Gary Bauer / Aug. 13, 2016

Is Clinton in the Clear?

After FBI Director James Comey refused to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton for her "extremely careless" handling of classified information on her private email server, many assumed that she was clear of any legal jeopardy that might hamper her presidential ambitions. That may not be the case. According to The Daily Caller, "Multiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation. . . The New York-based probe is being led by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara's prosecutorial aggressiveness has resulted in a large number of convictions of banks, hedge funds and Wall Street insiders."

After FBI Director James Comey refused to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton for her “extremely careless” handling of classified information on her private email server, many assumed that she was clear of any legal jeopardy that might hamper her presidential ambitions. That may not be the case.

According to The Daily Caller, “Multiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation… The New York-based probe is being led by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara’s prosecutorial aggressiveness has resulted in a large number of convictions of banks, hedge funds and Wall Street insiders.”

It is worth noting that Bharara is not afraid of going after big name Democrats. He successfully convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-NY), and is actively investigating the administrations of Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Stay tuned!

Trump’s Promise To America’s Pastors

Donald Trump addressed a gathering of hundreds of pastors [Thursday] in Florida. Once again, he promised to repeal the IRS prohibition, known as the Johnson amendment, that has effectively muzzled many of America’s pastors when it comes to values issues and politics.

“Your power has been totally taken away. I mean, I don’t want to insult anybody, but your power has been totally taken away,” Trump said. “So, we’re going to get your voice back. We’re going to get it back.”

Trump promised, “One of the early things, one of the absolute first things I’m going to do is work on totally knocking out the Johnson amendment.”

My friends, for all of Trump’s flaws, when was the last time a Republican presidential nominee promised pastors he would fight to repeal the Johnson amendment? When was the last time a Republican presidential nominee publicly said he would appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court? I couldn’t get George W. Bush to do that during the 2000 Republican primary.

Come next January, either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be president of the United States. It is inconceivable to me how any conservative voter could sit out this election or not vote for the only candidate who is promising to fight for religious liberty, save the Second Amendment and appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court.

Then & Now

More than 40 years ago, the nation was shocked by the leak and subsequent publication of the Pentagon Papers. What they revealed was that the Nixon administration had been lying to the American people about the Vietnam War and how difficult that conflict truly was.

What was scandalous then — misleading the public on matters of national security — is the way Obama and Clinton routinely conduct business now.

When Obama and Hillary negotiated the nuclear deal with Iran, the administration lied to reporters about secret negotiations and misled Congress and the American people.

Every prisoner in the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was subject to a thorough security evaluation conducted by the CIA when they were captured. The terrorists who represented the greatest threat were clearly labeled as unsafe for transfer. Under Obama, those security evaluations are being rewritten so they can be transferred.

Mark my words: Before Obama leaves office, he will do everything he can to empty Gitmo, even if it means more Americans may die.

When we paid Iran a ransom for the release of American hostages, the Obama administration acted like a crime syndicate — secretly flying $400 million in foreign currency, loaded onto an unmarked cargo plane, to Tehran in the dark of night. The cash was a portion of $1.7 billion Iran was claiming as its own. The administration has acknowledged that the rest of the money was transferred too, but it is refusing to answer legitimate questions about how it was done.

When Al Qaeda terrorists murdered four Americans in Benghazi, Obama and Hillary blamed it on a video. When Islamists blow us up, they blame work place violence and try to insist it is anything other than radical Islamic terrorism.

When Russia began executing aggressive military maneuvers — buzzing U.S. ships and flying bombers to the edge of U.S. airspace — the Obama administration tried to prevent the public from knowing about it. This really is a serious issue. Obama’s weakness is routinely mocked in Russian media.

A congressional taskforce concluded that critical intelligence information related to the war against ISIS was manipulated to paint a far rosier picture than actual events on the ground warranted.

When it comes to our security, Obama and Clinton have constantly lied in a way that puts the country in greater danger. That danger will persist even if Hillary loses the presidential race.

Fighting Christian Genocide

Earlier this week, I joined a coalition of religious leaders and conservative activists in calling upon the national media to devote more attention to the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East. We are constantly subjected to stories about alleged bigotry against Muslims in America. Often the reports are as silly as bacon being found at a mosque.

And while the media obsess over pork products, Christians in much of what is called “the Islamic world” are facing genocide. They are subject to rape, torture, beheadings and crucifixion. Churches, homes and schools are bombed and burned. Religious sites are desecrated.

Yet the media rarely report on these atrocities. And, just like the left’s aversion to the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” the media almost never call it what it is — genocide.

You can read our letter here.

NFL Disses Cops

After five Dallas police officers were assassinated, the Dallas Cowboys began wearing “Arm-in-Arm” stickers on their helmets during practices to honor the police. The team asked the National Football League for permission to continue wearing the stickers during the regular season, but the NFL rejected their request.

One sports writer applauded the NFL for not “opening this political door.” Really? Don’t talk to me about politics.

This is the same NFL that invited Beyonce to perform an anti-police tribute to the Black Panthers at the Super Bowl!

This is the same NFL that came down on the state of North Carolina like a ton of bricks because it believes men should not be in women’s restrooms.

Not surprisingly, Sergeant Demetrick Pennie of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation was furious with the decision. He told Breitbart Texas, “We’re talking about the loss of five police officers. We’re not talking about Obamacare … There’s no greater honor than what the [Dallas Cowboys] did for us. This is above politics.”

Rather than making an exception for the Cowboys, Sgt. Pennie added, “The NFL is in a very influential position and has the ability to evoke change, raise awareness and show its support for law enforcement by making the decals available to all NFL teams.” That would have been the right decision.

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