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November 26, 2022

FBI Waited Over a Year to Fully Investigate Jan. 6 Pipe Bombs: House Judiciary Republicans

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By Joseph Lord 

November 26, 2022 Updated: November 26, 2022

As part of a gargantuan 1,050-page report detailing whistleblower findings from the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ), Republicans found that the FBI waited over a year to begin a comprehensive investigation into the pipe bombs that were planted in front of both major parties’ headquarters on Jan. 5, 2021.

In the Nov. 5 report, Republicans argued that the FBI and DOJ have undergone “weaponization” during the course of President Joe Biden’s first term in office.

Specifically, the report focuses on the Department of Justice (DOJ) under Attorney General Merrick Garland and the FBI under Director Christopher Wray (pdf).

Garland, Republicans said, has been “a willing participant of the Biden Administration’s weaponization of law enforcement.” The FBI too, Republicans assert, “has abused its law-enforcement authorities for apparently political purposes.”

Republicans listed a series of seemingly-partisan decisions and top-down efforts by Garland’s DOJ to mislead or deceive the American people.

For instance, the bombshell report found that the FBI has been incentivizing and pushing its field agents to classify certain crimes as incidents of domestic violence extremism (“DVEs”) even when the facts do not align with such a classification. Republicans contended that this is part of an effort to bolster Biden and other Democrats’ contested claims that right-wing DVEs are one of the greatest threats Americans face.

The report also noted a bizarre incident in which the FBI went a step further, and actually manufactured a DVE.

The event occurred in Michigan, where several men were arrested for a planned plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. At their trial, defense attorneys revealed that no less than 12 FBI assets had participated in and pushed the men toward the plot.

Republicans also cited Garland’s controversial Oct. 4, 2021 “school board memo,” in which he offered federal resources and guidance for municipalities seeking to punish parents voicing opposition to their children being taught radically left-wing ideas like critical race and gender theory.

Additionally, Judiciary Republicans cited Garland’s unprecedented authorization of a raid on President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. Purportedly, Trump had taken classified documents from the White House that posed a national security threat. It was only after the midterms that the DOJ backtracked, and admitted that, contrary to their earlier allegations, Trump had no documents that posed any national security threat.

A deeper dive into the report reveals that the FBI and DOJ, while actively targeting conservatives, inexplicably dragged their feet in investigating pipe bombs that were planted by an unknown man ahead of the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally.

Specifically, security footage captured a still-unidentified man planting pipe bombs in front of both the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Democratic National Committee (DNC) buildings in Washington, on Jan. 5, 2021.

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A suspect in the placement of two devices that the FBI said were pipe bombs is seen in Washington on Jan. 5, 2021. On right is a closeup photograph of one of the devices. (FBI)

At one point, then-Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris was even in the DNC building, meaning her life was imminently at risk.

Still, Judiciary Republicans ruled, “The FBI appears to not be aggressively investigating pipe bombs placed by political party headquarters on January 6, 2021, while prioritizing other January 6, 2021-related investigations.”

Specifically, Republicans learned from a whistleblower that it took over one year for the FBI to mount a full-scale investigation into the pipe bombs.

According to the whistleblower, it was not until Feb. 7, 2022—more than a month and a year after the incident—that the Washington Field Office of the FBI asked its national field offices to investigate and try to identify the man.

In that directive, the FBI warned agents that the suspect’s “motive and ideology remain unknown.”

Speaking to The Epoch Times about the snail’s pace of the investigation, Ed Martin, an attorney for some Jan. 6 defendants, ruled “the judgment of the Department of Justice is clearly biased against certain types of people and certain types of conduct.”

“It appears that the executive branch, the law enforcement branch, has been operating to facilitate a political vision of the article one branch,” Martin said later.

He explained: “The Pelosi select committee [the House January 6 Committee] had a vision of what they wanted to highlight. The conduct of the executive branch, the law enforcement branch has not been to pursue truth and safety. It’s been to pursue the political agenda that’s been driven hand in glove with the select committee.”

Martin, who used to work with the RNC, said that he was pleased that Republicans were giving the issue attention but said that “what we need now is to get to the bottom of what happened.”

He added, “We need to know who said pipe bombs against the American leadership, right?”

“We are living with a bomber, who successfully planted bombs—didn’t go off, thankfully—and who has never been caught,” Martin emphasized. “Shouldn’t that be a worry?”

The FBI did not return a request for comment.

Possible FBI Involvement

The FBI’s slowness in investigating the pipe bombs comes amid a backdrop of suspicion that the FBI played a role in the events of Jan. 6.

Suspicion that the FBI was involved in the events of that day only ramped up after Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director for the National Security Branch of the FBI, refused to disavow agency involvement at the rally.

During a Jan. 11, 2022, Senate hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) questioned Sanborn about potential FBI involvement. These questions were met with deflection by Sanborn, who avoided giving a definitive answer to the yes or no questions posed by Cruz.

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(L–R) Brian Brase, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) at the Senate Visitor Center in the U.S. Capitol on March 8, 2022. (Terri Wu/The Epoch Times)

“How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of Jan. 6?” Cruz asked.

“So I’m sure you can appreciate that I can’t go into the specifics of sources and methods,” Sanborn replied.

“Did any FBI agents or confidential informants actively participate in the events of Jan. 6, yes or no?” Cruz asked.

“Sir, I can’t—I can’t answer that,” Sanborn said.

“Did any FBI agents or confidential informants commit crimes of violence on Jan. 6?” Cruz asked.

“I can’t answer that, sir,” Sanborn replied.

“Did any FBI agents or FBI informants actively encourage and incite crimes of violence on Jan. 6?”

“Sir, I can’t answer that.”

Questions about the FBI’s involvement have also been raised by the mystery of Ray Epps, a man who was caught on video on Jan. 5, 2021, encouraging protestors to go into the Capitol building the next day.

“Tomorrow, we need to get to into the Capitol,” Epps was caught saying. “Into the Capitol,” he reiterated.

Epps was immediately shouted down by cries of “Fed! Fed! Fed!,” common internet slang describing someone who works with federal law enforcement, particularly the FBI.

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Ray Epps tells protesters on Jan. 5, 2021, that on Jan. 6 they need to go into the Capitol. (Villain Report/Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

The next day, additional video caught Epps whispering into the ear of a protestor, who proceeded to begin tearing down one of the first barricades around the Capitol.

Initially, Epps was identified as the FBI’s number 16 most wanted person for their involvement in the events of Jan. 6, with the agency offering a cash reward for information that led to his arrest. But Epps was later mysteriously removed from the list—a fact that further attracted suspicion amid the largest manhunt in the history of the Department of Justice (DOJ), which saw dozens of nonviolent offenders who entered the Capitol rounded up.

“Ms. Sanborn, who is Ray Epps?” Cruz asked during the Jan. 11 hearing.

“I’m aware of the individual sir,” Sanborn said. “I don’t have the specific background on him.”

“Well, there are a lot of people who are understandably concerned about this,” Cruz said before describing the videos captured showing Epps attempting to incite violence.

“On the night of Jan. 5, 2021, Epps wandered around the crowd that had gathered, and there’s video out there of him chanting ‘Tomorrow, we need to get into the Capitol, into the Capitol.’

“This was strange behavior, so strange that the crowd began chanting, ‘Fed, fed, fed, fed, fed, fed.’

“Ms. Sanborn, was Ray Epps a fed?”

“Sir, I cannot answer that question,” Sanborn replied.

Cruz then cited the other incident caught on tape involving Epps.

“The next day, on Jan. 6, Mr. Epps was seen whispering to a person and five seconds later—five seconds after he’s whispering to a person—that same person begins to forcibly tear down the barricades,” Cruz said. “Did Mr. Epps urge them to tear down the barricades?”

“Sir, similar to the other answers, I cannot answer that,” Sanborn repeated.

Cruz noted that for a brief period, Epps was given a relatively high spot on the FBI’s wanted list before being “magically” removed.

The wanted ad “was posted and then sometime later, magically, Mr. Epps disappeared from the public posting,” Cruz said.

The role played by the FBI, as well as possible ties between Epps and federal law enforcement, are one of a plethora of questions left unanswered and unaddressed by the Jan. 6 panel.

FBI Denies Reported Delay

In an emailed statement to The Epoch Times, the FBI claimed that the reported delay in beginning a full investigation into the pipe bombs did not happen.

“The FBI immediately began an investigation into the devices discovered outside the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee,” the national FBI press office said. “There was no delay of any kind.”

The FBI said it had taken “a variety of steps,” including interviews, assessing tips, and analyzing video files. In addition, the agency said that it launched “an extensive investigative publicity campaign” to try to identify the unknown suspect that included a $100,000 reward.

Despite being no closer to identifying the unknown suspect than they were almost two years ago, the FBI said it “continues to aggressively investigate this matter.”

The FBI also said that it did not play a role in “instigat[ing] or orchestrat[ing]” the events of Jan. 6.

“[To] the extent that there’s a suggestion that the FBI’s confidential human sources or FBI employees in some way instigated or orchestrated January 6th, that’s categorically false,” the spokesperson said.

Still, the veracity of this claim remains dubious after Sanborn’s refusal to deny FBI involvement while speaking under threat of perjury.

“The FBI has testified to Congress and responded to letters from legislators on numerous occasions to provide an accurate accounting of how we do our work,” the spokesperson said. “The men and women of the FBI devote themselves to protecting the American people from terrorism, violent crime, cyber threats, and other dangers.

“Put quite simply: we follow the facts without regard for politics,” the agency insisted.

However, this too conflicts with reports by Republicans that the FBI and DOJ have given incomplete or unsatisfactory answers to a series of questions about its decisions over the past two years, including the Michigan plot, the school board memo, the raid on Mar-a-Lago, and others.

“While outside opinions and criticism often come with the job, we will continue to follow the facts wherever they lead, do things by the book, and speak through our work,” the FBI’s statement concluded.

Despite the FBI’s assurances that it takes finding the would-be pipe bomber seriously, nearly two years after the threat, the individual remains at large.

Notably, the spokesperson evaded questions about whether Ray Epps was an FBI asset.

Jan. 6 Defendants Face ‘Despicable’ Conditions

Even as the FBI and DOJ dragged their feet on looking into the pipe bombs, others who committed nonviolent crimes on Jan. 6 have faced “despicable” conditions, according to advocates for the defendants.

Following the breakdown of order at the Capitol on Jan. 6, the DOJ undertook one of the most extensive manhunts in DOJ history; even some of those protestors who did not enter the Capitol were rounded up and left to languish in a jail cell.

Though some of these defendants have managed to break free of what critics call the “D.C. Gulag”—the D.C. Metropolitan Jail, where many Jan. 6 defendants continue to be held—many more have been detained awaiting trial since their arrest.

“The slow pace of the pipe bombs investigation stands in contrast to other Department investigations and prosecutions related to the events of January 6, 2021,” Judiciary Republicans wrote in the report. “According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, as of October 6, 2022, it had arrested 880 people for January 6-related offenses, filed criminal charges against 272 defendants, and secured sentences for 280 defendants. There are also serious concerns about the pre-trial detention of January 6 defendants.”

Findings by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), one of the most outspoken advocates of Jan. 6 defendants, showed that these defendants have faced “nothing short of human rights violations,” Greene said.

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) speaks during a press conference on the House Jan. 6 Committee hearings at the U.S. Capitol on June 15, 2022. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Currently, some who entered the Capitol building on Jan. 6 are being held in the D.C. jail in conditions that Greene described as “unusually cruel.”

Greene listed a slew of examples of this treatment.

According to Greene, Jan. 6 prisoners held in the D.C. jail have been beaten by guards and prison staff, have been unable to speak with their attorneys, have been denied haircuts or razors to shave, and have not been given proper medical treatment when they needed it, among many other examples.

Greene noted another peculiarity of the Jan. 6 defendants: Usually, Greene says, members of Congress have no problem in gaining access to jails when they make the request. In this case, however, Deputy Warden Kathleen Landerkin denied Greene and her coalition access to the facilities on several occasions before finally allowing access to the representatives.

“In fact, [Landerkin] locked us out before,” said Greene, adding, “It’s clear that there was a lot to hide.”

Cynthia Hughes, founder of the Jan. 6 advocacy group called the Patriot Freedom Project, echoed Greene’s claims in an interview with The Epoch Times.

Hughes started the organization after her nephew Tim Hale-Cusanelli was arrested for a nonviolent offense in connection to the Capitol breach.

Her nephew and others, Hughes said, are “denied every basic human right.” 

After entering the D.C. jail in January 2021, Hughes said, her nephew and other Jan. 6 defendants were held in solitary confinement and only allowed outside of their cells one hour per day.

Defendants still “don’t get to go outside, they don’t get to see the sun,” Hughes added. “I anticipate many will have serious health issues.”

“If you have a medical problem, you’re not seeing a doctor,” she continued. “Tim has had two very significant ear infections, so bad that it caused bleeding from the ear, and he never got to see a doctor. He got to see a nurse practitioner, and they flushed his ear out with peroxide and gave him some penicillin.

“He’s got significant hearing loss in both of his ears right now,” Hughes added.

Hughes described other conditions faced by detainees as well.

Until “very recently,” Hughes said, detainees who met with their lawyers were put into solitary confinement for two weeks, purportedly on grounds of COVID. However, Hughes judged that the measure was more intended to be punitive than anything.

Detainees have faced other indignities as well: “Lots of strip search, their cells get raided, they’re mocked, they’re spoken down to, you can’t mail packages [to detainees].”

She added, “I think the biggest thing of all that people should know: they’re denied religious services.”

Hughes said that she and her nephew are Catholic, a denomination of Christianity that places a great deal of emphasis on priests and rituals conducted by clergy, which has made the absence of any priest particularly difficult. But protestants, Muslims, and adherents of the Jewish faith have also been denied services, Hughes noted.

“Tim’s been in jail for 18 months and he hasn’t had any religious services,” Hughes said, noting that defendants had banded together to form their own religious services in the absence of any clergy.

“That’s very disturbing,” Hughes added.

‘Disparity’

Judiciary Republicans concluded the section of the report by opining that the slow pace of the pipe bombs investigation compared to other Jan. 6-related matters suggests “a disparity in how the FBI and Justice Department are pursuing January 6-related matters.”

“Compounding this appearance,” Republicans argued, is the serial failure by the FBI to answer questions and inquiries about these and other issues raised by Republicans.

At the same time that Republican inquiries went ignored, they noted, the FBI has been “providing information to the partisan Democrat-led Select Committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021.

“The FBI’s decision to provide information on a partisan basis is inconsistent with the FBI’s purported impartiality and further erodes public confidence in the FBI’s leadership.”

Concluding the subsection, Republicans said that given the FBI’s “enormous power,” the American people expect it “to fairly and evenhandedly enforce federal laws.”

They continued: “As this report documents, the FBI has abused its law-enforcement authority in several ways—violating the fundamental civil rights of American citizens and chilling their participation in the political process. The examples and incidents highlighted in this report are not exhaustive, but they are indicative of the degree to which the FBI—and by extension the Justice Department—have strayed from their apolitical law-enforcement mission.”

For partisan purposes, Republicans argued, Attorney General Garland and FBI Director Wray “have weaponized federal law enforcement to target the Administration’s political opponents and protect political allies. Instead of using its enormous law-enforcement capabilities to make America safer, the FBI is investing its limited time and resources to further a leftist political agenda.

“The American people deserve better, as do the many patriotic Americans who joined the Bureau to make America a better place,” the lawmakers wrote.

What Comes Next

Now that Republicans are on track to retake the lower chamber, the party will have wide-ranging authority to conduct investigations and issue subpoenas.

The pipe bombs are only one of a series of questions Republicans hope to investigate when the 118th Congress sits.

Republicans also have promised investigations into the role that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) appointed officials played in leaving the Capitol unprepared on Jan. 6.

Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) told The Epoch Times that he considers the pipe bombs investigation a priority, and will push his colleagues to do the same.

“It has been almost two years, and we are no closer to knowing the identity of the January 5th pipe bomber,” Nehls said. “The FBI has shown corruption in the past, especially in the case of Donald Trump, so it is no surprise that no progress is made while defendants who entered the Capitol deteriorate in the D.C. gulag.

“With a Republican majority that has subpoena power, we will get to the bottom of it,” he vowed.

Others want to look into the ties between President Joe Biden, his son, and foreign business activities.

Republicans are also planning broad investigations into Garland’s handling of the DOJ, particularly his infamous school board memo. Several Republicans have called for Garland’s impeachment.

Some have also proposed investigations or even an effort to impeach Department of Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who has overseen unprecedented levels of illegal immigration along the southern border.

Amid all these efforts, it is unclear whether the pipe bombs investigation will be a key focus for the long-promised GOP investigation into the events of Jan. 6.

 

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Republicans Won 3 Million More Votes Than Democrats, but Not Where It Counted

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 9:31 am

By Jack Phillips 

November 25, 2022 Updated: November 25, 2022

Republican House candidates gained over 3 million more votes than Democratsin the Nov. 8 midterm elections, but barely secured a GOP majority in the lower chamber.

Recent data published by the Cook Political Report show that Republicans lead by some 3.5 million votes when all 435 House races are combined. As of Friday morning, Republicans had 54.13 million votes as compared with Democrats’ 50.79 million votes.

With several races called this week, the GOP has 220 seats to Democrats’ 213, giving Republicans the majority. Two House races—one in Colorado and one in California—remain uncalled, although Republicans are leading in both.

But Democrats were able to maintain their majority in the Senate with at least 50 seats and are waiting for the conclusion of the Georgia Senate runoff to determine if the upper chamber be an even 50–50 split or not. Vice President Kamala Harris would cast the tie-breaking vote for Democrats if that is the case.

Republicans did not pick up seats in several Senate battleground states—including Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Arizona. However, a closely contested race in Wisconsin went in favor of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

“Simply put, Republicans picked up the votes they needed, just not where they needed them most,” Charlie Cook, a longtime analyst and founder of the Cook Political Report, wrote after the election. “Clearly something or someone intervened, affecting the outcome of the election in the places that mattered.”

Michael McKenna, a Republican operative and aide in the Trump administration, told the Washington Times this week that Democrats benefitted from redistricting in certain states following the 2020 census. However, he suggested that it might not pan out for Democrats in future elections.

“This is the first cycle inside a redistricting cycle. My guess is two years from now they’re going to regret this,” he said, adding that a number of first-time Republican candidates were close to taking seats held by Democrat House incumbents.

Overall, he added, the United States “is in the middle of a national realignment, and that’s going to benefit the Republicans,” he said, pointing to some Republican gains among black and Hispanic voters. He noted that Democrats benefitted the most from college-educated unmarried women.

Republicans got 3 million more votes in 2022 than during the 2018 midterms. Democrats got 10.3 million fewer votes than 2018, during which the party won control of the House at 235–199.

Meanwhile, some Republicans said their party suffered during 2022 midterms, in part, because former President Donald Trump was not standing in an election this year. However, some in the GOP have suggested that the 45th president was a drag on the party amid several investigations and lawsuits, claiming some of his high-profile picks like Dr. Mehmet Oz and Kari Lake did not pan out.

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) speaks during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla., on July 23, 2022. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“Donald Trump remains a very popular figure in the Republican Party in each corner of the country,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), the head of the influential Republican Study Committee, told Fox News earlier this month, noting the former president “wasn’t on the ballot.”

A week after the midterms, Trump announced that he would run for president in 2024 during an event at Mar-a-Lago.

Where Races Stand

This week, Alaska’s at-large congressional seat was called for Rep. Mary Peltola (D-Alaska.) over two Republican candidates, former Gov. Sarah Palin and Nick Begich. Earlier this year, Peltola also defeated Palin and Begich in a special election that was sparked by the death of Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska.), although the state features a controversial ranked-choice voting system that was approved by voters a year before.

Palin in September criticized the state’s ranked-choice voting system and called it a mistake. Several days ago, Palin signed an initiative to repeal the system, according to local media reports.

A week ago, Democrat Adam Frisch announced that he had called Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) to concede the race for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. The Associated Press and other news outlets have not yet called the race for Boebert, who was endorsed by Trump, despite 99 percent of the vote being tallied.

And in California’s redrawn 13th Congressional District, Republican John Duarte has received 50.2 percent of the total votes with 99 percent of the votes counted. Democrat candidate Adam Gray trailed Duarte by about 600 votes, fewer than 0.5 percentage points, as of Friday.

Days before that, AP and others called another California House race in favor of Republican Kevin Kiley, who was endorsed by Trump. Kiley currently has about 53.3 percent of the vote as compared with Democrat Kermit Jones’ 46.7 percent, according to AP.

 

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November 25, 2022

2 House Races Remain Uncalled, Republicans Lead in Both

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 12:23 pm

By Allen Zhong 

November 24, 2022 Updated: November 25, 2022

Two House races still have not been called more than two weeks after Election Day.

The Republican Party is expected to strengthen its majority in the lower chamber of Congress when those two races are officially declared as GOP candidates are leading in both contests.

In the redrawn 13th Congressional District in California, John Duarte, a Republican Party candidate, received 50.2 percent of the total votes as 99 percent of the votes have been tabulated. Democrat candidate Adam Gray trailed Duarte by 593 votes, less than 0.5 percent.

There’s no automatic recounting law in California.

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) already declared victory and her Democrat opponent Adam Frisch has conceded. Boebert leads Frisch by 554 votes, less than 0.5 percent.

The race has not been called because Colorado law requires an automatic recounting when the difference is less than 0.5 percent.

With these two seats being added to the Republican majority, the GOP would have 222 seats in the U.S. House while the Democratic Party would have 213.

Data Reveals a Hopeful 2024 for Republicans

According to data compiled by the Cook Political Report, Republican House candidates received more than 3.3 million popular votes than their Democratic counterparts in the midterm elections.

Out of the total 106.6 million votes, Republicans beat Democrats with an advantage of 50.8 percent to 47.7.

Charlie Cook, founder of the Cook Political Report, wrote on Nov. 14 that the Republican Party—with a 4.9 percentage point advantage at that time—would normally gain 20–30 seats in the House, but didn’t gain as many seats as anticipated.

“Simply put, Republicans picked up the votes they needed, just not where they needed them most. Clearly something or someone intervened, affecting the outcome of the election in the places that mattered,” he wrote.

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Michael Barone at CPAC in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 20, 2010. (Gage Skidmore)

American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Emeritus Michael Barone believes House Republicans won the popular vote because the turnout in Central cities worked against the Democrats.

The popular vote didn’t give the Republican Party more seats because of redistricting, and Republican voters are more concentrated than before, he said.

However, the advantage in popular votes indicates the Republican Party could have a hopeful 2024.

“Republican House candidates won 58 percent of the popular vote in the South and 53 percent in the Midwest, two regions that together account for 298 of the 538 electoral votes. Duplicating that support is one way an unproblematic Republican nominee could top 270 electoral votes in 2024,” he wrote.

Checks and Balances Have Started

With President Joe Biden, a Democrat, in the White House and the U.S. Senate still being controlled by the Democrats for the next two years, the Republican majority in the House can hardly move forward with its policy agenda.

However, it’s most likely the Republicans will launch more investigations into the executive branch after January.

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Ranking member Rep. James Comer Jr. (R-Ky.) speaks during a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on gun violence in Washington on June 8, 2022. (Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)

The House Oversight Committee will investigate President Joe Biden and his alleged involvement in his son Hunter’s foreign business deals, Reps. James Comer (R-Ky.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced on Nov. 17.

Contrary to the president’s claims, the elder Biden was directly involved in Hunter’s international business dealings, Comer said, citing whistleblower evidence.

“This is an investigation of Joe Biden, the president of the United States, and why he lied to the American people about his knowledge and participation in his family’s international business schemes,” he said at a press conference.

Comer, who is the incoming Oversight Committee chairman, claimed that the Biden family “flourished and became millionaires by simply offering access to the family.”

“This committee will evaluate the status of Joe Biden’s relationship with his family’s foreign partners, and whether he is a president who is compromised or swayed by foreign dollars and influence,” Comer said.

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Tuesday that the House of Representatives could begin an impeachment inquiry against Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas when the new 118th Congress convenes on Jan. 3, 2023.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, on Nov. 19, 2022. (Wade Vandervort/AFP via Getty Images)

McCarthy, who is expected to succeed Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as speaker of the House, told reporters in El Paso at the U.S. border with Mexico after meeting with U.S. Border Patrol officials that Mayorkas should “resign.”

“He cannot and must not remain in that position. If he does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action, and every failure to determine whether we should begin an impeachment inquiry.”

Cathy He and Mark Tapscott contributed to this report.

Correction: John Duarte’s congressional district is the 13th, not the 12th. The Epoch Times regrets the error.

 

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Biden Admin Quietly Greenlights Plan to Build Huge Gulf Oil Terminal

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 12:20 pm

By Katabella Roberts 

November 24, 2022 Updated: November 24, 2022

The Biden administration has quietly approved plans to build a new crude oil terminal in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, seemingly in contradiction to the president’s climate agenda.

The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration approved the application (pdf) for Enterprise’s Sea Port Oil Terminal, one of four proposed offshore oil export terminals, on Monday.

According to the application, the port will be located offshore of Freeport, Texas. It will have 4.8 million barrels of storage capacity and add 2 million barrels per day to the U.S. oil export capacity.

In its 94-page decision (pdf), the Maritime Administration said that it had approved the application because the construction and operation of the port is “in the national interest and consistent with other policy goals and objectives.”

“The construction and operation of the Port is in the national interest because the Project will benefit employment, economic growth, and U.S. energy infrastructure resilience and security,” the administration wrote. “The Port will provide a reliable source of crude oil to U.S. allies in the event of market disruption and have a minimal impact on the availability and cost of crude oil in the U.S. domestic market.”

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The sun behind a crude oil pump jack in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, on Nov. 22, 2019. (Angus Mordant/Reuters)

Protests Over Planned Oil Terminal

The decision states that the project will expand on an existing Enterprise Crude Houston operated terminal located in Houston and will generate 62 permanent jobs over 30 years. Additionally, 1,400 temporary construction jobs will be created, with the majority of the workforce being hired from existing labor pools in Texas and Louisiana, according to the application.

The Environmental Protection Agency quietly issued its approval (pdf) of the project in October but stressed that “more emphasis is needed to ensure that environmental justice and climate change considerations are included in the project for the protection of overburdened communities.”

Protests broke out shortly after on the Gulf Coast, The Texas Tribune reported, with climate activists condemning the move, and pointing to the fact that President Joe Biden has prioritized issues such as climate change and clean energy incentives during his time in office. Biden has vowed to cut carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

Ahead of the U.N. climate conference in Egypt this month, the White House saidthat Biden was set to “announce new initiatives to strengthen U.S. leadership tackling the climate crisis and galvanize global action and commitments,” and that the United States is “acting to lead a clean energy future that leverages market forces, technological innovation, and investments to tackle the climate crisis.”

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a speech on stage during for a meeting, as part of the World Leaders’ Summit of the COP26 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021. (Evan Vucci/POOL/Getty Images)

‘Peak Hypocrisy for President Biden’

Greenpeace promptly took aim at the Biden administration’s decision regarding the new oil terminal, stating that the new terminal would “emit over 300 million tons of carbon dioxide every year polluting the air and water of Brazoria and Harris counties in Texas while creating serious health threats for everyone living there.”

“It is peak hypocrisy for President Biden and Secretary [of Transportation] Pete Buttigieg to shorten the fuse on the world’s largest carbon bomb by greenlighting additional oil export terminals right after lecturing the world about increasing climate ambitions at COP27,”  the independent global campaigning network added.

The approval of the Sea Port Oil Terminal would facilitate the safe and efficient long-term loading of large crude carriers while simultaneously slashing oil transportation costs and reducing ship collision risks among other issues, according to officials.

In a separate statement, Kelsey Crane, senior policy advocate at Earthworks, a national organization aimed at ending oil and gas mining pollution, said, “President Biden cannot lead on combating climate change, protecting public health or advocating for environmental justice while simultaneously allowing fossil fuel companies to lock-in decades of fossil fuel extraction.”

The Epoch Times has contacted the Department of Transportation for comment.

 

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November 24, 2022

Republican House Majority Climbs to 220 After Win in California

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By Jack Phillips 

November 23, 2022 Updated: November 23, 2022

Republicans’ majority in the House grew Wednesday after news outlets declared another congressional race in California for a GOP candidate.

Republican Kevin Kiley defeated Democratic opponent, Kermit Jones, in a somewhat close race in California’s 3rd Congressional District, according to The Associated Press and other outlets. With about 80 percent of votes tallied, Kiley leads Jones by 16,000 votes, giving him a more than 5-point lead over his opponent.

Now, Republicans have 220 seats in the lower congressional chamber, compared with Democrats’ 212. Although some GOP leaders have been critical of their party’s results during the midterm elections, Republicans will still gain a majority and will have control over the chamber’s committees.

“Voters want a new direction,” Kiley told outlets in an interview last week before his race was called. “The House is going to be the vehicle for effectuating the change voters are looking for.”

Kiley, a state assembly member, argued that California was in turmoil under Democrat rule in Washington and Sacramento, with residents gouged by inflation and made anxious by rising crime. He sought to depict Jones as an eager foot soldier-in-waiting if Democrats kept their majority and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) remained as speaker.

Kiley, who was backed by former President Donald Trump, emerged as a conservative champion for his steady criticism of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, particularly during the 2021 recall election that the governor easily survived. Kiley finished sixth in the field of candidates on the ballot to replace Newsom had voters wanted him removed.

Jones made abortion access a primary feature of his campaign, along with education costs, and homelessness. The 3rd Congressional District spans from the suburbs of Sacramento, much of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and parts of Death Valley.

Earlier this week, fellow GOP candidate Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) was projected by The Associated Press to defeat Democrat challenger Rudy Salas for the 22nd Congressional District.

“The Central Valley is my home, and I am once again humbled by the Central Valley’s support and faith in me. Thank you #CA22, time to get back to work!” Valadao, 45, wrote in a statement. Salas issued a statement conceding the race to Valadao, one of 10 House Republicans to impeach Trump in early 2021.

Last week, Kiley drew praise from Trump during his announcement that he’s seeking a 2024 run for president at an event in Mar-a-Lago last week.

“Just a short time ago the Republicans won back control of the House of Representatives, and it was with a great Trump-endorsed candidate, Congressman-elect Kevin Kiley, who is a fantastic person,” Trump said.

He also praised the candidate after he criticized Newsom ahead of last year’s recall election in which the Democrat governor ultimately prevailed. Newsom was also reelected by about 19 percentage points on Nov. 8.

During the recall, Kiley panned Newsom for the state’s lengthy and harsh COVID-19 lockdowns and other policies. Upon taking office, it’s likely he will focus on federal COVID-19 policies.

“Today the White House refused to allow a question to Dr. Fauci about the origins of COVID. This is why the new Congress must demand answers under oath,” he wrote on Twitter on Nov. 22 in response to top White House advisor Anthony Fauci’s final press briefing before he steps down next month. In the White House event, Fauci indicated that he would appear in front of Congress to testify about the virus’s origins.

Where Races Stand

Last week, The Associated Press and other news outlets called the U.S. House in favor of Republicans, meaning that they will have a majority during the next session of Congress starting in January 2023. As of Wednesday, three House races remain uncalled.

In California, Republican John Duarte leads Democrat Adam Gray by about 800 votes with 99 percent of the vote counted, election data shows. Neither Gray nor Duarte have conceded or declared victory.

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Democrat congressional candidate Adam Frisch, left, and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.). (Getty Images)

Alaska’s at-large House race will likely be called soon. Rep. Mary Peltola (D-Alaska), who prevailed in a special election earlier this year, leads two Republicans, former Gov. Sarah Palin and candidate Nick Begich. The state has a ranked-choice system, meaning voters have to rank candidates in the order of preference.

Peltola has 48.7 percent of the vote. Palin has 25.8 percent and Begich has 23.4 percent, according to data as of Wednesday.

Several days ago, Democrat candidate Adam Frisch conceded to Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. That race, however, has not yet been called in favor of Boebert, who leads Frisch by fewer than 600 votes in a closer-than-anticipated contest.

The Senate will stay in the hands of Democrats after Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) was declared the winner over GOP challenger Adam Laxalt. Meanwhile, a runoff race between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and Republican Herschel Walker will be held for the Georgia Senate seat on Dec. 6.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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November 23, 2022

Officials Give Update After Uncounted Votes on Memory Card Flip Georgia Election

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 5:47 pm

By Jack Phillips 

November 23, 2022 Updated: November 23, 2022

Authorities in Cobb County, Georgia, provided an update on a city council race after it was flipped following the discovery of an overlooked memory card with uncounted ballots.

Cobb County Communications Director Ross Cavitt confirmed to the Cobb Courier on Tuesday that after a recount, candidate Lynette Burnette won the special election for Kennesaw City Council Post 1.

Days before that, officials certified her opponent, Madelyn Orochena, the winner. However, it was discovered that employees did not upload a memory card from a precinct that had nearly 800 ballots, which ultimately gave Burnette the lead.

“The recertification was necessary after workers discovered a memory card had not been included in the previous results. The additional ballots resulted in a change in the Kennesaw City Council Post 1 Special Election,” a Cobb County news release said.

A recount of the race was conducted starting Nov. 20, a release said.

“I have been tracking city elections since 1972. Fifty years. I have never, never seen anything like this,” Councilman Pat Ferris told the Cobb County Courierabout the final result.

Another official, Cobb County Director of Elections Janine Eveler, told the paper that the memory card never went missing and was returned on the night of Nov. 8. An employee did not follow rules, she said.

“We have a checklist in the receiving group that opens the pouch, checks the seal, opens the pouch and counts that the memory cards have been returned. So, in this case, they have a checklist that says there is either one scanner or two scanners at that polling location,” Eveler remarked. “The receiver in this case checked the checklist: there were two memory cards.”

She added: “They marked two on their checklist and handed it to the person that was uploading it to the tabulation machine … she didn’t check her checklist that said there [were] two and reached into the bag, pulled one memory card out, and uploaded it, put that card back into the pouch, and handed it off to another worker.”

Last week, Orochena wrote in a Facebook post she would file a complaint with the Georgia’s Secretary of State office over the incident. Before that, she announced her win but later wrote that she learned of the memory card issue that flipped her race.

“I planned to celebrate with family and friends and supporters afterwards,” she told WSB-TV. “We had no reason to expect otherwise.” Adding to the outlet, Orochena said she’s now “just doing all that I can do that’s within my rights to regain some confidence that this was a fair election.”

Cobb election officials said the memory card was located in Kennesaw when workers were preparing for an election audit, according to local news outlets. Details weren’t provided about why the card was overlooked or where it was located.

 

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RNC Attorneys That Surveyed Maricopa County Voting Sites Confirm Widespread Problems

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 12:06 pm

By Allan Stein 

November 22, 2022 Updated: November 22, 2022

A memo detailing the findings of nearly a dozen attorneys who visited voting sites in Maricopa CountyArizona, on election day describes widespread problems with tabulation equipment, long lines, and voters leaving in frustration.

According to the memo—written by attorney Mark Sonnenklar who summarized the findings of 11 roving attorneys working with the Republican National Committee’s Election Integrity program in Maricopa County—72 of the 115 vote centers the attorneys visited, 62.61 percent, experienced “material problems.”

“It seems very clear that the printer/tabulator failures on election day at 62.61 percent of the vote centers observed by 11 roving attorneys, and the resulting long lines at a majority of vote centers, led to substantial voter suppression,” Sonnenklar wrote.

“Moreover, because Republican voters significantly outnumbered Democrat voters in the county on election day, such voter suppression would necessarily impact the vote tallies for Republican candidates much more than the vote tallies for Democrat candidates,” he wrote.

Nathan Brand, the spokesman for the Republican National Committee (RNC), confirmed that Sonnenklar was a roving attorney working with the committee.

Maricopa County officials confirmed the problems with tabulation equipment on election day, later attributing the problem to printers and stating on Nov. 9that the issue had affected 30 percent of all voting centers in the county and an estimated 17,000 ballots.

“We are still investigating. The printer settings were the same as the ones we used in the August primary & the paper was the same thickness,” county officials said in the statement.

Before the general election, the county “test-printed and test-tabulated hundreds of ballots without issue.”

Sonnenklar said that the ballot and printer problems caused voters to deposit their ballots either into “box 3,” spoil them for a re-vote, or “get frustrated and leave the vote center without voting.”

In his memo, Sonnenklar disputes claims by county officials that the county had resolved issues by 3 p.m. on election day and that the total impact was “insignificant.”

“Collectively, I and the other 10 roving attorneys also reported that voters had to wait in significant lines at 59 of the 115 vote centers we visited (51.3 percent). In many cases, voters had to wait 1-2 hours before they received a ballot for voting.”

“It is certainly safe to assume that many voters refused to wait in such lines, left the vote center, and did not return to vote later,” he said.

Sonnenklar and several of the attorneys cited in the report directed questions from The Epoch Times to Colton Duncan, spokesman for the Kari Lake for Arizona governor campaign.

The Epoch Times could not reach Duncan for comment.

In a Nov. 21 statement, Bill Gates, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said that the county had finished counting “all legal ballots” during the election and would hold a public meeting to canvas the election on Nov. 28.

“The canvas required by law is the full accounting of ballots cast,” Gates said. “It’s meant to provide a record of the votes counted and those not legally cast.”

He assured there would be “no delays or games,” and the board would act “according to state law.”

Gates said that at the meeting, the board members would respond to a letter from Arizona Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright on behalf of the state’s Election Integrity Unit that requested a full accounting of the election problems.

“Board members received this letter on a Saturday night and had a team working on a response all day Sunday, even as staff continued counting votes,” Gates said.

“We look forward to answering the AG’s questions with transparency as we have done throughout this election.”

At least two Arizona counties—Republican-leaning Cochise County and Mohave County—have delayed certification of the election results until Nov. 28.

As of Nov. 21, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake had not conceded the election to Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and is exploring her legal options. Hobbs’s office did not return a call from The Epoch Times seeking comment on the memo.

On Nov. 21, a Twitter post from “Gov-Elect Katie Hobbs” announced the appointment of Assistant Secretary of State Allie Bones as her chief of staff.

“Over the last 20 years, I’ve worked alongside Allie Bones on everything from ensuring secure elections to providing support for local businesses—and I’m thrilled to announce that Allie will serve as my Chief of Staff,” Hobbs wrote.

“Together, I am confident we will get the job done in Arizona.”

 

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November 22, 2022

Mohave County Delays Certifying Arizona Election Results in Protest

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By Caden Pearson 

November 22, 2022 Updated: November 22, 2022

A second Arizona county on Monday delayed certifying its midterm election results until the Nov. 28 deadline in a show of solidarity with Maricopa County, where voting problems were reported on Election Day.

The Mohave County board of supervisors explicitly promised during a meetingthey would certify the results by Nov. 28, saying their decision to push certification back until the deadline was a political statement.

The delay comes after Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake saidMonday that “whistleblowers are coming forward” about reports of voting issues on Election Day in Maricopa County and after the state Attorney General’s Elections Integrity Unit wrote to county officials demanding a formal response about those reported problems.

Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward, a Mohave County resident, praised the decision to delay, saying rural voters were being disenfranchised by what happened in Maricopa.

“Voters in all rural counties in Arizona are being disenfranchised by Maricopa County’s incompetence/malfeasance. I’m happy to see that my county (Mohave) voted to delay certification,” she said on Twitter.

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Second County to Delay Certifying Election Results

Mohave was the second Arizona county to delay certifying the election results, following Cochise County, which made its decision on Friday. However, unlike Mohave, the board of supervisors there did not promise to certify the result by the deadline.

The two Republican board of supervisors members for Cochise demanded the secretary of state prove their vote-counting machines were legally certified.

Cochise was sued by the Democrat-aligned Elias Law Group, which has been involved in a number of election-related lawsuits in Arizona.

Marc Elias, a former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer whose former law firm, Perkins Coie, hired Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele to produce and promote Steele’s disproven dossier, threatened to sue any Arizona county that doesn’t certify the results.

“Let me be clear, if any Arizona County fails to follow the law and to timely certify the election results, they will be sued. The Board members in Mohave should go ask their buddies in Cochise about how that worked out for them,” Elias wrote on Twitter.

Both Mojave and Cochise counties have Republican-majority boards. Other GOP-majority boards certified their results.

Election Integrity Unit Demands Answers From Maricopa

Election officials have said at least 60 of 223 voting locations in Maricopa County experienced technical problems related to ballot-on-demand printers having “non-uniform” printer configuration settings.

These non-uniform settings resulted in some ballots being “unable to be read by on-site ballot tabulators.” County officials estimate the technical problems may have affected more than 17,000 ballots on Election Day.

In her Monday update, Lake said Maricopa authorities are “still counting ballots” after “printer problems, tabulation errors, three-hour-long lines” and instructions given by election officials, which “made this election day the most chaotic in Arizona’s history.”

Lake has been sharing videos of voters complaining about the problems they faced at polling places on Election Day.

Maricopa County is home to 60 percent of the state’s voters. Only 16 percent of the 1.56 million votes cast in the county were made in person on Election Day.

In a letter to Maricopa County officials, Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright demanded answers by Nov. 28, the deadline for certifying the election results.

“Arizonans deserve a full report and accounting of the myriad problems that occurred in relation to Maricopa County’s administration of the 2022 general election,” Wright said.

Wright said the issues are related to “Maricopa County’s ability to lawfully certify election results” and requested a response from the county by Nov. 28.

Last week, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs declared victory. Lake has not conceded yet, and it appears that she will not do so anytime soon, according to her video.

The Associated Press and Allen Stein contributed to this report.

 

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The TRUTH Hurts

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Cardiologists Come to the Same Conclusion Regarding COVID Jab Side Effects

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“The Covid mRNA vaccine has likely played a significant role or been a primary cause of unexpected cardiac arrests, heart attacks, strokes, cardiac arrhythmias, and heart failure since 2021…”

Until the British cardiologist, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, expressed grave concern about the safety of Covid mRNA vaccines, he was one of the most celebrated doctors in Britain. In 2016 he was named in the Sunday Times Debrett’s list as one of the most influential people in science and medicine in the UK in a list that included Professor Stephen Hawking. His total Altmetric score (measure of impact and reach) of his medical journal publications since 2013 is over 10,000 making it one of the highest in the World for a clinical doctor during this period.

In the early days of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Britain, he advocated the injections for the general public. However, in July of 2021, he experienced a terrible personal loss that caused him to reevaluate the shots—namely, the sudden and unexpected death of his 73-year-old father. His father’s death made no sense to him because he knew from his own examination that his father’s general and cardiac health were excellent. As he put it in a recent interview:

His postmortem findings really shocked me. There were two severe blockages in his coronary arteries, which didn’t really make any sense with everything I know, both as a cardiologist—someone who has expertise in this particular area—but also intimately knowing my dad’s lifestyle and his health. Not long after that, data started to emerge that suggested a possible link between the mRNA vaccine and increased risk of heart attacks from a mechanism of increasing inflammation around the coronary arteries. But on top of that, I was contacted by a whistleblower at a very prestigious university in the UK, a cardiologist himself, who explained to me that there was a similar research finding in his department, and that those researchers had decided to essentially cover that up because they were worried about losing funding from the pharmaceutical industry. But it doesn’t stop there. I then started looking at data in the UK to see if there had been any increase in cardiac arrest. My dad suffered a cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death at home. Had there been any change in the UK since the vaccine rollout? And again those findings were very clear. There’s been an extra 14,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests in 2021 vs 2020.

The more Dr. Malhotra looked into it, the more he felt the same concern about the safety of the mRNA vaccines that Dr. Peter McCullough had felt since the spring of 2021. The alarming incidence of sudden, unexpected deaths during the latter half of 2021 and the first eight months of 2022—especially among the young and fit—strengthened his grave concern and suspicion.

In September of 2022,—after a thorough investigation of the growing volume of data—he came to his conclusion:

The Covid mRNA vaccine has likely played a significant role or been a primary cause of unexpected cardiac arrests, heart attacks, strokes, cardiac arrhythmias, and heart failure since 2021 until proven otherwise.

His conclusion, including his precise verbal formulation of it, was identical to the conclusion drawn by Dr. Peter McCullough. Though the two doctors ultimately established contact to compare notes, they reached their conclusions based on their own, independent inquiries, before they spoke with each other.

Recently the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation produced Until Proven Otherwise— a short video documentary about the corroborating findings of these two leading cardiologists. I believe it is no exaggeration to say that the gripping, four-minute video is a MUST SEE for everyone. Please share it with your family and friends.

If you live in Dallas—or happen to find yourself in Dallas—on the evening of November 29, 2022, please be sure to attend the dinner for Drs. Malhotra and McCullough, hosted by the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation. It is sure to be a fascinating evening of discovery and conversation—not to mention a great party. We hope to see you there. Please click HERE to register for the event.

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John Leake studied history and philosophy with Roger Scruton at Boston University. He then went to Vienna, Austria on a graduate school scholarship and ended up living in the city for over a decade, working as a freelance writer and translator. He is a true crime writer with a lifelong interest in medical history and forensic medicine. 

 

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Kari Lake Gives Update, Says ‘Whistleblowers Are Coming Forward’

By Jack Phillips 

November 21, 2022 Updated: November 21, 2022 

Arizona Republican governor’s candidate Kari Lake issued a Monday update, saying her attorneys are working to obtain more information and “whistleblowers are coming forward” after reports of poll issues on Election Day in Maricopa County.

“Attorneys are working diligently to gather information,” said Lake, a former local news anchor who was backed by former President Donald Trump. “Whistleblowers are coming forward and the curtain is being lifted. Whether done accidentally or intentionally. It is clear that this election was a debacle that destroyed any trust in our elections.”

Authorities Maricopa County are, according to Lake, “still counting ballots” after “printer problems, tabulation errors, three-hour-long lines and even longer and confusing instructions given by election officials made this election day the most chaotic in Arizona’s history.”

For the past several days, Lake has been posting videos of voters complaining about their experiences during Election Day to her Twitter page.  She’s said that Republican voters were disenfranchised when they tried to cast ballots in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county.

Officials in Maricopa County said on Nov. 8 there were problems with vote-tabulation machines and asked voters to drop their ballots inside dropboxes. Later that day, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates and county Recorder Stephen Richer blamed an issue with printers for the problem and later said that the glitch would not stop anyone from voting.

Letter

Over the weekend, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office sent a letter asking Maricopa County for answers about the apparent voting problems. The memo said that it has fielded hundreds of complaints about how authorities conducted the election during the in-person voting phase.

“These complaints go beyond pure speculation, but include first-hand witness accounts that raise concerns regarding Maricopa’s lawful compliance with Arizona election law,” the letter said, asking for a response before Nov. 28. Gates, in an interview with local media, said his office would comply.

“We’re reviewing this with our attorneys right now and I don’t have anything further to say at this point, but we will certainly before we hold the canvass,” he told KTAR on Monday.

Gates stated that around 70 of the county’s 223 vote centers suffered problems on Nov. 8. Technicians were able to solve the problem by the same afternoon, he remarked.

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A woman replaces a poster critical of Democratic candidate for Arizona governor Katie Hobbs during a prayer rally outside the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in Phoenix on Nov. 14, 2022. (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times)

The letter said that Maricopa needs to provide a “full report” for the “myriad problems that occurred in relation to Maricopa County’s administration of the 2022 General Election.”

Hobbs Declares Victory

Last week, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs, the Arizona secretary of state and chief election official, declared victory. Lake has not conceded yet and it appears that she will not do so anytime soon, according to her video.

“Arizonans who choose to make their voice heard on election day should not be disenfranchised or punished for choosing to vote in person,” Lake said Monday. “Yet they were I want you to know Arizona. I will continue fighting until we restore confidence and faith in our elections.”

And Lake, in reacting to the attorney general’s recent letter to Maricopa County, told the Daily Mail on Sunday she still believes “I will become governor, and we are going to restore honesty to our elections.”

A spokesperson for Hobbs’s office told local media last week that she’s preparing a transition team. Hobbs has issued few public responses to Lake’s recent claims.

“Our job is to find the people who are, whether they’re Democrat, independent, Republican … that reflect Arizona, reflect the diversity of Arizona, and can help deal with some of the challenges that the administration will face,” Hobbs spokesman Mike Haener told local media.

When she declared victory, Hobbs noted that Lake has not conceded the election—at least for now.

“Last night our race was officially called (by media organizations), and I am honored to stand before you as governor-elect,” Hobbs told a crowd last week during an event Phoenix. “It has been a long year and a half. But in this election, Arizonans chose solving our problems over conspiracy theories.”

The Epoch Times has contacted Maricopa County in response to Lake’s statement Monday.

 

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Judge Says Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Must Answer Questions Under Oath

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By Zachary Stieber 

November 21, 2022 Updated: November 22, 2022

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki must sit for a deposition, a U.S. judge ruled on Nov. 21.

Psaki, who now works for MSNBC, isn’t facing an “undue burden,” U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty, a Trump appointee, wrote in a seven-page ruling.

In October, Doughty ordered Psaki and other former and current Biden administration officials to answer questions under oath because evidence has been put forth indicating they colluded with big tech firms to censor users.

Plaintiffs in the case said that Psaki’s public statements about the administration pressuring Facebook and other companies to crack down on supposed disinformation and misinformation and to ban users showed she had personal knowledge about communications between officials and big tech executives. Doughty agreed, finding the plaintiffs “have proven that Jennifer Psaki has personal knowledge about the issue concerning censorship across social media as it related to COVID-19 and ancillary issues of COVID-19.”

He also said that “any burden on Psaki is outweighed by the need to determine whether free speech has been suppressed.”

Psaki sought to quash the subpoena, saying it would unduly burden her because she would need to spend several days preparing for and participating in the deposition.

Psaki filed the motion in federal court in Virginia, where she lives. Doughty is based in Louisiana.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ivan Davis of Virginia turned down Psaki’s request during a Nov. 18 hearing and transferred the motion to Doughty.

Government lawyers then asked Doughty to quickly rule on the motion and, if he ruled against it, to stay the ruling while they appealed the ruling.

In the new order, Doughty rejected the motion and the attempt to stay it.

Doughty noted that he already acknowledged sitting for depositions would burden officials but pointed to federal rules that say people fighting subpoenas must prove an “undue burden,” not just a burden.

“Having to prepare for the deposition and to give the deposition are examples of ‘burdens,’ not ‘undue burdens.’ Were the Court to find Psaki has an undue burden here, every person subject to a deposition subpoena would have grounds to quash,” Doughty said.

“Preparing for and giving a deposition is part of the normal process for every person subpoenaed for a deposition. It is not an undue burden,” he added.

Psaki had said in a declaration: “Sitting for a deposition in this matter would be extremely burdensome for me. Among other things, I understand that I would need to devote several days to preparing for the deposition, as well as attending the deposition itself, and that would be highly disruptive to both my work and my family.”

Plaintiffs, including Republican Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, had said that Psaki’s motion should be rejected because her statements “only express the strongly-held desire by all deponents that they would rather be somewhere else.” Plaintiffs said they had already moved the deposition twice in an attempt to accommodate Psaki, minimizing any “logistical burden.”

Motion for Stay

The motion for a stay, meanwhile, stated that if Doughty rejected Psaki’s efforts, he should stay the order until an appeals court hands down its ruling on the matter.

“Subjecting a high-ranking official to a deposition, which cannot later be reversed at a later stage of the litigation, establishes irreparable harm,” government lawyers said in a motion that was supported by Psaki.

A stay pending appeal has four factors, including whether an applicant will be irreparably harmed without a stay.

Doughty said that neither Psaki nor the government has shown they will likely succeed in their fight against the subpoena. He also said that because there isn’t an undue burden for Psaki, there is also no irreparable harm. The third factor doesn’t apply because there are no other parties at issue.

“Fourth, the public interest lies in determining whether First Amendment free speech rights have been suppressed. Therefore, Psaki and Federal Defendants’ Motion to Stay Deposition is DENIED,” Doughty said.

The ruling is the latest loss for the government, which has been trying to shield various former and current officials from answering questions under oath.

Doughty recently denied a motion to quash the subpoena for Elvin Chan, an FBI agent based in California who has been described as being involved in communications that led to Facebook suppressing the original Hunter Biden laptop story.

Doughty also turned down a request for a stay pending appeal of depositions of Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, a Biden appointee; Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly, a Biden appointee; and Rob Flaherty, a deputy assistant to the president.

The government had said all three are high-ranking officials and that an appeals court will likely side with the defendants. Doughty said he assumed all three are high ranking but reiterated his original finding, which was that the burdens of sitting for depositions were outweighed “by the need to determine whether First Amendment free speech rights are being suppressed.”

 

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