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ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos failed to ask former Vice President Joe Biden at a town hall Thursday night about new email evidence that his son, Hunter Biden, arranged a meeting with him for an adviser to the corrupt Ukrainian energy company Burisma in 2015.

As Breitbart News noted Wednesday, the New York Post reported on emails it had obtained from an abandoned laptop in which Hunter Biden’s correspondence with a senior Burisma official was preserved.

The Post broke the story:

Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails obtained by The Post.

The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email reads.

An earlier email from May 2014 also shows Pozharskyi, reportedly Burisma’s No. 3 exec, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.

The blockbuster correspondence — which flies in the face of Joe Biden’s claim that he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings” — is contained in a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer.

The mainstream media attempted to ignore the story, and social media companies suppressed or blocked it, provoking complaints about censorship and leading Republicans to announce that they would subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

That led the Wall Street Journal‘s James Freeman to write earlier Thursday:

Many Trump voters who tune in to ABC tonight will be fully expecting the anchor to invite “undecided voters” to ask the former vice president if he thinks the President is being mean to the Biden family. Mr. Stephanopoulos could also dodge the issue by inviting Mr. Biden to share his opinion of the New York Post.

On the other hand, tonight also represents an opportunity for ABC to set itself apart from the raft of media companies, new and old, that have dedicated the last 36 hours to suppressing a damning report about their favorite candidate. Regardless of the particulars of the Post reporting, Hunter Biden’s overseas windfalls have been clear for a while. ABC should hold the former vice president to account for the abuse of his office.

Despite having 90 minutes in which to ask Biden the question, Stephanopoulos never did so, nor did anyone in the audience.

Author: Joel B. Pollak

Source: Breitbart: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Fails to Ask Joe Biden About Hunter Biden Emails

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he could work with Joe Biden in a new administration, citing common ground he shared with the Democrats over a shared embrace of Soviet ideology.

Bloomberg News reported that while Putin praised President Donald Trump for improving relations, he was prepared to work with Biden if he won the U.S. election.

He cited Biden’s support for new arms reduction treaties — such as the lopsided New START under President Barack Obama.

Putin added, approvingly, that Biden’s Democrats shared similar ideals to those Russia embraced under Soviet communism:

The Russian leader even argued that the values of the Democrats were similar to those of the Soviet Communist Party, of which he said he’d been a member for 18 years. The Soviet regime’s longtime ties with the Black community in the U.S. could also be a basis for links to the Democrats, he said.

“Equality, brotherhood, what’s wrong with that?” Putin said. “There is some kind of ideological basis for establishing contacts with a representative of the Democratic Party.”

On Wednesday, the Trump administration declassified notes by former CIA director John Brennan indicating that he had briefed Obama about then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s plans to tie Trump to Russia.

Biden was present at an Oval Office meeting in January 2017 when the investigation of incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for possible Russia ties was discussed. FBI agents had not found any evidence of such ties at that point.

Author: Joel B. Pollak

Source: Breitbart: Russia’s Putin Praises ‘Ideological’ Links Between Democrats, Soviet Communism

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Wednesday that requires corporations to have a minimum number of board members from “underrepresented communities” — as defined by race, gender, sexuality, and other categories of identity.

Newsom signed the new law, AB 979, along with other laws aimed at ending “systemic racism,” including a law establishing a task force to study reparations for slavery. (California never had slavery and was admitted to the Union as a free state.)

The new bill comes on top of existing legislation, signed into law in 2018, requiring that companies have a minimum number of board members who are female, or who at least identify themselves as female.

According to the legislative counsel’s digest, AB 979 requires public companies to have “a minimum of one director from an underrepresented community, as defined.”

It will also “require, no later than the close of the 2022 calendar year, such a corporation with more than 4 but fewer than 9 directors to have a minimum of 2 directors from underrepresented communities, and such a corporation with 9 or more directors to have a minimum of 3 directors from underrepresented communities.”

The text of the law defines a member of an “underrepresented community” as “an individual who self-identifies as Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaska Native, or who self-identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.”

The law does not indicate how to distinguish someone who “self-identifies” as black from someone who is actually black, for example.

Proposition 209 — which is up for repeal by voters this November in Proposition 16 — bans the state from using race as a criterion in hiring, but does not bar legislation requiring companies to implement self-identifying diversity criteria.

Author: Joel B. Pollak

Source: Breitbart: California Law Requires Diversity on Corporate Boards; Members Can ‘Self-Identify’ as Black

A rioter hit a Seattle Police Department officer with a steel bat during a riot Wednesday night after a grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, indicted one police officer but declined to issue indictments directly for the death of Breonna Taylor.

Taylor, 26, was killed in March after her boyfriend fired at police serving a search warrant and police returned fire. The grand jury indicted one officer for wanton endangerment for firing into neighboring apartments, and did not charge two other officers who were involved.

In video footage posted to Twitter, a masked rioter is seen approaching a Seattle Police Department officer from behind, timing his (or her) swing, and then hitting the officer with full force.

The officer’s helmet was cracked, according to a press release by the department, and the officer was injured.

Several other officers were also injured in violent confrontations, as rioters vandalized businesses and attacked police.

One officer is under investigation for riding his bicycle over a rioter who lay down in the street to obstruct officers’ progress.

The Seattle Times described “protesters” as “angry and heartbroken.” It reported that some called for a “total abolition of the system.”

On Tuesday, the Seattle City Council overrode Mayor Jenny Durkan’s veto of budget cuts to the police, part of an effort to “defund the police” by 50%.

Riots broke out in dozens of American cities after the grand jury decision was announced. Two police officers in Louisville, Kentucky, were shot.

Breonna Taylor has become one of the iconic names of the Black Lives Matter movement, though there is no evidence that her death was racially motivated.

Author: Joel B. Pollak

Source: Breitbart: WATCH: Rioter Hits Seattle Police Officer In Head with Steel Bat

A man from Norwalk, California, in Los Angeles County was arrested and charged last month for voting three times as his dead mother, as well as voting for himself, the Los Angeles District Attorney announced in a statement on Tuesday.

The DA’s office said:

A Norwalk man has been charged with allegedly casting votes in three elections on behalf of his mother who had passed away, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Caesar Peter Abutin (dob 11/2/64) was charged in case BA488819 with one felony count each of fraud in connection with votes cast and fraudulent voting. He pleaded not guilty today and is scheduled to return for a preliminary hearing setting on October 28 in Department 50 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

The case was filed for warrant on July 31.

Deputy District Attorney Marian Thompson of the Public Integrity Division is prosecuting the case.

Between October 2012 and November 2014, Abutin is accused of voting in three elections, claiming to be his 67-year-old mother who passed away in July 2006, while also casting votes for himself.

The charges were announced, coincidentally, in the midst of the Democratic National Convention, as Democrats accused President Donald Trump of exaggerating the potential for voter fraud in his push against automatic vote-by-mail.

Los Angeles County agreed in 2019 to remove as many as 1.5 million registered but inactive voters as of April 2018 from its rolls in a settlement with Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch noted that 112% of the adult population of L.A. was registered to vote.

Author: Joel B. Pollak

Source: Breitbart: Voter Fraud: Man Arrested in L.A. for Voting 3 Times as His Dead Mother

California Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state could not afford to pay its share of President Donald Trump’s new expansion of unemployment benefits because it did not have the money.

The new expansion, created by President Trump in an executive order on Saturday, would provide $400 per week in additional assistance, $300 of which would come from the federal government. The remaining $100 would come from the states.

Newsom said that providing $100 per week would cost the state $700 million per week, rising to nearly $3 billion if the federal portion of the benefits were to run out of money. He said that the coronavirus aid that had already been given to the state had already been allocated to other spending priorities, and that the state did not have the money to make up the difference.

The state “cannot shoulder this burden without cutting important services,” he said.

Moreover, he said, paying an additional $100 weekly benefit through the state’s beleaguered unemployment system would also result in “time delays” and “enormous consternation” for people applying for benefits.

It was not clear whether Newsom had shut the door entirely on the expanded unemployment benefits. President Trump said on Sunday that the federal government might be able to fund the entire program.

Additionally, Newsom also said that existing state moratoria on evictions had been extended, and that the state had extended the authority of local governments to enact their own moratoria.

He also announced philanthropic contributions to the state’s efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus.

California had seen coronavirus hospitalizations fall 19% in the previous 14 days, Newsom said.

Author: Joel B. Pollak

Source: Breitbart: Gavin Newsom: California Can’t Afford to Pay for Extra Unemployment Benefits

The New York City Board of Elections disqualified 84,208 vote-by-mail ballots — 26% of the total cast — in the June 23 Democratic presidential primary, according to a report cited Wednesday evening by the New York Post.

The Post reported:

The city BOE received 403,213 mail-in ballots for the June 23 Democratic presidential primary.

But the certified results released Wednesday revealed that only 318,995 mail-in ballots were counted.

That’s means 84,208 ballots were not counted or invalidated — 26 percent of the total.

One out of four mail-in ballots were disqualified for arriving late, lacking a postmark or failing to include a voter’s signature, or other defects.

Votes are still being counted from the June 23 primary, where several close elections were only decided weeks later.

Earlier on Wednesday, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) declared victory — more than six weeks later — over her primary challenger.

New York State encouraged voters to vote by mail rather than in person, citing the risk of coronavirus.

Nearly 2 million voters statewide requested mail-in ballots, and the system was overwhelmed, according to an earlier report by NBC-4 New York that described “a tidal wave of absentee ballots that overwhelmed a system which typically handles only around 5% of the vote,” and fears of “disenfranchisement.”

President Donald Trump reiterated his concerns Wednesday at a press briefing at the White House, where he said that states that did not have existing vote-by-mail systems ran the risk of irregularities that could delay the result of the presidential election from being known.

Author: Joel B. Pollak

Source: Breitbart: 1 in 4 Vote-by-Mail Ballots Disqualified in New York City Democrat Primary

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) walked out of a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution on Tuesday and refused to condemn Antifa — as did the other seven Senate Democrats who had spoken.

The hearing focused on the issue of freedom of speech, and the violence surrounding recent Black Lives Matter protests, especially the riots that have afflicted Portland, Oregon, for the last two months.

Subcommittee Chair Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made a point earlier in the hearing of condemning violent right-wing extremist groups by name, then challenged Democrats to condemn Antifa, which has been involved in some of the violence that has accompanied many Black Lives Matter demonstrations nationwide.

Hirono claimed that Black Lives Matter was standing for freedom of speech, and accused Cruz of not listening to her. “We should all join hands in denouncing. Whatever words you want to use about violent extremism of all stripes, and I think we can all agree on that.”

She concluded: “I hope this is the end of this hearing, Mr. Chairman, and that we don’t have to listen to any more of your rhetorical speeches. Thank you very much. I’m leaving.”

As she left, Cruz replied: “Well, I appreciate the — as always — kind and uplifting words of Senator Hirono, and I would also note that throughout her remarks she still did not say a negative word about Antifa, nor has any Democrat here.”

Hirono turned to respond, and Cruz said: “You’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa, right now.”

She replied: “I think that I’ve covered the subject quite well.”

Others present at the hearing included Post Millenial journalist Andy Ngô, who talked about the violence of Antifa and its anti-American ideology; and George Washington University Law School Professor Jonathan Turley, who talked about the left’s suppression of political dissent.

“If you go to campuses today, you will find more advocates for limiting speech than protecting it,” Turley said.

Then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) did issue a statement condemning Antifa in 2017.

Author: Joel B. Pollak

Source: Breitbart: WATCH: Democrats Refuse to Condemn Antifa in Senate Hearing

The Minneapolis Police Department is advising residents of the city to “Be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet” if approached by robbers, and “Do not argue or fight with the criminal. Do as they say.”

The “robbery prevention tips” were circulated by the department and reported by local ABC affiliate KSTP-5. They advise that the city is suffering an increase in robberies and carjackings, especially in the 3rd Precinct — the area of the city in which George Floyd was killed in police custody on Memorial Day, and rioters destroyed police headquarters.

Others posted the tips on social media:

Other cities have reported dramatic increases in crime, including shootings and murders, since the Black Lives Matter protests and riots erupted.

One Minneapolis resident who refused to give in without a fight was 99-year-old Evelyn Johnson, who fought with an intruder: “”He thought he was just going to cover my mouth and smother me, but that didn’t happen. I fought him. We wrestled for quite a while, according to all my bruises,” she told KSTP.

The Democrat-dominated Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a resolution in June to abolish the police department — much to the chagrin of local leaders in the black community, who spoke out against the plan in July.

The local Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that local black leaders had called the plan to abolish or defund the police “Egregious, grotesque, absurd, crazy, ridiculous.”

Author: Joel B. Pollak

Source: Breitbart: Minneapolis Police Department Advises Residents to Give In to Criminals

Former Vice President Joe Biden called violent anarchists attacking federal property in Portland, Oregon, “peaceful protesters” in a statement Tuesday condemning President Donald Trump for sending in federal law enforcement officers.

In a statement, Biden failed to condemn the violent actions of rioters who have attacked a federal courthouse, vandalizing it and attempting to set it ablaze.

He also repeated a false claim that protesters in front of the White House last month had been tear gassed, and that the protesters there — who had attacked police and assaulted journalists — were also “peaceful.”

Biden said:

We have a president who is determined to sow chaos and division. To make matters worse instead of better. We all remember the appalling scenes in front of the White House, when peaceful protesters were gassed to make way for a Trump photo op. Now Homeland Security agents — without a clearly defined mandate or authority — are ranging far from federal property, stripped of badges and insignia and identifying markings, to detain people. They are brutally attacking peaceful protesters, including a U.S. Navy veteran. Of course the U.S. government has the right and duty to protect federal property. The Obama-Biden administration protected federal property across the country without resorting to these egregious tactics — and without trying to stoke the fires of division in this country. We need a president who will bring us together instead of tear us apart, calm instead of inflame, and enforce the law faithfully rather than put his political interests first.

Local police in Portland said the “peaceful protesters” were actually violent vandals, burglars, and arsonists:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defended its actions in Portland yesterday as a necessary defense of federal property in the face of inaction by state and local officials. DHS officials noted that officers were wearing identifying insignia, but not name tags, given the tactics of Antifa rioters, who routinely “dox” law enforcement officers to harass and attack them at their personal residences or elsewhere.

President Trump also defended DHS officers, noting that they were within their rights to pursue those who had attacked them, even if it meant leaving the federal courthouse grounds.

The Obama-Biden administration had a long record of endorsing violent protest movements, including both Occupy Wall Street and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Occupy protesters employed a deliberate tactic of placing vulnerable or sympathetic people — such as veterans — in the front lines to absorb the brunt of any use of force by police. In one case, a veteran who was hit in the head by a bean bag fired by Oakland police won a settlement by the city of $4.5 million.

In the recent Portland case, the Navy veteran in question, Christopher David, approached federal officers in the middle of a riot and attempted to accuse them of violating their oaths of office. He was hit with batons — breaking his hand — and pepper sprayed.

Author: Joel B. Pollak

Source: Breitbart: Joe Biden: Federal Law Enforcement ‘Brutally Attacking Peaceful Protesters’ in Portland

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