Patterico's Pontifications

7/24/2015

Ted Cruz Accuses Mitch McConnell Of Lying To The American People

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:38 am

[guest post by Dana]

Earlier this morning, in what the AP is calling a “stunning” attack, Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor and boldly called out Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for lying to him, to Republicans and to the American people, as well as claiming that the Senate under Republican control is no different from when Democrats were in control:

Watch the whole thing.

–Dana

Federal Officials Request DOJ To Open Criminal Investigation Into Hillary Clinton Emails

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:35 am

[guest post by Dana]

As a result of a federal review of Hillary Clinton’s private email account, the DOJ has been requested to begin a criminal investigation:

Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.

The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs. Clinton’s private account contained “hundreds of potentially classified emails.”

This in spite of Hillary’s claims made in March:

I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material. So I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.

The Justice Dept. has not said whether they will comply with the request.

And here is an interesting tidbit about the NYT:

The paper initially reported that two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation “into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state.”

That clause, which cast Clinton as the target of the potential criminal probe, was later changed: the inspectors general now were asking for an inquiry “into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state.”

The Times also changed the headline of the story, from “Criminal Inquiry Sought in Hillary Clinton’s Use of Email” to “Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account,” reflecting a similar recasting of Clinton’s possible role. The article’s URL was also changed to reflect the new headline.

As of early Friday morning, the Times article contained no update, notification, clarification or correction regarding the changes made to the article.

One of the reporters of the story, Michael Schmidt, explained early Friday that the Clinton campaign had complained about the story to the Times.

“It was a response to complaints we received from the Clinton camp that we thought were reasonable, and we made them,” Schmidt said.

Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, said in an email that Clinton always followed “appropriate practices.”

“Contrary to the initial story, which has already been significantly revised, she followed appropriate practices in dealing with classified materials. As has been reported on multiple occasions, any released emails deemed classified by the administration have been done so after the fact, and not at the time they were transmitted,” Merrill said.

–Dana

Ted Cruz Shuts Down Code Pink: “It Is Very Interesting To See Those Who Profess To Believe In Free Speech Are The Ones Afraid Of Speech”

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:35 am

[guest post by Dana]

Never one to avoid a confrontation and always one to embrace an opportunity to engage and enlighten, Ted Cruz has once again demonstrated his skill at deftly handling protesters and getting his conservative message out to voters.

While Cruz was speaking at a protest rally against the Iran nuclear deal, he was confronted by Medea Benjamin and members of Code Pink, who were there in support of the deal. Instead of ignoring protesters, or trying to shut them up, Cruz invited them to have a discussion:

Transcript here.

–Dana


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