Merrick Garland’s Double Standard on Political Violence

2/23/21- Paul Kamenar, Counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, is interviewed on One America News Network by Richard Pollock on Merrick Garland’s nomination to be Attorney General. Garland dismissed a misconduct complaint against a magistrate judge who improperly dismissed an indictment against a co-conspirator and fugitive Elizabeth Ann Duke for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings.… Read More ➡

Merrick Garland & Capitol Bomber

2/22/21- Paul Kamenar, Counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, is interviewed on America’s Voice about the Merrick Garland’s nomination to be Attorney General.

Garland dismissed a misconduct complaint against a magistrate judge who improperly dismissed an indictment against a co-conspirator and fugitive Elizabeth Ann Duke for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings.

At today’s Senate confirmation hearings, Garland called the the Capitol riot “the most heinous attack on democratic processes I’ve ever seen,” and said investigating it would be his “first priority.”… Read More ➡

Merrick Garland Must Address His Role in Dropping Charges Against Capitol Bomber

Merrick Garland

National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) called upon the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask Attorney General nominee Judge Merrick Garland at his confirmation hearing this Monday about his role in dismissing a misconduct complaint against a magistrate judge who improperly dismissed an indictment against a co-conspirator and fugitive Elizabeth Ann Duke for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings.

On November 7, 1983, radical left-wing members of the Resistance Conspiracy, affiliated with the May 19 Communist Coalition and Weather Underground, bombed the Senate Chambers of the Capitol Building.  Between 1983-1985 they had bombed three military facilities in the area, including the Navy Yard and Fort McNair. 

One of the convicted conspirators, Susan Rosenberg, had her sentence commuted by President Clinton.  Rosenberg took her skills to work for Black Lives Matter.  Her co-conspirator, Elizabeth Ann Duke, jumped bail and has been a fugitive ever since … Read More ➡

Impeachment Double Standards

Paul Kamenar, Counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, comments on the hypocrisy of Democrats seeking the impeachment of President Trump as articulated by his counsel Michael Van Der Veen. The February 17 interview was on One America News Network.… Read More ➡

Acquit Trump or Censure Schumer

NLPC Counsel Paul Kamenar on One America News Network

National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) called upon the U.S. Senate to acquit former President Trump in his upcoming impeachment trial for exercising his First Amendment rights or else censure Senator Chuck Schumer for threatening Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. 

Last March, Schumer addressed a cheering activist crowd during the oral argument on a controversial abortion case, turned towards the Court and shouted: “I want to tell you, Gorsuch… I want to tell you, Kavanaugh… you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”  Anti-Kavanaugh protestors had stormed the Supreme Court building when he was confirmed. Luckily, there were no pre-planned attackers at Schumer’s rally as there were at the Trump rally.

Senator Schumer’s remarks drew an immediate public rebuke from Chief Justice John … Read More ➡

FISA Court Shamefully Protects the Swamp

This letter to the editor by NLPC Counsel Paul Kamenar appears in the Wall Street Journal today:

Your editorial “A Pass for Kevin Clinesmith” (Jan. 30)—condemning the slap on the wrist of former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith, who was sentenced only to probation by Obama-appointed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge James Boasberg for altering a CIA email to get a surveillance warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page as an example of “two-tiered justice”—It omits a more compelling example than how Gen. Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos were more harshly treated.

In our filing with Judge Boasberg, we pointed out how attorney Alex van der Zwaan, the first person sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, also pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement. Like Mr. Clinesmith, he asked for probation as a first offender and because his wife, too, was pregnant … Read More ➡

One America News Network: NLPC’s Kamenar Criticizes Clinesmith Probation

Paul Kamenar, Counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, is interviewed by John Hines on One America News Network on the sentencing of Kevin Clinesmith. A former FBI lawyer, Clinesmith forged an email that was presented to a FISA court, resulting in the investigation of Carter Page. Clinesmith received probation instead of prison, which Kamenar characterized as a “miscarriage of justice.”… Read More ➡

‘Miscarriage of Justice’ as Clinesmith Gets Slap on the Wrist

Judge James Boasberg

Federal Judge James E. Boasberg, who also presides over the secret Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court (FISC), sentenced former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith to probation instead of prison as he had requested at his sentencing hearing this morning.

NLPC filed a sentencing memorandum with the court earlier in the week calling upon the judge to incarcerate Clinesmith The government requested three-to-six month prison sentence. Instead, the judge sentenced him to community service and imposed no fine.

“This was a total miscarriage of justice,” fumed NLPC Counsel Paul Kamenar who attended the hearing.  “Equal justice demanded at least the same sentence for Clinesmith as was given to Alex van der Zaan, and more, since he held a position of trust,” said Kamenar, who drafted the sentencing memorandum.  NLPC also recommended that any probation include requiring Clinesmith to make a video expressing his remorse to be shown to all Department … Read More ➡

D.C. Bar Has Not Acted on NLPC’s Request to Disbar Clinesmith

From Real Clear Investigations by Paul Sperry:

Carter Page

As the U.S. government seeks prison time for a former FBI lawyer who admitted falsifying evidence to spy on a former Trump aide, the District of Columbia Bar association hasn’t begun an investigation to strip him of his law license, records show.

Carter Page: Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith is still listed as an “active” attorney in “good standing” with the D.C. Bar despite forging a document to win approval to spy on Page.

The defendant, Kevin Eugene Clinesmith, is still listed as an “active” attorney in “good standing” with the Democrat-controlled D.C. Bar, despite his having pleaded guilty more than five months ago to illegally altering a document used for authorization to electronically eavesdrop on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page as part of the FBI’s Russiagate probe.

A search of the D.C. Bar’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel database of “disciplinary proceedings” turns up … Read More ➡

House Republicans Demand Biden Center Disclose China Funding

From the Washington Free Beacon by Alana Goodman:

Top Republicans on three House investigative committees are demanding that the University of Pennsylvania release funding records on the school’s Penn Biden Center, a policy institute launched by President Joe Biden in 2017.

In a letter sent Thursday to University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann, the lawmakers also asked for records related to the recent surge in donations to the university from China as well as information on any contracts and agreements between Penn and the Chinese government.

The university has received over $72 million from China since the Penn Biden Center opened—up from $21 million in the same time frame prior—prompting questions from watchdog groups and lawmakers about whether the uptick had any relation to the center.

“Understanding whether the University of Pennsylvania’s Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement (Biden Center) received funds from China or other adversarial nations at … Read More ➡