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  • Trump Critic Is Essentially Running American Foreign Policy

    06/05/2017 8:16:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/05/2017 | ALEX PFEIFFER
    Brian Hook, a noted Trump critic during the presidential election, is a key figure in a State Department containing many unfilled positions. Hook is the State Department’s director of policy planning, and a Politico report Sunday citing several officials said that Hook has an inordinate amount of power in shaping American foreign policy. A State Department official confirmed this description of Hook to The Daily Caller. The position of director of policy planning is usually an important one and serves as a think tank of sorts for the department. However, with many unfilled roles at the State Department, Hook has...
  • Judicial Watch Asks Court to Force State Department to Refer Action on Clinton Emails...

    06/05/2017 1:26:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Trump Administration Defending Obama/Clinton Email Scandal (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a motion in opposition to the Tillerson State Department’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its failure to take any action to recover emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other employees unlawfully removed from the agency (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Rex Tillerson (No. 1:15-cv-00785)). The lawsuit seeks to force State Department compliance with the Federal Records Act (FRA).  The Trump administration continues to object to taking this strong action to recover Clinton’s emails.On April 30, 2015, Judicial Watch sued former Secretary John Kerry...
  • James Comey Had Hillary’s Backup Email Device The Whole Time

    06/02/2017 6:01:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 94 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | 6/2/17 | Patrick Howley
    It turns out that fired FBI director James Comey had Hillary Clinton’s definitive backup email device the entire election.Court records show that the Connecticut-based email storage company Datto handed over a “device” consisting of five or six disks to the FBI in October 2015. Insiders believe the device potentially contains every electronic communication that Hillary Clinton sent or received during her tenure as Secretary of State. James Comey spent his entire FBI investigation missing many Hillary Clinton emails and communications, according to the official version of events.The FBI handed the device over to the State Department, which has not searched...
  • U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

    05/27/2017 12:01:33 PM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    nytimes ^ | May 26, 2017 | GARDINER HARRIS
    WASHINGTON — Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States. The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to refugee advocates. Tens of thousands of refugees are waiting to come to the United States. The State Department’s decision was conveyed in an email on Thursday to the private...
  • Exclusive: Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Department - sources

    05/26/2017 3:22:11 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 70 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 26, 2017 | Yeganeh Torbati
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam's holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years. Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an iftar dinner to break the day's fast during Ramadan or a reception marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the month, at the State Department. Tillerson turned down a request from the State Department's Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host an Eid al-Fitr...
  • German MP Röttgen: 'There is no US-foreign policy yet'

    05/19/2017 10:36:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.18.2017 | Rebecca Staudenmaier
    Norbert Röttgen, the chairman of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said in an interview on Thursday that although there has been lots of “ideological rhetoric” coming from the White House, President Donald Trump’s new administration is lacking after 100 days. “There isn’t any US foreign policy yet,” he told German public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk in a radio interview. “This is, of course, a factor that is disturbing in its own right.” He added that the Trump administration is still lacking concrete trade policies, but most crucially, there are personnel problems within the US State department. “There’s still no sufficiently operational...
  • Trump State Department Fights to Keep Clinton Benghazi E-mails Secret

    05/08/2017 4:53:41 PM PDT · by detective · 87 replies
    The New American ^ | 08 May 2017 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Candidate Donald Trump said of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal, “This corruption and collusion is just one more reason why I will ask my attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor.” He later upped the ante with the declaration, “She has to go to jail.” Now, it appears that the Trump State Department is working to keep the e-mails secret. On May 5, Judicial Watch issued a press release announcing that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered the U.S. Department of State to turn over to the watchdog organization "eight identical paragraphs" of previously redact material in two September 13,...
  • Wikileaks: Claire McCaskill (Dem Congress) calls Podesta at home over HRC emails?

    10/23/2016 6:52:58 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 37 replies
    Wikileaks ^ | Oct 23 2016 | released by WIkileaks
    From:mfisher@hillaryclinton.com To: john.podesta@gmail.com Date: 2015-10-06 19:20 Subject: VMs: 1 New (OBE from Tony) (snip) > *Claire McCaskill* > Give me a call back at your convenient on my cell or at home. Got some > info about the state department IG. You guys should digest and figure out > what if anything we can do. > Yesterday at 8:58 pm > *Cell:* (314) xxx-xxxx > *Home:* (202) xxx-xxxx (snip)
  • Former Clinton State Dept Employee Arrested - Concealed Numerous Foreign Intelligence Contacts

    04/13/2017 10:15:38 AM PDT · by ReformedMedia · 34 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 04-13-2017 | Tim Brown
    I, both felony offenses, for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with foreign intelligence agents, according to a federal complaint that was unsealed at the end of March. Ms. Claiborne began working as an Office Management Specialist for the Department of State in 1999. She has served overseas at a number of posts, including embassies and consulates in Baghdad, Iraq, Khartoum, Sudan, and Beijing and Shanghai, China. According to a statement by the Justice Department: As a condition of her employment, Claiborne maintains a Top Secret security clearance. Claiborne also is required to report any...
  • Trump Department of State supports the Muslim Brotherhood, White House caves

    04/02/2017 10:32:23 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 89 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | March 31 2017 | Ann Corcoran
    Not only on the Refugee Admissions front (see my previous post), but obviously fearing powerful Islamists, the US State Department has convinced the wobbling White House to not name the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. From Leo Hohmann at World Net Daily yesterday: President Trump has decided not to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, at least for now, according to published reports citing pressure from the U.S. State Department and the King of Jordan. Anonymous sources told the Washington Times that the administration “backed down from a plan to designate the Brotherhood” after an internal State...
  • Clinton criticizes proposed Trump budget cuts for diplomacy

    03/31/2017 9:11:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2017 11:21 AM EDT | Matthew Daly
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is criticizing President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts to international programs, saying “turning our backs on diplomacy won’t make our country safer.” The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee made the comments in a speech at Georgetown University on Friday. She also took a veiled swipe at the Trump administration — and drew applause from the crowd — when she remarked, “here I go again, talking about research, evidence and facts.” …
  • McConnell says deep State Department budget cuts won't pass

    02/28/2017 12:11:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 28, 2017 | by Richard Cowan
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said he would not back slashing State Department funding as the Trump administration is expected to propose, adding that deep cuts would not pass the legislative chamber. Speaking to reporters, McConnell also said Republicans, who control both the Senate and the House of Representatives, are still not in agreement on a healthcare plan to replace Obamacare.
  • Documents: Hillary Clinton May Have Killed Investigations into Pedophile Ring at State Dept.

    03/30/2017 4:29:54 PM PDT · by ReformedMedia · 69 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 03-30-2017 | Tim Brown
    While I am skeptical of where this will lead, it is noteworthy to see that this report comes from NBC and more specifically Chuck Todd.  In a report earlier this week, NBC reported that there were allegations that while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, the quashed investigations into a prostitution and pedophile ring that was operating inside the department in order to avoid scandal and protect high-ranking employees and an ambassador. “Serious allegations concerning the State Department,” the NBC anchor said.  “According to internal State Department memos the agency might have called off or intervened into investigations into possibly...
  • State employee charged in FBI probe

    03/29/2017 1:25:17 PM PDT · by billorites · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2017 | Olivia Beavers
    A State Department employee pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday after being charged in an FBI investigation, the Department of Justice announced. Candace Claiborne, who worked in the Caucasus Affairs office of the State Department, is being charged for two felony offenses. Claiborne is being charged with “obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI, both felony offenses, for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with foreign intelligence agents,” a Department of Justice release said. Claiborne, who has a Top Secret security clearance, failed to disclose her foreign contacts abroad...
  • NBC News: Hillary Clinton ‘Covered Up’ Pedophile Ring At State Department

    03/29/2017 4:19:19 AM PDT · by gaggs · 28 replies
    Video: An NBC news report from 2013 claimed that Hillary Clinton, while secretary of state, shut down an investigation into an elite pedophile ring in State Department ranks in order to avoid scandal and protect the careers of high ranking officials and an ambassador.
  • OBAMA HOLDOVERS RETAIN KEY STATE DEPARTMENT JOBS

    03/17/2017 8:23:40 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 35 replies
    powerline ^ | MARCH 16, 2017 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    President Trump fancies himself the new Andrew Jackson. But did Jackson allow holdovers from John Quincy Adams’ administration to guide his foreign policy? I raise the question because of reports that architects of some of President Obama’s worst foreign policies are making policy at Trump’s State Department. Let’s first consider the case of Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, the Iran director for former President Obama’s National Security Council. According to Jordan Schachtel of Conservative Review, Ms. Nowrouzzadeh “has burrowed into the government under President Trump” and “is now in charge of Iran and the Persian Gulf region on the policy planning staff at...
  • VIDEO: Finally! Congress is investigating George Soros

    03/16/2017 4:13:59 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 22 replies
    POWDERED WIG SOCIETY ^ | March 15, 2017 | Thomas Madison
    Better late than never! George Soros has been getting away with causing a great deal of misery in the world for decades. It is well past time he was investigated for it, which is exactly what House Republicans are doing. Billionaire George Soros has long been accused of meddling in European politics, and now American lawmakers are demanding answers over reports United States tax dollars are going to help fund some of his liberal causes in the small, conservative country of Macedonia, reports CBN News. Seven congressmen want to know why the U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily, appointed by...
  • Iran Deal Architect is Now Running Tehran Policy at State Dept

    03/15/2017 9:01:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 24 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | March 14, 2017
    A trusted Obama aide who once worked for an alleged Iranian regime lobbying group is one of the individuals in charge of Iran policy planning at the State Department under Secretary Rex Tillerson. Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, the Iran director for former President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), has burrowed into the government under President Trump. She’s now in charge of Iran and the Persian Gulf region on the policy planning staff at the State Department. To make matters worse, Nowrouzzadeh is a former employee of the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), a non-profit that is accused of being a lobbying group for...
  • Globalist-Minded Media Fraught Over “Deliberate” and “Well Prepared” Acumen of Secretary T-Rex…

    02/19/2017 5:05:55 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 28 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Feb. 19, 2017 | Sundance
    We are so fortunate Rex Tillerson was willing to take on the role of Secretary of State. T-Rex’s approach is giving the pearl-clutching leftists fits, as outlined in this article by ABC which displays their collective angst. Via ABC) [..] In his first weeks as America’s top diplomat, Tillerson has gone to great lengths to avoid attracting attention, despite a growing perception in Washington that the State Department is being sidelined by a power-centric White House.
  • Report: Fox News anchor Heather Nauert to join Trump State Dept.

    03/04/2017 4:24:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 4, 2017 | Joe Concha
    Fox News anchor Heather Nauert has been hired by the State Department to be its spokeswoman, according to a report Saturday.Nauert accepted the job this week, Bloomberg News ...