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Three House committees last week sent subpoenas to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding his involvement with President Donald Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president back in July.

The House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight committees all sent subpoenas to Pompeo demanding “documents related to efforts by President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to dig up dirt on 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden,” reported The Daily Beast.

“The subpoenaed documents shall be part of the impeachment inquiry and shared among the Committees,” according to the letter sent to Pompeo on Friday. “Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry.”

The whistleblower complaint, made by someone who did not listen to the president’s phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, claimed that a specific State Department employee listened in on the call. That assertion turned out to be false, as it was Pompeo himself who listened to the call.

The Beast also reported that the House committees have scheduled depositions with five State Department officials they say are important to their latest probe into Trump. From the Beast:

They include Gordon Sondland and Kurt Volker—the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and the U.S. special envoy for Ukraine, respectively—whom the whistleblower alleges were tasked with helping Ukrainian officials navigate Trump’s expectations.

The first person scheduled to be deposed is Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was recalled in May under circumstances the whistleblower described as politically motivated. Trump called Yovanovitch “bad news” in his July call with Zelensky.

On Tuesday, Pompeo responded to the subpoena demands on Twitter, saying he was “concerned with aspects of the Committee’s request that can be understood only as an attempt to intimidate, bully, & treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State, including several career [Foreign Service Officers].”

In a follow-up tweet, Pompeo said: “Let me be clear: I will not tolerate such tactics, and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside at the Department of State.”

In his official response to Rep. Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Pompeo says the subpoena request “raises significant legal and procedural concerns.”

“First, your letter raises fundamental legal questions related to the authority of the Committee to compel an appearance for a deposition solely by virtue of these letters,” Pompeo wrote. “Your letter implies that you have sought to compel Department officials to appear for depositions on the identified dates, yet the Committee has not issued any subpoenas for depositions and we are not aware of any other authority by which the committee could compel appearance at a deposition.”

Pompeo also tells Engel that the subpoena did not give notice of deposition.

“Second, your letter provides a woefully inadequate opportunity for the Department and the requested witnesses to prepare,” Pompeo continued. “These individuals have retained, or may be retaining, private counsel, as is their constitutional right, and in the course of the Department’s discussions with these individuals, several have indicated that they need more time both to retain and to consult with private counsel.”

The House letters gave State Department officials one week to prepare.

Pompeo also excoriated Engel for trying “to circumvent the Executive Branch’s unquestionably legitimate constitutional interest in protecting potentially privileged information related to the conduct of diplomatic relations” by preventing State Department counsel from participating in House Democrats’ depositions of former State employees.

Pompeo also took Engel to task for providing State little time to prepare for his demands and then claiming that failure to produce the documents within that limited time “shall constitute evidence of obstruction.”

“There is no legal basis for such a threat,” Pompeo wrote. “Given the serious substantive and procedural deficiencies in the Committee’s requests, including the Committee’s apparent effort to circumvent Executive Branch constitutional interests in having Department counsel present at any depositions, the Committee’s assertion lacks any recognized legal basis. I urge you to exercise restraint in making such unfounded statements in the future.”

Author: Ashe Schow

Source: Daily Wire: Democrats Subpoena Secretary Of State Pompeo Over Trump’s Ukraine Call, Pompeo Responds

Update: NBC News reporter Tom Winter has said Epstein was “not currently on suicide watch when he was found in his cell this morning.”

Jeffrey Epstein, the registered sex offender and millionaire financier facing trial for alleged sex trafficking, committed suicide in his Manhattan jail cell Saturday morning.

ABC News reported that three law enforcement officials confirmed the death to the outlet. The New York Times reported Epstein had hung himself and that his body was found Saturday morning around 7:30 a.m. NBC News reported that after Epstein was found, he was taken to a hospital in Lower Manhattan and arrived in cardiac arrest.

The suicide comes just three weeks after he was found injured in his cell. At that time, Epstein was found with marks around his neck, although it was not clear whether he had attempted suicide, made an attempt to get transferred to another prison, or was attacked by a fellow prisoner. Since the injury, Epstein reportedly had been on suicide watch. NBC News reported Saturday morning that Epstein was “not currently on suicide watch when he was found in his cell.”

In 2008, Epstein plead guilty to soliciting a minor and was ordered to register as a sex offender. He was arrested again in 2019 and charged with sex trafficking minors. Several weeks later – and one day before his first injuries – Epstein was reportedly served with new allegations from a woman who said the financier had raped her when she was 15 years old. The Daily Wire previously reported that Jennifer Araoz, now 33, claimed that she was leaving her New York City high school when she was approached by a woman who told her about a wealthy man she knew and suggested Araoz meet him. The woman, according to Araoz, accompanied her to Epstein’s mansion for the first few visits but once she stopped, Epstein began asking the young girl to “massage” him while wearing just her underwear.

Araoz said that Epstein paid her $300 for each massage, during which he “pleasur[ed] himself to completion,” NBC News reported. Eventually, Araoz said, Epstein raped her and she never returned to his home.

Friday night, transcripts were released of phone messages to Epstein discussing providing him young women. The New York Post reported that the transcripts were released as part of the defamation case against Epstein’s alleged recruiter. In the messages, modeling agency owner Jean Luc Brunel, spoke about finding women for Epstein. Other messages from unknown numbers also suggested they had found young women for Epstein.

“I have female for him,” said one message, which followed with: “want to know if she should bring her friend with tonight.”

Also on Friday, photos that were found during a raid on Epstein’s Palm Beach estate in 2005 were released. The New York Post reported that a Manhattan federal court judge described one photo in court papers as showing “the bare bottom of a girl who appears to be pre-pubescent.” Also included in the document dump was an Amazon receipt showing Epstein had purchased various books on sadomasochism.

Epstein’s suicide also comes just after he named several prominent Democrats as members of his alleged sex ring. Fox News reported that former Sen. George Mitchell and Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico and a member of President Bill Clinton’s cabinet, were named.

Author: Ashe Schow

Source: Daily Wire: BREAKING: Millionaire Sex Offender Jeffrey Epstein Commits Suicide

A journalist who regularly covers demonstrations by the left-wing group Antifa has been assaulted and robbed.

Andy Ngo, who has written previously about his experiences covering the violent group for The Daily Wire, tweeted shortly before 1 p.m. local time that he had been attacked.

“Attacked by antifa. Bleeding. They stole my camera equipment. No police until after. waiting for ambulance. If you have evidence Of attack please help,” wrote Ngo, who is an editor for Quillette.

One opponent of Ngo’s presence and reporting told him he “wanted” to get attacked and had gone to the protest “to antagonize” the members of Antifa. Others cheered the attack.

Ian Miles Cheong wrote at Human Events that the attack happened while the Rose City Antifa group protested against a group of right-wing provocateurs known as the Proud Boys (who have also become violent at their protests). Cheong reported that police “responded to the demonstrations by cordoning off various intersections and preventing the groups from clashing.”

Earlier in the day, Ngo had been hit by a milkshake, which has become some kind of protest symbol in recent months. Video from the attack, uploaded by Oregonian reporter Jim Ryan, showed milkshakes were thrown at Ngo as he was assaulted by a group of men, some of whom wore masks and filmed their attack.

“First skirmish I’ve seen,” Ryan tweeted. “Didn’t see how this started, but @MrAndyNgo got roughed up.”

The video shows members of Antifa punching and kicking Ngo, while others throw milkshakes and shoot him with silly string. Ngo does not fight back, but another man does try to defend him. Ngo then walks away from the group but is followed. Another member of Antifa — which ironically stands for “anti-fascist” — pelts him with a milkshake while others film and taunt the journalist. One woman in the crowd can be heard yelling, “F*** you, Andy!”

Earlier, Ryan posted footage of Antifa members dancing in the back of a truck and pouring milkshakes for participants to throw.

After the attack, Ngo posted a video to Periscope that showed him covered in milkshake with cuts and bruises on his face and around his eyes. He reiterated that no police officers helped defend him during the attack, but paramedics tended to his wounds after.

Ngo has been previously attacked for covering Antifa demonstrations. The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross reported that Ngo claimed to have been attacked while at the gym on May 7 by a man he recognized from the Antifa rallies. A week earlier, he was attacked with mace while covering one of the rallies.

In mid-November 2018, Ngo was assaulted by members of Antifa at a #HimToo rally, which was designed to raise awareness of male victims of sexual assault and men who are falsely accused of sexual assault. Antifa showed up and became violent. Ngo was “verbally berated and physically accosted,” reported The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo. Ngo’s camera equipment was also covered in silly string. Ngo said police did nothing during that assault.

In early December, Ngo wrote at the Wire that he received death threats while attending another rally. He said he was pushed and verbally berated there as well. In each instance, other members filmed the attack.

Author: Ashe Schow

Source: Daily Wire: WATCH: Antifa Mob Brutally Assaults And Robs Journalist Andy Ngo In Portland

In the past few weeks, analysts who have created models to predict the outcome of presidential elections have all noted that, as of right now, President Donald Trump is on track to win re-election, possibly in a landslide.

One such analyst, American University professor Allan Lichtman, said recently that the only way Trump would lose re-election is if Democrats “grow a spine” and impeach him.

“It’s a false dichotomy to say Democrats have a choice between doing what is right and what is constitutional and what is politically right. Impeachment is also politically right,” Lichtman told CNN Wednesday.

Lichtman has correctly predicted the last nine presidential elections, dating back to 1984.

Lichtman is not alone in predicting Trump will win; however, he is alone in suggesting impeachment could stop the president’s re-election.

On May 21, Politico reported on three separate election models that all predict Trump will win re-election thanks to the roaring U.S. economy. Donald Luskin, chief investment officer at TrendMacrolytics, told the media outlet that the “economy is just so damn strong right now and by all historic precedent the incumbent should run away with it.”

Ray Fair, a Yale economist who quite literally wrote the book on election modeling, has also predicted a Trump win.

“Even if you have a mediocre but not great economy — and that’s more or less consensus for between now and the election — that has a Trump victory and by a not-trivial margin,” Fair told Politico. The outlet noted that his model predicted Trump would win 54% of the popular vote in 2020.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, used 12 different economic models to predict what will happen in 2020. Trump won in all of them “and quite comfortably in most of them,” Politico reported.

“If the election were held today, Trump would win according to the models and pretty handily,” Zandi told the outlet. “In three or four of them it would be pretty close. He’s got low gas prices, low unemployment and a lot of other political variables at his back. The only exception is his popularity, which matters a lot. If that falls off a cliff it would make a big difference.”

These models — which are based on economic and other indicators — differ greatly from polls, which show Trump losing to perspective Democrat opponents, especially former Vice President Joe Biden.

In the additional models, Trump could lose if the economy crashes or if some major scandal breaks. As Zandi said, Trump’s popularity plummeting could also be a factor.

Any of those things — from an impeachment inquiry to an economic crash — could happen, but right now that’s just something Democrats would be hoping for in order to oust Trump.

According to election models that have a decades-long history of correctly predicting presidential election, Trump will win re-election. According to polls, which have a documented history of being wrong, Trump will lose.

If the economy remains strong going into the election, Trump will certainly win, since Democrats running for president are promising to undo the policies that have helped the economy, such as the Trump tax cuts.

Author: Ashe Schow

Source: Daily Wire: Analyst Who’s Predicted Presidency Correctly Last 9 Elections Says There’s Only One Way Trump Will Lose

A majority of Americans now believe that the special counsel’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election was “politically motivated,” a sharp increase from when the poll was last conducted in January — before the investigation was completed.

The news comes from a recent CBS News poll, conducted between March 25 and March 26, which found 54% of respondents believe the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was “politically motivated,” compared to 37% who believe it was “justified.”

The poll was previously conducted in January and, at that time, found 50% of respondents believed the investigation was “justified” and 45% said it was “politically motivated.”

While this appears to be the biggest nugget of information from the poll, it was not the hook CBS used to report on its own poll. In fact, it was the last point mentioned in the media outlet’s report on the poll, and while every other point in the article received its own tweet, the information about whether the probe was justified or politically motivated did not.

“Mueller report: Majorities across party lines want full report released, CBS News poll says,” was the headline the outlet used. Four people have a byline on the story, which includes a paragraph or two about five different findings in the poll. The fact that the outlet ran with how many people want the report released shows how they wanted to bury the findings of political motivation. There was never a question about whether the Mueller report would be released. The White House never objected to it and neither did Attorney General William Barr, who said this week the report would be released “sometime in April, probably.” True, he said that when the poll was being conducted, but at no time did anyone except left-wing media outlets suggest the report would not be released.

The poll also found that 34% of respondents feel the Mueller report — which found no collusion and not enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction — “has cleared Trump,” compared to 23% who think it “hasn’t cleared Trump.” Another 36% think it’s “too soon to say” whether the report cleared the president.

Drilling down into the parties, the CBS poll found 66% of Democrats want members of their party in congress to continue investigating the matter. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has been more than happy to oblige.

Further, the poll found that 50% of Democrats were “disappointed” in Mueller’s findings, while 69% of Republicans were “pleased.” More Americans (44%) thought the investigation was conducted “fairly,” than “unfairly” (10%). Forty percent said it was too soon to say.

CBS sent out four separate tweets about the poll on Wednesday. The outlet’s poll Twitter account did not include the chart about people thinking the investigation was “politically motivated.” It included all the other points brought up in the article. CBS’s main Twitter account also made no mention of what poll respondents thought of the motivation behind the Mueller investigation.

Author: Ashe Schow

Source: Dailywire: After Mueller Finds No Collusion, Americans Now Believe Russia Probe Was ‘Politically Motivated’

Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is over — and no new indictments against President Trump or his allies are coming — it’s time to look back at all the Democrats and their media counterparts predicting the downfall of an American president.

Grabien’s Tom Elliot posted the video Friday evening, compiling clips of various Democrat congressmen — including Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) — as well as media talking heads like MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, all suggesting with glee that their adversary would be taken down by Mueller.

“My takeaway is there’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time,” Schiff said in one clip. “We have been discussing the issue of pardons that the president may offer to people or dangle in front of people. The bigger pardon question may come down the road as the next president has to determine whether to pardon Donald Trump.”

Waters exclaimed: “If we do the investigations, the information is there.”

A multitude of others also predicted “jail” or “prison” time for Trump and his associates.

“My impression is after all of this is said and done that some people end up in jail,” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “My impression is that people will probably be charged and probably go to jail.”

And it wasn’t just Democrats and media figures making the predictions. Comedians also got in on the action.

Kathy Griffin can be seen saying, “I think they’re all going to jail.” The View’s Joy Behar said similar of the whole Trump family: “I think they’re all going to end up together in prison and maybe that’s a good thing.”

In the end, Mueller turned over his final report on a Friday evening with no additional indictments. None of the people charged with crimes during his investigation were charged with anything approaching “collusion” with Russia. Trump allies like former campaign chair Paul Manafort and former attorney Michael Cohen were brought down with process crimes relating to the investigation and other forms of fraud not in relation to Russia allegedly stealing the 2016 election.

Fox News’ Ed Henry announced on Twitter that an official in the administration said Attorney General William Barr, who received Mueller’s report, may release his summary of the findings as early as Saturday.

“Admin official tells me AG Barr is moving toward revealing principal conclusions of the Mueller probe at some point on Saturday or Sunday, and his announcement could come ‘as early as tonite[sic],’” Henry tweeted. “AG working thru process but ‘wants to get this out tonite[sic],’ official said flatly.”

Barr would not be releasing the summary to the public just yet, as he is obligated to advise members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees first. It is at Barr’s discretion whether to release the report and how much to release, which means Democrats and their media cheerleaders will still have plenty to complain about as their predictions have fallen flat.

Author: Ashe Schow

Source: Dailywire: FLASHBACK: Watch Democrats And Media Predict Mueller Report Will Bring Down Trump

The first thing leftists do after a mass shooting is look to punish law-abiding citizens for the misdeeds of others.

Following in those footsteps, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared the country’s “gun laws will change” after a gunman killed 49 and wounded dozens more at two mosques the day before.

“While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now: Our gun laws will change,” she said at a press conference.

The suspect had five guns with him during the attack, described by multiple media outlets as “two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns, and one lever-action firearm.” Semi-automatic refers to a weapon that fires one bullet per trigger pull, but automatically loads and prepares the next bullet. It is often used by the media as a term to make a weapon appear scarier to the public, even though most guns people are familiar with are semi-automatic.

During her press conference, Arden said banning such weapons was “certainly one of the issues that I’m looking at with immediate effect.”

After her press conference, New Zealand Attorney General David Parker promised a crowd at a vigil for the victims of the shooting that the government would ban semi-automatic weapons, according to the New Zealand Herald.

“There is a dimming of enlightenment in many parts of the world,” Parker said. “How can it be right for this atrocity to be filmed by the murderer using a go-pro and live-streamed across the world by social media companies?”

“How can that be right? Who should be held accountable for that?” he added.

The Mosque shooter appears to have modified the weapons used in the attack, in violation of his gun license. The Guardian reports the shooter had a “category-A” which allowed him to purchase firearms without registering them, but the shooter illegally modified them.

“A category-A firearm holder can purchase the firearms without the magazines or the things that will enable them to be in the state that they were,” New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush told reporters, according to The Guardian.

“As soon as New Zealanders hear that someone was legally able to acquire, as I’m advised, those weapons and carry out this event, that will raise enormous questions with our gun laws, and that is why we will respond swiftly,” Ardern said of the situation at her press conference.

Murder is illegal in New Zealand no matter what the gun laws are.

Neighboring Australia implemented a gun confiscation program, ostensibly referred to as a voluntary “gun buyback” program, in 1996 after a deadly shooting. Residents were mandated to turn in their semi-automatic rifles and other now-outlawed weapons. They would receive money for doing so.

Ardern said at her press conference that she wasn’t ready to support a similar program just yet.

After the press conference, police commissioner Bush told reporters he “was very happy to hear the prime minister’s comments this morning that there will be a change in the gun law, but I can’t say any more than that.”

Author: Ashe Schow

Source: Dailywire: New Zealand Prime Minister Proposes Extreme Gun Control In Wake Of Deadly Shooting

A five-day operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New Jersey has taken into custody 105 foreign nationals who were in the U.S. illegally. Approximately 80% of those arrested “had prior criminal convictions and/or pending criminal charges,” according to a statement from ICE. ICE did not make clear how the other 20% were included in this operation.

None of the suspects were named, but descriptions of some of them and their crimes were included in the statement. Individuals arrested came from 24 countries around the world, including Canada, Egypt, Guatemala, Korea, Mexico, Poland, and Russia. They were found across the state of New Jersey, and two were arrested in New York. Their ages ranged from 18 to 65 and their crimes varied from fraud to drugs to child abuse to theft.

Four of the individuals arrested had Interpol warrants out for their arrest for crimes they had committed in their home countries. A 59-year-old Korean national was wanted “for the crime of indecent acts by compulsion causing bodily injury,” according to the ICE statement. A 44-year-old Korean national was wanted for distributing psychotropic drugs, a 34-year-old Ecuadorian national was wanted for fraud, and a 54-year-old Russian national was wanted for large-scale fraud.

The operation was overseen by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations and supported by the department’s Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s New Jersey Field Office.

“These outstanding results, which were made possible by our officers and law enforcement partners, highlight the tremendous commitment that ICE ERO has to public safety throughout the state,” John Tsoukaris, Field Office Director of ERO Newark, said in the press release. “Our focus has been and will continue to be on arrests of illegal aliens who have been convicted of serious crimes or those who pose a threat to public safety.”

Several others were arrested for crimes against children, including a 35-year-old Ecuadorian national convicted of forcibly touching a child, a 52-year-old Mexican national had been convicted of “promoting prostitution with a child,” a 34-year-old Honduran national convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, and a 43-year-old Canadian national convicted of selling drugs on school grounds.

Several members of violent gangs were arrested during the operation as well, including at least one member of MS-13. At least one member of the 18th street gang, a rival to MS-13 known as “Barrio 18” in Central America, and a member of the Surenos-13th street gang were arrested.

The week before this bust, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal issued a directive to all state law enforcement agencies limiting what they could provide to ICE. The federal agency, however, said the bust had nothing to do with that directive.

“This operation was pre-planned and not as a result of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Directive last week limiting local and state law enforcement cooperation with ICE. ICE will of necessity have to conduct additional enforcement operations, if local police departments and county jails do not refer criminals and gang members they encounter to ICE for review and possible arrest on immigration violations,” the statement said.

Author: ASHE SCHOW

Source: Dailywire: MASSIVE ICE Bust Of Illegal Aliens Nabs Child Abusers, MS-13 Member, Internationally Wanted Criminals

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