If you are a corporate CEO and you receive a pointed letter about your business practices from two U.S. Senators, it will command your attention, right? And if one is a liberal Democrat and the other a conservative Republican, evidencing broad concern about whatever they are complaining about, don’t you just rivet straight up?
Apparently not if you are Tim Cook and your company is Apple. After all, Apple has a market capitalization approaching $900 billion and is the most admired brand in the world. Maybe you don’t have to pay much attention at all, even if the Senators are raising serious — and potentially explosive — questions about your relationship with the Communist government of China.
On October 17, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote Cook about the removal in July of Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps from the Apple store. VPNs allow users in China … Read More ➡
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is holding a press conference at 1 P.M. today regarding the public comment process of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on net neutrality.
If his past comments and actions are any guide, he will use the occasion to criticize FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the Commission’s plans to overturn the Obama-era net neutrality rules. According to Schneiderman, “For my part, I have long publicly advocated for strong net neutrality rules under the Title II of the Communications Act…”
We have conducted four separate forensic studies of the public comments, and we have found massive fraud. We do not have a position on net neutrality. We welcome an investigation into who is responsible for the fraud we exposed, but that investigation must be credible.
Schneiderman is hardly credible. He is a screaming partisan. It is hard to take him seriously. He would have you believe … Read More ➡
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) now says that then-President Bill Clinton should have resigned in the wake of his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. One wonders if she would have made such a demand if she was in the Senate in 1988, or if Hillary had been elected last year. Her assertion is nonetheless the most prominent example of liberal revisionism about the Clintons.
Gillibrand is also making headlines by proposing an overhaul of way the Senate handles harassment claims. She is courageously going to bat for women in the past and in the future. What about the present? Well, it’s a little complicated. Gillibrand says that she believes the groping allegations of Al Franken first accuser (of course, there is a photo) and she is dishing off to charity the $12,500 she accepted from Franken’s political action … Read More ➡
There was little suspense when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its plan to lift the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules. The action was promised by now-President Trump during the campaign and by Ajit Pai, who he appointed FCC Chairman.
Critics of the move continue to cite the fact that the FCC received about 22 million public comments, despite the fact that we showed that a significant percentage were fake. Yesterday, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn tweeted:
Who are the faces of #netneutrality? @FCC majority needs a reminder among the 22M+ comments filed are stories from #consumers#startups #entrepreneurs & others. Time to share their stories. One each weekday through 12/14.
If Clyburn really wants know “who are the faces,” we have the answers. In the course of releasing four separate forensic analyses of the public comments in the months leading up to the decision, we … Read More ➡
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Senator Al Franken (D-MN) can only serve the purpose of keeping Franken in the Senate. Senate and House Ethics Committees are where ethics complaints go to die. These panels are useful to the leadership because they allow them to argue that the Committees are the “appropriate venue” for ethics allegations, knowing full well the result will be delay until the furor blows over.
Franken understands this, and called for an ethics investigation of himself. The last member of Congress to do this was Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) in the wake of our exposé that he did not disclose, or pay taxes on, rental income from his beachfront villa in the Dominican Republic.
The Rangel case is the exception that proves the rule. The Ethics Committee “admonished” him, and he had to resign as Chairman of the House … Read More ➡
Ken Boehm, Chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, today reacted to mistrial caused by a hung jury in the bribery case of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). He said, “Menendez and his lawyers are spinning this as a victory, but all they have bought is time. Prosecutors will most certainly seek to retry this case. It was not a conviction today, but it was not an acquittal.”
Boehm continued, “Menendez’ problems are far from over. If he has to face a second trial and jury, the chances are he will be convicted. Given the scale of the corruption, I think the prosecutors will prevail if they get a second bite of the apple.”
Among other allegations, the prosecution accused Menendez of pressuring U.S. officials to get the Dominican Republic government to honor a long-dormant port security deal with a company owned by Dr. Salomon Melgen, Menenez’ co-defendant.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Paul Manafort details how the former Trump campaign manager worked through two Washington, DC-based lobbying firms on behalf of his client, Viktor Yanukovych, the former Moscow-aligned president of Ukraine.
The two firms are identified in the indictment as only Company A and Company B. Reportedly, Company A is Mercury Public Affairs, which leans Republican. Company B is none other than the Podesta Group, founded by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman John Podesta and, until this week when he resigned, was headed by John’s brother, Tony Podesta.
The Podesta involvement in Manafort’s operation disrupts the media narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, but it is unclear whether Mueller will actually indict Podesta. According to Fred Lucas in the Daily Signal:
Proving a violation of the foreign-agent law could be tricky, which is why the law has been so rarely enforced, said
More than anything else, the indictments of Paul Manafort and his partner Rick Gates demonstrate the fraudulent nature of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The probe has little to do with Russian interference in last year’s election. Instead, it is calculated to protect Mueller and a cabal within the FBI and Justice Department who covered up crimes by Hillary Clinton because they believed it was likely that she would be elected president.
And once Mueller and then his friend and successor James Comey covered for Hillary, they had to keep covering. There was a reason that Mueller was so available when he was so swiftly appointed Special Counsel in May by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The Comey firing threatened to expose all that these same officials had swept under the rug. Yes, Rosenstein bit the bullet and drafted the memo … Read More ➡
Ride-sharing giant Uber has hired former Associate Attorney General Tony West as its Chief Legal Officer because “he’s well equipped to handle the investigations of our past practices,” according to an email from Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
West is at the center of a burgeoning scandal involving $1 billion collected by the government from big banks as settlements in mortgage-fraud cases. The money was not used to compensate victims or turned over to the Treasury. Instead, it was diverted to left-wing activist groups and political allies of the Obama administration. West served in the Justice Department from 2009 until 2014 when he joined PepsiCo.
Reaction to the looting of the settlements has been such that the House passed legislation this week that would prohibit payments to private third parties from settlement monies. The Justice Department had already adopted a policy barring such payments.
Last week, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote Apple CEO Tim Cook about his firm’s removal of VPN apps from the China app store in July. VPN stands for Virtual Private Networks, which when accessed through apps, allow Internet users in China to bypass government censorship.
NLPC raised this issue on September 19 when we asked the Newseum to rescind its 2017 “Free Expression Award “ that it made to Cook in April. The Senators’ letter also seizes on the Award and quotes Cook from that evening when he declared, “At Apple, we are just not allowing others to speak up, we are doing so ourselves.” The letter asks Cook to “Please provide copies of any statements that Apple has issued either promoting freedom of speech in China or condemning China’s censorship and surveillance mechanisms…”
The rest of the letter is equally pointed, and includes nine other … Read More ➡