Ted Cruz And Other Republican Senators Call FBI On Carpet Over D’Souza Charges

Senators Call FBI On Carpet Over D’Souza Charges – WorldNetDaily

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An investigation into conservative author and “2016: Obama’s America” filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza that resulted in his indictment on campaign contribution charges is rebounding on the FBI, with demands from Congress now to know how the investigation was triggered – and other details.

Four members, including Sens. Charles E. Grassley, Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, all Republicans, have written to the FBI with a list of questions for the agency to answer.

The indictment was seen in many quarters as political payback for D’Souza’s film, which was harshly critical of Obama during the 2012 election season, and there has been launched by WND an online petition demanding that Congress halt what gives the appearance of political retaliation.

WND has reported that D’Souza has vowed to present a strong defense to the allegations.

The letter from the senators, addressed to FBI Director James Comey Jr., noted that based on what is known so far, the investigation into D’Souza came following a “routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC of various candidates after the 2012 election.”

The senators explain, “The articles, however, did not provide any details regarding the scope and methodology of these routine reviews. Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz has said, ‘I can’t help but think that [D'Souza's] politics have something to do with it… It smacks of selective prosecution.’ To dispel this sort of public perception that Mr. D’Souza may have been targeted because of his outspoken criticisms of the president, it is important for the FBI to be transparent regarding the precise origin of this investigation.”

The senators listed the questions that the FBI should answer, including “It appears from U.S. attorney’s office comment that the FBI conducts regular, perhaps random reviews of campaign filings. Is this correct? If so, what methodology does the FBI use to conduct these reviews?”

The senators also ask, “Please identify and describe all methods by which a review of campaign filings may be initiated,” and “Please identify all other government entities involved in the FBI’s review of campaign filings and describe their involvement.”

No. 4 is, “How and why was this particular review initiated?”

No. 5 is, “What criteria involved in this particular review led to the suspicion that warranted further inquiry?”

No. 6 is, “What are the guidelines under which the FBI conducts its reviews of Campaign filings?”

No. 7 is, “Please describe how the FBI’s reviews of campaign filings are conducted.”

No. 8 is, “How many campaign filings has the FBI reviewed in each year from 2008 to the present?”

No. 9 is, “On average, how long does it take to complete a review of a campaign filing?”

No. 10 is, “How many agents are assigned, per case, to review campaign filings?”

No. 11 is, “On average, how many man hours are spent reviewing campaign filings?”

No. 12 is, “When did the FBI begin routinely reviewing campaign filings.”

The letter to Comey continued, “During your confirmation hearing, you pledged that you would carry the values of transparency and try to spread them as far as you could within the FBI. To explain the details of these routine reviews and provide context to those who may be skeptical of the origins of this investigation, please provide answers…”

They all were critical of Obama, and suddenly were being contacted by the Internal Revenue Service, or others.

The petition addressed to Congress seeks “an immediate halt to the Obama administration’s reign of ‘payback’ and ‘punishment’ levied against its political opponents, which it regards as ‘enemies’; and a congressional investigation into the administration’s unmistakable and undeniable pattern of political use of the fearsome machinery of government to punish critics and opponents – which is not only grossly illegal and immoral, but profoundly destructive of everything that makes America exceptional and free.”

WND previously reported that Gerald Molen, the producer of D’Souza’s two full-length feature film documentaries, “2016: Obama’s America,” released in 2012, and the about-to-be-released “America,” had characterized D’Souza’s criminal indictment as a Soviet-style “political prosecution.”

“When Dinesh D’Souza can be prosecuted for making a movie, every American should ask themselves one question: ‘What will I do to preserve the First Amendment?’” he said.

D’Souza told WND that Molen, too, was harassed by the Obama administration for his role producing D’Souza’s full-length feature film documentaries.

“Right after ’2016′ came out, Molen got a call from the IRS,” D’Souza said.

“I just think it’s interesting the searchlight fell on him so randomly, so to speak, and so quickly right after. Molen has been around for a long time. He’s made ‘Minority Report’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ and for all this time he escaped scrutiny from the IRS, but then suddenly in a sense, the moment he comes out of the closet as a conservative, boom – ‘Hello, this is your friendly IRS agent calling,’” he said.

D’Souza argued he was prosecuted because his first feature film offended Obama personally, not just because the film represented a political challenge to Obama’s presidential re-election hopes in 2012.

“When ’2016′ came out, I was carefully monitoring what kind of effect if any this would have on Obama, and I don’t just mean on the Obama campaign, I mean on the president himself,” he said. “And for a while, there was dead silence from the Obama campaign. They said nothing about the film. And, in fact, the major media networks followed and acted as if the film didn’t even exist, even though the film was in just about every major theater chain in America.”

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In fact, it ranks as among the most popular documentaries ever.

Then D’Souza noticed “2016″ was attacked on the Obama campaign website, BarackObama.com.

“You can see it is a very intemperate and almost demented attack on the film. Some of the things that it charges about the film aren’t even in the film, although they do appear in my published works. You can see that the film ’2016′ did kind of unhinge Obama. And I think part of the reason for that is that the film wasn’t just a critique of his policies, it delved into his psyche. It kind of got in a way under his skin, I don’t mean by just annoying him, I mean by getting into what are the underlying traumatic factors that have driven him into becoming the kind of man that he is.”

D’Souza told WND the harassment from the Obama administration began when he was filming “2016″ in Africa.

“When we were down in Kenya and we were in the grandmother’s compound and we were observing the homestead and the grave, Obama’s sister got wind – she’s in Nairobi – and she got wind that we were there,” he said. “And she immediately called the cops and she called the local chieftains to basically run us out of town. And we had to literally grab our stuff and flee. And we were worried at that time that we would either be apprehended or equally significant that they would confiscate our film.”

D’Souza disclosed the film crew established emergency measures to make sure their film footage got out of Kenya should D’Souza and the film crew be detained in the country, or in case the Kenyan government made an attempt to otherwise confiscate the film footage.

“So my point is, it’s very clear with the Obama family that these people take this stuff very seriously and they try to run interception where they can,” he stressed. “Now, they did not succeed in blocking ’2016,’ and the film in fact made a big stir in 2012 after being released.”

D’Souza told WND his lawyers have a hearing with the federal court in New York to determine when his case will be tried, but he expects the case will go to trial with a 12-member jury, possibly beginning before the scheduled July 4 opening of “America” across the nation.

“Launching a defense in the federal criminal indictment has been every expensive,” D’Souza admitted.

“I won’t deny that it is traumatic. You have to take it seriously because they are looking to lock you up. So you can’t be frivolous about. At the same time, I want to be clear this is not something that has knocked me out for the count. I’m not someone to give in easily on this kind of a thing. I’m determined to continue to speak my mind and do my work.”

He explained that “America” was written in part to answer the question, “What is unique about America?”

Answering that question took D’Souza on a historical examination of America’s key conflicts, leading back to the challenges that faced our Founding Fathers.

He explained: “I think that the remarkable thing about our debate today is that the left and the right agree there is something unique about America, but the conservatives believe that America in some ways is uniquely good and the progressives led by Obama think that America is uniquely bad – in other words, that American history has been characterized by a unique set of crimes and offenses, that American capitalism is uniquely materialistic and selfish, that American foreign policy is uniquely devoted to plunder. So, we wanted to take on this argument head-on in the film and answer it at the root level.”

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Conservative Senators Cruz and Lee Introduce State Marriage Defense Act

Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee Introduce State Marriage Defense Act – Gateway Pundit

Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee introduced legislation today that would allow states to set their own standards as to what defines marriage.

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Breitbart reported:

On Thursday, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced S. 2024, the State Marriage Defense Act, which allows states to set their own standards as to what defines marriage and protects the states from having the federal government encroach on that territory.

Thirty-three states define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

Cruz stated:

I support traditional marriage. Under President Obama, the federal government has tried to re-define marriage and to undermine the constitutional authority of each state to define marriage consistent with the values of its citizens. The Obama Administration should not be trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states. We should respect the states, and the definition of marriage should be left to democratically elected legislatures, not dictated from Washington. This bill will safeguard the ability of states to preserve traditional marriage for [their] residents.

Lee echoed:

How a state should define marriage should be left up to the citizens of each state. It is clear the Obama administration finds the principles of federalism inconvenient in its effort to force states to redefine the institution of marriage. The State Marriage Defense Act provides an important protection for states, respecting the right to choose for themselves how each will treat the institution of marriage under the law.

Meanwhile… A federal judge struck down Virginia’s ban on gay marriage on Thursday.

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Meet The Ten Most Liberal (i.e. Anti-American) U.S. Senators

Meet The Ten Most Liberal Senators – Washington Free Beacon

National Journal released its 2013 vote ratings on Thursday. The ratings are based on roll-call votes from 2013 and compared on an ideological scale. Votes on noncontroversial issues and issues that fall along regional lines were not included.

Below are the ten most liberal senators in 2013. The ratings were decided based on 117 votes in the Senate.

1. (Tie) Brian Schatz, Chuck Schumer, Chris Murphy

Sens. Schatz, Schumer, and Murphy all received the same scores on economic, social, and foreign policy issues. The three are 93 percent more liberal than the rest of the Senate on economic issues, 73 percent more liberal on social issues, and 71 percent more liberal on foreign policy issues. They received a composite liberal score of 89.5 out of 100.

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Sen. Brian Schatz was elected in 2012 to fill the term of Daniel Inouye, who passed away in late 2012.

Prior to his term in the Senate, Schatz served as lieutenant governor of Hawaii and in the Hawaii state house. Additionally, he was the chairman of the Hawaii Democratic Party from 2008-2010.

Schatz is up for reelection in 2014.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer was first elected to the Senate in 1998.

Schumer has spent 40 years in elected office, serving in the New York state assembly from 1974-1980 and then the United States House from 1981 to 1999.

The 2014 Almanac of American Politics called Schumer “one of Capitol Hill’s most adept dealmakers.”

Schumer is up for reelection in 2016.

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Sen. Chris Murphy is the junior senator from Connecticut and was elected in 2012. He is currently the youngest person in the Senate.

Murphy is up for reelection in 2018.

4. Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii)

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According to National Journal, Sen. Mazie Hirono is more liberal on economic issues than 92 percent of the Senate. She is 73 percent more liberal on social issues and 71 percent more liberal on foreign policy issues. She received a composite liberal score of 88.2.

Hirono is serving her first term in the Senate.

She has kept a relatively low profile, but her liberal voting record led the Hawaii Tribune-Herald to say, “We wish she’d be a little more independent and less partisan”

She previously served in the United States House (2006-2012), as Hawaii lieutenant governor (1994-2002), and in the Hawaii state House from 1980-1994.

Hirono will be up for reelection in 2016.

5. (Tie) Barbara Mikulski, Kirsten Gillibrand, Al Franken, Maria Cantwell, Richard Blumenthal, Tammy Baldwin

These six senators are 82 percent more liberal than the rest of the Senate on economic issues, 73 percent more liberal on social issues, and 71 percent more liberal on foreign policy issues. They received a composite ranking of 86.3.

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski is serving her 5th term in the U.S. Senate.

Mikulski attended the same Baltimore high school as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

“Mikulski evinces little interest in the usual niceties of politics,” the 2014 Almanac of American Politics says. “She can snap at reporters whom she feels don’t get to the point quickly enough, and at committee hearings she is a self-described “table-pounder.”

She will be up for reelection in 2016.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to the Senate in 2009. She succeeded Hillary Clinton when she became secretary of state under President Barack Obama.

Gillibrand had cast conservative votes on gun issues while serving in the House of Representatives. However, she modified several of her positions that were out of step with the party after meeting with Democratic leadership.

Gillibrand is serving her first full term, which will expire in 2018.

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Sen. Al Franken is the junior senator in Minnesota. He was elected in 2008.

Prior to his political career, Franken was a comedy writer and radio talk show host. He wrote for Saturday Night Live after graduating college until 1995, when he decided to pursue a career as a political commentator. He authored the book Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and joined the liberal Air America Radio network.

Franken is up for reelection in 2014.

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Sen. Maria Cantwell is serving her third term, having been elected in 2000.

Cantwell previously served in the U.S. House from 1992 to 1994, and the Washington state House from 1986-1992.

She will be up for reelection in 2018.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal was elected in 2010 to his first term in the Senate.

He is one of the richest members of Congress with a net worth of up to $121,299,056.

Blumenthal served in both the Connecticut state House and state Senate. He was Connecticut’s attorney general from 1991-2010.

He is up for reelection in 2016.

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin was elected to her first term in the Senate in 2012.

She has a consistently liberal voting record. Her win in the 2012 Democratic primary is attributed to her support of abortion rights. Pro-choice group EMILY’s List helped her raise about a quarter of her $1.5 million campaign chest, according to the 2014 Almanac of American Politics.

Baldwin is up for reelection in 2018.

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Arizona Senators McCain And Flake Now Facing Recall Petitions Over Amnesty Bill

Enough Is Enough… ‘Gang Of 8′ Members Jeff Flake & John McCain Face Recall Petitions – Gateway Pundit

A new website is asking Arizona residents for their signatures to recall Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain for supporting the immigration-amnesty bill.

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The website even has an easy name to remember – SenatorJeffFlake.com

Senator Flake is Failing Arizona!

** Senator Jeff Flake is not representing Arizona voters, conservatives, or American citizens, even though he is our employee and ran under the Republican ticket.

** Jeff Flake is voting as if he were employed by foreign nationals who have invaded the USA, aka illegal aliens, rather than his Arizona constituents.

** Jeff is showing us his true colors- he is as blue as they come, a Rhino, a Liberal Democrat in everything but official party designation.

His recall begins now.

Arizona Constitution Article 8, Section 1.

And this is from shameless Senator John McCain’s recall page:

Do you remember this? McCain’s “Complete the Danged Fence”? In June 2013, McCain showed us his true colors and voted against building the 700 mile-long fence (that was required by previous law in 2006).

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You can sign the petitions here and here.

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Dumber Than Dirt: Senators Heller And Reid Push To Define Nevada As A ‘Border State’

Heller, Reid Push To Define Nevada As A ‘Border State’ – Big Government

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) offered an amendment to the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill that would define Nevada as a “border state” despite the fact that no part of Nevada’s state borders touch Mexico.

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“Nevada is a top destination for travelers all over the world and is an international hub through which tens of millions of people pass each year, our state benefits from the cultural diversity of Filipino, Chinese and Armenian communities to name a few and we are couched between two states that border the country of Mexico,” Heller said on the Senate floor when he introduced the amendment.

“Las Vegas is known for McCarran International Airport which sees tens of millions of tourists each year and is merely a short drive away from Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix. Nevada’s unique location leaves it highly vulnerable to our flawed immigration system, and open to this exact same problem faced by other southwestern border states like Arizona, Texas, California, and New Mexico. But, despite the fact that Nevada is in many respects a border state that copes with the exact same immigration problems facing states like California, this bill in its current form excludes Nevada from the list of states that are eligible to join the Southern Border Security Commission, so my Amendment, Heller 1227, would include Nevada with other southwestern border states whose governors would comprise the Southern Border Security Commission.”

Heller noted his amendment would include Nevada as a border state. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat who also hails from Nevada, confirmed to Breitbart News that Reid is a cosponsor on the amendment as well.

“This amendment ensures the commission created in the underlying bill is fully representative of issues affecting southern border and southwestern states,” Heller said. “Although Nevada does not touch the southern border, its current demographics and state issues are reflective of other southern border states and Nevada should have a voice on this commission.”

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*VIDEOS* Senators Paul And McCain Slam Secretary Of State Clinton During Benghazi Hearing


Senator John McCain – “People don’t bring RPGs and mortars to a spontaneous demonstration.”
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Senator Rand Paul – “Had I been president at the time, and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi, you did not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post.”
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H/T Washington Free Beacon

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18 Democrat Senators Revolt Against Harry Reid On Obamacare Tax

18 Democratic Senators Revolt Against Harry Reid On Obamacare Tax – Daily Caller

Eighteen Democratic U.S. Senators and senators-elect sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week calling for a “delay in the implementation” of the medical device tax in Obamacare, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The provision was an integral part of the version of the Obamacare law, which was passed in the Senate under Reid’s stewardship in 2009. It is set to take effect on January 1, 2013.

An effort to repeal the provision failed in Congress in June. At the time, Reid characterized the proposed repeal as a Republican attack on Obamacare.

“The medical technology industry directly employs over 400,000 people in the United States and is responsible for a total of two million high-skilled manufacturing jobs… With this year quickly drawing to a close, the medical device industry has received little guidance about how to comply with the tax – causing significant uncertainty and confusion for businesses,” according to the letter. “We urge you to support delaying enactment of this provision in a fiscally responsible manner.”

The provision’s 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device manufacturers has sparked panic within the medical devices industry. Indiana-based Zimmer Holdings, which manufactures hip replacement implants, laid off 450 workers in anticipation of $60 million in taxes in 2013. Michigan-based Stryker Corp., which also produces hip implants, laid off 5 percent of its workers in a bid to compensate for the $100 million it will pay in taxes next year.

The provision has proved to be problematic for Democratic senators from states with large numbers of medical device companies. Indiana Senator-elect Joe Donnelly and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow signed the letter alongside the next Massachusetts Senate delegation, Elizabeth Warren and John Kerry, whose state is home to more than 400 medical device companies.

Democrats sent their letter to Reid less than three weeks after dozens of medical device industry executives “swarmed” Capitol Hill in a lobbying push that resulted in more than 60 different meetings with legislators. The trade groups Advanced Medical Technology Association, Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance, and Medical Device Manufacturers Association led the lobbying effort to delay the provision.

The medical device industry has a powerful lobby in Washington. In the third quarter of 2011, when medical device manufacturers began their big-money push to stop the medical device tax, the industry spent more than $32 million lobbying Congress. Prominent political donor General Electric spent $5.7 million that quarter to lead all medical device lobbyists.

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