One of the shortcomings when it comes to the reporting on the Hunter Biden scandal is that the emails recovered from his laptop are definitive proof that Joe Biden’s son was trading on his father’s name during and after the elder Biden’s tenure as vice president. This manages to be accurate while at the same time being wholly incomplete. As far as most media outlets are concerned, whenever the conflicts of interest that Hunter Biden introduced into his father’s 2020 presidential run are discussed at all, it begins and ends with Burisma in Ukraine and his work with a Chinese investment firm. His qualifications for both roles were basically that he had the same last name as the vice president, and the emails on his laptop pull the Democratic nominee further into the morass.
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Senate Democrats are set to boycott voting on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but there is little they can do to prevent Republicans from confirming President Donald Trump’s pick before Election Day. Democrats on the panel are refusing to participate in the scheduled session and vote, according to two aides. The Judiciary Committee, which is controlled by Republicans, is expected to recommend Barrett to the full Senate for a confirmation vote on Monday.
Following reports that the parents of hundreds of migrant children cannot be located, the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that many deported parents don’t want their children to be returned to them. NBC News had reported Tuesday that the parents of 545 migrant children cannot be found, according to American Civil Liberties Union filings. “This narrative has been dispelled on numerous occasions,” DHS spokesman Chase Jennings told the Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris of California failed to prosecute a known gang member and illegal immigrant who went on to murder a man and two of his sons in 2008. The gang member, Edwin Ramos, had been arrested three months before the killings. Harris, who was the San Francisco district attorney at the time, had a chance to stop Ramos. According to SFGate, police had warned her that he was a known MS-13 gang member with multiple run-ins with the law. MS-13, believed to have been founded as a neighborhood street gang in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s by immigrants fleeing a civil war in El Salvador, has been responsible for various gruesome “medieval-style” murders in the city and elsewhere.
Another person close to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been found guilty of breaking ethics laws. According to the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s office, Trudeau’s press secretary Alex Wellstead violated subsection 22(5) of the Conflict of Interest Act. The subsection requires government workers to “disclose a material change related to assets within 30 days after the change.” Material changes under this act could include acquiring assets worth more than $10,000, opening investment accounts or receiving gifts. Wellstead was fined a mere $250 by the Commissioner and records indicate that the penalty has already been paid.
The Department of National Defense paid thousands for retired journalists to provide “media training” to staff. According to Blacklock’s Reporter, several former journalists were paid $750 a day to teach DND staffers basic communications skills. “They were using media people to train officers going on overseas missions,” one former participant said. “There were exercises on how to hold a scrum, how to answer questions, how to stay on message.” Among the journalists paid include two former CBC staff, one former Hill Times editor and a current contributor to Lawyer’s Daily.
FBI Subpoenaed Alleged Hunter Biden Laptop In Connection With Money Laundering Investigation, Report Says
A laptop allegedly belonging to Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was reportedly subpoenaed by the FBI late last year in connection to a money laundering investigation, according to documents obtained by Fox News. The documents were reportedly confirmed as being authentic by multiple federal law enforcement officials and by “two separate government officials.” One government source told the network that “[t]he FBI cannot open a case without predication, so they believed there was predication for criminal activity. This means there was sufficient evidence to believe that there was criminal conduct.”
In 2009, the Liberal Party joined the New Democrats and the Bloc Quebcois to demand that the Harper Conservatives hand over documents on the handling of the prisoners in the Afghan war. The issue was being studied by a Commons committee and had been looked at by a military watchdog but the opposition wanted more. The demand was a full release of documents related to the handling of Taliban prisoners even while the war in Afghanistan was ongoing. “Bits of blacked-out documents with key information missing are not disclosure. Non-answers in the House are not disclosure. Rhetorical personal attacks are not disclosure. We need to get at the truth,” Justin Trudeau thundered in the Commons.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and intelligence community says Iran and Russia have “taken specific actions to influence public opinion” in the upcoming presidential election. John Ratcliffe, the U.S. Director of National Security, said Wednesday that Iran is behind a series of emails to voters containing both intimidating threats to vote for particular candidates, as well as false information about voting. The emails were sent after Iran obtained “some voter information” from U.S. databases, he said.
OTTAWA — The Liberal minority government survives another day after a majority of MPs voted against a Conservative motion to create a special anticorruption committee. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had declared the vote on the Conservative motion a confidence measure, meaning that a vote in the Commons to pass it would have triggered an election.