[FoxNews] The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is investigating newly released emails that reveal that Hunter Biden introduced his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings in 2015 at Hunter's request.
Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told Fox News on Wednesday that the committee has been in touch with the person who provided the emails and was in the process of validating the information.
The emails in question were obtained by the New York Post and revealed that Biden’s son introduced the then-vice president to a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings less than a year before he pressured government officials in Ukraine to fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating the company.
"We regularly speak with individuals who email the committee’s whistleblower account to determine whether we can validate their claims," Johnson told Fox News. "Although we consider those communications to be confidential, because the individual in this instance spoke with the media about his contact with the committee, we can confirm receipt of his email complaint, have been in contact with the whistleblower, and are in the process of validating the information he provided.”
The Post report revealed that Biden, at Hunter’s request, met with Vadym Pozharskyi in April 2015 in Washington, D.C.
The meeting was mentioned in an email of appreciation, according to the Post, that Pozharskyi sent to Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015 — a year after Hunter took on his lucrative position on the board of Burisma.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email read.
An earlier email from May 2014 also showed Pozharskyi, reportedly a top Burisma executive, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf, the Post reported.
The meeting took place less than a year before the former vice president purportedly pressured government officials in Ukraine to fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin.
Biden once famously boasted on camera that when he was vice president and spearheading the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy, he successfully pressured Ukraine to fire Shokin, who was the top prosecutor at the time. He had been investigating the founder of Burisma.
Johnson's committee has been investigating Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings since 2019, and last month released an interim report on their monthslong probe into Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Burisma and his alleged “extensive and complex financial transactions.”
Johnson and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said their investigation has “faced many obstacles” from Democrats on their committees and that executive agencies “failed to comply with document requests.”
Meanwhile, the Post reported Wednesday the emails were part of a trove of data recovered from a laptop which was dropped off at a repair shop in Delaware in April 2019.
The Post reported that other material turned up on the laptop, including a video, which they described as showing Hunter smoking crack while engaged in a sexual act with an unidentified woman, as well as other sexually explicit images.
The FBI reportedly seized the computer and hard drive in December 2019. The shop owner, though, said he made a copy of the hard drive and later gave it to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello.
The Post reported that the FBI referred questions about the hard drive and laptop to the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office, where a spokesperson told the outlet that the office “can neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.”
Just like he left that crack pipe in the rental car, now we find he leaves a laptop at a repair shop. When he gets stoned, he gets sloppy and now Giuliani has it all. Facebook and Twitter won't link to the original New York Post article but I see Skidmark's link is to Fox. Soon it'll be all over the place. How much longer can ABCCBSNBCCNN hide it?
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/14/2020 16:32 Comments ||
Streisand effect will win. Block it and EVERYONE wants to see it. BTW Joe had a 9:41 AM lid on his day today. In hidin'
Posted by: Frank G ||
10/14/2020 17:40 Comments ||
Both Facebook and Twitter are banning any mention or sharing of this. Can you say covering for Biden?
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
10/14/2020 18:08 Comments ||
Should be easy to get around. Just mask the identity of it ... refer to it is "(Tab) Hunter's 12-minutes of Delirium," or Plugs Son's Merry Pranks," or somesuch
It's in the NYPost.com and Trump mentioned it today. Twitter and FB screwed the pooch. I understand Twitter also suspended Kayleigh McEnany's Twitter acct. Not smart. I suspect every comment out of the WH and Trump campaign will make this obvious partisan campaign suppression
Posted by: Frank G ||
10/14/2020 19:39 Comments ||
I would not be surprised to see Plugs drop out of the race and throw everything into chaos.
[GatewayPundit] The US Attorney tapped by Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate “unmasking” done by Obama’s criminal officials around the 2016 has concluded the probe without bringing any charges, according to the Washington Post.
US Attorney John Bash reportedly found no evidence of wrongdoing and concluded the probe without charges and without a public report.
The probe into unmasking was launched in May of this year after then-acting DNI Richard Grenell declassified the list of Obama officials involved in the unmasking of General Mike Flynn in his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Names included former CIA Director John Brennan, Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power and former DNI chief James Clapper.
Joe Biden was also on the list!
US Attorney John Bash was also investigating whether Obama officials leaked information to reporters, but found no wrongdoing.
What do you suppose this bodes (if anything) for the John Durham investigation? US Attorney John Huber's investigation seems to have yielded zilch on the Clinton Foundation investigation. Has all this just been Washington pretending to be doing something whereas it isn't doing anything to clean up corruption? So the two-tier system of justice is still intact?
Unfortunately for all of us, if the Left succeeds in sparking a civil war they are so looking for and loses, I suspect the finer points of the law are going to be jettisoned and some form of justice will be rendered.
Explanation from a friend.As you might have heard, the DOJ probe into the extensive unmasking of US citizen communications metadata under Obama has concluded without any report or indictments. Here's what I wrote elsewhere in response to the suggestion that we should stop being angry about the unmasking now:
When then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lied on the Senate floor in 2012 about Mitt Romney paying no income taxes, he did so under the immunity members of Congress have for statements made officially in that context. What he did could not be prosecuted nor could Romney sue, because we rightly give members of Congress wide discretion in that context.
Reid was abusing that discretion in order to influence the ongoing presidential election. When he was out of office and was challenged on why he lied under cover of his immunity, he smirked and said, "It worked, didn't it?"
Reid abused his legal immunity for political purpose. That abuse and his casual defense of it was appropriately anger making.
There is extensive discretion that senior executive branch officials have with regard to national security mechanisms. That discretion is necessary.
It is also however subject to significant abuse whose impact has grown in parallel with the capabilities of technical information gathering and analysis. Unless officials who wish to abuse national security mechanisms for political ends are utterly stupid, they are able to create enough official cover to protect themselves from indictment and conviction. Susan Rice's CYA email to herself on the last day of the Obama administration is a good example of how to do that.
One can disagree with discretionary judgements by officials and yet accept them when they are made in good faith. Anger is, however, an appropriate response when the extent, nature, and timing of them strongly points to abuse for political purposes.
Reid's cynical and corrosive action was not widely rejected by members of his own political party. That's one reason Trump got elected.
Abuses of the national security mechanisms, whether "simply" abusive unmasking and unprecedented sharing of the unmasked information across many federal agencies or the deeper abuses involved in lying so as to acquire FISA warrants, seriously corrode the trust of many citizens who see themselves increasingly disenfranchised by power holders with the tacit or open support of those who align politically with the abusers.
When neither legal recourse nor even public condemnation of abuses is on offer, the remaining options for pushing back on such abuse do not bode well for a peaceful shared future.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
10/14/2020 18:12 Comments ||
^ nicely put DB
Posted by: Frank G ||
10/14/2020 19:33 Comments ||
Now what's Fox News and Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz gonna talk about now? Then again, who cares? Few would be watching.
[FOX] Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails obtained by The Post.
The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.
"Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure," the email reads.
An earlier email from May 2014 also shows Pozharskyi, reportedly Burisma’s No. 3 exec, asking Hunter for "advice on how you could use your influence" on the company’s behalf.
A laptop computer which allegedly belonged to Biden was turned into a Delaware computer shop back in April 2019, according to the report. The computer and hard drive were seized by the FBI in December, per the Post.
[Federalist] A recent thwarted plan to take Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hostage could have been an FBI entrapment, a defense attorney suggested Tuesday for one of six men charged with conspiracy to kidnap.
If so, given the immediate FBI claim that this was the work of rightwing, white supremacist militia, this was an attempt to create and strengthen prejudice against Republicans and influence the presidential election. And if so, all those at the FBI involved in it should be examined to see if they need to be fired or jailed for it.
Scott Graham, who is representing 26-year-old Kaleb Franks, argued in court there was no real plan to capture Whitmer. Instead, he said the accused were merely acting as "militia wannabees" who engaged in "big talk between crackpots," according to the Detroit Free Press. In other words, Graham said, those charged in a plot to kidnap Whitmer were "people who talk a lot ... but are never going to do anything."
"Have you ever dealt with big talkers?" Graham asked an FBI Special Agent Richard Trask during cross examination. "There’s kind of a military-wanna-be theme that runs between militias."
Graham specifically asked Trask about his testimony that 13 militia members were planning to steal Whitmer from her vacation home and leave her in the middle of Lake Michigan or try the governor for treason in a nearby state. Trask, the paper reported, said he couldn’t offer a specific answer but that there were audio recordings of the members discussing their plans.
Graham argued in court that it was the FBI’s own informant involved with this group that was actively encouraging the others to engage in illegal activity.
Not the first time. Randy Weacer wasn't the first time.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey ||
10/14/2020 5:20 Comments ||
And if so, all those at the FBI involved in it should be examined to see if they need to be fired or jailed for it.
You mean like those who were warned by someone in the rank and file that Muslims taking flight training ought to be looked at. I don't recall people being sacked or punished (other than the whistle blower) over that FU. You got to make examples. Just like you punish people who commit crimes, pour encourager les autres! Portland is a living example of doing exactly the opposite. Our senior FBI management is just another.
/\ There was a brief kerfuffle following the FBI whistleblower and muzzi Florida flight training revelation. It was short-lived and nothing apparently ever came of it.
In other news:
Oct 4, 2012 — FBI agents made a brief visit to Benghazi this week to examine the scene of ... that killed four Americans -- after being delayed for weeks because of ... As the FBI investigates, an independent panel has been established by ...
You mean like those who were warned by someone in the rank and file that Muslims taking flight training ought to be looked at.
Not believing information and not acting is one thing, Procopius2k. Creating the incident, then lying about actors known to them in order to alter the political atmosphere is quite another.
They did create an incident by goading those Muslim shooters to go down to Texas to try to massacre the participants at Pamela Geller’s Draw Muhammed cartoon contest — the one where the off duty local policeman killed them both at a distance with his handgun, if I recall correctly (people here were very impressed with his shooting skills, so I am, too). But afterward the FBI did not try to tell us it was Jewish commandos just to give them a bad name.
[FoxWilmington] Rayla Campbell, the Republican congressional hopeful challenging Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., in November says she was attacked by two women at a Trump rally on Columbus Day.
The incident left her with a sprained finger, fractured tibia and a mild concussion, Campbell told Fox News on Tuesday.
Campbell, who is the chair of Black Voices for Trump in Massachusetts, said she was walking through a parking lot after the rally when a woman drove in front of her car. The driver and passenger began to verbally assault her, according to Campbell.
"I got kicked in the head and have a fractured tibia," she posted.
She told Fox News the incident left her in the hospital for several hours and she is now using crutches and a stability brace on her knee. However, she says that won't stop her from campaigning.
John Paul Moran, another Republican in the state running for Congress, posted on Twitter that he was also threatened "with death" by "ANTIFA Joe Biden supporters" for being a gay conservative. He said Campbell "was just beat up and hospitalized" by "ANTIFA."
The Boston Herald reported last month that the state's highest court rejected Campbell's petition to appear on the ballot for not collecting enough signatures. She still received 1,216 write-in votes during the primary.
[HOTAIR] The Supreme Court has refused to take up an emoluments case filed by Democrats back in 2017. That means the lower court ruling that Democrats do not have standing to bring the case will stand. This little corner of the resistance is dead.
[NBCNEWS] The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively allowed the government to stop the census count immediately, blocking a lower court order that would have required the Trump administration to continue gathering census information in the field until the end of October.The Census Bureau said it wanted to stop the count so that it could start processing the data to meet a Dec. 31 deadline, set in federal law, for reporting the results to the president. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the government to keep going with its field work until Oct. 31, concluding that a longer time in the field would increase accuracy.
In a brief unsigned order, the Supreme Court stayed the appeals court order.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, writing, "The harms caused by rushing this year's census count are irreparable." The states and groups seeking to keep the count going "will suffer their lasting impact for the next ten years," until the next census is conducted.
SCOTUS must get tired of these lower court Rulers in Robes making law and policy
Posted by: Frank G ||
10/14/2020 7:18 Comments ||
^ they made their bed, let them live in it. They were the ones who have for decades amassed more power and purview of our society. So many times they should have said go (punt) through the Article V process to get what you want.
Her respond should have been “I have never raped anyone. I also never drove a young women into a river and left her to drown. I have never groped a young lady while sniffing her hair. I have never sandwiched a waitress with a senator....”
Numbers 9,10, and 11 jointly share the highly coveted Comment O'The Day award
Lazy Mazie morphed into Crazy Mazie so gradually I never noticed.... oh hell, who an I kidding? She's been batguano crazy ever since Linda Lingle kicked her butt in the Governor's race. A la Hildebeast....is there a pysch syndrome where self-entitled female politicians get brain-damaged when they lose "their" "destined" office"?
One thing this shows is just how pampered and insulated Senators are. Hirono throws a pitch to Barrett. Barrett hits the ball so far out of the park that search and rescue assets have to be deployed to find it. But during the break Hirono's aides and staffers tell Hirono "Great job, Senator! You really got her on that one! You're so smart!"
[BREITBART] Judge Amy Coney Barrett addressed the widespread misinformation that judges can brazenly make rulings based on the whims of the day, explaining the process and stressing judges cannot just "walk in like a royal queen" and "impose" their will on the world.Chairman Lindsey Graham ...soft-spoken senator from South Carolina, former best buddy of John Maverick McCain. Since McCain's demise, Graham has become more outspoken, more Republican and more of a supporter of President Trump. The speech he gave in support of Brett Kavanaugh was downright manly and really cheesed off the Dems... (R-SC) prompted Barrett to explain how the process works, using the District of Columbia v. Heller as an example. Barrett briefly explained there has to be a law, lawsuit, appeal, and the court granting cert before it makes a ruling.
When asked if the process remains the same no matter the issue — including guns, health care, child sacrifice abortion, campaign finance — Barrett emphasized judges cannot just impose an agenda at random.
"Judges can’t just wake up one day and say, ’I have an agenda. I like guns. I hate guns. I like child sacrifice abortion. I hate child sacrifice abortion’ and walk in like a royal queen and impose, you know, their will on the world," she said.
"You have to wait for cases and controversies, which is the language of the Constitution, to wind their way through the process," she continued.
Graham then asked Barrett another hypothetical. What if, he said, a state made a law only allowing individuals to own no more than six bullets.
In that case, Barrett said, parties would have to sue the state arguing that the law is unconstitutional. If it made its way to the Supreme Court and it decided to hear the case, "you hear arguments from litigants on both sides."
"They write briefs. You talk to clerks as a judge. You talk to your colleagues, and you write an opinion. Opinions circulate and you get feedback from your colleagues so it’s an entire process," she explained.
"It’s not something that a judge or justice would wake up and say, ’Oh we’re hearing this case. I know what my vote’s going to be,'" she added.
The Dems are trying to get Barrett to recuse herself in any case that involves voting. The ACA was a big issue. Abortion was a big issue also with the Dems. And of course, how wronged the Dems were with pushing Barrett through so quickly. They would do the same in a NY minute.
Barrett did a great job of not getting boxed in. She is smart. She should make a great new member of SCOTUS; a Constitutionalist who doesn't make law from the bench.
[FOXNEWS] Rep. Doug Collins on Monday introduced a resolution to push for the removal of House Speaker Nancy San Fran Nan Pelosi Congresswoman-for-Life from the San Francisco Bay Area, born into a family of professional politicians. On-again-off-again Speaker of the House. It's not her fault when they lose, but it's her accomplishment when they win. Noted for her heavily botoxed grimace and occasional senior... uhhh... moments... , claiming she "does not have the mental fitness" to lead the House of Representatives.
"Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unwillingness to abide by the Constitution, combined with her recent actions, call into question her own mental fitness, which is why it’s critical that the House of Representatives demand her removal from the line of succession," Collins said in a statement to Fox News.
A draft of Collins’ resolution, obtained by Fox News, argues that Pelosi "is unable to adequately serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives and should therefore be removed from her position."
The resolution states that Pelosi "has spent the majority of the House of Representative’s time pursuing baseless and fruitless investigations" against President Trump and his administration, including launching an impeachment inquiry against him in the fall of 2019.
And I think she isn't paying all her taxes. And she's colluding with Russians and Chinese. And she's got Alzheimer's. And she needs to be impeached. And her business dealings are interfering with her politics. And she got sweetheart deals on some of her stuff. And she deals drugs. And launders money. And she graduated bottom of her class. And she's holier than thou.
She will face re-election as Speaker after the Dems are crushed in the election. At that point the Democrats will vote AOC to lead the opposition and we'll have a fun few years as she learns on the job through mistake after mistake.
Some people think fasting includes abstinence from food and water which is wrong.
There are various definitions, depending on the need. The Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) fast allows nothing past the lips from after dinner of the evening to full dark the following day, while antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan felt keenly that smoothies were not actually food, as I recall, and in Israeli jails some of their hunger strikers quietly fill up on hidden chocolate bars.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.