BREAKING: When asked by the judge if the plea deal granted Biden immunity from prosecution on other charges related to foreign lobbying, the US Attorney said, “No.” Biden’s lawyer responded that the deal was now “null and void.”
UPDATE—And now, it may be back. It’s being reported that Biden’s lawyers now agree that the deal doesn’t cover unrelated issues and that Biden could be charged with other crimes in the future.
Could be charged.
And the likelihood of that is …
UPDATE 2—The deal did fall through. Hunter has entered a not-guilty plea to the charges.
The NY Post is reporting that the lawyers representing Hunter Biden in his tax and gun charge case have been accused of a fraud upon the court handling the matter. The House Ways and Means Committee filed an amicus brief to US District Judge Maryellen Noreika arguing that Biden had benefited from “political interference which calls into question the propriety of the investigation” into his alleged money laundering, felony tax evasion, and failure to register as a foreign agent. The filing included the testimony of a couple of IRS whistleblowers.
It appears that someone from Biden’s legal team contacted the clerk of the court claiming to with the lawyers representing the House committee and asking that the amicus brief be removed from the docket.
The House’s lawyers have refiled their brief, and the judge has given Biden’ lawyers until 9pm tonight to “show cause as to why sanctions should not be considered for misrepresentations to the Court.”
UPDATE—Matthew S. Salerno of Lantham & Watkins has responded with a letter to Judge Noreika claiming the incident was caused a “misunderstanding.”
No Coke. Pepsi.
… if Hunter kept his nose out of his father’s business.
I had expected that the DoJ would let Hunter Biden’s false statement on that ATF form go until after the statute of limitations ran out this October.
It’s reported that the IRS has removed the Supervisory Special Agent (who has sought whistleblower status with Congress) from the agency’s investigation of Hunter Biden and that the removal was at the request of the Department of Justice. Apparently, the entire investigative team has been removed from the case.
On 27 April,, IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means. He stated, “I can say without any hesitation there will be no retaliation for anyone making an allegation or a call to a whistleblower hotline.”
(H/T, Don Surber) Here’s something the Main Stream Media have missed. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports that Hunter Biden is asking for a recalculation of the child support he owes to an Arkansas woman. Biden claims
“a substantial material change” in his “financial circumstances, including but not limited to his income.”
Biden alleges the existing child support calculation doesn’t comply with the state’s guidelines for child support.
… and then—maybe—I’ll listen to your “common sense” proposals, Joe Biden.
And your first step to demonstrate good faith must be the prosecution of Hunter Biden for lying on an ATF Form 4473 when he purchased a .38 Special revolver on 12 October, 2018. Until then, you have no credibility with respect to the matter.
Isikoff says he didn’t see this coming.That implies that he’s no longer on the inside of the Media Deep State Complex.
It’s clear the reason a grand jury has been kept in business investigating Hunter Biden is to provide an indictment if The Big Guy becomes too much of a liability. Given the failures over the past 15 months, it’s not surprising that the battle space is being prepared for a change.
The New York Times is reporting that Hunter’s laptop isn’t Russian disinformation after all.
However, Twitter Safety was provided with the Narrative Change Notice in advance, and there is no indication that the NYT will be banned as the NYPost was in 2020.
I will begin to consider that Joe Xiden has an honest interest in reducing criminals’ access to firearms the day after his Department of Justice secures an indictment of Hunter for lying on an ATF Form 4473 in order to buy a firearm.
Headline from the Daily Mail:
PIERS MORGAN: Can you imagine the howls of outrage if Don Jr. had been under federal investigation for tax fraud and nobody had told the voters while the media looked the other way? This Hunter Biden cover-up stinks
Hunter Xiden has announced he has been informed that he is under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware for a matter related to his taxes.
Al Capone was unavailable for comment.
For decades, the Left conducted what has been called its march through the institutions to place itself in control. They wish to stay in control, but in 2016 the Deplorables cheated by using the Electoral College to install Donald Trump as President. Trump, in turn, has worked to disrupt the Left’s control. The situation is intolerable. Therefore, the Left has pulled out all the stops and is using every means necessary to defeat Trump in 2020. At times, their naked use of their power to conceal one form of corruption has revealed another, but the Left doesn’t seem to care. Winning really has become the only thing for them.
Victor Davis Hanson has a post over at National Review about the Left’s efforts to retain control.
The progressive project is now hubristic, drunk with power and the belief that it can control an America that does not like it and that in turn it holds in contempt.
But with hubris comes nemesis, as we saw on all fronts last week. Joe Biden, the DNC, the media, Silicon Valley, the identity-politics industry, and the FBI were all shown to be not so much partisan and corrupt as, far more important, inept and ridiculous.
The corrupt can tolerate charges that they are dishonest, because such an accusation implies (they assume) a tacit compliment that they are also cunning and adroit in obtaining such power in the first place to use for such unethical purposes.
One of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is to hold the opponents to their own rules. Another is that ridicule is the most potent weapon. That’s why the Hunter’s Laptop and the Toobin Zoom stories are so important. As VDH notes,
But when they become so brazen that they are exposed as silly and absurd, they begin to fear. The Left doesn’t mind being portrayed as Machiavellian or even perhaps a little Rasputin-like. But they can’t tolerate being revealed as the buffoons they so often are.
If we want to win this November, we Deplorables would be well advised to follow an order given by a 19th-century Democrat, and “Keep up the skeer!” We need to keep confronting the Left with the incompetence of their corruption so that all voters understand the real nature of the choice before them.
… Gateway Pundit reports that Hunter Biden’s hard drive has been turned over to the Delaware State Police because, according to Rudy Giuliani, it contains inappropriate texts and images of underage girls.
This may explain why the FBI agent who served a subpoena on the computer repair shop was one who usually works child pornography cases.
Here’s a Tweet from the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee.
Here’s what you get when you click on the link.
I told you they’re all in on their censorship. Twitter is now deprecating links to official dot gov websites.
The Left has given up on any pretense of fair play for the coming election. They are lying brazenly, and they’re pulled out all the stops on their Internet censorship. The censorship of this morning’s Hunter Biden story from the NY Post by Facebook and Twitter show the Left really has reached the point where they feel they must use any means necessary to defeat Donald Trump.
In order to confirm the censorship was happening, I attempted to post a link to the Biden story on Twitter. I was blocked.
Then, I posted this tweet.Twitter has suspended the New York Post‘s account and suspended or locked the accounts of several people who tried to link to the Biden article, including White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Twitter responded to users’ questions about the blocking and suspensions with tweets from @TwitterSafey containing various excuses, but while I was typing this post, this tweet from@Jack popped up in my timeline—Twitter may be feeling some heat, but I’m pessimistic about their ultimate response. Based on my personal experience from having been unjustly banned for truthful reporting, I expect that Twitter will do its damnedest to continue its censorship. (I was banned for allegedly harassing Brett Kimberlin. I got the @wjjhoge account back when the false criminal complaint against me dropped for lack of evidence. I suspect that their lawyers figured out that I had an open-and-shut defamation case against them.)
The Left has pushed all their chips out on the table. If Trump wins the election, I expect the Left, including Facebook and Twitter, will go down swinging. Things have gotten ugly; I’m afraid they’re about to get uglier.
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This post is up at Brett Kimberlin’s protectourelections dot org—Protect our elections?
Ummm … that’s about elections in Ukraine.
Dread Deadbeat Protestor Kimberlin has renamed the 501(c)(4) not-for-profit VelvetRevolutionUS as “Protect Our Elections/EMPR, Inc.,” and empr dot media is a PR website promoting Ukraine’s interests. Perhaps this tells us exactly whose elections Brett Kimberlin views as “ours.”
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Petro Poroshenko was the President of Ukraine who Joe Biden threatened with withholding U. S. aid unless the prosecutor investigating Burisma (a company with Hunter Biden on its board of directors) was fired. Poroshenko claimed that he was never pressured by Biden. Biden has bragged on video that his threat was effective. Biden’s and Poroshenko’s names reappear together in the news from time to time, and empr dot media’s news coverage appears to have a pro-Poroshenko/Biden slant.
The question remains—which nation’s elections does Brett Kimberlin view as “ours.”
Brett Kimberlin’s LOLsuits have failed because he has never been able to put together a logical argument that he has suffered any injury from truthful report about hime, his associates, and their activities. He’s had particular difficulty understanding what is admissible under the Rules of Evidence. The TKPOTD from six years ago today deals with one of the many times he was stopped by the judge enforcing those rules during the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. trial.
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It was pretty obvious from the load of … ah … junk he gave us in discovery for the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance lawsuit that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin didn’t understand the rules of evidence or how to properly structure his case. He proved both during the trial. For example, consider this question he was never able to ask of Stacy McCain because it dealt with hearsay.
MR. KIMBERLIN: So do you know what the Southern Poverty Law Center is?
MR. OSTRONIC: Objection Your Honor.
THE COURT: What does the Southern Poverty Law Center have to do with this case?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Well Mr. McCain has —
THE COURT: The Southern Poverty Law Center, what does that have to do with this case?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Mr. McCain is considered a neo-confederate — is one —
MR. OSTRONIC: Objection, Your Honor.
THE COURT: Well —
MR. KIMBERLIN: And the Southern Poverty Law Center
MR. OSTRONIC: Objection, Your Honor.
THE COURT: Hold on a second. Counsel I appreciate you objecting to my question but I’m not going to overrule myself. That’s not something I do. So what does the Southern Poverty Law Center have to do with this case? I’m not asking you about Mr. McCain, I’m asking you about why are you asking him about the Southern Poverty Law Center?
MR. KIMBERLIN: I’m asking him the Southern Poverty Law Center is the leading, one of the leading civil rights organizations in the —
THE COURT: I understand all of that but what does it have to do with this case?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Because —
THE COURT: And the claim that you are making against these gentlemen?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Because Southern Poverty Law Center regularly outs racists —
MR. OSTRONIC: Objection.
THE COURT: So what if they do. What does that have to do with this case? This case isn’t about racists or racism.
MR. KIMBERLIN: It’s about hate. It’s about hate. These people hate me and they do anything to destroy me.
THE COURT: Well but why are you asking this witness about the Southern Poverty Law Center? First of all he couldn’t testify as to anything they said or did because it wouldn’t be an exception to any hearsay rule. So you would never be able to get that in evidence anyway.
MR. KIMBERLIN: All right.
MR. KIMBERLIN: Mr.—
THE COURT: Your objection’s sustained.
Of course, TDPK was trying to paint Stacy McCain as a racist, and that’s nonsense. Furthermore, given some of the racial epithets that TDPK is on record as have said and written, it was particularly unseemly for him to be trying to tar anyone else with that brush.
Even if Stacy or I or any of our codefendants were racist, that had no bearing on whether or not what we said and wrote was true, and TDPK had to prove that our words were false. Stupid is as stupid does, and TDPK tried to bring up racism a second time.
MR. KIMBERLIN: Have you ever been identified as a member of the hate group League of the South?
THE COURT: I’m sorry, what was that, what group?
MR. OSTRONIC: Objection.
MR. KIMBERLIN: League of the South.
THE COURT: League of the South?
MR. KIMBERLIN: It’s like an offshoot of the KKK.
MR. OSTRONIC: Objection, Your Honor.
MR. KIMBERLIN: It believes in —
THE COURT: What’s that relevant to, sir?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Well he brought it up.
THE COURT: He didn’t bring up the League of the South.
MR. KIMBERLIN: Huh?
THE COURT: He didn’t bring up the League of the South.
MR. KIMBERLIN: He talked about he’s not a racist.
THE COURT: Well the fact that he brought it up without objection doesn’t make it relevant. I mean what is the jury going to do with this? We’re not here about whether anybody is a racist or not, are we?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Well no, but he’s tried —
MR. MCCAIN: You’re white by the way.
Never try to outcrazy Stacy McCain.
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It was almost worth all the hassle of the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. LOLsuit to be able to watch Kimberlin destroy his own case by calling Aaron Walker, Ali Alexander, Stacy McCain, and Me at his witnesses. All we had to do to discredit his imagined narrative was to tell the truth. I suppose he was so unfamiliar with the truth that it caught him off guard.
BTW, the foreman of the jury (who was black) had been rolling his eyes as he listened to Kimberlin’s line of questioning, and he chuckled at Stacy’s “You’re white by the way” comment.
Meanwhile back in 2020, it looks as if no one is buying into Kimberlin’s latest false narratives. The @itstime_2020 Twitter account hasn’t seen any new tweets for over a week, and itstie2020 dot org’s global popularity ranking is still below 14,000,000. Also, while other English language Ukrainian news sites (e.g., Unian) have been covering the Senate report on Hunter Biden’s foreign deals, empr dot media has ignored the story.
The Truth is out there. It’s just not often found on one of Kimberlin’s websites.
The Gentle Reader may have noticed that this post’s title is a recurring line here at Hogewash!. Today, I used it in a comment to a post about the latest impeachment craze over at The Other McCain. My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has a long quote from a Marc Theissen piece at WaPo which points out the interest that the Democrats had in the Ukraine’s own corruption investigation earlier this year, before that country’s Obama-supported president Petro Poroshenko was turned out of office. Now that the newly elected president and his government are investigating what happened between the Obama administration and Poroshenko and his cronies, the Democrats wish to convince us that it was an impeachable offense for President Trump to encourage Ukraine to continue the ongoing investigations touching on Hunter Biden and his father.
My comment over at TOM continues, “but I still haven’t decided whether to order more popcorn or a big bag of Chalupas.” The bag of Chalupas alludes to why I foresaw what has been happening. It refers to Alexandra Chalupa, an activist with connections to the Ukrainian embassy in 2016, to many of the usual Democrat suspects, and to some more unusual ones—including creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti and bomber activist Brett Kimberlin. Her activities with Kimberlin that came to light in early 2017 appeared to be part of the initial stages of the Democrats’ failed attempt to gather dirt on Donald Trump and other officials in his administration, and it has led me to keep an eye on what’s going on between Washington and Kyiv.
One of the sources I’ve tracked is a website called EuromaidanPR (empr dot media). I believe that it is part of the Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc operation run by Kimberlin. I haven’t found any coverage of the ongoing investigations on the EMPR website since late July. That last post dealt with Petro Poroshenko being interviewed by Ukrainian prosecutors. However, the @EuromaidanPR Twitter account did take note of the Trump story. Here’s the most recent tweet.It’s dated the 19th, when the story was first breaking. It’s interesting that coverage dropped off as soon as the facts started to come out and it began to look like the Democrats had opened the wrong can of worms.
The comedy of errors continues, and everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
UPDATE—BTW, here’s the transcript of the Trump/Zelensky telephone conversation.
A couple of collusion stories broke over the past few days, and it will be interesting to see if they are more than just peripherally related.
The first story deals with referrals by Congressman Deven Nunes to the Department of Justice of several individuals for crimes such as lying to Congress and leaking classified information. Over at PJ Media, Rick Moran comments
There may not be enough evidence to prosecute anyone, so its best not to get hopes up. But this is a development that should have several key players in the anti-Trump faction at the Justice Department who flogged the Russia collusion story nervous.
The second story deals with corruption in Ukraine having ties back to the United States, ties to Democrats and the Justice and State Departments. The Hill has published a piece by John Solomon titled Ukrainian to US prosecutors: Why don’t you want our evidence on Democrats?—
Ukrainian law enforcement officials believe they have evidence of wrongdoing by American Democrats and their allies in Kiev, ranging from 2016 election interference to obstructing criminal probes.
The names Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Nellie Ohr, and Fusion GPS all figure in The Hill report which suggests connections between members of the U. S. Deep State and corrupt interests in Ukraine.
But many of the allegations shared with me by more than a half-dozen senior Ukrainian officials are supported by evidence that emerged in recent U.S. court filings and intelligence reports. The Ukrainians told me their evidence includes:
• Sworn statements from two Ukrainian officials admitting that their agency tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election in favor of Hillary Clinton. The effort included leaking an alleged ledger showing payments to then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort;
• Contacts between Democratic figures in Washington and Ukrainian officials that involved passing along dirt on Donald Trump;
• Financial records showing a Ukrainian natural gas company routed more than $3 million to American accounts tied to Hunter Biden, younger son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, who managed U.S.-Ukrainian relations for the Obama administration. Biden’s son served on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma Holdings;
• Records that Vice President Biden pressured Ukrainian officials in March 2016 to fire the prosecutor who oversaw an investigation of Burisma Holdings and who planned to interview Hunter Biden about the financial transfers;
• Correspondence showing members of the State Department and U.S. embassy in Kiev interfered or applied pressure in criminal cases on Ukrainian soil;
• Disbursements of as much as $7 billion in Ukrainian funds that prosecutors believe may have been misappropriated or taken out of the country, including to the United States.
Read the whole thing.
Lee Stranahan, Politico, and The Daily Caller have previously reported on attempts by Ukraine’s embassy in Washington to help the Clinton campaign’s effort to discredit Trump during the 2016 election.