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    News From the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government

    This thread is for any news, updates, and other items concerning or related to the activities, hearings, etc. of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government (i.e., the so-called "New Church Committee"). The first hearings were scheduled for today (Thursday, 09 February 2023).

    Please post such items (or links to threads about such items) to this thread.

    Official Twitter account for the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government: https://twitter.com/Weaponization

    Hearings are being live-streamed on the partisan YouTube channels of the House Committee on the Judiciary:
    RELATED THREADS:

    Last edited by Occam's Banana; 03-21-2023 at 09:13 PM.
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    Tulsi Gabbard and ex-FBI agents among witnesses called for 'weaponization' panel's first hearing
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/n...-first-hearing
    [archive link: https://archive.is/vcGP3]
    Sarah Westwood (07 February 2023)

    A subcommittee formed to probe the "weaponization" of the federal government will speak with two former FBI agents about the politicization of the bureau on Thursday during its first hearing.

    Former FBI agents Thomas Baker and Nicole Parker are set to testify [see this post below - OB] on a second panel of witnesses after current and former lawmakers speak on the first, a person familiar with the plans told the Washington Examiner.

    Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley (IA) and Ron Johnson (WI), along with former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI), will testify to the subcommittee on an opening panel about how the federal government has worked to target political enemies.
    Grassley and Johnson each have experience probing the government; Johnson is the ranking member on the investigations subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Grassley previously chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    The second panel of witnesses will feature the former agents, Baker and Parker [see this post below - OB], as well as Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor who has been outspoken about what he describes as government censorship.

    Led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who also chairs the House Judiciary Committee, the weaponization subcommittee was created to look into accusations of bias against conservatives within the federal government.

    Republicans had pointed fingers at the Justice Department for its aggressive pursuit of conservative figures during the Trump administration, and their allegations have only gotten more heated over the past several months due to controversies over the FBI’s focus on parents at school board meetings [see this thread - OB], its failure to prioritize the many attacks against anti-abortion centers, and its seemingly lenient treatment of President Joe Biden in a classified documents case [see this thread - OB], among other charges.

    But the subcommittee hearing this week could focus more broadly on establishing the need for the effort rather than on any specific line of inquiry.

    Jordan has said the Judiciary Committee has spoken with at least a dozen FBI whistleblowers about politicization within the bureau, testimony that could ultimately shape the direction of the weaponization subcommittee’s investigation.

    Fox News reported the full witness list.
    Last edited by Occam's Banana; 02-09-2023 at 02:33 PM.

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    Ex-FBI agents detail 'politicization' of agency ahead of bombshell GOP hearing
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/n...ll-gop-hearing
    [archive link: https://archive.is/lJgTA]
    Gabe Kaminsky (08 February 2023)

    Two former FBI agents will detail on Thursday how the bureau has become overly political before a new "weaponization" subcommittee spearheaded by House Republicans, according to a copy of testimony obtained by the Washington Examiner.

    The ex-agents, Thomas J. Baker and Nicole Parker, are set to sharply criticize what they view as the FBI's transformation into a partisan agency they say has targeted the public and their constitutional rights, testimony shows. The hearing will also feature testimony from Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), who is ranking member of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

    "Americans have lost faith in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an institution they once regarded as the world’s greatest law enforcement agency," Baker said in testimony. "I spent many years with the FBI and am deeply troubled by this loss of faith. Specific lapses have come to light, many of which will be focused on by this panel. But why did they happen? What changed? The answer begins days after the 9/11 attacks with a cultural change at the bureau."

    Baker's testimony targets former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was notably appointed special prosecutor for the investigation into alleged Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

    "Just days into his tenure as FBI director, he was humiliated when President George W. Bush dismissed his reporting and said he wanted him to prevent another attack," said Baker, who served as an FBI special agent for 33 years. "After his experience at Camp David, Mueller resolved and resolutely set about to change the FBI 'culture.' That’s the word he used. He was going to make it into an intelligence agency, or in his repeated terminology, an 'intelligence-driven' organization."

    Among other topics, Baker slammed the FBI's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against ex-Trump adviser Carter Page.

    "This use of FISA against a U.S. citizen is what presents a fundamental threat to Americans’ civil liberties," said Baker. "It essentially suspends the Constitution. In 1978, reforms in response to the Church Committee’s revelations gave us the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. For more than two decades, it was used solely, as its name implies, to gather intelligence on foreign agents resident in this country."
    Parker, an FBI agent between 2011 and 2022, will outline how her interpretation of the FBI radically changed due to the bureau's "priorities and governing principles" being "shifted dramatically," according to a copy of her testimony obtained by the Washington Examiner.

    "The FBI became politically weaponized, starting from the top in Washington and trickling down to the field offices," she said. "Although FBI employees have their first amendment rights, they are not at the liberty to allow their personal political views or preferences to determine their course of action or inaction in any investigation."

    "It’s as if there became two FBIs," she also said. "Americans see this, and it is destroying the bureau’s credibility, causing Americans to lose faith in the agency and therefore the hardworking and highly ethical agents who still do the heavy lifting and pursue noble cases. It makes it difficult for agents to do their job when the FBI loses the respect of the American people."

    Parker notably claimed that the FBI has shifted its "recruiting practices" and lowered its "eligibility requirements," which, she claimed, is "negatively impacting the agency’s performance."

    "I love the FBI I joined," said Parker. "I have treasured memories working alongside remarkable people. I’m proud to have served with honor as a special agent. And while I sincerely pray for the FBI’s future success, the FBI’s troubles of late are bigger than anything I could change. Going forward, I will continue serving others and our beloved country while honoring and celebrating the true heroes, both past and present, of the FBI."

    "When I was invited to participate in this hearing, my initial reaction was to decline the request as there may be others more capable who would do a much better job than me," she added. "I have been given the opportunity to speak up on behalf of numerous current and former bureau employees who feel similarly but do not have a voice. I am not here today to show favor to any political party — I am here to stand for the truth based on my experience at the FBI. In all humility, I hope to make an impact in creating a stronger agency which is what Americans deserve."

    READ PARKER'S TESTIMONY [@ scribd.com]

    The hearing is part of a broader investigation by Republicans into what they call the politicization of the FBI in recent years, and the subcommittee was authorized following a House GOP deal struck with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) has already fired off subpoenas to the Biden administration this Congress over the FBI. He is demanding that FBI Director Christopher Wray, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona hand over documents related to the alleged targeting of parents at local school board meetings [see this thread and this post - OB].

    The Washington Examiner has reached out to the FBI for comment.
    Last edited by Occam's Banana; 02-09-2023 at 03:32 PM.

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    Hearing on the Weaponization of the Federal Government
    Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government | EVENT ID 115294
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSpBE9y5_Jk

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    Jim Jordan Leads First Weaponization Of The Federal Government Hearing - Part 1

    Lots of words, some good stuff (and bad) as usual, but what will be done?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_jh7EfqdzI
    Last edited by Mach; 02-09-2023 at 03:27 PM.
    FJB

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    "It’s as if there became two FBIs," she also said. "Americans see this, and it is destroying the bureau’s credibility, causing Americans to lose faith in the agency and therefore the hardworking and highly ethical agents who still do the heavy lifting and pursue noble cases. It makes it difficult for agents to do their job when the FBI loses the respect of the American people."
    No, the agency needs to be abolished. There are no noble cases the FBI pursues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    House Judiciary subpoenas Christopher Wray and Merrick Garland for targeting parents
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/n...-director-wray
    [archive link: https://archive.is/5IhXL]
    Ryan King (03 February 2023)

    [...]

    Jordan long decried what he calls the politicization of the DOJ and FBI. [...]

    The FBI appeared to reject Jordan's characterization [...]

    "As Director Wray and other FBI officials have stated clearly on numerous occasions before Congress and elsewhere, the FBI has never been in the business of investigating speech or policing speech at school board meetings or anywhere else, and we never will be. Our focus is and always will be on protecting people from violence and threats of violence," the FBI said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
    https://twitter.com/FDRLST/status/1623807580513378304

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    Hearing on the Weaponization of the Federal Government
    Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government | EVENT ID 115294
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSpBE9y5_Jk
    Make sure to listen to 3:27:10 I know, a lot of people here know that stuff already, but it is rare to hear it, officially.

    Jump back and forth 5 seconds with the arrows on your keyboard.
    FJB



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    I'm sure all those responsible for bad deeds will go to jail.

    Where do I send commissary fund donations to Lois Lerner's inmate account? Or Hillary's? Or anyone's who has ever been investigated by Congress in recent times with Jim Jordan as committee chair?

    I'll wait.
    Last edited by devil21; 02-11-2023 at 02:30 AM.
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    News From the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government

    News From the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government

    The Subcommittee has a Twitter account to follow developments:


    https://twitter.com/Weaponization/st...89444467785729

    From Feb, 4, 2023:


    https://twitter.com/Jim_Jordan/statu...95148601835521
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    The first meeting on Feb. 9, 2023:

    Starts at the 18:00 mark.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ptqp-FNr7g
    Last edited by Brian4Liberty; 03-09-2023 at 01:56 PM.
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    "Beware the Military-Industrial-Financial-Pharma-Corporate-Internet-Media-Government Complex." - B4L update of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
    "Debt is the drug, Wall St. Banksters are the dealers, and politicians are the addicts." - B4L
    "Totally free immigration? I've never taken that position. I believe in national sovereignty." - Ron Paul

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    Full Session, 3/7/23. Starts at the 16:45 mark:

    Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government Hearing on the Twitter Files



    Witnesses include Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger.

    - Michael Shellenberger's opening statement is at the 36:00 mark.
    - Matt Taibbi's opening statement is at the 41:35 mark.
    "Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country, and giving it to the rich people of a poor country." - Ron Paul
    "Beware the Military-Industrial-Financial-Pharma-Corporate-Internet-Media-Government Complex." - B4L update of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
    "Debt is the drug, Wall St. Banksters are the dealers, and politicians are the addicts." - B4L
    "Totally free immigration? I've never taken that position. I believe in national sovereignty." - Ron Paul

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    https://twitter.com/RepThomasMassie/...68884780961842
    "Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country, and giving it to the rich people of a poor country." - Ron Paul
    "Beware the Military-Industrial-Financial-Pharma-Corporate-Internet-Media-Government Complex." - B4L update of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
    "Debt is the drug, Wall St. Banksters are the dealers, and politicians are the addicts." - B4L
    "Totally free immigration? I've never taken that position. I believe in national sovereignty." - Ron Paul

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    The views and opinions expressed here are solely my own, and do not represent this forum or any other entities or persons.

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    https://twitter.com/RepThomasMassie/...58826297774084
    "Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country, and giving it to the rich people of a poor country." - Ron Paul
    "Beware the Military-Industrial-Financial-Pharma-Corporate-Internet-Media-Government Complex." - B4L update of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
    "Debt is the drug, Wall St. Banksters are the dealers, and politicians are the addicts." - B4L
    "Totally free immigration? I've never taken that position. I believe in national sovereignty." - Ron Paul

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    The views and opinions expressed here are solely my own, and do not represent this forum or any other entities or persons.

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    https://twitter.com/RepThomasMassie/...86834011328521
    "Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country, and giving it to the rich people of a poor country." - Ron Paul
    "Beware the Military-Industrial-Financial-Pharma-Corporate-Internet-Media-Government Complex." - B4L update of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
    "Debt is the drug, Wall St. Banksters are the dealers, and politicians are the addicts." - B4L
    "Totally free immigration? I've never taken that position. I believe in national sovereignty." - Ron Paul

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    The views and opinions expressed here are solely my own, and do not represent this forum or any other entities or persons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post

    https://twitter.com/RepThomasMassie/...86834011328521
    //

    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    TWITTER FILES #18
    Statement to Congress: THE CENSORSHIP-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
    Matt Taibbi (09 March 2023)

    [...]
    Matt Taibbi Squares Off w/ House Dems Over #TwitterFiles. Plus, Daily Wire Reporter Leaves Over Anti-Trans Rhetoric | SYSTEM UPDATE #52
    "We'll cover massive #TwitterFiles developments, as 1) new revelations drop and 2) both @MTaibbi & @ShellenbergerMD testify in front of Congress. Plus, an interview w/@buttonslives on her recent resignation from the Daily Wire." -- @SystemUpdate_
    https://rumble.com/v2cel4c-system-update-show-52.html


    CLIPS:

    New #TwitterFiles Expose Far-Reaching "Censorship-Industrial Complex" | SYSTEM UPDATE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiICNTnFpTg


    Matt Taibbi Squares Off w/ House Dems Over #TwitterFiles | SYSTEM UPDATE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoYjzdu4jy4
    Last edited by Occam's Banana; 03-11-2023 at 03:19 AM.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    TWITTER FILES #18
    Statement to Congress: THE CENSORSHIP-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
    Matt Taibbi (09 March 2023)

    [...]

    [...]
    //

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    https://twitter.com/JonathanTurley/s...88172259565569
    "Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country, and giving it to the rich people of a poor country." - Ron Paul
    "Beware the Military-Industrial-Financial-Pharma-Corporate-Internet-Media-Government Complex." - B4L update of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
    "Debt is the drug, Wall St. Banksters are the dealers, and politicians are the addicts." - B4L
    "Totally free immigration? I've never taken that position. I believe in national sovereignty." - Ron Paul

    Proponent of real science.
    The views and opinions expressed here are solely my own, and do not represent this forum or any other entities or persons.

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    Dems CLOWN THEMSELVES In Attacks On ‘Twitter Files’ Journalists!
    “Twitter Files” journalists Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger recently appeared in front of the House Judiciary Committee to discuss the improper pressure applied to social media companies by government agencies to throttle or otherwise censor users’ content. But Democrats on the committee instead used the opportunity to attack the journalists’ credibility and ethics while offering up a full-throated defense of the security state and intelligence agencies. Jimmy and Pushback host Aaron Maté discuss Taibbi’s tolerance for being described as a “so-called journalist” by a so-called Congresswoman.
    https://rumble.com/v2clnuo-dems-clow...urnalists.html



    Matt Taibbi Schools Dem Congressman On Purpose Of “Twitter Files” Hearing
    Democratic House member Gerry Connolly hoped to prove that the Twitter Files revelations were merely an exercise in promoting right-wing talking points – that is, until he got schooled by journalist Matt Taibbi, who explained that the Twitter Files revealed efforts to silence voices on both the right AND the left. Jimmy and Pushback host Aaron Maté discuss Democrats’ clear lack of interest in investigating the Twitter Files in favor of attempting to score cheap political points.
    https://rumble.com/v2clodk-matt-taib...s-hearing.html



    Dem Debbie Wasserman Attacks Matt Taibbi & Gets IMMEDIATELY Owned!
    https://rumble.com/v2clpoi-dem-debbi...ely-owned.html
    During the recent “Twitter Files” House hearings, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz used her six minutes not to explore the matter at hand, but rather to accuse journalist Matt Taibbi of hypocrisy, behaving unethically, and doing it all for personal enrichment. That’s right, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who had to resign in disgrace in 2016 from her position as head of the DNC after rigging the primary for Hillary Clinton, is accusing others of lacking ethics. Jimmy and Pushback host Aaron Maté discuss Wasserman-Schultz’s embarrassing pontificating as she transparently carries water for the intelligence services and security state.



    Dem Rep’s Rambling & Confused Questions For Matt Taibbi
    Democratic House Representative Sylvia Garcia took part in the recent House Judiciary Committee hearings on the so-called “Twitter Files” – well, sort of. Representative Garcia attempted to quiz journalists Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger about their revelations regarding government interference and social media censorship demands, except that she seemed unclear on how Twitter, Substack and the Internet in general seems to operate. Jimmy and Pushback host Aaron Maté try to parse the questions Garcia was asking without seeming to understand them herself.
    https://rumble.com/v2clppw-dem-reps-...tt-taibbi.html
    Last edited by Occam's Banana; 03-14-2023 at 06:48 PM.

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    A “MANUFACTURED” ISSUE AND “MISAPPLIED” PRIORITIES: SUBPOENAED DOCUMENTS SHOW NO LEGITIMATE BASIS FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S ANTI-PARENT MEMO
    Interim Staff Report of the Committee on the Judiciary and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government
    March 21, 2023

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    The Committee on the Judiciary is conducting oversight of the Biden Administration’s
    use of federal law-enforcement and counterterrorism resources against parents voicing concerns
    about controversial curricula and education-related policies at local school board meetings. This
    oversight began in October 2021 following the issuance of a memorandum from Attorney
    General Merrick Garland directing the Federal Bureau of Investigation and all U.S. Attorney’s
    Offices—among other Department components—to examine and address threats posed by
    parents at school board meetings.

    Although the Biden Administration declined to cooperate with this oversight in the 117th
    Congress, whistleblower disclosures and a report commissioned by the National School Boards
    Association (NSBA) shed some light on how the Biden Administration colluded with the NSBA
    to create a justification to use federal law-enforcement and counterterrorism resources against
    parents. There were gaps in the information available to the Committee then, primarily because
    the Biden administration did not participate in the NSBA’s third-party report. On February 3,
    2023, Chairman Jordan subpoenaed the Justice Department, FBI, and Education Department for
    documents necessary to advance the Committee’s oversight and inform potential legislative
    reforms.

    From the initial set of material produced in response to the subpoenas, it is apparent that
    the Biden Administration misused federal law-enforcement and counterterrorism resources for
    political purposes. The Justice Department’s own documents demonstrate that there was no
    compelling nationwide law-enforcement justification for the Attorney General’s directive or the
    Department components’ execution thereof.

    1 After surveying local law enforcement, U.S.
    Attorney’s offices around the country reported back to Main Justice that there was no legitimate
    law-enforcement basis for the Attorney General’s directive to use federal law-enforcement and
    counterterrorism resources to investigate school board-related threats. For example:

    • One U.S. Attorney reported that “this issue was very poorly received” by his local law
    enforcement community and “described by some as a manufactured issue.”2 He
    continued: “No one I spoke with in law enforcement seemed to think that there is a
    serious national threat directed at school boards, which gave the impression that our
    priorities are misapplied.”3

    • Another U.S. Attorney’s Office reported that the local FBI field office in the area “did
    not see any imminent threats to school boards or their members . . . , nor did they
    ascertain any worrisome trends in that regard.”4

    • Local law-enforcement officials noted that local officials should properly respond to
    school board threats. In Montana, several law-enforcement offices rightly advised the
    Justice Department that “local law enforcement authorities are best suited to address
    criminal threats against school board administrators.”5

    • Most threats reported back to Main Justice had little connection to school board matters.
    For example, the Southern District of Alabama reported that although one of the school
    board member’s houses was shot at, the incident was the “unfortunate consequence of
    gun violence in the city” and not related to school board decisions or policies.6

    The documents received pursuant to the Committee’s subpoena show the absence of a
    legitimate nationwide basis for the Attorney General’s directive to insert federal law enforcement
    into local school board matters. The documents also shed light onto how the Administration
    worked with education special interests to generate the predicate for the Attorney General’s
    directive. It appears, from these documents and the information received previously, that the
    Administration’s actions were a political offensive meant to quell swelling discord over
    controversial education curricula and unpopular school board decisions. The Attorney General’s
    directive came just weeks before a pivotal gubernatorial election in Virginia, in which education
    policies were hotly debated and a local school board’s actions were under intense scrutiny.

    7 The inference from the initial tranche of subpoenaed documents is that the Justice Department’s
    actions were a reaction to these political circumstances rather than a legitimate law-enforcement
    response to any serious, nationwide threat.

    In response to the Committee’s subpoena, the FBI acknowledged for the first time that it
    opened 25 “Guardian assessments” of school board threats, and that six of these investigations
    were run by the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.

    8 These admissions supplement whistleblower
    disclosures about the FBI’s actions, including disclosures the FBI investigated a mom because
    she belonged to a “right-wing mom’s group” and “is a gun owner” and a dad because “he rails
    against the government.” According to the FBI, none of the school board-related investigations
    have resulted in federal arrests or charges, highlighting the political motives behind the Attorney
    General’s actions. The Administration’s goal seems to have been silencing the critics of its
    radical education policies and neutralizing an issue that was threatening Democrat Party
    prospects in the close gubernatorial race in Virginia.

    This weaponization of law-enforcement powers against American parents exercising their
    First Amendment rights is dangerous. The Justice Department subjected moms and dads to the
    opening of an FBI investigation about them, the establishment of an FBI case file that includes
    their political views, and the application of a “threat tag” to their names as a direct result of their
    exercise of their fundamental constitutional right to speak and advocate for their children. The
    Committee has called on Attorney General Garland to rescind his memorandum, which he has refused to do.
    From the documents and information received pursuant to the subpoena, it is crystal clear that Attorney General Garland should rescind his unwise and unsupported directive to insert federal law enforcement into local school board matters.

    The House Committee on the Judiciary, through and with its Select Subcommittee on the
    Weaponization of the Federal Government, is charged with investigating “violations of the civil
    liberties of citizens of the United States.”9 This interim staff report fulfills the ongoing obligation
    to identify and report on instances of the weaponization of the federal government—here, the
    misuse of federal law-enforcement and counterterrorism resources against parents exercising
    their First Amendment rights at school board meetings. While the documents produced to date
    help to better understand what transpired, they do not tell the whole story. The Committee and
    the Select Subcommittee will continue to pursue the relevant facts to inform legislative reforms
    to protect American civil liberties.
    https://judiciary.house.gov/sites/ev...rim-report.pdf
    "Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country, and giving it to the rich people of a poor country." - Ron Paul
    "Beware the Military-Industrial-Financial-Pharma-Corporate-Internet-Media-Government Complex." - B4L update of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
    "Debt is the drug, Wall St. Banksters are the dealers, and politicians are the addicts." - B4L
    "Totally free immigration? I've never taken that position. I believe in national sovereignty." - Ron Paul

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    The views and opinions expressed here are solely my own, and do not represent this forum or any other entities or persons.

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    https://twitter.com/JudiciaryGOP/sta...23893889900546
    "Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country, and giving it to the rich people of a poor country." - Ron Paul
    "Beware the Military-Industrial-Financial-Pharma-Corporate-Internet-Media-Government Complex." - B4L update of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
    "Debt is the drug, Wall St. Banksters are the dealers, and politicians are the addicts." - B4L
    "Totally free immigration? I've never taken that position. I believe in national sovereignty." - Ron Paul

    Proponent of real science.
    The views and opinions expressed here are solely my own, and do not represent this forum or any other entities or persons.

  25. #22
    THREAD: Manhattan DA to arrest, "perp walk" Donald Trump?

    House Judiciary committee expands probe into Alvin Bragg's 'abuse of prosecutorial authority' in going after Trump
    Jim Jordan sent letters to former prosecutors, demanding documents and testimony on Bragg's "unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority."
    https://thepostmillennial.com/house-...ng-after-trump
    Ari Hoffman (23 March 2023)

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent letters Wednesday to former special prosecutors Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz demanding documents and testimony relating to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s “unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority” amid the reported impending indictment of former President Donald Trump.

    Dunne and Pomerantz both resigned from their positions in the DA’s Office in January 2022 after Bragg’s initial reluctance to move forward with charges against President Trump.

    Since leaving the DA’s office, Dunne and Pomerantz have publicly criticized Bragg for refusing to aggressively prosecute the former president and now have even opened a law firm to bring lawsuits to prevent Trump from holding future office.

    House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote in the letters "Your criticisms of Bragg's investigation were widely reported. It now appears that your efforts to shame Bragg have worked as he is reportedly resurrecting a so-called 'zombie' case."

    The letters asked Pomerantz and Dunne to turn over documents related to the Trump investigation, including communications with federal agencies and other staffers in the DA's office and sit for transcribed interviews by the morning of March 27.

    On Monday, Jordan, Reps. Jim Comer (R-KY) and Bryan Steil (R-WI), the chairs of the Oversight and House Administration Committees sent a letter to Bragg requesting his testimony and documents which included the communications of Pomerantz and Dunne.

    Jordan wrote, "In January 2022, soon after you took office, you expressed doubts about President Trump’s case and suspended the investigation.”

    News broke Wednesday that the grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump for his alleged involvement in a $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels on the eve of the 2016 election was told not to show up and would reconvene on Thursday amid reports that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is "having trouble" convincing members of the grand jury to hear the case.

    The Judiciary Committee's letter to Pomerantz can be read in full here: Letter from Judiciary Committee to former NYC prosecutor Pomerantz Re Trump Investigation by Libby Emmons on Scribd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    News broke Wednesday that the grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump [...] was told not to show up and would reconvene on Thursday amid reports that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is "having trouble" convincing members of the grand jury to hear the case.
    https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1638903739280166913

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    Apparently, the video is from a different subcommittee (Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government), but still relevant:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    Full hearing. This is insane.

    Free Speech: The Biden Administration’s Chilling of Parents’ Fundamental Rights
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cw-yk7NcM8



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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    Apparently, the video is from a different subcommittee (Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government), but still relevant:
    It probably needs to be noted that the administrator finally came around to saying, "of course not", but it took WAY too long. The original Twitter clip cut it right before the response. I guess to increase the drama?
    "And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works." - Bastiat

    "It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." - Voltaire

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  31. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    THREAD: Manhattan DA to arrest, "perp walk" Donald Trump?

    House Judiciary committee expands probe into Alvin Bragg's 'abuse of prosecutorial authority' in going after Trump
    Jim Jordan sent letters to former prosecutors, demanding documents and testimony on Bragg's "unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority."
    https://thepostmillennial.com/house-...ng-after-trump
    Ari Hoffman (23 March 2023)

    [...]
    District Attorney Alvin Bragg Sues Jim Jordan After Lawmaker Demands Answers in Trump Indictment

  32. #28
    Jordan subpoenas FTC chair over probe into Musk's Twitter takeover

    House Judiciary chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) subpoenaed Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan on Wednesday over that agency's probe of Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter, according to copies of the subpoena obtained by Axios.

    Why it matters: House Republicans have made the FTC's investigation into Musk's purchase of Twitter one of many targets in their war against what they view as the weaponization of the U.S. government against conservatives.

    The details: The new subpoena demands a sweeping range of documents and internal communications relating to the FTC's probe, asking that they be turned over to the committee by 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 26.

    • "To date, your voluntary compliance has been woefully insufficient," Jordan wrote in a letter addressed to Khan.
    • "Accordingly, the Committee is issuing a subpoena to compel the production of documents necessary to inform our oversight."
    • The letter defends the committee's oversight power and notes that "legislative reforms could include... laws to ensure that the FTC’s investigative and enforcement authority is not abused in ways that hurt commerce and competition or harm civil liberties and free speech."


    The big picture: The Judiciary Committee has raised concerns about whether the FTC overreached in demanding that Twitter identify members of the media that were provided access to the company's internal records.
    ...
    More: https://www.axios.com/2023/04/12/jim...n-musk-twitter

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