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Syria, Trump and Isolationism 
by Cal Thomas  
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Congress Demands State Department Release 
‘Game Changer’ Report on Myth of Palestinian Refugees 
by Adam Kredo
{ freebeacon.com } ~ Congress is pressuring the State Department to release a long classified report on Palestinian refugees that insiders say could change the calculus... on how the United States approaches the situation and allocates millions in taxpayer funds to a key United Nations agency, according to sources and a congressional letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Dozens of members of Congress have already signed on to an effort to force the release of this State Department publication, which sources say was originally classified by the liar-nObama administration in order to keep the findings secret from the American public and lawmakers. The Free Beacon first reported on the existence of this report in January, when national security insiders first began pressuring the Trump administration to uphold a U.S. law mandating the report be released in public. The report is said to have been marked classified in order to prevent public disclosure that the number of Palestinian refugees is far smaller than the United Nations claims...Cut them totally off on funding.  http://freebeacon.com/national-security/congress-demands-state-depa... 
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Trump meets with Rosenstein at the White House
by JORDAN FABIAN
{ thehill.com } ~ President Trump met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday... amid speculation his job could be in jeopardy.  The White House said the meeting was arranged to discuss “routine Justice Department business.” Trump has railed against Rosenstein since Monday, when the FBI raided the home, office and hotel room of the president’s personal attorney in part due to a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.  Rosenstein is tasked with overseeing the Mueller probe into Russia’s election interference and reportedly signed off on the raid.
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Syria Gas Attack Looks Like More White Helmet Islamic Jihadi
"False Flag" Attack, Claims Russian Ambassador 
by TIM BROWN 

{ freedomoutpost.com } ~ And this is what you get for letting globalists and Council on Foreign Relations members into your cabinet, Mr. President...  Don't blame this on the Deep State. Everyone should know better here. Russia is obviously calling out this little charade, as they should. Russia’s ambassador to the European Union, Vladimir Chizov, said “Russian military specialists have visited this region, walked on those streets, entered those houses, talked to local doctors and visited the only functioning hospital in Douma,  including its basement where reportedly the mountains of corpses pile up. There was not a single corpse and even not a single person who came in for treatment after the attack.”...  https://freedomoutpost.com/syria-gas-attack-looks-like-white-helmet... .
German company involved in 
Syrian chemical attacks defies U.S. warnings
by Benjamin Weinthal

{ defenddemocracy.org } ~ After a Syrian photographer found parts made by German company the Krempel Group in the remains of Iranian-produced chemical rockets... that gassed Syrian civilians in January and February, the firm rejected on Wednesday new US warnings about the dangers of conducting business with the Islamic Republic. “There continue to be ongoing risks with doing business there, because the Iranians have not reformed their system,” Sigal Mandelker, the US under secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, said on Tuesday. Mandelker, speaking in London, said Tehran was financing Hezbollah, Hamas and Syrian President Bashar Assad. There is no transparency in the Iranian banking system, she said. “The onus of responsibility lies in Iran and we’re going to continue to highlight the risks of doing business there, because they haven’t taken the actions that they have promised they would take,” she said...  http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/benjamin-weinthal-german-c....
Here are the full talking points the White House 
approved ahead of James Comey's book tour
by Anna Giaritelli
{ washingtonexaminer.com } ~ The Republican National Committee worked with the White House to draft a 1,000-word talking points memo for President Trump... his administration, and GOP state officials across the country to use amid coverage of former FBI Director James Comey's book release and publicity tour later this month. The Washington Examiner has obtained the full document the RNC's rapid response team created and sent to members across the nation Thursday morning. The GOP's plan of attack leads with focusing on Comey's "long history of misstatements and misconduct," including how his "misconduct damaged the FBI's reputation" and his history of being "strongly criticized by members of both parties for his history of bizarre decisions, contradictory statements."...  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/james-comey-book-republican...
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Syria, Trump and Isolationism 

by Cal Thomas 
{ townhall.com } ~ The isolationist spirit -- a reluctance to become involved in foreign entanglements -- goes back in U.S. history to Thomas Paine and his 1776 pamphlet "Common Sense" and to George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address.

In modern times, the isolationist spirit had a strong pull against U.S. involvement in WWI and WWII, but was eventually overcome, however reluctantly, by catastrophic events.

Whether he realizes it, or not, President Trump tapped into that spirit when he instructed military commanders to wrap up America's role in Syria and to bring the troops home within months. One can almost hear the echo of Sen. George McGovern (D-SD), who said in reference to the U.S presence in Vietnam, "Come home, America."

Osama bin Laden bet on America's impatience with protracted wars in devising his terrorism strategy, but if one side is "in it to win it" and the other establishes a timetable, as President liar-nObama did in Iraq, it isn't difficult to predict which side will be victorious.

Writing in the Washington Free Beacon, Aaron Kliegman lists five reasons why the U.S. should not leave Syria. President Trump should read and heed them.

First, writes Kliegman, ISIS remains in Syria and continues to pose a threat, even though its ambition for a caliphate has been temporarily thwarted. People who believe they have a religious mandate to keep fighting, believing their reward is Heaven should they die, will not be easily dissuaded by people they regard as occupiers and "infidels."

Kliegman's second reason for not abandoning Syria is rooted in the recent example cited above. When President liar-nObama announced the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011, disaster ensued. First, there was sectarian warfare between Sunni and Shia Muslims, followed by the regrouping of al-Qaida in Iraq into Syria, which morphed into ISIS, requiring a stepped-up military presence ordered by President Trump.

Reason three: A premature withdrawal would undermine the president's Iran policy, which includes abandoning the nuclear deal with Iran, possibly as soon as next month. "It simply does not make sense," writes Kliegman, "to leave the nuclear deal, impose more sanctions and target the regime's development and proliferation of missiles only to cede Syria to Iran."

Reason four: "Washington would further lose its ability to influence events, ceding control to hostile authoritarians." While the Trump administration wants to pull out, the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey held a summit last week in Ankara on Syria's future. Without an American presence it isn't difficult to predict Syria's future. It will likely serve as a base for increased terrorism.

Reason five: The U.S. would again abandon the Kurds to a violent fate. The Kurds in Syria, notes Kliegman, "...have by far been Washington's most effective partner in fighting ISIS on the ground." They have also faced fierce opposition from the Turkish government in Northern Iraq. Abandoning allies is not a good way to build trust and confidence among friends in the ongoing war against terror.

I would add a sixth reason: the recent chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians. A precipitous U.S. pullout would only encourage the Assad regime and their Russian supporters to continue this assault on international norms and treaties and opponents of the government.

The Middle East is a mess and has been for some time. No one-size policy fits all circumstances, but premature withdrawal is not a policy, at least not one that will lead to victory or at a minimum stability. Perhaps President Trump can get our allies to share more of the cost and burden. For certain, both cost and burden will be much greater if he follows in President liar-nObama's footsteps and makes a decision that feels good at first, but in the end exacts a much higher price.

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Breaking:  FBI Admits Comey Leaked Memos 
 That Were Classified   Material! 

The FBI turned over the Comey memos to Congress today after missing their deadline earlier in the week.

Congressional leaders threatened to impeach deep state leaders if they continued to stall on the memos.

Fired FBI Chief James Comey wrote about the memos in his book and leaked the documents to reporters last year. Congress has not yet had a chance to look at the memos — Until tonight.

AND—– THE MEMOS ARE CLASSIFIED!

Meaning Fired FBI Chief James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS TO THE PRESS.

From the report:

From the DOJ to Congress:

Therefore, pursuant to your request, we are providing the requested memoranda in both the redacted and unredacted formats for your convenience. Consistent with your request, we are providing an unclassified version of the documents redacted to remove any classified information.

The DOJ wrote Congressional leaders this evening.

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Hannity: Good news for Trump, crushing blows for the left

GOP Congressional Leaders Nunes, Gowdy And Goodlatte Release Statement On Comey Memos

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Ca.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) issued a statement on the memos later tonight.

The House chairmen note that the memos prove that fired Director Comey never felt obstructed or threatened from his relationship with the president.

And… former Director Comey leaked at least one of these memos for the stated purpose of spurring the appointment of Special Counsel.

The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence published the statement tonight:

Today House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Ca.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) issued the following statement:

“We have long argued former Director Comey’s self-styled memos should be in the public domain, subject to any classification redactions. These memos are significant for both what is in them and what is not.

Former Director Comey’s memos show the President made clear he wanted allegations of collusion, coordination, and conspiracy between his campaign and Russia fully investigated. The memos also made clear the ‘cloud’ President Trump wanted lifted was not the Russian interference in the 2016 election cloud, rather it was the salacious, unsubstantiated allegations related to personal conduct leveled in the dossier.

The memos also show former Director Comey never wrote that he felt obstructed or threatened. While former Director Comey went to great lengths to set dining room scenes, discuss height requirements, describe the multiple times he felt complimented, and myriad other extraneous facts, he never once mentioned the most relevant fact of all, which was whether he felt obstructed in his investigation.

The memos also make certain what has become increasingly clear of late: former Director Comey has at least two different standards in his interactions with others. He chose not to memorialize conversations with President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, Secretary Clinton, Andrew McCabe or others, but he immediately began to memorialize conversations with President Trump. It is significant former Director Comey made no effort to memorialize conversations with former Attorney General Lynch despite concerns apparently significant enough to warrant his unprecedented appropriation of the charging decision away from her and the Department of Justice in July of 2016.

These memos also lay bare the notion that former Director Comey is not motivated by animus. He was willing to work for someone he deemed morally unsuited for office, capable of lying, requiring of personal loyalty, worthy of impeachment, and sharing the traits of a mob boss. Former Director Comey was willing to overlook all of the aforementioned characteristics in order to keep his job. In his eyes, the real crime was his own firing.

The memos show Comey was blind to biases within the FBI and had terrible judgment with respect to his deputy Andrew McCabe. On multiple occasions he, in his own words, defended the character of McCabe after President Trump questioned McCabe.

Finally, former Director Comey leaked at least one of these memos for the stated purpose of spurring the appointment of Special Counsel, yet he took no steps to spur the appointment of Special Counsel when he had significant concerns about the objectivity of the Department of Justice under Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

As we have consistently said, rather than making a criminal case for obstruction or interference with an ongoing investigation, these memos would be Defense Exhibit A should such a charge be made.”

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