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Jack Burkman hosts fundraiser for Manafort associate Rick Gates

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Friends of Richard W. Gates III held a fundraiser Tuesday at the Rosslyn, Virginia Holiday Inn and online to support the political consultant, who was indicted by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III for crimes relating to his overseas consulting.

The organizer of the event Jack Burkman apologized at the beginning of the program for Gates’ absence, because the man is under house arrest and Mueller and the judge presiding over the case refused to consent to his attending.

Burkman stood in front of the hotel’s Georgetown Room and introduced a short video Gates recorded from his home.

“I am thankful for your generosity and your kindness beyond words,” said the consultant. “By being here tonight you are giving us the tools that we will need to fight and for that, I am extremely grateful. As you may be aware, there is a gag order on the case, so I am not able to talk about the case, but I can say that because of people like you, we will have the resources to fight.”

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Gates specifically thanked Burkman for believing in his cause and for assuring that supporters across the country could hear his message of gratitude.

This is the name and address of the defense fund:
Defending American Rights Legal Fund
6720 Curran Street
McLean, VA 22101

Burkman said he was not working as Gates’ attorney, but he has donated to his defense fund and he has encouraged his lobbying clients to donate to the defense fund, too.

Jack Burkman (Big League Politics photo by Neil W. McCabe)

“I don’t want to get too political, but my personal beliefs are that our good friend Rick is really the victim of an unfair prosecution,” said Burkman, a syndicated talk radio show host, lobbyist and attorney. “I don’t like what Bob Mueller is doing. I think that believe that Mr. Gates, Mr. Manafort and Mr. Flynn have been very unfairly targeted–and I see Mueller as a desperate guy, an increasingly desperate prosecutor.”

During Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, roughly from March to August, Gates was deputy campaign chairman working with the campaign chairman Paul J. Manafort III. Mueller’s charge as special counsel is to investigate connections between the Trump campaign and officials of the Russian government. As part of his charge, Mueller is authorized to investigate other crimes that present themselves in the course of his primary investigation, and so Gates and Manafort are charged with crimes associated with their consulting for Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych.

Gates and Manafort were jointly charged, but none of the charges were connected with the Trump campaign, let alone the collusion between the campaign and Russian officials.

Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing gave a statement to reporters Oct. 30 outside the courthouse, where his client and Gates entered their not guilty pleas:

President Donald Trump was correct. There is no evidence the Trump Campaign colluded with the Russia government.

Mr. Manafort represented pro-European Union campaigns for the Ukrainians and in the course of that representation he was seeking to further democracy and to help the Ukrainians come closer to the United States and to the EU. Those activities ended in 2014, two years before Mr Manafort served in the Trump Campaign.

Today you see an indictment brought by the Office of Special Counsel that is using a very novel theory to prosecute Mr. Manafort regarding a FARA filing. The United States government has only used that offense six times since 1966 and only resulted in one conviction.

The second thing about this indictment that I, myself, find most ridiculous is a claim that maintaining offshore accounts to bring all your funds into the United States, as a scheme to conceal from the United States government, is ridiculous.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn pleaded guilty an “obstruction trap” sprung on him Jan. 24 by FBI agents, who asked him about his two conversations with the Russian ambassador, because Flynn did not give truthful answers about the conversation, of which the FBI already had a transcript, the general was charged with misleading an FBI agent, or obstruction of justice.

Burkman said that he did not mean for the event to become a press conference, but given the number of reporters, he took questions.

Although he disclosed that he had contributed to the Gates defense fund, he would not reveal any other contributors because Gates was in control of the fund and he could not make those decisions for him.

The talk show host said he will host and plan other events to support Gates and to put out the word about what he said was an unfair prosecution.

“When I make a commitment, I really did and I don’t stop,” he said.

Watch the entire Gates statement here:

Former Trump Deputy Campaign Manager Rick Gates addresses crowd at fundraiser by GOP lobbyist Jack Burkman fundraiser for former Trump aide. To help Rick mount a legal defense:Defending American Rights Legal Fund6720 Curran StreetMcLean, VA 22101

Posted by The Publicity Agency on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Neil W. McCabe is a Washington-based political journalist and editor. Before joining Big League Politics, he was the Capitol Hill correspondent for Breitbart News, where he also led Breitbart's political polling operation and wrote up the Breitbart-Gravis polls. McCabe's other positions include the One America News DC Bureau Chief, a senior reporter at Human Events and a staff reporter at The Pilot, Boston's Catholic paper. McCabe also was the editor of The Somerville News, The (North Cambridge, Mass.) Alewife and served as an Army combat historian in Iraq. His 2013 e-book The Unfriendly Skies examined how the American airline industry went from deregulation in the late 1970s to come full circle to the highly-regulated, highly-taxed industry it is today.

 

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Massive Manhunt Underway for PA Man who Threatened Trump

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Several law enforcement bodies are searching for a Schuylkill County, PA man who is described as a “clear and present danger” by authorities.

“Law officers said they’re taking this very seriously because of his past harassing and threatening other leaders and police officers,” according to an NBC affiliate in New York. “At this moment, police are searching the nearby woods in McAdoo, [PA].”

Shawn Christy, a 26-year-old, threatened to kill President Donald J. Trump, and this is not the first time he has threatened a prominent politician. His father called the Secret Service after Christy told him that he wanted to shoot Trump.

“The marshal service feels that Shawn Christy is a clear and present danger and that’s why we’ve deployed all of our resources up here in McAdoo in an attempt to locate and apprehend Christy,” said Robert Clark of the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force.

Christy spent time in federal prison after threatening former Alaska Governor and then-Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin in 2012.

Charges have been filed against Christy for his most recent social media threats to kill Trump and law enforcement officers. He also has multiple outstanding state warrants.

“I don’t know at the moment,” Christy’s father said. “He’s somewhere out in these woods. He’s a bush crafter so I don’t know where he is exactly is. I wouldn’t find him as a threat right now at all. He’s just angry.”

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More than 2300 Alleged Pedophiles Arrested Nationwide; MSM Silent

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Last week, the Department of Justice released a statement detailing the arrests of an thousands of pedophiles in a nationwide sweep that lasted for three months.

“The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a three-month, nationwide, operation conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces,” the release says. “The task forces identified 195 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, and 383 children who suffered recent, ongoing, or historical sexual abuse or production of child pornography.”

Despite the massively successful operation, press coverage has been noticeably thin. A search for the generic term “pedophile” on the websites for CNN, NBC, and CBS turns up a grand total of zero results on the story, despite the fact that it has been nearly a week since DOJ’s announcement.

“The 61 ICAC task forces, located in all 50 states and comprised of more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, led the coordinated operation known as “Broken Heart” during the months of March, April, and May 2018,” the release says. “During the course of the operation, the task forces investigated more than 25,200 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes against children and delivered more than 3,700 presentations on Internet safety to over 390,000 youth and adults.”

Why would the mainstream press be reluctant to report on such a resounding achievement?

“No child should ever have to endure sexual abuse,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “And yet, in recent years, certain forms of modern technology have facilitated the spread of child pornography and created greater incentives for its production. We at the Department of Justice are determined to strike back against these repugnant crimes.”

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Nielsen: 10,000 of 12,000 Detained Kids Came WITHOUT Their Parents

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Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen revealed Monday that 10,000 of the 12,000 children detained at the border came to the border without parents with him, smacking down the mainstream media narrative that the Trump administration is tearing many families apart out of callous disregard for illegal immigrants.

The illegal immigrant child-detention program that was criticized during the Obama administration is a policy that President Donald Trump is trying to end, pressuring Democrats to get on board with an immigration bill that funds his Wall and creates merit-based immigration among other policy planks.

People were impressed:

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It is also important to note that Border Patrol separates children from adults if they suspect the children are not actually related to the adults. Why? Because human trafficking is a persistent problem and cartels and other smugglers try to use kids to get more people across the border — or they try to sell the kids into human slavery.

We reported:

San Diego’s chief Border Patrol agent Rodney Scott said Monday that the Border Patrol separates children from the adults they are with if there are concerns that the kids are being human-trafficked.
Scott revealed that oftentimes traffickers “recycle” children in order to get illegal alien grown-ups over the Southern border into the United States.

“OOPS! A media outlet slipped & printed the truth today!,” Ann Coulter declared, showing people that the media is not being forthright and truthful when reporting on the supposed border separation program.

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