Former Trump administration official Richard Grenell slammed a Politico article this week for claiming – without confirming – that he is in the process of putting together a staff for a gubernatorial run in California, according to Grenell’s Twitter. Grenell is one of the key organizers of the ‘Recall Gavin’ petition drive to force California Governor Gavin Newsom out of office over his mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing economic crisis in the state.
The publication ran a story claiming Grenell “is interviewing campaign strategists and laying groundwork for a potential run for California governor if the bid to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom goes forward.”
Grenell tweeted saying, “@Politico lies again. Here is the full quote I gave to @davidsiders (which he cut down in order to push a false narrative). I don’t believe you have a source telling you that because it isn’t true and this is the second time Politico has pretended gossip is journalism.”
Moreover, Grenell tweeted the quote he sent Politico.
“I don’t believe you have a source telling you that because it isn’t true and this is the second time Politico has pretended gossip is journalism,” he Tweeted.
It didn’t matter. As of Sunday, the article still claims Grenell is looking to run. All this, based on comments made by an ‘unnamed’ Republican strategist who has allegedly spoken with Grenell about his plans.
Apparently Grenell’s own words don’t outweigh this anonymous strategist.
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DOJ says FBI informant on Biden had ‘high-level’ contacts with Russian intelligence
In a memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to support Alexander Smirnov’s continued pre-trial detention, the Department of Justice(DOJ) wrote that he claimed to have had “contacts with multiple foreign intelligence agencies…[who] could resettle Smirnov outside the United States if he were released.”
Smirnov, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, was arrested and charged on Feb. 14 with making false statements to the FBI about Biden’s connections to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited, which employed his son Hunter Biden as a member of the board with a monthly salary of $50,000 during his term as vice president.
“During his custodial interview on February 14, Smirnov admitted that officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story about [Hunter Biden],” wrote special counsel David Weiss in the filing. “Smirnov apparently attended a separate meeting with Russian Official 1, [an] individual who controls groups that are engaged in overseas assassination efforts.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Smirnov was a confidential human source who provided information that was used to prepare a report, known as an FD-1023, about Joe Biden’s alleged connections to the Burisma business partners of Hunter Biden. That report has previously served as evidence contradictingJoe Biden’s claim that he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings; a notion at the center of an impeachment inquiry against him.
The FD-1023 detailing Smirnov’s claims was released by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on July 20, 2023, after it was provided to him by government whistleblowers. “[The] indictment confirms several points Senator Grassley has made repeatedly. The informant behind the FD-1023 was, indeed, a long-serving, trusted FBI source used by the agency for criminal investigations since the Obama administration. In fact, he was so trusted that the FBI provided him authorization ‘to engage in illegal activity for investigative purposes’,” a spokesperson for Grassley told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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