Cleta Mitchell: ‘The IRS Became The Enforcement Arm of the Democratic Party’ (Video)

Megyn Kelly had Washington Attorney Cleta Mitchell on the Kelly File, Monday night to talk about the new IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee that show Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings’ staff communicating with the IRS on several occasions between 2012 and 2013 about Catherine Engelbrecht’s voter integrity group, True the Vote.

Kelly noted with a degree of disgust that Cummings was on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, Sunday, where he fielded zero questions about the IRS scandal. Instead they talked about – get this -  equal pay for women! (See, over at CBS – they like to cover the tough issues … just ask Sharyl Attkisson.)

Kelly and Mitchell proceeded to review the latest evidence that Cummings colluded with the IRS to target True the Vote, and lied about it. The evidence is, frankly, overwhelming that Cummings inappropriately coordinated with the IRS to target True the Vote, even though he had no business investigating the group. 

No wonder the Democrat media complex wants to ignore the story and talk about binders full of women.

Mitchell summed up the underlying problem of the entire scandal, saying “Lois Lerner and the top brass at the IRS came to see its role as somehow the enforcement arm of the Democratic party and Democratic members of Congress, and the White House. And they began to carry out these activities – to pursue conservative groups because these politicians were demanding it. And yet all of these people – Lois Lerner – all of them – they have civil service protection. And the only difference between what happened at Watergate, when Richard Nixon asked the IRS to go after his political enemies, was when Richard Nixon asked – the IRS refused. When these Democratic politicians asked the IRS to go after these groups because they’re challenging us and we don’t like what they’re saying about us, the IRS took it upon themselves to do their bidding and to try to silence these groups.”

Because we are dealing with a criminal conspiracy masquerading as a political party.

Video: Sharyl Attkisson on CBS Bias And White House Harassment

Recently departed CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson appeared on Fox News for an interview with Howard Kurtz about her decision to end her  20-year career at the  network.

Via Hot Air: 

 

Attkisson told Kurtz that political considerations were at play, but the bigger issue is the “chilling effect” of the Obama administration on journalists, but also “corporate interest” pressure as well, which don’t tend to balance themselves out but add together. 

ATTKISSON: I didn’t run into that same kind of sentiment [at CBS] as I did in the Obama administration when I covered the Bush administration very aggressively, on its secrecy and lack of Freedom of Information responses, and its poor management of the Food and Drug Administration and the national laboratories, the Halliburton-Iraq questions of fraud. I mean, there was one thing after another. The bait-and-switch of TARP, the bank bailout program. All of those stories under Bush were met with a good reception. There were different managers as well, but no one accused me of being a mouthpiece for the liberals at that time.

Attkisson told Kurtz that the White House would pressure her to change or drop her reporting, and when that didn’t work, they worked her bosses instead. Kurtz asked how this differed from the “working the refs” actions that go on all the time in Washington, and Attkisson says that it went too far. “It’s just a lot of obfuscation, accusations, saying things are ‘phony scandals,’ ‘bogus,’ ‘not real,’ giving misinformation and false information. I mean, that’s provably true in some cases.”

 

 Kurtz will have more from the interview with Attkisson next week, including the question of the still unsolved mystery of who broke into her computer.

Why hasn’t Fox News picked Attkisson up, yet?

MORE Via Keith Koffler, White House Dossier: 

As I’ve written, it’s not just the liberal bias of reporters that has caused the soft coverage of this White House. It is an orchestrated campaign of bullying reporters for writing perfectly legitimate stories the White House doesn’t like. The idea is to either knock down the current piece or get inside the heads of reporters – and their editors or producers – and make them think twice before they write another such story.

White House officials try to portray this as the usual loud argumentation that goes on in Washington. But this not the case.

The bullying by this administration is done with such regularity and such ugly ferocity by the Obama people that normal human beings – even ones who can take a lot of abuse – can’t help but think, even subliminally, about whether they want to deal with getting cursed at, yelled at, and threatened if they write a negative story about Obama.

I believe this is a well organized strategy, and that – given the similarity of some of the attacks I’ve encountered – the Obama people are even trained how to do it.

Ultimately, this is suppression of free speech and an attempt to undermine a free press. It’s consistent with an administration that likes to rule without having to bother with Congress and that villainizes its opponents as racists, women haters, or whatever else they can think of.

And, as Attkisson is pointing out here, it’s also effective.

 

William La Jeunesse: BLM Retreated in the Face of Armed Confrontation With Citizens Militia Video)

The Bundy ranch stand-off in Nevada ended peacefully, today - unexpectedly according to Fox News reporter William La Jeunesse who reported live from the scene, earlier in the day, and was on Justice with  Judge Jeanine Pirro, Saturday night to talk about it.  La Jeunesse said he was in a conference call with officials from the BLM, Friday, and it sounded like up until that morning, the cattle seizing operation was still a go.

“They were going strong – they were seizing his cattle – about 400, they had knocked down corrals, they had knocked down fences, taken down water tanks, and this morning at 9:00 a.m., as people gathered behind me, the BLM abruptly said they were stopping operations – they were pulling out. That was unexpected. They said they were doing it for the safety of their own employees as well as the public.”

La Jeunesse said there were armed militia there, so the BLM backed off, but didn’t offer to return the cattle. Clive Bundy said he would give them one hour, and if the BLM didn’t return the cattle, they would go down to the corral, and get them, themselves. La Jeunesse said, “there was a huge confrontation on interstate 15. Two to three hundred protesters stopping traffic, Southbound, and then the highway patrol shows up, local police show up, and there is literally a confrontation – I would say an armed confrontation, because some in law enforcement had their guns out, and the private militia or citizens militia had their guns out as well. We have pictures of guys in the sniper position looking through their sights. I’m not making it up, okay?”

Pirro interviewed Scott Hagman, a Bundy family friend, who told her, “we were literally staring down assault rifles. And we moved forward on them, and pressed them in order to make them come to a different conclusion.”

Catherine Engelbrecht Slams “Lying” Elijah Cummings, Says “The Weaponization of Government is in Play” (Video)

Megyn Kelly had True the Votes’  Catherine Engelbrecht on her show, Thursday night to talk about the newly discovered emails that show collusion between the IRS and Elijah Cummings and his staff.

Kelly noted that the new information shows it’s clear that Elijah Cummings and Democrats wanted information on Engelbrecht,  yet he appeared to have denied that in the February Oversight hearing.

Engelbrecht answered, “I think I would go beyond, ‘he appears to be’ – he LIED.  He impugned me and the work of my organization and he did so with such brazenness that I think we have to call it what it is. He’s lying.

Kelly noted that the coordination between Cummings’ office and the IRS was happening while the targeting was going on.

“This is the worst of your fears confirmed,” Engelbrecht replied, choosing her words carefully. “That in fact, the weaponization of government is in play. We see the coordination between branches of government to single out citizens who are exercising their constitutional rights. Nothing more and nothing less than that – it’s outrageous.”

Megyn noted how Cummings had “initially expressed dismay” at what the IRS did to conservative groups, but not long into the investigation, he was quick to dismiss it.” She showed a clip from June 2013 when Cummings was interviewed by CNN’s Candy Crowley (who shouldn’t still have a job after Oct 2012 but whatever.) At that point, you may remember, Cummings had declared the case “solved” (as Crowley nodded her head in approval) and called it a “witch hunt.”   (I always thought there was a “thou dost protest too much” aspect to that.) Infuriated, Oversight Chair Darrell Issa had immediately released a statement calling the comments “extreme and reckless”  – a signal that “his true motivation was stopping needed Congressional oversight” and he had “no genuine interest in working, on a bipartisan basis, to expose the full truth.”

It was even worse than that. “He had something to hide!” Megyn Kelly exclaimed.

“Absolutely,” Engelbrecht agreed. “He had every reason to want to shut the investigation down before those emails that he knew existed, were revealed.  He failed in that attempt, and now the truth is coming to light, and mind you Megyn – we haven’t seen all the emails yet. We are just beginning to recognize the tip of a very ugly iceberg.”

Megyn asked, Cummings’ lie aside, what was wrong with his office requesting publicly available information on her group? Engelbrecht revealed that the emails she has seen have been heavily redacted, indicating that more than just “public information” had been disclosed. She sagely noted, “if he’s so confident that his actions were appropriate, why lie about it?”

Engelbrecht went on to say that thousands of Americans had been unjustly targeted by the government, and vowed to continue to point it out with everything she has. “This used to be a country where citizens were lauded for being engaged. And now they’re targeted,” she concluded.

MORE:

CBS News Washington DC: Cruz: Holder Should Be Impeached For ‘Defying Congress And The Rule Of Law’ In IRS Scandal:

Sen. Ted Cruz said Attorney General Eric Holder should be impeached if he doesn’t indict former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, who is linked to the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

Speaking on Sean Hannity’s radio program Thursday, the Texas Republican labeled Holder the “most partisan attorney general the country has ever had,” and added that Holder should be impeached for “defying Congress and the rule of law.” Cruz cited the attorney general’s refusal to indict anyone in the months since the inspector general found that conservative and Tea Party groups were singled out for tax purposes.

Krauthammer: WH Discriminates Against Women in Moderation (Video)

Fox News contributors Charles Krauthammer and George took turns slamming the White House for employing questionable stats in order to push Obama’s equal pay executive order.

Krauthammer ridiculed  White House press secretary Jay Carney for suggesting that the White House’s own smaller gender pay gap is evidence the White House simply discriminates in “moderation” compared to the national average.

Via Washington Free Beacon:

“Is there anybody who thinks that Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett and the other important people in this administration are deliberately discriminating against women in the White House? Of course not. In fact, when Jay Carney was asked about this he gave the remarkable answer of ‘well, that’s better than the others are doing. As if he is saying ‘well this White House discriminates against women but we discriminate in moderation.’ The correct answer is that these are not the results of deliberate discrimination by any means,” he said.

Krauthammer complained that Obama’s executive order put the burden of proof on employers should employees find a disparate impact in gender compensation and that’s “not the American way.”

George Will  added “it’s the American way if your political party is heavily dependent on the contributions of trial lawyers. That’s what this is a gift to.”

Referring to the White House’s use of the sketchy 77% statistic, Will disdainfully said Obama is acting as an “intellectual incompetent the way he’s handling as propaganda social science.”

Via Washington Free Beacon:

SEE ALSO:

The Conversation: WH ‘Roughed Up By Its Own Pay Equity Rhetoric’ (Video)

The Conversation:  Carney: Republican Opposition To Paycheck Fairness Act Just Like Their Opposition To Civil Rights

Pat Caddell: ‘The Government Is Oppressing the People” (Video)

Fox News Political Insiders Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, John LeBoutillier joined Harris Faulkner Sunday night to talk about the latest on the political grapevine – Jeb Bush’s “New GOP”, SCOTUS, Obama’s April Fools Day ObamaCare Victory speech, and Fox’s special, Enemies of the State.

Most of the show was a rather mundane discussion of the usual stale subjects, but the panel came alive during their discussion about Fox’s special, Enemies of the State.

Caddell said,  “the problem we have in this country – someone referred to it as soft authoritarianism – is  this is supposed to be a democracy, not a country where if you get out of line, the government can come after you – and the problem is, they can come after you in every possible way.  They’re also writing more and more laws, making everything criminal to in fact  intimidate and oppress the American people.  This is not freedom, folks! He went on to say that “the government is oppressing the people.”

LeBoutillier mentioned the NSA spying as another way the government is violating the rights of the people. He exclaimed,  inside the beltway, “it is a corrupt system out to screw us!”

 

 

 


Fox News Special Report: “Enemies Of The State” (Video)

Fox News aired a special, Saturday night called “Enemies of the State” which focused on everyday Americans who somehow found themselves in the crosshairs of their own government. Fox News reporter John Roberts talked to Wayne Hage, a rancher battling the Bureau of Land Management over his cattle farm.

Roberts pointed out that in one 105 day grazing season, the family was visited by government employees 70 times and received an additional 40 certified letters containing various citations and notices.

“That’s more than one visit by the government, in a sense, for every day that you are out there grazing,” Roberts said.

 

Who can forget the harassment  Gibson Guitar CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz went through with the DOJ’s weird obsession with some banned Indian wood – zeroing in on Gibson Guitars, rather than other – more union friendly guitar outfits, and extorting huge fines from Gibson to make them go away..

Harold Ham, an oil man ran into huge problems with the Regime over his enthusiasm for fracking. This is a horror story that went somewhat under the radar.

Any report on an abusive government targeting innocent Americans, would not be complete without the horrific example of what Catherine Englebrecht went through for becoming active in politics. Also featuring Washington power attorney, Cleta Mitchell.

UPDATE:

 

All videos courtesy of Mass Tea Party.

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Rand Paul: 80% of the New ObamaCare Enrollees Are Free or Subsidized (Video)

Senator Rand Paul says 80% of the 7.1 million new ObamaCare enrollees are being subsidized by those who are working. (See Obamacare enrollment in three charts for confirmation of this. Also, numbers from a RAND Corporation study suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have actually paid for new policies.)

The Kentucky Senator said in his home state, “everyone is getting healthcare but it’s all free or subsidized.”

Appearing on the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Friday night, Paul said, “the bill is going to come due at some time, and one of the ways the bill becomes due is through rising premiums – I think people are going to pay more for their insurance.” Van Susteren noted that Blue Cross/Blue Shield is already warning that sticker shocks are coming.

Paul said that this is of course why Obama has moved back the next enrollment period to  after the election.

Greta noted that at least in Kentucky, the sticker shock shouldn’t matter since most people are getting it free or subsidized.

Paul told her, “it’s even worse than that. 80% are getting Medicaid – completely free – the other 20% are getting subsidized. Almost no one in my state signed up to pay for insurance. Almost everyone signed up for free or subsidized insurance.”

He continued, “he governor of Kentucky is a big ally of Obama. He goes around saying it’s a $15,000 billion dollar stimulus for Kentucky….the money’s got to come from somewhere!”

Greta asked, “where is it coming from?”

“It’s coming from the taxpayer,” Paul answered. He  later explained that it will probably not be through raised taxes but “we will either borrow or print the money.”  He explained, “the repercussions are the same. Let’s say your goal is to to help poor people – you give them free health care. Sounds noble. But then, by printing up money to pay for it, you raise their prices at the pump, you raise the prices for their food, so as the currency loses its value they think, ‘oh I got something for free’, but then it turns out all their other stuff costs more, and in the end they say, ‘gosh, I’m still poor’ because big government doesn’t really help poor people.”

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Washington Times:  Paging Dr. Carson! GOP makes House call for surgeon to replace Obamacare:

With a major Obamacare sign-up deadline past, Republicans are turning their attention to the “replace” half of their repeal and replace strategy, hoping to make up ground lost over the past four years as they seek to show voters that they have an alternative to the president’s health care overhaul.

Retired surgeon Ben Carson sat down with the House Republican health care caucus Thursday to hash out ideas. The doctor urged lawmakers to set some deadlines of their own for writing a plan.

“It doesn’t do any good to have a lot of good ideas but not to get behind one and really push it,” said Mr. Carson, who has been mentioned as a potential Republican presidential contender.

The first enrollment period for Obamacare has ended, and President Obama has claimed success with the sign-ups of 7.1 million Americans in the federal and state health insurance exchanges set up under the law.

Democrats say the final tally means millions now have coverage thanks to provisions that prohibit caps on spending and prevent companies from denying insurance for pre-existing health conditions. They argue that a repeal by Republicans would leave all of those Americans worse off.

Republicans were already under pressure to elucidate how their vision contrasts with that of the Democrats they hope to unseat in November’s midterm elections, and to offer a realistic alternative to Obamacare.

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said this week that the party is seeking consensus around an alternative plan.

 

Doug Shoen: “Putin wants to put the Soviet Union back together, and we’re not stopping him.” (Video)

On Sunday, Sec. of State John Kerry stated that questions regarding the further federalization of Ukraine was up to Ukrainian citizens, not outside powers, following a meeting in Paris with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov,

Lavrov had stated earlier that Ukraine would not be able to function as a unified state and should push for decentralized governance that provides regions with greater autonomy.

“It is not up to us to make any decision or agreement regarding federalization. It is up to Ukrainians,” said Kerry.

Kerry also went on to condemn the presence of an estimated 40,000 Russian troops currently gathered along the Ukrainian border.

Fox News’ Political Insiders Pat Caddell, Doug “Bottom Line” Schoen, John LeBoutillier joined Harris Faulkner, Sunday evening to talk about the Kerry meeting.

Schoen shared what he called, Shoen’s Law: “Lavrov + Kerry = capitulation. Put simply, Harris, when we talk about the federalization of Ukraine, it is effectively as if we were talking about the break up of a sovereign nation – who are in the midst of a presidential election – this is unbelievable that this is going on, and I must tell you – I’m deeply concerned.”

Caddell agreed, noting that the parallels to Neville chamberlain is frightening. He suggested that what Putin said when he called Obama, was “I’m gonna need Moldavia, I’m gonna need the Balkan states…”

He continued, “this is not going to stop, and his statement, ‘I have no more territorial demands’ – it’s exactly what Adolf Hitler said.” And repeating his refrain from the past few weeks, Caddell declared, “we’re surrendering everything.”

Shoen said, “Putin wants to put the Soviet Union back together, and we’re not stopping him.”

And he continued (using his favorite phrase,  “bottom line” twice in one sentence) “Our troop levels are at their lowest levels in the last 40 years, we’re cutting our defense budget, as the Russian and Chinese are increasing their budgets by 10 – 12%. Bottom line – we’re not prepared to fight a war, we’re certainly not prepared to fight on multiple fronts…bottom line, Harris – we’re in trouble.”

In Caddell’s opinion,  Obama “appears to be committed to what is essentially unilateral disarmament.”

Around the world and at home, the Insiders noted, polling shows that the United States is seen as weaker today, than before Obama was elected.

Pat Caddell said, Obama is “the first American president I believe who does not particularly think America is an exceptional nation – and acts like it.”

Shoen agreed, “when I travel around the world and talk to people about our administration, people are confused, they’re aghast – and they believe that we are weak and without leadership.”

When the conversation moved to the latest ObamaCare delay, and the Regime’s bogus signup numbers, Caddell said, “look, all of this is basically a refusal to acknowledge that ObamaCare needs to be fixed.”

They talked about the new health care plan than that is being proposed (by Democrats) “to save their skin in the elections”, slamming the Republicans for not putting forward a plan of their own – (even though there are several good proposals out there, including a recent proposal from Senate Republicans.)

Moving on to the Republican presidential candidates, they said, “Chris Christie is in severe political distress” due to bridge-gate and Jeb Bush is profiting off of that because the GOP establishment big money bundlers are now favoring him. (insane, I know.)

“He’s running worse in the polls than anyone,” Caddell noted,  “because half the country says under no circumstances will we vote for another Bush.”

 

 

Judge Jeanine slams Obama: Putin’s Been Bitchslapping You Since the Edward Snowden Mess (Video)

Judge Jeanine unloaded on Obama in her opening statement, Saturday night, saying that he continues to fumble on the world stage, and is single-handedly bringing about the decline of America as a world power.

She declared that it has been going on since Obama took office with the finger wagging, the red lines, and removing of economic sanctions against Iran, relying on Russia to broker a deal with Syria, letting 4 American die in Benghazi etc.

“Our enemies now see us as weak and are emboldened” she complained. “All while our president trumpets the reduction of our military on the world stage.”

She continued the tongue lashing, “while Obama moves tea cups, Putin is moving soldiers and tanks.”

After noting that he took down the missile defense system in Poland with nothing in return, she asked exasperatingly, “why are you doing this? Do you even know who our enemies are? Do you know that your obligation is to protect us and protect our economy? And you say Russia is a regional power? With all due respect, Mr. President, Putin is a pig – but he’s been bitch-slapping you since the Edward Snowden mess.

Pirro spoke with the “infamous” Stephen Cohen Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies of NYU and Princeton University, who also writes at the Nation and is married to Katrina vanden Heuvel. Certainly a man of the left, he is considered by some  on the right to be a “commie apologist” and “a slavish defender of Putinism,” but he doesn’t come off that way to me.

A regular guest on the John Batchelor Show (a moderate establishment type Republican), the 76 year old Cohen has an incisive, sharp intellect, and a differing point of view that shouldn’t be breezily dismissed. He tried to explain “the other side of the story” in the brief amount of time he had with Jeanine Pirro, whom I adore, but she did seem to be a bit out of her depth with Professor Cohen.

Also check out this fascinating read by Cathy Young of Reason, in The Daily Beast, if you’d like to understand what makes “Vladimir Putin’s Best Friend in the American Media” tick.

He is a great historian of Stalinism who has been celebrated by colleagues on the left and right. So why is Stephen F. Cohen so eager to act as a propagandist for Putin?
Stephen F. Cohen, a veteran Russian scholar at New York University and Princeton, has lately gained some dubious notoriety as Vladimir Putin’s number one apologist in the ranks of American punditry. After a piece in The Nationslamming the American media for “toxic” anti-Putin reporting and a CNN appearance defending Putin’s incursion into Crimea as an attempt to protect “Russia’s traditional zones of national security,” Cohen was excoriated not just by the conservative media but by The New Republic and New York magazine. More recently, a critical but respectful feature in Newsweek dubbed him “the man who dared make Putin’s case.”

 

Pirro and Betsy McGaughey, auther of the new book, Beating ObamaCare in 2014,  discussed the latest inflated ObamaCare numbers.

She also had on Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice to discuss the Hobby Lobby religious liberty case. In Sekulow’s opinion, the Supreme Court opinion shouldn’t be close.

Video: House Homeland Security Chairman: Flight 370 Went Missing Due To ‘Intentional Deliberate Act’ – Probably In Indian Ocean

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security appeared on FOX News’ The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly to discuss the latest findings in the investigation into missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

With the dismissal by the investigative team of the possibility of mechanical malfunction, the focus of the investigation is now on the pilots, Kelly began and she asked McCaul for his thoughts.

He said that the plane’s disappearance was due to “an intentional, deliberate act” but had no ideas as to the motive – lamenting that the Malaysian government has been less than helpful on that front.

Kelly has been entertaining the theory for the past week that the plane was flown to Pakistan, but McCaul said he believes that based on all the intelligence he’s seen the plane was headed on a Southern route and it’s somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

He also said that it is still a rescue operation – not a recovery.

 

Caddell: 4 Years Later ObamaCare Is Still A Crime Against Democracy And The American People Will Never Accept It (Video)

Fox News’ Political Insiders, Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, John LeBoutillier  joined Harris Faulkner, Sunday evening to talk about the big news stories, this week – starting with the 4th Anniversary of ObamaCare.

Harris asked the Insiders how they were celebrating the anniversary.

Doug is actually in Arizona, right now -

LeBoutillier compared Obama to LBJ, who was a hands on president – working with both sides to pass contentious legislation – to how Obama passed ObamaCare (excluding Republicans – shoving it down our throats), which is why he says it is unpopular – it’s how it was birthed!

Caddell said he is doing what he always does on the anniversary of ObamaCare:  “recite what I said the night it passed;  this is a crime against Democracy – the American people will never accept it. Four years later the American people still don’t accept it – and it’s still being pushed down their throats.”

RE the polls that show that ObamaCare is still unpopular: I have to ask. Why did so many of these Americans that don’t accept ObamaCare, vote for Obama in 2012? With God as my witness, I’ll never understand how the man was reelected. When he upheld the hated individual mandate,  Justice Roberts put Obamacare in the hands of the American people to decide its fate at the ballot box on November 6, 2012.   We all know how that worked out. The voters had it within their power to repeal ObamaCare by rejecting Obama, yet he somehow won with the help of God Knows how many illegal votes.

After the break, they talked about a WSJ story that contends that friends of Hillary Clinton are concerned about her potential White House run.

Schoen and Caddell noted that if the Clintons don’t want their friends to talk – they don’t talk. So the friends are out there talking for a reason.

The Insiders also talked about Obama’s decision to abdicate control of the internet, which former president Clinton recently came out strongly against.

Pat Caddell: ‘The Government Has Decided To Surrender The Country’ (Video)

Fox News’ Political Insiders, Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, John LeBoutillier  joined Harris Faulkner, Sunday evening to talk about the big news stories, this week – starting with the missing Malaysian airliner and then moving on to the Obama administration’s decision to give up control of the internet, always leading from behind on the world stage and letting Putin eat their lunch, and finishing on domestic politics.

Caddell thought that the NSA should have some information about the missing plane given their surveillance abilities. LeBoutillier concurred, adding, ” they’re spying on Americans, they’re spying on the US Senate, but they can’t find this plane.”  He went on to note that we have the ability to track down a missing plane using modern technology: “The president should, if he hasn’t already, order the National Geo-spacial Intelligence Agency (that’s the one that does all the satellite photography) – we should be looking everywhere on this arc that this plane could be, every airstrip there, going back two months ago, to see if any extensions were built to accommodate this plane, and then we should be looking ….. that morning, at every plane that landed there. That is something we have the technology to do.”

Schoen bemoaned the administration for “not taking a leadership role. We haven’t heard from – really – anybody in our government to say we’re going to take the lead on terrorism, on air safety, air piracy…”

“They’re leading from behind, Doug!”  LeBoutillier exclaimed.

The Insiders unanimously disapproved of the Regime’s plan to give up control of the internet, calling it a huge national security risk. Schoen, said, “again, our government is silent.”

But  “it’s worse than silent”, Caddell piped in. “Let’s understand something. They do what they do all the time, which is surrender whatever advantages the country has – whichever advantages, wherever we dominate – their idea is  - we should get out, we should lead from behind, we should give it up, and just like they let Eastern Europe go, they’re letting the internet go….This government in Washington, and I hate to say, our party, has decided to surrender the country. The internet is just part of it.”

LeBoutillier called what is going on since Obama bowed out of the space race, “a pattern of retreat and psychological surrender.” And Caddell lamented that the Republican party won’t fight for any of these things.

The insiders then took turns slamming Sec. of State John Kerry for his latest weak inanities vis a vis the Ukraine.

After the break, they shared their thoughts on the Jolly win in Florida. Schoen called it an a “huge huge setback for Democrats.”

Caddell said, “this race would have been 7 points without the libertarian (which somehow the Democrats always manage to have in the race – Republicans are too stupid to have Green Party people)  but what you had there was a terrible candidate – a lobbyist for God’s sake –  running instead of an insurgent – against a candidate that almost won for Governor – was quite good and was expected to win.”

“Here’s the thing”, he continued, “Democrats said, we’ve got this slogan, we’re going to fix ObamaCare yet the Republicans let them get away with the fact that they never proposed any solutions …and on the other side the Republicans refused to have something to replace ObamaCAre with.

Video via Johnny Dollar’s Place

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Gowdy: “Lois Lerner’s ‘Project’ Was To Shut Up Conservative Voices” (Video)

Trey Gowdy appeared on Fox News’ Justice with Jeanine Pirro, Sunday night, to talk about last week’s Oversight and Reform Committee hearing with Lois Lerner. As you may recall, Gowdy had confidently predicted that Lerner would testify either last Wednesday or this Wednesday and also suggested that she would be immediately held in contempt of Congress if she didn’t.

“We expected her to testify and I spent the weekend preparing different lines of questions, Gowdy explained. “Then we learned that morning that she would again be invoking her Fifth Amendment privilege again.”

He told Pirro that Lerner seems to have had a change of heart and that it was her lawyer had initiated the email conversation about delaying her testimony by one week.

After the hearing, Lerner’s Lawyer issued a statement saying “there’s no possibility that Miss Lerner would be given a fair opportunity to speak or tell the truth.”

“That’s their excuse for taking the Fifth”, Pirro said. “Does that make sense to you?”

“No, that’s laughable,” Gowdy responded. “She talked to the Dept of Justice which is the one group that can actually put her in jail and she talked to them without any immunity and without any conditions, but she can’t talk to a group of washed up former prosecutors who can’t put her in jail.”

“What does that tell you?” Pirro asked.

“That she’s willing to go behind closed doors and talk to a bunch of DOJ prosecutors that she doesn’t think are gonna -uh- actually prosecute her, but she won’t talk to your viewers or her fellow citizens,” answered Gowdy.  “He (Obama) said there’s not a smidgen of corruption so maybe she knows something the rest of us don’t know.”

Let’s not mince words. The fix is in at Justice. They will find just enough “wrongdoing” (like Hillary’s Accountability Review Board did with Benghazi) to convince the media that they did their due diligence, but not enough to actually get to the bottom of it.

At CPAC, Cleta Mitchell said that they would hire their own private investigators to do a probe of the IRS scandal.

As for what is going to happen next, Gowdy said he believed, “we’re going to have another hearing without her presence and we’re going to try to get our Democrat colleagues to help us get her back to answer our questions.”

If she refuses to testify, Gowdy says they will hold her in contempt of Congress which requires a referral to the executive branch or US Attorney to prosecute her – that’s not going to happen. So we’ll then have to go in front of a federal judge and he can find that she waived her Fifth Amendment right and she’ll have to talk. But that’s going to be months if not years.”

The missing player in all this is the MSM which could if it wanted, put this issue on all of the front pages, putting pressure on the Regime. But  “that’s not going to happen” either.

Gowdy downplayed the drama last week between Chairman Issa and Rep. Cummings. “Well, Chairman Issa has apologized and I think that that apology was warranted – and necessary – and Mr. Cummings tells us that he was simply going to say that “if I can help you get the answers to these questions, let’s find another way to do it, and his way is a proffer – behind closed doors – but still it’s a start.”

After the break, Gowdy talked about the evidence the committee has in their possession that shows more than a smidgen of corruption.

“There are emails from Lois Lerner that says ‘maybe the FEC can save the day,’ Gowdy said. Save the day for whom?! There are emails that she got that said Democrats may be losing the Senate, and her response was, ‘that would be worse than a Republican president.’ There are emails where she said ‘we need a project but we don’t need that project to appear per se political.’”

“And Congressman,” Pirro piped in, “there are emails where she actually uses the Koch brothers’ names…she says, ‘we need to fix this now before the election.”

(Bear in mind, this was before the 2012 election. Senate Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Dingy Harry, and Kay Hagen are all hitting all the same notes about Citizens United and the Koch brothers in 2014.) The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise.

“What was she talking about there?” Pirro asked. “Shutting up conservative voices,” Gowdy answered without missing a beat. “That is exactly what this is about. She is a card carrying Democrat. She did not want the president to lose, and she did not want the Republicans to take over the Senate.

“The project was to shut up conservative voices,” Gowdy proclaimed.

Trey Gowdy on Lois Lerner’s Testimony – We Have The Evidence – She Needs To Save Herself Or Go Down In Flames

Last week, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa announced that Lois Lerner, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS, would be testifying this Wednesday about her role in the improper targeting of conservative  groups.

Issa reiterated that Lerner would testify before his Committee during an appearance yesterday on Fox News Sunday.

Despite being issued a subpoena, Lerner’s attorney said Issa doesn’t know what he’s talking about. 

 That attorney, William W. Taylor, said Issa is wrong.

“As of now, she intends to continue to assert her Fifth Amendment rights,” Taylor told POLITICO. “I do not know why Issa said what he said.”

SC Congressman Trey Gowdy, a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee was on Fox News earlier today, to clear things up.

“I’ve read the emails – they are clear and unambiguous between Chairman Issa and Miss Lerner’s attorney. They agreed to come Wednesday and they agreed to answer our questions,” Gowdy said. “She is coming Wednesday. There is no question about that.”

The caveat, apparently, is that she is asking for a one week delay. “Why she’s not ready – I can’t answer that,” Gowdy said. “She’s not prepared to answer questions from 40 different members of Congress after nine months.”

As for why she’s not prepared to testify after nine months to think about it, he said, “she knows that most of her previous comments are demonstrable false and untrue. This did not originate in Cincinnati. Remember what she said last time she testified before Congress ‘I’ve done nothing wrong, broken no laws, and broken no rules and regulations.’ All three of those comments are false.”

Gowdy promised that he planned to reveal the motive for the targeting of conservative groups whatever Wednesday she decides to come.

“She’s coming back not out of a sense of civic duty. We have the evidence,” he said. “And it’s either save yourself or go down in flames. She needs to save herself.”

See Also:

Althouse: Who put “acute political pressure” on Lois Lerner “to crack down on conservative-leaning organizations,” and why did Lerner need a “plan” to avoid “a per se political project”?

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