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Bongino Says Jan 6th Committee Crossed a ‘Red Line’ When They Criminally Charged Ex-Trump Officials

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That the Trump-hating House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion is a fishing expedition designed to discredit the Make America Great Again movement is obvious to any semi-objective observer. The tactic is all too familiar.

The Russian collusion hoax, the Ukraine whistleblower fiasco and the Jan 6 committee are highly publicized examples of Democrats lying in the attempt to create reality. All three of these examples have at least one thing in common: California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Schiff has a habit of lying to the American people about his political opponents — and who knows what else. Lying, as any child is taught, is a red line that, if crossed, will have consequences. Or will it?

The fact that Schiff is a liar is telling, as Fox News host Dan Bongino pointed out in an interview Saturday with Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio. In the interview, the “Unfiltered with Dan Bongino” host emphasized that not only do Democrats lie, they have a pattern of doing so for political purposes.

“Adam Schiff has been caught multiple times doing this,” Bongino said.

And now Schiff, along with the rest of the Jan 6 crew, is trying to put Mark Meadows, who served as chief of staff to former President Donald Trump, in jail for alleged contempt of Congress.

As The Associated Press reported, the Democratic-controlled House voted Dec. 14 to charge Meadows with contempt over his decision to cease cooperating with the committee, formally known as the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the United States Capitol.

“Mark Meadows, didn’t do a darn thing wrong,” Jordan said in the interview, “and now they’re trying to put him in prison.”

Habitual lying, is a sure sign that something’s not right. Altering documents is not only crossing a red line, it is a crime. This doesn’t deter Adam Schiff. He’s gotten away with such deceptions before.

Schiff claimed repeatedly that he had “direct evidence” in the Russian collusion hoax, according to Fox News. It was a lie, and Schiff got away with it.

More recently, convicted felon Kevin Clinesmith was restored to “good standing” by the Washington D.C. Bar Association, as reported by Real Clear Politics.  Clinesmith pleaded guilty to doctoring an email that was instrumental in obtaining a surveillance warrant that targeted Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.

Clinesmith got a slap on the wrist. Not only was he only sentenced to 12 months probation, he hadn’t even finished out that probation when his “good standing” as a lawyer was gifted back to him.

And now, the Jan. 6 committee is in the game.

“They’re crossing red lines that shouldn’t be crossed,” Bongino said.

There are no red lines, as far as Democrats are concerned. Full steam ahead.

According the The Federalist, Schiff and select committee staff altered an email between Rep. Jordan and Mark Meadows to present to the Jan. 6 Committee.

On the morning of Jan. 5, 2021, Jordan used a text message to forward Meadows a legal summary from attorney Joseph Schmitz focused on congressional certification of the 2020 presidential electoral vote count. It was a legal summary. There’s nothing sinister about that.

Yet when he presented it to the committee, Schiff presented a distorted version of that text, ending a sentence where it did not end originally, and cutting out two full paragraphs of legal analysis.

The alterations gave the impression Jordan and Meadows were having a discussion they weren’t.

When pressed by The Federalist, a Democratic spokesman for the Jan. 6 committee sent an email that stated, “The Select Committee on Monday created and provided Representative Schiff a graphic to use during the business meeting quoting from a text message from ‘a lawmaker’ to Mr. Meadows. The graphic read, ‘On January 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, should call out all electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes at all.’”

Here’s the kicker. The spokesman admitted that, “In the graphic, the period at the end of that sentence was added inadvertently. The Select Committee is responsible for and regrets the error.”

What the spokesman failed to answer was how on earth a sentence could be cut off midstride and the next two paragraphs of the legal summary that gave context were deleted. How stupid do these people think Americans are? Schiff and his crew regret getting caught, nothing more.

It’s all about optics for leftists. When the truth gets in the way, they try to delete it. Funny thing is, the truth always remains — seen or unseen.

In the interview with Jordan, Bongino stressed the fact, “The purpose of Congress is not to be a law enforcement entity.”

Is the Jan. 6 Committee a sham?

The purpose of the subpoena for Meadows to appear before the Jan 6 committee was supposedly for some “legislative intent.”

What is the legislative intent of the Jan 6 committee? To outlaw the MAGA movement and label Trump and anyone who supports him a criminal? That’s what it looks like. Talk about bad optics.

It’s no wonder that famed Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has likened House Democrats to Stalin in the past. In a 2019 interview with CNS News, Dershowitz said, “What they’re trying to do is what the KGB under Lavrentiy Beria said to Stalin the dictator — I’m not comparing our country to the Soviet Union, I just want to make sure it never becomes anything like that.”

Beria, a  Stalin henchman, told Stalin, “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.”

That was then, this is now. Marxism under any other name stinks the same.

Trump-hating politicians will do anything to prevent Trump from running again. In the interview with Bongino, Jordan made it clear that this — deleting Trump and his supporters from the American political process — is the real purpose of the Jan. 6 committee.

That’s downright anti-American. If the Russian collusion hoax and the Ukraine debacle are any indicator, the Jan. 6 committee will go home hungry from this fishing expedition as well. There’s likely no fish swimming in that pond. They’ve poisoned the water with their lies.

The Jan. 6 committee has no credibility. It’s a sham.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Op-Ed: Xi Jinping Is Watching Putin to Decide When to Attack Taiwan

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is watching Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine to decide when to attack Taiwan. At this point that decision is made, but the timing won’t be settled until this fall and before President Joe Biden leaves the White House.

Let me untangle some issues that will dictate Beijing’s timing for its assault on Taiwan: Xi’s enemies and economic challenges, Biden’s green light indicators for Putin’s war, a growing list of battlefield lessons, and Biden’s broken foreign policy.

Beijing regards Taiwan as a breakaway province, and Xi stakes his future on returning it to Chinese rule.

Last fall, he declared the Chinese people have a “glorious tradition of opposing separatism” and that “complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled, and will definitely be fulfilled.” The communist chairman added, “The Taiwan question is purely an internal matter for China, one which brooks no external interference,” and he warned last year, “Anyone who would attempt to [interfere] will have their heads bashed bloody.”

Yes, Mr. Xi is committed to reunification, but the timing is bound by two realities.

The first is the possible confirmation of his third term in office, an unprecedented eventuality since Mao Zedong’s death in 1976. Xi’s third term would begin this November.

Xi’s hold on power, however, isn’t assured. Feng Chongyi, a professor at the University of Technology Sydney, said last year that some officials are “in strong opposition and are trying their best to prevent Xi’s next possible term.”

Those enemies know Xi’s Achilles heel: a sagging economy. According to the Communist Party’s “Shanghai Gang” faction, Xi is ruining the Chinese economy and must be ousted.

So, if Xi is to gain a third term, he must balance his domestic opposition and his economic vulnerability before assaulting Taiwan. After all, he learned from the Ukraine war that an attack on the democratic island nation will earn him severe economic sanctions, further threatening China’s economy. Thus, he intends to delay any invasion until after he is assured another term.

The other reality for Xi’s anticipated assault is identified by Andrei Illarionov, Putin’s economic adviser for almost six years in the early 2000s.

Illarionov, now a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy, said the Chinese are learning from Putin’s war. He explained that Putin’s “decision to invade Ukraine is based on his absolutely correct understanding of President Biden. Without Biden in the White House, Putin would never invade Ukraine.”

Xi learned from Putin that Biden is weak and broadcasts what he will and won’t do — a predictable enemy.

“Mr. Putin is a very good psychologist,” Illarionov said. “He studied [security agency] files for Mr. Biden. He understood that’s a person who would never do anything against his invasion against Ukraine.” In fact, Biden showed his hand long before the war began.

Last year, Biden removed sanctions on Nord Stream 2, renewed the U.S.-Russian nuclear arms agreement without negotiations, did nothing about the buildup of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border and ordered U.S. warships out of the Black Sea after a Russian-Dutch naval confrontation. Putin perceived these moves as weaknesses, an effort on Biden’s part to avoid confrontation.

Biden’s representatives weren’t any better.

He sent William Burns, the CIA director, to Moscow, where, according to Illarionov, he offered guarantees “on issues of security, even when Russian troops [were] on the Ukrainian border and ready to attack Ukraine. That can be understood only in one way: Biden administration is giving green light for Putin to attack Ukraine.”

Then, in December, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with his Russian counterpart to discuss the Ukraine crisis. However, Illarionov said, “90 percent” of the discussions were about the Iran nuclear deal, yet again “giving a green light to Mr. Putin to attack Ukraine.”

On other fronts, according to Illarionov, Biden recalled American citizens and military personnel from Ukraine. He even offered to help President Volodymyr Zelenskyy leave Ukraine. Once again, Illarionov said, “Mr.  Putin understood these signs in the exactly right way”: as weakness and a go-ahead to invade.

Xi understands that Biden was never serious about stopping Putin’s war. In fact, Illarionov said Xi, like Putin, “understands very well that there is a unique window of opportunity … when Mr. Biden is the president. With any other U.S. president … [an invasion of Ukraine or Taiwan] would be impossible.”

The Russian concluded, “This dangerous moment will last at least until January 2025, until hopefully another president will be in the White House.”

Of course, there are numerous other lessons from Russia’s war for the Chinese dictator. His invasion of Taiwan will be tougher than Putin’s assault on Ukraine because the Chinese are attacking a well-fortified island nation 160 miles from the mainland, a true logistics nightmare. Further, unlike the go-it-alone fight forced on Kyiv, the government in Taipei expects the U.S. and other Western powers to directly intervene.

The most important lesson for Xi is that Biden is a predictable, weak enemy who broadcasts his intentions. So unless the Biden team finds better foreign policy acumen, we could as soon as late fall see the skies reflect green lights signaling Xi to assault Taiwan.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is watching Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine to decide when to attack Taiwan. At this point that decision is made, but the timing won’t be settled until this fall and before President Joe Biden leaves the White House. Let me untangle some issues that will dictate Beijing’s timing for its assault on Taiwan: Xi’s enemies and economic challenges, Biden’s green light indicators for Putin’s war, a growing list of battlefield lessons, and Biden’s broken foreign policy. Beijing regards Taiwan as a breakaway province, and Xi stakes his future on returning it to Chinese rule. Last fall, he declared the Chinese people have a “glorious tradition of opposing separatism” and that “complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled, and will definitely be fulfilled.” The communist chairman added, “The Taiwan question is purely an internal matter for China, one which brooks no external interference,” and he warned last year, “Anyone who would attempt to [interfere] will have their heads bashed bloody.” Yes, Mr. Xi is committed to reunification, but the timing is bound by two realities. The first is the possible confirmation of his third term in office, an unprecedented eventuality since Mao Zedong’s death in 1976. Xi’s third term would begin this November. Xi’s hold on power, however, isn’t assured. Feng Chongyi, a professor at the University of Technology Sydney, said last year that some officials are “in strong opposition and are trying their best to prevent Xi’s next possible term.” Those enemies know Xi’s Achilles heel: a sagging economy. According to the Communist Party’s “Shanghai Gang” faction, Xi is ruining the Chinese economy and must be ousted. So, if Xi is to gain a third term, he must balance his domestic opposition and his economic vulnerability before assaulting Taiwan. After all, he learned…

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Americans’ Summer Vacations on Chopping Block Thanks to Biden

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For many families in Joe Biden’s America, going on vacation this summer means going for broke — literally.

This summer, with lockdowns in tatters and everything open that opens, vacation planning has been going on at a record pace, according to Bloomberg.

“Summer 2022 will be the busiest travel season ever,” Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern told the outlet.

Getting there is no longer half the fun; in fact, it is a substantial portion of the pain.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in the U.S. hit a new record high of $4.483 on Monday, according to AAA. A year ago, it was $3.042 on average. That is an increase of 47 percent.

And that’s not all.

The travel site Hopper.com says airfare is up 3 percent over last year and hotel rates are 20 percent higher than a year ago, according to WFMY-TV.

And for anyone thinking of sending the kids off for a dose of the outdoors, plan to pay more when you can find a vacancy.

Rates for summer camps are up 10 percent to 15 percent from a year ago amid strong demand, said Tom Rosenberg, president and CEO of the American Camp Association, according to CNN.

“Demand is extremely strong for camps as parents are desperate for their kids to be out in nature with their peers and away from tech devices after two years of social distancing,” he said.

So did the Grinch decide to steal summer? Not quite, but inflation has been at work for months, hitting 8.3 percent in April after an ugly 8.5 percent in March — the biggest month-over-month increase since December 1981.

As a result, about seven in 10 Americans are adjusting their vacation plans to address fiscal realities, according to Bankrate.

Motorist Ibrahim Khokhar said he’s not waiting until vacation season to start scrimping, according to The National Desk.

“I’m seeing almost a 25 percent increase in my fill-up price. So, like, before it used to cost me $45. Now it’s like $60, $65,” he said.

Like so many others, Khokhar said he’s now changing some daily habits because of rising prices.

“I’ve started kind of doing the math and how much each mile basically costs me. So it’s like $0.10, $0.15, so it’s like, is it really worth going to hang out with my friends?” he said.

In an Op-Ed for the New York Post, Kevin Williamson said President Biden has found a way to make a bad situation worse.

“When you don’t have any fresh ideas or real principles — and when your long-term goals are limited by the fact that the president, who was born during the Roosevelt administration, isn’t exactly buying any green bananas — then the easiest thing to do is to throw money at every problem,” he wrote. “Throwing money at things is how you make inflation worse.”

“Biden, who was in the Senate in the 1970s, is old enough to remember the word ‘stagflation,’ which is what you get when you have a stagnant economy and inflation at the same time,” Williamson said.

“And it is what you get when you combine the wrong monetary policy with the wrong fiscal policy, the wrong trade policy, the wrong regulatory policy, and the wrong energy policy.

“And that’s how you make inflation worse.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

For many families in Joe Biden’s America, going on vacation this summer means going for broke — literally. This summer, with lockdowns in tatters and everything open that opens, vacation planning has been going on at a record pace, according to Bloomberg. “Summer 2022 will be the busiest travel season ever,” Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern told the outlet. Getting there is no longer half the fun; in fact, it is a substantial portion of the pain. The average price for a gallon of regular gas in the U.S. hit a new record high of $4.483 on Monday, according to AAA. A year ago, it was $3.042 on average. That is an increase of 47 percent. And that’s not all. The travel site Hopper.com says airfare is up 3 percent over last year and hotel rates are 20 percent higher than a year ago, according to WFMY-TV. And for anyone thinking of sending the kids off for a dose of the outdoors, plan to pay more when you can find a vacancy. Rates for summer camps are up 10 percent to 15 percent from a year ago amid strong demand, said Tom Rosenberg, president and CEO of the American Camp Association, according to CNN. “Demand is extremely strong for camps as parents are desperate for their kids to be out in nature with their peers and away from tech devices after two years of social distancing,” he said. So did the Grinch decide to steal summer? Not quite, but inflation has been at work for months, hitting 8.3 percent in April after an ugly 8.5 percent in March — the biggest month-over-month increase since December 1981. As a result, about seven in 10 Americans are adjusting their vacation plans to address fiscal realities, according to Bankrate. Motorist Ibrahim Khokhar said…

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