White House Fingers John McCain As Media Leak; Believes U.S. Senator Eavesdropped on Trump’s Classified Phone
“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.”
“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.”
State Dept defiant on $500M to UN climate fund: ‘Did Congress authorize the Green Climate Fund? Yes or No? …..No.’
“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.”
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?
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.”
Mattis Shuts Gillibrand Down On LGBT Military: I Don’t Care Who People ‘Go To Bed With’
– Daily Caller
“Frankly, senator, I’ve never cared much about two consenting adults and who they go to bed with,” he replied.”Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis really doesn’t care who people sleep with, especially in the military.
He dismissed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s question about LGBT members of the military during his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, saying, “I’ve never cared.”
“Do you believe that allowing LGBT Americans to serve in the military or women in combat is undermining our lethality?” Gillibrand asked.”
Video Steam of Coverage of Sessions Confirmation Hearing
– The Hill
“Sessions pressed on Trump’s claims of voter fraud
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.”
“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.”
REPORT: DHS Buried Damning Immigration Study Because It Would ‘Help Elect Donald Trump’
– Daily Caller
“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.”
Tampa Man Asks Cousin If Bulletproof Vest Works ……..Cousin Finds Out By Shooting and Killing Man
“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.”
Watergate Remembered | A Conversation With Sen Lowell Weicker
– Youtube | TheDay.com
– A conversation with Lowell P. Weicker, the last surviving member of the Senate Watergate Committee.
“I feel that Watergate was a negative exercise, what do I mean by that? I mean by that that he took everything in the US Constitution and trashed it…..I think the main lesson is… in the end we are all responsible for the government in Washington…” – former Sen. Lowell Weicker.
Nixon, Ford and Watergate – The Nixon Pardon Negotiations
“Newly installed President Gerald Ford has no intention of pardoning former President Richard Nixon. Press secretary Jerald terHorst tells reporters, “I don’t think the American people would stand for it.”
Nixon Aides Attempt to Engineer Pardon Deal from Ford
“President Richard Nixon`s chief of staff Alexander Haig pays an urgent call on Vice President Gerald Ford to discuss the terms under which Nixon will resign. Haig gives Ford a handwritten list of what White House counsel Fred Buzhardt, the author of the list, calls “permutations for the option of resignation.”
The idea is for Nixon to agree to resign in return for Ford’s agreement to pardon Nixon for any crimes Nixon may have committed while president. Ford listens to Haig but does not agree to any terms. The next day, after learning of the meeting, Ford’s own counsel, Robert Hartmann, is outraged that Ford did not just throw Haig out of his office. With fellow counsel John Marsh, Hartmann demands that Ford call Haig and state unequivocally, for the record, and in front of witnesses that Ford has made no such agreements. Haig considers Hartmann essentially incompetent, and Hartmann views Haig as a power-hungry “assh_le.”
The subsequent tensions between Haig, one of the Nixon holdovers in Ford’s presidency, and Ford’s staff will shape future events in the Ford administration. In part to counteract Haig’s influence, Ford will name former NATO ambassador and Nixon aide Donald Rumsfeld as the head of his transition team. Rumsfeld will in turn name former Wyoming congressman and current investment executive Dick Cheney as his deputy; Cheney has lectured his clients that Watergate was never a criminal conspiracy, but merely a power struggle between the White House and Congress.”
…Continue reading the fascinating story behind the constitutional and legal questions surrounding the historic and controversial pardon of Nixon here @ HistoryCommons.org