It’s Been 1 Year Since Mueller Began His Investigation. It’s Past Time for It to Wrap Up.

Robert Mueller was appointed one year ago Thursday as a special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Russian government coordinated its activities with associates of candidate Donald Trump.

Over the past year Mueller has managed to spend $10 million in taxpayer funds, taken up enormous amounts of time of people being questioned, forced many to run up big legal bills, and had a disruptive effect on the functioning of the White House. His probe has dominated the news, squeezing out coverage of many of the Trump administration’s accomplishments.

And in a new development Wednesday, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani—now working as an attorney representing Trump—told Fox News that Mueller told the Trump legal team he will not seek an indictment against the president, based on a 1999 Justice Department memo that concluded federal prosecutors can’t indict a sitting president.

That means the only way Mueller could act against Trump would be to provide evidence that would be welcomed by Democrats in Congress eager to impeach the president.

So is the Mueller probe really a taxpayer-funded effort to overturn the results of the 2016 election and oust the duly elected president from office?

How long this seemingly endless probe will continue is anybody’s guess.

Mueller may have evidence that will result in actual indictments that have something to do with his original task and that justify his continued spending of taxpayer funds.

But after a year, we still have not seen him produce anything publicly that supports the claim he was originally assigned to investigate—whether there was any collusion of any kind in the 2016 election between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In addition to the issue of Trump-Russia collusion, Mueller was also authorized to look at additional issues uncovered in his investigation. That allows him to cast a very wide net in a fishing expedition looking for wrongdoing.

The special counsel’s probe has expanded to also examine whether the president and his associates sought to obstruct justice by impeding the investigation; whether Trump associates engaged in illegal financial dealings; and whether there were improper contacts between Trump officials and Russians during the presidential transition period.

Trump has said many times that “there was no collusion.” The president has also said that “there was no obstruction” and called the Mueller investigation a “witch hunt.”

The House intelligence committee recently released its report on the investigation that it conducted of Russian election interference, concluding that that there “was no evidence” that the Trump campaign “colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russia.” Democrats dissented from that conclusion by the Republican majority on the committee.

A report by the Senate intelligence committee released Wednesday agreed with the intelligence community’s finding that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election with the goal of helping Trump be elected president. But the committee said it will issue another report in the future examining allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The report out Wednesday did not address this issue.

We do know that there was no actual interference with the voting and balloting process that could have changed the outcome of the election. Jeh Johnson, who headed the Department of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama, told us right after the election that Russians didn’t do any of that.

Since Mueller’s appointment, 19 people have been charged with illegal actions, including four Trump campaign aides and three Russians companies. But many of these alleged crimes have nothing to do with the election or with Trump.

For example, Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was indicted on charges involving alleged money laundering, tax fraud, and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. However, the charges are related to his representation of the Ukrainian government years before Trump even thought about running for president. Linking Trump to these charges is absurd.

Mueller’s indictment of former national security adviser Michael Flynn also had nothing to do with the election. Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian government during the presidential transition.

Many are questioning the legitimacy of the FBI’s questioning Flynn, since the questioning was apparently based on a potential violation of the Logan Act, which makes it a crime for unauthorized people to negotiate on behalf of the United States with foreign governments. No one has been successfully prosecuted under the Logan Act since it was passed in 1799. Many scholars believe it is unconstitutional.

Mueller also has indicted 13 Russians for using social media platforms to stir up trouble in the U.S. over racial and social issues. But those Russians used social media to push people toward rallies and actions that in some cases supported Trump, in some cases supported Hillary Clinton, and in some cases opposed one of the presidential candidates.

It is obvious from reading this indictment that the Russians are accused of using fake and stolen identities to ensure no one knew they were Russians and that they were trying to sow dissension and social unrest rather than help a particular candidate. In any event, no collusion is even alleged in the indictment.

The yearlong special counsel investigation seems to have raised more questions about the possible misbehavior by Mueller’s investigators and other government officials than by the Trump campaign. This includes serious questions about:

  • The basis for starting an FBI counterintelligence investigation and surveillance of the Trump presidential campaign, apparently based on unverified opposition political research.
  • The possible bias of FBI and Department of Justice officials involved in the investigation against Trump.
  • The legitimacy of the far-flung expansion of Mueller’s investigation into things that seemingly have nothing to do with Russia and President Vladimir Putin, such as hush money paid to a porn star who alleges she had a one-night affair with Trump a decade before the election. The president denies the claim.

Like a soap opera that goes on and on and an on, the Mueller probe continues, expanding into new story lines and growing ever more complex. How far back in time and how wide-ranging this investigation will become is a mystery.

But whether you are a Trump supporter or opponent, do you really want this investigation to continue for months or even another year? Is the cost and the disruption of the functioning of the White House worth it? Shouldn’t Trump and his team be allowed to focus on dealing with the challenges our nation faces at home and abroad?

If you think Trump is doing a bad job, vote against him if he’s on the ballot in 2020. Criticize his conduct and his policies between now and then. But like it or not, he was elected president of the United States.

Mueller needs to wrap up his investigation, report to Congress, and then let lawmakers either act against the president or allow him to finish his term, focused on making America great again.

Originally published by Fox News

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With the recent conservative victories related to tax cuts, the Supreme Court, and other major issues, it is easy to become complacent.

However, the liberal Left is not backing down. They are rallying supporters to advance their agenda, moving this nation further from the vision of our founding fathers.

If we are to continue to bring this nation back to our founding principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism, we need to come together as a group of likeminded conservatives.

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Kanye West Threatens the Democratic Party’s Hold on Black Americans

In the aftermath of the Kanye West dust-up, my heart goes out to the white people who control the Democratic Party.

My pity stems from the hip-hop megastar’s November announcement to his packed concert audience that he did not vote in the presidential election but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump.

Then, on April 21, West took to his Twitter account, which has 28 million followers, to announce, “I love the way Candace Owens thinks.” Owens is Turning Point USA’s director of urban engagement and has said that former President Barack Obama caused “damage” to race relations in the United States during his two terms in office.

West’s support for Trump, along with his criticism of the “plantation” mentality of the Democratic Party, has been met with vicious backlash from the left. In one song, West raps, “See, that’s the problem with this damn nation. All blacks gotta be Democrats. Man, we ain’t made it off the plantation.” Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said West “talks out of turn” and advised, “He should think twice about politics—and maybe not have so much to say.

The bottom-line sin that West has committed is questioning the hegemony of the Democratic Party among black Americans. The backlash has been so bad that West had to hire personal security to protect him against threats made against his life. Fortunately, the police are investigating those threats.

West is not saying anything different from what Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Jason Riley, I, and other black libertarians/conservatives have been saying for decades.

In fact, West has tweeted quotations from Sowell, such as “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it” and “The most basic question is not what is best but who shall decide what is best.” Tweeting those Sowell quotations represents the highest order of blasphemy in the eyes of leftists.

The big difference between black libertarians/conservatives and West is that he has 28 million Twitter followers and a huge audience of listeners, whereas few blacks have even heard of libertarian/conservative blacks outside of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. (I might add in passing that Sowell is one of the nation’s most distinguished and accomplished scholars alive today.)

The West problem for the Democratic Party is that if the party doesn’t keep blacks in line and it loses even 20 to 25 percent of the black vote, it can kiss any hope of winning any presidential and many congressional elections goodbye.

Democrats may have already seen that threat. That’s why they support illegal immigration and voting rights for noncitizens. Immigrants from south of the border who are here illegally may be seen as either a replacement for or a guarantee against the disaster of losing the black vote.

Keeping blacks blind to the folly of unquestioned support for the Democratic Party by keeping blacks fearful, angry, and resentful and painting the Republican Party as racist is vital. Democrats never want blacks to seriously ask questions about what the party has done for them.

Here are some facts. The nation’s most troublesome and dangerous cities—Indianapolis, Stockton, Oakland, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Kansas City, Baltimore, Memphis, St. Louis, and Detroit—have been run by Democrats, often black Democrats, for nearly a half-century. These and other Democratic-run cities are where blacks suffer the highest murder rates and their youngsters attend the poorest-performing and most unsafe schools.

Democrats could never afford for a large number of black people to observe, “We’ve been putting you in charge of our cities for decades. We even put a black Democrat in the White House. And what has it meant for us? Plus, the president you told us to hate has our unemployment rate near a record low.”

It turns out that it’s black votes that count more to black and white politicians than black well-being, black academic excellence, and black lives. As for black politicians and civil rights leaders, if they’re going to sell their people down the river to keep Democrats in power, they ought to demand a higher price.

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With the recent conservative victories related to tax cuts, the Supreme Court, and other major issues, it is easy to become complacent.

However, the liberal Left is not backing down. They are rallying supporters to advance their agenda, moving this nation further from the vision of our founding fathers.

If we are to continue to bring this nation back to our founding principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism, we need to come together as a group of likeminded conservatives.

This is the mission of The Heritage Foundation. We want to continue to develop and present conservative solutions to the nation’s toughest problems. And we cannot do this alone.

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Mr. Trump versus the Democrats

I had a friend recently comment to me,

“The biggest threat to the Republicans maintaining control of the Congress is Donald Trump.”

Admittedly, he was never a fan of the president, nor did he vote for him in the 2016 election as he thought Mr. Trump was rather un-presidential and his rhetoric embarrassing. I countered that I found the president’s comments rather refreshing as compared to the stale gobbledygook typically coming out of Washington. I also find it interesting my friend doesn’t seem to have a problem with the disparaging comments made by the president’s opponents in the other party who frequently accuse him of corruption, racism, misconduct, and hate. Their unbridled distortion of the truth leads me to believe what is good for the goose is not good for the gander.

So far, Mr. Trump has delivered on a lot of his campaign promises and has reversed the socialistic direction spun by our last president. True, he possesses a super Type-A personality, which is typical of businessmen like him (e.g., Ted Turner), but he is the type of person who is more interested in results as opposed to facade. In other words, I’m less interested in his personality, and more interested in his ability to deliver on his promises.

Judging by his repartee in the media, the one thing Mr. Trump obviously understands, and others do not, including his fellow Republicans, is the country is embroiled in a war over the very essence of America. Since his election, the opposing party has worked overtime to thwart his every move. For example…

Because of urging from Democrats, the administration has been embroiled in an investigation regarding Russian collusion, which has yet to produce anything of substance. The special prosecutor is desperately trying to pin something on the president, anything, even to the point of violating attorney-client privilege.

Democrat members of the House want to impeach the president over fabricated charges.

Democrat Senators are still holding up presidential appointments.

Democrats are still buried in the administration who routinely leak information to the press and undermine the President.

Democrats control academia, the entertainment media, news media, and social media. Consequently fake news and spin is the norm today, all aimed at brainwashing the public.

Democrats want to abolish the 1st and 2nd amendments, if not the whole Constitution, claiming it is outdated.

Our young people are being engineered by the Democrats to be naive about government and ignorant of history, making them easy to manipulate.

Democrats support illegal immigration for the purpose of securing future voters.

Democrats support sanctuary cities and states to shield criminals as opposed to lawful citizens.

Democrats practice a “divide and conquer” strategy called Identity Politics, pitting citizens against each other.

Democrats are trying to remove God from our country.

Democrat Governors openly resist the president, such as Oregon, Montana, and Nevada refusing to send their National Guard troops to the southern border.

And it is now common practice for Democrats to tie up presidential orders in the courts.

This is more than just the Democrats resisting the president. It represents bureaucrats, the Washington establishment and the Media openly defying Mr. Trump, which is why he takes them to task every chance he gets, rightfully so I might add. In fact, in deference to my friend, I would like to see more GOP members of Congress sounding the alarm as well.

As I pointed out in an earlier column, this rebellion by the Democrats is caused by the radical Left who is currently in control of the party, the “Progressives.” Should they fail to take back at least one chamber of Congress in the mid-term elections, their grip on the party will likely slip defaulting control back to moderates, and maybe then we can start making progress.

So, it comes down to this…

If you believe in Socialism over Capitalism, you’ll vote Democrat.

If you believe the Constitution needs major surgery or completely revised, you’ll vote Democrat.

If you believe there is no room in our society for God, you’ll vote Democrat.

And if you sincerely believe the spin coming from the media, hook, line and sinker, you’ll definitely vote Democrat.

As for me, I am not so gullible as to believe this nonsense.

Keep the Faith!

Bible Professor Knocks Down David French’s Attack On Evangelical Trump Supporters

Writing in National Review, David French launched another attack on evangelical Christians who support President Trump, calling them out as sinful compromisers denying the supreme purpose of God in their lives.

I wholeheartedly reject French’s rebuke as valid. It is wrong biblically, philosophically and, by extension, politically.

By way of context, I became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1982 when I was 17. Due to my submission to the authority of Scripture, I likewise fall into the category of what is commonly called “evangelical” — a term that is as frequently misunderstood as it is misused. I mention these points upfront since it is people like me who sit in the audience to which French was aiming his rebuke.

It landed hollow, however, because it is fraught with nonsense arguments, non-sequiturs and self-incriminating irony that French appears to miss. Below is just a brief glance at some of the main problems with his accusation.

 French began the piece by asking what the ultimate goal of a Christian’s life should be. The lead was obvious: Evangelical Christians who support Trump have strayed from God’s purpose for their lives. French was in essence invoking God’s supreme purpose in Christ as the basis for why an Evangelical should not support Trump. However, the entire argument is nonsense. Everything that follows his opening question is non sequitur to that initial question. Just because pursuing the “common good” (i.e., civil righteousness) of one’s culture is not a Christian’s ultimate goal in this age, it does not follow that it is not an incredibly important responsibility. It is silly to negate numerous areas of God-ordained responsibilities on the premise of God’s ultimate purpose. French would undoubtedly argue that support for President Trump is antithetical to what is good for a nation; but that is an altogether different issue than his main and opening premise.

 Voting for Trump and continuing to support the vast majority of his subsequent policies is without question a pursuit of the “common good” of our nation and culture. The choice to vote for Hillary Clinton, or even abstain from voting because Trump is a flawed man, is arguably a choice to pursue (or passively permit) overt and vile wickedness to prevail in the life of a nation. Present space does not permit me to itemize the progressive agenda and examine it in the light of the Good, the Beautiful, and the True — virtues that are revealed supremely in the character and nature of God. Suffice it to say that God expects (and will hold accountable) all post-Fall humans to live according to how we were created. Scripture describes it as God’s “image and likeness.” Even those people groups who deny His existence have long recognized fixed, uniform, and universal moral principles that are a part of our very moral fabric.

 French has no authority to state that Evangelical Christians who voted for and support Trump are guilty of “sin.” He made no case from Scripture; it was merely a fiat judgment of his own making. Ironically, making such a judgment based solely on the basis of one’s opinion is a very serious charge. I don’t think French perceived the irony.

 On the other hand, a positive case can be made, contra French, that one of the God-ordained responsibilities of a Christian is to actively oppose evil in one’s culture and promote that which is good. Again, Clinton and nearly every position she actively pursues is contrary, not only to the common good (viz., natural law), but to the very moral fabric of humans made in God’s image and likeness. While it is true that such responsibilities do not fall under the Christian’s relationship to God as Redeemer (in Christ); it is without question the duty of all human beings who relate to God as their Creator (whether they admit it or not). It is called loving your neighbor.

 As already noted, French’s article made no sense. I am not stating this because I disagree with his assertions (which I do), but he demonstrates absolutely no correlation between his opinions and everything that goes before and after them. While he is certainly entitled to his own opinions, he is not entitled to determine his own facts — particularly ones that when disagreed with makes one guilty of “sin” in God’s sight.

Interestingly, if I were to take French’s own actions as my lead, I would have to conclude that the obligation of a Christian is to scold Evangelicals who voted for Trump and publicly shame them for this “sin” — and that this would be my supreme purpose.

ABOUT DARREL COX

Darrel Cox is Professor of Biblical Studies at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va. He teaches core and upper level courses in Biblical Studies and writes curriculum for online classes. Dr. Cox lives near Winchester, Virginia, with his wife and seven children.

John McCain — A Once Great Man Made Very Small in Washington

Washington, D.C. does not create great men and women. It can sometimes reveal greatness. But for those who stay too long, Washington makes great people small and petty; and small, petty people unsightly shells.

In Lord of the Rings terminology, it is the one ring to rule them all. And John McCain has worn the ring too long. It has distorted the courageous and selfless airman and POW he once was into a mere shadow of that man, driven to maintain the power, influence and affirmation of the entrenched power structure in D.C. — and in doing so undermining the country.

It is tragic to have watched. And it’s a cautionary tale.

The latest revelations will unfortunately cement McCain’s status for many Americans as one submitted to the demanding lure of D.C.

McCain, who is 81 and dying from an aggressive brain tumor, has invited former presidents Obama and Bush to his funeral, along with many of Washington’s leaders, but pointedly not the current President of the United States, who is even from his own party. McCain hates Trump, and while it is his prerogative to invite who he wishes to his own funeral (people do that?) this reveals how small Washington has made him.

Trump has been accomplishing amazing successes for Americans and around the world, from the booming economy to North Korea, Israel, Iraq and so much more, Trump has made America stronger, more respected and safer. But McCain does not like the way he comports himself, his personal life, his unpresidential tweeting or his insults. In a sense, he does not like the way Trump refuses to conform to the the ways of Washington.

Second, and far worse, McCain proudly admits in his new book coming out that he was the person who gave the now-infamous Steele dossier to FBI Director James Comey. The dossier was opposition research funded by the Clinton Campaign and Democratic National Committee and was mostly tawdry fiction from a guy who also possesses a deep dislike of Trump. This ungrounded smear job apparently formed part of the basis for the FBI surveillance on the Trump team and for the now-fizzling Trump-Russia investigation.

That McCain passed that attack piece on — and was seen by the DNC operatives as just the man to do their dirty work — speaks volumes of how far he has fallen after 35 years as a D.C. politician, 30 of those as a U.S. Senator. The power, the attention, the “ways of Washington” are intoxicating.

Finally, its been clear for quite some time that McCain was not up to being a functioning Senator — which, frankly, is not that high a bar. But rather than step down and allow a special election to likely put in a Republican who could make votes, he hung on to his seat. But he could not attend votes. So basically, he reduced the Republicans numbers by one, putting them at the barest 50 required to pass a bill. This had the affect, likely intended, of making passage of any Trump-supported bills (also supported by fellow Republicans) even harder.

This is, again, tragic to watch.

Because it’s worth remembering at this point that John McCain was a bona fide war hero. His opponents of today don’t like that, but it’s the truth. On his 23rd Vietnam War bombing mission over Hanoi in 1967, his A-4T Skyhawk was shot down by a Soviet-made ground-to-air missile. He fractured both arms and a leg when he ejected, was captured by the North Vietnamese, who crushed his shoulder with a rifle butt and stabbed him with a bayonet.

He was imprisoned in the infamous Hanoi Hilton without being treated for his injuries by his captors, and tortured daily. He did not get medical treatment until his captors discovered he was the son of an Admiral. When his father was made commander of all Vietnam forces, the North Vietnamese offered to free him for propaganda purposes. McCain refused unless they released all those Americans captured before him. Needless to say, that did not happen and he was thrown into solitary confinement and the torture was ramped up. This went on until his release in 1973. He spent more than four more years being tortured as a POW when he could have been freed. More can be read here.

This all bears remembering, because those were the acts of a great and honorable and brave man — even though he later broke under the torture. Virtually every POW officer did and no person of caliber would hold that against him.

But everyone changes over the years and McCain seems to have lost the largeness of his vision of sacrifice for the nation, for Americans, and fell into the attention-seeking pettiness of Washington. Sure, Trump may bring that out more easily, but McCain had become a media darling for repeatedly undermining Republican agendas long before Trump came down the elevator to announce his presidency. McCain seemed to lose his way over the decades. The last two developments make that plain.

His legacy is deeply tarnished as being one that concluded with the petty politics of division, personal ambition and desire for positive media attention — even when that meant undermining his own party repeatedly when it was working to do positive things for Americans.

And the primary influence on his life after his POW years was Washington, D.C. It seems to have come to own him, just as the One Ring eventually does all those who possess it too long.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Revolutionary Act.

Turnout: The GOP’s Primaries Objective

The build-up to November’s midterms got its latest jolt yesterday in a string of races across the Midwest. Tuesday was the biggest day so far of the 2018 primaries, and conservatives had plenty to be happy about. For all the talk about Democrats’ enthusiasm, Republican turnout in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, and North Carolina seemed to tell a different story.

In positive news for concerned GOP leaders, the base is engaging at just the right time. Tuesday’s primaries were a major reversal in the turnout trends earlier in the year. To a lot of people’s surprise, Republican turnout was up 61 percent in West Virginia from 2014, compared to the Democrats’ modest 14 percent jump. In Indiana, the trend continued, with GOP turnout 43 percent higher than four years ago. In Ohio, the GOP actually outperformed Democrats in every single statewide race, which is saying something in a state as evenly divided as the Buckeyes’. Turnout there also jumped 48 percent from the last midterm election.

Three of the states heading to the polls yesterday had primaries for U.S. Senate seats that are currently held by Democrats – and all three (West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana) are states that Trump won. So it’s significant that the GOP has finally solidified who their candidates will be in the race against Democrat incumbents. In West Virginia, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey defeated the establishment’s Rep. Evan Jenkins (R) and coal businessman Don Blankenship, which was a huge victory for values voters. Hoosiers picked businessman Mike Braun in the Indiana Senate Republican primary over two current GOP congressmen. In North Carolina, Rep. Walter Jones (R) escaped a challenge by Scott Dacey.

Obviously, both parties understand the significance of these senate races. If President Trump wants to continue his record-setting pace on judges, he’ll need all the Republican votes he can get. In a chamber where the margin of control is razor-thin, the GOP would be in a much better position for things like defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing Obamacare if it had even one more conservative.

Of course, there were also a lot of primaries for open House seats. Interestingly, voters’ exasperation with the current Congress seemed to have played a big role in North Carolina, where a competitive race between Mark Harris and Rep. Robert Pittenger (R) went down to the wire. Harris, one of FRC’s Watchmen pastors who was critical in FRC Action’s highly successful effort in the 2016 general election, prevailed. Interestingly, in a pattern that might play out elsewhere, reporter Katie Glueck tweeted, “On the ground in #NC9, I heard a lot of Mark Harris voters express frustration over the omnibus spending bill/that it didn’t defund Planned Parenthood, something national evangelical leaders have worried about, including how it affects conservative turnout.”

If House and Senate leaders want to keep their majority, they’ll have to prove their sincerity on these issues and more leading up to November. Voters don’t want talk — they want action on Planned Parenthood and out-of-control spending. Let’s hope that message was received on Capitol Hill, where there’s a lot of work left to be done.


Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.


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Muller Appointment Letter & Transcript of Manafort Trial Testimony Leaked on Twitter

There have been multiple reports about U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III and his concerns about how the Office of the Special Council is using the trial of  American lobbyist, political consultant and lawyer Paul John Manafort Jr. as a political weapon.  One of the documents that Judge Ellis III demanded was the letter appointing Robert Mueller as a Special Council. The un-redacted appointment letter of Robert S. Mueller II and the testimony of the exchange between Judge Ellis III (The Court) and Mr. Dreeben, the Special Council’s prosecutor, have been leaked and posted on Twitter.

Here they are for review.

Special Council Appointment letter.

Note that the scope of the investigation is limited to, “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.” Here is what 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a) reads:

§ 600.4 Jurisdiction.

(a) Original jurisdiction. The jurisdiction of a Special Counsel shall be established by the Attorney General. The Special Counsel will be provided with a specific factual statement of the matter to be investigated. The jurisdiction of a Special Counsel shall also include the authority to investigate and prosecute federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel’s investigation, such as perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses; and to conduct appeals arising out of the matter being investigated and/or prosecuted.

Transcript of U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III and the prosecutor. 

The following transcript was posted on Twitter by Techno Fog who stated, “I got my hands on the May 4 transcript from the USA v. Manafort hearing in front of Judge Ellis. (Thanks to a close friend.)”

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EDITORS NOTE: The red boxes were added by Techno Fog.

Are Dems Losing Their Grip on Millennials?

Taking millennials’ support for granted would be a huge mistake for Democrats this November, a new poll points out. While most people naturally assume the under-34 crowd is in the Left’s back pocket, liberals got a jolt from this week’s Reuters survey, which shows exactly how much ground Democrats are losing with the generation.

In a survey of more than 16,000 voters between the ages of 18-34, researchers were surprised to see a big drop in Democratic support. Enthusiasm is waning, Chris Kahn warns, with a nine-point slip in the Left’s advantage over the GOP. Increasingly, reporters point out, young people say “the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy.” With vignettes like Terry Hood’s, an African American who voted for Hilary Clinton in 2016, it’s obvious that what Donald Trump and Republican leaders have done is helping their midterm election case. “It sounds strange to me to say this about the Republicans,” said the 34-year-old, “but they’re helping with even the small things. They’re taking less taxes out of my paycheck. I notice that.”

While the numbers are still on the Democrats’ side (only 28 percent “overtly support” Republicans), they’re shrinking – especially as millennials age. Among the population’s white voters, the shift to the GOP was even more obvious. “Two years ago, young white people favored Democrats over Republicans for Congress by a margin of 47 to 33 percent; that gap vanished by this year, with 39 percent supporting each party.”

And the economy isn’t the only thing changing people’s minds. Ashley Reed, a mom of three, voted for Barack Obama. “But,” Kahn writes, “her politics evolved with her personal life… [N]ow 28, she grew more supportive of gun rights… [and] she opposed abortion after having children.”

Of course, all of this confirms what we’ve said for years. As young people marry and have children, they become more socially conservative because they’re responsible for protecting and shaping a life. They become more financially conservative when they buy their first house. This is nothing new. History — and most statistical data — shows that young people also tend to become more religious as they grow up, get married, and start families of their own. Millennials, like the generations before them, want to live independently and adventurously. Those growing pains usually translate to more thoughtful cultural engagement after they take on more responsibility. That’s why promoting marriage and having children (in that order) are not only important to this country, but to the future of conservatism.


Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.


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Washington Should Be More Concerned About the Next Generation Than the Next Election

It’s no secret that Americans are fed up with Washington’s lack of results. Less than 20 percent of respondents in a recent Gallup survey said they trust the federal government to do its job.

You know what, they’re right.

Somebody has to be responsible for the mess in Washington. For too long, career politicians have focused more on advancing their own careers than helping the people they were elected to serve. The Washington bubble and an unending cycle of gridlock stand in the way of real results at a time when our country is facing both a national debt crisis and a global security crisis.

Now, more than ever, we should usher in the return of the citizen legislator. It is finally time that we impose term limits on members of Congress.

Politicians should go to Washington, do their best, and then come home to live under the laws they’ve passed. It’s just that simple. Our Founding Fathers never imagined the rise of the career politician. They envisioned citizen legislators. Elected office was never meant to be a career, nor was it meant to be a vessel for the centralization and maintenance of federal power.

Yet right now, 60 members of the U.S. Senate have held elected office for more than 20 years and 36 have held office for more than 30 years.

The broken seniority system in Congress rewards years in power, not results produced. Because of that, Washington has no sense of urgency or focus on results. Too little is being done to deal with our national debt, restore our standing in the world, and roll back the regulations crippling our free enterprise system.

When I ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014, I promised Georgians I would fight to pass term limits for members of Congress. Immediately after being sworn in last year, I co-sponsored a constitutional amendment doing just that: two six-year terms in the Senate and six two-year terms in the House. I personally have pledged to serve no more than two terms in the U.S. Senate.

For too long, career politicians have focused more on advancing their own careers than helping the people they were elected to serve.

Imagine citizen legislators coming to Washington—from all walks of life—fighting for the priorities that truly represent the interests of folks back home. They would bring fresh ideas and a new sense of urgency to finally begin to deal with the crises jeopardizing our country’s future.

Citizen legislators could work outside the political establishment to bring a fresh perspective to how burdensome government policies negatively affect people’s everyday lives.

They could apply their practical experience to solving our nation’s toughest problems, and because they would only serve a short time, citizen legislators could approach solving problems with a sense of urgency instead of kicking the can down the road for the sake of political security.

Support for term limits is bipartisan. Another Gallup survey showed that 75 percent of voters—Republicans and Democrats alike—back legislation limiting the time people can serve at the highest levels of government. Given the polarizing climate crippling Washington today, there is something to be said about an idea that overwhelmingly unites both parties.

Enacting term limits will be an uphill battle because those currently in power thrive on the status quo. There is growing support in Congress, however, for term limits and many members on both sides are committed to going forward, no matter how long it takes.

Career politicians created this moment of crisis America faces today. They aren’t the ones who are going to solve it.

Term limits will help break this vicious cycle of gridlock that is stopping Congress from getting things done. It’s time to finally make sure Washington is more concerned about the next generation than the next election.

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Reading Between the Political Lines

I have discussed problems with the Main Stream Media (MSM) on more than one occasion, but as the mid-term elections are rapidly approaching, I have spotted another example of media corruption which voters should be made aware of, specifically, the misrepresentation of voting data.

I first noticed this with the special Congressional election in Pennsylvania’s 18th district held in March, where the Democrat candidate squeeked by the Republican by just 755 votes. Prior to this, the New York Times made the observation, “In 2016, Mr. Trump won the district (PA-D18) by double digits…” This was parroted by the political talking heads on television repetitively. So much so, I became suspicious and decided to investigate their claim.

The first thing I did was go to the Pennsylvania Board of Elections to see what data was available pertaining to the 2016 presidential election on a “district” basis. I quickly discovered, there is no such data as presidential election results are reported on a “county” basis, which is quite common.

Knowing this, I then tried to piece together the data based on the counties in the district. This was not easy to do as District 18 consists of “parts” of Allegheny, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. This complication explains why there is no presidential election data available on a district basis. Nonetheless, here is what I was able to compile:

ALLEGHENY

– Trump – 257,488

– Clinton – 363,017

GREENE

– Trump – 10,394

– Clinton – 4,157

WASHINGTON

– Trump – 58,941

– Clinton – 34,436

WESTMORELAND

– Trump – 116,427

– Clinton – 59,506

TOTAL

– Trump – 443,250

– Clinton – 461,116

SOURCE: http://www.electionreturns.pa.gov/

Here, we see Mrs. Clinton was actually the winner of this area, not Mr. Trump, but we must remember District 18 consists of “part” of Allegheny County, the largest prize. If we were to cut the county’s figures by half, Mr. Trump would win the district by only six percentage points, hardly the “double digits” reported by the MSM. In other words, the MSM is spreading falehoods to the public.

So, I challenge the press to reveal their sources for making such a bold claim. I’m betting there is no such data and this was a fallacious statement designed to mislead the public and encourage “The Blue Tide” to vote.

The victory by the Democrats was widely trumpeted by the MSM to indicate the tide is turning, thereby rebuffing the president, and will likely turn the House of Representatives back to the Democrats. Democrat Conor Lamb may have won the Congressional seat for now, but he faces re-election in November.

ARIZONA’s DISTRICT 8

Like Pennsylvania, a special election was held in Arizona on April 24th for District 8. Like PA-DI18, the Arizona District is just a portion of Maricopa County, as represented by the north and west suburbs of Phoenix.

Prior to the election, I spotted an e-mail from a Democrat Fund Raiser. The verbiage was remarkably similar to what we heard in Pennsylvania, to wit:

“If you’d asked me a year ago if I thought Arizona’s 8th congressional district was going to be a competitive seat for Democrats, I might have said no. The district has been considered safely Republican for years and Donald Trump won it in 2016 by more than 20 points.”

This too was parroted by the media, including CNN who wrote, “President Donald Trump carried the district in 2016 by 21 percentage points.” (4/23/2018) Naturally, I became suspicious again and checked the presidential election data in Arizona. Like Pennsylvania, I could find no data on a “district” basis, only by “county.” From this perspective, I discovered Mr. Trump won Maricopa County by 2.9 points (47.7% – 44.8%), not the “20 points” claimed by the Democrats. Once again, I started to smell a rat.

The e-mail I received went on to claim:

“But we’ve seen in 2018 that any district can be competitive if we go for it. Dr. Hiral Tipirneni has been organizing on the ground and talking to voters directly — and guess what? Two polls this week have her up or tied.”

Again, my spider senses told me something was wrong and I looked it up and found two polls:

The first one, from Emerson College in Boston, had the Democrat candidate up by one point. Emerson is a fine school for the Creative Arts, but I question their surveying methodology.

The other poll was based out of Phoenix (part of Maricopa County), OH Predictive Insights, which was sponsored by the local ABC affiliate. According to the poll, the Republican candidate was up by ten points and indicated the Republican will win the race convincingly.

Interestingly, Republican Debbie Lesko did, in fact, win the contest, by a decisive margin of 5.22 percentage points, more than Mr. Trump took in all of Maricopa County. Following her win, the silence from the media was deafening. Had the Democrat won, the hoopla would have been as loud as what followed in Pennsylvania. Why would that be? Hmm…

If anything, the media sounded more like sour grapes following the Republican’s victory. For example, “CNN has projected that Republicans won the special election in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, but once again Democrats have overperformed in a deep red district, in another sign the national environment is in the their favor.”

THE BOTTOM-LINE

The distortion of the facts by the MSM is reprehensible and denotes their loyalty as they are materially assisting the Democrats get elected. All of this is being done to suggest a “Blue Tide” is rising and will recapture the Congress in November, thereby becoming more of an impediment to the Trump administration.

The lesson here is simple, the next time you read or hear about how Mr. Trump won a congressional “district” by a wide margin, know that the news media is presenting you with a bold-faced lie. And if they top it off with polls that do not seem to make sense, they are probably a figment of someone’s imagination, someone in the Democrat party.

And the main stream media wonders why they are no longer trusted by the American public. Go figure.

Keep the Faith!

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By The Numbers: Trump-Kanye Axis Could Mark A Tectonic Political Shift

Something just happened that may launch a political disruption that completely upsets the traditional calculation for political elections. And that’s not an overstatement, because the margins are so close in so many states that a small shift in the current predictable alignment could have a major impact.

What happened? Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer and publicity hound Kanye West tweeted.

His initial tweet was simply “I like the way Candace Owens thinks.” Candace Owens is a black, conservative woman who believes in personal responsibility, opposes blacks blaming whites for all of their problems and thinks blacks should not be stuck on the “Democratic Party plantation.” So by the mainstream media narrative, she’s “controversial.” In fact, she just thinks black should think independently as humans, not collectively as a race.

The political left naturally melted down with everything from Kanye turning his back on blacks to having mental health issues to pulling a publicity stunt (the last of which would be totally believable except for what followed.) Kanye went on a pro-Trump tweet storm of epic proportions concluding with a signed, red MAGA hat. He and Trump had a relationship of some sort before the election.

White and black liberals, including singers such as John Legend, went to great lengths to attack, undermine and explain away his tweets. On Twitter, on every major leftist website, on Facebook, on Youtube, Kanye was pounded. So he caved? No. Kanye is not a conservative in any traditional sense, and is arguably a contributor to the decline of the culture. But he also is not one to run from controversy and is about as far from politically correct as possible. He just kept tweeting.

Then his wife, Kim Kardashian, jumped to support her husband on Twitter: “He’s a free thinker, is that not allowed in America?” Oh my!

This isn’t peanuts. Kanye West has 28 million followers on Twitter, and pretty substantial engagement from them. Kim Kardashian has even more, at 60 million. For comparison, President Trump has 51 million followers — but totally different followers from Kanye and Kim. They reach people who rarely give Trump or politics much thought.

But this was far from over. Chance The Rapper tweeted. Chance (Mr. The Rapper?) is a public critic of Trump, but posted: “Black people don’t have to be democrats.” He later made clear again that he doesn’t like Trump. But the latter is not nearly so important as the former. Chance has 7.7 million Twitter followers. This created an entire meme of peoples and groups that declared they don’t need to be Democrats. They’re pretty awesome.

“Jewish people don’t have to be democrats either,” tweeted Times of Israel blogger and Daily Wire writer Elliott Hamilton.

“Gay people don’t have to be democrats either,” tweeted gay and Jewish author Chad Felix Greene.

“Immigrants don’t either. I’m a proud Conservative Republican,” tweeted Anna Khait.

“Union Members don’t have to be Democrats either,” tweeted HBwriterMike

“Teachers don’t have to be democrats, either. #PoliticalFreedom,” tweeted RoguePhilosophy

“Native Americans don’t have to be democrats,” tweeted Apache Paul

“If you’re #Mexican you don’t have to be a #Democrat,” tweeted IncredibleDeplorable.

Does this really matter? Yes. In raw politics anyway. Maybe more. Of course, it’s always possible it could just blow over in a few weeks, because this age is supremely difficult to predict. But the frantic reaction suggests at least some see the threat of a Trump-Kanye axis making it OK for blacks to not have to be Democrats.

The reality that is largely unstated is that Democrats need black votes far more than blacks need Democratic leadership. A pretty strong case can be made that Democratic leadership has been fairly awful for blacks, and that is beginning to become obvious.

So here are the numbers. In 2008, 95 percent of black Americans voted for Obama, while 93 percent did in 2012. That’s above the modern average, but not by much. Blacks have generally been close to or at 90 percent voting for Democrat presidential candidates. The lowest it has been in modern times is 85 percent, way back in 1976.

That’s a colossally monolithic voting bloc, and an absolute necessity to Democratic success nationally. And it may be cracking, which is the tectonic part. If 80 percent of blacks vote Democratic, it’s possible Democrats become a permanent minority party. If 70 percent vote Democratic, its guaranteed — even if blacks do not vote Republican. Chance suggested the next president would be an Independent.

This has been a ticking bomb for Democrats for awhile.

Just last month, NPR was reporting that, “Black Voters Need More Convincing From Democrats In 2018.” Part of this is the fallout of seeing that eight years of a black Democratic president did nothing to improve the lives of blacks (or any other Americans, for that matter.) And part is the growing sense that Democrats have taken the black vote for granted and really only pay attention to them during bi-annual election seasons.

Newsweek was reporting the same in December, “Black Voters are the Democratic Base, but Dems are Awful to Them.”

The Washington Post reported last year a Power of the Sisterhood survey that found sharply declining support for Democrats among black women (outside of the unique conditions of Alabama Senate vote with Roy Moore.)

According to the survey: “The belief that the Democratic Party best represents the interests of Black women has dropped significantly, from 85 percent to 74 percent. In fact, more Black women think that none of the political parties represent them, up to 21 percent from 13 percent in 2016.”

In fact, this has been a theme for awhile in the mainstream media, perhaps to wake up Democrats. This does not mean the disenchanted will become Republicans, but if they do not vote Democrat, that party no longer has national electoral power.

Here’s what happens when black voters stay home. A recent analysis in the New York Times estimated that 36 percent of the 4.4 million people who voted for Obama in 2012 and stayed home in 2016 were black — although blacks make up less than 12 percent of the electorate. The percentage of blacks who voted in 2012 was 66 percent, but fell to 59 percent in 2016. And Trump won.

The so-called blue wave seemed to be changing that direction, at least heading into the midterms. It seems unlikely that the Kanye-Kim-Chance-Candace free-thinking breakaway from the Democratic stranglehold could affect November. But if such high-profile, popular members of the black community are willing to talk publicly about it, and not just fall into lockstep based on skin color, the ramifications for Democrats could be fatal.

They simply cannot win without about 90 percent of black voters. And some huge black names just said that blacks don’t automatically have to vote Democrat.

That is potentially tectonic.

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VIDEO: Candidate for Governor of Michigan Responds to False Claims & Attacks by Democrats, the Muslim Brotherhood & Media

Michigan State Senator (R-Canton) and Republican candidate for Governor Patrick Colbeck wrote the following in an email to a constituent.

Dear Rachel,

In recent days, I have been called pathetic, a bigot, a racist, an ass, anti-Muslim, thin-skinned, ignorant, closed-minded, and a coward by Democrats and their allies in the media.  What did I say to earn such derogatory remarks?  During a forum featuring former Department of Homeland Security Counter-Terrorism expert Dr. Phil Haney and former Muslim Brotherhood member Kamal Saleem, I made a presentation based on the Explanatory Memorandum which outlines the strategy for what the Muslim Brotherhood terms “civilization jihad”.

The Explanatory Memorandum has since been entered as evidence in the United States vs Holy Land Foundation trial.  Its contents are a matter of evidentiary fact not conjecture.  During my presentation, I had the audacity of stating that one of the Democrat candidates for Governor, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.  The evidence of these ties is undeniable.

Please note that my statement was not anti-Muslim any more than associating someone with the Westboro Baptist Church would be seen as anti-Christian.  My statement of his association with the Muslim Brotherhood is merely a statement of fact.  His father-in-law is a board member and past President of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).  CAIR was identified as an unindicted co-conspirator with the Muslim Brotherhood in the Holy Land Foundation trial.  CAIR was incorporated by three leaders in the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) in 1994.  The IAP is explicitly identified as one of the “friendly” organizations to the Muslim Brotherhood in the Explanatory Memorandum.

El-Sayed is also a past Vice President and Member of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) which is also identified as one of the “friendly” organizations to the Muslim Brotherhood in the Explanatory Memorandum.  The Pledge of Allegiance recited before MSA gatherings features “jihad is my spirit” and “I will die to establish Islam”.  Quite a departure from the Scout Oath I would submit.

So, why is being “friendly” to the Muslim Brotherhood such a big deal?  Is the Muslim Brotherhood simply a misunderstood charitable organization which actually seeks to share sunshine and lollipops with everyone?  No.  The stated objective of the Muslim Brotherhood in America per the Explanatory Memorandum is “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western Civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions”.  Not one media account has shared this information.  What they have asserted is that my concerns regarding connections of certain individuals and organizations to the Muslim Brotherhood are “alleged”, wild “conspiracy theories”, or “hate speech”.  The more accurate media assertion would be that my assertions are a matter of evidentiary fact.

So the real question is why such a backlash?  Why is it appropriate to attack someone who is pointing out that a candidate to be the next Governor of Michigan has ties to an organization that seeks to eliminate and destroy Western Civilization from within?  Well, there are really only two explanations – willful ignorance or deliberate deception.  Media outlets which continue to propagate all of the derogatory remarks directed towards me are guilty of one or the other.

It is now time to hold those who are making these derogatory remarks accountable.  Why are they protecting the Muslim Brotherhood?

Sincerely,

Patrick Colbeck

Senator Colbeck included the following video.

ABOUT PATRICK COLBECK

Patrick Colbeck is a Republican Candidate for the Governor of Michigan. With over two decades of private sector experience and two terms in the Michigan Senate, Patrick Colbeck distinguishes himself from career politicians and newcomers yet to navigate the troubled waters of Lansing. He has a track record of taking on big challenges and succeeding. He applied his degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan to design systems as an engineer with Boeing that enable human beings to live in space. He challenged our youth to dream big as an instructor at Space Camp. He knows what it’s like for small business owners to take a leap of faith and setup shop. After 6 years of running his own small business, he sought to fix our state by running for the Michigan Senate.

In his successful Senate bid, he became the first person elected directly into the MI Senate in over three decades without any political experience…and he defeated four former state representatives in the process. In the crucible of public service, he has remained true to the principles which he promised voters to uphold.

He has been recognized as the Most Conservative Senator the past 2 years in a row and 3 times in his 7 years of service. He led the Senate effort to turn around Michigan’s economy by restoring the Freedom of Assembly to rank and file workers and making Michigan the 24th Right to Work state in the nation. In recognition of his leadership role, he received the Senator Paul Fannin Statesman of the Year Award. His free market health care solutions that lower costs and improve services are nationally recognized and featured by Forbes. He has also been honored as the Legislator of the Year by the Police Officers Association of Michigan, The Senior Alliance, and Associated Builders and Contractors.

His service goes well beyond legislative duties. In 2011, he co-founded the Michigan Freedom Center whose mission is “Serving those who serve us” in the military. His integrity and principled service have been recognized by both his supporters and his detractors. In the final analysis, the Senator has a proven record of bold solutions that prioritize the best interests of the citizens of Michigan above his own personal best interests.

Revelation

We are at war, an ongoing asymmetrical war with many different fronts, using a variety of tools, devices, methods, and tricks unknown to us. Seemingly unrelated events, in fact, are inextricably connected—all geopolitical events coordinated and directed from the Kremlin. The apparatus or engine of nefarious actions is waging a war against Western civilization for control and power. We are losing this war, because we are fighting the symptoms and not the source of the disease: the ideology of Soviet Socialism, the masked evil force I named Soviet fascism. That camouflaged force constitutes an Axis of Evil under the Kremlin’s umbrella.

Look at the world: Stalinist North Korea and China in Asia, Russian missioners in Syria, the terrorist Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, and Iran in the Middle East, socialist Venezuela in South America have now established an epicenter for the Axis of Evil, fighting for control and power under Putin’s leadership today. Watch Pakistan and Turkey, they are on their way to join the Axis. All of them adhere to the ideology of Soviet fascism, inculcated by Moscow over many decades. It is not Liberal Fascism, Classical Liberalism had been annihilated by Stalinism in the 20th century. I am writing about an actual ideology of Soviet fascism in the reality of the 21st century.

Considering an erroneous American foreign policy at the time, and the DNC collaboration with the Kremlin, I would include the current leadership of the Democrat Party into the Axis of Evil as well. So, the issue for the Republican Party has become domestic and the world’s security that requires an international responses:

  1. To call a spade a spade and acknowledge the ideology of Soviet fascism.
  2. Expose the Democrats’ leadership as collaborators with the Kremlin and the Democrat Party as the Controlled Opposition.

                      Soviet Fascism vs. Western Civilization           

                                Stalin-Andropov-Putin

Those who saw and heard Stalin, and especially those who also know his personality and read his works, only those people can correctly interpret his words, behavior, and the meaning of his statements. That is the reason, I offer you again to think over his statement about America:

“America is like a healthy body and its resistance is Threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual Life. If you can undermine these three areas, America will Collapse from within.”   — Joseph Stalin

This statement was made in the late 1940s or in the beginning of the 1950s. The words constitute a program and platform of Socialist/Communist war against Western civilization. The words also corresponded to actual actions towards other countries that had already been converted to Socialist/Communist ideology by Russia at the time: Mongolia, China, and North Koreas.  Stalin’s statement was seen by the Soviet bureaucracy as an assignment to work out and produce a strategic plan of action against America in accordance with Stalin’s Doctrine of One World Government under Kremlin’s auspices and rule. By that time, Eastern Europe had already been under Russian control and power. America was the next target…

Everything said in the preceding paragraphs can be confirmed by the documents presented in the book Red Cocaine, The Drugging of America, by Joseph D. Douglass, Jr. Clarion House, 1990.  The author was a smart man, who knew the Soviet system. He went to Moscow at the time of the USSR collapse and used the KGB archives, which had been opened due to events in the Soviet Union. His brilliant book was warning us then in 1990s and now Red Cocaine warns us again:

THEN: “Deception and drugs are our first two strategic echelons in the war with capitalism.” Nikita Khrushchev, 1963. For Khrushchev the main two fronts had been Deception and drugs at the time of the 1950s and beginning of 1960s.

NOW: sixty years later: “Red Cocaine at last blows the lid off the most explosive aspect of drug trafficking, the Soviet connection. Here is the shocking story of the drugging of America by international communism.” Robin Moore, author of The French Connection.

“This eye-opening book proves the insidious nature of the Soviet intelligence services in the deliberate spread of the drug menace in the United States.” Chapman Pincher, author of Secret Offensive.

“A powerful and well-documented case of a deliberate policy decision, first by authorities in Beijing and then in Moscow to contribute to the decay of American society… Red Cocaine puts the facts on record. We ignore the message it reveals at our own peril.” From the introduction by Dr. Ray S. Cline, former Deputy Director for Intelligence. Central Intelligence Agency.

I, myself could have not assessed the book better than these honorable people, talking about more than two fronts mentioned by Khrushchev. I deliberately gave you the timing of then and now, because the avenue of Stalin’s ideas have been developed and widened by all his devoted disciples further and especially by the KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov in the time. But before dealing with Andropov, let me give you some sentences from the old Soviet document, discussed in the book. As a matter of fact, several Soviet institutions had taken Stalin’s assignment very seriously: The KGB, The Soviet Defense Ministry, and the Soviet Academy of Science.

The Soviet Academy of Science had researched the effect of drugs on the human body and mind for many years and the conclusions were that drug trafficking would be extremely effective and the most vulnerable countries would be the United States, Canada, France, and West Germany. This study was approved in 1955 by the Soviet Defense Council. It was the first formal Soviet decision of the Soviet government to launch narcotics trafficking against the bourgeoisie and especially against the American capitalists:

“Soviet strategy for revolutionary war is a global strategy… narcotics strategy is a sub-component of this global strategy. …First was the increased training of leaders for the revolutionary movements—the civilian, military, and intelligence cadres. The founding of Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow is an example of one of the early actions taken to modernize the Soviet revolutionary leadership training. The second step was the actual training of terrorists. Training for international terrorism actually began as ‘fighters for liberation’…The third step was international drug and narcotics trafficking. Drugs were incorporated into the revolutionary war strategy as a political and intelligence weapon to use against the bourgeois society and as a mechanism for recruiting agents of influence around the world.”

This paragraph doesn’t need any explanations for those who can read English. It was decided THEN in 1955 to wage the war on many fronts—an asymmetrical war against Western civilization. Yet, Stalin’s devoted disciples have developed, even widened the tools, devices, and methods of the war crimes committed since 1955. And the leading role in that development belongs to Yuri Andropov. I wasn’t personally acquainted with him, but my term as a defense attorney coincided with his as the KGB Chairman—the legal community united us, providing me with a lot of information about him. It was Yuri Andropov, who had a plan to transform America, I named this plan—Soviet Operation Barbarossa.

So, that is the reason, I have been writing about Yuri Andropov in my books and columns for the last almost thirty years. If you read my latest columns, you will find a detailed information about Andropov’s plans and designs. In short, it was two major avenues in his plan to change mentality of the people in America by infiltrating and subordinating American social media, making it a dominant political force. Andropov needed the social media to disrupt capitalism, stop its social mobility and create chaos, to act the way it was implemented in the Eastern Europe by the Soviets—a coordinated effort of several institutions against the opposition.

The road to enhance and widen Stalin’s design has never ended–if Stalin had the ideas to destroy America, Andropov worked out the strategy and tactics for the KGB of how to achieve that destruction. He also had a monumental plan, designed and aimed at destruction of American capitalism through infiltration of its security apparatus, transforming it from within into something resembling the KGB, subordinated to the top ideological leadership of the country. So, the Barbarossa Operation had two wings to fly to America, acting in concert, to destroy our country. The drugs design, described in the book was an additional wing existing before Andropov. Yet, all three corresponded to the initial design made by Stalin.

Of course, Andropov’s plan has been more than those two wings, it was multiple-fronts, designed to cover completely Stalin’s ideas for several generations in America. You can see it in my books and columns how Andropov was talking about Palestine as a Muslim land, about Whites as the Oppressors of the Blacks in the KGB pamphlet the BLACK Coordinating Committee’s Message to the Black Movement, A Political Statement from the Black Underground, published in America in 1972. To perceive Andropov personality and character, please listen the KGB General Pacepa talking about him:

“In 1972 the Kremlin decided to turn the whole Islamic world against Israel and the U.S. As KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov told me, a billion adversaries could inflict far greater damage on America than could a few millions. We needed to instill a Nazi-style hatred for Jews throughout the Islamic world, and to turn this weapon of the emotions into a terrorist bloodbath against Israel and its main supporter the United States. No one within the American/Zionist sphere of influence should any longer feel safe.” – Russian Footprints by Ion Mihai PacepaNational Review Online, August 24, 2008.

General Pacepa wrote in the same article: “According to Andropov… the Muslims had a taste for nationalism, jingoism, and victimology. Their illiterate, oppressed mobs could be whipped up to a fever pitch. Terrorism and violence against Israel and her master, American Zionism, would flow naturally from the Muslims’ religious fervor, Andropov sermonized.” This is a real portrait of Yuri Andropov and his dislike of America.

Nevertheless, I will continue to discuss only three fronts of the asymmetrical war against Western civilization mentioned above. I am a witness, the information about two wings in Andropov plan has been said to me by different people from the KGB in the 1960-1970s. At the time, I did not believe them, I just listened and did not responded—you don’t argue with the KGB. America was such a Giant in my eyes at the time that I stayed silent with no reaction to their information. However, life in America gradually gave me the signs of changes to think them over and I began talking and warning about Sovietization of America since the 1990s …

Now, it is the time to come to America of 2018 and analyze the reality of life. I have a special commitment to tell the truth in reality on the ground and you are my witnesses today. We are all Americans and what we see and hear today is shocking, unexpected, and very disturbing: We are dealing with deep and massive improprieties within our Security apparatus and Law Enforcement—an unprecedented and enormous scale of violations and abuses within both. The guaranties of our national security have lost their credibility. And this is my reason to analyze only three main fronts of Andropov’s Operation Barbarossa in this column.

Dr. Ray S. Cline, former Deputy Director for Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency was right: “Red Cocaine puts the facts on record. We ignore the message it reveals at our own peril.”  Today we have an epidemic of Opioids that are killing our youth and adults. And… nobody is talking about an asymmetrical war that had been waged by Soviet fascism against Western civilization since 1955. The war had begun in Europe, spread across the world, and never ended. Read Baltic Winds: Testimony of a Soviet Attorney, by Simona Pipko, Xlibris, 2002.

I believe that two wings of Andropov’s Operation Barbarossa have constituted a Global Spy Ring established by the KGB since 1969. It was Andropov’s conspiracy, which has lasted for decades, transforming the American Republic in attempt to implement a corrupt system of Soviet Socialism in our country. The two wings are the essence of our national security and check and balances in America and I believe that both are run by the Kremlin. Yes, today as well. The KGB Russian Government inherited Andropov’s legacy by Putin’s leadership—the same ideology, same agenda, tools, and methods, the same cover-up activities…

We called our media the fourth branch of the government. Look at American social media today—96 percent of journalists have donated millions to Democrats and 4 percent to Republicans. Then thirty journalists joined the Obama administration—they are all the devoted ideological army of the Democrats, creating fake public opinion together with the social media. Don’t you see it as a successful achievement of Andropov’s conspiracy? I do and that is the reason I have been writing about Yuri Andropov and Sovietization of America for many years…

America’s Enemy No.1: The Democrat Party

Ideology can’t be spread by air or wind—people dispersed the ideas and implemented them on the ground. American’s political system is quite unique and differ from all others in the world. It took me a decade to learn it. A lucky chance helped Andropov and his KGB to have an American lawyer as a guide and ally to act freely on the American soil. I am writing about this man for the last twenty-five years, because I know him, his name is Bill Clinton. If in 1991 it was my personal impression about him as an enemy of America, the time since then provided me with a plenty of evidence confirming that. Bill Clinton is the bad actor in all my books, during the last twenty-five years, especially in the last 3-4 columns.

The Clinton Mafia was created by the mutual dealings of Clinton with the KGB. It was the Andropov/Clinton conspiracy, the reciprocal doings to protect the criminal activities of the conspiracy. Clinton helped Andropov to transform our social media by ideological politicization and by appointing former KGB political operatives as journalists. Clinton appointed Democrat Judges to infiltrate our Justice System, he appointed yes-men to our intelligence and security agencies with the corrupt intention to politicize and polarize their lawful functioning to pursue the Andropov design. In response, the KGB had tried to help Clinton in many events, described in my books: the events in 1998 were the best evidence of that:

“There is another event that deserves attention and deep thinking about the Clinton Mafia. Do you remember Monica’s “blue dress?” I have found an interesting chronology connected to the “blue dress” in 1998. The FBI asked for Clinton’s blood sample to compare it with the sperm’s stain on the “blue dress,” three days later the terrorists committed two tragic blasts of American Embassies in Africa. Don’t tell me about the coincidences in life. It is the “work” of the Russian connection to divert attention from Clinton and “the blue dress.” P. 186, Socialist Lies: From Stalin to the Clintons, Obama, and Sanders, Xlibris, 2016.

For many decades, the Clinton mafia acted to implement Andropov’s design in America. The design was learned from Stalin and tested in Europe—divide and conquer. It was quite a simple design; to create different symbolic groups of minorities with a specific agenda like homosexual and transsexual to oppose and intimidate a cultural trend in America. Then to inculcate the groups and unite them in a combined force with the Black groups opposing Whites, women against men and so on. This way the leftists started a cultural war under the leadership of Democrat Party against the Republicans and that exact way the leftist orthodoxy has been built since 1960s. The tactics, methods, and agenda of the KGB have never changed, they automatically came to Vladimir Putin. Can you imagine the amount of KGB’s operatives Democrats or Republicans that infiltrated the Swamp since 1969???

Yes, the Russian KGB Government inherited Andropov’s legacy under Putin’s leadership—the same ideology, same agenda, tools, and methods, the same cover-ups activities. It is Operation Barbarossa that runs the Democrat Party today—a Grand-conspiracy to destroy the American Republic. Just pay attention to Syria and the Obama/Putin Alliance. During Obama’s administration Russia established two military bases in Syria and Iran, Russia’s satellite has become a formidable military force helping Assad to survive there. Obama gave Putin time to develop and enhance Russian military force, especially new ICBMs. My book Socialist Lies chronicles the events and presents them in details of time and space. Look at the events in Syria today, April 2018, the typical tactics of Soviet fascism is there: Syria used WMD and then try to cover up the crime, preventing inspectors to get the samples of the soil, the Syrian army has cordoned off the area to all outsiders.

Today the Obama/Putin Alliance describe by me for many years turned to the Deep State, fighting the Trump Presidency, the people who are really pulling the strings are hiding in the shadows of the Deep State. In fact, the Alliance using the international force of the Axis of Evil to fight the Trump administration. Look at the second week of April: there had been caravan coming from Salvador through Mexico to our Southern borders, in the Middle East the Palestinians protested, attacking Israeli military, Syria used chemical WMD killing its own people, and in America, Mr. Mueller involved the New York Federal forces to raid the office and apartment of Tramp’s personal lawyer… This week is an embodiment of the Grand-Conspiracy against the American Republic. It is the Axis of Evil, an international force cooperating with the Democrat Party against President Trump.

Who is running this international force? To answer this question you have to know history and the plans and designs for several generations of Americans by Yuri Andropov. It was his idea to create chaos in America by using the Democrat Party as a Controlled Opposition—an infiltrated by the KGB opposition serving the conspiracy. I gave you the concept of a Controlled Opposition in the preceding column of March 31, 2018. This Controlled Opposition has been built during several decades, turning Truman’s Party to a party of Soviet Socialism I named Soviet fascism.  Now, after reading about Andropov’s Grand-Conspiracy, you can see the events in its historical perspective—Vladimir Putin and his KGB is the only beneficiary of the Grand-Conspiracy, the Andropov legacy. The chaos in America, designed by Andropov, now continues under Putin’s leadership to defeat Trump. Putin mortally hates Trump—Putin plans to be a President of the world…

The Cover-Ups of Grand-Conspiracy

Any conspiracy doesn’t want to be revealed, it plans to act underground for many years, and especially any international conspiracy tries to escape public domain. It is easy to do that when the main actors are in power and… nobody knew about Andropov’s design during his tenure. Bill Clinton followed Andropov’s cover-ups as soon as he become President—all institutions studying Russia had been dissolved. It was a criminal intent to deprive the people and American national security to learn about our enemy, a criminal intent to make us, Americans deaf, mute, and defenseless…

Do you remember the field of Sovietology? It was dissolved by Clinton. Do you remember the field of Kremlinology? It was closed by Clinton, like many other faculties of Russian studies in American Universities. My website with the description of my books was deleted three times and my name had been submitted to the FISA court, making me a foreign agent. Knowledge is power and Clinton did everything possible to deprive Americans from knowing the enemy. Reading my books, you will find multi-actions by Bill Clinton to destroy the American Republic. Barack Obama continued the line of collaboration with Russia and further destruction of America. Just turn the radio or TV and a cascade of confrontation against the Republicans will bombard your ears. The confrontation is camouflaging the attempt to cover-up the crime committed by the Democrats—the crimes of treason against the United States of America. I am not sure that the contemporary FBI and DOJ are able to investigate this case of espionage and treason…

Isn’t it a coincidence that the fight against Trump started with the Trump/Dossier? No, it is not a coincident, Putin’s KGB had produced the Trump/Dossier to continue the international Grand-Conspiracy against the American Republic. When in my column, I exposed the KGB as a producer of the Dossier, the other bad actors from the KGB came to the surface—Papadopoulos and a man from Australia. This is a typical KGB’s game on American soil, to blame Trump for the crime committed by the KGB/ Democrats Grand-Conspiracy. In fact, after the Trump victory in 2016, the entire case against Trump has been created, contrived, and shaped by Putin’s KGB to save the Democrat Party, its reputation, and prevent the international troubles for Russia.

It is not a coincidence that Bill O’Reilly titled his column: The Stalinists are Here, April, 19, 2018. He is talking about the established media and “Stalinist-type attacks on free expression” as if he has already read this column. O’Reilly is also right writing that” Somewhere far below, Joseph Stalin is smiling…” because the leaders of the Republican Party have missed the crimes committed by the DNC. The only remedy for the GOP is to learn the reality and expose the Democrat Party for what it really is, to support President Trump’s foreign and domestic policy to reassert American leadership, to stand up for the American nation and world security as we are dealing with the ideology of Soviet fascism, the enemy of humanity. The GOP must act promptly and decisively to prevent Putin from implementing the Stalinist Doctrine of One World Government under Kremlin’s rule globally…

And again, I am ending my column by introducing another poem of my friend:

We’re the Last Hope

 

It started with Stalin and his plan to defeat the West

Andropov and Putin have nearly completed the rest

More than half the world’s run by puppets and dictators

All backed by Russia to be Capitalist haters

 

They’ll use any method to destroy opposition

Kill, lie and cheat to further their ambition

Human life means nothing, only power and control

We can’t imagine how evil, “cause they don’t have a soul

 

We are now on the verge of World War III

And the total annihilation of both you and me

Yet America is oblivious and totally divided

With protests and agitation, that are purposely misguided

 

We’re the last bastion of freedom and human rights

Now’s the worst time to be lost in internal fights

We need to come together and remember what made us great

God bless America, it’s still not too late

To be continued www.simonapipko1.com and www.drrichswier.com/author/spipko/

VIDEO: Expert Panel’s ‘Deep State Update’

Judicial Watch hosted a special educational panel on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 to discuss “The Deep State Update.” The expert panelists included Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Vince Coglianese, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, Michael Bekesha, and Tom Fitton.

This hard-hitting, informative panel really shows what the Deep State is.

2018: Midterms and Conditions May Apply

The biggest challenge facing Republicans heading into the November elections isn’t Donald Trump. It isn’t even the Democratic Party. It’s apathy. In the seven months between now and the midterms, the GOP will be doing everything it can to recreate the magic of 2016. But one thing is abundantly clear: they’ll need evangelicals’ help — and a lot of it.

History has never been kind to the majority party at the midterm point. Republicans are expecting to take a few on the chin in November. What they don’t know is whether the Left’s enthusiasm will be enough to wrestle away control. A lot of that, strategists believe, will come down to the president’s most supportive base: Christian conservatives. Despite the daily drip of salacious storylines, evangelicals have remained solidly in Trump’s corner — rewarding him for more than a year’s worth of progress on judges, life, religious liberty, taxes, and military readiness. To the media’s astonishment, evangelicals haven’t walked away from the president — they’re doubling down on their support. Just last week, the Public Religious Research Institute found that white evangelical approval for Donald Trump is at its highest point ever: 75 percent.

Republicans will need to harness every point of the president’s churchgoing base if they have any hope of protecting his agenda moving forward. Last night’s Arizona race was at least one step in the right direction. Despite a last-minute Democratic frenzy, Debbie Lesko held on to her six-percent lead and kept former Congressman Trent Franks’s district in GOP hands. Her opponent, Hiral Tipirneni, managed to close the gap, but not enough to pick off one of the 24 House seats the Democrats need to retake the speaker’s gavel. Although the mood in Arizona was upbeat, voters’ message in a Trump-heavy area was clear: There’s no such thing as a safe Republican seat this year.

To conservatives’ relief, Lesko has promised to carry on the pro-life, pro-family legacy of Franks — which was one of the reasons FRC Action endorsed her. She’s already told reporters she plans to join our friends in the House Freedom Caucus, where she’ll help keep GOP leaders honest on values issues. “Debbie will do a great job!” the president tweeted before the election — and we agree. And while the talking heads are focused on Lesko’s single-digit victory in a double-digit Trump district, Republicans have still held their own in a string of special elections, winning six of the last nine.

And in the run-up to November, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is making a pretty good case for voters to stick with Republicans, telling a group of Georgetown students yesterday, “We will have a pro-choice gavel when we win the Congress. We need to have at least 218 votes to achieve that.” It’s a “very high priority,” she went on, “to protect a woman’s right to choose.” If that means supporting a pro-life Democrat to get her hands on the gavel, she’s willing. Even so, Pelosi made clear, it’s just a means to a pro-abortion end. “I know this is touchy on this campus — on all Catholic campuses. … And it’s an issue in the diocese,” Pelosi said. “But the fact is, God gave us all the free will [and] our sense of responsibility to answer for that. So I am a rabid supporter of a woman’s right to choose and a similar issue of the LGBT community, because they are connected.”

That ought to be all the motivation evangelicals need to get off the fence on the midterm elections. With Planned Parenthood funding, conscience protections, the 20-week abortion limit, and so much more in the balance, it’s obvious what a lag in turnout would mean: an encore of the Obama years. That’s why groups like FRC Action and other parts of the evangelical coalition are planning what the New York Times is calling the “largest midterm election mobilization ever.” In a feature on how Christian conservatives are turning the November tide, reporters Jeremy Peters and Elizabeth Dias highlight FRC’s voter registration push, our pastors’ outreach, and even our culture impact teams.

The Family Research Council has already activated its network of 15,000 churches, half of which have ‘culture impact ministries’ that organize congregations to be more socially and civically engaged. The group’s efforts will gear up with voter registration drives around the Fourth of July and voter education that will focus on a half-dozen states that could determine control of the Senate. Their tactics are almost identical to the work they used during the presidential campaign to unite a fractured evangelical base. The June meeting in Washington is a follow-up to a gathering in New York in the summer of 2016 that soothed tensions after it became apparent that Mr. Trump would be the Republican nominee.

The Times even talks about FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall ministry, which is hosting its 15th national briefing in Washington, D.C. next month where hundreds of pastors will be in attendance. “The message to energize Christian conservatives has twin purposes: to inspire them to celebrate their victories and to stoke enough grievance to prod them to vote.”

… [L]eaders of the movement plan to lean hard into a message that fans fears and grudges: that the progressive movement and national media mock Christian life and threaten everything religious conservatives have achieved in the 15 months of the Trump administration. ‘Show the Left that you can put labels on us, you can shame us. But we’re not giving up,’ said Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council.

Join us in protecting the successes of the last year and a half! Get involved.

Become a member of FRC Actionstart a Culture Impact Team in your church, or sign up for the Values Voter Summit this fall!


Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.


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