Biden Spent Nearly 40% of 2022 in Delaware, at Camp David, or on Vacation
On January 2, 2023, the Daily Caller reported:
“President Joe Biden spent nearly 40% of 2022 in Delaware, Camp David and vacation destinations. A Daily Caller analysis of Biden’s 2022 public schedule shows that the president spent 92 days or partial days at one of his Delaware properties, and 32 days or partial days at Camp David. Biden also vacationed seven days in South Carolina, five days in Nantucket, and five days in the U.S. Virgin Islands, bringing his total getaway days to … 141, or 38.6% of his first full calendar year.”
Biden’s Classified-Documents Scandal
During the January 8, 2023 broadcast of the Fox News program Life, Liberty, and Levin, host Mark Levin, citing a recent FBI raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on the pretext of seizing classified documents that were on the premises, said to Republican congressman James Comer, the Republican leader in the House Committee on Oversight and Reform: “The National Archives. I’m hoping that you folks will take a look at how they have applied their rules to past presidents, past secretaries of state, past attorney[s] genera[l], and so forth. Because I don’t believe [for] two seconds that no past president or vice president or attorney general or secretary of state doesn’t have some [classified] document at home, or didn’t destroy some document. I don’t believe it at all. Is that something you’ll look into?” Comer replied that he and the Oversight Committee absolutely would investigate that matter, saying: “Yes. In fact, the National Archives is under our jurisdiction in the Oversight Committee…. And you’re exactly right. We’ve gone back and investigated. Every president and vice president has inadvertently taken documents with them. There was never a raid on their private residence. I sincerely believe … that that raid on Mar-a-Lago was triggered by the January 6 Committee, just doing a fishing expedition to see if they could find anything, anything they could use against Donald Trump.”
The very next day — January 9, 2023 — a Biden White House lawyer confirmed a story that had been leaked to, and reported by, NBC News: that 10 classified documents from President Biden’s 2009-2017 tenure as vice president had been discovered in a locked closet on November 2, 2022 – six days before the midterm elections of 2022 — at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, a think tank located about a mile from the White House and affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. The documents were discovered by Biden’s personal attorneys as they prepared to vacate the space in that office, which Biden had used “periodically” between 2017 and the launch of his 2020 presidential campaign, and were turned over to the National Archives the following morning (November 3, 2022).
But back in September 2022, when FBI agents had raided Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida home to seize classified documents – plus a massive trove of additional documents and items that were also on the premises — Biden told a 60 Minutes interviewer what he had first thought upon hearing the news: “How that [the storage of classified documents by a former president] could possibly happen? How anyone could be that irresponsible. And I thought, what data was in there that may compromise sources and methods? And by that I mean, names of people who helped or, etc. And just, uh, totally irresponsible.”
When President Biden was asked to comment on the discovery of the classified documents in his Penn Biden Center office, he replied: “I don’t know what’s in the documents. My lawyers have not suggested I ask what documents they were. I’ve turned over the boxes, they’ve turned over the boxes to the [National ]Archives, and we’re cooperating fully, cooperating fully with the review, which I hope will be finished soon, and there’ll be more detail at that time.”
Notably, the Penn Biden Center had some highly controversial financial ties to Communist China. According to The Washington Free Beacon: “The University of Pennsylvania took in around $61 million in gifts and contracts from China between 2017 and 2019, according to records from the Department of Education. This was a substantial uptick from the prior four years, when the university received $19 million from China. Many of the Chinese contributions were listed as coming from ‘anonymous’ sources, according to the university’s disclosure records. Between March 2017 and the end of 2019, the university received a total of $22 million in anonymous gifts from China—a spike from less than $5 million during the preceding four years.”
On January 11, 2023, reports emerged indicating that on December 20, 2022, a second haul of classified documents belonging to President Biden had been discovered at a separate location – in the garage of Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home. The DOJ took possession of these documents the following day.
Also on January 11, 2023, Biden’s attorneys searched his two Delaware homes for other records and found an additional page that was marked “classified,” stored in a room next to the garage in Biden’s Wilmington house. The attorneys promptly notified the DOJ of their discovery.
On January 12, 2023, Attorney general Merrick Garland held a press conference during which he announced that, in a phone call earlier that day with Biden’s personal counsel, he had learned that a fourth set of classified documents had been found at the president’s Wilmington residence. On January 14, 2023, Biden’s attorneys publicly confirmed that two days earlier, they had found, inside Biden’s Delaware home, five additional pages marked as “classified” files from his tenure as Vice President. The Daily Mail reported on January 14: “It [the latest discovery] brings the total to six classified documents to have been found at Biden’s home in Delaware, as the first one was found in the garage. It also brings the grand total of classified documents from Biden’s days as vice president up to two dozen.”
On January 20, 2023, The Justice Department conducted a search of President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington and found 6 more documents with classified markings.
On January 30, 2022, historian and political analyst Victor Davis Hanson enumerated and described 10 major differences between the classified document troves of Trump and Biden, respectively. Wrote Hanson:
Former President Donald Trump for now certainly seems to have had more documents labeled “classified” at Mar-a-Lago in Florida than did President Joe Biden at his various homes in Delaware.
Yet otherwise, the comparisons between the two cases, contrary to popular punditry, hardly favor Biden.
First, a stranger would face a far greater challenge entering a post-presidential Mar-a-Lago than a pre-presidential Biden home, office, or garage – or who knows where?
Secret service agents and private security were stationed at Mar-a-Lago. Prior to the 2020 presidential election they were not at citizen Biden’s various troves for most of 2017-2020, much less prior to 2009.
Second, we seem to forget that for much of the developing controversy, Biden’s own team was investigating Biden.
On the other hand, the Biden Administration’s Justice Department and the FBI were not just investigating Trump as an outside party, but as a former president – and possible 2024 presidential candidate and opponent of Biden himself.
Remember, the narrative of the first Democratic impeachment of Trump was the allegation that Trump had used his powers of the presidency to investigate Biden and his family, a likely 2020 challenger to Trump’s reelection bid.
Third, no one in a position of government authority had passed judgment on Biden’s alleged security violations.
That was not the case of the still alleged violations of Trump.
Biden, as president, had weighed in, during his own Justice Department’s ongoing investigations of Trump. Indeed, he proclaimed the former president to be guilty: “How could anyone be that irresponsible?” In contrast, he also dismissed the ongoing investigation of himself with “There is no there, there.”
Fourth, Trump is certainly right that as president he had a far more substantial claim of declassification rights than did Biden who took the papers out either as a senator or vice president.
Fifth, the FBI was not merely asymmetrical in melodramatically raiding the Trump home while allowing Biden lawyers to inspect various Biden stashes. The FBI also leaked the purported contents of the subjects of the Trump classified documents (falsely spreading the lie of “nuclear codes” and “nuclear secrets”) in a way it has not with the Biden cache.
The FBI went so far as to scatter the documents on the floor for a fake news photo-op as if the papers were so messily arrayed when they arrived.
So far, the FBI has come lightly and belatedly to the Biden case without the SWAT team get-up, and only under pressure from the public and the Republican opposition.
Six, Biden did not “self-report.” Biden’s team did not call the relevant government authorities the minute they discovered the classified documents in Biden’s office and home and garage.
In truth, Biden, or someone close to Biden, certainly knew that he or someone close to him had illegally removed classified documents when he left the vice presidency in 2017 – or years earlier as a senator.
For at least the last six years – at least – Biden has felt no compunction to confess to authorities he illegally was in possession of classified documents.
Indeed, the only reason the current troves are coming to light was apparent White House paranoia that the media, the Biden Justice Department, and the special counsel were so fixated on the Trump documents that they likely feared someone might raise the logical question of whether a hypocritical Biden himself might be guilty of exactly the crime for which they were pursuing Trump.
Worse, Biden and his staff knew classified documents were in his possession before the midterms, but deliberately suppressed that information until after the elections were over.
Seventh, Trump’s documents were stored only at one place – Mar-a-Lago, and only for about 19 months. Biden’s were stashed at various locations for nearly seven years, or perhaps over a decade. There were far more opportunities of time and space for those without security clearances to have access to the Biden documents than to the Trump files.
Eighth, the press has exhaustively speculated, usually wrongly, about how the documents reached Mar-a-Lago and what they contained. In contrast, no one knows or even asks why Biden took classified documents, what they concerned, or who if any in his family circle had access to them.
Ninth, Trump’s documents did not expose other liabilities of the constantly investigated Trump. The Biden files so far have directed attention to the mysterious tens of millions of dollars in Communist Chinese money that poured into Biden’s think tank at the University of Pennsylvania, the proximity of members of the quid pro quo Biden consortium to these classified papers, and the files’ relevance, if any, to the Biden family’s overseas businesses.
Did Hunter Biden ever consult or view classified documents while living in a home with them? Will there be fingerprint or DNA tests on the documents? If Hunter consulted any of these classified documents, then the Biden presidency is finished.
Tenth, Trump possessed contested documents as a private citizen. Biden’s files under contention involve the current behavior of the president of the United States. Biden ran for office, was elected, and serves as president with the full knowledge that during all this time he unlawfully possessed classified documents.
Revelation of Joe Biden’s Secret Involvement in Lucrative 2017 Natural Gas Deal with Communist China
On January 20, 2023, the Daily Mail reported that an October 27, 2017 email which had been found on the infamous abandoned laptop of Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, made it clear that Joe Biden, who at that time had recently finished (in January 2017) his tenure as vice president, was actively and knowingly involved in a deal where Hunter Biden and Jim Biden (Joe’s brother) were busy negotiating a multi-million-dollar deal to supply 25 million tons of liquid natural gas (LNG) from Louisiana to China on behalf of their business partner, the Chinese energy giant CEFC.
In emails with Louisiana-based lawyer Robert W. Fenet, who was likewise involved in the deal, Jim Biden openly acknowledged the Biden family’s involvement in the LNG venture. He wrote to Fenet on October 19, 2017: “We Biden’s [sic] often fraught with problems, that they can can [sic] come from working with family members, are of a different mind. It’s all about family, and people we choose to do business with.”
In an October 20, 2017 email to James Biden, Fenet detailed one particular proposal for his LNG deal with the Bidens and CEFC. Wrote Fenet: “The Ashton Fenet and Sons Construction Company, Inc. will, in a joint venture with a Louisiana company, provide a 25 year natural gas-LNG supply to your group. We can begin supplying LNG in 2018 at the rate of three, four, five, or six million metric tons of LNG on a five year basis. From year five until year twenty-five, we will have the capacity to supply 13 million metric tons per annum of LNG to the Port in China. (To Be Decided) If your client will purchase a twenty-five year stream of LNG, I can build the plant for $12 billion dollars…. As you will own 50 percent of the LNG plant, you will be in a position to obtain LNG in China in the quickest, easiest, and cheapest manner.”
A week later, in an October 27, 2017 email to Jim Biden and Hunter Biden, Fenet wrote that he had arranged “a call from Joe Biden and Hunter Biden on Monday morning [October 30, 2017] to discuss the purchase of the 5 million tons of gas.” The call Fenet that was setting up for Jim Biden and Hunter Biden was with Cherniere, a Texas energy company whose executives had close ties to Joe Biden. Those close ties were evidenced by the fact that: (a) former Cheniere lobbyist and vice president Ankit Desai had served as Joe Biden’s political director in 2005, and (b) Joe Biden would later hire onetime Cherniere board member Heather Zichal as the climate adviser for his 2020 presidential campaign.
On November 8, 2017 Hunter Biden wrote a letter addressed to CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming, saying that the natural gas deal would provide “large quantities of LNG at very competitive rates while also advancing the long term goals of CEFC through a partnership or acquisition of a promising LNG terminal project in Louisiana.” Hunter Biden also assured Ye that he (Hunter Biden) was “making inquiries regarding arranging a meeting for you with the Chairman of Cheniere.”
Soon after CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming and his close associate, Patrick Ho, had invested more than $10 million in their LNG deal with the Bidens, the venture fell apart when Ye and Ho were arrested for bribery and corruption offenses. Ho was arrested by FBI agents on November 18, 2017, and Ye was arrested by Chinese authorities on March 1, 2018.
Biden Administration Gives Enormous Sums of Money to Leftwing Groups to Help Illegal Aliens Avoid Deportation
On January 24, 2023, Fox News reported:
“Two left-wing nonprofits have combined to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-backed government contracts since president Biden took office, with a vast majority of the money going towards efforts to keep illegal immigrants in the United States, records reviewed by Fox News Digital shows.
“The Vera Institute of Justice, a New York-based group that views immigration enforcement agencies as a ‘threat’ to civil liberties, has been the primary breadwinner in the past two years, collecting around $350 million from government contracts for immigration services. The Acacia Center for Justice, a newer nonprofit linked to the Vera Institute and another left-wing immigration group, has also pocketed tens of millions of dollars in recent federal contracts.
“The progressive groups have landed the contracts amid the escalating border crisis, which recently saw a quarter of a million migrant encounters at the southern border in December, a new high for the Biden-era as the crisis enters its third year.
“The Vera Institute received a $171 million Health and Human Services-funded contract last March to help unaccompanied minors avoid deportation, the records show. The contract has since paid out around $180 million with supplemental agreements as of December.
“The arrangement lasts until March of this year but can hit as high as $983 million if renewed until March 2027. If extended, it will be the largest federal contract the group has received for immigration-related services dating back to the mid-2000s by a wide margin.
“Vera has secured other large government contracts since early 2021, including a $168 million contract in March 2021 for the same purpose of helping unaccompanied minors avoid deportation. During this time, the group also obtained smaller contracts ranging between $4 million and $12 million from other federal departments.
“In addition to its immigration focus, the Vera Institute seeks to end mass incarceration by cutting down on the number of jails, prisons, and detention centers in the United States. The group has also backed defunding the police and has called border security a ‘threat’ to civil liberties.
“’Its name should be Vera Institute for Lawlessness, because it’s at war with the law and public safety: calling to defund police, legalize all drugs, and open the border to all comers,’ Scott Walter, president of the conservative Capital Research Center, told Fox News Digital. ‘It’s amazing these enemies of the law get over 90% of their revenue from the government — more than some defense contractors can boast.’” […]
“Taxpayer-backed government grants and contracts propel the Vera Institute’s operations. The most recent financial audit on its website shows that between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, $152 million of the group’s $191 million in revenue came from government sources.
“Meanwhile, the Acacia Center for Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit started from a partnership between the Vera Institute and Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR), … received several ‘legal services’ contracts from the Department of Justice last September that netted the group around $41 million in payments, records show.
“The Acacia Center appears to have launched to expand Vera’s work with illegal immigrants detained at the border. However, unlike Vera’s government contracts for unaccompanied minors, the Acacia Center’s contracts do not specify an age group for the legal services, and its partner organization has an adult defense program.
“’The objective of the Acacia Center for Justice is to expand on Vera’s work over the past twenty years in providing legal support and representation to immigrants facing deportation through the development, coordination and management of national networks of legal services providers serving immigrants across the country,’ its website states.
“’Acacia’s goals are two-fold: to support immigrant legal services and defense networks to provide exceptional legal services to immigrants and to advocate for the expansion of these programs and the infrastructure critical to guaranteeing immigrants access to justice, fairness and freedom,’ the site says. ‘Acacia will focus the collective power of both Vera and CAIR on delivering accountable, independent, zealous and person-centered legal services and representation to protect the rights of all immigrants at risk of deportation.’”
“The second group involved in the Acacia Center’s partnership, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights, directs an adult defense program that provides information, support, and legal representation to illegal immigrants, according to its website. It also has a detained unaccompanied children’s program that works with minors at the Office of Refugee Resettlement juvenile immigration detention centers in Maryland and Virginia.
“The Acacia Center launched last year and received the contracts less than two months after getting a July 2022 determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service, which stated the group’s effective date of tax exemption was Dec. 29, 2021, according to filings.
“The nonprofits landed the immigration contracts as the situation at the southern border worsened, cumulating into a record high encounters late last year.”
Drawing a Moral Equivalence between Israelis & Palestinians, Urging Both Sides to “De-Escalate”
At approximately 8:15 pm local time on January 27, 2023, a Palestinian gunman got into his car and began shooting a pistol randomly at Jews who were gathered near a synagogue on Neve Yaakov Street in Jerusalem. The attack killed 7 and wounded 3 others.
At a White House press briefing that took place shortly after the shootings, a reporter asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre: “We just heard that there are at least seven people who have been killed in an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem. I don’t know if you’ve heard or not. Do you have any comments?” Jean-Pierre replied: “No, I have not heard of that, but — but clearly, we have been asking both sides to de-escalate and we’ll continue to do that.”
At another point in the press briefing, a reporter said to Jean-Pierre: “The other question I have, Karine, is what’s happening in the Middle East and in Israel and the Palestinian Territory. We saw what happened in Jenin yesterday. We’re hearing that five people were killed in a synagogue in Jerusalem today. I know that the Secretary of State, Blinken, is going — is the area. There’s a commitment to the two-state solution that’s going to be reaffirmed. But is the President — does the President intend to do anything concrete towards the solution this year towards this?”
Jean Pierre responded: “So, as you know, we’re aware of the reports yesterday. You just mentioned Secretary Blinken’s travel. So we — look, we recognize the very real security challenges facing Israel and the Palestinian Authority. That is something that we recognize and condemn: terrorist groups planning and carrying out attacks against innocent civilians. And that is something that you will continue to hear from us, and we will be consistent on that. We also regret the loss of innocent lives and injury — and injuries to civilians, and are deeply concerned by the escalating cycle of violence in the West Bank. Over the past few days, our administration has been closely engaged with the Israeli and Palestinian Authority on the recent violence and to urge de-escalation. We underscore the urgent need for all parties to de-escalate, to prevent further loss of civilian life, and work together to improve the security situation in the West Bank. Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live safely and securely — securely — securely. And you’ll hear that from, clearly, Secretary Blinken, as you just mentioned — his commitment that the President has to a two-state solution. And we will continue to call on de-escalation in the region.”
Mandating That the Defense Department Pay Travel Costs for Military Members Seeking Elective Abortions
On February 16, 2023, the Department of Defense issued guidance to begin implementing Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s October 20, 2022 directive requiring the DoD – for the first time ever — to pay the cost of travel for service members and their dependents to receive elective (“non-covered”) abortions. The guidance further allowed service members a full 20 weeks to notify their commanding officer of a pregnancy, and allowed them to take an administrative absence of up to 21 days for their abortions.
“White House Steering Committee on Equity”
On February 16, 2023, President Biden issued an “Executive Order on Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through The Federal Government,” which established a new “White House Steering Committee on Equity” that would aim to “transform” federal agencies by: (a) “advanc[ing] an ambitious, whole-of-government approach to racial equity and support for underserved communities, and (b) “continuously embed[ding] equity into all aspects of Federal decision-making.” This Executive Order mandated that within a month, every major federal agency would be required to establish “Agency Equity Teams” which would submit, to the Steering Committee, annual racialized plans for “the implementation of equity initiatives” designed to “delive[r] equitable outcomes for the American people.” Susan Rice was named chairwoman of the Steering Committee.
In response to the creation of this new Steering Committee, America First Legal president Stephen Miller said:
With the stroke of a pen, Biden has transformed the entire federal government into a DEI [diversity, equity, and inclusion] cult—putting equity czars inside virtually every single agency of the executive branch and subordinating every department to the Marxist equity agenda. Every previous law and regulation must now be reinterpreted to ensure racial and gender equity: in other words, to achieve a predetermined racial or gender identity outcome even if it requires ruthless discrimination against American citizens.
Biden Portrays America As Racist, and Says Some Whites Still Want to Lynch Blacks
During a February 17, 2023 White House screening of a new film — “Till,” a movie about Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy lynched in Mississippi in 1955 — claimed that some white people in the U.S. still wished to lynch blacks. Among his remarks were the following:
“You know, folks, lynching is pure terror, enforcing the lie that not everyone belongs in America and not everyone is created equal. Pure terror to systematically undermine hard-fought civil rights. Innocent men, women, children hung by a noose from trees. Bodies burned, drowned, castrated.
“Their crimes? Trying to vote. Trying to go to school. Trying to own a business. Trying to preach the gospel. False — false accusations of murder, arson, robbery. Lynched for simply being black, nothing more. With white crowds, white families gathered to celebrate the spectacle, taking pictures of the bodies and mailing them as postcards. Hard to believe, but that’s what was done. And some people still want to do that.
“You know, as this film powerfully does, it tells the story of a mother’s loss and a young son’s promise, a nation’s reckoning about hate, violence, and power. You know, before 14-year-old Emmett Till left on his trip to visit his family in Mississippi, Ms. Till, a teacher who knew the history, reminded him: ‘Be very careful how you speak. Say yes, sir, no, ma’am. Don’t hesitate to humble yourself if you have to get down on your knees.”
“That conversation is not in the distant past. Same talk today. So many Black and brown family — parents have to have that similar conversation with their children, worrying about whether they’ll come home from a walk down the street or playing in the park or just driving their car — like we saw Tyre Nichols, just last month — and becoming a victim to too many acts of hate and violence unleashed on those known and unknown.
“Folks, I thought — I got involved in the civil rights movement as a public defender, as my colleagues know, when I was a kid getting out of law school. And I thought you could defeat hate, we — because we passed the Civil Rights Act and so many other things. But I learned a lesson: Hate never goes away. It just hides under the rocks until it’s given a little oxygen by lousy people.”
Forcing Pro-Lifers to Pay for Abortions
On March 22, 2023, LifeNews.com reported:
In a formal proposal to create a new regulation, the Biden administration is trying to strip away the rights of organizations to refuse to comply with the HHS mandate because they have a moral objection to abortion, contraceptives, or sterilization.
The HHS mandate has been subject to extensive litigation and faith-based employers have won victory after victory against it. But the Biden administration is now going after non-religious employers who have a “moral” but not necessarily “religious” objection.
First, a primer:
“The HHS mandate” is the term commonly used to refer to the requirement under Obamacare for employers to pay for abortifacients, contraceptives, and sterilization in their health insurance plans.
The text of Obamacare actually says little about the issue. Instead, it gave the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) broad authority to create regulations to accomplish the intent of the bill.
The HHS mandate was first implemented by the Obama administration in 2013. It originally contained an exemption for religious organizations, but the exemption was so narrow that even some churches couldn’t qualify.
After multiple Supreme Court cases – including the Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor victories – faith-based organizations and businesses that object to the HHS mandate on religious grounds are exempt. And after the Trump administration implemented a rule protecting them, so are non-religious organizations and businesses which object only on moral grounds.
The Biden proposal would rescind the Trump rule and force non-religious employers with only a moral objection to comply.
According to the Biden administration, about 100 employers covering 125,000 employees – representing less than 0.1% of the workforce – which are currently exempt would be forced to comply. An example of a non-religious group with moral objections to the HHS mandate would be the national pro-life organization March for Life, which previously sued the Obama administration on the matter and won in a lower court before the case was mooted by the Trump rule.
CatholicVote spoke with a leading expert on the issue, Roger Severino, who was a top official in HHS during the Trump administration and worked on the Trump-era rule. According to Severino, the Biden proposal is vindictive and malicious.
“It’s all politics,” he says. “They have to answer to their radical pro-abortion base. They couldn’t stomach the fact that they have lost this issue at every stage at the Supreme Court, and they want to show that they are continuing to resist in the wake of the Dobbs ruling,” in which the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Biden Tells Jokes before Discussing the Nashville School Shooting That Had Killed Six
On March 27, 2023, a mass shooting occurred at The Covenant School, a private Christian school located in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee. Six people—three children and three staff members—were killed. The shooter was a 28-year-old former student of that school, Audrey Elizabeth Hale, a biological female who identified as a transgender male.
That same day (March 27, 2023) — shortly after news had broken about the mass shooting in Nashville — President Biden projected a jovial demeanor as he began his remarks at an SBA Women’s Business Summit in the East Room of the White House. “My name is Joe Biden,” he said. “I’m Dr. Jill Biden’s husband. And I eat Jeni’s Ice Cream, chocolate chip. I came down because I heard there was chocolate chip ice cream. By the way, I have a whole refrigerator full upstairs. You think I’m kidding, I’m not.”
Next, the president proceeded to comment about four “good-looking kids” in the room and asked them to stand for recognition. He then spoke about having brothers and sisters of his own, and how his sister was “smarter than all of us, not a joke.” “She used to be three years younger than me; now she’s 23 years younger than me,” Biden joked, before a back and forth about the age of the children. Following the jocularity, Biden mentioned the Nashville school shooting and used the occasion to speak about the need for stricter gun-control measures.
Notably, Audrey Hale left behind a diary whose contents would not be shared with the public until November 6, 2023, when conservative podcaster Steven Crowder posted copies of three of its pages on the Internet. Those contents showed Hale to have been a leftist filled with a deep-seeded hatred for white people. Some excerpts:
- “Kill those kids!!! Those crackers going to private fancy schools with those fancy khakis + sports backpacks w/ their daddies mustangs + convertables [sic].”
- “I wish to shoot you weakass d—ks w/ your mop yellow hair, wanna kill all you little crackers! Bunch of little f—gots w/ your white privileges.”
- “[I] wanna kill all you little crackers.”
- “I hope I have a high death count. Ready to die haha.”
At a White House press briefing on March 30, 2023 — three days after the killings — Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre lamented the purported plight of the transgender community in America. Following is a transcript of her exchange with one reporter:
REPORTER: And Kentucky — the Kentucky legislature overrode the governor’s veto of a bill that restricts aspects of trans youth gender-affirming care and the use of bathrooms. I know that the White House released a proclamation for Trans Day of Visibility. There is a march happening tomorrow to commemorate this day but also to protest these types of bills that are continuing to be passed and advanced in legislatures across the country. What is the White House’s message to these lawmakers that are passing these bills and to those who are taking to the streets to protest them?
JEAN-PIERRE: So, look, first of all, we — we support peaceful protest. We think it’s important for Americans and people just across the country to make their voices heard, just as long it’s peaceful. And we’ve been very clear about these anti-LGBTQ bills that we’re seeing in state legislators — state legislatures across the country, in particular these anti-trans bills, as they attack trans kids, as they attack trans parents. It is — it is shameful. And it is unacceptable. As you mentioned, tomorrow’s Trans Visibility Day. On a day that we should be lifting up our trans kids, our trans youth, and making sure that they feel seen, we’re seeing more and more of these hateful, hateful bills. And that’s what Republicans want to spend their time on. They don’t want to talk about lowering costs. They don’t want to talk about actually making Americans’ lives better. They want to take away people’s freedoms. And one of the things that we saw during the midterm elections is that people don’t want their freedoms to be taken. They want us to fight for their freedoms. And so, it is shameful. It is disturbing. And our hearts go out to those — the trans community as they are under attack right now.
Biden Has Responded to only 4 of 83 Iranian Attacks Against U.S.
On March 29, 2023, ForeignDeskNews.com reported:
“Iran and its proxy forces have launched 83 attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria since President Joe Biden took office, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers on Tuesday.
“In response to those attacks, the U.S. military has launched four major operations against Iranian-backed groups, Austin said during a tense exchange with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.
“’So, what kind of a signal do we think this sends to Iran when they can attack us 83 times since Joe Biden has become president and we only respond [with] four [operations],’ Cotton asked Austin rhetorically. ‘Maybe it’s because they know that we will not retaliate until they kill an American, which emboldens them to keep launching these attacks, which kill Americans.’”
Biden’s Proclamation on “Transgender Day of Visibility”
On March 30, 2023. President Biden issued a “Transgender Day of Visibility” proclamation. This came just two days after Audrey Elizabeth Hale, a 28-year-old biological female who identified as a transgender male, killed six people in a mass shooting at The Covenant School, a private Christian school located in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee. Said Biden in his remarks:
“Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates the joy, strength, and absolute courage of some of the bravest people I know — people who have too often had to put their jobs, relationships, and lives on the line just to be their true selves. […]
“Transgender Americans shape our Nation’s soul — proudly serving in the military, curing deadly diseases, holding elected office, running thriving businesses, fighting for justice, raising families, and much more. As kids, they deserve what every child deserves: the chance to learn in safe and supportive schools, to develop meaningful friendships, and to live openly and honestly. As adults, they deserve the same rights enjoyed by every American, including equal access to health care, housing, and jobs and the chance to age with grace as senior citizens. But today, too many transgender Americans are still denied those rights and freedoms. A wave of discriminatory State laws is targeting transgender youth, terrifying families and hurting kids who are not hurting anyone. An epidemic of violence against transgender women and girls, in particular women and girls of color, has taken lives far too soon. Last year’s Club Q shooting in Colorado was another painful example of this kind of violence — a stain on the conscience of our Nation. [NOTE: Biden chose not to mention that the shooter in that case, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, identified as “non-binary” and used “they/them” pronouns.]
“My Administration has fought to end these injustices from day one, working to ensure that transgender people and the entire LGBTQI+ community can live openly and safely. […] We have appointed a record number of openly LGBTQI+ leaders, and I was proud to rescind the ban on openly transgender people serving in the military. We are also working to make public spaces and travel more accessible, including with more inclusive gender markers on United States passports. We are improving access to public services and entitlements like Social Security. We are cracking down on discrimination in housing and education. And last December, I signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law, ensuring that every American can marry the person they love and have that marriage accepted, period.
“Meanwhile, we are also working to ease the tremendous strain that discrimination, bullying, and harassment can put on transgender children — more than half of whom seriously considered suicide in the last year. …”
Transgender Day of Visibility
Toi mark the celebration of the annual “International Transgender Day of Visibility” on March 31, 2023, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra posted a tweet thread highlighting what HHS was doing to support the “trans community.” Among the statements included in that thread were the following:
- “Last year, on #TransDayofVisibility, we made history becoming the first federal agency in U.S. history to fly the transgender pride flag outside our building – and it’s flying again today.”
- “We made historic investments in youth mental health to make sure all of our kids have the chance to thrive.”
- “We released guidance to state child welfare agencies that makes clear that states should use their child welfare systems to advance safety and support for LGBTQI+ youth, which includes access to gender-affirming care.”
- “We released guidance on patient privacy to clarify that health care providers are not required to disclose private patient information related to gender-affirming care.”
- “We issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act – which we’re working hard to finalize – to codify protections for transgender people in both health care and health insurance coverage.”
- “We’re providing new resources to parents, teachers, and providers to help them use evidence-based practices to affirm and support trans youth.”
Meanwhile, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Rachel Levine, released a Twitter video in celebration of the annual “International Transgender Day of Visibility.” Said Levine in the video: “For the second year in a row, the transgender flag is flying above our department in Washington, D.C. And this is an affirmation of the administration’s support for the transgender community and across the nation, as well as our support for evidence-based gender-affirming care,” Levine said in a video.
In a separate Twitter statement, Levine said that there was a need for more “progress” to be made on behalf of minorities, immigrants, and young people who identified as transgender.
The Daily Wire added more examples of ways in which the Biden administration and its leftist allies in government had chosen to commemorate Transgender Day of Visibility:
“The General Services Administration also issued a statement saying that it acknowledged ‘the adversity and discrimination that the #TransgenderCommunity continues to face across our Nation and recognize the strength, resilience, and joy of #transgender, #nonbinary, and #GenderNonconforming people.’
“According to activist Charlotte Clymer, the Veterans Affairs Administration even recognized the day, with Secretary Denis McDonough hosting ‘a small breakfast in his office with trans military veterans to mark Trans Day of Visibility. We discussed service to country, the importance of community, and public policy, notably health care.’
“The government-run website Youth.gov pushed people toward resources put out by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a Left-wing group that opposes bills that segregate bathrooms by sex and related legislation.
“Secretary of State Antony Blinken also put out a statement saying that ‘transgender rights are human rights.’ ‘We celebrate the achievements and resilience of transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming persons around the world. We recognize their bravery in their hard-fought work for equality, inclusion, and the full recognition of their human rights, which continues to this day,’ he added.
“USAID recognized the day by pointing to a program that gives taxpayer dollars to groups led by transgender-identifying individuals. Samantha Power, head of USAID, said that she was inspired by individuals around the world who stood up to ‘misinformation’ regarding transgenderism. In an interview with USAID Senior LGBTQI+ Coordinator Jay Gilliam, the U.S. official, who spoke at Sydney WorldPride earlier this year, said that USAID was ‘intentionally and thoughtfully design programs that empower all transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary individuals to be instrumental in the transformation of their own societies.’
“Not to be outdone, the National Weather Service even posted a transgender flag to its Twitter account.”
Analysis: Do Chinese Donations Explain Biden’s Energy Policies?
On January 18, 2023, the Daily Signal published an important analysis of how Chinese cash donations may have influenced Biden administration policies in a way that was not only favorable to China, but detrimental to America’s interests:
With reports that classified documents were found at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, questions arise about the potential connection between the university’s receipt of $54 million in Chinese donations and President Joe Biden’s promotion of energy policies that are strengthening China’s economy at the expense of our own.
Under Biden’s anti-fossil fuel energy policies, Americans have been left with higher costs and a weaker economy while China has gained a larger market for its “green energy” wind turbines, solar panels, and electric vehicle batteries.
Could the money and the policies be related?
The New York Post reported that tens of millions in donations to the University of Pennsylvania came from Chinese donors after the Penn Biden Center was first announced in 2017.
Between 2017 and 2019, Biden also allegedly received $775,000 from the university, although he had no teaching responsibilities.
Around the same time, Biden’s son, Hunter, was conducting lucrative deals in China that are alleged to have included a cut for Biden.
The National Legal and Policy Center filed a complaint with the Justice Department in 2020 alleging that Hunter Biden’s Chinese energy client, CEFC, was trying to avoid registering as a foreign company.
One reported text message regarding CEFC in May 2017 from Hunter to his colleague, Tony Bobulinski, stated, “We don’t want to have to register as foreign agents … which is much more expansive than people who should know choose not to know.”
The Chinese donations seem to be paying off. The Biden administration is following California’s lead with a goal of transitioning to sales of only battery electric vehicles by 2035; an executive branch focus on climate change; and support of the environmental, social, and governance movement.
Battery Electric Vehicles
The California Air Resources Board has issued a rule that all new vehicles sold in the Golden State be plug-in hybrid or pure battery powered by 2035. In Washington, Biden issued an executive order calling for half of the nation’s new vehicle sales to be electric vehicles by 2030 and instructed the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to “coordinate the agency’s activities” with the state of California.
The rule and executive order trade America’s energy security—and its reliance on inexpensive domestically-produced oil and natural gas—for dependence on batteries made in China, reportedly with slave labor from the Xinjiang region. America cannot produce these batteries at a lower cost than those that are slave-made in China.
Moreover, electric vehicles have limited range and are more expensive than equivalent gasoline-powered vehicles, so the orders emanating from the White House will raise the costs of transportation for Americans—further weakening the U.S. economy. More money spent on cars also means less money to spend on other products and services.
Over the last year, executive branch agencies have used climate change to justify slowing the production and delivery of U.S. oil, natural gas, and coal, and to encourage the use of wind turbines and solar panels made in China. This drives up Americans’ electricity bills. And, once again, it’s the Chinese who profit: Seven of the top 10 wind and solar manufacturers are Chinese.
- The administration is actively discouraging investment in oil, gas, and coal, claiming that such investments pose a risk to the environment. Companies producing and relying on conventional fuels are finding it harder to get capital to expand because they face higher rates to borrow.
- The Department of Transportation is prioritizing climate initiatives such as funding for electric vehicles, charging stations, and electric transit, as well as bike and pedestrian paths.
- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is slowing the approval of new pipelines to carry oil and gas from the interior of the country to consumers nationwide as well as to the coasts, where it can be exported.
- The Interior Department has called for fewer leases for companies to drill for oil and gas on federal lands, higher royalties for those leases, and a more complex bidding process to screen buyers, knowing that this raises prices for consumers.
- Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler has proposed rules to require private companies to disclose information about governance and management of climate-related risks, how climate-related risks will affect companies’ strategies and outlooks, and the effects of climate events such as hurricanes and wildfires on financial statements.
- The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which regulates banks, has appointed a new chief climate risk officer to oversee climate-driven risks to banks. If she deems investments in oil and gas “risky,” banks will be discouraged from lending to oil and gas companies—reducing available capital to further develop resources.
Environmental, Social, and Governance Movement
Led by BlackRock Inc. and State Street Global Advisors, major financial institutions are pressuring international development organizations, private corporations, and pension funds not to invest in conventional fuels. This weakens America, which produces these fuels, and helps China, which manufactures the alternatives—wind turbines and solar panels—using coal-fired power plants.
ESG means fewer jobs for Americans, more jobs for the Chinese.
As my colleague, Heritage Action for America Executive Director Jessica Anderson, explains, “The ESG movement is set on taking over culture and business to control working Americans.”
On its website, State Street suggests four ways to influence companies’ investments, all of which would benefit China. First, require countries to adopt regulations to reduce carbon emissions. Second, raise consciousness of climate change through “more ESG education, guidance, solutions, and analytics.” Third, take over corporate boards and use customers and investors “to compel companies and organizations to address climate risks and opportunities.” Finally, organize global pledges to cut fossil fuel carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050.
By following the ESG movement and discouraging investments in conventional fuels, America is giving up geopolitical power overseas as well as economic strength at home. For example, China is financing the production of coal-fired power plants in developing countries that American institutions refuse to fund, giving the Chinese significant influence as it helps those countries provide cheap power to homes and industry.
Some might justify these “gifts” to China on the grounds that the world’s climate will benefit from lower emissions as a result of U.S. decarbonization. But China is producing the wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries it sells to the U.S. with coal, increasing global emissions.
Consider that America has 225 coal-fired power plants and China has 1,118 (half of all the coal-fired plants in the world). Since 2010, America has reduced coal-fired electricity generation by 100,000 megawatts; China has increased it by 580,000 megawatts. Between 2005 and 2020, America cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 970 million metric tons, while China increased its emissions by 4,689 million metric tons.
Many people have been puzzled that Biden has oriented American energy policy toward a country that enslaves its people, steals intellectual property from the United States, and threatens our allies and partners.
The ongoing federal investigation into son Hunter’s multimillion-dollar Chinese business deals and the reports of tens of millions of dollars in Chinese donations flowing to the University of Pennsylvania just as it was creating Biden’s new think tank may give a clue as to why.
Biden Calls Bans on Transgender Treatments for Children “Close to Sinful”
In a March 13, 2023 interview with Daily Show guest host Kal Penn, President Biden criticized Florida’s recently enacted bans on: (a) transgender medications and surgeries for children, and (b) the promotion of gender ideology in the classroom. “What’s going on in Florida is, as my mother would say, close to sinful,” said Biden. “I mean it’s just terrible what they’re doing.”
Added Biden: “It’s not like, you know, a kid wakes up one morning and says, ‘You know, I decided I want to become a man or I want to become a woman.’ I mean, what are they thinking about here? They’re human beings, they love and have feelings. … It’s cruel. We [should] make sure we pass [federal] legislation like we passed on same-sex marriage. You mess with that, you’re breaking the law and you’re going to be held accountable.”
No Lower Limit on Age for Transgender Surgeries
During an April 5, 2023 press briefing, RealClearPolitics reporter Philip Wegmann asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre: “Today Indiana just banned puberty blockers, hormone therapies, and gender transition surgeries for minors. I’m wondering what the president’s reaction is to the Indiana governor signing that bill into law. And does the president have a position on at what age these kinds of therapies and surgeries are appropriate?”
Jean-Pierre replied: “That’s something for a child and their parents to decide, it’s not something we believe should be decided by legislators. So I’ll leave it there.” She also said: “In the past couple of months, we have seen a record number of LGBTQI bills — anti-LGBTQI bills, more than 600 of them have been filed in statehouses and a significant number of them have been anti-trans bills targeted at youth. And this is a president that has said these are some of the bravest people he knows. But no one should have to be brave just to be themselves. And so, this is a president that has committed to this community, that has been committed to our kids in the trans community, to our trans youth, and he is going to continue to fight for them. But again, I’m just going to leave it there.”
Hunter Biden’s Business Partners & Assistants Visited White House over 80 Times When Biden Was VP
On April 11, 2023, Fox News reported:
Four business partners, a vice president, and two assistants at Hunter Biden’s now-defunct firm visited the White House more than 80 times when his father was vice president in the Obama administration, Fox News Digital has found.
President Biden has repeatedly insisted he had no knowledge of Hunter’s business dealings amid dual criminal and congressional investigations into the first son and his family.
However, Joan Mayer, who says she was the vice president of Hunter’s now-defunct investment firm Rosemont Seneca Advisors from 2008 to 2017 on Linkedin, made at least 17 visits to the White House during that time, according to visitor logs reviewed by Fox News Digital. In October 2009, Mayer attended a vice presidential briefing and met with then-Biden aide Danielle Borrin. Less than a month later, she met with then-Biden executive assistant Nancy Orloff in the West Wing. In July 2013, she met in the West Wing with Kellen Suber, another executive assistant to Vice President Biden at the time, according to the logs. In December 2013 and 2014, Mayer attended holiday receptions at the vice president’s White House residence at Number One Observatory Circle, according to visitor logs. In September 2015, she attended a Jewish community reception at the vice president’s residence. She also met with Kaitlyn Demers, who was serving as an associate counsel in Biden’s office, in June 2016 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB), which houses the vice president’s ceremonial office.
Another former Hunter Biden assistant, Anne Marie Person, visited the Obama White House at least five times before she left the firm in 2014 to join then-Vice President Biden’s staff, according to the visitor logs. One of those visits included an April 2014 meeting with Kathy Chung, the former Biden aide who currently serves as the Pentagon’s deputy director of protocol, and was likely interview-related ahead of starting her job there.
Throughout much of her five-year tenure working for Biden during the Obama administration, Chung regularly communicated with Hunter, transmitting information about his father’s schedule and passing messages directly from the then-vice president to Hunter and assistants in his office, Fox News Digital previously reported.
In May 2014, Person was hired as a staff assistant to the then-vice president. Her brother, Francis “Fran” Person, was a longtime Biden aide who left the White House just a few months after she joined Biden’s office.
FOX Business previously reported on Fran Person’s ties to Hunter and how Rosemont Seneca Advisors had a financial stake in a company run by Fran and a Chinese executive with ties to officials at some of the highest levels of the Communist Party of China. Person previously claimed that “Hunter Biden, Rosemont Seneca Advisors or any affiliate or associate have never held any equity in any Harves affiliated company,” despite multiple emails from Hunter and his business partner Eric Schwerin contradicting this claim.
Fran would go on to visit the White House at least seven times after he left his role there and later became a top executive at the Harves Group, a DC-based affiliate of China’s Harves Century Group, a “top tier private chinese real estate development firm,” according to a 2015 email from Fran to Hunter. Person previously told Fox News Digital the visits were “personal in nature” and that he was “visiting with old colleagues and friends”
Both Person siblings kept in frequent contact with Hunter and Schwerin, then-president of Rosemont Seneca Advisors, during their Obama-Biden administration roles using their government emails, Fox News Digital previously reported.
Person and Mayer did not respond to Fox News Digital inquiries on whether they discussed Rosemont Seneca business during their visits with White House officials.
Schwerin, who “managed almost every aspect” of the financial life of the Bidens, according to Hunter’s ex-wife, was no stranger to the White House when Biden was vice president, visiting at least 27 times during the Obama administration. He met with Anne Marie Person at least three times between February and June 2016, a Fox News Digital review found. Steve Ricchetti, who currently serves as Biden’s White House counselor, also met with Schwerin at least twice in 2016. The two visits occurred in room 272 on Feb. 29 and room 276 on Aug. 17 at the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB)
In addition to Person and Ricchetti, Schwerin made three other visits with staffers from Vice President Biden’s office in 2016, including John McGrail, who was a counselor to Biden, on July 15 and Sept. 9 at the White House. He also met with Kaitlyn Demers, who was serving as an associate counsel in Biden’s office in 2016, on June 28. She served as a special assistant to President Biden and chief of staff Ron Klain until last summer.
John Robinson “Rob” Walker, another one of Hunter Biden’s former business partners at Rosemont Seneca Partners, appeared on the White House visitor logs at least 16 times when Biden was vice president. Walker’s name resurfaced last month when House Oversight Committee Republicans said they obtained records showing members of the Biden family received more than $1 million in payments from accounts related to Walker and their Chinese business ventures in 2017.
Devon Archer, the co-founder of Rosemont Seneca Partners, visited then-Vice President Biden at least twice, in 2009 and 2014. The December 2009 visit was a holiday reception at Biden’s residence and the April 2014 visit was with Biden in the West Wing. He also played golf with Biden and Hunter at least once during the Obama administration in August 2014 in the Hamptons, months after they joined the board of Burisma Holdings.
Hunter’s former personal assistant, Katie Dodge, visited the Obama White House at least nine times from December 2012 to July 2015. Dodge met with Suber, Biden’s then-executive assistant, in the Went Wing on January 15, 2013, and again three days later on Jan. 18. She attended an inaugural reception at the vice president’s residence in January 2013, and two holiday receptions at his residence in December 2013 and 2014 – the same events attended by Mayer.
Another Hunter business associate, Arlene Busch, formerly a partner at Rosemont Seneca Partners, the parent company of Rosemont Seneca Advisors, visited the White House at least four times between 2009 and 2013. Two of those visits were to the vice president’s residence for holiday receptions, and one of those receptions was the same one attended by Mayer and Dodge on Dec. 15, 2013, according to the logs.
Now-defunct Rosemont Seneca Technology Partners (RSTP) co-founder and managing partner Neil Callahan and RSTP managing director John DeLoche also visited the White House in April 2014. The visits appeared to be for tours. The point person they met with for the tours, which were a week apart, was Suber.
Potentially Devastating Leak of Military Information
On April 11, 2023, CBS News reported:
The Biden administration is trying to manage the fallout from leaked classified intelligence documents that started circulating online in the past week.
Photos of pages of paper documents that appear to have been unfolded have appeared on social media, and some of the materials contain details from daily updates provided to senior leaders at the Pentagon about operations in Ukraine, as well as other intelligence updates, according to a Pentagon official.
CBS News has reviewed a number of slides so far, as the U.S. government continues to try to remove them from social media. Some include graphics and maps of the state of Russia’s war in Ukraine as of March. Others depict combat sustainability assessments and an analysis of Ukraine’s air defenses.
Some information about South Korea also leaked from the Pentagon, according CBS News’ review of the slides. On Monday night, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-seop to discuss the leaked military secrets and told him he would closely communicate with him and cooperate with the Korean government on the issue, according to the South Korean Defense ministry. The office of the president of South Korea released a statement about the “suspicion of wiretapping by the US government” that said of the conversation between Austin and Lee that the two had “agreed on the fact that ‘a significant number of the relevant documents were forged.'”
Asked by reporters Monday if the threat to national security has been contained, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby responded, “We don’t know. We truly don’t know.”
The Biden administration is not yet sure how extensive the document leak is, and still doesn’t know who is behind it. The Justice Department, at the request of the Defense Department, has opened a criminal investigation.
The Pentagon has not verified that the photos of the documents are authentic, and officials noted that some of them appeared to be doctored. But they also confirmed that some of the slides do appear to contain secret information.
Chris Meagher, assistant to the defense secretary for public affairs, told reporters Monday the “photos appear to show documents similar in format to those used to provide daily updates to our senior leaders on Ukraine and Russia related operations, as well as other intelligence updates.”
“A Pentagon team continues to review and assess the veracity of the photograph documents that are circulating on social media sites and that appear in some cases to contain sensitive and highly classified material,” Meagher said.
Meagher declined to confirm the authenticity of specific documents. But Kirby said at least a portion of the material appeared to be altered.
“We know that some of them have been doctored,” Kirby said. “I won’t speak to the validity of all the documents, the ones that don’t immediately appear to be doctored. We’re still working through the validity of all the documents that we know are out there.”
Biden Vows to Provide Taxpayer-Funded Health Care for DACA Recipients
On April 13, 2023, President Biden announced that the hundreds of thousands of migrants who had been brought to the U.S. illegally as children and were covered by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, would soon be able to apply for Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges. “They’re American in every way except for on paper,” Biden said in a Twitter video. “We need to give Dreamers the opportunities and support they deserve.”
That same day, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated that his agency was “committed to doing everything in our power to preserve and fortify DACA.” Urging Congress to next pass an amnesty plan that would provide DACA illegals with green cards and, eventually, naturalized American citizenship, Mayorkas said in a statement: “We support President Biden’s efforts to expand health coverage to DACA recipients. I am proud to have put the DACA program in place as Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2012. Over the past 11 years, DACA has provided over 800,000 young people with security in the only country many of them have ever known where they make significant contributions to their communities. We stand ready to work with Congress to provide permanent protection for DREAMers.”
James Comer Says 9 Bidens May Have Profited from Family Business
On April 17, 2023, Breitbart.com reported:
House Committee on Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) announced Monday [April 17] that a total of nine Biden family members may have profited from the family’s international business schemes. Nine potential members profiting from the family business is six more than Comer had previously disclosed.
Through the Biden family’s suspicious activity reports (SARs), Comer discovered in March that a Biden associate received a $3 million wire transfer from a Chinese energy company, DEFC. In turn, four Biden family members — Hunter, James, Hallie Biden, and an unidentified “Biden” — received a collective $1.3 million cut from the $3 million wire transfer.
In a press release, Comer said further review of the SARs at the U.S Treasury has revealed a growing number of Bidens involved in the schemes. SARs “often contain evidence of potential criminal activities, such as money laundering and fraud,” according to a 2020 Senate report.
“Thousands of pages of financial records related to the Biden family, their companies, and associates’ business schemes were made available to members of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability,” Comer said Monday. “The Biden family enterprise is centered on Joe Biden’s political career and connections, and it has generated an exorbitant amount of money for the Biden family.” “We’ve identified six additional members of Joe Biden’s family who may have benefited from the Biden family’s businesses that we are investigating, bringing the total number of those involved or benefiting to nine,” Comer said. “We will soon provide the public with more information about what we’ve uncovered to date,” Comer added. “The American people need transparency and accountability, and the Oversight Committee will deliver much needed answers.”
Comer’s investigation of the Biden family has encompassed subpoenaing four major U.S. banks and one individual. The subpoenaed banks are Bank of America, Cathay Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and HSBC USA N.A.
The subpoenaed individual is the Biden family’s CEFC partner, Mervyn Yan. As a former CEFC official, Yan was an integral member of the Chinese energy conglomerate with strong ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Yan appears to be one of the few top CEFC officials who has not been detained or arrested.
The Biden family had previously negotiated a deal with CEFC from which Joe Biden (Big Guy) would receive a ten percent equity stake in the joint venture with Hunter’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski. The deal with CEFC was just one of many the Bidens had tried to complete. In 2017, Hunter earned a $1 million legal retainer from the company’s chairman, Ye Jianming. Hunter also received a large diamond from Ye worth an estimated $80,000 in February 2017.
Revelation: Blinken Ordered the Fraudulent 2020 Letter Wherein 51 Intelligence Officials Said the Hunter Biden Laptop Story Was Russian Disinformation
According to a letter that Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan released on April 20, 2023, Michael J. Morell — who had served as both the CIA’s Deputy Director and Acting Director between 2010 and 2013 — was now admitting to Congress that he himself, in an effort to boost Joe Biden’s chances in the 2020 presidential election, had organized the famous October 2020 letter wherein 51 U.S. security officials falsely portrayed the embarrassing contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation. Moreover, Morell — who in the fall of 2020 was on the short list of candidates being considered for the post of Biden’s CIA Director — explained that his involvement with the letter had started at the direction of Antony Blinken, who was then a senior advisor to the Biden campaign. As Just the News reported on April 20, 2023: “In a transcribed interview with the House Judiciary government weaponization subcommittee, Morell admitted he got involved with the letter at Blinken’s request and later received a call from the Biden campaign thanking him when Joe Biden used the letter and its false implication to blunt criticism of Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings.”
In a commentary regarding the significance of Blinken’s involvement with the October 2020 letter, John Solomon and Nick Givas of Just the News wrote: “The extraordinary admission by career intelligence officer Michael J. Morell provides stunning evidence that the now-infamous letter from 51 security officials in October  was not an organic intelligence community initiative but rather a political dirty trick originating with Blinken and the Biden campaign. Jordan sent a letter demanding Blinken answer a series of questions about Morell’s stunning testimony, as lawmakers weighed the enormity of America’s top diplomat being willing to accuse a nuclear-armed superpower of interfering in the 2020 election without evidence. That letter included major snippets of Morell’s testimony.”
Biden’s Re-Election Video Show Al Sharpton 4 Times
On April 25, 2023, President Biden released a three-minute video announcing the start of his 2024 re-election campaign. Racial agitator Al Sharpton appeared 4 times in the video. Most notably, the video showed Sharpton walking with Biden to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the site of a famous civil-rights standoff in 1965.
Biden Tells Black Graduates That “White Supremacy” Is the Biggest Threat They Face
In a commencement address that he delivered to the black graduates of Howard University on May 13, 2023, President Biden said:
“When it comes to race in America, hope doesn’t travel alone. It’s shadowed by fear, by violence, and by hate. But after the election and the re-election of the first Black American President, I had hoped that the fear of violence and hate was significantly losing ground….
“But in 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, crazed neo-Nazis with angry faces came out of the fields with — literally with torches, carrying Nazi banners from the woods and the fields chanting the same antisemitic bile heard across Europe in the ’30s. Something that I never thought I would ever see in America. Accompanied by Klansmen and white supremacists, emerging from dark rooms and remote fields and the anonymity of the Internet, confronting decent Americans of all backgrounds standing in their way, into the bright light of day. And a young woman objecting to their presence was killed.
“And what did you hear? That famous quote. When asked about what happened, that famous quote [by President Trump]: ‘There are very fine people on both sides.’
“That’s when I knew — and I’m not joking — that’s when I knew I had to stay engaged and get back into public life…. I don’t have to tell you that fearless pro- — progress towards justice often meets ferocious pushback from the oldest and most sinister of forces. That’s because hate never goes away. I thought, when I graduated, we could defeat hate. But it never goes away. It ju- — only hides under the rocks. And when it’s given oxygen, it comes out from under that rock. And that’s why we know this truth as well: Silence is complicity. It cannot remain silent. We are live through this battle for the soul of the nation. And it is still a battle for the soul of the nation. […]
“We know that American history has not always been a fairytale. From the start, it’s been a constant push and pull for more than 240 years between the best of us, the American ideal that we’re all create equal — and the worst of us, the harsh reality that racism has long torn us apart. It’s a battle that’s never really over. But on the best days, enough of us have the guts and the hearts to st- — to stand up for the best in us. To choose love over hate, unity over disunion, progress over retreat. To stand up against the poison of white supremacy, as I did in my Inaugural Address — to single it out as the most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland is white supremacy.”
Biden Says He Has Authority to Invoke 14th Amendment to Circumvent Congress & Raise Debt Ceiling Limit
In May 2023 — with the June 1 deadline for raising the federal debt ceiling getting ever closer — President Biden said he believed that he had the authority to invoke the Fourteenth Amendment in order to unilaterally raise that ceiling without the consent of the Republican-led House of Representatives. “I’m looking at the 14th Amendment as to whether or not we have the authority — I think we have the authority,” Biden told reporters at a press conference in Hiroshima, Japan on May 21. “The question is, could it be done and invoked in time that it would not be appealed, and as a consequence past the date in question [June 1] and still default on the debt. That is a question that I think is unresolved.”
The Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, was primarily intended to secure equal protection under the law and grant citizenship rights to former slaves. But it also included a section known as the “public debt clause” in Section 4, which states: “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.” This clause was written mainly to address the issue of the Confederate debt incurred during the Civil War.
President Biden’s position in May 2023 rested on the interpretation that the public debt clause of the Fourteenth Amendment authorizes the president to raise the debt ceiling unilaterally — so as to avoid any action that questions the validity of the public debt, including defaulting on payments or creating uncertainty about the government’s ability to meet its financial obligations.
Critics of President Biden’s position held that the Fourteenth Amendment does not grant unilateral authority to raise the debt ceiling, and that the Constitution explicitly grants Congress — not the president — the power to borrow money on behalf of the United States, as stated in Article I, Section 8. Consequently, they argued, any attempt to circumvent the congressional approval process would: (a) constitute an overreach of executive power; (b) blur the separation of powers assigned respectively to the Executive and Legislative branches of government; and (c) undermine the principle of checks and balances.
On May 15, 2023, The Heritage Foundation provided the following analysis of this debt-ceiling conflict:
“The U.S. government has long been a spendthrift. It spends more than it takes in—now more than ever.
“The national debt has ballooned to a mind-boggling $31.46 trillion. To put that into perspective, the federal government has burdened each citizen with about $94,000 of this debt, but because many (most) citizens do not directly pay taxes (though everyone bears the burden of taxation, either directly or indirectly), the government has actually burdened each person who does directly pay taxes by about $247,000. And day by day, the national debt continues to grow.
“Unlike individuals who often finance their purchases through consumer credit (e.g., credit cards), the government finances its excess spending through various mechanisms, but mainly through the issuance of debt instruments such as Treasury notes, bills, and bonds.
“Before the Treasury can issue any debt, though, Congress first must authorize an expenditure and appropriate money for it. This is because the Constitution places the power of the purse with Congress. In other words, Congress—not the president and not the courts—decides both what money will be spent on and how much will be spent.
“If the government’s receipts from things such as tax revenues exceed those authorized and appropriated expenditures, that’s the end of the story. But they rarely do, so it rarely is. The government needs a way to make up this deficit.
“As a result, Congress traditionally accompanied those first two steps with a third—a specific debt-issuance authorization.
“But in 1917, Congress moved away from authorizing each specific debt issuance and instead authorized the Treasury to issue debt up to a certain ceiling. Still, it retained many sublimits on the amount and types of debt the Treasury could issue.
“It removed those sublimits in 1939, so many mark that event as the establishment of the modern debt limit, where Congress “set an aggregate limit … on federal debt, while allowing Treasury officials to decide how to manage that debt.”
“To be clear, the debt limit does not impact the ability of the federal government to spend authorized and appropriated money—if it has the money in hand to spend. The debt limit only precludes the Treasury from borrowing more money to fund those authorized and appropriated expenditures.
“In short, it helps Congress maintain its constitutional role as the holder of the purse strings and helps focus its attention on the total national debt that has resulted from year after year of deficit spending.
“Today, the government has already hit its credit limit. The Treasury can borrow no more money without Congress raising the debt limit. The Treasury has already undertaken “extraordinary measures”—primarily accounting gimmicks—to keep paying the bills. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen estimates the money could run out as soon as June 1.
“To avoid this outcome, the House of Representatives has passed a bill to raise the debt limit while also pairing that raise with a host of fiscally responsible measures.
“President Joe Biden, though, has indicated he will not sign into law anything besides a “clean” debt-limit increase with no strings attached, something Congress is unlikely to give him.
“So, Biden’s team has called in the lawyers. […] [S]ome have argued that the Constitution itself prohibits the debt ceiling. Those arguments come in different flavors, but most are based on Section 4 of the 14th Amendment, which says:
‘The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.’
“The key phrase for those arguments is that the ‘validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, … shall not be questioned.’ As should be obvious from the rest of the section, though, a post-Civil War Congress primarily included this provision in the Constitution to head off any attempts by a future Congress likely to be dominated by Southern members to repudiate the Civil War debts of the North and pay those of the South instead.
“Now, though, some have said that this phrase actually requires the president to continue issuing debt even in the face of a duly enacted statute (that has passed both houses of Congress and been signed into law by the president) prohibiting him from doing so.
“The implications of this argument are breathtaking. If the president can unilaterally continue incurring debt on behalf of the United States in contravention of Congress, why would he have to only spend money that Congress has appropriated for authorized purposes? He could essentially eliminate Congress from the budgetary process and spend however much money he wanted for whatever purpose he wanted.
“It’s a complete repudiation of the separation of powers. […]
“All said, the Constitution cannot be turned on its head to say something that it doesn’t. The president cannot through clever legal arguments confer on himself the power to unilaterally ignore—and effectively raise—the nation’s debt limit. It’s a job that requires Congress to pass a bill and the president to sign it. That’s what the Constitution requires—nothing less.”
IRS Revelations: Hunter Biden Said That Joe Biden Was with Hin, In Text Message Threatening Chinese Partner
On June 22, 2023, the Daily Caller reported:
An IRS whistleblower told members of Congress that Hunter Biden threatened a Chinese business associate by saying Joe Biden was sitting next to him, documents released Thursday show.
The text message was found after the investigation into Hunter Biden, called “Sportsman,” began in November 2018 “as an offshoot of an investigation the IRS was conducting into a foreign-based amateur online pornography platform,” the whistleblower, Gary Shapley, said in an interview with the House Ways and Means Committee on May 26. As a part of the probe, the investigative team gained access to some of Hunter Biden’s text messages.
One message showed a July 30, 2017, WhatsApp message with Hunter Biden telling his Chinese business associate, “I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight. And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father,” according to Shapley.
The prosectors didn’t want to create a “strategy to look into the messages and denied investigators’ suggestion to obtain location information to see where the texts were sent from,” the whistleblower said.
Shapley said he served in the IRS for 14 years. He told the lawmakers he decided to come forward because “the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice Tax, and Department of Justice provided preferential treatment and unchecked conflicts of interest in an important and high-profile investigation of the President’s son, Hunter Biden.”
After Joe Biden became the likely Democratic presidential nominee in April 2020, Department of Justice (DOJ) officials, who Shapley said were leading the Sportsman investigation, allegedly started dragging “their feet.”
Investigators wanted to search the Bidens’ Delaware residence where Hunter Biden had spent some time, Shapley continued, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf allegedly said they should think about the “optics” of doing such an investigation, despite there being a large likelihood of finding a lot of evidence, according to the whistleblower. Shapley also alleged the DOJ would likely not approve a search warrant for some emails from Blue Star Strategies, closing the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) aspect of the investigation.
Shapley said David Weiss, the U.S. attorney leading the investigation into Hunter Biden, congratulated the IRS investigative team for keeping the investigation a “secret” when the team and Weiss met on Dec. 3, 2020. Wolf didn’t want to answer any questions about an email Hunter Biden’s business associate, Rob Walker, wrote saying “Ten held by H for the big guy,” Shapley said.
IRS Whistleblower Bombshells about Joe & Hunter Biden
On June 22, 2023, JustTheNews.com reported the following:
A supervisory IRS agent divulged to Congress widespread interference in the probe of Hunter Biden, including the blockage of two search warrants and more extensive criminal charges, while also confirming the government had evidence that Joe Biden met with his son’s Chinese business partners, according to testimony released Thursday,
Just the News obtained the testimony of IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley shortly after the House Ways and Means Committee voted to pierce Hunter Biden’s tax privacy and make the agent’s allegations of preferential treatment and political interference public.
He confirmed career prosecutors originally intended to charge Hunter Biden with numerous tax violations dating to 2014, but in the end appointees of Joe Biden nixed the plan for a more sweeping indictment. In the end, the charges were narrowed to two counts in 2017 and 2018 that most likely spared the presidential son prison time.
“I am blowing the whistle because the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice Tax, and Department of Justice provided preferential treatment and unchecked conflicts of interest in an important and high-profile investigation of the President’s son, Hunter Biden,” he told lawmakers.
You can read the full testimony here: Whistleblower 1 Transcript_Redacted.pdf
Shapley divulged in his testimony that federal prosecutors twice blocked search warrants seeking evidence from Hunter Biden, including one for a storage locker with corporate documents and another for Joe Biden’s Delaware residence where Hunter Biden was living, even though agents had met the standards for probable cause.
Shapley recounted how an assistant U.S. Attorney working on the case in Delaware she rejected the warrant for Joe Biden’s home in December 2020.
“‘The decision was whether the juice was worth the squeeze.’ And also a statement made here was that she said that, well, we had to consider the optics of doing a search warrant on, you know, Hunter Biden’s residence and/or the guest house of President Biden,” he recounted.
“She further states about the guest house of Joe Biden that there was no way we’d get that approved,” he continued.
Later when agents pivoted to seek a search warrant for a storage locker where Hunter Biden stored some of his corporate records, they were thwarted again and instead prosecutors alerted the Biden legal team. Shapley said the denial was unprecedented in his many years as an IRS agent.
“So it was off the table. And that was even after the election. So there’s many things. Any other case I ever worked, if they were like there’s a storage unit with documents from the business and personal documents in relation to the years under investigation — the risk was zero, because it’s on a storage unit, it’s not on a residence — there’s no prosecutor I’ve ever worked with that wouldn’t say, go get those documents,” he said.
Shapley also confirmed prosecutors had evidence that Joe Biden met with officials of his son’s Chinese energy client called CEFC, describing an interview that family associate Rob Walker gave the FBI.
“Walker went on to describe an instance in which the former Vice President showed up at a CEFC meeting. Walker said: “We were at the Four Seasons and we were having lunch and he stopped in, just said hello to everybody. I don’t even think he drank water. I think Hunter Biden said, ‘I may be trying to start a company or try to do something with these guys and could you?’ And I think he was like, if I’m around and he’d show up,” he recounted.
“The FBI agent asked: “So you definitely got the feeling that that was orchestrated by Hunter Biden to have like an appearance by his dad at that meeting just to kind of bolster your chances at making a deal work out? Walker answered: “Sure.” The FBI agent continued: “Any times when he was in office, or did you hear Hunter Biden say that he was setting up a meeting with his dad with them while dad was still in office?”
Walker answered: “Yes.”
Both whistleblowers also addressed a WhatsApp massage Hunter sent to an associate demanding he account for an unfulfilled commitment and stating that he was waiting on a call with his father.
“I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight. And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father,” the message reads.
Additional testimony from Shapley and an unidentified subordinate confirmed Just the News’s earlier reporting that:
1) The DOJ allowed the statute of limitations to expire on alleged tax crimes dating from before 2017 involving hundreds of thousands of dollars more in undeclared income, including some from foreign firms such as Ukrainian gas firm Burisma.
2) The IRS criminal investigation team never learned that the FBI had recovered emails from Hunter’s laptop showing that the first son was aware by 2017 that he had not paid taxes on at least $400,000 in income from Burisma from 2014.
3) Neither the IRS nor the FBI agents investigating Biden ever saw the confidential human source information the FBI received and documented in a form FD-1023 outlining an alleged bribery deal in which a Burisma executive paid $5 million each to Hunter and another Biden family member.
Opposing the Supreme Court Decision Allowing Creative Businesses to Refuse Service Based on Moral Objections
On June 30, 2023, the Supreme Court ruled on 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, a case that centered around the question of whether creative businesses had a right to refuse to serve LGBTQ+ customers because of a business owner’s First Amendment free-speech rights. In its 6-3 decision, the Court concluded that an evangelical Christian businesswoman had a right to post a notice that said, “no [wedding websites] will be sold if they will be used for gay marriages.”
President Biden criticized the decision in a statement saying that “no person should face discrimination simply because of who they are or who they love.” “The Supreme Court’s disappointing decision in 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis undermines that basic truth,” he added, “and painfully it comes during Pride month when millions of Americans across the country join together to celebrate the contributions, resilience, and strength of the LGBTQI+ community.”
Supreme Court Strikes Down Student-Loan Forgiveness
On June 30, 2023, a Fox News piece stated:
“The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Biden administration’s $400 billion student loan bailout in response to a legal challenge by Job Creators Network Foundation…. The court ruled that the cancellation program was a clear act of executive overreach, a position that both President Biden and Nancy Pelosi have taken in the past. Congress neither authorized broad student loan forgiveness nor indicated intent to do so. In fact, Congress has repeatedly rejected student loan cancelation bills in recent years.” (For background and context, see also the section titled “Biden Issues Executive Order to Cancel a Massive Amount of Student Debt,” on this page.)
Nine Times Joe Biden Denied His Involvement in His Family’s Corrupt Business Dealings with Foreign Entities
On June 30, 2023, Breitbart.com posted the following piece titled “Nine Times Joe Biden Denied Family Business Involvement Despite Mounting Evidence”:
President Joe Biden has denied his involvement in the Biden family business nine times over four years.
While at least 23 instances of evidence directly contradict his claims, including but not limited to photos, texts, an audio recording, and IRS and former business partner whistleblower testimonies, Joe Biden remains steadfast in insisting that many established facts do not mean he was somehow involved in the family’s overseas business.
The list of denials begins in 2019 when he ran for president. There is a three-year gap between his initial denials and recent repudiations, representing the establishment media’s failure to ask the president about the evidence that has been trickling into the public domain for years.
After the most recent findings in May and June by the Republican-led Congress, the media took a more active role in reporting the family’s affairs. Yet its reporting pales in comparison to how the media covers alleged Republican wrongdoing. According to Media Research Center, fewer than 50 percent of CNN and MSNBC viewers know about key issues regarding the Biden family’s business.
Below are the nine instances Joe Biden denied involvement:
One: May 13, 2019
“We never once discussed it when he was there [Ukraine],” Biden told the Associated Press. “There’s not a single bit of evidence that’s been shown in any reporting that’s been done that he ever talked about it with me or asked any government official for a favor.”
“All the reports indicated that not a single, solitary thing was inappropriate about what my son did. He never talked to me. He never talked to anybody in the administration,” Biden added.
Two: August 28, 2019
“Never discussed with my son or my brother or anyone else anything to do with their businesses. Period, ” Joe Biden said.
Three: September 19, 2019
“I’ve never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings. Here’s what I know — I know Trump deserves to be investigated,” he said. “You should be looking at Trump. Trump’s doing this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum.”
Four: October 4, 2019
“Yes, I stand by that statement,” Joe Biden replied when a reporter asked him in Los Angeles about his previous denials.
Five: October 22, 2020
“I have not taken a penny from any foreign source, ever, in my life,” Biden said, referring to Hunter Biden’s role on the board of the Ukrainian energy company during a presidential debate. “Nothing was unethical.”
“My son has no made money from China. The only guy who has made money from China was this guy,” he said about Donald Trump.
Six: June 8, 2023
Joe Biden mockingly called the House GOP revelation that he accepted a $5 million bribe from a Ukrainian energy company “malarkey.”
Seven: June 14, 2023
Joe Biden dismissed a question about the alleged audio tapes by breaking his stride, turning, grinning, and slowly shaking his head while walking away.
Eight: June 26, 2023
After hosting an event in the East Room at the White House about the nation’s economic challenges, Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich asked President Joe Biden, “Did you lie about never speaking to Hunter about his business deals?”
“No,” Joe Biden replied.
Nine: June 28, 2023
While speaking outside the White House, reporters swarmed the president with questions about his involvement with the family business in response to whistleblower testimony to Congress that his name was thrown around in his son’s deals.
“How involved were you in your son’s Chinese shake-down text message? Were you sitting there? Were you involved?” a reporter asked.
“No, I wasn’t.”
“Were you?” a second reporter asked.
“No!” Biden shouted back.
Timeline of Joe Biden’s Links to His Corrupt Family Business
On July 1, 2023, Wendell Husebo of Breitbart.com detailed Joe Biden’s ties to his family’s corrupt dealings with foreign influences:
Although President Joe Biden has personally denied involvement in his family’s international business scheme nine times, a time line of events suggests Joe Biden not only is linked to the family’s affairs but is a key member of an “organized crime” operation, as House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) termed it. Comer recently identified “six specific policy decisions” that Joe Biden made that indicate he could be “compromised.”
“Where is the money?” Biden responded in June when asked about his ties to the business. He later said he was joking. “It’s a bunch of malarkey.”
The following 19-point time line lays out the data points obtained from whistleblowers, the “Laptop from Hell,” James Comer, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and the Senate 2020 report on the family.
In 2013, Hunter flew to China with Vice President Joe Biden aboard Air Force Two. During the excursion, Hunter introduced the vice president to his business partner Jonathan Li, the CEO of a company linked to Chinese intelligence.
Ten days after the visit to China, Hunter secured a ten percent interest in BHR Partners, a Chinese state-backed investment fund co-founded with Li. The fund’s capitalization was $1 billion.
The Bank of China, a state-owned bank, controls BHR Partners. BHR Partners’ website boasts 15 billion RMB (renmibi, the official Chinese currency) in various portfolio companies, translating to more than two billion U.S. dollars.
Hunter Biden held a ten percent interest in BHR with the entity Skaneateles LLC. He controlled Skaneateles, according to Chinese public records from Baidu, as the sole governor until its dissolution in September 2021, a Washington, DC, registration indicated. Documents obtained by Breitbart News, first revealed by the nonprofitMarco Polo, show the control of Skaneateles LLC is held by Kevin Morris, Hunter Biden’s top attorney, who also paid Hunter Biden’s IRS debts.
Photos from 2014 reveal Joe Biden met with Hunter’s Mexican business associates, billionaire Miguel Alemán Velasco and his son Miguel Aleman Magnani, in the vice president’s office.
“The then-vice president also flew Hunter and his partner Jeff Cooper on Air Force 2 to Mexico City in 2016 where Hunter arranged to meet Alemán’s son for meetings over a ‘flippin gigantic’ business deal,” the Daily Mail reported.
In 2016, Hunter and Joe Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to Mexico, where Hunter met with a business associate from Mexico City. On the trip, Jeff Cooper, who ran a large litigation firm, SimmonsCooper, invested $1 million in Hunter and James Biden’s now-defunct hedge fund. The New York Post reported:
SimmonsCooper also put up $1 million in investment capital for Hunter and his uncle Jim [James] Biden’s abortive attempt to run a hedge fund in 2009. When the venture ended, the Bidens returned the money.
Cooper joined the VP’s entourage on Air Force Two to Mexico in 2016, when he and Hunter were trying to negotiate an ill-fated petroleum deal with Aleman Magnani.
At 6 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2016, about an hour after “wheels up” from Joint Base Andrews on the five-hour flight to Mexico City, Hunter wrote a plaintive email to Aleman Magnani using Air Force Two’s secure, high-speed satellite communications channel. He blind-copied Cooper.
A photo reportedly taken in 2014 shows Joe Biden golfing with Hunter and Devon Archer, Hunter’s fellow board member at the Ukrainian gas company Burisma. Archer, who was imprisoned for fraud, is in talks to comply with the House Oversight Committee’s subpoena regarding his knowledge of the Biden family’s alleged $10 million Ukraine “bribe” and additional Biden family business transactions.
“The photograph includes a fourth man who has not been identified. However, he is not Burisma’s top executive Taras Burdeinyi or founder Mykola Zlochevsky. Photographs of both men can be seen here and here,” Reuters reported.
In 2015, Burisma was under suspicion of money laundering and public corruption. Prosecutor Victor Shokin was investigating the case before his termination due to pressure applied by then-Vice President Joe Biden, who threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid from Ukraine if the Ukrainian government did not fire Shokin.
Joe Biden later bragged about the firing during a 2018 appearance at the Council of Foreign Relations.
“I said, ‘I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars.’ I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in,’ I think it was about six hours,” Biden told the audience. “I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.”
An FBI informant claims to possess two pieces of evidence that show Joe Biden received $5 million after threatening to withhold aid to Ukraine until Shokin was fired, House Oversight Committee Republicans told reporters after reviewing the bureau’s informant file.
In 2015, the day after Joe and Hunter Biden met with foreign business partners at Cafe Milano, one of the men emailed Hunter Biden his thanks for the “opportunity to meet your father.”
The New York Post reported:
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 executive, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.
Hunter and Joe Biden allegedly “coerced” a Burisma executive into paying them $10 million in bribes, a source familiar with the FBI’s informant document confirmed to Breitbart News.
In 2015, Hunter and Joe Biden met with business associates from Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan at a popular Washington, DC, restaurant. Joe Biden was then vice president.
The New York Post reported:
Online photos of the interior of Cafe Milano match the background of the shot that shows the Bidens smiling while flanked by Kazakhstani oligarch Kenes Rakishev and Karim Massimov, a former prime minister of Kazakhstan.
In 2017, Joe Biden penned a college recommendation letter for a child of Hunter’s Chinese business partner, Jonathan Li, with whom Joe Biden met in China.
In 2017, Hunter Biden stated in an email that Joe Biden was one of his “new office mates” after he “went into business with the CEFC executive,” according to the Washington Post. Hunter also made a key for Joe Biden to use at the House of Sweden in Georgetown.
Hunter Biden appeared to cancel his lease with the House of Sweden in 2018 after the CEFC energy deal failed in 2017. The Biden family had previously negotiated a deal with CEFC whereby Joe Biden (Big Guy) would receive a ten percent equity stake in the joint venture, Hunter’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski.
In 2017, whistleblower Tony Bobulinski, one of Hunter Biden’s many business partners, twice met with Joe Biden to discuss a business deal in China.
“I directly dealt with the Biden family, including Joe Biden,” Bobulinski stated.
After Bobulinski dined with former Vice President Joe Biden, his brother Jim Biden, and Hunter to discuss their deal in China, Bobulinski messaged James, telling him to “thank Joe for his time.”
Between 2009 and 2017, Hunter’s business partner, Eric Schwerin, met with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House 19 times, White House visitor logs obtained by the New York Post revealed. Schwerin was the president of the infamous but now-dissolved investment fund Rosemont Seneca Partners.
In 2017, Hunter Biden demanded payment from CCP-linked Chinese businessman Raymond Zhao, while Joe Biden was “sitting next to” him, according to a screenshot of a WhatsApp message from an IRS whistleblower.
“I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled,” the screen capture shows. “Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight.”
The captured transcript of the call continues:
And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father.
Just days after demanding to be paid by a CEFC associate in a WhatsApp text with Joe Biden “sitting” next to him, Hunter Biden asked a second CEFC business associate, Gongwen “Kevin” Dong, for $10 million in another WhatsApp text, noting the Biden family is best at “doing exactly what the chairman wants.”
In a message dated August 3, 2017, Hunter Biden told Kevin he wanted to quit squabbling “over peanuts” and settle on a firm deal by putting “this to bed tonight … and get to work. I am tired of this Kevin. I can make $5M in salary at any law firm in America.”
“Very simple,” Hunter wrote. “10 M per annum budget to use to further the interest of the JV. This move to 5M is completely new to me and is not acceptable obviously.”
“If you think this is about money it’s not,” Hunter added. “The Bidens are the best I know at doing exactly what the chairman wants from this partnership … let’s not quibble over peanuts.”
Chris Clark, Hunter Biden’s attorney, admitted the 2017 WhatsApp text demanding money from a CCP-linked businessman while “sitting next to” his dad was indeed Hunter’s message.
“The DOJ investigation covered a period which was a time of turmoil and addiction for my client,” he wrote. “Any verifiable words or actions of my client in the midst of a horrible addiction are solely his own and have no connection to anyone in his family.”
In 2018, two years after Joe and Hunter Biden flew to Mexico to meet with Cooper, Hunter texted Cooper about a deal he had in the works with a business partner named Slim, the New York Post reported. “Spoke to my dad about ‘Slim ask,’” Hunter said to Cooper.
“Oh that sounds SO F’ING GOOD,” Cooper responded.
In 2018, Joe Biden called Hunter Biden and left a voicemail about a business deal with the Chinese energy company CEFC. The voicemail revealed the Biden family’s concern that sensitive information was included in a New York Times article about Hunter Biden’s involvement with CEFC’s chairman Ye Jianming.
“Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you,” Joe Biden said.
“I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance give me a call. I love you,” the message concluded.
In 2019, Hunter Biden revealed to his daughter that Joe Biden collected “half [my] salary” for 30 years. Hunter reportedly paid thousands of dollars for Joe Biden’s house repairs from the money reportedly obtained from selling access to Joe Biden.
“I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years,” he texted. “It’s really hard. But don’t worry, unlike Pop [Joe], I won’t make you give me half your salary.”
In 2023, Former Obama White House stenographer Mike McCormick alleged that the FBI has ignored Joe Biden’s role in the family’s foreign influence-peddling “conspiracy” in Ukraine.
McCormick, who told the New York Post he has relevant information implicating Joe Biden in the family’s business affairs in Ukraine, submitted a tip to the FBI in February. McCormick said he never heard back from the FBI — the same law enforcement agency which allegedly “shut down” the investigation into Hunter’s abandoned “Laptop from Hell.”
According to McCormick, Biden’s former national security aide, Sullivan, told reporters on April 21, 2014, on Air Force Two as an anonymous “senior administration official” that the United States intended to help Ukraine’s natural gas industry.
Unknown to the public at the time, Hunter Biden was already a board member of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company. Hunter’s position on the board was not disclosed by the company until May 12, 2014, nearly a month after Sullivan’s statement to reporters.
Three SCOTUS Decisions Oppose Biden Agenda on: Affirmative Action, Free Speech Rights, & Student-Loan Forgiveness
On Juky 7, 2023, Joseph Klein published the following piece in Frontpagemag.com:
President Biden and his left-wing base are furious at the Supreme Court for the three historic decisions that the Court issued on the last two days of its 2022-2023 term. President Biden disparaged the Supreme Court, claiming it was “not a normal court” and accused its conservative majority of misinterpreting the Constitution.
President Biden’s attack on the legitimacy of the Supreme Court was not only a reckless assault on a co-equal branch of the federal government. It evidenced President Biden’s complete misunderstanding of the core constitutional principles of equal protection under the law, freedom of speech, and separation of powers, all of which the Supreme Court majority underscored in its landmark decisions.
With these three decisions, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority firmed up the underpinnings of America’s constitutional republic that the Left seeks to destroy.
On June 29th, the Supreme Court struck down race-based admission practices used by colleges and universities such as the defendants Harvard College and the University of North Carolina. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the 6-3 conservative majority, rejected the notion that one’s racial group identity should supersede the totality of one’s own individual life experiences, skills, and aspirations as a prime criterion for admission. A diverse class of entrants can be assembled without having to discriminate against one racial or ethnic group in favor of another.
The cases brought against Harvard and the University of North Carolina involved admission practices that pitted one minority group, Asian American students, against another minority group, African American students, for admission purposes.
Affirmative action was meant to be a temporary remedy to help African Americans overcome the severe disadvantages imposed on them by past government-sanctioned injustices. But it was never meant to become a permanent fixture of American life and used as a club against other minority groups that have suffered their own share of grave injustices.
“Many universities have for too long wrongly concluded that the touchstone of an individual’s identity is not challenges bested, skills built, or lessons learned, but the color of their skin. This Nation’s constitutional history does not tolerate that choice,” Chief Justice Roberts observed. “The race-based admissions systems…fail to comply with the twin commands of the Equal Protection Clause that race may never be used as a ‘negative’ and that it may not operate as a stereotype.”
The Left wants to divide America into warring identity groups with elitists in charge of picking the winners and losers, regardless of individual talents, aspirations, achievements, and obstacles in the way of success. The Supreme Court’s conservative majority pushed back against this corrosive ideology. It stood up for the idea of equality under the law that has animated America’s exceptionalist experiment in self-government and protection of individual freedoms.
In the second of the three landmark opinions that the Supreme Court delivered at the end of its term, the conservative majority strongly reaffirmed the individual’s constitutional right of free speech. Freedom of speech, the Court held, includes not only the right to express one’s own opinions, regardless of how offensive they might be to others. Freedom of speech also includes a person’s right to refuse to utter speech that the person disagrees with.
On June 30th, the Supreme Court ruled, again by an ideologically split 6-3 vote, that a website designer cannot be forced to create a customized website conveying a message with her own expressive content that violates her fundamental beliefs. The message in this case that the website designer does not want to use her artistic talents to express by creating an original customized website is the celebration of a same-sex wedding. The Court held that Colorado’s anti-discrimination law cannot be used as a justification to compel speech from someone, including a commercial provider of original expressive words or images, that is contrary to that person’s core beliefs.
Contrary to the Left’s demagoguery, which Justice Sonia Sotomayor echoed in her dissenting opinion, the case did not involve a business’s refusal to serve a person because of that person’s sexual orientation. The plaintiff stipulated that she “will gladly create custom graphics and websites for clients of any sexual orientation.” She just does not want to design a custom website containing a message that she believes in good conscience to be morally objectionable.
Justice Neil Gorsuch, who wrote the majority opinion, is no homophobe. To the contrary, it was Justice Gorsuch who wrote the majority opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County, which held that the Civil Rights Act’s Title VII protections against employment discrimination extend to gay and transgender persons.
In this case involving Colorado’s attempt to compel speech, Justice Gorsuch did not backtrack in his majority opinion on the constitutional right of gay people to marry. His opinion did not approve of discrimination against gay people because of who they are. Rather, Justice Gorsuch simply upheld the express right of free speech that appears in the First Amendment to the Constitution, which includes an individual’s right not to be compelled to express beliefs contrary to his or her own beliefs.
Eighty years ago, the Supreme Court upheld the right of two Jehovah’s Witness sisters to refuse to salute the flag in their public school class, which was then mandatory. In that case, the majority opinion stated: “To sustain the compulsory flag salute we are required to say that a Bill of Rights which guards the individual’s right to speak his own mind, left it open to public authorities to compel him to utter what is not in his mind…If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”
Justice Gorsuch hewed closely to this landmark First Amendment precedent in his majority opinion. He wrote that “as this Court has long held, the opportunity to think for ourselves and to express those thoughts freely is among our most cherished liberties and part of what keeps our Republic strong…The First Amendment envisions the United States as a rich and complex place where all persons are free to think and speak as they wish, not as the government demands.”
All believers in the critical importance of the First Amendment in protecting every individual’s freedom of conscience should rejoice.
The final landmark decision handed down by the Supreme Court on June 30th – also by an ideologically divided 6-3 majority vote – dealt with the fundamental constitutional principle of separation of powers.
President Biden issued an executive order last year cancelling students’ obligations to pay off at least a portion of their higher education student debt. Biden’s maneuver would have cost taxpayers over $400 billion if he had gotten away with his egregious abuse of presidential power. Fortunately, the Supreme Court intervened and struck down President Biden’s unconstitutional trampling upon Congress’s legislative authority to appropriate the taxpayers’ money under Article I of the Constitution.
The Biden administration tried to use as justification for the student debt cancellation executive order a limited authority delegated by Congress to the Education Secretary under the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act of 2003 (HEROES Act). The HEROES Act allows the Education Secretary to “waive or modify” federal student financial assistance program requirements in time of war, other military operation, or a national emergency.
The Supreme Court’s majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, delivered a strongly worded rebuke to this power grab by the executive branch. The Court held that the authority to “waive or modify” existing statutory or regulatory provisions applicable to federal financial assistance programs does not mean the authority to rewrite the governing statute “from the ground up.” Chief Justice Roberts added, “However broad the meaning of ‘waive or modify,’ that language cannot authorize the kind of exhaustive rewriting of the statute that has taken place here.”
Releasing 43 million borrowers from their obligations to repay $430 billion in student loans, which would transfer those obligations to the taxpayers, raises policy issues of nationwide economic and political significance. The COVID-19 national emergency, which President Biden declared several months ago was over anyway, did not justify the executive branch stepping into the shoes of the legislative branch when it comes to the power of the purse.
“The question here is not whether something should be done; it is who has the authority to do it,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote. “The dissent is correct that this is a case about one branch of government arrogating to itself power belonging to another. But it is the Executive seizing the power of the Legislature.”
Chief Justice Roberts noted that “our precedent—old and new—requires that Congress speak clearly before a Department Secretary can unilaterally alter large sections of the American economy.” One such precedent goes back to 1952. That is when the Supreme Court decided that President Harry Truman lacked the constitutional and statutory authority to order governmental seizure of the nation’s steel mills during the Korean War when a labor dispute threatened to disrupt production. The Court held that “The President’s order does not direct that a congressional policy be executed in a manner prescribed by Congress—it directs that a presidential policy be executed in a manner prescribed by the President.”
Past attempts in Congress to pass legislation cancelling higher education student debt have failed. In fact, the opposite is the case. Congress recently passed a resolution, with the support of some Democrats, to reject President Biden’s executive student loan cancellation program. Biden vetoed Congress’s determination that the executive branch had overstepped the limit of its congressionally delegated authority on this major policy question.
Moreover, even then-Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recognized that people were wrong to think that the President of the United States has the power for debt forgiveness. “He can postpone,” she explained, as noted by Chief Justice Roberts who quoted the former Speaker. “He can delay. But he does not have that power. That has to be an act of Congress.”
Under America’s system of separation of powers and checks and balances, it is ultimately up to the independent judicial branch to interpret the limits imposed by the Constitution on the powers of the other two branches. That is precisely what the Supreme Court did by striking down President Biden’s executive order that unilaterally transferred student debt obligations to American taxpayers, including those who already paid off their loans or did not go to college.
These three landmark cases demonstrate this Supreme Court’s fulfillment of its essential role as the guardian of the Constitution and of individual liberties against abuses by those in power. It is only fitting that these cases were handed down just days before Americans celebrated the nation’s declaration of independence from tyranny.
Biden Admits U.S. Is “Low” on Ammunition in CNN Interview
In a July 2023 interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Biden revealed a key detail about how America’s own military preparedness was being affected by the continued escalation of U.S. support for Ukraine in the latter’s war against Russia. “This is a war relating to munitions,” said Biden. “And they’re running out of that ammunition, and we’re low on it.” “And so,” the president continued, “what I finally did, I took the recommendation of the Defense Department to — not permanently — but to allow for this transition period while we get more 155 weapons, these shells, for the Ukrainians.”
In reaction to Biden’s revelation, conservative commentator Steve Guest wrote: “Joe Biden broadcasting to the world that the US is low on 155mm shells. Moron. Does Biden not care that our adversaries in China are listening?”
The Housing Plan of Biden’s HUD
On August 4, 2023, Benjamin Paris and John Peluso wrote in The Daily Signal:
Rising interest rates and a shortage of lower-cost houses under the Biden administration continue to make homeownership unobtainable for many young families. Instead of working to solve actual problems like these, President Joe Biden is once again choosing to prioritize the expansive promotion of woke diversity, equity, and inclusion ideology in housing policies, as a recent proposed rule from the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows.
The proposed regulation would encourage taxpayer-funded housing agencies to abandon the goal of ensuring fairness in the housing market and instead pursue the elimination of all inequality in housing and income.
Under the rule, program participants—entities like public housing agencies, grant recipients, private entities that supply public or subsidized housing, and other entities receiving HUD funds—must supply an “Equity Plan” to HUD, describing the steps they have taken to “eliminate disparities in housing-related opportunities.”
Without qualification, this statement has worrying implications; after all, people having different levels of income is certainly a cause of “disparities in housing-related opportunities.” And HUD seems to agree with all the implications of this radical statement.
With discrimination in housing illegal for over 60 years, the elimination of such disparities should, according to the department, be achieved by a laundry list of progressive policies. While HUD offers other options for communities to meet the Equity Plan standards, its goal of pushing progressive policies at the state and local level through its regulated entities is clear, and progressive activists will surely understand that subtext.
One policy that HUD says will satisfy its equity standards is universal basic income—a disastrous progressive policy that would destroy the American way of life.
Another example of a way for program participants to comply is to campaign to change local zoning laws in the name of “inclusionary zoning,” a capricious and misleading term that encompasses many policies to force below-market-value public housing into communities by removing zoning restrictions on such builds. This would, by HUD’s own admission, lead to “increased prices, reduced quantities [of housing],” and “market inefficiency.”
Although this is simply one option listed among several, it is not clear what interest a federal agency has in meddling in the perfectly legitimate and non-discriminatory affairs of how local communities zone themselves.
In a particularly egregious example, HUD suggests that government-sponsored entities might choose to begin “modifying preferences” of individuals to avoid inequality of outcomes in housing. HUD provides no qualification for what this means, except for a vague gesture at the possibility of “local leadership” “pushing” for progressive housing policies against the wishes of “local political ideology.” It seems that even having individual preferences about where to live or how to zone your own community is unacceptable inequity to the Biden administration.
HUD’s most drastic option calls for program participants to fight inequality of “community assets” and “different access” to community “critical resources.” These “resources” and “assets” can mean anything from schools, parks, and police to access to credit and community wealth.
This opaque language conceals HUD’s aim: to empower activists to pressure middle- and working-class neighborhoods into having their taxpayer-funded resources used up by people who didn’t pay for them. And of course, the only way to eliminate inequality of “assets” and “resources” is to make every neighborhood the same, doing away with the ability of Americans to choose to live in communities with public goods that they choose to fund through popular policies and administered by elected officials.
Of course, this proposed policy would not raise the overall level of community assets in society. Moving public housing to areas with high levels of community assets would expend these resources at a higher rate, lowering the average level of assets within that community.
When someone buys a house in a neighborhood with a high level of community assets, he pays taxes expecting to get access to high-quality public assets that he paid for—nice parks, clean streets, safe neighborhoods, and so on. HUD’s plan would take those resources and redistribute them, meaning residents might move away or vote not to fund such assets at all.
This is a textbook instance of the economic “Tragedy of the Commons,” a lesson that seems to have escaped the would-be redistributors at HUD. The department’s rule would be a drastic escalation of equity-based policy: The end pursued is nothing short of the mass redistribution of public and private property.
While there are options listed to fulfill HUD’s requirements that are not so destructive, it is ultimately inappropriate for the government to have progressive activism be an officially sanctioned means of meeting a regulatory requirement.
To make a bad situation worse, as a Heritage Foundation official public comment to HUD about this proposal explains, this regulation would be unlawful.
Under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, Congress demanded that the HUD secretary administer HUD’s programs “in a manner affirmatively to further” the Fair Housing Act’s policies and programs.
But the Biden administration in its regulation is pursuing aims far different from those of the statute. The entire proposal described above, with all of its DEI goals, is based on this six-word phrase, “in a manner affirmatively to further.” HUD pretends to think that those six words demand a 75-page wish list of equity-based regulation.
This is nothing new from the Biden administration’s rogue administrative state: It used those same six filler words to demand that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac give out easier credit based on race. And that’s hardly a unique example of the administration’s leftist regulatory regime.
Ultimately, Biden’s aim is to get Americans to change their way of life in the name of woke ideology, starting by chipping away at the self-government of our communities. HUD’s regulation—like so many Biden administration proposals—is a harmful and unnecessary regulation divorced from the reality of American life.
Gold Star Mother says she shook with anger when Biden told her his son came ‘home in a flag-draped coffin’
On August 8, 2023, wrote for BizpacReview.com:
Gold Star mom Cheryl Rex, the mother of Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola, eviscerated President Biden Monday as she gave an emotional dress-down to the commander-in-chief.
The 20-year-old Marine [Dylan Merola] was one of 13 military personnel tragically killed in the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal ordered by Biden in 2021. Rex delivered a fiery speech full of anger, loss, and tears, about the horrific day at the Kabul airport that not only took her son’s life and 12 others but the lives of 169 Afghan civilians.
Her fury was palpable as she vented her outrage over Biden claiming that his son had come home from Iraq in a coffin draped by an American flag just as her son did. That was a blatant lie and the mother knew it, being familiar with the details of Beau Biden’s death.
“When Joe Biden, our elected president, entered the room, when he approached me, his words to me were, ‘My wife Jill and I know how you feel. We lost our son as well and brought him home in a flag-draped coffin,’” Rex recounted. “My heart started beating faster and I started shaking, knowing that their son died from cancer and they were able to be by his side.”
The devastated mother could not wrap her head around Biden pulling such a callous stunt. She recalled “wondering how someone could honestly — sorry — be so heartless to say he knew how I felt a little over 24 hours in learning of my son’s death.”
“After this encounter, I have never had any personal correspondence, nor has my son been honored or his name spoken by this commander-in-chief, or his administration, on what I feel is because of their failures and poor planning to exit our troops from Afghanistan,” Rex claimed, laying the blame for her son’s death directly on Biden.
“I laid Dylan to rest witnessing thousands of people from across our country offering their condolences and support, and again, nothing was brought forth from anyone in our current administration. The anger I held inside on how our 13 kids were not being recognized nationally was becoming prominent. How could so many people pay their respects, but nothing at all from the president of the United States on something he had conducted?” she angrily asked.
Beau Biden served in the Delaware Army National Guard. His father has repeatedly pushed the false story that he died in Iraq. He also contends that burn pits in Iraq played a part in his death. The truth is that Beau Biden died at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland in May 2015 from brain cancer.
Urging Colleges to Continue to Practice Affirmative Action Despite the Supreme Court Ban
Despite the Supreme Court’s June 2023 ruling that the use of race-based college admissions policies were unconstitutional, the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division together released a guidance on August 14th encouraging universities to circumvent the decision by considering “ways a student’s background, including experiences linked to their race, have shaped their lives and the unique contributions they can make to campus.” “For higher education to be an engine for equal opportunity, upward mobility, and global competitiveness, we need campus communities that reflect the beautiful diversity of our country,” said Cardona said in a statement. “The resources issued by the Biden-Harris Administration today will provide college leaders with much-needed clarity on how they can lawfully promote and support diversity, and expand access to educational opportunity for all following the Supreme Court’s disappointing ruling on affirmative action.”
The guidance stated that during their respective admissions processes, schools could continue to consider how applicants’ backgrounds — including their experiences with racial discrimination or their status as racial minorities — could “position them to contribute to campus in unique ways.” “For example,” said the guidance, “a university could consider an applicant’s explanation about what it means to him to be the first Black violinist in his city’s youth orchestra or an applicant’s account of overcoming prejudice when she transferred to a rural high school where she was the only student of South Asian descent.” “By ensuring that the group of applicants they ultimately consider for admission includes a robust pool of talented students from underrepresented groups, institutions better position themselves to attain the student body diversity and related educational benefits they seek,” the guidance added.
Biden Plans to Cancel Alaska Oil & Gas Leases That Were Issued Under Trump
On September 8, 2023, Breitbart.com reported:
“President Joe Biden’s Interior Department said it would cancel the oil and gas leases issued in the latter days of President Donald Trump’s administration. Biden has said he would move to protect roughly 19.6 million acres in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for polar bears and caribou.
“’As the climate crisis warms the Arctic more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, we have a responsibility to protect this treasured region for all ages,’ Biden said in a written statement.
“Trump issued the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) seven leases right before Biden’s inauguration. The move is part of a larger strategy by which Biden has moved to cancel oil and gas exploration on public lands.”
Prisoner Exchange with Iran
On Wednesday, September 13, 2023, UPI reported:
A prisoner swap between the United States and Iran appeared to be moving forward on Tuesday, according to comments by officials from both countries. The deal will see the exchange of five prisoners each as well as the United States unfreezing $6 billion of Iranian funds that U.S. officials say Tehran will only be able to use for humanitarian purposes under strict Treasury oversight. U.S. State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters during a press conference in Washington on Tuesday that “the funds are in the process of being transferred” from South Korean accounts where they were frozen to accounts in Qatar where Iran will have access to them. The transfer was facilitated by sanction waivers that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had signed Friday, an action Congress was notified of on Monday.
The Iran Mission to the United Nations confirmed to Iran’s state-run Islamic Republic News Agency on Tuesday the names of five imprisoned Iranians it seeks to have released. The individuals were identified as Mehrdad Moein Ansari, Kambiz Attar-Kashani, Reza Sarhangpour Kafrani, Amin Hassanzadeh and Kaveh Lotfollah Afrasyabi.
Ansari was sentenced in 2021 to more than 5 years’ imprisonment for attempting to obtain sensitive military parts for Tehran.
Dual U.S.-Iranian citizen Kashani was sentenced in February to 30 months over procuring electronic goods and technology for Iranian end-users.
[Kafrani], an Iranian who resided in Montreal, Canada, was indicted in July 2021 on multiple charges on allegations of exporting laboratory equipment from the United States to Iran.
Afrasyabi was charged in January 2021 with acting as an unregistered agent of Iran and lobbying U.S. officials to enact policies favorable to the Middle Eastern nation.
The final individual, Hasanzadeh, was charged in 2019 on allegations of sending technology to Iran.
Last month, U.S. officials announced that five Americans held [mostly on charges of spying] in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison had been moved to house arrest, suggesting that they may soon be freed. Those individuals, whom the Biden administration has said were wrongly detained, were named as Siamak Namazi, Emad Sharghi and Morad Tahbaz with the two others not publicly identified.
The announcement of the waivers being issued, which allows banks to release and move the Iranian funds without fear of being hit with sanctions, sparked anger from Republican politicians, some of whom incorrectly framed it as the United States giving Tehran $6 billion as part of the deal — including former President Donald Trump, who said the deal sets a “terrible precedent.” “We gave them 5 very tough, smart people that they desperately wanted,” the four-time indicted former president said on his Truth Social platform. “We likewise got back 5 people but, we also gave them 6 billion dollars!” […]
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in an interview with NBC News rejected the idea that the funds released would only go to humanitarian needs, stating they will spend it “wherever we need it.” “This money belongs to the Iranian people, the Iranian government, so the Islamic Republic of Iran will decide what to do with this money,” he said. “Humanitarian means whatever the Iranian people needs, so this money will be budgeted for those needs, and the needs of the Iranian people will be decided and determined by the Iranian government.”
Hunter Biden received $250K wires originating in Beijing with beneficiary address listed as Joe Biden’s home
On September 26, 2023, Fox News reported:
Hunter Biden received wires that originated in Beijing for more than $250,000 from Chinese business partners during the summer of 2019 — wires that listed the Delaware home of Joe Biden as the beneficiary address for the funds, Fox News Digital has learned from a congressional committee.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., has been investigating the Biden family business dealings and President Biden’s alleged involvement in those ventures. As part of the investigation, Comer subpoenaed financial records related to a specific bank account and received records of two wires originating from Beijing and linked to BHR Partners. BHR Partners is a joint-venture between Hunter Biden’s Rosemont Seneca and Chinese investment firm Bohai Capital. BHR Partners is a Beijing-backed private equity firm controlled by Bank of China Limited. Hunter Biden reportedly sat on the board of directors of BHR Partners.
The first wire transfer sent to Hunter Biden, dated July 26, 2019, was for $10,000 from an individual named Ms. Wang Xin. There is a Ms. Wang Xin listed on the website for BHR Partners. It is unclear if the wire came from that Wang Xin.
The second wire transfer sent to Hunter Biden, dated Aug. 2, 2019, was for $250,000 from Li Xiang Sheng — also known as Jonathan Li, the CEO of BHR Partners — and Ms. Tan Ling. The committee is trying to identify Ling’s role.
The beneficiary for the wires is listed as Robert Hunter Biden with the address “1209 Barley Mill Rd.” in Wilmington, Delaware. That address is the main residence for President Biden.
Comer and the House Oversight Committee have obtained bank records as part of their investigation, alleging that the Biden family and their business associates received millions of dollars from oligarchs in Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Kazakhstan during the Obama administration.
Fox News Digital has also learned that the committee has records that allegedly reveal that from 2014 to 2019 the Biden family and their associates received $24 million in foreign payments — $15 million to the Bidens and $9 million for their business associates, $4 million more than previously known. […]
The wires were sent just several months after then-Vice President Joe Biden announced his 2020 presidential campaign. Joe Biden, in August 2019, said he “never discussed with my son or my brother or anyone else anything having to do with their business, period.”
As for Jonathan Li, according to testimony from Hunter Biden’s former business associate, Devon Archer, as part of the House Oversight Committee’s investigation, Joe Biden sat down for coffee in Beijing with the CEO of BHR. Archer also testified that Biden wrote a college recommendation letter for Li’s daughter to Georgetown. Archer said Hunter Biden put his father on speakerphone for at least one call with Li in addition to meeting for coffee. Separately, Fox News Digital first reported in 2022 that Biden wrote a college recommendation letter for Li’s son to Brown University.
“Bank records don’t lie, but President Joe Biden does,” Comer told Fox News Digital. “In 2020, Joe Biden told Americans that his family never received money from China. We’ve already proved that to be a lie earlier this year, and now we know that two wires originating from Beijing listed Joe Biden’s Wilmington home as the beneficiary address when he was running for president of the United States. When Joe Biden was vice president, he spoke on the phone and had coffee with Jonathan Li in Beijing and later wrote a college letter of recommendation for his children,” Comer said. “Joe Biden’s abuse of public office for his family’s financial gain threatens our national security. What did the Bidens do with this money from Beijing? Americans demand and deserve accountability for President Biden and the first family’s corruption. The Oversight Committee, along with the Judiciary and Ways and Means committees, will continue to follow the evidence and money to provide transparency and accountability.”
Despite Hunter Biden receiving more than a quarter of a million dollars in the summer of 2019 from BHR-linked individuals, in October 2019, then-attorney for Hunter Biden, George Mesires, explained Hunter’s role at the company by saying he “served only as a member of the board of directors, which he joined based on his interest in seeking ways to bring Chinese capital to international markets.”
“It was an unpaid position,” Mesires said on Oct. 13, 2019. “In October 2017, Hunter committed to invest approximately $420,000 USD (as of 10/12/2019) to acquire a 10% equity position in BHR, which he still holds. To date, Hunter has not received any compensation for being on BHR’s board of directors. He has not received any return on his investment; there have been no distributions to BHR shareholders since Hunter obtained his equity interest.”
Hunter resigned from the board of BHR at the end of October 2019.
Biden & Mayorkas Suddenly Decide to Build 20 Additional Miles of Border Wall
Late on October 4, 2023, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas — in a sudden about-face from the Biden administration’s longstanding claim that a border wall was both unnecessary and ineffective — quietly announced that an additional 20 miles of wall would be erected in the Rio Grande Valley border sector in Southeast Texas. Citing an “acute and immediate need to construct physical barriers” to prevent more people from entering the country illegally, Mayorkas said: “The United States Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector is an area of ‘high illegal entry. Therefore, I must use my authority . . . to install additional physical barriers and roads in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.”
To expedite the implementation of this plan, the Biden administration waived 26 separate federal laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Air Act.
On October 5, 2023, President Biden claimed that he “can’t stop” construction of the new sections of the wall because Congress had not rescinded the spending that had been allocated for it during the Trump administration in 2019. “The money was appropriated [in 2019] for the border wall,” Biden told reporters. “I tried to get them to re-appropriate, to redirect that money. They didn’t. They wouldn’t.”
FBI Targets “MAGA” Trump Supporters
On October 4, 2023, Newsweek.com reported:
“The federal government believes that the threat of violence and major civil disturbances around the 2024 U.S. presidential election is so great that it has quietly created a new category of extremists that it seeks to track and counter: Donald Trump’s army of MAGA followers.
“The challenge for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the primary federal agency charged with law enforcement, is to pursue and prevent what it calls domestic terrorism without direct reference to political parties or affiliations—even though the vast majority of its current ‘anti-government’ investigations are of Trump supporters, according to classified data obtained by Newsweek.”
Biden Administration’s Response to Deadly Hamas Attack Against Israel
At daybreak on October 7, 2023 — which was the major Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah — the Islamic terror group Hamas carried out a massive, multi-front, surprise attack against Israel, firing thousands of rockets from Gaza into the Jewish state, while dozens of Hamas fighters infiltrated the Israeli border in a number of locations by air, land and sea. The attack had been planned in conjunction with officers from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, along with agents of three other Iran-sponsored terrorist groups. “In an assault of startling breadth,” reported CBS News, “Hamas gunmen rolled into as many as 22 locations outside the Gaza Strip, including towns and other communities as far as 15 miles from the Gaza border. In some places they gunned down civilians and soldiers as Israel’s military scrambled to muster a response.” By October 8, at least 600 Israelis had been killed and 1,800 wounded, making it the bloodiest day Jews had experienced since the Holocaust. Moreover, Hamas took more than 240 Israelis hostage, including dozens who were American citizens, and moved them to the Gaza Strip. The terrorists also paraded Israelis’ mutilated bodies in Gaza, to cheering crowds of Palestinians. By October 19, the official casualty toll in Israel had reached more than 1,400 dead (including at least 32 Americans) and 4,500 injured.
The Biden regime’s initial response came via the U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs, which, On October 7, tweeted in Arabic: “The US Embassy is closely monitoring the security situation as a result of rockets being fired from Gaza through southern and central Israel, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and the infiltration of Hamas activists.” Shortly thereafter, the same U.S. Office followed up with the following statement: “We unequivocally condemn the attack of Hamas terrorists and the loss of life that has incurred. We urge all sides to refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks. Terror and violence solve nothing.” As Islam expert Robert Spencer subsequently noted: “In other words, Israel must not respond to the breaching of its borders and wholesale murder of its citizens. That would be a ‘retaliatory attack,’ and would solve nothing.”
On October 8, 2023 — the day after the Hamas terror attack had struck Israel — President Biden and the First Lady hosted a barbecue for White House Executive Residence staff and their families.
Saudis Pause on U.S.-Backed Pact with Israel
On October 13, 2023, BizPacReview.com reported:
Saudi Arabia is hitting pause on U.S.-backed plans to normalize the nation’s ties with Israel and rethinking its “foreign policy priorities.” Citing two sources “familiar with Riyadh’s thinking,” Reuters reports, “The conflict has also pushed the kingdom to engage with Iran.” “Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman took his first phone call from Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi as Riyadh tries to prevent a broader surge in violence across the region,” according to the outlet.
A key component of a prized U.S. defense pact is Riyadh’s normalization with Israel. Before the attack on Israel by Iran-backed Hamas, leaders from both Israel and Saudi Arabia had stated they were moving closer to a deal that, according to Reuters, “could have reshaped the Middle East.” Even if Israel refused to offer Palestinians “significant concessions,” sources had previously told Reuters that Saudi Arabia would continue with its pursuit of U.S. defense pact. That has apparently changed now that Hamas has attacked Israel and pro-Palestinian protests sweep across Europe and the Middle East.
Biden Administration’s Massive Spending on Palestinians
On October 11, 2023, the Washington Free Beacon reported:
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department’s humanitarian arm, reported spending some $400 million on various development projects in the Hamas-controlled territory since 2009.
U.S. funding to the Gaza Strip has taken on renewed significance since Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel over the weekend that has killed more than 1,000 and wounded many more. While USAID says the money goes toward humanitarian assistance, lawmakers and analysts have warned for some time that American investments in the territory could be stolen by Hamas and used to fund its terrorism campaign against the Jewish state. Hamas’s strict control over the territory means that aid groups operate within its confines.
When President Joe Biden took office in 2021, the United States began pumping millions into the Palestinian territories, including the Gaza Strip. America spent “at least $5.5 million in Gaza” that year on “cash assistance and health care” programs, as well as donating $90 million to a United Nations organization that operates in the area, according to the Associated Press.
In mid-2022, the Biden administration announced an additional $316 million aid package for the Palestinians, including projects in the Gaza Strip that included building 4G wireless networks.
Between 2021 to 2024, the Biden administration is slated to spend “over $500 million in programming to support the Palestinian people,” including those in Gaza, according to separate USAID funding documents. This includes “wastewater management [programs] in both the West Bank and Gaza,” as well various aid projects targeting “vulnerable populations in the West Bank and Gaza.”
Other programs allowed the administration to spend “up to $250 million over five years to advance peaceful co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians to enable a sustainable two-state solution.”
Pressuring Banks to Approve Loans to Illegal Aliens
On October 12, 2023, multiple government agencies of the Biden administration posted statements threatening banks with federal investigations if they failed to approve cheap loans to illegal migrants with weak financial and credit credentials. “This guidance reminds lenders that denying someone access to credit based solely on their actual or perceived immigrant status may violate federal law,” said Kristen Clarke, chief of the Justice Department’s civic regulation division, in a statement. Rohit Chopra, director of the semi-independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, added that the government “will not allow companies to use immigration status as an excuse for illegal discrimination.”
Three Senior Biden Intelligence Officials Have Shocking Ties to Hamas & Iran
On October 20, 2023, BizPacReview.com reported:
According to former chief of staff to the Department of Defense (DOD) Kash Patel, three senior Biden intelligence officials have shocking ties to Hamas and Iran. Speaking to Steve Bannon on Thursday, Patel named Robert Malley, Ariane Tabatabai, and Maher Bitar — three senior-level intelligence officials in the Biden administration. “The intelligence issues by the Biden administration, reprioritizing away from the southern border, away from terrorists, away from Iran, away from China — do you know who they are being made by?” Patel asked.
Maher Bitar, Senior Director for Intelligence Programs on Biden’s National Security Council, “is solely responsible for prioritizing what collection efforts on intelligence are Tier 1, 2, 3, and 4 for President Biden,” he explained. Patel went on to describe a recently found photo of Bitar “wearing Palestinian garb, raising a hand, behind a picture that said, ‘We want Jewish apartheid.’” “This is the guy in charge of intelligence operations for the United States of America,” [Patel] stressed.
“Biden’s number one envoy,” Patel continued, is Robert Malley, “the guy who is supposed to be keeping us out of a war in Iran had his security clearance suspended by Chris Wray’s FBI, of all people, just two months ago. You gotta ask, ‘Why?’”
“Because an individual named Ariane Tabatabai, who, by the way, is currently running our Special Operations office at the Department of Defense, was installed there by Robert Malley.” As BizPac Review reported, Tabatabai reportedly is part of the Iran Experts Initiative, an Iranian-backed influence operation.
“Concerns about Ms. Tabatabai are not new,” thirty Republican U.S. Senators wrote in a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin II earlier this month. “In March 2021, shortly after Ms. Tabatabai was appointed senior adviser in the Office of the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Iranian dissidents noted Ms. Tabatabai’s long history of echoing the Iranian regime’s talking points. In April 2021, several House members requested a review of Ms. Tabatabai’s security clearance. In response, the Biden administration dismissed these allegations as ‘smears and slander.’”
“Do you know what she did in 2014?” Patel noted. “She emailed Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and asked for permission as a U.S. citizen to take a trip on behalf of the US government. This individual is still employed at the DOD.”
“The Iranian regime has infiltrated the Biden administration,” Patel stated. “These people have been installed by our enemies to distract away from protecting against American priorities at the border and taking out the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] and Iran,” he said. […]
“This is the most outrageous national security breach imaginable & yet we hear nothing from the Republican controlled House?” [journalist Lara Logan] wrote on X. “Nothing except whining about who will be speaker.” “I saw U.S. soldiers shredded on the Iraqi battlefield by Iranian bombs & interviewed Iranian diplomats who told me how much they looked forward to killing more Americans & this Admin puts Iran’s spies into positions of power inside the U.S. govt?” she continued. “Shame on you. Shame on every leader in this country & every military leader. You are a disgrace.” “How many more spies are there? How infiltrated is this government? You think it’s just the thousands of military aged males who’ve crossed the southern border?” [Logan] asked. “Apparently not.”
Biden Calls for Humanitarian “Pause” in Israeli Assault on Gaza & Hamas
On November 2, 2023, the Associated Press reported:
“President Joe Biden said he thought there should be a humanitarian ‘pause’ in the Israel-Hamas war, after his campaign speech Wednesday evening [November 1] was interrupted by a protester calling for a cease-fire. ‘I think we need a pause,’ Biden said.
“The call was a subtle departure for Biden and top White House aides, who throughout the Mideast crisis have been steadfast in stating they will not dictate how the Israelis carry out their military operations in response to the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas.
“But the president has faced intensifying pressure from human rights groups, fellow world leaders and even liberal members of his own Democratic Party, who say that the Israeli bombardment of Gaza is collective punishment and that it is time for a cease-fire.
“In his comments, Biden was exerting pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to give Palestinians at least a brief reprieve from the relentless military operation that’s left thousands dead and mired the 141-square-mile strip in a roiling humanitarian crisis.
“The White House has refused to call for a cease-fire but has signaled that the Israelis should consider humanitarian pauses to allow civilians to receive aid and for foreign nationals trapped on the strip to leave Gaza.”
“National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia”
On November 1, 2023 — after a poll commissioned by the Arab American Institute showed that President Biden’s support among Arab Americans had dropped to 17% since he had voiced support for Israel’s war on Hamas — Vice President Kamala Harris announced the unveiling of the Biden administration’s new “National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia.” Among her remarks were the following:
“For years, Muslims in America and those perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks. As a result of the Hamas terrorist attack in Israel and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, we have seen an uptick in anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab, antisemitic and Islamophobic incidents across America, including the brutal attack of a Palestinian-American woman, who is Muslim, and the killing of her 6-year-old son.”
Republican Senator Tom Cotton criticized the Biden initiative in a tweet that said: “After the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust and a breakout of pro-Hamas activism on campus, the White House is claiming *Islamophobia* is our top concern.”
And Concordia University Professor Gad Saad stated wryly: “According to the [FBI] director, Jews make up 2.4% of the US population but are the targets of 60% of hate crimes. This is why it is apparently important to fight Islamophobia according to the White House.”
IRS Investigates Conservative Nonprofit That Helped Scuttle Biden Nominees
On November 6, 2023, the Daily Caller reported:
The IRS is investigating the tax-exempt status of the American Accountability Foundation (AAF) following its reporting on President Joe Biden’s nominees, according to a letter obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The IRS is requesting AAF submit internal financial data as well as communications, including meeting notes, publications and newsletters, according to the letter from the IRS to AAF obtained by the DCNF. The conservative nonprofit organization, which the IRS approved for tax-exempt status in August 2021, alleges the investigation is in retaliation for the AAF reporting on several recent Biden nominees who later withdrew their nominations.
“This sudden request by the IRS is not random,” AAF President Tom Jones stated. “The IRS is demanding ‘[c]orrespondence files, emails and information posted on a website that relates to current public elected officials’ – clearly a sign that they are targeting our research and education activities. It’s a deliberate attempt to punish and suppress AAF’s activities. It is surely no coincidence that AAF—the very organization that exposed the weaponization of the IRS—is now the target of it.”
AAF has actively criticized several Biden nominees, calling on them to withdraw.
For instance, Biden’s FCC chair nominee Gigi Sohn donated to several Senate Commerce Democrats, including $550 to Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, $100 to Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and John Fetterman and $200 to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennett, according to The Washington Examiner. AAF sent a letter to Bennett, Cortez, Masto, Fetterman and Warnock, calling on the lawmakers that received contributions to recuse themselves from voting on Sohn’s nomination and calling for Sohn to withdraw.
The organization also repeatedly criticized Sohn over her assertion “that Fox News has had the most negative impact on our democracy” in 2020.
“It’s state-sponsored propaganda, with few if any opposing viewpoints,” Sohn added.
AAF spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on billboards and advertisements to persuade Americans that Sohn should not be FCC chair, the group said.
AAF also spent weeks in 2022 criticizing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nominee Ann Carlson for her “radical” statements on energy and climate, including blaming Americans for loving “their cars and their cheap gas.” The White House withdrew her nomination after backlash.
The organization also takes credit for playing a role in the withdrawal of Biden’s Federal Aviation Administration nominee Phillip Washington, according to its website.
Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse attempted to influence the agency to open an investigation into conservative organization Turning Point USA, according to documents obtained by AAF in November 2022. This included calling for the IRS to look into revoking Turning Point USA’s tax-exempt status due to hosting a large event without masks and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whitehouse also targeted AAF’s partner and supporter Conservative Partnership Institute’s tax-exempt status in letters to the IRS, according to his website.
The IRS audit is for the purpose of certifying that AAF “operates in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code,” according to the letter.
“We demand that this abuse is put to an end at once,” Jones asserted. “The Biden administration is acting as the gangster arm of the Left. Our Constitution and Declaration of Independence guarantee our God-given right to speak the truth about the powerful without being punished and harassed. We will do everything in our power to keep America free.”
Under former President Barack Obama, IRS officials under Lois Lerner targeted conservative groups when reviewing tax-exempt status. IRS officials under Lerner participated in choosing groups with the words “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names for audits.
“As the attorney for many conservative, tea party groups targeted and harassed by the Obama IRS a decade ago, this certainly smacks of the exact same tactics used by the IRS then….and apparently being used again now against AAF,” attorney Cleta Mitchell said in a statement.
Biden Says Conditional Aid to Israel Is “a Worthwhile Thought”
On November 24, 2023 — after Hamas had released 24 hostages as part of its negotiated four-day ceasefire with Israel — Biden said: “We don’t know when [the next hostage release] will occur, but we expect it to occur. And we don’t know what the list of all the hostages are or when they’ll be released, but we know the numbers when they’re going to be released. So my hope and expectation is that it will be soon.” Regarding the Democrats’ increasing calls to condition U.S. aid to Israel on the Jewish state’s willingness to scale back its military operations in Gaza, the president stated: “I think that’s a worthwhile thought. But I don’t think if I started off with that that we would’ve ever gotten to where we got today. We have to take this a piece at a time.”
Biden Administration Is Tracking Americans Who Flew into D.C. on January 6, 2021
On November 27, 2023, American Military News reported:
President Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly tracking anyone who traveled to the D.C. region on January 6, 2021, even if the individuals were not present at the storming of Capitol Hill.
According to the director of the Air Marshal National Council, Sonya LaBosco, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a special mission for air marshals to track individuals who traveled to the D.C. region on the day of the Jan. 6 protest. During a recent interview on Fox News, LaBosco warned that TSA air marshals are “not flying right now.” She claimed that the only missions air marshals are currently conducting are missions on the border with illegal immigrants or “following the January 2021 people.” “We’re not doing our regular missions where we’re out there looking for the bad guys, so right now on most flights, you’re not going to have air marshals,” she said.
LaBosco noted that the primary mission of air marshals is currently “Quiet Skies,” which involves the tracking of anyone who traveled to the Washington, D.C., region at the time of the storming of Capitol Hill. “We’re following people that flew into the national Capital region in January 2021,” LaBosco added. “You did not have to go to the Capitol or the rally, and you’ve been put on a specific list that TSA now has assigned air marshals to follow these people who have not had any type of criminal investigation, they haven’t committed a crime, but yet three years later, we’re following the same individuals day in and day out.”
Detailing the mission of the “Quiet Skies” TSA operation, LaBosco claimed that the government is tracking people who could have potentially been in the D.C. region for job interviews or to visit family members. She noted that at least one person had been tracked by the TSA despite being in the region for a funeral on the day of the Jan. 6 protest. “They were put on this domestic terrorist list just because of their geographic location to Washington, D.C,” LaBosco stated. “So these people did not even commit a crime, they weren’t even at the Capitol.”
Asked whether the individuals being tracked by the TSA are aware that they are being followed by air marshals, LaBosco explained that many of the individuals are aware because they receive special markings on their boarding passes, are required to go through “enhanced security,” and are followed by air marshal teams on “any leg of flight” during their various travels. “They haven’t been vetted and they have not committed a crime, and three years later, we’re still doing the same duty, and we followed the same people over and over for three years who are no threat to this country,” she said.