WHISTLEBLOWER: ‘PRESIDENT BIDEN *WAS* AWARE OF SON HUNTER BIDEN’S BUSINESS ARRANGEMENTS, AND MAY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN SOME OF THEM’ … KEVIN TOBER: Fox News Special Report anchor @BretBaier reported that whistleblowers claim President Joe Biden was aware of Hunter Biden’s business dealings and may have even been involved in some of them.(VIDEO)
GRASSLEY DEMANDS ANSWERS… HUNTER BIDEN-RELATED WHISTLEBLOWERS ‘HAVE INCREASED’ … Sen. Chuck Grassley Demands ‘Voluminous’ FBI Records Detailing Biden Family’s ‘Potential Criminal Conduct’
Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is calling on top law enforcement officials to release records detailing “potential criminal conduct” committed by Hunter and James Biden.
“My office has received a significant number of protected communications from highly credible whistleblowers which have increased since my initial outreach to your offices,” Grassley wrote. “Based on recent protected disclosures to my office, the FBI has within its possession significant, impactful and voluminous evidence with respect to potential criminal conduct by Hunter Biden and James Biden.” […]
Grassley is requesting that Weiss, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray provide the evidence federal agents have obtained detailing Biden’s alleged criminal wrongdoing. In addition to the evidence detailed in Grassley’s letter, U.S. banks have reportedly flagged the Treasury Department for more than 150 of Hunter and James Biden’s transactions, according to the NY Post.
Grassley’s letter highlights Bobulinski’s 2020 FBI interview, noting his concern that Bobulinski was mishandled as part of “a pattern and practice of political decisions being made at the FBI’s Washington Field Office (WFO) and FBI Headquarters.” Timothy Thibault, the FBI agent reportedly assigned to handle Bobulinski, retired from the FBI in August amid an investigation into his social media use and accusations of improper partisanship.
MORE HUNTER NEWS… DAILY MAIL: EXCLUSIVE: Leaked emails reveal Hunter Biden’s real estate company received a $40MILLION investment from Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina, the billionaire widow of corrupt Moscow mayor, who also paid president’s son $3.5million consulting fee
Hunter Biden’s real estate company received a $40million investment from a Russian oligarch, new emails reveal.
The relationship between the president’s son and Yelena Baturina, the billionaire widow of a corrupt Moscow mayor, has already been flagged as alarming by a Senate report after she mysteriously wired $3.5million to a company linked to Hunter.
Baturina’s brother Viktor Baturin told DailyMail.com the money was ‘a payment to enter the American market.’
But DailyMail.com can now reveal that Hunter’s financial relationship with Baturina was far more extensive, with her firm investing $40million in a real estate venture by Hunter’s company Rosemont Realty.
DEEP STATE ROUNDTABLE SAYS DOJ ISN’T HURTING TRUMP VOTERS ENOUGH… TOM ELLIOTT: MSNBC just spent a whole segment worrying the FBI was becoming too soft on the MAGA movement — insisting, for example, BLM was treated more harshly than 1/6 “insurrectionists” — all of which culminated w/ Pete Strzok claiming “9/11 is nothing compared to January 6” (THREAD, VIDEOS)
Disgraced former FBI agent @PeteStrzok: FBI agents probing 1/6 must be less biased on behalf of MAGA & more “professional,” like we were during Russiagate
Strzok: “What concerns me” is that their might be FBI agents whose political opinions lead them to think 1/6 was just “a riot that got out of control”
MSNBC’s Andrew Weissman: The FBI “was all over” the #BLM riots but were “asleep at the switch” on 1/6
While framing it against 9/11, Nicolle Wallace claims January 6 was “the deadliest attack on the U.S. capital in history.” Disgraced and corrupt former FBI agent Peter Strzok agrees, saying: “9/11 is nothing compared to January 6” and demands leaders “be on the same war footing.”
DURHAM RIPS FBI FOR POSSIBLY ‘WORKING IN COORDINATION’ TO TARGET TRUMP TEAM… JERRY DUNLEAVY: Durham slams FBI for botching Trump-Russia investigation in closing Danchenko arguments
Special counsel John Durham took aim at the FBI in the closing stages of his trial against Steele dossier source Igor Danchenko.
Closing arguments in the trial concluded on Monday afternoon, and the jury is now deliberating. Addressing the “elephant in the room” at the trial, Durham made it clear that he believed the FBI had botched up its Trump-Russia investigation but that lies told to the bureau about British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s dossier still mattered.
Durham said that “the FBI mishandled the investigation at issue” and that “the FBI didn’t do what they should have done” in the inquiry, bluntly saying that “the FBI failed here.” He said the jury did not have to “feel bad for the FBI agents” and stressed that his special counsel team “is not here to defend the FBI’s handling” of the dossier.
The special counsel also offered up possible options on the FBI’s botching of the Trump-Russia investigation, rhetorically asking if the FBI was “simply incompetent,” “working in coordination,” “or whatever.”
CHRIS WRAY IS WEARING OUT THE FBI JET… MIRANDA DEVINE: Director Christopher Wray’s use of FBI jet amounts to ‘embezzlement,’ current and ex-agents allege
Former and current FBI agents are fuming about Director Christopher Wray’s use of the FBI’s private jet, which originally was intended by Congress only to be used for counterterrorism purposes.
A lot of other Americans would like to know why Wray cut short a Senate oversight hearing on Aug. 4 to fly in the FBI jet to his family holiday destination in the Adirondacks, after telling Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that he had “business” to attend to.
Republican members of Congress sent a formal letter to Wray on Aug. 15 asking whether the flight was in “compliance with the applicable federal regulations and requirements” and whether he is “properly reimbursing federal taxpayers for your personal travel aboard government aircraft.”
The FBI’s Gulfstream G550 doesn’t appear to have visited Saranac Lake again since The Post first reported on that trip, and two other flights on June 2 and June 5, 2022.
But the jet has been flying back and forth an awful lot to Atlanta, where Wray has a house in the exclusive Buckhead district.
BLOOMBERG STILL PRETENDING WE’RE NOT ALREADY IN A RECESSION, BUT WARNS MORE MISERY IS AHEAD… BLOOMBERG: Forecast for US Recession Within Year Hits 100% in Blow to Biden
A US recession is effectively certain in the next 12 months in new Bloomberg Economics model projections, a blow to President Joe Biden’s economic messaging ahead of the November midterms.
The latest recession probability models by Bloomberg economists Anna Wong and Eliza Winger forecast a higher recession probability across all timeframes, with the 12-month estimate of a downturn by October 2023 hitting 100%, up from 65% for the comparable period in the previous update.
The forecast will be unwelcome news for Biden, who has repeatedly said the US will avoid a recession and that any downturn would be “very slight,” as he seeks to reassure Americans the economy is on solid footing under his administration.
KARINGE CAN’T NAME A SINGLE PERSON WHO THINKS BIDEN IS ‘DOING A GOOD JOB ON INFLATION’ … Doocy Asks Karine Point-Blank: ‘Who Exactly Thinks The President Is Doing A Good Job On Inflation?’ (VIDEO)
“But, who exactly thinks the president is doing a good job on inflation because we’ve got a new poll that finds he receives his lowest job ratings on inflation at -38 points,” Doocy said.
The press secretary reiterated that the president is working to lower the costs of gas, Medicare and healthcare. She then accused Republicans of refusing to work alongside the president to ease the burden of high costs on Americans.
“Republicans in Congress refuse, they refuse to be partners with us on this,” she answered. “They refuse to help us. You think about the American Rescue Plan that has helped create an economy that is indeed resilient, that created jobs, they refuse to help.”
The Fox News reporter pointed out a general consensus held by most economists that the American Rescue Plan “has contributed” to inflation.
BIDEN FURTHER DEPLETES OIL RESERVES AHEAD OF ELECTION… JENNIFER JACOBS: Scoop: Biden admin to release another 10-15 million oil barrels from nation’s emergency stockpile in bid to balance markets/keep gas prices from climbing, sources tell @jendlouhyhc @AriNatter & me. It’s latest tranche from 180m-barrel plan. WH to also share plans to replenish SPR (THREAD, LINK)
MEANWHILE, MORE ILLEGALS EN ROUTE TO THE BORDER… Massive Migrant Caravan On Its Way To The US Is Forming In Guatemala
A caravan of migrants hoping to enter the U.S. reached the Honduran-Guatemalan border over the weekend, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei’s office told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The caravan, which is largely composed of Venezuelans, arrived Sunday and had around 2,000 migrants when it began amassing at Guatemala’s border with Honduras in the towns of El Cinchado and Corinto, Giammattei’s spokesman Kevin Oliva told the DCNF.
“Overall, we know that people don’t want to come to Guatemala to stay. We are a country of transit. It’s not lawful for them to get through because of the regional security,” Oliva said.
AND MOTHERS STILL CAN’T FIND BABY FORMULA… WSJ: Families Still Struggle to Find Baby Formula Nearly One Year After Shortages Began
Many U.S. households are still struggling to find baby formula, almost a year since supplies thinned on store shelves and eight months after a nationwide recall.
Adults in roughly one-third of households with infant children who typically use formula had trouble obtaining it last month, according to a recent survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. Nearly one in five of affected households has less than a week of formula on hand, the survey showed.
The survey offers one of the most detailed views yet into the nationwide formula shortage, and comes as lawmakers are taking steps to address ongoing supply issues.
FLORIDA LEADS NATION IN EARLY VOTING BALLOTS… ABC: Early vote count surpasses ordinary midterm turnout
More than 2 million people have already voted in the 2022 general election, according to data analyzed by the University of Florida’s U.S. Elections Project.
The project, which compiles public data on early voting at ElectProject.org, had counted 2,030,730 early votes, of which 1,842,115 mail-in ballots have been returned and 188,615 ballots have been cast in person thus far, as of Oct. 17. There have been 14,892,186 total mail ballots requested.
University of Florida professor Michael McDonald, who oversees the Elections Project, said that early turnout so far in 2022 was higher than usual for a midterm election.
“It’s clear that we are above the 2018 midterm at the same point in time in states where we have comparable data to look at,” McDonald told ABC News. […]
According to the U.S. Elections Project data, nearly a third of all of the early votes that have been cast so far, were done so in Florida– it’s the only state where early vote totals exceed 600,000. The rest of the 21 states that the project has recorded as imposing some sort of early vote method spans from 100,000 to 500,000 votes cast thus far this cycle.
WHAT VOTER SUPPRESSION? … GEORGIA VOTERS BLAST THROUGH EARLY VOTING RECORD… FOX 5 ATLANTA: RECORD-BREAKING VOTING: More than 125,000 Georgian cast their ballot on the first day of early voting – blowing the previous midterm election record by over 50,000. (LINK)
AND JUST LAST NIGHT… Abrams, Kemp Spar Over 2018 Race, Unproven Voter Suppression Claims (VIDEO)
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia and Democrat Stacey Abrams clashed during a Monday evening gubernatorial debate over the 2018 election and unproven claims of voter suppression.
“In 2018, I began my speech on Nov. 16, acknowledging that Governor Kemp had won the election,” Abrams said. “I then proceeded to lay out in great detail the challenges faced by voters under his leadership as secretary of state.”
Abrams refused to concede to Kemp in 2018, claiming “concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper” and that she could not do that, alleging voter suppression.
“I would just say that Miss Abrams is going to do a lot of attacking of my record tonight, because she doesn’t want to talk about her own record in 2018, in the governor’s race we had the largest African American turnout in the country,” Kemp said. “She said that Senate bill 202, our recent election integrity act we passed two years ago, would be suppressive and Jim Crow 2.0. Just this past May in our primaries, we again had record turnout in the Republican primary and the democratic primary in Georgia.”
“In Georgia, it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat,” Kemp said.
ANOTHER SENATE DEBATE IN OHIO… Three Big Moments From The Second Ohio Senate Debate (VIDEOS)
Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan and Republican author and businessman JD Vance debated Monday for the second time in their race to replace retiring Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.
During their first debate, the two focused primarily on policy issues, most notably abortion, immigration and economics. The two got more personal Monday night, with Ryan implying Vance is racist and Vance calling Ryan a failed career politician.
HEADSPIN… TIM RYAN ACCUSES JD VANCE OF ADVANCING LEFT-WING ‘REPLACEMENT THEORY’ … RECOUNT: J.D. Vance (R) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D) clash over Ryan attacking Vance over “Great Replacement Theory”: VANCE: “When the media and people like Tim Ryan accuse me of engaging in ‘Great Replacement Theory’ … my biracial children get attacked.” RYAN: “I think I struck a nerve.” (VIDEO)
ARIZONA GOVERNOR’S RACE… NEW KARI LAKE AD RIPS KATIE HOBBS FOR BEING ‘TOO AFRAID TO DEBATE’… (VIDEO)
VIRGINIA DEM CONGRESSWOMAN DUCKS DEBATE AS HER SURROGATE PUSHES IMPRISONING PARENTS… ABC7: Abigail Spanberger pulls out of Va.’s 7th Congressional District debate against Yesli Vega (VIDEO)
TRIANGLE, Va. (7News) — There may be no debate before the Nov. 8 election between Democrat Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and her Republican opponent Yesli Vega.
Virginia’s 7th congressional district is expected to be one of the closest U.S. House races in the United States.
7News requested an interview with Rep. Spanberger to learn why she pulled out of the only scheduled debate with her Republican opponent. Spanberger refused to do an interview. […]
Vega said Spanberger backed out of the debate because of comments made by Democratic lawmaker Elizabeth Guzman last Thursday.
“She doesn’t want to have to answer for her surrogate’s extreme positions on jailing parents if they refuse to affirm their child’s gender identity,” said Vega. “I find this to be extremely troubling because the voters in the seventh district have every right to know where their candidate stands on a very important issue. As you know, this was a very important issue last November and it continues to be a very important issue. I think it’s also important to highlight how my opponent already voted against requiring parental consent before schools can start talking to your children about gender identity or sexual orientation. So she’s running away from this issue because she doesn’t want to be on the record having to answer.”
DEMS TRY TO SHOVE PLAN TO IMPRISON PARENTS DOWN THE MEMORY HOLE… IAN PRIOR: VIrginia Democrats claimed @guzman4virginia didn’t criminalize parents for not affirming a child’s “gender identity” – despite Guzman clearly saying so on camera. @7NewsDC now reports that a woman working on the bill with Guzman made it just as clear on a recent podcast. /1
Following @7NewsDC original report last week, and the Virginia Democrats’ reality-bending pushback, the podcast discussing the bill is no longer available online. /2
WHAT IN THE EVER-LIVING FAUCI IS GOING ON? … DAILY MAIL: EXCLUSIVE: ‘This is playing with fire – it could spark a lab-generated pandemic’: Experts slam Boston lab where scientists have created a new deadly Covid strain with an 80% kill rate
Boston University scientists were today condemned for ‘playing with fire’ after it emerged they had created a lethal new Covid strain in a laboratory.
DailyMail.com revealed the team had made a hybrid virus — combining Omicron and the original Wuhan strain — that killed 80 per cent of mice in a study.
The revelation exposes how dangerous virus manipulation research continues to go on even in the US, despite fears similar practices may have started the pandemic. […]
Dr Richard Ebright, a chemist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, told DailyMail.com that: ‘The research is a clear example of gain of function research.
He added: ‘If we are to avoid a next lab-generated pandemic, it is imperative that oversight of enhanced potential pandemic pathogen research be strengthened.’
BIDEN ADMIN: CHINA IS SPRINTING TO INVADE TAIWAN… WAPO: China plans to seize Taiwan on ‘much faster timeline,’ Blinken says
Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused China of speeding up plans to seize Taiwan as Chinese President Xi Jinping looks set to secure a precedent-breaking third term at a party congress this week.
“There has been a change in the approach from Beijing toward Taiwan in recent years,” Blinken told an event at Stanford University on Monday.
This includes “a fundamental decision that the status quo was no longer acceptable and that Beijing was determined to pursue reunification on a much faster timeline,” he said. Blinken did not provide details on the claim of a faster timeline but said China may be willing to use coercive or forceful means, which was “creating tremendous tensions.”
At the Chinese Communist Party congress, which takes place every five years, Xi said in a speech Sunday that the “wheels of history were rolling toward China’s reunification” with Taiwan and repeated intentions of taking the self-governing island of over 23 million people, potentially by force. He said that while China preferred peaceful measures, it would reserve “the option to take all necessary measures.”
RED ALERT: CHINA KEEPS HIRING UK MILITARY PILOTS… SKY NEWS: China’s armed forces recruiting dozens of British ex military pilots in ‘threat to UK interests’
China has recruited dozens of former British military pilots to teach the Chinese armed forces how to defeat western warplanes and helicopters in a “threat to UK interests”, officials have revealed.
One official said some 30 mainly ex-fast jet but also some helicopter pilots – lured by annual salaries of around £240,000 – are currently in China training pilots for the People’s Liberation Army, in what a defence analyst described as a stunning breach of security.
A retired senior Royal Air Force officer said: “Wow… that is appalling. What were they thinking?”
Beijing is actively trying to hire many more serving and former military pilots and other specialists from across the RAF, the Royal Navy and the British Army as well as personnel from other western nations, the western official said.
President Joe Biden spent the weekend at his home in Delaware, where he met up with his wife, other family members and – if they followed usual practice – Willow the cat and Commander the dog.
It’s a familiar weekly ritual. As of this point in his presidency, Biden has spent more than a quarter of his time working from his home state of Delaware, either at his house in Wilmington or his Rehoboth Beach property.
Some 21 months into his term, Biden has made 55 visits to Delaware, totaling some or all of 174 days as of Sunday, according to a CNN analysis of presidential schedules and a tally kept by Mark Knoller, the longtime unofficial statistician of the White House press corps. In addition, Biden has made 19 visits, or all or part of 64 days, to the Camp David presidential retreat in rural Maryland.
CONSEQUENCES FOR MOVING THE GOALPOSTS… SEC Fines Tennessee $100,000 After Fans Storm Field, Take Down Field Goal Posts In Complete Mayhem
The SEC fined the University of Tennessee $100,000 after students and fans stormed the field of Neyland Stadium after the school’s 52-49 victory over Alabama on Saturday.
Tennessee pulled off one of the great wins in the history of their football program, and their fans couldn’t help but storm the field after the exhilarating victory. The Volunteers’ win gave the previously number three ranked Alabama Crimson Tide their first loss of the season, and it has made them the undisputed kings of college football.
After Chase McGrath kicked the game winning 40-yard-field-goal to win the game, fans tore down the goalposts, paraded them around the Tennessee campus and dumped them into the Tennessee river. The SEC handed down the $100K fine to the university, but in no way did it anger UT President Randy Boyd the slightest.