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Robert Mueller is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning about his investigation into Russian interference and Donald Trump. Democrats are hoping to complete a Hail Mary, trapping the former special counsel into saying that he’d have pressed charges if Trump weren’t President. That of course isn’t true, because Mueller and the DOJ have both made it clear that the President’s immunity did not factor into the decision.

No matter, Jerry Nadler and crew still hope to produce some kind of viral moment. The smart money is on that not happening, although you can bet the media will do everything they can to push mundane pronouncements as significant.

On the eve of his testimony, Robert Mueller has suddenly pulled a fast one though. Specifically, he’s now going to bring his deputy from the investigation to the hearing to answer some questions for him. This per The Daily Caller.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller asked Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee to swear in his longtime deputy as a witness at a congressional hearing Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Mueller asked that Aaron Zebley, who served as deputy on the special counsel’s probe, be sworn in as a witness in order to address any questions that he is not able to answer, according to a source familiar with the matter, The New York Times and CNN reported.

Mueller is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee for three hours and before the House Intelligence Committee for two hours Wednesday. He will be pressed for details of his 22-month investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct the probe.

The obvious question everyone should be asking is why?

Robert Mueller is supposedly the smartest among us, or so I’ve been told. An old pro who could can get to the bottom of anything. This is his report being testified on. Is he not intimately familiar with it? Does he not know everything that’s in his own report? What information could his deputy offer that Mueller shouldn’t already be aware of?

The answer may boil down to what some of us have suspected for a long time.

It's going to be fun tomorrow when people who thought a Hercules Poirot-type character was running the anti-Trump Russia investigation discover that it was a lot closer to George Costanza working the Penske file. https://t.co/MpzFef03pF

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) July 23, 2019

In other words, Mueller may not be the genius he’s been portrayed as and may have been more of a figurehead in the investigation. There have been rumors for a while that figures like Andrew Weissmann and Aaron Zebley were given wide latitude and you can see shifts in the style of the report that bare out the idea that it wasn’t Mueller’s conclusions being written down at all times. There was also the episode prior to the release of the report where unnamed members of the investigation leaked to the press that they disagreed with Mueller’s findings on obstruction, namely that he didn’t recommend charges. The schisms within Mueller’s team were obvious to see, even if the details were much harder to discern.

This last minute move has rightly got Republicans incensed.

Republicans pushed back on Mueller’s request, calling on Democrats to leave Zebley off the witness stand.

“If Democrats believe it is the special counsel’s responsibility to testify to his report, they have no ground for outsourcing that duty at the expense of our committee’s integrity,” Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary panel, said in a statement.

GOP Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who sits on the Judiciary Committee and has been an outspoken critic of Mueller’s probe, was the first lawmaker to reveal that Democrats were considering allowing Zebley to testify.

“You don’t get to change the rules right before kickoff, especially after a 22 month, $30 million investigation,” Jordan said on Twitter.

There is no logical reason that Mueller needs to bring a tag along to answer questions for him if he actually did his job. Would any other witness be allowed to do that? I can’t think of any precedent for such. This testimony is supposed to be Mueller’s words, not some deputy. The only explanation is that Mueller doesn’t even know what’s in his own report and that’s actually perfectly believable given his bizarre press conference a few months ago.

Another factor here is that the DOJ has already told Zebley he’s not allowed to testify privately. Now, at the eleventh hour, he’s going to testify publicly? Is he defying the DOJ here? Nothing would surprise me at this point.

Unfortunately, Republicans do not control the committee, so it appears Jerry Nadler was happy to give into Mueller’s request in the hope that Zebley will drop a bombshell. I still don’t see that happening, but this game playing by Mueller once again reinforces that he’s not the straight shooter so many Republicans insisted he was.

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Liberal group #1 vs liberal group #2…Ready, GO!

What happens when Black Lives Matters faces down America’s first openly gay presidential candidate?

We’re about to find out: A couple of BLM leaders have set up camp in Indiana to oppose South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Last Wednesday, a meeting was held in Pete’s town headlined by BLM LA’s Dr. Melina Abdulla.

The restaurant get-together was attended by relatives of Eric Logan, the 54-year-old black man who was shot and killed by a white cop in mid-June — while Pete B. was out campaigning as part of his crack at the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Quickly after the incident, Pete flew home for a town hall of sorts. But holy cow that didn’t go well (here and here).

Also present Wednesday: former union organizer Greg Akili, who was mentored by labor leader and activist Cesar Chavez.

Melina told the crowd of about 75 it’s time to rumble:

“What we saw with the murder of Eric Logan at the hands of police really is an opportunity to revisit and re-engage around the questions of police violence in black communities.”

Those present were ready to mobilize against Buttigieg.

The effort is also set to benefit from a new local group founded by attendee Jorden Giger: BlackTavists.

Jorden described the purpose of the meeting to the Sount Bend Tribune:

“This was about getting everybody in a room and empowering each other and moving forward.”

So what was the situation surrounding the cop shooting? In part, this, from the Tribune:

Sgt. Ryan O’Neill shot Logan after responding to reports of car break-ins. Authorities have said Logan approached O’Neill with a fixed-blade knife and ignored repeated orders to drop it. The knife had been taken from a car in the area, authorities have said.

O’Neill, who resigned from the force this week, did not have his body camera turned on at the time of the shooting.

And, as reported by Huffpost:

A police sergeant who shot and killed a black man in South Bend, Indiana, over the weekend faced internal allegations of racist and derogatory comments, according to court documents obtained by HuffPost.

On July 13th, BlackTavists attended a Black Lives Matter rally, at which they issued a list of demands for Mayor Pete, which included him paying reparations to Eric Logan’s family, firing or demoting the town’s police chief, and — at the time — firing Sgt. O’Neill.

As per The Daily Wire, Pete’s in the hotseat. Having temporarily suspended his presidential bid following the shooting, he’s got no clout among black voters:

The Indianapolis Star reports that recent polling shows Buttigieg “at near zero percent with African American voters,” adding, he “kept hearing smatterings of ‘Black Lives Matter’” during an appearance at the Young Democrats of America Convention last Thursday night.

He’s trying to reverse the tide. Just days ago, he made what, in my view, appeared as a really, really pitiful and desperate political Hail Mary:

While campaigning in Iowa over the weekend, Buttigieg told ABC News that white supremacy “could be the lurking issue that ends this country.

So who ya got?! It’s like a transgender man coming up against a daughter of the Obamas. Who will the Left favor?

I’m putting my money on Black Lives Matter. But I could be wrong.

What do you think? Lt us all know in the Comments section.

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Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis announced this week that she would challenge Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) for the Austin-based congressional district he represents. Within the first few moments of the launch of her campaign, she had already taken a very public action that appears to have violated Texas law.

Davis was a quiet, moderate presence during most of her years in the Texas Legislature, but all that changed on the day in June 2013 when she decided to don pink sneakers to filibuster a pro-life bill. Her efforts opposing a ban on late-term abortions and sanitation and safety requirements for abortion clinics allied her with a more extreme liberalism, re-branding her as a darling of the pro-abortion left and their supporters in Hollywood and the media.

One teeny-tiny little detail Davis’ fans often skip over: her infamous filibuster was a complete failure. She was able to hold the Texas Senate hostage long enough for the statutory deadline for the end of session to pass — and the bill therefore to fail — but then-Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) responded nearly immediately with an order for the Legislature to return for a special session.

The special session’s main focus was that pro-life bill, it passed, and Perry signed it into law. Since then, the law has been challenged by several lawsuits, and has had some modifications and restrictions, but it survives and has been credited with contributing to a reduction of the number of abortion clinics in Texas.

Davis followed up her failed filibuster by running for Texas Governor. Perry was not running for re-election and then-Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-TX) won the Republican nomination. Abbott easily defeated Davis by nearly 20 points, winning the women’s vote, the Rio Grande Valley (a heavily-Hispanic and Democrat-leaning area), and even Davis’ own state senate district in the Fort Worth area.

And now Davis wants to follow up that failure by running for an Austin congressional district where just moved a few years ago. It’s a convenient target as a metropolitan area with a Republican Congressman who attracts a lot of media attention.

So far, the Wendy Davis for Congress campaign is not off to a great start.

Davis is a Harvard-educated lawyer who was able to hold her filibuster for the requisite number of hours to force the special session because she had studied the finer points of legislative procedure, but made an embarrassing blunder by violating her former office’s basic ethical rules.

When Davis launched her campaign Monday morning, she sent out several online videos calling for donations: a standard tactic for a newly-launched campaign, especially for a candidate with a national media profile like Davis had.

The problem was with at least two of the videos that showed Davis standing on the floor of the Texas Senate chambers, asking for supporters to help her raise $100,000 in her first 48 hours.

Filming political or campaign ads in the Texas Capitol is against the State Preservation Board rules. Media organizations and non-profit organizations may take stock footage and use it if permission is granted ahead of time, but a fundraising video for a political candidate is clearly a violation.

Davis’ violation was called out by her hometown paper, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which contacted Patsy Spaw, the Secretary of the Senate, who confirmed the rule-breaking:

While Davis has spent hours on the Senate floor as a former state senator, Secretary of the Senate Patsy Spaw said State Preservation Board policy prohibits political or campaign filming in the Capitol, which includes the Senate Chamber.

“Likewise, Senate policy prohibits political/campaign filming in the Senate Chamber. Permission to film was not requested and permission was not granted,” Spaw wrote in an email.

Spaw said that while the Senate isn’t able to monitor every tourist who films on the Senate floor, videos taken on the floor can’t be used for political purposes. Groups, such as media organizations, may take stock footage of the chamber if permission is given ahead of time.

A spokesman for Davis’ campaign, Hector Nieto, attempted to deflect the issue, emailing the Star-Telegram, “We disagree. Wendy is a private citizen and not seeking state office.”

Being a “private citizen” does not exempt Davis from the rules here. Filming in the Senate Chamber is prohibited for political and campaign purposes, period. The restrictions are not just for current state legislators, but for all political candidates and organizations, and all other filming is subject to review and prior permission must be requested. The Davis campaign did not do this.

This isn’t some obscure or weird rule unique to Texas, either. Most states — as well as the United States Congress — place restrictions, if not outright prohibitions, on filming political campaign ads in their chambers, or using footage from official legislative hearings and procedures in ads. It’s a fair and nonpartisan rule applied to current and former officeholders of all political affiliations, and the purpose is to keep the legislature’s business from being more overtly political than it already is by nature.

When legislators are acting in their official capacity, they should focus on the business of representing the people in their district, and let them make their campaign ads in their free time. If Davis were actually from Austin, perhaps she would be more familiar with the many scenic areas nearby where she could have filmed an ad instead of breaking the rules.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

Does anyone recall Rep. Ilhan Omar’s exchange with Elliott Abrams, the U.S. Special Envoy to Venezuela, during a February hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee? It was difficult to forget. Just one month into her term, and Omar was on the power trip of her life.

During the questioning, Abrams tried to explain his answers and Omar repeatedly cut him off, with a sharp, “Yes or no.”

“Yes or no. Do you think that massacre was a fabulous achievement that happened under our watch?,” she asked Abrams.

“That is a ridiculous question, and — no!,” Abrams answered.

“I will take that as a yes,” Omar said.

(The clip can be watched in the video below. The relevant portion begins at 2:10.)

Word for Word: Exchange between Rep. Ilhan Omar and Elliott Abrams (C-SPAN) - YouTube

It was with this same sense of moral superiority that she answered Ani Zonneveld, president of Muslims for Progressive Values when she had the temerity to ask Omar, “Will you be able to make a statement against FGM? Because that’s an issue in Detroit, and it would be really powerful if the two Muslim Congresswomen, yourself and Rashida, would make a statement on this issue.”

Omar said it was “an appalling question.” She then delivered a sarcastic, two minute lecture to this woman, never answering the question (the clip appears in the tweet below). Here is a portion of her answer.

Should I make a schedule? Like, does this need to be on repeat every 5 minutes? Should I be like, ‘so, today I forgot to condemn Al-Qaeda, so here’s the Al-Qaeda one. Today I forgot to condemn FGM so here it goes. Today I forgot to condemn Hamas so here it goes.’ It is a very frustrating question that comes up.”

And so, I think really I am quite disgusted, to be honest, that as Muslim legislators, we are constantly being asked to waste our time speaking to issues that other people are not asked to speak to because the assumption exists that we somehow support [it].

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) explodes at an audience member who asked her if she could condemn female genital mutilation

Omar responds by saying the question is "appalling" and she is "disgusted" to be asked if she condemns "al-Qaeda," "FGM," and "Hamas," saying it's a "waste" of time pic.twitter.com/9Ipl55wig9

— Molly Prince (@mollyfprince) July 23, 2019

The questioner should have cut her off abruptly and snapped, “Yes or no, Ms. Omar.”

Here are a few reactions to Omar’s answer from Twitter users (via Twitchy):

She spent two minutes condemning questions she doesn’t like, so clearly she has no problem condemning things. It’s what she repeatedly refuses to condemn that’s troubling.

So she still won’t condemn those things? Got it.

It’s a yes or no question. Why is that a waste of time?

If she would just answer, people would quit asking.

The thing she vehemently condemns is being held accountable. SMH

Evade, evade, evade. Nicely done, Ilhan. Interesting that I can still never find any video evidence of you denouncing Hamas, Al Qaeda or the Muslim Brotherhood.

Is “yes I condemn them” so hard to say?

All she had to do is say yes. Instead she belittles the person who asked the question then continues to lecture the audience on priorities. She is not much of a politician. How did she ever get elected?

Seems like it would have taken less time to just condemn these things than to give this explanation and she’d never have to do it again. Makes you wonder why she just doesn’t come out against it, doesn’t it?

Noticed that she never answered the question. Speaking around the question is not the same as an answer.

Just answer the question!

I guess my question is this…Has she EVER condemned any of those things? Ever? Perhaps if she did then folks would stop asking her to condemn them.

She can condemn a question but not FGM. Interesting.

Instead of rambling on for 3 minutes, @IlhanMN could have simply said, “yes I’m against female genital mutilation.” Period. 3 seconds.

Conservatives are asked to condemn things all the time. Turnabout is fair play.

So let me get this straight. Every white politician has to denounce white supremacy just because they’re white even though they have nothing to do with it. But Omar is trying to make the argument that because she a Muslim she’s shouldn’t have to denounce terrorists or terrorism?

Triggered. All day. Everyday.

Regardless of who you support, facts is that she condemns POTUS and his actions all the time…..notice how she has no trouble taking a daily stand there…..that’s all you need to know……

So seriously, when Trump wins the popular vote and electoral college landslide, what will the Dems do?

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Former Navy SEAL Dom Raso, Jr. fixes the American flag at the Navy SEAL monument – Virginia Beach, VA. 7/18/19. Screen grab via Dom Raso, Jr.

Last Thursday, former Navy SEAL Dom Raso, Jr. noticed the American flag hanging at the Navy SEAL monument in Virginia Beach was not hanging appropriately and needed to be fixed.

So he tried three times to climb the pole and was unsuccessful. On the fourth try, he made it and got the job done.

Here’s the video and comments he posted on his Facebook page of his successful climb. To date, the video has been watched over 3 million times:

[The] flag needed to be fixed at the Navy SEAL monument this morning.

After a 3.5 mile run and smoked from the previous attempts, This was my 4th attempt at trying to get up and fix the flag. Literally had to visualize what I was doing wrong and what I had to do to correct my inefficiencies in order to improve for the next attempt. I couldn’t go by this flag this morning and not give it everything I had. The gold stars on this monument and the sacrifice that has been made for all us was something I wasn’t just going to pass by. This flag pole climb reminded me about EVERYTHING in life. There has been way to grave of sacrifice for me not to try. Once I do try I have to give it my ALL for them. If I fail…honor them by trying one more time and get better every time I do it. ARMR-UP #CRUSHEVERYTHING #ISTAND #ICLIMB #honor #GodblessAmerica thanks @bamfony for the boost!

flag needed to be fixed at the Navy SEAL monument this morning. After a 3.5 mile run and smoked from the previous attempts, This was my 4th attempt at trying to get up and fix the flag. Literally had to visualize what I was doing wrong and what I had to do to correct my inefficiencies in order to improve for the next attempt. I couldn’t go by this flag this morning and not give it everything I had. The gold stars on this monument and the sacrifice that has been made for all us was something I wasn’t just going to pass by. This flag pole climb reminded me about EVERYTHING in life. There has been way to grave of sacrifice for me not to try. Once I do try I have to give it my ALL for them. If I fail…honor them by trying one more time and get better every time I do it. ARMR-UP #CRUSHEVERYTHING #ISTAND #ICLIMB #honor #GodblessAmerica thanks @bamfony for the boost! The National Navy UDT SEAL Museum

Posted by Dom Raso on Thursday, July 18, 2019

He posted a follow-up video the next day with some additional thoughts:

Part 2 of fixing the flag!

As long as this country continues to have great men and women willing to step up to do what is right, we will always prevail.

It doesn’t take many, it just takes a determined and convicted few. I believe with all my heart and soul there is a wave of patriots in this country growing in strength and confidence each day. While we watch parts of our country fall to mainstream confusion, complacency, and ignorance, there is a few that are willing to climb or stand or do what ever it takes. The greatest way to live is by our actions. EVERY SINGLE DAY we are given an opportunity. It’s a choice. We either take it or we don’t. I would have to say my favorite part of the day given that my last video has started to go viral, is the woman I had the pleasure to meet that simply said “God bless you”. ⁣

“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorance of foolish people.” ⁣
1 Peter 2:15 #thewilltofight

Part 2 of fixing the flag! As long as this country continues to have great men and women willing to step up to do what is right, we will always prevail. It doesn’t take many, it just takes a determined and convicted few. I believe with all my heart and soul there is a wave of patriots in this country growing in strength and confidence each day. While we watch parts of our country fall to mainstream confusion, complacency, and ignorance, there is a few that are willing to climb or stand or do what ever it takes. The greatest way to live is by our actions. EVERY SINGLE DAY we are given an opportunity. It’s a choice. We either take it or we don’t. I would have to say my favorite part of the day given that my last video has started to go viral, is the woman I had the pleasure to meet that simply said “God bless you”. ⁣⁣“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorance of foolish people.” ⁣1 Peter 2:15 #thewilltofight

Posted by Dom Raso on Friday, July 19, 2019

Well done, sir. Well done.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Remember when we were told it was racist and xenophobic to suggest people should go back to where they came from? Remember when the media was rending its garments and gnashing its teeth over chants of “send her back” at Trump rallies and tweets from the president about “The Squad” fixing the problems in their countries of origin?

Well, it would appear that “The Squad’s” outrage is highly selective, especially when it comes to them telling people they should be deported.

Internet detectives have reached back over the years and found times when the likes of Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is central to the controversy, was telling people to do the same thing she is outraged with Trump for supposedly doing.

Ilhan Omar of THE SQUAD telling someone they should be deported https://t.co/D1qenCYGI3 pic.twitter.com/hIEb5rEoNq

— NewsChute (@NewsChute) July 23, 2019

Here is Rep. Rashida Tlaib doing the same to Trump.

Deport this asshole! https://t.co/pXTah0hTot

— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) December 7, 2015

The running narrative right now is that Trump is a giant racist because of a set of tweets that encouraged the women of “The Squad” to back to their countries of origin and fix the problems that are plaguing those countries. Problems that “The Squad” claims are infesting the United States. He then encouraged them to come back after they’ve done this and show us in the United States how to do it.

The left typically leaves that last part out, mostly because that overlooked message in the tweets ruins the narrative. In truth, the tweets weren’t racist, as I explain here.

The other claim is that Trump is racist because his supporters chanted “send her back” in relation to Omar. Even so, Trump said he disagreed with the chant.

Thing is, even Trump’s tweets didn’t measure out to the tweets actually sent by Omar and Tlaib. Both of these ladies suggested that the people they were targeting be deported. Trump was suggesting they leave then come back.

If Trump is to be considered racist, then Omar and Tlaib must as well. If we’re playing by the left’s rules, what Omar and Tlaib did was far worse.

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Attorney General William Barr appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee to make his Justice Department budget request, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The DOJ opened what it calls a broad anti-trust review of major big tech companies, a move that’s been threatened by President Trump in the past.

This comes in response to more and more questionable behavior by big tech companies, including accusations of partisan speech suppression and even evidence of Google working with China.

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday that it’s opening a broad antitrust review of big tech companies, sending shares of Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook lower in extended trading.

While the DOJ didn’t disclose specific company names, it’s launching the review based on “new Washington threats” from Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The agency will examine practices of online platforms that dominate internet search, social media and retail services, the DOJ said in a statement Tuesday.

The DOJ put out a statement, highlighting some of the issues they’ll be investigating.

The DOJ said in Tuesday’s release that it’s looking into competition, “stifled innovation” and the impact on consumers.

“Without the discipline of meaningful market-based competition, digital platforms may act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands,” said Makan Delrahim, assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, in the statement. “The Department’s antitrust review will explore these important issues.”

This will likely cause a split within conservative thought. There are some that say big tech companies should be free to do as they please, no matter what that entails. In theory, that sounds good and principled. I’m not sure how workable it is in reality and that’s something that’s going to have to be grappled with. Everyone is fine with the status quo until the status quo eats them and the tech companies are only becoming more illiberal in their policing of speech and suppressing content.

As I’ve argued before, I see no contradiction, nor do I consider it “big government” to make tech companies live by the same rules as other publishers of content. What makes a social media platform different than a news website that can be sued for copyright infringement? Technically, there is no difference. We’ve just allowed big tech to pretend there is while simultaneously operating as curators of content. Section 230 was originally meant for ISPs, not websites like Facebook. If Facebook would like those protections, I see no reason they can’t simply operate as a public utility and open platform.

Obviously, there are other issues at play. Some will claim Section 230 never mandated neutrality. I’m not sure that’s true given it’s intent, but regardless, there is still a problem to be dealt with. Laws can be changed and I see absolutely no issue with telling big tech to not discriminate or face the same environment everyone else does on the internet in terms of liability. No new regulation or government control is needed. They can simply face the free market of lawsuits and see how they fare.

The issue of anti-trust laws takes things a step further though, possibly breaking up big tech companies that are colluding, participating in monopolistic behavior, and/or discriminating on partisan grounds. We are in uncharted waters in regards to this issue. It’s not enough to just appeal to principle when a company like Google can literally erase history with their machinations. There are very legitimate concerns that a few big tech companies could have near complete control of the flow of information.

I’m not sure I agree that anti-trust laws have been broken, but that’s the point of a review. Perhaps it will at least put pressure on these companies to take a step back. If that happens, it’ll be a good thing.

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Guess what kind of guy is the best person for an anti-discrimination committee.

Give up?

It’s a dude who likes it when Jews are annihilated.

So it goes, purportedly, in Champaign, Illinois.

Mayor Deb Feinen recently decided to replace a member of the city’s Human Relations Commission for the expressed purpose of “diversity” and to address the “[underrepresentation] of the Muslim-American community.”

Therefore, she appointed Egyptian immigrant and prominent local Muslim figure Ahmed Taha.

That sounds fine.

There turns out to be a problem, though: He’s supposedly ain’t much for the Children of Israel.

Ahmed’s been substantially involved with the Islamic Circle of North America, a proxy — according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism — for South Asia’s Jamaat-e-Islami, considered to be a violent extremist movement.

Need more? Presto:

In 2013, Ahmed reportedly posted a photo of an Egyptian teenager who’d been murdered with the caption, “O Muslim, O servant of God. There is a Jew behind me, come kill him.”

How’s that for “Human Relations”?

Enjoy another tidbit, courtesy of The Daily Wire:

In March 2014, Taha shared a conspiracy theory by a far-right website claiming that the president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, was secretly Jewish. “Is that true?” Taha asked, “If yes, this is a castastroph [sic].” In October that year, he then posted a video supposedly exposing Joe Biden as a “Zionist” and revealing the “Rothschild Zionism Secret Regime in America.”

So what’s the purpose of Champaign’s Human Relations Commission?

Here’s the official mission statement:

The Human Relations Commission is responsible for the promotion of equal rights and opportunities in the City.  It is responsible for the enforcement of the City’s Human Rights Ordinance and serves as the hearing board for complaints of violation of the Ordinance that cannot be conciliated by staff.  The Commission also advises the City Council on human rights and equal opportunity issues.

Bold choice.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The hard work done by Scott Johnson of PowerLineBlog and Daniel Steinberg of our sister site, PJMedia, and Preya Samsundar, who now runs communications for the GOP in Minnesota and Iowa may finally be bearing fruit.

Thanks to their reporting, ethics charges have been filed with the House Ethics Committee.

BREAKING: @JudicialWatch Files House Ethics Complaint against Rep. Ilhan Omar Over Potential Immigration, Marriage, Tax, and Student Loan Fraud https://t.co/72HKtMpq0Q

— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) July 23, 2019

These are some of the highlights:

he evidence developed against Rep. Omar was the result of a three-year-long investigation in both the United States and the United Kingdom by Mr. Steinberg and his investigative reporter colleagues Preya Samsundar and Scott Johnson. It is supported by information gathered from public records, social media postings, genealogy databases, computer forensic analysis, unaltered digital photographs, discussions between the investigative reporters and the subjects of the investigation themselves, and information supplied by confidential sources within the Somali-American community.

Documented-based reporting by Steinberg, et al. has developed the following information: Rep. Ilhan Abdullahi Omar, a citizen of the United States, married her biological brother, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a citizen of the United Kingdom, in 2009, presumably as part of an immigration fraud scheme. The couple legally divorced in 2017. In the course of that divorce, Ms. Omar submitted an “Application for an Order for Service by Alternate Means” to the State of Minnesota on August 2, 2017 and claimed, among other things, that she had had no contact with Ahmed Nur Said Elmi after June 2011. She also claimed that she did know where to find him. The evidence developed by Mr. Steinberg and his colleagues demonstrates with a high degree of certainty that Ms. Omar not only had contact with Mr. Elmi, but actually met up with him in London in 2015, which is supported by photographic evidence. Ms. Omar signed the “Application for an Order for Service by Alternate Means” under penalty of perjury. The very document that Ilham Omar signed on August 2, 2017 bears the following notation directly above her signature: “I declare under penalty of perjury that everything I have stated in this document is true and correct. Minn. Stat. § 358.116.”

Of particular importance are archived photographs taken during a widely reported trip by Ilhan Omar to London in 2015, posted to her own Instagram account under her nickname “hameey”, in which she poses with her husband/presumed brother, Ahmed Elmi. These photographs from 2015 are documentary evidence that in fact she met up with Mr. Elmi after June 2011 and before the date she signed the divorce document in August 2017, thereby calling into question the veracity of her claim that she had not seen Mr. Elmi since June 2011.

Rep. Omar’s potential crimes far exceed perjurious statements made in a Minnesota court filing.

Rep. Omar’s conduct may include immigration fraud. It appears that Rep. Omar married her brother in order to assist his emigration to the United Stated from the United Kingdom. The same immigration fraud scheme may have aided Mr. Elmi in obtaining federally-backed student loans for his attendance at North Dakota State University. Mr. Elmi and Rep. Omar simultaneously attended North Dakota State University and may have derived illicit benefits predicated on the immigration fraud scheme.

The State of Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has already determined that Rep. Omar violated state campaign finance laws for improper use of campaign funds. She was forced to reimburse her campaign thousands of dollars. More significantly, the Board discovered that the federal tax returns submitted by Rep. Omar for 2014 and 2015 were filed as “joint” tax returns with a man who was not her husband, named Ahmed Hirsi, while she was actually married to Ahmed Elmi.

As a footnote, it is great to see that the reporting referenced in the ethics complaint is that by the people who broke the story and kept it alive and not the shameless near-plagiarism by a dilettante who tried to scab credit for the story without providing a whit of attribution.

Minnesota state representative Steve Drazkowski, whose complaint to the Minnesota State Campaign Finance Board led to Ilhan Omar’s fraudulent tax returns being discovered, has also filed a complaint.

NEW: GOP State Rep. @SteveDraz , whose complaint led to MN State Campaign Finance board investigation of @IlhanMN , files formal request for congressional ethics probe. Documents shared publicly HERE ===> https://t.co/GahZ6Yqz5d

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 23, 2019

What happens here? Probably not very much in the short run. The Ethics Committee is evenly divided and to do anything someone has to break party ranks. The only way that happens with the Democrats is if Nancy Pelosi tells them to do so. Otherwise, they are going to close ranks and protect a Democrat member. Based on past history, though, often a House Ethics Committee complaint serves as the proximate cause of a federal investigation.

As Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton points out, there is ample evidence of fraud and perjurious statements to warrant a Justice Department probe. If Omar were a white male, the grand jury would already be seated.

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For those of you who have never heard of Blaire White, she is a transgender woman who has found herself politically on the right and consistently finds herself in opposition with the narrative that LGBT members have to side with Democrats or everything that this entails.

As such, it’s no surprise that White spoke up against Canadian trans activist Jessica Yaniv, whose name is making the rounds across the internet for attempting to push state-enforced sexual assault on women for not handling his genitalia during a Brazilian waxing.

White released a video talking about this, and she brings up some excellent points that I think need to be paid attention to.

Exposing Jessica Yaniv: Trans Predator - YouTube

Yaniv seems awfully zeroed in on female genitalia and women’s products like tampons and pads. What’s more, is that Yaniv seems to have this obsession when it comes to underage girls as well. As White reads out some of the alleged texts that Yaniv has sent out in the past, you can start to see that Yaniv’s transgenderism is the least of his worries.

He seems preoccupied with seeing women naked in changing rooms at gyms and helping them with their hygiene products, including going into stalls and assisting girls with them. He even makes mention of asking girls as young as 10 or 12 for hygiene products.

White noted that Yaniv is either delusional about girls or is intentionally predatory. She says that she’s going to be called “transphobic” herself for calling Yaniv a “he,” but lays out her belief that Yaniv isn’t actually transgender, just a predatory posing as a transgender person.

“I do not believe this is a trans woman. I believe this is a predator posing as a trans woman,” said White.

“Make no mistake, none of these messages are how women talk to each other, or how trans women talk to women, or anyone,” she continued. “Yaniv clearly has an obsession with feminine products, and women, and girls. It’s incredibly disturbing and it needs to be called out.”

White also points out the tweets Yaniv has sent to underage girls consistently asking their age, and notes that you don’t ask these questions in online discussions as age is irrelevant in most cases. Yaniv has made it a habit, and White even shows us a tweet of Yaniv celebrating on Twitter a ruling judging girl’s have no right to visual bodily privacy.

I want to remind everyone that Yaniv is also the trans activist that is currently trying to host a “topless” swimming event for children as young as 12 where parents aren’t allowed.

Just to be sure White gets her point across about Yaniv’s transgenderism being fake, she highlights that Yaniv isn’t acting like a typical pre-op transgender person would.

“And here is why I do not believe this is a trans woman. Trans women, especially pre-op trans women, are usually so uncomfortable with that part of themselves down there that they’re not going to go forcing themselves into women’s spas where they would show it and have it touched. That is not what trans women are about. It’s actually the opposite.”

As I wrote earlier today, Yaniv is essentially trying to force women to handle his junk during things like Brazillian waxing under the excuse that it would be transphobic if they didn’t serve him. He’s already managed to get a Brazillian immigrant’s business shut down over this, and is now filing a lawsuit against 15 aestheticians for this very thing.

If Canada does side with Yaniv, then he will have seen to it that state-sanctioned sexual assault is a thing in the west.

Looking at the evidence, though, I’m going to have to side with White. This is the behavior of a predator, not someone who is uncomfortable in their own body and is trying to spread acceptance through activism.

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