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Waiting On Justice: It’s Been Four Years

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After more than four years, Department of Justice prosecutor John Durham is finally going to give us a small piece of what he’s been working on since being appointed to investigate the FBI’s now-debunked probe into President Donald Trump and Russia.

The American people vested in the story and lawmakers who have spent years investigating it are more than frustrated and they have reason to be. A duly elected president and the American people had their constitutional rights trampled on and have witnessed egregious malfeasance with agencies that have been entrusted to uphold the law.

Former senior Obama administration officials used and abused the trust of the American people. The senior officials weaponized federal law enforcement, as well as U.S. intelligence assets to spy on a political opponent. When these former senior officials couldn’t derail President Trump’s campaign or his electability, they continued to target his administration and for the last nearly four years they tried to derail his presidency.

After several years of do nothing former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and several interim AGs, we still have not seen justice in one of the biggest political scandals in modern history.

If today’s decision by Durham is to issue several smaller indictments against low rung employees then we know justice will not be fully served.

The simplest indictment would be against FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who falsified the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against Carter Page. Page, who was a volunteer for the 2016 Trump campaign, is now suing multiple media outlets for falsifying information against him. The warrant allowed the FBI to spy on Page’s communications and allowed them access into the Trump campaign.

But Clinesmith was not alone in his actions. Neither were any of the other FBI agents that spied on Trump’s campaign. These actions were approved and managed by senior-level officials like FBI Director James Comey and his Deputy Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus Rep. Andy Biggs told me Friday morning that Barr’s statements to Fox News host Sean Hannity Thursday night about Durham’s announcement is concerning. He noted that Barr’s statement that the information will not be “earth shattering” is an indication that not enough is being done.

I absolutely agree with Biggs. He wasn’t the only one I spoke to this morning in Congress that is concerned about the direction of the Department of Justice and the ongoing investigation into the FBI’s probe. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

It should only be hours before we know whether or not we have a two-tiered justice system and bureaucrats so powerful they operate with impunity.

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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