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Feds investigating if alleged Hunter Biden emails connected to foreign intelligence operation: report

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Hunter and Joe caught red-handed?
Federal authorities are investigating if emails allegedly discovered on a laptop at a Delaware repair shop discussing Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden's activities in Ukraine were connected to a foreign intelligence operation, NBC News reported Thursday night.

Two people familiar with the matter told the network about the federal investigation.

The FBI took the laptop and a hard drive through a grand jury subpoena that was later published by the New York Post, a conservative newspaper. The FBI declined to comment to The Hill on the reported probe, citing its standard practice of not confirming or denying an investigation.

Comment: The fallout continues with House Republicans asking the FBI if it had Hunter Biden's alleged laptop during Trump's impeachment
"If the FBI was, in fact, in possession of this evidence and failed to alert the White House to its existence that would have given even more weight to the president's legal defense, this was a gross error in judgement and a severe violation of trust," the letter says.

The Post reported that the FBI was in possession of the laptop on which the emails were found in December 2019 -- right in the middle of the impeachment of President Trump over remarks he made to the Ukrainian president about Biden's conduct in the country.

Trump was impeached by the Democratic-controlled House but later acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate.

"A large portion of the president's legal defense case revolved around strong evidence that former Vice President Biden's son Hunter was peddling his influence to his father to land lucrative jobs overseas that he might not have otherwise been qualified for," the letter says.

The lawmakers ask whether the FBI was in possession of the laptop and drive as documented in the Post, whether it took steps to authenticate the drive and the data, and if anyone at the FBI briefed officials at the Department of Justice or White House after December.
Meanwhile, matters have taken a darker turn. The Gateway Pundit reports the possibility Hunter's laptop is being investigated by an FBI agent known to specialize in child porn cases:
One image included in the New York Post photos was the FBI's subpoena for the laptop.

Bleeding through the top page was the FBI Special Agent's signature: Joshua Wilson. As Western Journal describes it, Joshua Wilson works a specific kind of crime: child porn.

From Business Insider:
It's unclear whether the FBI employs more than one agent named Joshua Wilson. But the available evidence seems to show **the Joshua Wilson who signed the subpoena for Hunter Biden's laptop, and the Joshua Wilson who investigates child pornography for the FBI, are the same person**. This raises the possibility, not explored by the Post, that the FBI issued the subpoena for reasons unrelated to Hunter Biden's role in Ukraine and Burisma.

The shop owner has told several news outlets that he did not *see* any child pornography on the hard drive. But those news outlets also confirm that the shop owner has severe vision problems. Some commenters have described him as "legally blind."

Suppose the FBI's child pornography and exploitation division is investigating the laptop. In that case, we begin to see possible answers to the two burning questions: Why did Hunter Biden agree to share his income with his wealthy father, and why has the FBI failed to act on the laptop's contents.
We know that Hunter Biden exploited his father's position as Vice President to win ridiculously lucrative jobs with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, several Chinese companies and officials, and a $3.5 million gift from the wife of Moscow's mayor.

We have learned from the New York Post story that Hunter seems to have arranged a meeting between a Burisma executive and Joe Biden in 2015.

We know that Joe Biden got a Ukrainian prosecutor fired in exchange for a $1 billion gift to the Ukrainian government.

We just learned that Joe Biden demanded at least half of his son's vast income and that Hunter Biden complied with his father's demands.

And now we know the FBI sent its child porn expert to seize Hunter Biden's laptop.



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Biden Inc.

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The Bidens: Joe, James and Hunter
The day the Bidens took over Paradigm Global Advisors was a memorable one.

In the late summer of 2006 Joe Biden's son Hunter and Joe's younger brother, James, purchased the firm. On their first day on the job, they showed up with Joe's other son, Beau, and two large men and ordered the hedge fund's chief of compliance to fire its president, according to a Paradigm executive who was present.

After the firing, the two large men escorted the fund's president out of the firm's midtown Manhattan office, and James Biden laid out his vision for the fund's future. "Don't worry about investors," he said, according to the executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing fear of retaliation. "We've got people all around the world who want to invest in Joe Biden."

At the time, the senator was just months away from both assuming the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and launching his second presidential bid. According to the executive, James Biden made it clear he viewed the fund as a way to take money from rich foreigners who could not legally give money to his older brother or his campaign account. "We've got investors lined up in a line of 747s filled with cash ready to invest in this company," the executive remembers James Biden saying.

Comment: Cashing in on influence is a rare deal - especially if it leads all the way to the top of the governmental hierarchy. Regarding the Bidens, this advantage was continuously exercised and exploited but never well played.

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Briefcase

Trump wants Giuliani and Jay Sekulow spearheading post-election legal battle

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President Donald Trump • Jay Sekulow • Rudy Giuliani
At the top of President Trump's list to head a legal battle in the event of a contested election are two staunch allies: Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, a conservative media personality and lead attorney in the president's Senate impeachment trial defense.

"I want Jay and Rudy on this," Trump said in a private conversation this summer, a source told the Daily Beast.

The potentially historic legal battle over the results of the 2020 election could go on for weeks, warned an attorney who served as co-counsel for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney's presidential ticket in the Florida recount of 2000.

Giuliani has repeatedly cast doubt on the integrity of the U.S. electoral system, including before Trump's 2016 victory. Weeks before the president was elected, former New York City Mayor Giuliani claimed that "dead people usually vote for Democrats" and called the vote "rigged."

Briefcase

RNC files FEC complaint over Twitter's 'in-kind' contribution to the Biden campaign

Joe and Hunter
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Presidential Candidate Joe Biden • Hunter Biden
The Republican National Committee (RNC) has filed a complaint against Twitter with the Federal Elections Committee (FEC) after the social media company censored two New York Post reports damaging to the Biden campaign. The RNC claims the censorship amounted to an "in-kind" political contribution to the Biden campaign in violation of campaign finance law.

Fox News reports the RNC complaint alleges that Twitter's censorship of the New York Post's reporting on Hunter Biden's overseas business dealings and Joe Biden's alleged knowledge of those dealings amounted to an "illegal corporate in-kind political contribution" to the Biden presidential campaign.

The complaint cites Federal campaign finance law that prohibits corporations from making contributions to federal candidates. A contribution, the complaint defines, as "'anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing an election,' and includes in-kind contributions such as services." The complaint, obtained by Fox News, reads:
"Respondent's suppression of the New York Post articles provides a thing of value to the Biden campaign. Respondent is acting as Biden's media operative, taking proactive steps to shield Biden from negative news coverage by blocking its distribution and muzzling those who try. If Respondent charged for this service, Biden no doubt would gladly pay a significant price."

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Russian Flag

Washington's 'no' to Putin's proposal of a New START extension is a political victory for Moscow

Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu
© Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS
Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov visit the Kapustin Yar training ground to oversee "Kavkaz-2020" military exercises
Putin intervened to state clearly and directly that a one-year extension of the New START treaty was the only option. The White House declined, setting the stage for a new arms race should Trump win in November.

Less than a week after US-Russian talks on the future of the New START treaty collapsed - amid recriminations from both sides stemming from a misunderstanding, whether deliberate or otherwise, regarding Moscow's position - President Vladimir Putin intervened in a high-profile bid to inject both clarity and a sense of urgency about the future viability of the last remaining arms control agreement between Russia and the US.

In a live, public broadcast of a video conference between Putin and the Security Council of the Russian Federation, the president issued instructions that left no doubt as to either his intent, or that of his diplomats, when it comes to New START. After noting that it had "worked properly" during its history in "performing its fundamental role as a constraint curtailing the arms race and a tool of arms control," Putin instructed Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the Russian position was
"...to extend the Treaty now in effect unconditionally for at least a year in order to have a chance to hold substantive talks on all the parameters of problems that are regulated by treaties of this kind, lest we leave our countries and all nations of the world with a vested interest in maintaining strategic stability without such a fundamental document as the Strategic Offensive Arms Limitation Treaty (i.e., New START.)"
and instructed him to
"...formulate our position to the US partners and try to obtain at least some comprehensible reply from them as soon as possible."

Comment: Keep in mind also that not only does Trump just love to renegotiate deals that make him look like he's getting the best deal, but has to continue the pretense of being "tough on Russia!" - because of the way that Washington and the media have portrayed his relationship to Putin.

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Attention

Guide to the 'Great Reset'

The Great Reset
© Watcher Forum
You've all heard by now that The Great Reset is upon us. But what is The Great Reset, exactly, and what does it mean for the future of humanity? Join James for this in-depth exploration of the latest rebranding of the New World Order agenda and its vision of a post-human Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Bad Guys

Dementia Joe falsely touts endorsement from trade union that backs Trump

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Biden wonders what he's doing at his town hall
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden falsely claimed Thursday that a trade union, which represents craftsmen and industrial workers, had "overwhelmingly" endorsed him.

Former Vice President Biden's comments came during a discussion on fracking at an ABC News town hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Thursday evening. The union, Boilermakers Local 154, endorsed President Donald Trump citing the president's energy policies, according to a Sept. 2. letter.

"The Boilermakers overwhelmingly endorse me, okay, so the Boilermakers Union has endorsed me because I sat down with them and went into great detail earlier to show their leadership exactly what I would do," Biden said.

Comment: Let it also be remembered that Stephanopoulos tenderly shielded Biden from any questions about Hunter, Ukraine, China and the torrent of incriminating material pouring out of his feckless son's laptop.


Briefcase

Fisheries focus: No-deal Brexit looming as Boris Johnson urges EU to change approach

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said unless there is a "fundamental change in approach" from the European Union then the UK will go for the "Australia solution" - Downing Street language for no-deal - in the post-Brexit trade talks.

Speaking to broadcasters, Mr Johnson said: "From the outset we were totally clear that we wanted nothing more complicated than a Canada-style relationship based on friendship and free trade.

"To judge by the latest EU summit in Brussels, that won't work for our EU partners.

"They want the continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries in a way that is completely unacceptable to an independent country.

"And since we have only 10 weeks until the end of the transition period on January 1, I have to make judgment about the likely outcome and get us ready.

Comment: From RT:
The "Australia solution" means the UK will not have any special agreement with the European Union, but rather would do business according to the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules starting from January, when the Brexit transition period ends. A no-deal divorce with the EU and trade on WTO rules, with all the applicable tariffs, is likely to trigger a sharp increase in prices across the UK.

London's rhetoric met with angry reaction in the EU, with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, suggesting the bloc would rather walk away from the negotiations as well but would not give in to Britain's pressure.

"We are ready for a deal, but not at any price," France's President Emmanuel Macron said, insisting that that Britain needed a deal more than the EU.



Snakes in Suits

New Zealand election: Jacinda Ardern wins by landslide after so-called "calm" coronavirus response

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern
Labour Party leader has been lauded for her handling of the pandemic

Jacinda Ardern has won a landslide victory in New Zealand's general election as voters rewarded her for an effective response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ardern, 40, can now form the first single-party government in decades. She faces the challenge of delivering on the progressive transformation she promised but failed to deliver in her first term, in which Labour shared power with the nationalist New Zealand First Party.

After her party won 49.1 per cent of the votes and a projected 64 of 120 seats on Saturday, Ardern said: "Tonight New Zealand has shown the Labour Party its biggest support in 50 years.

"We have seen that support in urban seats and rural seats and seats we may not have expected. And to that I have only two words: thank you."

She added: "This is not an ordinary election and this has not been an ordinary time," and urged New Zealanders to "step forward together".

Comment: While Ardern's government hasn't gone full crazy with demands for mask-wearing and social distancing, it seems their other Covid measures have been more than bad enough:


Laptop

Twitter rolls out 'DISPUTED' warnings for users trying to post 'misleading' content after backlash over Biden emails censorship

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© Twitter
Twitter is cracking down on the spread of "misleading" content ahead of the US election, as users attempting to retweet anything similar to the NYPost's Hunter Biden leaks will now get a warning the material is "disputed."

Attempting to retweet offending content will trigger a prompt warning the user that the material they're trying to post is "disputed," Twitter revealed on Friday, posting an image of the new warning screen.

The user will be able to click a button to "find out more" about why Twitter doesn't want the material shared, and then presumably post it anyway.

Comment: The Federalist weighs in on Twitter's mad scramble to recover some credibility:
Vijaya Gadde, the global lead for legal, policy, and trust and safety at Twitter, claimed the company will be making "changes to the policy and how we enforce it" after Twitter began banning accounts that tweeted links to the stories, including members of Congress and from congressional servers.

Gadde claims Twitter will "no longer remove hacked content unless it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them," and it "will label Tweets to provide context instead of blocking links from being shared on Twitter."

Gadde cited that the changes are being made because Twitter wants "to address the concerns that there could be many unintended consequences to journalists, whistleblowers, and others in ways that are contrary to Twitter's purpose of serving the public conversation."

It appears that Twitter will still be censoring certain material by "labeling them," as Twitter and other big tech companies have routinely done in the past. "We believe that labeling Tweets and empowering people to assess content for themselves better serves the public interest and public conversation," wrote Gadde. "The Hacked Material Policy is being updated to reflect these new enforcement capabilities."

"All the other Twitter Rules will still apply to the posting of or linking to hacked materials, such as our rules against posting private information, synthetic and manipulated media, and non-consensual nudity," wrote Gadde.

The breaking news comes after Twitter suspended the Trump campaign's account, locked White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's personal account, suspended the New York Post's Twitter account, and suppressed an official press release from House Judiciary Committee Republicans and others — all of whom were sharing the breaking New York Post story.

Sen. Ted Cruz announced the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Tuesday to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and that he will testify next Friday.