NEW: BIDEN STOLE MORE CLASSIFIED DOCS THAN PREVIOUSLY KNOWN… NY TIMES CONCENTRATES COVERAGE ON REPUBLICANS POUNCING… NYT: Discovery of More Classified Records Raises Questions Over Biden’s Handling of Documents
WASHINGTON — President Biden’s aides have found a new batch of classified documents at a second location associated with Mr. Biden, a person familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. It was the second such disclosure in three days, and it was sure to intensify Republican attacks.
Republicans reveled in the new disclosures, accusing Mr. Biden of hypocrisy in calling former President Donald J. Trump irresponsible for hoarding sensitive documents at his private club and residence in Florida. This week, the new Republican chairman of the House oversight committee issued a far-ranging request to the National Archives and Records Administration, which is supposed to receive all highly sensitive materials after an administration leaves office, for documents and correspondence.
It is not clear where or when the records were recovered. But Mr. Biden’s aides have scoured various places since November, when his lawyers discovered a handful of classified files, including briefing materials on foreign countries, as they closed a think tank office in Washington. The Justice Department is reviewing the discovery to determine how to proceed.
ANOTHER DAILY CALLER EXCLUSIVE: Republicans Demand AG Garland Explain Why Biden Doc Story Was Hidden Before Midterms
A group of more than 40 Republicans are sending a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding to know why news of classified documents from President Joe Biden’s tenure as vice president being found in a non-secure location was withheld until after the midterm elections, according to the document obtained by the Daily Caller.
Biden’s personal attorneys allegedly discovered several classified documents while packing files and subsequently notified the National Archives and Records Administration, CNN reported Tuesday, citing two sources familiar with the matter. Several of the classified documents allegedly held materials related to Ukraine, Iran and the United Kingdom. Biden was reportedly unaware that the documents had been found at the office and was notified via the White House counsel’s office. […]
The letter also asks whether a special counsel will be appointed and whether Congress was notified of the findings and if so, when.
“The fact that President Trump is being criminally investigated for mishandling classified documents, while President Biden is not receiving the same level of scrutiny for his mishandling of classified documents, leads us to believe that the Justice Department’s investigation of President Trump is nothing more than a partisan and politically motivated attack on President Trump,” the letter reads.
HOUSE DEMOCRAT ADMITS: BIDEN’S FAILURE TO REVEAL CLASSIFIED DOCUMENT SCANDAL BEFORE ELECTION ‘DOES CONCERN ME’ … CNN Reporter Asks Rep. Mikie Sherrill If It’s Concerning Biden Admin Hid Doc Story Until After Midterms (VIDEO)
CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins asked Democratic New Jersey Rep. Mikie Sherrill if she thought it was concerning that the Biden administration hid the discovery of classified documents from President Joe Biden’s tenure as vice president until after the midterm elections. […]
“Does it concern you that this happened, though, the day before the midterm elections? That’s when these documents were found, and we’re just now finding out about it?” Collins pressed.
“It does. I’d have to look as to when they were discovered and why we’re just finding out now. That does concern me. This has to be a very transparent process to ensure, again, that we’re handling the classified secrets of this country very, very carefully.”
The attorneys found the documents six days before the midterm elections.
PRESS BRIEFING GETS TESTY AS SOME REPORTERS REFUSE TO TOE WHITE HOUSE LINE… ‘We Don’t Need To Have This Confrontation’: KJP And CBS Reporter Get Into Heated Spat About Classified Docs (VIDEO)
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe got into a heated spat Wednesday about President Joe Biden’s alleged mishandling of several classified documents. […]
“Ed, Ed, Ed, we don’t need to have this – we work very well together,” Jean-Pierre said. “We don’t need to have this kind of confrontation. Ask your question and I will answer them the best that I can.”
“Part of the reason we’re laying that out is because you’re laying out your part of the job, we’re laying out our part of the job, which is asking questions,” O’Keefe said.
“I know, but I’m just saying we don’t need to have contention – you don’t need to be contentious with me here, Ed,” Jean-Pierre responded.
O’Keefe then pressed her on why the findings were not disclosed until this week and asked if it had “anything to do with the fact that the election was just a few days away?”
Jean-Pierre said the matters were being investigated by the Department of Justice.
“There was nothing stopping the president of the United States from disclosing the discovery of these classified documents in his former office before it was under Justice Department review,” O’Keefe said. “So why didn’t he disclose it?”
Jean-Pierre said Biden was “surprised” and that he is taking the situation “seriously.”
TRUMP: CONGRESS NEEDS TO EXPOSE THE FBI’S CONSPIRACY WITH BIG TECH… ‘Systematically Colluding’: Trump Calls For Investigation Into ‘Powerful Corporations,’ FBI (VIDEO)
Former President Donald Trump called for an investigation into the FBI and “powerful corporations” for “systematically colluding” to advance a “censorship regime” in a video posted to Rumble Wednesday.
“The now-famous Twitter Files have proven beyond all doubt that the corrupt officials at the FBI have been coordinating a massive censorship, surveillance and propaganda campaign against the American people and, frankly, against me,” Trump said in the video posted on Rumble. “In the most recent and notorious example, the FBI worked to stop the truth from being told about the Biden family’s criminality.”
Journalist Michael Shellenberger reported that the FBI contacted Twitter about potential leaks involving Hunter Biden prior to the New York Post reporting on the contents of a laptop Biden abandoned at a computer repair shop. The documents Shellenberger obtained revealed that the FBI paid Twitter almost $3.5 million to reimburse the company for time spent responding to requests from the agency.
The FBI also promised to be “the belly button” for requests from the intelligence community, journalist Matt Taibbi reported. The FBI made the promise after a Twitter executive raised concerns about the participation of the State Department’s Global Engagement Center due to its “political” nature, according to emails Taibbi published.
“As recent reporting shows, the FBI and other rogue agencies have been systematically colluding with former national security officials placed in high positions at Twitter, and very likely other companies, to advance their censorship regime, which is really, in this case, to steal an election,” Trump said. “This anti-American effort, and a very illegal effort at that, has been working to silence dissenting opinions on COVID and crucial issues on public health and on the election and elections in the future.”
CNN HOST: INVESTIGATING THE FBI MIGHT MAKE AGENTS SAD! … DAILY CALLER… (VIDEO)
North Dakota Republican Rep. Kelly Armstrong pushed back Wednesday against CNN’s Alisyn Camerota […]
The GOP-led House on Tuesday created of a new oversight committee to investigate the “weaponization” of federal agencies like the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ).
“I know that you, in particular, want Congress to investigate the FBI and the DOJ,” Camerota said. “Do you worry that by investigating the FBI it will impact the morale of the agents and the work that they do?”
“I worry that it’s already happened,” Armstrong said. “These are really serious issues and we need to investigate and deal with it, and we’ve had FBI whistleblowers already come forward, and there’s a real serious problem in leadership, and just changing a regulation isn’t going to solve it.”
JOY REID DOES IT AGAIN: YOU CAN ONLY DOUBT THE FBI IF YOU’RE BLACK… Joy Reid Explains How Corrupt The FBI Is, Then Shames Republicans For Not Trusting The Agency (VIDEO)
“House Republicans … are now obsessed with investigating the investigators. Voting to establish a new special panel to probe what Republicans call the ‘weaponization of the federal government.’”
“This is nowhere near what really happened to Civil Rights leaders in the 60s, when baseless red baiting devastated black organizations. When federal investigators accused an entire movement of being communist and tried to blackmail a Nobel prize-winning icon to end his life. Yet, still, today’s Republicans are claiming victimhood status that isn’t really for them, to undercut legitimate probes on a former president who stole classified documents and incited a mob to overthrow the government,” Reid said.
WH: BIDEN STILL HAS CONFIDENCE IN MAYOR PETE BECAUSE HE’S BEEN PROVIDING AMERICANS WITH A ‘GOOD’ EXPERIENCE… Peter Doocy Asks Karine Jean-Pierre Point-Blank If Biden Admin Has ‘Confidence’ In Sec. Pete Buttigieg (VIDEO)
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if the Biden administration has “confidence” in Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
All domestic flights in the U.S. were grounded overnight Wednesday due to a technical error that barred air traffic control from alerting pilots of potential hazards on their flight paths. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rushed to address the issue and flights resumed by 9:00 a.m.
“Does President Biden have confidence in Transportation Secretary Buttigieg?” Doocy asked.
“Yes,” she answered.
“Because he respects the secretary and the work that he has been doing. You’ve seen the secretary on TV, you have probably spoken to him yourself and they are doing everything that they can to make sure that the experience Americans have is a good one,” she said.
SHOCK: BIDEN FOUND THE ONLY MIGRANT CENTER IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY THAT WAS HAVING A SLOW DAY… ‘THERE HAPPENED TO BE NO MIGRANTS AT THE TIME AT THE FACILITY THAT HE VISITED’ … RNC: Karine Jean-Pierre says it was simply a coincidence there were no illegal immigrants around during Biden’s drive-by in El Paso last weekend. (VIDEO)
REPUBLICANS VOTE TO PROVIDE MEDICAL CARE TO BABIES AFTER BIRTH… DEMOCRATS VOTE TO LET THEM DIE… House Passes Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
The House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act mostly along party lines Wednesday.
The legislation, introduced by Republican Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner, requires healthcare providers to treat infants born after abortions as they would any other patient. All 219 voting Republicans and one Democrat supported the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, while 210 Democrats opposed it.
Republicans introduced a similar version of the bill in 2019, although Democrats in both the House and the Senate blocked it.
“All children should be welcomed with joy and wonder, no matter the circumstances of their birth. And yet, too many of these sweet little ones are denied the medical care they need to survive and thrive simply because they were unwanted. This commonsense legislation will require health care providers to administer the same level of care to the babies who survive abortions that they would to any other child born at the same gestational age,” Wagner said in a floor speech.
DEMOCRATS START TO PRESSURE 68-YEAR-OLD JUSTICE SONIA SOTOMAYOR TO STEP DOWN NOW… POLITICO: What to do about Sotomayor
Now in 2023, the conversation is starting all over again with 68-year-old Justice SONIA SOTOMAYOR, with a few think pieces and podcast episodes urging her (and sometimes fellow Justice ELENA KAGAN) to step down, and for the White House to nudge them in that direction.
But, so far, the main party organs and progressive think tanks aren’t biting.
“I certainly understand the argument and think it is fair to ask the question, but we do not plan to mount any campaign on this like we did last year for Breyer,” said BRIAN FALLON, the head of Demand Justice, which hired a billboard truck to drive around the Supreme Court in 2021 urging Breyer to retire. “No judge is above reproach, but as crisis-level situations go, this does not seem as acute as Breyer was, or even as urgent a problem as, say, the Democrats’ ongoing refusal to get rid of blue slips.”
Fallon’s position isn’t echoed by everyone. Some Democrats close to the Biden administration and high-profile lawyers with past White House experience spoke to West Wing Playbook on condition of anonymity about their support for Sotomayor’s retirement. But none would go on the record about it.
CHECK OUT HOW ABSURD THE STUDY IS THAT WAS USED TO JUSTIFY THE SUDDEN GAS STOVE PANIC… DAVID BURGE: This just in: do not turn on your unlit gas stove inside an airtight kitchen sealed with tensioned 4-6 mil ZipWall plastic sheets secured floor-to-ceiling with foam bars, painting tap, and sandbags (SCREENGRAB OF STUDY’S METHODOLOGY)
A GREAT THREAD ON ALL OF THE DECEPTION POSING AS ‘SCIENCE’ BEHIND THE GAS STOVE HYSTERIA… STEVE EVERLY: With all the talk about #gasstoves and alleged health threats, it’s worth providing some background on where the research currently is on this issue, and how the feds suddenly decided these appliances are a health risk. (THREAD)
NEW YORK’S HOCHUL WANTS TO BAN EVERY GAS APPLIANCE… JAZZ SHAW: Not just stoves. NY to ban all gas appliances
Yesterday we looked at the federal government’s suggestion that they may either ban all gas stoves in the country or require expensive emission control modifications. This is supposedly being done as a public health measure, but under the covers, it seems like yet another covert attempt to eliminate fossil fuel use in America. That move, if it happens, clearly won’t be enough for the state of New York, where Governor Kathy Hochul will always try to bring her green energy one-upmanship game to the table. During her State of the State speech yesterday, Hochul pledged to not only do away with gas stoves but all natural gas appliances over the next decade.
ILLINOIS BANS SALE OF ALMOST EVERY USEFUL GUN… ESTABLISHES REGISTRY FOR ANYONE WHO OWNS A BANNED WEAPON… CBS CHICAGO: Gov. JB Pritzker signs Illinois assault weapons ban
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed a statewide ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines Wednesday night, after the state Senate and House approved the legislation.
The House voted 68-41 to approve the ban Tuesday afternoon. The bill passed 34-20 in the Illinois Senate on Monday.
The legislation took effect immediately with Pritzker’s signature. […]
Speaker Welch (D-Hillside) said the legislation bans the sale, delivery, and purchase of assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines in Illinois. Long guns will be limited to 10 rounds per magazine and handguns cannot have more than 15 rounds.
THE BANNED LIST… KSDK: These are the guns and attachments affected by the assault weapon ban in Illinois (SEE THE MASSIVE LIST, INCLUDING AK- & AR-TYPE GUNS…)
The law will allow gun owners to keep the guns they have now, but will require them to register them with the state.
‘I”LL DIE ON MY FRONT PORCH BEFORE ANYONE TAKES MY GUNS AWAY’ … WTTW…
Many gun owners, including members of the General Assembly and the GOP’s nominee for governor, state Sen. Darren Bailey, said they will not comply.
“I’ll die on my front porch before anyone takes my guns away. My message to Springfield: If you want my guns, come get them,” Bailey, of downstate Xenia, wrote in a tweet on Monday after the Senate’s approval of the package.
Pritzker called that “political grandstanding.”
“You don’t get to choose which laws you comply with in the state of Illinois,” Pritzker said. “But the reality is that the State Police is responsible for enforcement, as are all law enforcement all across this state. And they will in fact, do their job or they won’t be in there.”
CHICAGO MAYOR TRIES TO COMPEL CHILDREN IN SCHOOL SYSTEM TO CAMPAIGN FOR HER… WTTW: Lightfoot Campaign Asks CPS Teachers to Encourage Students to Help Her Win Reelection in Return for Credit
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s reelection campaign sent an email to Chicago Public Schools teachers Wednesday asking them to encourage their students to volunteer to help Lightfoot win a second term as mayor – and earn class credit.
It was unclear how many Chicago teachers received the email from Megan Crane, whose LinkedIn page identifies her as the deputy campaign manager for Lightfoot. The message was sent to teachers’ official work email accounts, which end in cps.edu.
The email says participants in the “externship program” would be expected to contribute 12 hours per week to the Lightfoot campaign and students could earn “class credit.”
“We’re simply looking for enthusiastic, curious and hard-working young people eager to help Mayor Lightfoot win this spring,” according to an email obtained by WTTW News.