Florida Governor Calls On FBI Director To Resign After Failing To Act Over School Shooter Warning

Wray, left, Scott, right

Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling for FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign after the FBI failed to follow procedures after receiving a tip about Nikolas Cruz, the assailant who murdered 17 at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday.

According to reports:

“The FBI said it received a tip just after the new year warning about the man accused of killing 17 people this week at a Florida high school, but “protocols were not followed for the information received.”

In a statement Friday, the FBI said the tipster on Jan. 5 called its Public Access Line and provided information on Nikolas Cruz’s “gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.”

The FBI said the information was not provided to the bureau’s Miami Field Office and no further investigation was conducted. It is investigating why the information wasn’t probed further.

“We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrible tragedy,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said.

Florida Governor Rick Scott called for the FBI director to resign Friday in a statement following the revelation of missteps made.

“The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable,” Scott said. “The FBI has admitted that they were contacted lasted month by a person who called them to inform of Cruz’s ‘desire to kill people’ and the ‘potential of him conducting a school shooting.”

It continues saying, “We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. ‘See something, say something’ is an incredibly important tool and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. The FBI Director needs to resign.”

Breaking: Mueller Indicts 13 Russian Nationals For “Information Warfare” In 2016 Election

Mueller (AP Photo)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted thirteen Russians for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election on behalf of Donald Trump.

Mueller is also charging three Russian organizations in the indictments. Mueller claims the accused used “information warfare” to spread propaganda about the election.

According to CNBC:

“A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections, during which they boosted the candidacy of Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller‘s office said Friday.

The indictment says that a Russian organization called the Internet Research Agency sought to wage “information warfare” against the United States by using fictitious American personas and social media platforms and other Internet-based media.

While that effort was launched in 2014, by early to mid-2016, the defendants were “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump … and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” the indictment charges.

The White House had no immediate comment on the indictment. Under U.S law, foreign nationals generally are barred from federal election efforts.

An announcement from Mueller’s office said that the government accuses all the defendants of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Three defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. Five defendants are charged with aggravated identity theft.”

Top Mueller Investigator Used “Corrupt Legal Practices” And Withheld Evidence

Mueller (AP Photo)

A top aide to Special Counsel Robert Mueller is in the spotlight after a past scandal has resurfaced.

Andrew Weissman, one of Mueller’s investigators in the Russia inquiry, was accused of “corrupt legal practices” and withholding evidence in a previous case, reports say.

According to Gateway Pundit:

“Special counsel Robert Mueller’s right-hand man, Andrew Weissmann, was accused of using “corrupt legal practices,” and withholding evidence in a previous case involving the Colombo crime family, reports Fox News contributor Sara A. Carter. Carter reports:

The top attorney in Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel’s office was reported to the Department of Justice’s Inspector General by a lawyer representing whistleblowers for alleged “corrupt legal practices” nearly a decade before the 2016 presidential election, this reporter has learned. […]

Civil rights and criminal defense attorney David Schoen, was the lawyer who reported Weissmann. Schoen met with Inspector General Michael Horowitz and several FBI officials to discuss Weismann in 2015. […]

The case against the Colombo crime family in the late 1990s involved Theodore Persico, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, loan sharking, racketeering and firearms charges. Persico was the brother of Colombo boss Carmine Persico, Jr, and the network was one of five major Italian mafia organizations operating out of New York.

The judge who handled many of the cases ruled that the jury should be told and many of the “defendants were found not guilty.  So, for DOJ to claim this was cumulative or material to the defense is really unfair and misleading,” stated Schoen.

“The FBI had to redo their whole guidelines on the use of informants over this,” said Schoen. “Weissmann and crew did not just withhold evidence.  They actively allowed a mafia killer to remain on the street killing.”

Breaking: FBI Ignored Warnings About Florida School Killer Nikolas Cruz

The FBI ignored warnings about Florida school killer Nikolas Cruz months ago, reports say. Despite bragging on YouTube that Cruz wanted to be a “professional school shooter,” the FBI did nothing except interview the man who reported the comment.

Cruz killed 17 Wednesday at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

According to BuzzFeed:

“Last fall, a Mississippi bail bondsman and frequent YouTube vlogger noticed an alarming comment left on one of his videos. “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” said a user named Nikolas Cruz.

The YouTuber, 36-year-old Ben Bennight, alerted the FBI, emailing a screenshot of the comment and calling the bureau’s Mississippi field office. He also flagged the comment to YouTube, which removed it from the video.

Agents with the bureau’s Mississippi field office got back to him “immediately,” Bennight said, and conducted an in-person interview the following day, on Sept. 25.

“They came to my office the next morning and asked me if I knew anything about the person,” Bennight told BuzzFeed News. “I didn’t. They took a copy of the screenshot and that was the last I heard from them.”

FBI agents contacted Bennight again Wednesday, after a 19-year-old named Nikolas Cruz allegedly opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, killing at least 17 people.

In the wake of the deadly shooting, questions have emerged over whether officials and acquaintances had missed warning signs about the alleged shooter, a former student who was expelled from the high school last year for disciplinary reasons.

Classmates, relatives, and neighbors have described Cruz as a troubled “loner” who often talked about guns and flaunted his obsession with weapons on his social media accounts. And Jim Gard, a math teacher at the school, told the Miami Herald that the teen had previously been identified as a potential threat to other students.”

In an email on Sept. 24, Ben Bennight alerted the FBI to a "school shooting threat" made by a YouTube user named nikolas cruz.

 

 

Calley Calls For Investigation Into Attorney General Schuette After Newspaper Exposes He Controls MSU Special Prosecutor

Calley, left, Schuette, right (MLive)

Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley is calling for Attorney General Bill Schuette to apologize to the public after a newspaper investigation revealed the “special and independent” prosecutor Schuette appointed to investigate Michigan State University’s handling of the Larry Nassar case isn’t independent at all, he’s completely controlled by Schuette.

Calley is also calling for an investigation into Schuette himself over how his office has conducted the MSU inquiry.

“Anyone who cares about justice for the survivors now knows what we all feared: this investigation is not at all independent and is being directed by the Attorney General,” Calley said. “The Attorney General should apologize to the people of Michigan for misrepresenting the independence of the prosecutor that he has hired to work for him.”

Calley says a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate Schuette’s office for his handling of the MSU case and hold the AG accountable for any wrongdoing.

“More importantly, a truly independent prosecutor should be named who will have the authority to look into any mishandling or wrongdoing by the Attorney General in the delay of holding Michigan State accountable,” Calley said.

Calley’s statement comes after the Detroit Free Press revealed Bill Forsyth, a former local prosecutor from Grand Rapids, was serving “at the pleasure” of Schuette and wasn’t independent at all.

According to the Detroit Free Press:

“William Forsyth, the former Kent County prosecutor appointed to investigate MSU’s handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, is serving under the direction of Attorney General Bill Schuette, not as an “independent special prosecutor,” as Schuette has described him, records show.

A Jan. 27 appointment letter, signed by Schuette, says Forsyth will ‘act as my representative’ and ‘serve under my direction and at my pleasure.’

The letter, which appears to conflict with public statements by Schuette, was obtained by the Free Press Wednesday under Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act.

Forsyth’s $175,000 contract, also obtained by the Free Press under FOIA, says
‘before any report is issued, the report must be submitted to the contract manager’ — an assistant attorney general in Schuette’s office — ‘for review and approval.’

The contract says Forsyth may not make any public statements or news releases without prior approval from the AG’s Office….

…The appointment letter also clarifies the scope of Forsyth’s investigation.

It says Forsyth’s investigation ‘is limited to the investigation of Michigan State University as a result of the sexual abuse perpetrated by Larry Nassar.’ That would appear to rule out Forsyth’s investigation examining the university’s handling of other sexual assault complaints, such as those against several MSU football and basketball players.”

Schuette initially refused to investigate MSU.

Only after the University’s Board of Trustees begged him to look into things, with national media cameras rolling, did he decide it was worth his time.

The scandal started after Dr. Larry Nassar was revealed to have sexually assaulted nearly 200 women and girls during a 20 year period at the school.

GOP Congressman Introduces “CRUMBS” Act After Pelosi Remark

One member of Congress is combining good policy with a tongue-in-cheek jab at leftist hyperbole. Fox News reported on Wednesday that Republican Congressman Todd Rokita of Indiana will soon introduce the “Creating Relief and Useful Middle-Class Benefits and Savings” (“CRUMBS”) Act:

“Rokita’s bill would make bonuses received by workers in 2018 tax-free up to $2,500. Since tax reform was signed into law this past December, multiple companies have given out bonuses and pay raises in anticipation of increased tax savings.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) criticized last year’s GOP tax victory and the resultant bonuses for workers as “crumbs.” For these comments, she has been taken to task by many on the right, including none other than Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney at a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Tuesday.

“Only a very wealthy person from San Francisco” would refer to such bonuses as a crumb, Mulvaney said.

Quality conservative policy for Americans (and A+ trolling) from the Hoosier state.

Thanks, Maria! These “crumbs” amount to real money for American families! @RealDonaldTrump‘s tax reform is putting money in the pockets of hardworking Americans! https://t.co/9lsYpduU1l

Sanders And Biden Top The Hill’s List Of 2020 Trump Challengers

A list of 36 potential challengers who may take on Trump for the presidency in 2020 appeared in The Hill on Tuesday.

At the top of the list? None other than former presidential candidate and Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders: “Sanders reportedly met with top advisers in late January to discuss a potential 2020 run,” according to this report. The report also notes that Sanders would be 79 upon being sworn in as president in 2021.

Former Vice President Joe Biden comes in at number two on this speculative lineup, followed by several other high-profile Democrats . . . as well as Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

An Axios SurveyMonkey poll from last month has Biden up as the foremost choice amongst Democrats, and Winfrey came in 4th in this poll (she has, however, repeated that she has no intention of running in 2020).

But at this early point in the game (and things may look entirely different post-2018 midterm elections), the only declared major candidate on the Democrat side is Maryland Congressman John Delaney

Obama Artist Likes To Draw Whites Being Beheaded, Uses Chinese Slave Labor

The artist who produced former President Barack Obama’s official portrait is known for racially charged paintings depicting the beheading of white people, as well as for his controversial use of Chinese slave labor.

According to Gateway Pundit:

“The artist who painted former President Obama’s portrait for the Portrait Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institution, has an interesting past. While reviewing previous works by artist Kehinde Wiley, it was discovered that he has a great fondness for painting black women beheading white women.

Both beheading pieces are titled “Judith beheading Holofernes”, referencing a story in the Book of Judith, which involves a beautiful woman who seduces an invading general before he is able to destroy their land, gets him drunk, and then decapitates him.

UPDATE: It turns that Wiley, the racist “artist” behind Obama’s portrait, doesn’t even do his own painting. Wiley hires Chinese labor to paint his “ideas” – for the follow-up story click here.”

Trump Admin Planning Regs to Curb Immigrant Welfare Use

Writing for National Review‘s online platform, Robert VerBruggen has an eminently level-headed take on a new Trump administration proposal: curbing immigrants’ use of taxpayer-funded welfare benefits: “Trump plans to better enforce the federal law saying that immigrants can’t come — and can’t get permanent residency or a new visa status if they’re already here — if they’re likely to become a ‘public charge.'”

The new regulations are still in the process of being worked out, but left-leaning outlet Vox obtained a leaked draft. Unsurprisingly, the left characterizes this proposal as “punishing” immigrants for utilizing public services like the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), food stamps, and housing benefits.

In reality, it’s unfair to American taxpayers to fail to enforce our immigration laws and expect them to bear an undue burden.

As VerBruggen explains, “We should not take pleasure in yanking benefits away from poor families, but this is a good policy and consistent with the law. We can let into this country only a fraction of the people who would like to come, and many of those who can’t come are left behind in poverty-wracked nations. There is no reason the people who win this lottery — sometimes a literal lottery — should also get taxpayer support, reducing the resources available to our own citizens. It is entirely reasonable for us to insist that people who come here support themselves, and to refuse to grant permanent residency if they fall into government dependency.”

His full post at National Review Online can be found here: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/456255/public-charge-immigrants-trumps-plan-enforce-law

FBI Informant: Russia Paid Clintons to Ensure Nuclear Dominance

“An FBI informant connected to the Uranium One controversy told three congressional committees in a written statement that Moscow routed millions of dollars to America with the expectation it would be used to benefit Bill Clinton’s charitable efforts while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton quarterbacked a ‘reset’ in U.S.-Russian relations,” reports The Hill, which received the leaked testimony first.

“The informant, Douglas Campbell, said in the statement obtained by The Hill that he was told by Russian nuclear executives that Moscow had hired the American lobbying firm APCO Worldwide specifically because it was in position to influence the Obama administration, and more specifically Hillary Clinton.”

APCO is denying any sort of impropriety on their part. But according to Campbell, Russian nuclear officials communicated to him that “they expected APCO to apply a portion of the $3 million annual lobbying fee it was receiving from the Russians to provide in-kind support for the Clintons’ Global Initiative,” and that APCO was to “give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the U.S.-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement.”

Some of these details have been previously reported on, but what is news is that Campbell presented his ten-page statement to the Senate Jdougdiciary Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, as well as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He was also interviewed privately by committee staff.