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Over 220 retired Admirals and Generals call for Milley and Austin to resign immediately over Afghanistan

Nearly 90 U.S. retired generals and admirals are calling for the resignations of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, over the tragic debacle in Kabul.

They wrote: “The retired Flag Officers signing this letter are calling for the resignation and retirement of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) based on negligence in performing their duties primarily involving events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“The hasty retreat has left initial estimates at ~15,000 Americans stranded in dangerous areas controlled by a brutal enemy along with ~25,000 Afghan citizens who supported American forces.

“What should have happened upon learning of the Commander in Chief’s (President Biden’s) plan to quickly withdraw our forces and close the important power projection base Bagram, without adequate plans and forces in place to conduct the entire operation in an orderly fashion?

“As principal military advisors to the CINC/President, the SECDEF and CJCS should have recommended against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms.

“If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign. Conversely, if they did do everything within their ability to persuade the CINC/President to not hastily exit the country without ensuring the safety of our citizens and Afghans loyal to America, then they should have resigned in protest as a matter of conscience and public statement.

“The consequences of this disaster are enormous and will reverberate for decades beginning with the safety of Americans and Afghans who are unable to move safely to evacuation points; therefore, being de facto hostages of the Taliban at this time.

“The death and torture of Afghans has already begun and will result in a human tragedy of major proportions. The loss of billions of dollars in advanced military equipment and supplies falling into the hands of our enemies is catastrophic. 

“The damage to the reputation of the United States is indescribable. We are now seen, and will be seen for many years, as an unreliable partner in any multinational agreement or operation. Trust in the United States is irreparably damaged.

“Moreover, now our adversaries are emboldened to move against America due to the weakness displayed in Afghanistan.

“China benefits the most followed by Russia, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and others. Terrorists around the world are emboldened and able to pass freely into our country through our open border with Mexico.

“Besides these military operational reasons for resignations, there are leadership, training, and morale reasons for resignations. In interviews, congressional testimony, and public statements it has become clear that top leaders in our military are placing mandatory emphasis on PC ‘wokeness’ related training which is extremely divisive and harmful to unit cohesion, readiness, and war fighting capability.

“Our military exists to fight and win our Nation’s wars and that must be the sole focus of our top military leaders.

“For these reasons we call on the SECDEF Austin and the CJCS General Milley to resign.

“A fundamental principle in the military is holding those in charge responsible and accountable for their actions or inactions. There must be accountability at all levels for this tragic and avoidable debacle.”

The letter was signed by:

RADM Philip Anselmo, USN, (ret)

MG Joe Arbuckle, USA (ret)

BG John C. Arick, USMC (ret)

BG Billy A. Barrett, USAF (ret)

RADM Jon Bayless, USN, (ret)

BG Charles Bishop, USAF (ret)

BG Don Bolduc, USA (ret)

MG William Bowdon, USMC (ret)

LTG William Boykin, USA (ret)

MG Edward Bracken, USAF (ret)

VADM Toney Michael Bucchi, USN (ret)

MG Bobby Butcher, USMC (ret)

BG Jim L. Cash, USAF (ret)

LTG James E. Chambers USAF (ret)

MG Carroll D. Childers, USA (ret)

RADm Arthur Clark, USN (ret)

VADM Ed Clexton, USN, (ret)

MG John J. Closner III, USAF, (ret)

BG Peter b. Collins, USMC (ret)

MG David L Commons USAF (ret)

MG James l. Dozier, USA (ret)

BG Keith B. Connolly USAF (ret)

BG Bob Floyd, USA (ret)

MG Larry Fortmer, USAF (ret)

BG Jerome V. Foust, USA (ret)

BG Jimmy E. Fowler, USA (ret)

BG Jerome V. Foust, USA (ret)

RADM J. Fraser, USN (ret)

MG John T. Furlow, USA (ret)

MG Francis C. Gideon, USAF (ret)

MG Lee V. Greer, USAF (ret)

BG John H. Grueser, USAF (ret)

MG Ken Hageman, USAF (ret)

Gen Alfred Hansen, USAF (ret)

MG Bryan G. Hawley, USAF (ret)

MG John W. Hawley, USAF (ret)

BG Norman Ham, USAF (ret)

RADM Donald Hickman, USN (ret)

MG William B. Hobgood, USA (ret)

MG Bob Hollingworth, USMC (ret)

MG Jerry D. Holmes, USAF (ret)

ADM. Jerome L. Johnson USN (ret)

RADM John King, USN (ret)

BG Douglas E. Lee, USA (ret)

MG J.S. Lynch, USMC (ret)

RADM(L) Grady L. Jackson USN (ret)

RADM Ronny Jackson USN (ret)

MG Anthony Kropp USA (ret)

RADM Chuck Kubic, CEC, USN (ret).

MG James E. Livingston, USMC, MOH (ret)

MG John D. Logeman, USAF (ret)

MG Jarvis D. Lynch, USMC (ret)

LTG Fred McCorkle, USMC (ret)

LTG Thomas McInerney, USAF (ret)

BG Michael P. McRaney, USAF (ret)

BG James M. Mead, USMC (ret)

BG Joe Mensching, USAF (ret)

MG John F. Miller, USAF (ret)

RADM John A. Moriarty, USN (ret)

RADM David R. Morris, USN (ret)

BG Ben Nelson, USAF (ret)

BG Joe Oder, USA, (ret)

MG Ray O’Mara, USAF (ret)

MG Joe S. Owens, USA (ret)

BG John a. Paterson, USAF (ret)

RADM Russ Penniman, USN (ret)

MG Richard Perraut, USAF (ret)

VADM John Poindexter, USN (ret)

RADM J.J. Quinn, USN (ret)

LTG Clifford H. Rees, USAF (ret)

BG Teddy E. Rinebarger, USAF (ret)

RADM Norman Saunders, USCG (ret)

LTG Hubert G. Smith, USA (ret)

MG James Stewart, USAF (ret)

RADM Jeremy D. Taylor, USN (ret)

LTG William Thurman, USAF (ret)

BG Robert Titus, USAF, (ret)

LTG Lansford E. Trapp Jr, USAF (ret)

BG Richard J. Valente, USA (ret)

MG Paul Vallely, USA (ret)

BG William L. Welch, USAF (ret)

MG Kenneth W. Weir, USMCR (ret)

MG Mike Wiedemer, USAF (ret)

MG Richard O. Wightman, Jr. USA (ret)

BG Robert E. Windham, USA (ret)

RADM Denny Wisely, USN. (ret)

BG Robert V. Woods, USAF (ret)

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[VIDEO] Brian Laundrie’s parents brought out of family home during FBI search

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Fox Nation host Nancy Grace discusses the latest news in Gabby Petito’s case.

The FBI searched the family home of Gabby Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, in Florida for hours Monday, a day after investigators across the country found what they believe to be her remains.

In the morning, FBI investigators searched Laundrie’s parents’ home in North Port as part of a “court-authorized search warrant” related to the Petito case. His parents were escorted from the home before the search and then were brought back inside for questioning, police said.

Agents removed a number of items from the home, and a Ford Mustang convertible was also towed away.

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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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Customs agent arrested for carrying gun at ‘J6’ rally but won’t be prosecuted, report

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AU.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was arrested for carrying a gun at this past weekend’s “J6 for Justice” rally on Capitol Hill but will not be prosecuted, according to authorities. 

The unnamed, 27-year-old New Jersey male was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for illegally possessing a gun on the grounds of the Capitol after people in the crowd reported seeing him with a handgun and notified nearby officers, according to the Associated Press.

The rally was to support the hundreds charged with crimes in connection with the Jan. Capitol Hill riot. 

Law enforcement agencies throughout Washington, D.C., were prepared for a possible repeat Saturday — with the city’s entire municipal police force on duty, the perimeter fence around the Capitol complex erected again and the National Guard on standby.

However, just four arrests were reported, including the one involving the federal officer.

Generally, under federal law, law enforcement officers are given reciprocity to legally carry their weapons in other states, even those with restrictive gun laws. But the law has an exemption for government property or military bases where it is illegal to carry a gun, like the U.S. Capitol, the wire service also reports. 

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington said prosecutors were “not moving forward with charges” but provided no additional information about the decision.

Two law enforcement officials, who could not discuss the matter publicly, told the wire service the officer was not at the rally in an official capacity

The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general was also notified of his arrest.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it was aware of the arrest and was “fully cooperating with the investigation,” the Associated Press also reports. 

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