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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

Republican Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise took to the House floor Thursday to criticize the “sham process” that he said the Democrats’ impeachment resolution would cement.

Scalise argued that House Democrats had been engaging in Soviet-style tactics and that the proposed resolution, which only gives Republicans and President Donald Trump the chance to call witnesses or present a defense if the Democratic committee chair approved, was no better.

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“No rights for the minority unless the chair so designates,” Scalise began. “In fact, in this resolution it allows the chair to veto even the ability for the president to have legal counsel in the room. If the chair chooses at his whim they can kick out the president’s legal counsel.”

Scalise called the move “unprecedented,” and then took it a step further: “This is Soviet-style rules. Maybe in the Soviet Union you do things like that where only you make the rules, where you reject the ability for the person you are accusing to even be in the room. To question what’s going on. For anybody else to call witnesses. When only one person has the right to call witnesses,” he added. “And as we saw just the other day, the chairman was literally directing the witness to not answer certain questions by the Republicans. What kind of fairness is that?”

“Maybe you think it’s fairness if you can run roughshod over somebody because you have the votes but that’s not how impeachment was supposed to go,” Scalise continued, invoking Alexander Hamilton’s words of warning from The Federalist Papers. “‘The greatest danger is that the decision on impeachment will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.’ Alexander Hamilton warned about days like today.”

Scalise concluded by listing several legislative measures that were being passed over in favor of the Democrats’ “infatuation with impeachment,” including lowering prescription drug prices and formalizing pay for the military.

“Madam Speaker when you look through this resolution and see how one-sided, how Soviet-style this is running, this is the United States of America. Don’t run a sham process and tainted process like this resolution insures,” he said.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Steve Scalise Rips Into Impeachment Resolution: ‘Don’t Run A Sham Process!’

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared to joke Tuesday that she could certainly win the 2020 presidential election if she were once again pitted against President Donald Trump.

“Maybe there does need to be a rematch. I mean, obviously I can beat him again,” Clinton told “PBS Newshour” host Judy Woodruff, apparently referencing her superior popular vote total in 2016.

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Woodruff began the segment by mentioning the president’s tweets and the fact that he had attacked Clinton early Tuesday morning — all but daring her to enter the 2020 presidential race.

“It truly is remarkable how obsessed he remains with me,” Clinton laughed. “But this latest tweet is so typical of him. Nothing has been more examined and looked at than my e-mails. We all know that. So he’s either lying or delusional or both … so maybe there does need to be a rematch. Obviously I can beat him again.”

“But just seriously, I don’t understand,” Clinton continued. “I don’t think anybody understands what motivates him other than personal grievance, other than seeking adulation. I said during the campaign, there was no other Donald Trump. What you saw was what you were going to get, and I think a lot of Americans understandably thought, oh, no, that can’t possibly be the case. Once he’s in office, he will certainly moderate his behavior. Well, we see, no, he hasn’t.”

Despite saying several times that she will not run for president for a third time in 2020, Clinton has fueled the rumor mill with a slew of public appearances related to her latest book, co-authored with her daughter Chelsea.

She has also fanned the flames with recent tweets, responding to the president’s 2020 challenge by saying simply, “Don’t tempt me. Do your job.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: ‘Obviously I Can Beat Him Again’: Hillary Clinton Says She Could Win In 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden snapped at Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, challenging him Saturday to “ask the right questions.”

Biden, who was in Des Moines with a number of other 2020 Democratic hopefuls for the steak fry, told Doocy that he had never spoken to his son Hunter Biden about his work in the Ukraine. But then the exchange got testy.

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“Here is what I know,” a visibly frustrated Biden responded. “I know Trump deserves to be investigated. He is violating every basic norm of a president. You should be asking him the question: why is he on the phone with a foreign leader? Trying to intimidate a foreign leader. If that’s what happened … that appears what happened.”

Biden was referencing a whistleblower’s claim that President Donald Trump had pressured Ukrainian President Zelensky multiple times to help him by investigating his son Hunter Biden. That claim, according to the most recent reports, came from an anonymous source who had no direct knowledge of the phone call in question.

“You should be looking at Trump,” Biden continued, wagging his finger at the gathered reporters. “Trump’s doing this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum. He’s using the abuse of power, and every element of the presidency to try to do something to smear me.”

“Everybody’s looked at this,” Biden concluded, turning back to Doocy and snapping, “Ask the right questions.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: ‘Ask The Right Questions!’: Biden Snaps At Fox News Reporter Peter Doocy

Every Memorial Day millions of Americans take time to remember those who have fallen in service to country — but for some, like Republican Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw, it’s personal.

Crenshaw, a retired Lieutenant Commander and Navy SEAL, marked the day by sharing a series of photos memorializing his own brothers-in-arms — each of whom willingly paid the ultimate price for their friends, their families and millions of complete strangers.

“Enjoy your Memorial Day and let us remember why we celebrate. We celebrate the lives of the heroes we have lost. Never Forget,” Crenshaw tweeted, adding, “Read entire thread please.”

BRENDAN LOONEY

“Did our first deployment together at SEAL Team 3. One of the best and most respected leaders on the Team. Husband, son, and brother. ‘Be Strong. Be accountable. Never complain.’”

Looney, a Naval Academy lacrosse player, was honored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in January of 2019 with the Peter Kohn award. His father, Kevin Looney, accepted the award on his behalf at the U.S. Lacrosse National Convention in Philadelphia.

PAT FEEKS

Crenshaw called Feeks “one of the best JTACs out there.” A JTAC (Joint Terminal Air Controller) is responsible for calling in airstrikes from the ground.

“Loyal friend, husband, brother, and son. He always showed up when you asked him to,” Crenshaw added.

DAVE WARSEN

Crenshaw remembered Warsen for the time they spent together on deployment. “When not on missions, we’d hit the volleyball court (half sand, half rocks),” he said. “Strongest guy in the platoon, and also the happiest.”

Warsen’s hometown of Kentwood, Michigan, dedicated a stretch of the M-6 highway in Warsen’s name in 2015.

KEVIN EBBERT

Crenshaw recalled Ebbert as his roommate in BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training). “One of the smartest, most capable, kindest SEALs I ever knew. Skilled medic, loving husband. Missed dearly.”

Ebbert was the son of retired Navy SEAL (also deceased) Jeffery Ebbert.

BRAD CAVNER

Cavner, Crenshaw noted, helped him learn to shoot left-handed after he was injured. “Cool, collected, and a great operator. Brad taught me to shoot left-handed after I lost my right eye,” he said.

TOM FOUKE

“World would be a better place with him in it,” Crenshaw said of Tom Fouke, another former roommate. “The gentlest big guy I ever knew. He raised an Argentine Horned frog named Lester when we lived together. Loved life, loved Metallica.”

BRETT MARIHUGH

Marihugh, Crenshaw remembered, “pretended to be a doctor so he could visit my hospital room in Afghanistan and check up on me after I got hit by an IED.” Crenshaw also called the former police officer “the most motivating and entertaining guy in our BUD/S class.”

CHARLES KEATING IV

Crenshaw described Keating — known to his friends as “Chuck Heavy” — as the “life of the party” with a contagious laugh. “He was killed placing himself in danger so that his Team wouldn’t have to. Navy Cross recipient. Epic hero, husband, son, brother,” Crenshaw added.

Keating was part of a “quick reaction force” sent to extract a team of American combat advisors who had been besieged by ISIS fighters in Iraq. He was the third American combat death in Iraq.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: DAN CRENSHAW REMEMBERS HIS FALLEN BROTHERS IN POWERFUL TRIBUTE

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that “it would certainly be hard to believe” that former President Barack Obama was unaware of what the FBI was up to in 2016.

Speaking to WMAL radio host Larry O’Connor, Trump said he was considering holding his own press conference on Thursday following the public release of the Mueller report.

Trump went on to praise Attorney General William Barr, saying “he’s grabbed it by the horn.”

The conversation turned to several former Obama-era officials, most of whom are likely to be investigated in the coming months as Barr has pledged, and Trump touted the fact that he had called attention to them as “one of my great achievements, actually.”

The president also had strong opinions when it came to whether or not Obama was aware of what the FBI was doing. “How is it possible that he didn’t know?” he asked. “I mean, we’re talking about pervasive, horrible things that were happening.”

“It would certainly be hard to believe that he didn’t know what was going on,” Trump concluded.

Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are expected to release the redacted Mueller report and give a press conference Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. EST.

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Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Dailycaller: TRUMP SAYS IT WOULD BE ‘HARD TO BELIEVE’ OBAMA DIDN’T KNOW WHAT FBI WAS UP TO IN 2016

Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters challenged bank executives during a Wednesday morning hearing, appearing to blame them for the student debt crisis.

What she appeared to leave out was the fact that student loans were nationalized nearly a decade ago under former President Barack Obama to cut banks’ ability to offer government-backed loans.

“By cutting out the middleman, we’ll save the American taxpayers $68 billion in the coming years,” Obama said when he signed the legislation in 2010. “That’s real money.”

Waters now chairs the committee that oversees those student loans.

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Waters began by explaining the student debt crisis, saying, “Today, there are more than 44 million Americans that owe … $1.56 trillion in student loan debt.”

She added, “Last year, 1 million student loan borrowers defaulted which is on top of the 1 million borrowers who defaulted the year before.”

Then, Waters turned the questions on the bank executives, asking what they intended to do about the student debt crisis: “What are you guys doing to help us with the student loan debt? Who would like to answer first? Mr. Monihan? Big bank?”

“We stopped making student loans in 2007 or so,” he responded.

“So you don’t do it anymore? Mr. Corbyn?” she pressed the next banker.

“We exited student lending in 2009,” he replied.

“Mr. Dimon?” Waters tried again.

“When the government took over student lending in 2010, we stopped doing all student lending,” he said.

Fox Business host Stuart Varney played a clip from Wednesday’s hearing, then noted that as chair of the Financial Services Committee, Waters should have known that all student loans were nationalized in 2010. Therefore, none of the bank executives she questioned had any control over the student debt crisis.

“That was interesting, was it not?” he asked. “It appeared to me that Maxine Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, did not know that the government had nationalized student loans 10 years ago. I don’t believe she knows that. She chairs a committee which regulates the banks.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Dailycaller: WATERS TRIES TO PIN STUDENT DEBT CRISIS ON BANKS — FORGETS STUDENT LOANS WERE NATIONALIZED 10 YEARS AGO

Judge Jeanine Pirro has only been off the air for one episode of her Fox News show, but President Donald Trump noticed — and he wants her to come back.

Fox announced Saturday that Pirro would not be on air for her regular Saturday evening show, “Justice with Judge Jeanine” — and although the network made no connection between the decision to pull her and recent comments she made questioning the loyalty of Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, a number of others jumped to that conclusion.

Fox released a statement saying instead that the network would not be commenting on internal scheduling matters.

Trump made it clear that he would like to see Pirro return, suggesting that the “Radical Left Democrats” and the “Fake News Media” were ultimately responsible for efforts to silence voices like Pirro’s.

Former White House communications director — and Pirro’s friend — Anthony Scaramucci also weighed in, saying that words shouldn’t be a reason to destroy someone’s career. “Professional capital punishment for words doesn’t make sense and isn’t true to real discourse,” he explained.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Dailycaller: TRUMP REALLY WANTS JUDGE JEANINE BACK ON FOX NEWS

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