mayorkas either cannot or will not follow federal law.

But he did create a new Disinformation Governance Board. To head his new Orwellian Ministry of Truth, he appointed Nina Jankowicz—an arch disinformationist who helped peddle the Russian collusion, Steele dossier, and Alfa Bank hoaxes.

While Jankowicz’s adolescent videos and past tweets finally forced her resignation, Mayorkas promises his board will carry on.

In the days before the recent Virginia election, grassroots parent groups challenged critical race theory taught in the schools.

In reaction and under prompts from teachers’ unions, Attorney General Merrick Garland directed both the FBI and the Justice Department to establish a special task force apparently to “investigate threats” from parents against school board members.

The FBI recently has been knee-deep in political controversies. It illegally doctored a FISA application to entrap an American citizen. Its former directors, under oath before Congress, either claimed faulty memory or admitted lying to federal investigators.

The last thing a scandal-plagued FBI needed was to go undercover at school board meetings to investigate parents worried over their children’s education.

We are in a fuel price spiral that is destroying the middle class.

Yet when Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was asked about plans to lower gas prices, she laughed off the idea as “hilarious.”

Later, Granholm preposterously claimed, “It is not the administration policies that have affected supply and demand.”

Apparently haranguing those who finance fossil-fuel production, canceling the Keystone pipeline, suspending new federal oil and gas leases, and stopping production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge all had nothing to do with high fuel prices.

Currently, supply chain disruptions are paralyzing the U.S. economy.

The huge Port of Los Angeles has been a mess for more than a year. Since last fall, dozens of cargo ships have been backed up to the horizon. Thousands of trucks are bottlenecked at the port.

During the mess, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was not at work. Instead, at the height of the crisis, he took two-month paternity leave to help out his husband and two newborn babies.

Such paternal concern is a noble thing. But Buttigieg is supposed to ensure that life-or-death supplies reach millions of strapped Americans.

This winter, trains entering and leaving Los Angeles were routinely looted in the Old West style of train robbing—without much of a response from Buttigieg’s transportation bureau.

In Senate testimony, Secretary of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland refused to explain why her department is slow-walking federal oil and gas leases at a time when Americans are paying between $5 and $6 a gallon for gas.

Haaland was unable to provide simple answers about when new leases will result in more supplies of oil and gas. Her panicked aides slid talking points to her, given that in deer-in-the-headlights fashion, she seemed incapable of providing senators with basic information about U.S. energy production on federal lands.

The United States is sending many billions of dollars worth of sophisticated weapons to Ukraine to combat Russian aggression. We rightly claim it is not a proxy war against Russia, but instead an effort to help stop a brutal Russian invasion.

Why then did Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin tell the world the very opposite in a fashion that could only convince Russians that our real aim in Ukraine is to destroy Russia as a superpower?

As Austin put it publicly, “We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine.”

Even if that description of the agenda is true, why broadcast it, given Russia has more than 6,000 nuclear weapons and its president, Vladimir Putin, is increasingly erratic and paranoid?

The common denominator to these Biden appointees is ideological rigidity, nonchalance, and sheer incompetence.

They seem indifferent to the current border, inflation, energy, and crime disasters. When confronted, they are unable to answer simple questions from Congress, or they mock anyone asking for answers on behalf of the strapped American people.

We don’t know why or how such an unimpressive cadre ended up running the government, only that they are here and the American people are suffering from their presence.

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This article was published by The Daily Signal and is reproduced with permission.

AGs Sue Biden Administration Over DOJ’s Call to Investigate Protesting Parents

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The lawsuit claims AG Garland has provided no evidence of spikes in threats against school personnel by American parents

Fourteen Republican attorneys general, led by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, have sued the Biden administration for not responding to a Freedom of Information request related to the Department of Justice calling for surveillance of parents expressing opinions at school board meetings and other forums.

The lawsuit follows a chain of events that began last October.

It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana Indianapolis Division. It asks the court to force the Biden administration to respond to the requests for information.

It names President Joe Biden, Attorney General AG, the U.S. Department of Justice, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and the U.S. Department of Education as plaintiffs.

The coalition, led by Rokita, are from the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

On Oct. 4, Garland issued a memo on the “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff” and called for the FBI and other federal law enforcement agents to monitor activities in school districts nationwide.

Six months later, the attorneys general argue, the Biden administration has provided no evidence of any spikes in threats against school personnel by American parents.

Garland issued the memo after the National School Board Association sent a Sept. 29 letter to the Biden administration lamenting that parents were opposing the teaching of critical race theory and other divisive ideologies, referring to parental protests as “domestic terrorism.”

Garland’s memo “attacked dissent by parents during local school board meetings in an effort ‘to intimidate parents into giving up their constitutional rights to direct the upbringing and education of their children,’” the attorneys general argue.

They anticipated his memo was based “on the NSBA’s false accusations against parents.” Garland confirmed this during his Oct. 21 testimony before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. He said, the “National School Board Association, which represents thousands of school boards and school board members, says that there are these kinds of threats. When we read in the newspapers reports of threats of violence … .”

According to his testimony, the White House asked for examples of specific threats. However, no such threats were presented.

The National School Board Association apologized for the language it used in the letter the day after Garland testified, on Oct. 22. More than half of its state affiliates distanced themselves from the national group, some pulling dues and membership.

But these actions weren’t enough, the attorneys general argue. Garland still hasn’t rescinded his memo. And the administration hasn’t responded to their request for information six months later.

The 14 attorneys general sent a letter Oct. 26 requesting information from Biden and Garland. It followed an Oct. 18 letter sent by a 17-state coalition. They’ve demanded Garland rescind his memo instructing the FBI to investigate parents and produce all communications of any federal officials or agencies related to the Sept. 29 NSBA letter.

They never received a response, they said, prompting the lawsuit.

“We just want the facts,” Rokita said. “Rather than cooperate, the Biden administration has sought to conceal and downplay its culpability. What are they hiding? Why won’t they come clean? Hoosiers and all Americans deserve to know.

“The Biden administration wants to sweep under the rug these inexcusable assaults on parents’ freedom of speech,” he added. “But we’re fighting for full transparency and accountability for this misconduct so it doesn’t happen again.”

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This article was published in The Center Square and is reproduced with permission.