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Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s decision to declassify information related to the origins of the Russia probe was “un-American.” Just more than two years ago, however, Schiff called on then-President Barack Obama to declassify some of the very same information.

On the heels of Trump’s decision to give Barr wide latitude with regard to declassifying the pertinent information, Schiff tweeted, “While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies.

The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase. This is un-American.”

But in December 2016, just a month prior to Trump’s inauguration, Schiff called on Obama to declassify as much information as possible, arguing that Trump would not allow it once he was in office.

“President Obama can and must declassify as much as possible about Russia hacking our elections. Rest assured, Trump won’t,” Schiff’s 2016 tweet reads.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Schiff Wanted Obama To Declassify Russia Docs — If Trump Does It, He’s ‘Un-American’

Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy called the House Democrats’ latest attempt at coronavirus relief “dead as fried chicken.”

Kennedy explained his reasoning during a conversation with Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

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Bartiromo asked Kennedy directly why he would say that the bill, which proposes another $3 trillion in relief spending, was “dead as fried chicken.”

“That’s $3 trillion,” Kennedy began, listing the zeros one by one for impact. “It’s not going to pass the Senate nor should it. My fellow Republicans in the Senate have tried to see things from the Speaker’s point of view, but we can’t get our heads that far up our rear ends, and I think any fair-minded American would agree, once they read the bill.”

Bartiromo asked about the fact that a number of the provisions in the bill appeared to have no relation to coronavirus at all, and Kennedy was quick to respond to that as well.

“Well it’s not a coronavirus bill as much as it is an effort by the Speaker and her colleagues to rewrite the rules for American society. This bill, her bill would rewrite our immigration laws, her bill would federalize elections, our elections have always been run by states and local governments. Her bill would begin the process of federalizing the elections,” Kennedy explained.

“It mentions dope more than it talks about jobs. I think it references cannabis like 68 times. It would expand Obamacare and let me end as I began,” Kennedy concluded. “It would cost $3 trillion. That’s 3,000 billion. We just spent $3 trillion, we need to see how that works first.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Sen. Kennedy: Republicans Tried To See Coronavirus Relief Pelosi’s Way, ‘But We Can’t Get Our Heads That Far Up Our Rear Ends’

Actress Alyssa Milano defended former Vice President Joe Biden amid accusations of sexual misconduct, saying that he deserves due process.

Milano supported independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016 and has since endorsed Biden in the 2020 Democratic primary. She shared a video Monday — from her recent interview on “Andy Cohen Live” — explaining why, despite the accusations and her activism in the #metoo movement, she still supports Biden and will not be withdrawing her endorsement.

Milano explained that her goal in supporting the #metoo movement had been to shift society toward believing women rather than dismissing them — but that was never meant to rob men of the due process to which they were entitled.

Fellow “Charmed” alum Rose McGowan was not impressed with Milano’s explanation, suggesting that she was willing to accept allegations when they were leveled against people that she didn’t like, but concerned about due process for those she did.

“You are a fraud. This is about holding the media accountable. You go after Trump & Kavanaugh saying Believe Victims, you are a lie. You have always been a lie. The corrupt DNC is in on the smear job of Tara Reade, so are you. SHAME,” McGowan tweeted.

And Milano did appear to have a very different approach to “due process” when it came to the nomination — and eventual confirmation — of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Her attacks on Kavanaugh began within hours of his nomination on July 9, 2018.

From that day until the day of his eventual confirmation, Milano continued to attack.

When Dr. Christine Blasey Ford went public with accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, Milano was quick to join the fight despite the fact that Ford’s claims lacked substantiation from any source.

Milano made no move to question the authenticity of Ford’s claims, instead boosting her credibility by referring to her as a “victim” rather than an “alleged victim” and promoting her story with no caveats. She even attended Kavanaugh’s hearings in support of Ford.

Milano gave the same consideration to accusations against President Donald Trump, repeating the accusations without noting that it as possible that some — or all — were untrue.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Alyssa Milano Says Joe Biden Deserves ‘Due Process’ In Sexual Assault Allegation

Politico appeared to suggest Thursday that President Donald Trump’s new travel restrictions, which included a 30-day moratorium on flights from most European nations, intentionally spared his own resorts.

The ban exempts nations outside the Schengen Area, which is a group of 26 countries that allow visa-free international travel within its borders. It also exempts American citizens traveling in Europe, although once they are allowed to return home they may be expected to self-quarantine.

“Trump’s new coronavirus, European travel restrictions have a convenient side effect: They exempt nations where three Trump-owned golf resorts are located,” the outlet tweeted along with an article that explained that the United Kingdom, which was exempted from the travel restrictions, was home to several Trump properties.

Trump’s travel ban sidesteps his own European resorts,” the headline read on Politico’s website, and the story went on to suggest that financial struggles could have figured into the decision.

“The United Kingdom, which is home to Trump Turnberry and Trump International Golf Links, and Ireland, which is home to another Trump-branded hotel and golf course at Doonbeg, do not participate in the Schengen Area. Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania are also not part of the Schengen Area. All three of the resorts are struggling financially.”

Tim Murtaugh, communications director for President Trump’s reelection campaign, told the Daily Caller that Politico’s attack was unfounded and that the president had only the safety and health of American citizens in mind.

“This is just more media recklessness designed to undermine President Trump while he’s managing the response to the coronavirus outbreak. Every single decision the President has made has been designed to protect the American people. Every one,” Murtaugh said.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Without Evidence, Politico Suggests Trump Intentionally Exempted His Resorts From Travel Restrictions

California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris officially endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in a statement Sunday.

Harris released a video endorsement via Twitter.

Harris, who had often targeted her former rival in the early debates with pointed questions about minority busing programs, said that Biden would be “a president who reflects the decency and dignity of the American people; a president who speaks the truth; and a president who fights for those whose voices are too often overlooked or ignored.”

“When I started my run for president, I said America needs a president who reflects the decency and dignity of the American people; a president who speaks the truth; and a president who fights for those whose voices are too often overlooked or ignored. I still believe that to this day. That is why I am proud to announce I am endorsing my friend, Vice President Joe Biden, for President of the United States.”

Biden, who campaigned Saturday in St. Louis appeared to let the cat out of the bag early when he thanked the supporters of his major endorsers — including former primary rivals such as Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. He also listed Harris by name in spite of the fact that she had not yet made an official endorsement at the time.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Kamala Harris Confirms Biden Flub, Gives Official Endorsement

House Impeachment Manager and Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff dodged a question Thursday about his staff’s connection to the alleged whistleblower.

After initially refusing to read a question from Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, saying that it could potentially reveal the name of the whistleblower, Chief Justice John Roberts took a revised question that focused instead on the House Intelligence Committee staffer who reportedly coordinated with the whistleblower.

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Roberts introduced the question, based on recent reporting that indicated the House Intelligence Committee, which Schiff chairs, hired a National Security Council holdover from the Obama Administration who had been part of a conversation in which someone said that “we need to do everything we can to take out the president.”

“The report further describes relationships between Lieutenant Colonel Vindman and the whistleblower,” Roberts continued. “Why did your committee hire him the day after the phone call and what role has he played throughout your committee’s investigation?”

Schiff immediately defended his staff and the committee, but he made no move to answer the question. “First of all, there have been a lot of attacks on my staff,” he said. “And as I said when this issue came up earlier, I’m appalled at some of the smearing of those that work for the Intelligence Committee. Now this refers to allegations and newspaper articles which are circulating smears on my staff and asked me to respond to those smears. I will not dignify those smears on my staff by giving them credence whatsoever or share information I believe could or could not lead to the identification of the whistleblower.”

Schiff then turned on the Republicans who had asked the question, suggesting that asking a question about his staffing decisions was tantamount to “attacking his staff.”

“Members of this body used to care about the protection of whistleblower identities,” Schiff continued, in spite of the fact that the question neither revealed that identity nor asked for it. “They didn’t use to attack members of staff. Now they do. Now they do. Now they will take an unsubstantiated repressed article and use it to smear my staff. I think it’s disgraceful.”

Schiff went on to describe the process by which intelligence community whistleblowers come forward with information, but still made no move to answer the question about his decision to hire an Obama holdover. Once again he accused the Republicans of attempting to out the whistleblower.

“The president would like nothing better than that I’m sure the president is applauding this question because he wants his pound of flesh,” Schiff continued, turning his attack on President Donald Trump. “He wants to punish anyone that has the courage to stand up to him. Well, I can’t tell you who the whistleblower is because I don’t know, but I can tell you who it should be. It should be every one of us. We should be willing to blow the whistle on the president’s misconduct.”

Schiff concluded by suggesting that in the future people might be too afraid to come forward, saying, “Why stick my neck out? Is my name going to be dragged through the mud? Will people join our staff if their names are going to be dragged through the mud?”

At no point did he answer the question.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Adam Schiff Dodges Question About Connection To Whistleblower, Says He Won’t Let His Staff Be Dragged Through The Mud

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff was an answer on Wednesday night’s “Jeopardy,” and no one knew who he was.

In spite of the fact that Schiff has been at the helm of public impeachment proceedings for weeks — quickly stretching into months — none of the contestants on the popular game show were able to name him.

Host Alex Trebek showed Schiff’s photo and gave the clue — “1/53rd of California’s House delegation is this Intelligence Committee chairman” — and the time expired before any of the three contestants were able to come up with his name.

Embattled former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti suffered a similar fate when he was an answer on the same game show last November — and none of the contestants were able to name him either.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Adam Schiff Was An Answer On Jeopardy — And Despite Impeachment, No One Recognized Him

“The View” hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar blamed President Donald Trump for the 176 civilians who were killed when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner.

The two co-hosts made the comments during a Monday morning segment while speaking remotely with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.

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Sunny Hostin began the segment by asking Schiff about the intelligence that President Trump has claimed justified the strike he authorized on the late Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

“Look, I don’t think the evidence, the intelligence, justifies the targeted killing of a loathsome, and yes, blood thirsty person but justified the targeting killing of Soleimani if it was going to increase the risk to Americans,” Schiff responded, arguing that Iran’s retaliatory strikes could have been much more devastating than they were.

“The risk I think to our personnel has gone up, not down, and I don’t think it was justified by the intelligence, at least not the intelligence that I’ve seen,” he continued.

“That Ukrainian plane would still be alive,” Goldberg interjected.

“The people on that plane would still be alive today,” Behar agreed.

After days of blaming mechanical failure, Iranian officials admitted Saturday that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was responsible for firing the missile that brought the plane down. That admission sparked a wave of protests from Iranian citizens angry that their government had lied to them.

Meanwhile, Iranian officials and Trump critics alike argued that even if Iran shot down the plane, it was only because the Trump administration had “started it” by authorizing the strike on Soleimani.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Whoopi Goldberg And Joy Behar Blame Trump For Plane Shot Down By Iran

Republican Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe hinted Saturday at the reason he believes House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff won’t release Michael Atkinson’s transcript.

Ratcliffe suggested in a tweet that Atkinson, the Intelligence Community Inspector General, might have revealed information about a possible connection between the whistleblower and members of Schiff’s staff.

“It’s because I asked IG Atkinson about his ‘investigation’ into the contacts between Schiff’s staff and the person who later became the whistleblower. The transcript is classified ‘secret’ so Schiff can prevent you from seeing the answers to my questions,” he tweeted.

Ratcliffe was responding to a question tweeted by Paul Sperry, former D.C. bureau chief at Investors Business Daily, about the fact that Atkinson’s transcript was still being withheld nearly two months after his closed-door testimony.

“Why is Schiff still withholding transcript of ICIG Michael Atkinson’s Oct 4 closed-door testimony which lasted 8+ hours? He’s released 15 witness transcripts but is still hiding Atkinson’s,” Sperry noted.

Republicans in both the House and the Senate have suggested that Schiff himself ought to be called to testify over his staffers’ interactions with the whistleblower.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Ratcliffe Says He Knows The Reason Schiff Won’t Release ICIG Michael Atkinson’s Transcript

Employees at a DC strip club suspect Hunter Biden used the VIP room to smoke crack, they told the New York Post.

Biden was a regular at Archibald’s, a gentleman’s club located just a few blocks from the White House, and spent thousands of dollars in the VIP room there — and on at least one occasion, he was suspected of using that VIP room to smoke crack, according to a report from Page Six.

James Ritter, a former managing partner at Archibald’s, recounted the incident that he said took place in late 2018. “There was a smell of burning styrofoam in the VIP room. We told him nothing illegal can go on here. We didn’t see anything illegal. After he was spoken to, the smell stopped,” Ritter explained to Page Six. “VIP employees suspected it was crack.”

Ritter also claimed that Biden paid his considerable tab with credit cards that did not have his name on them, something that was technically against Archibald’s usual policy which required customers’ credit cards to match photo identification. “Hunter was a bit of an exception,” Ritter added.

Ranko Petrovic, a security worker at Archibald’s, told Page Six that Biden was a regular visitor and although he would often “hole up” in the VIP room and drink while he was in town, no one at the club had any problem with him.

Biden, 49, has admitted to a number of stints in rehab for addiction and alcoholism — and once in 2016 after a crack binge.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: DC Strip Club Employees Recall ‘Suspecting’ Hunter Biden Smoked Crack: Report

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