Within a couple of hours of President Joe Biden’s swearing-in Wednesday, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel’s Twitter account was changed to include that the position will also oversee the West Bank and Gaza, first reported by The Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo.
The page was quickly reverted back to just state the position is the “U.S. Ambassador to Israel,” deleting the addition.
As Kredo notes in his piece, the earlier change signaled the first time the U.S. will have a policy stance on the Palestinian territories. Moreover, he writes that it could strain ties with Israeli officials.
On Tuesday, Antony Blinken, President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, testified before a Senate committee that he would push for a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians and keep the U.S. Embassy in Israel in Jerusalem if confirmed.
Senator Ted Cruz asked Blinken if he both ‘agreed that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel’ and if he would ‘commit that the United States will keep our embassy in Jerusalem.”
To which Blinken replied resolutely, “Yes and yes.”
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Videotapes containing witness interviews conducted by the Democrat-led January 6 congressional committee have disappeared. The chairman of the House Administration oversight subcommittee, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), expressed his apprehension on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show.
According to Loudermilk, all videotapes of depositions have vanished, raising questions about the preservation of crucial evidence. He argued that, under House rules, these tapes qualified as congressional evidence, especially since some clips were aired during hearings. Loudermilk contended that the tapes should have been preserved by the now-defunct Jan. 6 committee and its chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).
Loudermilk’s revelation has broader implications, potentially impacting criminal trials in both state court in Georgia and federal court in Washington, where individuals, including former President Donald Trump, face charges related to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Notably, Trump’s legal team had recently requested evidence from the Jan. 6 committee but was denied by a judge.
The situation takes a further twist as Loudermilk disclosed that the J6 committee had sent certain evidence, such as transcripts, to the Biden White House and the Homeland Security Department. Shockingly, these transcripts have now been returned to Loudermilk’s GOP-led subcommittee almost entirely redacted, preventing the disclosure of their contents.
The lack of records regarding witnesses, their statements, and the extensive redactions have raised concerns among House Republicans. Loudermilk emphasized that these documents belong to the House and should not have been sent in such a heavily redacted form. The chairman questioned the motives behind the redactions, asking why a Democrat-run House was allowed to have unredacted documents while a Republican committee’s efforts were obstructed. This development adds another layer of complexity to the ongoing investigations into the events surrounding January 6, 2021.
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