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‘Are You Kidding Me?’: Jordan Counters Nadler’s Claim DOJ Became Political Due To Trump

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GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio did not allow House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler’s claim to go unchallenged that the Justice Department became a lawless, political agency due to former President Donald Trump, asking, “Are you kidding me?”

“For four years, the democratic institutions that you have sworn to protect, first as a judge, now as attorney general, were deeply undermined by the former president and his political enablers,” Nadler told Attorney General Merrick Garland prior to the top federal law enforcement officer’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

“During that time, the Trump administration leveraged the department to protect the president and his friends and to punish his enemies, both real and imagined,” the New York Democrat said.

Nadler accused Trump of summoning the nation’s law enforcement officers following November’s election and demanding “they use the full power of the federal government to install him for another term.”

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The Democrat told Garland his task is “unenviable … because you must build back everything [the Department of Justice] lost under the last administration. Its self-confidence, its reputation in the eyes of the American people and an institutional respect for our Constitution and the rule of law.”



Jordan, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, responded to Nadler’s opening statement by saying, “The chairman just said the Trump DOJ was political and went after their opponents. Are you kidding me?”

First, the congressman argued that Garland is overseeing a politically driven DOJ, pointing to a memorandum the attorney general put out earlier this month regarding “threats” against school officials from parents who are concerned about what their children are being taught.

“Three weeks ago the National School Board Administration writes President Biden asking him to involve the FBI in local school board matters,” Jordan said. “Five days later, the attorney general of the United States does just that. Does exactly what a political organization asked to be done.”

Jordan contrasted that rapid movement by the attorney general with the slow response to 13 letters he and his congressional colleagues have sent to the DOJ, for which they sometimes wait weeks or months.

“Eight of the letters, we’ve got nothing,” the congressman said. “They just gave us the finger and said, ‘We’re not going to get back to you.'”

But what Jordan called a “snitch line” to report unruly parents was set up “five days after a left-wing political organization asked for it.”

“Think about this, the same FBI that Mr. Garland is directing to open dedicated lines of communication for reporting on parents just a few years ago spied on four American citizens associated with President Trump’s campaign,” the representative said.

“The Clinton campaign hired Perkins Coie, who hired Fusion GPS, who hired Christophe Steele who put a bunch of garbage together, gave it to the FBI. They used that as the basis to open up an investigation into a presidential campaign,” Jordan continued.

He further noted that a federal grand jury last month indicted Michael A. Sussmann, an attorney who worked at Perkins Coie, for allegedly passing false information to then-FBI general counsel Jim Baker alleging covert communications between the Trump campaign and Russians.

Jordan also pointed out, “A few weeks ago, the [inspector general] at the Department of Justice released a report that found that the FBI made over 200 errors, omissions and lies in just 29 randomly selected FISA applications.”

Last month, USA Today reported that the IG “faulted the FBI for ‘widespread’ errors in its applications for surveillance authority, concluding that the bureau failed to provide supporting documentation for sensitive wiretap requests.”

“Building on a 2019 examination of the FBI’s surveillance of a former Trump aide [Carter Page], Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that the bureau did not include adequate support for 183 surveillance applications between 2015 and 2020 following a review of more than 7,000 such requests,” it said.

Multiple FBI and DOJ officials prominently discussed in text messages of those serving in the FBI’s Russia probe of the Trump campaign have been forced out or left the agencies, Politico reported.

Those include former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired; former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; Comey’s chief of staff, James Rybicki; Baker; FBI agent Peter Strzok; FBI lawyer Lisa Page; and Bruce Ohr, who was associate deputy attorney general.

Bringing his remarks back to the present, Jordan contended that citizens’ constitutional rights have been under assault by the government and that “Americans are afraid.”

“They tell me for the first time, they fear their government,” he said. “And frankly I think it’s obvious why. Every single liberty we enjoy under the First Amendment has been assaulted over the last year.”

However, Jordan argued Garland’s memo was a turning point.

“I don’t think the good people of this great country are going to cower and hide. I think your memo, Mr. Attorney General, was the last straw,” he said. “I think it was the catalyst for a great awakening that is just getting started.”

Jordan concluded, “Americans are pushing back because Americans value freedom.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Olympic Athlete Reveals Chilling Side Effect of COVID Booster Shot

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Professional athletes fine-tune their bodies in an effort to be the best in the world — but what happens when something goes wrong with a medical procedure?

That’s the unfortunate position Swiss sprinter and Olympian Sarah Atcho found herself in after having a severe reaction to a COVID-19 booster vaccine.

The 26-year-old who competed in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games took to social media on Monday to share her experience with the world, giving a matter-of-fact account of a possibly life-changing event.

“Obviously as you know, I’m trying to be as transparent as I can and now is more important than ever,” she began her lengthy post.

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“On December 22 I got my booster vaccination because I didn’t want to struggle with this when the season started. I was told that it was safer to get Pfizer (even though I had Moderna the first time) to avoid cardiac side effects,” she wrote.

A recent study found that Moderna’s vaccine is four times more likely to cause heart inflammation than Pfizer’s. Sweden and Finland have both halted its use.

“On December 27 I felt a tightness in the chest and started feeling dizzy while walking up the stairs,” the young athlete continued.

“This happened a few more times until I decided to check with a cardiologist who diagnosed me with pericarditis (inflammation of the thin membrane surrounding the heart).”

Atcho went on to say she would have to take time off from activities that increased her heart rate.

“I have to admit that I am upset at the situation because we don’t talk enough about the side effects. I feel helpless since this is completely out of my control,” Atcho disclosed.

“I am glad the vaccine helped avoid many deaths and reduce the pressure on the hospitals and hospital staff however I am frustrated that myself as well as other young and healthy people are suffering from these heavy side effects,” she added.

There have been other anecdotal accounts of young athletes experiencing serious side effects such as myocarditis and pericarditis after receiving COVID-19 vaccines, but officials still insist this occurrence is rare.

Of course, it’s hard to tell, since even talking about vaccine side effects or expressing skepticism about the jab is enough to get a person de-platformed.

Dr. Robert Malone, who was instrumental in inventing the mRNA technology used in the COVID-19 vaccines, was thrown off Twitter for expressing his concerns that the vaccines may be doing more harm than good.

Regardless of whether Malone is correct or not, any treatment or procedure should be able to withstand the scrutiny that comes with speaking about its potential side effects.

Perhaps Atcho is a one-in-a-million case — who knows? But the fact that vaccine injury is a subject too taboo to discuss in public raises major red flags.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Professional athletes fine-tune their bodies in an effort to be the best in the world — but what happens when something goes wrong with a medical procedure? That’s the unfortunate position Swiss sprinter and Olympian Sarah Atcho found herself in after having a severe reaction to a COVID-19 booster vaccine. The 26-year-old who competed in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games took to social media on Monday to share her experience with the world, giving a matter-of-fact account of a possibly life-changing event. “Obviously as you know, I’m trying to be as transparent as I can and now is more important than ever,” she began her lengthy post. “On December 22 I got my booster vaccination because I didn’t want to struggle with this when the season started. I was told that it was safer to get Pfizer (even though I had Moderna the first time) to avoid cardiac side effects,” she wrote. A recent study found that Moderna’s vaccine is four times more likely to cause heart inflammation than Pfizer’s. Sweden and Finland have both halted its use. “On December 27 I felt a tightness in the chest and started feeling dizzy while walking up the stairs,” the young athlete continued. “This happened a few more times until I decided to check with a cardiologist who diagnosed me with pericarditis (inflammation of the thin membrane surrounding the heart).” Atcho went on to say she would have to take time off from activities that increased her heart rate. “I have to admit that I am upset at the situation because we don’t talk enough about the side effects. I feel helpless since this is completely out of my control,” Atcho disclosed. “I am glad the vaccine helped avoid many deaths and reduce the pressure on the hospitals and hospital staff however I…

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GOP Reps Launch Probe After Solar Company Owned by Biden Megadonor Gets $500 Million Loan from Feds

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The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation is a federal agency providing financing mainly in developing countries for projects involving infrastructure, energy and more.

Last month, DFC loaned $500 million to Arizona-based First Solar to build a plant in India.

A Dec. 7 DFC news release chirped that the agency was “thrilled to be in a position to support First Solar’s new venture in India…vertically integrated photovoltaic solar modular manufacturing…” and the usual blah, blah, blah of a cheerleading news release.

What the news release did not say is that a big stockholder at First Solar is a major donor to the presidential campaign of Joe Biden.

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Lukas Walton, a Walmart heir, gave over $300,000 to the Biden campaign and more than $100,000  to the Democratic National Committee, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

That caught the attention of a pair of Republicans on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, ranking member on the committee, and Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina, ranking member on the environmental subcommittee.

They want to see DFC records regarding the First Solar loan.

“The loan, which is DFC’s ‘largest single debt financing transaction,’ raises questions about the involvement of political considerations in the analysis and decision-making processes at the DFC,” Comer and Norman said in a letter to the DFC.

The congressmen want records of communications about First Solar between the DFC and the White House. They’re also interested in communications involving billionaire Walton or individuals representing him.

“Given Mr. Walton’s extensive history [of] fundraising for Democrats, this loan raises questions about what role his political contributions may have played in DFC’s decision to grant this loan,” Comer and Norman wrote.

First Solar referred the Free Beacon to the DFC for comment and the DFC declined to respond.

The Congressmen also are interested in a Jan. 7 class-action lawsuit by shareholders claiming First Solar executives put out misleading information and inflated its stock price.

In that suit, the pension fund of Pontiac, Michigan, employees claimed that a First Solar solar module was “grossly underperforming and was unable to hit its wattage targets.”

Those claims inappropriately boosted 2019 stock prices and caused investors to lose money, the Free Beacon said.

In 2020, First Solar settled for $350 million with two U.K. pension fund stockholders who filed suit claiming First Solar’s misleading financial statements had inflated stock prices between 2008 and 2012.

The DFC was known before 2019 as the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which had a “history of deals gone bad when mixing taxpayer dollars with politically connected entities like First Solar,” Tom Anderson, director of the Government Integrity Project at the National Legal and Policy Center told the Free Beacon.

“This agency has a history of favoring entities backed by huge political contributors, like First Solar, by giving them less scrutiny while prioritizing politically connected projects above entities and individuals who are not politically active,” Anderson said.

But a DFC spokesperson, whom the Free Beacon said asked not to be named, said the December deal had “absolutely nothing to do with politics.”

This is not the first time First Solar has been scrutinized by Republican House Oversight Committee members. They examined it in 2012, while reviewing Obama administration federal loans to solar companies that included the bankruptcy of politically-connected Solyndra and its default on a $500 million federal loan.

During the Obama administration there were $3 billion in loan guarantees to First Solar despite the company not being qualified to receive them, Republican members of Congress at the time said.

While known as OPIC, the agency in 2010 facilitated a $10 million loan to a donor of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Instead of using the money for a Haiti relief program, the donor kept it, later being sent to prison for fraud, according to the Free Beacon.

The current DFC loan was part of the Biden administration’s “Build Back Better World” program.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation is a federal agency providing financing mainly in developing countries for projects involving infrastructure, energy and more. Last month, DFC loaned $500 million to Arizona-based First Solar to build a plant in India. A Dec. 7 DFC news release chirped that the agency was “thrilled to be in a position to support First Solar’s new venture in India…vertically integrated photovoltaic solar modular manufacturing…” and the usual blah, blah, blah of a cheerleading news release. What the news release did not say is that a big stockholder at First Solar is a major donor to the presidential campaign of Joe Biden. Lukas Walton, a Walmart heir, gave over $300,000 to the Biden campaign and more than $100,000  to the Democratic National Committee, The Washington Free Beacon reported. That caught the attention of a pair of Republicans on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, ranking member on the committee, and Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina, ranking member on the environmental subcommittee. They want to see DFC records regarding the First Solar loan. “The loan, which is DFC’s ‘largest single debt financing transaction,’ raises questions about the involvement of political considerations in the analysis and decision-making processes at the DFC,” Comer and Norman said in a letter to the DFC. The congressmen want records of communications about First Solar between the DFC and the White House. They’re also interested in communications involving billionaire Walton or individuals representing him. “Given Mr. Walton’s extensive history [of] fundraising for Democrats, this loan raises questions about what role his political contributions may have played in DFC’s decision to grant this loan,” Comer and Norman wrote. First Solar referred the Free Beacon to the DFC for comment and the DFC declined to respond. The Congressmen also are interested…

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