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MIAMI – The Republican mayor of Miami, Florida, Francis Suarez, is suspending his 2024 presidential campaign after failing to make the cut and appear on stage at the first Republican debate in Milwaukee last week, and President Trump is suggesting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis might soon be quitting the race.

Suarez jumped into the crowded GOP primary field in June but did not meet the debate criteria set by the Republican National Committee, or RNC, after claiming he had qualified.

"While I have decided to suspend my campaign for President, my commitment to making this a better nation for every American remains," Suarez announced on X, formerly Twitter.

"I look forward to keeping in touch with the other Republican presidential candidates and doing what I can to make sure our party puts forward a strong nominee who can inspire and unify the country, renew Americans' trust in our institutions and in each other, and win."

His full statement is as follows:

Running for President of the United States has been one of the greatest honors of my life. This country has given so much to my family and me. The prospect of giving back at the highest levels of public service is a motivator if not a calling. Throughout this process, I have met so many freedom-loving Americans who care deeply about our nation, its people, and its future. It was a privilege to come so close to appearing on stage with the other candidates at last week's first debate.

I had looked forward to sharing the story of Miami, America's most successful city, especially at a time when so many cities are plagued with poverty, unemployment, high taxes, violent crime, and homelessness. I know what we have achieved during my tenure leading the City of Miami can be replicated in every community in our great country. The next President must play a major role in getting America's cities back on track to safety, prosperity, and a better quality of life for all.

While I have decided to suspend my campaign for President, my commitment to making this a better nation for every American remains.

I will continue to amplify the voices of the Hispanic community - the fastest-growing voting group in our country. The Left has taken Hispanics for granted for far too long, and it is no surprise that so many are finding a home in America's conservative movement. Our party must continue doing more to include and attract this vibrant community that believes in our country's foundational values: faith, family, hard work, and freedom. Younger voters, Independents, urban voters, and suburban women - all of whom I've carried in previous elections - among others, should find a comfortable home in the GOP and its policies.

The current Administration is failing our country. Inflation remains high, elevated interest rates are punishing young Americans, the southern border is wide open, crime is rising, and our enemies and adversaries are growing bolder and stronger. We deserve better.

I look forward to keeping in touch with the other Republican presidential candidates and doing what I can to make sure our party puts forward a strong nominee who can inspire and unify the country, renew Americans' trust in our institutions and in each other, and win.

Some reactions to Suarez's statement include:

"You're a great role model for other mayors!"

"Wow, Mayor, I applaud your efforts. The story of Miami needs to be told on a national level. Big city doesn't need to mean high crime rates, homelessness, or a low standard of living. I am excited to see where your political path takes you!"

"This was the CNN+ of presidential campaigns."

"Don't quit now, you're only about 1% behind Pence and Christie."

"Wait ......... who are you?"

"I too have suspended my campaign to the same amount of surprise."

Meanwhile, Trump has suggested DeSantis may soon drop out of the presidential race.

"Rumors are strong in political circles that Ron DeSanctimonious, whose Presidential run is a shambles, and whose poll numbers have absolutely crashed, putting him 3rd and 4th in some states, will be dropping out of the Presidential race in order to run, in Florida, against Rick Scott for Senate," Trump posted on Truth Social. "Now that's an interesting one, isn't it?"

Bryan Griffin, the press secretary for DeSantis, called the suggestion from Trump "fake news" in a post on X.

"Clearly, Donald Trump and his army of consultants are panicked about Ron DeSantis' winning debate performance and the strong momentum that has followed," Griffin said.

"They know this is a two-man race, and we will carry this on to a win in this presidential primary. Instead of pushing fake news from New Jersey, the Trump campaign should be focused on getting their candidate on the campaign trail in Iowa and on the debate stage before it's too late."

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A new video has been uncovered by Revolver News that adds to the already-significant evidence that there were federal agents at the Jan. 6, 2021, protest-turned-riot at the U.S. Capitol egging on the unhappy crowd.

So far, about 1,000 people have been arrested and charged with offenses often including trespassing from that day.

There have been innumerable accusations that federal agents were in the crowd, egging people on, demanding they go into the Capitol, and advocating violence against Capitol Police officers.

There has yet to be, however, documentation from the government on exactly who were its agents there that day and what was their assignment.

The video in the report comes from ClipUploader and was posted on Rumble. The Revolver report discusses the significance of a federal undercover agent cutting down fences that day.

Citing other situations involving other suspected federal agents, the report said, "There is the bizarre case of an as of yet unindicted, unidentified man known to researchers as #Fencecutterbulwark."

The report said, "Take a look at this man coolly and methodically cutting down and then rolling up 'restricted area' fencing around the Capitol lawn. He had no Trump gear on and made sure to wear dark sunglasses on a cloudy day. He was not angry. He was dispassionate, calm, and professional like he was just there to do a job."

The report explained the suspicious elements of the video.

"The significance of the fact that this individual was removing fencing before Trump’s speech was over, and thus before the crowd listening to Trump headed over to the Capitol, cannot be overstated. Ordinarily, the grounds surrounding the Capitol are not restricted, and it was only due to the fact that police erected barriers and fencing for January 6th that those entering the thereby designated restricted zone could be charged with 'trespassing.'"

The report pointed out, "By removing the barrier fencing before the massive crowds arrived at the Capitol, individuals like Fencecutterbulwark were effectively creating one of the nation’s largest legal booby traps in history, inviting thousands of people to unwittingly cross into the restricted zone whereupon they became vulnerable to indictments for 'trespassing.'"

The report explained the identity of the man remains unknown and he remains unindicted.

"In fact, the FBI does not even appear to even be looking for him. He is wholly absent from the FBI Capitol 'Most Wanted List.' There is no reward for information leading to his arrest," Revolver charged.

The report noted a significant factor is that the person was photographed "pre-positioned right at the initial decisive 'Ray Epps Breach Site'" long before the actual breach developed.

The report speculated, "The official January 6 story, as parroted by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and HBO, is that the Proud Boys’ arrival at the Peace Monument at 12:48 p.m. is what sparked a sudden breach. But the fact that FenceCutterBulwark and other key operators (until now ignored by mainstream media) were already waiting in place while the Proud Boys were still a mile away eating lunch suggests a more sinister possibility: foreknowledge of an imminent breach at this exact location."

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Ex-CIA director under Barack Obama, John Brennan, admitted that the infamous public letter in October 2019 signed by 51 ex-intelligence officials who strongly suggested that emails found on Hunter Biden's laptop were part of a "Russian disinformation" campaign "was political," according to the Daily Mail.

The public ex-intel officers' letter claimed that "the arrival on the US political scene of emails purportedly belonging to Vice President Biden’s son Hunter ... has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation...If we are right, this is Russia trying to influence how Americans vote in this election, and we believe strongly that Americans need to be aware of this."

But they were not right: the Hunter Biden laptop was real (Hunter never said it was not his), and remains the source of damning information that potentially links Joe Biden and his family to influence peddling.

Brennan was one of 51 anti-Trump ex-intelligence officials who signed the ex-intel letter. Other signers include former Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper; former CIA Director Mike Hayden; former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell; and former CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin.

As WND recently reported: The 64-page report shows how Tony Blinken, Biden's secretary of state but at the time acting as a top campaign aide for presidential candidate Biden, recruited Morell to generate the letter with the goal of creating a "talking point" to help Biden during the last presidential campaign in October 2020.

Biden fulfilled the plan by taking the letter even beyond its twisted claims in the last presidential debate, saying: "There are 54 national intelligence folks who said what he is accusing me of is a Russia plant." That comment astonished an incredulous President Trump, who mocked Biden for playing the "Russia, Russia, Russia" card against him again.

The Politico story resulting from the orchestrated ex-intelligence officials' letter, headlined, "Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say," remains on its website.

Russiagate hoax role

Brennan also played a central role in advancing Hillary Clinton's devious ploy to "vilify Donald Trump" by stirring up a scandal that Trump was some kind of Russian stooge. He is heavily implicated in the final report released Monday by Special Counsel John Durham, who determined there was no intelligence to justify the FBI's launching of the "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation into the Trump campaign for allegedly "colluding" with the Russians.

According to Durham's report, four years in the making, "in late 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained insight into Russian intelligence analysis alleging that U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign to stir up a scandal against U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians' hacking of the Democratic National Committee...."

It continues: "According to his handwritten notes, CIA Director Brennan subsequently briefed President Obama and other senior national security officials on the intelligence, including the 'alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016, of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services."

Despite his deep involvement in what has become known as Hillary Clinton's "Russia hoax," Brennan became and remains a contributor on the leftist cable news outlet MSNBC.

Investigative reporter Kyle Becker tweeted that Brennan's behavior should cause embarrassment to the left-wing network: "CIA Director John Brennan and Deputy Director David Cohen were interviewed by the Office and were asked about their knowledge of any actual evidence of members of the Trump campaign conspiring or colluding with Russian officials. When Brennan was provided with an overview of the origins of the Attorney General's Review after Special Counsel Mueller found a lack of evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian authorities, Brennan offered that 'they found no conspiracy'." ...

"Relatedly, however, shortly after Special Counsel Mueller delivered his report to the Attorney General and the Attorney General had issued a short summary of the Report's findings, Brennan appeared on @MSNBC's Morning Joe program, where he stated that '[he] suspected there was more than there actually was" with regard to collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, thus suggesting that he had no actual knowledge of such information.'"

"Well, that's embarrassing @MSNBC. Your ex-CIA chief 'contributor' deliberately misled your audience for political gain. We're all very much surprised," Becker tweeted.

Brennan voted for a Communist

One of the more curious elements of Brennan's past is that he admitted as a college student to voting for Communist Party USA presidential candidate Gus Hall in the 1976 race. In that election, Democrat Jimmy Carter defeated incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford.

Cliff Kincaid, founder and president of America's Survival, said in an interview with WND: "How do you vote Communist and then get hired by the CIA?"

"There was a time when the CIA was anti-Communist," Kincaid said, "So the great irony here is the guy who voted for a pro-Soviet American Communist ends up rising to the top of the CIA and then spreads the false story that Moscow is somehow behind the Hunter Biden laptop."

"I think it's safe to ask: where does his loyalty lie?" he said.

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The National Archives and Records Administration has been caught claiming it has no part in the investigation of memos containing classified markings found at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home, even while trying to keep tabs on the FBI's work in the case.

The situation was profiled in a report by John Solomon at Just the News, who noted the bureaucrats in the federal agency cited the publication's reporting on the issue as a concern.

Formally, NARA spokeswoman Debra Wall told U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, "When NARA identified items marked as classified national security information within the 15 boxes [taken from Mar-a-Lago], NARA referred this issue to the DOJ. Since that time, the DOJ has been exclusively responsible for all aspects of this investigation, and NARA has not been involved in the DOJ investigation or any searches that it has conducted."

The report explained the claim by NARA that it isn't involved is being used now as a reason why it does not have to answer questions from members of Congress about the scandal.

Wall said her bureaucracy was "unable to provide a briefing" to lawmakers.

But the report said NARA internal message, emails and letters, "some released in recent days under the Freedom of Information Act," actually confirm that a full week after Wall's letter to Congress, a senior official at NARA "was still seeking data" from the FBI.

"Need the case number for the FBI review," the report explained was the demand from NARA liaison to the Biden White House John Laster.

That was from last August. "I think it's LW 2022-070," a colleague texted back. "This is the FBI review of the 15 boxes correct?" "Correct," Laster responded.

"Need the case number for the FBI review," the report explained was the demand from NARA liaison to the Biden White House John Laster.

That was from last August. "I think it's LW 2022-070," a colleague texted back. "This is the FBI review of the 15 boxes correct?" "Correct," Laster responded.

The report also noted that earlier, but after NARA sent the case to the FBI, "the Archives was deeply involved in the probe when it fielded a request in April 2022 from the Biden White House to facilitate FBI 'special access' to 15 boxes of documents Trump had returned to the Archives, some of which contained the classified memos, according to a letter from the Archives to one of Trump's attorneys."

In fact, the Archives told Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran at the time that the White House counsel affirmed "a request from the Department of Justice supported by an FBI letterhead memorandum — formally transmitted a request that NARA provide the FBI access to the 15 boxes for its review within seven days, with the possibility that the FBI might request copies of specific documents following its review of the boxes."

Just the News revealed, "Such documents, released by NARA to the public, clearly show Archives activity well after the criminal referral."

Meanwhile, NARA continues to insist it fled the case when the FBI became involved.

Solomon continued, "When Just the News and this reporter first obtained the May 2022 communications between Corcoran and NARA and published them on Aug. 23, 2022, the story's revelation about the special access request from the FBI raised concerns at the highest levels of the Archives, in part because other news outlets were beginning to pick up on it."

He explained internal notes reveal NARA officials have been concerned about the reporting on the dispute.

And, the report pointed out, the public interest law firm America First Legal is preparing a FOIA request to force the release of more communications and records.

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Who exactly is Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who is threatening to arrest the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, for allegedly paying "hush money" to stripper Stormy Daniels before he was elected president?

One of a slew of "Soros DAs" – prosecutors whose election campaigns have been bankrolled by far-left billionaire George Soros, and whose tenures in the office are characterized by being radically soft on actual crime while often prosecuting innocent conservatives – Bragg was the recipient in 2021 of $1.1 million from Soros’ Color of Change PAC for his campaign, enabling him to win election as the district attorney of Manhattan. His term as DA began on Jan. 1, 2022.

Though Bragg has held the top law enforcement office for just under 15 months, his record has been scandalous. After only three days in office, Bragg declared that his office would not pursue prison time for crimes involving drug dealing, burglary, and armed robbery. He also indicated that he would not prosecute low-level offenses at all, such as resisting arrest, prostitution, and marijuana-related misdemeanors. That announcement prompted at least nine Manhattan prosecutors to quit.

"He wants to get rid of all the senior people who prosecuted high-profile cases and replace them with young inexperienced people who think like him and don’t want to uphold the law," said one former prosecutor, according to the New York Post.

During the summer of 2022, New York City experienced so many horrific attacks in its subway system that workers began telling their employers they feared going to work. In one case, a 40-year-old Deloitte consultant was killed after she was pushed in front of an oncoming train. In another incident, 33 commuters were attacked by a gunman during rush hour. In yet another scene, a subway passenger shot a Goldman Sachs executive to death.

Meanwhile, felony assaults are up, and a recent Quinnipiac poll shows crime is "the most urgent issue facing New York City today." Yet Bragg has a reputation for releasing habitual criminals while prosecuting regular New York citizens who defend themselves.

In September, Bragg's office prosecuted former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on charges of fraud (to which Bannon pleaded not guilty) – the exact same charges for which Bannon received a federal pardon from then-President Trump in 2020.

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Twitter owner Elon Musk, who has faced serious headwinds from America's Democrats and other leftists for his efforts to build up the site as a platform for free speech, on Tuesday landed hard on those in Washington, leftists, and Democrats, who pursued extreme charges against those caught up on Jan. 6, 2021, events at the U.S. Capitol.

Some people rioted there and vandalized the building.

But others were allowed into the building by security officers, and essentially acted like tourists, taking selfies and such.

That's confirmed in a series of video clips Tucker Carlson obtained, with the help of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, from Capitol security cameras.

His staff is reviewing some 40,000 hours of those films, and with the first release on Monday, Carlson confirmed that Democrats and others portraying the events as an "insurrection" had lied to America.

The Washington Examiner said Musk blasted Democrats for hiding evidence for "partisan political reasons."

Musk, responding to a comment about how ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's partisan January 6 committee "lied" about numerous events, said, "Besides misleading the public, they withheld evidence for partisan political reasons that sent people to prison for far more serious crimes than they committed."

He said, "That is deeply wrong, legally and morally."

The Washington Examiner explained Musk was responding to statements that criticized former Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for lying.

The Examiner reported "The newly released video footage comes after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy handed it over to Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Democrats had previously withheld its release, citing 'security concerns.'"

But the evidence, concealed by Democrats from Americans for more than two years, now is coming to light.

The report said, "In the footage, Jacob Chansley, the man known as the 'QAnon Shaman,' is shown being escorted around the Capitol to the Senate floor by Capitol Police. Carlson suggests the footage raises questions as to the possible complicity of some officers in the riot.":

Pelosi's committee, in its report, focused mostly on President Trump. It is considered that Democrats repeatedly have characterized the events as an "insurrection" because tarring Trump with that label could make him ineligible to run for office in 2024.

In fact, Pelosi's committee simply ignored several key factors in the Jan. 6 events, including Pelosi's own culpability for having rejected Trump's offer of additional National Guard troops to secure the Capitol that day.

Breitbart reported that Kinzinger, who now is employed by the leftist CNN, told his own network that Carlson was as "grifter."

Kinzinger claimed, "It’s disgusting. The sad thing is you’re going to have people that have only gotten their news on Fox News that are never going to have the opportunity to hear the truth. What Tucker Carlson employs here and employed the entire time he’s been as a grifter TV show host because he knows better than this, by the way — he takes a cut scene and creates a straw man.

Kinzinger continued, "First off, on the opening there where he says, look, there is only like a handful of people here. I know one of those rooms, particularly Statuary Hall, was filled with people. There are tons of pictures of that. At some point leading up to or after, there are moments when there are only a few people in there. Secondarily, you look at like, okay, one of the things he said, Josh Hawley was running, and so was every other member of the Senate. Like, okay, yeah, because there was violence that day. He said Officer Sicknick didn’t die at the riots. He was walking around the end of the insurrection. Nobody ever claimed that Officer Sicknick died at that moment. He died a day later."

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