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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    He is doing what he can to shore up votes. College debt to buy votes. Now shifting on Israel to please the Michigan voters

    In a few months he will start channeling African American speakers a la Hillary
    Will Biden carry around a bottle of hot sauce, or try to shoot some hoops like Obama? Return of Corn Pop or talk about hairy legs?


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    It's going to be a Roe v Wade election cycle...yeah, never ending talk about abortion...awesome.

    It is already clearly apparent that is the main thrust of their November strategy, put us in power and we will codify Roe.
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    Nobody gives a shit about abortion anymore except the uber left fringe. Roe got overturned and not even a Jan 6 riot. Slackers.

    Dems can run on that, but how about them food prices? How about them gas prices? How about that inflation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    Nobody gives a shit about abortion anymore except the uber left fringe. Roe got overturned and not even a Jan 6 riot. Slackers.

    Dems can run on that, but how about them food prices? How about them gas prices? How about that inflation?
    They ran on it in the midterms and were pretty successful with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy812 View Post
    Shhh...
    This story has never made any sense whatsoever. It’s like people have amnesia because this was widely reported on at the time and Republicans praised Biden for it at the time.

    In order to get a loan guarantee from the US Treasury, Biden, on behalf of the United States, the EU, and the IMF, who were all in alignment on this, told Ukraine they had to remove their Prosecutor General because he wasn’t doing enough to curb corruption, including by not investigating favored parties, like the owner of Burisma.

    The removal happened one month after a bipartisan letter from the Senate urging Ukraine to reform the prosecutor’s office. Ron Johnson was one of the signees. And the letter says the removal was to end the cronyism of the office. Transcriptions of hearings at the time in Congress show Republicans every bit as concerned about the lack of investigating corruption by the Ukraine prosecutor’s office. A Republican House inquiry ended with no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden. And now the Republican special counsel whom Joe Biden left in place, appointed by Trump,
    says he has enough evidence that the one thing they had was totally made up.

    The mental gymnastics one has to go through to take from this that Joe Biden went rogue and instead had a guy fired who was actually doing a bang up job against corruption is spectacular. And then you’d have to believe the EU and IMF went along with it silently and that the Republicans were either also in on it OR they’re complete and utter morons, due to their statements at the time. And you’d have to believe Biden now has the Trump-appointed prosecutor who is prosecuting his son in on it.

    Clinging to this at this point is about as bad as Democrats who still say Trump is a foreign agent.


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    Can take the hood rat out of the hood but not the hood out of the hood rat. See a pattern here?

    FBI reportedly investigating controversial Democratic mayor who schmoozed with Biden last month

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/fbi-re...den-last-month

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    Can take the hood rat out of the hood but not the hood out of the hood rat. See a pattern here?

    FBI reportedly investigating controversial Democratic mayor who schmoozed with Biden last month

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    Gates, Manafort, Cohen, Papadopoulos, Stone, Flynn, Nader, Broidy, Bannon, Giuliani, Ellis, Chesebro, Powell, Hall...yeah, but Biden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Gates, Manafort, Cohen, Papadopoulos, Stone, Flynn, Nader, Broidy, Bannon, Giuliani, Ellis, Chesebro, Powell, Hall...yeah, but Biden.
    That’s because of trump.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Gates, Manafort, Cohen, Papadopoulos, Stone, Flynn, Nader, Broidy, Bannon, Giuliani, Ellis, Chesebro, Powell, Hall...yeah, but Biden.
    Do we really need to get into the actual charges and whether they had anything to do..oh never mind.

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    No, the Indictment of Alexander Smirnov Does Not Exonerate Hunter Biden

    February 22, 2024


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    Below is my column in the New York Post on the indictment of Alexander Smirnov and the use of the charges by Hunter Biden to seek to dismiss his own charges. That dog won’t hunt.

    Here is the column:

    The Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff once joked that “in America, you can always find a party. In Soviet Russia, the Party can always find you.”

    Alexander Smirnov is no comedian, but he is about to discover the truth of that statement.

    Alexander Smirnov is now a defendant in federal court after being charged by special counsel David Weiss for spreading a false story about Hunter Biden receiving $5 million from Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company.

    The allegation has produced a stampede of Democrats who view his indictment as a much-needed talking point as the House continues to build the case of influence-peddling by the Biden family.

    Some are using the charges to revive a previously debunked story that Hunter Biden’s laptop could be Russian disinformation. But a closer reading of the filing dispels those claims and contradicts a new effort by Hunter Biden to dismiss charges against himself.

    The filing itself is actually an argument to keep Smirnov in federal detention.

    The government points out Smirnov’s admitted contacts with Russian intelligence officials and previously scheduled meetings with such figures to argue he is a flight risk.

    However, there are a couple of aspects to the filing that undermine the claims of a “bombshell” revelation of a Russian disinformation campaign. First, these disclosures were not the result of surveillance or interceptions by American intelligence. Smirnov appears to have been cooperating with the United States and told his US “handler” about all of these contacts.

    Second, Smirnov’s contacts were described as “recent” and did not apparently precede 2020. They have nothing to do with the laptop or the evidence of influence-peddling found in emails on that computer. This is solely a claim of a large payment to the Bidens from Burisma.

    Third, the Justice Department states that Smirnov had expressed “bias” against Joe Biden and used “his routine and unextraordinary business contacts with Burisma” to make the bribery allegations.

    So Smirnov operated off a bias against Biden, made an allegation separate from the laptop, and ultimately disclosed his communications to his U.S. handler. He detailed conversations with the “son of a former high-ranking government official” and “someone with ties to a particular Russian intelligence service.” Reports indicate that Smirnov was not only an asset of American intelligence but on the payroll for roughly a decade as a trusted informant.

    That does not mean that the Russians were not eager to spread false claims, though it shows again how low-grade such efforts could be. It does not address hundreds of confirmed emails of Hunter Biden cashing in on an array of foreign contacts.

    Hunter Biden’s legal team is citing the filing in seeking to cast doubt on all of the allegations and even the pending charges: “It now seems clear that the Smirnov allegations infected this case.”

    They insist that the bribe allegation was key to the loss of the plea agreement that they struck with the president’s son. They argued that “having taken Mr. Smirnov’s bait of grand, sensational charges, the Diversion Agreement that had just been entered into and Plea Agreement that was on the verge of being finalized suddenly became inconvenient for the prosecution, and it reversed course and repudiated those Agreements.”

    That is not how it happened.

    Hunter Biden had received a sweetheart deal so rich as to put most defendants into hyperglycemic shock. Hunter would have avoided any jail time and been given sweeping immunity from future charges.

    The reason that the deal fell apart was not any particular allegation of bribes. The alleged bribe was not part of the case. It fell apart because the judge asked a simple question on the meaning of the immunity. The deal immediately imploded as the prosecutor was forced to admit that he had never seen a deal like this for anyone other than Hunter Biden.

    In relation to the influence-peddling investigation, this filing does not change the evidence that the Biden family made millions in shaking down foreign companies and business figures.

    On Wednesday, Capitol Hill will witness something that many thought would never come. The House is calling a Biden to actually answer questions under oath about influence-peddling. James Biden, brother of the president, will testify on his long history of leveraging the name and influence of his brother. That includes $200,000 given to him by a collapsing hospital chain company, Americore.

    Biden reportedly pitched a percentage deal with his brother and immediately turned over the money to Joe Biden to pay off a prior “loan.”

    That was not the creation of a “biased” Russian but the Biden family itself. Smirnov was not at the dinners and meetings where Joe Biden called in to chat. He was not the recipient of messages from Hunter threatening that his father was “sitting next to” him and waiting for transfers of money. He was not the source of gifts and expense accounts to cover Hunter’s lavish lifestyle.

    Most importantly, Smirnov was not the reason that Hunter was indicted by the same prosecutor, David Weiss, who just indicted him.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bklynboy68 View Post
    No, the Indictment of Alexander Smirnov Does Not Exonerate Hunter Biden

    February 22, 2024


    Jonathan Turley

    Below is my column in the New York Post on the indictment of Alexander Smirnov and the use of the charges by Hunter Biden to seek to dismiss his own charges. That dog won’t hunt.

    Here is the column:

    The Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff once joked that “in America, you can always find a party. In Soviet Russia, the Party can always find you.”

    Alexander Smirnov is no comedian, but he is about to discover the truth of that statement.

    Alexander Smirnov is now a defendant in federal court after being charged by special counsel David Weiss for spreading a false story about Hunter Biden receiving $5 million from Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company.

    The allegation has produced a stampede of Democrats who view his indictment as a much-needed talking point as the House continues to build the case of influence-peddling by the Biden family.

    Some are using the charges to revive a previously debunked story that Hunter Biden’s laptop could be Russian disinformation. But a closer reading of the filing dispels those claims and contradicts a new effort by Hunter Biden to dismiss charges against himself.

    The filing itself is actually an argument to keep Smirnov in federal detention.

    The government points out Smirnov’s admitted contacts with Russian intelligence officials and previously scheduled meetings with such figures to argue he is a flight risk.

    However, there are a couple of aspects to the filing that undermine the claims of a “bombshell” revelation of a Russian disinformation campaign. First, these disclosures were not the result of surveillance or interceptions by American intelligence. Smirnov appears to have been cooperating with the United States and told his US “handler” about all of these contacts.

    Second, Smirnov’s contacts were described as “recent” and did not apparently precede 2020. They have nothing to do with the laptop or the evidence of influence-peddling found in emails on that computer. This is solely a claim of a large payment to the Bidens from Burisma.

    Third, the Justice Department states that Smirnov had expressed “bias” against Joe Biden and used “his routine and unextraordinary business contacts with Burisma” to make the bribery allegations.

    So Smirnov operated off a bias against Biden, made an allegation separate from the laptop, and ultimately disclosed his communications to his U.S. handler. He detailed conversations with the “son of a former high-ranking government official” and “someone with ties to a particular Russian intelligence service.” Reports indicate that Smirnov was not only an asset of American intelligence but on the payroll for roughly a decade as a trusted informant.

    That does not mean that the Russians were not eager to spread false claims, though it shows again how low-grade such efforts could be. It does not address hundreds of confirmed emails of Hunter Biden cashing in on an array of foreign contacts.

    Hunter Biden’s legal team is citing the filing in seeking to cast doubt on all of the allegations and even the pending charges: “It now seems clear that the Smirnov allegations infected this case.”

    They insist that the bribe allegation was key to the loss of the plea agreement that they struck with the president’s son. They argued that “having taken Mr. Smirnov’s bait of grand, sensational charges, the Diversion Agreement that had just been entered into and Plea Agreement that was on the verge of being finalized suddenly became inconvenient for the prosecution, and it reversed course and repudiated those Agreements.”

    That is not how it happened.

    Hunter Biden had received a sweetheart deal so rich as to put most defendants into hyperglycemic shock. Hunter would have avoided any jail time and been given sweeping immunity from future charges.

    The reason that the deal fell apart was not any particular allegation of bribes. The alleged bribe was not part of the case. It fell apart because the judge asked a simple question on the meaning of the immunity. The deal immediately imploded as the prosecutor was forced to admit that he had never seen a deal like this for anyone other than Hunter Biden.

    In relation to the influence-peddling investigation, this filing does not change the evidence that the Biden family made millions in shaking down foreign companies and business figures.

    On Wednesday, Capitol Hill will witness something that many thought would never come. The House is calling a Biden to actually answer questions under oath about influence-peddling. James Biden, brother of the president, will testify on his long history of leveraging the name and influence of his brother. That includes $200,000 given to him by a collapsing hospital chain company, Americore.

    Biden reportedly pitched a percentage deal with his brother and immediately turned over the money to Joe Biden to pay off a prior “loan.”

    That was not the creation of a “biased” Russian but the Biden family itself. Smirnov was not at the dinners and meetings where Joe Biden called in to chat. He was not the recipient of messages from Hunter threatening that his father was “sitting next to” him and waiting for transfers of money. He was not the source of gifts and expense accounts to cover Hunter’s lavish lifestyle.

    Most importantly, Smirnov was not the reason that Hunter was indicted by the same prosecutor, David Weiss, who just indicted him.



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    Fani Willis being an idiot and giving monetary favors to her late night booty call shouldn't impact Trump's trial, but it does.

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    Ex-FBI Informant Charged With Biden Bribe Lie Arrested Again
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    Fri, February 23, 2024 at 10:35 AM CST

    (Bloomberg) -- A former FBI informant charged with falsely telling his handler that President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden had received millions of dollars in bribes from a Ukrainian energy company was arrested again after the government said his ties to Russian intelligence made him a flight risk.

    Alexander Smirnov, who was indicted Feb. 15 and released on bail two days ago, was in a meeting with his attorneys early Thursday when he was arrested again “on the same charges and based on the same indictment,” his lawyer David Chesnoff said in a court filing requesting an emergency hearing on the matter.

    It’s the latest twist in the unusual case around Smirnov, whose indictment threw cold water on a conspiracy theory that helped trigger a probe by House Republicans into the Bidens’ conduct. Smirnov was indicted by the same Justice Department special counsel, David Weiss, who brought charges against Hunter Biden for alleged federal gun and tax crimes.

    The second arrest warrant was issued by the federal court in Los Angeles, where the underlying case against Smirnov was filed, according to the lawyer’s letter.

    A Justice Department spokesperson confirmed Smirnov is in federal custody and declined to comment further.

    The magistrate judge in Nevada who had released Smirnov on bail ordered the government on Thursday night to respond to the former FBI informant’s request for a new hearing. His lawyer separately asked the judge to issue an order barring Smirnov from being transported to Los Angeles.

    The new arrest came after prosecutors urged the federal court in Los Angeles to review the Nevada decision allowing his release on bail, alleging there’s a risk Smirnov will flee.

    Smirnov could use his “extensive foreign ties,” including those to Russian intelligence agencies, to “resettle” outside the US, the filing said.

    The US also claims Smirnov failed to disclose that Smirnov has access to more than $6 million in liquid funds, which prosecutors describe as “more than enough money for him to live comfortably overseas for the rest of his life.” Instead he allegedly told the government he only had $1,500 in cash and $5,000 in a checking account, according to the filing.

    “The fact that Smirnov misrepresented his assets alone should cause Smirnov to be detained because it shows that, at the first opportunity, he did not provide true and complete information to Pretrial Services,” the US said.

    The filing asserts that while Smirnov, as an Israeli citizen, agreed to turn in his passport, he can get a new one simply by visiting an Israeli consulate, one of which is just five hours away in Los Angeles.

    Chesnoff’s letter on Thursday said the circumstances of his second arrest suggests the government’s concerns are unfounded.

    “It should further be noted that the fact that the defendant was attending a legal consultation meeting at his attorneys’ office contradicts the notion that he is a risk of flight,” the lawyer said.

    Smirnov, a longtime confidential informant, allegedly told his FBI handler in 2020 that Burisma executives had revealed to him in 2015 and 2016 that they had hired Hunter to obtain the protection of Joe Biden, then the vice president, and had paid $5 million in bribes to both of them.

    According to the special counsel, Smirnov’s claims were fabrications, and he embellished routine contacts he had with Burisma executives in 2017, after Biden was already out of office.

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    Dealing with it.

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