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Over A Dozen Sources Had Hunter Biden Tips


<br /> Over a dozen sources had Hunter Biden tips<br />

Sen. Chuck Grassley interrogated Attorney General Merrick Garland over the Hunter Biden investigation Wednesday, revealing for the first time that “over a dozen sources” had tipped off the FBI and Justice Department to potential criminal activity by the first son.

“Recent lawfully protected whistleblower revelations to my office indicate the Justice Department had — at one point — over a dozen source that provided potentially criminal information relating Hunter Biden,” Grassley (R.Iowa), 89, said to Garland during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing. “The alleged volume of information and similarity would require that the Justice Department investigate its accuracy and truthfulness.”

“Accordingly, what steps has the Justice Department taken to determine the truth and accuracy of the information provided?” Grassley asked. “Congress and the American people both have the right to know.”

Garland, 70, deflected, saying he had promised during his confirmation hearings not to interfere in the probe headed by Delaware US Attorney David Weiss, and “I have carried through on my pledge.”

Later, Grassley questioned Garland’s claim that the probe by Weiss (one of the few remaining US attorneys appointed by Donald Trump) was truly independent.

“Has the Delaware US attorney sought permission of another US Attorney’s Office, such as in the District of Columbia or California, to bring charges?” the senator asked. “If so, was that denied?”

Garland stated, “I don’t know the answer to that,” before insisting that Weiss was told that “he isn’t to be denied any of his needs” and that, if that were to occur, it should rise through the department’s ranks. I have not heard anything from the US attorney to suggest that they are unable to do everything the US attorney wants.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley grilled AG Merrick Garland over the Hunter Biden probe, saying, “Congress and the American people have a right to know.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley/YouTube

“Well, let me give you my view,” Grassley said. “If Weiss, the US attorney there in Delaware, must seek permission from a [President] Biden-appointed US attorney to bring charges, then the Hunter Biden criminal investigation isn’t insulated from political interference, as you publicly proclaimed.”

It was not immediately clear if the scenario Grassley referenced was merely hypothetical. Neither a spokesman for the Iowa Republican nor the Delaware US Attorney’s Office responded to requests for clarification.

At one point in the hearing, Garland conceded that it “would be a national security problem” for a US leader’s relative to be paid by a foreign government to influence policy without mentioning any names.

“If it’s an agent of a foreign government asking someone and paying someone to do things to support that foreign government in secret, yes, I definitely think that would be a national security problem,” the AG said.

AG Merrick Garland promised during his confirmation hearings not to interfere in the Hunter Biden probe headed Delaware US Attorney David Weiss.
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Hunter Biden, 53, is under federal investigation for possible tax fraud, illegal foreign lobbying, money laundering and lying about his drug use on a gun-purchase form. Investigators reportedly believe they have enough evidence to charge him with tax crimes and lying on the gun form.

Hunter and his uncle, James Biden, are known for seeking business in countries where Joe Biden has sway over US policies, such as China and Russia. This has created conflicts-of-interestand corruption concerns.

In China especially, the Biden family reaped a financial windfall from state-owned firms and Republicans say the president is too soft on Beijing because of those links.

Business records suggest Hunter Biden still owns a 10% stake in BHR Partners, which says it manages $2.1 billion in assets, despite his father’s insistence there would be no family-business-related conflicts of interest during his presidency. Hunter co-founded the firm in 2013 within weeks of joining then-Vice President Biden aboard Air Force Two on an official trip to Beijing, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Hunter introduced his dad to BHR CEO Jonathan Li and Joe Biden later wrote college recommendation letters for Li’s children.

BHR has “unique mixed ownership,” the company says, and “combines the resources and platforms of China’s largest financial institutions (including Bank of China, China Development Bank Capital, Harvest Fund, Postal Savings Bank of China, China Life and the National Council of Social Security Fund) and the networks and know-how of our U.S.-based investment fund and advisory firm shareholders.”

In 2016, BHR Partners facilitated a deal in which a Chinese firm bought a Congolese cobalt mine from US and Canadian companies.

The transaction gained broad attention in 2021 when it was spotlighted by the New York Times. Cobalt is an important material for making electric vehicle batteries.

Hunter Biden is under a long-standing investigation by federal authorities in connection with his overseas business interests.
Hunter Biden claimed the laptop was his.

Chris Clark, Hunter Biden’s lawyer, stated in late 2021 the BHR stake had already been sold. However, neither Clark nor the White House have provided any further information about the transaction.

Joe Biden also allegedly was involved in Hunter and James Biden’s venture with CEFC China Energy, a firm reputed to be a cog in Beijing’s “Belt and Road” foreign influence campaign.

A May 13, 2017 email recovered from Hunter Biden’s laptop said the “big guy” would get 10% of that deal, with that share “held by H.”

Tony Bobulinski, a former Hunter Biden business partner, said he discussed the deal and that Joe Biden was the “big guy”.

According to the, Hunter and Jim Biden received $4.8 million in 2017 and 2018.

Washington Post’s review of Hunter Biden’s laptop documents was completed later. An

October 2017 email

Joe Biden is identified as a participant in a conference call about the CEFC’s attempt at buying US natural gas.

Grassley referenced the first allegations from “highly credible whistleblowers” July 2022. He accused Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray of burying “verified, verifiable” dirt on President Biden’s son and adding that investigators had wrongly dismissed the claims as “disinformation.”

Grassley stated that if the allegations were proved, it would prove that federal law enforcement agencies were “institutionally corruption to their core.”

“You have an obligation to the country to take these allegations seriously, immediately investigate and take steps to institute fixes to these and other matters before you,” he told Wray and Garland in the letter.

The Iowa senator also told the agency heads that the “volume and consistency” of the whistleblowers’ information corroborated that the FBI obtained “derogatory information” about the first son’s “criminal financial and related activity” in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.

But the agency closed the investigation the month before voting day, according to the whistleblowers, and the assistant special agent in charge of the probe had “attempted to improperly mark the matter in FBI systems so that it could not be opened in the future,” Grassley wrote.

Gleichzeitig, he said that former intelligence officials tried to “smear” those who requested investigations into Hunter Biden’s business dealings, claiming they were driven by “foreign diinformation”.

Trump Will Surrender To Face Charges If Indicted Defense Lawyer Says


<br /><br /> Trump will surrender to face charges if indicted defense lawyer says<br /><br />

Former U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during an event at a fire station following the recent derailment of a train carrying hazardous waste, in East Palestine, Ohio, February 22, 2023.

Former President Donald Trump will surrender to face criminal charges if indicted by a Manhattan grand jury, his lawyer said Friday evening.

Joseph Tacopina was speaking on the heels WNBC’s report that federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies were preparing security arrangements in preparation for Trump’s possible indictment.

When Tacopina was asked by CNBC what Trump would do if the possibility became a reality, Tacopina replied that she would follow normal procedures.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is investigating Trump’s company for recording as legal expenses a reimbursement for Michael Cohen, his former personal attorney. Cohen was responsible for Stormy Daniels’ $130,000 gift to Trump before the 2016 election in order to keep Stormy quiet about an alleged sexual relationship.

Trump has denied having sex in public with Daniels and has condemned the probe as well as other criminal investigations that he faces as partisan witch huntings.

This March 17, 2011 file photo shows attorney Joseph Tacopina speaking to the media outside of New Haven Superior Court, Connecticut.

Since the grand jury was assembled in recent months and the likelihood of an indictment growing, questions have been raised as to whether Trump would resist surrendering if he was charged and what would happen if so.

Trump is protected by the U.S. Secret Service 24 hours a day. He currently resides at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. He rarely leaves.

Florida law states that the governor of the state is responsible for making sure that a person is arrested and transferred to another state when they are indicted on a felony charge.

However, Florida law also gives the governor the power to call for a further investigation before a defendant is extradited if that defendant refuses to comply with extradition.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is currently positioning himself as a potential contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nominee.

Trump declared himself a candidate last fall for the GOP nomination.

Even before that Trump and his allies have chafed at DeSantis’ popularity among fellow Republicans.

Cohen, who met 20 times with investigators over several years, testified for two days earlier this week to the grand jury. Daniels spoke to prosecutors via Zoom on Wednesday.

Cohen pleaded guilty previously to a federal criminal conspiracy charge related to the payment to Daniels. Trump said that Cohen directed him to do this to protect his chances of winning the White House in 2016.

This crime is the pivot of what could be Trump’s prosecution in the state Criminal Court in Manhattan.

New York state law prohibits companies from misclassifying the nature or expenses. For example, Cohen’s reimbursement for Daniels payments cannot be called “legal expenses”.

Violating that law can result in a misdemeanor charge. If the misstatement is made in coverup of another crime, it can lead to a felony charge.

Trump Claims He Expects Being Arrested On Tuesday’s Calls For Protests


<br /><br /> Trump claims he expects being arrested on Tuesday’s calls for protests<br /><br />

NEW YORK (Reuters), March 18 – Former President Donald Trump said Saturday that he expected to be arrested Tuesday as New York prosecutors review charges related to a hush fund payment to a pornstar. He also called on his supporters for protest.

Trump posted on Truth Social that illegal leaks from a corrupt and highly political Manhattan district attorney’s offices… indicate that, with nothing being able to prove… the far and away leading Republican candidate & former President of the United States of America will be arrested on Tuesday of the next week.”

Trump’s spokesperson said that he had not been informed of any arrest. Trump did not provide any evidence of leaks from his district attorney’s office, and he did not discuss the possible charges in the post.

“Protest, take back our nation!” said Trump, whose supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, to try to overturn his 2020 presidential election defeat.

The probe comes as Trump seeks the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2024.

No U.S. president – while in office or afterward – has faced criminal charges. Trump has said he will continue campaigning even if he is charged with a crime.

A spokesperson for Alvin Bragg, Manhattan District Attorney, declined to comment on the $130,000 hush money Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen made to Stormy Daniels.

Sources have said Bragg’s office has been presenting evidence to a grand jury about the payment, which came in the waning days of Trump’s 2016 campaign in exchange for Daniels’ silence about an affair she said she had with Trump a decade earlier.

Trump denied that the affair took place and called the investigation by Bragg (a Democrat) a witch hunt.

An additional witness is expected to appear before the grand jury on Monday, at the request of Trump’s lawyers, a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

Trump’s statement that Trump expects to be arrested Tuesday is based upon news reports that Bragg’s Office is going to meet with law enforcement to prepare to face an indictment, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Kevin McCarthy, the Republican speaker of U.S. House of Representatives decried the investigation on Saturday.

“Here we go again — an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA who lets violent criminals walk as he pursues political vengeance against President Trump,” McCarthy said on Twitter.


McCarthy’s predecessor as speaker, Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi, who like McCarthy was present at the Capitol when hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the building, battling with police, denounced Trump’s call.

“The former president’s announcement this morning is reckless: doing so to keep himself in the news and to foment unrest among his supporters,” Pelosi said in a statement. “He cannot hide his violations of law, disrespect for elections and incitements towards violence.”

[1/6] Former U.S. President Donald Trump greets fans as he arrives before the finals during the sixth session of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. March 18, 2023. Joseph Cress/USA TODAY Sports via REUTERS

Trump’s former vice-president Mike Pence said that Trump’s possible indictment felt like a politically charged criminal prosecution here. When asked about Trump’s call to protest if he was indicted, Pence stated that he believes protesters will understand that they need to demonstrate peacefully and lawfully.

Bragg’s office earlier this month invited Trump to testify before the grand jury probing the payment, which legal experts said was a sign that an indictment was close. Trump declined the offer, the person familiar with the matter said.

Bragg addressed in an email to staff on Saturday reported by Politico and confirmed by Reuters that “we do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York … We will continue to apply the law evenly and fairly and speak publicly only when appropriate.”

Bragg’s email did not mention Trump by name but cited “ongoing press attention and public comments surrounding an ongoing investigation.

Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to federal campaign finance violations tied to his arranging payments to Daniels and another woman in exchange for their silence about affairs they said they’d had with Trump, among other crimes. He claims that Trump ordered him to make the payments. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan did not charge Trump with a crime.

The probe is one of several legal woes Trump faces as he seeks the Republican nomination for the presidency.

Trump is also confronting a state-level criminal probe in Georgia over efforts to overturn the 2020 results in that state.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Galrland has appointed a special counsel to investigate Trump’s handling and manipulation of classified documents after he left office. He also is investigating his attempts to reverse the results of the 2020 elections, which he lost against President Joe Biden, a Democrat.

Bragg’s office was convicted of tax fraud charges by the Trump Organization last year. But Bragg declined to charge Trump himself with financial crimes related to his business practices, prompting two prosecutors who worked on the probe to resign.

Trump, who was in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday and attended the NCAA wrestling championships, leads his early rivals for his party’s nomination. In a February Reuters/Ipsos survey, he received 43% support, compared to 31% for his closest rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis has not yet announced his candidacy.

In 2018, Trump initially denied knowing anything about the Daniels payment. Later, he acknowledged that Cohen was reimbursing him for the payment. He called it a “simple private deal.”

After pleading guilty to Cohen’s charges, was sentenced to time in prison. has previously testified .

This week’s grand jury. Grand jury proceedings are not public. He told reporters outside the courthouse in Lower Manhattan that he didn’t testify because he wanted to retaliate against Trump.

He said, “This is all about accountability.” “He needs to be held accountable for his dirty deeds.”

According to her lawyer, Daniels, whose real identity is Stephanie Clifford spoke with prosecutors last Wednesday.

After being banned from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Trump created his Truth Social media platform. He has since regained his accounts on those services, though he limited his Saturday statement to Truth.

“His messages on Truth Social, which he is declaring corrupt, are very concerning,” Jennifer Stromer-Falley (a senior associate dean at Syracuse University) said. She is an expert on social media use during elections.

Reporting by Luc Cohen and Karen Freifeld in New York, Additional reporting by Gram Slattery and David Shepardson; Editing by Scott Malone, Daniel Wallis, Noeleen Walder, Alistair Bell and Lincoln Feast

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Rahul Gandhi, The Prince Of Indian Politics, Who Lost His Seat In Parliament



Gandhi entered politics and was first elected to parliament in 2004 from his family borough of Amethi in the northern heartland state of Uttar Pradesh.

He won the same victory in 2009 and 2014. However, he suffered a shock setback in 2019, when he lost his seat. However, he had also contested a seat in the Kerala state and won there to return to parliament.

Gandhi’s attendance at parliament is far below the average. His frequent absences from the chamber, and the country, have been the focus of the media and drawn BJP accusations that he is a “non-serious” politician.

Outside parliament, he has often reminded his supporters of his family’s commitment and sacrifices, talking about the assassinations of his grandmother, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and his former prime minister father, Rajiv Gandhi.

Lately, he has been causing controversy by voicing criticism of the BJP.

He said that Modi was threatening democracy in Britain, angering the BJP members who demanded an apology or threatened to expel him from the chamber.

He posted on Twitter, Thursday, his conviction, some words in Hindi by Mahatma Gandhi (a freedom movement leader), who is not his relative.

“My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God, and non-violence is the way to get it. – Mahatma Gandhi”.

At 52 years old, Gandhi is single and has been spotted riding in New Delhi with security personnel.

His conviction and disqualification form parliament are now “make or break” for him according to Neelanjan Sircar (a senior visiting fellow at New Delhi’s Centre for Policy Research).

“Will he be able to make the argument that ‘I am being targeted by a government that does not necessarily represent the interest of all Indians’, or is he going to be seen as somebody who is not a capable politician and therefore has been outplayed by the BJP,” Sircar told Reuters.