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Biden Corruption, Justice for Trump, and Saving Elections: Judicial Watch at CPAC!
Fauci NIH Emails Show China Info Control
Judicial Watch Objects to California Attack on Donor Privacy

Biden Corruption, Justice for Trump, and Saving Elections: Judicial Watch at CPAC!

I was honored to make a presentation at CPAC this past weekend to the thousands of conservatives gathered to hear from former President Trump and other leaders. It was wonderful to visit in person the many Judicial Watch supporters among the attendees. It is clear to me that conservatives continue so see Judicial Watch as essential to protecting our constitutional republic. My speech, which follows, was well-received (here’s the video!) and I encourage you to share it widely:

Judicial Watch is your watchdog in Washington – Hillary Clinton knows who we are, and President Trump knows who we are. I’m not sure what Joe Biden knows, but millions of patriots across the nation know and support our heavy lifting to expose and stop government corruption. 

Judicial Watch is famous for using the Freedom of Information Act to figure out what the government is up to. No one has done more to uncover government corruption — from Benghazi to Clinton emails to Obamagate to the Biden family racketeering scandal.

The rule of law protects the high and low. But the corrupt Deep State and its partisan allies subvert the rule of law. They aimed high by targeting President Trump with illicit spying and contemptible abuses of his civil rights. 

President Trump is a crime victim.  

Who was behind the worst corruption scandal in American history? Obama, Biden, Comey, Brennan … you know the rest.

And when Trump raised questions about this conspiracy and Biden corruption the corrupt DC Establishment was so panicked that they tried and failed to remove him from office with their first sham impeachment. 

Remember the abuses of Trump are also about distraction — protecting Biden, Clinton, and other Swamp leaders from accountability for any misconduct and crimes. 

 Let’s talk about the new president. No other president in recent American history has been so compromised by credible corruption allegations. There is significant evidence that directly implicates President “Big Guy” Biden in criminal activity tied to Hunter Biden’s rackets in Ukraine and China and other countries.  

Big Media and Big Tech, which seem to be nothing more than left wing advocacy groups, censored or covered this up for years, and the Justice Department and FBI, true to form, focused on protecting Biden while targeting Trump.

When it comes to exposing and uncovering government corruption, the DOJ and FBI are part of the problem — and have done more to undermine the confidence of the American people in the rule of law than just about anyone. Those institutions were irredeemably compromised under the Obama administration and spent most of the Trump administration either trying to destroy Trump at the behest of the Clinton/Obama/Schiff cabal or trying to cover up the real corruption that it should have pursued but never did. 

The failure of the Justice Department to hold any significant person accountable for Obamagate crimes is a scandal. Gosh, Biden is giving promotions to some of his Obamagate co-conspirators!

John Durham was appointed almost two years ago and there has been little evidence of a serious criminal investigation of those implicated in Spygate abuses of Trump and other innocent Americans, such as General Flynn.

And the FBI and Justice Department had Hunter’s laptop for years but did nothing but protect the Biden clan. Why, for example, is there not yet a special counsel for Biden corruption? We had the corrupt appointment of Mueller to investigate non-crimes to harass President Trump but nothing yet for President Biden. 

I call on the Justice Department to immediately appoint a special counsel to investigate Biden corruption. 

And let me say this to Special Counsel Durham – reports are nice but prosecutions are better! 

Judicial Watch isn’t waiting on a Biden special counsel or a Durham report.

Judicial Watch, not Congress nor the dishonest media, first uncovered that Hunter Biden flew to China at least five times while his father was vice president. A Judicial Watch federal lawsuit also uncovered that the Obama State Department noted the Russians were trolling then-Vice President Biden’s “anti-corruption” activities in Ukraine because he was compromised by Hunter’s Burisma corruption. 

And then there is the Obamagate scandal. Much of what we know about this Obama/Biden scandal is a result of our unrelenting lawsuits and pressure. Heck, who needs an IG when you have Judicial Watch! And it was reconfirmed last year that targeting Trump was all about protecting Hillary over her emails! 

Even as Clinton cronies and enablers are in the Biden White House, we’re supposed to forget Clinton’s email crimes. Judicial Watch remembers. America remembers and still wants justice. 

By the way, it is now official. We can impeach former presidents and government officials. So, should we now impeach Obama, Hillary Clinton, Comey, Brennan, Susan Rice, and all the rest? And maybe we can have congressional impeachments! Schiff, Pelosi, Omar, and Swalwell! 

The Pelosi impeachments of President Trump are about election interference. The Left, with the help of their allies in Big Tech, want to be able to interfere with our elections and smear, jail and censor anyone who objects. 

The Left didn’t want to remove Trump because he incited violence. He didn’t and they don’t care about violence as they endorse and use it regularly. They wanted to abuse impeachment to undermine an effective leading opposition voice.

The Left uses the pretext of COVID to rush through, sometimes contrary to law, long-sought changes in election rules that saw tens of millions of ballots and ballot applications being mailed to voter roll lists that are notoriously inaccurate.  

The tsunami of mail in ballots conveniently led to chaos in many key states on Election Day. By the way, federal law sets an Election Day, not an Election Week or an Election Month or an Election Winter.

On Election Day, President Trump had the votes to win the presidency. These vote totals were changed because of unprecedented and extraordinary counting after Election Day.

Judicial Watch has long warned of the chaos and increased risk of fraud from recklessly mailing 100 million ballots and ballot applications. Our most recent research using data from just before the election, revealed that 353 U.S. counties had 1.8 million more registered voters than eligible voting-age citizens. In other words, the registration rates of those counties exceeded 100% of eligible voters. 

In Pennsylvania, our litigation to clean up dirty voting rolls uncovered 800,000 “extra” names on the rolls. 

This maladministration of the elections, to put it charitably, undermined American’s confidence in the fairness of our elections and has significantly weakened Biden’s presidency. Let’s be clear. The Left ruined the election.

How to fix this mess? Restore the rule of law on elections. 

One thing we aim to do is “get the receipts” about the 2020 election. Judicial Watch has 105 open record and Freedom of Information Act requests pending on the election.

Another thing to do is clean up the rolls. Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections!

A Judicial Watch federal lawsuit settlement is already resulting in LA County cleaning up to 1.5 million names from the rolls! And we’re in federal court now to clean up the rolls in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and North Carolina. And more lawsuits are coming, believe you me!

And let me be clear, voting by mail should generally be ended. Vote by mail makes it nearly impossible to detect or even to pretend to prevent fraud. This security gap undermines confidence in the elections. Unless you’re putting your life on the line in Afghanistan or have some other emergency reason, the law should require you to vote in person — after your citizenship and eligibility has been verified and after you show your secure photo ID! And no ballot harvesting!

Let me say this, if elections are not secure and are conducted in violation of the Constitution, many Americans will not vote in them. Secure elections conducted according to law will increase voter turnout! 

Can we have a debate on this? Not if Big Tech gets its way. 

Big Tech’s ban of President Trump for his blowing the whistle on the election is all about helping the Left. 

 Neither Section 230 nor any other law allows Big Tech to lie to the public and shareholders about their dishonest censorship of conservative Americans. This is basic business fraud that should be investigated by law enforcement. 

But at the saying goes: you can trust the Communists – to be Communists.

Sure enough, Communist and leftist partisans now seek to effectively criminalize those who advocate for free, fair, and secure elections. Big Tech’s censorship of former President Trump and other conservative leading voices provides cover to the Left’s broad and governmental attack on the God-given rights of tens of millions of Americans. 

If you want an example of how the Left views your First Amendment rights — take a look at the miles-long, barbed wire fence around the U.S. Capitol.

Don’t worry, Judicial Watch has Congress covered. We sued the Pelosi Congress for Capitol riot emails and video. We want to know what Pelosi and Schumer are hiding.

Speaking of fences and walls, let’s talk about the border. Biden is seeking open-borders amnesty by hook or by crook, with zero regard for public health and safety — or rule of law.

Biden would nationalize sanctuary policies that are not only illegal but deadly dangerous. He has launched the most significant attack on immigration law in American history. 

I could think of an article of impeachment or two for Biden’s outright refusal to enforce the law against illegal alien criminals and his policies that aid and abet human smuggling and child trafficking on the border! Biden is worse than Obama on lawless executive amnesty — and in just one month has caused a humanitarian and public health disaster on our Mexican border. 

What should be done?

End sanctuary policies — both nationally and locally. Judicial Watch is in court in California and Maryland to challenge sanctuary policies that abuse taxpayers and harm the public safety.

And just say no to amnesty! Even talking about amnesty increases illegal immigration!

I think I’ve come up with a simple solution for the immigration crisis. President Trump knew this, too. Enforce the law!

And, again, only citizens should vote. And we should change the laws to require you to prove your citizenship in order to register to vote.

There is a way forward for conservatives.

Here is the truth: The Biden administration is corrupt but weak. His party barely controls Congress. President Biden has a personal corruption problem, has obvious health challenges, must manage internal warfare between his party’s corrupt corporate wing and its rising Communists, and his moral claim on the presidency is rejected by a massive number of voters.

But there are many loser Republicans who also have contempt for our concerns about Swamp corruption, election integrity, our borders, and accountable and constitutional government. 

So, it is Judicial Watch to the rescue. We know what to do. Sue them! Demand answers! Tell the truth! Protect citizens under the law! Defend the Constitution! Expose corrupt politicians of both political parties!

As George Washington said, “Truth will ultimately prevail where pains is taken to bring it to light.”

Again, Judicial Watch is your watchdog in Washington. We go to bat for you. We represent you. We defend you. We fight for you in court against those who would deny Americans their divine birthright — the rule of law.  

God bless you and God bless America!

Fauci NIH Emails Show China Info Control

Dr. Anthony Fauci is one of the most powerful bureaucrats in modern American history and yet has been the subject of virtually no oversight and accountability by Congress, the media, or any other DC institution – except, of course, by Judicial Watch. 

We and the Daily Caller News Foundation received 301 pages of emails and other records of Fauci and Dr. H. Clifford Lane from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showing that National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials tailored confidentiality forms to China’s terms and that the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted an unreleased, “strictly confidential” COVID-19 epidemiological analysis in January 2020.

Additionally, the emails reveal an independent journalist in China pointing out the inconsistent COVID numbers in China to NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Deputy Director for Clinical Research and Special Projects Cliff Lane.

The emails were obtained in response to a FOIA lawsuit we filed in federal DC court on behalf of the Daily Caller News Foundation (Daily Caller News Foundation v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:20-cv-01149)).

We sued after HHS failed to respond to the DCNF’s April 1, 2020, FOIA request seeking:

  • Communications between Dr. Fauci and Deputy Director Lane and World Health Organization officials concerning the novel coronavirus.
  • Communications of Dr. Fauci and Deputy Director Lane concerning WHO, WHO official Bruce Aylward, WHO Director General Tedros Anhanom, and China.

The new emails include a conversation about confidentiality forms on February 14-15, 2020, between Lane and WHO Technical Officer Mansuk Daniel Han. Han writes: “The forms this time are tailored to China’s terms so we cannot use the ones from before.”

A WHO briefing package sent on February 13, 2020, to NIH officials traveling to China as part of the COVID response ask that the officials wait to share information until they have an agreement with China: “IMPORTANT: Please treat this as sensitive and not for public communications until we have agreed communications with China.”  

In an email dated January 20, 2020, a WHO official discusses the epidemiological analysis they conducted of COVID-19 earlier that month and states that it is “strictly confidential,” is “only for,” the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Infection Hazards (STAG-IH), and “should not be further disseminated.”

In an email dated March 4, 2020, from Chinese journalist Zeng Jia to Lane, a reporter for Caixin Media, points out to Fauci deputy Cliff Lane that the number of cases reported in the WHO Joint China Mission’s report are inconsistent with the number reported by the Wuhan Public Health Committee:

It says on Page 6 [in the WHO report] that there was at least one clinically diagnosed case of coronavirus on December 2, 2019, in Wuhan; and from Jan 11 to 17 there were new clinically diagnosed and confirmed cases every day in Wuhan, which is not consistent with Wuhan Public Health Committee’s numbers.

In an email dated February 15, 2020, Gauden Galea, head of the WHO office in China, informs the joint mission members traveling to China that all of their activities in China would be arranged by the Chinese Government’s National Health Commission.

“These emails set the tone early on in the coronavirus outbreak. It’s clear that the WHO allowed China to control the information flow from the start. True transparency is crucial,” said Ethan Barton, editor-in chief for the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Let me add that these newly obtained emails show WHO and Fauci’s NIH special accommodations to Chinese communist efforts to control information about COVID-19.

This is the latest information obtained in our continuing investigation with the DCNF into Fauci’s and NIH’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. With the DCNF we previously uncovered emails showing a WHO entity pushing for a press release, approved by Dr. Fauci, “especially” supporting China’s COVID-19 response.

On September 22, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney L. Friedrich ordered HHS to begin processing responsive records. In a September 21 court filing, HHS said the agency could begin producing 300 pages of responsive records to the DCNF beginning on November 30, eight months after receiving the Daily Caller’s FOIA request. The total number of responsive records is approximately 4,200, which would have pushed off the full release of the records until at least 2022. HHS also alleged that Fauci must personally review each one of his emails before they are released.

 I expect more emails are coming, so, as always, stay tuned. 

Judicial Watch Objects to California Attack on Donor Privacy

Cancel culture, with the help of California’s government, wants to crush dissent by targeting and exposing the IRS information of innocent Americans.

So we partnered on an amici curiae (friends of the court) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court that supports overturning a California law that compels the disclosure of tax-exempt organizations’ donors. 

The brief argues that mandatory disclosure of donors leads to intimidation, harassment and threats or reprisals from government officials and private parties that could chill the exercise of First Amendment rights.

We joined with the Allied Educational Foundation in filing the brief. The AEF is a charitable and educational foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life through education. It has engaged in projects that include educational and health conferences domestically and abroad. AEF has partnered frequently with us to fight government and judicial corruption and to promote a return to ethics and morality in the nation’s public life.

We filed our brief in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Xavier Becerra, in his official capacity as Attorney General of California (No. 19-251, 19-255), in which Americans for Prosperity asks the high court to reverse the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which upheld the California law, and to affirm the lower court’s ruling, which held that the law violates the First Amendment.

The brief argues that the Ninth Circuit’s decision to uphold California’s donor disclosure requirement could have adverse effects for all issue-oriented, educational nonprofit organizations:

The decision is not only wrong … it would also chill the free exercise of millions of Californians’ protected First Amendment rights.… It clearly affects individuals’ willingness to donate. Indeed, recent widely publicized reports show that threats, harassment, or reprisals have occurred from either government officials or private parties.

 Judicial Watch also argues that Supreme Court precedent (NAACP v. Alabama (1958)) highlights how the “right of association” is “almost as inalienable in its nature as the right of personal liberty. No legislator can attack it without impairing the foundations of society.”

Regarding the “chilling effect” the California law would impose on free speech and free association, Judicial Watch and AEF point out the “notorious” IRS scandal under the Obama administration, in which the agency targeted conservative organizations’ applications for tax-exempt status:

What followed was an extremely troubling episode in which public officials used government resources to silence [political opponents].… The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (“TIGTA”) audited the unit responsible for processing applications by organizations seeking tax-exempt status … [and found] inappropriate criteria were used to identify tax-exempt applications for review.… [T]here had been a deliberate, systematic targeting of conservative groups.


These instances of targeting and harassing conservative donors and non-profits are nationally famous. Donors are certainly aware of these events …

Specifically, the brief notes “in Judicial Watch’s experience, any law or regulation that requires additional disclosure of donor data—especially to a state government that has publicly demonstrated animosity to conservative viewpoints—has the real potential to chill speech …”

The Supreme Court should shut down California’s attack on donor privacy — as it is an attack on the First Amendment itself.

Until next week …


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