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The FBI is refusing to provide answers to a congressional inquiry pertaining to Hunter Biden’s potentially criminal overseas business activity revealed in a Senate report last month that chronicles the Biden family’s conflicts of interest abroad.

Last week, Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, who serves as the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, demanded the federal law enforcement agency provide answers on what actions it took, if any, upon reports from the Justice Department in 2015 that the owner of the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma paid a $7 million bribe to Ukraine officials to shut down an investigation. Hunter Biden is on Burisma’s board despite no prior experience in the industry.

The existence of such reports from the DOJ became public in the long-anticipated findings released by a three-year Senate investigation spearheaded by Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who lead the Finance Committee and Homeland Security Committee, respectively.

“The report by Chairman Johnson and Chairman Grassley shows that the FBI has been aware of some alleged misconduct for years,” wrote Jordan upon the Senate probe’s conclusion.

Jordan also highlighted concerns raised within the Obama State Department regarding Biden’s lucrative board position with Burisma. He raked in upwards of $50,000 a month despite his lack of experience while his father, Joe Biden, served as the administration’s “public face” of White House policy towards the Eastern European ally.

“The report detailed widespread concern within the Obama-Biden Administration about Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian company founded by Mykola Zlochevsky,” Jordan wrote. “The Chairmen noted that they had asked the FBI about its actions in response to these allegations, but have received no answer from you.”

According to an FBI letter written in response to Jordan’s inquiry and obtained exclusively by The Federalist, the law enforcement agency is refusing to acknowledge the existence of any investigation of Hunter Biden’s overseas conduct.

“Consistent with longstanding Department of Justice and FBI policy and practice, however, the FBI can neither confirm nor deny the existence of any ongoing investigation or persons or entities under investigation,” the FBI wrote, adding that it gave the same response to Johnson and Grassley.

The FBI freely commented on the Russia hoax against President Trump, however, featuring former Director James Comey confirming that Trump was under investigation as a suspected Kremlin agent. Of course, after a two-year investigation run by a congressionally appointed special counsel with unlimited resources, the president and his campaign were exonerated. Comey’s FBI probe was shown to be nothing more than a deep-state coup perpetuating a conspiracy theory that has done irreparable harm to American institutions.

Meanwhile, CIA Director Gina Haspel has come under fire from congressional lawmakers for stonewalling requests critical to the institution’s duty of effective oversight. Senior U.S. intelligence officials told The Federalist this week that Haspel is deliberately blocking the release of key Russiagate documents in hopes that Trump loses in November.

Johnson and Grassley demanded in a Wednesday letter Haspel comply with their summer request for records after two months of no response.

“The American people have a right to know the full extent of official action taken by federal officials during the 2016 campaign, the presidential transition, and into the Trump administration,” Grassley and Johnson wrote. “The information that has already been made public reveals what might be the most outrageous abuse of power in U.S. history against a presidential candidate and sitting president. Unfortunately, many of the puzzle pieces remain hidden, and some of that information rests within your agency.”

Author: Tristan Justice

Source: The Federalist: EXCLUSIVE: FBI Is Stonewalling Congressional Oversight On Hunter Biden

While left-wing ideologues demand cities defund the police, the current situation in New York City offers a compelling case for law enforcement’s existence, showcasing the need for more, not less, public protection.

New York City suffered 242 recorded shootings in August alone, up from 91 last year, according to an analysis of crime data from the New York Times published Tuesday. As shootings more than doubled, homicides naturally rose along with them from 36 to 53.

The August numbers continue a traumatizing trend seen in the Big Apple and other major cities across the country. Crime has skyrocketed amid the coronavirus pandemic, a suffering economy, and a perpetual wave of historic unrest sweeping the nation’s urban centers in a presidential election year.

The Times reported that while crime in America’s largest city still hasn’t eclipsed peak levels from two and three decades ago, the sharp increase in murders and shootings has driven numbers up to rates not seen since the 1950s. According to the Wall Street Journal, murders have surged 34 percent for the year overall compared to 2019, from 217 to 291, coinciding with an 87 percent increase in shootings. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio chalks up the rise in violent crime to the city dealing with a “perfect storm” of issues after he and fellow Democrats defunded the police department by $1 billion.

Chicago saw an 88 percent increase in people shot for the month of August compared to last year, from 268 to 503. That has meant 63 killed this year as opposed to 49, reported a local ABC affiliate.

Author: Tristan Justice

Source: The Federalist: New York City Suffers 50 Percent Murder Spike In August, Shootings More Than Double

Virginia’s Democratic Senate passed legislation Wednesday reducing penalties for assaulting police officers by allowing judges discretion to diminish charges from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Though the bill maintains that such aggression be charged as a felony, judges under the law would be empowered to distinguish between minor and serious assaults while also eliminating the six-month mandatory minimum prison sentence for convictions.

According to the Loudoun Times, the bill passed despite Republican objections that the bill would minimize acts of terror targeted at police as law enforcement units nationwide bear the brunt of historic animosity and anarchic calls to defund their departments. Several local governments have already opted to either completely dismantle their law enforcement agencies such as Minneapolis where rioting erupted again Wednesday, or to axe funding to redirect it to other programs. New York City cut $1 billion from its police budget earlier this year.

The Virginia Senate’s bill will now move to the Democrat-controlled House of Delegates. Their decision comes while scores of police officers have come under attack sustaining serious injuries across the country. Militant demonstrators have launched mortar-style fireworks at sworn agents of public defense and beamed lasers that can cause permanent blindness.

Author: Tristan Justice

Source: The Federalist: Virginia Senate Passes Bill To Reduce Sentences For Assaulting Police

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf offered a harsh evaluation of the anarchist group Antifa Wednesday, declaring that in certain capacities, the left-wing group “absolutely” meets the standards worthy of condemnation as a “domestic terrorist group.”

“I think what we see with them individually targeting law enforcement, individually targeting certain officials for certain reasons, that is the definition of domestic terrorism,” Wolf told The Federalist, going on to explain, however, that the group’s decentralized nature makes it difficult for law enforcement to offer effective surveillance and widespread prosecution.

“The issue with Antifa,” Wolf explained, “it’s not just one singular group. It’s a loosely knit organization that’s very hard to define, very hard to define who’s a part of it.”

Wolf pointed to the FBI conducting several ongoing investigations into the group to greater understand its underpinnings. That could benefit law enforcement agencies nationwide grappling with intensifying violence as major U.S. cities suffer under a historic moment of civil unrest.

While Wolf, who was officially nominated Tuesday to fill the post he currently serves in an “acting” capacity, characterized Antifa as a domestic terrorist group in some cases, the DHS’s mission lies primarily with protecting federal agents and property. That includes Portland, where rioters held a federal courthouse under siege in skirmishes between militant anarchists firing mortar-style fireworks and the police defending government buildings. In July alone, Wolf told congressional lawmakers earlier this month, more than 100 federal law enforcement agents sustained 277 injuries in Portland, nearly half of which were eye injuries from lasers that can cause permanent blindness.

As the nation sees the beginning of a second wave of violent protests terrorizing its major cities in Kenosha and Minneapolis this week, Portland demonstrators surpassed their 90th day of consecutive domestic attacks Tuesday, three months after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Legal records recently surfaced showing Floyd had overdose levels of Fentanyl in his blood when he died.

Wolf emphasized Wednesday that while the Trump administration is offering support to state and local law enforcement agencies being overrun by the inner-city mobs, it’s ultimately up to those state and local governments to restore public safety and keep the peace. In the meantime, Wolf said, “individuals have a right to protect themselves and their businesses and what they’ve worked all their life to build.”

“Fault lies with those local leaders and those local law enforcement of not doing their job,” said the acting secretary. “This country is about rule of law, and we need the police to step up any time we have criminal riots and looting occur. Law enforcement needs to step in, restore that rule of law so that private citizens don’t have to do this or that, you don’t have counter-protests that become violent. That only happens in the absence of rule of law.”

Author: Tristan Justice

Source: The Federalist: EXCLUSIVE: Homeland Security Secretary Says Antifa ‘Absolutely’ Meets Definition Of Domestic Terrorist Group

One in four young adults aged 18-24 reported seriously contemplating suicide within the last 30 days, according to new data released last week from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Sixteen percent of those aged 25-44 reported the same as restrictions in the name of COVID-19 implemented to slow its spread promise to stretch into the fall. More than 10 percent of all respondents in the 5,412 person survey said they had given serious consideration to the irreversible act.

The national suicide hotline is 1-800-273-8255. More resources are here.

Anxiety and substance abuse have spiked more than 40 percent among those who said they had suffered a mental or behavioral health condition as a direct result of the coronavirus response. More than 30 percent of those surveyed between June 24-30 reported symptoms of anxiety and depression.

There are online groups for substance abuse recovery. Find resources here, here, and here. Here’s what to do if someone you know is suicidal.

The results of the CDC survey remain largely consistent with Census data in May showing one in three Americans exhibited signs of clinical anxiety and depression while lockdowns exacerbated an existing mental health crisis by mandating isolation and bringing financial devastation throwing more than 40 million out of work in addition to being told to stay home or face added consequences.

As states brace for a second wave in cases this fall, the new data from the CDC should provide caution to policymakers pursuing a second lockdown or dragging out existing lockdowns.

“It’s a re-traumatization, really,” said east Tennessee therapist Allysen Efferson, who emphasized that the “ever-evolving criteria” for re-opening would only hammer at the nation’s already shattered psyche. The nation quickly went from “14 days to slow the spread” in March to “lock everything down until there’s a vaccine,” except for ignored calls for social distancing with a historic breakout of civil unrest.

Public health officials sent mixed messages by justifying mass protests for supposed racial justice while condemning church gatherings. In several states today, worship services of more than 50 people remain banned while mob anarchists burn down churches. One might argue society would be better served if the latter sat through a service or two.

“Faith is such an important component of mental health,” Efferson said, adding that bans on religious gatherings have “eliminated one of the greatest contributors to a person’s positive mental health.”

The research on links between religion and mental health conclusively supports Efferson’s claim.

A systemic review of the academic literature up to 2010 about spirituality and depression conducted by Duke University psychiatrist Harold Koenig found that nearly two-thirds of studies showed a significant association between religious involvement and less depression. About half found a significant reduction in anxiety.

A 2014 study by Columbia University psychologist Lisa Miller found that spirituality and religion can protect individuals from depression by thickening the brain cortex. In 2011, Miller had found that among adults who reported they place a high importance on religion or spirituality, 76 percent were less likely to suffer from a major depressive episode, even when their parents had depression, therefore raising their risk.

While some argue religious services can be replicated online, many churchgoers will say it’s not the same. Adequately meeting the spiritual needs of congregants desperate for hope requires in-person conversation and worship. As Federalist editor Kylee Zempel titled her article on the topic, “Churches Aren’t Avoiding Death By Keeping Their Doors Closed. They’re Ensuring It.”

“My concern,” Efferson said of looming lockdown orders, “is that we’re going to see more of the same but it will be more desperate than before. It’s a retraumatizing of these people who have already been through something traumatic… People are going to lose hope.”

Author: Tristan Justice

Source: The Federalist: New CDC Data On Suicide Shows Americans Can’t Handle Continued Lockdowns

In the latest illustration that Trump Derangement Syndrome has broken legacy media, USA Today, otherwise known as Free Pictures Of The News And Articles Written In Crayon, issued a “fact-check” asserting the Trump campaign’s use of an eagle on memorabilia features imagery of Nazi Germany.

“President Donald Trump’s campaign website recently unveiled a T-shirt that has come under fire because of design similarities between its logo and a Nazi symbol,” said the “fact check,” going on to explain the comparisons were first made by a Jewish progressive group and the Lincoln Project, an organization of NeverTrump Republicans promoting a radical Democratic presidential nominee.

“The claims that a Trump campaign T-shirt has come under criticism for using a symbol similar to a Nazi eagle is TRUE,” the paper concluded, even after acknowledging the eagle’s use as a longtime emblem of American patriotism embedded in governmental seals for more than 200 years, long pre-dating its use by the Nazis.

The hysterical, ahistorical conclusion drew immediate mockery on Twitter, with some poking fun at its previous illustration of “chainsaw bayonets” as a possible gun modification.

Others highlighted the eagle featuring a prominent presence in Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s wardrobe, which even drew the adoration of the paper when she wore if during the Trump impeachment proceedings.

Trump campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh slammed USA Today’s blind rating as “moronic.”

“In Democrats’ America, Mount Rushmore glorifies white supremacy and the bald eagle with an American flag is a Nazi symbol. They have lost their minds,” Murtaugh wrote on Twitter.”

The backlash prompted the paper to release a “clarification” on Twitter noting “the eagle is a longtime US symbol, too.”

In fact, while used in the United States as the national bird since 1782, the eagle symbol’s use as an emblem of patriotic unity goes back even further, to at least the ancient Romans.

Author: Tristan Justice

Source: The Federalist: USA Today Pushes Nazi Symbol Conspiracy Theory To Go After Trump

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