Memo to Deep Statist John McCain: YOU are ‘helping Putin’ with this bogus ‘Russia collusion’ probe YOU HELPED START

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By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief

(National SentinelAid and Abet: There is one thing we can deduce from Friday’s release of the infamous “FISA memo,” thanks to heroes and champions of government accountability and transparency in Congress and the White House: It’s now confirmed that the Obama administration was the most corrupt in the history of our country.

There’s no denying that, despite the fact that Democrats continue to do so and will continue to do so for as long as they draw a breath.

But they’re not the only enemies of government and political accountability. Not by a long shot. In fact, one of their best allies is in the U.S. Senate, and — technically speaking anyway — he’s not even a member of their party.

That would be Deep Statist Sen. John McCain, RINO-Arizona. Rather than cheer the release of the memo, which revealed serial abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by upper echelon officials in the FBI and Justice Department to prevent Donald J. Trump from becoming president, and to undermine him after he defeated Hillary Clinton in November 2016, he criticized it.

“The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s,” McCain said in a statement. “Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”

Why would he do that? Well, for one, McCain is a #nevertrumper; ever since the president insulted his Vietnam service, most of which was spent in a brutal North Vietnamese prison, the senior Arizona senator has had it in for Trump. (Granted, Trump shouldn’t have done that, but lest we forget, McCain had already begun savaging his presidential bid, so our president — always the counter-puncher — hit back.)

For another, let’s not forget that McCain gave his Deep State buddy former FBI director James Comey a copy of the bogus “Trump dossier” — the same one that was misrepresented as “intelligence” and used to secure an October 2016 surveillance warrant from the FISA court so the bureau could spy on the Trump campaign.

As reported by The National Sentinel:

…[A]s many suspected, the discredited and unverified “Trump dossier” was used not once but on three separate occasions to secure a FISA court surveillance warrant to allow the Obama administration to spy on Team Trump during his campaign.

As Fox News added, the FISA memo also “includes testimony from a high-ranking government official who says without the infamous Trump dossier, the FBI and DOJ would not have secured surveillance warrants to spy on at least one member of the Trump team.”

The memo further pointed out that in December 2017, then-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe testified that “no surveillance warrant would have been sought” from the FISA court “without the Steele dossier information.” (Related: SHAMELESS: No Democrats or left-leaning publishers denounce shocking abuses of power detailed in FISA memo release)

Think about that. McCain helped to enable the whole thing. McCain helped enable illegal spying on an American citizen — former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor Carter Page — by supplying the dossier to the FBI.

So Obama could spy on the presidential nominee of his own party.

“The ‘dossier’ compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application,” the memo states.

“Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Coie and research fir Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump?s ties to Russia,” it continued.

How likely is it that McCain — still butt-hurt over Trump’s insult — didn’t know the dossier was a political document, that it was just opposition research and not actual intelligence?

In his statement, McCain claimed that releasing the memo was “helping Putin” to ‘undermine our democracy.” Actually, senator, saddling our president with fake charges of “Russian collusion” have helped Putin “undermine our democracy.”

Which means Deep Statists like you are helping the enemy — not Trump.

A version of this report first appeared at Trump.news.

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HOT SEAT: John McCain lackey who handled bogus Trump dossier SUBPOENAED by House Intel Committee

(National SentinelOn the Spot: House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, the associate of Sen. John McCain who handled the discredited “Trump dossier” and delivered it to the Arizona Republican.

Nunes wants to discuss the dossier with Kramer, a former State Department and current senior director at the nonprofit McCain Institute, about his trip to London in November 2016, ostensibly to pick up the dossier from former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele.

Court filings note that Kramer went to London to view “the pre-election memoranda on a confidential basis,” The Hill reported.

Kramer then flew back to Washington, D.C., and delivered a copy of the dossier to McCain, who then turned it over to the FBI.

The subpoena for Kramer to appear before House investigators on Jan. 11 comes after he has already appeared before the committee earlier this month.

Republicans are interested in the origins of the dossier and whether it was used as justification for the FBI to seek FISA court warrants so the bureau could spy on the Trump campaign and transition team.

For his part, McCain said he was concerned about the contents of the dossier, which contain salacious details of alleged past behavior in Russia by the president as well as an outright claim that his campaign colluded with Moscow to win last year.

None of those claims have been substantiated, despited year-long investigations by congressional committees, the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller.

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The Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign funded the dossier, created by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

On Dec. 11, Fox News reported that it had spoken exclusively with the man who claimed he was the “go-between” for McCain and Steele, Sir Andrew Wood.

“My mission was essentially to be a go-between and a messenger, to tell the senator and assistants that such a dossier existed,” said the former British ambassador to Moscow.

In August 2016, “[Steele] came to me to tell me what was in it, and why it … was important,” Wood said. “He made it very clear … yes, it was raw intelligence, but it needed putting into proper context before you could judge it fully.”

The August 2016 timeline is important, because it was just after then-FBI Director James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton in what appeared to be a clear case of mishandling classified data, and at the same time the FBI opened a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Wood said Steele had “already been in contact with the FBI” at the time.

“He said there was corroborating evidence in the United States, from which I assumed he was working with an American company,” Wood said.

The Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross reported that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson had provided McCain with a copy of the dossier.

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Key McCAIN surrogate who handled bogus TRUMP dossier talking to House INTEL panel

(National SentinelRussian Connection: A surrogate of Sen. John McCain who handled the now-infamous but discredited “Trump dossier” met with the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, The Daily Caller reported.

David Kramer, a former State Department official, met with the panel Tuesday morning. Kramer was the one who handled the dossier that was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and paid for, in part, by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Kramer has been a key figure in the dossier drama since January, when Buzzfeed published it in full with the caveat that none of it had yet been verified. The news site is being sued by figures mentioned in the dossier for slander.

“It was revealed soon after the dossier was published that McCain and Kramer were first told about the uncorroborated report in Nov. 2016 by Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Russia who is a business associate of Steele’s,” The Daily Caller reported.

McCain asked Kramer to go to London later in the month to meet with Steele, once an officer for MI6.

The two arranged for the Arizona Republican and frequent Trump critic to obtain a copy of the dossier via Fusion GPS, the Democrat-aligned opposition research firm that commissioned the project and hired Steele.

What Kramer knew about the dossier has, for months, remained a mystery because he has not agreed to talk to various media outlets that have contacted him for interviews. One question that has yet to be answered is whether he gave the dossier to Buzzfeed.

Lawyers for Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian businessman suing BuzzFeed for defamation over the dossier, have attempted to depose Kramer.

However, as of last month, the attorneys disclosed in court filings that Kramer had so far dodged their subpoenas.

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#MAGA: Tax reform looks certain as McCain says he’ll vote for it

(National SentinelGrowth Agenda: President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to push through major tax reform looked more certain to pass on Thursday after frequent critic Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., announced he would support a bill currently before the upper chamber.

“After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to support the Senate tax reform bill,” McCain said in a statement Thursday, as reported by CNBC.

“I believe this legislation, though far from perfect, would enhance American competitiveness, boost the economy, and provide long overdue tax relief for middle class families.”

Congress watchers also noted that another potential holdout, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was also leaning toward supporting the measure, leaving few GOP members still undecided.

Republican leaders are tweaking the legislation to ease concerns among other GOP senators including Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; James Lankford, R-Okla.; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Steve Daines, R-Mont.

The GOP can lose two votes and still pass the measure on a special procedural move and with the support of Vice President Mike Pence, who would cast the tiebreaker. The GOP’s majority in the Senate is 52-48.

McCain also said he approves of the bill’s provision that strikes the individual Obamacare mandate, which he called “an onerous tax that especially harms those from low-income brackets.”

The Senate version of the bill only temporarily individual income tax rates but permanently lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent.

But news of the bill’s likely passage had an immediate, positive effect on the stock market, taking the Dow over 24,000 — another record — and adding more wealth to individuals’ market-driven retirement accounts.

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McCain irony fail: Takes time off sabotaging GOP to shred Hillary, who he said should ‘move on’

(National SentinelIrony: Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who has been a thorn in President Donald J. Trump’s side since the chief executive insulted his Vietnam service and captivity during last year’s campaign, changed his focus to Hillary Clinton in a long interview with Esquire magazine.

McCain hit Clinton for failing to move on since her second presidential loss a year ago, even recommending she “just shut up.”

“You’ve got to understand that you can’t rewrite history,” McCain told Esquire magazine for a long profile released Monday.

“One of the almost irresistible impulses you have when you lose is to somehow justify why you lost and how you were mistreated: ‘I did the right thing! I did!’ The hardest thing to do is to just shut up,” McCain said.

Clinton’s post-election book, “What Happened,” attempts to lay blame for her election loss on a number of factors and persons other than herself.

Now, the senior Arizona senator is working on his own memoir that will include what happened during the 2008 campaign, when McCain lost to Barack Obama, then a junior senator from Illinois.

As for Clinton continuing to lay blame and discuss her loss, McCain reportedly said, “What’s the f***ing point? Keep the fight up? History will judge that campaign, and it’s always a period of time before they do,” McCain said.

“You’ve got to move on. This is Hillary’s problem right now: She doesn’t have anything to do,” he added.

He also pushed back against earlier attempts to blame his own running mate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for their election loss.

“To blame things on Sarah Palin is a cop-out,” McCain told Esquire. “The fact is that they were out to get her. They ridiculed her. They denigrated her.”

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McCain says he’ll block Pentagon nominees over this controversial Army policy

(National SentinelRecruiting: Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says he will block Trump administration nominees to the Pentagon until the Army satisfactorily explains a controversial new policy the service quietly implemented in August.

Reports noted that the Army has decided to allow persons with previous mental health issues such as self-mutilation, drinking and drug-related problems to apply for waivers so they can enlist.

McCain and Sen. Jack Reed, the committee’s ranking Democrat, share concerns about the policy.

“If you took a poll of this committee right now I doubt if you’d find a single one who would be approving of this practice, which we now find out about reading the daily newspaper,” McCain said.

The Army enacted a policy allowing people with a history of self-mutilation, bipolar disorder, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse to seek waivers to join the Army, The Blaze noted.

The service did not announce the policy when it was implemented.

Potential recruits must provide a “clear and meritorious case” as to why the Army should accept them.

The policy was implemented to address recruiting shortfalls, casting a wider net to more potential recruits. But McCain and others in Congress see nothing but problems with the notion.

The Army has a goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September of 2018. Last year the goal was 69,000, but to hit it the Army had to lower standards for acceptable scores on aptitude tests and granted more waivers for marijuana use.

McCain blamed the Trump administration and the Pentagon for not informing Congress of the change.


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Since the Army would not reveal how many waivers it has issued since the policy was enacted, McCain said he’ll not move Pentagon nominees forward until he gets some answers.

“The United States Army will not respond to us as to how many waivers have been issued since the policy was changed,” McCain said. “What you do to us here is you face us with an unacceptable option, and that is, to get the information, which you just verbally heard…is to stop confirming people for jobs.”

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Rand Paul, John McCain team up to sink Obamacare repeal

(National SentinelHealthcare Hell: As tens of millions of Americans struggle monthly to afford skyrocketing premiums for health insurance that carries deductibles so high it’s really just coverage in name only, two more Republican senators have already stepped forward to say they won’t support the current effort to repeal parts of the law that gave us all higher premiums and deductibles.

Sens. Rand Paul and John McCain, both of whom have excellent, low-cost coverage thanks to taxpayer subsidies have said they won’t vote for a bill being offered by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., because…well, just because.

“We should not be content to pass healthcare legislation on a party-line basis,” said McCain, who is apparently content to use his last days on the planet to do what he can to ensure he sticks it to President Donald J. Trump — and as many of the rest of us as possible.

Why’s that, John? That’s how the Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act to begin with. And you promised for years to vote for repeal.

Besides, the Democrats don’t want to ‘negotiate’ a better bill to replace Obamacare. They don’t want to replace Obamacare with anything other than full-on government control of all healthcare. You know; socialized medicine, which is what that hypocritical loon Bernie Sanders is proposing.

Meanwhile, there’s Paul, whose refusal to support the Graham-Cassidy bill is not just appalling but insulting as well. He’s ticked because the bill retains too much federal spending on healthcare.

Well, gee whiz, Rand. There never was and probably never will be any proposals to do away with Medicare and Medicaid, so no matter what kind of Obamacare repeal bill passes, government spending on healthcare will continue, and it will expensive.

At least this legislation sends money to states, and let’s them decide how best to use it. How to make it stretch. How to make spending much more efficient. You know, Rand…federalism and all that?

Plus, the Graham-Cassidy bill gets rid of the employer mandate, the individual mandate, and the least popular tax of all — the one on medical devices.

So while these two clowns continue to posture for political objectives that are unreachable and unrealistic in the current political makeup of Congress, the bill will once again go down in defeat, and Americans will continue to be economically raped every month by a flawed law that Democrats all along hoped would lead to exactly what Sanders is proposing.

All, of course, while both of these men get well-subsidized medical coverage and care, thanks to We the People who are made to suffer.

We can’t think of a more stellar example of why Trump is now president and that establishment criminal Hillary Clinton is not than this disgraceful effort to screw an entire nation out of a better, less expensive health care system.

Nobody gets everything they want in legislation, but there has to be a starting point to wresting away as much Washington control over our health care as possible, and this bill would have begun the process.

But once again, it’s Republicans who are standing in the way of the process. Unbelievable.

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When did Rubio, McCain, and Romney join Antifa?

By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief

(National SentinelActivism: There’s an old saying that goes: “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.”

Of course, that saying has never applied to American politics, and it sure as hell doesn’t apply in the Trump era.

Each day there is a new outrage uttered by some small-minded individual, usually on the Left, that is disparaging to our president.

But the Left has not cornered the market on such small-minded stupidity.

The hateful rhetoric has only amplified in the wake of the Charlottesville violence after Donald J. Trump dared to be bold and mention the obvious during a press conference Tuesday: That both the right and left were responsible for the violence, as both sides showed up armed and ready to do battle.

To deny that is to deny reality, which brings me to the point of this column.

Left-wing Democrats walk get up unhinged every morning and go to bed that same way at night. But this time now Republicans are becoming unhinged as well, not only denying Trump’s Charlottesville truth but actually taking the side of an organization more responsible for mayhem and violence in the past year than anyone else: Antifa.

When Trump correctly lambasted “both sides” for the Charlottesville violence, Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio, along with two-time failed GOP presidential candidate and nominee Mitt Romney, reacted as though Trump was praising neo-Nazis and giving a pass to the KKK.

He never did any such thing.

In fact, on more than one occasion, recently — in response to Charlottesville — and during his campaign last year, Trump specifically denounced those organizations as hate groups who have no place in American society.

What Trump also did on Tuesday during another feisty press conference was to also call out “Alt-Left” groups like Antifa, who use violence as a tool to shut down any and all speech by conservatives and Trump supporters, something the organization has been doing since last summer, when its members would attack and beat attendees of Trump political rallies.

Some of its members may indeed have shown up at Charlottesville as a counter-force to battle “fascist white supremacists.” But overall, the group has proven over the past year that it is no less a domestic terrorist organization than any of the right-leaning groups in attendance at the Charlottesville event.

But to #nevertrumper McCain, Rubio and Romney, political cowards all, you just don’t ‘morally equalize’ any group that identifies with neo-Nazis.

“No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally difference universes,” Romney tweeted.

Hmmm. Well, gosh, Mitt, what about when Antifa thugs showed up to Trump rallies and other events where conservative speakers were scheduled to speak, then justified their violence against them by falsely claiming they were there to “shut down racism and bigotry”? And how about when Antifa takes the side of minorities who are being racists and bigots toward whites? Is that morally acceptable?

Then there’s McCain:

“There’s no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so,” he tweeted.

John, the president did say so, and has said so on a number of occasions. Pointing out that there were two sides hell-bent on denying the other the right to speak no matter how repugnant that speech, is not “promoting white supremacy.” In fact, when our framers wrote the First Amendment, this is exactly what they had in mind. Banning anyone’s speech and using violence to justify it is something real Nazis did in the 1930s and beyond.

In a tweet storm, Rubio actually said it was okay to use violence to shut down someone else’s speech:

Just. Wow. If our founders were alive, Marco, they’d kick your ass for saying that as an elected member of Congress, it would so horrify and disgust them.

These three seem to be “agreeing Antifa should be invisible, accepting the incredibly stupid idea that calling out their violence somehow dilutes criticism of the Tiki Torch Terror,” writes John Heyward at Breitbart News.

Spot-on. Justifying one side’s violence over the other when the reality is, both are equally offensive to the American ideals of liberty, freedom, and equality.

Racists and bigots come in all colors and ethnicities. So does hate.

White supremacists and neo-Nazis are racists and bigots. So are Antifa thugs.

Trump is at least brave enough to acknowledge these truths. That McCain, Romney, and Rubio aren’t — and would rather throw their president under the bus at a time when he could sure use their support — should inform you of their real character.

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Trump hate: GOP ‘leaders’ conspiring against prez because they ‘don’t want him to succeed’

By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief

(National SentinelPolitics: After seven years of promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, Republicans finally got a president who had made the same pledge throughout his campaign.

It should have been a slam-dunk. It should have been one of the GOP-controlled Congress’ first orders of business. Americans should, by now, be experiencing the cost-saving effects of a newly enacted free market-style health care system, where competition keeps prices down and choices aplenty.

After all, we gave Republicans control over both lawmaking branches of government for the express purpose of repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Yet here we are, more than six months after President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated and seven months after the current Congress was seated, and virtually all aspects of Obamacare remain intact. That includes the massive deductibles, monthly premiums, lack of insurer choice and limited provider options, all things the law was supposed to never create.

Democrats are gloating over this — because let’s remember they are the party that gave us this nightmare to begin with. We will never be able to count on them to do the right thing for the country.

But Republicans were supposed to repeal Obamacare, pure and simple — and while many did vote to do just that, too many have not.

Now, we hear, we may not get tax reform, either. Or any damned thing else we elected these people to do.

This is not the fault of rank-and-file Republicans, mind you. No, this is the fault of the #nevertrump RINOs who would rather see the party lose control of Congress, lose control of their ability to confirm constitutionalists to the federal bench and Supreme Court, and lose control of the capacity to implement sustained economic growth for decades. Just because they want to see Trump fail more.

Why? Because Trump isn’t a club member. Trump is this ‘bumbling outsider’ who ‘thinks he can run shit’ and these RINOs ‘are here to assure him he doesn’t run shit.’ So it’s a power thing, nothing more. They refuse to help Trump because doing so would make him successful.

But it would also make them successful. And the country. So what’s the problem?

“A lot of them don’t like his policies,” said Lifezette editor, talk show host and conservative pundit, Laura Ingraham, who singled out Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake as being part of “a significant Chamber of Commerce wing of the Republican Party.”

“Republicans play the safe gentlemanly game of politics,” Ingraham told host Fox News host Sean Hannity. “They agree with the Democrats on a lot of these key issues, and they don’t agree with Donald Trump on a lot of key issues, so they’re not willing to fight for him.”

She adds that these swamp rats have never accepted the fact that Trump kicked their establishment asses last November.

“He crushed them, and they never got over it,” Ingraham said. “The day after the election, they began plotting what they hoped would be his demise.”

That is so obvious by now it hardly bears mentioning.

The biggest problem is with the Senate. Asswipes like Flake and John McCain, as well as lying hypocrites on Obamacare repeal such as Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, are more enthused about messing with Trump’s agenda than working on behalf of their constituents and the American people.

And now these swamp-rat RINOs are essentially telling us to piss off by working against our president and against the issues we elected them and him to address.

Enough already. These RINOs need to be defeated in their next primary contests and sent packing once and for all. For Flake, that’s next year. For Collins, it’s 2020 (but she’s considering running for governor of Maine next year; for Murkowski, we’re stuck with her until 2022 at least.

But the point is, Republican swamp rats are no different than Democratic swamp rats. They have all infested our political system with self-interest and personal agendas that have nothing to do with representing We the People. We have a president who, for the first time in ages, really understands what needs to be done to get our country back on track, and he’s being undermined by bullshit political power games.

We deserve better. And we should do what we can as a nation to ensure we get it. That begins by draining the stinking, festering, smelly swamp — on both sides of the aisle.

Report: McCain ‘foundation’ bears striking resemblance to corrupt Clinton family foundation – including taking money from George Soros

(National SentinelCorruption: Well, well, well.

Seems Sen. John McCain, RINO-Arizona, is much more than just a pain in the ass of President Donald J. Trump these days. Seems he may fashion himself much more a Clintonista than even we suspected.

chief-organics-msmAs reported exclusively by The Daily Caller, in 2012 McCain handed over some $9 million in unspent campaign funds from his failed 2008 presidential bid to a new foundation named after him: the McCain Institute for International Leadership (we know – what a misleading name, associating McCain with ‘global leadership’).

The organization is supposed to serve as McCain’s “legacy” and says its “dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy, and freedom” (just like every other Left-wing hack organization claims to want to do). It’s tax-exempt, not-for-profit, and currently has assets of about $8.1 million. It’s associated with Arizona State University.

But real conservatives and other critics of McCain smell a rat, a TheDC reports:

McCain…is a major political force in Washington, D.C. He is presently chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

Critics worry that the institute’s donors and McCain’s personal leadership in the organization’s exclusive “Sedona Forum” bear an uncanny resemblance to the glitzy Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that annually co-mingled special interests and powerful political players in alleged pay-to-play schemes.

The institute has accepted contributions of as much as $100,000 from billionaire liberal activist-funder George Soros and from Teneo, a for-profit company co-founded by Doug Band, former President Bill Clinton’s “bag man.” Teneo has long helped enrich Clinton through lucrative speaking and business deals.

And Bloomberg reported in 2016 on a $1 million Saudi Arabian donation to the institute, a contribution the McCain group has refused to explain publicly.

Boy, does all of this look and sound familiar.

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In addition, the institute has taken at least $100,000 from a Moroccan state-run company tied to repeated charges of worker abuse and exploitation. The McCain group has also accepted at least $100,000 from the Pivotal Foundation, which was created by Francis Najafi who owns the Pivotal Group, a private equity and real estate firm.

The Pivotal Foundation has in the last three years given $205,000 to the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), which has been a vocal advocate for the Iranian nuclear deal the Obama administration negotiated.

The NIAC is “Iran’s lobbyists in Washington,” said Aresh Salih, the Washington representative of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan. “People inside of Iran know them as their lobbyists in Washington, D.C.”

Critics smell smoke and some see a fire.

“This is a very real conflict of interest,” Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, told TheDCNF. “This is the similar type of pattern we received with the Clinton Foundation in which foreign governments and foreign interests were throwing a lot of money in the hopes of trying to buy influence.”

Lawrence Noble, general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, added that for McCain to be taking in foreign donations as head of a foundation, while still a sitting senator, raises major troubling ethics questions.

In terms of the ethics of it, it does raise a broad question of people trying to get good will with the elected official,” he told the news site. “From a personal standpoint, I’d rather not see these entities exist.”

Added Charles Ortel, a retired Wall Street investment banker and philanthropy law expert: “…[H]igh government officials such as John McCain, [former Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama should not get involved with vehicles like these where substantial sums can be funneled over time in ways that at best, wreak of impropriety and at worse are public corruption.”

As for McCain, he’s no stranger to scandal – or nefarious relationships. The DC noted further: “McCain and Soros reportedly became friends after the senator was exposed as a member of the ‘Keating Five’ during the savings and loan (S&L) industry scandal during former President George H.W. Bush’s administration. As the S&L bank chairman, Charles Keating paid $1.3 million to bribe five members of Congress to interfere with government regulators on behalf of the savings bank.”

So, we ask the question: Why is President Donald J. Trump under investigation, when the swamp around him is hiding in plain sight?

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Media talks of continual ‘Trump crises’ but the media is causing them

By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief

(National SentinelMedia: Washington Post chief correspondent Dan Balz wrote a piece this morning trolling Republicans to turn on President Donald J. Trump, which has already begun to produce results – at least among #nevertrumpers like that political relic, Sen. John McCain, and a few other congressional GOPers.

The reason? Why, Trump’s short administration has been rife with chaos and scandal, don’t you know, and for that reason, it’s becoming impossible – impossible! – to continue defending him.

As reported by Breitbart News:

The Washington Post‘s chief correspondent Dan Balz suggested it may become “necessary” for Republicans lawmakers to oppose President Donald Trump and act as a “check” on his executive power.

In the article published Tuesday, Balz warned that Republicans have arrived “at a moment of reckoning” following successive controversies dogging the Trump administration.

 This after the Post on Monday published a news-making piece referencing “highly classified information” allegedly revealed by President Trump to Russian diplomats. It was followed up by a tweet from Washington Post Fact Checker columnist Glenn Kessler, who revealed there was “applause in the newsroom as the Russia-leak scoop breaks the Hollywood Access record for most readers per minute.”

Balz:

As President Trump has lurched from one crisis to another, Republicans have chosen a strategy of compartmentalization over confrontation, preferring to look away in hopes that the storm would pass. Now, after a pair of stunning revelations about the president, that approach may have run aground. For the GOP, this has become a moment of reckoning.

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As the controversies grow worse, so too will the tensions increase between the desire of congressional Republicans and the president to maintain a positive relationship and the responsibility of one branch of government to provide a check against another when that becomes necessary.

What Balz and most of the rest of the disgraceful media types in D.C. are failing to say, however, is that all of this “Trump crisis” has been ginned up by them.

Trump is facing a political coup – there is no question about it – and it’s being driven in large part by the daily media assault which, for a president this new into his first term, is just unprecedented. The media breathlessly publish every single leak – without fact-checking most of them – and then proclaim what they’ve reported as evidence that the end of the world is at hand.

No matter where these media hacks are getting their leaks – many of which do rise to the level of illegality under national security statutes – the fact is, the establishment media is playing its role in helping the Deep State and Left-wing powers that be railroad a duly elected president.

They have stopped being the responsible check on power the framers envisioned a free press to be and have become a threat to republic and every single American living in it, regardless of political ideology.

Make no mistake, the press is in on this coup. The press drives the daily narrative. The press knows most of what it’s reporting about Trump and his administration is not leading to our demise, but rather is all part of a narrative with one outcome in mind: The removal of a president who has vowed to drain the swamp where they live and thrive.

The Trump White House is in “crisis” in large part because that’s a condition the media has helped created. And any Republican like that loathsome McCain who is on board with what’s being done to Trump is part of the cabal of establishment degenerates who have all but destroyed representative government.

The very best defense against the so-called “Mainstream media’s” non-objective daily narrative is to ignore it.

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Day of the Cowards: Ryan, McCain team up to strip Trump’s border wall funding request from spending bill

(NationalSentinel) Capitol Hill: It’s becoming more and more apparent that President Donald J. Trump’s political enemies in Washington are not just those lawmakers with a “D” behind their names. There are plenty of Republican snakes in the swamp, and they are exposing themselves regularly.

As the president attempts to deliver on major campaign promises – some that most Republicans even campaigned on, such as repealing and replacing Obamacare – he is discovering that the road to making America great again is fraught with internal enemies. And political cowards.

Worried more about what the Washington media thinks than their own constituents who sent them to the Capitol, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are teaming up to stop funding of Trump’s $1 billion request to fund initial construction of his border wall because Democrats more interesting in protecting illegal alien criminals than stopping them from entering our country have threatened to shut down the government if the request is a the final spending bill. If nothing is passed by the end of the month, large swaths of the federal government will be unfunded.

Well, Ryan and McCain – as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have already declared that they won’t allow the government to be shut down – no doubt fearful that they’ll get the blame in the media, despite the fact that Democrats have already taken ownership of the shutdown, having declared last month they are prepared to do it over border wall funding and other Trump priorities.

As reported by The Hill:

Despite President Trump’s request for more than $1 billion to fund the Mexican border wall this year, GOP leaders are expected to exclude the money in the spending bill being prepared to keep the government open beyond April 28.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says the choice is pragmatic and the money will come later.

Sure it will, Paul.

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McCain, meanwhile, is more worried about what Mexicans think than American citizens in his own state:

In a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed concern to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly about a growing resentment in Mexico over the administration’s border policies.

“There is a lot of anti-American sentiment in Mexico. If the election were tomorrow in Mexico, you’d probably have a left-wing, anti-American president in Mexico. That can’t be good for America,” McCain said.

Trump’s detractors wonder what happened to his pledge to make Mexico pay for the wall. Mexico will pay for the wall; it will come in the form of trade concessions or tariffs, one or the other. Unless, of course, that will offend the sensibilities of McCain and Ryan and, to a lesser extent, McConnell.

As for how this plays nationally, Trump’s popularity keeps rising, while Congress’ popularity is sinking againJust who is on the side of the people?

If it still feels to you as though Democrats and their far-Left agenda are still prevailing on Capitol Hill, there is a reason for that.

John McCain should be censured by the Senate and expelled for what he just said about Rand Paul

(NationalSentinel) Congress: Regular readers of The National Sentinel know that we’re no fans of Sen. John McCain, RINO-Arizona. He’s been on President Donald J. Trump’s case since the man decided to run for president, and he hasn’t let up since. Like a yapping, obnoxious terrier, McCain keeps nipping at the president’s heels.

Now he’s gone off on Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and quite frankly, it’s a bridge too far.

Whether you support continued NATO expansion or not, clearly there is an argument that can be made on both sides. But to crusty, old McCain, if you’re against any sort of renewed push to expand NATO, even into regions of the world where Russia has traditionally held sway, then you’re a dupe of Moscow. (RELATED: Memo to McCain: Shut up, retire and go away)

Earlier today, Paul, in objecting to a Senate bill supporting Montenegro’s bid to join the military alliance, was accused by McCain of working for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Per the Daily Beast:

While speaking from the Senate floor in support of a bill advancing Montenegro’s bid to join NATO, McCain noted objection from the Kentucky senator, saying, “You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin… trying to dismember this small country which has already been the subject an attempted coup.” He continued: “If they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin and I do not say that lightly.” Several moments later, after McCain asked for unanimous consent to move the bill forward, Sen. Paul raised his objection and then exited the room. This set off McCain, who railed against Paul: “I note the senator from Kentucky leaving the floor without justification or any rationale for the action he has just taken. That is really remarkable, that a senator blocking a treaty that is supported by the overwhelming number, perhaps 98—at least—of his colleagues would come to the floor and object and walk away.” He then directly connected Paul to the Russians: “The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians. So I repeat again, the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”

Once upon a time an unsubstantiated charge like that might have earned McCain a deserved smack in the mouth – or a libel suit – but since it’s the Senate, he’s protected from such retaliatory actions, no matter how deserved of them he is.

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But quite frankly, Sen. Paul’s colleague from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, just happens to be the Senate majority leader; in defense of his colleague, his state and the voters who elected Paul, as well as the integrity of the Senate, he should begin censure and expulsion proceedings without delay. Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution gives the Senate the authority to do so, with 2/3 support of all members. Granted, McCain probably won’t be ‘convicted,’ but the proceedings should begin nonetheless. This was outrageous.

Beyond that, the only recourse is for the citizens of McCain’s district in Arizona to punish him by replacing him when if or when he runs again which, sadly, isn’t until 2022, seeing as he just won reelection last year. (RELATED: Memo to McCain: You’re not helping the country, you’re hurting it)

McCain’s rhetoric was irresponsible and ought to be punished. A sitting U.S. senator should not be able to get away with characterizing a colleague as in the employ of a competitor nation simply because he disagrees with a piece of legislation.

But it seems like Russia is on the slowly deteriorating mind of McCain these days. He seems to believe that Moscow somehow managed to change votes during the November election in favor of Donald J. Trump, though the manner in which the Kremlin was able to do this – against some of the best cyber-protection in the world – escapes him.

Like decorum.

The time has come for you to go away, Sen. McCain. It doesn’t matter whether you go away mad or not.

Just go away. The country and the state of Arizona deserve better. What a disgrace.

Memo to McCain: Of course Trump Tower was under surveillance; what did Obama know and when did he know it should be your question

By J. D. Heyes

(NationalSentinel) Politics: This feud between Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and President Donald J. Trump is getting out of hand and, frankly, it’s the senator who is at fault for keeping it alive.

His near-daily jabs at the president are not only frequently personal, they are frequently distracting – and frequently wrong.

The most recent one involves McCain demanding – demanding, mind you – that Trump either provide evidence that he was under electronic surveillance by the Obama administration at Trump Tower or retract his claim.

“If his predecessor violated the law, President Obama violated the law, we’ve got a serious issue here, to say the least,” McCain told CNN’s “State of the Union” program, while pointing out that he himself has no reason to believe the allegations are true, Newsmax reported.

“I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute,” said the Arizona Republican. “All he has to do is pick up the phone, call the director of the CIA, the Director of National Intelligence and say, ‘okay, what happened?’ Because they certainly should know whether the former president of the United States was wiretapping Trump Tower.”

Okay, well, perhaps he could. But honestly, senator, let’s look at what has been reported publicly already, because if we do that, we can ascertain with certainty that what the president is claiming is absolutely, unassailably correct.

In a piece by Sara Carter and John Solomon at Circa News, the two investigative journalists claim unequivocally that sources revealed to them that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court issued a warrant in connection to a counterintelligence investigation into possible Russian interference in the U.S. elections. That FBI investigation included, briefly, electronic surveillance of a server located at Trump Tower, but no evidence of any link between Russia, U.S. election tampering and Trump or his team was ever found.

“We have people spouting off who don’t know the difference between FISA surveillance and a wiretap or a counterintelligence probe versus a special prosecutor, and it has hurts our ability to get to the truth and has wrongly created the impression that intelligence officials have a political agenda,” one source directly familiar with the drama told the journalists.

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What’s more, U.S. officials told them, the steady flow of leaks – made possible by a last-minute change in policy ordered by Obama that allowed for wider distribution of [unsubstantiated] intelligence data among spy agencies – is also hurting investigative efforts.

There is also this, senator: The information leaked regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions’ discussions with Russian officials had to come from some form of intelligence surveillance. Now, either that surveillance was legally ordered – as it appears it was, based on the Circa News account – or it was illegally ordered. But either way, since the investigation at one point touched on the presidential campaign of a political rival, do you really think it’s possible that President Obama didn’t know, given that presidents are normally in the FISA loop?

There is no question that Trump and his closest advisors were under surveillance by U.S. spy agencies at some point during the campaign. What’s been reported in the media makes that much plain. The challenge now, senator, is to find out the extent a former president went to in order to trip up Trump’s candidacy to help his chosen successor, Hillary Clinton, and you know that.

How ’bout you get on board in calling for that to be investigated, rather than biting at the president’s ankles on a daily basis?

Memo to McCain: You’re not helping the country, you’re hurting it

(NationalSentinel) Sen. John McCain doesn’t care much for President Donald Trump, that much is obvious. Hardly a day goes by anymore when he isn’t ripping Trump for something.

In fact, McCain took the occasion of a European foreign policy summit this weekend to escalate his disdain for our president to an international level, making wild accusations and insinuations that Trump is tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin, his administration is in chaos, and his critique of the corrupt, Washington establishment media will somehow lead to a Trump-led dictatorship.

12-19-16-10-10-45_promo_article_160x600-option-15b15dTo be frank, these are not the words of a rational man. But they are the worlds of a Beltway establishment politician who sees the old order which he helped fashion and control slipping away under the leadership of a president who has America’s best interests in mind first and foremost, instead of globalist agreements and arrangements that sap American wealth and resources.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is onto to McCain. On Sunday, he defended Trump – who bested him and 15 others to win the GOP nomination – against McCain’s irrational attacks, noting correctly that under a McCain regime, the country would be far worse off.

As reported by The Hill:

Paul said that McCain’s recent criticisms of Trump are driven by his “personal dispute” with the president over foreign policy.

He added that McCain and Trump are at odds because McCain supports the wide deployment of U.S. troops to protect and promote American interests abroad while he characterized Trump’s views as closer to a realpolitik approach to foreign policy.

“Everything that he says about the president is colored by his own personal dispute he’s got running with President Trump and it should be taken with a grain of salt because John McCain’s the guy who’s advocated for war everywhere,” Paul said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“He would bankrupt the nation. We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge because I think we’d be in perpetual war,” Paul added.

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None of this is incorrect. There hasn’t been a conflict come along that McCain hasn’t wanted to start, join or escalate. You’d think that someone who spent nearly six years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam would be much more inclined to prevent similar conflicts as an elected leader, but that’s simply not the case.

Paul is correct in that McCain’s critique of Trump is personality-driven, and is not based on legitimate policy differences. With so much of the Obama agenda that needs to be undone, McCain’s feud with Trump will hinder that process. That makes him a hindrance to the country, not a help.

McCain’s ego was bruised early on by Trump with the latter mischaracterized the senator’s Vietnam service and his vile treatment as POW. Got it. But if anyone knows that politics is a blood sport, it’s the long-serving senator from Arizona.

Get over it, John. If you really care about the country, get on board the GOP bandwagon again and help Trump save it. Otherwise, do us all a favor and resign. And for god’s sake, stop bitching about the president at international forums where are adversaries are paying close attention to every word that comes out of an American politician’s mouth.