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Others have also called for resignations from Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, and some have said Vice President Kamala Harris should invoke the 25th Amendment

More than 30 Republican members of Congress have called on President Joe Biden to be impeached or resign following the U.S.’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Others have also called for resignations from Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, and some have said Vice President Kamala Harris should invoke the 25th Amendment.

On Tuesday morning, members of the House Freedom Caucus called on Biden to resign during a press conference. Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, who previously filed articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, led the event.

On Tuesday, Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins introduced three resolutions for resignation, one each for Biden, Blinken and Milley.

Last week, South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman and Maryland Rep. Andy Harris co-sponsored a resolution to impeach Blinken, also calling on Biden to resign.

On Tuesday morning, Rep. Harris detailed the reasons to impeach Blinken, adding, “we have to be sure nothing like this will ever happen again.”

While both Biden and Blinken pledged last week that “no American who wants to leave will be left behind,” between 100 and 200 Americans may still be left, according to Blinken, who spoke to the press Monday night.

Biden addressed the nation on Tuesday afternoon, declaring an end to the war and defending his administration’s decision to withdrawal.

“I refused to send another generation of America’s sons and daughters to fight a war that should have ended long ago,” Biden said.

During the Freedom Caucus press conference earlier Tuesday, Virginian Rep. Bob Good and Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry called on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to make a motion to vacate the chair and remove Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as House speaker for dereliction of duty.

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert said the American people demand accountability.

“Thirteen service members killed, $85 billion worth of military equipment abandoned … should be enough for even the weakest members of Congress to step up,” she said. “I would hope that just one Democrat could to do more than the so-called commander in chief who could only look at his watch while moms received the remains of their babies in Dover.”

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert likened Biden’s policies to those of former president Jimmy Carter who welcomed the Ayatollah Khomeini to Iran as a man of peace. He said Americans will die as a result of the policies of the Biden administration and it will take generations for America to regain credibility in the world.

Illinois Rep. Mary Miller thanked American military members and families Tuesday for their sacrifice and called out Speaker Pelosi for not calling a hearing to investigate the Afghanistan debacle. The last hearing the House had was on windmills, she said, which is “totally disrespectful.”

She asked why the American flags at the U.S. Capitol building were not flying at half-mast.

“We should be weeping and mourning over the direction of our country,” she said. “Where is Pelosi? Where are the House Democrats?”

Members not at the press conference previously filed articles of impeachment or have called on Biden to resign or be impeached.

North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn sent a letter to Vice President Kamala Harris requesting that Biden be removed from office under the 25th Amendment, while Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks and Texas Rep. Brian Babin are also calling to invoke the 25th Amendment.

In response to calls for Biden’s resignation, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said, “We would expect that any American, whether they’re elected or not, would stand with us.”.

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Judge in case of anti-Trump mudslinger is married to attorney for ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page

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Last week, the special counsel appointed to oversee the probe into the FBI’s investigation of former president Donald Trump indicted Michael Sussmann, a lawyer for the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Republicans and Trump allies are optimistic about the latest development in John Durham’s investigation but are still concerned that Attorney General Merrick Garland might halt the investigation to protect allies and even the president himself. 

FBI notes appear to suggest that as vice president, Joe Biden played a role in the Democratic Party project to smear Trump as a Russian asset by raising the obscure, disused, 18th century statute the Logan Act as a possible vehicle for prosecuting Michael Flynn for speaking with the Russian ambassador to Washington — even after FBI case agents had cleared Trump’s incoming national security adviser of wrongdoing. 

And now Republicans are raising concerns that the judge appointed to the Sussmann case has too many conflicts of interest to preside over it fairly. 

Current and former officials say that federal District Court Judge Christopher Cooper’s professional and personal relationships with top Democrats and figures behind the FBI’s Trump investigation should force his recusal. Cooper’s wife, for instance, represents disgraced FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who oversaw the FBI’s Trump probe.

In September 2016, Sussman met with Page’s boss, then FBI General Counsel James Baker. The former DOJ cybersecurity expert handed Baker documents falsely asserting that the Trump Organization’s computer servers were communicating suspiciously with the computer servers of a Russian financial institution. 

The purpose of the documents Sussmann passed to the FBI was to further the Clinton campaign’s false narrative holding that Trump had been compromised by Russian officials. Former CIA director John Brennan reported to President Obama that Clinton herself approved the scheme in order to deflect attention away from her use of a private email server. 

Sussmann billed the Clinton campaign for his meeting with Baker but told the FBI’s top lawyer he was not acting on behalf of any client. The indictment handed down last week by Special Counsel John Durham charged Sussman with one count of lying to the FBI.

Last Friday, Sussmann pled not guilty, and on Wednesday he is scheduled to appear before Cooper. 

Appointed to the bench by Obama in 2013, Cooper is well-connected in Democratic party legal circles. Garland officiated his 1999 wedding to Amy Jeffress.

Both Cooper and Jeffress worked at DOJ in the Obama administration. He was part of the 2008 presidential transition team, and she was the national security counselor for Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder. 

Recently Jeffress wrote approvingly of Attorney General Garland’s focus on “domestic terrorism.” Many Republicans see the phrase as coded language for targeting Trump supporters.  

Her most famous client, former FBI lawyer Page, discussed via text message with her paramour, FBI agent Peter Strzok, how they’d stop Trump from becoming president. Page and Strzok were part of the FBI team that spied on the 2016 Trump campaign. 

As evidence to obtain the spy warrant, the FBI used a dossier of memos falsely alleging Trump ties to Russia that was paid for by the Clinton campaign. Sussman and Page then participated in the same Clinton-funded initiative to smear her 2016 opponent and use false evidence to spy on his campaign.   

Former U.S. officials say that putting Sussmann in front of Jeffress’ husband represents a clear conflict of interest.  

“This is a wildly unique situation,” says Kash Patel, who ran the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of possible crimes and abuses committed during the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe. 

“Usually it’s defense lawyers who put in for recusal,” says Patel. “But in this case, it should be the Justice Department’s special counsel, Durham. The judge’s wife happens to be the lawyer for a possible a coconspirator.”

Patel, a former federal prosecutor, predicts that in this instance it’s the defense lawyers who will be fighting recusal. “Sussman is indicted for not telling the FBI’s general counsel he was working on behalf of the Clinton campaign, he says. “And that same general counsel, Baker, supervised Lisa Page, who is represented by the judge’s wife.”

Page’s Twitter profile shows a picture of her and Jeffress.

“The presumption is that a spouse’s independent professional activities don’t necessarily require a judge to recuse unless a spouse has a substantial interest in the outcome of the proceeding,” says Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch. “Washington, D.C. is a small town, and the resulting interlocking relationships result in all sorts of apparent conflicts of interest in the justice system here.”

Nevertheless, says Fitton, “obviously we want justice to be administered fairly, but it must also appear to be administered fairly. This is an unusual fact pattern that requires Judge Cooper to seriously and carefully analyze whether he should recuse himself.”

Patel believes he should.

“What if the judge for Paul Manafort’s case had been married to the lawyer that represented Roger Stone, and William Barr had officiated their wedding?” he asks. “Would the media think that’s ok? This is why America hates D.C. — one set of rules for those you rule over, but a different set for those that rule.”

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Florida Diner Owner Explains Why She Doesn’t Want Business from Biden Supporters

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Angie Ugarte, who owns the DeBary Diner in DeBary, Florida, has found a way to demonstrate her disapproval of the Biden administration’s failed withdrawal from Afghanistan. As reported by Danielle Lama with FOX 35 Orlando, the diner has a sign on its door that reads: “If you voted for and continue to support and stand behind the worthless, inept and corrupt administration currently inhabiting the White House that is complicit in the death of our servicemen and women in Afghanistan, please take your business elsewhere.”

The owner of a Debary restaurant has this sign posted on the front door. Why she says she posted it and reaction from residents at 10 #FOX35News pic.twitter.com/XKMiHKpViJ — Danielle Lama FOX 35 (@DLama_FOX35)

August 31, 2021

As Ugarte told the local FOX affiliate:

“It was the only thing I felt like I could do,” said the restaurant’s owner, Angie Ugarte. 

Ugarte says she posted the message the same day 13 service members were killed in Afghanistan. 

“I was just angry. I was just let down. I felt like one of those mothers, or wives, or sisters who were gonna get that knock on the door,” she explained. 

Ugarte, who’s been running the DeBary Diner for about five years, says a lot of her regular customers are vets. She has an entire wall in the diner dedicated to members of the military.  She blames President Joe Biden’s administration for the recent deaths in the Middle East.

“If you really, really still stand behind what’s allowed this to happen and the way it happened – which was unnecessary then I really don’t want to be associated with you in any way and I certainly don’t want your business,” she told FOX 35 News.  

The reaction appears to be mixed. The diner’s Facebook page thanks supporters, noting that they’ve been so overwhelmed they have run out of food and need to close on Thursday to prepare for the weekend.

Yelp has restricted reviews, noting “This business is being monitored by Yelp’s Support team for content related to media reports.” 

There’s also an “Unusual Activity Alert” which reads:

This business recently received increased public attention, which often means people come to this page to post their views on the news. While we don’t take a stand one way or the other when it comes to this incident, we’ve temporarily disabled the posting of content to this page as we work to investigate the content you see here reflects actual consumer experiences rather than the recent events. Please note that we apply this same policy regardless of the business and regardless of the topic at issue. Read more on Yelp Support.

If you’re here to leave a review based on a first-hand experience with the business, please check back at a later date.

The restaurant has 2.5 stars on Yelp, which again has likely been affected by such news. On Google it has 4.2 stars 

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Shades of Clinton: Joe Biden used private email to send government information to Hunter

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In a communications backdoor reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s infamous private server, President Biden used a personal email account during the Obama years to send information he was getting from the State Department as vice president to his globetrotting, foreign-deal-making son Hunter Biden.

Messages, sometimes signed “Dad,” from the email account robinware456@gmail.com were found on a Hunter Biden laptop seized by the FBI in December 2019 from a Delaware computer shop owner.

Some of the messages from the vice president to his son obtained by Just the News were deeply personal, others were political in nature, and still others clearly addressed business matters, often forwarding information coming from senior officials in the White House, the State Department and other government agencies.

For instance, in late November 2014 the U.S. embassy in Istanbul sent an email to the State Department that was then forwarded to senior advisers to Joe Biden, including national security expert Michael Carpenter, providing an early alert that an American named Martin O’Connor was about to be released from detention in Turkey.

“The lead attorney for Mr. O’Connor reports that the court granted the detention appeal and he expected Mr. O’Connor to be released from jail today, barring any unforeseen problems,” the U.S. embassy in Instanbul wrote in an email that got forwarded to top Obama administration security and diplomacy officials, including current Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland. “Mr. O’Connor will not be allowed to leave the country until his next hearing which is set for December 11, 2014. The lawyer expressed confidence that he will be able to leave after that hearing. The attorney is handling his release arrangements, pick up and temporary housing near his law firm’s office. Istanbul consular plans to speak with Mr. O’Connor after his release.”

State Department officials forwarded the information to the vice president’s office, where Biden aide Colin Kahl (now President Biden’s Undersecretrary of Defense for Policy) sent it to Joe Biden’s private email. The vice president then sent it to his son Hunter Biden with the subject line “Fwd: Mr. O’Connor Being Released from Detention today.”

A former senior Obama administration official confirmed to Just the News that some administration officials knew of the robinware456@gmail.com email address for Joe Biden and used it from time to time. “I saw it used to communicate with his family and friends or to pass information to them,” the official told Just the News, speaking only on condition of anonymity because of fear of reprisal.

The emails obtained by Just the News show numerous Obama administration officials communicated or were aware of the private email address or had their information sent to it, including current Secretary of State Tony Blinken.

In January 2013, Blinken emailed Joe Biden at his private email recounting a colleague’s conversation about the Pulitzer-winning journalist, author and screenwriter Richard Ben Cramer’s last minutes before dying. At the time, Blinken was Joe Biden’s national security adviser.

“Called to say that he was with Richard Ben Cramer in the hospital before the latter passed and they were talking about you till the end,” Blinken wrote the vice president and his family, including Hunter Biden. “Richard apparently said he was gratified the country is finally finding out what he knew about your leadership and talents many years ago.”

Beyond establishing that Joe Biden sent government information to his son, the existence of the private email address also raises questions of federal law, as Hillary Clinton’s email server showed. Biden had an obligation to preserve any emails involving his government work under federal records law, even if he used a private email address.

“The Presidential Records Act required Joe Biden to make sure that any of his gmail account emails, including these emails to Hunter Biden, were forwarded to a government account so they could properly be handled by the National Archives,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. “No wonder the Obama White House wanted to protect Hillary Clinton from the consequences of [her] email shell game!”

“We might know more beginning next year,” added the veteran public records watchdog, “when Judicial Watch and the public can begin filing FOIAs for Obama White House emails.”

The White House press office did not respond to a call and email from Just the News seeking comment Tuesday. George Mesires, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, also did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Hunter Biden on a few occasions reached out directly to his father on the private email address to ask for help, the memos from the laptop show. In January 2012, for instance, Hunter Biden forwarded a request to have the vice president prepare a video message for an event honoring Texas Democratic activist Ben Barnes.

“We are working on it,” the vice president wrote his son in reply.

On another occasion in June 2014, Hunter Biden suggested someone he wanted to see appointed as a detailee to the Treasury Department. “Before you fill the positions, pls talk to me,” Hunter Biden wrote his father.

The vice president responded, “Call me right away, Dad.”  

Politics, including the potential for Biden to run for president in 2016, were sometimes the subject of emails coming to and from the RobinWare456@gmail.com account.

Former U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman, who succeeded Biden as a Delaware senator after serving decades as his chief of staff, sent an email Nov. 3, 2014 that included a Wall Street Journal article negative to Hillary Clinton, a potential 2016 challenger to Biden before the vice president declined to run that year. The article was entitled “Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street problem.”

When a poll came out showing Beau Biden was still popular as attorney general in Delaware, the vice president used his private email to applaud.

“Strong,” he wrote, signing it with his name “Joe.”

Sometimes, Vice President Biden’s messages to his son took a more personal note, like the day the Wall Street Journal broke the story in October 2014 that Hunter Biden had been discharged from the Navy over a positive cocaine test.

“Good as it could be,” Joe Biden wrote in an email chain that included the article forwarded to the vice president’s email address by White House staff. “Time to move on, Love Dad.”

The vice president also flashed some of his trademark self-deprecating humor, once forwarding an astronomy story suggesting a planet be named for him. From his private email, Joe Biden wrote his family, “Only time in history.” The subject line was: “Why I deserve more respect.”

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