Tag

obama

Browsing

(RepublicanWire.org) – Republicans are demanding access to communication records between President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and the Obama White House.

“The top Republican on the House Oversight Committee pressed Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen for information on the shady foreign dealings of first son Hunter Biden — accusing the White House of thwarting the panel’s probe in order to protect the president,” the New York Post reported.

“Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) claimed in a letter to Yellen that the Biden administration may be preventing the release of suspicious activity reports related to Hunter Biden. The reports, known as SARs, are generated by banks that flag suspiciously large transactions and are meant to guard against money laundering,” the outlet added.

“The Biden Administration is restricting Congress’ access to SARs, and Committee Republicans are investigating whether this change in longstanding policy is motivated by efforts to shield Hunter Biden and potentially President Biden from scrutiny,” Comer wrote. “Though the Committee requested documents and information ‘no later than June 8, 2022,’ the Department of the Treasury has provided no documents or information.”

Prior to that, several Republican members of the House Oversight Committee penned a letter and sent it to the Biden Administration demanding they be given access to any and all communication records between Hunter Biden and the Obama White House.

In the letter, the Republicans said that Hunter must be investigated amid concerns that “he is continuing to profit off” his father’s name.

“Hunter Biden’s connections throughout the Russian sphere of influence have now become especially relevant in the fast-moving and developing Russian war in Ukraine,” the Republicans on the House Oversight Committee said.

“Hunter Biden’s dealings have not gone unnoticed, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) probe begun under the Obama Administration has expanded to include a wide variety of potential violations and crimes. According to the New York Times, Hunter Biden is currently under investigation by the DOJ for possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and possible criminal tax evasion and money laundering.

“Given Hunter Biden’s foreign business relationships in Ukraine and Russia and the current international landscape, we are concerned about whether Hunter Biden continues to profit off his status as President Biden’s son as well as whether foreign adversaries may be attempting to exploit questionable business dealings. NARA may possess documents relevant to this investigation from then-Vice President Biden’s tenure,” they said.

The letter calls out Joe Biden and accuses him of lying about his involvement in Hunter’s business dealings. The lawmakers said that “the evidence is now clear” that he wasn’t just aware, he was likely involved.

“The Biden family has for decades profited from Joe Biden’s positions of public trust. Hunter Biden has particularly benefitted from his father’s success in politics, from managing a Ukrainian energy conglomerate to selling cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to connecting his father to Kazakhstani oil oligarchs, and preventing a Romanian real estate tycoon’s conviction for bribery charges,” they said.

Reporting of one of Biden family business venture during the time Joe Biden was vice president raises questions of whether or not Hunter was selling influence to the White House in order to obtain such a large amount of infused cash. Such complicated investment schemes are typically performed by experienced fund managers and with investors who feel comfortable with the fund managers’ experience and historic returns.

Hunter received a $3.5 million wire transfer in 2014, according to a 2020 report by Senate Republicans, who revealed her involvement with Hunter was “a financial relationship,” though no further explanation of the payment to Hunter was given.

Hunter’s real estate venture was occurring while Hunter sat on the board of Burisma and reportedly collected $80,000 a month, while Joe Biden was vice president. It was cut in half after Joe Biden left office.

(RepublicanWire.org) – With President Joe Biden’s popularity still close to a historic low, Democratic candidates who want a big name supporting their campaigns are reaching out to his predecessor, Barack Obama. Unfortunately for them, Obama is turning them away. The former president says his presence energizes Republicans — but is the real reason that he sees a disaster coming and doesn’t want to be linked to it?

November’s midterm elections are just weeks away, and a lot of Democratic candidates are nervous. Many of them are looking for party heavyweights to give their campaigns a boost, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is a divisive figure, and President Biden’s approval rating is staying at or below 40%.

Candidates who want a backer that voters might actually like are begging former President Obama for his support — but Obama wants to take a “limited and careful” approach, according to CNN, and plans to turn down those requests.

People close to Obama say he believes “his presence fires up GOP opposition just as much as it lights up supporters” and it’s more helpful for him to stay away from individual campaigns, but former political strategist Steve Bannon has a different theory. He says Obama is predicting an electoral disaster for the Democrats and “doesn’t want the stench of defeat on him.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – On Friday, Bloomberg’s Jason Leopold reported that his five-year-old request for documents related to now-former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had come back with the unexpected inclusion of an interview Obama did with members of the press on Jan. 17, 2017, three days before Trump’s inauguration.

During the conversation that covered a range of topics, the president cautioned the reporters on how best to go after Trump because his being reelected would hamper the “norms” of Washington, D.C.

“I think four years is OK. Take on some water, but we can kind of bail fast enough to be OK. Eight years would be a problem,” he asserted. “I would be concerned about a sustained period in which some of these norms have broken down and started to corrode.”

“I think if you’re jumping after every insult or terrible thing or a bit of rudeness that he’s doing and just chasing that,” Obama advised. “I think there’s a little bit of a three-card Monte there that you have to be careful about. I think you have to focus on a couple of things that are really important and just stay on them and drive them home.”

Lacking self-awareness as progressives often do, the president also offered some telling remarks that apple to President Joe Biden’s administration as corporate media has joyfully returned to covering for every misstep and apparent wrongdoing stemming from the White House now that it is occupied by a Democrat again.

After his administration had been accused of using the IRS to target conservative organizations, Obama was reportedly worried about the potential politicization of agencies like the FBI saying their real power is scary if “it wants your stuff, and the Justice Department starts investigating you for long periods of time, even if you have nothing to hide.”

“I would be like white on rice on the Justice Department. I’d be paying a lot of attention to that. And if there is even a hint of politically motivated investigations, prosecutions, et cetera, I think you reporters have to be really on top of that.”

As it happened, the Justice Department was the ones who authorized the release of these documents to Leopold at the same time the Republican members of Congress are cracking down on the FBI for violating whistleblower protections as agents have come forward to expose improprieties within the organization, including allegedly violating procedure to make “domestic violent extremism” appear to be a large, nationwide problem.

Meanwhile, Obama’s take on foreign policy was also a foreshadowed shot against Biden as, lacking Trump’s strong presence on the world stage, Biden’s feeble response to threats has allowed Russia and China to thrive.

“Russia and China sit back and wait to see what kind of consensus we’re building globally, they see if sometimes they can make sure their equities are protected, but they don’t initiate. If we’re not there initiating ourselves, then everybody goes into their own sort of nationalist, mercantilist corners, and it will be a meaner, tougher world,” Obama said, “and the prospects that arise will be greater.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Michael Flynn, the former Trump National Security Advisor, just filed a $50 million claim against the FBI and Justice Department for “malicious prosecution” over the Trump Russia collusion investigation.

Flynn filed it on Feb. 22. It names the DOJ, FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington D.C., Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, and the Executive Office of the President as defendants. The claim alleges former President Barack Obama and the FBI had a vendetta against him.

The filing says, “Of all of President Trump’s appointees, the Obama White House hated Flynn the most. The FBI began to express disdain for candidate Donald J. Trump and began to consider ways in which it could hamper Donald Trump as candidate or as President, were he to win the 2016 election.

“As part of these efforts, the FBI began to target Flynn. Flynn was no stranger to the FBI and its leadership, many of whom considered Flynn to be a personal enemy of the FBI and the success of their own FBI careers.

“During this meeting, the participants agreed to try to damage incoming President Trump and his new Administration, including by trying to prosecute Flynn, President-elect Trump’s incoming National Security Advisor, to cause him to resign as NSA, to cripple President Trump’s ability to implement national security and foreign affairs policy changes, and potentially to get Flynn to turn on President Trump.

“On or about November 10, 2016, two days after the Presidential Election, President-elect Trump met with President Obama in the Oval Office. During this meeting, President Obama warned President-elect Trump he had profound concerns about hiring Flynn for any sensitive, high-level national security positions.

“President Obama made this statement despite himself having appointed Flynn to the position of Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012.

“In 2014, Flynn roiled FBI leadership by intervening on behalf of Robyn Gritz, a decorated counterterrorism agent who specifically named and accused Andrew McCabe and other top FBI officials of sexual discrimination and retaliation in her complaint.

“Flynn’s support of Gritz included a letter in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationary, a public interview in 2015 supporting Gritz’s case, and an offer to testify on her behalf. 

“His offer to testify made him a hostile witness against McCabe, who was soaring through the FBI leadership ranks. 

“The FBI even sought to block Flynn’s support for the agent, asking a federal administrative law judge in May 2014 to keep Flynn from becoming a witness.

“Flynn was the target of a politically motivated investigation and prosecution that had no merit when it began, no merit during its course, and no merit in the end when the charges were withdrawn by the DOJ and ultimately dismissed by the Court after Flynn received a full pardon.

“During that meritless and unlawful investigation and prosecution, Flynn was falsely and maliciously painted by the conspirators as a traitor to his nation who acted in concert with a foreign power, and the SCO even threatened Flynn’s son with prosecution unless Flynn were to plead guilty. 

“The federal government’s targeting of a citizen for baseless criminal prosecution and eliciting a plea bargain through threatening of family members is outrageous conduct of the highest order. The fact that it was orchestrated and carried out at the highest levels of the FBI, DOJ, and White House makes it all the more outrageous.”

Flynn  is seeking “compensatory damages including but not limited to lost past and future earnings/revenue, emotional distress, lost opportunity to be President’s National Security Advisor, significant restraints of personal liberty, attorney fees/expenses and court costs in defending against malicious prosecution, abuse of process, false arrest.”

Flynn’s lawyer Jesse Binnall said if the claim is denied Flynn will sue:

“For years government bureaucrats and left wing agitators believed they could attack General Flynn with impunity. No more.

“If you wrongfully attack an American hero, then you should be held to account.

“This Federal Tort Claims Act Action is just the beginning of that accountability. Lt. General Michael Flynn will no longer be the pin cushion of the radical left.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Spotify has endured the wrath of the ‘woke’ mob and survived. The platform faced an internal and external rebellion over hosting The Joe Rogan Experience. When Rogan took ivermectin when he had COVID, which was the wrong therapeutic in the eyes of the Left. He was smeared by CNN. Many were calling for Rogan to sue CNN, but he opted against it. Musicians demanded Spotify remove their catalog which they obliged. Rogan has a $200 million dollar deal with Spotify. He makes more money than these has-been artists who haven’t had a hit in 25 years. It was a hellacious storm, but the platform survived it. They could face liberal anger again, maybe over their decision about the Obama podcast.

Spotify is reportedly showing the Obamas the door. 

Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday that Higher Ground, the production company run by former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, is seeking a multimillion deal elsewhere as their deal with Spotify expires this year, according to sources. 

Among the potential partners Higher Ground is negotiating with are Amazon’s Audible and iHeartMedia. Sources tell Bloomberg News the Obamas are hoping to find their new home within the coming weeks. 

However, Bloomberg News indicated that the move was not the former president’s choice. 

“It has talked with multiple big networks, including Spotify, but the Swedish streaming giant declined to make an offer, according to three sources familiar with the discussions,” Bloomberg News wrote. 

If Rogan speaking was enough to cause a ruckus before, Spotify not wanting to keep the Obamas is ample reason for the left to protest again. We shall find out.