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U.S. Taxpayers Continue Funding Commercial Flights for Illegal Immigrants

January 23, 2018

Bob Price

1/21/2018

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High-level U.S. government officials told a conservative non-partisan watchdog group this week that young migrants who come into the country illegally are relocated to their chosen designation on commercial flights paid for by taxpayers. Another veteran official said the migrants are given “the gold glove treatment.”

Officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security told Judicial Watch that illegal migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border are given taxpayer-compensated government escorts. These personal guides wear civilian clothes to not garner attention.

The migrants wear red Health and Human Services (HHS) wristbands and receive priority boarding ahead of all passengers – including law enforcement personnel. According to Judicial Watch, “a seasoned Homeland Security agent with direct knowledge of the secret operations” called it “shameful and dangerous.”

Illegal migrants boarded planes in Texas and Arizona just this past week. One of the flights started in Harlingen, Texas, and went to Minneapolis. Another flight flew from Tucson to Salt Lake City.

The migrants appeared to be in their late teens and were escorted by HHS employees.

Labor personnel from “front-line” DHS agencies “have complained about the cost and security risk of flying illegal alien minors to any destination of their choosing with the U.S,” says Judicial Watch.

Moreover, DHS personnel had what was described as a “closed-door” meeting late last year with President Trump and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

According to a statement obtained from Judicial Watch:

It appears that the Trump administration has chosen to ignore the concerns of rank-and-file federal agents, instead opting to quietly extend the controversial Obama-era policy that relocates illegal immigrants to unsuspecting communities nationwide. It is known as ‘Catch and Release’ and frustrated DHS sources tell Judicial Watch the Trump administration is essentially facilitating the ongoing commission of a federal immigration crime despite its tough border security rhetoric.

Breitbart Texas reported in early December that Texas border migrant processing centers were hitting full capacity, according to Border Patrol agents stationed in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. Likewise, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials were reporting increasingly larger numbers of apprehensions of illegal migrants in South Texas.

Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera, in his capacity as president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Local 3307, told KRGV reporters, “I get texts probably three or four times a week saying that the processing center down in McAllen is at capacity. It’s at a 1,000, 1200, 1300 and they’re having to shut it down where no more people can come in. So, we’re now having to send it back to the station.” In the August report from CBP, apprehensions of illegal immigrants along the southwestern border were up for the fourth straight month, Breitbart Texas reported.

The issue has only gotten worse since that time. In the first three months of the new fiscal year which began on October 1, Border Patrol agents are arresting illegal immigrants crossing the border at levels that rival Obama Administration years.

In December 2013, the number of migrants apprehended and determined to be inadmissible rose to 36,695. In the months leading up to the June 2014 report, those numbers would increase to 66,541. That number in December 2017 rose to 40,513, an increase of 3,818 over the same month in 2013.

Since the decline in apprehensions that fell in the first four months of the Trump Administration, the number of migrant families crossing the border illegally rose by 625 percent.

Judicial Watch says that catching and releasing foreign nationals “has provoked a surge in illegal crossings” “because there is no punishment to deter the lawbreakers.” Obama policies remain because agency officials from the Obama Administration remain.

In April 2017, Border Patrol agents apprehended 1,119 Family Unit Aliens (FMUA), Breitbart Texas reported. The number of FMUA apprehensions rose nearly every month since this low point to 8,121 in December, according to the Southwest Border Migration report released by CBP. This number represents an increase from April of more than 7,000 FMUAs (625 percent).

Breitbart Texas’ managing director and editor-in-chief Brandon Darby reported in 2014 that National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) sources revealed that illegal migrants were allowed to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification. “The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms,” said NBPC’s Local 2455 Spokesman, Hector Garza.

“This is not the CBP or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel,” said Garza. “This just adds insult to injury. Not only are we releasing unknown illegal aliens onto American streets, but we are allowing them to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth.”

Several weeks later, Breitbart Texas reported that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) admitted that illegal aliens were being allowed to board planes using Notice to Appear forms received after entering the U.S. illegally.

 

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Supremes join Trump to dismantle Obama power grab

January 23, 2018

Bob Unruh

1/22/2018

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The Trump administration has worked virtually nonstop since the inauguration to dismantle some of the environmental campaigns launched by Barack Obama, and on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court joined in.

The justices ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot provide a hedge of protection preventing courts from reviewing its actions by requiring such appeals be heard only in some courts.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for the rule of law and for accountability in government,” said James S. Burling of the Pacific Legal Foundation.

His organization worked with farmers, ranchers and other landowners nationwide fighting the Obama-era “Waters of the United States” rule.

The policy vastly expanded the federal government’s claim to authority over any water, even ditches and puddles.

“The EPA’s ‘waters of the United States’ rule may be the most brazen – and lawless – expansion of bureaucratic power in American history. The regulators who imposed it tried to shield it from review by limiting opportunities for the public to bring challenges. The Supreme Court struck a blow for liberty by rejecting this ploy and guaranteeing access to justice for the EPA’s victims,” Burling said.

The decision came in the National Association of Manufacturers v. U.S. Department of Defense case.

Explained PLF: “Under the terms of the Clean Water Act, people who are harmed by EPA rules like the WOTUS regulation can sue in any federal district court, within six years of the rule’s issuance. But the EPA unilaterally rewrote that provision, decreeing that lawsuits could be filed only in federal courts of appeal. This twisting of the law allowed just 120 days to file WOTUS challenges and concentrated all cases in a single appellate court.”

Burling said that if the EPA “had succeeded in blocking victims of the WOTUS rule from seeking redress, other agencies would have tried similar ploys.’

“The Supreme Court’s rejection of the EPA’s power play strengthens everyone’s right to challenge bureaucratic abuses, all across the governmental landscape,” he said.

Under the “waters” rule, the federal government claimed the right to regulate control “nearly every pond, ditch and puddle in the nation.”

It asserted that “every tributary of a ‘navigable water,’ isolated pools and potholes, the 100-year flood plain covering millions of stream miles, and, on a case-by-case basis, any water within 4,000 feet of a tributary” were subject to government control.

The plan gave the federal government authority to impose $37,500 a day fines on offenders.

Hal Quinn, a spokesman for the manufacturers, said, “Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision provides much needed clarity and affirms our longstanding position that the Clean Water Act empowers the federal district courts, not the courts of appeals, to initially review legal challenges to the Waters of the U.S. Rule.”

He said the victory, “coupled with the administration’s actions in proposing to repeal the rule and seek input on how to properly define ‘waters of the U.S.,’ puts us one step closer to addressing this deeply problematic rule and the confusion it has created.”

The court ruling almost was unneeded.

WND reported last year that under President Trump’s instructions, the EPA began rolling back the Waters of the United States rule.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made the policy shift official, saying, “We are taking significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation’s farmers and businesses.”

He added: “This is the first step in the two-step process to redefine ‘waters of the U.S.,’ and we are committed to moving through this re-evaluation to quickly provide regulatory certainty in a way that is thoughtful, transparent and collaborative with other agencies and the public.”

Robert J. Smith, a senior fellow in environmental policy at the National Center for Public Policy Research, said the Obama power grab was a distortion of what Congress intended.

 

Illegal Alien Uber Driver Charged with Four Rapes in Sanctuary State of California

January 23, 2018

John Nolte

1/23/2018

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Illegal alien Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez is suspected of sexually assaulting four women; the district attorney says there could be more.

Thirty-nine-year-old Alarcon-Nunez, an Uber driver living in the sanctuary state of California illegally (he is from Mexico), is alleged to have raped four college students between the ages of 19 and 22 while they were intoxicated. The total of ten criminal charges include forcible rape, first degree burglary (he is accused of robbing his victims), and rape of an intoxicated victim.

Alarcon-Nunez was already deported once, from New Mexico back in 2005.

The alleged crimes occurred between December 17, 2017, and January 14 of this year. The suspect, who also goes by the name Bruno Diaz, was arrested at his home in Santa Maria, California on January 17.

According to police, Alarcon-Nunez used his job as an Uber driver to specifically target parties where young, intoxicated women would solicit a ride from him. After the alleged rape, he would steal their money, laptops, jewelry, and phones.

Using a Venemo account and the name “Brush Bat,” he would still get paid for the rides while concealing his identity from his alleged victims.

Apparently Alarcon-Nunez was able to obtain work as an Uber driver due to a California drivers license legally issued to him in 2015.

California grants illegal aliens drivers licenses and, beginning on April 1, will register illegal aliens to vote.

Democrats, who have full control of every governmental institution in California, have been bitterly fighting against the Trump administration’s push to enforce federal immigration laws, even going so far as to threaten to prosecute anyone in California who aids federal authorities in enforcing the law. 

 

Trump Releases New Ad: Democrats ‘Complicit in Every Murder Committed by Illegal Immigrants’

January 22, 2018

John Binder

1/20/2018

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Democrats are “complicit” in illegal immigrant violent crime and murder so long as they continue blocking funding for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and hold up negotiations on pro-American immigration reforms, President Trump’s new campaign ad states.

The ad was released a day after Senate Democrats voted to shut down the federal government because the spending bill to keep the government open did not include amnesty for at least 3.5 million illegal aliens, as Breitbart News reported.

Luis Bracamontes, a 37-year-old illegal alien from Mexico who allegedly shot and killed Detective Michael Davis and Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver in October 2017, is featured in the ad, saying in the courtroom during his murder trial that he wished he “had killed more of the motherf*ckers.”

“I will break out soon and I will kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me,” the illegal alien said as he smiled in the courtroom, Breitbart News reported. “There’s no need for a f*cking trial.”

“It’s pure evil,” the ad says.

The ad goes on to state that Democrats are “complicit” in illegal alien crime so long as they continue supporting open borders policies like sanctuary cities — which harbor criminal illegal aliens and shield them from deportation — while blocking full funding for a wall on the southern border and legal immigration-cutting reforms to raise the wages of American workers.

“President Trump is right. Build the wall. Deport criminals. Stop illegal immigration now. Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants,” the ad states as images of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) flash across the screen.

“President Trump will fix our border and keep our families safe,” the ad concludes.

 

Lou Barletta: Dems Put Illegal Immigrants over American Citizens with Schumer’s Shutdown

January 22, 2018

John Binder

1/20/2018

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Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) called out Senate Democrats following a government shutdown led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and members of the Republican establishment, saying the Democratic Party put the interests of illegal aliens ahead of American citizens.

On Friday evening, Senate Democrats, including Schumer and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with well as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), voted against a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown because it did not include amnesty for at least 3.5 million illegal aliens and their illegal alien parents.

Barletta quickly responded to the decision to shut down the federal government for illegal aliens, writing on Twitter:

Senate Democrats, along with Graham and Flake, voted to shut the federal government down after they did not get their way in slipping an amnesty plan for millions of illegal aliens into the spending bill.

As Breitbart News reported, the amnesty plan by the “Gang of Six,” — which includes Flake, Graham, Durbin, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) — would give a pathway to U.S. citizenship for at least 3.5 million illegal aliens who are eligible and enrolled in the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), while their parents, who originally brought them to the country illegally, would be allowed to permanently remain in the US.

The six senators were warned ahead of rolling out their expansive amnesty agenda by President Trump that any immigration deal that did not include reducing legal immigration levels and full funding for the US-Mexico border wall would be dead on arrival in Congress.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) — Trump’s closest economic nationalist ally in the Senate —  joked earlier in the week that he would like to “see how that works out” for Senate Democrats if they did in fact shut down the federal government unless illegal aliens were given amnesty.

The Trump administration says they will not be open to negotiations on immigration with Democrats or the Republican establishment until the federal government is back up and running.

In 2013, Chuck Schumer mocked the idea that Democrats would shut down the federal government for illegal aliens, calling such a plan a “governmental chaos,” as Breitbart News reported.

SCHUMER: Speaker [John] Boehner comes in and he says basically… it’s sort of like this: Someone goes into your house, takes your wife and children hostage and then says ‘Let’s negotiate over the price of your house.’

You know we could do the same thing on immigration. We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say ‘We’re shutting down the government. We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling until you pass immigration reform.’ It would be governmental chaos. [Emphasis added]

 

Democrats Putting Americans Last

January 22, 2018

Kris W. Kobach

1/20/2018

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The first month of 2018 has witnessed two major battles that may appear unrelated, but are in fact manifestations of the same surprising development – a significant number of leaders in the Democratic Party no longer see it as their duty to put American citizens first.

First, we have the budget battle over the continuing resolution to fund the federal government.  Virtually all of the Democrats in both houses of Congress have decided that it is worth shutting down the federal government if Republicans do not agree to an amnesty for the approximately 800,000 DACA illegal aliens.

Think about that for a moment.  More than 300 million American citizens benefit from the continuing operation of the federal government – most importantly through the funding of our armed forces.  But virtually no American citizens benefit from granting legal status and work authorization to nearly a million illegal aliens.   That allows the DACA aliens to compete against United States citizens in the same age group who are having great difficulty finding good, well-paid jobs.

As I have written previously, the DACA aliens are not kids; they are mostly young adults in their 20s and 30s competing for jobs against young Americans.  Despite the growing economy, young American adults are struggling in the workforce, with an unemployment rate of nine percent.  And young Americans without a college degree (66 percent of them) are suffering an underemployment rate (unemployed or seeking full time work) that stands at a whopping 34 percent.

If one party or the other threatened a government shutdown in order to protect the interests of American citizens, that would be one thing.  But shutting down the government to protect the interests of aliens who have broken our laws is something entirely different.  And doing so to force a policy that hurts American citizens is unconscionable.

The second battle that illustrates this same disturbing disregard for American citizens is the sanctuary cities fight.  The sanctuary cities that shelter illegal aliens from federal law enforcement are virtually all Democrat Party strongholds.  And the sanctuary state of California is firmly under Democratic control.  Now the defense of sanctuary policies has become a rallying cry for the Democratic Party.

But here too, Democrats are putting Americans last.  By interfering with federal efforts to deport illegal aliens, sanctuary jurisdictions hurt American citizens. They endanger Americans’ lives by keeping criminal illegal aliens on the streets of American cities.

The Kate Steinle murder in San Francisco was just one of thousands of cases of Americans who lost their lives because of sanctuary policies.  Sanctuary policies also endanger our constitutional system.  Sanctuary policies violate the federal law found at 8 U.S.C. 1373(a); and 8 U.S.C. 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) makes it a federal crime to “encourage or induce” an illegal alien to remain in the country.  When cities and states openly defy federal law, it threatens our constitutional system in the same manner that the defiant states did during the Jim Crow era.

So we have two national battles occurring simultaneously.  And in both battles, Democratic leaders are putting the interests of illegal aliens over the interests of American citizens.

The first duty of government is to protect its own citizens.  It’s so obvious that it seems silly to even have to say it.  But the leaders of the Democratic Party have apparently forgotten that basic principle.

If they continue on this course, Democratic leaders will do damage not only to the country, but to their own party.  A party’s leadership can get away with a lot of nonsense in Washington, D.C., but some things cross the line.  If they continue on this course for much longer, there will likely be millions of Democrats across the country who no longer recognize their own party.  They still rightly expect their government to put the interests of American citizens first.

 

Report: U.S. Oil Production May Surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia in 2018

January 22, 2018

John Hayward

1/19/2018

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The latest report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) finds American oil production at its highest level in 50 years and projects that it will surpass that of Saudi Arabia and Russia in 2018.

“This year promises to be a record-setting one for the U.S.,” the IEA said, predicting “explosive” growth on tap for the American oil industry.

Bloomberg News notes a fascinating aspect of the coming U.S. oil boom: it is partly driven by measures OPEC put in place to deal with falling oil prices, which were driven down by a previous surge in American production and the resulting “oil glut.”

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) worked with Russia, an allied non-member, to cut production and reduce oil inventories so prices would climb. It was not easy to do, especially since Iran was eager to get back into the market after the lifting of sanctions against it, but OPEC finally managed to bring oil prices up to a three-year high, which evidently combined with the collapse of Venezuelan production to inspire even greater American production.

The IEA noted that American producers were also driven to cut costs and implement new efficiency measures during the recent oil price collapse, which will leave them better positioned to handle a new round of price drops as supply increases.

“The big 2018 supply story is unfolding fast in the Americas. Explosive growth in the U.S. and substantial gains in Canada and Brazil will far outweigh potentially steep declines in Venezuela and Mexico,” the IEA said, predicting that most of the 1.3 billion barrel per day expansion in global markets driven by a recovering world economy will go to OPEC’s rivals.

The U.S. shale oil market is such an astounding success that Saudi Arabia is considering investments in Texas to get a piece of the action. In fact, the much-anticipated sale of stock in the Saudi national oil company, Aramco, might be employed to finance investments in the American shale industry. Among other things, this would allow the Saudis to use natural gas for their own domestic electricity needs, freeing up more crude oil to export.

Bloomberg notes that OPEC’s own analysis is considerably more optimistic than the IEA, but cites a Commerzbank AG assessment that the International Energy Agency report is more “realistic” because OPEC is underestimating the supply from other producers. Some analysts speak of a new U.S. boom to rival the great fracking boom.

OPEC is reportedly adjusting its predictions to better account for increased American production, giving rise to concerns that the deal worked out by OPEC and Russia to cap production is on the verge of falling apart.

“What we are trying to understand is the responsiveness of the U.S. shale producers. And because of the dynamism of the industry, the innovation and the vast number of players in that space … to some extent, we are in uncharted waters,” Neil Atkinson of the IEA told CNBC on Friday.

“The current abundance has erased memories of 1973 gas lines, which raised pump prices dramatically, traumatizing the United States and reordering its economy,” the Washington Post writes.

For those who retain such memories, news of OPEC reeling beneath the unstoppable onslaught of high-tech American oil production and Saudis shopping for gas in Texas is both astonishing and delightful. Not many people in the Seventies saw this coming. We have gone from President Barack Obama raving about phantom oil speculators, and telling devastated consumers to daydream about algae-fueled cars as they struggled to fill their gas tanks, to environmentalists arguing that we no longer need the oil beneath the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge to achieve the long-sought goal of American energy independence.

Frank Verrastro of the Center for Strategic and International Studies made an interesting observation to the Post, saying, “For years and years, we thought we were running out of oil. It took $120 for a barrel of oil to make people experiment with technology, and that has been unbelievably successful. We are the largest oil and gas producer in the world.”

Compare that to what has become of Venezuela, and savor this amazing triumph of capitalist ingenuity.

 

Monsanto’s latest marketing ploy: Labeling GMOs as “biofortified”

January 22, 2018

1/20/2018

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GMOs have been getting a bad name for quite some time now, and it’s hardly surprising given the near-constant stream of evidence showing the harms caused by genetically engineered crops and the pesticides used on them. As people increasingly make an effort to avoid buying these products, Monsanto has come up with a new idea to trick people into forking over their hard-earned money for its health-destroying products.

The Waking Times reports that Monsanto is trying to manipulate the definitions used on food labels in such a way that GMOs could be labeled as “biofortified foods.”

Codex Alimentarius is a collection of codes and guidelines created by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization to standardize world food trade and its production and safety. Codex was mulling a proposal to allow a company to use the term “biofortified” on vegetables that use conventional cross-breeding to increase the content of certain nutrients to help give malnourished populations a nutrition boost.

Monsanto sensed an opportunity here and set out to exploit it. They used their influence to try to convince delegates to have the definition of “biofortified” broadened to include foods that have been genetically modified. The National Health Federation (NHF), which is the only natural health advocate with a seat at Codex, reports that many of the delegates saw right through Monsanto’s attempt to pull the wool over consumers’ eyes, and the move was even denounced during the meeting. Nevertheless, the topic will be debated when the group convenes in Berlin this November under a new chairperson.

NHF President Scott Tips said: “It is a very sad state of affairs where we have come to the point where we must manipulate our natural foods to provide better nutrition all because we have engaged in very poor agricultural practices that have seen a 50% decline in the vitamins and minerals in our foods over the last 50 years. We will not remedy poor nutrition by engaging in deceptive marketing practices and sleight of hand with this definition.”

Monsanto wants to trick people into buying GMO foods

It’s easy to see why Monsanto would be so eager to use this term. The term “bio” is used to denote organic foods in many European countries, and consumers who look out for the “bio” label at the grocery store could easily confuse “biofortified” foods as being the complete opposite of what they truly are and end up buying the very thing they were trying to avoid in the first place. Indeed, the EU has raised an objection on the grounds that the term would confuse Europeans, and several EU counties have been vocal in supporting a more restrictive use of the term.

Even in the U.S., where the term “organic” is used instead, many people would construe this label as something positive, especially given its implication that a food has additional nutrients.

Creative labeling nothing new when it comes to unhealthy food

If Monsanto is successful, it will hardly be the first time that something undesirable masqueraded as something far more appealing. For example, consider the term “biosolids,” which are used to grow non-organic crops. On the surface, it sounds like something relatively innocuous, but it’s actually a euphemism for “human sewage sludge” – a nicer way of saying that the food is grown with feces and other disgusting things we flush down the toilet.

Then there are the sneaky ways of hiding sugar on food labels by calling it names like evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice syrup, barley malt, or dried oat syrup.

Decoding food labels already requires a sharp eye and extensive knowledge of the deceptive marketing tactics used by food companies, and a move like this will only muddy the waters even further. We can only hope the objections from the EU and others will be successful in preventing this from going any further. Even if their attempt fails, however, it’s clear that Monsanto has no intention to stop trying to trick consumers using every means possible.

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Judicial Watch’s Battle for the Leaked Comey Memos

January 20, 2018

Judicial Watch

1/19/2018

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After being fired by President Trump last year, former FBI Director Comey testified under oath before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that he authored as many as nine classified memos about his one-on-one conversations with the president about alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election. He also admitted, regarding a memo concerning Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, “I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter [for The New York Times] … I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.” The New York Times published a report about the memo on May 16, 2017. Judicial Watch has sued for these records to find out what exactly those memos contained. Recently, a judge has mandated that the DOJ hand over the memos for review to determine if they contain sensitive information.

‘Worse Than Watergate’: ‘Shocking’ House Intel Memo Allegedly Reveals FISA Abuse by Senior DOJ and FBI Officials

January 20, 2018

Kristina Wong

1/18/2018

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Members of the House on Thursday said they viewed a “shocking” classified memo allegedly detailing abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations officials in relation to the investigation of the Trump campaign and called for it to be declassified and available to the public immediately.

“It’s troubling. It is shocking,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) told Fox News. “Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”

“The facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a member of the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the DOJ and the FBI.

Another Judiciary Committee member, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), called what he saw in the memo “sickening” and said it was “worse than Watergate.”

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), another Judiciary Committee member, called the memo “deeply troubling” and said it raises questions about the “Obama DOJ and Comey FBI.”

“The classified report compiled by House Intelligence is deeply troubling and raises serious questions about the upper echelon of the Obama DOJ and Comey FBI as it relates to the so-called collusion investigation,” he tweeted.

“You think about, ‘is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) told Fox News.

“It is so alarming the American people have to see this,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, also said to network.

The viewing of the memo came after all Republican members of the House intelligence committee, whose investigators compiled the classified memo, voted Thursday to make it available to all House members. Every Democrat on the committee voted against it.

According to Gaetz, the memo’s contents could lead to the firing — and perhaps even jailing — of senior DOJ and FBI officials.

“I think that this will not end just with firings. I believe there are people who will go to jail,” he said on Fox News’ Hannity.

He said what he saw in the memo also explains why Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently referred the Fusion GPS dossier author Christopher Steele for a criminal investigation.

“I think there will be criminal implications here,” Gaetz added.

The memo also reportedly contains information about the dossier put together by Fusion GPS that alleged Trump and members of his team colluded with Russians in the 2016 election, according to a report by investigative journalist Sara Carter.

It was revealed in October that the dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Despite being a political document, the dossier was reportedly part of the evidence FBI officials used to apply for and obtain a warrant through a secret FISA court to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Page told Breitbart News in a statement: “After over a year of inciting discord and threats of violence across America, it’s encouraging that the individuals in Washington responsible for these efforts to undermine our great democracy may be held accountable soon.”

Breitbart News reported on March 3, 2017, that the Obama administration took steps to undermine Trump’s presidential campaign using “police state” tactics, including spying on the Trump campaign. That report is widely believed to have led to President Trump’s tweet that later accused the Obama administration of wiretapping Trump Tower.

Members of the public and Congress are now calling for the document to be declassified and released to the public.

DeSantis said the House intelligence committee, pursuant to House rules, should vote to make the report publicly available as soon as possible.

“While the report is classified as Top Secret, I believe the select committee should, pursuant to House rules, vote to make the report publicly available as soon as possible. This is a matter of national significance and the American people deserve the truth,” he said.

“Rule X of the House Rules allows the select committee to publicly disclose any information in its possession after a determination by the select committee that the public interest would be served by such disclosure.”

According to House Rules, if the House intelligence committee votes to make the report public, President Trump would have five days to issue an objection. If he objected, it would take a vote on the House floor.

 

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