New Twists In Durham Probe: FBI Danchenko Recordings And Suspicions Fiona Hill Lied

By Eric Felten for RealClearInvestigations

The indictment of Igor Danchenko, the “primary sub-source” of Christopher Steele’s infamous dossier, reveals that the FBI electronically recorded several previously undisclosed interviews with the Brookings Institution researcher.

Separately, it raises suspicions, according to congressional sources, that his Brookings superior Fiona Hill may have committed perjury when testifying about Steele during President Trump’s first impeachment.

The existence of electronic records of Danchenko speaking to the FBI far more extensively than previously known creates the possibility that much more will come out about the origins of the Steele dossier and the way the opposition research was weaponized.

And those under scrutiny in Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia affair will have to wonder whether information to which they previously attested jibes with the Danchenko recordings.

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According to Durham’s Nov. 3 indictment of Danchenko, the FBI conducted interviews with him in March, May, June, October, and November of 2017 — well beyond the three days of interviews at the beginning of 2017 previously disclosed in the Trump-Russia affair.

(Deep in the Justice Department Inspector General’s report on surveillance court abuses—page 186—there is a passing reference to interviews with the “primary sub-source” in March and May 2017.) Unlike the early interviews, which were memorialized in a “consolidated write-up” of notes taken by agents and provided to lawmakers in heavily redacted form, at least three of the later interviews were recorded legally but without Danchenko’s knowledge — those conducted March 16, May 18, and June 15.

The indictment is silent on whether the October 24 and November 16 interviews were also surreptitiously recorded.

It has been known since July 2020 that Danchenko was the primary source of spurious rumors and alcohol-lubricated gossip about Donald Trump compiled by opposition researcher and former British spy Steele. The indictment unsealed last week states that in 2010, it was “Think Tank Employee-1” — Fiona Hill — who introduced Danchenko to “U.K. Person-1”— that is, Steele.

The next year Danchenko began working as a contractor for Steele’s company, Orbis, which the indictment refers to as “U.K. Investigative Firm-1”

Hill, a longtime intelligence analyst who became a deputy assistant on the Trump administration’s National Security Council, was a key witness in the Ukraine-related impeachment of President Trump.

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As part of the impeachment proceedings, Hill gave closed-door testimony to House lawmakers and investigators for the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. During that testimony in October 2019, Hill answered many questions emphatically and apparently without leaving herself wiggle room.

Hill did not express the sort of memory fog that often afflicts well-coached, evasive witnesses. Asked whether she was “aware of any interaction between Mr. Steele and Ukrainians,” Hill did not say “to the best of my recollection” or “I don’t remember specifically,” or even a simple “no.”

Instead she expanded her answer to deny not only any knowledge of Steele and Ukrainians, but to deny any knowledge of anything Steele-related: “I have no knowledge whatsoever of how he developed that dossier. None. I just want to state that.”

Lawmakers are particularly interested in that statement. The Danchenko indictment states that Hill introduced Danchenko both to Steele and to an unnamed public relations executive, since identified as Charles Dolan Jr., a Hillary Clinton ally. Republican members of the House Permanent Select Committee are questioning whether Hill could have had “no knowledge whatsoever” of how the dossier was developed when she had a central role in connecting those key players.

RealClearInvestigations was unable to reach Hill through her former attorney.

“It’s hard to believe Fiona Hill introduced Danchenko both to Steele and to Dolan, yet had no idea of the purpose of the introductions she herself was making or what resulted from those introductions,” a source familiar with the thinking of House Republicans tells RealClearInvestigations. “So, yes, Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence are taking a look at that.”

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GOP Establishment Sets Up ‘Us vs. Trump’ In 2022: ‘We Support All Of Our Incumbents’

The effort by establishment Republicans to distance themselves from former President Donald Trump continues.

On Sunday during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), was asked by Chuck Todd if the committee would support the reelection of senators like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, whose challenger in next year’s primary has already been endorsed by Trump.

Scott’s response was interesting to say the least, and can really only be taken one way.

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The Message Is Clear

Scott made the message clear, stating,

“Absolutely. … We support all of our incumbents. And fortunately for us, we’ve got great candidates running in our primaries. And fortunately for us, we’ve got Bernie Sanders candidates on the other side in many primaries, and so we’re going to be in a great position in ‘22.”

So, if you are someone who has decided to challenge the status quo, and think that you can do a better job than Senator Fill-in-the-Blank who has been a senator for so long his earliest votes have to be looked up on microfilm well, too bad for you. 

And, if you happen to have gotten an early endorsement from Donald Trump, doesn’t matter.

The GOP establishment will be supporting incumbents – even ones like Murkowski who voted to convict President Trump in sham impeachment schemes.

Once again, we’re looking at the establishment versus Donald Trump. 

Put another way, the establishment versus you.

What has Lisa Murkowski ever accomplished? Has she ever done anything conservative? What, exactly, has she conserved? Isn’t that the point?

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The Swamp Protection Racket

The rise of a political novice like Donald Trump is something that certainly Democrats do not understand, and but for a few exceptions, Republicans don’t either.

But the job of the NRSC is very clear, protect those who have managed to thrust themselves into the club, no matter how big a disaster they are, at all costs, whatever it costs. 

Senator Scott was careful not to badmouth a Trump endorsement. But now the establishment GOP are feeling their oats after Glenn Youngkin’s win in Virginia, where he accepted a Trump endorsement, but Trump was never anywhere near Virginia.

Another member of “the club” who said the quiet part out loud is Trump critic and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

During a CNN “State of the Union” appearance, Hogan described any Trump involvement this way:

“I’m concerned about it. It’s obviously an issue to contend with. And if the former president interferes with primaries and tries to help nominate folks that are unelectable in a general election in, say, swing districts and purple states, that’s going to hurt.”

Interferes? It is entirely possible there could have been some quickie policy change, but didn’t Donald Trump become a private citizen, free to support the candidates of his choice the minute Joe Biden became president?

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Battle Lines Have Been Drawn

This is where the Republican Party is. The establishment Republicans are making it more obvious, they want Trump gone. But they know that the majority of the Republican base still very much supports him. 

Lisa Murkowski is one of seven Republican senators who voted to impeach Trump. In June, Trump endorsed her primary opponent, Kelly Tshibaka. Murkowski ranks number two in the Senate to cast the most votes not aligned with her party. But she will get the support of the NRSC. 

A word of warning to anyone challenging a Republican incumbent, your support will come from average Americans who more than likely support Donald Trump, more than the Republican Party.

 

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Here’s The List: The 9 Republicans Who Joined Democrats In Voting to Hold Steve Bannon In Contempt

Nine Republicans joined Democrats in voting to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot.

The group of GOPers willing to go along with the Democrats includes the usual suspects – favorite lap puppies of the Democrat Party, Representatives Adam Kinzinger (IL) and Liz Cheney (WY), as well as others who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump.

Representatives Anthony Gonzalez (OH), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA), John Katko (NY), Peter Meijer (MI), and Fred Upton (MI), like Kinzinger and Cheney, voted for impeachment and to hold Bannon in contempt.

Surprise additions to the House select committee’s maneuver were Representatives Nancy Mace (SC) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA).

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The Republicans Who Voted To Hold Steve Bannon In Contempt

Bannon defied the subpoena based on executive privilege claims by the former President.

With the full House voting to advance the recommendation of criminal contempt of Congress, the matter now heads to the Justice Department for final determination.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the DOJ will “apply the facts and the law and make a decision” when it comes to the referral.

It’d be interesting to know if those Republicans who went along with the contempt vote for Steve Bannon did so as support for the House committee charade, or if they have an eye on 2022.

With Republicans expected to make major gains in the House and Senate, subpoena power for committees they control could be critical moving forward.

Mace conceded this point, which admittedly is a good one.

“I want the power to subpoena,” she told reporters.

“When we start investigating some of the crises that are facing the Biden administration right now — whether we’re talking about the border or the botched exit from Afghanistan — there are a lot of things that I’m going to want to investigate when we’re in the majority,” added Mace.

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Sacrificed Their Futures?

Whether or not Mace and the other will face backlash from Republicans is another question.

According to an Axios report on the 9 Republicans who voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt, they view themselves as having made a great sacrifice.

“A small contingent of House Republicans risked their political futures on Thursday, they say, in the name of constitutional responsibility,” Axios writes.

The 9 Republicans “are now in peril of becoming political pariahs,” opening themselves up “to potential primary challengers and public attacks” from Trump.

Yes, they’re all heroes in their own minds.

Just ask Kinzinger, who recently suggested anybody standing up to Trump and his former aides are just as heroic as Todd Beamer and the heroes of Flight 93 who sacrificed themselves to thwart an attempted terrorist attack on the Capitol on 9/11.

No, sadly, I’m not kidding.

“People have to stand up and say this is wrong,” said Kinzinger of Bannon’s defiance. “We’ve got to – if you think about heroics on Flight 93 that saved the Capitol in 2001, it wasn’t Todd Beamer alone.”

“It was everybody standing up and saying we’ve had enough,” he added. “We’re going to sacrifice ourselves to do this, and right now we need more Republicans to stand up, and lead your people.”

Even if the Justice Department is considering bringing charges against Bannon, the process is rarely invoked and rarely leads to jail time.

 

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Pelosi’s January 6th Committee Now Seeking To Criminalize The First Amendment

It was hard for me to imagine Nancy Pelosi’s political inquisition, more commonly known as the January 6th Committee, could get any more detestable. I should never underestimate the left’s depravity.

The very first amendment to our Constitution explicitly protects the right of Americans to peacefully protest and petition their government:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment is the very foundation of the entire American system. No amendment does more to protect the rights of Americans from a tyrannical government than does the First Amendment, and yet, this week the January 6th Committee launched a full frontal assault on the First Amendment.

This week, the January 6th Committee subpoenaed 11 individuals – absolutely none of them connected in any way whatsoever to the violence that occurred at the Capitol that day. Indeed, most of those subpoenaed are guilty of nothing more than helping to organize a 100% peaceful rally at the Ellipse to hear the President of the United States speak.

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I know the President’s speech at the Ellipse because I handled media for Women for America First – the organization that organized that speech (while I have not yet been subpoenaed, much of Women For America First’s leadership has been subject to this political persecution).

It’s not just conservatives like me who are concerned about this unprecedented attack on the First Amendment, even liberals are expressing concern over this latest round of subpoenas:

“At minimum, there needs to be some distinction between people who actually participated in the attack on the U.S. Capitol and those who were in D.C. lawfully exercising their right to protest,” said Elizabeth Goitein, the co-director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, fearing a “dangerous precedent.”

For those of you who don’t know, the Brennan Center is one of the nation’s leading left-wing legal think tanks named for famed liberal Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan.

While the recent subpoenas mark a new low for the January 6th committee, it is consistent with the committee’s entire existence. As Tristan Justice at The Federalist pointed out

Since its inception, the Jan. 6 committee has taken the shape of a partisan show-trial sought to weaponize the legislative branch against the Democrats’ political dissidents rather than a legitimate probe investigating the breach of the Capitol complex.

Even before this week, Nancy Pelosi’s January 6th committee was an absolute abuse of power. A transparent attempt to demonize political opponents.

After this week, it is clear that not only will Pelosi and company abuse their Congressional authority, they will happily trample on the most basic and fundamental of Constitutional protections to serve their partisan political desires.

Nancy Pelosi and the left know that what makes President Trump powerful is the movement he built. They failed to permanently end his political career with their two impeachment attempts, so now they have turned their attention to persecuting the people who make up Trump’s MAGA movement.

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The only person who died on January 6th was an unarmed female Trump supporter – Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt. The only people who actually breached the Capitol on that day have been held in solitary confinement, denied a right to a speedy trial, and treated like terrorists.

The media continues to claim that January 6th was insurrection – despite the fact that not one single individual has been charged with insurrection or anything even remotely close to that.

What happened on January 6th was regrettable, what has happened since January 6th is infinitely worse.

 

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Pelosi’s January 6 Committee Subpoenas Four Trump Aides

The Democrat-led January 6 select committee investigating the Capitol riot issued subpoenas to four former aides to President Donald Trump Thursday.

Those receiving subpoenas for documents and testimony include former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, former communications official Dan Scavino, and former Defense Department official Kash Patel.

What prompted these actions?

The four committed the crime of “working in or (having) communications with the White House on or in the days leading up to the January 6th insurrection.”

In a statement announcing the subpoenas, Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS) claimed they were simply going after the facts.

“The select committee is investigating the facts, circumstances and causes of the Jan. 6 attack, and issues relating to the peaceful transfer of power, in order to identify and evaluate lessons learned and to recommend to the House and its relevant committees corrective laws, policies, procedures, rules or regulations,” Thompson wrote.

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Subpoenas For Trump Staff

Committee member Adam Schiff (D-CA) warned that any of the Trump allies who do not comply with the subpoenas will be guilty of “criminal contempt.”

“We may have additional tools now that we didn’t before, including a Justice Department that may be willing to pursue criminal contempt when people deliberately flout compulsory process,” he said.

Legal analyst Elliott Williams suggested the speed with which the January 6 committee is moving is a sign that they are very serious.

“Quick subpoenas like this are a sign they’re not messing around,” he tweeted.

The politics of the moment, however, cannot be ignored: Democrats are facing the possibility of a bloodbath in the 2022 midterm elections with polls already trending toward Republicans, an unpopular Democrat president, and a White House making matters worse on a daily basis.

“If Democrats lose control of the House, the select committee would likely be in peril,” Axios writes.

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Trump Vows To Fight

In a statement issued Thursday evening, the former President vowed to fight any subpoenas coming out of the January 6 “unselect committee.”

“We will fight the subpoenas on Executive Privilege and other grounds, for the good of our country, while we wait to find out whether or not subpoenas will be sent out to Antifa and BLM for the death and destruction they have caused,” Trump wrote.

The committee, led by Thompson and Vice-Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY), in August advised telecommunication companies to preserve the phone records of certain individuals, including lawmakers and possibly members of President Trump’s family.

The request also demanded federal agencies turn over “all documents and communications relating to the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”

Additionally, the select committee requested a release of “all documents and communications related to the mental stability of Donald Trump or his fitness for office.”

Republican lawmakers turned the tables in a letter to various telecommunication and social media companies saying that if those companies provide Democrats with the phone records of Republicans, they need to provide Republicans with the phone records of Democrats.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) criticized the select committee, saying their latest actions show their efforts are “more about politics than anything else.”

“There’s only two questions that this committee should actually be looked upon: Why was the Capitol left so ill-prepared, and how can we make sure this never happens again?” McCarthy said.

“But that’s not what they’re focused on.”

 

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AOC Reportedly Crying On The House Floor After Voting ‘Present’ For Israel Iron Dome Funding

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) had to be consoled as it appears she was crying after voting ‘present’ on a measure to provide $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

Progressives – most notably the Squad – had voiced opposition to the funding and successfully had it removed from a government funding bill just days ago.

But Democrats thwarted the effort by reintroducing the funding bill as standalone legislation and it passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 420 to 9.

Among those voting ‘no’ were fellow Squad members Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).

AOC, however, initially voted ‘no’ but at the last moment switched her vote to ‘present.’

Then, she apparently broke down.

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AOC Mocked For Crying

Video on C-SPAN shows AOC being comforted by a fellow Democrat and repeatedly wiping her face as if she were crying.

It’s unclear if she was emotionally distraught over the funding vote for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system designed to thwart missile attacks from terrorist groups, if she’s embarrassed by the massive defeat for her caucus, or if her Roku wasn’t able to stream that morning’s episode of Paw Patrol.

We may never know.

AOC’s tears weren’t universally met with consoling words. Many people were skeptical.

But then, when you refer to illegal immigrant processing centers as ‘concentration camps’ but oppose funding to prevent Jews from being the victim of rocket attacks, it’s hard to take pity.

Meghan McCain, former co-host of The View, ripped Ocasio-Cortez for engaging in “bad theater.”

Yes, you’re going to be accused of theatrics and crying wolf when you’ve spent the past year saying an unruly riot on Capitol Hill almost resulted in your murder or sexual assault.

You can’t live your life in a perpetually hyperbolic state and expect people to be shocked when it happens again.

People aren’t buying the crocodile tears.

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Voting Present

Some have speculated that the ‘present’ vote itself is what led to AOC’s crying.

Not being able to have the courage of your convictions enough to cast an anti-Israel vote in a district with a significant Jewish population perhaps?

Concerned about what her fellow Squadmates will think of her deferring on an issue clearly important to their cause?

Regardless, Ocasio-Cortez has a few thoughts on lawmakers who vote ‘present.’

In 2019, the New York socialist slammed then-Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, for voting ‘present’ on articles of impeachment for President Donald Trump.

“Today was very consequential, and to not take a stand one way or another, on a day of such great consequence to this country, I think is quite difficult,” AOC said following the votes.

“We are sent here to lead.”

“Whenever we have a vote, we should vote ‘yes’ and we should vote ‘no,’” Ocasio-Cortez said at the time. “Voting ‘present’ is a very tough position to be in.”

So tough it makes you want to cry?

Earlier this month, AOC mocked former Alaska governor Sarah Palin for criticizing her as a “fake feminist” by pretending to set up a hotline to call – 1-800-CRY-NOW.

The ‘Yass Queen’ crowd was delighted, but for those of us still residing on planet Earth, her video showed a level of immaturity you wouldn’t hope to see in a pre-teen student, let alone a sitting congresswoman.

“Does my existence make you mad? Does the fact that yes, I am a mouthpiece for the people of New York’s 14th Congressional District, upset you?” Ocasio-Cortez said in the video.

“Well I have help for you. Call 1-800-CRY-NOW. That’s 1-800-CRY-NOW.”

Does Israel’s existence make you mad, AOC? I know a number you can call.

 

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CDC Alerts Medical Professionals To Be On Alert Over Afghan Evacuees Potentially Spreading Infectious Diseases

By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that medical professionals and clinicians be on alert for infectious diseases among Afghan nationals recently brought into the country, including measles, mumps and rubella, diseases for which Americans have already been vaccinated.

After the CDC announcement, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said Afghan evacuees were required to get the MMR vaccine and then be quarantined for 21 days.

“All arriving Afghans are currently required to be vaccinated for measles as a condition of their humanitarian parole. And critical immunizations like MMR are being administered for Afghans at safe havens on military bases in the United States,” Kirby said. MMR vaccines would also be administered overseas as well, he said.

As of Sept. 20, the CDC had been notified of 16 confirmed cases of measles and four cases of mumps among Afghan nationals and U.S. citizens who recently arrived from Afghanistan. Earlier this month, Afghans contracted the measles at Fort Bliss, Wisconsin.

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So far, 124,000 people from Afghanistan, including roughly 6,000 American citizens, have been flown out of Afghanistan, the CDC reports. Many of them “are from areas with limited access to healthcare and vaccinations and have been living in close quarters for long periods during the evacuation process, thereby raising the risk of disease spread,” the CDC reports.

All of those who were confirmed to have had the measles were isolated and provided care, and those with whom they had contact were also quarantined. Contacts who were not immune were given the MMR vaccine or, if not vaccine-eligible, immunoglobulin.

Evacuees who are in the U.S. are required to be vaccinated with MMR and complete a 21-day quarantine from the time of vaccination at designated locations, the CDC says. Evacuation flights from designated locations and from other countries to the U.S. have been temporarily halted to facilitate MMR administration and post-vaccine quarantine efforts.

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Despite these efforts, the CDC expects the possibility of additional measles infections and spread among evacuees based on ongoing transmission and low vaccine coverage (approximately 60%) in Afghanistan. Public health officials are instructed to look for people with communicable disease symptoms, isolate them, and track information to manage the spread of the illness.

Vigilance should be particularly enhanced in communities near the military bases that are housing the evacuees: Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia; Fort Pickett, Virginia; Fort Lee, Virginia; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Fort Bliss, Texas; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

Evacuees are also at increased likelihood of gastrointestinal infections, including shigellosis, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, hepatitis A, rotavirus, and viral diarrheal diseases, the CDC states. The CDC says it is also aware of some cases of varicella, mumps, tuberculosis, malaria, leishmaniasis, hepatitis A, and COVID-19 among evacuees.

Afghanistan ranks seventh in the world for measles cases, the CDC reports. “People with measles can spread the virus to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears. Measles virus can remain infectious for up to two hours in an airspace after an infected person leaves an area and can be spread to large numbers of susceptible people very rapidly. Measles outbreaks in refugee camps and other congregate settings lead to high morbidity and mortality (as high as 34%).”

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In 2000, measles was declared to be eliminated in the United States. However, travelers continue to bring measles in, which poses ongoing risks to unvaccinated people.

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Fox Reporter’s Claim That The Border Is Open Leads To Heated Exchange With Jen Psaki 

On Thursday, sparks flew when White House press secretary Jen Psaki pushed back hard on the notion that America’s southern border was wide open after Fox News’ senior White House correspondent Peter Doocy’s claimed that it was.

Their exchange took place during Thursday’s daily White House press briefing.

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Psaki Ducks And Dodges

Doocy said that on Saturday there were about 15,000 migrants gathered in Del Rio, Texas. Yet when you look at the numbers based on migrants that Psaki said were expelled or released, Doocy said that number sinks to less than 5,000.

“Say there’s 5,000 that are still left, where’s everybody else?” Doocy asks.

Psaki, as has become common, promised to circle back. 

Doocy pressed her, “We understand basically most of these people that are going into removal proceedings are being put on either buses from Del Rio to El Paso and Laredo or being flown to Tucson with no COVID testing unless they show symptoms.”

“How is that helping anybody stop the spread?” Doocy asked.

Psaki replied, “We have a protocol and processes in place as it relates to COVID in terms of testing and quarantining and also vaccines are provided for a range of migrants.”

“What is happening now… is that if individuals cannot be expelled under Title 42 they are placed in removal proceedings,” she added.

Psaki: ‘Well, There Certainly Is Not An Open Border’

The press secretary noted that some of those detained are taken to detainment facilities or given a notice to appear in court.

A notice to appear means that they are released and given a date to show up in court on the honor system that they will appear.

Doocy kept pressing,“But why should somebody say in Laredo, Texas or El Paso or Tuscon, Arizona have to have their chance of catching COVID go up because hundreds of miles away there is an open border?” 

“Well, there certainly is not an open border,” Psaki said sternly.

“We are continuing to employ our immigration proceedings and processes and restrictions at the border and that includes the implementation of enforcing Title 42,” she added.

What did Doocy do? You guessed it.

Doocy said to Psaki “You say the border’s not open but we’re told by our teams on the ground you guys are releasing pretty much all family units, couples where the woman says that she is pregnant or single women who say that they are pregnant and that nobody actually has to take a pregnancy test unless they want to but…”

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Psaki then cut him off and seemed to want to change the topic.

“Are you suggesting that you don’t believe when women say they’re pregnant? ” Psaki said, frsutrated. “Is that a big issue we think, at the border?”

“I’m not in charge of keeping the border secure,” Doocy shot back. “You guys are.”

“Do you think pregnant women are posing a big threat to the border?” Psaki asked.

“You tell me,” Doocy shot back. 

 

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Afghan Refugee At Fort McCoy, WI Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Child

Two Afghan refugees recently brought to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin have been charged with heinous crimes, including sexual assault of a minor, that took place while they have been living at the military base. 

In the first case, Bahrullah Noori is charged with three counts of attempting to engage in a sexual act with a minor, in one instance using force. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the victims – plural – are all under the age of 16.

In the second case, Mohammad Haroon Imaad was charged for strangling and suffocating his wife. 

The two refugees are being held in a Dane County jail.

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Charges

The charges both Noori and Imaad face are the results of an investigation by the FBI and Fort McCoy police. If convicted, Noori could face as much as 30 years in prison, and Imaad 10 years.

Both men were part of the massive evacuation effort by the Biden administration of more than 12,000 refugees as the Afghan government collapsed last month, and U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan.  

Many of those refugees have been housed in military bases around the country, including Fort McCoy. 

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Psaki Says Everyone Is Being Vetted

While Afghan refugees are being resettled in roughly 150 different communities around the nation, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claims that “no one” is coming into the country without proper vetting, especially amid terrorism concerns.

Psaki has said, “I can absolutely assure you that no one is coming into the United States of America who has not been through a thorough screening and background check process.”

She added:

“There are many individuals, as you noted, who have not been through that process. And they have gone to lilypad countries as that process has been completed. It doesn’t mean that that’s because there is a flag. It means they have not completed their paperwork. And we were working to save tens of thousands of people. Hence we evacuated them to these third countries.”

However, Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI) tells a different story. He says that on a recent visit to the base, he says there was insufficient security, and none of the refugees he came into contact with had Special Immigration Visas. Typically, the vetting process for such visas can take up to two years.

Tiffany stated, “They were all there on parole. The parole authority is granted to the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He can just wave people in.” Tiffany added that he believes the Biden administration is “circumventing the SIV process.”

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A Clear Warning

Last week, in an article at RealClearPolitics, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) sounded a similar alarm. During a visit to Fort Bliss, Cruz asked the commanding General how we were ensuring that refugees were properly vetted. The General told Cruz it was being done in Afghanistan.

According to Sen. Cruz, the vetting is inadequate, or not even done until planes full of refugees enter the U.S.

Sen. Cruz says that flights full of Afghan refugees reach the U.S. every couple of hours.  

 

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Republicans File Impeachment Against Biden Over Border Crisis, Afghanistan Disaster

Four House Republicans have filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden, citing a dereliction of duty regarding his Afghanistan and border policies.

Republican Congressman Bob Gibbs tweeted on Wednesday, “I filed articles of impeachment against @POTUS based on what I believe to be clear violations of his duties.”

“There are dynamics in Congress preventing this from being debated,” Gibbs said. “But I could not stand by while Biden commits flagrant & deliberate violations of his oath of office.”

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‘Flagrant & Deliberate Violations Of His Oath Of Office’

Gibbs said that Biden’s poor handling of the ongoing border crisis and trying to extend the federal eviction moratorium mean he has failed in his duties as president.

“His willful negligence of the border crisis is a failure to maintain and defend American sovereignty,” Gibbs said to The Daily Mail.

Gibbs continued, “Biden’s attempts to extend a federal eviction moratorium despite the Supreme Court’s warning and his own admission that he has no power to do so is a blatant and intentional action that violates the separation of powers.”

The Republican congressman said Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal, in which 13 U.S. military members were killed in the final days, also led to his decision to file articles of impeachment against the president.

Gibbs was joined by GOP Congressmen Andy Biggs, Brian Babin, and Randy Weber.

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Gibbs: ‘This President… Needs To Be Removed From Office One Way Or Another’

Gibbs acknowledged that the impeachment of Biden was not likely, but still told the Washington Examiner, “Obviously, it’s not going to go anywhere with Speaker Pelosi.”

But Gibbs said it still “shows that there are some Republicans that think that this president needs to be impeached, he needs to be removed from office one way or another.”

Previously, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene had introduced articles of impeachment against Biden, in part because of the Afghanistan disaster.

A group of Republicans also introduced articles of impeachment against Secretary of State Tony Blinken for his handling of Afghanistan.

 

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