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WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: The truths the Jan. 6 committee will never uncover

Congressional investigations are designed to root out the waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars as well as provide transparency on important issues for the American people. And there’s widespread agreement that the most effective oversight committees in history have been honest, bipartisan and fair.

By now the American people know that the House Jan. 6 select committee is none of these things; in fact, it’s the exact opposite. It’s an illegitimate committee that has no minority members or rights, it is completely partisan, and its focus is not on the truth, but rather on stopping former President Donald Trump from running for president again.

In the sham committee’s desperate drive to take down Mr. Trump by any means necessary, they’re crafting a narrative that doesn’t quite add up and omits important facts that would not stand if there were proper Republican representation on the committee. Career-politician Reps. Bennie Thompson, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and Adam Schiff, whose failed job performance has helped pave the way for Congress’ 19% approval rating, want the American people to believe that Mr. Trump did nothing to defuse the riot at the U.S. Capitol. This is the big lie that Ms. Cheney continued to spew on Fox News Sunday recently.

According to a November 2021 Department of Defense Inspector General report, at a Jan. 3, 2021, meeting in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump made it clear he wanted sufficient National Guard available on Jan. 6. The report states, “Mr. Miller and GEN Milley met with the president at the White House at 5:30 p.m. The primary topic they discussed was unrelated to the scheduled rally. GEN Milley told us that at the end of the meeting, the President told Mr. Miller that there would be a large number of protestors on January 6, 2021, and Mr. Miller should ensure sufficient National Guard or Soldiers would be there to make sure it was a safe event. Gen. Milley told us that Mr. Miller responded, ‘We’ve got a plan and we’ve got it covered.’”

Furthermore, Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller’s testified under oath before Congress in May 2021 that on Jan. 5, 2021, “The president ‘commented that “they” were going to need 10,000 troops the following day … I took his comment to mean that a large force would be required to maintain order the following day.’” This doesn’t sound like a president uninterested in safety and security. Indeed, there is much more to the story than the one-sided “unselect” committee would like to admit. Look no further than the Jan. 4, 2021, memo to the secretary of the Army from Mr. Miller approving the District of Columbia’s request for D.C. National Guard support in response to the upcoming event in Washington on Jan. 6. Mr. Miller wrote “… you are authorized to approve the requested support, subject to my guidance below and subject to consultation with the Attorney General …” This authorization came out of the two meetings with Gen. Milley and Mr. Miller and clearly came from the president of the United States.

Then there’s Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Jan. 5, 2021, letter to Mr. Miller, Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen, and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy in which she writes, “… the District of Columbia is not requesting other federal law enforcement personnel and discourages any additional deployment without immediate notification to, and consultation with, MPD if such plans are underway.” Let’s face it, a legitimate committee interested in the truth would have called Ms. Bowser to testify publicly.

This Pelosi-appointed committee is un-American on its face because it has no checks and balances. Making once-sided determinations with no mechanism for rebuttal is the order of the day with this anti-Trump group. “Believe us,” they say, just as we were told to believe Mr. Trump was a Russian agent who colluded with Russia to win in 2016. But all of that has turned out to be a concocted lie — the nonstop 24-hour news coverage, the Mueller probe, the countless hearings, the Pulitzer Prizes, all of it. Thanks to Special Counsel John Durham, we’re finding out the truth. As it turns out, it was Hillary Clinton and the left who were colluding with Russia to stop Trump!

You’d hope that because of this colossal failure, the biased mainstream media would approach their Jan. 6 committee coverage differently — as journalists instead of activists. Instead, they’ve decided to double down on their never-ending obsession to get Mr. Trump. That being said, after the Jan. 6 panel is finally shuttered and they release a report containing their Trump-deranged partisan version of the truth, what will we be finding out after the fact about what really happened on Jan. 6?

Over the past 18 months, a lot has come to light about the security failures at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. There are memos, letters, emails and text messages from the White House, the Pentagon and the D.C. mayor’s office — all now in the public domain — but none from Congress itself. The activities of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms, and senior congressional staff remain largely a mystery. If the Jan. 6 investigation were interested in the facts or the actual timeline of events, wouldn’t they ask for Mrs. Pelosi’s sworn testimony and her staff’s emails? It simply can’t, because the committee doesn’t want to disrupt its Trump-hating narrative.

The good news is that the truth always prevails. When Republicans retake the majority in the House of Representatives in January 2023, the Committee on House Administration under the leadership of incoming Chair Barry Loudermilk will be conducting an internal investigation of the Jan. 6 investigation, its members and its staff. Mr. Loudermilk will finally disclose to the American people the Jan. 6 committee’s abuses of power and why certain issues were never probed and whether it participated in any cover-up. Those answers will be long overdue, but just like with the Russia hoax, it will be worth the wait.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: Trump’s continued strength vs. Biden’s malaise

It’s been 18 months since the end of President Donald Trump’s remarkable term in the White House. A year and a half is an eternity in politics and by this point in most post-presidencies, former chief executives are no longer commanding any significant national attention and their agendas are largely set aside for the next set of ideas. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush — even the anointed one Barack Obama — all followed the traditional path of opening a library or starting a foundation and headlining the occasional party fundraiser, but by and large, all exited center stage.

Not so with the 45th president. To this day, Mr. Trump — the ultimate political outsider and change agent — remains at the forefront of American politics. Mr. Trump’s tremendous impact on government coupled with the establishment and biased mainstream media’s unhinged reaction to his rise to the presidency still dominates the political scene today. It’s something we’ve never witnessed as a country.

Mr. Trump’s commonsense “America First” agenda remains the agenda of the Republican Party and Republican candidates for office at all levels of government. You simply can’t find a Republican candidate who isn’t for building the border wall, law and order, getting tough on China, energy independence and strong adherence to the Constitution. Mr. Trump’s agenda remains so popular because it worked for four years.

For the Democrats, investigating Mr. Trump and trying to deny him another run for the presidency in 2024 remains their top priority. The Democrats are so hopelessly incompetent and out of touch that they would rather destroy Mr. Trump than attempt to solve our nation’s crippling inflation, crime and border crises. And the liberal media is more than happy to aid and abet their political allies on the left because Mr. Trump sells. The former president helps them with clicks and to survive another day in the midst of their slow-moving death spiral.

The left’s most recent coordinated effort to suggest that Mr. Trump is losing his grip on power in the GOP according to phony corporate polls is fake news. The truth is that Mr. Trump and his agenda remain wildly popular and greatly missed among wide swaths of Republican primary voters. Let’s face it, if any other politician considering a run for the presidency was sitting in the position Mr. Trump is right now, they would be labeled “strong” and “tough to beat.” But that’s Trump Derangement Syndrome for you.

GOP voters are overwhelmingly receptive to the idea that if Mr. Trump chose to seek another term in office, he has every right to do so. President Biden won a razor-thin election by about 42,000 votes in three battleground states during the fog and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic with untested universal mail-in voting, drop boxes, ballot harvesting and so-called “Zuck Bucks” carrying the day.

The same goes for “Crooked H” herself, Hillary Clinton. Former Secretary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016 and if she decided to make another run for the presidency in 2024, she could easily make the case that she earned it. No one on the Democrat side could compete with a Clinton reboot at this point — including the rapidly fading current president of the United States.

On Mr. Biden’s watch — under complete Democrat control — America is heading in the wrong direction at a historic level. One recent poll found that only 10% of the American people believe we’re on the right track while an astonishing 87% said we’re going down the wrong track. Coincidentally, this month marks the 43rd anniversary of former President Jimmy Carter’s infamous “malaise” speech. Mr. Biden could deliver the same speech today nearly word for word and the American people wouldn’t blink. To be certain, clueless Mr. Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s horrible policies have driven us into a ditch just like the incompetent Mr. Carter did with his own Democrat majority in Congress in the late 1970s.

The abject failure of the Biden agenda along with the radicalization of the Democrat Party has paved the way for a Trump encore. The contrast Mr. Trump could draw on the campaign trail would be extraordinarily convincing. It would be so strong in fact that it would cause other Republican presidential hopefuls to recede into the ether due to the lack of oxygen.

On the campaign trail, candidate Trump would ask his huge crowds very straightforward questions: Do you support my border security plan or open borders and more fentanyl? Do you support my low tax and pro-growth economic policies or inflation and high gas prices? Do you support the heroic police and safe neighborhoods like me or defunding police and violent crime? Do you support American energy independence — which was achieved on my watch — or begging Saudi Arabia to drill more oil? You get the picture.

If there were ever a reason for a Trump rubber match, this is it. In 2024, the American people can decide if they like the hugely successful Trump American first agenda or the disastrous radical left’s agenda more because now they’ve seen both in action.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: How about a select committee on Biden family corruption?

Cassidy Hutchinson’s recent hearing before the Jan. 6 “un-select” committee was noteworthy not only due to her false and highly questionable secondhand testimony, but also because it showcased the new rules that unhinged Democrats and RINO Rep. Liz Cheney have implemented for future congressional investigations.

Arrogant Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump-deranged members of this illegitimate committee — who are wrecking their hallowed institution under the phony guise of trying to save it — will be forced to live under the new standards they created in less than six months from now. The same goes for journalists in the biased liberal media and the Washington establishment who all turned a blind eye to the abuse of power and the abandonment of the rule of law, House rules and historical precedent. For a group that talks a lot about unity, the partisan structure and actions of the Jan. 6 committee are about as divisive as you can get.

In January of 2023 when Republicans take back the majority in the House of Representatives, they must immediately create a select committee on Biden family corruption. If a select committee is necessary to probe a riot at the U.S. Capitol, then a select committee is surely necessary to find out if the sitting president of the United States is compromised. And following Jan. 6 committee protocols, the panel should have nine Republican members, zero Democrats and no minority staff.

The Democrats have done away with minority rights completely, so the days of notifying the other side of the aisle about upcoming hearings, depositions, or subpoenas are gone. And since minority party representation on committees is no longer a requirement, there will be no more equal time, sharing information, cross-examination, or alternate points of view. For the new select committee, it will be all Biden investigations, all the time; just like the Jan. 6 committee is ruthlessly anti-Trump 100% of the time.

Subpoenas should be issued for Hunter Biden, James Biden, family business associates, senior White House staff and President Biden himself on the first day of the new Congress. The American people deserve to know just how compromised President Biden really is due to his family’s financial entanglements in China, Russia and Ukraine. This is information that should have come to light during the 2020 campaign, but it was censored by Big Tech and the anti-Trump mainstream media. It’s never too late.

The Biden White House can’t hide behind executive privilege anymore either due to the dangerous precedent set by the Jan. 6 investigation. Take it from Mr. Biden himself who ruled last year “that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified as to any of the documents.”

And following the new rules of the Jan. 6 committee, when subpoenas for testimony are issued, there’s no more leniency; witnesses must comply or invoke the Fifth Amendment in person with the cameras on. Individuals are to appear immediately or else be held in contempt of Congress and referred for criminal indictment without delay. Then the American people can ask why Trump associates are prosecuted in shackles and Biden associates are given a free pass by the hyper-politicized Biden Justice Department.

The first question from investigators for Joe and Hunter Biden should be about the 2018 voicemail the president left for Hunter concerning a New York Times report about their China-related business dealings. Does Mr. Biden stand by his statement that he’s never discussed Hunter’s international business with him? Fox News reporter Peter Doocy should be commended for staying on this story from the beginning — and shame on his fellow reporters in the White House Briefing Room who don’t have the guts to ask a follow-up question. It’s no wonder that a new book found that 12 out of the 13 journalists who get to ask questions at the White House are Democrats.

The old saying that sunlight is the best disinfectant is still true, and the Biden White House needs to learn it. The American people deserve to know why Hunter Biden traveled to China on Air Force 2 with then-Vice President Biden in 2013; they deserve to know how Hunter got on the board of a Ukrainian energy company; they deserve to know why Mr. Biden attended a dinner at Cafe Milano with Hunter’s wealthy Russian business associates. The list of questions goes on and on. In fact, you could literally hold dozens of Jan. 6-style hearings on all the various topics of alleged Biden family corruption.

Republican Rep. James Comer — who is in line to be the next chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee — was right when he said, “we view Hunter Biden as a national security risk.” This is the topic that Congress and the mainstream media should be focused on — not former President Donald Trump and uncorroborated hearsay about what didn’t happen on Jan. 6, 2021.

This week’s hearing by the Jan. 6 inquisition will apparently focus on how the radical groups involved with the riot at the U.S. Capitol were organized and financed. There’s a critical piece of exculpatory evidence that must be mentioned at the hearing, but the one-sided faux committee will probably ignore it. The federal indictment of Oath Keeper leader Stewart Rhodes states, “RHODES then messaged the Leadership Signal Chat, ‘Pence is doing nothing. As I predicted.’ RHODES added, ‘All I see Trump doing is complaining. I see no intent by him to do anything. So the patriots are taking it into their own hands. They’ve had enough.’” Historically, congressional committees that are interested in fairness and the facts would note this important piece of information for the American people, but next week you won’t hear a word of it.

They say that what goes around comes around. And come January, the Biden White House will finally be held accountable — with the help of the new Biden-Pelosi investigative rulebook.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: What Tuesday's election results tell Biden, Democrats and Republicans

Joe Biden’s hot inflation summer has begun and the results of this week’s primary and run-off elections around the country provided some important insight into how Americans are feeling about his failing presidency and what issues they care about the most. Unsurprisingly, there’s a complete disconnect between what career politicians in Washington are prioritizing and what hardworking families need them to focus on.

The American people are hurting from the high cost of gas and groceries -- and just about everything in between -- and are concerned for the future of the country.  Recent polling indicates that an astonishing 70 percent believe that America is on the wrong track under President Biden and his approval rating is clocking in under 40 percent on a regular basis.

According to Fox News survey data from June, Biden’s approval rating on his handling of the economy is just 29 percent and when it comes to the inflation crisis, his approval comes in at an abysmal 23 percent.

It’s clear that voters are most concerned about their economic well-being more than anything else and are turning out to the polls in historic numbers because inflation is keeping them up at night.

Be that as it may, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s out of touch Democrat-controlled Congress -- with the help of RINO Congresswoman Liz Cheney -- has chosen to continue its never-ending war against President Trump instead of waging a war against inflation to help struggling Americans.  The fact is that what happened on January 6, 2021, will have little to do with the outcome of the 2022 midterm elections.  President Trump isn’t on the ballot -- but Joe Biden’s disastrous policies are.

In Alabama’s GOP run-off election for U.S. Senate, first time candidate Katie Britt prevailed. With her impressive victory, Britt is one step closer to becoming the first woman elected to the Senate from Alabama in history.  If elected -- which is highly likely in ruby red Alabama -- Britt must join the growing ranks of "next generation" conservative U.S. Senators such as Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley, and Marco Rubio who are determined to not just manage the decay in Washington but finally get America’s fiscal house in order.

Republicans turned out in droves in the Yellowhammer State to cast a vote for their next U.S. Senator in a summer run-off election.

This is just more evidence that Republicans are energized in 2022 and ready to make a statement at the polls in November against the failed leadership of Joe "The Great Inflator" Biden and his country-wrecking socialist agenda. Britt was spot on when she recently stated that voters "miss the America First agenda and they are ready for our country to get back on track."

Similar messages were sent in two swing districts within the renewed presidential battleground state of Virginia.

In Virginia’s 2nd congressional district, State Senator and Navy veteran Jen Kiggans won the Republican primary election to take on Pelosi puppet Rep. Elaine Luria in November. And in the 7th congressional district, rising America first superstar Yesli Vega won her competitive primary contest to take on far-left Democrat Rep. Abigail Spanberger.

So, what’s causing the Republican energy in support of conservative women all across the country? Like longtime Clinton strategist James Carville used to say, "It’s the economy, stupid."

It seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  On June 18, 1978 -- about four months before President Jimmy Carter’s midterm election -- The New York Times ran a column entitled "How Carter Can Stop Inflation."  The piece is eerily similar to the situation that Joe Biden finds himself in 44 years later.

For example, the piece states "In his early days in the White House, Jimmy Carter didn’t greatly pretend to treat it in any serious way at all."

Sound familiar? The column goes on to say that "With the help of Congress, Jimmy Carter has, in fact, needlessly exacerbated inflation."

Remember Biden’s irresponsible multi-trillion dollar pandemic spending spree? The column also asks, "So now the Carter Administration boldly proclaims that something must be done…The question is whether what is being tried, or is likely to be tried, will work…" One thing is for certain: Biden and the Democrats’ modern day Marie Antoinette "let them eat cake" routine is horribly tone-deaf.

When people can’t afford to fill up their gas tanks, advising them to buy an expensive electric car is insulting; and the president traveling to Saudi Arabia to beg for more oil isn’t going to solve the problem either.

Let’s face it, President Trump understood that energy security is national security and that’s why he made America energy independent.

These primary results should make Democrats extraordinarily nervous about the rapidly approaching midterm elections.

The Biden presidency has brought a crime crisis, border crisis, inflation crisis, gas price crisis and baby formula crisis to our country.

These are real problems that have Americans of all political stripes hurting. Not since the days of Jimmy Carter has America seen a malaise set in around the country like we’re seeing today.

Complete Democrat control of both houses of Congress and the White House got us into this mess and a return to the America first agenda will lead us out of it.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,”  along with "Let Trump Be Trump"  and “Trump’s Enemies.”

FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: 10 years after Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, big corporations haven't hijacked our elections

The dangers of foreign influence over our government and foreign money infiltrating our elections have been a concern in the United States since the very beginning of our constitutional republic. In Federalist 68, Alexander Hamilton described corruption as one of the "deadly adversaries of republican government…chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils." 

This is one of the reasons why the U.S. Constitution allows only natural-born U.S. citizens to hold the office of the presidency. It’s also a reason why it’s illegal for candidates for federal office to accept campaign contributions from foreign nationals.

That being said, ever since President Barack Obama falsely attacked the U.S. Supreme Court for their decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission during his 2010 State of the Union address, left-wingers have been knowingly spouting tall tales about the coming flood of corporate money that will surely take over our election system.

The left never lets the facts get in the way of a good story. Even phonier still is their laughable assertion that the Citizens United decision -- a decision about free speech and government censorship -- somehow made foreign money legal in American politics. Citizens United literally had nothing to do with foreign money -- it was illegal then and it’s illegal now.

Obama’s big lie about Citizens United created a chain reaction of lies still echoing among liberal activists and their political allies in the mainstream media today. When President Obama stated that "the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests -- including foreign corporations -- to spend without limit in our elections," he started an irresponsible politicization of the high court that did damage to the separation of powers and our system of government that we’re now feeling tenfold.

When Associate Justice Samuel Alito mouthed "that’s untrue" from the well of the U.S. House of Representatives in response to Obama’s whopper, he was right.

According to a report from the watchdog Open Secrets, the scare tactics from President Obama and the left are unfounded. The report, which analyzed the impact of the Citizens United decision on the eve of its 10 year anniversary, found that "despite fears that elections would be dominated by corporations, the biggest political players are actually wealthy individual donors…Major corporations didn’t take full advantage of their new political powers. Corporations accounted for no more than one-tenth of independent groups’ fundraising in each election cycle since the ruling."

Despite these non-partisan findings, the left continues to perpetrate their core falsehood about Citizens United. Just last month former Clinton Labor Secretary and University of California, Berkeley Professor Robert Reich penned an op-ed stating, "The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission opened the gates. It allows foreigners to influence U.S. elections through their investments in politically active American corporations."

As previously outlined, this was false then and it’s false now. The left is ruthlessly calculating and nothing is done by mistake. So, what’s the rationale for their latest phony anti-Citizens United push?

Perhaps we’re witnessing the Democrats’ latest edition of "accuse the other side of what we’re doing" because they’re in need of a distraction from reality.

Recent headlines concerning major liberal donor Hansjorg Wyss such as "Pelosi-aligned dark money nonprofit received $3 million from group fueled by Swiss billionaire," "Liberal Dark Money Group Bankrolled by Foreign Billionaire Gave Millions to Stacey Abrams’s Voting Nonprofit," and "Swiss billionaire behind Dem ‘dark money’ donations despite not being US citizen" are raising eyebrows because they shine a bright light on the left’s stunning hypocrisy and dishonesty.

Examples of Democrat foreign campaign cash abuse are hardly something new. As the former Chief Investigator for the U.S. House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration, I had a front row seat tracking the wire transfers coming from foreign interests all over Asia -- including Communist China -- that ended up in the bank accounts of straw donors to the Democrat National Committee and 1996 Clinton re-election campaign.

The Department of Justice charged more than two dozen individuals with crimes in conjunction with this probe, including longtime Clinton friend James Riady.

In a press release at the time DOJ stated that "Riady will pay a record $8.6 million in criminal fines and plead guilty to a felony charge of conspiring to defraud the United States by unlawfully reimbursing campaign donors with foreign corporate funds."

These are far from the only examples of the Democrats’ foreign influence problems. Who can forget Fang Fang, the Chinese spy who infiltrated California Congressman Eric Swalwell’s operation?

Curious minds are still wondering why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chose to allow her good friend Swalwell to keep receiving state secrets as a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

An even more egregious example of a politician compromised by his family’s foreign business dealings is no other than President Joe Biden himself. Hunter Biden’s extensive and lucrative business dealings in China, Russia, Ukraine, and elsewhere should be of great concern to every American. You can rest assured that every foreign intelligence agency in the world has a copy of the contents of his infamous laptop by now.

So, when it comes to big corporations taking over our elections, it still hasn’t happened. And when it comes to foreign influence, foreign money, and being compromised by foreign actors, today’s Democrats take a backseat to no one.

Hamilton knew what he was talking about.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”

WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: The left’s grand plan to destroy our country

You can’t make fundamental change to a prosperous nation. That’s why Democrats are purposefully trying to destroy our country as we know it in their quest to change America into the world’s next failed socialist state. From the open borders disaster, the defund police violent crime spike, critical race theory, choking off domestic energy production, to trillions upon trillions in wasteful spending — none of it’s a mistake. In fact, it’s all part of the left’s grand plan.

And as President Biden and the Democrats’ irresponsible, anti-American policies create one crisis after the next for hardworking American families to deal with, they’re also busy breaking our institutions in Washington.

Look no further than the U.S. House Jan. 6 select committee’s abuses of power. Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a taxpayer-funded anti-Trump political committee that doesn’t reflect the will of the people for the first time in history.

The committee consists of seven Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans. It’s simply a matter of common sense to understand why this sideshow should have never been allowed to move forward, but the mainstream media and the Washington establishment turned a blind eye because the target is former President Donald Trump, the ultimate political outsider. And by now we’re all keenly aware that when dealing with Mr. Trump, the elites have decided that rules, precedent and the rule of law are no longer paramount.

In a recent hearing in federal court, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s lawyers argued that his criminal contempt case should be thrown out because the Jan. 6 committee has broken House rules, destroyed over 200 years of precedent and is invalid. Judge Carl Nichols ruled against Mr. Bannon stating that the committee is valid because the full House voted in support of its contempt findings and therefore legitimized them. This is not an insignificant ruling. Going forward, lopsided committees can be formed and contempt votes can be the order of the day — as long as the party in power approves them by a simple majority on the floor of the U.S. House.

Now that these new Pelosi rules are in effect and being enforced, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is in line to be the next speaker of the House when Republicans take control next year, should announce his intent to form a select committee on Biden family corruption, made up of nine Republicans and zero Democrats, and equipped with full subpoena, deposition and contempt authority as a matter of precedent. And when the first subpoenas land on Mr. Biden’s doorstep at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., there is no executive privilege anymore — thanks to Mr. Biden.

When House Republicans held Obama Attorney General Eric Holder and former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress not so long ago, no one ever really thought that the Justice Department would mount prosecutions and they were right. But if you’re a Trump associate like Peter Navarro and you don’t comply with a legally questionable Jan. 6 committee subpoena, get ready for leg shackles.

Will this heavy-handed treatment extend to Biden confidants, advisers and Cabinet members next year when the roles are reversed? I think we all know the answer to that question.

Congress isn’t the only institution that’s under attack by the radical Democrats. Across the street at the Supreme Court, justices’ lives are literally at risk over a pending decision that will likely overturn the disastrous Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Mr. Biden not speaking out against the plot to assassinate Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh is dangerous and the left’s nonchalant attitude toward mobs gathering outside the homes of justices is disgusting.

Meanwhile, the Jan. 6 committee is now targeting Ginni Thomas, the wife of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, over her concern that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. This is nothing more than a shameful political tactic to pressure Justice Thomas to recuse himself from any Jan. 6-related cases in the future. Obviously, Justice Thomas should reject this unserious attack on his integrity.

To be sure, the anti-Trump Jan. 6 committee is all political, all the time. They’re misusing millions upon millions in taxpayer dollars in pursuit of their ultimate goal to deny Mr. Trump another run for the White House in 2024. But because it’s all political, cracks in the dam are starting to surface.

When Democrat Committee Chair Bennie Thompson recently announced that there would be no criminal referral of Mr. Trump, he did so because the Democrats must have data suggesting that move would have a negative impact on their core mission to remain in control of Congress. RINO anti-Trump committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney was quick to contradict Thompson — a remarkable sight — saying that no decision had been made about a potential Trump referral. This rift occurred because Thompson and Cheney have different political goals; Thompson wants to keep the House under Democrat control and Ms. Cheney wants to destroy Mr. Trump by any means necessary so she can run for president without him dominating the field.

As the do-nothing Jan. 6 committee hearings come and go, one thing remains clear. The flashy prime-time shows of rehashed news provided nothing for the American people except one brutal takeaway. The Democrat-controlled Congress — with the help of Ms. Cheney — would rather continue their yearslong war against Mr. Trump instead of starting a much-needed war on inflation. They have chosen poorly.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: Jan. 6 hearings? Americans have much more serious concerns

If the Jan. 6 House select committee’s infamous track record is any indication, it would have already leaked new smoking-gun evidence in their possession heading into Thursday’s prime time hearings. But there was no leak because there is no smoking gun.

Instead, last Friday, the illegitimate Jan. 6 committee — choking from a lack of relevancy — was handed a lifeline as the politicized Biden Justice Department indicted former Trump adviser Peter Navarro for allegedly being in contempt of Congress. It was unbelievably fortunate and coincidental timing for a committee desperate to come up with something new.

That narrative continued this week with the committee’s controversial hiring of former ABC News President James Goldston to choreograph their hearings. In Washington, this is code for a committee that’s come up empty and needs to bring someone in to put lipstick on a pig. The last time Mr. Goldston was involved with Congress was in November 2019 when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wrote him a letter demanding information about ABC News’ apparent cover-up of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. People still want answers.

The Jan. 6 committee has a huge image problem and this decision makes it worse. The panel already lacks legitimacy because it doesn’t reflect the will of the people. Of its nine members — all handpicked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi — seven are Trump-hating Democrats and the other two are Trump-hating RINOs. This committee disregards House rules and precedent for political purposes, has no minority members or staff and is running an anti-Trump taxpayer-funded campaign operation in plain sight and everyone knows it. Now, bringing in an executive from the biased mainstream media is only making this perception problem worse. I guess if you need to run some fake hearings, who better than someone from the fake news to help orchestrate it?

The Pelosi-created select committee has wasted an untold amount of taxpayer dollars, conducted 1,000 depositions, reviewed hundreds of thousands of records and has come up with absolutely nothing useful for the American people. As evidence, the “big” reveal to start the week was more of the same. The committee let it be known that it has White House photographs from Jan. 6 that haven’t been seen publicly, more surveillance video from inside the Capitol Building of the riot and that it would be showing clips of their videotaped inquisitions — er, depositions — at the hearings. Well, at least now the world can see with their own eyes that there were no minority members or counsel present at these illegal proceedings, which is required.

When far-left Democrat committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin boasted recently that “the hearings will tell a story that will really blow the roof off the House,” he committed a deadly political sin. Mr. Raskin raised expectations to an unrealistic level and set his committee up for failure. Not even their allies in the liberal press corps can rescue a partisan sideshow that will be dominated by repackaged old news.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, and RINO Committee Co-Chair Liz Cheney are guilty of obsessing over the events of Jan. 6, 2021, for political gain instead of focusing on fixing the actual disasters that President Joe Biden’s policies are creating on a daily basis.

Even the anti-Trump Associated Press couldn’t help but include this lapse in judgment in a recent report on the upcoming hearings.

“‘In quieter times, the hearings would have a stronger hold on public attention,’ said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. … ‘But, as is, they will be competing for attention with topics with greater immediate relevance in our lives.’”

These topics of course are the inflation crisis, the gas price crisis, the baby formula crisis, the food price crisis, the violent crime crisis and the border crisis, to name just a few. The American people might tune into a prime-time hearing if the topic was “What Congress Can Do To Lower Gas Prices,” but another Trump witch hunt 18 months after his presidency is a complete waste of time and money that amounts to a dereliction of duty.

The mainstream media will surely fall in line in their hearing coverage this week because Ms. Cheney’s high-profile role in helping Democrats keep control of Congress by trying to destroy former President Donald Trump is an intriguing storyline for their shrinking audiences.

However, overcoming the committee’s credibility problem may be a bridge too far. Former Democrat House Committee Chair Henry Waxman, an expert on congressional oversight, may have said it best when he wrote, “successful congressional investigations have always been conducted on a fair and bipartisan basis. The best investigations have gone to great lengths to involve the minority and protect the rights of minority members.”

By contrast, the Jan. 6 committee doesn’t even have a minority side and because of this has continuously abused their subpoena power, deposition power and contempt power — with no end in sight.

When Republicans take over Congress next year, the House Committee on Administration should conduct a thorough internal investigation into the operations of the Jan. 6 committee to ensure something like this never happens again. Document preservation notices should be issued without delay.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: What the mainstream media sweep under the rug

The biased corporate liberal media’s handling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s controversial $400 million spending spree during the 2020 election is eerily similar to their coverage of Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop.

The “Laptop” story, which is all about Hunter Biden’s shady foreign business dealings and connections to his father, was once dismissed by President Biden himself as a Russian disinformation plot during a nationally televised debate with then-President Donald Trump. Now almost two years after the fact, it’s been deemed legitimate and an appropriate topic for mainstream media reporting. We can only speculate whether this act of censorship — I call it election interference — would have changed the results.

In the same vein, we must never forget the 6-year-old Russia collusion hoax that the mainstream media used to try to destroy Mr. Trump throughout his entire term in office. In a federal courthouse recently, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager testified that Mrs. Clinton herself was personally involved in the phony smear campaign. So, left-wing journalists still have their Pulitzer Prizes for reporting on a Russian collusion story that never actually happened.

Now, the anti-Trump media’s coverage of the “Zuck bucks” story is limited to dismissing any criticism of the unprecedented injection of private Big Tech money to “help” run our election in 2020 as a conspiracy theory. Time and time again, if a subject doesn’t fit perfectly into the left’s false political narrative that the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic election was the most honest and secure election in history, it’s labeled “The Big Lie.”

Asking straightforward questions about an eye-popping $400 million expenditure by a billionaire in the context of a razor-thin election used to be great fodder for investigative journalism, but not anymore; not in the era of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Citizens United Productions’ recent documentary entitled “Rigged: The Zuckerberg Funded Plot to Defeat Donald Trump,” seeks to shine a light on Mr. Zuckerberg’s money and drills down on three core questions. Why was it spent, how was it spent and where it was spent. The film is documented with facts, evidence and government records. Following the flow of money through official IRS reports makes it clear that what transpired is far from some conspiracy theory.

It’s simply a matter of common sense to at least entertain the notion that when $400 million dollars is funneled to thousands of election offices around the country during crunch time in an election that may come down to tens of thousands of votes, it’s going to have some impact. Those in the mainstream media who are so quick to dismiss this idea are showing their partisan hands.

If the 2020 election was so perfect, why then have 24 states passed legislation that would ban or restrict Zuckerberg-style funding of elections in the future? And voters should be equally concerned that five Democrat governors have vetoed the legislation, including in the battleground states of Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

This should never be allowed to happen again, period. Governments should run our elections without the influence of private largesse from wealthy special interests.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Wisconsin Special Counsel Michael Gableman deserve credit for their courage and determination in continuing to investigate when others want to move on in the name of political expediency. Other states should be conducting similar audits. While much has been learned relating to the issues surrounding Zuck bucks, some big questions remain. For example, once Mr. Zuckerberg’s money reached a county or city elections office, did any of it fund the ballot harvesting depicted in Dinesh D’Souza’s new documentary “2000 Mules”? Millions of concerned Americans are asking the same question and wondering if there’s any connection.

It’s no coincidence that Georgia got more Zuck bucks than any other state in the country and a prime example of why it was most certainly a partisan effort, despite the denials. Facts are stubborn things and the facts are that Georgia got $50 million of Mr. Zuckerberg’s money because Georgia was going to be a most important battleground state in the union in 2020.

The recently filed IRS 990 forms speak for themselves; the bulk of the money went exactly where President Biden needed it most. For example, 92% of the grants of $400,000 or more — totaling $272 million — went to jurisdictions that Mr. Biden won. This reality is probably why Mr. Zuckerberg recently announced there will be no encore performances by him in future elections. This is a win for election integrity.

The left-wing establishment across the board has worked overtime to run out the clock on the 2020 election, but that’s hardly a reason to forget it ever happened. And as in the case of Hunter Biden’s laptop, it must not be swept under the rug.

If Republicans take over Congress next year, which I fully expect, a thorough investigation of Mr. Zuckerberg’s $400 million investment in 2020 should be at the top of the oversight priority list, along with the Hillary Clinton Russia frame job and Biden corruption allegations. Furthermore, Rep. Claudia Tenney’s proposed legislation that would ban the private funding of elections should be called up for a vote in first 100 days of the new Congress.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: Elections in Georgia, elsewhere show Republican voters love 'America First' candidates

The closely watched primary election season continued Tuesday with contests in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and Texas. And per usual, the biased and out of touch mainstream media is failing to focus on some very important news due to their unhealthy fixation on former President Donald Trump. 

In the critically important state of Georgia for example, Republican voter intensity is at a fever pitch. In the GOP primary election for governor, more than 1.2 million Georgians went to the polls, nearly doubling 2018’s primary turnout of 607,000. Peach State Republicans sent an unmistakable message this week: what’s happening in Joe Biden’s America — namely the inflation crisis, the crime crisis and the border crisis — is totally unacceptable and Georgia is poised to turn red again.

The sky-high turnout in Georgia can’t be ignored and deserves further examination. Remember the new election integrity bill that was passed in Georgia last year that President Joe Biden, the Democrat Party and the liberal media all labeled a racist law that would cause mass voter suppression and disenfranchisement? Well, that was all a disgusting lie foisted on the American people that can’t now be swept under the rug as if it never happened.

The spectacles of Major League Baseball moving the All-Star out of Atlanta and woke corporations bowing to cancel culture radicals rather than learning the facts won’t be soon forgotten.

Furthermore, Georgia’s voting rules helped pave the way for something that’s truly worth celebrating. Come this November, voters in Georgia — a state once part of the segregated south — will choose between two African-American candidates for a seat in the United States Senate.

Trump endorsed political outsider and former football star Herschel Walker, who received a commanding 68 percent of the primary vote will face off against incumbent U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock. This is the just latest example proving the left’s position — that the United States of America has made no progress on racial issues since the 1960s — is 100 percent wrong.

The truth is that America is great because we as a people are always striving to improve and the coming Warnock versus Walker general election in Georgia is proof positive of that.

So, as the anti-Trump media tries to create a feeding frenzy over incumbent Governor Brian Kemp’s victory over former U.S. Senator David Perdue in the gubernatorial primary election, it’s not the only take away from Georgia’s vote by a long shot.

In Arkansas, former Trump White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders rolled to victory with the help of former President Trump’s endorsement by garnering a whopping 83 percent of the vote. With her nomination, Sanders became the first female GOP gubernatorial nominee in state history and if elected in November — which is likely in the deep red Natural State — will become the first female governor of Arkansas ever.

Trump candidates won up and down the ticket in Arkansas, including Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, who glided to a primary victory in his campaign for attorney general. If elected in November, Griffin will be a great addition to the existing team of GOP attorneys general across the country that are focused on beating back the Biden’s Administration’s unconstitutional overreach.

Perhaps the biggest surprise in Alabama’s Republican primary election for U.S. Senate was first time candidate Katie Britt’s strong performance in a crowded field. Britt, who came away with nearly 45 percent of the vote despite only polling in the mid-30s in the lead up to the primary, will become the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama if she wins in November.

She now faces conservative U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks in a run-off election that takes place less than a month from now on June 21. Regardless of which candidate wins the run-off, the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in Alabama will be campaigning in the general election on stopping the crisis-creating radical agenda of President Joe Biden. Due to the ongoing inflation crisis, crime crisis, and border crisis that Biden’s policies have caused, the president’s approval rating clocked in at just 36 percent this week, according to a Reuters poll.

And because of all the news coming out of Georgia, Arkansas, and Alabama, what happened in the Texas run-off election might not be getting the attention it deserves. In the race for Texas Attorney General, Trump-fueled incumbent Ken Paxton defeated his GOP rival George P. Bush by a convincing 68 percent to 32 percent. Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and nephew of former President and Texas Governor George W. Bush, was seen as a potential threat to Paxton for obvious reasons, but it simply didn’t materialize.

The mainstream media’s habit of missing the big story due to Trump Derangement Syndrome is spilling into its primary election coverage. At the end of the day, this week’s election results will do little to affect President Trump’s strong stature with the GOP faithful. In fact, the reality is that the GOP under the leadership of Donald Trump is becoming more and more diverse as each primary passes because the America first agenda provides hope, growth, and opportunity for all.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”

FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: Pennsylvania proves Republicans still want 'America First'

Despite being victorious in an amazing 58 of the 59 primary elections in which he endorsed a candidate going into Tuesday night’s contests in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Idaho, and Oregon, the biased mainstream media and political establishment were poised to launch another assault on President Donald Trump’s strength in the Republican Party if his latest slate of candidates had a subpar showing.

And once again, it didn’t happen by a long shot.

As each week of primaries come and go, Trump haters desperately want their preferred narrative to take hold, but it never does. The former president’s support among GOP primary voters is proving to be as resilient and loyal as ever, much to the chagrin of those yearning to write his political obituary. But facts are stubborn things and today the polls show that President Trump can’t be seriously challenged in the Republican presidential primary in 2024 if he chooses to run again.

The trends that continued last night across the country are crystal clear. Voters know that President Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda is the right one for our country, and they want MAGA, anti-establishment political outsiders to represent them in elected office.

In North Carolina’s primary election for U.S. Senate, conservative Congressman Ted Budd fit the bill perfectly. President Trump endorsed Budd early on, and it paid off in spectacular fashion. In fact, Trump’s stamp of approval paved the way for Congressman Budd to win a once unthinkable 59% of the vote in a crowded and competitive field of candidates that included a popular former governor. The liberal media will work hard to sweep the implications of Budd’s massive haul under the rug, but what it means is unmistakable. President Trump remains very strong in the critically important battleground state of North Carolina.

The results in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate primary are still too close to call at this hour; however Trump-endorsed candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz has the lead. The race appears headed to a recount, but anyone who follows tight elections knows that Oz’s current vote lead will be very difficult – if not impossible – to overcome.

The top three finishers, Oz, Dave McCormick and Kathy Barnette, are all conservative political outsiders in the Trumpian tradition, all campaigned for President Trump’s endorsement and strongly support his America First agenda. Furthermore, the field of Republican candidates received more than 140,000 more votes than their Democrat counterparts. This enthusiasm gap could make all the difference in the general election in the all-important Keystone State. In the gubernatorial election, President Trump’s endorsement propelled conservative State Sen. Doug Mastriano to victory. Before Trump threw his support behind Mastriano, he was polling in the 20s. But on election night with Trump in his corner, he received a whopping 44% of the vote in a very crowded field. Those numbers are an exclamation point that can’t be ignored.

Other than the Oz-McCormick race which is still up in the air, President Trump had a very strong night winning 23 out of 25 races he endorsed in for the May 17 primaries. Even in North Carolina’s 11th congressional district primary where freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn was defeated due to an avalanche of negative news reports, he still only lost by 1,300 votes. And in the Tar Heel State’s 13th district, Trump endorsed candidate Bo Hines won handily even though the “experts” were predicting a nail biter.

In Idaho’s Republican primary for state attorney general, anti-establishment conservative Raul Labrador defeated the state’s longest serving Attorney General Lawrence Wasden by the wide margin of 51% to 39%. Labrador is a former four-term congressman and leading member of the House Freedom Caucus. These convincing results make it clear that voters fully understand that their constitutional rights and God-given liberties are under assault by the Biden administration, and they want tough state attorneys general to band together and take a stand.

Now it’s onto next Tuesday’s primary contests in Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia. President Trump will win most of the races he endorsed a candidate in, maybe lose a race here or there, and some will likely go to a run-off. Regardless, the anti-Trump media and anti-Trump political establishment will be ready to pounce.

But here’s one thing we know for certain: every Republican candidate who prevails in the next round of primaries will do so because he or she supports Trump America First policies. As each primary comes and goes, one undeniable fact will emerge. Voters are longing for the Trump years of promises made and promises kept. They want a booming economy, low gas prices, a secure border, safe streets, and a peace through strength foreign policy. So, while tracking endorsements, wins and losses is good for ratings and clicks, it’s important not to lose sight of where the hearts and minds of the American people are.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with “Let Trump Be Trump” and “Trump’s Enemies.”

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