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Nobody is that brazen to engage in this type of outrageous behavior against other people unless they know that they have a powerful enabler protecting them. Based on the facts and the evidence, that enabler is Mayor Eric Garcetti, despite attempts by Mayor Garcetti and the Biden Administration to frame complaints against him as a political hit job, some of the individuals who’ve come forward and shed light on the misconduct are from Mayor Garcetti’s own staff.
Continuing to push this nominee after signing that bill into law is the very definition of tone deafness, unfortunately, the Biden administration is sending a message to victims of sexual harassment in the workplace that they’ll only be believed when politically convenient.
Sen. Johnson and I have spent several years shining light on the Biden family’s foreign business entanglements, including multimillion-dollar deals with figures tied to the Chinese Communist Party, we’ve shown our work in the form of public reports and the release of bank records and legal documents substantiating our findings.
Found on FOX News 6 months ago
It’s unacceptable that the FBI continues to take a secretive approach, hiding behind classification as an excuse to withhold information that all Americans deserve to have.
Found on FOX News 8 months ago
Well, I think, historically, it's a big issue because this is the first time a former president's home has ever been invaded. Secondly, it's important because it looks like there's political bias, and the people, in the people that decided to do it. Because you have a whole opposite of what they did with Hillary Clinton, with her e-mails, and they were compromised, and she destroyed some property, and nothing was done, and they negotiated with her, but they didn't invade her home. So what's different now?
It won't only be what I hear at the state fair, but what I've heard in my county meetings that I hold regularly. Inflation is number one. Some people call it cost of living, saying gas prices. And the fact is, the president is not enforcing law at the border. It just irritates people. You can't come to America without our permission. And we've had 2 million people just willy-nilly cross the border.
I think that would solve a lot of the public relations problem, if they would [make it public].
I'm not making a judgment about the culpability of somebody that was involved in this. The information we're after. But I do believe because of the great historical significance of this invasion of the home, that we need total transparency. And I believe particularly Director Wray of the FBI needs to make very clear that he understands, and I know to some extent he understands because I had whistleblowers tell me about the political bias that some people that are high up making decisions to investigate or not investigate. And he moved that person out of it. So he knows he has a problem. How big the problem is, I don't really know how big it is.
Less than a week ago, I expressed serious concern that what little remains of the FBI’s credibility is on the line following its inconsistent handling of politically sensitive investigations, failure to hold its own employees accountable for misconduct and consistent disregard for congressional oversight, last night’s raid on the home of a former U.S. president without explanation will only further erode confidence in the FBI and the Justice Department.
The President may choose to characterize protests, riots, and incitements of violence as mere passion, but these attempts to influence and intimidate members of the federal judiciary are an affront to judicial independence.
The only election I'm worried about is the 2022 election, and then I worry about the 2024 election after that, and I'm looking to the future.
No, no. It's kind of like, how can you not have a judicial philosophy? like that’d be saying – how can I run for office [when] I don't have a political philosophy?
I want to address that issue that was raised yesterday about records, sen. [Ted] Cruz, R-Texas, raised a very legitimate question about data related to U.S. probation officer recommendations. The White House and members of this committee use that information to attempt to discredit information raised by Senator Hawley and others about the nominee's sentencing record as a district judge. No one on our side of the aisle had access to this information.
The most important thing that I look for is a nominee's view of the law, judicial philosophy and view on the role of a judge in our constitutional system, there are a number of dark money groups on the left that argue federal judges should make policy decisions based on judge's own values.
The relevant agencies ought to rapidly implement the OIG’s recommendations, congress should not even begin to considerproposals related tosweepingimmigrationstatus changes for evacuees,such as an Afghan Adjustment Act,until theBiden administration, at the very least,guarantees the integrity ofand fully responds to long-standing congressional oversight requests regardingthe vettingand evacuee resettlementprocess.
And worse, the administration cannot locate some evacuees with problematic records who were released into the United States before their background checks were completed.
Senate Judiciary Committee's speculation, i can't speculate on anything. We got President Biden.
I was born at night, but not last night, so if I didn't accept the endorsement of a person who has 91 % of the Republican voters in Iowa, I wouldn't be too smart. I'm smart enough to accept that endorsement.
We'll just have to wait and see if President Trump does more investigation.
I don't know how you can reach any conclusion, except that Trump had everybody in White House to discuss White House and unanimously, except for one, they said you shouldn't do what the one lawyer said he thought The President ought to do, the President rejected it. The President did the right thing.
I don't know how you can reach any conclusion, except that Trump had everybody in the White House to discuss it and unanimously except for one they said you shouldn't do what the one lawyer said he thought the president ought to do. The president rejected it. The President did the right thing, the president and the White House, particularly a man named Jeffrey Clark… put a full court press on the acting attorney general to try to enlist them in overturning the results of the last election.
I think I keep the same schedule as when I was 65 years old, maybe even 40 years old.
When they've got 50 votes, if they're going to spend this four-and-two-tenths trillion, they'll have to have the 50 votes to do it or they aren't getting anything, so why are they coming to us, I don't understand it?
I've been years trying to get it done. And I hope now the time has arrived, i do believe that better understanding of all the three branches of government is very, very important. And the only one that people know least about is the judicial branch.
I think when you have greater transparency, you have more accountability.
Their terms didn’t expire until 2025, and there was no reasonable justification for these removals. President Biden is overtly politicizing the SSA, people don’t want their retirement and benefits politicized, they just want an agency that works. We had that under Commissioner Saul.
The JEDI contract has been burdened by potential conflicts of interest, size, needless delays and its single awardee structure.
Found on Reuters 1 year ago
So he [Cotton] and I are gonna do 22 pushups.
Examples like this are exactly why House Republicans took action and prohibited these divisive concepts from being taught in Iowa schools, we heard from countless parents with these concerns of political indoctrination in their child’s school.
I’m worried that this effort is going to be somehow passed off as an effort to address the number of migrants at the southern border when it does nothing to stem the flow or address the crisis created by this administration, there’s no evidence to suggest that arrivals at the southern border or illegal crossings were reduced when the Obama administration tried this years ago, so there’s no reason to think it will have that effect now.
You've got to stop the bleeding before you can take care of the problem.
As of now I would be.
They ought to be smart enough to know that there ought to be a lot of things going around this country other than just what happened on January 6 -- and what happened in Portland and Seattle and Minneapolis and a lot of other places, including a lot of the antagonism against Jewish people right now being attacked in Los Angeles and New York.
Her Twitter feed has painted Republicans with a broad brush, describing our national convention last year as three nights of quote-unquote 'racism, xenophobia, and outrageous lies,' how many of our colleagues in this room were there? Of course Ms. Gupta has in fact launched Twitter attacks on some of them directly. Will that kind of partisan political advocacy affect her legal advocacy in her role where she represents all Americans?
Found on FOX News 2 years ago
I took a position on hearings and I stuck to it, and that's it, i admire Judge Garland's public service.
Right now it looks good but I don't want to make a final decision.
I'm not really answering any questions on that until I find out if we're in the majority, no Republican chairman's gon na make a decision until we know what the status is. So it's kind of a caucus decision not to talk about nominations until we get that firmed up.
It seems to me [ it should be someone who has ] got bipartisan support, and that wasn't the way Sessions was treated.
I learned today that I have tested positive for COVID-19. As of now, I am asymptomatic and I'm feeling good. I am currently in Washington D.C. and plan to isolate in my apartment while continuing to work and voting remotely.
My position, is if I were chairman of Judiciary Committee, I couldn't move forward with it but you'd have to ask Graham what he's going to do. I can't answer that question.
If the purpose of( a payroll tax cut) or a check is to stimulate the economy and help people in need, I think when a person has a check in his hand... I think that's going to do more economic good than if we dribble out $ 30 every paycheck, because people are going to notice it and maybe take some action as a result.
People would think that we're hurting Social Security funds when we're really not.
I'm not going to go. And I'm not going to go because of the virus situation.
Chuck Grassley is always well prepared. I think there is a lot of ways to get power in the Senate, but I think being knowledgeable and being willing to explain it with regard to any position you take -- Chuck Grassley seems to be well prepared on almost anything.
We expect leadership from our President and particularly in times like this, and I think that when there was destruction to a church or any other historical thing that America would put great confidence in that should not be destroyed, I think a president ought to bring attention to that terrorist activity, and go there and do... what he did last night.
Government Accountability isn't only Government Accountability or a Democrat issue, inspectors general shouldn't be politically motivated or politically targeted. And those of us in Congress have a duty to promote accountability, regardless of who is in office.
Congress's intent is clear that an expression of lost confidence, without further explanation, is not sufficient to fulfill the requirements of the IG Reform Act.
As I've said before, Congress requires written reasons justifying an IG's removal. A general lack of confidence simply is not sufficient detail to satisfy Congress.
As I've said before, Congress requires written reasons justifying an IG's removal. A general lack of confidence simply is not sufficient detail to satisfy Congress, the President has not provided the kind of justification for the removal of IG Linick required by this law.
I am doing the usual things, trying not to shake hands with people, washing my hands and being careful about sneezing and stuff like that. Beyond that, not much. I am not avoiding meetings. Yesterday and today, I always have eight 15-minute meetings with constituents, I am continuing those meetings, just not shaking hands like I usually would.
Farmers in particular have been hard hit by the trade war and deserve recognition for their sacrifice.
The law protects The Whistleblower, i'm an advocate for whistleblowing and passed all these whistleblower protection laws, so I can only say we have to go by what the law says.
I've read the transcript in its entirety. It shows that there was no quid pro quo, it reveals no quid pro quo.
This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected.
When Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus comes to whether someone qualifies as a whistleblower, the distinctions being drawn between first - and second-hand knowledge aren't legal ones, senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus's just not part of whistleblower protection law or any agency policy. Complaints based on second-hand information should not be rejected out of hand, but they do require additional leg work to get at the facts and evaluate the claim's credibility.
I've read the transcript in its entirety. It shows that there was no quid pro quo.
We now have an uncorroborated accusation, rooted only in unnamed sources, with no direct knowledge of the event, and that the alleged victim doesnt even remember, since when did that become something fit to printby the supposed American paper of record?
Found on FOX News 3 years ago
I don't think you're going to find that the Chinese ever let the world know that they decide to do something because the United States demanded it.
I support nearly every one of President Trump's immigration policies, but this is not one of them, i urge The President to consider other options.
I support nearly every one of President Trump's immigration policies, but this is not one of them.
We haven't negotiated it yet, there's an urgency for it, absolutely. Not because of the present tariff situation, but because the Congress delegated too much authority.
Many of the significant improvements in USMCA are reducing non-tariff barriers and implementing rules and fair practices that will help U.S. workers, jobs and businesses tremendously over the coming years.
I've concluded that they're taking it under consideration, i don't know whether I'll be satisfied or not when it's all done, but I'm beyond the point of considering whether or not I'm going to be satisfied.
I spoke about the competence of people I know.
I know the President's goals on immigration are the same as mine, pretty much the same as mine I would say, and that the President's got ta have people in place who will do his job and since his goals are the same as mine I'm gon na have to accept it.
House Democrats say they're interested in the tax returns of all presidents when they're really just interested in one : President President Donald Trump.
If the House of Representatives are going to get them, then I want the Senate Finance Committee to have them.
People are caught between the need for border security and agreeing with( what) the President's trying to do, but not how he wants to do it.
We've all seen the finger-pointing. Every link in the supply chain has gotten skilled at that, but, like most Americans, I'm sick and tired of the blame game. It's time for solutions.
America has a problem with the high cost of prescription medicines, we're all trying to understand the sticker shock that many drugs generate -- especially when some of those drugs have been around for a long time.
We need to have legitimate structural changes &enforcement w China or else they will continue cheating &stealing our IP/trade secrets.
Fostering a culture that respects athletes of all ages and abilities will require continued oversight and support from the Olympic Committee, i'll continue to work with the Olympic Committee, athlete advocates and other stakeholders to ensure that the world's most coveted sports institution continues to inspire athletes, promote safety and make all Americans proud.
Very seldom do I get involved in primaries and right now you're two years away from elections, ask me maybe in a year and a half or something.
I don't know how the process works, and I want to know the process.
I would hope though that we'd see it as two separate things. One, there's a legitimacy to move judges and it's something we ought to do to make the judicial branch productive, so, I would disagree with him on how he's doing it, but I wouldn't disagree with his objective.
My policy is that unreturned or negative blue slips will not necessarily preclude a hearing for a circuit-court nominee, unless the White House failed to consult with home-state senators.
Respectfully, the career public servants and professionals at The FBI know what they're doing and how best to conduct a background investigation. The FBI's business should be carried out independent of political or partisan considerations. I hope my York Democratic colleagues do not attempt to interfere in that process.
I lament how this hearing has come about.
Let's just be nice to her.
I promised Christine Blasey Ford that I would do everything in my power to avoid a repeat of the' circus' atmosphere in the hearing room that we saw the week of September 4, i've taken this additional step to have questions asked by expert staff counsel to establish the most fair and respectful treatment of the witnesses possible.
We have done it because we want to depoliticize the whole process like the Democrats politicized the Anita Hill thing, the whole purpose is to create an environment where it is what Christine Blasey Ford has asked for -- it be professional and not be a circus. That's what we're up to.
The FBI does not make a credibility assessment of any information it receives with respect to a nominee. Nor is it tasked with investigating a matter simply because the Committee deems it important. The Constitution assigns the Senate, and only the Senate, with the task of advising the President on his nominee and consenting to the nomination if the circumstances merit. We have no power to commandeer an Executive Branch agency into conducting our due diligence. The job of assessing and investigating a nominee’s qualifications in order to decide whether to consent to the nomination is ours, and ours alone.
We have reached out to her in the last 36 hours, three or four times, by email, and we have not heard from them, so it kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not ?
It raises a lot of questions about Democrats' tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee's attention only now rather than during these many steps along the way, senator Feinstein should publicly release the letter Senator Feinstein received back in July so that everyone can know what Senator Feinstein's known for weeks.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination will proceed as scheduled, next Thursday.
I'm not going to speculate on what the President might do. But I can tell you Jeff Sessions has always been a friend and is still a friend.
I'm not going to speculate on what the President might do. But I can tell you Jeff Sessions has always been a friend and is still a friend, when we get Kavanaugh done we're going to have time -- anything that's in my jurisdiction that the President sends up that we have to do. But that's unrelated to any questions that people are floating around about Jeff Sessions right now. Because I wouldn't want to connect what I just told you about my having time with anything doing with Jeff Sessions.
The President withdrew it and The President has the authority to do that.
You could probably get them all if you want to take a year to do it, but obviously, you're going to only ask for what's relevant.
I think that we ca n’t count on any Democrats until we get the 50 votes we need, and then we ’ll get five or six of them, otherwise, I do n’t think we can count on them.
For more than three decades, Justice Kennedy served with great distinction on the Supreme Court of the United States, i expect the President will soon nominate someone for the Senate to consider. I encourage the President to choose a nominee with the credentials, intellect and commitment to the rule of law necessary to serve on Supreme Court.
So we can just delay and delay and delay, if we don't vote for any more judges that Flake doesn't want to vote for until September, we still probably got plenty to do.
They see a story of kid glove treatment for one side and bare-knuckle tactics for the other.
After the Kozinski scandal and other allegations, it was a real chance to undertake reforms, but in too many ways, this vague report kicks the can down the road. ... It appears victims could be left wondering to whom they can report, with little instruction or transparency in the process or resolution.
If I were President of the United States and I had a lawyer that told me I could pardon myself, I think I would hire a new lawyer.
The question is, is Chuck Grassley using it for legitimate national security purposes ? and I'm sure he feels he is. But I think there is some question about that.
I have no decision now, in fact, it's just come to my attention, not only through your question but a few minutes ago.
So too does the Committee’s interest in learning the FBI agents ’ actual assessments of their interview of Lt. Gen. Flynn, particularly given the apparent contradiction between what then-Directory Comey told us in March 2017 and what he now claims.
So my message to any one of the nine Supreme Court justices, if you're thinking about quitting this year, do it yesterday.
Found on Reuters 5 years ago
Consequently, I would rely on them to make a judgment on whatever Iowa Republican should recuse Iowa Republican in.
It seems like after one year that there has been no evidence, at least that has been made public, no evidence that there's been any truth to the accusations of collusion between the The President and Russia, so why would he want to raise an issue that's so far going favorable to him ?
It’s a very important part of the process but it’s not entirely definitive.
Obviously the views of the majority leader are important to consider, but they do not govern what happens here in the Senate Judiciary Committee, if consideration on the floor was the standard for approving a bill in committee or not, we wouldn't probably be moving any bills out of Senate Judiciary Committee.
And I don't know how to conspire.
I'm at a loss to see how a call for the administration to be more transparent about decisions involving the special counsel — including any decision to fire the special counsel or curtail his investigation — would undermine the Mueller investigation.
All I’ve done to help him in his job, number one, getting the job, number two, helping with all these assistant attorney generals … a lot of them have been very controversial, when the president wanted to fire him, I said the president shouldn’t do that.
I’m just very incensed that he would send that letter.
I don’t take lightly making a referral for criminal investigation. But, as I would with any credible evidence of a crime unearthed in the course of our investigations, I feel obliged to pass that information along to the Justice Department for appropriate review.
And I’ve said that before and I’ve said it to people who can do it.
Trump ought to stay out of it. I think it’s a Christopher Wray job.
Mr. Simpson’s company, Fusion GPS, is the same firm that oversaw the creation of the unverified Trump Dossier, it is vital for the Committee to fully understand Fusion’s failure to register under FARA and its role in the creating and spreading of the dossier.
Gov. McAuliffe is a longtime friend and fundraiser for the Clintons and the Democratic Party, deputy Director Andrew McCabe met in person with Gov. McAuliffe about his wife’s political plans.
It doesn't matter if I think it's the right move or not it's something they got the authority to do and we have to accept.
Taking advices (sic) as he did from the deputy Attorney General Rosenstein that Comey should not have acted both as a prosecutor and an investigator. In other words, he should be investigating the Justice Department, under then-(Attorney General) Lynch should have made the decision on prosecuting. He seemed to take responsibility for both, which I think is main reason the President made his decision.
Now, I've never heard any Democrat complain about all that money that was spent last year.
The issue is of particular concern to the Senate Judiciary Committee given that when Fusion GPS reportedly was acting as an unregistered agent of Russian interests, it appears to have been simultaneously overseeing the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier of allegations of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
It is particularly disturbing that Mr. Akhmetshin and Fusion GPS were working together on this pro-Russia lobbying effort in 2016 in light of Mr. Akhmetshin’s history and reputation.
When political opposition research becomes the basis for law enforcement or intelligence efforts, it raises substantial questions about the independence of law enforcement and intelligence from politics.
Here’s what I’ve done: the Justice Department would like to get their deputy out of committee just as soon as they can, i’m not going to schedule a hearing on the deputy attorney general until we get a briefing from Comey.
The long delays in finalizing regulations to crack down on this practice are frustrating to those of us who want to stop this way of laundering criminal proceeds.
Found on Reuters 6 years ago
If [the FBI] wants to avoid giving the impression that the FBI was pulling punches, because many people in a similar situation would face some sort of consequence, the agency must now be more transparent than ever in releasing information gathered during its investigation, that means more than simply giving the public a brief summary of his view of the facts. It should include the actual evidence so the public can make an educated decision on its own about the judgment and decision-making of all the senior officials involved.
That means more than simply giving the public a brief summary of his view of the facts. It should include the actual evidence so the public can make an educated decision on its own about the judgment and decision-making of all the senior officials involved.
The IRS always seems to be able to find more resources when it wants to. Because of that, and because of non-taxpayer service activities, like union work on the taxpayer’s dime, the IRS deserves skepticism when it continuously seeks more money.
It's not about him because we're living by the principle 'let the people have a voice,'.
I am no stranger to political pressure and to strong-arm tactics.
Now that's a political temptation that the chief justice should resist.
While the vice president and others have tried to recast his 1992 speech as merely a call for greater cooperation.
The next Supreme Court justice could dramatically change the direction of the court, the majority of this body believes the American people shouldn't be denied the opportunity to weigh in on this question.
It isn't any different if the President of the United States notifies Congress well in advanced of a piece of legislation that he's going to veto it, whether it's today or tomorrow or whether it's for the next seven or eight months, this is a very important debate that we ought to have about the constitution and about not only who's going to be a replacement for Justice Scalia but about the role of the Supreme Court.
I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decisions, in other words, take it a step at a time.
Unless and until the United States can figure out a foolproof screening process to prevent terrorists from masquerading as refugees to infiltrate our neighborhoods and communities, President Obama needs to listen to the concerns voiced by more than half the nation's governors, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on both sides of Capitol Hill, and the American people from across the entire country.
It appears to be a special provision for higher educational institutions and outlets.
DuPont and Dow are two titans of American industry and the proposed merger demands serious scrutiny.
Perhaps then a federal financial control board should be part of a comprehensive approach to remove obstacles to certain fiscal reform.
It would be hard for Grassley to say he's not spending enough time in Iowa.
The nominee is an innocent victim of the State Department’s contemptuous failures to respond to congressional inquiries.
Congress did not intend to create this sort of litigation-style standoff inside the department, it is a waste of time and money for two divisions of the same government department to be fighting over access to the department’s own records.
If the Inspector General deems a document necessary to do his job, then the agency should turn it over immediately.
It’s not a secret that the FBI is operating in the skies above our nation’s cities and towns, but what’s unclear is precisely what the bureau is doing and what legal framework is being used to guide its activity, it’s important that federal law enforcement personnel have the tools they need to find and catch criminals, but whenever an operation may also monitor the activities of Americans who are not the intended target, as several media reports suggest, we must make darn sure that safeguards are in place to protect the civil liberties of innocent Americans.
This program is meant to be used in a limited way to give the government special expertise it can’t get otherwise, an inspector general review is necessary. Available information suggests that in at least one case, the State Department gave the special status for employee convenience, not public benefit.
A number of conflict-of-interest concerns arise when a government employee is simultaneously being paid by a private company.
A number of conflict-of-interest concerns arise when a government employee is simultaneously being paid by a private company, especially when that company (is) Teneo.
A number of conflict-of-interest concerns arise when a government employee is simultaneously being paid by a private company, especially when that company, Teneo.
Digging into the report and reading about specific cases, you can see just how questionable Mr. Mayorkas' ethics and judgment were, and, just as bad, is the blind eye that the Obama administration turned when elevating this individual to the number two slot at the Department of Homeland Security.
The Obama administration claims that it is using ‘prosecutorial discretion’ to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens from this country, but this report shows the disturbing truth: 1,000 undocumented aliens previously convicted of crimes who the administration released in 2013 have gone on to commit further crimes in our communities.
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