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In this untold story of poll worker data, Chinese servers and scandal, only the FBI knows the truth

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FBI Director Christopher Wray
While we do not know who is speaking the truth in this messy story, the FBI does — and its silence is horrifying.

Developments over the last month in two cases, one criminal and one civil, involving the election-management software company Konnech and its CEO Eugene Yu, reveal the FBI remains mired in malfeasance.

Either the FBI has abandoned multiple confidential human sources and discarded an 18-month investigation into evidence that Yu maintained the personal information of tens of thousands of American election workers on a server in China, or the bureau has allowed Yu to be arrested for crimes he did not commit and permitted the innocent American to be branded a felon and traitor.

While at this point the public cannot tell which scenario is true, the Department of Justice and the FBI know, and their failure either to charge Yu (or provide the L.A. district attorney's office with confirmation of the alleged crimes) or to clear him represents another blot on the disgraced agency's name.

Here's what you need to know to understand the brewing scandal.

Arrow Down

Meat for me, bugs for thee - Climate summit boasts opulent beef, seafood menu despite spearheading anti-meat initiatives

VIP Menu
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World leaders and officials attending the United Nations COP27 climate conference can spend up to $100 per entree to eat red meat, seafood and other gourmet menu items. However, the UN has previously discouraged red meat consumption due to the carbon emissions that beef farming creates.

Delegates who arrive at Egypt's beachside resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh to discuss ways to mitigate the "climate crisis" are able to enjoy COPGourmet's $100 Angus beef medallion which is served with mushroom sauce and sauteed potatoes, according to screenshots obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. However, the UN aims to "minimize emissions per calorie" and to reduce meat consumption in order to prevent the planet from overheating, according to a COP27 food security document.

"The menu on offer is yet another example of the staggering disconnect between so-called leaders and the people they represent," Nathan McGovern, a spokesperson for the animal and climate activist group Animal Rebellion, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. "It is hypocritical for delegates at COP27 to be dining on the destruction of our natural world, whilst simultaneously claiming to be trying to protect it."

Although many Egyptian dishes, including its national dish Koshary, are vegan, not one main dish on the VIP menu is vegan, and the $20 pesto and cheese ravioli represent the sole vegetarian entree on offer. A plant-based diet is healthy and can help reduce individuals' environmental impact as meat farming produces significant amounts of carbon emissions, according to the UN.

"It was amusing to hear about how Angus beef and sea bass was being served to certain officials, while at the same time, side events at COP27 were championing the idea of going vegan and eliminating red meat," Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow President Craig Rucker told the DCNF.

Snakes in Suits

'We are not involved': KJP says Biden Admin won't 'politicize' DOJ after Trump special counsel announcement

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declared Friday that the Biden Administration does not "politicize the Department of Justice" after Attorney General Merrick Garland's announcement of a special counsel for former President Donald Trump.

"I will say this and I've said this many times before, we do not politicize the Department of Justice. That is something that the president said during the campaign, that is something the president said in his early days of being in the White House and that continues to be true. We were not involved in this particular issue ... we are not involved in criminal investigations that are done independently by the Department of Justice," Jean-Pierre stated.

Oil Well

Son of Saad Almadi, American jailed by Saudis, rips Biden 'hypocrisy' over MBS immunity

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Ibrahim Almadi (left), posing with his father, Saad, before Saad was sent to jail by Saudi Arabia.
The son of a US citizen jailed by Saudi Arabia for tweeting slammed President Biden for demonstrating "the definition of hypocrisy" after the administration said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has immunity for his role in the 2018 murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Justice Department and State Department said Thursday that the crown prince, commonly known by his initials, MBS, cannot be sued in US courts because of his role as Saudi prime minister, a post he assumed Sept. 27 in what critics call a ploy to avoid legal accountability.

Ibrahim Almadi told The Post on Friday that he had planned to follow in the steps of Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, and sue MBS in an effort to hold the de facto Saudi leader responsible for detaining his father, Saad Almadi, 72, who has been detained since a 2021 trip to the kingdom in order to sell family assets.

Comment: It's all about the oil. MBS has complete freedom to do what he wishes, imprison or kill who he wants to, without consequence because he's got the oil.

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Eye 1

FBI director, DHS secretary grilled on tech censorship collusion, targeting everyday Americans as terrorists

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Republican Senators Joh Hawley and Rand Paul took the heads of the FBI and the Department Of Homeland Security to task Thursday, with Hawley at one point directly telling Christopher Wray that he should have been fired a long time ago.

Hawley also targeted Wray for previously leaving a committee hearing early so he could go on a vacation.

"You were at the Senate Judiciary Committee. You remember that I think so. We had to cut that hearing short. We're supposed to do two rounds of questions. You said you had to be somewhere, so we cut it short. Republicans were not able to ask second round as we had been informed we would," Hawley noted.

Comment: While it's great to see Wray Mayorkas getting grilled by the senate committee, is anything going to change as a result?

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Dutch Trade Minister says US can't dictate its China export policy - The Netherlands is a key semi-conductor manufacturer

Liesje Schreinemacher

FILE PHOTO: Dutch Foreign Trade Minister Liesje Schreinemacher
The US shouldn't expect the Netherlands to unquestionably adopt its approach to China export restrictions, a senior Dutch official warned, signaling a potential obstacle to the Biden administration's trade fight.

"The Netherlands will not copy the American measures one-to-one," Dutch Foreign Trade Minister Liesje Schreinemacher said in an interview with newspaper NRC published on Friday. "We make our own assessment -- and we do this in consultation with partner countries such as Japan and the US."

The comments marked the first time Dutch officials have publicly outlined their stance on the issue. The Biden administration is pushing for a multilateral agreement to impose restrictions on China, aiming to keep advanced chip technologies away from the country -- and its military.


Red Flag

A false flag over Poland?

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Missile hit in Poland
Apparent conspiracy to drag NATO into the Ukraine conflict is a direct threat against every human being on the planet

As the saga surrounding the arrival of a Ukrainian S-300 surface-to-air missile on the soil of Poland, tragically taking the lives of two Polish civilians, unfolds, several narratives emerge. First is the hair-trigger Pavlovian response on the part of certain NATO nations (Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and the Czech Republic) to jump to conclusions, announcing that this incident was a clear-cut case of Russian aggression against a NATO member requiring a NATO response inclusive of extending air defense coverage into Ukraine, as well as the establishment of a no-fly zone over parts of Ukraine. The second is the confusion that reigned at the highest levels in Ukraine regarding this incident, up to and including the refusal on the part of the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, to acknowledge that the missile in question was of Ukrainian origin.

It appears that those NATO nations calling for the invocation of Article 4 of the NATO charter in the aftermath of the missile incident were primed to do so ahead of the fact. It also appears as if the actual launch of the missile was done without the knowledge and authority of the Ukrainian high command, including Zelensky and his top military advisors.

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White House accuses GOP of initiating probes into 'long-debunked' Hunter Biden 'conspiracy theories'

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio
The White House blasted House Republicans on Thursday for vowing to investigate whether President Biden is "compromised" as a result of his son Hunter's foreign business dealings.

"Instead of working with President Biden to address issues important to the American people, like lower costs, congressional Republicans' top priority is to go after President Biden with politically motivated attacks chock full of long-debunked conspiracy theories," Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House counsel's office, told The Post.

"President Biden is not going to let these political attacks distract him from focusing on Americans' priorities, and we hope congressional Republicans will join us in tackling them instead of wasting time and resources on political revenge," he added.

Comment: In other words, he's going to ignore them because they're inconveniently true.

Sams was responding to two top House Republicans, who said earlier Thursday that they would examine whether the 79-year-old president "is a security risk and whether he is compromised by foreign governments" in connection to his eldest son's "shady" overseas business deals.

Reps. James Comer (R-Ky.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who will respectively head the House Judiciary and Oversight committees next year, announced that probing the Biden family will be a priority in the next Congress.

Comment: More on Comer and Jordan's statements:
"We're not trying to prove Hunter Biden is a bad actor," Comer added. "He is."
"Joe Biden told the American people he had nothing to do with and never had conversations with his family about their business dealings. That was a lie," Comer said. "To be clear, Joe Biden is the 'big guy.'"
"Committee Republicans have identified over 50 countries the Biden family sought business in," Comer said. "On the international side of the Biden family business, the deals were often led by Hunter Biden."

Comer also said whistleblowers had described Joe Biden as "chairman of the board" of some Hunter-linked businesses and that the president had "personally participated in meetings and phone calls."

"As part of our investigation, we have evidence that the finances, credit cards, and bank accounts of Hunter and Joe Biden were commingled if not shared," the Kentucky Republican said.

"And on some accounts at least, red flags were raised by banks to the account owner or owners indicating suspicious or illegal activity."

The probes are set to focus on a slew of possible crimes, including conspiracy to defraud the US, wire fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.

Blue Planet

As US and China vie over Asia-Pacific, France warns against splitting world into two blocs

Kamala Harris
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Vice-President Kamala Harris addresses the Apec CEO summit in Bangkok on Friday.
The United States and China promoted their ambitious plans for the Indo-Pacific at an Apec business forum, even as other leaders warned of the dangers of splitting the globe into two blocs.

US Vice-President Kamala Harris on Friday underscored Washington's "enduring" long-term plan for the region, amid growing uncertainty among governments and businesses over its lack of commitment to Asia.

"Our message is clear. The United States has an enduring economic commitment to the Indo-Pacific; one that is measured not in years but in decades and generations," she told business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) CEO forum in Bangkok. "There is no better economic partner for this region than the United States."

Comment: Better than their much more easily accessible neighbours in South America? The US' main interest in the region is containing and provoking China, rather than any particularly constructive or mutually beneficial relationship. Thankfully, the multipolar world alternative is now a reality and an increasing number of countries are defying US pressure and making their alliances clear.

Comment: Some insightful commentary from a former French ambassador to the US:

Bad Guys

Alexander Rubinstein: Zelensky, media lackeys caught in most dangerous lie yet

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With Kiev exposed for a lie that could have triggered a third world war, it is time to examine past deceptions that Western media promoted.

A missile that exploded on Polish soil on November 15 killed two civilians and destroyed farm equipment. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Western corporate media rushed to blame the explosion on Russia in apparent hopes of triggering NATO's Article 5, which requires NATO states to defend one another militarily when attacked by a hostile force.

Polish and NATO members including US President Joseph Biden have since confirmed the missile that struck Poland was, in fact, a Ukrainian S-300 anti-aircraft missile. Yet Zelensky is sticking to his line, blaming Russia for the strike, while NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg still insists that "Russia bears ultimate responsibility." Meanwhile, the media outlets that reflexively pointed the finger at Russia have been forced to take a step back from their initial reporting.