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nObama's Budget to Nowhere
 Stephen Moore
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 nObama to Skip Scalia's Funeral Saturday 
The salient question about Barack nObama's decision not to attend Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral is, "What's he doing instead?" It's a question nObama's spokesman didn't know when asked by a reporter Wednesday if the plans included a quick trip to the local golf course. "I don't have a sense of what the president's plans are for Saturday," Josh Earnest said. "The president obviously believes it's important for the institution of the presidency to pay his respects to somebody who dedicated three decades of his life to the institution of the Supreme Court." Just not important enough to, you know, go to the funeral.
          What could demand precedence above honoring the life and position of one of the most acute judges in recent history? In truth, nObama's clearly sending a message about his opinion of Scalia and the latter's strict interpretation of the Constitution. Sure, the nObamas will pay their respects as Scalia's body lies in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court Friday, but they won't hop across town to attend his funeral at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception the day after.
          nObama spoke at Walter Cronkite's funeral, even though he never met the man. He also attended the funerals of three Democrat lawmakers, and made a point to deliver the eulogy at the Rev. Clementa Pinckney's funeral, one of the victims of the racist murders at the church in Charleston. If Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had died — the ideological opposite of Scalia — what are the chances that nObama would have skipped her funeral? Can we really expect him to nominate a judge who will respect not just the institution of the Supreme Court, but the Constitution?  -The Patriot Post
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 slump-Trump's Only Winning Because  Opposition Is Split   The most recent polling might indicate a shift in the Republican Party. The recent NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll finds that Sen. Ted Cruz now leads the GOP primary pack nationally with 28% support among primary voters. Donald slump-Trump comes in at 26%; Sen. Marco Rubio follows with 17%. The poll was conducted after slump-Trump swept New Hampshire and after his debate performance Saturday that garnered boos from the audience over he angrily made leftist talking points about 9/11 and Iraq.
          But don't take this poll (or any poll) as gospel. In particular, polling during primary season is notoriously unreliable. For example, the data wonks over at FiveThirtyEight still give Trump a 78% chance of winning the South Carolina Republican primary. As National Review's Jim Geraghty noted, the NBC/WSJ poll measured a national audience, it's the first poll to predict anyone but slump-Trump out on top, and the margin of error is 4.9 percentage points. The gap between Cruz and slump-Trump is only two points, so the poll really shows that the two are neck and neck.
          The truly interesting question from this poll is that respondents were asked who they would support in a one-on-one matchup. Rubio beat slump-Trump 57% to 41% and Cruz beat the real estate mogul 56% to 40%. For weeks, slump-Trump has pointed to his popular poll numbers as a reason why he should get the nomination. This poll may show that support isn't ironclad. As commentator Charles Krauthammer  observed, "The reason [slump-Trump] is way ahead and the reason it looks like a wholesale revolt is because the anti-slump-Trump vote is so split. If it consolidates, it would beat him. The problem is it has not consolidated and the vote remains split. It may never consolidate and slump-Trump will win the nomination." It's time to thin the herd for the sake of conservatism.   -The Patriot Post
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 Playing the 9/11 Card 
Donald slump-Trump accused people of a lot of lies in the last debate, and indeed there were some whoppers. For example, his assertion that George W. Bush knew about 9/11 beforehand and that there were no WMD in Iraq. We've thoroughly rebutted both far-Left campaign ads over the years — his rewrite of Iraq's history just yesterday. So how about slump-Trump and 9/11?
          "I lost hundreds of friends," he insisted Saturday. We don't doubt given his connections in the financial sector that he did indeed know many people killed that day. But he seems to be using one of Barack nObama's favorite tactics — standing on the caskets of innocents to make a political point. slump-Trump has previously done this with his specious claim of watching as "thousands of people were cheering" in New Jersey on 9/11 or rebutting Ted Cruz by disgracefully invoking 9/11.
          Reminiscent of his declining to cite his favorite Bible verse, slump-Trump refuses to name any of those friends. Okay, it's fair enough to not specifically drag them into the fray, but he doesn't seem to have attended any funerals after 9/11 or any of the subsequent anniversary observances complete with reading the names of the deceased. And despite his campaign's claims, it's not clear that he actually contributed any money to 9/11-related charities. He did, however, give $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, and he took $150,000 from the World Trade Center Business Recovery Grant program as a "small business" hurt by the attacks — a "small business" that brings in $26.8 million annually and occupies a $400 million building. What was that about New York values?
          It's certainly possible that slump-Trump is telling the truth about losing hundreds of friends, but it seems to us more likely that this is just more empty bluster along the lines of "I have great relationships with everybody."  -The Patriot Post
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Almost Half of US Residents Still 
Pay No Federal Income Tax
 Patrick Tyrrel
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{dailysignal.com} ~ According to data published by the IRS and the U.S. Census Bureau, 44.2 percent of U.S. residents paid no federal income tax in 2013 the most recent year for which data is available... No doubt many of the non-payers would willingly pay income tax in exchange for the chance to work in a more dynamic economy that generated more and better jobs. But our labor market has been hobbled by government regulations, cronyism, government power grabs, a tax code nobody understands, and federal waste.
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The chart tells the story
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In 1962, the percentage of people who did not pay federal income taxes themselves and who were not claimed as dependents by someone who paid federal income taxes stood at 24.0 percent; it fell to 12.6 percent by 1969 before beginning a ragged and ultimately steady increase. http://dailysignal.com/2016/02/17/still-almost-half-of-us-residents...
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Ted Cruz Almost Begs slump-Trump: 
Go Ahead Sue Me
Jeff Dunetz
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{lidblog.com} ~ Donald slump-Trump has been threatening to sue Ted Cruz if he does’t pull his anti slump-Trump ad. Cruz has finally answered…so sue me... The Cruz ad in question has been running in South Carolina. It  showcases slump-Trump’s recent conversion to pro-life positions, and wonders if they are real. Even though the commercial uses videos of slump-Trump interviews, The slump-Donald has spent the past few days calling the Texas senator a liar and trying to bully the slump-Trump camp into pulling the aid by threatening a law suit.         http://lidblog.com/ted-cruz-tells-donald-trump-go-ahead-sue-me/?utm...
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White House Misses Deadline to Deliver
ISIS Strategy to Congress
  Lauretta Brown
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{cnsnews.com} ~ The House Armed Services Committee noted Tuesday that the nObama administration missed their February 15 deadline to deliver a strategy to counter violent extremist groups in the Middle East... such as ISIS and al Qaeda, as required by the National Defense Authorization Act. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, harshly criticized  President nObama’s failure to meet the deadline. “I fear the President’s failure to deliver this report says far more about the state of his strategy to defeat terrorists than any empty reassurance he may offer from the podium,” Thornberry said in a statement.  http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/white-house-miss...
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SCOTUS And Obstructionism 
BILL MUEHLENBERG
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{barbwire.com} ~ As I wrote yesterday, the gloves are already off in the fight over a Supreme Court justice nomination now that Antonin Scalia has passed away... nObama and the Dems want another one appointed quickly, while the Republicans prefer having the presidential elections completed first. For those unaware of what the fuss is all about, it is this: the standing POTUS can make these appointments. And a radical left President like nObama will of course go for a radical left SCOTUS justice. A precarious balance of sorts had existed with the nine-member Court, but the death of the conservative Scalia will end all that if the Dems get their way. As I also stated yesterday, an 8-member Court is not unheard of, and if a 4-4 tie in a decision arises, then the previous lower court position stands. But nObama wants to get another radical judicial activist in place to ensure that the final nail in the coffin of Constitutional law occurs.     http://barbwire.com/2016/02/18/scotus-and-obstructionism/
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nObama Opposed Black Conservative Judge Who Was blocked for 2 Years
Daniel Greenfield
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{frontpagemag.com} ~ When the Democrats mumble about how important it is to confirm judges, just remember that during the Bush years they stalled judicial nominees for years... They had a special enmity for minority conservative judges. Judge Miguel Estrada was successfully blocked for 2 years because they feared that he might end up on the Supreme Court. The ugly liberal attacks helped lead to his wife's suicide. And yes,  they blocked him because he was conservative and Latino. One Nov. 7, 2001, memo from staff to Sen. Richard Durbin, R-Ill., suggested that the "groups" would help stall the nomination of Miguel Estrada, a Bush nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The memo called him "dangerous," in part because he "has a minimal paper trail, he is Latino and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment." And then there was Judge Janice Rogers Brown, a sharecropper's daughter. Brown was even scarier because she was a conservative. Democrats stalled her nomination for two years. And nObama was on board with blocking the highly qualified African-American judge for purely political reasons.  http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/261876/obama-opposed-black-conser...
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nObama Gets Slap In The Face On Executive Order
John Thomas
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{teapartybulletin.com} ~ I’m not very happy with the current U.S. Supreme Court. In general, I think that they haven’t upheld their oath of office and have made some terrible rulings. But this one… This one is different... The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a freeze on implementation of nObama’s executive order which would force power plants to cut emissions by 2030 until a lawsuit opposing that executive order can be reviewed by a lower court. Aside from my skepticism about climate change, this comes down to a Constitutional issue. A Newsmax story noted:        http://teapartybulletin.com/breaking-obama-gets-slap-in-the-face-on...
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Felon Voting in Maryland Just in Time for the Election
– and Plenty of Hypocrisy
Hans von Spakovsky
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{theacru.org} ~ Unfortunately for the law-abiding citizens of Maryland, on February 9 the state legislature overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill allowing felons to register and vote the moment they are out of prison... even if they are still on parole or probation and haven’t paid any required restitution to their victims or other court costs and fines. The law will take effect in 30 days, just in time for about 44,000 felons to register and vote in the April 26 Maryland primary. Using the usual argument of those who support allowing felons to vote as soon as they are released,Thomas V. Miller (D), the president of the Maryland Senate, said that felons are “people who have returned to society, repaid their debt to society… and we want to reincorporate them into society… We want them to be able to hold their head high, and that’s what this is all about.” But is this what it is really all about, or is it just an attempt to get more voters that favor his political party to the polls? What Miller doesn’t mention is that under Maryland law, like other states, you don’t just lose your right to vote when you are convicted of a felony  —-  Maryland also bars felons from owning a gun or serving on a jury. The state allows licensing boards to deny an application or impose sanctions on a current license holder for individuals convicted of “drug crimes.” Licensing boards as varied as cosmetology and architecture are also allowed to deny or suspend the license of an applicant who has been convicted of any felony or even “a misdemeanor that is directly related to the fitness and qualification of the applicant or licensee.”       http://www.theacru.org/felon-voting-in-maryland-just-in-time-for-th...
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TPP Imposes EU-Style “Commission” on America 
Alex Newman
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{thenewamerican.com} ~ The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will impose a European Union-style “commission” on the region with broad powers over the 12 nations ensnared in the “free trade” regime, including the United States, the text of the treaty explains... And the nObama administration-backed agreement is bad news for a number of other reasons, too, threatening U.S. sovereignty, the economy, and the Constitution. As such, it must be stopped, according to a recent four-part video series examining different elements of the regional agreement by researcher and analyst Christian Gomez, who has studied the treaty, and William F. Jasper, senior editor of The New American magazine. In the third part of the video series, Jasper, who has written extensively on the threat to America posed by the TPP treaty, highlights the executive “commission” created under the scheme. Calling the entity a “creature” and noting that it has not received much public attention thus far, Jasper said the name and function of the TPP “commission” appeared to parallel the so-called European Commission. “It is the commission in the EU which functions as the executive, which calls all the shots, and really has the political control in the EU scheme of things,” he explained, adding that, when the Trans-Pacific “trade” scheme was being put together, its architects openly admitted modeling it after the EU.         http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/north-america/item/22570-t...  
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Monumental Audacity — nObama Grabs Huge Western Lands by Executive Order
William F. Jasper
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{thenewamerican.com} ~ In a move that has environmental militants exulting and western farmers, ranchers, and property owners fuming, President nObama has locked up 1.8 million acres by executive fiat, with the stroke of a pen... Millions more acres are planned to follow, part of the nObama administration’s boast to use “audacious executive actions” — read unconstitutional usurpations — to advance his radical “transformative” agenda during his last months in office. While in California on a fundraising expedition, President nObama took time on February 12 to sign an executive order proclaiming three new national monuments, imposing the strictest of federal restrictions on 1.8 million acres of the Golden State. The three new illegally created monuments are Mojave Trails National Monument (1.6 million acres), the Sand to Snow National Monument (154,000 acres), and the Castle Mountains National Monument (21,000 acres). "In addition to permanently protecting incredible natural resources, wildlife habitat and unique historic and cultural sites, and providing recreational opportunities for a burgeoning region, the monuments will support climate resiliency in the region," the White House said in a statement. However, the designation as monuments means that these newly "protected" areas will be off-limits to mining and mineral exploration, oil and gas drilling, grazing, timber harvest — and even to many of the current recreational uses such as camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and off-road vehicle usage that the public previously has enjoyed. But that’s OK, because it’s all in the greater interest, allegedly, of “protecting” the environment and combatting global warming, according to the president.  http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/22565-monume...
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Hilly Emails: Intelligence Report Said
Hezbollah Has Base in Cuba
 JORDAN SCHACHTEL
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{breitbart.com/} ~ A private intelligence report from Hilly Clinton’s confidant, Sid Blumenthal, claimed that Hezbollah, the Iran-backed terrorist organization, had set up shop in Cuba... according to an email released by the State Department over the weekend. The group was actively “casing” facilities related to U.S. interests, the intelligence report also says. The dispatch read: During the week of September 5, 2011 extremely sensitive sources reported in confidence that the Israeli Intelligence and Security Service (Mossad) has informed the leadership of the Israeli Government that Hezbollah is establishing an operational base in Cuba, designed to support terrorist attacks throughout Latin America. The confidential intelligence report from Blumenthal to Clinton continued:        http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/17/hillary-emails-i...
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nObama's Budget to Nowhere
 Stephen Moore
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{townhall.com} ~ Barack nObama's last budget is nothing if not is a grandiose visionary document. No one -- least of all, Congress -- paid much attention to it, because no one cares where this lame-duck president wants the country to go fiscally.
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But the $4.1 trillion nObama manifesto deserves some inspection, if only because it is crammed with so many awful ideas. Americans should be very clear about what the progressive left wants to do next if they retain the White House, and nObama has proudly shown his hand.
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I should say at the outset that Republicans have been no fiscal bargain themselves. In two years, the GOP has worked with nObama to ram through budget caps by some $150 billion above levels promised in earlier budget agreements. The maddening spending spree, alas, has been bipartisan.
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But nObama and the left see this spree as just the beginning. This 2017 budget would spend $4 trillion for the first time ever, and outlays hit $5 trillion four years after that. And then we head to $6 trillion in the following four years. Mercifully, they don't publish the numbers after that, but one expects Buzz Light year to appear and shout: "to infinity and beyond."
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The trillions would be pipelined to such "critical investments" as solar and wind energy programs, education, job training, climate change research, mass transit, Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico, nObamacare funding and other goodies that would be gobbled up by the greens, the unions, the welfare industry and the Washington spending lobby. Almost laughably, nObama touts this smorgasbord feast as "fiscally responsible."
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It all sounds like an instant replay of the failed 2009 stimulus program with its hollow promise of shovel-ready jobs.
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What is more amazing is the catalog of new taxes nObama wants to beat down the economy with to pay for the fiscal jailbreak. The budget calls for $2.8 trillion of new taxes and fees over a decade.
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Start with the oil tax of $10 per barrel. This equates to about 20-25 cents more per gallon consumers will pay at the pump. Amazing: nObama was just bragging about $2-a-gallon gasoline in his State of the Union message. This also comes at a time when the oil-and-gas industry is pretty much flat on its back. Twelve major oil companies are expecting losses in 2016, with Chesapeake near bankruptcy. Now nObama wants to put a new tax on them? Insane.
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Then there is the capital-gains tax. When nObama came into office, the tax was 15 percent. He raised it to 20 percent, then to 23.8 percent as part of nObamacare and now he wants to raise it to 28 percent. That's a 90 percent increase in the tax from the Bush years.
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This dunderheaded idea will only lower business investment at a time when the fourth-quarter GDP report showed business investment flat and, for some industries, negative.
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There is also a $110 billion bank tax for financial institutions that get too large and profitable. So, Washington bails out the banks if they are failing but then taxes them if they get too successful. If nObama wants to stop bank consolidation, he should work to repeal the Dodd-Frank bill, which has encouraged record bank mergers.
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Then he wants new taxes on 401(k) retirement plans and Roth IRA disbursements. I have always said that putting after-tax dollars into IRA retirement plans was a sucker's bet, because the politicians would simply tax the money again when you start taking it out. And that's what is starting to happen.
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The White House would also raise the estate tax -- and nearly triple the number of middle-class estates that must pay the tax. nObama wants to raise the death tax to 45 percent from 40 percent and provide only a $1 million exemption. So those who want to leave their life savings -- already taxed when it was earned -- to their kids and grandkids would have the government take half of it first.
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There are more extractions, but the point is that it used to be that liberals, like Michael Dukakis, said that they would only raise taxes "as a last resort." Now it is the first resort, and their politics of envy has morphed them into tax-and-spend cartoon characters. Raising tax rates as high as possible is now a badge of honor, and Hilly Clinton is in a political life-and-death struggle to keep up with Bernie Sanders.
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The rich will pay for it all, Sanders pledged to his adoring fans on victory night in New Hampshire. All that was missing was the Howard Dean primal scream of 2004.
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What a sad, even pitiful, party the Democrats have become. They are on a crusade to tear down the productive and innovative classes in America in pursuit of economic justice. Instead of a growth agenda that strives to make all of America look like Beverly Hills, they won't stop with the class warfare until all of America looks like Detroit.
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Judicial Watch->  Emails Show Dossier-Connected Obama State Dept Officials Set ‘Face-To-Face’ Meeting On ‘Russian Matter’ Shortly Before 2016 Election

Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday released 84 pages of documents showing Obama’s State Department was central to pushing the ‘Trump-Russia’ hoax shortly before the 2016 election.

The email exchange between then-Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer, a very close associate to Christopher Steele, show them discussing a ‘face-to-face’ meeting in New York on a ‘Russian matter’ in September of 2016.

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch and The Daily Caller News Foundation today released 84 pages of documents, including a September 2016 email exchange between then-Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer, a close associate of dossier author Christopher Steele, discussing a “face-to-face” meeting on a “Russian matter.”

(In June 2016 Nuland permitted a meeting between Steele and the FBI’s legal attaché in Rome. Nuland told CBS News that the State Department knew about the Steele dossier by July 2016.)

According to an op-ed Winer wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, also in September 2016, “Steele and I met in Washington and discussed the information now known as the “dossier… I prepared a two-page summary and shared it with Nuland, who indicated that, like me, she felt that the secretary of state needed to be made aware of this material.”

A September 17, 2016, email exchange between Nuland and Winer – that was classified in the interest of national defense or foreign policy – discusses the political situation in Libya, but also brings up a “Russian matter:”

From: Winer, Jonathan
Sent: September 17, 2016 at 12:40:00 PM EDT
To: Nuland, Victoria J
Subject: Re: Libya Update

Would like to discuss this and a Russian matter.

From: Nuland, Victoria J
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2016 1:31 PM
To: Winer, Jonathan
Subject: Re. Libya Update

In ny face to face?

From: Winer, Jonathan
Sent: September 17, 2016 at 1:56:05 PM EDT
To: Nuland, Victoria J
Subject: Re: Libya Update

Yes that was [sic] be good.

From: Nuland, Victoria J
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2016 1:58 PM
To: Winer, Jonathan
Subject: Re. Libya Update

Good. I’ll reach out when im there Sunday. [Redacted]

If Victoria Nuland’s name sounds familiar it’s because she has been on Judicial Watch’s radar for a long time and in many of TGP’s previous reports.

In December 2018, Judicial Watch released documents revealing that Victoria Nuland was involved in the Obama State Department’s urgent gathering of classified Russia investigation information and disseminating it to members of Congress within hours of Donald Trump taking office.

In a related lawsuit, Judicial Watch is suing the State Department communications between Ambassador Nuland and employees of Fusion GPS, as well as top ranking Department of Justice, FBI, and State Department officials.

“The Obama State Department was central to the effort to target President Trump with the Russia smear,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These new emails further show that senior Obama State Department advanced the Russiagate hoax just before the 2016 presidential election.”

Tom Fitton   @TomFitton
 

BREAKING: Obama State Department was central to the effort to target President @RealDonaldTrump with the Russia smear. New emails show how senior Obama State Department advanced the Russiagate hoax just before the 2016 presidential election.

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