The Rushmore Report – Five Things from the IG Report on the FBI that Should Scare Every American

The Department of Justice Inspector General is out with his report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation – and it is an indictment on our highest law enforcement agency that should terrify every American. Even the most left-leaning commentators have had to acknowledge the obvious. The work of the top FBI brass – including James Comey – is beyond defense.

Here are just five points in the Inspector General’s report that should scare every American.

1. High level FBI agents were committed to Donald Trump’s defeat in 2016.

FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok texted about stopping Trump. When Page asked if Trump might actually be elected, Strzok responded, “I will stop it.” The IG report found that the texts “created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations.”

2. FBI Director James Comey decided to exonerate Clinton months before he concluded the investigation.

While Comey did not announce his conclusions until July 2016, he arrived at his conclusions that Spring, several months earlier. The IG report found that while Comey said publicly that he was considering the appointment of a special counsel to look into the improprieties of Clinton’s handling of her emails and the destruction of evidence, he was never serious about such an investigation.

3. The DOJ and FBI changed the law to exonerate Clinton.

The IG said that based on precedent, Hillary would have had to have demonstrated a state of mind that was “so gross as to almost suggest deliberate intentions.” That is not part of the law.

4. The FBI prioritized the Russian investigation above the Hillary investigation.

The report concluded, “The FBI’s failure to act in late September or early October is even less justifiable when contrasted with the attention and resources that FBI management dedicated to the unfounded Russian investigation.”

5. Five separate agents sent pro-Clinton, anti-Trump texts.

The pro-Clinton, anti-Trump bias was more widespread among the FBI than we were previously told. The IG report found that these five agents “appeared to mix political opinions with discussions about the midyear investigation.” In other words, they were intent on swaying the elections with manufactured evidence against Trump.

We know that Robert Mueller has hired 13 Hillary supporters in his effort to investigate President Trump. That alone should be enough to derail any delusion that the FBI’s work and the Mueller investigation are being conducted objectively. Add the Inspector General’s report, and this should be enough to scare every American – regardless of his or her politics.

The Rushmore Report – Why Bernie Sanders May Be Banned from Democratic Primary in 2020

He almost won the nomination in 2016. He remains one of the Democrats’ favorite leaders. And he has strongly hinted that he is poised to make another run for the White House in 2020. Polls indicate that he would be a formidable opponent for President Trump. But there’s just one problem. Bernie Sanders may not be allowed to run in the Democratic primary. Here’s why.

The Democratic National Committee has adopted a new rule at its annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The rule bars anyone who does not “run and serve” as a Democrat from competing for the Democratic nomination for President.

The rule reads, “At the time a presidential candidate announces their candidacy publicly, they must publicly affirm that they are a Democrat. Each candidate pursuing the Democratic nomination shall affirm, in writing, to the National Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee that they: (a) are a member of the Democratic Party; (b) will accept the Democratic nomination; and (c) will run and serve as a member of the Democratic Party.

Sanders, of course, is famously an independent. After running for the Presidency on the Democratic ticket in 2016, he declared a return to his independent status when competing for his Senate seat. Although he caucuses with Democrats, he expressed no desire to change his affiliation once outside the Presidential nomination process.

In his home state of Vermont, Sanders is considered a Democrat by government edict.

Sanders supporters have said they believe this measure was enacted out of “spite” for Sanders’ popularity, and to keep him from competing against Democrats who hold some of his same views, such as Senators  Elizabeth Warrn, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris.

The Rushmore Report – ‘Meathead’ Says Trump Is First Prez to Have Support of Mainstream Media

Rob Reiner has made some strange statements of late, but perhaps the former star of “All in the Family” has made no statement as strange as the one he made on “The View” late Friday: that President Donald Trump is the first president bolstered and sold by the “mainstream media.” He actually seemed to believe what he was saying. It’s not hard to see why Archie Bunker called him “Meathead.”

“This is the first time also in American history where we have had a president — every president uses propaganda to sell a policy — Republicans and Democrats,” Reiner told the women of the daytime chat show. “But this is the first time we have had a president that is supported by mainstream media. I mean, Fox is mainstream media. Between that and Breitbart and Sinclair and Alex Jones there are 40 percent of the country getting their news only there.”

Apparently, the definition of “mainstream media” is a bit . . . loose . . . for Mr. Reiner. And he seems to conveniently forget that most mainstream media outlets — even ones typically considered moderate — have been heavily critical of the president. That’s in stark contrast to, say, the Obama years, which left the former president wholeheartedly believing he’d never experienced a single scandal.

Reiner did have harsh words for one leftist publication: the Huffington Post.

“I think the press let us down because I don’t they thought he could get the nomination, I don’t think they thought he could win. So they played it kind of funny. Even Huffington Post put it on the comedy page initially,” Reiner said.

That explains, of course, how Trump’s success took people like Reiner by surprise.

About the Author

Emily Zanotti writes for the Daily Wire.

The Rushmore Report – The Two Demands Trump Should Make of North Korea

Today’s the day. U.S. President Donald Trump is set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. This is a historic meeting, as Trump will be the first President to sit down with a North Korean leader since the Korean War ended in 1953. We are hopeful that the summit will usher in a new era of peace. But it is critical that our President secure two – not just one – concessions from Kim. Addressing their nuclear program is only a start.

I agree with Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. “It would be a moral and political mistake to confuse North Korea’s arms concessions with any potential change in its character or course.”

That is why, in order to achieve lasting peace in the region, America must demand that North Korea agree to two things . . .

1. Surrender of nuclear weapons

2. Cessation of human rights abuses

To be accepted by the international community, North Korea must do more than disarm. It must dismantle its labor camp system – a corrupt organ of state-sponsored torture that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. Once sent to these camps, inmates are subject to starvation, torture, sexual violence, forced abortions, and even murder.

Hatch is right when he says, “That labor camps of any kind continue to exist after the horrors of the previous century is unconscionable. So, too, is the thought that we would normalize relations with North Korea while this prison system is still in place.”

Hatch has introduced a bill that calls for North Korea to release its nearly 100,000 political prisoners and halt arrests made on political and religious grounds. He also calls for the Kim regime to allow outside independent organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to enter the country to treat prisoners and document their experiences.

If the real goal is lasting peace, Kim must understand that deweaponization is not enough. If North Korea intends on being an ally of the United States, it must not only give up its tools of destruction and allow for unfettered examination of its nuclear plants, but it also must work with the United States to build a world of stability. Kim can begin by recognizing the inherent rights and dignity of its own citizens.

We must pray for President Trump as the summit commences. We must pray for the denuclearization of North Korea. But any effort that falls short of addressing their immense human rights violations has fallen short – period.

The Rushmore Report – Why Charles Krauthammer Will Be Missed

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and commentator Charles Krauthammer is dying. He’d been battling cancer and seemed to have come out all right, but it took a turn. He released a letter to the media yesterday which was simple in its message, but heartbreaking to read. “I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.”

He thanked family and friends for their love and support and then addressed his colleagues, readers and viewers.

“I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking,” Krauthammer wrote. “I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.”

Charles Krauthammer played no small role. His depth of knowledge and thoughtfulness were the exception rather than the rule in Washington, D.C. His statements carried twice the heft as most others.

Krauthammer graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1975 and practiced psychiatry. He was a resident and then chief resident in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston before bursting on to the political scene.

We had the pleasure of speaking to Charles Krauthammer several times on Boston Herald Radio and each time he was informative, intellectually honest and an absolute pleasure to talk to.

An ex-Democrat, he joked about being a speechwriter for Vice President Walter Mondale in 1980, remarking, “After 40 years the statute of limitations is up and I can now confess openly.”

He was just as happy to talk about his favorite baseball team, the Washington Nationals, as he was about politics and world events. When a host on Herald Radio quipped about the superiority of the Red Sox over his Nats, he shot back, “Those are fightin’ words.”

Though he was paralyzed in an accident as a young man and confined to a wheelchair, he never expressed self-pity. “All it means is whatever I do is a little bit harder and probably a little bit slower,” he said, “And that’s basically it. Everybody has their cross to bear — everybody.”

Likewise, during his many health struggles he was always stoic and committed to doing his job, showing no hint of the pain he was obviously feeling.

Krauthammer is a man who fell in love with the very concept of America. “America is the only country ever founded on an idea. The only country that is not founded on race or even common history. It’s founded on an idea and the idea is liberty. That is probably the rarest phenomena in the political history of the world; this has never happened before. And not only has it happened, but it’s worked.”

About the Author

Tom Shattuck writes for the Boston Herald.

The Rushmore Report – Ted Cruz Gives 7 Reasons Evangelicals Should Be Happy with Trump

Speaking to a ballroom filled with Christian conservatives last week, Senator Ted Cruz reflected on seven of the biggest victories for faith and families since Donald Trump took over the White House in January 2017. Cruz made his remarks at the annual Road to Majority Conference hosted by the influential social conservative advocacy group, Faith & Freedom Coalition.

Cruz, who was the last contestant standing in his race against Trump for the Republican nomination in 2016, has played a large role in the slim Republican-majority Senate, that he says has led to victories for conservatives, in addition to what has been accomplished by the Trump administration.

Cruz identified seven specific wins for Christian conservatives under the Trump White House over the first year and a half of his presidency.

1. Judges

There was no bigger voting issue for many Christian conservatives than the vacancy of the Supreme Court and the appointment of constitutionalist judges. Conservatives continue to celebrate the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the highest court – an appointment confirmed by Congress on April 7, 2017.

2. Human life

Cruz also celebrated the numerous pro-life victories that have been achieved by the Trump administration. “We have seen in the last year and a half significant victories for preserving human life,” he said. One of the first moves Trump made was to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits foreign aid from going to organizations and clinics that perform abortions.

3. Tax cut

Last December, Congress passed the most significant tax overhaul in three decades, Cruz said. He predicted this bill will lead to more money being left in the pockets of families.

4. Repeal of Obamacare individual mandate

As part of the tax bill, conservatives were able to accomplish something that some thought was only a pipe dream. They repealed the Obamacare individual mandate that left many liable to pay fines for not having healthcare. “This is big deal and something I led the fight for,” Cruz asserted.

5. School choice

Cruz introduced an amendment to allow parents and families to extend 529 college funds to pay for K-12 education at public and private schools, as a part of the tax bill. Under the expansion, parents can withdraw up to $10,000 per year from their 529 plans to pay for their children’s primary or secondary education.

6. Move of U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

In May, Cruz attended the historic opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, a move that he and many other social conservatives have long pushed for. Cruz praised Trump for the fact that he was able to do something that presidents of both political parties have promised to do but failed to make it happen.

7. Withdrawal from Iranian nuclear deal

Cruz is one of the most avid critics of the Obama administration’s deal finalized in January 2016 to lift nuclear sanctions against Iran in exchange for concessions in its nuclear program for the next several years. In fact, he and Trump held a joint rally to bash the deal in September 2015. When Trump announced that he was pulling out of the Iran deal last month, Cruz was among the many who applauded.

The Rushmore Report – Pelosi Slams Great Job Numbers; James Woods Fires Back

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is at it again. The new jobs numbers – lowest unemployment numbers in 40 years, first income increases since 2009, and record tax cuts for the middle class – were met with her predictable disgust. In stepped actor James Woods, a rare Hollywood Republican. And his response to the millionairess Democrat was priceless.

First, let’s lay out the numbers that have Pelosi so upset. The U.S. saw 223,000 new jobs in May. Unemployment hits 3.8 percent, a rate last seen the year Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Second quarter economic growth is on pace for a staggering 4.8 percent.

But that is all bad news for Ms. Pelosi. Never mind that when unemployment dropped to 7 percent under President Obama, she called it “historic.” She referred to Trump’s economic policies as “reckless. Then she stepped onto her government financed jet, on which she flies across the country twice a week – again at taxpayers’ expense.

James Woods has apparently had enough. After hearing Pelosi’s description of the greatest tax cuts in recent history as “crumbs,” on top of her most recent diatribe, he weighed in.

Woods said, “Pelosi is terrified that Americans are working again, of course. The entire Democratic strategy is based on welfare, illegal immigration, and taxing those who work and create. Misery and poverty are the recruiting engine of the Democratic Party.”

Woods concluded with a message to President Trump. “The lowest unemployment in recorded American history. Thank you, Mr. President.”

In a world where 3.8 percent unemployment is considered “reckless,” while 7 percent is “historic,” former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee offered this prayer on a Sunday news show. The Governor said, “I went to church this morning and prayed, ‘Please God, let the Democrats keep Nancy Pelosi as their leader.'”

Will Huckabee’s prayer be answered? Time will tell. Until then, Pelosi’s definition of economic success – and the response from such humorists as Woods and Huckabee – will be fun to watch.

The Rushmore Report – Trump and N. Korea: Is He a Genius Or Is He Being Played?

From 1910 to 1945, Japan ruled the Korean peninsula. At the end of World War II, Korea was divided along the 38th parallel into North and South Korea, with each under the control of the Soviet Union and the United States, respectively. The subsequent Korean War (1950-1953) ended in a stalemate, and has left the two countries separated since. Now, 73 years after the division, President Donald Trump is seeking to negotiate peace and the denuclearization of North Korea. His summit with Kim Jong Un is just a week away. But can Trump do what the previous 12 U.S. presidents failed to do? Can he bring the art of the deal to a whole new, international level? Or is he being played by the North Korean dictator?

Since he took office, Trump has designated North Korea a state sponsor of terror (again). He has called the North Korean leader “Little Rocket Man.” He has ridiculed the foreign leader with schoolyard insults. He cited the “open hostility” between the two countries. He promised an attack like never seen on earth if Kim Jong Un didn’t straighten up.

In response, Jong Un insulted Trump’s Vice President, his country, his leadership, and even questioned his manhood.

Still, the summit is a go.

The South Korean president warned Trump to not trust his northern counterpart. China did nothing to encourage the dialogue. American allies have pretty much sat this dance out. Within his own political leadership in Congress, Trump has been met with doubters, naysayers, and antagonists.

Still, the summit is a go.

Can Trump succeed where Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama failed? Well, for starters, he secured the release of American hostages – without paying a king’s ransom. That’s a first. He has the North Korean dictator talking. That’s a first. And he has brokered a place a time to meet. That is also a first. But the summit was called off just two weeks ago. But that was then.

Still, the summit is a go.

Will peace come to the Korean peninsula after 73 years of fighting? Will one of the world’s truly rogue nuclear powers agree to dismantling her nuclear capabilities? Will America step up and offer protection while relaxing sanctions?

It’s too early to tell. But credit President Trump for trying. There are many obstacles to overcome. But we have to start somewhere, and Singapore is somewhere. And peace talks have to begin sometime. Next week is that sometime. Will peace come? Will North Korea sacrifice her forces? There’s no way of knowing. But we do know this: despite all the criticism from the Left, despite the volatility of both national leaders, peace has a chance. Why? Because . . .

The summit is a go.

 

The Rushmore Report – Gingrich: We Are Closer to a Red Wave than a Blue Wave in November

Most pundits are predicting a massive “blue wave” in this November’s midterm elections, with Democrats winning back a majority of the House and likely taking control of the Senate, as well. Not so fast, says Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and contributor to Fox News. He actually predicts there is a greater likelihood of a “red wave” than a “blue wave.” And he may be right.

Author of the new book, Trump’s America, Gingrich thinks that President Trump’s successes – especially with the economy – could help Republicans maintain a majority in both the House and the Senate.

He says, “I actually believe we are closer to a ‘red wave’ than a ‘blue wave.'”

He acknowledged concern several months ago when polls showed Democrats with a significant lead in the generic ballot.

“But starting with passing the tax cuts, with what President Trump has done consistently on conservative judges, on deregulation, on trade negotiations, what he’s doing with North Korea, I think people now have a sense that we’re moving in the right direction.”

The former Speaker said he doesn’t think that Democrats have any hope of winning the Senate, and Republicans are in a good position to actually gain seats, particularly in New Jersey and Florida.

“We’re likely to end up being somewhere between plus-2 and plus-6 in the Senate. How can you talk about a ‘blue wave’ if we’re gaining votes?” Gingrich asked.

As for the House, he said Republicans could do “surprisingly well” if they run on the economy and communicate that the GOP is the party of economic growth.

The Rushmore Report – Is President Trump Really a Republican?

Last week, former Speaker of the House John Boehner spoke at an event in Michigan. In his speech, he declared, “There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump Party. The Republican Party is kind of taking a nap somewhere.” This is becoming a common criticism – Trump is not really a Republican. But a new poll asked registered Republicans their thoughts on Mr. Trump. The results are shocking.

At the 500-day mark of his presidency, Donald Trump is more popular within his own party than Presidents Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, or Obama at the same time in their presidencies.

President Trump may be the only president in history to receive constant criticism from the media and even members of his own party – for keeping his campaign promises. He ran on a platform. He was elected on that platform. He is enacting that platform. And still the world is in shock.

While 91 percent of all media coverage on the president is negative; while almost nothing is said about record employment, foreign affairs victories, or appointed judges; and while Americans feel good about their personal lives under Trump’s presidency – the media still piles on.

We are told to expect a Republican challenge in the 2020 primary. We read almost daily criticisms of the president from high-ranking leaders of his own party – past and present.

Still, Donald Trump has the approval of 87 percent of registered Republicans, according to the latest Gallup poll. That represents a higher favorable rating within his own party than every other president of modern times, other than George W. Bush.

Here are the in-party approval ratings of every president since 1950, in order of their popularity. Bush 43 (96%), Trump (87%), Bush 41 (85%), Kennedy (85%), Eisenhower (83%), Nixon (83%), Obama (79%), Reagan (77%), Johnson (77%), Clinton (74%), Ford (59%), Carter (54%).

John Boehner is wrong when he suggests Republicans don’t like Trump. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is wrong when he suggests Trump will “definitely” face a challenge in the 2020 primary. And that stalwart of intellectualism, Alec Baldwin, was wrong when he said in early 2017, “Trump won’t make it to the end of the year. I think he’ll resign.”

One can argue the merits of the Trump presidency over its first 500 days. But one can’t argue that he is unpopular within the Republican Party. Well, I suppose you can argue that point. But you’d be wrong.