Truth Finally Gets Its Boots On

 

Conservative fixation – and frustration – with Special Counsel and former US Attorney John Durham may be well placed, but a poorly-reported event this week deserves attention.

As reported by the Washington Examiner, which broke the story, the Federal Election Commission fined the 2016 Hillary Clinton for President campaign and Democratic National Committee for violating reporting requirements for over $1 million in payments to their law firm Perkins Coie. What did the FEC find on a likely unanimous, bipartisan vote (there are six commissioners, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans)? The failure to properly disclose the Clinton campaign’s payments for the discredited “Steele Dossier.”

The Epoch Times summarizes the Dossier: “The dossier was rife with salacious, unsubstantiated claims, many of which have since been debunked by federal officials, including Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.”

The Clinton campaign and DNC tried to hide the contributions by failing to disclose their “purpose properly.” That’s against FEC regulations.

It’s worth noting that two of the attorneys then servicing the Clinton campaign and the DNC in this matter were Mark Sussman, who has been indicted for lying to the FBI by Durham, and Democratic superlawyer Marc Elias. Elias is credited for being the mastermind behind Democratic redistricting lawsuits and loosening voter integrity requirements in states like Georgia during the 2020 election. Sussman failed to disclose that he was representing the Clinton campaign when he peddled the Steele Dossier in hopes of triggering an investigation, which he got.

Separate charges against Elias and another DNC official were dismissed, mostly over the accusation that Christopher Steele’s dossier (Steele is a British subject) was a foreign contribution prohibited by law.

The original complaint was filed by the non-profit Coolidge-Reagan Foundation almost four years ago, in 2018. It finally resulted in a “conciliation agreement” signed with the perpetrators in February, in which they admitted misreporting the expenditures in question.

The FEC’s modest fines – $8,000 to the Clinton campaign and $105,000 to the Democratic National Committee – are more evidence that the real “Russian collusion” leading up to the 2016 election wasn’t by Donald Trump. The Clinton campaign and Obama Administration conspired to politicize federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies to swing an election and undermine the Trump transition and administration, using phony Russian intel. FBI and Central Intelligence Agency officials may quibble with that, but we’ll patiently wait for Durham’s investigation to complete (if he isn’t fired in the meantime) for the final word.

The FEC’s actions seem rather mild compared to the punishment of conservative author and film producer Dinesh D’Souza for violating federal campaign finance laws. “D’Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 for donating $20,000 to New York politician (defeated 2012 US Senate candidate) Wendy Long. He was sentenced to five years probation, eight months in a halfway house, and paid a $30,000 fine,” reported Fox News.

But that isn’t the only pair of boots. Fast forward to the 2020 election when a certain laptop was left at a Wilmington, Delaware repair shop in April 2019 by one Hunter Biden. That laptop found its way to the local FBI and the US Attorney. Copies of the laptop’s hard drive were shared with former New York City mayor and US Attorney Rudy Giuliani and the New York Post. Other copies made their way to the Washington Post, which along with the New York Times, recently and finally admitted that the laptop’s contents were authentic. Including, apparently, this family-friendly photo (others, not so much).

You remember the Post story, which broke in October 2020, just before the presidential elections. The laptop’s sordid disclosure was classic “Russian disinformation,” claimed 51 former defense, intelligence, and law enforcement officials, including James Clapper, Michael Hayden, Leon Panetta, and John Brennan. Twitter removed the Post’s account, accusing America’s oldest newspaper of producing a “hacked” account. Twitter even blocked attempts to share the article. Facebook also censored the story. From the news site Issues and Insights:

Finally, both the New York Times and Washington Post have been forced to admit that Hunter Biden’s lost laptop is real, not a “fake” or a Russian fabrication, and that it contains a trove of damning evidence (22,000 emails “authenticated”) of Biden family corruption.

The family’s dealings with the communist Chinese government and powerful officials in both Russia and Ukraine are so numerous and so byzantine it’s not possible to describe them all in this limited space.

And they’re not new. Credible reports of corruption have circulated for years in American digital samizdat circles and on alternative media and conservative web sites.

Neither Twitter nor Facebook has apologized for their error (and, frankly, a generous in-kind contribution to the Biden for President campaign).

Of course, no reporting of the Biden laptop scandal is complete without crediting investigative journalist Peter Schweizer for his groundbreaking work on the Biden family’s dubious financial ties to China, Ukraine, and elsewhere. Or, for that matter, the full story of the “Laptop from Hell,” the title of a book authored by Miranda Devine, the New York Post reporter and columnist who broke the original story. And whatever happened to Tony Bobulinski? This week, senior US Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) released bank records itemizing payments from Chinese Communist Party-linked entities.

But there’s one more set of boots: the 2020 election itself. Evidence mounts that there may have been enough shenanigans to influence the outcome. The latest comes from economist John Lott Jr., best known for his gun-related research at the Crime Prevention Research Center. The Daily Signal:

At least 255,000 excess votes were cast in the 2020 presidential election across six battleground states, according to a new study that examined individual voting precincts.

Economist John Lott, president of the Crime Research Prevention Center, is the author of the peer-reviewed study, which looked at precincts in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The study, set to be published in the academic journal Public Choice, compares precincts where there were allegations of voter fraud to similar precincts in neighboring counties that had no fraud allegations. In each comparison, the two precincts examined fall on opposite sides of a county line—in some cases across the street.

Precincts are county-level election subdivisions, usually with fewer than 1,000 voters. Precincts in counties with fraud allegations had significantly higher voter participation than adjacent precincts in counties without alleged fraud, the study found.

“Precincts are generally small, homogeneous areas, and when two areas are adjacent and similar to each other, why would one precinct have far many more votes?” Lott asked The Daily Signal in an interview. “If you have a get-out-the-vote campaign, you care about winning the state, [and are] not focused on the precinct.”

Lott’s study found that at least 255,000 excess votes were cast—and possibly as many as 368,000—for Democratic nominee Joe Biden in six states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Biden beat then-President Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, by a total of 313,253 votes in the six states.

The study is just one more example of evidence of sloppiness, misfeasance, or malfeasance that resulted from the pandemic-influenced rules changes during the 2020 election. While journalists continue to ask the wrong question – do you believe the 2020 election was “stolen” – it is fair to ask if we will ever know who won.

Relitigating the 2020 election is not a winning issue, but most Americans apparently are losing confidence in our elections. That should trouble everyone. A 2021 Rasmussen Reports survey found “that 55 percent of Likely U.S. Voters support forensic audits of election results to ensure there was no vote fraud.” A subsequent survey found that 74 percent favor voter ID. Meanwhile, Democrats voted in lockstep for legislation (HR 1) last year, passing the House, prohibiting states from requiring voter ID, and worse.

Twenty-four states in 2021, most famously Georgia and, this week, Arizona, have enacted laws to strengthen voting requirements. Seventeen states thus far have banned outside groups from privately funding official elections, with Democratic governors vetoing bills in six others (one was overridden in Kansas). Pennsylvania’s legislature passed a bill allowing private funding but requiring that it be evenly distributed via the Secretary of State’s office. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed even that bill.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) disclosed that nearly 25,000 registrants in North Carolina are either dead, have moved, or are registered to vote twice. Some registrants have been dead for more than 20 years.

Dirty voter rolls aren’t limited to North Carolina. Through her podcast, “Who’s Counting,” GOP election attorney Cleta Mitchell has invested several hours interviewing election workers, experts, and officials in several states, including Pennsylvania and Arizona, detailing problems and concerns with election integrity. I did not know, for example, that you do not need a fixed address to register to vote in Virginia.

Speaking of Pennsylvania, a whistleblower complaint, complete with video, is pending in state court over alleged illegal activity by Delaware County, where I lived, voted, and was a poll watcher in 2020. It’s worth watching.

And yes, dead people sometimes vote. It reminds me of the quip famously uttered by the late former Gov. Brendan Byrne (D-NJ). When he died, he said, “I want to be buried in Hudson County so that I can remain active in politics.”

And that’s not all. About those “mostly peaceful” protests resulting from the tragic death of George Floyd in 2020 – one protestor in Oregon was just sentenced to 10 years in jail for attempted murder and other charges, along with $200,000 in restitution.

The legendary itinerant preacher, Charles Spurgeon, said in 1855 that “A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.” We’re discovering, again, the veracity and wisdom of that adage.

Meanwhile, the credibility of certain media, former intelligence officials, and election administrators is slowly being destroyed before our eyes. Truth has put on its boots and is catching up to so many falsehoods. Truth, like facts, is a stubborn thing. And sadly, it moves much slower than lies.

Recommended reading:

Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich by Helping China Win, by Peter Schweizer

Laptop from Hell: Hunter Biden, Big Tech, and the Big Secrets the President Tried to Hide, by Miranda Devine

Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections, by Mollie Hemingway.

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  1. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
    Douglas Pratt
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    Rigged by Molly Hemingway is one of the best things I’ve ever read on the subject. She narrates it on Audible…highly recommended.

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  2. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax)
    @DonG

    The Truth may have its boots on, but mainstream media has dropped it off in Antarctica to never be seen again.

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  3. navyjag Coolidge
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    Good stuff Kelly. Unfortunately  too late for 2020. But if state laws tighten up before November, looks like they are, then we should be in good shape for  2024. 

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  4. Barfly Member
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    @Barfly

    navyjag (View Comment):

    Good stuff Kelly. Unfortunately too late for 2020. But if state laws tighten up before November, looks like they are, then we should be in good shape for 2024.

    Yep, 2024 sure looks solid. We got blindsided in 2020, but I’m sure we’re on top of it now. I’m just certain they’ve closed all the loopholes, cause I trust legislators. Especially in the state houses where there’s less scrutiny and all. I feel good knowing the lefties will just have to follow these new laws – after all, nobody really broke the law in 2020 anyway, at least that’s what the courts said.

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  5. Kelly D Johnston Coolidge
    Kelly D Johnston
    @SoupGuy

    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) (View Comment):

    The Truth may have its boots on, but mainstream media has dropped it off in Antarctica to never be seen again.

    The mainstream media doesn’t have that much power. Truth always wins in the end. I read The Book. 

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  6. Kelly D Johnston Coolidge
    Kelly D Johnston
    @SoupGuy

    Barfly (View Comment):

    navyjag (View Comment):

    Good stuff Kelly. Unfortunately too late for 2020. But if state laws tighten up before November, looks like they are, then we should be in good shape for 2024.

    Yep, 2024 sure looks solid. We got blindsided in 2020, but I’m sure we’re on top of it now. I’m just certain they’ve closed all the loopholes, cause I trust legislators. Especially in the state houses where there’s less scrutiny and all. I feel good knowing the lefties will just have to follow these new laws – after all, nobody really broke the law in 2020 anyway, at least that’s what the courts said.

    I HOPE we’re on top if it. The “party” in general has raised its game, and that’s encouraging. But The Left and its lawyers are always one step ahead of us. 

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  7. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat
    @FrontSeatCat

    I hope Trump sues the pantsuit off her………… just despicable. 

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  8. Kelly D Johnston Coolidge
    Kelly D Johnston
    @SoupGuy

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Rigged by Molly Hemingway is one of the best things I’ve ever read on the subject. She narrates it on Audible…highly recommended.

    It is the definitive book of the 2020 election. However, the version I have from Audible was narrated by someone else. No matter, it is a must-read/listen. Thanks. 

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  9. Michael Henry Member
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    Very good, succinct compilation, Kelly. I have always believed the 2020 election was stolen by dumping falsified ballots in a half-dozen key counties in swing states. Much of the technical analysis by statistics and computer experts that was shown at the hearings post-election established that wholesale fraud took place from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. election night. 

    I watched many of these presentations and was convinced by the evidence.

    The media pooh-poohed the evidence produced in these hearing. They uniformly ignored or ridiculed the very persuasive presentations as conspiracies. This cover-up by the media continued through inauguration and our Dodderer-In-Chief’s first year in office. Media refers to the claim, even today, as “The Big Lie.”

    Even the WSJ continues to describe President Trump assertions about “The Big Steal” as false. 

    But most of the blame should be squarely placed on the corrupt and politically-driven judges who refused to hear the evidence. Scores of legitimate lawsuits were dismissed for “lack of standing.”

    Whenever the issue was raised in the media, Democrat apologists would proclaim that “all the courts who looked at the claims found that there was no fraud.” This was an abject lie. 

    I believe that the one person primarily responsible for this incredibly disappointing failure of the judicial system is U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. 

    He decided that his court, “the Roberts Court,” would not entertain any claims that election fraud resulted in the Biden “victory.”

    I used to be a fan of George W. Bush and John Roberts, but not any more. Roberts has sided with liberals on the court on many critical cases, including his unbelievable conclusion that Obamacare was a “tax,” which assertion was absurd on his face and which claim had not been argued by the proponents of the statute. Roberts’ vote saved Obamacare, reportedly causing Justice Scalia to explode in anger and disbelief, according to reports. 

    Our legal system in this country has failed us in many ways, but the condonation of the 2020 election has to rank as one of its more hideous failures. 

     

     

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  10. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    As with the IRS scandal of the Obama era – nothing major will occur

    US taxpayers will pay the pensions for members of the bureaucracy that violated the law 

    Media will allow this go down the memory hole when they push the next “russian collusion” story

     

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  11. genferei Member
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    @genferei

    I wish I could be as optimistic.* I see no appetite in the GOPe for really confronting electoral malfeasance – it continues to be a dreadful faux pas even to mention it, at least without downplaying its scale and effect and essentially resigning oneself to the US having more endemic voting fraud than the rest of the developed world combined – or for taking on the Media/Intelligence shadow government. We have a system where lawyers regularly rotate between Democratic-aligned law firms and the DOJ, ‘investigating’ each other so that they can act with impunity and where it is normal for elected ‘public servants’ to become astonishingly wealthy off the back of their positions. If the ‘boots’ of truth really worked Brandon would have retired to a secluded drawing room with a pistol long ago.

    * I understand some people need optimism to keep up their energy for the fight, while others thrive on the cold fury of despair. This leads to a lot of ‘hopium’ vs ‘black pill’ debates between people that agree more than they disagree.

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  12. Victor Tango Kilo Member
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    @VtheK

    It takes years for the truth to get out about Hillary and Biden.

    Lies about Trump insulting the troops, calling white supremacists “fine people,”  or hiding the phone records from 1/6, or Brett Kavanaugh being a high school rapist… they circle the globe in minutes, and even when proven false become part of the left’s gospel.

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  13. kedavis Coolidge
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    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    It takes years for the truth to get out about Hillary and Biden.

    Lies about Trump insulting the troops, calling white supremacists “fine people,” or hiding the phone records from 1/6, or Brett Kavanaugh being a high school rapist… they circle the globe in minutes, and even when proven false become part of the left’s gospel.

    And Never Trump’s gospel too.

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