A GOP-led measure that would strip parts of former
President Obama’s signature health law failed in the Senate early Friday, 51 to
49. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan Collins,
R-Maine, were among those who voted against the bill.
Fusion GPS Ties To
There is some incredible new information about Democrats and Russian backed Fusion GPS.
To summarize the web of connections outlined
- A know a Russian backed, Democrat connected
research firm, with a history of smearing individuals and pitching fake
information to reporters, was hired by opponents of President Trump to compile
a “dossier” of supposed Trump ties to Russia.
- The information that was compiled was taken
seriously by the highest levels of our intelligence community along with our
media, despite obvious signs that the firm behind it was tied to Russia.
- As a reminder, this phony “dossier” helped
spark the investigation now led by Special Counsel Mueller.
This issue deserves A LOT more reporting and interest.
Fusion GPS is the firm that hired ex-British spy Christopher Steele to put
together a phony
dossier during the 2016 campaign on supposed Trump ties to Russia.
The dossier’s claims made it into the hands of U.S. intelligence officials, and
were included in a top secret intelligence briefing
for President Obama.
The dossier's claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia helped spark
the FBI investigation now supervised by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
We now know the dossier is full of bogus, false information. Christopher
Steele even admitted in a lawsuit recently that most of his work in the dossier
In recent days, we have learned more about
According to the testimony
of William Browder this morning, along with other reporting, Fusion GPS was
hired by Russians to defend Russian government connected officials from
allegations of fraud.
Fusion GPS was also employed
by Russians to fight against the Magnitsky Act and has worked on issues
with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Browder spoke this morning about Fusion GPS’ tactics to work over reporters,
and its efforts to run smear campaigns on behalf of their clients.
It is troubling to hear about allegations that a Russian-backed opposition
research firm, with a history of smearing individuals and pitching fake
information to reporters, was then hired by opponents of President Trump and
the information that was compiled was taken seriously by the highest levels of
our intelligence community along with our media.
See below for more information on this
morning’s testimony on Fusion GPS, and HERE for an RNC Research
document on the firm. Click below to hear Browder's Congressional testimony:
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: This whole story reads
like some kind of novel that nobody would buy, it’s got to be fiction, but
unfortunately maybe it’s true. Let’s just break down sort of why you’re here.
You believe that Fusion GPS should of registered under FARA, because they were
acting on the behalf of the Russians?
WILLIAM BROWDER: That’s correct.
SEN. GRAHAM: So, I just want to absorb that
for a moment. The group that did the dossier on President Trump hired this
British spy, wound up getting it to the FBI. You believe they were working for
BROWDER: And in the Spring and Summer of 2016
they were receiving money indirectly from a senior Russian government official.
SEN. GRAHAM: Okay. So, these are the people
that were trying to undermine Donald Trump by showing the nefarious ties to
Russia. Is that what you’re saying?
BROWDER: Well, what I’m saying with 100%
certainty is that they were working to undermine the Magnitsky act and the
timing of that.
SEN. GRAHAM: But, the Fusion GPS products
apparently as they hired a guy to look into Trump?
SEN. GRAHAM: Right?
Click Below To Hear Senator Graham's Questions:
SHANNON BREAM: Good to see you this morning,
Senator. Why should Americans care about what this guy is telling you this
morning and what it means with regard to Russia?
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: Well who is this guy? He
was the lawyer for Mr. Magnitsky, who was killed by Putin, because he exposed a
bunch of fraud and criminal misconduct inside Putin’s Russia. So as a tribute
to Mr. Magnitsky, he is trying to tell the world about how Putin works. But
this was the most fascinating exchange yet. Fusion GPS is an organization that
was colluding with the Democratic Party, hired a former British spy to go out
and try to find dirt on Donald Trump and the Russians. The dossier – that – the
famous dossier, came out of this exercise and this man in 2016 filed a
complaint against Fusion GPS saying they were actually working for the Russian
government. So what blows my mind is that the Russians were backing Fusion GPS,
who produced a dossier to undercut Donald Trump.
Compiled by the Republican National Committee
ABC, NBC, And CBS Pretty
Much Bury IT Scandal Engulfing Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Office
By Matt Vespa
Well, just in case you
didn’t hear, an information technology officer has been accused of bank fraud.
He tried to flee the country, and now Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (D-FL)
office has finally fired the aide, despite this person being under
investigation since last winter. His termination was made official on Tuesday.
Imran Awan is the name
of the subject in question. The Capitol Police launched a probe, where he’s
been accused of “serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT
network.” He also provided technical assistance to other Democratic members of
It was a family affair as well. As Jenn noted
over the weekend, his two brothers, along with two of their wives, also
worked for members of Congress. Imran moved out of his house in Virginia when
he found out he was under investigation last February.
He rented the home to a
Marine Corps veteran and his wife, a naval officer, who found hard drives that
Awan had reportedly tried to destroy. The FBI now has possession of those
drives. Jenn added that Imran tried to enter the home to retrieve them, though
the Marine refused entry.
On Monday, Imran was
arrested trying to leave the country at Dulles airport (via The
Awan, an IT staffer who has worked for many House
Democrats and was employed by Wasserman Schultz, was allegedly at the center of
a scheme that involved double-charging the House for IT equipment, and may also
have exposed House information online, according to Fox.
Awan and his family have reportedly worked for House
Democrats for years. He declared bankruptcy in 2012, but has made millions of
dollars on the House payroll over at least a decade of work for various
members, according to a Politico report.
In March, a group of House Democrats fired Awan and one
other staffer over their alleged involvement in the scheme and the looming
criminal investigation. However, Fox News reported Tuesday that Wasserman
Schultz still has Awan on her staff's payroll despite him being barred from
accessing the House's computer system since February.
coverage, Politico has reported something on it, but the big three—ABC, NBC,
and CBS—have virtually buried this story, preventing the millions of viewers
that tune into these respective networks from learning about it. NBC and ABC
have been silent in their broadcasts, but CBS did devote 37 seconds to
it. That's it (via Newsbusters):
ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today continued on
Wednesday morning the liberal media’s attempts to help Congresswoman Debbie
Wasserman Schultz (Fl.) cover up the scandal involving now-fired I.T. staffer
Imran Awan after his arrested Monday when he tried to flee the country.
After all three ignored the story until Wednesday, CBS
This Morning arrived at the scene, albeit it with a 37-second news brief by
co-host Gayle King that only scratched the surface on this scandal concerning
Awan and his family.
As The Daily Caller has reported for months,
Awan and his family have provided I.T. services to not just Wasserman Schultz
but prominent congressional Democrats across key committees such as the House
The news outlet also found that Awan and his brother secretly
took $100,000 of Iraqi money, owed
money to an Iraqi politician who’s been linked to Hezbollah, and possibly
kept their stepmother “in ‘capivity’” for better access to offshore money.
On Monday, The Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak reported
that the FBI had “seized smashed computer hard drives” from Awan’s home in
addition to the Capitol Police’s seizure of “computer equipment tied to
Awan’s attorney is
blaming the media attention on “anti-Muslim
bigotry.” Awan is from Pakistan.
Oh yeah, I forgot about
the bank fraud part (via USA
Awan, who lives in Lorton, Va., was arraigned Tuesday on
charges of bank fraud for allegedly attempting to get a loan from the
Congressional Federal Credit Union on a rental property by claiming it as his
He pleaded not guilty. His passport was confiscated and
he was outfitted with a GPS monitoring device.
Awan's wife, Hina Alvi, flew to Pakistan in March with
the couple's three children. A federal court complaint, which noted the
children had been abruptly taken out of school in Virginia, said an examination
of her luggage found she was carrying $12,400 in cash. She was allowed to leave
The quest to prove collusion is crumbling
…[T]he media has been trying to sneak away from the
“Russian collusion” story. That’s right. For all the breathless hype, the
on-air furrowed brows and the not-so-veiled hopes that this could be Watergate,
Jared Kushner’s statement and testimony before Congress have made Democrats and
many in the media come to the realization that the collusion they were counting
on just isn’t there.
Clinton Scandal Only Deepens — So Why Is
Trump, Not Hillary, Targeted For Investigation?
Corruption: Amid the
trivial fault-finding by the media of President Trump's every move, it's
important to note that the very same pundits who now rip Trump have completely
ignored the growing scandal of Hillary Clinton's pay-for-play tenure as
secretary of state. It's reasonable to wonder why no charges have yet been
filed, yet the media, blinded by their Trump hatred, seem strangely incurious.
The legal investigative think tank Judicial Watch
recently released 448 pages of documents that it dug up from the U.S. State
Department, the fruit of months of Freedom of Information Act requests and
document-digging. The documents are damning, showing even more instances of
Hillary Clinton performing official favors for those who donated to the Clinton
Foundation and certain political campaigns.
To put it even more bluntly, the emails make a prima
facie case for a criminal prosecution of Clinton. As Judicial Watch notes:
"In July 2009, in reference to the U.S.-China Strategic and
Economic Dialogue, Clinton Global Initiative head Doug Band told (Huma) Abedin
that she "Need(s) to show love" to Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow
Chemical (DOW). Band also asked for Liveris to be introduced to
Hillary, "and have her mention both me and wjc." Dow gave
between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation
and Clinton Global Initiative. Band also pushes for Clinton to do a favor
for Karlheinz Koegel, a major Clinton Foundation contributor,
who wanted Hillary Clinton to give the 'honor speech' for his media prize to
Further, "The emails reveal that on June 19, 2009, Clinton's brother, Tony Rodham, passed a
long a letter for Hillary Clinton for Clinton donor Richard Park. Park donated
$100,000 to Bill Clinton as far back as 1993 and is listed by the Clinton
Foundation as a $100,000 to $250,000 donor."
This wasn't all, not by a long shot. Ben Ringel, a
Clinton donor, emailed top Clinton aide Huma Abedin seeking a U.S. visa for an
unnamed Iranian woman. Ringel donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to the
Foundation head Band shows up in numerous emails, seeking
favors, including trying to get people jobs in the State Department. At times,
the Clinton Foundation's top executive seems almost to be an adjunct State
In August 2009, for instance, Band tried to get his
candidate installed as ambassador to Barbados. Abedin answered: "I know,
he's emailed a few times. But she wants to give to someone else." In
another instance earlier that year, Band sought a "career post" in
East Timor for someone. Abedin told him that Hillary Clinton's chief of staff
Cheryl Mills was working on that request "under the radar."
Still other emails show a stunning contempt for any
notion of protecting classified information, with emails revealing sensitive
matters being routinely exposed on Hillary Clinton's and Huma Abedin's
unsecured email server, ranging from classified emails from U.S. ambassadors to
the planned schedule for President Obama while in Cairo, Egypt, to a sensitive
document of a Clinton phone call with "Chinese Foreign Minister
All on a server that many experts believe was probably
hacked by the Chinese, the Russians, or both.
Old news, you say? Hardly. As most know, the hoo-ha over
Donald Trump Jr.'s talks with Russian officials revolves around a somewhat
mysterious yet nearly ubiquitous Russian lawyer named Natalia Veselnitskaya,
who purported to have some dirt on Hillary Clinton that she would exchange for
help with the Global Magnitsky Act, a 2012 law that imposed sanctions on
Russians who were deemed to be human-rights violators.
Now, if you reach way back in your memory banks, recall
that Bill Clinton, on June 29, 2010, gave a speech in Moscow for $500,000, paid for by the
Russian government-tied financial firm Renaissance Capital. And also remember
that before Bill's speech was made, Hillary had refused a
congressional request to reject visas for several Russian officials who were
thought to be implicated in human-rights abuses.
Which raises a big question: Was Bill's speech a quid pro
quo for Hillary's help?
Subsequent events suggest the answer was yes. For despite
Hillary Clinton's and President Obama's hopes of a "reset" with
Russia, Congress in 2012 passed the Global Magnitsky Act. And for the record,
Renaissance Capital was allegedly party to the scandal that led to the
Documents from WikiLeaks show that Hillary was aware of
the potential trouble this could create for her campaign. As Jesse Lehrich,
part of the Clinton campaign's "Rapid Response Communications" team,
wrote in May of 2015: "With the help of the research team, we killed a
Bloomberg story trying to link HRC's oppostion to the Magnitsky bill a $500,000
speech that WJC gave in Moscow."
In an ironic addendum, it was to get help with avoiding
restrictions under the Magnitsky Act that Veselnitskaya sought to meet with
Donald Trump Jr.
Collusion? There's plenty of it. As we've noted
repeatedly in the last year, the conflicts of interest and criminal collusion
between Hillary Clinton's State Department, the Clinton Foundation and the
Russians, among others, are numerous and profound. They warrant a thorough
investigation. Why Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been tasked to look into
the pathetically trivial meetings between the Trump camp and a handful of
Russians — not a violation of any law we're aware of — is
Sessions Intensifies Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities
By Alice Greene
As announced this Tuesday, sanctuary cities that fail to
meet certain requirements risk losing access to millions of dollars in law
The requirement is twofold:
Cities must notify authorities 48 hours
before releasing an immigrant that is wanted by ICE
Cities must allow DHS officials into their
jails to interview inmates.
Giving agents the ability to interview inmates “would
knock aside a major hurdle for immigration agents trying to carry out Mr.
Trump’s policies,” reports The New York Times. “Instead of trying
to round up unauthorized immigrants on the street or during raids, they would
be able to collect their targets straight from local jails.”
The new policy is the next step in the Trump
Administration’s broader goal to decrease illegal immigration by tightening our
borders and punishing sanctuary cities for their failure to obey federal
“This is what the American people should be able to
expect from their cities and states,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Under previous rules, cities looking for grant money were
simply required to show that they did not prohibit local cops from
communicating with ICE agents.
“So-called sanctuary policies make all of us less safe
because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who
have committed crimes,” said Sessions. “These policies also encourage illegal
immigration and even human trafficking by perpetuating the lie that in certain
cities, illegal aliens can live outside the law.”
President Trump has long sought to withhold federal money
from cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement.
American cities should be sanctuaries “for law abiding
Americans,” said Trump Tuesday at a campaign-style rally in Ohio. “Not for
criminals and gang members that we want the hell out of our country!”
One of his earlier moves was to ask the DHS to periodically
release lists of jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with ICE and the crimes
committed by illegal aliens they released from prison. As I wrote in March, the
first such list detailed crimes including sexual assault, domestic violence,
and drunk driving.
Trump attempted to withhold grant money
from sanctuary cities earlier this year, but the policy was blocked by a
federal judge in California.
The policy announced this week is different than the
previous policy in that it requires advance notice before illegals are
released, but does not require cities to hold inmates after they have finished
Despite continuous threats from the Trump Administration,
several big cities across the country have vowed to maintain sanctuary policies.
San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera is actually suing the Trump
Administration over its attempts to withhold funding to sanctuary cities,
arguing that the newest policy violates the Constitution.
The new policy will take effect in September.