Here are my observations on the news of the day.
DEMOCRAT IT SCANDAL GETS LITTLE ATTENTION by the media, but I’ll continue to tell you what I have learned. I’m referring to the unbelievable mess Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) has gotten herself and colleagues into. I first reported on this in my July 24 and 30 blog posts.
Luke Rosiak, reporting for the Daily Caller has been on this story from the beginning and learned that three Democrat members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, among others, employed one or more of the five Pakistani’s vouched by Wasserman Schultz.
Included is Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), recently mentioned as a possible Dem candidate for president, and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who employed the Pakistani’s while she served in the House on committees dealing with the armed services, oversight and Benghazi.
One of the Pakistanis, Imran Awan, knew Wasserman Schultz’s passwords, and it is likely the others knew the passwords of the other House members.
Remember, the Pakistani’s were being paid nearly $160,000 a year, about three times the average House IT staff salary, and tracks with congressional salaries.
By now, I’m sure you recognize the seriousness of this matter, yet The New York Times gave it a big ho-hum, suggesting it may be nothing more than an “overblown Washington story, typical of midsummer.” Kimberly A. Strassel, columnist for The Wall Street Journal thinks otherwise. “Because based on what we already know, the Awan story is – at the very least – a tale of massive government incompetence that seemingly allowed a family of accused swindlers to bilk federal taxpayers out of millions and even put national secrets at risk,” she writes.
ANOTHER EPA REGULATOR RESIGNS – Elizabeth “Betsy” Southerland a 30-year EPA swamp inhabitant, resigned her post as director of science and technology in the Office of Water, and did so with a three-page, single-spaced letter outlining the achievements of the EPA during her stint and admonishments of President Trump and new EPA head Scott Pruitt.
While claiming “the environmental field is suffering from the temporary triumph of myth over truth,” it’s supposed to be her Parthian shot, according to Breitbart.com, “a damning indictment of the decline of a once-great institution under the wicked Donald Trump and his sinister henchman EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. But, actually, it tells you more about the weird, reality-denying mindset that prevails among inhabitants of the swamp.”
One portion of her letter makes one ask if Southerland knows the truth. “The truth is there is NO war on coal, there is not economic crisis caused by environmental protection, and climate change IS caused by man’s activities,” she wrote.
No war on coal? In 2008, former President Obama said, “If somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant, they can. It’s just that it (we) will bankrupt them.” That was followed by a reduction in coal demand, a loss of nearly 50,00 coal industry jobs
No economic crisis caused by environmental protection? In 2012, it was estimated that EPA regulations cost the U.S. economy $352 billion
And finally, climate change IS caused by man’s activities. There is no credible evidence of that. “It speaks volumes about the scale of the arrogance and bureaucratic overreach which President Trump is currently in the business of trying to combat. By pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, he has stopped the outflow of taxpayer money to address global warming that reached $1.5 billion under Obama.
Southerland may be leaving the EPA, but somehow, I think this 30-year bureaucrat will surface in another job in the Washington swamp.
LYNCH-CLINTON MEETING ON THE PHOENIX TARMAC – Thanks to the persistent pressure of Tom Fitton at Judicial Watch, he has finally received a great number of documents from his filings of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) queries, including 1,606 State Department pages and 417 pages covering the meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton. Documents that former FBI Director James Comey said did not exist. As it turns out, I understand that there’s a recording of the Lynch-Clinton conversation.
A treasure trove of information was revealed. Fitton learned that former Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik, a longtime friend of John Podesta and a Hillary Clinton donor, was called in to assist with “public relations issues.” The resulting talking points were heavily redacted in the released documents. Fitton is now attempting to obtain unredacted pages.
In one of Hillary advisor Huma Abedin’s documents show Clinton or her staff expressing interest in visiting Hugo Chavez and Kim Jung II. Can you imagine what the media would do with that if it were Trump and his staff?
Writing about the Trump administration’s response to FOIA queries, Fitton said, “We aren’t encouraged. One must wonder if Obama holdovers at the Department of Justice are still calling the shots, or whether President Trump’s appointees simply don’t care about battling government corruption and enforcing the law.”
As I write this post, the vaunted New York Times and Washington Post have not published news of Judicial Watch’s FOIA success.
HOW WOULD YOU REACT if you learned, while talking to the head of another country, that your predecessor negotiated a foolish deal with that leader? A deal, incidentally, not agreed upon by Congress?
While the gist of the testy conversation President Trump had with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull on Feb. 2, 2017 was covered by the media at the time, this week, a treasonist anti-Trumper in the administration leaked that transcript and another with the president of Mexico, and the media reveled in more embarrassing news to report on the president.
Upon learning during the phone call that former President Obama had agreed to accept 1,250 refugees being held in an Australian detention center, President Trump expressed his displeasure, calling it a “dumb deal.” The majority of the refugees are from Iraq and Iran. I have been unable to find out the status of Trump’s agreement to honor the deal.
I believe President Trump’s reaction was normal, but the media is trying to paint him as irrational and unstable.