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During a Senate Homeland Security Committee business meeting Wednesday, Republican members approved a slew of subpoenas targeting former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and other Obama administration officials involved in the 2016 investigation into the Trump campaign. That investigation was officially named “Crossfire Hurricane” by disgraced and fired FBI agent Peter Strzok.

With subpoenas approved, Johnson has the ability to move forward with testimony, which can occur during a public hearing or behind closed doors. Given the limited time before the 2020 presidential election, it is still unclear when those approved for subpoena would testify.

Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney John Durham continues his criminal investigation into the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe. Whether additional indictments will be issued as a result of his findings is still unclear and Attorney General Bill Barr has asked for patience.

“You need strong evidence of intent, it seems to me, before you can charge that kind of crime so developing that evidence is a time consuming process. Most of the people who are mouthing off about ‘well why aren’t these people already indicted,’ they don’t understand the criminal justice process,” Barr said in a recent interview with Townhall. “People get lawyers, sometimes they won’t talk to you. Even if they talk to you they’ll say they’ll take the fifth and you have to get documents and frequently fight over documents and fight over things in court so the investigation is a cumbersome process. It’s not something that can be done quickly.”

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: Soon Under Oath? Senate Committee Approves Subpoenas for Top Obama Officials

As unrest continues across the country, firearms sales in August blew past another record.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 1.7 million applications, an increase of 52 percent over August 2019.

“August’s adjusted NICS figures of nearly 1.7 million background checks associated with the sale of a firearm are in line with the months-long trend we’ve witnessed since March, when figures topped an all-time one-month record of 2.3 million. Each month since April, adjusted NICS figures averaged between 1.6 and 1.8 million. August’s figures are a record-high for the month over all previous years and show us that concerns for personal safety and self-defense continue to remain a priority for law-abiding Americans,” NSSF Director of Public Affairs Mark Oliva released in a statement.

“The sustained pace of firearm sales proves that law-abiding Americans are turning out by the millions to exercise their God-given right to keep and bear arms. News reports of violent attacks, riots, looting are coupled with calls to defund police continue. NSSF estimates that nearly five million of these firearm purchases were made by people who never previously owned a firearm. Americans are witnessing gun control politicians refuse to enforce penalties on violent criminals while at the same time actively working to deny those who obey the law the ability protect themselves. These sales figures are proof that Americans refuse to be compliant victims to violent criminals who prey on the most vulnerable of our society,” he continued.

With the August numbers, 2020 continues to be the highest year ever for gun purchases. As noted, since the beginning of the year five million people have become first time gun owners.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: August Gun Sales Blow Through Previous Records

Fresh off of the 2020 RNC convention this week, President Trump will travel to New Hampshire Friday for a campaign event and rally.

“Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. announced that President Donald J. Trump will deliver remarks live from Manchester, New Hampshire on Friday, August 28th, his first campaign event since officially accepting the Republican presidential nomination,” the campaign released Thursday.

According to the rally sign up page, attendees will have to sign a health waiver upon registration.

“By registering for this event, you understand and expressly acknowledge that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. In attending the event, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and waive, release, and discharge Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; Peri Cohas Hangar; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers from any and all liability under any theory, whether in negligence or otherwise, for any illness or injury,” the website states.

President Trump will give his nomination acceptance speech tonight from the White House. Thursday night Vice President Mike Pence spoke from Fort McHenry. As a surprise, President Trump joined him at the end.

Democrat nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden did not engage in any public events last week, after the DNC convention, or this week during the RNC convention. When asked about whether he can win the White House from his basement, Biden sounded confident.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: Fresh Off the RNC Convention, President Trump is Hitting the Road Friday

UPDATE: On Wednesday, August 17, 2020 FBI Kevin Clinesmith officially submitted his guilty plea.

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The first guilty plea as a result of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s criminal investigation into the origins of the Obama administration’s phony Russia investigation has arrived.

Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who worked on Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation, is expected to plead guilty to felony charges of making false statements Friday. He is guilty of changing information in a CIA email, a fabrication of evidence, in order to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on former Trump campaign official Carter Page.

The Federalist has more on his actions:

Clinesmith’s deliberate falsification of a federal spy warrant was first revealed last December following a lengthy investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), headed by Michael Horowitz. Horowitz and his team wrote in a 434-page report that Clinesmith — identified in the report as “OGC Attorney” — altered an email from a separate U.S. federal agency, believed to be the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), to falsely state that Page had never worked with the CIA to investigate suspected Russia agents operating within the U.S. In fact, as Clinesmith was told by the operative, Page had worked with the CIA previously, as well as with the FBI.

According to the OIG report, Clinesmith “[o]mitted Page’s prior relationship with another U.S. government agency, despite being reminded by the other agency in June 2017, prior to the filing of the final [FISA warrant] renewal application, about Page’s past status with that other agency.”

“Instead of including this information in the final renewal application,” the OIG report stated, Clinesmith “altered an email from the other agency so that the email stated that Page was ‘not a source’ for the other agency, which the FBI affiant relied upon in signing the final renewal application.”

During an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Thursday night, Attorney General Bill Barr said there would be a development in the Durham probe today, adding more is on the way before the 2020 presidential election.

“Things are moving along at the proper pace as dictated by the facts in this investigation,” Barr said.

You can read the Clinesmith indictment below.

First Durham Indictment by Katie Pavlich on Scribd

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: UPDATE: FBI Lawyer Indicted by Durham Officially Pleads Guilty

During an interview with Townhall at the White House Tuesday, President Donald Trump warned the 2020 election could be a “fraud” and “totally rigged” if Democrat governors move forward with massive mail-in-ballot voting schemes.

“This election’s going to be a fraud if they do that,” Trump said. “To me that’s the most dangerous thing about this election.”

“Who are they sending them to? Nobody has any idea,” he continued. “Look at just a few weeks ago. Paterson, New Jersey 20 percent of the ballots are a fraud. People are being locked up left and right. Look at the postmen being indicted, federal, terrible crimes.”

According to NJ.com two men in Paterson, one city councilman and another city councilman-elect, were recently charged by the New Jersey Attorney General for voter fraud after deliberately failing to “count 800 city ballots found scattered across different municipalities.” In West Virginia, a mail carrier pleaded guilty to altering ballots after “applications were mailed to all registered voters in West Virginia in April in a bid to encourage mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.”

Trump drew a distinction between mass mail-in-voting and absentee ballot voting, citing a better process for the latter.

“Now, it’s different than an absentee where you go in and you write-in and you go through a whole procedure. Like I’m working in the White House and I’m in Florida, voting in Florida, so it’s much different situation. Absentee is great because you have to go through a process,” he said. “What you should have is voter i.d. and you have to go unless you can’t vote and then you should get an absentee ballot.”

Using a personal example from a friend, Trump lamented ballots being sent to the deceased and to pets. In Atlanta last week, a voter registration form was sent to a dead cat.

This is part three of a multi-story series from this exclusive interview.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: EXCLUSIVE: President Trump Explains the ‘Most Dangerous’ Thing Facing the 2020 Election

Wednesday night President Trump announced he was replacing Campaign Manager Brad Parscale with Deputy Campaign Manager Bill Stepien.

“I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager. Brad Parscale, who has been with me for a very long time and has led our tremendous digital and data strategies, will remain in that role, while being a Senior Advisor to the campaign,” Trump said in a post on Facebook. “Both were heavily involved in our historic 2016 win, and I look forward to having a big and very important second win together. This one should be a lot easier as our poll numbers are rising fast, the economy is getting better, vaccines and therapeutics will soon be on the way, and Americans want safe streets and communities!”

Today, Stepien explained how he plans to take on former Vice President Joe Biden and lead President Trump to a second term in November.

“President Trump and Brad Parscale have built an unprecedentedly strong campaign based on data and technology and Brad will remain heavily involved. We have a better team, better voter information, a better ground game, better fundraising, and most importantly, a better candidate with a better record,” Stepien released in a statement. “With 109 days left, our goal is clear – to win each day we have left until election day. If we win more days than Joe Biden wins, President Trump will be re-elected.”

“We will expose Joe Biden as a hapless tool of the extreme left and contrast his failures with the undeniable successes of President Trump. The same media polls that had the world convinced that Hillary Clinton would be elected in 2016 are trying the same trick again in 2020. It won’t work,” he continued.

Late last week the Biden campaign released the Biden-Sanders Unity Taskforce Recommendations, which is full of far left policy proposals. After its publication, Sanders said Biden could be one of the most progressive presidents in American history.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: New Trump Campaign Manager Explains How He’ll Take on Joe Biden

It’s clear Joe Biden’s far left advisers are starting to change his stance on policing in America.

During an interview Wednesday with leftist publication This Now, Biden said the police are over militarized, have “become the enemy” and said funding should “absolutely” be reallocated elsewhere. In other words, he’s advocating for the defunding of law enforcement as crime across the country continues to skyrocket.

It was just three weeks ago when Biden claimed he did not support defunding the police. In fact, he proposed an increase in funding for policing programs.

“Don’t defund police, support reforms,” Biden wrote in an op-ed for USA Today. “I’ve long been a firm believer in the power of community policing — getting cops out of their cruisers and building relationships with the people and the communities they are there to serve and protect. That’s why I’m proposing an additional $300 million to reinvigorate community policing in our country. Every single police department should have the money it needs to institute real reforms like adopting a national use of force standard, buying body cameras and recruiting more diverse police officers.”

Top Biden advisor and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for complete defunding of police departments across the country. Significant cuts aren’t enough.

So who’s really in charge?

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: Joe Biden Says Police Have ‘Become the Enemy,’ ‘Absolutely’ Should Defund Them

Attorney General Bill Barr has agreed to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee next month after endless accusations from Democrats he has politicized the Department of Justice. Democrat Congressman Jerry Nadler issued the invitation.

Barr has been accused of giving Trump associates like Roger Stone and Michael Flynn special treatment, but the facts of how Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel treated those close to the 2016 Trump campaign tell a different story.

“The Attorney General determined the high sentence proposed by the line prosecutors in the Roger Stone case was excessive and inconsistent with similar cases. In the interest of ensuring the imposition of a fair sentence, the Attorney General directed Tim Shea, who was then U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, to leave the sentencing to the discretion of the judge. The judge ultimately sentenced Mr. Stone to half the time that the line prosecutors originally proposed. As he has previously stated, the Attorney General did not discuss the sentencing of Roger Stone with the President of anyone else at the White House and had made the decision to correct the filing before the President tweeted about the case,” DOJ Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec released in a statement. “The Attorney General stated during his confirmation hearing that it is his job to ensure that the administration of justice and the enforcement of the law is above and away from politics. He has and will continue to approach all cases at the Department of Justice with that commitment to the rule of law and the fair and impartial administration of justice.”

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: Popcorn: Bill Barr to Testify in Front of Nadler’s Committee

In the aftermath of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the Obama administration failed to refill crucial medical supplies and personal protective equipment after depleting the Strategic National Stockpile.

After the swine flu epidemic in 2009, a safety-equipment industry association and a federally sponsored task force both recommended that depleted supplies of N95 respirator masks, which filter out airborne particles, be replenished by the stockpile, which is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

That didn’t happen, according to Charles Johnson, president of the International Safety Equipment Assn.

The stockpile drew down about 100 million masks during the 2009 epidemic, Johnson said.

“Our association is unaware of any major effort to restore the stockpile to cover that drawdown,” he said.

President Trump doesn’t plan on doing the same and will announce Thursday his administration will work to ensure the United States is prepared for the next public health crisis. In March, he previewed the plans at the White House.

“Our goal for the future must be to have American medicine for American patients, American supplies for American hospitals, and American equipment for our great American heroes. Now, both parties must unite to ensure the United States is truly an independent nation in every sense of the word,” President Trump said.

“We should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival. I think we’ve learned a lot. This crisis has underscored just how critical it is to have strong borders and a robust manufacturing sector,” he continued. “For three years, we’ve embarked on a great national project to secure our immigration system and bring back our manufacturing jobs.”

During an interview with Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo Thursday morning, President Trump reiterated that he’s been right along about the danger of supply chains overseas, particularly in China.

“Look, there’s nothing good about what happened with the plague, okay? Especially the death. But the one thing is, it said, Trump was right,” he said.

“These stupid supply chains that are all over the world,” Trump continued. “One little piece of the world goes bad, and the whole thing is messed up…I said we shouldn’t have supply chains, we should have them all in the United States. We have the companies to do it. And if we don’t, we can do that.”

While China was telling the entire world Wuhan coronavirus wasn’t transmissible from human-to-human, the Chinese Communist Party was stockpiling personal protective equipment in order to exploit the coming pandemic.

“We know for a critical six week period of time China used its influence at the World Health Organization to hide the virus from the world,” White House Trader Advisor Peter Navarro said in a recent interview.

“But here’s what I think should be very disturbing to every American. During that period of time, that six week interval when they were hiding this virus from the world, China went from a net exporter of personal protective equipment, they are the largest producer of that in the world, to a large net importer. They basically went around and vacuumed up virtually all of the PPE around the world, including a lot in this country which was being shared for humanitarian reasons, sharing our PPE with them. What that did was leave people in New York, Milan and everywhere in between, defenseless,” he continued. “China is sitting on that hoard, PPE where it cornered the market and is profiteering. I have access that are coming across my desk where .50 cent masks made in China are being sold to hospitals here in America for as much as $8.”

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: Unlike Obama, Trump Is Refilling Crucial Emergency Stockpiles

In February as Wuhan coronavirus raged around the world and was spreading in American communities, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a visit to San Francisco’s Chinatown to berate President Trump for his travel ban to-and-from China.

According to the White House, Pelosi deleted video of the event from her Twitter feed. President Trump is reminding everyone about what she said.

Meanwhile, the White House has been on a tweet spree comparing dated actions from President Trump to those taken by Speaker Pelosi.

Pelosi is currently in San Francisco giving tours of her $24,000 refrigerators as Americans, especially those who own small businesses, continue to suffer.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: Trump Reposts Damning Video Nancy Pelosi Deleted From Her Twitter Feed

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