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Newt Gingrich SNAPS on Joe Biden after plot to JAIL Donald Trump EXPOSED:
"He'c clearly cognitively disadvantaged… I personally think Obama runs the Administration— not Joe Biden… The depth of corruption is breathtaking." pic.twitter.com/hJKm1GIgko
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) August 28, 2023
None of our leaders are punished for lying. Instead, regular people are punished for telling the truth. That was part of our conversation with Hungarian leader Balázs Orbán. It happened immediately after our speech in Budapest. Watch. pic.twitter.com/HpWDBJFS6W
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) August 28, 2023
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— Scott Ritter (@RealScottRitter) August 28, 2023
Fox News guest PERFECTLY summarises the World Economic Forum's 'Great Reset' agenda, in just one minute:
"The WEF is a fanatical political organisation that uses fear and manipulation, like Covid hysteria, like the hoax of global warming, to really facilitate people thinking… pic.twitter.com/YXB7nrsQCj
— Wide Awake Media (@wideawake_media) August 28, 2023
Lyndsey Graham and Pocahontas went to Kiev last week, and all of a sudden we absolutely must have elections in Ukraine. Where most parties are banned as is most of the media. Does the US seek to consolidate Zelensky’s power, or to get rid of him? Does he want to get out while he can?
I broke up the first article into two pieces.
Zelensky’s words differ greatly from the stance he voiced in May and later, in June, that elections would be possible only when hostilities are over. In mid-August, the Ukrainian president extended martial law for 90 days, until November 15. Normally, the Ukrainian parliamentary elections should have taken place no later than October 29, 2023, and presidential elections early next year. Zelensky’s apparent “change of heart” came after the visit of a bipartisan delegation of American lawmakers led by influential Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on August 23. Graham and his Democratic counterparts, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Elizabeth Warren, met Zelensky in Kiev and made it clear to him that he should hold presidential elections in 2024. “We need an election in Ukraine next year. I want to see this country have a free and fair election even while it is under assault,” Graham told reporters during a briefing in Kiev. The GOP senator claimed that Ukraine “has changed” because “in the past it was a very corrupt country,” but now “Ukrainians are not profiting” from US aid.
“And I believe that it is time for Ukraine to take the next step in the development of democracy, namely to hold elections in 2024,” Graham reiterated. It’s not the first time Western leaders have urged the Kiev regime to hold elections: in mid-May, Tiny Kox, the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) stated that Ukraine must hold parliamentary and presidential elections despite martial law being in effect. In response, Oleksii Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), told the European body at the time: “I want to stress that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has to realize that we have our own Constitution and our own laws, which we must observe.” Speaking to the Washington Post at the time, Zelensky summed up: “If we have martial law, we cannot have elections. … If there is no martial law, then there will be [elections].”
“Zelensky and his inner circle – Oleksii Danilov, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and Coordinator of the Presidential Staff, firmly rejected any request to hold elections,” Dr. Marco Marsili, associate fellow at the Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis and former public official and election observer for the OSCE/ODIHR, told Sputnik. “These people, they do not want to lose power under any circumstances. The World Bank’s recently estimated reconstruction and recovery costs in Ukraine up to US $411 billion (equivalent of €383 billion), 2.6 times the country’s estimated 2022 GDP. An opportunity too good to miss.” “Tiny Kox, the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe of which Ukraine is a member, hopes that Ukraine will hold presidential and parliamentary elections, as nothing prevents for organizing them, except the Constitution and the government that, by renewing the martial law, creates the legal conditions for suspending the popular vote, according to the fundamental law. The Verkhovna Rada may simply amend the Constitution or introduce an exception in the martial law in order to carry out elections,” the researcher emphasized.
Zelensky has a competitor, Serhiy Prytula. Who is, you can’t make it up, a Ukrainian actor and stand-up comedian, who belongs to a different oligarch.
It appears that Zelensky was forced to bow down to US congressmen’s insistence on holding the elections even though the timing does not look perfect: the botched Ukrainian counteroffensive and gargantuan losses on the battlefield don’t play into the hands of the Ukrainian incumbent and his entourage. International military observers doubt that the Kiev regime has any chance of tipping the balance in its favor. But that is not all. “Despite the ban of 11 pro-Russian parties, including OPZZh (Opposition Platform-For Life), once the second largest party in the nation and the largest pro-Russian party in the country, Zelensky faces the growing support that Serhiy Prytula is gaining,” said Marsili. “Obviously, in a democratic election there shouldn’t be any parties that are not allowed to participate, like pro-Russian parties. The majority of the population may want a negotiated solution to the conflict – war is never popular, and a travel ban was introduced in Ukraine to avoid the fleeing of conscripts.”
The question then arises as to why the US lawmakers as well as PACE politicians are pushing for elections in Kiev. Some Russian and Ukrainian observers believe that it’s not actually the democratic values that are at play in Ukraine but theearthly and vested interests of Kiev’s Western patrons. Per Russian political observers, the US foreign policy establishment has some sort of “Zelensky fatigue.” The Zelensky cabinet is not easy to deal with; the Ukrainian president is trying to twist Washington’s hand into providing more weapons and money which Team Zelensky is reportedly routinely embezzling. In April, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh cited the CIA’s estimates that Zelensky and his entourage embezzled at least $400 million From US aid in 2022 alone.
In addition, Russian observers suggest that London’s influence on Kiev is still stronger than that of Washington. That’s why US policymakers are seeking to either make Zelensky “more agreeable” given that the elections pose a certain challenge to him or replace him with another political figure altogether. According to the observers, a likely US favorite in the Ukrainian potential presidential race is Serhiy Prytula. Prytula is a Ukrainian actor and stand-up comedian who switched to politics after 2019. He is named as an initiator of the “People’s Bayraktar” project and campaigns to gather money for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The Ukrainian press earlier reported that Prytula’s political campaign is a brainchild of Victor Pinchuk, an influential Ukrainian oligarch famous for his longstanding ties to the Clinton political dynasty.
Between 2008 and 2021, Prytula worked for Ukrainian TV channel “Novy Kanal”, the ultimate beneficiary of which is Victor Pinchuk and his wife Olena Franchuk, daughter of the second president of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma. Some observers suggest that the way Prytula is still being “advertised” by Pinchuk replicates Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky’s project of bringing comedian Zelensky to power in Ukraine. Some Ukrainian observers, most notably Tatyana Montyan, a Ukrainian lawyer and former politician, appear to hold a different stance: she presumed on her Telegram account that the US foreign policy establishment does not want to get rid of Zelensky in whom they have already invested a lot.
“I am not asking for anything. I will not conduct an election on credit. Neither will I take money out of [funding for] arms and hand it out for an election..”
Westerners calling for Ukraine to hold elections during the conflict with Russia should be prepared to pay millions of dollars and “take risks” on the front line to ensure that ballots are legitimate, President Vladimir Zelensky has said. Speaking during a TV interview on Sunday, Zelensky addressed criticism in the West over the suspension of democratic processes in Ukraine and suggested a price tag for holding a presidential election next year. The Ukrainian leader specifically referenced comments by US Senator Lindsey Graham during his visit to Kiev last week. “I asked him: are you prepared to give me five billion?” Zelensky said, describing his conversation with the US politician. Zelensky did not clarify the currency he was referring to, but the value in Ukrainian hryvnia would equate to around $135 million.
The amount would also tally with a recent estimate by the Ukrainian authorities on how much it would cost to hold a presidential election next year. Zelensky further suggested that the level of assistance required may be even higher. “I am not asking for anything. I will not conduct an election on credit. Neither will I take money out of [funding for] arms and hand it out for an election,” the Ukrainian leader insisted. “The most important thing is: let us take risks together then, how else? Observers [of the election] will have to be in the trenches,” he added. Ukraine cannot legally hold elections under martial law. Graham discussed the situation during a press briefing in Kiev, saying: “I want to see this country have a free and fair election even while it is under assault.” Zelensky claimed he had explained the situation to the US senator, who supposedly agreed with his reasoning.
The Republican is a vocal advocate of arming and funding Kiev, and stated last year that with support, Ukraine “will fight to the last person” against Russia, describing it as the right “structural path.” Zelensky said he would not oppose an election, provided that Western nations are willing to extend the necessary funding and risk lives, and if the Ukrainian parliament amends the law accordingly. Ukraine faced accusations that its democratic institutions were being eroded long before hostilities with Russia broke out in February 2022. Zelensky’s government has cracked down on opposition parties and media, claiming the steps were necessary to curb Moscow’s influence inside the country. During his TV interview on Sunday, the Ukrainian leader suggested that criticism over the absence of elections was a ploy to undermine US support for Kiev.
If he launches attacks inside Russia…
Kiev would risk losing international support if its conflict with Moscow spilled over into Russian territory, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has claimed. Russian officials have accused Ukraine of launching numerous “terrorist attacks” inside their country, including on Moscow. In a TV interview on Sunday, Zelensky insisted that Ukraine is prepared for a “long fight” against Russia, provided it could mitigate the level of casualties. When asked by journalist Natalia Moseichuk if the conflict should “move to the territory of Russia,” the Ukrainian leader responded: “That would pose a great risk that we would be left alone.”
Kiev insists that it only attacks military targets inside regions that it claims sovereignty over, such as the Crimean Peninsula, and denies conducting strikes on Russian territory. That stance contradicts regular attacks on border regions as well as kamikaze drone raids deeper inside Russia, which Moscow has blamed on Kiev’s forces. The Ukrainian role in launching drone strikes on Russia as well as alleged Western complicity was highlighted in a report by The Economist on Sunday. According to the British news magazine, foreign sponsors provide intelligence to Ukrainian planners, while “Russia cannot lock down the entirety of its vast territory.”
The Ukrainian drone program has no single command but is backed by the government, the article claimed. While the arrangement fosters competition, it also means that “some of the operations targeting Moscow appear to be PR projects designed to bring a prototype to the attention of procurement bosses, rather than having military value,” the outlet reported. Moscow has long warned that by supplying increasingly advanced military capabilities to Kiev, Western nations are dragging themselves deeper into the conflict and risking escalation. Russia perceives the hostilities as part of a larger Western proxy war waged against Moscow. Washington has openly declared that it wants Russia to suffer a “strategic defeat” in the conflict with Ukraine.
The US will provide long-term military aid to Kiev similar to the type of support that Washington extends to Israel, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has claimed. A potential leadership change in the White House would not affect that commitment, the Ukrainian leader insisted. During a TV interview on Sunday, Zelensky outlined the security guarantees that Ukraine is seeking from the US and its allies on its “path to NATO.” Leaders of the US-led military bloc failed to offer Ukraine a roadmap to membership at a summit in Lithuania last month, although G7 nations promised continued assistance. “We will definitely have an Israeli model, the one which has weapons, technologies, training, funding, etc,” Zelensky said.
Israel has been the biggest recipient of US foreign military aid since World War II, although annual allocations for Ukraine have surpassed those offered to West Jerusalem since hostilities between Moscow and Kiev erupted last year. The Middle Eastern nation is not part of NATO, meaning members of the bloc are not legally obliged to come to its defense in the event of attack. Washington, however, has described its commitments to Israeli security as “ironclad.” When asked by interviewer Natalia Moseichuk if Western security guarantees to Ukraine would survive a possible change of leadership in Washington, Zelensky was adamant that they would. “Those are things that are voted for in the [US] Congress,” he said, adding that similar agreements with European countries would likewise be ratified by their national legislatures.
Leadership changes in the US have previously resulted in Washington abandoning international commitments. The administration of former President Donald Trump infamously pulled out of the JCPOA, an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear industry which was widely considered a major diplomatic achievement under Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama. Western media have suggested in recent weeks that the US will not sustain its current level of support for Kiev next year, when Democratic leader Biden will be fighting for a second presidential term. Several Republican candidates have called for aid to Ukraine to be scrapped altogether, or at least reduced and subjected to stronger scrutiny. The list of critics includes Trump, who currently leads the race for the Republican nomination, according to opinion polls.
“..a conflict only the very foolish could now believe will be won with a handful of 50-year-old fighter jets.”
It’s important to pay attention to where information about the reality of the F-16s’ potential deployment comes from. That’s why, when US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Mark Milley warned that the planes won’t act as a “magic weapon” for Ukraine, many sober, nonaligned analysts took note. Milley pulled no punches as he tried to pour some cold water on Kiev’s expectations regarding the aging jet. “The Russians have 1,000 fourth-generation fighters,” said the general following a meeting of the multinational Ukraine Defense Contact Group in May. “If you’re gonna contest Russia in the air, you’re gonna need a substantial amount of fourth- and fifth-generation fighters, so if you look at the cost curve and do the analysis, the smartest thing to have done is exactly what we did do, which is provide a significant amount of integrated air defenses to cover the battlespace and deny the Russians the airspace.”
It seems that when a message isn’t playing to the narrative, the message gets conveniently shelved. General Milley’s comments are a sobering reminder of the undeniable battlefield reality, a truth routinely lost on Zelensky and company as the PR prerogative trumps the strategic reality on the ground yet again in Kiev. Interestingly, Milley also addressed the huge costs associated with the provision of the F-16 to Ukraine: “If you look at the F-16, ten F-16s cost a billion dollars, the sustainment cost [is] another billion dollars, so you’re talking about $2 billion for ten aircraft.” He also suggested that if the cash sent to Ukraine so far had been spent on this type of weapon, not on artillery and air defense, Kiev would be in a much worse position than it is today. “There are no magic weapons in war, F-16s are not and neither is anything else,” he said.
Of course, the blunt and, from a Ukrainian point of view, dismal reality is that Ukraine’s dilapidated infrastructure can’t even begin to accommodate these complex jets. Ukraine has no appropriate training facilities on its soil, and a mere eight Ukrainian pilots have begun training in Denmark. More are set to start the process in the US in October, but it would take years of preparation to have adequate pilots in any meaningful numbers. Another fact glossed over by Kiev is that the F-16s, should they ever get as far as Ukraine, will need a lot of ground maintenance infrastructure and highly complex logistical support, all of which would have to be deployed into what is essentially a war zone. No one on the NATO team seems to want to address the minor detail that the Russian Air Force will be hunting both the jets and the infrastructure from day one – another inconvenient reality conveniently ignored.
[..] While it now seems obvious that the actual provision of F-16s to Ukraine is probably nothing more than a far-off mirage, many now see the jet in the context where it actually belongs – as another NATO castoff cynically dumped into Ukraine by Washington’s allies on the promise of higher-tech replacements by a cash-hungry Uncle Sam. But given the dire performance of Western hardware on the battlefield so far, it will surprise no one if the US ultimately cans the entire project rather than suffer the embarrassing, and inevitable, images of burning F-16s joining those of American Bradleys and MaxxPros in the fields of southern and eastern Ukraine. So as the increasingly uneasy architects of this catastrophic conflict finally begin to accept that this all only ends one way, they’re likely to string Kiev along for as long as possible when it comes to the illusive F-16s, just like they’ve been doing with their promises of EU and NATO membership. Let’s not forget, it was those very same hollow promises that set Ukraine on the road to this devastating conflict with Russia, a conflict only the very foolish could now believe will be won with a handful of 50-year-old fighter jets.
How far off is general mobilization?
One of the Ukrainian recruits sent by Kiev to Germany for training in the use of Western weapons in the conflict with Russia was 71 years old, the Financial Times has reported. The elderly man in question had volunteered to join the Ukrainian military, the British outlet reported on Monday. NATO instructors working at a military base near Klietz in northeastern Germany told the FT that they were impressed by the “tremendous motivation” of their Ukrainian trainees. However, they also pointed out that that the age and ability of Kiev’s troops arriving in Europe to learn arms usage “varies widely.” Ukrainian commanders on the front line often prefer to keep their best soldiers in the trenches with them instead of sending them for training abroad, the instructors complained.
Nick Reynolds, a research fellow in land warfare at British defense and security think tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), told the FT that on many occasions the military training provided by the West has not met Kiev’s expectations. Ukraine wants its troops to exercise with tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and drones, in conditions that match those on the actual battlefield but which can also be risky for the service personnel involved, Reynolds pointed out. However, European nations have low tolerance for training accidents, and this approach “doesn’t mesh well with [Kiev’s] requirements for trainees,” he explained.
One of the German trainers reported that he’s had some tensions with older Ukrainian commanders, who’d received their military education in Soviet times and “think they know better.” But “challenge number one” for the European program to teach the Ukrainian troops to use Western equipment is the lack of interpreters, Martin Bonn, a Dutch brigadier general who is deputy head of the multinational EU training mission, told FT. “The big challenge is the translation of words used in a military or technical context … words no one uses in everyday life,” Bonn said.
Language problems have also reportedly impeded the training of Ukrainian pilots to fly US-designed F-16 fighter jets, a program currently underway in Denmark. Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh warned last week that Washington won’t greenlight the transfer of F-16s to Kiev by European countries until the Ukrainian airmen learn to speak English properly. Moscow has repeatedly warned that deliveries of weapons to Ukraine by the US and its European allies only prolongs the fighting and increases the risk of a direct confrontation between Russia and NATO. According to Russian officials, the supply of arms and training to Kiev’s troops, as well as intelligence-sharing, means that Western nations are already de-facto parties to the conflict.
Moldova, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina
The EU should focus on enlargement as one of its strategic goals in the coming years, European Council President Charles Michel is set to declare, according to the Financial Times. The British daily claims to have obtained an exclusive preview of what the Council chief will propose at a speech in Slovenia on Monday. Michel will reportedly call on the bloc to be ready to add new members by 2030 while “the window of opportunity is open.” “If we want to be credible, we must talk about timing,” Michel’s speech notes say, according to the FT. “As we prepare the EU’s next strategic agenda, we must set ourselves a clear goal… we must be ready, on both sides, by 2030 to enlarge.”
“We must now address enlargement as one of our major challenges. Both for the EU and for its future member states,” the European Council president will supposedly tell attendees at the Bled Strategic Forum, which will include leaders from EU candidate countries such as Moldova, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s expected that EU leaders will hold their next discussion on expansion in early October at a summit in the Spanish city of Granada. However, as noted by the FT, some in the bloc are concerned that going from the current 27 member states to over 30 could put a significant strain on the EU’s budget and complicate agricultural policy, regional aid, and decision-making processes.
In recent years Brussels has officially accepted Ukraine, Moldova and Albania as candidate countries, and launched a debate on whether to allow as many as eight countries to join in the foreseeable future. Since obtaining candidate status last year following the launch of Russia’s military campaign, Ukraine has been pushing the bloc to launch accession talks as soon as possible, preferably before the end of 2023. However, while some EU members – notably Germany – have said they are ready to support Ukraine in its bid to join the bloc, others have stressed that the process could take years, if not decades, as Kiev has yet to meet a number of necessary goals and pass reforms tackling corruption, oligarchs, human rights and the rule of law.
Time to do something, McCarthy, talk is cheap.
Republican Congress leader Kevin McCarthy has condemned the “culture of corruption” shot through President Joe Biden’s family. In a TV news interview on Sunday, the House of Representatives speaker laid into the Democrat chief over the long list of revelations about how his son Hunter’s foreign business dealings — including alleged influence-peddling — linked back to the former senator and vice-president. “It looks like a culture of corruption that’s been happening within the entire Biden family,” McCarthy charged. “The American public deserves an answer. Who’s lying? What information went on? Who paid and what foreign governments?” The Republican pointed out that Biden’s repeated claim that he had no involvement or even knowledge of his son’s business dealings was now exposed as a lie.
“Only because Republicans took the majority have we found out what President Biden told us when he was running for office is not true,” McCarthy said. “We’ve now found out that not only did he call in to the meetings, he went to dinner. And after the dinner, Hunter Biden got a new Porsche that there was $3.5 million transferred.” The extensive network of graft uncovered so far implicates most of the Biden family, the Republican stressed. “We now found out as he was a sitting vice president, the family created 20 shell companies,” McCarthy noted. “They received 16 or 17 payments from Romania while he was vice president. We now found that the money would flow to nine family members.” The Republican also slammed the Biden administration and the federal agencies under its control for letting Hunter Biden escape a series of indictable charges.
“The special prosecutor David Weiss, actually let the statute of limitations run out on Hunter Biden’s taxes. We found that the FBI actually informed Hunter Biden and the inaugural committee prior to our ability to go and interview him,” McCarthy said. “We also have a DOJ that gave us tried to give a sweetheart deal to Hunter Biden, and the judge said no.” The Congress leader reiterated his threat to begin impeachment proceedings against Biden. “If you look at all the information we’ve been able to gather so far, it is a natural step forward that you would have to go to an impeachment inquiry,” McCarthy stressed. “That provides Congress the apex of legal power to get all the information they need.””We have an attorney general that could have lied to the American public… now named a special prosecutor,” along with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) whistle-blowers who “have come forward that show that there’s two forms of justice when it comes to America,” he added.
“McCarthy said the same thing a month ago, but nothing has come of it yet.”
President Trump issued an ultimatum to Congressional Republicans Sunday, to either impeach Joe Biden or “fade into oblivion.” In a Truth Social post, Trump wrote that “well meaning” Republicans in Congress “keep talking about an Impeachment ‘Inquiry’ on Crooked Joe Biden,” but they don’t seem tone doing anything about it. “Look, the guy got bribed, he paid people off, and he wouldn’t give One Billion Dollars to Ukraine unless they ‘got rid of the Prosecutor,” Trump continued. He added, “Biden is a Stone Cold Crook-You don’t need a long INQUIRY to prove it, it’s already proven.”
“These lowlifes Impeached me TWICE (I WON!), and Indicted me FOUR TIMES – For NOTHING!” Trump urged, before demanding “Either IMPEACH the BUM, or fade into OBLIVION. THEY DID IT TO US.” Trump’s comments came after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy agains suggested that an impeachment inquiry of Biden could happen soon. In an interview with Fox News, the House Speaker said, “If you look at all the information we have been able to gather so far, it is a natural step forward that you would have to go to an impeachment inquiry.” McCarthy said the same thing a month ago, but nothing has come of it yet.
12.8 million pages.
Update (1450ET): Trump has responded to the trial date, saying on Truth Social: “Today a biased, Trump Hating Judge gave me only a two month extension, just what our corrupt government wanted, SUPER TUESDAY. I will APPEAL!” Amazing, eh?
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Obama-appointed activist Judge Tanya Chutkan – who’s behind some of the most “extreme sentencing of January 6th defendants” while “openly supporting the violent Black Lives Matter riots of 2020” – has denied a request to move Donald Trump’s federal election-interference trial until after the 2024 US election. Instead, the trial will start March 4, 2024 in what the WSJ framed as ‘seeking a balance’ between prosecutors’ request for a Jan. 2 start date, and Trump’s request to push the trial to April 2026, citing the large volume of evidence they will have to examine, as well as the historic nature of the case. Trump is the first president in US history accused of blocking the peaceful transfer of power to his successor, which his lawyers characterized as “terra incognita.”
“Never in the history of the United States have we seen a case of this magnitude go to trial in four months, and this man’s liberty and life is at stake,” said Trump attorney John Lauro on Monday. “He deserves an adequate representation. He’s no different than any American.” Chutkan, a US District Court judge in the District of Columbia, previously worked at a law firm that represented Fusion GPS, the company that helped orchestrate the Russia collusion hoax targeting former President Donald Trump. During her stint with Boies Schiller Flexner, the Democrat-friendly law firm also reportedly represented Clinton Cabal foot soldier Huma Abedin, the former wife of disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner. “Special counsel Jack Smith charged Trump with four crimes on August 1st, including conspiring to defraud the U.S., obstructing an official proceeding and conspiring against the rights of voters, per the Journal.
The indictment points to actions leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump’s supporters. Trump has denied wrongdoing and accused prosecutors of pursuing him to undermine his bid to return to the White House. One of Smith’s prosecutors, Molly Gaston, acknowledged that the discovery evidence so far amounts to 12.8 million pages, but said most of it had already been turned over to or previously reviewed by the defense. At least 25% of those pages are associated with Trump’s campaign and political-action committee, more than three million came from the U.S. Secret Service, and hundreds of thousands came from publicly available litigation, Gaston said. -WSJ”
“Deranged Jack Smith & his team of Thugs, who were caught going to the White House just prior to Indicting the 45th President of the United States (an absolute No No!), have been working on this Witch Hunt for almost 3 years, but decided to bring it smack in the middle of Crooked Joe Biden’s Political Opponent’s campaign against him..”
Former President Donald Trump’s federal trial on charges that he unlawfully tried to remain in power following his 2020 election loss to Joe Biden will begin March 4, a judge here ruled Monday. US District Judge Tanya Chutkan set proceedings to begin one day before Super Tuesday, when Republican voters in 15 states and territories go to the polls to select their choice to be the party’s 2024 presidential candidate. “After considering the parties’ briefs and arguments, I find that a trial beginning on March 4, 2024, would give the defense adequate time to prepare for trial and ensure the public’s interest in seeing this case resolved in a timely manner,” she said. While the trial date was set for two months after the prosecution’s proposed start of Jan. 2, Trump’s presidential campaign argued that the timing still “deprives” Trump of his “right to a fair trial, a seminal bedrock of America.”
“From setting a trial date for the day before ‘Super Tuesday’ to sending a fundraising email the moment of President Trump’s processing in Fulton County, the Biden regime is no longer hiding its nakedly political motivations,” read an unsigned statement from the campaign. The trial in the nation’s capital is set to start three weeks before Trump is due in Manhattan on charges related to payouts to porn star Stormy Daniels – despite both sides in the federal trial estimating they would each need up to six weeks to present their cases. It was not immediately clear Monday whether the Manhattan case would be rescheduled, though Chutkan said she had notified the New York judge, Juan Merchan, of her intention before handing down her ruling.
Trump was indicted in federal court Aug. 1 for allegedly making “knowingly false” claims of voter fraud, signing off on a scheme to submit fraudulent slates of electors to Congress, and sending rioters to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in a desperate ploy to remain president. He faces four counts — conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding and conspiracy against rights – and could be sentenced to up to 55 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
“Deranged Jack Smith & his team of Thugs, who were caught going to the White House just prior to Indicting the 45th President of the United States (an absolute No No!), have been working on this Witch Hunt for almost 3 years, but decided to bring it smack in the middle of Crooked Joe Biden’s Political Opponent’s campaign against him,” Trump raged on Truth Social Monday. “Election Interference! Today a biased, Trump Hating Judge gave me only a two month extension, just what our corrupt government wanted, SUPER TUESDAY. I will APPEAL!” The former president’s defense team had pushed for a trial start date in April 2026, with attorney John Lauro charging the feds wanted “a show trial, not a fair trial.” Lauro also argued that he and his team needed to “absorb a gargantuan amount of facts” in discovery before he could provide an effective defense.
Prosecutor Molly Gaston argued in response that more than 60% of 12.8 million pages of discovery came from sources to which the Trump team already had access – including tweets, videos and statements by the former president himself. At one point in the hearing, Lauro spent 15 minutes haranguing Chutkan to grant the April 2026 trial date, punctuating his words by slamming his finger on his lectern. “Let’s take the temperature down a moment here,” Chutkan told Lauro. “I want to know, despite the rhetoric in your response, realistically why you need this time.” “Respectfully, what I’m saying is not rhetoric; it’s in defense of the Constitution and my client,” Lauro replied. “… I am saying without question that we cannot be ready under the circumstances of this case until we have a reasonable amount of time [to review evidence] consistent with justice.”
“How is it possible that President Obama didn’t know what the Bidens were up to? (The Intel Community can’t be that incompetent.) You see how ugly this thing could get?”
Speaker McCarthy has to form an actual impeachment inquiry committee. (If he tries to demur, there could be a new Speaker of the House in short order.) That committee will entertain witnesses, including figures in Justice Department who have been reluctant to discuss these matters previously. This might entail a Part B of the inquiry: the blatant obstructions of justice by DOJ officials in the long-running case on various charges against Hunter Biden, as supervised by federal attorney in Delaware, now Special Counsel, David Weiss. Mr. Weiss dawdled so strenuously for five years that he let the statute of limitations run out on the major tax evasion charges, while he ignored all the allegations of Hunter’s FARA violations in seeking money from officials of many foreign governments.
There’s reason to believe that botching that case was well-coordinated with help from the Biden family DOJ “mole,” one Alexander S. Mackler, who had served as Senator Joe Biden’s press secretary in 2007-08, was campaign manager in 2010 for the Senator’s son, Beau Biden (deceased 2015), when he ran for Delaware Attorney General, and from 2014-16 was Deputy Counsel to Veep Joe Biden. Mr. Mackler was later inserted into the Delaware US attorney’s office as a prosecutor under David Weiss, from August 2016 to May 2019, while Hunter B’s case was under investigation. Did he function as the Bidens’ consigliere? Mr. Mackler was logged-in as a White House visitor five times after “Joe Biden” came to occupy it in 2021. Mr. Mackler is alleged to be currently serving as Chief Deputy Attorney General of Delaware (since 2019), but his name has been scrubbed by the agency’s website.
Perhaps all this will be reserved for the separate impeachments of Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Wray. Bribery, racketeering, and treason may be enough for a presidential impeachment. Would the gravity of an impeachment proceeding override witnesses’ refusal to testify on the grounds of “an ongoing investigation?” How could it not, if those investigations are themselves a subject of the inquiry? Would the mainstream news media ignore the spectacle to suppress it? They can try, and then maybe we’ll get a test of how irrelevant they’ve become. The House will surely televise the proceedings. There are too many other alt.channels that will broadcast impeachment hearings, probably led by X (formerly Twitter).
All of which raises the question: will “Joe Biden” really endure this ordeal? Or will the next thirty days be his window for exiting the scene? He is, after all, a mere prop in a show directed by others. Those others would include Barack Obama, who could easily be dragged into an inquiry about the Biden family’s criminal adventures in global money-grubbbing when Joe was Veep. How is it possible that President Obama didn’t know what the Bidens were up to? (The Intel Community can’t be that incompetent.) You see how ugly this thing could get?
In the Zhongnan Mountains in china, in a Buddhist temple,
there is this 1,400-year-old ginkgo tree,pic.twitter.com/XMVJTtSxrJ
— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) August 28, 2023
The crystal clear Dawki river in India… pic.twitter.com/9ZLg8hkTED
— The Best (@ThebestFigen) August 28, 2023
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