Sessions In Contempt?
Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has reached the limit of his patience. Several weeks ago, Nunes sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking for more information on potential abuse of the secret FISA court. His letter was ignored.
So he sent a subpoena. In response, the Department of Justice informed Nunes that it would not provide the information he requested. As a result, Nunes is now threatening to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of Congress.
Only one attorney general has ever been held in contempt of Congress. That was Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder. I know Sessions does not want to join that footnote in history.
Nunes suggested he might make one more attempt, assuming Sessions is not aware of his letter or subpoena. But the chairman added, "We're just not going to take this nonsense of every time we peel something back, every time we need information, we get ignored, we get stalled or stonewalled."
I agree completely.
Keep in mind, my friends, that this is happening weeks after the FBI supposedly doubled the number of staff dedicated to accommodating congressional information requests. Yet the stonewalling continues. Something has to change and fast.
Freelance Foreign Policy
Former Secretary of State John Kerry appears to be violating the Logan Act. News broke late Friday that Kerry has been secretly meeting with top Iranian officials, advising them on how to fight President Trump's efforts to renegotiate or cancel the 2015 nuclear deal.
This is not the first time Kerry has been caught freelancing when it comes foreign policy. Earlier this year, he told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to "hold on and be strong" and "not yield to President Trump's demands" because Trump wouldn't be president for very long.
There never was any doubt about it before, but Abbas recently exposed himself as a blatant anti-Semite. Even the Palestinian apologists at the New York Times condemned Abbas and declared that it was time for him go.
That is who Kerry is giving advice and counsel to.
Of course, Kerry stayed at the table talking to the Iranians while the regime sponsored mass rallies calling for the death of America and a second Holocaust through the destruction of Israel.
It is beyond the pale that John Kerry is giving advice to two governments hostile to the United States. Perhaps Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be investigating Kerry to make sure he is registered as a foreign agent.
And how can General Michael Flynn, after Trump's election and as a part of the transition team, be accused of violating the Logan Act? Kerry's time in government is over. He has no capacity, official or otherwise.
If Flynn, as an incoming member of the new administration, violated the Logan Act then Kerry must be too.
Things are bad with Russia, but as far as I know, Russia is not responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans over the past decade. Abbas and the Iranian regime are.
Iran has been a committed enemy of the United States ever since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Yet the Obama Administration was determined to get this deal done. And John Kerry seems determined to protect it.
Remember when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of our most reliable ally, spoke to Congress to warn the American people against the deal? The Obama White House was livid. Nearly 60 congressional liberals boycotted Netanyahu's address.
Evidence appears to suggest that the political weaponization of the U.S. intelligence apparatus did not start in 2016 the presidential campaign, but during the domestic debate over the Iranian nuclear deal. The Obama Administration was spying on Netanyahu and, in the process, it picked up conversations of members of Congress and leaders of pro-Israel groups.
By the way, the Iranian parliament voted on the nuclear deal. The United Nations voted on the deal. But the United States Senate was repeatedly denied the opportunity to vote directly on the deal itself. And, according to the New York Times, that was exactly how Obama wanted it.
The Intolerant Left
The radical left has been busy lately. In Minnesota, left-wing members of the legislature are furiously attempting to block a proposal that would not require but merely allow school districts to display our national motto, "In God We Trust."
The displays would not cost taxpayers a dime. They would be paid for with private donations. But one liberal senator objected, saying the phrase was offensive. "The money in my wallet has to say 'In God We Trust.' I think that's offensive," said Sen. John Marty of Roseville.
Meanwhile, left-wing students at George Washington University are at it again. Some are agitating to rename the school. As one co-ed put it, "It's not to say that he wasn't an important man back then, it's just saying that in this day and age [he's] not as important."
Other radical students are taking aim at the university's mascot and nickname -- The Colonials. Supposedly the name reminds students from other countries of colonialism.
But don't worry. They have an "inspiring" alternative -- the Hippos. How long until someone challenges that is a slur against overweight people?
Why is this left-wing groupthink so prevalent on the campuses of our institutions of higher learning? According to the National Association of Scholars, nearly 40% of liberal arts colleges in America have no Republicans among the faculty.
Sadly, I guarantee you that those institutions think they are diverse because the faculty includes black and white liberals, gay and straight liberals and male and female liberals. That is diversity in their view. But ideological diversity is non-existent.
The analysis of nearly 8,700 professors at 51 colleges found that the overall ratio of Democrats to Republicans was 10 to 1. And I suspect that in most cases the lone conservative or pro-life professor keeps his views "in the closet."