Gowdy tears deputy A.G. apart over Mueller probe

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Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., used to be a prosecutor. So he’s not entirely new to the concept of evidence, investigations, charges and conflicts of interest.

What he apparently doesn’t understand is the FBI’s idea of a “conflict-of-interest-free” special counsel’s office, which employed a key investigator who helped clear a political candidate he supported and later targeted one he vehemently opposed.

“There are a lot of issues I’d like to ask you about, Mr. Deputy Attorney General,” Gowdy told Rod Rosenstein at a House hearing Wednesday. “We had the terrorist incident in New York this week. We have 702 reauthorization that is pending in Congress. Gun violence. The opioid epidemic. Criminal justice reform.

“But when I go home to South Carolina this weekend, trust me when I tell you that no one is going to ask me about any of those issues. They’re going to ask me what in the hell is going on with the Department of Justice and the FBI.”

Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate the allegations the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Mueller later stacked his staff with almost exclusively Democratic Party donors.

Rosenstein’s appointee even hired someone to help investigate allegations about President Trump as a candidate who talked about having an “insurance policy” in the event Trump won.

After months of bashing Trump in texts and stating that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “just has to win,” Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page exchanged a cryptic text concerning an “insurance policy” against a Trump win.

On Aug. 15, 2016, Strzok wrote: “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in [Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s] office that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

Mark Taylor and Mary Colbert write in “The Trump Prophecies” about the miracle of the 2016 election, and what the Body of Christ should do – now – for the nation.

It’s unclear what the “insurance policy” against Trump’s election might have been. However, as WND recently reported, the FBI’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election began in late July 2016, just weeks before Strzok’s mysterious text.

See Gowdy grilling Rosenstein:

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A commentary at RedState said Gowdy beat Rosenstein “like a rented mule.”

It advised, “Watch the video. I can guarantee you won’t be bored.”

Gowdy began: “The reason we have special counsel is because of a conflict of interest. … The regulation itself specifically makes reference to a conflict of interest. We don’t like conflicts of interest because it undermines people’s confidence in both the process and the result. … Let’s be really clear why we have special counsel. There was either a real or perceived conflict of interest that would either impact the result or people’s confidence in the process. … That’s why we have something called special counsel. And then, lo and behold, those that are supposed to make sure there are no conflicts of interest seem to have a bit of their own.”

He cited Strzok’s tweets blasting Trump and talking about the “insurance policy.”

Rosenstein told Gowdy the inspector general is investigating concerns about bias in the investigation and assured him that he and other Justice Department officials were committed to fairness and the public should trust them.

Gowdy noted the fact that senior prosecutors “of this conflict-of-interest-free” special counsel’s office donated almost exclusively to one candidate, Hillary Clinton.

One attended what was supposed to be a victory party for Hillary Clinton. Another investigator’s wife was on the payroll of a political group paid to dig up dirt on then-candidate Trump. One changed the wording of a condemnation of Hillary Clinton’s email activities from a legally based “gross negligence” to a generic “extremely careless.”

Gowdy pointed out that a “conflict-of-interest-free” investigator in Mueller’s office contended Hillary Clinton should win the election 100 million to nothing.

“[He] can’t think of a single, solitary American who would vote for Donald Trump,” Gowdy said.

He pointed out the “conflict-of-interest-free” investigator also slammed Trump’s family members and supporters by saying he could “smell them at a Walmart.”

The RedState commentary continued: “It is a thing of beauty. When Rosenstein tries to run away from the anti-Trump FBI agent, Gowdy points out that Department of Justice was not forthcoming with Congress about why the guy was removed and three months elapsed before the truth came to light.”

WND reported that Strzok discussed the “insurance policy” at about the time the anti-Trump “dossier” created by the commercial research and strategic intelligence firm Fusion GPS was given to the FBI.

That’s according to former British spy Christopher Steele, who was hired by Fusion GPS, which funded Steele’s research with cash from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Strzok also called Trump a “f—ing idiot” and assured friends, “I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps.”

Mark Taylor and Mary Colbert write in “The Trump Prophecies” about the miracle of the 2016 election, and what the Body of Christ should do – now – for the nation.

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Trump blamed for cancellation of Christmas in Nazareth

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President Trump’s critics have blamed him for many things, from climate change to a decrease in the frequency of Americans engaging in sex, and now he’s being held responsible for messing up the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

The annual Christmas celebration in Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, has been canceled, the town’s Muslim mayor announced Thursday, Israel’s 10 News said, according to FoxNews.com.

Holiday blues Christmas ornamentMayor Ali Salam pointed to Trump’s Dec. 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – which sparked violent protests and a call from Hamas for an uprising against Israel – as the reason for canceling all holiday plans. Among the casualties are a Christmas market and a festival, which are major tourist attractions.

“Our identity and faith cannot be bargained,” said Salam. “[Trump’s] decision has taken away the joy of the holiday and we will cancel the festivities this year.”

Nazareth, in northern Israel, has a population of about 75,000. Most residents are Arab citizens of Israel. About 70 percent are Muslim and 30 percent Christian.

Trump’s decision, which included a plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, fulfilled the requirements of a 1995 law that was adopted overwhelmingly by the Senate (93-5) and the House (374-37).

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When Trump announced the decision he reiterated his commitment to peace in the Middle East, noting the previous policy of not recognizing “the reality” that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital brought us “no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”

The Palestinian leadership, Fatah and Hamas, claims the Jewish people have falsified their 3,000 year-old history to lay claim to Jerusalem. The holy city, the Palestinians insist, is “Palestinian” and must be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital a milestone.

“There are major moments in the history of Zionism: the Balfour Declaration, the founding of the state, the liberation of Jerusalem and Trump’s announcement yesterday,” he said in a video posted to social media.

Hamas, meanwhile, said the decision “opens the gates of hell” and called for several days of protests.

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After the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 was passed, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama signed every six months a waiver incorporated in the law allowing the president to delay its implementation for national security reasons.

President Trump signed the waiver in June but decided this month to finally implement the law.

The three presidents who chose to delay enacting the Jerusalem Embassy Act nevertheless affirmed publicly that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, and two of them said they supported moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Obama, a Democrat, told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in 2008 that Jerusalem “will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided. I have no illusions that this will be easy.”

Bush, a Republican, promised during the 2000 campaign that “as soon as I take office I will begin the process of moving the U.S. ambassador to the city Israel has chosen as its capital.”

And Clinton, a Democrat, entered office in 1993 saying he supported “the principle” of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

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U.S. military at risk of ‘losing next war’

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A new Rand Corp. study warns the U.S. military is inadequately structured to combat threats from China, Russia and Islamic terrorism, according to the Washington Times.

The study, titled “U.S. Military Capabilities and Forces for a Dangerous World,” concludes the American military must reform its structure and war-fighting plans to better meet the challenges it faces.

“Put more starkly, assessments in this report will show that U.S. forces could, under plausible assumptions, lose the next war they are called upon to fight, despite the United States outspending China on military forces by a ratio of 2.7 to 1 and Russia by 6 to 1,” the report said. “The nation needs to do better than this.”

The report stated American forces are currently big enough to fight a single major war but have not kept pace with military advances by other global powers. They are “poorly postured to meet key challenges in Europe and East Asia, and insufficiently trained and ready to get the most operational utility from many of its active component units,” according to the report.

Rand suggested that instead of preparing the military to fight two regional wars in overlapping time frames, the military should focus on battling its five main present-day enemies: China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and Islamic terror organizations.

Mark Taylor and Mary Colbert write in “The Trump Prophecies” about the miracle of the 2016 election, and what the Body of Christ should do – now – for the nation.

The study recommended three scenarios: a force structure prepared to fight one major war against Russia or China; forces ready to fight one major war and one regional conflict against Iran or North Korea; or a force structure prepared for two major wars, which would require larger numbers of warships, fighter squadrons and combat brigades.

Rand estimated the annual costs for these three scenarios as $538 billion, $610 billion and $628 billion, respectively.

The report charged that the Defense Department’s current approach to force planning has “placed too little emphasis on modernizing the capabilities, posture, and operating concepts of U.S. forces for power projection.”

“The result — a force that is insufficiently robust to face the challenges posed by the most capable adversaries — poses growing risks to the viability of the United States’ most-important security relationships,” the report concluded.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued a similar warning in June when he told the Senate Armed Services Committee the U.S. military risked losing its competitive edge over its adversaries in five years without a major increase in defense spending.

The conclusions also were in alignment with what WND reported just one day earlier, that Russia, China, North Korea and Iran all are upgrading their nuclear arsenals.

That report documented how Russia and China are aggressively implementing nuclear force modernization, “likely made possible with covert and low-yield nuclear testing.”

Russia and China are now deploying new nuclear ICBMs, new nuclear air-launched cruise missiles, new nuclear submarine-launched ballistic missiles and new ballistic missile submarines. Both are developing still newer versions of these systems, along with bombers, including stealth bombers.

Mark Schneider, author of the report for the Center for Security Policy and a longtime Pentagon official with expertise in strategic forces, describes the huge increase in numbers and sophistication of the Russian and Chinese missile arsenals and compares this with the deterioration of America’s nuclear arsenal.

Russia is aggressively building up its nuclear forces and is expected to have 8,000 warheads deployed by 2026 along with modernizing deep underground bunkers.

These new warheads will include large strategic warheads and thousands of low-yield and very low-yield warheads to circumvent arms treaty limits and support Moscow’s new doctrine of using nuclear arms early in any conflict.

Russia is also fortifying underground facilities for command and control during a nuclear conflict.

In contrast to Russia’s vastly upgraded position, most of the U.S. systems date back to the Reagan era, with some going as far back as the Eisenhower administration.

“The advanced ages of U.S. deterrent systems at their planned replacement dates create the possibility of the loss of critical capability if there are unexpected problems within systems or delays with existing systems,” Schneider writes.

His report notes that the U.S. no longer has the capability to produce tritium, a vital nuclear weapons ingredient. He explains that the average age of a U.S. nuclear weapon – 35 years – represents a serious threat to the U.S. nuclear arsenal because the estimated life span of the nuclear fuel in these weapons is 45 to 60 years.

Peter Pry, executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the United States Nuclear Strategy Forum, which is an advisory board to Congress, said he agrees wholeheartedly with the findings of the report.

“I agree completely with Mark Schneider’s excellent analysis,” Pry told WND. “In addition to the aged condition of the U.S. nuclear deterrent, it is technologically obsolete compared to new generations of Russian nuclear weapons based on new designs.”

For the last eight years, under Barack Obama, the U.S. defense preparations were slowed down, while the military was made a testing ground for social agendas such as homosexuals and transgenders in the ranks.

Under President Trump, those priorities are gradually being returned to standards that reflect the goal of national security.

Mark Taylor and Mary Colbert write in “The Trump Prophecies” about the miracle of the 2016 election, and what the Body of Christ should do – now – for the nation.

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FCC repeals Obama-era net neutrality rules

(BUSINESS INSIDER) The FCC voted Thursday to repeal net neutrality protections it put in place in 2015, taking away regulations that barred internet service providers (ISPs) from slowing down content, charging consumers more to access sites and online services, and charging users or companies for so-called “fast lanes” to some sites.

The vote passed the commission in a 3-2, party-line vote, with Republicans voting for the repeal and Democrats voting against it.

The meeting was interrupted on advice of security in the middle of Chairman Ajit Pai’s remarks. Guards and police dogs could be seen on The Washington Post’s live feed searching the room after it was evacuated. It was not immediately clear what prompted the evacuation. We’ve reached out to the FCC for comment.

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Ryan laughs off report he’ll quit Congress in 2018

(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) House Speaker Paul Ryan laughed away speculation that he plans to quit his post after Congress passes tax reform and said next year’s agenda will include legislation to transform the nation’s welfare program into one that can move more people from dependency on government into the workforce.

“Next year is going to be the year where we work on people,” Ryan told reporters who asked about his welfare reform plan at his weekly news conference. “Next year is the year we work on getting people where they need to get in life, in better jobs, an actual career, closing the skills gap.”

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Nearly 1/4 of teens now smoke pot

(CNBC) Nearly one quarter of teens are using marijuana, according to a new survey.

Of eighth, 10th and 12th graders surveyed, 24 percent said they’ve used the drug in the past year, according to research from the University of Michigan. The 1.3 percent increase is the first significant rise in seven years.

The increase in teens using marijuana comes as more states legalize pot for medical and recreational use.

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Trump ‘prophet’ makes bold prediction about media

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In the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2016, while most of the world watched dumbfounded as Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, one man was completely unsurprised.

Mark Taylor, a retired firefighter from Orlando, Florida, claims the voice of God came to him in April 2011 and told him Trump would become president. Taylor wrote down what he says the Holy Spirit told him, and he later told his full story in a book called “The Trump Prophecies.”

Taylor says nearly everything God told him is coming to pass. However, there is one major exception: His prophecy said, “Even mainstream news media will be captivated by this man and the abilities that I gift to him and they will even begin to agree with him.”

CBN News recently asked Taylor what he thought was about to happen to make the mainstream media begin to agree with Trump.

“God’s going to clean out the news media,” Taylor replied. “God is looking for His people right now, His millionaires and billionaires basically to come in and start investing in these places and buying them out, taking over. God is going to rebuild them and restore them because there is no spirit of truth in them right now – and that’s what God is going to restore.”

Taylor believes God has already used Trump to halt the anti-Christian agenda that was gripping America.

Mark Taylor and Mary Colbert write in “The Trump Prophecies” about the miracle of the 2016 election, and what the Body of Christ should do – now – for the nation.

“The enemy’s timeline has been denied by the Most-High God, and it’s through Donald Trump a lot of this is being denied right now,” Taylor said, according to CBN. “And what God is saying right now is, ‘No, it’s not time right now because there are many things that God wants to accomplish on the Earth right now.‘”

Taylor also predicts the church will score “victory after victory after victory,” and he believes Trump will win a second term. “When people see the good that the country is coming in to, the prosperity, the economy, the jobs – he’s going to sail into the second term,” Taylor said.

Taylor says God’s voice first came to him while he was watching Trump on the news in April 2011. The voice declared, “You’re hearing the voice of a president.” Taylor grabbed a pen and paper and started to write down the rest of what he heard from God.

Here is the full text of Taylor’s prophecy:

“The Spirit of God says I’ve chosen this man Donald Trump for such a time as this. For as Benjamin Netanyahu is to Israel, so shall this man be to the United States of America, for I will use this man to bring honor, respect and restoration to America. America will be respected once again as the most powerful, prosperous nation on Earth other than Israel. The dollar will be the strongest it has ever been in the history of the United States and will once again be the currency by which all others are judged. The Spirit of God says the enemy will quake and shake, and fear this man I have anointed. They will even quake and shake when he announces he is running for president. It will be like the shot heard across the world. Then you will say what shall we do now? This man knows all our tricks and schemes. We’ve been robbing America for decades. What should we do to stop this? The Spirit says, ha, no one shall stop this that I have started, for the enemy has stolen from America for decades and it stops now. For I will use this man to reap the harvest that the United States has sown for and plunder from the enemy what he has stolen, and return it back sevenfold to the United States. The enemy will say, ‘Israel, Israel, what about Israel?’ Israel will be protected by America once again. The Spirit says yes, America will once again stand hand in hand with Israel and the two shall be as one, for the ties between Israel and America will be stronger than ever and Israel will flourish like never before. The Spirit of God says I will protect America and Israel, for this next president will be a man of his word. When he speaks the world will listen and know that there is something greater in him than all the others before him. This man’s word is his bond and the world and America will know this, and the enemy will fear this, for this man will be fearless. The Spirit says when the financial harvest begins so shall the parallel in the spiritual for America. The Spirit of God says in this next election they will spend billions to keep this president out. It will be like money down the toilet. Let them waste their money, for where it comes from is being used by evil forces at work, but they will not succeed. This next election will be a clean sweep for the man that I have chosen. They will say things about this man, the enemy, but it will not affect him and they will say it rolls off of him like a duck. For even as the feathers of a duck protect it, so shall my feathers protect this next president. Even mainstream news media will be captivated by this man and the abilities that I gift to him and they will even begin to agree with him, says the Spirit.”

Mark Taylor and Mary Colbert write in “The Trump Prophecies” about the miracle of the 2016 election, and what the Body of Christ should do – now – for the nation.

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Putin ‘puzzled’ by claims of collusion with Trump

(AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday scoffed at allegations of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, saying they have been “invented” by Trump’s foes and have hurt the U.S. political system.

He also mocked his critic, Alexei Navalny, who is barred from challenging Putin in the March 18 vote by an embezzlement conviction, saying those like him want to plunge Russia into a destabilized quagmire. He vowed not to let that happen.

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Family forced to dig grave when cemetery worker quits

(WYFF) LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky family was forced to dig a loved one’s grave after her burial plot was left unfinished before her funeral.

According to WKYT, Krystina Gilbert’s family arrived last Tuesday at Athens Boones Creek Cemetery in Lexington to say goodbye. Gilbert died after a long battle with cancer.

They were stunned by what they saw.

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Eric Holder warns GOP not to remove Mueller

(THE HILL) Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday warned Congressional Republicans not to make any moves to remove special counsel Robert Mueller, saying such an attempt “will not be tolerated.”

“Speaking on behalf of the vast majority of the American people, Republicans in Congress be forewarned: any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated,” Holder wrote on Twitter.

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