March 6, 2017
According to the New York Times – yes. Here are excerpts from an article published in the NYT on 1/19/17:
WASHINGTON — American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.
The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit. The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.
It is not clear whether the intercepted communications had anything to do with Mr. Trump’s campaign, or Mr. Trump himself.
Note the language: “intercepted communications” and “some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.” This certainly warrants (no pun intended) an investigation into the Obama Administration’s actions.
February 13, 2017
Jenna Ellis at the National Review has an excellent essay explaining that the government does NOT grant rights – it protect them. (Or should protect them.)
Unalienable rights are endowed by our Creator upon every human by virtue of being human, and privileges are given by our American government to a specific group of people — Americans. The U.S. Constitution is only five pages. It’s not complicated. That’s because it doesn’t grant rights to the American people, it grants specific, limited powers to the federal government to operate in accordance with the Declaration’s mandate: preserving and protecting the rights we the people already possess.
Read more from Jenna Ellis here.
January 30, 2017
I’ve heard a lot of discussions about the President’s executive orders, but not a lot of accurate information. Here is a short summary of orders as of this morning:
- An order instructing agencies that whenever they introduce a regulation, they must first abolish two others.
- An order to restructure the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.
- An order to lengthen the ban on administration officials working as lobbyists. There is now a 5 year-ban on officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government, and a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
- An executive order imposing a 120-day suspension of the refugee program and a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from citizens of seven terror hot spots: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.
- Multi-pronged orders on border security and immigration enforcement including: the authorization of a U.S.-Mexico border wall; the stripping of federal grant money to sanctuary cities; hiring 5,000 more Border Patrol agents; ending “catch-and-release” policies for illegal immigrants; and reinstating local and state immigration enforcement partnerships.
- Two orders reviving the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access piplines. He also signed three other related orders that would: expedite the environmental permitting process for infrastructure projects related to the pipelines; direct the Commerce Department to streamline the manufacturing permitting process; and give the Commerce Department 180 days to maximize the use of U.S. steel in the pipeline.
- An order to reinstate the so-called “Mexico City Policy” – a ban on federal funds to international groups that perform abortions or lobby to legalize or promote abortion. The policy was instituted in 1984 by President Reagan, but has gone into and out of effect depending on the party in power in the White House.
- A notice that the U.S. will begin withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Trump called the order “a great thing for the American worker.”
- An order imposing a hiring freeze for some federal government workers as a way to shrink the size of government. This excludes the military, as Trump noted at the signing.
- An order that directs federal agencies to ease the “regulatory burdens” of ObamaCare. It orders agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement” of ObamaCare that imposes a “fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”
Of course, you can find the official documentation for Presidential Executive Orders, Memoranda and Proclamations at the White House web site: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/executive-orders
October 31, 2016
Hillary Clinton began her political career working for the Watergate Committee’s chief counsel. Now Secretary Clinton finds herself under investigation for covering up crimes committed by the candidate and her staff. National Review’s John Fund points out the parallels in History Repeats: A Nixonian Cover-up in the Home Stretch of the Campaign. Charles S. Faddis, a 20-year CIA officer, explains why Hillary’s emails matter and why it is obvious that she broke the law. Roger Simon at PJ Media argues that Clinton’s candidacy has left America at Its Most Perilous Crossroads Since World War II. Finally, I urge you to watch excerpts of a speech by Supreme Justice Anthony Kennedy outlining the importance of the Rule of Law for good governance, for effective democracy and for personal freedom.
October 11, 2016
These are amazing admissions coming from an election commissioner. From Project Veritas.