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Still Fighting! In One of the Only Remaining 2020 Election Cases, Plaintiff’s Greg Stenstrom and Leah Hoopes Explain Their Case

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 19:40

Last week, Gregory Stenstrom and Leah Hoopes of Delaware County, PA sat down for a podcast to go over their 2020 election case and discuss other cases they are working on in Pennsylvania.

In the two-part podcast split between Badlands Media’s SITREP podcast and the CannCon podcast, the duo discussed, among many other things, the deliberate destruction and obfuscation of evidence requested via Open Records Requests and the discrepancy with ballot tabulation rejections immediately upon polls opening in 2020, similar to Kari Lake’s claims in 2022 as well as Matthew Deperno’s disclosure in Michigan regarding his 2020 lawsuit.  The reason for this discrepancy, as described by Leah Hoopes, is similar to discovery made in the Lake v Hobbs trial and reported by The Gateway Pundit.

Stenstrom also reiterated the claim that then-Attorney General Bill Barr shut down the investigation into Jesse Morgan’s claim.  Morgan was the USPS-contracted truck driver who claims to have driven ~250k ballots across state lines from NY to PA only to have his trailer disappear.  In one of the clips below, Stenstrom tells us that the trailer with that serial number has just vanished.  “It’s gone…disappeared.”

Greg Stenstrom and Leah Hoopes co-authored a book cataloging the evidence at

Check out the following clips from the podcast.  Below the clips is part 1 and part 2 of the entire podcast followed by The Gateway Pundit’s interview with Tony Shaffer from earlier in January 2023:

(Unroll the below thread for the clipped segments)

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Greg Stenstrom and Leah Hoopes, who have one of the only existing 2020 election cases still alive today.

Here are some clips of the interview. The entire interview can be watched here:

— CannCon (@CannConActual) May 22, 2023


Part 1:

Part 2:


The Gateway Pundit’s interview with Tony Shaffer:

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Kevin McCarthy in Driver’s Seat as Debt Ceiling Negotiations With Biden Resume Monday; Polls Show Strong Majority of Americans Back GOP Position, Approval of McCarthy Rising

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 19:20
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy addressing debt ceiling negotiations, backed by House and Senate Republicans, U.S. Capitol, May 17, 2023, screen image via Speaker McCarthy.

As brinksmanship debt ceiling negotiations between Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Joe Biden are set to resume late Monday afternoon at the White House in the face of a looming June 1 deadline, an AP/NORC poll released last Friday shows a strong majority of Americans–63 percent (58 percent of Democrats!)–support the Republican position of reducing deficit spending as opposed to Biden’s initial long-standing position of an unconditional debt ceiling increase.

House Republicans under McCarthy’s leadership have passed the only bill on the debt ceiling, the Limit, Save Grow Act of 2023.

A Harvard/Harris poll (page 47) also released last Friday has support for the GOP position at 60/40. A stunning majority want Republicans to stick to their guns “Should the Republicans give the Democrats a debt ceiling increase without constraints, or should they hold out for spending constraints?” 62% say “Hold out for spending constraints”, “The Democrats say just raise it while the Republicans want to put in spending restraints. Should the Democrats hold fast and not negotiate, or should they negotiate spending constraints with the Republicans?”, only 37 percent say “The Democrats should hold fast.”

The polls explain why Biden has reversed himself this month, engaging in negotiations with McCarthy and now supporting reducing deficit spending, albeit via tax increases.

19% think the debt limit should be increased without conditions, while 63% want terms on reducing the federal budget deficit included.

— AP-NORC Center (@APNORC) May 19, 2023

Other polls this month show that McCarthy, unlike Biden has become more popular this year as Americans get to know him and see him in action as Speaker. McCarthy has a higher approval rating than disapproval rating–a rarity for leaders of either party these days. The Real Clear Politics average of McCarthy’s approve/disapprove stands at 36/36, a tie, but with the two latest polls this month having McCarthy above water 34/33 (Harvard/Harris) and 42/39 (Economist/YouGov).

McCarthy started his speakership this year underwater in polls. Economist/YouGov had him at 34/49 in early January. Every poll in January had McCarthy underwater. As Americans have seen him in action, McCarthy’s approval has slowly risen to the high 30s and 40s while his disapproval has come down from the high to mid-forties to the high thirties and low forties. (In contrast, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was underwater by double digits for years when she was Speaker.

McCarthy is polling stunningly well in the Economist/YouGov poll:

YouGov Poll: Kevin McCarthy's job approval rating hits all-time high


• January 24: 32/37 (net -5)

• February 14: 35/37 (net -2)

• April 1: 40/33 (net +7)

• MAY 10: 46/36 (NET +10)

McCarthy's net approval has increased by 15 points since January 24

— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) May 17, 2023

Biden’s Real Clear Politics average approve/disapprove stands at 41.5/53.7, 12.2 percent underwater.

Even though the AP/Norc poll shows Americans, including Democrats, support the Republican position, because the poll does not identify the GOP tying reducing deficit spending to raising the debt ceiling nor Biden saying he wanted an unconditional increase, the poll shows majorities disapproving of how both Biden and Republicans are handling the debt ceiling. Also, the poll is plus seven net Democrat.

Less than 30% of the public approve of how the president, congressional Democrats, or congressional Republicans are handling negotiations over increasing the national debt limit.

— AP-NORC Center (@APNORC) May 19, 2023

What matters though is the strong support for reducing deficit spending by Democrat voters and Americans at large and how McCarthy is perceived by voters.

McCarthy, who has a soft-spoken, easy going southern California manner and explains his positions without heated rhetoric even as he hangs tough on those positions, has not been demonized by Democrats and the media the way Newt Gingrich was when he became speaker in 1995.

Newsweek cover, How the Gingrich Stole Christmas, December 14, 1995 issue.


President Biden wants to spend MORE money than the federal government did at the height of the pandemic.

American taxpayers just cannot afford to keep borrowing money from China.

— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) May 22, 2023

Our national debt crisis is too important to play politics. That’s why House Republicans voted to avoid default and responsibly raise the debt limit.

Our founders designed our government for negotiation. So let’s get this done.

— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) May 9, 2023

The federal government is bringing in more money than ever. Yet our national debt has skyrocketed under President Biden.

Washington doesn't have a revenue problem—it has a spending problem.

— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) May 19, 2023

McCarthy has played hardball with Biden, but in a genteel manner. He has brought Biden to the negotiating table and forced Biden to cancel his post-G7 Japan summit trips to Australia and Papua New Guinea to return early to the White House. McCarthy pulled his negotiators while Biden was in Japan, demanding to speak with Biden on the phone. Biden obliged on Sunday and the two agreed to meet Monday af the White House. The one-on-one meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Biden/McCarthy meeting set for 5:30 tonight

— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) May 22, 2023

McCarthy has set the scope of the negotiations. He surprised Biden and the Democrats by passing a debt ceiling bill, got support from the GOP Senate for the bill and has frozen out House and Senate Democrats in the negotiations. Aside from the Oval Office meetings with McCarthy and Biden accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the nitty gritty negotiations are being conducted by senior White House staff and House members hand-picked by McCarthy. (Kamala Harris attended one Oval Office meeting for show but Biden has otherwise kept her far from the negotiations.)

Oval Office debt ceiling meeting with Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Speaker McCarthy, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Schumer and House Minority Leader Jeffries, May 16, 2023, White House photo.

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Judge Enters Not Guilty Pleas on Behalf of Idaho Quadruple Murders Suspect Bryan Kohberger

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 19:00

Idaho quadruple murders suspect Bryan Kohberger on Monday arrived in court for his arraignment.

According to reports, Kohberger remained silent during his arraignment when the judge asked him to enter a plea to the charges.

The judge ended up entering not guilty pleas on behalf of Kohberger, CBS reported.

Kohberger was indicted by a secret grand jury last week and charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary in the slayings of four University of Idaho students.

Bryan Kohberger, 28, is accused of fatally stabbing 20-year-old Ethan Chapin of Conway, Washington; 21-year-old Madison Mogen of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; 20-year-old Xana Kernodle of Avondale, Arizona; and 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves of Rathdrum, Idaho on November 13.

Murder victims from left: Kaylee Goncalves, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Maddie Mogen

According to the court documents, Kohberger’s DNA was found on a tan leather knife sheath left behind on Maddie Mogen’s bed on the 3rd floor at the King Road Residence.

“The sheath was later processed and had ‘Ka-Bar’ ‘USMC’ and the United States Marine Corps eagle globe and anchor insignia stamped on the outside of it,” Idaho police officer Brett Payne wrote in the 19-page affidavit. “The Idaho state lab later located a single source of male DNA (suspect Profile) left on the button snap of the knife sheath.”

Pennsylvania unsealed search warrants that revealed a number of items seized by law enforcement from Bryan Kohberger’s parents’ home during a December 30 raid.

Authorities seized black gloves, a Glock, a knife (possibly the murder weapon?), black face masks, ‘green leafy substance’ in a plastic bag and other items.

Police also seized parts of Bryan Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra.

It could take 6 months or longer for this murder case to go to trial.

Prosecutors have not disclosed whether they will pursue the death penalty.

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Report Confirms Dozens of Senators Are Being Issued Taxpayer-Funded Satellite Phones in Preparation for a “Disruptive Event”

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 18:40
Credit: Associated Press

A report confirms that United States Senators have been issued emergency satellite phones.

CBS News reported these devices are part of a series of new security measures being offered to senators by Karen Gibson, Senate Sergeant at Arms.

The official line of reasoning behind offering the satellite phones was “to ensure a redundant and secure means of communication during a disruptive event.

CBS News also notes that the satellite phones were offered partially in response to the January 6, 2021 protests at the U.S. Capitol.

Sources confirmed to CBS News all 100 senators were offered the phones last month and more than 50 ( over four dozen) accepted Gibson’s offer. The senators who agreed to take the devices were urged to keep them close by during travel.

The report from CBS News does not say which lawmakers have possession of the phones. The phones are being fully paid with taxpayer dollars.

The Department of Homeland Security claims the phones are a security backstop in the case of an emergency that “takes out communications” in part of America.

A Department of Homeland Security advisory said satellite phones are a tool for responding to and coordinating government services in the case of a ‘man-made’ or natural disaster that wipes out communication.

Many conservatives including DC_Draino are expressing alarm that a cyber attack prior to the 2024 election would be used to justify changes in voting procedures that will benefit Joe Biden. He argues that senators are being issued the phones to prepare for this exact event.

Many are worried a cyber attack prior to the 2024 election would be used to justify changes in voting procedures that will benefit Joe Biden

Today we learned that US Senators are being issued special satellite phones for this exact scenario

Not good

— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) May 22, 2023

Gibson started serving in her role beginning in March 2021. Here is Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) announcement:

I'm excited to announce the leadership team at the Senate Sergeant at Arms:

Lieutenant General Karen Gibson
Kelly Fado
Jennifer Hemingway

This is the first time in history the office will be led by a team of women, and we know they'll be successful.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 3, 2021

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BREAKING: STOCK MARKET Takes Brief Tumble After Fake AI-Generated Photo on Fake Bloomberg Twitter Account Shows Explosion at Pentagon This Morning

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 18:20

A fake (verified blue check-mark) Bloomberg Twitter account posted an apparently AI-generated photo of an explosion at the Pentagon this morning, and the stock market reacted.

100 Percent Fed Up reports – The reportedly AI-generated image showed a fake explosion at the Pentagon this morning that spread like wildfire across social media platforms, causing a brief selloff on the US Stock market this morning. According to the Kobeissi Letter, there was a $500 billion market cap swing and a drop of 500 points on the S&P in a 30 minute span, as a result of the fake AI image.

The report about the effects on the stock market was provided in a tweet by the Kobeissi Letter, a self-described “industry-leading commentary on the global capital markets.”

This morning, an AI generated image of an explosion at the US Pentagon surfaced.

With multiple news sources reporting it as real, the S&P 500 fell 30 points in minutes.

This resulted in a $500 billion market cap swing on a fake image.

It then rebounded once the image was…

— The Kobeissi Letter (@KobeissiLetter) May 22, 2023

According to the New York Post, the fake photo, which showed smoke billowing outside the Pentagon, was shared by Russian state media outlet and other accounts alongside claims that an explosion has occurred at the complex. RT later deleted the image.

In a tweet, Nick Waters explains why this image of an “explosion near the Pentagon” is AI-generated:

Confident that this picture claiming to show an “explosion near the pentagon” is AI generated.

Check out the frontage of the building, and the way the fence melds into the crowd barriers. There’s also no other images, videos or people posting as first hand witnesses.

Confident that this picture claiming to show an "explosion near the pentagon" is AI generated.

Check out the frontage of the building, and the way the fence melds into the crowd barriers. There's also no other images, videos or people posting as first hand witnesses.

— Nick Waters (@N_Waters89) May 22, 2023

The Arlington County Fire Department quickly tweeted a message debunking the hoax photo.

@PFPAOfficial and the ACFD are aware of a social media report circulating online about an explosion near the Pentagon. There is NO explosion or incident taking place at or near the Pentagon reservation, and there is no immediate danger or hazards to the public.

— Arlington Fire & EMS (@ArlingtonVaFD) May 22, 2023

Elon Musk has appeared in several interviews recently where he’s warned about the dangers of misinformation with AI.

Elon Musk has been warning everyone about the potential dangers of AI since at least almost a decade ago:

"There are some scary outcomes, and we should try to make sure the outcomes are good, not bad." (2014)@elonmusk @cb_doge

— Wojciech Pawelczyk (@WojPawelczyk) April 15, 2023

Dr. Geoffrey Hinton, nicknamed the “Godfather of AI,” was so concerned by the dangers posed by AI technology that he quit his job at Google last month so that he could speak out without hurting his former employer.

After years of laying the foundation for AI technology, Geoffrey Hinton, a groundbreaking British computer scientist known as the “Godfather of AI,” is leaving his position at Google to join other specialists who are warning about the danger Ai now presents. Seventy-Five-year old Hinton worked as a vice president and engineering fellow at Google in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

Hinton was interviewed by The New York Times. “It is hard to see how you can prevent the bad actors from using it for bad things,” Hinton noted when asked about current AI technology.

The launch of GPT chatbot in March, which is the latest version of OpenAI, has brought about a deep concern in the AI world. AI professionals signed an open letter written by the nonprofit Future of Life Institute (FLI), warning that the technology poses “profound risks to society and humanity.”

Speaking about the response to the open letter, FLI said: “The reaction has been intense.” FLI is a nonprofit group seeking to mitigate large-scale technology risks, wrote on its website.

“We feel that it has given voice to a huge undercurrent of concern about the risks of high-powered AI systems not just at the public level, but top researchers in AI and other topics, business leaders, and policymakers.”

Those that have driven AI technology in recent years are not saying they are terrified by the implications of their work and what it could mean for the future. Hinton agrees, finding recent advancements in AI “scary.”

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“It Is Marxist” – They Want to Gather Biodata from All Humans and Share It – Dean Michele Bachmann Gives Update from World Health Assembly in Geneva (VIDEO)

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 18:04

Former US Representative and Dean Michele Bachmann is attending the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland this week.

Michele joined Steve Bannon to discuss the meetings on The War Room this morning. According to Michele, the UN, World Health Organization (WHO), Bill and Melinda Gates Society, and World Trade Organization are all represented at the meetings this week.

Michele told Steve they are not even hiding their intentions during their meetings. They want to gather biodata from all humans and share this with eachother. This is a truly frightening development.

Dean Michele Bachmann: This is what we know that came out today. The plan is they are agreeing that both a pandemic treaty and the 300 amendments that have been put forward for the international health rules, they’re going to be two separate documents, but they’ll basically be one document. Those proposed documents will be given in January of 2024, and then they’ll be voted on a year from this week. So they’re in the process of tightening everything down. And a year from this week will come the final vote. And that’s when all of the lockdowns and the clamp downs and everything that’s going to impact our life is going to come into play…

…One is universal health care. And what they mean by that, they said equity about a million times in the last couple of days, inclusion in the last couple of days… So clearly it is a Marxist take… We had Xavier Becerra, who’s our Health and Human Services secretary, he was here.

…This is what they’re going to do. They intend to create a platform for global governance through health care and irrigate to themselves that level of power. Where are these people? So it was hilarious. You have these people in charge. In one sentence, they use the word treaty. In the next sentence, they use the word accord. So the way they want to soft sell this back in the United States is to call this an accord like the Abraham Accord. But they know what this really is, is a treaty. So this would be my challenge to every United States senator in the United States.

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J6 Political Prisoner Attacked by Guards After Complaining About Raw Sewage on the Floor of His Cell and Asking for Running Water – Audio

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 13:00

Peter Schwartz, age 47 and a Kentucky welder, served his country in the Army Reserve. He was indicted after he was accused of pepper-spraying officers during the Jan. 6 protest. He was arrested on Feb. 2, 2021, in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Pete was with his wife when 30 agents assaulted him with flashbang grenades, armored vehicles, and more than 10 assault rifles aimed at his chest.

“At no point did either my wife or I resist but we were both roughly handled and forced/dragged up the stairs after being shackled and handcuffed as we were shoved around,” Schwartz said.

Last year, the DC jury found Pete and his co-defendants guilty on every single charge. There were no victims to Pete’s alleged crimes. The prosecution presented no witnesses.

Pete Schwartz called The Gateway Pundit after he was found guilty on every single count. There were 11 counts against Pete and the two co-defendants that he had never seen in his life and never met before their trial together. The jury did not even read over the evidence before they voted to sentence the three Trump supporters.

Pete was found guilty of obstruction of an official proceeding despite the fact that he NEVER entered the US Capitol.

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Pete Schwartz told The Gateway Pundit that Juror #8 flipped him off as they read the guilty verdict against him, where he was found guilty on every single count.

On Friday U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta sentenced Pete Schwartz to 14 years in prison. This is the longest sentence of any January 6 political prisoner to date. Pete told The Gateway Pundit how he wept telling his elderly parents about his sentencing. He fears he may never see them again. Schwartz is condemned to spend more time in prison than many killers.

On Sunday Pete Schwartz called The Gateway Pundit and described how he was brutally attacked by the prison guards this weekend.

Pete complained about what he said was two inches of sewer water in his cell that accumulated after the prisoner in the cell next to him flooded his toilet. After several hours of complaining about the raw sewage in his cell the correctional officer sprayed him with pepper spray to the face. His eye is still injured in the assault.

Pete Schwartz: Well, the guy next to me had flooded his cell the day before. He was protesting something… I don’t know. But my cell is a little bit at a lower elevation, so I had to stand in my cell for hours with toilet water two inches deep on my cell. They came up and they got the water shut off and they resolved this issue and all that. I got my cell cleaned up and they turned the water back on… So this officer, I’m on my rec time, and the bathroom out there is clogged up. And I used the toilet and I wanted to flush it because when I used the toilet, I didn’t know that I couldn’t flush it… Five hours had gone by, and I said, look, I don’t want to make a scene. I am demanding that you call your lieutenant or whoever you do because I just need to use the bathroom. And everybody around started saying, why won’t you just let this man use the bathroom?… And he walked right by it and wouldn’t do it again. And I’m just standing there and everybody started yelling at him. They’re like, Just let the man use the bathroom. It’s been 5 hours. And so he walked up there and he’s trying to open the door to open the water closet and he doesn’t know how to do it…

And I’m standing completely away from him behind my cell door. And I said, that’s not how they do it. They use a key to open that lock there. And he just turned around and stood up and started coming at me, spraying mace directly in my eyeball… One of my eyeballs is still messed up today. I’m a welder, so I’ve had a lot of eye injuries. I may recover from this. I mean, my eyes have recovered from some pretty tough stuff in the past, but at this point, it’s the next day and I still can’t see out of one eye. And it’s in pain because of the hydraulic needling. He was six inches away from me and blasted straight my eyeball. I didn’t even have time to close my eye because I didn’t know there was a conflict. I just had to use the bathroom.

This is shocking abuse these men are suffering from at the hands of federal authorities. Their story is not being told.

Here is the audio from the phone call.

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List of 2023 Bilderberg Attendees Released – Final Meetings Wrap Up on Wednesday

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 12:45
Bilderberg sign – video screen grab

The annual Bilderberg Conference was held this year in Lisbon, Portugal from May 18-23.

As Alicia Powe previously reported – Key leadership from companies like Microsoft, ChatGPT, and Google are convening with prime ministers, royalty, bank governors, army generals, and top US officials at the 2023 Bilderberg Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal to strategize about global affairs.

Here is a list of this year’s attendees.
Via Public

Uninvited guest Yuval Harari arrived at the conference through the back door.

Joe Biden’s director of national intelligence Avril Haines is also in attendance this year.

Avril Haines took part in the Obama regime discussions and planning on the Trump-Russia hoax. She definitely cannot be trusted.

Great Reset Architect Yuval Harari Arrives Through the Backdoor at Bilderberg as Uninvited Guest –

— Adan Salazar (@AdanSalazarWins) May 19, 2023

It makes you wonder who else attended this year’s conference but were not listed as invitees.

Lisbon, Portugal, 18 May – 21 May 2023

Abrams, Stacey (USA), CEO, Sage Works Production
Achleitner, Paul M. (DEU), Chair, Global Advisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG
Agrawal, Ajay (CAN), Professor of Economics, University of Toronto
Albares, José Manuel (ESP), Minister of Foreign Affairs
Altman, Sam (USA), CEO, OpenAI
Alverà, Marco (ITA), Co-Founder,; CEO TES
Andersson, Magdalena (SWE), Leader, Social Democratic Party
Applebaum, Anne (USA), Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Arnaut, José Luís (PRT), Managing Partner, CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut
Attal, Gabriel (FRA), Minister for Public Accounts
Balsemão, Francisco Pinto (PRT), Chair, Impresa Group
Barbizet, Patricia (FRA), Chair and CEO, Temaris & Associés SAS
Barroso, José Manuel (PRT), Chair, International Advisors, Goldman Sachs
Baudson, Valérie (FRA), CEO, Amundi SA
Beaune, Clément (FRA), Minister for Transport
Benson, Sally (USA), Professor of Energy Science and Engineering, Stanford University
Beurden, Ben van (NLD), Special Advisor to the Board, Shell plc
Borg, Anna (SWE), President and CEO, Vattenfall AB
Borrell, Josep (INT), Vice President, European Commission
Botín, Ana P. (ESP), Group Executive Chair, Banco Santander SA
Bourla, Albert (USA), Chair and CEO, Pfizer Inc.
Braathen, Kjerstin (NOR), CEO, DNB ASA
Brende, Børge (NOR), President, World Economic Forum
Brink, Dolf van den (NLD), CEO, Heineken NV
Brudermüller, Martin (DEU), CEO, BASF SE
Buberl, Thomas (FRA), CEO, AXA SA
Byrne, Thomas (IRL), Minister for Sport and Physical Education
Carney, Mark (CAN), Vice Chair, Brookfield Asset Management
Cassis, Ignazio (CHE), Federal Councillor, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Castries, Henri de (FRA), President, Institut Montaigne
Cavoli, Christopher (INT), Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Ceylan, Mehmet Fatih (TUR), President, Ankara Policy Center
Chhabra, Tarun (USA), Senior Director for Technology and National Security, National Security Council
Creuheras, José (ESP), Chair, Grupo Planeta and Atresmedia
Debackere, Koenraad (BEL), Chair, KBC Group NV
Deese, Brian (USA), Former Director, National Economic Council
Donohoe, Paschal (INT), President, Eurogroup
Döpfner, Mathias (DEU), Chair and CEO, Axel Springer SE
Easterly, Jen (USA), Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Economy, Elizabeth (USA), Senior Advisor for China, Department of Commerce
Ehrnrooth, Henrik (FIN), Chair, Otava Group
Émié, Bernard (FRA), Director General for External Security, Ministry of the Armed Forces
Empoli, Giuliano da (ITA), Political Scientist and Writer, Sciences Po
Entrecanales, José M. (ESP), Chair and CEO, Acciona SA
Eriksen, Øyvind (NOR), President and CEO, Aker ASA
Ferguson, Niall (USA), Milbank Family Senior Fellow, Stanford University
Fleming, Jeremy (GBR), Former Director, GCHQ
Frederiksen, Mette (DNK), Prime Minister
Freeland, Chrystia (CAN), Deputy Prime Minister
Garijo, Bélen (DEU), Chair and CEO, Merck KGaA
Gentiloni, Paolo (INT), Commissioner for Economy, European Commission
Gonzáles Pons, Esteban (ESP), Vice Chair, European People’s Party
Gosset-Grainville, Antoine (FRA), Chair, AXA
Goulimis, Nicky (GRC), Board Member and Co-Founder, Nova Credit Inc.
Griffin, Kenneth (USA), Founder and CEO, Citadel LLC
Gruber, Lilli (ITA), Anchor, La7 TV
Gürkaynak, Refet (TUR), Professor of Economics, Bilkent University
Haines, Avril D. (USA), Director of National Intelligence
Halberstadt, Victor (NLD), Professor of Economics, Leiden University
Hassabis, Demis (GBR), CEO, DeepMind
Hedegaard, Connie (DNK), Chair, KR Foundation
Hofreiter, Anton (DEU), MP; Chair Committee on European Affairs
Holzen, Madeleine von (CHE), Editor-in-Chief, Le Temps
Jensen, Kristian (DNK), CEO, Green Power Denmark
Joshi, Shashank (GBR), Defence Editor, The Economist
Kaag, Sigrid (NLD), Minister of Finance; Deputy Prime Minister
Karp, Alex (USA), CEO, Palantir Technologies Inc.
Kasparov, Garry (USA), Chair, Renew Democracy Initiative
Kieli, Kasia (POL), President and Managing Director, Warner Bros. Discovery Poland
Kissinger, Henry A. (USA), Chairman, Kissinger Associates Inc.
Koç, Ömer (TUR), Chair, Koç Holding AS
Kolesnikov, Andrei (INT), Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Kostrzewa, Wojciech (POL), President, Polish Business Roundtable
Kotkin, Stephen (USA), Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Kravis, Henry R. (USA), Co-Chairman, KKR & Co. Inc.
Kravis, Marie-Josée (USA), Chair, The Museum of Modern Art
Kudelski, André (CHE), Chair and CEO, Kudelski Group SA
Kuleba, Dmytro (UKR), Minister of Foreign Affairs
Lammy, David (GBR), Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, House of Commons
Leysen, Thomas (BEL), Chair, Umicore and Mediahuis; Chair DSM-Firmenich AG
Liikanen, Erkki (FIN), Chair, IFRS Foundation Trustees
Looney, Bernard (GBR), CEO, BP plc
Marin, Sanna (FIN), Prime Minister
Metsola, Roberta (INT), President, European Parliament
Micklethwait, John (USA), Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg LP
Minton Beddoes, Zanny (GBR), Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Moreira, Duarte (PRT), Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Zeno Partners
Moyo, Dambisa (GBR), Global Economist; Member, House of Lords
Mundie, Craig J. (USA), President, Mundie & Associates LLC
Nadella, Satya (USA), CEO, Microsoft Corporation
O’Leary, Michael (IRL), Group CEO, Ryanair Group
Orida, Deborah (CAN), President and CEO, PSP Investments
Özel, Soli (TUR), Professor, Kadir Has University
Papalexopoulos, Dimitri (GRC), Chair, TITAN Cement Group; Treasurer Bilderberg Meetings
Philippe, Édouard (FRA), Mayor, Le Havre
Pottinger, Matthew (USA), Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution
Pouyanné, Patrick (FRA), Chair and CEO, TotalEnergies SE
Rachman, Gideon (GBR), Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, The Financial Times
Ramírez, Pedro J. (ESP), Director, El Español
Rappard, Rolly van (NLD), Co-Founder and Co-Chair, CVC Capital Partners
Reynders, Didier (INT), European Commissioner for Justice
Röttgen, Norbert (DEU), MP, German Bundestag
Rutte, Mark (NLD), Prime Minister
Salomon, Martina (AUT), Editor-in-Chief, Kurier
Sawers, John (GBR), Executive Chair, Newbridge Advisory Ltd.
Schadlow, Nadia (USA), Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Schallenberg, Alexander (AUT), Minister for European and International Affairs
Schmidt, Eric E. (USA), Former CEO and Chair, Google LLC
Schmidt, Wolfgang (DEU), Head of the Chancellery, Federal Minister for Special Tasks
Sebastião, Nuno (PRT), Chair and CEO, Feedzai
Sikorski, Radoslaw (POL), MEP, European Parliament
Silva, Filipe (PRT), CEO, Galp
Stilwell de Andrade, Miguel (PRT), CEO, EDP
Stoltenberg, Jens (INT), Secretary General, NATO
Subramanian, Arvind (INT), Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Tellis, Ashley J. (USA), Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs, Carnegie Endowment
Thiel, Peter (USA), President, Thiel Capital LLC
Tsu, Jing (USA), Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University
Tugendhat, Tom (GBR), Minister of State for Security
Vadera, Shriti (GBR), Chair, Prudential plc
Vassilakis, Eftichios (GRC), Chair, Aegean Group
Waldron, John (USA), President and COO, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Wallenberg, Marcus (SWE), Chair, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB
Wennink, Peter (NLD), President and CEO, ASML Holding NV
Wright, Thomas (USA), Senior Director for Strategic Planning, National Security Council
Yang, Yuan (GBR), Europe-China Correspondent, Financial Times
Yergin, Daniel (USA), Vice Chair, S&P Global
Yinanç, Barçin (TUR), Journalist, T24 News Website

69th Bilderberg Meeting to take place 18 – 21 May in Lisbon, Portugal

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LA TERROR: Angry Thugs Brutally Beat, Kick and Stomp On Helpless Man for Several Minutes in Downtown Los Angeles (VIDEO)

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 00:16
Credit: KTLA/Daily Mail

A bystander captured horrifying video footage showing the moment four young thugs riding bicycles viciously beat up a helpless man for several minutes in broad daylight in downtown Los Angeles.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the incident happened just after 4 pm on Thursday near the intersection of Hill Street and 6th Street in LA’s jewelry district.

The beating reportedly began when a man driving a white pickup truck exited his vehicle. He was immediately pounced on by the thugs.

In the horrifying video, the victim can be seen falling to the ground as the four young thugs kick, stomp on, and beat him while screaming at the top of their lungs.


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The beating continues even as bystanders start to gather around.

As the assault is occurring, one of the assailants can be seen bashing the man’s truck windshield with his bike handle.

One witness, identified only as Gary, told KTLA the entire incident was “horrible.”

It was horrible. When I got to the window, I saw probably about six or seven kids on bicycles.

There was a white pickup truck parked out front and I saw somebody smashing in the window with his bike.

Gary went on to say the bystanders eventually rescued the victim and broke up the fight after several minutes. The victim eventually managed to get back in his vehicle and leave according to the Daily Mail.

It is unclear what led to the violent altercation. A jeweler, however, told KTLA the bikers were swerving in and out of traffic like they “owned the road” when the victim honked at them after they cut him off in traffic.

After the man in the truck left the scene, the Daily Mail reported that the group of young thugs continued to swerve in and out of traffic on their bikes.

The LAPD confirmed they received a call reporting ten males on bicycles ranging in age from 15-18 years old. Unfortunately, everyone was gone by the time officers arrived.

LAPD Central Division released a statement Saturday stating it was aware of the video circulating, but claimed no one had officially reported a crime.

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Native American Man Killed By Border Patrol Shortly After Calling Border Patrol On Trespassing Migrants

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 23:25

Raymond Mattia a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation was shot and killed by border patrol agents at his reservation in Southern Arizona.

According to KVOA Raymond Mattia called U.S. Border Patrol agents after he discovered illegal immigrants were trespassing in his yard.

A family member told KVOA Raymond “called to request for assistance because there were multiple illegal immigrants who had trespassed into his yard and he wanted assistance getting them out of his property.”

According to the same family member who wished to not be identified, when Border patrol agents arrived to the scene Mattia exited his home and was shot dead shortly after.

As of right now Federal Customs and Border Protection officials have confirmed the fatal shooting did occur but released no other information and are still investigating the shooting.

An Arizona man was reportedly shot to death by border patrol on his own property after calling border patrol to come to his property because he believed “there were multiple illegal immigrants who had trespassed on his yard.”

— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) May 21, 2023

Per The Guardian:

Federal Customs and Border Protection officials said agents from the Ajo border patrol station “were involved” in a fatal shooting on the Tohono O’odham reservation near Ajo at about 10pm on Thursday.

Tribal chairman Ned Norris Jr said in a statement on Sunday that the shooting occurred in the Meneger’s Dam community of the Tohono O’odham Nation and identified the victim.

Tucson TV station KVOA reported that Mattia had called the border patrol because there were multiple migrants who had trespassed into his yard, and he wanted assistance getting them off of his property.

FBI investigating shooting death of Native man by border patrol in Arizona

— Guardian news (@guardiannews) May 21, 2023


This story is still developing and videos  and details of the incident have yet to be released.

As of now it appears it’s a lose-lose situation at the Southern Border.

As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, a rancher in Arizona was previously charged with first degree murder after he took matters into his own hands after he noticed several illegal immigrants trespass on his ranch in Kino Springs, Arizona.


Arizona Rancher Charged with First-Degree Murder For Fatally Shooting Illegal Alien on His Property Posts $1 Million Bond, Released From Custody


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Jordan Neely 2.0: Passengers Intervene as Security Struggles to Contain Aggressive Individual Who was Threatening People on CTA Blue Line Grand Station in Chicago (VIDEO)

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 23:00

A chaotic scene unfolded at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line Grand Station in West Town as passengers took matters into their own hands when security personnel were unable to contain an aggressive individual threatening fellow commuters.

A video posted by @ChicagoCritter showed security personnel macing a shirtless man reportedly following a fight at the Grand Blue Line station.

The aggressor, whose motives remain unknown at this time, reportedly began threatening other passengers.

As security personnel struggled to control the situation, one courageous man jumped right behind the aggressor, held him in a chokehold, and others followed suit.

There are no additional details about the incident at this time. If you have more information, please email

Seems there are a lot of Jordan Neelys across blue cities in America. The mainstream media will not cover this, since his assailants were all black.


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NAACP Warns African Americans to Avoid Florida Due to Perceived “Hostility to Black Americans, People of Color, and LGBTQ Individuals”

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 22:40

The NAACP, a former civil rights group, warned black Americans to avoid Florida in a recent statement.

The NAACP claims Florida is “openly hostile to black Americans, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals.”

The former civil rights group released this statement on Saturday.
They’re very angry that they won’t teach critical race theory and push anti-white hatred in the state.

Today, the NAACP Board of Directors issued a formal travel advisory for the state of Florida. The travel advisory comes in direct response to Governor Ron DeSantis’ aggressive attempts to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools.

The formal travel notice states, “Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color.”

“Let me be clear – failing to teach an accurate representation of the horrors and inequalities that Black Americans have faced and continue to face is a disservice to students and a dereliction of duty to all,” said NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson. “Under the leadership of Governor Desantis, the state of Florida has become hostile to Black Americans and in direct conflict with the democratic ideals that our union was founded upon. He should know that democracy will prevail because its defenders are prepared to stand up and fight. We’re not backing down, and we encourage our allies to join us in the battle for the soul of our nation.”

That’s pretty awful. And not a lick of truth to it.

Do they really expect people to listen to this crap?  To they really think black Americans will skip Disney in the summer and Miami Beach for spring break?

The Daily Loud reported.

The NAACP has issued a travel advisory for Florida, warning African Americans not to go there.

— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) May 21, 2023

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Chuck Todd Floats ‘Church Committee’ Style Investigation Into FBI After Fallout From Durham Report (VIDEO)

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 22:20

NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on Sunday finally admitted the American people have lost trust in the FBI.

Special Counsel John Durham on Monday released his final report concluding the FBI had no verified intel when it opened the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into Trump in 2016.

Durham blasted Hillary Clinton for her “plan to stir up a scandal against US Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the Democratic National Committee.”

The FBI dropped four investigations into Hillary and Bill Clinton ahead of the 2016 while the Bureau and the entire might of the US government was bearing down on Trump.

The FBI was investigating claims the Clinton Foundation was a hub of “criminal activity,” according to a review by The New York Post.

It turns out the FBI investigations into the Clintons were all for show.

Chuck Todd floated a ‘Church Committee‘ style investigation into the FBI after John Durham revealed the Bureau abused its power.

“It feels like we’re in the moment that we need a real Church Committee…like when the J. Edgar Hoover FBI clearly was no longer helping the American people, there was a moment — this feels like we might be in one of those moments…” Chuck Todd said to Symone Sanders.


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NYC ‘Crackdown’ on Shoplifting Makes It Easier to Be a First-Time Offender, Thieves Will Have Kiosks In-Store

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 20:20

Five months after New York City Mayor Eric Adams convened a summit to battle shoplifting, the city’s plan to stop retail theft was unveiled to shrugs and eye-rolling last week.

The plan calls for installing kiosks in stores so that thieves who are reaching for something to steal can connect with social services programs instead, Adams announced on his website.

First-timers would not be prosecuted under the Adams plan. Instead, they would enter intervention programs. De-escalation training would be offered to retail workers who might otherwise try to stop a theft in progress. Neighborhood retail theft watch groups would be formed so retailers could tell each other when they were robbed and inform the police.

“So when people come in that were just about to steal, they won’t because they realize that stealing is a source of a different problem for them. So they’re going to use the kiosk to access social services. I’m sorry, but that’s just a pipe dream,” Ralph Cilento, a retired NYPD Lieutenant Commander of Detectives and an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal College said, according to WNYW-TV.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams just unveiled his new plan to combat skyrocketing retail theft in the city.

These are not serious people.

— AG (@AGHamilton29) May 20, 2023

Cilento said Adams was driven by the need “to satisfy his liberal base, which I understand he has to do.”

He said the policies will not fix the problem.

“Shoplifters need to be caught and prosecuted,” he said. “That’s the end game.”

The plan has a separate strand for repeat offenders.

Michael Lepetri, the NYPD’s Chief of Crime Control Strategies, told WNTW, “250 people in 2023 have been arrested almost 2500 times, again, that’s 30 percent. Who are these people? 52 percent are convicted felons.”

However, there is no enforcement arm in the steps against repeat offenders, which include forming a task force, better communication about incidents, new mechanisms to submit complaints that could be used if local district attorneys want to prosecute the cases and efforts to limit sales of stolen goods.

“I don’t think they want to deal with it,” Republican Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny told the New York Post. “They are all afraid of the progressives.”

Republican Assemblyman Michael Tannousis said that unless state lawmakers end the revolving door the justice system has become, nothing will change.

“I believe that in order for any type of substantive impact, any type of such an impact in regards to the retail steps would have to come from the [state] legislature,” he said.

“It would have to allow judges to be able to set bail on repeat offenders and increase their discretion. And any type of plan that the mayor puts forth, although it may be well-intentioned, is going to be at a significant disadvantage because our judges do not have the discretion to be able to set bail, or detain someone that continuously commits these types of crimes.”

In an editorial, the New York Post savaged the plan:

“We get why Mayor Eric Adams’ new anti-shoplifting plan is so pathetically lame: It seems like state lawmakers have left him without no sticks available. So he’s resorting to limp carrots — the pabulum (early intervention, diversion services, conflict resolution) that progressives keep peddling.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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“Of Course No One Will Blame Me!” – Joe Biden Blasts Peter Doocy on Debt Ceiling Talks and Looming Default (VIDEO)

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 19:20

Joe Biden on Sunday held a press conference in Hiroshima, Japan after meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, Japanese PM Kishida Fumio and South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol.

Of course he called on a list of pre-approved reporters.

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked Biden if he will be clamed if the US defaults.

Debt ceiling talks are on hold over “unreasonable” White House demands as a default looms.

Joe Biden waited 97 days to engage in debt ceiling talks with House Speaker McCarthy and other congressional leaders.

We are days away from the US government defaulting and Joe Biden refuses to budge after House Republicans passed a resolution.

Biden cut his Japan trip short to address the looming default.

“Do you think that if there is a [debt ceiling] breach, nobody is going to blame you?” Peter Doocy asked Biden.

“Of course no one will blame me. I know you won’t. You’ll be saying Biden did a wonderful job!” Biden said. “On the merits, based on what I’ve offered, I would be blameless.”

It’s never Biden’s fault. Just ask Biden.


Watch: Biden spars with Fox’s Peter Doocy: “Of course no one will blame me” if there’s a debt ceiling breach. “I know you won’t. You’ll be saying ‘Biden did a wonderful job.’.. On the merits, based on what I’ve offered, I would be blameless.”

— TV News Now (@TVNewsNow) May 21, 2023

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Ex-Elementary School Teacher Facing Molestation Charges For Licking Boy’s Feet Has Been Re-Arrested for Targeting Another Child While on Bond

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 19:00

A former elementary school teacher’s aide in Georgia arrested for licking a boy’s feet at a trampoline park and molesting several children at the school has been re-arrested for approaching another child about his feet.

Caurey Rollins, 26, a former aide at Glenn Hills Elementary School in Richmond County was released on bond while awaiting trial for child molestation on May 8.

Eleven days later, on May 17, Rollins was arrested again after driving up to a 12-year-old boy playing basketball in his driveway and asking him to see his feet.

The Augusta Press reports, “From his white Camaro, Rollins got the boy’s attention and showed his phone with a photo of boy’s feet. He asked the child if his feet looked like ones in the photo. The boy said no, and the suspect asked the boy if he could see them. The victim said no and ran inside his home, a sheriffs report says.

“The boy’s mother had heard about a similar situation and looked up the story on Rollins from a news report. Her son identified Rollins as the man in the white Camaro,” the report continued.

The disgraced educator was already facing eight counts of child molestation in Richmond County.

He is facing seven counts of child molestation involving three fourth-grade female students at the school during the fall semester and one indictment related to him licking the toes of a little boy at an Urban Air trampoline park in January.

The Augusta Press reported at the time of the January arrest that “the victim was brought to the park by his friends’ mother. He was allegedly approached by Rollins and the suspect ‘tickled his feet, asked him to remove his socks and eventually licked both of the victim’s feet,’ a sheriff’s report says. A warrant says Rollins did the licking while ‘displaying his phone’ with the flashlight activated.”

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Asylum-Seeker Arrested in New York City After Leaving Her Newborn Baby Boy in Bathroom Trash Can

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 18:00

A migrant woman who came to the United States from Mexico about ten months ago was arrested in New York City after leaving her newborn baby boy in a bathroom trash can.

The migrant is in the United States seeking asylum.

Lucia Garcia, 21, was covered in blood when she was arrested at Staten Island University Hospital just after 1 a.m. on Saturday.

Police arrived at the hospital lobby after Garcia was spotted by an NYPD officer who was working security.

“The officers and a member of the hospital’s cleaning crew then heard a baby’s cries, and found the infant, who was taken to a Manhattan hospital in stable condition,” the New York Post reports. “The woman’s father, Ambrosio Garcia, 41, said he had brought her to the hospital Friday night because she wasn’t feeling well but that she insisted she wasn’t pregnant and had been hiding her condition from him.”

The woman’s father maintains that she had told him she had her period to explain why she was covered in blood.

“She said she had her period when she came out of the bathroom,” Garcia told the Post through tears. “She had a lot of blood on her.”

“Then police went into the bathroom, and another man to clean it. There was a baby boy in there that they found in the trash can.”

The baby is said to be healthy despite being discarded in a trash can. She was 32 weeks pregnant when he was born.

“Somebody came and told me that the baby was living [last night] and he was well,” the woman’s father said. “That she had put him in the trash. I would love to have a grandchild — it would be my first grandchild.”

Garcia has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.

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“President Loon” Biden Rambles Incoherently About South Korean President, Taxes, Global Warming During Presser in Japan (VIDEO)

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 17:20

Joe Biden on Sunday held a press conference in Hiroshima, Japan after meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, Japanese PM Kishida Fumio and South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol.

Biden arrived in Japan last Thursday to participate in the G7 Summit.

Biden’s press conference on Sunday was a total disaster even though he called on a list of pre-approved reporters.

80-year-old Joe Biden rambled incoherently about taxes, global warming and F-16s while answering a reporter’s question.


Joe Biden also referred to South Korean President Yoon Suk Yoel as “President Loon” shortly after participating in a trilateral engagement with him and the Prime Minister of Japan.

“I’ve spoken at length with President Loon of South Korea,” Biden said.

Another embarrassment on the world stage.


Joe Biden mispronounces the name of South Korea's president YOON Suk Yoel.

"I've spoken at length with President Loon of South Korea."

— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) May 21, 2023

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A New Meaning for Sedition and the Death of Free Speech: Conversations with Three Defense Attorneys about Media Misrepresentation and Potential Consequences of the Proud Boys Trial

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 17:00

Guest Post By Shawn Bradley Witzemann, Condemned USA

Camper Trailer, Missouri — It’s been a full week since the Proud Boys trial concluded with another long list of convictions secured by the same Department of Justice that can’t seem to pin anything on the Biden Crime Family. In the aftermath of the proceedings, it appears the regime’s quest to rid the United States of all MAGA extremists seems to be hitting its stride. The proceedings laid bare the true face of a weaponized justice system — a now well-oiled machine where the ends justify the means — hell-bent on doing whatever it takes to put Donald Trump behind bars.

Although there were small wins in the case of Dominic Pezzola (not guilty on the charge of Seditious Conspiracy and a hung jury on the charge of Conspiracy to Obstruct an Official Proceeding), any minimal taste of victory that might have been enjoyed was left bittersweet by the egregious convictions of four others who’d been ensnared by a politically motivated show trial.

Enrique Tarrio, Ethan Nordean, Joe Biggs, and Zachary Rehl were each found guilty on counts one through six (Seditious Conspiracy, Conspiracy to Obstruct and Official Proceeding, Obstruction of an Official Proceeding, Conspiracy to Prevent Officials from Discharging Duties, Impeding Officers During Civil Disorder, Destruction of Property Fence), there were hung juries on counts seven through eight (Destruction of Property Window, Assaulting Officers by Throwing Water Bottles), and the four were found not guilty on count nine (Assaulting Officers by Taking Riot Shield); a charge which was laid squarely at the feet of Pezzola.

To better understand the variety of issues at play, I spoke with three of the defense attorneys who endured a full five months of legal warfare. I wanted to know what their experiences were. I wanted to know how it had affected their thinking about justice in America. I wanted to know what the jury’s findings might mean for our future and whether there were any lessons that might be gleaned from our past.

Independent Press or the Lack Thereof
A Screenshot of NBC News’ April 25th headline.


One might assume that with the future of the Republic at stake, the so-called “Fourth Branch of Government” would be in an uproar over the implications of these convictions. Unfortunately, in continuation of the wave of propaganda that led to the trumped-up charges against five American men, the corporate press remains eager to keep selling the big lie to a disturbingly susceptible public.

“The coverage was always so different than the actual proceedings,” Pezzola Defense Attorney Roger Roots explained, “The headline was ‘Proud Boys Blame Trump for Everything They Did’ or something. I had been there the day that they were reporting and literally, that was based on one line from what I can recall from the Tarrio team…Our team for Pezzola never said that, yet that’s how they reported the story. It goes to show you what they want the story to be.”

While focusing all blame for criminality on Trump and reinforcing the pre-written narrative, corporate media only solidified their disservice to the public. Attorney Steve Metcalf, Roots’ partner in Pezzola’s defense, seemed jaded during our conversation — largely uninterested in discussing the role of the media.

“I’d see these people every day,” Metcalf stated, “They were in a media room, and every once in a while, out of the blue, they would come and talk to me.”

With all of his attention focused on the hours of work to be done out of court each evening, Metcalf said he didn’t see much of what was being written about the trial. He kept engagement to a minimum.

“Part of my job is to know who these people are,” explained Metcalf, “And if I wanted to talk to them about something, I would talk to them. It reached a point where they, every single one of them, would approach me every day when they saw me.”

Likely influenced by his many years of defending Alex Jones, Norm Pattis initially echoed Metcalf’s apparent disinterest.

“Candidly, I didn’t look at much of it,” Pattis explained, “I learned a long time ago that reading press coverage of your trial is a waste of time. It always irritates you because the press focuses on the most dramatic moments of the day. After all, that’s the best story, but it leaves out the nuance in the context.”

In the era of short-form journalism and sensational headline news, nuance is an incredibly difficult thing to capture — or sell. Acutely aware of the infowars being plaid out each day on Twitter while he was busy defending his client, Joe Biggs, Pattis was nonetheless disturbed by the nature of a business consumed by propaganda. In defiance of the most noble aspirations of the craft, a large majority of journalists parrot talking points for a paycheck —perfectly content with sucking up to power.

“Prior to trial and in general, my sense is that people have portrayed Proud Boys and the January 6th people as something other than what they are,” Pattis explained, “The Proud Boys are not a group of white supremacists. They’re not a hate group. People who went to protest on January 6th aren’t violent extremists engaged in insurrection. There was a riot, and people were concerned. Whether rightly or wrongly, they thought the election had been stolen. And they came to Washington because they cared about the Republic. And for this, they’ve been demonized. And to me, it’s deeply, deeply, deeply distressing. And to the degree the press is bought into that narrative, shame on the press. These are the sort of people who’d be rooting for the British in 1776 saying, ‘Hey, you know, what’s a little tax on Tea?’.”

In an environment where coverage options remain minimal, the public was left to follow along with their choice of more left-leaning, state-cozy media. Independent media coverage was derived from the daily live tweeting of only two journalists: Brandi Buchman and Roger Parloff. Their work would form the basis of everyone’s understanding — fueling contempt-soaked snippets from the left, and outrage headlines from the right — all part of an extremely awkward dance in a disappointingly niche market.

Although I personally felt that Parloff delivered the best coverage, some of my colleagues were shocked at my assessment, and Roots was much less than impressed.

“The only reason Parloff is followed at all is because he reports every 15 minutes or every five minutes in some cases. But he’s terrible — totally biased, and he misses a lot of important things,” Roots explained, “He was not there the day that the most important testimony happened, and I was cross-examining a guy named McCumber —the US House of Representatives Deputy Clerk. I got him to say on the stand that Congress could have kept proceeding. Now that, to me, should have been the headline in the New York Times. That goes directly to an element that the government requires to prove in the 1512 (Obstruction) count, which, to me, was an admission of one element not being met. And it didn’t even make the newspaper.”

Unfortunately, Roots’ criticisms provide no excuses for a largely disinterested “conservative” media — a disgrace to the notion that they hold the high ground in the battle to retain our liberties. It’s easy to point out the flaws of the left-leaning journalists who provided coverage of the trial, but the fact remains that Conservative INC showed little to no interest in the proceedings. Apparently, a 4 1/2-month trial in which the government criminalizes free speech doesn’t sell as much knock-off Viagra as fat men twerking in front of children during drag queen story-time.

Excuses abound for the absence of appropriate interest. Norm Pattis believes fear is involved.

“I don’t know if it’s because the Oathkeepers trial took all the steam out of it for subsequent trials, but I also think people are afraid,” Pattis attempted to reason, “I think that suddenly the Justice Department has weaponized itself against dissent. And if you cheer for the wrong team, will you invite an audit from one of those 80,000 new armed IRS agents? I sense a lot of fear out there, a lot of reluctance, I think, to the degree that these prosecutions had the either intended or unintended effect of chilling free speech.”

Democracy: Dying in Darkness

In the age of instant gratification, with endless choices of entertainment, some might be surprised to learn that there’s no public access to the most important trials of our lifetime. Although Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to allow television cameras into federal courtrooms, transparency in J6 cases has been severely lacking. While information continues to be withheld from each jury, conspiracy theories of all manner are festering through the media, and the need for public hearings is greater than ever.

“I agree with the Right to a public trial,” Metcalf said when asked if he would support the legislation, “There were a lot of sealed sessions in this case that people should have known about. If there ever was a case that should have been filmed, I feel like this case (was the one).”

Roger Roots was even less hesitant with his response to the idea.

“We need more cameras. The more cameras in the courtroom, the better,” he stated frankly, “The fact that federal courts are this dark area where the public can’t see what’s going on allows for the government to have so much overreach and tyranny in the courtroom. They couldn’t get away with what they do. If there were cameras in the courtroom,”

In what became a common theme in his contributions to our discussion, Norm Pattis took a more measured approach.

“You know, maybe until a year ago, I was not a fan of cameras in the court. I thought they might be distracting,” Pattis explained as he elaborated on his newfound position, “I think that it would be helpful to have cameras in the court so that if people wanted to get a complete view, they could.”

He was less than enthusiastic about any potential for meaningful impact, however, — seemingly conscious of a very fickle, consumer-driven society with an attention span molded by 15-second videos on TikTok.

“I’m not sure how many people will take the time to do so,” he said, “For example, the Proud Boys case was four and a half months long. Most people have lives to live, you know, so how are they going to choose what to watch? And sometimes the legal proceedings can be dry as dust, but I think the public should have a right to see it, and they should be televised so that people can choose for themselves.”

It’s hard to argue with Pattis’ logic. Considering the way people have paid attention so-far, it does seem dubious to place unfounded faith in a disenchanted public. Roots, on the other hand, thinks the trial would’ve been must-see TV.

“Look at the state courts,” he explained, “Most state court proceedings are videoed. Some of the most important trials in history at the state level are televised live. The O.J. Simpson trial was televised live. And you think about the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and Johnny Depp’s lawsuit televised live, and the American people really like to follow this stuff.”

Roots went on to describe a situation at trial where so many of the facts remained secret and under seal — echoing Metcalf’s reasoning and explaining that people aren’t getting any sense of reality.

“(The Press) can’t even take pictures. The American people don’t even know what these people in the courtroom look like,” he complained while describing the 18th-century reporting, “It’s still being done with sketch artists…are you kidding me? Everyone should be able to see these people and what they say and the way they talk and everything.”

It remains to be seen if televised federal courtrooms will be allowed — or whether they will have any impact on public perception — but with Chief Judge James Boasberg’s recent decision to end telephonic access to criminal proceedings in D.C. Courtrooms have only gotten darker.

A Proud Boy Falls on His Shield
Dominic Pezzola on January 6, 2021

In the days following the announcement of the verdicts, Vice News ran public relations for the D.C. Judiciary with the assistance of Juror Andre Mundel. who said that it was missing text messages which sealed the case for conspiracy. It’s only fitting for a case that was made through suppression of evidence would come to be decided by a jury based on what they couldn’t see.

“I think that was unfortunate,” Pattis remarked, “To the degree that they drew inferences of guilt from the absence of evidence in the absence of any other evidence, that’s an impermissible inference in my view. And it’s tragic.”

As the prosecution’s presentation of their keystone evidence, a document known as the “1776 Returns”, was exposed as an absolute fraud. The jury leaned into their prejudice and miraculously extracted guilty verdicts from the void.

“They played detective, looking to complete a narrative they’d already decided upon,” Pattis explained, “There was no conspiracy to engage in sedition. There was no plan. There was no understanding. This jury went out of their way to find one, which I think reflects their bias.”

The Vice story went on to report that Pezzola was spared a conviction of seditious conspiracy because the jury viewed him as being somehow unintelligent — he “may not have been bright enough to really know about the plan”.

Roots described the pompous characterization as ridiculous. He redirected the conversation to the facts.

“Honestly, I think several factors worked for Pezzola,” he explained, “He took the stand, and I think the jury rewarded him for his courage. And he was frank, and I think he came off as relatively honest.”

Although many believe Pezzola fell on his proverbial sword (or shield, in this case), desiring to secure acquittals for his fellow defendants on the conspiracy charges, the verdicts suggested a complete rejection of reality by the D.C. jury. Pezzola was honest, the jury was not.

“I think they’re all not guilty,” Roots stated while positing that the rest of the defendants may have been better served by taking the stand in their defense, “Pezzola admitted he broke one pane of glass. He didn’t say he was perfect, and that’s another thing I think the jury understood. All these guys should have taken the stand and said, ‘Hey, I made some mistakes, but I didn’t commit these crimes I’m accused of.’”

It remains anyone’s guess as to whether more honesty would’ve had an impact on the jury, but it was never a strategy to make Pezzola “take the fall”. Pattis pushed back at the idea altogether.

“What you had were five or actually eight lawyers, all with very independent minds,” he explained, “At times, the defense was not coordinated at all. I think that Steve Metcalf did a fantastic job on behalf of Pezzola.”

Metcalf described an intense battle for truth as the reason why he and Roots were able to secure acquittals on the charges of conspiracy for Pezzola:

“I killed myself to get Dom out of conspiracy, and Roger was right there with me all along.”

But he described his disappointment in the verdicts on two other charges. First and foremost, in his mind, was the felony charge for breaking a window.

“All I wanted was the misdemeanor because there’s no way that that window was over a thousand dollars,” he explained, “As petty as it is, it comes down to money. It was a thousand dollars. It was two panes of glass, and their own experts said that their calculation was off. They didn’t even have a specific number for that window. So, $774.00 was the number that they came up with. That was garbage. I thought they would’ve seen through that. Then number two, Dom (Pezzola) broke one of the panes, not two. Another guy broke the other pane, and he did it before Dom got there, and they don’t even know who that guy was. They should have given him a misdemeanor for that.”

The other point of contention was the robbery of a Capitol Police riot shield, which Pezzola had received without violence as the crowd was attacked by police. Even with expert testimony from Stephen Hill, describing the improper and excessive use of these weapons, Pezzola’s defense was unable to secure an acquittal. As with any reading of the law, specific details matter — unless a D.C. jury is deciding a January 6th case.

“Roger and I fought for permanently deprived language under the robbery statute,” he explained, “We had a video of him returning the damn shield to the US Capitol police. What the hell was he gonna do with this thing? Bring it home? Like, hang it up on his wall? So, we had permanently deprived language in the robbery statute. We had theft, lesser included. That would’ve been a misdemeanor right there. And I had self-defense. They had three outs on the robbery. Three outs, and they didn’t take any of them.”

Coming to Terms With Bias in D.C.
Judge Kelly being sworn in at his 2017 confirmation hearing.


Anyone who followed the trial knows how hard the defense attorneys fought for justice. Although Roots and many others have complaints about the reporting from Roger Parloff, a simple reality was shown in his work: many of the jurors held deeply biased opinions going into the trial. In fact, as has been shown through the work of Condemned USA, the district is almost entirely rigged against January 6th defendants.

“I can’t even believe the jury pool. It’s so bad,” Roots said while describing the somewhat hopeless odds faced by J6 defendants, “These are people who are Democrat activists. They hate Trump. They hate anything Trump ever stood for when Trump came to Washington with his administration. Every single member of these juries is a federal employee, or they live in households with federal employees…It’s not supposed to be political, but it is.”

Unfortunately, the bias in D.C. doesn’t end with the jurors. Not only did Judge Timothy Kelly deny a very reasonable motion for a change of venue, but he also seemingly did everything in his power to prevent an already biased jury from being made aware of the many abuses that plagued the Proud Boys’ trial. Had they been presented with a more complete picture, perhaps a miracle might have occurred. With Judge Kelly presiding, however, the jury never had a chance. It was he who kept the deck stacked against justice.

“The judge pretty much let the government put on almost any evidence it wanted to and then stopped us from putting on evidence that would’ve directly rebutted it,” Roots explained, “I’ll give you an example—the window: Pezzola was convicted of breaking a window over a thousand dollars value. We had an expert witness ready to go. This is a guy that puts in windows. He installs windows. He is an expert on window valuation, and he would’ve testified that it was under a thousand dollars in damage. The judge would not let him take the stand.”

Pattis pointed out that Judge Kelly is a former employee of the Department of Justice, a fact that lends even more insight to the egregiously prejudicial rulings of the court. One might think that a former public integrity prosecutor would be inclined to ensure integrity through a balanced approach to his decisions. Still, the reality flew in the face of all reason.

“Judge Kelly’s rulings broke in favor of the government almost always,” Pattis explained, “It was depressing. It was distressing. It got to be a sort of side joke among the defendants.”

All agreed that the “tools theory” was an absolute disaster — an insult to every reasonable understanding of what constitutes a conspiracy.

“The tools theory allowed for a completely different set of circumstances and various pieces of evidence to come in the court,” Metcalf lamented, “They had the lowest bar as to how to establish or make these guys look like they were responsible for virtually everything. They changed conspiracy jurisprudence by allowing this theory to take place in this trial, and that will be a huge, huge appellate issue.”

Pattis reiterated the insanity of D.C. as Judge Kelly allowed for the spontaneous change of meaning for “conspiracy” — a word that can easily be found in Daniel Webster’s dictionary.

“The notion that somehow these men could be held responsible for the acts of others who they allegedly used as tools, we argued strenuously against that,” Pattis recounted, “We thought the judge gave an over-broad definition of conspiracy, making it possible for the jury to conclude that there could be an instantaneously formed conspiracy at the barricade.”

In a trial consistently marked by both judicial and juror bias, it was yet another frustrating turn of events for the entire team of attorneys. Time and again, efforts to paint a complete picture filled with exculpatory testimony and other withheld evidence were inexplicably slapped down by Judge Kelly.

“Just look at the evidence that was allowed in,” Metcalf resounded while asking for a reason, “If you go through day in, day out, objection after objection, the defense making valid scenarios and legal points. It got to a point where I sat down, and I was like, ‘What am I even doing this for?’”

Metcalf certainly wasn’t alone in the demoralization experiences.

“The cumulative effect made it feel very much as though we had another prosecutor,” Pattis explained, “This one wearing a robe.”

There was little improvement as the trial moved into jury instructions. Broad leeway was given and more language was redefined.

“The jury instructions overwhelmingly favored the prosecution,” explained Roots, “Look at the 1512 count, obstruction of an official proceeding. It requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt of corrupt intention. The government tries to interpret the word “corrupt” to mean “unlawful”, so the government’s position on jury instructions is just the mere fact that they committed any unlawful act to obstruct an official proceeding is enough to convict. And that’s a 20-year federal prison statute.”

In a trial that saw the release of the January 6th Select Committee Report released at the same time as jury selection, Steven Metcalf explained how everything seemed to be timed perfectly for the government.

“As we’re doing the jury instructions, the appellate division comes back with a three-way split,” Metcalf said while describing how the 1512 Obstruction charge was originally dismissed, “That threw a monkey wrench into everything and basically overturned the dismissal.”

According to Metcalf, the ruling led to more confusion and muddied waters, just as the jury prepared to move into deliberation. Defense Attorneys scrambled to apply a fresh, hundred-page opinion with a multitude of ways to be interpreted. The chaos was far too perfectly timed for Metcalf to suspend his disbelief any further.

“I don’t believe in coincidences,” he explained, “There was too much that happened during the course of this trial that was planned out. Way too perfect. It was disgusting.”

Novel Conspiracies, Theories, and Entrapment
Ray Epps at the Capitol on January 6, 2021


Through the Proud Boys’ conviction, conspiracy theories have found room to expand into areas where not even flat-earthers have dared to tread. No longer is an actual plan needed — not even a conversation. According to the government, a conspiracy can be created in real-time, furiously plotted through the unspoken hopes and dreams of whomever they’ve deemed guilty of engaging in wrong-think.

“It’s unbelievable,” Roger Roots lamented, “The jury was instructed in such a way that every marcher could have been convicted of the same conspiracy charge. Every person in D.C. on January 6th — every protestor — could equally be convicted of conspiracy.”

While the government has no problem with weakening the strength of evidence required to constitute a Proud Boy conspiracy, evidence suggests that the standard is being selectively applied. Two years after Ray Epps was identified, encouraging crowds to “go into the Capitol”, the government remains seemingly uninterested in those particular conspiracy theories. As a result, questions remain as to whether there’s any validity to claims that he was acting as some sort of agent provocateur.

“We never got to the bottom of Ray Epps,” Roots explained, “The government constantly says that the door is closed. The most they ever did was say that Ray Epps was not an FBI informant. Well, that’s not the end of the inquiry because there are so many other agencies, and the way they’ve answered the question is always very specific in their wording.”

Even though Epps was central to activity at the initial breach, whispering in Ryan Samsel’s ear, Judge Kelly wasn’t interested in enforcing a subpoena that would have forced Epps to testify.

“I had a subpoena out for Ray Epps with my signature on it,” Roots explained, “We had a process server trying to serve him. Treniss Evans and Condemned USA was helping to pay for that while Epps was dodging service in this case. And then he (Epps) went on ‘60 Minutes’ during the trial. So ‘60 Minutes’ was able to find him, but our process server wasn’t.”

Much of the information brought forward, exposing known FBI confidential human sources and undercover law enforcement, went largely untested due to Judge Kelly’s rulings. For whatever reason, the government emphatically refused to be forthcoming.

“They won’t answer the follow-up questions about other agencies,” said Roots.

With dodged subpoenas, unanswered questions, and dozens of unidentified individuals in the mix, many continue to allege the idea of a “Fedsurrection” and the potential for an entrapment defense.

Still, the ever-pragmatic Norm Pattis says the concept of federal orchestration doesn’t add up in his mind.

“I know that some of my colleagues on the defense thought it was orchestrated, but I don’t,” he explained while referring back to known facts and cautioning against wild speculation, “I think there were a lot of angry people milling about, and it was like a soccer riot. At one point, the crowd snapped, and others followed, and they acted out of their discontent and their rage.”

Metcalf believes the true story of federal involvement is that even with entire squadrons of informants, not a single one was able to report any plans of sedition being made by Proud Boys:

“If there was an agreement or if there was any conspiracy, these guys would’ve known it and would’ve reported it immediately. There was no reporting of any agreement or any conspiracy or anything having to do with January 6th,” he explained.

“They did everything they possibly could to fight,” Metcalf said while beginning to laugh, “They had a whole team as like a cleanup crew. They would give us very limited information. We found out people were CHSs in the middle of the trial. We found out that people were CHSs towards the end of the trial. It was a freaking joke. That was their protective zone. That was when they started to sweat. So I know that there’s more to the story than what we were even entitled to and what we even got as the defense attorneys on this. So that chapter is yet to be closed.”

The government’s response doesn’t inspire trust, efforts to find answers were turned into a clown-show, and the rumor mill will likely be running at full capacity for the foreseeable future. But despite what many January 6th Defendants or anyone else may believe about the extent of federal involvement that day, it remains doubtful that a successful case can be built around an entrapment defense.

“Entrapment is not there just yet,” Metcalf cautioned, “I was barely able to get self-defense as a jury instruction which means that the entrapment would never work out as a defense on these cases.”

“People just throw around the word entrapment, not knowing the definition,” he continued, “For entrapment, there had to be no predisposition to do something. Now, in here, these guys obviously had, were predisposed to protesting, to demonstrating, Right? That’s what they did. That’s how they got heard. That’s how they got known. So, there’s a predisposition there, but there is no predisposition to commit a crime like to actively go against one’s government. That’s the big point. But I don’t know if it’s enough to be an entrapment scenario.”

Although Pattis acknowledges a government presence, he remains skeptical about the idea of entrapment.

“There were a lot of confidential informants embedded in the group, and some of them participated, but I don’t think anybody in the government got up one day and said, ‘let’s do this to entrap these people’,” he explained, “I just don’t think that’s the case.”

Yellow Brick Roadmaps to the Grift That Never Was
Treniss Evans, Condemned USA Founder


Interestingly enough, a recent barrage of accusations of impropriety may be more telling about government corruption interference in first amendment activity than anything that happened on January 6th. Within the relatively close-knit circle of January 6th defendants, their legal counsel, and those pushing for awareness and funding, it’s become commonplace to see one person or another claiming that people are profiting from these cases. Some say the entire thing is a scam.

“I’ve seen it from every angle, and it’s sad because it’s almost like it’s a planned,” Roger Roots remarked, “If you followed the COINTELPRO history, they did the same thing to the Black Panthers in the 1970s. They did the same thing to the American Indian movement. They did the same thing to the Civil Rights movement, where government operatives would get inside those movements and start spreading vicious rumors that someone’s cheating on someone’s wife and someone’s stealing money. I’m not saying that’s what all of it is, but you know, when people nitpick over fundraising, I say God bless the other group if they’re raising money, I want them to raise money.”

Steve Metcalf’s response was straight from New York.

“Let me tell you something right now,” he fired back at the question, “My practice is volume, and it’s big cases, and it’s nonstop every single day. All five boroughs. The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan. I barely go to Staten Island, Long Island, and sometimes up north. If the money is right, I got homicides out all the way up to Buffalo. So, my practice is fluid. Every day doesn’t stop. My wife is my partner. My wife could only handle so much. We had just hired a new associate at the time, Sierra Santiago, who used to work for us and was a student of my wife, who my wife used to teach at St. John’s. So, we’re in a transitional period. I’m going through a lot. I need a lot of help.”

“There was no money,” Metcalf continued emphatically, “and a serious obligation and commitment that had to be made. Roger Roots flew out three days later, no questions asked, just did what he had to do, jumped on a plane, and met me in D.C. It blew my mind.”

“Who came to bat for me?” he rhetorically asked, “Condemned USA.”

As Metcalf went on to explain the realities of taking on a federal government with endless resources became apparent.

“This trial was predicted to only last a month and a half,” he explained, “Then two months, turned to three months. Three months turned into four months. I couldn’t devote time to anything else. This was intense. So now I’m out there with no money. Now no money to some people is, you could think, ‘Oh yeah, he’s working for free’. No. No money to me means I lose money on a daily basis to the tune of 20 to $30,000 a month.”

Still, he continued.

“Think about that. I was dying financially. My wife supported me and said, ‘Steve, you gotta do what you gotta do’. But no one ever thought that we were gonna wipe out our entire savings on this. The only people who actually came to bat was Condemned USA. I had promises here, promises there, promises here, promises there. I don’t want to get into the details on that, but Condemned USA came to bat, without question, on a daily basis. So, anything about grifting — that’s a bunch of crap.”

“There’s no way that Dominic Pezzola’s defense could have been run anywhere as effectively. And there’s no way I could have lasted this marathon. This was a marathon,” he explained, “I had to treat it that way. And Norm told me that in the beginning. He’s like, ‘Steve, this is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. You gotta last. And you gotta do what you can to freaking last’. There’s no way I would’ve lasted the marathon without Condemned USA.”

A slightly less exuberant Norm Pattis addressed many of the same challenges as his colleagues.

“I was asked into the case by another council, and I said, ‘What are we gonna do about fees?’ And, the comment was, ‘There’s plenty of support out there. Don’t worry about it’.”

Unfortunately for Pattis and every other professional who devoted themselves to this case, reality showed its ugly face once again.

“I didn’t even cover my Air BnB expenses in this case, let alone be paid an attorney’s fee,” he explained, “As far as financial decisions go, this is probably one of the dumbest ones that I’ve made in my career.”

Despite the challenges, Pattis knew it was a job that needed to be done. Someone had to stand in the gap to defend liberty.

“In terms of professional satisfaction in doing the right thing, I’d do it all over again. I think these guys needed a defense,” he says.

“If there’s money out there, I don’t know who’s getting it. I don’t know where it’s going,” he said while laughing at the insinuations from a seemingly uninformed public, “Ashton Richie and Condemned USA; these folks have stepped up and helped me along the way and made it less catastrophic than it could otherwise have been. I don’t know if there are grifters. I just know if there’s a yellow brick road here, nobody gave me the map.”

With an underfunded battle at trial behind them and efforts to recover any scraps of what was lost in the trial, attorneys are now looking forward to the uphill battles to come.

“Obviously, the government’s gonna come in with proposals to sentence these guys to the max,” Roots predicted, “They just released the Stewart Rodes recommendation of 25 years…So they’ll probably do the same thing to the Proud Boys, including Pezzola.”

“Given the various arguments and requirements of sentencing in this case, I don’t expect sentences to be imposed until sometime in August or September,” Pattis explained, “Notices of appeal will be filed shortly thereafter. It’s about a 20,000-page transcript, the trial transcript. So that has to be purchased, studied, and briefs written. I don’t think a brief will be filed in this case until sometime after the first of the year in 2024. My hope and expectation, and dream, is that Judge Kelly comes to his senses and grants our post-trial motions to dismiss this case. Absent that, I think these guys are looking at a decade or more behind bars.”

Meanwhile, Pezzola, Biggs, and the rest of the Proud Boys will be forced to wait the appeals process out — behind bars and separated from their families.

Fight for the Proud Boys with Condemned USA

An Uncertain Future for a Union on the Verge
As political rhetoric heats up, Marjorie Taylor-Greene has made public calls for National Divorce.

While the lives of the Proud Boys, and thousands of others, continue to be subjected to a weaponized Department of Justice and a complicit judiciary, it’s only reasonable to consider what these rulings might lead to. Rhetoric continues to lean toward discussion of the concept of “National Divorce,” with increasing numbers of disenfranchised Americans voicing their frustration with the choices they’ve been forced to consider.

To further understand what this might mean for our future, I thought it wise to gather the thoughts of these attorneys and compare what we see now to the 1857 Supreme Court decision in the Dred Scott case — that singular representation of the last great division in our country that eventually led to a civil war.

“If they steal the 2024 election, I think the right, even the moderate right, will realize this is an absolute scam, and there’s a very real chance we will start seeing secession,” Roger Roots warned, “Polls show the majority of Republicans believe they were robbed in 2020. And by the way, at one time, one-third of Democrats believe the same thing. Now polls change a little bit over time. But even now, we’re talking about millions of Americans who believe they were robbed in 2020. So if they do it again in 2024, I could see major movements in states to secede or get away or to disempower the US government because it is not representative of the voters.”

Even in a situation where the right retakes control of the White House, Roots believes the country is primed for an era of problems. As extensively documented, the left has no issue with participating in political violence.

“I’m a card-carrying libertarian myself, so honestly, I don’t think we can get more tyrannical than we are right now. People don’t realize it,” he elaborated, “We’re borderline China level of control, the government is moving in to monitor every transaction, and the people just have put up with it for so long. I think there might be a breaking point. The Covid thing though, it was so depressing for me because people just submitted this so much, so it’s hard to say. I’m always shocked at how much people put up with, but there has to be a breaking point.”

Steve Metcalf was much less inclined to draw comparisons to the civil war era, perhaps reasonably mindful of how any discussion gets twisted by corporate media. He shifted focus toward recent divisions and how they’ve exposed all the un-mended tears in the fabric of our society.

“Just look at the term ‘seditious conspiracy’,” he explained, “I don’t think ever in our history has a seditious conspiracy been found without serious force, without serious deadly weapons. They narrowed it down to the Oathkeepers and the Proud Boys, and this is where I go back to the tools theory. The tools theory allows for someone…like Trump, people like Alex Jones.”

With left-wing media openly salivating over what this conviction means for bringing similar charges against Donald Trump, it’s tough to envision a scenario where Metcalf’s predictions turn out to be false.

“That’s next. They’re gonna come after the big fish now,” Metcalf warned, “Trump announced his candidacy. He gets indicted in Manhattan. That’s not enough. What do you think they’re gonna do? They’re gonna keep going. I called this before he lost. So what this means for the future is that they’re gonna go after big fish on this new theory of conspiracy and this new rewritten conspiracy war crap based on what happened at the Proud Boys trial…Anybody who talks to any message they have given to their own freaking mother could be used as a statement in furtherance of that conspiracy. And then anybody who shows up at a demonstration and does something wrong could be seen as a tool that he used to advance his theory or advance whatever conspiracy he wanted.”

“I just think that the laws have been rewritten,” he continued, “The precedent has been set, and anybody could be a target. It doesn’t matter who you are. And we’re only seeing the beginning of it right now. This January 6th thing is gonna hold up Washington, D.C. for the next four years. These trials are gonna keep going. People are gonna keep getting convicted, sentences are gonna keep going up and up and up, and you’re gonna have people spending decades in jail over this garbage.”

For Attorney Steven Metcalf, the future looks grim.

“And then what, and then what?” He asked, “Who’s not gonna be afraid to speak up? Who’s not gonna be afraid to say anything? The way I see it is people are afraid. When it comes down to it, you try to speak up and try to exercise your constitutional rights, your free speech, all these things that these people believed in. And that’s what our country was founded upon. And then all of a sudden, you could get the FBI running up in your house and ripping you away from your family, lose your business, lose everything you worked for. And then what? Yeah. So this is basically eliminating the opposition. Political dissent is basically gone now.”

Just as he was in his closing argument from the Proud Boys trial, Norm Pattis was once again somber while discussing his observations of the current state of our increasingly fragile union.

“I thought if a jury following the law would’ve acquitted in this case, it would’ve gone a long way to healing divisions,” he explained before cautioning against what he says is an incorrect line of questioning, “People shouldn’t be asking ‘why Donald Trump’. They shouldn’t be asking ‘why January 6th’. They should be asking, ‘What are the conditions in this country that have driven people to a sense of desperation, such that January 6th occurred, such that Donald Trump looked like a great idea as president? Why are we so divided? What’s going wrong in the country?’.”

After explaining this discussion, he believes Americans should be having, Pattis reflected on the historical record and what our country stands to lose if we can’t find a way to move past the division.

“In the Civil War era, we lost 600,000 Americans to violence in that conflict,” he explained, “But two years after a violent struggle — a war that cost 600,000 lives, almost every rebel had been repatriated in the country, united together in some hope that we could build something together. We’re still indicting people two years and a half years later for misdemeanors and threatening to do more for a riot that occurred one afternoon for several hours. There’s something broken in the country. I don’t know whether people will really mobilize in response to these trials. As you pointed out earlier, the fundraising and support for the guys has been nominal. The conservative press hasn’t paid attention. So, you know, I get the impression that these are all sunshine patriots. They like to holler a lot about the meaning of the Constitution and their sense of outrage, but they need to step forward now when it counts. These are men and women who are losing contact with their communities and their families for the ‘crime’ of believing in our founding documents and then participating in a riot. Misdemeanors are fine. For some of the more egregious offenders, a year or two, but seditious conspiracy? Using people’s political speech as proof of an intent to engage in a crime that you can’t define? This is a really, really, really dark chapter in American history, and I don’t know what the ending will be.

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Kevin McCarthy Expects FBI’s Cooperation in Releasing Crucial FD-1023 Form to Congress that Outlines Joe Biden and Foreign National Bribery Scheme (VIDEO)

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 16:45
Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has revealed that he had a phone conversation with FBI Director Chris Wray, raising hopes that the FBI will finally turn over the long-awaited FD-1023 form to Congress.

This document, as claimed by Representative James Comer, allegedly outlines a bribery scheme involving Biden and a foreign national.

Recall, the House Oversight Committee said the FBI is failing to comply with a subpoena deadline.

Chairman Comer and Senator Grassley said the FBI is withholding an unclassified FD-1023 form that describes the criminal scheme involving Joe Biden and a foreign national.

“Based on whistleblower disclosures, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation possess an unclassified FD-1023 form that describes an alleged criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions. It has been alleged that the document includes a precise description of how the alleged criminal scheme was employed as well as its purpose.” the Oversight Committee said.

“It’s clear from the FBI’s response that the unclassified record the Oversight Committee subpoenaed exists, but they are refusing to provide it to the Committee. We’ve asked the FBI to not only provide this record, but to also inform us what it did to investigate these allegations. The FBI has failed to do both. The FBI’s position is ‘trust, but you aren’t allowed to verify.’ That is unacceptable. We plan to follow up with the FBI and expect compliance with the subpoena,” said Chairman Comer.

In an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, Kevin McCarthy mentioned speaking with FBI Director Chris Wray.

While specific details of the conversation between McCarthy and Wray remain undisclosed, McCarthy expressed confidence that after the call they would get this document.

Maria asked, “You had a call with FBI Director Christopher Ray on Friday. You know that James Comer has a subpoena out for the document that he wants to see. Are you going to be able to get that document? What went on with your call with the Director of the FBI?”

“I want to be very clear with the FBI director that Congress has a right and we have the jurisdiction to oversee the FBI,” said McCarthy.

“This is one piece of paper that a chairman of a committee has requested to see. He hasn’t even acknowledged whether he has this document, but he hasn’t even provided it.”

“I explained to the director that we will do everything in our power and we have the jurisdiction over the FBI that we have the right to see this document. I believe after this call, we will get this document,” he said.


Kevin McCarthy recently had a phone call with FBI Director Chris Wray and now believes that the FBI will turn over the FD-1023 form that they have failed to turn over to Congress.

This is the doc that Comer says outlines a bribery scheme with Biden and a foreign national.

— TheStormHasArrived (@TheStormRedux) May 21, 2023

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