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 ➡

Biden Moves to Protect Pro-China Confucius Institutes on Campus

Concern over new President Joe Biden’s cozy relationship and family ties to China has only grown in the early weeks of his administration, with nominees for critical foreign policy positions characterized as soft on the communist nation.

And then there’s his move to erase requirements for transparency about Chinese influence on America’s students in K-12 and college institutions. Last week Biden’s Department of Homeland Security rescinded a proposed rule, initiated at the end of December by the Trump administration, to require U.S. schools to disclose their ties to China-funded or –controlled organizations on their campuses.

Sino influence on our nation’s young people gained a foothold with the establishment of Confucius Institutes at many U.S. universities, as well as Confucius Classrooms for pre-college learners. The programs, funded by the Chinese government, are promoted as vehicles to teach about the nation’s culture and language, but are used as propaganda to … 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 ➡

BlackRock’s Fink is a Bully, Except When It Comes to China

Larry Fink/IMAGE: YouTube

Larry Fink’s letter to CEOs, released in late January, is so 2021 – demanding fealty to a progressive agenda under threat of being ostracized and/or canceled.

Since 2018, the BlackRock chairman’s missive has become an eagerly anticipated annual pontification for Wall Street elitists and political progressives. The lifelong Democrat – who once received a “corporate citizenship” award named for Democrat racist President Woodrow Wilson – now has a new Democrat U.S. President installed that he can work with. Indeed, BlackRock alumni are populating the economic team within the Biden administration.

As the president and his allies in the newly Democrat-controlled Congress eagerly start to impose their new power on the corporate world – the stoppage of the Keystone XL pipeline construction is just the first job-killing step – they will need allies to coerce compliance under threat of economic pain.

Fink appears to be … 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 ➡

Eric Schmidt’s Massive Conflicts of Interest

Eric Schmidt/PHOTO: jdlasica (CC)

For a while after Joe Biden was recognized as the victor in the November presidential election, political punditry wondered which direction he would go: pro- or anti-Big Tech?

That has been clearly answered, as Biden installed several Silicon Valley influencers on his transition team, which in turn have helped populate his administration with former Big Tech executives.

Tops among them has been former Google/Alphabet CEO/Chairman Eric Schmidt, whose role hasn’t been formalized by name, but his presence certainly has been.

It’s not Schmidt’s ties to the search engine tech giant that are of greatest interest any more. Instead it’s his role as board member and top investor on a shiny new defense contractor that specializes in artificial intelligence technology, called Rebellion Defense, that is concerning because of a likely conflict of interest for Schmidt.

According to a report last month from The American ProspectRead More ➡

Is Hunter Biden’s Artistic ‘Career’ a Vehicle to Shield Sources of Foreign Income?

Hunter Biden

In the New York Post today, Isabel Vincent and Jon Levine describe Hunter Biden’s alleged new career as an abstract artist. From the article:

Last year, a federal watchdog called on the Department of Justice to launch “a full investigation” of Hunter Biden, who they claim did not register under federal Foreign Agent Registration Act rules that govern those lobbying for a foreign entity.

“Hunter Biden’s tangled web of shell companies, LLCs, investment vehicles, and options agreements make it virtually impossible to know where he is getting income from,” said Thomas Anderson, director for the National Legal Policy Center, adding that circumventing the FARA regulations allowed Biden and his associates to operate under the radar.

Selling his abstract artwork to wealthy investors may also be a lucrative way to rake in cash, Anderson said. “We highly doubt, however, a career as an artist will do anything more than … 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 ➡