Biden Threatens to Veto Bill That Would Send 3,000 Criminals Back to Prison

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When the pandemic was at its height, the Trump administration allowed around 13,000 non-violent federal prisoners to serve their sentence from home, largely because COVID-19 deaths spiked in prisons as a result of the close quarters and generally unhealthy condition of many prisoners.

Before Trump left office, his Justice Department released a memo demanding that the inmates be returned to serve the rest of their sentences in prison once the pandemic emergency was over.

It didn't work out that way. The Biden Justice Department issued an order that allowed the prisoners to serve the rest of their sentences in home confinement.

Admittedly, most of the prisoners were convicted of non-violent drug offenses. "It would be a terrible policy to return these people to prison," Attorney General Merrick Garland said, "after they have shown that they are able to live in home confinement without violations."

But Senate Joint Resolution 47, introduced by Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn and co-sponsored by 28 Republicans, disagreed. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton wrote that the proposed veto by Biden "betrays victims and law-enforcement agencies that trusted the federal government to keep convicted criminals away from the neighborhoods that the offenders once terrorized." 

The administration issued a statement of policy defending the president's action.

"Of the over 13,000 people released to home confinement under the CARES Act, less than one percent have committed a new offense—mostly for nonviolent, low-level offenses—and all were returned to prison as a result," the statement says. "Moreover, since home confinement is less than half the cost of housing someone in prison, this program has saved taxpayers millions of dollars and eased the burden on BOP staff so they can focus on the higher risk and higher need people in Federal prison."

Reason.com:

Criminal justice advocacy groups began pressing the Biden administration to reverse that decision, arguing that the program had been an unqualified success and that it would be bizarre and cruel to send back people who had thrived on the outside. The White House initially declined to do so, instead announcing a clemency initiative that would have targeted only nonviolent drug offenders, leaving thousands of others, such as white-collar offenders, to return to prison regardless of their conduct. But last December, the Justice Department reversed course and issued a new memo finding that the BOP had the discretion to leave them under house arrest for the remainder of their sentences.

Not that it matters much to the left, but allowing these prisoners to remain in home confinement weakens the rule of law and makes a mockery of individual responsibility. Instead of a blanket ruling for all released convicts, shouldn't it be on a case-by-case basis? Some of the offenses these criminals are serving time for may be considered "non-violent" by the criminal justice system but by definition are outside the bounds of behavior in a civil society.

I'm with Sen. Cotton. Biden's veto "betrays victims and law-enforcement agencies," and the president shouldn't do it.

NYC: Muslims enraged, call judge ‘racist’ for giving Muslim who brutally beat Jewish man seven years prison

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/11/nyc-muslims-enraged-call-judge-racist-for-giving-muslim-who-brutally-beat-jewish-man-seven-years-prison;

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In the world Mahmoud Musa’s angry supporters come from, Musa should have been congratulated, not punished.

“NYC Palestinian man sentenced in brutal antisemitic beating before judge ejects angry supporters from court,” by Michael Ruiz, Fox News, November 23, 2023:

NEW YORK – A large group that turned out to support a Palestinian-American man convicted of taking part in a hate crime beating of a Jewish man in a Times Square protest was ejected from a Manhattan courthouse Tuesday after shouting at the judge during his sentencing.

Mahmoud Musa was among a group of men who brutally beat Joseph Borgen after spotting him in public wearing a yarmulke in 2021. They set out that morning “to attack Jewish people,” according to prosecutors, and they found Borgen, who was headed to a pro-Israel rally.

They pummeled him to the floor, kicked him while he was down, and doused him with pepper spray.

“I felt a liquid being poured on my face, and at first I thought I was getting urinated on, but it turned out I was getting maced and pepper sprayed,” Borgen told the New York Post shortly after the 2021 attack. “My face was on fire. That pain was worse than the concussion and all this other stuff that followed.”

Video of the attack also showed his assailants berating him with antisemitic slurs as they left him with a concussion and needing a neck brace.

“If the cops did not come, if they did not save my life, I would have died,” Borgen said during his victim impact statement….

About 30 minutes into the hearing, Musa’s supporters arrived. His defense wanted a minimum, of three and a half years, but prosecutors had asked for a six-year sentence.

After Judge Felicia Mennin told Musa he would be spending seven years behind bars, his side of the crowd erupted, calling it “unfair.”

The Post reported that journalists in the back of the courtroom overheard them calling Judge Mennin a “racist” for the sentence, which is less than half of the maximum punishment of 15 years.

Court officers removed them from the building. It was another 20 minutes before the courthouse was cleared and Borgen’s supporters and members of the media were told they could safely head outside….

Hamas Wants to Trade CAIR Leader in Federal Prison for U.S. Hostages

“Only recently, it did one with Iran. Why wouldn't it conduct a prisoner swap with us?”

SEE: https://www.frontpagemag.com/hamas-wants-to-trade-cair-leader-in-federal-prison-for-u-s-hostages/;

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There are an estimated 14 American hostages being held in Gaza. (This number may rise or fall as Hamas continues to release videos of the hostages and Israel continues identifying bodies, some of which have been charred beyond recognition, by using DNA samples from family members.) As of this time, there are 20 Americans missing and bodies are being tested.

Biden spoke with some family members on a Zoom call. “It’s my personal commitment to do everything possible, everything possible to return every missing American to their families,” he said,  “we’re working around the clock to secure the release of Americans held by Hamas.”

But the Biden administration has currently ruled out sending rescue forces, instead it is using Hamas allies, Qatar and Turkey, to conduct negotiations with the Islamic terrorist organization.

While Israel has refused to trade hostages for terrorists, Biden may be more willing to do so.

Senior Hamas leader Ali Baraka told Russia’s RT propaganda network, “There are also prisoners in the U.S. We want them. Of course. There are Hamas members sentenced to life in the U.S. We want them too. Of course. We demand that the U.S. free our sons from prisons. The U.S. conducts prisoner swaps. Only recently, it did one with Iran. Why wouldn’t it conduct a prisoner swap with us?”

Barakeh went into more specifics about which Hamas members he meant in another interview.

“There are Palestinians held in America. We will ask for their release. There are Palestinians who are detained by the United States on charges of supporting the resistance in Palestine. They were detained in America because they were accused of running charity organizations that support the people besieged in Gaza.”

This almost certainly refers to the Holy Land Foundation case in which key figures in the largest Islamic charity in America were convicted of helping to send millions to Hamas.

Hamas would have a special interest in at least one of the terror convicts. Mufid Abdulqader, the half-brother of Hamas leader Khaled Mashal, is currently serving out his 20 years of prison sentence in a low-security federal prison in Seagoville, Texas. Funding terrorists and a history of chanting terrorist threats apparently netted Abdulqader an easy ride at a low-security prison.

Islamists in the United States had lobbied for his release during the pandemic by claiming that the 60-year-old is an “elderly” man facing imminent death at a “virus-ravaged prison”. Abdulqaderf was denied early release, he got COVID, survived it, and he’s set to be out in 2025.

Qatar, acting once again as an intermediary for Islamic terrorists, will be likely to argue that Mufid Abdulqader is only a few years away from being released anyway.

Perhaps the Hamas family member will resume his musical career in which he toured America to sing to Muslim communities cheerful ditties such as, “With Koran and Jihad, we will gain our homes back… the agony of death is precious, killing Jews … Death to Jews, is precious.”.

But it’s another of the Holy Land Foundation terror funders who is far more explosive.

Ghassan Elashi was a founding board member for CAIR in Texas. CAIR’s D.C. office was funded by money from the Holy Land Foundation and the trial led to CAIR being named “an unindicted co-conspirator” in terror funding. It’s a label that the group is still trying to shake off.

But the FBI stated that “evidence was introduced that demonstrated a relationship among CAIR, individual CAIR founders (including its current President Emeritus and Executive Director) and the Palestine Committee. Evidence was also introduced that demonstrated a relationship between the Palestine Committee and Hamas, which was designated as a terrorist organization in 1995.”

CAIR founder and executive director Nihad Awad responded to the Hamas attacks by posting, “a unique Palestinian day. Never say ‘impossible.'” And Awad reacted to Biden’s speech condemning those atrocities by posting, “there is no moral equivalence between the occupied and the occupier. You must condemn the occupier not the occupied.”

Awad had previously stated, “I am in support of the Hamas movement more than the PLO.”

Ghassan Elashi was sentenced to 65 years in prison. At the age of 69, he’s serving out a sentence that would only see him released in 2068.

Senior Hamas leader Ali Baraka mentioned that the Hamas terrorists he wants to be freed are serving life sentences. While Elashi isn’t technically serving a life sentence, he is currently scheduled to spend the rest of his life at McCreary Federal Prison in Kentucky (it’s unclear if he’s in the maximum or minimum security part of it) before beginning an even more hellishly extended sentence in a much more secure facility that offers neither parole nor virgins.

Only two of the Holy Land Foundation terror fundraisers received sentences this long making it almost certain that Hamas wants to trade the former CAIR board member for a U.S. hostage.

A Hamas proposal to trade a CAIR leader for a hostage would reopen the question of CAIR’s terror ties again and would be particularly awkward for the Biden administration which welcomed CAIR so enthusiastically that it was assigned to help with security for its antisemitism strategy. Furthermore, the statements by the senior Hamas leader that the men it’s trying to extricate are Hamas members would overturn over a decade of lies put out by CAIR and its Islamist allies that the HLF terror fundraisers were innocent victims of ‘Islamophobia’.

Such a request would also establish that a Hamas member had served on a CAIR board.

CAIR had already advocated for Mufid Abdulqader, claiming that the half-brother of a Hamas leader who had called for the murder of Jews was an innocent victim of ‘Islamophobia’. The terrorist fundraiser was seen on video in a skit in which he “plays a Hamas member who kills an Israeli after saying, ‘I am Hamas, O dear ones.’” Good thing he’s in a low-security prison.

Other Holy Land Foundation defendants whose release Hamas may demand include Shuri Abu Baker, scheduled to be released from a high-security prison in Eastern Texas in 2064, whom CAIR had also defended. Abdulrahman Odeh and Mohammad El-Mezain, who had received shorter sentences, were already released in 2021. This did not stop CAIR from signing on to a petition next year to have them set loose even though they were already out of prison.

If Hamas were to request the release of Abdulqader, Abu Baker, and Elashi, it would put the Islamist terror group enlist in the same effort as not only CAIR but also other pro-terrorist organizations that signed the petition like Human Rights Watch, the National Lawyers Guild, Jewish Voice for Peace, ICNA and the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network which has been designated as a terrorist organization by Israel. Individual signatories include Ramzi Kassem, a Gitmo terror lawyer who once threw stones at Israel, and was named by the Biden administration as a Senior Policy Advisor for Immigration at the White House Domestic Policy Council.

By holding Americans hostage, Hamas has more leverage to free its members than the Muslim Brotherhood front groups that operate by pretending to be civil rights organizations.

Will Biden make such a trade? After making similar deals with Russia and Iran, it seems possible. But with Iran, Biden could argue that he wasn’t directly negotiating with terrorists, there is no such argument when it comes to Hamas. We will be negotiating with terrorists.

Trading for hostages creates a market for them. Biden’s deal with Iran encouraged Hamas to take Americans hostage and try to trade for them. And the more hostages we trade for, the more hostages Islamic terrorists will launch attacks to try to take.

Americans Freed From Iran In Controversial Prisoner Swap

Americans Freed From Iran In Controversial Prisoner Swap

US citizens Siamak Namazi (C-back), Emad Sharqi (bottom-L) and Morad Tahbaz (bottom-R) disembark from a Qatari jet upon their arrival at the Doha International Airport in Doha on September 18, 2023. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)
US citizens Siamak Namazi (C-back), Emad Sharqi (bottom-L) and Morad Tahbaz (bottom-R) disembark from a Qatari jet upon their arrival at the Doha International Airport in Doha on September 18, 2023. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN’s Stephanie Stahl
12: 12 PM – Monday, September 18, 2023

SEE: https://www.oann.com/newsroom/americans-freed-from-iran-in-controversial-prisoner-swap/;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

Five Americans who were detained in Iran for several years have now been released as part of a prisoner swap for five Iranians being held in the United States. 

On Monday, the five US citizens were flown out of Tehran and landed in Qatar. According to U.S. and Iranian officials, the five Iran nationals have also been released. Two of them have reportedly arrived in Doha and the other three opted not to return to Iran.

The complex transfer deal included the Biden administration giving Tehran access to $6 billion in oil revenue that had been held in South Korea since 2018.

“Today, five innocent Americans who were imprisoned in Iran are finally coming home,” U.S. President Joe Biden said in a statement, adding that he is “grateful to our partners at home and abroad for their tireless efforts to help us achieve this outcome, including the Governments of Qatar, Oman, Switzerland, and South Korea.” 

It remains unclear whether the exchange could pave the way for advancements on issues that separate the two nations, including Iran’s nuclear program, its backing of regional Shi’ite militias, the presence of U.S. troops in the Gulf, and the ongoing U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Shortly before the release of the American detainees, Republican lawmakers criticized the agreement, characterizing it as a “ransom” payment that could potentially incentivize Iran to detain more Americans in the future. 

Biden announced on Monday that he was sanctioning former Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence under the Levinson Act “for their involvement in wrongful detentions. And, we will continue to impose costs on Iran for their provocative actions in the region,” Biden said.

He also issued a warning to U.S. citizens about the risks involved in traveling to Iran: “American passport holders should not travel there.”

While the return of these Americans is cause for celebration, it also serves as a reminder that some have not returned and may still remain behind bars in Iran. Bob Levinson, a former DEA and FBI agent, was imprisoned in Iran in 2007 and is believed to have died sometime before March 25, 2020. 

“I call on the Iranian regime to give a full account of what happened to Bob Levinson,” President Biden said, adding that “The Levinson family deserves answers.” 

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Biden Admin Agrees To Prisoner Swap Deal With Iran, Releases $6 Billion In Frozen Iranian Funds

Biden Admin Agrees To Prisoner Swap Deal With Iran, Releases $6B In Frozen Iranian Funds

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 11: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at a joint press conference of the Quad Foreign Ministers meeting at the Park Hyatt on February 11, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. The foreign ministers of Australia, the United States, Japan, and India are meeting to discuss the countries cooperation in areas including the economy, security, and the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at a joint press conference of the Quad Foreign Ministers meeting at the Park Hyatt on February 11, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

OAN’s James Meyers
3:32 PM – Monday, September 11, 2023

SEE: https://www.oann.com/newsroom/biden-admin-agrees-to-prisoner-swap-deal-with-iran-releases-6b-in-frozen-iranian-funds/;

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The Biden Administration announced on Monday that they have agreed to a deal with Iran to swap prisoners and in exchange release $6 billion in frozen Iranian funds. 

In the deal, Iran will release five American citizens detained in Iran and the U.S. will release five Iranian citizens who are being held in the U.S. 

Additionally, the deal will create a blanket waiver for international banks to transfer $6 billion in frozen Iranian money from South Korea to Qatar without fear of U.S. sanctions.

This comes after Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed off on the sanctions waivers last week, which was a month after U.S. and Iranian officials said an agreement in principle was in place. 

However, Congress was not informed of the waiver decision until Monday, according to the notification obtained by The Associated Press. 

The transfer of the $6 billion was the key part of the deal, which saw four of the five American detainees transferred from Iranian jails into house arrest last month. 

Several European countries stayed away from the deal, due to multiple U.S. sanctions on foreign banks that engage in transactions aimed at benefiting Iran. 

According to Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who focuses on Iranian security, he said that this new deal “will only feed Tehran’s appetite to keep taking hostages.” 

“And as the case of the recently revealed Swedish diplomat illustrates, dual-nationals and foreign citizens are not the only targets. Tehran even intends to extort foreign government officials!” Taleblu said. 

Experts of the deal anticipate that the detainees will be released sometime next week. 

The American prisoners involved in the deal include Siamak Namazi, who was detained in 2015 and was later sentenced to 10 years in prison on internationally criticized spying charges. Emad Sharghi, a venture capitalist sentenced to 10 years, and Morad Tahbaz, who was arrested in 2018 and given a 10-year sentence, and the fourth and fifth prisoners were not identified in the deal. 

“To facilitate their release, the United States has committed to release Iranian nationals currently held in the United States and to permit the transfer of approximately $6 billion in restricted Iranian funds held in (South Korea) to restricted accounts in Qatar, where the funds will be available only for humanitarian trade,” Blinken wrote. 

The sanctions waiver applies to banks and other financial institutions in South Korea, Germany, Ireland, Qatar, and Switzerland.

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Leftist Gets Five Years for Killing Republican Teen With Car

Your ‘Justice’ System at Work: Leftist Who Ran Over and Killed ‘Republican Extremist’ Teen Gets Just Five Years in Prison

Your ‘Justice’ System at Work: Leftist Who Ran Over and Killed ‘Republican Extremist’ Teen Gets Just Five Years in Prison
Shannon Brandt (Stutsman County Jail)
Two-tier justice system? Absolutely. Joe Biggs, a member of the Proud Boys who dared to shake a fence at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has just been sentenced to seventeen years in prison for doing so. And on Friday, a leftist thug named Shannon Brandt was also sentenced. Brandt ran over and killed a teenager, Cayler Ellingson because he thought Ellingson was a “Republican extremist.” For that, Brandt will serve five years in prison, minus almost a year that he has already served under house arrest. It would be fitting if Brandt and Biggs could be sentenced to the same prison so that Brandt could say goodbye to Biggs when he gets freed and thank his lucky stars that another “Republican extremist” is safely behind bars.

Fargo, N.D.’s KVRR reported that after Brandt completes his ridiculously light sentence, or whatever portion of it he actually does serve before some leftist judge springs him, “he will then serve a period of supervised release.” Presumably, this will include supervision while he is driving, in case any other “Republican extremists” dare to venture out onto the streets while this maniac is behind the wheel.

Brandt, according to KVRR, was “initially charged with intentional homicide in the case,” which was altogether fitting and proper, as it was based upon “a state trooper’s report that Brandt and Ellingson had gotten in a political argument which escalated.” However, “that report was later discounted, but not before conservative political figures, including former President Donald Trump, and some media outlets seized on it to advance a narrative of left-wing violence.”

Why was this report discounted? Was that decision also politically motivated? After all, court documents note that “Brandt stated that the pedestrian called some people and Brandt was afraid they were coming to get him. Brandt admitted to State Radio that he hit the pedestrian and that the pedestrian was part of a Republican extremist group.” That certainly sounds like left-wing violence, unless you’re a fellow leftist who wants to pretend that this sort of thing doesn’t happen. “The State Medical Examiner’s Office,” KVRR continues, “later concluded it was an accident and that Brandt was trying to escape a confrontation with Ellingson when he ran him over.”

What a coincidence, that Brandt would be involved in an accident involving someone with whom he had just had a political argument. Brandt’s attorney, Mark Friese, insists that his man “stayed on the scene” after hitting Ellingson, but according to a Sept. 2022 report in Fox News, Brandt fled the scene. If that is accurate, it is odd behavior if the whole thing was an accident. Why wouldn’t he stick around, so as to emphasize that he was horrified at the accident, sorry that it happened, and ready as a good citizen to take responsibility?

Even worse, State’s Attorney Kara Brinster “alleged that Brandt’s statements to investigators didn’t align with the evidence in the case and that he didn’t take sufficient accountability for Ellingson’s death.” Nevertheless, she was responsible for the slap on the wrist Brandt received, as she “requested five years incarceration with credit for time served and three years of supervised release.” Good thing he just killed a patriot with his car and then may have left the scene; Brandt didn’t have the poor judgment to do something serious, like shake a fence.

Related: Animal Who Ran Over, Killed Teen He Thought Was a ‘Republican Extremist’ Walks Out of Jail Days later

The light sentence Brandt received was partly based on the fact that he was diagnosed with autism, “which the experts said impacted his ability to interpret social situations and prompted an exaggerated reaction and response to the confrontation with Ellingson.” But wait a minute: if the whole thing is supposed to be an accident, what “exaggerated reaction and response” did Brant have after his “confrontation with Ellingson”? He was also drinking.

Judge Bradley Cruff didn’t explain that anomaly as he addressed Brandt: “You didn’t intentionally run him over. I acknowledge that. I understand what the experts in this case are saying about how your mind works. And you didn’t intentionally kill Cayler. But he did die. And that’s a result of your alcohol consumption. You recklessly pushed Cayler to the ground with your SUV, you recklessly ran him over, and you recklessly killed him.” That’s an awful lot of recklessness to be an accident. Ellingson’s mother “asked Cruff not to follow the plea agreement and to give Brandt the maximum sentence for manslaughter, which is ten years,” but to no avail.

Brandt addressed the courtroom, professing to be full of contrition and saying, among other things, “I am truly devastated by the impact this has had on the entire community.” And he wasn’t even talking about the impact of our two-tier justice system.

Minnesota Prison On Lockdown After Nearly 100 Inmates Refused To Return To Cells

Minnesota Prison On Lockdown After Nearly 100 Inmates Refused To Return To Cells

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OAN’s Brooke Mallory
12:58 PM – Sunday, September 3, 2023

SEE: https://www.oann.com/newsroom/minnesota-prison-on-lockdown-after-nearly-100-inmates-refused-to-return-to-cells/;

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After around 100 convicts in one housing unit refused to return to their cells, a Minnesota prison has been placed on emergency lockdown, and members of a crisis negotiation team have been activated, according to the state Department of Corrections on Sunday.

The situation is “currently stable,” and the reason convicts “are refusing to return to their cells remains unclear.” The Special Operations Response Team was also sent in “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a spokesperson for the facility.

However, Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) spokesman Michelle Gross claimed in an interview that the incident was brought on by the fact that jailers had been without access to fresh water, ice, and even showers for many days due to understaffing.

“They’re saying it’s hotter than hell in there, and the water in the cells is brown,” Gross said. “The inmates have been melting ice for drinking water, but with short staffing, there’s not enough to go around.”

Sunday’s “incident is endemic and highlights the truth behind the operations of the [Minnesota] Department of Corrections with chronic understaffing,” said the head of the union representing staffers and corrections officers at Stillwater.

Correctional facilities, according to the union, “cannot have transformational offender programming without sufficient facility security.”

“Without more staffing in our correctional facilities with talented people, we will continue down this unacceptable road of staff assaults, offenders controlling sections of our prisons, and more,” said Bart Andersen, interim executive director of AFSCME Council 5.

Two officers at the Stillwater Correctional Facility who spoke to the press assured that they were safe in a secure control room and in contact with facility personnel. No recorded injuries have been reported.

Additionally, aerial footage from a FOX helicopter revealed a sizable emergency response, including police, ambulances, and firefighters, waiting outside the facility.

Seven residential units are located inside the building, while a minimum-security unit is located outside the main perimeter.

Department data reported that there are over 1,200 convicts altogether at the institution, which is southeast of Stillwater.

According to its website, the Stillwater Correctional Facility was founded in 1914 and is the largest male close-security facility in the state of Minnesota.

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Trump To Turn Himself In On Thursday~Trump’s Bond Set At $200K In Georgia Election Case

Trump To Turn Himself In On Thursday

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump looks on before delivering a speech during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 26, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
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OAN’s Roy Francis
8:06 AM – Tuesday, August 22, 2023

SEE: https://www.oann.com/newsroom/trump-to-turn-himself-in-on-thursday/;

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45th President Donald Trump has stated that he plans to turn himself in at the Fulton County, Georgia jail on Thursday.

Taking to Truth Social, Trump said that this indictment and arrest are all a “witch hunt” in “coordination with Crooked Jo Biden’s DOJ.”

 

On Monday, Trump’s defense team met with the Fulton County District Attorney in order to come to a bond agreement. The agreement that was made will have Trump facing a $200,000 bond.

An order signed by Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee listed the prohibitions that Trump will also be facing after his bond is paid. If he is to break any of the limits that have been placed on him, his bond could be revoked.

“The Defendant shall perform no act to intimidate any person known to him or her to be a codefendant or witness in this case or to otherwise obstruct the administration of justice,” the order read. “The above shall include, but are not limited to, posts on social media or reposts of posts made by another individual on social media.”

The Fulton County case is the first case that the release conditions for Trump have included a cash bond and certain prohibitions. The case is the fourth brought against the 45th president this year, with the other three having release conditions that have been minimal.

Trump is facing 13 charges in Fulton County, including violation of the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

18 other individuals have been charged in the same case in Fulton County, all have been given until noon on Friday to turn themselves in.

Trump has maintained his innocence and pled not guilty to all the charges that have been levied against him.

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Trump’s Bond Set At $200K In Georgia Election Case

American Conservative Union Holds Annual CPAC Conference In Orlando ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 26: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at The Rosen Shingle Creek on February 26, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. CPAC, which began in 1974, is an annual political conference attended by conservative activists and elected officials. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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OAN’s Abril Elfi
4:03 PM – Monday, August 21, 2023

SEE: https://www.oann.com/newsroom/trumps-bond-set-at-200k-in-georgia-election-case/;

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Former President Donald Trump and his legal team have agreed to post a $200,000 bond on the Georgia 2020 election case.

On Monday, Trump’s attorneys met with the Fulton County District Attorney’s office and came to an agreement on a $200,000 bond among other release conditions.

According to the terms of the consent bond order, the 45th president cannot perform any acts of witness intimidation nor communicate about the facts of the case with any co-defendants, except through his lawyers.

This also includes not violating any federal laws. 

Bond agreements were also met with two of Trump’s co-defendants, John Eastman and Scott Hall. 

Eastman had a bond order of $100,000. According to the bond, every 30 days, he must report to pretrial supervision, which he may do by phone. He is also prohibited from communicating with any other co-defendants from the case. 

Eastman also faces nine counts for allegedly helping form the strategy that allowed Trump to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to throw out electors on January 6th, 2021.

Hall is facing seven charges related to an alleged connection with a local elections office breach in Coffee County, Georgia. His bond is reportedly set at $100,000. 

The former president and all other 18 co-defendants are expected to surrender themselves due to the Friday deadline given by District Attorney Fani Willis.

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Pro-Lifers Indicted by Biden Admin May Face up to 11 Years Jail

Pro-Lifers Indicted by Biden Admin May Face up to 11 Years Jail
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Dozens of violent pro-abortion activists who attacked crisis pregnancy centers faced no consequences, but pro-lifers charged by the Biden administration could face up to 11 years of jail time. As always, the Biden administration is targeting the wrong “problem.”Americans peacefully protesting abortion and waiting to counsel women willing to listen outside abortion clinics have been charged by the Biden Department of Justice (DOJ), LifeNews reported on August 9. For instance, last year, pro-life atheist Herb Geraghty was indicted for supposed violations of the FACE (Freedom to Access Clinic Entrances) Act. Since then, 11 other peaceful pro-life protesters have been charged with FACE Act violations for an alleged “blockade” of a Mount Juliet, Tenn., abortion clinic in 2021.

federal indictment alleges that the pro-life defendants “engaged in a conspiracy to prevent the clinic from providing” and patients from receiving abortion services and violated the FACE Act by “using physical obstruction to intimidate and interfere with the clinic’s employees and a patient”…Attorneys for the defendants argued in a motion to dismiss that post Dobbs v. Jackson-the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe vs. Wade- there is no federally protected right to abortion. Judge Kollar-Kotelly denied the motion…

Handy and the other defendants have insisted that their intention was not to deny rights but to prevent federal crimes from taking place, most notably instances of infanticide and partial birth abortion which are prohibited under the Born Alive Infant Protection Act and the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.

At least one of the individuals charged for peacefully protesting at the clinic could be looking at 11 years in jail, three years of supervised release, and up to $350,000 in fines. Another target of the Feds is Eva Edl, “who is a German survivor of a communist prisoner-of-war concentration camp during World War II” and a human rights advocate, LifeNews reported.

The defendants had reason to believe these crimes were taking place based on undercover footage of an abortionist filmed in 2012…Further evidence of Santangelo’s crimes against born alive infants surfaced in March of 2022 when Handy and her colleague Terrisa Bukovinac, founder of PAAU, recovered a box labeled “medical waste” outside Washington Surgi-Center containing the remains of 115 abortion victims including 5 post viability babies. Three of the five appeared to be victims of federal crimes.

The FACE Act hasn’t been much used against pro-lifers since its 1994 inception, but under Biden, at least 22 peaceful pro-lifers were indicted by the DOJ under FACE in 2022 alone.

Terrisa Bukovinac, the founder of the liberal pro-life group Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), claimed uneven application of the law.

“In addition to prohibiting blocking access to abortion centers, the FACE Act includes similar protections for churches and pro-life pregnancy centers. Since the enactment of the FACE Act in 1994, 126 pro-life activists have been charged under the law as opposed to fewer than 3 pro-abortion advocates,” she said, noting that Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) has called for repealing FACE because of this unequal application.

“This is despite the more than 70 instances of violence committed against churches and pregnancy centers—including firebombings since the overturning of Roe vs. Wade,” Bukovinac added.

LifeNews reported that the government accused the pro-life advocates of “a conspiracy to prevent the clinic from providing” abortion services and a FACE violation of “using physical obstruction to intimidate and interfere with the clinic’s employees and a patient.” The event was mostly singing and praying from pro-lifers doing a peaceful sit-in. It “was so lawful and peaceful that local police let them go after minor misdemeanor charges,” LifeNews added.

But not the Biden administration. The weaponized DOJ continues its biased persecution of pro-life advocates.

Biden Administration Buys Back Five U.S. Hostages from Iran

Biden Admin Reportedly Set to Buy Back Five U.S. Hostages From Iran for $6 Billion

Biden Admin Reportedly Set to Buy Back Five U.S. Hostages From Iran for $6 Billion
Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP
The Iranian terrorist regime has reportedly sold five U.S. citizens back to America in exchange for some Iranian nationals who violated U.S. sanctions and $6 billion in cash.The New York Times reports the deal was two years in the making. As with any deal made with Iran, we shouldn’t believe the agreement is a done deal until the Americans are back on U.S. soil.

“The move by Iran of the American hostages from Evin Prison to house arrest is an important development,” said Jared Genser, the lawyer for Siamak Namazi, one of the Americans released on Thursday.

Namazi will be taken to a Tehran hotel along with Emad Sharghi and Morad Tahbaz, who had all been imprisoned on unsubstantiated charges of spying. There are two other Americans whose families have requested their names not be released. One of the unnamed Americans is a scientist, and the other is a businessman.

The Americans will be held under guard for “several weeks” at the hotel while, if past experience holds true, the Iranians will try to extract additional concessions from Biden.

“While I hope this will be the first step to their ultimate release, this is at best the beginning of the end and nothing more,” Genser said in a statement. “But there are simply no guarantees about what happens from here.”

Maybe Joe will offer Hunter to the Iranians. He certainly has international bribery connections.

The United States will also transfer nearly $6 billion of Iran’s assets in South Korea, putting the funds into an account in the central bank of Qatar, according to the people familiar with the deal. The account will be controlled by the government of Qatar and regulated so Iran can gain access to the money only to pay vendors for humanitarian purchases such as medicine and food, they said.

So Qatar, one of Iran’s only friends in the Middle East, is going to be in charge of making sure that Tehran only makes “humanitarian” purchases with the ransom money.

Why am I not comforted by that?

NBCNews:

The movement of the Americans out of prison is only the first step in a protracted process that could last weeks. The funds to be unfrozen in South Korea will have to be converted into different currencies as requested by Iran, a lengthy process due to the provisions of U.S. sanctions.

As part of the swap, an unknown number of Iranians detained in the United States will be transferred from U.S. custody to Iran. The timing of that step remained unclear.

It should be noted that even if the money is used to only buy food and medicine, it frees up other Iranian funds that could be used to buy just about anything,

I’m glad the Americans are combining home. No one should be imprisoned in that hellhole Evin Prison. But why isn’t Biden bringing pressure to bear on the entire civilized world to force the barbarians in Tehran to stop taking hostages?

Thomas Jefferson had the right idea. Gunboat diplomacy.

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SEE ALSO: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/08/biden-regime-gives-2350000000-in-taxpayer-money-to-taliban-controlled-afghanistan

DOJ attempts to imprison major Hunter Biden witness before congressional testimony

DOJ tries to jail key Hunter Biden witness Devon Archer on eve of congressional testimony

Devon Archer has ‘first-hand knowledge’ of Biden family business

BY Brooke Mallory

SEE: https://www.oann.com/newsroom/doj-attempts-to-imprison-major-hunter-biden-witness-before-congressional-testimony/;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

According to newly released court records, the Justice Department is pressing for Devon Archer to report to prison only days before the former Hunter Biden business partner’s highly anticipated congressional appearance.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan sent a letter on Saturday demanding that a court set a date for Archer to begin his one-year sentence in a fraud case separate from Hunter’s numerous scandals and illegal activities.

Archer’s 2018 conviction on two felony charges for his involvement in a conspiracy to defraud a Native American tribe was upheld last Tuesday by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Archer, who is scheduled to testify about the president’s son before the House Oversight Committee on Monday, has been contesting the conviction.

His attorney, Matthew Schwartz, said he would file a formal response to the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s request by Wednesday and that his client would continue to testify as scheduled, despite charges that the DOJ letter was an intimidation technique.

“We are aware of speculation that the Department of Justice’s weekend request to have Mr. Archer report to prison is an attempt by the Biden administration to intimidate him in advance of his meeting with the House Oversight Committee,” Schwartz said in a statement.

“To be clear, Mr. Archer does not agree with that speculation,” Schwartz continued. “In any case, Mr. Archer will do what he has planned to do all along, which is to show up on Monday and to honestly answer the questions that are put to him by the Congressional investigators.”

Schwartz has claimed that setting a detention date was “premature” as he considers his appeal options.

Archer, Biden, and Christopher Heinz co-founded Rosemont Seneca Partners in 2009, which the first son purportedly utilized as a vehicle for many of his shady business ventures abroad.

Archer is likely to testify that during numerous meetings with international partners, Hunter Biden would phone in his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, the Washington Post outlet revealed.

This is a significant milestone in the GOP-led investigations into Biden family crimes since it could link the president to his son’s business dealings.

“I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” Biden claimed previously.

The White House now claims that the president “was never in business with his son,” an obvious shift in verbiage that press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has dismissed.

For months, Biden administration officials have also slammed Republicans for their investigation into the First Family’s economic practices, emphasizing that the president has not been personally involved.

“Just last week, his fellow GOP colleague on the Oversight Committee said this on camera for all to see: ‘I’ve heard over and over that President Biden has not been implicated or proven for any wrongdoing here, and I acknowledge that,'” White House spokesperson Ian Sams said.

In June, Comer subpoenaed Archer and described the timing of the prison request letter as “odd.”

“I don’t want to put words in Devon Archer’s mouth,” Comer said. “But I’ll say this: He has an opportunity to come tomorrow to the House Oversight Committee and tell the truth.”

Florida’s Republican representative, Matt Gaetz, also decided to chime in and speak on the suspicious timing.

Hunter Biden’s proposed plea deal with federal prosecutors went up in flames last week as a Trump-appointed judge raised constitutional issues and identified distance between the two parties.

Hunter subsequently pleaded not guilty to two tax misdemeanor counts, which the majority of the public assumed he would plead guilty to.

Both parties’ attorneys anticipate going back to the drawing board to iron out their disagreements.

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Alejandro Mayorkas’ Corrupt Legacy How he helped release a major cocaine trafficker from prison.

BY RON KOLB

SEE: https://www.frontpagemag.com/alejandro-mayorkas-corrupt-legacy/?mc_cid=13909b42bc;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

When Homeland Security Director Alejandro Mayorkas appeared on The Today Show on May 12th – the same day Title 42 ended – he was in for a rude reception. Anchor Savannah Guthrie asked about the record number of crossings and why the chaos was continuing. Mayorkas, as usual, blamed Congress.

She then asked about migrants being released into the country with no court date and no way to track them and that a Florida Judge had quickly blocked the plan. He attacked the Judge, saying it was harmful, but 23 States have now joined Florida to block it and an appeals court has now upheld Florida’s decision.

Guthrie then asked if Biden bore any responsibility when he said at a Democratic debate in 2019 that, “we’re a nation that says if you want to flee and you’re facing oppression, you should come.” Mayorkas then blamed smugglers and once again, the Congress.

As the number of migrants continue to surge across the border, there has been a continuing effort to impeach Mayorkas. The House Homeland Security Committee has begun hearings on Mayorkas that might lead to impeachment. At the first hearing, former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott said that Mayorkas’ agenda was to “find new ways to let more migrants into the U.S.,” and Former Acting Homeland Director Chad Wolf added that “it was by design.”

In reality, his career has long been marred by scandal and corruption. In 2015, the Homeland Security Inspector General found then Deputy Director Mayorkas had showed “favoritism and special access” involving visas and green cards when he was Director of Citizenship and Immigration from 2009 to 2013. Some of those receiving special treatment were then-Nevada Senator Harry Reid, then-Virginia Governor Terry McCauliffe and Hillary Clinton’s brother Tony Rodham.

Even worse, fifteen whistleblowers reported that Mayorkas’ loose standards caused people who committed fraud and money laundering to receive visas. The 99-page report eviscerated Mayorkas, saying he had caused “deep resentment” among the staff, who felt “uncomfortable and pressured” to comply with his wishes, and that Mayorkas had “lowered the morale” of the department.

Mayorkas had been avoiding the press after the report’s release in 2015, and when approached by ABC News, hid behind security and fled. The devastating report from the IG should have ended Mayorkas’ career.

But six years later, before his inaugural in January 2021, president-elect Biden nominated two crucial cabinet members: Xavier Beccera for Health and Human Services and Alejandro Mayorkas for Homeland Security, and both of their pasts made them uniquely unqualified to ever serve the public again in any capacity because they had helped a major cocaine trafficker be released from prison.

In Bill Clinton’s final days in the White House 20 years earlier, his office became a flea market and clearing house for terrorists, drug dealers, con artists and other of societies miscreants and criminals to receive clemencies and pardons, most notably fugitive billionaire and tax cheat Marc Rich. 

Members of the Clinton family would cash in, including Hillary’s brother Tony Rodham, who would receive 240 thousand dollars from two carnival promoters who were convicted of bank fraud, and most notably, her brother Hugh-who would be paid as we shall see-over 400 thousand dollars for his unholy efforts. Hillary herself was involved months earlier with the notorious FALN terrorist pardons, in a blatant attempt to try and secure the substantial Puerto Rican vote in New York during her 2000 Senate campaign. But by 2001, pardon and clemency handouts were a no-holds barred circus. One of them became as noteworthy as the FALN and Rich pardons.

A few years earlier on December 20, 1993, a grand jury in Minneapolis issued a 34-count indictment against Carlos Vignali, Jr. and 29 others in the largest drug investigation in Minnesota history. Vignali, born in 1971, was the ringleader and the group had shipped hundreds of pounds of cocaine from California to Minnesota to be made into crack.

The evidence was overwhelming. On December 12, 1994, all but one of the defendants were convicted or pled guilty. Vignali was convicted of three counts of conspiracy and cocaine distribution and acquitted on a fourth count, and had been caught on audiotape, coming across as a boastful bully. Vignali remained uncooperative and unrepentant.

He was also a fledging rapper calling himself “C-Low” with Brownside, an Hispanic group formed by Eazy-E, and spent some of his proceeds at the tables in Las Vegas with his father, who had set up Carlos in an exclusive condo. The pre-sentencing report had recommended 12-15 years, and on July 17, 1995, Judge David Doty sentenced him to the latter.

His father, Carlos “Horacio” Vignali, Sr., born in 1946, was a wealthy L.A. area real estate owner and had hosted fundraisers and donated to several local political figures. Soon after the conviction of his son, he filed an appeal, and began contacting his political friends to write letters that falsely claimed that Carlos had no criminal record.

But a House Committee investigating the Clinton pardons in 2002 found that Vignali had two prior convictions and two arrests. In 1989, Vignali had been convicted and fined for fighting in a public place, and later for vandalism. He’d also been arrested for reckless driving and later for assaulting a girlfriend. Vignali had also admitted being involved with two different gangs.

After the appeal was unanimously defeated in appellate court, Horacio decided to try for executive clemency with the Clinton White House.

He contacted then-L.A. area Congressman Xavier Becerra, whom he had donated 16 thousand dollars to in three of Becerra’s campaigns. Even though neither of the Vignali’s had resided in his district, Becerra then called Alejandro Mayorkas, who was U.S. Attorney for Central California in Los Angeles, who claimed the sentence was too harsh.

Becerra then contacted Pardon Attorney Roger Adams at the Justice Department and Meredith Cabe at the White House (legal) Counsel Office. Cabe would later say he was pushing for clemency for Vignali, but Becerra later claimed he never explicitly supported clemency for Vignali but had wanted a “review” of the case.

On November 21, 2000, Becerra sent a letter to Bill Clinton, who had less than two months remaining in office. He falsely claimed that Vignali had no previous criminal record, was innocent, and how much it had affected his parents, whom he both knew.

Meanwhile, Mayorkas twice contacted Minnesota U.S. Attorney Todd Jones, who had originally tried Vignali. During the first contact, Jones warned Mayorkas that Vignali was “a major player,” and “don’t go there,” and that Vignali was “bad news.”

Mayorkas also twice contacted Andrew Dunne, who worked with Jones as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Mayorkas hoped that Jones’ office would actually lobby for clemency for Vignali, but Dunne flat out rejected it, and thought the calls were “highly unusual.”

Mayorkas actually met the elder Vignali and had conversations about clemency for his son. Vignali also brought up executive clemency and asked if Mayorkas would call the White House.

Before Mayorkas made the second call to Jones, he called the Pardon Attorney’s Office and claimed that an unidentified female staffer said it was alright even if the case was not in his jurisdiction, and he claimed he only wanted to vouch for the defendant’s father.

Then Mayorkas made the second call to prosecutor Jones, telling him of his intent to call the White House. Jones once again told Mayorkas he opposed clemency. After the call, Jones was troubled by the lobbying of Mayorkas, because someone from another jurisdiction who had not prosecuted the case was trying to recommend clemency.

In spite of Jones second stern warning, Mayorkas called White House Counsel Bruce Lindsey, who was very close to the Clintons, and then received a return call from Meredith Cabe and Eric Angel, who worked with Lindsey on pardons. Mayorkas told them he was not that familiar with the case and knew his parents well, but afterward would claim he did not recommend clemency. Cabe would later say that Mayorkas had definitely supported clemency. So did Lindsey and White House Chief of Staff John Podesta.

Mayorkas had laid the groundwork for clemency, but there was another major player that Horacio Vignali had reached out to. He had known Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca since 1991. Vignali raised or had contributed a stunning total of over 200 thousand dollars to Baca’s campaigns.

Vignali asked Baca to write Clinton a letter, and he also told Baca that Hillary’s brother Hugh Rodham was helping Carlos receive clemency. Vignali had paid Hugh four thousand dollars, and then another 200 thousand if Carlos was pardoned. Baca at first refused to write a letter, but decided to write one that would praise Horacio and make no mention of Carlos. The senior Vignali didn’t think it would help, and Baca did not send it.

Baca then received a call from Hugh Rodham, but Baca later said he told Rodham he had reservations. Baca then received a call from Dawn Woolen, assistant to Lindsey, and she asked Baca what he thought of Horacio, and Baca spoke favorably. She then asked if Bill Clinton should pardon Carlos. Baca later claimed he didn’t know enough about the case and that it was up to Clinton. Woolen, however said that Baca supported a commutation but did not want to write it in a letter.

White House staff later claimed that Mayorkas and Baca had an impact, even though both men attempted to use the elder Vignali as a backdoor way to pardon Carlos.

Meanwhile, Bruce Lindsey was the point man at the White House for Horacio. He falsely told Lindsey that Vignali was innocent and had no previous criminal record. He mentioned Mayorkas and Baca supported clemency as well as the prosecutor, Todd Jones in Minnesota. However, Jones and his two assistant prosecutors, Andrew Dunne and Denise Reilly both strongly opposed clemency, as did Judge David Doty, who had sentenced Vignali.

But the White House staff, including Lindsey, Cabe and Angel, would soon find out the truth. Pardon Attorney Roger Adams issued a strong report denying clemency, noting Vignali was not a first-time offender, was the leader of the cocaine ring, and that the prosecutors and Judge Doty had strongly opposed any pardon. When his report was sent to the White House, it did not contain Deputy Attorney General Holder’s signature, which would have had much more influence. Adams signed the report opposing clemency for Vignali instead of Holder, thinking the Justice Department should be on record opposing a pardon.

Adams concluded his report writing that “…I recommend that you deny his (Vignali’s) petition.”

Even after learning the truth about Carlos Vignali’s history, the staff later claimed that they considered the support of Sheriff Baca and U.S. Attorney Mayorkas to be significant. And Hugh Rodham continued to contact the White House, including both Lindsey and Cabe. Lindsey, who would soon be president of the tainted Clinton Foundation, later said under oath that he thought the Vignali commutation was an “appropriate one.”

On January 20th, Clinton’s final day in office, he commuted Vignali’s sentence, who had served less than six years (and less than 40 percent) of his fifteen-year sentence. Most of the media coverage focused on the Marc Rich pardon. There was also controversy about Clinton pardoning two Weather Underground terrorists, including the infamous Susan Rosenberg with an assist from Congressman Jerrold Nadler.

On January 24th, Hugh Rodham received 200 thousand dollars from the senior Vignali for helping his son receive clemency. But on February 20, numerous media reports headlined that Hugh Rodham had been paid over 204 thousand dollars by Horacio Vignali and another 230 thousand by Glenn Braswell, who sold miracle medical cures and had been convicted of mail fraud, perjury and tax evasion and was still under investigation. Hillary, who had just been sworn in as a senator, claimed that she was “extremely disappointed,” and “knew nothing” about Hugh taking money for pardons.

Bill Clinton claimed “neither Hillary or I had any knowledge” of the payments, and that Hugh should return any money, but Rodham’s attorney later said that Hugh had not returned more than 150 thousand and had no intent to return anything more. Clinton himself has never explained why he chose to pardon Vignali, a major and unrepentant drug trafficker, to serve less than half of his 15-year sentence.

Even though Pardon Attorney Roger Adams made the White House aware of the facts of the Vignali case, no one ever contacted Minnesota law enforcement, the federal prosecutors there, or Judge David Doty. Todd Jones, the U.S. Attorney and the chief prosecutor, told Roger Adams he was against the pardon because “it was a no-brainer,” and he “did not believe there was any way he was going to be granted (a pardon) in this case.”

Jones’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Reilly told me that she had opposed a pardon, and that it was “bought with money.” Judge Doty sent a letter to the Justice Department opposing clemency because of Vignali’s role in the conspiracy and his lack of remorse.

Gerry Wehr, a retired investigator of the Vignali case in Minnesota, is still outraged. He told me Mayorkas “is either incompetent or a liar,” and Becerra and Mayorkas “were only following the democratic party’s wishes.” His colleague Jeff Burchette, who spent 18 years as a narcotics investigator and also worked the Vignali case, is still furious, telling me that Mayorkas should never have been Homeland Security Director because “he’s so full of “s–t,” and that Becerra should never have been HHS Secretary because he and Mayorkas are both “f–ing clowns.”

Hugh Rodham and Horacio Vignali refused to speak to investigators or go under oath. In 2017, Los Angeles County Sheriff Baca was convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI because of the abuse of county inmates, including beatings and even rape and trying to cover it up. Other officers were also convicted, and Baca was released from prison in 2022 after serving two years of a three-year sentence.

After Biden nominated Mayorkas and Becerra for their cabinet posts in 2020, they were narrowly confirmed by the Senate on mostly party line votes. Since Mayorkas became Homeland Security Director, the flow of fentanyl, human trafficking and migrants crossing the border remains out of control, even though Mayorkas insists that it is not. His plan to let illegals cross the border without a court date continues to be blocked, and now Mayorkas is refusing to make public the number of migrants on the terror watch list that were stopped at the border.

And the actions of Mayorkas and Baca as well as Xavier Becerra in 2001 gave the Clinton White House an excuse to pardon drug kingpin Carlos Vignali and should have ended all of their careers. Duncan DeVille, who was Assistant U.S. Attorney under Mayorkas, tendered his resignation to him citing his involvement with the Vignali case.

In 2002, a year after Carlos Vignali had received clemency, it was discovered that the DEA and other investigators had found that Horacio Vignali was also involved in the drug trade, even at times with his son. Mayorkas and Baca absurdly claimed that they would not have gotten involved if they’d only known at the time.

Also, for Mayorkas, being slammed by the Inspector General in 2015 for inappropriate behavior in dispensing visas and green cards should have sent him into permanent exile.

And Judge Doty said the Vignali pardon was outrageous. He recently told me he was disappointed with Mayorkas then and now. In 2005, Doty told LA Weekly in referring to the Vignali clemency that, “the whole thing stunk,” and that it had “money and corruption and fraud written all over it.” Specifically referring to Mayorkas, he said, “what the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles did was beyond the pale.”

Sadly, the legacy of Alejandro Mayorkas is tainted with dishonesty and corruption that has permanently left a soiled mark.

Ron Kolb is a native of Washington, DC and now resides in Corpus Christi, Texas. He’s been published in National Review, America Spectator, Wall Street Journal, American Greatness and American Thinker.

Hateful Gun Banner Sent to Prison for Threatening Congresswoman Boebert

Lauren Boebert

BY LEE WILLIAMS

SEE: https://www.ammoland.com/2023/06/hateful-gun-banner-sent-prison-threatening-congresswoman-boebert/;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

U.S.A.A 39-year-old South Florida man who is an ardent anti-gunner was sentenced last week to 15 months in federal prison and one year of probation for threatening U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado, in a series of social media posts that targeted the Congresswoman for her strong Second Amendment support.

In 2021, Matthew Lee Comiskey sent five threatening tweets to Boebert that mentioned firearms and encouraged readers to do her harm. Comiskey originally faced five counts of making an interstate threat but pleaded guilty last year to one count.

His tweets show that Comiskey is violently anti-gun:

  • “Someone needs to put Lauren down like a sick dog. She is a true waste of life! Someone exercise their second amendment right to her face! Since the CIA is a failure and FBI is incompetent at charging her for being a terrorist it’s time to do it ourselves! Pew pew Lauren,” Comiskey wrote in September 2021.
  • “Don’t come to Florida us libs have big guns here and we stand (our) ground. Take you down like Trayvon,” Comiskey wrote a month later.
  • “Don’t worry Lauren, someone is coming soon to show your face the 2nd amendment in practice with a copper jacket. Enjoy,” Comiskey wrote.

Boebert’s pro-gun credentials are well known.

Before the 36-year-old conservative was elected to Congress in 2020, she owned Shooter’s Grill, a Western-themed restaurant in her hometown of Rifle, Colorado, where staff openly carried firearms.

Boebert has earned A-ratings from Gun Owners of America, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the National Rifle Association. In Congress, she is a member of the Freedom Caucus and the Second Amendment Caucus.

During his sentencing last week at the Paul G. Rogers federal courthouse in West Palm Beach, Florida, Comiskey told the court he let his “personal emotions get in the way of my common sense.”

His mother told the court that her son’s actions were “out of character.” Yeah right….

U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg rejected Comiskey’s requests for a shorter prison sentence or home confinement.

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Biden May Let Iran Collect Billions for Release of U.S. Hostages

BY DANIEL GREENFIELD

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/06/biden-may-let-iran-collect-billions-for-release-of-u-s-hostages;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

“Iran also expects the United States to unfreeze billions of dollars in Iranian assets.”

What’s worse than a formal deal with Iran? An informal deal with the Islamic terror state.

The enforcement elements of the formal deal were mostly worthless and put Iran on a track to nukes. You can only imagine how truly spectacularly reliable they’ll be on the informal deal.

The Biden administration has been negotiating quietly with Iran to limit Tehran’s nuclear program and free imprisoned Americans, according to officials from three countries, in part of a larger U.S. effort to ease tensions and reduce the risk of a military confrontation with the Islamic Republic.

The U.S. goal is to reach an informal, unwritten agreement, which some Iranian officials are calling a “political cease-fire.” It would aim to prevent a further escalation in a long-hostile relationship that has grown even more fraught as Iran builds up a stockpile of highly enriched uranium close to bomb-grade purity, supplies Russia with drones for use in Ukraine and brutally cracks down on domestic political protests.

Islam does allow cease-fires with infidels. But the cease-fire only lasts until the Islamic cause is in a position to annihilate the infidels it reached a cease-fire agreement with.

The upshot of the deal is that Iran promises not to enrich uranium beyond a certain point, will stop trying to kill Americans in Iraq, and won’t aid Russia too much. In return, sanctions relief, as per usual.

Also cash for hostages.

“Iran also expects the United States to unfreeze billions of dollars in Iranian assets, whose use would be limited to humanitarian purposes, in exchange for the release of three Iranian American prisoners whom the U.S. calls wrongfully detained. U.S. officials have not confirmed such a linkage between the prisoners and the money, nor any connection between prisoners and nuclear matters.”

“In what could be a sign of a developing agreement, the United States issued a waiver last week allowing Iraq to pay $2.76 billion in energy debts to Iran.”

Iran’s negotiating style tends to depend on playing hard to get. It’s not that its negotiators are more talented, but they understand that they represent national interests and that they’re playing an enemy.

Our negotiators want to give up everything in exchange for the reassurance that they’re making the world a better place.

Much like Hitler and Chamberlain, it’s not much of a competition.

The only remaining question is how many billions will Biden let Iran have in exchange for more hostages.

‘THE ULTIMATE PUNISHMENT’: DeSantis Signs Bill Allowing Death Penalty for Pedophiles~DeSANTIS UNLOADS ON LIB MEDIA: ‘They are Trying to GET YOU and USE YOU’

DeSANTIS: "In Florida, we believe it’s only appropriate that the worst of the worst crimes deserve the worst of the worst punishment."

DeSANTIS UNLOADS ON LIB MEDIA: 'They are Trying to GET YOU and USE YOU'

Do not give them the satisfaction that they are some type of neutral gatekeepers because they are not.”

Biden to Make Sure Criminals in Jail Vote for Him

The new plan offers hiring quotas for criminals, billions in grants, and jailed voter outreach.

BY DANIEL GREENFIELD

SEE: https://www.frontpagemag.com/biden-to-make-sure-criminals-in-jail-vote-for-him/;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

Friday was a good day for criminals. Just like every day in the Biden administration.

Not that Biden and his pro-crime administration call them criminals. In the 2,500-word statement, the term “criminal” never appears once. Neither do “felon”, “offender” or “convict”. Never mind “murderer”, “rapist” or “mugger”. Such hurtful language would be insensitive.

Instead, the Biden administration has adopted the awkward pro-crime euphemism of referring to criminals as “justice-involved persons”, “incarcerated persons” and the even more elongated “eligible persons with criminal history records”. By “eligible”, Biden doesn’t mean bachelors.

What is Biden offering these “justice-involved persons”, who are not prosecutors or corrections officers, but robbers, con artists, and pedophiles? Free stuff at taxpayer expense.

Are you a thug shortly to be on the loose? Apply for food stamps directly from your cell. The Biden administration will be sending “guidance” to agencies handing out food stamps to “accept and process SNAP applications before someone is released from jail or prison”.

What else does Biden have for the Murderers, Muggers, and Molesters of America? The administration’s “strategic plan supports justice-involved individuals” with expanded “access to health care”, “affordable housing”, “educational opportunities”, “food and subsistence benefits”, “job opportunities and access to business capital”, and “banking and other financial services”.

Why even bother being a law-abiding citizen when all of this is waiting for you?

Biden is “expanding access to” bank accounts for “justice-involved persons” and giving  “incarcerated persons” more access to Medicare and Medicaid, and tips on voting Democrat.

That guy who picked your pocket: he’s getting a voter guide with all the D’s marked in red.

Or as the Biden administration puts it, “Most people in jail are eligible to vote since jails primarily detain people awaiting trial, who have not been convicted of any crime, or those serving misdemeanor sentences that do not preclude voting.” Biden’s DOJ, which now divides its time equally between prosecuting conservative opponents and aiding criminals, “will provide guidance on state-specific voter rights for incarcerated persons and promote strategies to reduce barriers for eligible voters.”

Your local neighborhood child molester and car thief just became a valuable part of the Democrat electorate. Conducting voter outreach in jail is the perfect captive audience. The next step will be converting jail community organizing into a nonprofit-funded program.

Is there any chance the Biden administration would be doing this if it didn’t expect to gain votes?

Increasingly unpopular, the Democrats are doubling down on their 2022 strategy of ‘finding voters’ the way pigs find truffles. Forget trying to appeal to the nation as a whole. That’s not happening. Biden’s approval ratings are in the 40s and Kamala’s are in the 30s. The majority of the country would rather that someone else, anyone else, run on the Democrat ticket.

That’s a problem if you view elections as a public referendum, not if you view voters as assets and use detailed demographic data to flip off most of the country and focus on turning out the dumbest and most worthless people around who are easy to manipulate with ballot harvesters and massive bribes. Nothing is off the table. Make credit-worthy homebuyers subsidize Biden’s zero down diversity FHFA base, investigate parents who object to pedophilia in schools as domestic terrorists and just toss out student loans in exchange for votes.

Speaking of that, Biden’s great giveaway for criminals includes implementing a process that will allow “an estimated 760,000 persons to become eligible for a Pell Grant through prison education programs”. A Pell Grant averages $4,130. Multiply that by 760,000 and you get $3.1 billion. But, come on, man, it’s just money. And we have as much of it as we can print.

Certainly more than enough to roll out a massive welfare state expansion for the latest exciting addition to the Dem team roster after the ‘men who want to play women’s sports get settled in sashaying around the locker room.

All the inflation will be a problem for someone else after Biden is fossilized in Lenin’s Tomb.

In true Tammany Democrat, AFL-CIO, and Sicilian Mafia fashion, being with the party also means getting jobs. Guaranteed jobs. From the companies they bribed with taxpayer cash.

Are you a serial embezzler? Come work for the federal government where once hired, you can never be fired.

The National Defense Authorization Act, one of those horrible monsters you had to pass to find out what was in it, included provisions from Senator Cory Booker’s pro-crime Fair Chance Act limiting “agency requests for criminal history record information prior to a conditional offer of employment.”

Indeed, why shouldn’t the federal government, which is practically a criminal enterprise already, dare to ask about the criminal past of the fella looking to get a job looking over your information?

Biden warns that the federal government’s “ban the box” policy (a social justice euphemism for banning even asking about the past criminal history of an applicant) will impose “accountability measures for hiring officials who are alleged to violate it”. Under the most pro-crime administration in history, there’s no accountability for criminals, only for those who get in their way.

The equity supervillains of the “Chief Diversity Officers Executive Council” will create “metrics for enhancing federal employment opportunities for qualified workers with criminal history records.” Criminals will now benefit from their very own dedicated affirmative action quotas.

Steal national security secrets and sell them to China? Come work for the Pentagon. Serial rapist? Have you considered working at a federal women’s penitentiary? Get sent to prison for stealing other people’s social security checks. There’s always work for you at the Post Office.

Beyond semi-redundantly filling the federal workforce with criminals, all that corrupt special interest pork from the Inflation Increase Act, the CHIPS Act and the Pay Democrat Donors Act will be used to find jobs for the party’s new criminal electorate.

The Department of Energy will be “encouraging” its “competitive grant recipients” to hire workers with “criminal history records.”

Why should federal contractors settle for employing amateur criminals to defraud taxpayers when they can partner with Biden to employ professional criminals?

The Department of Labor will also help criminals get jobs “in secure areas in ports facilities and vessels”. Formerly secure areas. Soon to be managed by criminals whose jobs were obtained by the Biden administration.

Friday is usually when damning information is ‘dumped’ at a time when it’s likely to be ignored. If the Biden administration really wanted people to see its latest release, it would have scheduled a mid-week event. Instead, it buried its plot to spend billions on an expanded welfare state for criminals, corrupt the federal government, and use jails to solicit Biden's votes.

But it’s big news even if it’s not the kind the media would ever truthfully headline. The most criminal administration in the country’s history has officially partnered with actual criminals.

Appeals Court Calls Into Question Hundreds of January 6 Prosecutions

Appeals Court Calls Into Question Hundreds of January 6 Prosecutions

BY RICK MORAN

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2023/04/08/appeals-court-calls-into-question-hundreds-of-january-6-prosecutions-n1685509;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

There’s been an interesting development in the prosecution of the January 6 rioters. A three-judge appeals court has ruled 2-1 that the Justice Department can proceed with several hundred cases where defendants are charged with obstructing an official proceeding — for the time being.

What’s still to be decided is whether or not about 300 rioters acted with “corrupt intent” in invading the Capitol building during an official proceeding. And all three appeals court judges questioned whether the prosecution had interpreted “corrupt intent” on the part of the rioters correctly.

What seems esoteric in nature is actually crucial to the defense of hundreds of January 6 rioters. The “corrupt intent” standard does not apply to those rioters who are also charged with assaulting police. But for those defendants who are charged only with obstructing Congress, how that term is defined could mean liberty or 20 years in prison.

Politico:

At the heart of the conflict is how to measure whether Jan. 6 rioters acted with “corrupt intent,” a central element in the crime of obstructing an official proceeding. The judges noted that the requirement of “corrupt intent” was meant to avoid inadvertently criminalizing traditional protest or lobbying activities that have been a feature of civic engagement throughout American history. Any decision on the meaning of corrupt intent would have to separate those legitimate activities from potential criminal conduct.

But Judge Florence Pan, who wrote the majority opinion, said it was the wrong time to decide that broad question because the three defendants whose cases were before the court were all also charged with assaulting police. There’s little question that those who assaulted police that day acted with “corrupt intent.” But in Jan. 6 obstruction cases that don’t involve assault, determining “corrupt intent” is much more complicated, she said.

“It is more prudent to delay addressing the meaning of ‘corrupt’ intent until that issue is properly presented to the court,” the Biden-appointed judge wrote.

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The immediate effect of the ruling was a reversal of a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols, who determined that obstruction charges were being improperly applied to the January 6 defendants. The appeals court disagreed only because the corrupt intent standard had not been defined.

The stakes for the Justice Department and many January 6 defendants are enormous. In fact, the entire theory the DOJ has been using to prosecute all but a handful of defendants may be blown up by a different interpretation of corrupt intent.

Pan noted that prior cases have defined corrupt intent in multiple ways. The Supreme Court has previously described acting “corruptly” as doing something “wrongful, immoral, depraved, or evil.” The late Justice Antonin Scalia defined “corrupt” acts as those done “to bring about either an unlawful result or a lawful result by some unlawful method, with a hope or expectation of either financial gain or other benefit to oneself or a benefit of another person.”

A second judge, Justin Walker, a Trump appointee, agreed with Pan’s conclusion but adopted a narrower standard for corrupt intent.

“A defendant must intend to obtain a benefit that he knows is unlawful,” Walker concluded.

Defense attorneys for Jan. 6 defendants are already poring over Walker’s analysis. Nicholas Smith, who argued the case on behalf of three Jan. 6 defendants before the appeals court panel in December, said that if Walker’s contention is correct, his narrow definition of “corrupt intent” is already the binding opinion of the court.

This is a problem of the Justice Department’s own making. They wanted to use the obstruction charge as a sword hanging over the head of January 6 rioters to get them to plead down. Facing 20 years in prison, most of the January 6 defendants took their deal.

If hundreds of rioters are freed, DoJ and the Biden administration will be facing a nearly unprecedented backlash. As they say in politics, “very bad optics.”