Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Crime

Trump Declines Minnesota’s Request for $500 Million to Rebuild Minneapolis Following Riots

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 13, 2020:  

A spokesman for Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said on Friday that Walz’s request for federal funds to rebuild Minneapolis following the George Floyd-inspired riots was denied: “The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support. As we navigate one of the most difficult periods in our state’s history, we look[ed] for support from our federal government to help us through.”

Walz wanted Trump to declare the state a major disaster area, allowing for federal funds to become available. He wrote: “I request that you declare a major disaster for the State of Minnesota because of the extensive fire damage to public infrastructure caused by civil unrest.”

He complained:

Beginning on May 27, individuals bent on destruction infiltrated otherwise peaceful protests and began to incite violence and vandalism.… Deliberately set fires were used to wantonly destroy local businesses, public buildings, and other property.

 

Nearly 1,500 businesses in the Twin Cities [Minneapolis/St. Paul] were damaged … with estimates of property damage … now upwards of $500,000,000….

 

The resources of local, tribal, county and state governments were already stretched thin….

 

We now face a $2.4 billion projected deficit.

FEMA explained its decision:

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Attorney General Announces Nationwide “Operation Legend” to Combat Violent Crime, Beginning in Kansas City

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, July 11, 2020: 

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas first learned of “Operation Legend” on Twitter on Wednesday:

I learned on Twitter this afternoon that the Department of Justice plans to send federal investigators to Kansas City as support for unsolved homicide and non-fatal shooting investigations.

 

As I understand the Department’s plan, any outside help will not be used for regular policing or patrol activities [but] solely to clear unsolved murders and shootings.

 

I plan and hope to learn more about this effort over the days ahead.

Apparently the program was cobbled together at the last minute to respond to the request of Kansas Governor Mike Parson for some help. Parson heard that the president was offering help to any state or city that needed it, and when Parson responded, the operation was assembled.

On ABC News on Friday Attorney General William Barr explained:

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Judge Refuses to Dismiss Case Against Flynn; Demands Full Circuit Court Review

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, July 10, 2020: 

District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, rather than dismissing the case against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn as requested by the three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, filed a petition on Thursday asking all 12 justices on the Circuit Court to review it.

Sullivan’s arguments are so weak that the political motive behind extending the prosecution of Flynn is obvious: Seven of those 12 were appointed to their positions by Presidents Clinton and Obama. The strategy is simple: If the full circuit court agrees to review Flynn’s demand that it force Sullivan to dismiss, and if it finds that Sullivan may continue to prosecute Flynn, then the case is surely headed for the Supreme Court.

Just in time for the presidential election. Sullivan hopes to hang this millstone around the president’s neck.

As more evidence was uncovered that

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The Lincoln Project, Run by Anti-Trump RINOs, Seeks Biden Victory and Democrat Control of Senate

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 6, 2020: 

When Steve Schmidt, the former senior campaign strategist in John McCain’s losing 2008 bid for the presidency, was asked why he helped found the Lincoln Project, he said nearly all that needed to be said about his political philosophy: “The analogy would be in the same way that fire purifies the forest, it needs to be burned to the ground and fundamentally repudiated. Every one of them [senators who support the president] should be voted out of office, with the exception of Mitt Romney.”

Schmidt was a nominal Republican, but when he saw that nominal Republicans like himself were losing favor in Washington, he

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Trump’s Letter to Pritzker, Lightfoot About Violence in Chicago Laughed Off as Political Stunt

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 29, 2020:

Following another weekend of extraordinary violence in Chicago, President Trump sent a letter on Friday accusing both Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker of “lack of leadership.”

Referring to the record-breaking “18 murders in 24 hours” on May 31, the president was “horrified,” adding, “Your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you have sworn to protect.”

He added:

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Seattle’s CHOP Protestors Being Replaced by Communist Black Collective Voice

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, June 28, 2020:

When Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan sent city crews in to reclaim the six blocks seized by anarchists following the death of George Floyd in May, she no doubt was expecting compliance. After all, she had given in to some of their demands, including cutting some funding to the Seattle Police Department. She also offered social services to them in order to “encourage those living overnight in Cal Anderson [Park] to begin leaving the area or, if experiencing homelessness, to take [advantage of] an offer for shelter,” all at taxpayers’ expense.

But alas, as The New American reported, when crews started staging heavy equipment early Friday morning to begin dismantling the barriers, they were met with protestors, some of whom lay down in front of the equipment, forcing the crews to leave shortly thereafter.

At a Friday evening meeting with some of the protestors, she assented to a $20 million cut to the city’s $400 million police budget. The leaders had demanded a $200 million cut, with the funds redirected to various social services.

By allowing the protestors to gain legitimacy through acquiescence, Durkan has allowed her problems to escalate and multiply. Rather than ordering the police initially to go in and arrest the protestors for trespassing and disrupting businesses and intimidating residents, she instead allowed them a seat at the table to “discuss” their demands and negotiate a settlement of some kind.

Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan seemed to be the only voice of common sense over the occupation. In an interview on Cavuto LIVE with host Neil Cavuto on Saturday, Solan said the problem was the socialist ideology adopted by the mayor:

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Was Biden Cancer Initiative Another Financial Funnel for Biden’s Friends?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 26, 2020: 

Following the death of his son, Beau, from brain cancer in 2015, former Vice President Joe Biden took over an Obama program called Cancer Moonshot. When he left the Obama administration, he renamed it the Biden Cancer Initiative (BCI).

BCI had lofty goals: to “improve the cancer journey … and improve outcomes for all patients” suffering from the disease. It wasn’t a grant-making machine but instead, according to press releases and its website, focused on coordinating data on cancer research between various entities to speed up the process of finding a cure for cancer.

The first clue that this was an impossible goal and possibly simply just a cover to funnel big salaries to Biden friends came from the New York Times’ review of the whole “moonshot” idea: “While Mr. Biden’s focus had already made some meaningful difference … the chances of reaching a moment of victory as the analogy ‘moonshot’ suggests seem entirely unrealistic.”

Nevertheless, Biden plowed ahead with the concept,

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Appeals Court Orders Lower Court Judge to Dismiss Case Against Michael Flynn

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 24, 2020: 

Michael Flynn was President Trump’s chosen National Security Advisor. Before Trump took office, Flynn talked to Russian diplomats to try to calm an escalating international situation. Obama-era FBI officials who were then investigating Democratic claims that Trump was aided in his election by Russia (despite no proof of such collusion) had tapped Flynn’s phone and heard his entire conversation with them.

Nothing was uttered in Flynn’s conversation with the Russians that suggested any involvement of the Russians with Trump’s election, yet afterward FBI agents entrapped Flynn into saying something about the conversation that was untrue, and charged him with lying to the FBI — all the while knowing that Flynn was guilty of nothing. Flynn originally accepted a plea deal saying that he said something misleading and was sentenced to prison (though Democrats lie under oath almost constantly and don’t get charged with anything). When Flynn got new legal representation and tried to take back his plea deal, it was learned that the DOJ and FBI had always known that Flynn was innocent of wrongdoing, yet he was questioned and entrapped anyway.

Rightly, the DOJ decided to drop the charges against Flynn, but District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan wouldn’t allow the charges to be dropped, and he assigned a prosecutor of his own to keep the case going, saying that the law said that it was up to the court to decide whether to drop charges or not — not up to the DOJ. Now a higher court has told Sullivan point blank, he was wrong. The order from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan was terse:

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President Trump Orders Law Enforcement to Arrest Anyone Vandalizing Federal Monuments

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 23, 2020:

President Trump authorized federal law-enforcement officials on Tuesday to arrest anyone vandalizing “any monument, statue or other such Federal property,” charging them under the Veterans Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act.

His tweet late Sunday night laid the groundwork for Monday’s order: “Numerous people [were] arrested in D.C. for the disgraceful vandalism in Lafayette Park, of the magnificent Statue of Andrew Jackson, in addition to the exterior defacing of St. John’s Church across the street. 10 years in prison under the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act. Beware!”

Early Tuesday morning he made it official:

I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison.…

This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!

This was a major theme in Trump’s 2016 campaign and is rapidly ascending to prominence in his reelection efforts.

During his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in July of 2016, he made it clear that he would be “the president of law and order,” stating,

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Seattle Mayor Durkan to Dismantle CHOP Following Shootings

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican. com on Tuesday, June 23, 2020:

During a Monday press conference, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced plans to dismantle and reclaim the Capitol area variously called CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone), Free Capitol Hill, or CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest). “There should be no place in Seattle that the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department can’t go,” Durkan said.

She was referring to the anarchists who refused to let SPD officers enter the zone following the shooting early Saturday morning that led to the death of a 19-year-old black man.

Her change of heart was remarkable. On June 11, three days after anarchists seized part of downtown Seattle for their own, she referred to the protests following the death of George Floyd as a “summer of love” and a “block party”:

[It’s] four blocks in Seattle that is more like a block party atmosphere. It’s not an armed takeover. It’s not a military junta. We will make sure that we will restore this but we have block parties and the like in this part of Seattle all the time.… There is no threat right now to the public.

When President Trump called her out, she responded in kind. Tweeted Trump on June 11: “Radical Left Governor Jay Inslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stopped. IMMEDIATELY! MOVE FAST!”

Responded Durkan:

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Flynn Attorney Calls Gleeson Filing a “Wrap-up Smear”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 18, 2020: 

In the clash between General Michael Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell, and Judge Emmet Sullivan’s “friend” — former judge John Gleeson — Powell called out Gleeson’s claim on Wednesday that Sullivan should continue to prosecute Flynn even though the government has asked Sullivan to dismiss its case against him.

She said that the “irony and sheer duplicity” of Gleeson’s accusations “against the Justice Department — which is finally exposing the truth — is stunning.… It demonstrates the difference between a Department of Prosecutions and a Department of Justice. It shows how [only] the Department of Justice … has the power to walk into courtrooms and ask judges to remedy injustices.… The only lawful action this [three-judge panel of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia] can take is to dismiss the case with prejudice on the Government’s motion [to dismiss] and vacate the plea.”

The plea is the key to understanding this continuing legal soap opera. The government sought to prosecute Flynn for lying to the FBI, only to learn later that he had been set up, and therefore the case against Flynn evaporated. A plea bargain gained under duress is not enforceable.

And Flynn was under duress.

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Lawsuit Charges Illinois With Violating Religious-liberty Rights

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, June 14, 2020:  

A lawsuit filed last week by the Thomas Moore Society, a non-profit public interest law firm, charged that the state of Illinois is violating its own laws by requiring all insurance policies offered for sale in the state to pay for abortion services.

There is no exemption allowed even by churches or individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs that abortion, or its facilitation through funding, is tantamount to murder or its enablement.

The state already has in place two laws that forbid the legislature from requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for elective abortions. But the Democrats who control that body and who voted en masse along party lines for the law don’t care. Peter Breen, the Society’s vice president and senior counsel, explained:

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Former Judge Urges Court to Deny Request to Dismiss Case Against Flynn

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 12, 2020:  

Former judge John Gleeson, whom Judge Emmet Sullivan asked to respond for him in support of continuing the prosecution against former National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn, turned out 86 pages explaining why the case against Flynn should be continued.

For three years, Flynn has been targeted because he had served in the Obama administration and had seen with his own eyes its corruption. When President Donald Trump asked Flynn to come aboard as his national security advisor, Deep State insiders knew they were in trouble.

They moved Heaven and Earth to find a way to get rid of him. They found a way: They entrapped him into agreeing to a plea agreement — admitting that he lied to FBI agents — in order to protect his son from their harassment.

In court, Flynn said, “I should have stood my ground firmly [when the plea agreement was offered] for what I knew to be the truth — that I did not lie to the agents.… Regretfully, I followed my lawyers’ strong advice to confirm my plea even though it was all I could do to not cry out ‘no’ when this Court asked me if I was guilty.”

When evidence surfaced in April that that interview was conducted even after top officials at the FBI knew they had no case against Flynn but pursued him anyway, the Department of Justice filed a request to dismiss the case against him.

Ordinarily, this would have been the end of it, and Flynn could begin, after three years, to get on with his life.

But this is no ordinary time. U.S. District Court Judge Sullivan wanted to continue the case against Flynn. He invited various “friends of the court” to support his contention. When Flynn’s new lawyer, Sydney Powell, saw what was afoot she demanded that the Appellate Court force Sullivan to dismiss the case.

Instead Sullivan asked former Judge John Gleeson to respond in his place. Gleeson wrote that Flynn could not withdraw his guilty plea:

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Inflation in Venezuela at 400 Percent for the Year

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 10, 2020:  

Venezuela’s National Assembly reported on Tuesday that prices have risen more than 400 percent so far this year. The country’s central bank, under the control of Marxist dictator Nicolás Maduro, disagrees. It reports that prices have only risen by 296 percent through the end of May.

Either way, the destruction of the VEF — the Bolivar Fuerte or “Strong Bolivar” — continues, along with the continuing impoverishment of Maduro’s subjects.

At the end of April, the Marxist government increased the minimum monthly wage by 78 percent, the second increase this year, and still the VEF buys next to nothing. The latest black-market exchange rates, tracked by several off-shore websites, estimates that the minimum monthly wage translates into just

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Biden Offends Police, Weakening His Support From Police Union Chiefs

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, June 6, 2020: 

In his first public speech in months, presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden managed in Philadelphia on Tuesday to offend one his most reliable and consistent constituencies: police union chiefs.

He promised that as president he would in his first 100 days create a national police review commission, similar to civilian police review board, to call out police misbehaviors and offenses. And he apparently believes that such abuses are systemic throughout the country, claiming in his speech that “communities … have had a knee on their neck for a long time” — a reference to the death of George Floyd:

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NY Times Staff Outraged Over Senator Tom Cotton Op-ed Supporting Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 4, 2020: 

When Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton was allowed to publish an op-ed in the New York Times on Wednesday supporting President Trump’s suggestion that he might have to use the Insurrection Act to quell Antifa-led riots, some members of the Times staff lost their minds.

His op-ed was reason itself: “A majority who seek to protest peacefully shouldn’t be confused with bands of miscreants,” wrote Cotton, adding that while “nihilist criminals” were simply “out for loot and the thrill of destruction … cadres of left-wing radicals like Antifa [were] infiltrating protest marches to exploit [George] Floyd’s death for their own anarchic purposes.”

When those protest marches exceed local authorities’ ability to maintain order, wrote Cotton, “it’s … time to support local law enforcement with federal authority.… The Insurrection Act authorizes the president to employ the military” to quell the riots and restore order. Cotton reminded his readers that the federal government “has a constitutional duty to the states to ‘protect each of them from domestic violence.’”

In normal times, local law enforcement is more than able to keep the peace and restore order when necessary. “But,” wrote Cotton, “in rare moments, like ours today, more is needed.”

The backlash from Times staffers was immediate. Charlie Warzel, an opinion writer for the Times, tweeted, “I feel compelled to say that I disagree with every word in that Tom Cotton op-ed and it does not reflect my values.” Other Times sympathizers such as freelance writer Thor Benson agreed: “I know a lot of New York Times employees feel like they can’t speak out right now, so I’ll happily say what needs to be said: there should be resignations.”

Former Times staffers weighed in as well. Tweeted Sewell Chan, a former op-ed writer for the Times, “I am reluctant to weigh in on my former alma mater. But the decision to publish Senator Tom Cotton’s [piece] calling for troop deployments to quell unrest falls short of sound journalistic practice.”

And then there is Roxanne Gay, a contributing writer for the Times, who totally lost it. She tweeted, “Running this puts black NY Times writers, editors and other staff in danger.” How, exactly, was missing from her tweet. How did Cotton’s carefully constructed and reasonable support for a possible future move by the president to use his authority under the Insurrection Act in the event it became clear that states or local municipalities couldn’t maintain order and keep the peace work to threaten black writers and editors at the Times? She didn’t explain.

Gay went on:

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Judge Sullivan Responds to Appellate Court, Will Continue Case Against Flynn

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 2, 2020:

Judge Emmet Sullivan’s high-powered lawyer, Beth Wilkinson, met the deadline on Monday, responding to an appellate court’s demand that Sullivan explain why he didn’t automatically accept the government’s request to dismiss its case against General Michael Flynn.

Wilkinson’s response — 46 pages long — consists of one long diatribe against Flynn. She wrote, “The question before this [appellate] court is whether it should short-circuit this process, forbid even a limited inquiry into the government’s motion [to dismiss], and order that [the government’s] motion be granted. The answer is no.”

It should have been yes.

Wilkinson admitted as much.

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AG Barr Ramps Up Pressure on Antifa Following National Riots

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 1, 2020: 

After another night of riots that have spread across the nation, on Sunday Attorney General William Barr issued a statement urging state and local governments to increase pressure against Antifa “and other similar groups.”

He explained:

With the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful and legitimate protests have been hijacked by violent radical elements. Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda.

 

It is time to stop watching the violence and to confront and stop it. The continued violence and destruction of property endangers the lives and livelihoods of others, and interferes with the rights of peaceful protestors, as well as all other citizens….

 

Preventing reconciliation and driving us apart is the goal of these radical groups, and we cannot let them succeed.

 

It is the responsibility of state and local leaders to ensure that adequate law enforcement resources, including the National Guard where necessary, are deployed on the streets to reestablish law and order. We saw this finally happen in Minneapolis last night, and it worked.

Barr has plenty of resources available, including “our existing network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF).… The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups … will be treated accordingly.”

The threat is real, said Dan Bongino on Fox & Friends on Sunday. A former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent, Bongino has friends inside law enforcement who have confirmed to him that “known Antifa leadership is … organizing” the riots. Said Bongino, “This is not some run-of-the-mill criminality by people who have nothing to do on a Saturday night.… This is a sophisticated insurrection-type attack.”

Columninst and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy thinks Barr has all the tools he needs in stemming the violence and ending the insurrection. Wrote McCarthy for Fox News:

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Flynn Trial Judge Hires High-powered Attorney to Defend His Unprecedented Actions

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 27, 2020: 

High-profile trial attorney Beth Wilkinson officially entered the Flynn case on Tuesday, being tasked with defending Judge Emmet Sullivan’s refusal to sign off on the government’s request to dismiss its case against Michael Flynn.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals responded to Flynn’s attorney’s Writ of Mandamus demanding that Sullivan explain his decision not to dismiss, in no uncertain terms:

Ordered, on the court’s own motion, that within ten days of the date of this order [May 21] the district judge [Sullivan] file a response addressing the petitioner’s [Flynn’s] request that this court order the district judge [Sullivan] to grant the government’s motion to dismiss [which was filed] on May 7, 2020.

 

The government is invited to respond in its discretion within the same ten-day period.

In other words:

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Trump Tells Journalist: “I have a Chance to Break the Deep State”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 25, 2020: 

During an exclusive interview with investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson on her television show Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson on Sunday night, Attkisson asked President Trump about Richard Grenell’s work as acting Director of National Intelligence (NDI) since acquiring that position three months ago.

Attkisson: Until Richard Grenell was made the Acting Director of National Intelligence by you, reporters, members of Congress, [and] members of the public had asked to see a lot of this information [wrongdoing by the FBI and other intelligence officials] really for three years, but it was kept hidden. What do you make of that?…

 

Trump: Richard Grenell is a superstar. He had guts, he had courage to do what he did. We have another superstar going in as you know, John Ratcliffe. He just got approved yesterday and he’ll be taking over as of Tuesday. Richard Grenell has done one of the best jobs I’ve ever seen. I mean, in a short period of time, he exposed them as being corrupt. Look, they were trying to do a takedown of the president of the United States illegally. It’s all illegal….

 

Attkisson: But why did it take Richard Grenell? You had other people who work [and] serve this administration.

 

Trump: … They didn’t do their job. Dan Coats [who served as Trump’s DNI from 2017 to 2019] should have never let that happen. Dan Coats sat there for two years, didn’t do his job…. Jeff Sessions [who served as Trump’s Attorney General from 2017 to 2018] was a disaster as attorney general. Should have never been attorney general, was not qualified. He’s not mentally qualified to be attorney general. He was the biggest problem. I mean, look. Jeff Sessions put people in place that were a disaster. They took over. They’ve [the Deep State] always had the Department of Justice, but they kept it under Jeff Sessions….

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.
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