Category Archives: Senate

Grassley Asks Why Hillary and Aides Still have Security Clearance? | Mar 31, 2017

Senator Grassley Asks Why “Extremely Careless” Hillary Still Has Access To Classified State Dept. Info

| ZeroHedge

“Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, would very much like to understand why Hillary Clinton and 6 of her closest “research aides” may still have access to classified State Department information despite FBI Director Comey’s assertion that they were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

And, after sending numerous requests to John Kerry’s State Department that ‘shockingly’ fell on deaf ears, Grassely has sent a letter to Secretary of State Tillerson asking why Hillary’s security clearance hasn’t yet been revoked given that “any other government workers who engaged in such serious offenses would, at a minimum, have their clearances suspended pending an investigation.”

….Continue reading more @ ZeroHedge

 

Nunes Did Nothing New By Viewing Raw Intel At The White House

| Daily Caller

“There is nothing new about House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes leaving the panel’s secure room beneath the Capitol Building and heading to the White House complex or a related facility nearby to view raw intelligence, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned.

For years, intelligence committee chiefs have trekked to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue or to an intelligence agency to view such super sensitive intelligence material, because the congressional secure room can’t handle such material.

Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Hoekstra told TheDCNF that “if someone was going to present me with raw intelligence or unfinished intelligence or with intelligence which was designed for use by another part of the government, yeah, it’s very reasonable to expect that I would have to go somewhere else.” The Michigan Republican chaired the intelligence panel from 2004 to 2007.

Nunes has been harshly criticized by congressional Democrats for his decision to travel to the White House executive complex to view raw intelligence delivered by a whistleblower about allegations the Obama administration spied on then President-elect Donald Trump and his transition aides.

Nunes’ actions amount to collusion with the Trump White House, according to Democrats, led by California Democrat Adam Schiff, the intelligence committee’s ranking minority member.

The New York Times Thursday went further, identifying two White House National Security Council (NSC) officials who assisted Nunes. The NYT concluded the unmasking of the NSC officials “is likely to fuel criticism that the intelligence chairman has been too eager to do the bidding of the Trump administration.”

But Col. (Ret.) Jim Waurishuk, who served at the NSC, told TheDCNF such viewings are “routine,” especially at the White House complex.

“Speaking from my experience, I talked to members of both sides of the aisle,” he told TheDCNF. “I’ve done that a thousand times. I say that’s routine because that goes on all the time when you’re dealing with the intelligence committee or the armed services committees. We regularly obliged them. Cleared committee chairmen would go over the White House once or twice a week.

Members of the “Gang of Eight” — chairmen and ranking minority members of the Senate and House intelligence committees, plus top House and Senate leaders — cannot rely on getting real-time intelligence, raw intelligence or unfinished intelligence by sticking with their limited computers. They instead must travel elsewhere to access this highly sensitive information.”

….Continue reading more @ Daily Caller

 

United States National Intelligence Oversight – The “Gang of Eight”…

| TheConservativeTreehouse

One of the least understood aspects of congressional oversight is the elite group of elected politicians who are charged with congressional oversight over all intelligence activity. This highly important oversight group is called the Intelligence “Gang of Eight”.

The Gang of Eight are briefed on every covert operation that our various intelligence agencies carry out. They are directly responsible for oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

The Go8 are responsible for overseeing all executive office policy as it relates to intelligence gathering and corresponding activity.  In short these eight elected representatives are in charge of all oversight of all U.S. intelligence operations, open and covert.

A position within the Gang of Eight comes as a result of holding one of the following eight positions: 1. The Speaker of the House, 2. The Minority Leader of the House, 3. the Majority Leader of the Senate, 4. the Minority Leader of the Senate, 5. the Chairperson of the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence, 6. the minority leader from the same committee; 7. The Chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee and 8. the minority leader of the same committee.

It is important to understand that everything the White House, CIA, NSA, and U.S State Department does is approved by these eight members who are accountable to the U.S. electorate.  These eight representatives are the intelligence oversight “check” within the constitutionally established check and balance inside our federal government.

It is also important to understand that nothing ever happens without these eight members of congress being briefed on the occurrence.  If the United States are carrying out a covert CIA mission in Benghazi, these representative would know about and have approved.  If the United States is carrying out a covert CIA effort in Syria, these eight members would have to approve.”

…..Continue reading more @ theConservativeTreehouse.com

TruePundit Fingers McCain on Trump Leaks | Feb 22, 2017

White House Fingers John McCain As Media Leak; Believes U.S. Senator Eavesdropped on Trump’s Classified Phone

– TruePundit

“This could be the beginning of the end for embattled Sen. John McCain’s life in politics. According to White House officials, McCain is believed to have somehow gained access to the content of President Donald Trump’s private, classified telephone calls with world leaders. And he isn’t keeping quiet about what was talked about either.

An analysis of McCain’s recent public statements by White House officials, coupled with information from intelligence personnel working with the Trump administration, paints a disturbing picture for McCain — or any elected U.S. politician. Officials believe the senator has inside knowledge of a number of President Trump’s telephone conversations, including at least one conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Even more alarming, officials believe McCain is secretly sharing this sensitive information with colleagues and his cabal of friendly mainstream media journalists in a dangerous clandestine campaign to damage Trump’s presidency even before it has a chance to succeed. Trump has been searching for media rats in the Beltway in recent weeks. White House aides are confident they have now outed one of the major leaks plaguing the early days of the Trump presidency. To everyone’s surprise, it is a senior senator supposedly belonging to the same side of the political aisle as the president.”

….Continue reading more @ TruePundit

Dr. Carson in the Senate: I don’t think anyone should get ‘extra rights,’ | Jan 14 2017

Carson: Equal Rights Does Not Mean Extra Rights

– True Pundit

“As he jousted with Senate Democrats on Thursday during his confirmation hearing to become secretary of housing and urban development, Ben Carson affirmed his view that no group is entitled to an extra helping of equality.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, asked Carson about enforcing LGBT protections in the public housing sector.

“Of course, I would enforce all the laws of the land,” Carson responded. “Of course, I think all Americans should be protected by the law.”

Then he made one clarification.

“What I have said before is I don’t think anyone should get ‘extra rights,’” he said.

In his opening remarks to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, the former presidential candidate talked about his experience with “housing insecurity” and talked about the plight of his mother.

“She didn’t have any skills, basically a third-grade education, and we had no place to live,” he said. “She couldn’t afford the house so we ended up moving to Boston, moving in with relatives. So I have actually in my life understood what housing insecurity was. And we were there in Boston for a couple of years.”

….Continue reading @ TruePundit.com

U.S. Senate Fight between a U.S. Senator and a DC Bureaucrat Over Unauthorized 500 million Dollars to Green Climate Fund | Jan 2017

State Dept defiant on $500M to UN climate fund: ‘Did Congress authorize the Green Climate Fund? Yes or No?     …..No.’

– Youtube

“Asked by Senator Cory Gardner if Congress approved the US State Department to divert $500 million to the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund, Deputy Secretary Heather Higgenbottom says: “Did Congress authorize the Green Climate Fund? No. […] We’ve reviewed the authority and the process under which we can do it, and our lawyers and we have determined that we have the ability to do it, and I pledge to you and to other members we’d be happy to provide that legal analysis and the additional details.”

….More at: Youtube

Clueless Senators Obsess Over Gay & Lesbian Affirmative Action at CIA and Defense nominee hearings | Jan 2017

Senator Kamala Harris grills Trump nominee Pompeo on CIA affirmative action for gays and lesbians at CIA

– Youtube

More video @ Youtube

Note: In an increasingly dangerous world, newly minted Senator Harris asked the astoundingly absurd of question of whether nominee designate Pompeo will commit to posting wives and families of CIA agents in the field. Can she really be that stupid? In a word, yes. Below she asks Pompeo to base CIA policy and strategy on climate change.

Why are these female Senators obsessing over gay and lesbian rights in the middle of a newly enflamed Cold War?

Fukushima, the Colorado poisoned by the Obama EPA, foreign hacking of the United States information infrastructure and militrary. 

Is this really the number one problem the United States faces? 

Why aren’t they as focused on issues facing women in the military with the fierceness and determination they seem to pursue this particular agenda? 

/ CJ 

 

Freshman Democrat Kamala Harris grills CIA director nominee on climate change

– Washington Examiner

“Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., grilled CIA director Mike Pompeo on whether climate change was a leading national security threat during his Senate confirmation hearings Thursday.

“CIA Director Brennan, who has spent a 25-year career at the CIA as an analyst, a senior manager and station chief in the field, has that when ‘CIA analysts look for deeper causes of rising instability in the world, one of the causes those CIA analysts see is the impact of climate change,'” Harris began. “Do you have any reason to doubt the assessment of those CIA analysts?”

Pompeo, a Republican congressman from Kansas, replied that he was unfamiliar with the material Harris was referencing but that the CIA would gather information on all threats to American security, including any that stem from climatic activity, and present them to policymakers.

“In the past you have questioned the scientific consensus on climate change,” Harris followed up. She began to cite NASA and various other sources saying that at least 97 percent of active climate scientists believe in global warming caused by human activity.

Pompeo attempted to reassure her that he could accept intelligence conclusions regardless of his personal ideology.

Harris also questioned Pompeo about his past opposition to gay marriage and how that would affect his treatment of CIA employees if confirmed.”

….Continue reading @ Washington Examiner

 

Mattis Shuts Gillibrand Down On LGBT Military: I Don’t Care Who People ‘Go To Bed With’

 

Congressman Mike Pompeo Grills Hillary Clinton Over Benghazi Failures

– Youtube

…More at Youtube

Sen Jeff Sessions Confirmation Hearing for U.S. Attorney General | Jan 2017

Video Steam of Coverage of Sessions Confirmation Hearing

– The Hill

“Sessions pressed on Trump’s claims of voter fraud

4:50 p.m.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) asked Sessions if he agrees with President-elect Donald Trump, who has claimed on Twitter that millions of fraudulent votes were cast in the presidential election.

Sessions said he doesn’t know what Trump meant by that statement, but said elections needs to be managed closely.

“I do believe we regularly have fraudulent activity happen during an election cycle,” he said.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), noting he comes from an ocean state, asked if Sessions would use “real facts and real science” if he has to deal with the issue of climate change.

“That’s a good and fair question,” he responded. “Honesty and integrity in that process is required and if the facts justify a position on one side or another on a case, I would try to utilize those facts.”

“I don’t deny we have global warming,” he added. “It’s a question of how much is happening and what the reaction would be to it.”

Whitehouse also asked if Sessions believes a secular person has the same understanding of the truth as a religious individual.

“Well, I’m not sure,” Sessions responded, adding, “We’re going to treat anybody with difference views fairly and objectively.”

Freshman Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) asked Sessions about his views on the Second Amendment.

“I do believe the Second Amendment is a personal right, a historical right that the Constitution protects,” he said.

However, he added that certain people can forfeit their right to own a gun and noted that possessing a gun when committing a crime can increase a potential sentence.

“I think that’s a legitimate constraint on the right to bear arms,” he said.

Kennedy also asked for Sessions’ take on the Freedom of Information Act.

“The Freedom of Information Act is law and I would see it’s carried out,” Sessions said. “The policies of the country need to be followed.”

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked Sessions if he’d recuse himself from any investigations into the Trump campaign or anyone who was part of the Trump campaign having any involvement into Russia’s interference in the presidential election.

Sessions said earlier that he would recuse himself from any investigations into Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server because he made comments during her campaign that could be construed as having an opinion.

He said he doesn’t believe he made any such comments about Trump.

“I would review it and try to do the right thing as to whether it should stay within the jurisdiction of the attorney general or not,” he said.

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) asked Sessions if the Department of Justice has to defend federal agencies that overreach their executive authority.

Sessions said federal agencies have been focused on their own agendas and have not asked for the DOJ’s opinion on whether their interpretation of a statute is sound or not.

“Basically these agencies are set about their own agendas … and not giving respect to the rule of law and asking did Congress really intend this,” he said.

“Those are kind of things we need to guard against.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) noted that Sessions has been endorsed by a group called Operation Rescue, which he said has been accused of advocating for the execution of abortion providers.

After he displayed a wanted poster disseminated by the group, he asked Sessions if he would disavow the group’s endorsement as attorney general. (The group released a statement Tuesday afternoon blasting the way Blumenthal’s characterization.)

“I disavow any activity like that or a group that would even suggest that is unacceptable,” Sessions said.

“I would enforce the laws that make clear a person that wants to receive a lawful abortion cannot be blocked by protesters.”

Sessions said he’s not in favor of abortion, but will enforce the law.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-N.Y.) led the Democratic charge to dig into how Sessions would approach voting rights and his support for voter ID laws that liberals say disenfranchise minorities.

Sessions said the Voting Rights Act – which he voted to extend in 2013 – is “intrusive,” as the term is legally defined, because it applies only to a handful of offending states.

But he launched into passionate defense of the law.

“The Voting Rights Act passed in 1965 was one of the most important acts to deal with racial difficulties we face and it changed the course of history, particularly in the South…where there were discriminatory activities, states systematically denying individuals the right to vote. You can see plainly the actions and procedures adopted to block African Americans from voting. It was just wrong and the Voting Rights Act confronted that.”

Still, Sessions voiced his support for voter ID laws, which he said would not keep minorities from voting. Liberals strongly disagree.”

….Continue reading @ The Hill

Homeland Insecurity: Obama’s DHS Buries Scathing Report on Open Borders | Sep 2016

DHS Accused of Sitting on Damning Border Report

– PJ Media

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“The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly holding back a report that shows how many illegal aliens are successfully sneaking across the southern border. Lawmakers have been trying to pinpoint the number — which sources tell Fox News is approximately 250,000 — but DHS refuses to release the report  it has had since November.

According to Fox’s sources, Border Patrol agents are only catching about 50 percent of the immigrants who illegally cross the border. DHS is citing “a misleading statistic that overstates the number who are nabbed.” That’s right. Once again, it appears (prepare to be shocked) that the most transparent administration in American history has been “cooking the books.”

Via Fox News:

The agency claims authorities catch 80 percent of adults trying to sneak in, but critics say the figure is padded to make it appear border security is more effective than it really is.

“The Obama administration knows that the number of illegal aliens successfully getting across the Mexican border is 158 percent higher than they are telling people,” said John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, who is familiar with the report. “The administration has made fraudulent changes in the numbers to hide this.”

If released by the Obama administration, the true numbers could have major implications in the current presidential race, in which illegal immigration and border security have become a key issue, say observers.

One source familiar with the report told Fox News that DHS is suppressing the report for “political reasons . . . because it would ‘look bad’ and ‘help elect Donald Trump.”

Republican lawmakers are furious that the report they ordered is not being released.

“It erodes the trust as to whether the administration is being honest with the American people about what the threat is,” said Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., who serves on the Committee on Homeland Security and chairs the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. “This should not be a partisan issue. Democrats, Independents and Republicans in my community want to make sure that border communities are safe.”

When Fox News requested a copy of the report, both DHS and the White House said it was still not finished, although sources familiar with the process tell Fox otherwise.”

….Continue reading @ PJ Media

 

 

REPORT: DHS Buried Damning Immigration Study Because It Would ‘Help Elect Donald Trump’

– Daily Caller

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“The Department of Homeland Security is allegedly refusing to release the results of an immigration study that could “help elect Donald Trump.”

According to Fox News, the study was commissioned in 2015 by members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, “seeking to pinpoint the number of illegal immigrants who successfully sneak across the southern border.”

DHS claims that the study is still ongoing, yet sources close to the situation tell Fox News that it was actually completed in November 2015 and yielded results that would hurt the current administration’s immigration agenda.

Fox’s sources claim that the study showed that 50 percent of the adults attempting to illegally enter the United States at its southern border succeed, resulting in roughly 250,000 successful border crossings a year, and is being withheld for “political reasons.”

….Continue reading @ Daily Caller

 

Tampa Man Asks Cousin If Bulletproof Vest Works ……..Cousin Finds Out By Shooting and Killing Man

– JonathanTurley.org

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“Joaquin Mendez, 23, has a cousin who is lethally literal. Alexandro Garibaldi, 24, (left) was with Mendez when his cousin asked whether a bulletproof vest he had put on “still worked.” Garibaldi allegedly responded by saying “Let’s see” and shooting his cousin who died from the fatal wounds.

Police however found Mendez outside without the bulletproof vest. Garibaldi claimed that he found his cousin with the wounds, but a witness implicated Garibaldi. The vest was found inside of the house.

Garibaldi is facing a manslaughter charge. He is likely to raise a novel defense that he lacked intent because he assumed that the vest would stop a bullet.

Obviously Garibaldi can also be sued for assault, battery and wrongful death. However, the more interesting question is whether the Mendez estate could sue the manufacturer of the vest for a product defect, including possible design, manufacturing or warning defects.”

….Continue reading @ Jonathanturley.org

 

The Danger of Sanctuary Cities | Apr 2016

Open Borders and a Growing Protected Class of Criminals | June 2016