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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Finally Apologizes To Don Trump Jr For Abusing Her Power

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Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is off to a scandalous start to Congress consumed by hateful rhetoric and a clear lack of command for the facts.

But by far her biggest transgression was when she threatened Don Trump Jr in a blatant abuse of power.

Our system of laws is fragile and we cannot have politicians abusing their power to go after their political enemies. So while the left just says it is her inexperience, she knows better as evidenced by her retreat and apology.

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From The Daily Caller: Host Anderson Cooper said some people saw her comments as an abuse of power and Ocasio-Cortez said she was sorry if it made Trump Jr. feel threatened.

“Well, if he felt genuinely threatened by me, I apologize,” she said. “But I think, frankly, it’s legal advice that any person would give him.”

“You do know that most politicians don’t apologize for anything?” Cooper replied. “You’ve broken that rule now too.”

“Yeah, I’m breaking all the rules,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

earlier she went after President Trump, calling him a racist – we are waiting for that apology. From CNN:

There is “no question” that President Donald Trump is a racist, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that aired Sunday night.

Speaking on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, told Anderson Cooper that Trump “certainly didn’t invent racism. But he’s certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things.”

“Do you believe President Trump is a racist?” Cooper asked.

“Yeah, yeah, no question,” Ocasio-Cortez replied.

“When you look at the words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy. When you look at how he reacted to the Charlottesville incident where neo-Nazis murdered a woman, versus how he manufactures crises like immigrants seeking legal refuge on our borders, it’s night and day,” she continued.

Full List Of National Emergencies Declared By Obama, Bush & Clinton Surfaces, Guarantees Trump Gets Wall Built

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The media and the Democrats have lost their minds over Trump’s threat to call a national emergency to end the government shutdown.

The Democrats reactions have been either outright horror, calling Trump a dictator, or just terror induced anxiety quelled by publicly hoping that Trump is bluffing.

He is not bluffing and moreover, he is nothing close to a dictator unless Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama were dictators.

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The facts are quite simple – we have checks and balances and over the last 40 years the executive branch has grown bolder in asserting its power. Both sides have done this and both sides have found ways to justify executive power expansion.

And both sides have found arguments to blast it when they weren’t in power. From CNN:

George W. Bush declared 13 emergencies and Barack Obama declared 12 — nearly all of which are still active today. Bill Clinton declared 17 national emergencies, six of which are still active. Ronald Reagan declared six and George H.W. Bush declared four — but all of those have been revoked by now.

Presidents must renew national emergencies every year because the statute lets emergencies automatically expire after one year.

Past emergencies have focused on everything from swine flu to rough diamonds.

Here’s a list of the 28 active national emergencies:

  1. Blocking Iranian Government Property (Nov. 14, 1979)
  2. Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Nov. 14, 1994)
  3. Prohibiting Transactions with Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process (Jan. 23, 1995)
  4. Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Development of Iranian Petroleum Resources (Mar. 15, 1995)
  5. Blocking Assets and Prohibiting Transactions with Significant Narcotics Traffickers (Oct. 21, 1995)
  6. Regulations of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels with Respect to Cuba (Mar. 1, 1996)
  7. Blocking Sudanese Government Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Sudan (Nov. 3, 1997)
  8. Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans (Jun. 26, 2001)
  9. Continuation of Export Control Regulations (Aug. 17, 2001)
  10. Declaration of National Emergency by Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks (Sept. 14, 2001)
  11. Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Persons who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism (Sept. 23, 2001)
  12. Blocking Property of Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe (Mar. 6, 2003)
  13. Protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Property in Which Iraq has an Interest (May 22, 2003)
  14. Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting the Export of Certain Goods to Syria (May 11, 2004)
  15. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus (Jun. 16, 2006)
  16. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Oct. 27, 2006)
  17. Blocking Property of Persons Undermining the Sovereignty of Lebanon or Its Democratic Processes and Institutions (Aug. 1, 2007)
  18. Continuing Certain Restrictions with Respect to North Korea and North Korean Nationals (Jun. 26, 2008)
  19. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Somalia (Apr. 12, 2010)
  20. Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya (Feb. 25, 2011)
  21. Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations (Jul. 25, 2011)
  22. Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability of Yemen (May 16, 2012)
  23. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (Mar. 6, 2014)
  24. Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to South Sudan (Apr. 3, 2014)
  25. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Central African Republic (May 12, 2014)
  26. Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela (Mar. 9, 2015)
  27. Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities (Apr. 1, 2015)
  28. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Burundi (Nov. 23, 2015)

Trump Checkmates Chuck Schumer, Shows Nancy Pelosi Who’s Boss

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President Trump will soon lay down his ace in the hole and there are a few things to keep in mind because the left will go crazy when he declares a national emergency to get the wall done.

We currently are operating under 28 separate national emergencies, some are still in force from Bill Clinton’s years. Shocking but true.

It seems presidents often use these powers… so when they whine about Trump remember their hypocrisy.

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The media and Chuck and Nancy will call it a constitutional crisis, but they will never mention these other national emergencies that we are still under. From CNN:

There are currently 28 concurrent active national emergencies in America — there’s been at least one national emergency for nearly four decades straight.

Declaring a national state of emergency under the National Emergencies Act of 1974 outlines how a president can activate special statutory power during a crisis.

George W. Bush declared 13 emergencies and Barack Obama declared 12 — nearly all of which are still active today. Bill Clinton declared 17 national emergencies, six of which are still active. Ronald Reagan declared six and George H.W. Bush declared four — but all of those have been revoked by now.

The first declaration under the National Emergencies Act of 1974 came during the Iran hostage crisis — a national emergency that is still active today. Jimmy Carter blocked Iranian government property from entering the country. It’s been renewed each year by all presidents since then.

Presidents must renew national emergencies every year because the statute lets emergencies automatically expire after one year.

Trump said he could keep the shutdown going for years, if needed, and turned down Pelosi’s sneak attempt to pass specific bills to keep specific parts of the government open.

Trump said it is all or nothing before dropping the hammer – Trump informed them he could simply declare a national emergency and get the wall funded that way.

From ABC: President Donald Trump is seriously considering potential options to circumvent Congress, including declaring a national emergency, to reprogram funds from the Department of Defense and elsewhere to help pay for parts of his desired border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to multiple sources familiar with the ongoing discussions.

Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Sources tell ABC News the discussions are still on the “working level” adding that there’s a range of legal mechanisms that are being considered before such a decision is announced.

The discussions have intensified as the president is now 14 days into a partial government shutdown, facing newly empowered House Democrats who are refusing to budge issue of wall funding.

“We are not doing a wall,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday, calling the proposed structure an “immorality.”

The administration is holding meetings Friday, through the weekend and into next week, to continue discussions on next steps, according to officials.

It was not immediately clear who would be part of those meetings.

On Friday, the president said he had had a “productive” and “very, very good meeting” after talks with top Democrats and other congressional leaders at the White House in an effort to end the partial government shutdown now heading into the third week.

Just minutes earlier, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters outside the White House that Trump told lawmakers in their nearly hour and a half meeting that he is prepared to keep the government closed “for a very long period of time, months or even years.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the meeting “contentious.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Historical Absence Spells Doom For Democrats

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John Roberts shocked liberals across America when he opened the new Supreme Court session with these words: Justice Ruth Ginsburg is unable to be here.

He went on to say she would try to work from home as she recovers from lung cancer surgery and with that the left went into a full panic.

Trump has two years left in his first term and if Ginsburg was unable to perform her duties the conservatives on the bench would have a huge numerical advantage.

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She doesn’t have to step down (or if God forbid something happened to her) to deal the left a critical blow – if she is not up to the job but won’t step down, the end result is the same – the left will be diminished on the court to the point of irrelevancy.

Right now John Roberts is the swing vote, without Ginsburg, there is no swing vote. So while they will spin this as no big deal, it is devastating news for the left. From The Hill:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will miss a Supreme Court session on Monday for the first time in her more than two decades on the bench.

Supreme Court Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Ginsburg is working from home after undergoing surgery on Dec. 21 to remove two cancerous nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung, which were discovered incidentally during tests performed at the George Washington University hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures she sustained in a fall on Nov. 7.

Arberg said Ginsburg will participate in the cases using briefs, filings and transcripts of oral arguments.

The Supreme Court justices are back on the bench Monday for the first time in the new year. The court will hear arguments in two cases.

The first is a battle over the preemption federal and state laws and the second case is over whether fair debt collection laws apply to nonjudicial foreclosures, which do not require a court’s approval.

The Supreme Court could not say if Ginsburg will be out for the remainder of the week. The justices are scheduled to hear arguments on Tuesday and Wednesday.

From CNBC: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, underwent a lung procedure to remove a cancerous growth on Friday, the Supreme Court said in a release.

She is “resting comfortably” at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. 

There was no evidence of any remaining disease following the surgery, the court said. There was no evidence of disease elsewhere in Ginsburg’s body, and no further treatment is planned.

Ginsburg, the eldest member of the court and the senior justice of its liberal wing, underwent a pulmonary lobectomy. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered “incidentally” during tests to treat rib fractures she sustained in a fall last month.
Both nodules were found to be malignant during an initial evaluation. 

The news comes as Ginsburg is recovering from three rib fractures she sustained after falling in her office on Nov. 7.

Ginsburg has quickly recovered from a number of health issues in recent years. The former ACLU litigator has survived multiple bouts with cancer, and in 2014 underwent a procedure to have a stent placed in her right coronary artery.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Goes Too Far With Scandalous Smear Job On Trump (Video)

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s fifteen minutes of fame are about up and now comes the infamy. Her tax plan has been soundly rejected by most sane observers but she still persists and it will define her.

She is out of her depth but that won’t stop her – she has to pay back the radical left who put her there and that, of course, includes taking scandalous shots at Trump.

It is all so predictable but that doesn’t mean it is right. From CNN:

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There is “no question” that President Donald Trump is a racist, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that aired Sunday night.

Speaking on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, told Anderson Cooper that Trump “certainly didn’t invent racism. But he’s certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things.”

“Do you believe President Trump is a racist?” Cooper asked.

“Yeah, yeah, no question,” Ocasio-Cortez replied.

“When you look at the words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy. When you look at how he reacted to the Charlottesville incident where neo-Nazis murdered a woman, versus how he manufactures crises like immigrants seeking legal refuge on our borders, it’s night and day,” she continued.

From CBS: Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, called the president, “a symptom of a problem.”

“The president certainly didn’t invent racism,” Ocasio-Cortez said, “But he’s certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things.”

In response, the deputy White House press secretary said, “Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s sheer ignorance on the matter can’t cover the fact that President Trump supported and passed historic criminal justice reform…”  and “… has repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms.”

In the interview, Ocasio-Cortez also responded to criticisms she’s pushing the Democratic Party too far to the left and explained the tax hikes she would implement to help pay for her “Green New Deal.”

Triple Amputee War Veteran Wipes Obnoxious Smirk Off Nancy Pelosi’s Face In Hilarious Video

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The government shutdown continues with no end in sight and the Democrats have been exposed as hypocrites.

They have voted for the wall in the past and will not again unless they get something major in return – that is what we know.

So Trump asked for a downpayment of $5 billion – paid now rather than never. For that is what the government would do – they would stall and hide and the money would never be earmarked for the wall.

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So Trump wants a good faith move by the Democrats now, before they get down to the real negotiation – DACA for the full wall, or whatever grand deal is to be had.

It seems reasonable that Trump would want proof in the form of an upfront commitment from the left before he moves another inch. Which makes the nonsense Pelosi is throwing out there that much more obnoxious.

Enter Brian Kolfage. From The Daily Wire:

A triple amputee war veteran who created a GoFundMe page to collect funds to build a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border tried to make House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put her money where her mouth was.

The California Democrat last week mockingly said she’d give a single dollar for the barrier that President Trump has been pushing since his campaign in 2016. In a press conference, Pelosi was asked by a reporter if there was “any situation in which you would accept even a dollar of wall funding?”

“A dollar?” she said, looking confused as reporters laughed. “A dollar? One dollar?” she said, holding up her index finger and mugging for the camera. “Yeah, one dollar.”

So Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee veteran and founder of the “We The People Will Fund The Wall” campaign, decided to try to go collect the buck.

“We are going to meet with Nancy Pelosi to collect our one dollar that she said she was going to give toward Trump’s border wall, ” Brian Kolfage says in a Daily Caller video as he rolls along in his wheelchair. “I highly doubt she expected anyone to kind of take her serious and call her out on it, but we’re going to see if she’ll fess up and give us her buck.” 

“We’re taking one dollar at a time to build that wall,” he said. In fact, Kolfage’s campaign has raised $19,294,995 of a $1 billion goal from 319,896 people in 20 days.

Kolfage wasn’t expecting much as he rolled into the Capitol’s visitor center. “I’m sure if this goes through and she meets with me and has like an honest discussion, I think that she’s probably going to try to spin for her own agenda,” he said, noting that everyone in the debate is “playing so many games.”

In the video, a Pelosi aide asks him his name — twice — and goes to check if she can meet with him. “Come out, Nancy,” Kolfage says as he waits, adding that Americans simply want the two sides to come together. He said the GoFundMe page “gave those people a voice they didn’t have.”

In the video, another Pelosi aide comes out and says, “She’s not here right now.” When they inform the woman that they’re there to collect the $1, she smiles and tells them she’ll tell her “you were here and looking for that.”

“They acted like it was some big joke,” Kolfage says. “She’s hiding in her closet trying to avoid us.”

Tom Fitton Scores Huge Win As California Agrees To Purge 1.5 Million Inactive Voter Registrations

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Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch have been very busy over the years trying to hold the left to account.

They don’t always win, but their record as of late is astonishingly good and they just scored another huge win in California and how the state maintains its voter rolls.

Our democracy depends on fair elections and clean voter rolls are essential to ensure that our elections remain clean and fair.

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From The Free Beacon: California and Los Angeles County have agreed to purge as many as 1.5 million inactive voter registrations across the state as part of a court settlement finalized this week with Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog.

Judicial Watch sued the county and state voter-registration agencies, arguing that the California government was not complying with a federal law requiring the removal of inactive registrations that remain after two general elections, or two to four years.

Inactive voter registrations, for the most part, occur when voters move to another country or state or pass away but remain on the rolls. The lawsuit alleged that Los Angeles County, with its more than 10 million residents, has more voter registrations than it has citizens old enough to register with a registration rate of 112 percent of its adult citizen population.

The entire state of California had a registration rate of 101 percent of age-eligible citizens, the lawsuit said, citing data published by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

The settlement is a third statewide voter-registration legal agreement or court order reached between Judicial Watch and states; the others were reached with government entities in Ohio in 2014 and Kentucky last year.

“This settlement vindicates Judicial Watch’s groundbreaking lawsuits to clean up state voter rolls to help ensure cleaner elections,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

Fitton said the California settlement would “clean up election rolls in Los Angeles County and California—and set a nationwide precedent to ensure that states take reasonable steps to ensure that dead and other ineligible voters are removed from the rolls.”

Secretary of State Alex Padilla said state officials “have and will continue to meet the goals of the National Voter Registration Act”—the federal law at issue in the case—in “maintaining the accuracy of voter rolls and increasing the number of eligible citizens who register and vote.”

Padilla tried to assure California voters that it would not lead to “unnecessary removal of active and eligible voters.”

“Safeguards remain in place to ensure voter-list maintenance procedures are followed before canceling any voter registration records,” Padilla said in a statement.

He also took a shot at Judicial Watch, arguing that the group’s statements about the settlement “conflates their unfounded claims with what was actually agreed upon in the settlement” but did not elaborate about what constituted an “unfounded claim” by the conservative group.

“The settlement is clear and simple: California will continue its work to adhere to modern list maintenance procedures under the [National Voter Registration Act],” he said.

Joe Manchin Ends Rashida Tlaib’s Reign Of Terror, Apologizes To America For Her Filthy Rant

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Joe Manchin just weighed in on the filthy impeachment rant that came from a freshman Democrat on her first day in office.

It stunned the nation for its viciousness. Speaking to Neil Cavuto Manchin ruined what is left of Rashida’s reputation.

“So disgusting. It was horrible, Neil. No one should approve of that, and I hope she doesn’t talk to her son that way either. You know, what can you say? I can’t in any way condone that. That’s not how we act in West Virginia,” Manchin responded. “It’s not how we talk about public leaders. We might disagree with each other, but we try to get through it, we try to find a pathway forward.”

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He continued, “To act like that is awful and to speak like that is even more deplorable. I am so sorry. I want to apologize to all Americans, any sitting Congressperson — there’s 535 of us there — 100 senators and 435 Congresspeople. We should have better manners than that, I assure you.”

Trump destroyed the hapless Democrat as well calling her an absolute disgrace.

“I thought her comments were disgraceful. This is a person that I don’t know. I assume she’s new. I think she dishonored herself and I think she’s dishonored her family,” Trump said.

“Using language like that in front of her son and whoever else was there, I thought that was a disgrace and a dishonor to her and to her family. I thought it was highly disrespectful to the United States of America.”

From Fox News: Freshman U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib wasted no time in calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump just hours after being sworn in.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters Thursday night, the Michigan Democrat and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress said of Trump:

“People love you and you win. And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won. Bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t, because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the mother***er.’”

Tlaib’s proclamation came hours after the Detroit Free Press published her op-ed calling for Trump’s impeachment.

“President Donald Trump is a direct and serious threat to our country. On an almost daily basis, he attacks our Constitution, our democracy, the rule of law and the people who are in this country,” Tlaib wrote.

“Each passing day brings more pain for the people most directly hurt by this president, and these are days we simply cannot get back. The time for impeachment proceedings is now.”

To remove a sitting president, the constitution requires conviction of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” The impeachment process would further require the consent of both the House and two-thirds of the Senate, which is still a Republican majority.

Ted Cruz Makes His Move, Strikes Fear In Hearts Of Corrupt Politicians

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The corrupt and career politicians are out of touch with America and we need a radical overhaul to solve this crisis of confidence.

The founder’s intended citizen politicians would serve a few years and they go back to private life – they never envisioned what we have now.

Career politicians milking the republic for every last cent they can, using the corrupt revolving door from politics to lobbying, to enrich themselves and corrupt the system.

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It is a disgrace and while we elected Trump to clean it up he needs help. Enter Ted Cruz.

With Washington shutdown due to career politicians playing games to score cheap political points, Ted Cruz discovered the easy to end this charade once and for all.

To be sure both sides of the aisle share some blame for the gridlock but more than anything it comes down to political cowardice.

Greed and cowardice are the coins of the realm and without them, you will not succeed in the swamp. We will all pay a heavy price for the weakness of our leaders.

Ted Cruz has a workable solution to the problem and one that will damage the swamp beyond repair. It’s time.

From Cruz For Senate: “U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) today introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress.

The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms.

“For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people,” Sen. Cruz said.

“Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C. It is long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable. I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification.”

Francis Rooney stated, “The American people support term limits by an overwhelming margin. I believe that as lawmakers, we should follow the example of our founding fathers, Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who refused to consider public service as a career.

Our history is replete with examples of leaders who served their country for a time and returned to private life, or who went on to serve in a different way.”

The amendment was cosponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and David Perdue (R-Ga.).”

Elizabeth Warren Questions Trey Gowdy’s Character, Trey Exposes Her As Total Fraud

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Trey Gowdy did his best to try to fix in the corruption swamp that is Washington D.C. and he is leaving with his head held high.

You may have disagreed with Trey over the years, may have hated his tactics to get to the truth, but no one can doubt his integrity and his character – he played it straight and followed corruption where it went – whether it was Democrats or the GOP who was responsible.

Enter Liz Warren who is trying to boost her status and get publicity after her presidential launch in Iowa was a total snoozer. So she went after Trey – big mistake.

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From Red State: Trey Gowdy is from South Carolina and is no longer a member of Congress. Elizabeth Warren is from Massachusetts and is running for president. In ordinary times those things would not be vaguely related. But these are not ordinary times.

Yesterday, the Daily Caller ran sort of a puff-piece on Gowdy and what lies ahead for him:

Trey Gowdy revealed his post-Congress plans Thursday.

The former Republican South Carolina representative will join Nelson Mullins, the South Carolina-based law and lobbying firm announced.

Gowdy, 54, worked at Nelson Mullins through 1994, when he left the firm to become an assistant federal prosecutor.

Joining Gowdy at Mullins’s white collar defense and government investigations team are his longtime chief of staff, Cindy Crick, and Sheria Clarke, the former staff director for the House Oversight Committee, which Gowdy chaired.

For reasons known only to her and possibly her medicine man, Elizabeth Warren used that article as a launching point to attack Gowdy as unethical.

She tweeted out: “@TGowdySC foamed at the mouth with power in Congress, then retired because he claimed he didn’t enjoy it. Now it’s clear: Trey Gowdy just wanted a fat lobbyist paycheck. That should be illegal.”

“We need a lifetime ban on lobbying for members of Congress. And fix the swiss cheese def of “lobbying” so anyone who gets paid to influence Washington has to register. Public service shouldn’t be a launching pad for guys like @TGowdySC & @JoeLieberman to enrich themselves.”

Enter Trey Gowdy: