Rep. Burchett gives 'Democratic operative' a much-needed burn and requests a grilling for Blinken

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This week, Republican Rep. Tim Burchett (R) voted to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress and demanded an investigation into the former intelligence officials who misled the nation with an election-influencing letter about the Hunter Biden laptop in October 2020.

The Tennessee congressman also exercised his comedic muscles.

On Monday, a supporter online claiming Burchett's "humor is a national treasure" vowed to protect the congressman from the Ukrainian watch list of persons with apparently verboten opinions.

Burchett recently joined Blaze Media and other American individuals and entities on a Biden State Department-linked publication's list of Americans who have expressed apparently verboten views about American aid for Ukraine.

Burchett's initial response — "And what about my wit, charm, intellect and boyish good looks?" — did not go over well with one X user, who called the congressman a "traitor" to his state and to America.

The congressman wrote back, "Your sweet words melt on my heart like butter and honey on a warm biscuit and leave an indelible mark on the digestive tract of my heart."

Burchett evidently did not meet his quota for weekly bants with this brief online interaction.

Burchett shared a video to X Wednesday, wherein he can be seen walking past a young man in khaki shorts while on his way to ostensibly attend to his duties in the Capitol.

"Representative, will you commit to opposing a nationwide abortion ban?" asked the young man, identified by Burchett as a "paid Democrat operative" who daily "tries to trip me up."

Without missing a beat, Burchett responded, "Will you commit to putting some sunscreen on those legs? Man, I gotta wear welding goggles out here, they're so white."

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The former Knoxville mayor also publicly admitted to giving one of his customary monologues on video only to realize he had forgotten to hit record. When a commenter suggested the Republican "pulled a Biden," Burchett provided a note of clarification: "Except I know where the soft serve ice cream machine is in the Whitehouse (sic)."

Burchett did not, however, appear to be kidding when he asked House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) in a letter Tuesday to launch an immediate investigation into Secretary of State Antony Blinken and "certain former intelligence officials for interfering in the 2020 presidential election."

James Clapper, Michael Hayden, Leon Panetta, and various other former intelligence officials active in the Obama years penned an open letter on Oct. 19, suggesting that the New York Post's report on Hunter Biden's incriminating laptop had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation."

The 51 signatories allowed Politico, other media outlets, and then-candidate Joe Biden to infer from their letter that the Post's story was untrue and "consistent with some of the key methods Russia has used in its now multi-year operation to interfere in our democracy."

The signatories of this election-influencing letter have proven unrepentant, even when confronted on multiple occasions with the authenticity of the Hunter Biden laptop and the accuracy of the Post's report.

In his letter, Burchett zeroed in on particulars in the Post's report, specifically that the laptop "contained emails suggesting [Hunter Biden] was attempting to provide Ukrainian energy officials access to meet then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden."

Extra to noting the veracity of the laptop, which helped get Hunter Biden convicted this week, Burchett referenced former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell's testimony implicating Blinken as having "played a role in the inception" of the intelligence officials' letter.

Morell told Congress that Blinken contacted him after encountering the damning Oct. 14, 2020, Post article, and that as a result of this exchange, he began drafting the letter with the aim to get it out before the Oct. 22 presidential debate, in which Biden used the statement to great effect.

"These findings suggest the Biden campaign conspired with former intelligence officials to mislead the American public and influence the 2020 presidential election," wrote Burchett.

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Hunter Biden's laptop got him convicted. Intel officials who called it Russian disinfo remain unapologetic.

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Hunter Biden was convicted today in part owing to the verified contents of his laptop, which the New York Post reported on before the 2020 election.

A cabal of former U.S. intelligence officials released an open letter on Oct. 19, 2020, regarding the Post's Oct. 14 report about the discovery and damning contents of Hunter Biden's laptop, which the FBI had "verified" one year earlier.

Among the 51 signatories of the letter were:

  • James Clapper, former director of national intelligence under Democratic President Barack Obama;
  • Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA under Obama;
  • Leon Panetta, former secretary of defense under Obama and CIA director;
  • John Brennan, former CIA director under Obama;
  • Glenn S. Gerstell, former general counsel for the National Security Agency;
  • Richard H. Ledgett Jr., former deputy director of the NSA;
  • Jeremy Bash, the former chief of staff both of the CIA and the Department of Defense; and
  • Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA.

Their letter asserted that the Hunter Biden laptop story was likely a thing of Slavic fantasy — that the story had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation."

While Clapper, Brennan, and the other 49 so-called experts were willing to admit in the letter to both not knowing whether the Hunter Biden emails provided to the New York Post were "genuine" and having no "evidence of Russian involvement," they nevertheless suggested a "laptop op" designed "to discredit Biden ... would be consistent with some of the key methods Russia has used in its now multi-year operation to interfere in our democracy."

The letter was framed thusly by Politico and left uncorrected by the signatories: "Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say."

According to the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, then-senior Biden campaign adviser and now-Secretary of State Antony Blinken got the ball rolling on this misleading and election-influencing letter. The letter was allegedly drafted with the aim of setting the narrative before the Oct. 22, 2020, presidential debate, wherein Biden ultimately used it to great effect. Blinken later denied conceiving of or soliciting signatures for the letter.

Even though the story was undermined by the letter and censored online, the laptop was real all along, and its contents — like those of Ashley Biden's troubling diary — were as authentic as they were incriminating. FBI Special Agent Erika Jensen made this especially clear in court last week.

'51 intelligence agents, that phony story. Remember?'

Former President Donald Trump recently suggested that the 51 officials who leveraged their perceived credibility and former status to shield Biden from the truth may soon face a comeuppance.

Trump was recently discussing false narratives spread by the Biden camp and broached the subject of the Hunter Biden laptop story.

"51 intelligence agents, that phony story. Remember? 'The laptop from Russia,' they said. And they should be prosecuted for what they did, okay?" said Trump. "Let's see what happens.

Ahead of Hunter Biden's criminal conviction, Fox News Digital reached out to the signatories of the October 2020 letter, asking whether they regretting misleading the nation. While some of the election-swaying former officials flatly say no, as in the case of Clapper, others doubled down.

Mark S. Zaid, an attorney representing Ronald Marks, Marc Polymeropoulos, Douglas Wise, Paul Kolbe, John Sipher, Emile Nakhleh, and Gerald O’Shea, suggested the letter was important and signing it was "patriotic."

Zaid even suggested that criticism of the letter amounted to disinformation but did not go so far as to pin blame on Russia.

"There continues to be by many a calculated or woefully ignorant interpretation of the October 2020 letter signed by fifty-one former intelligence officials concerning Hunter Biden's laptop," Zaid told Fox.

"A careful and objective reading of the document reflects that even today its content is accurate. It served as nothing more than a warning letter of what we have known for decades: certain foreign governments — including Russia — continue to try and actively interfere in our domestic affairs and our guard must remain vigilant. Every patriotic American should have signed that letter," added Zaid.

Signatory Greg Treverton, former chair of the National Intelligence Council, said, "What we said was true, we were inferring from our experience, and it did look like a Russian operation. We didn't, and couldn't of course say it was a Russian operation. Enough said."

Michael Hayden, who intimated late last year that Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Al.) should be removed from the human race, simply hung up the phone and dodged subsequent requests for comment.

The Post noted that Panetta defended the letter in July 2023, saying he had no regrets about signing it.

"I signed that letter for one reason, which was to make the American people aware that the Russians deliberately were engaged in a disinformation campaign in the United States and trying to impact on our election and trying to impact on our ability to have free and fair elections," Panetta told CNN.

Concerning the letter's additional spin in Politico, Zaid told the Post, "With respect to the Politico story, had I been representing my clients at the time I would have certainly asked for them to modify their headline as it is too categorically and broadly asserted a conclusion that the letter did not."

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Mark Levin: Donald Trump should indict Joe Biden upon winning election

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Trump may have been convicted of all 34 counts levied against him in the Manhattan hush-money trial, but Mark Levin doesn’t believe justice has been served.

Rather, he believes it has yet to be.

“The problem is, there was a jury. There should never have been a jury, there should never have been a case. Prosecutor is a Soros prosecutor. Case should have been dismissed,” Levin says.

“The problem is, you have a judge who is a Biden judge. So, now you have two individuals, two dishonest individuals, who lack complete integrity. That is Bragg and Mershan, who are influencing a federal, national, presidential election.”

Levin says this shows “intent in the case of Joe Biden.”

“God willing, if Donald Trump is the next president of the United States, I am going to urge him, I’m going to lobby him, to tell his Attorney General of the United States, ‘Let’s stop playing games,’” Levin explains, adding, “Indict Joe Biden and indict Antony Blinken.”

Why? “Because according to Bragg, Merchan, and their surrogates — they created a crime.”

Levin says this crime is valid because of the precedent they’ve set in the Trump trials.

“That is the precedent that comes out of the New York case that Biden just supported,” he says.

In addition, former special counsel Robert Hur supplied plenty of evidence in his previous report that Levin believes could indict Joe Biden.

“We have so much evidence in this report from Mr. Hur of willful violations of classified information. It’s hard to keep track,” Levin says. “But the Department of Justice said they’re not going to act because Mr. Hur said, and certified, that Joe Biden is an imbecile.”

“So, Joe Biden is exposed, and in my view, should be indicted for willfully disclosing classified information, effectively selling secrets for a profit, and trying to cover it up,” he adds.

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Scary: White House’s Ukraine/NATO promise risks WORLD WAR with Russia

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Biden’s secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has promised that Ukraine will join NATO — even if it means war.

"Ukraine will become a member of NATO. Our purpose at the summit is to help build a bridge to that membership," Blinken told reporters.

That simple statement could be disastrous, as Ukraine joining NATO is one of the main reasons Russia gave for starting a war.

Glenn Beck is in disbelief.

“The one thing they didn’t want us to do was to push for Ukraine to be in NATO, and so the goal of this big global conference in Europe yesterday was to put Ukraine in NATO,” Glenn says.

“We’re in the middle of a war right now, I don’t know if anyone noticed this. Perhaps we don’t want to inflame tensions,” Stu Burguiere agrees, adding that Blinken “could probably be a little bit more judicious with the way he talks about this in the middle of hundreds of thousands of people dying on a battlefield.”

Not only did Blinken make a potentially devastating promise, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, has mentioned he’s considering sending troops to Ukraine.

“Remember, another thing Russia has said is, ‘You guys get involved, then you’re involved and I target you as well,’” Glenn says.

To learn more, watch the clip below.

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Biden and Blinken's Middle East powder keg: Revealing the explosive truth

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Joe Biden and Antony Blinken are doing their best to cripple Israel and push the democratic world order to the brink.

“They are forcing through all kinds of pressure and backstabbing the Israelis to fight the war in a way that they’d rather not,” Mark Levin explains, noting that most of the Israeli army is not composed of “regular soldiers.”

“They’re literally bakers and candlemakers, they are literally plumbers and truck drivers, electricians and doctors,” he says. “They are not thinking 24/7 about military tactics, and they’re getting killed, and our media won’t report it.”

While ordinary Israeli citizens fight to defend their families, Joe Biden is funding the terrorists they’re fighting.

“This is beyond imagination,” Levin says. “He’s funding Hamas; Trump cut it off. He’s funding the PLO; Trump cut it off. He’s funding the terrorist mother ship, Iran; Trump cut it off.”

“Biden and Blinken and the rest of them actually went through the list of things Trump had done to protect this country and reversed all of them,” he continues, “because they’re sellouts.”

Meanwhile, Iran is getting closer than ever to procuring nuclear weapons — and Biden keeps funding the country.

“If they get a nuclear weapon, it’s on Biden, Blinken, Sullivan, Obama, and that whole crowd, but they won’t be held to account,” Levin says. “They’ll blame Trump.”

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Blinken to meet with Mexican president while caravan of over 8,000 migrants marches on US border

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken is headed south to discuss illegal immigration with the Mexican regime while a migrant caravan estimated to be about at least 8,000 people deep and growing — the largest of its kind since June 2022 — marches north on the U.S. border.

The prospective invaders began their advance northward Sunday, walking from Tapachula, a city near Mexico's southern border with Guatemala, to Alvaro Obregón, reported the New York Post.If successful, this group will add to the strain already experienced at the border, which sees roughly 10,000 illegal aliens storm over daily.

Despite claims that the caravan comprises asylum seekers, leaders of the group made clear with a banner that read, "Exodus from poverty," that they were largely economic migrants.

While most of the economic migrants appear to be from Cuba, Venezuela, El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras, the BBC indicated some also hail from Bangladesh, India, and other oriental locales.

Anti-borders activist Luis García Villagrán, accompanying the prospective invaders, indicated that the caravan assembled and began marching toward the American border because Tapachula is overwhelmed.

The local paper Diario del Sur indicated that an estimated 100,000 illegal aliens are parked in Tapachula, many of whom are keen on going to the United States.

"The problem is that the southern border [with Guatemala] is open and 800 to 1,000 people are crossing it daily. If we don't get out of Tapachula, the town will collapse," said Villagrán. "We tell the Mexican state that it has left us no other option but to take the coastal highway and walk as far as we can get."

While the caravan is presently at least 8,000 strong, Villagrán indicated it could grow to at least 15,000 people.

"We won't stop — we'll keep walking," he threatened.

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Biden and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador are set to discuss the border crisis over the phone Wednesday.

When they met earlier this year in Mexico City for the North American Leaders' Summit, Obrador remarked, "President Biden, you are the first president of the United States in a very long time that has not built not even one meter of wall, and ... we thank you for that, sir."

The Mexican leader also noted that "some may not like" Biden's refusal to secure the border, particularly "the conservatives."

Following Wednesday's presidential chat over the phone, Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and White House homeland security adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall will meet with Obrador to further discuss the surge in illegal immigration.

According the State Department, Blinken will "reaffirm the United States’ commitment to the Los Angeles Declaration for Migration and Protection, and underscore the urgent need for lawful pathways and additional enforcement actions by partners throughout the region."

CNN reported that ahead of the meeting, Homeland Security officials identified a number of ways the Mexican regime — which has been highly critical of Texas' efforts to combat illegal immigration — could help to prevent continuing to make its migrant problem America's problem. Mexico could, for instance, move illegal aliens south; control its railways, which are used to move migrants north; and provide illegal aliens with incentives not to trek to the border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection data shows that over 6.85 million illegal aliens stole into the U.S. from Mexico between the time President Joe Biden took office and last month. Many more are suspected to have entered in undetected.

Border officials told Fox News' Bill Melugin there have been over 730,000 migrant encounters at the southern border since Oct. 1 and that December was set to break all-time records for border crossings.

The vast majority (61.17%) of the illegal aliens encountered at the border have been single adults, many of whom appear to be military-age males.

"We are facing a serious challenge along the southwest border and C.B.P. and our federal partners need more resources from Congress — as outlined in the supplemental budget request — to enhance border security and America's national security," Troy Miller, acting leader of CBP, said in a statement Friday.

Extra to new security threats and a cheapening of American sovereignty, the record influx of illegal aliens will also cost the American taxpayer dearly.

Blaze News recently detailed the findings of a new study that found, on the basis of U.S. Census Bureau data from the 2022 Survey of Income and Program Participation, that 59% of illegal alien households rely on taxpayer-funded welfare.

The House Committee on Homeland Security noted in its Nov. 13 interim report on the "Historic Dollar Costs of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' Open-Border Policies" that "for every one million parolees released into the United States on Mayorkas' watch, the cost in federal welfare benefits that will be incurred could total $3 billion annually, with those costs starting to kick in January 2026."

The congressional report highlighted a CIS estimate that put the yearly cost of housing known gotaways and illegal aliens who have been released into the U.S. under Biden's watch at $451 billion.

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Levin: These two men 'are drenched in blood'

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After the October 7 attack on Israel and the atrocities that have followed, Mark Levin believes that Joe Biden and Antony Blinken have some serious blood on their hands.

“They are drenched in blood,” Mark Levin says, disgusted. “Can anybody tell me of any other president in history who gives aid and support, billions of dollars, to our enemy?”

This enemy has killed American soldiers in Iraq, created mayhem in the Middle East, is attacking our allies, and is trying to build an Islamic caliphate throughout the Middle East.

“What kind of a commander in chief of the United States of America waves economic sanctions whether it’s oil, commerce, finance, banking, you name it — against the regime that sought to assassinate our former secretary of state and our former national security advisor?” Levin asks.

No president or secretary of state has ever armed our enemy either.

“I have another question,” Levin continues, “What kind of president, what kind of secretary of state, would appoint an individual who is pro-Iran, who is a Marxist, who’s a special pleader for Iran to negotiate a nuclear deal on our behalf against that regime and then in turn would hire three staffers, one of whom is a potential spy for that regime?”

The answer to all of his questions is Biden and Blinken.

“This administration keeps putting the pressure on Israel to capitulate, to be nicer about the war, to make sure you don’t really defeat the enemy, just kind of box them in,” Levin accuses, adding, “in other words, Blinken and Biden take no responsibility for what they unleashed in the Middle East.”

Before the Biden administration was in control, Trump was fighting for peace in the Middle East with the Abraham Accords.

“The people were rising up where Hamas was in a box, where Hezbollah was in a box. They were all in a box until Biden and Blinken come in and unleashed the whole damn thing,” Levin says.

Now, Iran is aiming to get a nuclear weapon — and the Biden administration isn’t concerned.

“On Biden and Blinken’s watch, there’s nothing to stop them.”

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State Department issues worldwide caution to US citizens; embassy in Lebanon tells Americans to flee

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The U.S. State Department issued an alert Thursday afternoon advising Americans worldwide to "exercise increased caution." Extra to this general warning, U.S. citizens in Lebanon have been told by the embassy in Beirut to hightail it out of the country if possible.

In its announcement, the State Department said that Americans abroad should "stay alert in locations frequented by tourists"; "enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive information and alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency overseas"; and "follow the Department of State" on social media.

The reasons given for this worldwide caution were increased tensions, the potential for terrorist attacks, and "demonstrations or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests."

The State Department has recommended that U.S. citizens should especially exercise vigilance if located inEgypt, Iraq, Muscat, Oman, and America's supposed NATO ally Turkey.

These warnings come nearly a week after the State Department told travelers headed to Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza to "maintain a high degree of situational awareness[,] exercise caution at all times" and to identify the "location of the nearest bomb shelter."

The risk to westerners appears to have grown in Arab nations in recent days, as evidenced by the swarming of American, Israeli, French, and British embassies, reported the Telegraph.

Within hours of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi stating, "The flames of the U.S.-Israeli bombs, dropped this evening on the Palestinian victims injured at the ... hospital in Gaza, will soon consume the Zionists," hordes gathered outside the British and French embassies in Iran, with some chanting "death to France and England."

Amid threats of fire farther afield, rioters in Beirut nearly set the U.S. embassy ablaze. Palestinian flag-waving and stone-throwing rioters managed to torch a neighboring building, but U.S. embassy spokesman Jake Nelson later indicated that "embassy personnel and facilities remain secure and undamaged," reported Reuters.

The New York Post indicated police had to deploy tear gas to disperse the rioters, but not before one demonstrator could scale the outer fence to attach a Palestinian flag to the embassy's flagpole.

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut updated its travel advisory for Lebanon Wednesday, stressing, "Do not travel."

"We urge U.S. citizens not to travel to Lebanon. We recommend that U.S. citizens in Lebanon make appropriate arrangements to leave the country; commercial options currently remain available," the embassy noted on X. "We recommend that U.S. citizens who choose not to depart prepare contingency plans for emergency situations. ... U.S. citizens who need assistance should contact the U.S. Embassy in Beirut at or +961-4-543-600."

For Americans whose confidence wasn't shaken after the Biden administration's botched Afghanistan withdrawal, the embassy further underscored the need to "have plans to depart that do not rely on the U.S. government."

The trigger for the latest anti-Western hostilities was the accusation by the Hamas-run Gazan Health Ministry that Israel had bombed the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza and killed hundreds.

Various Western media outfits helped stoke the fire by parroting the terrorist-linked ministry's claims, which have since been discredited. The New York Times, for instance, ran a front-page story entitled, "Israeli Strike Kills Hundreds in Hospital, Palestinians Say."

The New York Times has since reported that American officials have since come to agree with Israel's assessment that the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Islamic Jihad had launched a missile that malfunctioned.

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