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WASHINGTON, DC- From the “most transparent administration in American history,” we find one item that has largely been buried by the mainstream media.
This week, the State Department announced that the World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers report, which has been published for over 50 years, will no longer be produced. As usual, that provision was buried deep inside the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2022 under Section 5114(b)(4).
Under that federal law, 22 U.S.C. 2593b, it required:
No later than December 31 of each year, the Secretary of State shall publish an unclassified report on world military expenditures and arms transfers.
Such report shall provide detailed, comprehensive, and statistical information regarding military expenditures, arms transfers, armed forces, and related economic data for each country of the world.
In addition, such report shall include pertinent in-depth analyses as well as highlights with respect to arms transfers and proliferation trends and initiatives affecting such developments.
Now, the State Department will no longer be reporting those transfers and expenditures after the language was buried inside the most recent National Defense Authorization Act.
NEW 🚨 The U.S. has announced it will no longer be publishing its military expenditures and arms transfers. https://t.co/VFI1CBatAz
— The Real Toria Brooke (@realtoriabrooke) August 25, 2022
Why would the “most transparent administration in history” want to do that? Especially at a time when the money spigot has been opened to pour tens of billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.
The announcement read:
WMEAT 2021, which the Department of State published in December 2021, is the final edition of World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers (WMEAT).
Section 5114(b)(4) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 repealed the 1994 statutory provision that required the Department of State to publish an edition of WMEAT every year.
Consistent with this repeal, the Department of State will cease to produce and publish WMEAT.
A simple Google or DuckDuckGo search for any reporting on this development comes up goose eggs. The only mainstream media source we found to report on this was a monologue by Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday.
The elimination of this important program comes as sources say that the United States is virtually unable to track what happens to the military equipment and weapons being sent to Ukraine ostensibly to fight against Vladimir Putin’s invading Russian army.
And this was four months ago, and the United States has poured many more tens of billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine since then. Yet, our southern border goes unprotected.
Meanwhile the administration doesn’t seem to be overly concerned by the lack of accountability, with a senior defense official telling CNN that the transfer of equipment to Ukraine was vital to holding off Russian aggression.
However both current and US officials and defense analysts warned that in the long-term, some of the weapons being sent to that country could end up in the hands of other militaries or militias that may be hostile to the U.S. and our allies.
“We have fidelity for a short time, but when it enters the fog of war, we have almost zero,” one source briefed on US intelligence told CNN. “It drops into a big black hole, and you have almost no sense of it at all after a short period of time.”
Meanwhile most recently, Sean O’Donnell, Acting Inspector General of the Department of Defense told Bloomberg that Ukrainian officials are not able to specify the exact location of arms and other military equipment supplied by the United States, with all of their accounting done on paper.
O’Donnell said Ukraine keeps track of all weapons using “hand receipts.”
“It’s all paper,” he said, while saying he has doubts Ukraine’s leadership has “much fidelity” as to where the arms end up.
He noted that “a lack of effective record keeping” also hindered efforts by the Pentagon to track weapons in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Meanwhile, O’Donnell acknowledged that NATO officials are “confident that the security was sufficient for the transfer of weapons.”
O’Donnell’s office also promised to investigate the spending of Ukraine-related expenditures, along with intelligence sharing agreements between the Pentagon and NATO allies, the effectiveness of training of Ukrainian forces, and possible arms sales in black markets.
For their part, Moscow has slammed the flow of weapons to Ukraine from the US and other Western countries, saying it “adds fuel to the fire.”
In addition, Russia warned in July that foreign weapons being supplied to Ukraine by the US and NATO were finding their way into illegal markets not only in Europe but also in the Middle East.
Are you wondering why the Democrat-controlled Congress suddenly decided to cut off transparency about where the US-supplied weapons were going and how much they cost? There’s your answer.
Transparency? You decide.
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WASHINGTON, DC- The “most transparent administration in American history” strikes again. Once again throwing cover for the crooked son of Joe Biden, the Treasury Department has instituted a new rule for financial document requests, a rule which has House Oversight Committee ranking member James Comer (R-KY) seething, Fox News reports.
Under the new rule, Treasury requires majority consent in Congress—in other words, votes of Democrats—to obtain Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) protected under the Bank Secrecy Act. Comer claims the new rule implemented by the Biden administration has one purpose—to protect Biden and his crooked son Hunter.
On Wednesday, Comer requested Hunter Biden’s SARs however his request was denied, with the Treasury Department claiming Comer would need Democrats to sign onto his request, a complete change in how these requests have been handled.
In a letter to feckless Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Comer claimed the Biden administration is behind stonewalling his request. SARs reports are generated by banks to flag unusual or suspicious transactions, the New York Post said and Comer noted they are meant as a hedge against money laundering.
“The Biden Administration is restricting Congress’ access to SARs, and Committee Republicans are investigating whether this change in longstanding policy is motivated by efforts to shield Hunter Biden and potentially President Biden from scrutiny,” Comer wrote.
“Though the Committee requested documents and information ‘no later than June 8, 2022,’ the Department of the Treasury has provided no documents or information.”
Comer has vowed to investigate the sleazy son of Joe Biden when Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives in the November midterms. Comer alleged that officials of the Treasury told GOP committee staffers during a June 13 phone call that the SARs would not be released unless Democrats agreed to the request.
Clearly this is a case of the administration attempting to blockade Republicans from their constitutional duty of oversight.
After Comer submitted his original request on May 25, the Treasury Department lied and told the Wall Street Journal: “Treasury has made SARs available for every request we’ve received, regardless of party, and will continue to do so.”
“It is troubling that the Biden Administration is willing to provide a false story to the media to create the appearance of transparency while continuing to thwart congressional oversight,” Comer wrote.
“Committee Republicans are committed to following the money trail—a train consisting of many complex, international transactions worth millions of dollars,” he continued. “The American people deserve to know whether the President’s connections to his son’s business deals occurred at the expense of the United States’ interests and whether they represent a national security threat.”
Comer has set a deadline of July 20 for the Treasury Department to turn over the documents.
In a statement to Fox News Digital Thursday, Comer said:
“The Biden Administration changed the rules to severely restrict Congress’ access to suspicious activity reports in the dark of night and with no explanation,” he said. “We now know Hunter Biden and other Biden family members have racked up at least 150 suspicious activity reports for their shady foreign business deals.”
“The Treasury Department’s sudden change of longstanding policy appears to be a broader pattern by the Biden Administration to run cover for Hunter Biden and possibly hide information about whether Joe Biden benefited financially from the Biden family’s business transactions,” he said. “The American people deserve answers and the Biden Administration must comply with congressional oversight.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX), also a member of the House Oversight Committee, said Treasury’s position was “unacceptable” and said the administration had been denying Comer’s SARs requests for Hunter Biden’s records for “weeks.”
“It’s simple—Hunter Biden is a threat to our national security and Americans deserve to know if hi business transactions put our country’s well-being at risk,” Fallon told Fox News Digital in a Thursday statement. “For weeks, the Biden Administration has denied Ranking Member Comer’s access to Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) surrounding Hunter Biden’s business endeavors.”
“This is unacceptable,” Fallon continued. “This administration must drop the political charade immediately and allow Congress to any bank violations that may have been made by the Biden family and their associates.”
Upon a request from Fox News Digital for comment, a spokesperson for the Treasury Department claimed that the new rule follows a standard process that had previously been in place that was more “ad hoc” in nature. They also told Fox the process is designed to ensure proper response to Congress while protecting the information’s confidentiality.
They refused to answer, however when Fox Digital asked if the new rule would remain in place for the next Republican administration. Like they have to ask.
However what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Should Republicans regain the majority in November’s elections, Democrats would require Republican support to obtain SARs and other documents currently protected under the Bank Secrecy Act.
The new rule significantly affects how Congress is able to conduct oversight on sensitive financial records, and could have long-term, negative effects on how such requests are handled in the future.
However even some Democrats are less than pleased with the new policy. For example, House Financial Services chair Maxine Waters (D-CA) has advanced a bill to committee markup in order to ensure Congress has access to such documents.
Despite Joe Biden’s denials that he had any knowledge of his son’s dirty foreign business dealings, a recently released voicemail throws that into dispute. The voicemail, recorded in 2018, indicates that Joe Biden did indeed have knowledge of Hunter Biden’s shady dealings.
For more on that, we invite you to read our recently published article.
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WASHINGTON, DC- In defense of inept White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, she is in a thankless job, continually having to conduct “cleanup at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” for the incompetent boob that currently occupies the Oval Office. With that said, she’s not nearly as good at lying to cover up for old sleepy as her predecessor, Jen “Chuckie” Psaki.
This week, God’s gift to the White House press corps, Peter Doocy of Fox News backed Jean-Pierre into a corner and it was absolutely delicious.
Tuesday, she was confronted by Doocy about the revelation that despite is statements to the contrary, old Joe seemed to be quite aware of his son Hunter’s foreign business dealings, according to a voicemail found on the infamous laptop that was released last week.
“Why is there a voicemail of the president talking to his son about his overseas business dealings if the president has said, ‘he’s never spoken to” his son about his overseas business?” Doocy asked.
This question clearly caught the feckless Jean-Pierre, clearly a diversity hire who is overmatched in her position, off-guard.
“Well, first I’ll say that what the president said stands,” she stammered and stumbled. “So…if that’s what the president said, that…that is what stands.”
“He’s leaving a voicemail about a New York Times article concerning Hunter Biden’s business dealings,” Doocy replied, clearly not satisfied with Jean-Pierre’s attempt to brush off his question. “And he [Joe Biden] says, ‘I think you’re clear.’ How is that not him talking to his son about his overseas business dealings?” he pressed.
“I am not going to talk about alleged materials from the laptop,” she replied.
The voicemail is clearly Joe Biden, leaving a message for Hunter Biden, mentions the Times article and says, “I think you’re clear.” It may be “alleged” that the “materials” are from the Hunter Biden laptop, however it was definitely Sleepy Joe on the voicemail.
Last month, the Daily Mail, which has been one of few news outlets to follow the laptop saga, revealed that Joe Biden left a voicemail on his son’s laptop which seem to prove that he was well aware of his son’s shady business dealings overseas, including with China, and then lied to the American people about it.
The Times article referenced Chinese oil tycoon Ye Jianming, however didn’t go into a lot of detail on the Biden crime family’s ties to the company. The voicemail contradicts beyond a shadow of a doubt Joe Biden’s prior statements claiming ignorance of his crooked son’s business dealings.
Jianming was the founder and former chairman of CEFC China Energy Limited, a now-defunct company that at one time was a Global Fortune 500 energy and finance conglomerate.
In 2021, the New York Post reported that Jianming had gifted a 3 carat gem to Hunter Biden. The Post article noted that CEFC was directly tied to Chinese President Xi Jianping’s so-called “Belt and Road” initiative designed to spread China’s influence around the world. Jianming was actually dubbed the “Belt and Road billionaire” by the press.
In 2015, when Biden was serving as vice president, there were a number of Christmas parties hosted by Joe and Jill Biden at the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory.
One of Ye’s former associates, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that he believed Hunter Biden brought Ye to meet his father at one of those parties. While no mention of the meeting was found on the laptop, Hunter Biden made it a habit of introducing his business associates to his father when they came to DC.
Moving forward to 2017, Hunter Biden and Ye met over a private dinner, where he offered the president’s so $10 million a year, for a minimum of three years for “introductions alone,” as confirmed by Hunter Biden himself in an email to CEFC executives. By introductions, that of course means access via his father.
This was when Ye presented Hunter with the 3.16 carat diamond worth an estimated $80,000 to “seal the deal.”
At some point in time, Ye disappeared, whereabouts unknown.
In the voicemail in question, Joe Biden says:
“Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you,” the elder Biden said.
“I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance give me a call, I love you,” he added.
The voicemail is in direct contrast to a question answered by Joe Biden in 2019 during the presidential campaign. Once again, it took Peter Doocy of Fox News to ask Biden a legitimate question other than “what’s your favorite ice cream flavor?”
“I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” Biden told Doocy in response to a question about his involvement in Hunter’s business dealings, a claim which would later be repeated by Psaki.
Do you mean Joe Biden stretched the truth about something? Like that ever happens…
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