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  • Senator Lee decries 'really troubling' Flynn unmasking, says Obama officials 'should be ashamed of themselves'

    05/13/2020 11:23:43 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 13 2020 | Yael Halon
    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told "The Story" Wednesday that he was "troubled" by the release of documents showing top Obama administration officials -- including then-Vice President Joe Biden -- requested to "unmask" the identity of Michael Flynn in intelligence reports during the presidential transition period. "I wasn't shocked by the people who were on [the list]," Lee said, "but I was, however, a little troubled by the idea that after 230 years in which we have had peaceful transitions of power between one administration and the other, you've got what appears potentially to have been an effort by one administration...
  • Senate adds more legal protections to FISA bill, win for privacy hawks

    05/13/2020 6:02:07 PM PDT · by RandFan · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/13/20 06:52 PM EDT | BY JORDAIN CARNEY
    The Senate on Wednesday approved more legal protections for some individuals targeted by a shadowy surveillance court. The 77-19 vote, which will add language to a House-passed bill, marks a victory for privacy hawks who have raised red flags about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court for years. But it also adds a snag to getting the bill to Trump's desk. Because senators voted to amend the House bill, once it is passed by the Senate, which is expected to happen on Thursday, it will have to be sent back to the House to be passed for a second...
  • Trump looms as wild card in Senate surveillance fight (FISA)

    05/13/2020 4:43:01 AM PDT · by RandFan · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/13/20 06:00 AM EDT | BY JORDAIN CARNEY
    President Trump is looming as a wild card in the Senate’s fight over reauthorizing three lapsed surveillance programs. Trump, who has repeatedly lashed out that his 2016 campaign was “spied” upon, has not said if he will sign the House-passed bill, which would pair reauthorization of the three lapsed parts of the USA Freedom Act with some reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. The Senate is expected to vote on a handful of amendments to the House bill as soon as Wednesday, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his allies hoping to prevent additional changes....
  • Senate Fails to Override Trump’s Veto on Iran War Powers Bill.....

    05/07/2020 9:04:09 PM PDT · by caww · 20 replies
    theepochtimes ^ | 5/7/2020 | JACK PHILLIPS
    The Senate failed Thursday to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a bill that would curb his ability to take military action against Iran. The Senate came up short of the two-thirds majority, and it voted 49-44, with seven GOP senators joining Democrats. Seven Republicans broke with Trump: Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Todd Young of Indiana, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined Democrats in February to pass the bill, but he did not vote Thursday. Trump on Wednesday night,...
  • Barr calls reports DOJ sought emergency powers amid coronavirus crisis ‘nonsense’

    03/26/2020 1:25:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 26, 2020 | Jake Gibson
    EXCLUSIVE: Attorney General William Barr on Thursday denied reports that the Department of Justice is seeking new emergency powers for itself amid the coronavirus outbreak that would suspend certain rights in criminal matters and potentially detain people indefinitely without trial, saying, “It's cockamamie nonsense.” "It's a gross mischaracterization," Barr told Fox News during a telephone interview. The Justice Department has faced a backlash from some lawmakers after news reports first surfaced this week saying the department was seeking to suspend certain rights: Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., tweeted, “More power to the so-called Attorney General? PASS.” Some Republicans pushed back...
  • Mitt Romney goes into self-quarantine after exposure to Rand Paul

    03/22/2020 6:16:14 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 84 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 22, 2020 | 8:48pm | Tamar Lapin
    Republican Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee on Sunday said they were going into self-quarantine after being exposed to Sen. Rand Paul, who tested positive for the coronavirus. Both Utah lawmakers said they had been advised by doctors to isolate because of the amount of time they spent in proximity to Paul, of Kentucky, who announced his diagnosis on Sunday. Romney’s office added that the senator “has no symptoms but will be tested.”
  • No to ‘FISA Reform’

    03/14/2020 2:58:39 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | March 14, 2020 6:30 AM | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Thanks to Senators Rand Paul (R., Ken.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah), as well as an amen chorus of Trump loyalists in the House, the president seems poised to fulfill one of the fondest dreams of Clinton and Obama Democrats: Government policy that regards international terrorism as a mere crime, a law-enforcement issue to be managed by federal judges rather than a national-security threat from which the officials Americans elect must safeguard our country. I doubt the president realizes these ramifications of declining to reauthorize three PATRIOT Act security measures that are set to expire. Successfully camouflaging themselves as “FISA...
  • Mike Lee Rewrites S.386 Giveaway Bill, Helps India’s Outsourcing Companies

    03/06/2020 1:00:37 PM PST · by NobleFree · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Mar 2020 | NEIL MUNRO
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) may use the Senate’s Unanimous Consent rule this week to pass his redrafted S.386 “country caps” bill, which rewards Indian graduates who take jobs from U.S. graduates, say a variety of lobbyists and advocates. Lee’s campaign is being quietly pushed by technology companies, from behind the cover of a noisy group of Indian workers who were imported into the United States by U.S. and Indian managers at many mainstream U.S. companies. The group, dubbed Immigration Voice, is loudly blaming Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) for blocking Lee’s bill, partly to obscure GOP senators’ concerns and the growing...
  • The 8 Republicans who voted to curb Trump's Iran war powers

    02/13/2020 12:13:49 PM PST · by conservative98 · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | - 02/13/20 02:33 PM EST | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.)Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) Sen. Jerry Moran (Kan.)Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)Sen. Todd Young (Ind.)  
  • Senate passes resolution limiting Trump’s power to order strikes against Iran

    02/13/2020 12:01:02 PM PST · by conservative98 · 52 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 13, 2020 | 2:51pm | Bob Fredericks
    The Senate on Thursday voted to pass a resolution limiting President Trump’s power to order military strikes against Iran without the approval of Congress. The bipartisan 55 to 45 vote — in which eight Republicans joined all Democrats in approving the resolution — was seen as a rebuke of Trump’s opposition to consulting Congress when making foreign policy decisions. But the measure is largely symbolic as it has been slammed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump, and so is not likely to garner enough Republican support to override an expected presidential veto. That would require a two-thirds majority.
  • Senate Passes War Powers Measure (Repubs Voted For)

    02/12/2020 1:50:42 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 12, 2020 | Henry Rogers
    The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to advance a War Powers resolution which would limit President Donald Trump’s ability to use military action against Iran without approval from Congress. The vote was bipartisan, 51-45, with eight Republicans voting with Democrats. The eight Republicans in favor of the resolution included Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Indiana Sen. Todd Young.
  • New poll shows most Utahns pleased with Mitt Romney’s impeachment vote, but 60% of GOP has negative reaction

    02/11/2020 2:58:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 02/11/2020 | Dennis Romboy
    SALT LAKE CITY — Reaction to Sen. Mitt Romney’s vote to remove President Donald Trump from office has ranged from outrage to praise across the country and in Utah. Those mixed emotions are reflected in a new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll with KSL showing 22% of Utahns are disappointed and 21% are proud to have Romney as their senator in light of his vote to convict Trump. The poll also found that 14% are encouraged, 13% are pleased, 11% are embarrassed and 8% are angry. Another 11% weren’t sure. Given those results, Utah voters overall reaction to Romney’s...
  • Mike Lee: Republicans in Utah 'very upset' over Mitt Romney voting to convict Trump

    02/06/2020 1:17:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 6, 2020 | Joshua Nelson
    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said on Thursday that Republicans in Utah are not pleased with the state's other Republican senator, Mitt Romney, after he voted to convict President Trump for abuse of power in the Senate impeachment trial. “There will be some people who might be happy with it, and they might be called Democrats, for the most part. I think Republicans are very upset about it. And I, for one, disagree with it and disagree with it strongly,” Lee told Shannon Bream on “Fox News at Night.” ~snip~ Lee pushed back on Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., for praising Romney’s...
  • Mike Lee on Romney: Utah and the Senate are lucky to have him.

    01/31/2020 4:40:01 PM PST · by conservative98 · 104 replies
    Mike Lee on Twitter ^ | 1/31/20 44 mins ago | Mike Lee
    Mitt Romney is a good friend and an excellent Senator. We have disagreed about a lot in this trial. But he has my respect for the thoughtfulness, integrity, and guts he has shown throughout this process. Utah and the Senate are lucky to have him.— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) January 31, 2020
  • Patrick Philbin Nails Adam Schiff on Whistleblower Contact and for Hiding Evidence

    01/29/2020 4:55:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 78 replies ^ | January 29, 2020 | Beth Baumann
    Deputy White House Counsel Patrick Philbin shredded House Intelligence Committee Chairman and lead Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff (D-CA) for his contact with the Ukranian whistleblower, which led to the impeachment inquiry, and eventually the current trial. As it currently sits, we are still in the dark about what role Schiff and his staff played in the whistleblower's inquiry. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) presented the question on behalf of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO). "Is it true that Shawn Misco and Abigail Grace and the alleged whistleblower were employed by or detailed by the National Security Council in...
  • Congress’s Personal Disdain for Trump is Impeding National Security in Iranian Conflict

    01/16/2020 3:24:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | January 16, 2020 | Kay Coles James
    What do the Iranian people, who have turned out in droves to protest their own government, know that many members of Congress don’t? They realize it’s their leaders who represent a grave threat to the future of their own country and world peace, not the president of the United States. Too many in Congress have let their personal disdain for President Donald Trump cloud their obligation to ensure the safety of Americans at home and abroad. Some have apologized to the Iranian regime that has backed repeated attacks against U.S. personnel and our embassy in Iraq. A majority in the...
  • The Cult Of Pelosi Is A Deadly Thing For Democrats’ Future

    01/15/2020 11:26:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 15, 2020 | Christopher Bedford
    The cult of Pelosi isn't just a 'hot take' or a 'be smart,' it's a mindset through which Washington's media elites interpret the world. It's false, and the harsh light of reality easily shows as much. There are many cults in Washington, D.C. The Founding Church of Scientology sits between Dupont and Logan Circles. The earth-worshiping Defenders of Wildlife are just a few blocks south, their entrance guarded by imposing bronze grey wolves. One block north, the Human Rights Campaign dispatches starry-eyed adherents with clipboards to recruit followers, and to the east lie the child-harvesters. Two blocks away, the remnants...
  • Tim Kaine says he has enough votes for War Powers resolution

    01/14/2020 9:16:29 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10:19 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | Lauren Meier
    Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia Democrat, on Tuesday announced he has enough support to advance a key War Powers resolution designed to restrict President Trump’s authority to take military action in Iran. Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky have both expressed their support of the resolution with some changes to the language. Mr. Kaine has been working on bipartisan language for the legislation in a bid for greater support. “I’ve got 51 declared votes on version two,” Mr. Kaine said. “More [are] considering getting on board,” he added. Sens. Todd Young, Indiana Republican, and Susan Collins,...
  • The Fake News is Flying Over the Senate Impeachment Trial

    01/14/2020 4:44:30 AM PST · by EyesOfTX · 26 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    BS was the Deep State’s choice to run with the Monday narrative-setting piece. – The Democrat/Media/Deep State pressure campaign on several GOP senator related to the upcoming Senate trial of President Donald Trump continued to mount on Monday. CBS News became the chosen vessel to run with yet another story based on an anonymous “source” designed to pressure not only the Usual Suspects among the Republican caucus, but also to add to their numbers. From the CBS fake report: Washington — The White House is preparing for some Republican senators to join Democrats in voting to call witnesses in President...
  • Whoa! GOP does not have 51 votes to dismiss?

    01/14/2020 7:21:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/14/2020 | Patricia McCarthy
    How imbecilic are those Republicans trying to make a name for themselves by supporting the unconstitutional Schiff/Pelosi articles of impeachment? Beyond polite description. Susan Collins, Rob Portman, probably the self-serving Mitt Romney, are each trying to be the biggest monkey wrenches in an already ridiculous endeavor to remove President Trump from office. Each of them should just admit they are Democrats at heart and switch parties. How else to explain their betrayal of their own party? Poor judgment is one thing, like Matt Gaetz voting for Pelosi's meaningless resolution to limit Trump's ability to counteract Iran. That was just dumb,...