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(RepublicanWire.org) – House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is blasting the House Committee investigating Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol as new doubts are being cast on explosive testimony from former White House aid Cassidy Hutchinson.

During an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, Scalise addressed testimony from Hutchinson, who at one point interned for him, as he said, “I’ve seen some of the excerpts. And it looks like one more day of salacious headlines.”

“And already today we’re seeing Secret Service agents saying it didn’t happen, what was testified to in committee yesterday didn’t even happen,” he continued.

Finally, Scalise argued, “This is why Pelosi set this up from day one to be a partisan committee, a witch hunt just to keep going after Donald Trump — not to get facts. She kicked Republicans off the committee. She didn’t want the facts. They just want to keep going after Trump.”

Scalise’s later comments refer to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) decision to block Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) from joining the committee.

On Tuesday, Hutchinson recounted a story she alleged was told to her by White House aide Tony Ornato.

“So once the president had gotten into the vehicle with Bobby, he thought that they were going up to the Capitol. And when Secret Service Special Agent Bobby Engel had relayed to him, we’re not. We don’t have the assets to do it. It’s not secure. We’re going back to the West Wing. The president had a very strong, very angry response to that,” Hutchinson testified.

She continued, “[Ornato] described him as being irate. The president said something to the effect of, ‘I’m the f*****g president! Take me up to the Capitol now.’ To which Bobby responded, ‘Sir, we have to go back to the West Wing.’”

She went on:

“The president reached up towards the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel. Mr. Engel grabbed his arm, said, ‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing. We’re not going to the Capitol.’ Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel and when Mr. Ornato had recounted the story to me, he had motioned towards his clavicles.”

Trump fired back after her testimony, calling her a “total phony” and insisting the story was “fake news.”

Additionally, multiple reporters shared that the Secret Service agents are reportedly willing to testify that the incident did not occur.

For its part, the addressed doubts as a spokesperson for the panel told CNN, “The Committee trusts the credibility of a witness who was willing to testify under oath and in public.”

Mark Levin weighed in on the matter.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The numbers are in for the Jan. 6 Committee production. It didn’t go as well as the left had anticipated.

To help you understand how much it bombed, here’s The Hill’s media guy, Joe Concha noting that this is significantly smaller than the regular newscasts that they run that don’t have the advantage of running in primetime.

“Context: The evening newscasts on CBS, NBC & ABC average anywhere from 18 to 20 million viewers combined on a typical night,” Concha explained. “Those newscasts do not air in primetime. The January 6 hearings airing in primetime Thursday took in just 11+ million viewers on those three same networks.”

Newsbusters said, “evening newscast audiences on any given night last week were 1.6 times larger than the total number of broadcast viewers who tuned into the hearings on Thursday.” Of course, one of the issues is that it wasn’t “new”; most people have seen most of it and it’s from a year-and-a-half ago. Not to mention that many don’t view it as a legitimate committee, but as a political show trial.

For more contrast, Joe Biden’s “State of the Union” address in March had 38 million viewers. In 2018, President Donald Trump’s first “State of the Union” attracted 45.6 million, in 2019 it was even higher at 46.8 million.

It didn’t go well on CBS, as the Free Beacon explained.

Just 3.24 million people watched the network’s “Capitol Assault Hearings” coverage Thursday night, according to the TV Ratings Guide. Exactly one week prior, 3.86 million people tuned in to CBS to watch a Young Sheldon rerun, meaning an old episode of the coming-of-age sitcom garnered roughly 600,000 more viewers than the inaugural hearing.

That gap is even more pronounced for new Young Sheldon episodes. More than seven million people, for example, watched the show’s season five finale, titled “A Clogged Pore, a Little Spanish, and the Future,” during CBS’s 8 p.m. slot on Thursday, May 19. Three weeks earlier, 6.9 million people watched a new episode titled, “Uncle Sheldon and a Hormonal Firecracker.”

There were however, more people on CNN and MSNBC than they might normally have, but that’s preaching to the choir. Those are the people who already buy into the Democratic talking points on the matter. That’s not achieving the purpose of the political show. The regular networks are going to be more of the bellwether for the independent American. But, Fox still beat out CNN, and Fox didn’t even show the hearing.

This didn’t really work out as the Democrats had hoped. Most people aren’t interested in seeing a political show. They blame Biden and the Democrats for the failures that are happening now. They know that Democrats are throwing this out as their last gasp before the midterms. They know by comparison the Democrats ignored and even mocked President Donald Trump when rioters were outside the White House in 2020.

Journalist Andy Ngo has a great thread, and I’m guessing none of the people here are currently being hunted by the FBI or have a dedicated page, despite the organized nature of the riots in 2020. Here are just a few snippets from his thread.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Donald Trump threatened to sue the Pulitzer Prize board for rewarding the New York Times and Washington Post’s coverage of alleged Russian collusion in April 2018.

In a May 27 letter to Pulitzer administrator Marjorie Miller, the former president said he requested the board to remove the awards given to the two newspapers by arguing their coverage was based on “false and fabricated information.” The former president made the same request in two separate letters sent in October and November 2021.

“There is no dispute that the Pulitzer Board’s award to those media outlets was based on false and fabricated information that they published,” Trump said. “The continuing publication and recognition of the prizes on the Board’s website is a distortion of fact and a personal defamation that will result in the filing of litigation if the Board cannot be persuaded to do the right thing on its own.”

The letter also calls for the board to “pay close attention to the developments in the ongoing criminal trial of Michael Sussman, the former attorney for the 2016 Clinton Campaign.” He argued the newspapers would have quickly known about the campaign’s “shameful smears” if they had conducted “even a modicum of journalistic investigation” into the reports.

“We gain more and more clarity with each passing day about the propaganda and falsehoods that were pushed by the Clintons and their willing accomplices in the media about the ‘collusion’ that never existed between me, my campaign, my administration, and the Russian government,” the letter continued. “Even the New York Times and Washington Post have effectively admitted this fact.

“Surely there must come to a point where it is simply embarrassing to your organization to stand by a prestigious Pulitzer Prize awarded to two alleged news organizations that have been conclusively and definitively complicit in promulgating lies about me.”

He then directed the board to “carefully study” a report released by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz calling out former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s handling of the Trump-Russian collusion allegations.

“I again call on you to rescind the Prize you awarded based on blatantly fake, derogatory and defamatory news. If you choose not to do so, we will see you in court,” the letter concluded.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Trump has been laying the groundwork for a 2024 campaign. He already has been hosting rallies across the country and announcing endorsements. Trump’s health and how the midterms elections play out are two key factors in a possible 2024 run.

People close to the former president revealed Trump is heavily leaning towards running again.

“If the Republicans take the House and the Senate, Donald Trump will run. If we take the House OR the Senate, Donald Trump will strongly consider running. If we take neither of them, he will not run,” a person familiar with Trump’s thinking said.

President Joe Biden is a key player in Trump’s 2024 plans.

“If Biden really does run again, Trump’s running without question,” a former senior Trump administration official said.

Trump is more likely to run if the current president continues on what’s viewed as a disastrous path.

“I think he’s [Trump] going to be looking to exploit a very unpopular president,” the person familiar with the Trump team’s thinking predicted.

“The nomination is his if he wants it,” a former Trump official suggested.

If Trump decides to run, there are reports that is he is considering New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik to be his vice presidential nominee.

“There is a part of Trump who thinks he needs a female VP. He definitely likes her, likely because of how effusive she is to him,” a Trump advisor told CNN.

“President Trump thinks very highly of Elise Stefanik,” Chris Ruddy, a longtime friend of Trump, told the outlet. “She has been talked about in circles close to him as a potential vice presidential.”

Stefanik is the third-ranking Republican in the House and chair of the House Republican. Stefanik  replaced Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney as the chair of the House Republican Conference after Cheney was voted out of the position.

Alex DeGrasse, a senior adviser to Stefanik said, “Congresswoman Stefanik is 100% focused on serving New York’s 21st Congressional District and as House Republican Conference Chair helping lead the efforts to take back the House in 2022 to fire Nancy Pelosi once and for all to save America.”

Time will tell who will run for the republican candidate in 2024. Others who are rumored to run are Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, as well as former Vice President Mike Pence.

(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) – Special Counsel John Durham filed new evidence Monday night in the case against Democratic Party lawyer Michael Sussmann, who has been charged with making a false statement to a federal agent during a September 2016 meeting with the FBI.

Sussmann allegedly failed to disclose his clients, including Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, to the FBI when he offered information in 2016 that he claimed demonstrated a secret channel between the Trump Organization and Kremlin-allied Alfa Bank.

During the meeting, Sussmann allegedly falsely claimed that he was not at the meeting on behalf of any client.

Durham’s latest filing shows that the evening before the lawyer’s meeting, he sent a text to an FBI official saying, “I’m coming on my own — not on behalf of a client or company — want to help the bureau.” 

The text message offers new evidence outside of the one-on-one meeting that Sussmann did in fact claim he was not participating in the meeting on behalf of a client.

The new filing also includes rceferences to the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. A number of the allegations included in the Steele dossier, which was used by the FBI to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, have since been discredited.

Steele was a subcontractor for Fusion GPS, a research firm that Sussmann’s former law firm, Perkins Coie, had hired to look into potential links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Marc Elias, a campaign law specialist and one of Sussmann’s partners at Perkins Coie, was representing the Clinton campaign and hired Fusion GPS.

Though Sussmann’s indictment does not mention the Steele dossier, Durham’s new filing refers to the dossier and Steele, including a meeting with Sussmann that Steele has said included the alleged suspicions data scientists had about odd internet data they thought might indicate a secret channel between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank.

Sussmann’s lawyers asked the judge to block prosecutors from making arguments and introducing evidence related to the dossier.

Sussmann’s defense lawyers claimed Durham is promoting a “baseless narrative that the Clinton campaign conspired with others to trick the federal government into investigating ties between President Trump and Russia.”

“But there was no such conspiracy; the special counsel hasn’t charged such a crime; and the special counsel should not be permitted to turn Mr. Sussmann’s trial on a narrow false statement charge into a circus full of sideshows that will only fuel partisan fervor,” attorneys for Sussmann wrote.

Meanwhile, the new Durham filing asked the judge to prevent the defense from making arguments and presenting evidence “that depict the special counsel as politically motived or biased based on his appointment” by the Trump administration.

“The only purpose in advancing these arguments would be to stir the pot of political polarization, garner public attention and, most inappropriately, confuse jurors or encourage jury nullification,” it said. “Put bluntly, the defense wishes to make the special counsel out to be a political actor when, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – President Joe Biden has been a long-time critic of his predecessor’s tax cuts. However, even Biden can’t always ignore reality. As he announced his budget plan on Monday, he was forced to put his pride aside and finally admit that Trump’s taxation policy actually worked.

On March 28, Biden outlined his new budget proposals, which call for a massive $5.8 trillion in government spending. He blasted former President Donald Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but as he was discussing the plans, he claimed it had led to tax cuts and mostly helped the rich. Biden has made this claim before, and attracted a lot of criticism for it – even the notoriously liberal Washington Post awarded him four Pinocchios for his “clearly false” remarks about the tax cuts – but this time the numbers he went on to cite made clear that Trump got it right.

In 2017, before Trump’s cuts took effect, the federal government collected $3.3 trillion in taxes. By 2021, with the cuts still in place, that had risen to over $4 trillion despite the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; for 2022, it’s expected to be a record-breaking $4.5 trillion. As President Reagan showed in the 1980s, cutting taxes in the right places stimulates economic growth and increases tax revenue. Unfortunately, it isn’t increasing it enough to pay for Biden’s spending plans, but that’s hardly Trump’s fault.

(RepublicanWire.org) – President Joe Biden faces mounting pressure from Americans, especially Republicans like Rep. Ralph Norman, who discusses Ukrainians’ need for self-defense weapons and blasts the Joe Biden administration for stalling during an episode on ‘Fox Report.’

Norman suggests there is a ‘serious’ case building against President Joe Biden that could lead to his potential impeachment. One must ask, why didn’t Russia invade Ukraine when Donald Trump was president?

Former President Donald Trump was impeached twice and that felt like Democrats grasping at straws in an attempt to get Trump out of office as soon as possible. In fact, Trump was impeached twice and neither impeachment gave Democrats any satisfaction, but it wasted a lot of time that Donald Trump could have used to help make America great again.

Unfortunately, Democrats and their morbid need for power may have set the stage for so many future presidents to consistently face impeachments, because it seemed like their desire to impeach Trump was done for personal reasons, rather than looking out for the best interest of America.

With so many corrupt politicians sitting in office, it’s difficult to trust any of them, and Donald Trump was one of the very few people who would cut ties and call people out on both sides of the political spectrum.

It was as if Trump wasn’t playing the game of politics and that certainly contributed to politicians trying to get rid of him.

It was so bad, that Democrats ran with Joe Biden as their lead candidate and now America seems to be suffering in more ways than one.

Perhaps nothing reveals the inept leadership of Joe Biden to the general public than a comedy bit that The Daily Show host Trevor Noah performed on Wednesday which sharply contrasted the utter lack of respect that Biden received from the leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with what their response would have been to Donald Trump if he were currently in the White House.

Noah was talking about how the American boycott of Russian oil has caused Biden to call the leaders of the countries above, as well as Venezuela, to plead with them to sell the United States more oil to make up the current fuel shortage. Unfortunately for Biden, the Middle Eastern leaders refused to even answer his phone call.

Noah contrasted that refusal to even talk to Biden with what their reaction would have been to Trump if he were still in the White House.

There is no denying that Saudi Arabia isn’t playing ball with Joe Biden. And you know what? You can say what you want, but this would have never happened to Donald Trump. Never. No one was ever ignoring Donald Trump’s calls. Beause if you ignored Donald Trump’s calls, you didn’t know how he would respond. Maybe he’d send an angry tweet, or maybe he’d just, like, ban your country from everything. You don’t know.

That’s why I bet in these situations, Biden actually wishes that he could hire Trump to step in as President Wild Card. You know? Just keep everyone on their toes. ‘Cause if Trump was calling, you best believe the UAE — they’ll be racing to pick up the phone.

“Ah, Mr. Trump! Mr. Trump, we’re here, we’re here, hello?”

“Too late, Ahmed, you made me wait two rings. We’re bombing the UAE and the UFC, just in case.”

This was a very funny yet brutal portrayal of Biden’s ineffectiveness in sharp contrast to Trump played out on popular media. So brutal that it could be played as part of a very effective campaign ad against Biden in 2024… or even this year.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Footage emerged on social media Monday morning showing former President Donald Trump warning Americans of record-high gas prices should Joe Biden be elected to lead the United States.

“We have more oil than anybody. You’re playing $2 for a gallon of gasoline. That’s like a tax cut. That’s better than tax cut. If Biden got in, you’d be paying $7… Then they’ll tell you to get rid of your car,” explained Trump.