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Project Veritas: Bernie Sanders Field Organizer Suggests Gulags to Help ‘Nazified’ Trump Voters


Written by Joshua Caplan | 

URL of the original posting site: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/14/project-veritas-bernie-sanders-field-organizer-suggests-gulags-to-help-nazified-trump-voters/

(INSET: Project Veritas screenshot of Sanders field organizer Kyle Jurek) DES MOINES, IA – DECEMBER 31: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) leaves the stage after speaking at a New Year’s Eve campaign event on December 31, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. The focus of many democratic presidential campaigns … Stephen Maturen/Getty; Project Veritas

An undercover video published by Project Veritas on Tuesday shows a field organizer for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign saying Soviet gulags were actually a positive phenomenon, suggesting that some similar program could re-educate Trump supporters and billionaires.

The video begins with a Project Veritas journalist asking an individual identified as Sanders organizer Kyle Jurek if “MAGA people” could be re-educated if Sanders wins the White House. “We gotta try,” Jurek replies. “In Nazi Germany, after the fall of the Nazi Party, there was a shit-ton of the populace that was fuck**g Nazified.”

“Germany had to spend billions of dollars re-educating their fuck**g people to not be Nazis,” he continues. “We’re probably going to have to do the same fuck**g thing here.”

“That’s kind of what all Bernie’s whole fuck**g like, ‘hey, free education for everybody’ because we’re going to have to teach you to not be a fuck**g Nazi,” he added.

In another part of the video, Jurek is seen discussing Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin’s use of gulags, where he claims that the CIA was overly critical of them. “People were actually paid a living wage in the gulags. They have conjugal visits in gulags. Gulags were meant for re-education,” he says.

Jurek is then seen suggesting that the most effective way to re-educate the billionaire class is to order them to “break rocks for 12 hours a day.”

“[The] greatest way to break a fuck**g billionaire of their privilege and their idea that they’re superior, go and break rocks for 12 hours a day. You’re now a working class person, and you’re going to fuck**g learn what the means, right?”

The video also shows Jurek warning that Milwaukee, host of this year’s Democratic National Convention, will “burn” if Sanders fails to win the party’s nomination. “If Bernie doesn’t get the nomination or it goes to a second round at the DNC convention, fuck**g Milwaukee will burn,” says Jurek. “It’ll start in Milwaukee and then when the police push back on that, other sites will fuck**g [explode].”

The footage concludes with Jurek issuing the chilling prediction that Milwaukee could see riots akin to the 1968 convention in Chicago, where left-wing activists engaged in violent riots in the streets. “Be ready to be in Milwaukee for the DNC convention. We’re going to make [1968] look like a fuck**g girl’s scout fuck**g cookout,” warns the Sanders field organizer. “The cops are going to be the ones fuck**g beaten in Milwaukee.”

The undercover video’s emergence comes as 2020 Democrats are slated to debate Tuesday evening — their final meeting before Iowa holds the nation’s first caucus on February 3. Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe has teased that Tuesday’s footage is one of several upcoming videos to be released as part of the group’s “Expose2020” campaign.

BOMBSHELL: Book to Reveal How Biden Family Siphoned ‘Millions in Taxpayer Cash’—Hunter Biden Just the ‘Tip of the Iceberg’


Written by Rebecca Mansour | 

URL of the original posting site: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/09/bombshell-book-to-reveal-how-biden-family-siphoned-millions-in-taxpayer-cash-hunter-biden-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden visits the Great Wall of China at Badaling, north of Beijing, 10 August 2001. After meeting Chinese leaders for two days, Biden and his delegation left Beijing to meet with villagers and visit the Great Wall. AFP PHOTO/POOL (Photo by Greg Baker … Greg Baker/AFP/Getty, HarperCollins

A forthcoming bombshell book from publishing giant HarperCollins will reveal how five members of Joe Biden’s family—the “Biden Five”—siphoned tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer cash and guaranteed loans. And the recent scandals involving Joe and Hunter Biden, Ukraine, and Burisma are just “the tip of the iceberg,” say sources close to the publisher.

The upcoming book, Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite, is the latest investigative work from Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer.

Publisher HarperCollins has the book under a strict embargo until its January 21 release. Sources with knowledge of its contents say the book will “upend official Washington,” similar to the way Schweizer’s past works like Clinton Cash and Secret Empires did when he broke the Uranium One and Biden-Burisma scandals.

Beyond the Biden revelations, Profiles in Corruption also contains chapters with breaking news on top progressive luminaries, including: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Sherrod Brown, Eric Garcetti, and Cory Booker.

In a statement to Axios’s Mike Allen, the author described the book as “a sweeping, detailed look at how the leading figures of progressivism have leveraged the power of their positions.” The book reportedly took a year and a half to research.

Amazon’s pre-sale book description of Profiles in Corruption states: “Washington insiders operate by a proven credo: when a Peter Schweizer book drops, duck and brace for impact.”

Nolte: The 2019 Breitbart News Fake News Awards


Written by John Nolte | 

URL of the original posting site: https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2020/01/01/nolte-the-2019-breitbart-news-fake-news-awards/

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 26: Jeff Zucker and Jake Tapper attend the CNN Correspondents’ Brunch at Toolbox Studio on April 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images)

Here are the third annual Breitbart News Awards for fake news and overall bias and bad behavior.

The low-lights are endless, but if they’re still not enough for you, here are the awards from 2017 and 2018.

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

2019’s ‘Fox Staffer Caught Kissing Future Employer Jeff Zucker’s Ass the Most’ Award

Andrew Napolitano

 

2019’s ‘Fox Staffer Caught Kissing Future Employer Jeff Zucker’s Ass the Second Most’ Award

Chris Wallace

 

2019’s ‘Best Impression of Death Wish Meets Pajama Boy’ Award

Joe Scarborough

 

2019’s ‘Best Impression of Joe McCarthy Meets Pajama Boy’ Award

Chuck Todd

 

2019’s ‘Best Impression of Your First Wife’ Award

Tie: Jennifer Rubin and Ana Navarro

 

2019’s ‘Best News of the Year’ Award

CNN Ratings Hit 3-Year Low

 

2019’s ‘Worst Parent’ Award

Fredo

 

2019’s ‘Most Shameless Act of Stenography’ Award

The Daily Beast’s Molly Jong-Fast

 

2019’s ‘Worst Prediction by a Pundit Who Will Pay No Price for Being so Wrong’ Award

Douglas “Impeachment Will Turn Public Support Against Trump” Brinkley

 

2019’s ‘Best Overseer of CNN’s Racist Thought Plantation’ Award

Ana Navarro

 

2019’s ‘Rick Wilson Award for Working Through Your Sexual Hangups on TV’ Award

Rick Wilson

 

2019’s ‘Pauline Kael-esque Bubbled Cluelessness’ Award

The formerly worth-a-damn Peggy Noonan

 

2019’s ‘Bye, Felicia!’ Award

Shepard Smith

 

2019’s ‘Self-Ownage’ Award

Fredo

 

2019 ‘For Utter Spinelessness’ Award

Politico Disowning Its Own Reporting

 

2019’s ‘Worst Attempt to Make Up Decades of Rape-Enabling’ Award

NBC’s Disastrous All-Ladies Presidential Debate

 

2019 ‘Award for Being Exposed as a Racist and Not Getting Fired at Axios’ Award

Alexi McCammond

 

2019’s ‘Being So Dull You Can’t Beat the Hideous Nicole Wallace in the Ratings’ Award

Fox’s Neal Cavuto

 

2019’s ‘Joe McCarthy Meets the Albino Creature from the Black Lagoon Crossed with a Serial Liar’ Award

Carl Bernstein

 

2019’s ‘Homophobe with Most Unimaginative Insults’ Award

Joy Reid

 

2019’s ‘Adam Schiff’s Puppet’ Award

Chris Wallace

 

2019’s ‘Shrill and Dishonest Alarmist in an Unironic Goatee’ Award

Chuck Todd

 

2019’s ‘Worst Impression of SE Cupp the Morning After a Bender’ Award

Fox Business Channel’s Kennedy

 

2019’s ‘Watch Me Humiliate Myself to Please Jeff Zucker’ Award

CNN’s Dana Bash

 

2019’s ‘Exposed as a Sexist Pig and Still Not Fired by ABC News’ Award

Matthew Dowd

 

2019’s ‘I’m Just Gonna Say Some Stupid Shit to Please Jeff Zucker’ Award

John Avlon

 

2019’s ‘Spineless Chicken’ Award

MSNBC’s Mimi Rocah

 

2019’s ‘Best Impression of America’s Notorious Porn Lawyer’ Award

Anthony Scaramucci

 

2019’s ‘Best Coverup for a Child Rapist’ Award

ABC News

 

2019’s ‘WTF?’ Award

Tater

 

2019’s ‘WTF, Cuck?’ Award

Fox’s Chris Wallace

 

2019’s ‘Loving Me a Badass Islamic Terrorist Leader’ Award

The Washington Post’s Max Boot

 

2019’s ‘Nags Trump Like a Lonely and Bitter Old Woman’ Award

Jake Tapper and His Resting Bitch Face

 

2019’s ‘Failing Upward’ Award

CBS News Anchor Norah O’Donnell

 

2019’s ‘Most Opposed to Free Speech’ Award

Tater

 

2019’s ‘Nobody Misses You’ Award

Megyn Kelly

 

21st Century’s ‘Fakest Video Ever’ Award

ABC News

 

2019’s ‘Nobody Misses You Either’ Award

Sam Donaldson

 

2019’s ‘Most Gratifying Flop Written by Two Liars’ Award

The Education of Brett Kavanaugh

 

2019’s ‘Good Riddance to Fake News’ Award

Shepard Smith

 

2019’s ‘Still the Dumbest Woman on TV’ Award

April Ryan

 

2019’s ‘Fake News Addiction’ Award

The Washington Post

 

2019’s ‘Fake News Outlet that Harbors the Most Racists’ Award

New York Times

 

2019’s ‘Wishing a Serial Killer on a Husband and Father’ Award

Vice Media

 

2019’s ‘Lowest Rated Cable News Show by a Country Mile’ Award

CNN’s New Day

 

2019’s ‘Biggest Fabricator of Evidence Not Named James Comey’ Award

The New York Times

 

2019’s ‘9/11 Terrorist Denier’ Award

The New York Times

 

2019’s ‘Fact Checker Caught Blatantly Lying’ Award

PolitiFact

 

2019’s ‘Fact Checker Caught Blatantly Lying’ Award – Part 2

The Washington Post

 

2019’s ‘Thanks for Proving Feminists Are Weak Neurotics’ Award

New York Times’ Michelle Goldberg

 

2019’s ‘Fascist Oxygen Thief’ Award

Meghan McCain

 

2019’s ‘Serial-Lying Snowflake of the Year’ Award

New York Times’ Bret Stephens

 

2019’s ‘Serial Loser’ Award

MSNBC’s Five-Time Loser Donny Deutsch

 

2019’s ‘Being a Jew-Hater While Keeping Your Job at the New York Times Award

Tom Wright-Piersanti

 

2019’s ‘Most Gloriously Humiliating Retraction’ Award

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell

 

2019’s ‘No Joke, This Woman Is Dumb’ Award

CNN’s April Ryan

 

2019’s ‘Dangerous Fake News Outlet that Directly Incited the Most Physical Assaults’ Award

CNN

 

2019’s ‘Unhinged Harpy Incites Violence’ Award

Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin

 

2019’s ‘Failing Fake News Outlet’s Desperate Click-Whoring of the Year’ Award

Newsweek

 

2019’s ‘So Irrelevant No One Mentions Them Anymore’ Award

BuzzFeed Politics

 

2019’s ‘We Hired Only Terrible and Pedantic Writers with No Imagination’ Award

For the 9th consecutive year, something called Mediaite

 

2019’s ‘What a Total Dick’ Award

CNN’s Brian Karem

 

2019’s ‘Never Right but Always Certain’ Award

David French

 

2019’s ‘Credibly Accused of Sexual Misconduct and Still Working at CNN’ Award

Don “Smell My Fingers” Lemon

 

2019’s ‘Grab the Popcorn’ Award

The Hissy Fight Between Terrorist Lover Max Boot and the Alt-Right National Review

 

2019’s ‘Lady Joe McCarthy’ Award

CNN’s Joan Walsh

 

2019’s ‘Stupidest Take from Welfare Queens’ Award

NPR

 

2019’s ‘Bully with a Resting Bitch Face’ Award

CNN’s Jake Tapper

 

2019’s ‘She’d Be Just as Insufferable Without the Elitist Accent’ Award

Christiane Amanpour

 

2019’s ‘Taking Beto O’Rourke’s Stenography with a Resting Bitch Face’ Award

CNN’s Jake Tapper

 

2019’s ‘Proven Conspiracy Theorist Still Working for NBC News’ Award

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

 

2019’s ‘It’s Okay When a Democrat Serially Assaults Women’ Award

The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer

 

2019’s ‘Let’s Rehabilitate a Child Rapist’ Award

Three-way tie: National Review, Forbes, HuffPost

 

2019’s ‘White Supremacist Promoter with Resting Bitch Face’ Award

CNN’s Jake Tapper

 

2019’s ‘Dude, Where’d My Audience Go?’ Award

Tater

 

2019’s ‘Global Warming Hypocrite of the Year’ Award

The New York Times and its 6,250-ton air conditioner

 

2019’s ‘Defender of Violence Against Journalists’ Award

Media Matters

 

2019’s ‘Enabling Violence Against Journalists’ Award

CNN

 

2019’s ‘That Piece of Analysis Held Up Really Well’ Award

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace

 

2019’s ‘Chatty Cathy’ Award

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd

 

2019’s ‘Biggest Fake News Trainwreck’ Award

CNN’s Anderson “uhm, we’re gonna take a quick break” Cooper

 

2019’s ‘HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!’ Award

CNN’s Jim “Double Chin” Acosta

 

2019’s ‘Harvey Weinstein’ Award

CNN’s Jeff Zucker

 

2019’s ‘Vichy Republican’ Award

George Will

 

2019’s ‘Vichy Conservative’ Award

National Review

 

2019s ‘We Just Made Some Shit Up’ Award

The Daily Beast

 

2019’s ‘Guy Who Worked with Credibly Accused Rapist Says What?’ Award

MSNBC’s Willie Geist

 

2019’s ‘Shameless Kiss-Ass’ Award

Politico’s Michael Grunwald

 

2019’s ‘Yeah, That’s a Real Shame’ Award

CNN

 

2019’s ‘Brownshirt’ Award

CBS News

 

2019’s ‘Treated Like a Punk in His Own Home’ Award

Fox’s Chris Wallace

 

2019’s ‘They Deserve Each Other’ Award

Joe and Mika Brzezinski

 

2019’s ‘Global Warming Denier’ Award

CNN

 

2019’s ‘Blacklisting Spree’ Award

Poynter

 

2019’s ‘Domestic Terrorist Champion’ Award

CNN’s Chris Cuomo

 

2019’s ‘We Hate The Joooooozzzzz’ Award

New York Times

 

2019’s ‘Vichy Christian’ Award

National Review

 

2019’s ‘Most Lies in Shortest Amount of Time’ Award

CNN’s Chris Cuomo

 

2019’s ‘We Know Nothing About Anything Important to Everyday People’ Award

New York Times

 

2019’s ‘Here’s Even More Proof I’m a Hugh-Strung Neurotic’ Award

New York Times’ Maggie Haberman

 

2019’s ‘Russia Truther’ Award

ABC’s Jon Karl

 

2019’s ‘Russia Truther in a Skirt’ Award

CNN’s Dana Bash

 

2019’s ‘Book Burner’ Award

Library Journal

 

2019’s ‘Russia Truther with Sleepy Eyes’ Award

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd

 

2019’s ‘Almost Dumber than April Ryan’ Award

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota

 

2019’s ‘Joke Police’ Award

Snopes

 

2019’s ‘Politico Award for Spreading Very Fake News’ Award

Politico

 

2019’s ‘Only the Fake Media Should Have Free Speech’ Award

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour

 

2019’s ‘Me and My Resting Bitch Face Live in Jeff Zucker’s Butt’ Award

Jake Tapper

 

2019’s ‘Shameless Coverup of the Year’ Award

Reuters

 

2019’s ‘I Can Be Bought’ Award

National Review’s Rich Lowry

 

2019’s ‘Cucks I Can’t Tell Apart but Don’t Read Anyway’ Award

The Dispatch and The Bulwark

 

2019’s ‘Epic Fail of a Kingmaker’ Award

Vanity Fair

 

2019’s ‘Starf**ker’ Award

ABC’s Robin Roberts

 

2019’s ‘Homophobe with Resting Bitch Face Who Finds  Rape Funny’ Award

CNN’s Jake Tapper

 

2019’s ‘It’s Not Blackface When a Democrat Does It’ Award

New York Times

 

2019’s ‘It’s Not a Bombshell When It Hurts a Democrat’ Award

Washington Post

 

2019’s ‘I Really Want Trump Assassinated’ Award

The Atlantic’s Jemele Hill

 

 2019’s ‘It’s Not Rape-Rape If It Happens to Brown People’ Award

Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler

 

2019’s ‘Spineless Bully’ Award

CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski

 

2019’s ‘America Needs Computer Coders’ Award

BuzzFeed

 

2019’s ‘It’s Your Own Fault for Wearing that Short Skirt’ Award

NBC’s Savannah Guthrie

 

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Adam Schiff Gives Democrats Only 24 Hours to Sign Impeachment Report


Written by Joel B. Pollak | 

URL of the original posting site: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/01/adam-schiff-gives-democrats-only-24-hours-to-read-impeachment-report/

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 4: U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to reporters following a closed-door hearing with the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees at the U.S. Capitol on November 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. On Monday, House investigators released the first transcripts from … Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is giving members of his committee just 24 hours to read and sign off on his report recommending articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. As Breitbart News reported Friday, House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler has previewed the report, and suggested it will include claims of “collusion” with Russia — as well as Ukraine, Russia’s enemy.

And as reported Saturday, Schiff will provide the full report to committee members on Monday, who must sign off on Tuesday in time for the first hearing in Nadler’s committee on Wednesday, which will discuss the supposed constitutional and legal basis for impeachment.

It is a foregone conclusion that Democrats will sign off on Schiff’s report. Evidence does not seem to be the top priority for Democrats: a majority favored an impeachment inquiry by August 1, eleven days before the so-called “whistleblower” sent a letter to Schiff complaining about Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

However, as the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York has noted, Democrats are in such a rush that they are leaving potential facts out of their examination. For example, they could wage a court battle to force former National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify. Bolton reportedly disapproved of the role played by U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani in relations with Ukraine. He could be a key witness. However, Democrats did not want to wait to hear what he had to say.

As York noted recently in a column titled “Why the rush toward impeachment?”, Democrats “are racing to get the job done by Christmas. They’re not even trying to hear from some key witnesses, like former national security adviser John Bolton, because they don’t want to take the time to go to court over it.”

York notes that Democrats are fearful of letting impeachment drag into the 2020 presidential primary, when it will pull several U.S. Senators off the campaign trail. And they are also worried about the fact that public support for impeachment is stagnant at best, and slipping at worst, after lackluster public hearings last month.

But the rush has been a feature from the very beginning. On the day that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry, the president had already announced that he had declassified the transcript (or “readout”) of the phone call with Zelensky, and that it would be published the next day. Pelosi did not want to wait for the evidence: her decision was driven by political factors.

Likewise, the Intelligence Committee has rushed its proceedings before all of the evidence was available to most members of Congress, or the public. It often published lengthy transcripts of closed-door depositions on the eve of public hearings, and only released the most exculpatory transcript after public hearings were over.

Nadler has given Trump until Friday to respond to a request to participate, either directly or through his counsel, in the Judiciary Committee’s impeachment proceedings.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He earned an A.B. in Social Studies and Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Fact Check: No, Gordon Sondland Did Not Prove Ukraine ‘Quid pro Quo’


Reported by Joel B. Pollak | 

URL of the original posting site: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/11/05/fact-check-no-gordon-sondland-did-not-prove-ukraine-quid-pro-quo/

Gordon Sondland, the United States Ambassador to the European Union, adresses the media during a press conference at the US Embassy to Romania in Bucharest September 5, 2019. (Photo by Daniel MIHAILESCU / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

CLAIM: Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland confirmed, contrary to earlier testimony, that there had been a “quid pro quo” between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian government: military aid for “dirt.”

VERDICT: FALSE. Sondland said that he “presumed” there was a “quid pro quo.” But he did not have any first-hand knowledge of one, and other witnesses have testified that there was no such “quid pro quo” at all.

The House Intelligence Committee began releasing transcripts this week of its behind-closed-doors interviews with witnesses in the “impeachment inquiry.” On Tuesday, it released the transcripts of the appearances of Sondland and former Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker.

Volker testified that there had never been a “quid pro quo” — that he had never heard one discussed, and that Ukrainian officials seemed unaware of any such arrangement at all.

But Sondland, who had also testified earlier that there was no “quid pro quo,” had to amend that testimony after he was apparently contradicted by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, who testified last month that he believed there was a “quid pro quo,” under which the Trump administration was withholding key military aid to Ukraine unless it investigated alleged corruption related to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

In a supplemental declaration filed with the committee, Sondland said that “by the beginning of September 2019, and in the absence of any credible explanation for the suspension of aid,” he “presumed that the [Ukraine] aid suspension had become linked to the proposed anti-corruption statement” and the investigation of the Bidens. That led him to tell the Ukrainian government that “resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur” until it complied.

But there are two big logical leaps in Sondland’s statement.

The first is that he only “presumed” there was a “quid pro quo” — that is, he did not have direct knowledge of one.

The second is that he told the Ukrainians that a “quid pro quo” was “likely” — that is, he did not know with certainty.

In their rush to accuse the Trump administration of wrongdoing, Democrats and the media have overlooked one other key fact: the crucial August 2019 Politico article.

The article, “Trump holds up Ukraine military aid meant to confront Russia,” dated August 28, was the first that the Ukrainians ever knew about any withholding of aid — five weeks after the phone call between Trump and Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky which supposedly prompted the so-called “whistleblower” to approach Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. Sondland refers specifically to September.

Therefore what changed his — and others’ — impression was not anything the administration (or its representatives) did or said. Rather, it was the media.

Since Sondland consumes the same media that everyone else does — indeed, it is part of a diplomat’s job to know what is being said — he drew his own conclusions. But when he asked President Trump directly, Trump told him there was no “quid pro quo”: he just wanted Zelensky to do “the right thing.”

All of this presumes there is something wrong with a “quid pro quo.” But even that seems untrue. In fact, “quid pro quo” arrangements are normal in diplomacy. A House bill passed recently by Democrats would establish a “quid pro quo” that bars Russia from access even to private U.S. funds until it can be shown not to have interfered in U.S. elections. Trump, Democrats say, sought his personal or political interest; it also happened to be a national interest.

For years, Democrats defended the investigations of President Barack Obama’s administration into then-candidate Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign by arguing that the country had to know if a major candidate was corrupt or compromised by a foreign power.

That investigation may have been conducted in an unlawful manner — and a grand jury is now on the case — but the logic they used then is even more appropriate to Ukraine and the Bidens.

Hunter Biden’s role as a go-between for Burisma — a Ukrainian gas company suspected of corruption — and his father’s administration has never been fully investigated. The so-called “whistleblower” worked for Biden at the time; that conflict of interest, too, has never been explored.

If Trump had demanded a “quid pro quo,” he would have been doing his job. As it is, there is no evidence of a “quid pro quo” — certainly not from Gordon Sondland.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He earned an A.B. in Social Studies and Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Nolte: ABC Fails to Fact-Check Hunter Biden’s Claim of ‘Not One Cent’ from Chinese Govt. Deal


Written by John Nolte | 

URL of the original posting site: https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2019/10/15/nolte-abc-fails-to-fact-check-hunter-bidens-claim-of-not-one-cent-from-chinese-govt-deal/

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ABC News allowed Hunter Biden to get away with the claim he did not make “one cent” from his company’s mega-deal with a Chinese bank that is a subsidiary of the Chinese government — when its own past reporting has said just the opposite.

During the sit-down interview, ABC’s Amy Robach set up the segment about Hunter’s China deal with the background on President Trump’s desire to look into Hunter’s shady $1.5 billion — with a “B” — deal with the Chinese bank (starts at around 5:03)::

ROBACH: Also on Trump’s list of accusations against Hunter Biden: that Hunter flew on Air Force Two with his father during an official government trip to China in 2013, leveraging that connection for financial gain in an investment deal with Chinese businessman Jonathan Li.

What Robach’s question omitted is that the deal was not just with an individual businessman but with the Bank of China — a subsidiary of the Chinese government itself.

She then asks Hunter directly:

ROBACH: The president has repeatedly said you have received $1.5 billion, despite no experience and for no apparent reason. Obviously fact checkers have said that that is not true.

HUNTER: This literally has no basis in fact in any way.

ROBACH: Have you received any money from that business dealing?

HUNTER: No.

ROBACH: At all?

HUNTER: Not one cent.

ROBACH: Definitely not 1.5 billion.

HUNTER: It’s crazy. They feel as though they have the license to go out and say whatever they want.

Hunter is then allowed to trash Trump and his family as liars while Robach, who has just lauded fact checkers and their fact checking,  says nothing about the fact that — and this is important — according to her own network’s reporting,  and Hunter’s own attorney, Hunter has a ten percent stake in BHR, the company that made that mammoth $1.5 billion China deal.

Just a few months ago, ABC aired an in-depth report on Hunter’s shady business dealings that included this nugget (starts at about the 2:00 minute mark):

This video shows Chinese diplomats greeting Vice President Biden as he arrives in Beijing in December of 2013. Right by his side? His son Hunter. Less than two weeks later, Hunter’s firm had new business, creating an investment fund in China, involving the government controlled Bank of China, with reports they hopes to raise $1.5 billion. Hunter still plays a role in the fund. His lawyer says his stake is worth about half a million dollars.

Where was Robach’s followup question? Where was her oh-so-vital fact checking? Why did she let him get away with saying “not one cent” when her own network reported just a few months ago that he had equity in the firm that made a massive $1.5 billion deal?

Obviously, Hunter is playing a semantic game with that “not one cent” comment. Hunter’s attorney appears to do the same in a statement he released just two days ago, on October 13, 2019:

Hunter neither played a role in the formation or licensure of the company, nor owned any equity in it while his father was Vice President. He served only as a member of its board of directors, which he joined based on his interest in seeking ways to bring Chinese capital to international markets. It was an unpaid position.

To date, Hunter has not received any compensation for being on BHR’s board of directors. He has not received any return on his investment; there have been no distributions to BHR shareholders since Hunter obtained his equity interest.

So Hunter hasn’t “received” “one cent” because there has been no payout to investors. There was no direct commission for that deal, which dum-dums would obviously suspect like he’s a bottom-run sales rep. But here’s the rub, according to no less than FactCheck.org: Hunter might not have been paid “one cent” yet, but he is still could be looking at an eventual payoff that hits the $20 million mark:

[Hunter’s lawyer George] Mesires told the New York Times that while Hunter Biden now has a 10% stake in BHR, which he acquired through a company he created named Skaneateles LLC, “there have been no distributions to the shareholders since Hunter has been an equity owner.”

But that doesn’t mean Biden won’t eventually make millions from the deal. Steven Kaplan, who conducts research on issues in private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate governance and corporate finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, told us that a private equity fund with $2 billion under management will typically generate fees over its life of hundreds of millions of dollars.

“It is difficult to imagine, if not incomprehensible, that a 10% stake in those economics is worth only $420K,” Kaplan told us via email. “The distinction they appear to be making is they capitalized the management company with $4.2 M even if the fund manages $2 B.  The value of that management company is likely far in excess of $4.2 M if they are managing $2 B.”

Kaplan pointed to two large publicly traded private equity firms for reference, both of which have a market value of about 10% of the assets under their management. Using that as a rough guide, that would put the value of Hunter Biden’s share closer to $20 million, he said.

Basically, it looks as though Hunter claiming not have made one cent off the China deal is like a CEO claiming he was not paid one cent to run a company because his compensation came from stocks or bars of gold or pearls or the gift of a home. But the fact is this: any deal that increases the value of the company that Hunter Biden has a stake in — and a $1.5 billion deal with a bank owned by one of the world’s biggest economies does just that — is a deal where Hunter Biden has a financial interest.

Maybe ABC will reveal Hunter’s semantic dishonesty when the rest of the interview airs later tonight. Maybe Robach will ask him what he has “earned” or “gained” as a result of the deal, rather than “received.” If not, it is a gross dereliction of duty on the network’s part. And all of this comes just one day after ABC was caught presenting 2014 video from a Kentucky gun range as video of  Turkish military operation against the Kurds.

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Nolte: Climate ‘Experts’ Are 0-41 with Their Doomsday Predictions


Written by John Nolte | 

URL of the original posting site: https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2019/09/20/nolte-climate-experts-are-0-41-with-their-doomsday-predictions/

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Protesters march and hold placards as they attend the Global Climate Strike on September 20, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Millions of people are taking to the streets around the world to take part in protests inspired by the teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Students are … Jeff J Mitchell/Getty 

For more than 50 years Climate Alarmists in the scientific community and environmental movement have not gotten even one prediction correct, but they do have a perfect record of getting 41 predictions wrong.

In other words, on at least 41 occasions, these so-called experts have predicted some terrible environmental catastrophe was imminent … and it never happened.

And not once — not even once! — have these alarmists had one of their predictions come true.

Think about that… the so-called experts are 0-41 with their predictions, but those of us who are skeptical of “expert” prediction number 42, the one that says that if we don’t immediately convert to socialism and allow Alexandria Ocasio-Crazy to control and organize our lives, the planet will become uninhabitable.

Why would any sane person listen to someone with a 0-41 record?

Why would we completely restructure our economy and sacrifice our personal freedom for “experts” who are 0-41, who have never once gotten it right?

If you had an investment counselor who steered you wrong 41times, would you hang in there for number 42?

Of course not. You’d fire him after failed prediction two or three.

And if that’s not crazy enough, the latest ploy is to trot out a 16-year-old girl to spread prediction number 42, because it is so much more credible that way.

Sometimes you just have to sit back and laugh.

Anyway, I want you to have the data, so go ahead and print this out in advance of Thanksgiving dinner with your obnoxious Millennial nephew.

LIST OF DOOMSDAY PREDICTIONS CLIMATE ALARMIST GOT RIGHT

NONE.

ZIP.

ZERO.

NADA.

BLANK

DONUT HOLE

NIL.

NOTHING.

VOID.

ZILCH.

LIST OF DOOMSDAY PREDICTIONS THE CLIMATE ALARMIST GOT WRONG

Here is the source for numbers 1-27. As you will see, the individual sources are not crackpots, but scientific studies and media reports on “expert” predictions. The sources for numbers 28-41 are linked individually.

      1. 1967: Dire Famine Forecast By 1975
      2. 1969: Everyone Will Disappear In a Cloud Of Blue Steam By 1989 (1969)
      3. 1970: Ice Age By 2000
      4. 1970: America Subject to Water Rationing By 1974 and Food Rationing By 1980
      5. 1971: New Ice Age Coming By 2020 or 2030
      6. 1972: New Ice Age By 2070
      7. 1974: Space Satellites Show New Ice Age Coming Fast
      8. 1974: Another Ice Age?
      9. 1974: Ozone Depletion a ‘Great Peril to Life
      10. 1976: Scientific Consensus Planet Cooling, Famines imminent
      11. 1980: Acid Rain Kills Life In Lakes
      12. 1978: No End in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend
      13. 1988: Regional Droughts (that never happened) in 1990s
      14. 1988: Temperatures in DC Will Hit Record Highs
      15. 1988: Maldive Islands will Be Underwater by 2018 (they’re not)
      16. 1989: Rising Sea Levels will Obliterate Nations if Nothing Done by 2000
      17. 1989: New York City’s West Side Highway Underwater by 2019 (it’s not)
      18. 2000: Children Won’t Know what Snow Is
      19. 2002: Famine In 10 Years If We Don’t Give Up Eating Fish, Meat, and Dairy
      20. 2004: Britain will Be Siberia by 2024
      21. 2008: Arctic will Be Ice Free by 2018
      22. 2008: Climate Genius Al Gore Predicts Ice-Free Arctic by 2013
      23. 2009: Climate Genius Prince Charles Says we Have 96 Months to Save World
      24. 2009: UK Prime Minister Says 50 Days to ‘Save The Planet From Catastrophe’
      25. 2009: Climate Genius Al Gore Moves 2013 Prediction of Ice-Free Arctic to 2014
      26. 2013: Arctic Ice-Free by 2015
      27. 2014: Only 500 Days Before ‘Climate Chaos’
      28. 1968: Overpopulation Will Spread Worldwide
      29. 1970: World Will Use Up All its Natural Resources
      30. 1966: Oil Gone in Ten Years
      31. 1972: Oil Depleted in 20 Years
      32. 1977: Department of Energy Says Oil will Peak in 90s
      33. 1980: Peak Oil In 2000
      34. 1996: Peak Oil in 2020
      35. 2002: Peak Oil in 2010
      36. 2006: Super Hurricanes!
      37. 2005 : Manhattan Underwater by 2015
      38. 1970: Urban Citizens Will Require Gas Masks by 1985
      39. 1970: Nitrogen buildup Will Make All Land Unusable
      40. 1970: Decaying Pollution Will Kill all the Fish
      41. 1970s: Killer Bees!

Sorry, Experts… Sorry, Scientific Consensus… Only a fool comes running for the 42nd cry of wolf.

Don’t litter, be kind to animals, recycling’s for suckers (it’s all going to end up in the ground eventually), so stop feeling guilty… Go out there and embrace all the bounty that comes with being a 21st century American — you know, like Obama, who says he believes in Global Warming with his mouth but proves he doesn’t with the $15 million he just spent on oceanfront that we’re told is doomed to flooding.

This piece has been updated to correct a duplicate posting and add another hoax prediction.  

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