By Erick Erickson
I can confirm that the attack ads in Mississippi run by “All Citizens for Mississippi” were funded by Senate Republicans, including Senators Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Rob Portman, Bob Corker, and Roy Blunt. It appears our Senate Republican leaders are willing to risk losing a Senate majority so long as they can get their own re-elected. Yes folks, it is true. I can confirm what we all suspected.
The advertisements attacked Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel and painted conservative Republicans and tea party activists as racists. According to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission, All Citizens for Mississippi received funding from a Haley Barbour backed group called Mississippi Conservatives. Read more at redstate.com.
Hat tip: Amy Kremer
‘I was cautioning folks about email and how we have several occasions where Congress has asked for emails … we need to be cautious about what we say in emails’
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today released new e-mails at a hearing with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen showing former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner leading an IRS effort to hide information from Congressional inquiries.
From the April 9, 2013, email exchange among Lerner, an IRS technology employee (Maria Hooke), and the agency’s Director for Exempt Organizations Exam Unit Manager Nanette Downing who led audits:
I had a question today about OCS [Microsoft Office Communications Server]. I was cautioning folks about email and how we have several occasions where Congress has asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails – so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails. Someone asked if OCS conversations were also searchable – I don’t know, but told them I would get back to them. Do you know?
Read more including the actual email message at: allenwestrepublic.com.
By Matthew Boyle
Conservative election integrity organization True The Vote filed suit in federal court Tuesday against Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party, asking a judge for an immediate injunction against them so that the election material from the state’s June 24 GOP primary runoff can be inspected.
The lawsuit comes as allegations that Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) campaign and his allies engaged in voter fraud to win last Tuesday’s runoff against conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran bested McDaniel by fewer than 7,000 votes but did so with an overwhelming turnout from liberal Democrats in the black community.
“All we are asking is that the MS State Republican Party follow the law; allow their designated county representatives to inspect the poll books and ballots, give them the review time they are permitted by law, and allow them to uphold their responsibility to MS voters,” True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht (emphasis mine) said in a statement about the suit. “True the Vote has been inundated with reports from voters across Mississippi who are outraged to see the integrity of this election being undermined so that politicos can get back to business as usual. Enough is enough.” Continue reading at breitbart.com.
Update: 800 Hinds County Voters Crossed Over Illegally
By Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit on Thursday, June 26, 2014, 3:03 PM:
The Chris McDaniel campaign has identified multiple Mississippi counties in which enough improper ballots have been cast that a legal challenge to the outcome of the election is warranted.
This after Thad Cochran reportedly relied on 25,000-35,000 Democrat votes to pull him to victory in the June 24 runoff.
UPDATE: The Cochran campaign is reportedly asking county clerks not to certify the voting rolls until the last day possible so that the McDaniel people will not be able to look at the rolls and challenge them. Read more HERE.
From Deneen Borelli at FreedomWorks: The Republican Establishment had to use Democrats to beat a real constitutional conservative in yesterday’s Mississippi primary.
Rather than allow grassroots conservatives to decide their next senator, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, the Chamber of Commerce, K Street lobbyists, and the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee – explanation, mine) helped Democrats choose the Republican Nominee. It’s shameful, corrupt, and unforgivable.
The truth is: Chris McDaniel won a majority of Republican voters. That’s why the DC Establishment spent hundreds of thousands of dollars getting Democrat votes. They couldn’t maintain their hold on the Republican Party without them.
The K-Street Lobbyist crowd even sent out robocalls implying the Tea Party and Chris McDaniel were racist, because we oppose Obama’s agenda. The calls told voters to “say no to the Tea Party and their disrespectful treatment of the first African-American President.”
There were even flyers claiming that a McDaniel victory would stop black Americans from voting. The DC-insiders wanted Mississippi Democrats to think Constitutional Conservatives might be racist. This campaign is among the dirtiest, most despicable I’ve seen in my lifetime.
The Cochran campaign was based on helping his cronies. “Vote for Thad, he’ll get the pork!” With $17 trillion in debt and a shrinking economy, the GOP campaigned on more irresponsible spending we can’t afford. That’s why they needed Democrat voters to win – every real Republican knows we need to CUT spending.
If the only way the K Street wing of the GOP Establishment can win is by vile race-baiting and courting Democrats to vote in GOP primaries, then we’re winning. Because they’ve lost Republican voters, and they know it.
You know why the Republican Establishment and the DC-insiders fear us. They want to keep their gravy train rolling. They want unlimited spending and bigger government. That’s why they’re spending millions attacking patriotic conservatives like you and me.
That’s why we can’t give up. They’re afraid of us. And that’s how I know we’re making a difference, that’s how I know that this is the beginning of the end, and we will Take America Back. We must press on.
We will always stand by you. Thank you for all your hard work.
Related article: GOP Establishment Exists To Keep Conservatives Out of Congress
(My transcript is below video)
Congressman Trey Gowdy outdid himself while questioning IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during Monday night’s House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing. Below is my transcript:
Gowdy: “Well, I’m going to help you with it. Spoliation of the evidence is when a party fails to preserve evidence There’s a negative inference that the jury can draw, from their failure to preserve the evidence. You with me? If you destroy documents, the jury can infer that those documents weren’t going to be good for you. If you fail to keep documents, the jury can infer that those documents were not going to be good for you. You’ve heard the phrase spoliation of evidence haven’t you?
Koskinen: “No, I can’t recall ever hearing that.”
Gowdy: “It’s true in administrative hearings, civil hearings, criminal hearings.”
Koskinen: “I practiced law once 45 years ago, gave it up for Lent one year, never went back.”
Gowdy: “Well let me tell you what you would have found had you stuck with it. When a party has a duty to preserve evidence or records, and they fail to do so, there is a negative inference that is drawn from their failure to preserve the evidence. It’s common sense, right? If you destroy something, the jury has a right to infer that whatever you destroyed would not have been good for you. Or else every litigant would destroy whatever evidence was detrimental to them. Agreed?”
Koskinen: “I’m not sure. I think if you destroy the evidence and people could prove it, it wouldn’t be a good thing for your defense.”
Gowdy: “Well, no it’s worse than that the jury can draw and they’re instructed, they can draw a negative inference.”
Gowdy: If a taxpayer is being sued by the IRS administratively, civilly or prosecuted criminally, and they fail to keep documents, the jury can draw a negative inference from the fact that they didn’t keep receipts or emails or documents. So if it’s true and applies to a taxpayer, it ought to apply to the IRS as well. Agree?
Koskinen: “Is this a trial? Is this a jury? Is that what you’re…”
Gowdy: “I say administrative, civil or criminal. I say if you want to, if you want to go down that road, I’m happy to go down there with you. In fact I’m glad you mentioned it. You’ve already said multiple times today that there was no evidence you found of any criminal wrongdoing. I want you to tell me what criminal statutes you’ve evaluated.”
Koskinen: “I’ve not looked at any statutes.”
Gowdy: Well then how can you possibly tell our fellow citizens there’s no criminal wrongdoing, if you don’t even know what statute to look at?”
Koskinen: “Because I see no evidence that anybody consciously…”
Gowdy: “But how would you know what elements of the crime existed? You don’t even know what statutes are in play. I’m going to ask you again: What statutes have you evaluated?”
Koskinen: “Uh, I think you can rely on common sense. Nothing I have seen…”
Gowdy: “Common sense. Instead of the criminal code, you want to rely on common sense, no Mr. Koskinen, you can shake your head all you want to Commissioner, you have said today, that there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. And I’m asking you what criminal statute you have reviewed to reach that conclusion?”
Koskinen: “I’ve reviewed no criminal statute.”
Gowdy: Alright, so you don’t have any idea whether there’s any criminal conduct or not, because you don’t know the elements of the offense.”
Koskinen: “I’ve seen no evidence of wrongdoing.”
Gowdy: “Oh well, that’s very different than no evidence of criminal misconduct Commissioner.”
Koskinen: “It seems to me that if you haven’t done wrongdoing, It would be pretty hard to (stutter) argue that you had some criminal violation if you didn’t…”
Gowdy: “Well what did Lois Lerner mean when she said that ‘perhaps the FEC will save the day’?”
Koskinen: “I have no idea.”
Gowdy: “What did she mean when she said that ‘we need a project but we need to be careful that it doesn’t appear to be per se political’? You don’t think that’s a potential violation of 18242”?
Koskinen: “I have no idea if.”
Gowdy” “Because you haven’t looked at 18242. You don’t have any idea, Commissioner. You don’t have any idea whether there’s any criminal wrongdoing, or not.”
Koskinen: “With regard to the production of the evidence, the production of Lois Lerner’s emails, I have seen no evidence of wrongdoing. What else, what else…”
Gowdy: “If there were, that would be a separate criminal offense.”
Koskinen: “What else went on with Lois lerner, I’ve said in the past…”
Gowdy: “So what you’re saying is that you don’t have any idea whether she engaged in criminal wrongdoing, you’re just saying that you did not engage in any with respect to the emails.”
Koskinen: “I haven’t seen any wrongdoing with regard to the production of Lois Lerner’s emails.”
Gowdy: “You are not saying there was no criminal wrongdoing with respect to the targeting of conservative groups. I want to be very clear, you’re not saying that.”
Koskinen: “Made no judgments.”
Gowdy: So you disagree with the President when he says that there’s not a smidgen of corruption.”
Koskinen: “There are people who have been making judgments both sides about whether there were…”
Gowdy: “And you know what? I’m not one of those. I’m just simply saying we will never know because you didn’t keep the evidence. The evidence was spoliated. And whether it was negligent, whether it was intentional, whether it’s reckless, we still don’t have the evidence, Commissioner.”
Koskinen: “Well you have the evidence that there is no emails from the White House, You have the Treasury emails, so the basic premise that this was an argument in a conspiracy driven by the White House…”
Gowdy: “No sir, you’re wrong about that. You’re wrong about that. That you’re repeating a talking point from our colleagues on the other side that we’re obsessed with the White House. It was Jay Carney who perpetuated the myth that it was rogue agents in Ohio. It wasn’t any of us. Was that accurate? Was that first initial line of defense that this is just two rogue agents in Ohio? Was that accurate Commissioner?”
Koskinen: “Not that I know of.”
Gowdy: “Alright, so that wasn’t accurate and that came from the White House. Who said there’s not a smidgeon of corruption? Who said that, Commissioner?”
Koskinen: “Uh, my understanding it was the President.
Gowdy: “Uh it was the President. So that was Jay Carney and the President both inserting themselves into the IRS scandal. And you want to blame us for bringing the White House into it?
Koskinen: “I haven’t blamed you at all I…”
Gowdy: “You just did, Commissioner, ya’ just did.”
Koskinen: “It’s a good argument, all I said was the White House has revealed there were no Lois Lerner emails, Treasury has given you all of their emails and to the extent that uh the argument was that Lois Lerner was conspiring and emailing back and forth, thus far I haven’t seen any emails…”
Gowdy: “You can be engaged in a conspiracy that doesn’t include the White House.
Unknown voice: “Gentleman, time’s up.”
Published on Jun 10, 2014
Fox New Hannity 6/10/2014: Dave Brat on what his shocking win means for the GOP.
(NYTimes) WASHINGTON — In one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history, the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, was soundly defeated on Tuesday by a Tea Party-backed economics professor who had hammered him for being insufficiently conservative. (Post continued below video)
The result delivered a major jolt to the Republican Party — Mr. Cantor had widely been considered the top candidate to succeed Speaker John A. Boehner — and it has the potential to change both the debate in Washington on immigration and, possibly, the midterm elections.
With just over $200,000, David Brat, a professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., toppled Mr. Cantor, repeatedly criticizing him for being soft on immigration and contending that he supported what critics call amnesty for immigrants in the country illegally. Mr. Brat will face Jack Trammell, a Democrat who is also a professor at Randolph-Macon, this fall in the heavily Republican district. Read more at: YouHotNews.
Conservative icon Mark Levin comments on the stunning defeat of Eric Cantor in the Virginia GOP primary election. The House Majority Leader was upset by political novice David Brat. This was the first time in the history of our republic that a House Majority Leader was defeated in a primary election.
On this week’s Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News Channel, host Jeanine Pirro called for president Obama’s impeachment triggered by his recent release of five terrorists from Gitmo in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Here is a portion of her opening statement (post continues below video:
However, Breitbart senior editor-at-large Ben Shapiro says that impeachment isn’t the answer: prosecution is.
Six former members of Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon came together for the first time on Wednesday to speak out. They appeared on Megyn Kelly’s The Kelly File on Fox News and discussed whether they thought Bergdahl served with honor and “distinction.”
Published on Jun 2, 2014
After the release this weekend of a U.S. soldier held captive by the Taliban for five years, questions are now being raised about the five terrorists released from Guantanamo Bay in the prisoner swap. Former CIA operative Gary Berntsen joined Steve Doocy this morning to give us some background on the men.
The names of the detainees are Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi, Khairullah Khairkhwa, and Abdul Haq Wasiq. They are believed to be the top five Taliban leaders at the prison and were selected in 2012 by Taliban leaders as part of initial negotiations.
Berntsen noted that Wasiq was the Taliban’s deputy chief of intelligence, and along with the other four were involved in the murders of 6,000 Hazara tribesmen when the Taliban seized the city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
“These men conducted a genocide. They are among the worst people on the planet,” said Berntsen, noting that the men will now stay in Qatar for a year “at the pool” and will return to the Taliban as “rock stars” after that time is up.
Berntsen said this is a “meaningful concession” by the Obama administration and will inspire the Taliban to continue the fight. Berntsen, who was active in the CIA when these men were captured, said he would have tried to find another way, calling the price for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl “too high.”
Berntsen is currently Regional Director for Concerned Veterans of America (CVA). On Saturday, June 7th from 5-8pm, CVA and Gainesville Harley Davidson are sponsoring the Honoring Our Veterans Rally at the dealership. Come on out and meet Gary and have a great time! Click HERE for the Flyer.