Critics pounce on Lynch’s campaign donation

 

 

By Julian Hattem – 02/08/16 07:50 PM EST

Critics of the Obama administration say Attorney General Loretta Lynch should be disqualified from overseeing the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server because of the more than $10,000 she has given to Democrats in recent years.

With Republicans already calling for a special prosecutor to monitor the probe, conservatives are pouncing on the past campaign contributions as evidence of bias.

“The latest assertion from her allies that Loretta Lynch is not ‘political’ is totally untrue,” said David Bossie, the president of conservative advocacy organization Citizens United in a statement to The Hill. “In fact, she’s been a regular financial contributor to Democrat candidates, including to her current boss, Barack Obama.”
Former colleagues of Lynch’s described her to The Hill as a hard-nosed lawyer who rarely discussed politics in her previous jobs.

According to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, Lynch contributed a total of $10,700 to Democratic candidates between 2004 and 2008.

Of that money, $4,600 went to President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Another $1,000 went to the campaign of the late Rep. Major Owens (D-N.Y.) and $2,100 went to his son Chris’s unsuccessful 2006 House campaign. Lynch also contributed $1,000 to the failed 2008 campaign of North Carolina investment banker Jim Neal and $2,000 to the fruitless 2008 campaign of Oregon politician Steve Novick.

The contributions are under scrutiny amid increasing calls from some Republicans for Lynch to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the federal investigation into the security of classified information on the private email server Clinton used as secretary of State.

The server is currently in the hands of the FBI, which is investigating whether classified information was mishandled. The Obama administration has said that more than 1,500 emails on the server are now classified — 22 at the highest level of “top secret” — though it is unclear how many of those determinations were made retroactively.

Clinton and the State Department insist that none of the emails was marked as classified at the time they were sent.

Conservatives have said the Justice Department should pursue criminal charges against Clinton or her top deputies for putting American secrets at risk.

But Lynch has a conflict of interest, top Republicans say, so the decision on whether to proceed with a criminal case ought to be left to someone more impartial.

In addition to the contributions, critics note that Lynch was appointed to a previous job as U.S. attorney by Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton. They also point to comments Obama made last year that they say appear to prejudge the outcome of the inquiry.

“How can political appointees make decisions about an investigation into the Democrat front-runner for president of the United States?” said Bossie on Monday. “If this does not meet the criteria for the appointment of a special counsel, what does?”

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department has said that career prosecutors and investigators are working on the Clinton case and that a special prosecutor is not warranted.

Other legal experts view the call for a special prosecutor more skeptically.

“Quite frankly, if somebody in the Senate — who does the confirmation — doesn’t believe she could uphold her oath, they should have voted against her,” said Roscoe Howard, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia who was appointed by former President George W. Bush.

“Other than a flat out conflict — let’s say that one of her brothers appeared [in court] — she gets to make those decisions,” added Howard, who is now a partner at the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg.

“What I read is, when I hear somebody say that, is, ‘Yeah, you’d like somebody who is more likely to bring a charge,’ ” Howard added. “Well, it’s just not the way it works.”

Ten Republicans voted with Democrats to confirm Lynch last year, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas) — who has been among the most vocal proponents of a special prosecutor for the Clinton case — voted against her nomination.

Clinton is still the favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination, though she is expected to lose to rival Bernie Sanders on Tuesday in New Hampshire’s primary election.

Black Unemployment 8.8%, More Than Double White Unemployment, 4.3%

Obama continues to destroy black community
By Michael W. Chapman | February 5, 2016

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(CNSNews.com) – Although the unemployment rate for white workers is at 4.3%, the unemployment rate for black workers is more than double that rate at 8.8%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In addition, the unemployment rate for Asian workers (3.7%) and Hispanic workers (5.9%) is also lower than the black unemployment rate.

For January 2016, the BLS reported that the national unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, was 4.9%, a rate that was last seen in February 2008.

The unemployment rate for whites, age 16 and older, seasonally adjusted, was 4.3%; for Asians, 16 and older, 3.7%; for Hispanics, 16 and older, 5.9%; and for blacks, age 16 and older, 8.8%.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, whites in the United States comprise 77.4% of the population; Hispanics comprise 17.4% of the population; blacks make up 13.2% of the population; and Asians comprise 5.4% of the population.

Report: MS-13 foot soldiers use ‘surge’ to cross border, ‘colonize new criminal territory’

Criminal networks with Latin American roots, such as MS-13 and the 18th Street gang, are using the administration’s open-door policy at the border to slip in recruits that are causing a huge spike in murder and violence throughout the nation, according to an immigration expert.

Testifying Thursday at a House hearing on the border surge of young Latinos, the expert said, “Established gangs have been able to transfer an unknown number of experienced foot soldiers from Central America to help colonize new criminal territory in the United States.”

Jessica M. Vaughan, the policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies, told the House Judiciary Committee’s Immigration and Border Security subcommittee that “the tide of new young people, many of whom have already been exposed or involved in street gangs at home, has provided a huge pool of new recruits for the gangs here. Gangs such as MS-13 and 18th Street are enjoying a brutal revival in certain parts of the country and are establishing themselves in new places.”

Jessica M. Vaughan discussing the issues of visa overstayers.

She added, “Violent transnational gangs such as MS-13 have taken full advantage of the Obama administration’s welcome mat to swell their ranks here, contributing to a noticeable spike in gang violence in certain localities – with tragic results.”

Vaughan offered dramatic details of the results of the “catch and release” policy employed by the administration as it grabs illegal immigrants crossing the border, then lets them go on a promise they will return for court hearings — which few make good on.

In the testimony provided in advance of the hearing to Secrets, she said:

— In Frederick County, Md., 20 miles from the White House, crime has jumped since about 265 illegal unaccompanied Central American minors were placed there. Gang fights in schools are now common and one of the older MS-13 “shot callers” was approved for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

— In Boston, cops just arrested 56 MS-13 gang members, many who arrived in the surge of younger Latinos. Some have been linked to teen murders in an initiation rite, trying to prove themselves worthy of full membership.

— In Loudoun, County, Va., home to Washington’s Dulles International Airport, three unaccompanied minors who arrived in 2013 have been indicted for the gang-related murder of 17-year-old Danny Centeno Miranda, also an unaccompanied minor living with his uncle.

Official: Withheld Clinton emails contain ‘operational’ intel, put lives at risk

EXCLUSIVE: Highly classified Hillary Clinton emails that the intelligence community and State Department recently deemed too damaging to national security to release contain “operational intelligence” – and their presence on the unsecure, personal email system jeopardized “sources, methods and lives,” a U.S. government official who has reviewed the documents told Fox News.

The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record and was limited in discussing the contents because of their highly classified nature, was referring to the 22 “TOP SECRET” emails that the State Department announced Friday it could not release in any form, even with entire sections redacted.

The announcement fueled criticism of Clinton’s handling of highly sensitive information while secretary of state, even as the Clinton campaign continued to downplay the matter as the product of an interagency dispute over classification. But the U.S. government official’s description provides confirmation that the emails contained closely held government secrets. “Operational intelligence” can be real-time information about intelligence collection, sources and the movement of assets.

The official emphasized that the “TOP SECRET” documents were sent over an extended period of time — from shortly after the server’s 2009 installation until early 2013 when Clinton stepped down as secretary of state.

Separately, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., who sits on the House intelligence committee, said the former secretary of state, senator, and Yale-trained lawyer had to know what she was dealing with.

“There is no way that someone, a senior government official who has been handling classified information for a good chunk of their adult life, could not have known that this information ought to be classified, whether it was marked or not,” he said. “Anyone with the capacity to read and an understanding of American national security, an 8th grade reading level or above, would understand that the release of this information or the potential breach of a non-secure system presented risk to American national security.”

Pompeo also suggested the military and intelligence communities have had to change operations, because the Clinton server could have been compromised by a third party.

“Anytime our national security team determines that there’s a potential breach, that is information that might potentially have fallen into the hands of the Iranians, or the Russians, or the Chinese, or just hackers, that they begin to operate in a manner that assumes that information has in fact gotten out,” Pompeo said.

On ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, one day before the Iowa caucuses, Clinton claimed ignorance on the sensitivity of the materials and stressed that they weren’t marked.

“There is no classified marked information on those emails sent or received by me,” she said.

Clinton was pressed in the same ABC interview on her signed 2009 non-disclosure agreement which acknowledged that markings are irrelevant, undercutting her central explanation. The agreement states “classified information is marked or unmarked … including oral communications.”

Clinton pointed to her aides, saying: “When you receive information, of course, there has to be some markings, some indication that someone down the chain had thought that this was classified and that was not the case.”

But according to national security legal experts, security clearance holders are required to speak up when classified information is not in secure channels.

“Everybody who has a security clearance has an individual obligation to protect the information,” said national security attorney Edward MacMahon Jr., who represented former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling in the high-profile leak investigation regarding a New York Times reporter. “Just because somebody sends it to you … you can’t just turn a blind eye and pretend it never happened and pretend it’s unclassified information.”

These rules, known as the Code of Federal Regulations, apply to U.S. government employees with security clearances and state there is an obligation to report any possible breach by both the sender and the receiver of the information. The rules state: “Any person who has knowledge that classified information has been or may have been lost, possibly compromised or disclosed to an unauthorized person shall immediately report the circumstances to an official designated for this purpose.”

The Clinton campaign is now calling for the 22 “TOP SECRET” emails to be released, but this is not entirely the State Department’s call since the intelligence came from other agencies, which have final say on classification and handling.

“The State Department has no authority to release those emails and I do think that Secretary Clinton most assuredly knows that,” Pompeo said.

Meanwhile, the release of other emails has revealed more about the high-level exchange of classified information on personal accounts. Among the latest batch of emails released by the State Department is an exchange between Clinton and then-Sen. John Kerry, now secretary of state. Sections are fully redacted, citing classified information – and both Kerry and Clinton were using unsecured, personal accounts.

Further, a 2009 email released to Judicial Watch after a federal lawsuit — and first reported by Fox News — suggests the State Department ‘s senior manager Patrick Kennedy was trying to make it easier for Clinton to check her personal email at work, writing to Clinton aide Cheryl Mills a “stand-alone separate network PC is … [one] great idea.”

“The emails show that the top administrator at the State Department, Patrick Kennedy, who is still there overseeing the response to all the inquiries about Hillary Clinton, was in on Hillary Clinton’s separate email network and system from the get-go,”  Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

Kennedy is expected to testify this month before the Republican-led Benghazi Select Committee.

Arrogant P.O.S. POTUS, Worst in History

 

President Obama said during a broadcast interview on CBS News he wouldn’t seek a third term in the White House, even if he lawfully could, because his wife, Michelle, wouldn’t allow him.
He also expressed confidence his policies during his presidency would stand – that the GOP would not be able to unravel or dismantle them.

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“Number one, Michelle wouldn’t let me,” he said, in half-jest on his reasons for not wanting a third term, even if the Constitution didn’t limit him to two, the Hill reported. “You know, this is a big sacrifice and … a great privilege, but it takes a toll on family life.”

He said the presidency was “a process in which the office should be continually renewed by new energy and new ideas and new insights,” he said during the “CBS Sunday Morning” segment.

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“And although I think I am as good of a president as I have ever been right now,” Obama went on, “I also think that there comes a point where you don’t have fresh legs. … That’s when you start making mistakes. Or that’s when you start thinking that you are what’s important as opposed to the mission being more important.”

The issue of Obama leaving office at his rightful time, versus declaring martial law and extending his presidency, has been a talked-about matter on some social media platforms for years.
During the CBS interview, Obama also said it was unlikely Republicans would undo the policies and agendas he’d put in place during his tenure.

“Well, you think about that,” he said, the Hill reported. “[But] what you discover when you’re president is that the institutions and programs and things that you have put in place and built, if you’re done a good job and you’ve done them sensibly, you know, in some cases may need tinkering with. … But if they’re good things, they’re harder to undo than you think.”

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Obama also discussed the notion of polarization, and how the atmosphere has turned heated on Capitol Hill during his last seven years.

“The one thing that gnaws on me is the degree of continued polarization,” he said. “It’s gotten worse over the last several years. And I think that in those early months my expectation was that we could pull the parties together a little more effectively.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/01/obama-vows-no-third-term/#LhGJw4WEowFCm2Px.99

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