What Are the Libs Up to Now?
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blasted Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday after it was revealed that then-Vice President Biden had requested the unmasking of then-incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“Today, I received the shocking answer that Vice President Biden and more than a dozen Obama administration officials requested and received the power to unmask General Flynn during his phone call with the Russian ambassador,” Paul said. “The fact that Vice President Biden and all of the president’s inner circle individually requested to unmask General Flynn is very troubling.”
“Unmasking involves revealing the identity of an American’s private phone conversation without a constitutional warrant, to eavesdrop on that conversation,” Paul continued. “What makes this even more troubling is that this American was a high-ranking adviser to an incoming president of the opposite party. This is incredibly troubling and shocking that the previous administration, under President Obama, under Vice President Biden’s specific instruction, was eavesdropping on an American, an American adviser to the next president.”
“This is about eavesdropping on your opponent and eavesdropping on the new president’s top advisers,” Paul continued. “The fact that Vice President Biden is directly involved with unmasking of a political opponent – think about it. You remember we went through this thing called impeachment? They said the president was using the government to go after a political opponent? This is Vice President Biden using the spying powers of the United States to go after a political opponent; he’s caught red-handed here. Vice President Biden is caught red-handed eavesdropping on a political opponent’s phone calls.”
“This is exactly what they were accusing President Trump of – he was acquitted on those charges,” Paul added. “They have now found that Vice President Biden is guilty of using government to go after a political opponent.”
The Trump Agenda
President Trump blasted “60 Minutes” for airing what he described as an “incorrect” interview with “fake whistleblower” Dr. Rick Bright, who says he was ousted from his position as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for political reasons.
In the interview with host Norah O’Donnell, Bright, a “whistleblower” who claimed last week in front of a House subcommittee that the Trump administration pressured officials to push hydroxychloroquine and that he was ignored after warning about shortages of some medical equipment, again criticized the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic.
Ahead of Bright’s testimony in front of a subcommittee — chaired by a close ally of Bright — Trump said the “so-called” whistleblower is simply a “disgruntled employee” who is widely “not liked or respected” by people with whom he has worked.
“I don’t know the so-called Whistleblower Rick Bright, never met him or even heard of him, but to me he is a disgruntled employee, not liked or respected by people I spoke to and who, with his attitude, should no longer be working for our government!” Trump tweeted ahead of Bright’s testimony Thursday.
“[60 Minutes] & third place anchor, [Norah O’Donnell], are doing everything in their power to demean our Country, much to the benefit of the Radical Left Democrats,” Trump wrote in a tweet thread Sunday. “Tonight they put on yet another Fake ‘Whistleblower’, a disgruntled employee who supports Dems, fabricates stories, & spews lies.”
“[60 Minutes] report was incorrect, which they couldn’t care less about. Fake News!” he continued.
The United States Department of Justice has reportedly issued grand jury subpoenas to big banks seeking information about how they distributed emergency coronavirus funds that were intended to keep small businesses afloat during the pandemic.
Reuters reported that the move was “part of a broader investigation into potential abuse” of the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
“The previously unreported subpoenas issued by the department’s Washington fraud division do not necessarily indicate wrongdoing on the part of the banks, but will compound growing worries among lenders that they risk being swept up in a federal crackdown on Paycheck Protection Program fraud,” Reuters reported. “The Justice Department opened a probe into the program last month and has already brought criminal charges against borrowers it alleges lied about the state of their businesses and numbers of employees.”
In Other News
A Saudi aviation student who opened fire on Naval Air Station Pensacola last December, leaving three airmen dead, had been in contact with the international terrorist organization, Al Qaeda, before the attack, the FBI revealed Monday.
Fox News reports that the shooter, who was one of several Saudi aviation students studying alongside American airmen at the air base in Florida, was known to have expressed anti-American sentiments online, but this is, reportedly, the first concrete link investigators have found to international terror networks.
The FBI found the connection after requesting help from Apple and others to unlock the shooter’s phone. Investigators, Fox News says, eventually “broke through the encryption” and discovered that the shooter had been communicating with members of Al Qaeda.
“The FBI, following the Dec. 6 shooting, had asked Apple for help in accessing data from a pair of iPhones owned by the gunman, as investigators had been unsuccessful in unlocking the devices,” Fox News said Monday. “It is not immediately clear if Apple gave in, or if the FBI was able to find another way to search the phone’s contents.”
CNN reports that the breakthrough ended a “standoff” between Apple and the Justice Department, implying that the technology behemoth’s cooperation was, ultimately, not required. Apple would only provide the Justice Department with access to the shooter’s iCloud account and other data stored on Apple’s servers but would not break the encryption on the shooter’s phone.
Back in January, just after the incident, Attorney General William Barr called the shooting an act of “terrorism,” suggesting that the shooter had jihadist objectives. Barr told a press conference that the shooter was “motivated by jihadist ideology” and that “during the course of the investigation, we learned that the shooter posted a message on September 11 stating, ‘the countdown has begun.’”
If there does prove to be a concrete connection between the Pensacola shooter and international Al Qaeda, it would mark a big milestone: the first time a jihadist has carried out a deadly attack on United States soil since September 11, 2001.