Wednesday, September 18, 2019

BREAKING: US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe, as DOJ rejects last-ditch appeal





Andrew McCabe, AP Photo

U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against Andrew McCabe, Fox News has learned, as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official and current CNN contributor.

McCabe -- the former deputy and acting director of the FBI -- appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general, but he rejected that request, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The potential charges relate to DOJ inspector general findings against him regarding misleading statements concerning a Hillary Clinton-related investigation.

A source close to McCabe’s legal team said they received an email from the Department of Justice which said, "The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney’s Office’s decision in this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office."

McCabe spent 21 years with the FBI. He became the acting director in May 2017 after President Trump fired former director James Comey.

McCabe’s legal team met with Liu in person to make an appeal not to move forward with any prosecution. They also met with Rosen, in person, for the same reason, according to a person familiar with the meetings.

McCabe’s team also sent an “extensive” letter to Rosen following the meetings, laying out their reasoning against moving forward with a prosecution, according to the source.

Last month, a source close to the process told Fox News that McCabe had a “target on his back” because of the Justice Department inspector general findings.

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe in March 2018 after the inspector general found he had repeatedly misstated his involvement in a leak to The Wall Street Journal regarding an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

The IG report faulted McCabe for leaking information to then-Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett for an Oct. 30, 2016 story titled “FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe.” The story -- written just days before the presidential election – focused on the FBI announcing the reopening of the Clinton investigation after finding thousands of her emails on a laptop belonging to former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was married to Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

The Journal's account of the call said a senior Justice Department official expressed displeasure to McCabe that FBI agents were still looking into the Clinton Foundation, and that McCabe had defended the agent's authority to pursue the issue.

That leak confirmed the existence of the probe, the report said, which Comey had up to that point refused to do.

The report said that McCabe "lacked candor" in a conversation with Comey when he said he had not authorized the disclosure and didn't know who had done so. The IG also found that he lacked candor when questioned by FBI agents on multiple occasions since that conversation.

McCabe has denied any wrongdoing and said the inspector general's conclusions relied on mischaracterizations and omissions, including of information favorable to McCabe.

Last month, McCabe sued the FBI and the Justice Department over his firing, arguing it was part of Trump's plan to rid the bureau of leaders he perceived as disloyal to him. McCabe argued in his complaint that the two officials responsible for demoting and then firing McCabe — FBI Director Chris Wray and Sessions — created a pretext to force him out in accordance with the president's wishes.

The stated reason for the firing was that McCabe had misled investigators over his involvement in a news media leak, but McCabe says the real reason was "his refusal to pledge allegiance to a single man."

McCabe has been attacked by the president since before he was elected after news emerged in the fall of 2016 that McCabe's wife had accepted campaign contributions from a political action committee associated with former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe during an unsuccessful run for the state Senate there.  McAuliffe is a close ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who was being investigated at the time for her use of a personal email server while she was secretary of state.

After McCabe's hiring by CNN, Trump called it “disgraceful.”

CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Fox News' Catherine Herridge, Brian Flood, Adam Shaw and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Watch how the Lewandowski hearing went off the rails




Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski frustrated Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) during questioning before the House Judiciary Committee.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lewandowski Mocks Hillary in His Opening Statement Before Judiciary Committee


By Cortney O'Brien | Townhall.com



Source: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, the first witness to testify in Democrats' impeachment probe, used part of his opening statement before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to throw in a few digs at his old boss's 2016 Democratic opponent.

"I also received hundreds of thousands of emails, some days with as many as a thousand emails," Lewandowski said. "And unlike Hillary Clinton, I don't think I ever deleted any of those."

Clinton, the former secretary of state, never escaped her email scandal during the 2016 presidential election, especially after FBI director James Comey reopened the agency's investigation into her mishandling of intel 11 days before the vote. There were just too many questions about her use of a private server, and the mysterious disappearance of thousands of emails.

Trump eagerly shared Lewandowski's remarks on Twitter.




At today's Judiciary hearing, Nadler repeatedly asked Lewandowski to describe his relationship with President Trump. But the witness refused, noting that the White House had directed him not to share the substance of his conversations with the president.


Republicans on the panel couldn't blame Lewandowski for being uncooperative.

"We're wasting valuable committee time" on this fake impeachment, Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) declared during his Q&A time. If they really want a headline, he suggested they interview Inspector General Michael Horowitz about the bias demonstrated against Trump at the beginning of this investigation.

If they really wanted to pursue a more worthwhile agenda, Chabot suggested they could instead focus on things like the opioid crisis.

Monday, September 16, 2019

NYT updates Kavanaugh 'bombshell' to note accuser doesn't recall alleged assault





The New York Times suddenly made a major revision to a supposed bombshell piece late Sunday concerning a resurfaced allegation of sexual assault by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — hours after virtually all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates had cited the original article as a reason to impeach Kavanaugh.

The update included the significant detail that several friends of the alleged victim said she did not recall the purported sexual assault in question at all. The Times also stated for the first time that the alleged victim refused to be interviewed, and has made no comment about the episode.

The only firsthand statement concerning the supposed attack in the original piece, which was published on Saturday, came from a Clinton-connected lawyer who claimed to have witnessed it.

The Times' revision says: "Editors' Note: An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book's account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party. The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article."

The update came only after The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway, who reviewed an advance copy of the book, first flagged the article's omission on Twitter — prompting other commentators to press the issue.

The Times did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News seeking comment.

The paper's editors' note, meanwhile, did little to stem a torrent of criticism late Sunday.

"Should I be surprised at this point that the NYT would make such an unforgivable oversight?"
— Mark Hemingway

"Should I be surprised at this point that the NYT would make such an unforgivable oversight?" asked RealClearInvestigations' Mark Hemingway.

Wrote the Washington Examiner's Jerry Dunleavy: "Crazy how the 'one element' that wasn’t included in the original article was the part where the alleged victim’s friends said she doesn’t remember it happening."



This undated photo shows Deborah Ramirez. Her uncorroborated allegations that Kavanaugh had exposed himself to her in college – which came after she admitted to classmates that she was unsure Kavanaugh was the culprit, and after she spent several days talking to a lawyer – were reported Sept. 23, 2018, by The New Yorker magazine. (Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence via AP)

"It’s important to point out that this correction almost certainly would have never occurred if conservative media folks like @MZHemingway  and others hadn’t obtained the copy of the actual book itself the same day the excerpt/article was released," author James Hasson said.

Throughout the day on Sunday, Kamala HarrisElizabeth WarrenBernie SandersBeto O'RourkeCory Booker and Julian Castro, among others, declared that Kavanaugh "must be impeached," citing the allegation.

The revitalized, longshot push to get Kavanaugh removed from the high court came as Democrats' apparent effort to impeach President Trump has largely stalled. Trump, for his part, suggested Sunday that Kavanaugh should sue for defamation.

The Times piece by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, adapted from their forthcoming book, asserted that a Kavanaugh classmate, Clinton-connected nonprofit CEO Max Stier, "saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student."

The Times did not mention Stier's work as a Clinton defense attorney, or Stier's legal battles with Kavanaugh during the Whitewater investigation, and simply called him a "respected thought leader."


According to the Times, Stier "notified senators and the FBI about this account" last year during the Kavanaugh hearings, "but the FBI did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly."

However, the Times' article also conspicuously did not mention that Pogrebin and Kelly's book found that the female student in question had denied any knowledge of the alleged episode.

"The book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event," observed Mollie Hemingway. "Seems, I don’t know, significant."


The book reads: "[Tracy] Harmon, whose surname is now Harmon Joyce, has also refused to discuss the incident, though several of her friends said she does not recall it."

"Omitting these facts from the @nytimes story is one of worst cases of journalistic malpractice that I can recall," wrote the National Review's Washington correspondent, John McCormack, on Twitter.

McCormack wrote separately: "If Kavanaugh’s 'friends pushed his penis,' then isn’t it an allegation of wrongdoing against Kavanaugh’s 'friends,' not Kavanaugh himself? Surely even a modern liberal Yalie who’s been to one of those weird non-sexual 'naked parties' would recognize both the female student and Kavanaugh are both alleged victims in this alleged incident, barring an additional allegation that a college-aged Kavanaugh asked his 'friends' to 'push his penis.'"


The Times went on to note in the article that it had "corroborated the story with two officials who have communicated with Mr. Stier," but the article apparently meant only that the Times had corroborated that Stier made his claim to the FBI. No first-hand corroboration of the alleged episode was apparently obtained.

Nevertheless, Democrats announced a new effort to topple Kavanaugh. Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono -- who infamously said last year that Kavanaugh did not deserve a fair hearing because he might be pro-life -- said the Senate Judiciary Committee should begin an impeachment inquiry to determine whether Kavanaugh lied to Congress.

Impeaching Kavanaugh would require a majority vote in the Democratic-controlled House, and a highly unlikely two-thirds vote in the GOP-majority Senate would then be needed to remove him from the bench. No Supreme Court justice or president has ever been convicted by the Senate, although eight lower-level federal judges have been.

The long odds didn't stop 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls from joining in on the effort.

"I sat through those hearings," Harris wrote on Twitter. "Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people. He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached."

During the hearings, Harris strongly implied that she knew Kavanaugh had improperly discussed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's then-ongoing probe with a Trump-connected lawyer.

Harris provided no evidence for the bombshell insinuation, which went viral on social media and sent the hearing room into stunned silence, even as she directly accused Kavanaugh of lying under oath.

Castro and Warren echoed that sentiment and said Kavanaugh had committed perjury.



"It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath," Castro wrote. "He should be impeached. And Congress should review the failure of the Department of Justice to properly investigate the matter."

Warren wrote: "Last year the Kavanaugh nomination was rammed through the Senate without a thorough examination of the allegations against him. Confirmation is not exoneration, and these newest revelations are disturbing. Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached."

O'Rourke claimed to "know" that Kavanaugh had lied under oath, and falsely said that the new accuser was not known to Senate Democrats or the FBI last year.

"Yesterday, we learned of another accusation against Brett Kavanaugh—one we didn't find out about before he was confirmed because the Senate forced the F.B.I. to rush its investigation to save his nomination," O'Rourke said. "We know he lied under oath. He should be impeached."

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., tweeted in part, "This new allegation and additional corroborating evidence adds to a long list of reasons why Brett Kavanaugh should not be a Supreme Court justice. I stand with survivors and countless other Americans in calling for impeachment proceedings to begin."

Amy Klobuchar stopped short of calling for impeachment, and instead posted a picture of Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford with the words, "Let us never forget what courage looks like."


Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, said he backed getting rid of Kavanaugh by any legal means available: "The revelations today confirm what we already knew: During his hearing, Kavanaugh faced credible accusations and likely lied to Congress. I support any appropriate constitutional mechanism to hold him accountable."

As the calls mounted, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., shot back Sunday afternoon on Twitter -- and made clear that Kavanaugh wasn't going anywhere.

"The far left’s willingness to seize on completely uncorroborated and unsubstantiated allegations during last year’s confirmation process was a dark and embarrassing chapter for the Senate," McConnell wrote.

He added: "Fortunately a majority of Senators and the American people rallied behind timeless principles such as due process and the presumption of innocence. I look forward to many years of service to come from Justice Kavanaugh."

The Times' piece also stated that well before Kavanaugh became a federal judge, "at least seven people" had heard about how he allegedly exposed himself to Deborah Ramirez at a party.

Ramirez had called classmates at Yale seeking corroboration for her story, and even told some of her classmates that she could not remember the culprit in the alleged episode -- before changing her mind and publicly blaming Kavanaugh "after six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney," the New Yorker reported last year in a widely derided piece.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, then led by Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote in an executive summary of its investigation that it contacted Ramirez’s counsel "seven times seeking evidence to support claims made in the New Yorker," but that "Ms. Ramirez produced nothing in response and refused a Committee request for an interview."

Late Sunday, Grassley's office called out the Times for omitting key details in the story published this weekend.

"@NYTimes did not contact Sen. Grassley’s office for this story. If they had, we would've reminded them of a few key public facts they omitted," Grassley's team wrote. "Despite 7 attempts by staff, Ms. Ramirez' lawyers declined to provide documentary evidence referenced in the article/witness accounts to support the claims. They also declined invitations for Ms. Ramirez to speak with committee investigators or to provide a written statement."

Additionally, the FBI separately reached out to nearly a dozen individuals to corroborate the allegations by Ford and Ramirez, and ultimately spoke to ten individuals and two eyewitnesses, but apparently found no corroboration.

The agency's investigation began after then-Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., called for a one-week delay in Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings so an independent agency could look into the claims against him. Flake said the FBI's probe needed to be limited in length to avoid derailing the proceedings with endless claims and probes going back to Kavanaugh's high school years.

Kavanaugh, predicted by Democrats during his confirmation process to be a hardline conservative, often sided with liberal justices during the Supreme Court's last term.

The president, meanwhile, accused the media of trying to influence Kavanaugh. He also went on to say that Kavanaugh should go on the offensive and take on the media for false statements.

"Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue. The lies being told about him are unbelievable. False Accusations without recrimination. When does it stop? They are trying to influence his opinions. Can’t let that happen!" he tweeted.

Grassley sent several criminal referrals to the Justice Department related to alleged lies submitted to Senate investigators during Kavanaugh's confirmation process -- which could be what the president meant when he wrote Sunday that the DOJ "should come to [Kavanuagh's] rescue."

One of those referrals was for now-disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti and one of his clients, Julie Swetnick, regarding a potential "conspiracy" to provide false statements to Congress and obstruct its investigation. Swetnick's credibility took a hit as she changed her story about Kavanaugh's purported gang-rape trains, and her ex-boyfriend went public to say she was known for "exaggerating everything."

Swetnick and Ramirez were just two of several women who had accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during his confirmation process. Christine Blasey Ford notably testified that Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a party when they were teens, and dubiously asserted that the memory was "indelible" in her "hippocampus" -- although no witnesses could corroborate her ever-changing story -- even her close lifelong friend, Leland Keyser, who Ford said had attended the party.

Keyser, according to the Times reporters' new book, did not believe Ford's story -- and refused to change her mind, despite pressure from progressive activists and Ford's friends.

"It just didn't make any sense," Keyser said, referring to Ford's explanation of how she was assaulted at a party that Keyser attended, but could not recall how she got home.

Ford's attorney, Debra Katz, was quoted in a new book as saying that Ford was motivated to come forward in part by a desire to tag Kavanaugh's reputation with an "asterisk" before he could start ruling on abortion-related cases.




"In the aftermath of these hearings, I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court," Katz said. "He will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important.

"It is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine."

The Federalist reported last week that Ford's father privately supported Kavanaugh's confirmation, and approached Ed Kavanaugh on a golf course to make his support clear.

Some claims that surfaced during Kavanaugh's confirmation fell apart within days. For example, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., received a call from an anonymous constituent who claimed that in 1985, two "heavily inebriated men" referred to as "Brett and Mark" had sexually assaulted a friend of hers on a boat.

The Twitter account belonging to the accuser apparently advocated for a military coup against the Trump administration. The constituent recanted the sexual assault claim on the social media site days later.

Fox News' Andrew Craft in Plano, Texas, Chad Pergram, and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

Gregg Re is a lawyer and editor based in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Dems Divide Us by Race While Trump Expands Economic Pie


By Kimberly Guilfoyle | Real Clear Politics


The black and Hispanic unemployment rates both just hit another all-time low, proving that the Trump administration's focus on providing equal opportunity to all Americans is doing more to empower racial minorities than any of the divisive approaches the Democrats have ever tried.

President Trump has advanced an economic agenda that puts American workers at the center of the government’s decision-making. Policies such as cutting taxes for middle-income workers, fighting back against foreign trade cheaters, and stopping the flow of illegal immigration empower all workers and are improving the lives of working Americans and their families.

These policies have had remarkable effects, especially for blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and women, all of whom have achieved all-time low unemployment rates on this president’s watch — and the outlook just keeps getting better. 

The African American unemployment rate, for instance, fell to a new record low of 5.5% in August, significantly lower than the previous record of 5.9% that was set in May 2018. The unemployment rate for black women dropped even more precipitously, from 5.2% to 4.4%. The current disparity between the black and white unemployment rate is at the lowest point on record, proving that the president’s pursuit of indiscriminate prosperity is succeeding at reducing racial economic inequalities. 

Latino unemployment also decreased in August, matching historic lows set earlier this year thanks to the Trump administration’s policies. With an unemployment rate of only 4.2%, Hispanics are thriving in this strong economy, proving that there’s truth to John F. Kennedy’s sage observation that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”

In fact, minority workers have filled the vast majority of the millions of new jobs created under this administration. Since the end of 2016, roughly 4.5 million newly created jobs have gone to minority workers between the ages of 25 and 54, compared to 700,000 that have been filled by white workers.

Nevertheless, Democrats and the mainstream media keep pushing a divisive agenda that pits Americans against each other, usually by portraying one group’s success as another group’s loss. While President Trump works to improve economic conditions and create opportunity for all Americans, Democrats and the liberal media advocate cynical policies meant to stoke ethnic conflict. This strategy is irresponsible and risks severing the ties that bind us together as American citizens who bleed the same red blood of patriots. 

Slavery reparations, for instance, have gone from a fringe notion to a central talking point among the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. They have proposed all sorts of measures to offer black Americans cash payments as compensation for “structural racism,” but none of those proposals could ever provide the level of dignity and independence that come with access to good jobs and rising wages. 
Conversely, the president’s pro-growth economic agenda, coupled with the “Opportunity Zone” initiative he created to encourage new investment in impoverished neighborhoods, has already demonstrably improved the lot of minorities in America, which is reflected in the record number of new businesses started by black women, the reduction of food stamp enrollment by 6.2 million Americans, and many other measures of economic success. 

Donald Trump has created an economy that empowers all Americans, and the record-low unemployment rates for black and Hispanic workers show that his approach is working.

Instead of undercutting the shared bonds of fellow countrymen and women, this president is bringing people together by expanding economic opportunity to all Americans, including communities that had been left behind by establishment politicians for far too long.

Kimberly Guilfoyle (@KimGuilfoyle) is a senior adviser to Donald J. Trump for President Inc.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

How Trump’s Policies Help Blacks Achieve American Dream


By Robert Kraychik | Breitbart News



President Donald Trump’s policies are helping blacks achieve the American Dream through “ladders of opportunity” for “the forgotten men and women throughout our country,” said Ja’Ron Smith, special assistant to the president for domestic policy, in a Thursday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

On Tuesday, Trump announced an end to federal restrictions on religious historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) accessing federal funding via loan guarantees for capital developments.

“This meant that your faith-based institutions, which have made such extraordinary contributions to America, were unfairly punished for their religious beliefs,” said Trump at an HBCU conference in Washington, DC. 

“From now on, faith-based HBCUs will enjoy equal access to federal support.”

Smith said, “If you look back at [Donald Trump’s] campaign history, he didn’t run on HBCUs. He didn’t run on the imprisoned, but he did run on helping the forgotten men and women throughout our country, and I think, historically, the segment of African-American male voters has been forgotten.”

Smith speculated that Trump’s policies would continue increasing political support for the president relative to previous Republican presidents and presidential nominees.

“There are a lot of African-American males that have ended up in our criminal justice system, and there are a lot of individuals that aren’t going to colleges and getting on those ladders of opportunity,” said Smith.

“The policies and infrastructure that the president has put in place have created new ladders. So I think there’s a strong possibility that we’re going to continue to build support you wouldn’t normally think he would have supported.”

Smith added, “[Blacks] want to be a part of American’s greatness and be a part of the American Dream, and since we have those ladders through President Trump’s leadership, I would imagine we’d certainly increase support in areas we wouldn’t have thought of.”

“Each and every day, we’re changing hearts and minds,” stated Smith. “At the end of the day, we have to tell our story, because the mainstream media is not really covering the work that we’re doing in these communities.”

Smith contrasted the politics of “upper-income” blacks with those of “lower-income” blacks.

“It’s always really been A Tale of Two Cities in the African-American community,” analogized Smith.

She added: “I come from the lower-income part of the track, but then you have another part of the track that is the upper-income blacks, and those individuals have a lot of representation in Washington. … The segment from the lower-middle classes [is] the forgotten community. … If you go talk to them, the people who are in these neighborhoods, you’re hearing them speak a different tone, especially when they learn that all these policies have been put in place because of the president’s leadership.”

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Democrat Debate Debacle




2.5 hours of debating and not a single mention of the economy.

That’s unbelievable.

But I don’t blame them for not wanting to bring it up. Democrats know they can’t hold a candle to the economic results achieved under President Trump.

·         Since President Trump was elected, the U.S. has added almost 6.5 million jobs.

·         The unemployment rate remains near its the lowest point since 1969.

·         13 months of wage growth above 3%.

·         Wages are rising most significantly for the lowest-paid workers, reversing a long-term trend.

·         More than half a million manufacturing jobs have been added since President Trump was elected while 200,000 manufacturing jobs were lost under President Obama. 

·         Hispanic Americans have record low unemployment

·         African American unemployment hit a record low of 5.5% in August.

·         Asian American unemployment is at 2.8%

·         The labor force participation rate is 63.2%, tying its highest level since 2013, showing workers are coming off the sidelines and entering the workforce.

·         Median household income is at the highest level in 2 decades.



The banner President Trump Flew Over The Democrat Debate Venue

Not only do Democrats want to give taxpayer funded health insurance to illegal immigrants, they’ve also promised to make private health insurance illegal.

Bernie Sanders’ bill, which Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker have all co-sponsored makes it crystal clear that private health insurance will be made illegal, kicking 176 million Americans off of their private health insurance.

The Washington Post explains: “Section 107 would make it illegal for any private health insurer to sell coverage that duplicated benefits under the law or for any employer to duplicate the benefits.”

While some Democrats have tried to argue that private insurance for cosmetic surgery would be legal, The New York Times reports “To clarify: There is no private market for cosmetic surgery insurance.”

Despite Elizabeth Warren dodging on whether or not her health care plan will raise taxes, reality check: a government takeover of health care will raise taxes on the middle class.

Bernie Sanders has made it abundantly clear: “We'll have to” raise taxes on the middle class for a government takeover of healthcare.

The Associated Press explains “taxes would have to go up significantly as the government takes on trillions of dollars in health care costs now covered by employers and individuals.”

While Democrats will try to claim that taxes would just increase on the wealthy, Bloomberg reports the obvious: “There isn’t $30 trillion sitting around from high earners.”

According to a Gallup poll, 68% of Americans rate their personal health care coverage as excellent or good while 80% of Americans rate the quality of their health care as excellent or good.

Take it from Bernie Sanders: The Democrats’ government takeover of health care would raise taxes on the middle class and eliminate private health insurance.

 Kamala Harris has been all over the place on health care. 

  • In 2017, Harris became the “first Democrat” to announce that she would co-sponsor Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of healthcare.
  • At Sanders’ bill debut press conference, Harris said she was “honored” to be there and “proud to cosponsor it.”
  • In January 2019, Harris said that she wanted to eliminate private insurance even if you like your plan.
  • In May 2019, Harris was asked about her call to eliminate private insurance and said “that’s not what I meant.”
  • At the first Democrat debate in June, Harris raised her hand that she was in favor of eliminating private insurance, only to claim the next day that she “misinterpreted” the question.
  • Harris then added more confusion to her position in mid-July when she said she “supported the de facto elimination of private duplicative insurance, though did not explicitly say that she would legally mandate that outcome.”
  • At the end of July when Harris introduced her plan for a government takeover of health care, Politico reported “Harris’ proposal skimps on myriad details, including the plan’s cost.”
  • Last month, Harris flip-flopped again and said she was not “comfortable” with Bernie’s bill that eliminates private health insurance despite still co-sponsoring his bill.
The American people are rightly worried about Kamala Harris destroying their health care plan.  

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Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Record

Joe Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

That was former DOD Secretary Bob Gates.

Former DOD Secretary Jim Mattis has warned that Biden “exuded the confidence of a man whose mind was made up, perhaps even indifferent to considering the consequences were he judging the situation incorrectly.”

Biden has consistently advocated for dangerous, destabilizing or implausible foreign policy strategies. 

Here is the latest example:

Before the invasion of Iraq, Joe Biden went to Vladimir Putin to ask him to support the invasion in exchange for oil profits if Russia sided with the United States.

On Biden’s actions, The Intercept’s Ryan Grim responded, “It’s at a minimum disqualifying.”

See below for more examples of Biden’s disastrous foreign policy record.

·         Biden once pushed for a controversial plan to partition Iraq that the U.S. embassy in Baghdad said would "produce extraordinary suffering and bloodshed ."

·         Biden was the Obama Administration's " public salesman " for the flawed Iranian nuclear deal which has not eliminated Iran's nuclear threat nor curbed its destabilizing behaviors .

·         Biden pushed for the Obama Administration's disastrous Russia "reset " policy and personally sought to cozy up to Vladimir Putin .

·         Biden supported the Obama Administration's flawed Israel policy and was "particularly harsh " to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

·         Despite the threats posed by China to the United States, Biden has engaged in a dovish approach to China stressing "they're not competition" and they weren't going to "eat our lunch."

As a diplomat on the world stage, Biden has made many misleading and false claims and committed numerous diplomatic gaffes. 

·         In 2007, Biden claimed he had been fired upon in Iraq and later backtracked saying while he did not have to duck and cover “he was near where a shot landed."

·         In 2008, Biden claimed his helicopter had been “forced down” by Al Qaeda but it was later revealed the helicopter had been forced to land due to snowy conditions.

·         Biden publicly said he was unaware of any security issue at the compound in Benghazi and seemed to not know the Administration had been implored to beef up security at the consulate.

·         In 2011, Biden told Turkish President Abdullah Gul he didn't think violence in Syria would become disruptive regionally; By 2014, ISIS controlled territory from Central Syria to the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq.

·         Biden had to backtrack after appearing to endorse China's One Child Policy while on a trip to the country saying, " your policy has been one which I fully understand "

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