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Radical Islamist

Now that Robert Mueller has been appointed special counsel to investigate if Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election it’s worth reiterating his misguided handiwork and collaboration with radical Islamist organizations as FBI director. Judicial Watch exclusively obtained droves of records back in 2013 documenting how, under Mueller’s leadership, the FBI purged all anti-terrorism training material deemed “offensive” to Muslims after secret meetings between Islamic organizations and the FBI chief. Judicial Watch had to sue to get the records and published an in-depth report on the scandal in 2013 and a lengthier, updated follow-up in 2015.

As FBI director, Mueller bent over backwards to please radical Islamist groups and caved into their demands. The agency eliminated the valuable anti-terrorism training material and curricula after Mueller met with various Islamist organizations, including those with documented ties too terrorism. Among them were two organizations— Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)—named by the U.S. government as unindicted co-conspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case.

CAIR is a terrorist front group with extensive links to foreign and domestic Islamists. It was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists (Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad and Rafeeq Jaber) who ran the American propaganda wing of Hamas, known then as the Islamic Association for Palestine.

The records obtained as part of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit show that Mueller, who served 12 years as FBI chief, met with the Islamist organizations on February 8, 2012 to hear their demands. Shortly later the director assured the Muslim groups that he had ordered the removal of presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices nationwide.

The purge was part of a broader Islamist operation designed to influence the opinions and actions of persons, institutions, governments and the public at-large. The records obtained by Judicial Watch also show similar incidents of Islamic influence operations at the Departments of Justice and State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Obama White House.

Here are some of the reasons provided by Mueller’s FBI for getting rid of “offensive” training documents: “Article is highly inflammatory and inaccurately argues the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.” It’s crucial to note that Mueller himself had previously described the Muslim Brotherhood as a group that supports terrorism in the U.S. and overseas when his agency provided this ludicrous explanation. Here’s more training material that offended the terrorist groups, according to the FBI files provided to Judicial Watch: An article claiming Al Qaeda is “clearly linked” to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing; The Qur’an is not the teachings of the Prophet, but the revealed word of God; Sweeping generality of ‘Those who fit the terrorist profile best (for the present at least) are young male immigrants of Middle Eastern appearance;’ conflating Islamic Militancy with terrorism. The list goes on and on.

Mueller’s actions have had a widespread effect because many local law enforcement agencies followed the FBI’s lead in allowing Islamic groups like CAIR to dictate what anti-terrorism material could be used to train officers. Among them are police departments in three Illinois cities— Lombard, Elmhurst and Highland Park—as well as the New York Police Department (NYPD).

In the case of the Lombard Police Department, CAIR asserted that the instructor of a training course called “Islamic Awareness as a Counter-Terrorist Strategy” was anti-Muslim though there was no evidence to support it. Like the FBI, Lombard officials got rid of the “offensive” course. The NYPD purged a highly-acclaimed report that’s proven to be a critical tool in terrorism investigations after three New York Muslims, two mosques and an Islamic nonprofit filed a lawsuit.

Considering Mueller’s role in much of this, it makes him a bizarre choice to lead the heated Russia investigation. The goal, apparently, is to determine of Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and if President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials. In the Justice Department announcement, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein describes Mueller as person who qualifies to lead the probe because he exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command. “Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result,” according to Rosenstein.

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Mike Flynn
Is this Mike Flynn's fate?

Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, while talking to Wolf Blitzer on CNN Tuesday, said that President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, potentially “faces a lot of jail time” over a subpoena issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.

“I mean Michael Flynn can’t hide for very long ultimately he likely has legal liability for his failure to disclose his connections to both the Russian and Turkish government,” Murphy said, “and if he doesn’t tell his story then he likely faces a lot of jail time.”

“And this is the big problem for President Trump,” he warned, “he has got some people very close to him who face pretty serious legal jeopardy, and they may start talking very soon.”

California Democratic Representative Adam Schiff was also present on the program on Tuesday. According to him, Flynn had also refused the House Intelligence Committee’s request for the documents. He further added that they were consider contempt charges to force Flynn to give up the documents.

“Are you prepared to hold General Flynn in contempt of Congress,” Blitzer asked.

“I share the views you just heard expressed by Senator Burr,” Schiff responded, “and that is that it was our preference initially to get these documents and testimony voluntarily, it’s now gonna be necessary to subpoena it.”

“If the general refuses without a good legal basis than I think we do have to explore the use of contempt,” he concluded.

“When you say explore I assume you and your staff and your experts have been looking through what it would mean to actually file contempt charges against General Flynn?” Blitzer asked.

“Well we started out in the hope that the witness that we’ve invited would come and cooperate voluntarily,” Schiff responded. “I’m sure that a great many will, obviously some won’t. But we don’t go into this presuming with most of these witnesses that we’re going to have to fight to get their documents, but we will be vigorous and have to be about getting our information.”

“Our next step is to tailor our subpoenas with the best chance of success,” he explained. “But we’ll also do our own legal research to find out what further steps are necessary if we’re going to have to go the route of contempt.”

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armed mother

Tennessee resident and mother of a young son, Elsie Lee, woke up on a Monday morning due to a strange noise in her house.

“I thought I was just dreaming something,” Lee told a local TV station, “and then I heard a big bang again.”

Quickly realizing something was not right, she told the TV network she “got up and came running through the hallway” and “the guy was standing in the kitchen. He had just busted my door open.”

The station reported the home invader’s accomplices were outside Lee’s Madison County home.

According to Lee’s statement to the news station, her only thought was to protect her son. So she grabbed her shotgun and .45-caliber handgun.

After approaching the intruder, Lee asked him an important question.

“I put the gun in his face and asked him if there was something I could do for him,” she told the local news station. What happened next surprised everyone.

“He was gone just that quick,” Lee told the station. “I chased him out the back door trying to look at the tag number on the car, something I could describe other than just him.”

In less than an hour, the Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jaylon Chiles, 18, Quentin Childress, 20, Amar Johnson, 21, Kendrick McMullin, 19, and another juvenile male. The news station reported that all of the suspects have been charged with aggravated burglary and were scheduled to make their first court appearance on Thursday morning.

Lee was full of praise for the local law enforcement.

“I say they were ‘Johnny on the spot,’” she told the station. “They were here within three minutes. I congratulate our sheriff’s department for what they did, and it couldn’t have been done any faster or better.”

Although Lee doesn’t believe the intruder was armed, she did say that she definitely knows what would’ve happened if he had decided to stay in her home a little longer.

“I almost killed him,” she told the station. “One of them could have been dead. Had he not ran, he would have been dead.”

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There is no line to cross anymore.

President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, is being continuously harassed by liberal protestors, reportedly over his attempts to reverse the net-neutrality policies which were given a go-ahead by the Obama administration.

According to the Wall Street Journal, activists belonging to the liberal group, Popular Resisitance, have started gathering outside Pai’s home in Arlington, Virginia. However, they’re not just standing outside his home to show their displeasure with the new administration’s policies. Protestors have begun going up to Pai’s home’s windows and are reportedly taking pictures of the interior. Pai lives in his Arlington home with his wife and two children.

“They were there yesterday. I understand they’ll be there today. They’ll be there tomorrow and the day after,” Pai told the Wall Street Journal.

“It’s a hassle, especially for my wife and my two young children,” the he said.

Pai further added that some of the protesters “come up to our front windows and take photographs of the inside of the house. My kids are 5 and 3.”

“It’s not pleasant,” the FCC chairman acknowledged.

In AJit Pai’s neighbourhood in Arlington, activists have also distributed flyers asking other residents if they’ve seen Pai. The flyers describe Pai; giving his age, weight, and height, and claim that he’s “trying to destroy net neutrality.”

While most call this clear harassment, activist outside Pai’s home call it “Ajit-ation.”

In a straight party line vote in February 2015, FCC commissioners approved net neutrality rules that were intended to ban broadband service providers from throttling, blocking, or prioritizing certain content over others.

Three Democrats, including Tom Wheeler, the then-FCC chairman, voted in favor of the new rules, while tow Republicans, including Pai opposed the measure. At that time, Pai called the net-neutrality rules a “monumental shift toward government control of the Internet” and a “rapid departure” from market-oriented approaches.

However, Wheeler argued back, saying net neutrality would go on to make America even “more competitive.” He further said that it would “assure the rights of Internet users to go where they want, when they want.”

Wheeler also said it would secure the “rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone’s permission.”

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Is there any truth?

Tucker Carlson, renowned Fox News host, slammed the mainstream media in his show on Friday, after the release of a recent study from Harvard University, which confirmed what President Trump, the White House, and his supporters have been claiming for months now.

According to findings of the study conducted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, a large majority of media coverage in the first few months of Trump’s administration has been largely negative.

The study discovered that in the Trump administration’s first 100 days, 80 percent of news coverage from the country’s leading news sources was negative, while a meagre 20 percent was positive. This is considerably more than any of Trump’s three predecessors; Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton received 41 percent, 57 percent and 60 percent negative coverage respectively, in their opening months after taking charge, the study found.

“The news media are liberal,” Carlson stated in the monologue of his show Friday. “It’s obvious in the stories they chose and maybe even more evident in the ones they ignore.”

“About the only people who deny widespread media bias these days are the people who are directly benefiting from it,” Carlson explained. “And that would include progressive activists posing as reporters and the Democratic politicians whose water they carry.”

According to the study, left-leaning news outlets BBC and NBC News gave as much as 93 percent negative coverage in Trump’s first 100 days, which lead to Carlson claiming it was more of “advocacy” and not journalism.

“It’s not really news coverage at that point. It’s advocacy,” Carlson explained.

However, it’s not just Trump that the media dislikes, it’s also the issues that Trump has raised, the ones he stands for, and the ones that Americans voters supported in last year’s presidential race that the media dislikes, according to Carlson.

“The media disagree with those too, and they skew their coverage accordingly,” Carlson said, referring to issues like immigration, which had almost 96 percent negative coverage according to the Harvard study.

White House staffers and Trump have pressed the media for months now, to focus on the more positive news stories and legislative achievements coming from the administration. However, the press has been quite unrelenting in its negative coverage as shown by the study.

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What's wrong with this picture?

Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz (Utah), chairman of the US House Oversight Committee, claimed on Sunday, that he has planned a private talk with James Comey, former FBI Director. According to Chaffetz, he plans on discussing several issues with Comey, including the recent claim made by one of Comey’s associates to the New York Times, that President Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Chaffetz spoke about his plans on ABC’s “This Week,” with George Stephanopoulos.

“It’s important to remember nobody’s actually seen these documents,” Chaffetz said on “This Week” in reference to the notes Comey reportedly kept of his conversations with Trump. “There’s been an awful lot written and said about it, but I don’t even know that the Department of Justice has them. Maybe Director Comey has them. I don’t know where they reside. I don’t know if there are documents. But we’re certainly pursuing them.”

Comey, who was recently dismissed by Trump, has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. According to Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the committee’s chairman, Comey’s testimony will be heard after Memorial Day.

Since Comey’s dismissal on May 09, the Trump administration has faced a barrage of criticism and never-ending questions regarding the decision and whether it was made in any relation to slow down or completely halt the FBI’s investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

As of now, absolutely no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and any Russian operatives has been found. However, numerous scandals related to the decision have now surfaced; the most recent one being a claim by the New York Times on Friday, which suggested that Trump told Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister and Sergey Kislyak, Russian Ambassador to the US, that Comey is crazy, a real nut job.” Trump also reportedly told both the Russians that firing Comey had “taken off” “great pressure.”

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Hey, you live here?

Residents of Cypress, Texas, Pastor Lorenzo Martinez and his family were subjected to a home invasion by an unknown man in only his underwear. The home intruder, after a brief violent fight, was shot dead at the crime scene.

According to reports by leading local news channels, after breaking into Pastor Martinez’s home on Thursday morning, the man allegedly attacked members of the family before being shot to death.

“The door is kicked in and that’s how the family wakes up to discover the intruder in the residence,” an official of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office told a local news network in a statement. “He wasn’t running from anybody. He was attacking. In my opinion, he was in an attacking mode.”

Naarai Olvera, Pastor Martinez’s daughter, told the news network that while she wasn’t present to witness the break-in or the scuffle, her brother, sister, brother-in-law and their children were at home when the incident occurred.

“He just started hitting my dad, then he hit my mom,” Olvera said. “Then my brother woke up and my brother started hitting him.”

According to Olvera, the unknown home invader punched her mother in the face many times to break her nose, before attacking her brother with a large flat-screen TV set.

After attacking Pastor Martinez’s wife and son, according to Olvera’s claims, the intruder moved to her sister’s room where her husband and three young children were hiding. She reported that he broke down the bedroom door to get in.

As soon as he gained entry into Olvera’s sister’s bedroom, her brother-in-law shot the intruder dead. Investigators believe the man was on drugs.

“We are a Christian family,” Olvera said. “We don’t believe in killing anybody. But we had to do what we had to do to protect our family and protect our little kids.”

While the home invader has not yet been identified, the Martinez family says they have absolutely no idea who he is.

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Tip 1: Never let Pence take your picture.

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer gave President Trump some important tips to kick start his agenda that has now been “immobilized,” by his alleged scandal.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson characterized President Trump’s agenda as “immobilized” by the rise of scandals and obstacles surrounding him. Carlson asked conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer how the president could right the wrongs.

Krauthammer explained the five things that the president can do.

“Well I think you take your playbook from Bill Clinton,” he explained. “He’s caught up in the Lewinsky scandal. And in his case he knows he’s lying from the very beginning. Keeps on lying, but he was able to keep a straight face. Tried to keep his nose to the business he wanted to carry out. The famous statement, ‘I did not have sexual relations’ end with ‘and now I gotta go back to work.’ So he just pretended as if this thing was on the side, it was a distraction, he went back to work.”

“So what Trump needs to do is spend less effort and time and emotional energy on this,” he added. “Starting with, you make an unimpeachable FBI director appointment. Right now he needs to calm the craziness. I think he actually was helped by the appointment of this special counsel. Even though in the long run it means the White House loses control of this.”

“In the short run,” he explained, “people say, ‘well look there’s an investigation, let’s talk about health care, and let’s talk about tax reform. That’ll take care – it’s a way to deflect. If you make a good appointment for the FBI – by ‘good’ I mean politically astute. Which means somebody unimpeachable. On Special Report I said, what you need is an Elliot Ness.”

Krauthammer continued on to his third point, which was “stop tweeting.”

“Now that’s never gonna happen. Because I think he’s hard-wired like neurologically attached to his tweeting machine. But it would help because when you tweet you say what you really believe and that’s not always, that’s not usually the smartest thing in politics. You know, I tell the truth because it’s easier to memorize, but I’m not the president or a politician.”

“Number four, go on the foreign trip,” he added, “and thereby, number four, change the narrative. He’s got a real opportunity. It’s going to be a big deal what happens in Saudi Arabia. There’s gonna be 50 Sunni Arab countries there. There’s gonna be an announcement to the world of the total reversal of the Obama-Iran appeasement policy, where we chose a radical Shiite jihadist regime. We chose their favor over the Sunni Arabs who want to support us, and over Israel, which will be stop number two. That’ll be a big deal, it’ll allow him to announce and really exemplify a huge change in foreign policy.”

“The last thing,” he concluded, “is daily sessions with Dr. Krauthammer. I’m still licensed, board certified, and he’s the only one who can afford my rates.” After finishing his jokes, he explained, “He doesn’t easily compartmentalize. He doesn’t have that kinda of, almost psychopathic ability to make distinctions as Clinton did. I think he gets sort of into everything and it takes him over. So I don’t think he can, but that’s why he needs to see me, probably for an hour a day for several years.”

The past few weeks have been tough on the Trump administration with the constant supply of fresh leaks and criticisms from all fours.

Tucker asked if Krauthammer believes Trump could actually follow the tips. “He doesn’t easily compartmentalize. He doesn’t have that almost kind of psychopathic ability to make distinctions, as Clinton did. I think he gets sort of into everything, and it takes him over,” Krauthammer said. “So, I don’t think he can. But that’s why he needs to see me, probably for an hour a day for several years.”

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Thirsty for Power. Photo by DonkeyHotey

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) addressed President Trump’s tweet on Thursday, regarding him being the subject of a “witch hunt” after the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged interference of Russia in the 2016 US presidential election.

“The president is entitled to his opinion, but we’re a nation of laws,” Rubio told reporters. “That’s not a criticism of the president. That is a reality that our institutions work. The acting attorney general has the authority to appoint a special counsel and has done so.”

On Wednesday, Robert Mueller, former FBI Director was appointed as special counsel to investigate allegations that Russia had meddled with the US presidential elections last year.

Rubio called Mueller a “person of high esteem” and admitted that he was fully confident in Mueller’s abilities to “conduct and independent, thorough and fair investigation.”

Referring to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special investigator in the ongoing investigation, President Trump tweeted on Thursday, “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

He further added, “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed.”

Ex-CIA official Phillip Mudd, in a show Wednesday night on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, was full of praise for Mueller.

“For four and a half years of sitting down the hall from [Mueller] I saw one two three times a day threaten meetings, personnel meetings, meetings with three attorneys general,” Mudd told Blitzer about Mueller’s stern and fair principles.

“I can tell you, every American who thinks that this is a moment of turmoil, whether they like the president or not, should breathe easy tonight,” he said. “Robert Mueller is solid ground. I saw presidents, kings, prime ministers, secretaries of state, CIA directors, the former U.S. Attorney in New York said he’s one of the best.”

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No comment.

The White House has been rather quiet, ever since news surfaced that FBI Director James Comey has a paper trail of his conversations with President Trump. The President has also limited his activity on Twitter and went a full day without using his Twitter account to comment on any of the news memos that accuse him to trying to put an end to Comey’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Sean Spicer has reported to the media that President Trump is very eager to “get to the bottom” of the controversy surrounding his communications with Comey which has taken a toll on everyone present in the White House. “The president is confident in the events he’s maintained and that he wants the truth and these investigations to get to the bottom of this situation,” Spicer told.

Although, President Trump has not directly commented on his talks with Comey, “Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media,” he said during a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. “No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly.”

During a brief seven-minute session with the media, Spicer was dodging questions and refusing to answer any direct questions about whether the president wishes to see Comey testify before the Congress, or whether he intends upon waiving the executive privilege to allow both men to freely narrate their version of the events.

A comparison was made to the Watergate scandal that took down President Richard Nixon. However, he continued to refrain from making any comments.

One former campaign manager commented on the White House’s efforts to give the media some breathing space instead of giving them something that could later result in legal trouble. “You don’t want to put someone out there if there is a risk they’ll extend the news cycle,” the source said. “You expose yourself to a lot of unknowns and give the media more to cover when, in the end, they’re going to knife you anyway.”

The White House found themselves in a much similar situation after Trump’s surprising firing of Comey last week and then reports surfacing that Trump had leaked highly classified information in his meeting with Russian diplomats.

Each time the White House carefully crafts its explanations, Trump does more damage to them hours later in either television interviews or his posts on Twitter.

“Clearly they feel besieged and they have a right to, the enemy is in the building,” said Barry Bennett, a former transition adviser.

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