President Joe Biden's Department of Justice continues to go after many of those involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion.
According to Breitbart, the Justice Department's latest takedown was none other than Jay Johnston, best known for voicing a popular character on the Fox animated series "Bob's Burgers," and for his role on "Arrested Development."
Johnston, who took part in the events that day, was charged with "felony obstruction of officers during civil disorder," according to court documents.
So far, more than 1000 people have been charged for taking part on Jan. 6, and hundreds of additional arrests are reportedly coming down the pipeline.
As the FBI did with many other people involved in the Jan. 6 protests, the agency tweeted out a photo of him at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and asked the public for more information.
According to the court filings, Johnston was reportedly captured on surveillance cameras that day.
As Breitbart News reported, Johnston was “banned” from his role on Fox’s Bob’s Burgers in 2021 for allegedly attending the January 6 riot. At the time, it was unclear if Johnston had participated in the January 6 riot since the FBI hadn’t charged or arrested the actor.
‘Bob’s Burgers’ actor Jay Johnston arrested on Capitol riot charges https://t.co/fYIkc8SG8v pic.twitter.com/5ec9J5Y59f
— New York Post (@nypost) June 7, 2023
According to Axios, Johnston "allegedly participated in a group push effort with his fellow rioters against the police in the tunnel."
A DOJ statement read, "Johnston was near the front of the mob illegally amassed on the West Plaza of the United States Capitol Building. After the police on the West Plaza were forced to retreat, Johnston, along with others, pursued the police to the Lower West Terrace and into tunnel that leads into the Capitol Building. "
The DOJ added: "He surrendered to the FBI Los Angeles field office today. He is expected to make his initial appearance today in the Central District of California."
"This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California," it continued.
Upon being discovered as a participant on Jan. 6, Johnston lost his "Bob's Burgers" gig.
Only time will tell how many more participants are charged for taking part. The DOJ has received widespread criticism for its unusually aggressive pursuit of those who were there that day.
President Joe Biden just took another humiliating optics hit after another one of his judicial nominees was pulled from consideration by the Senate, at least for now.
According to the Washington Examiner, Dale Ho, the president's pick for a Manhattan area judicial seat, was dropped from consideration this week by Senate Democrats, citing attendance issues for a procedural vote regarding his nomination.
The Examiner reported that Ho is expected to receive a vote at an undetermined, rescheduled date.
The surprise development comes in the wake of Ho's appointment being harshly opposed by many congressional Republicans.
It was reported this week that the absence of a Democratic senator was the reason for the canceled vote.
Senate Democrats withdrew a vote to advance the nomination of Dale Ho to become a district judge for the Southern District of New York due to attendance issues. https://t.co/rGKnVKtbze
— The Hill (@thehill) June 7, 2023
"Vote update: Cloture was withdrawn with respect to the Ho nomination. There will now be one roll call vote at 11:30am today. Further, the Senate will proceed to one roll call vote at 2:30pm in relation to the Syed nomination," the Senate Cloakroom tweeted.
Vote update: Cloture was withdrawn with respect to the Ho nomination. There will now be one roll call vote at 11:30am today. Further, the Senate will proceed to one roll call vote at 2:30pm in relation to the Syed nomination. https://t.co/6SBB1qwf1y
— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) June 7, 2023
Many conservatives have worked to expose Ho's past, some of which some believe is highly controversial and enough to keep him from being appointed to the powerful New York judicial post.
"Dale Ho continues to hide his tweets after he was exposed for backing extreme positions during his career working for left-wing dark money groups," Carrie Severino tweeted.
Dale Ho continues to hide his tweets after he was exposed for backing extreme positions during his career working for left-wing dark money groups. https://t.co/ieluAu7yhX pic.twitter.com/AhHjpHmM3K
— Carrie Severino (@JCNSeverino) June 3, 2023
Others called out some of his past controversial, radically leftist comments.
This is the left wing dark money puppet that Biden nominated.
Any comment from @SenWhitehouse on how Dale Ho was literally on the payroll of a dark money group?? https://t.co/Nm0pN0PvJC
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 18, 2022
Only time will tell if Ho finally gets pushed through to become a federal judge, but it's unclear when or if that might happen.
Several current and former top White House officials have been subjected to DOJ and FBI investigations regarding the improper storage of classified documents.
According to the Daily Wire, former Vice President Mike Pence, who was found to have had documents in his possession at his Indiana home, will not face charges.
The news was revealed in a letter sent to multiple media organizations. It was made clear that the Justice Department does not plan on pursuing any charges against the former vice president.
The revelation came just as Pence is set to kick off his 2024 presidential campaign, according to reports.
The letter sent to Pence's lawyer, which was obtained by media outlets, made clear that Pence will not face charges after the investigation was completed recently.
"The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department’s National Security Division have conducted an investigation into the potential mishandling of classified information,”the letter to Pence's lawyer read.
It added: "Based on the results of that investigation, no criminal charges will be sought."
.@Mike_Pence will not face criminal charges in connection with the discovery of classified documents at his Indiana home. | @JeffZymeri https://t.co/nZgldpo27K
— National Review (@NRO) June 4, 2023
Many questioned why Pence, who didn't have the power to declassify as a vice president, was exonerated so quickly as compared to a similar, ongoing investigation into former President Donald Trump's handling of documents, of which he was allowed to declassify.
Trump addressed the situation in a Truth Social post. "That’s great, but when am I going to be fully exonerated? I’m at least as innocent as he is."
Some on social media argued that Pence was essentially given a pass since he immediately turned over the classified documents discovered by the FBI at his Indiana home. Still, others pointed out that Pence, and anyone else who wasn't a president with the authority to declassify, should not be given a free pass.
"Pence willingly handed everything over to the DOJ...Trump did not/probably has not. That's the difference," one Twitter user wrote.
Another Twitter user added: Isn’t it interesting how the Biden Dept of Justice closed the classified docs investigation against then VP Mike Pence, but hired a special prosecutor to go after President Trump for his declassified docs? Pence is a deep state establishment traitor snake!"
Only time will tell what happens in Trump's case, but it looks like others are getting different levels of treatment.
President Joe Biden spent critical political capital to boost Rachael Rollins to become the U.S. attorney in Massachusetts.
But as Byron York pointed out for the Washington Examiner, it was a terrible move to promote such a radical, progressive prosecutor.
Rollins was notable for her extremely soft-on-crime approach to prosecution, even publishing a list of offenses that would land someone in big legal trouble at one point in America.
Rollins was not shy about her record of refusing to prosecute certain crimes.
The former U.S. Attorney resigned last month after a report was published that explained how she illegally influenced an election for Boston’s district attorney.
The report was published by the Justice Department's internal watchdog outfit.
Rollins wanted to influence the election for who would succeed her as district attorney in Suffolk County. The Democratic primary for the job — the winner would run unopposed in the general election — featured two candidates, Ricardo Arroyo and Rollins's interim successor, Kevin Hayden. Rollins supported Arroyo. According to the inspector general report, Rollins tried to smear Hayden, first by leaking false information about him to the press and then by leaking secret Justice Department documents.
However, Rollins was found to have taken part in plenty of other shady activities, which ultimately led to her resignation.
The Associated Press noted:
The inspector general’s 161-page report alleges a broad array of misconduct by Rollins, who was praised by progressives for her approach to law enforcement when she was sworn into office in January 2022 after serving as district attorney for Suffolk County, which includes Boston.
A number of Republicans, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, warned Democrats at the time of her nomination that it would be a vote that they "regret."
News of Rollins' ouster was widely celebrated by social media users, many of whom pointed out that it's because of prosecutors such as herself that America's streets are more violent and dangerous than ever.
"Resigning is not enough... these traitors must be made examples of," one Twitter user wrote.
Another user added: "Every single DA Soros funds is corrupt to the core."
The Biden administration can't afford to appoint more people like Rollins when it backfires on them so badly on a regular basis now.
DaniLeigh, whose real name is Danielle Leigh Curiel, landed herself in hot legal trouble over the Memorial Day weekend.
The singer and mother of rapper DaBaby's child reportedly struck someone driving a moped under the influence of alcohol, TMZ reported. The incident took place in Miami, Florida, according to reports.
The reports indicated that the driver of the moped suffered "serious" back injuries as a result of the incident.
Witnesses said that they observed Curiel swerving in and out of several traffic lanes at a high rate of speed before finally crashing and striking the moped driver.
Not only did she strike the moped driver, but upon the collision, the singer dragged the moped for roughly one block before someone was finally able to stop her vehicle. Other reports indicated that she also dragged the driver, but were not confirmed.
Given that the incident was considerably more serious than a run-of-the-mill DUI charge, Curiel was hit with three felony charges.
The Daily Caller noted:
DaniLeigh was reportedly booked on three felony charges: driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury and DUI damage to property
"THROW HER UNDER THE JAIL! Dani Leigh was booked on 3 felony charges after drunk driving & hitting someone on a moped & dragging them for a block, until someone flagged down a cop to stop her. The officer claims breathalyzer results were nearly twice the legal limit. DISGUSTING," one Twitter user wrote.
THROW HER UNDER THE JAIL! Dani Leigh booked on 3 felony charges after drunk driving & hitting someone on a moped & dragging them for a block, until someone flagged down a cop to stop her.
The officer claims breathalyzer results were nearly twice the legal limit. DISGUSTING pic.twitter.com/QWNUbk34FP
— Tenny Targaryen (@nmecantbeblankk) May 30, 2023
The driver of the moped was treated locally, and reportedly suffered kidney and spinal issues as a result of the crash.
Curiel was slammed across social media, as expected when a celebrity commits such a stupid and avoidable crime.
"Even if she doesn't do any major time what was left of her music career is finished officially bc of this," one Twitter user wrote.
Another user added: "Why is she posing for this mugshot like a selfie tho. No remorse. If she’s still drunk, that’s even more wild. Cause alcohol brings the worst out in people for the people who can’t handle it. I hope the victim gets to see justice handled."
Only time will tell if she catches a break due to her celebrity status, which seems to happen far too often. With charges as serious as the ones she faces, it would be an injustice if she was afforded any special treatment.
Last week wasn't great for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), as her most recent town hall event was riddled with angry constituents.
Some of those in attendance seemed especially unhappy with her position on several hot-button issues, including immigration and the debt ceiling. A few in the crowd entered into a lively debate with the radical progressive Democrat, eventually getting angry with her.
"American citizens should come first before migrants!" one man, wearing a shirt with the Cuban flag while holding an American flag, shouted.
"America first!" he said.
That same man eventually challenged AOC further on the illegal immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border.
After pressing AOC on where she was at on the issue, he shouted, "You’re a piece of s**t!"
AOC was getting LIT up by her constituents, who are sick of her putting America LAST!
AOC town hall was a mess. pic.twitter.com/HGmiyICKsN
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) May 27, 2023
According to Conservative Brief, many in attendance held signs that read, "America First. Vetted legal migrants only,” “Stop funding Ukraine,” “AOC: An Obvious Criminal,” and “AOC: Stop pushing drag queen story hour."
"It’s nice to see that some sanity still lives on in New York’s 14th District. In case you’ve yet to see Sandy get absolutely destroyed by her own constituents, just take a look," Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) tweeted.
It’s nice to see that some sanity still lives on in New York’s 14th District.
In case you’ve yet to see Sandy get absolutely destroyed by her own constituents, just take a look.https://t.co/SzQVtZvVDS
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) May 28, 2023
AOC went on to call for the end of the debt ceiling entirely, citing "constitutional reasons," according to Fox Business. Her view on the matter came after someone asked if she thinks the 14th Amendment should be utilized to tackle the pending debt ceiling crisis.
"I still believe, first of all, that we should start to implement [the 14th Amendment] anyway because we should eliminate the debt limit in the United States because of the Constitutional reasons," Ocasio-Cortez said.
Others in the crowd slammed AOC for her support of sending billions of American tax dollars to Ukraine to fight Russia.
Overall, AOC had a very bad night, and it wasn't the warm reception she's used to on social media, where her adoring fans cherish every word she says as the gospel. As Americans suffer increasingly under a Democratic administration, it's no wonder so many Democrat-leaning voters are finally becoming fed up with what's happening and who's responsible for it all.
Some high-profile Democrats, like Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), are under fire now that John Durham's report has completely exposed the Russia collusion investigation as a total hoax.
Schiff, who heavily promoted the hoax witch hunt against former President Donald Trump, is now being targeted by the Republican-led House, with some members demanding he pay millions in fines, the Washington Examiner reported.
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) recently filed a privileged resolution in which she demanded Schiff be censored, condemned, and ultimately fined some $16 million.
The amount of the fine is roughly half of what it cost the American taxpayer for Robert Mueller's hoax Russian collusion investigation.
Luna held nothing back in her assertion that Schiff be held accountable for wasting valuable time and resources, and tons of money, on an investigation that was proven to be nothing more than a political attack on the former president.
"I just filed a privileged resolution, H. Res. 437, to censure, condemn, & fine Rep. Adam Schiff $16 million (1/2 the cost of Russia investigation) for his egregious abuse of trust. I, with my GOP colleagues, look forward to an imminent vote to hold this feckless man accountable," Luna tweeted.
I just filed a privileged resolution, H. Res. 437, to censure, condemn, & fine Rep. Adam Schiff $16 million (1/2 the cost of Russia investigation) for his egregious abuse of trust.
I, with my GOP colleagues, look forward to an imminent vote to hold this feckless man accountable. pic.twitter.com/JhMvgeKMZJ
— Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (@RepLuna) May 23, 2023
"Schiff lied to the American people. He used his position on House Intel to push a lie that cost American taxpayers millions of dollars," she said last week. "He is a dishonor to the House of Representatives."
The resolution filed this week also called for the expulsion of Schiff.
Anna Paulina Luna files resolution to expel Schiff: 'Dishonor to the House of Representatives' - Adam Schiff is one of the biggest liars in Congress pic.twitter.com/r7Ijs7F9x4
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) May 25, 2023
Not surprisingly, Schiff's people defended his role in the investigation, blaming "MAGA extremists" for taking action against him.
"MAGA extremists just filed a motion to censure and fine me $16 million because I stood up to Donald Trump and his allies. They’re 8 days away from defaulting on our debt, but Speaker McCarthy and his MAGA allies would rather try to silence me. But I’m not backing down. Ever," Schiff tweeted.
MAGA extremists just filed a motion to censure and fine me $16 million because I stood up to Donald Trump and his allies.
They’re 8 days away from defaulting on our debt, but Speaker McCarthy and his MAGA allies would rather try to silence me.
But I’m not backing down. Ever.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 23, 2023
Only time will tell if the resolution gets a full vote and passes, but either way, it's a good start to holding some of the more egregious Democrats involved in the hoax responsible for their actions.
Republicans backed President Joe Biden and his administration into a corner, forcing them to cancel a massive grant to a lithium-ion battery manufacturer linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
According to Breitbart, the $200 million grant was awarded during Biden's first year under his infrastructure legislation.
The president's Department of Energy (DOE) selected Microvast as one of 20 companies to receive the grant -- choosing it and others to ensure America is less reliant on China to produce the batteries.
As it turns out, Microvast isn't far removed from the CCP, and Republicans made sure the public was well aware of that fact.
Earlier this year, members of the Republican-led House penned a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, demanding to know why in the world the Biden administration would select Microvast as a recipient of the lucrative grant.
"If the goal of this funding is to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign entities for critical minerals, why would DOE award funding to a company with obvious ties to the CCP?" the GOP lawmakers asked.
The company's ties to China are no secret, as disclosed in SEC filings.
Breitbart noted in an earlier report:
Microvast is owned by holdings company Microvast Holdings Inc. In a December 14, 2021, filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Microvast Holdings Inc. stated, “A substantial portion of our facilities are currently located in the People’s Republic of China, which we refer to as the ‘PRC’ or ‘China,’” as Breitbart News previously reported.
I stood with my colleagues against @ENERGY awarding Microvast $200M in grant funding — that’s now canceled.
This is a MAJOR win for our hardworking taxpayers. https://t.co/ckFxVO2iJh pic.twitter.com/dS8uVINOWj
— Rep. Brandon Williams (@RepWilliams) May 23, 2023
Several Republican lawmakers were pleased with the decision to yank the grant, but many questioned why it took some six months to make that decision.
Senate Energy Committee Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-WY) was one of the Republican members of Congress who questioned the delay in canceling the contract for a company that is obviously controlled, at least in part, by the CCP.
“I’m stunned it took the Biden Administration this long to admit the obvious: no company beholden to Communist China should be considered for U.S. government grants or loans,” Barrasso said. “The administration should immediately reject other applicants with similar ties. It should also overhaul its grant making process and conduct due diligence before issuing press releases," Barrasso said.
Other Republican congressmen vowed to pursue answers.
Only time will tell if the Biden administration comes up with a valid reason as to why it took so long, but don't hold your breath.
Some top Republicans are using their newfound power of the subpoena to get to the bottom of several President Joe Biden-related scandals, including what many believe was a widespread, long-duration influence-peddling scheme spearheaded by Hunter Biden.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) is one of the Republicans fighting to obtain records, specifically regarding an FBI-generated form that allegedly details a criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Biden.
The revelation of the form's existence came via one of several FBI whistleblowers who've come forward with potentially damaging information about the Biden family's overseas dealings.
The FBI originally denied a subpoena for the form. On Friday, Comer sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding the form once again.
Comer held nothing back in the letter penned to Wray, calling the agency's actions regarding the form "unacceptable."
“The FBI’s delay in producing a single, unclassified record is unacceptable,” Comer said in a statement.
“The information provided by a whistleblower raises concerns that then-Vice President Biden allegedly engaged in a bribery scheme with a foreign national. The FBI must provide this record to Congress without further delay. The American people demand the truth and accountability for any wrongdoing. That starts with getting this record."
He added: "The FBI’s well-documented failures in politically sensitive investigations have eroded public confidence over the past few years."
The document allegedly details a bribery scheme between then-Vice President Biden and a foreign national who may have influenced American policy.
Should that be the case, it could mark a death blow to Biden's 2024 presidential campaign, which is just now getting off the ground.
Late-breaking news emerged suggesting House Speaker Kevin McCarthy believes Director Wray will, in fact, comply with the request for the form. The two reportedly had a recent phone call regarding the brewing situation.
Kevin McCarthy recently had a phone call with FBI Director Chris Wray and now believes that the FBI will turn over the FD-1023 form that they have failed to turn over to Congress.
This is the doc that Comer says outlines a bribery scheme with Biden and a foreign national. pic.twitter.com/nZcPPuSZag
— TheStormHasArrived (@TheStormRedux) May 21, 2023
"I explained to the director that we will do everything in our power, and [that] we have jurisdiction over the FBI - that we have the right to see this document," the House speaker said. "I believe, after this call, we will get this document."
Only time will tell if McCarthy's right, but if he is, and if the document contains what the whistleblower says it does, this could mark a whole new chapter in modern presidential scandals.
Sadly, America lost one of its own to Russian artillery fire this week, marking the ninth loss of its kind as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
According to the Washington Examiner, retired Army Staff Sgt. Nicholas Maimer, 45, who served in the Army's prestigious Special Forces group, was reportedly killed as a result of Russian artillery rounds striking a building he was in.
Maimer was one of several American volunteers who traveled to the war front to help train Ukrainian volunteers to fight to defend their country.
The saddening news was confirmed by retired Lt. Col. Perry Blackburn, founder of the nonprofit organization AFGfree -- the outfit with which Maimer was working in the region.
Blackburn told a local media outlet that Maimer, who was training volunteers, was caught "behind enemy lines" in the attack.
"From what I understand, he was providing them with firsthand training in that area so that they can continue to do the fight, and he got caught behind enemy lines," Blackburn told the Idaho Statesman. "It’s just a crazy, crazy time right now. And then having Nick die over there, it’s just brutal."
Maimer had served 20 years in the Army before retiring.
The way Maimer's death was first discovered was disturbing, as his body was reportedly used in a Russian propaganda video.
The Examiner noted:
The leader of the Russian private military company Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, claimed to show the body of an American in a video posted on the Wagner Group's Telegram on Tuesday. Prigozhin was shown inspecting a body and what he claimed were identification cards.
Prigozhin also claimed in the video that his group would turn the body over to the United States, which has prompted his family to fight to bring him home for a proper burial and to pay their respects to their fallen loved one.
"We’re just trying to get him home for proper burial,” Paul Maimer added.
“I think he’s deserving to be put to rest in a veterans cemetery. He might not have been fighting for our country, but he was fighting for the right reasons.”
🕯️Nicholas Dwain Maimer, a veteran of the United States Army Special Forces, has died while volunteering in Ukraine.
Maimer had volunteered to train Ukrainian forces against Russia's invasion.
He was 45-years-old.
1. “He went over there as a humanitarian trying to do good… pic.twitter.com/9N2dfTjWwj
— The Intellectualist (@highbrow_nobrow) May 17, 2023
Maimer had previously met with Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) during a trip to Ukraine to learn more about what was happening on the front lines. May he Rest In Peace.