Could Nancy Pelosi and the House end up determining who the next President is? Here’s the nightmare scenario.

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The following editorial is written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today

WASHINGTON, DC- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) might want to brush up on her Constitution. The speaker, who gives Joe Biden a run for his money in the “apparently suffering from dementia” department notified the Democratic caucus that the House could end up deciding the presidential election.

As such, she has told them they need to focus on winning House races that could potentially decide the outcome of the election.

There is one scenario under which the House would decide the election and that is if neither President Trump, nor Biden achieves the 270 electoral votes needed to decide the election, according to Breitbart News.

Either way, it appears that the presidential election may be headed for extra innings, even if one of the two achieves a plurality. In fact, the Democrats have said as much, with failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urging Biden not to concede “under any circumstances.”

Why do you think the Democrats are pushing for mail-in voting? They are trying to create chaos.

If Trump wins, they will contest the election. If Biden wins and Trump does not concede the election, then he is a tyrant. Heads I win, tails you lose.

Under a scenario where Trump and Biden tie, the vote would go to the House of Representatives. As Breitbart explained a few weeks ago:

It seems almost certain that neither party will accept a close result in the presidential election on November 3. And given the likely delays due to vote-by-mail, recounts, and legal challenges, it is possible neither President Donald Trump nor former Vice President Joe Biden will have an Electoral College majority by December 14, when the Electors cast their votes.

The election will then be decided by the House of Representatives, as indicated by the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (It happened before, in 1800 and 1824). (It happened before, in 1800 and 1824).

The 12th Amendment states that “if no person have such majority [in the Electoral College], then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President.”

The word “immediately” means the current Congress would choose. That, in turn, would mean Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the majority Democrats would prevail and pick Biden.

Not so fast: The 12th Amendment goes further. “But in choosing the president,” it says, “the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote” [emphasis added].

While there are 435 representatives, there will only be 50 votes. And a current tally of representatives in each state shows that there are more Republican-majority delegations than Democrat-majority delegations. Republicans control 26 delegations; Democrats 22; Pennsylvania is tied, with Michigan showing Democrats with a 7-6 plurality.

Pelosi may be shot, but she is not stupid. She is probably aware that the new Congress will handle the presidential election if that becomes the case.

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Pelosi has therefore told Democrats to put their focus on winning in those states where Republicans hold only a small plurality of seats.

According to Politico:

Pelosi, in a Sunday letter to House Democrats, urged them to consider whether the House might be pulled into deciding who is president when determining where to focus resources on winning seats in November.

This could lead to more concerted efforts by Democrats to win in states such as Montana and Alaska—typically Republican turf, but where Democrats have been competitive statewide. In these states, Democratic victories could flip an entire delegation with a single upset House victory.

“The Constitution says that a candidate must receive a majority of the state delegations to win,” Pelosi wrote. “We must achieve that majority of delegations or keep the Republicans from doing so.”

For his part, the implications are not lost on President Trump either. In Pennsylvania on Saturday, he alluded to the possibility of the House being the deciding voice in the presidential sweepstakes.

Politico names states where there is a narrow division between Republican and Democrat pluralities and identified seven where there should be at least one hotly contested Congressional race: Arizona, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, and New Hampshire.

Likewise, Republicans hold a slight edge in Florida. In Alaska and Montana, the at-large seats are currently held by Republicans, so a flip in either one of those seats would give the Democrats those two votes.

Looking to perhaps seal a vote for the Republican at-large candidate in Alaska, President Trump on Saturday announced approval for the A2A Cross-Border Rail between Alaska and Canada. The president credited Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Rep. Don Young (R-AK) for recommending the president sign the Presidential Permit.

In the meantime, at a Latinos for Trump event on September 25 and at a press conference two days later, President Trump called out the mainstream media for failing to acknowledge appropriately a blockbuster revelation regarding the Steele Dossier.

The story in question was published September 24 by Catherine Herridge of CBS News, who reported on the Russian connections of the primary sub-source of the Steele Dossier.

The sub-source was the subject of an investigation between 2009 and 2011 when he was considered a possible “threat to national security,” and thought to be a “Russian spy,” according to the FBI.  A probe revealed that he “had contact in 2005 and 2006 with the ‘Russian embassy and known Russian intelligence officers.’”

According to Herridge’s article, a memo from the FBI noted that in December 2016, the members of the Crossfire Hurricane team were aware of the investigation into their sub-source for the dossier. 

The team may have been unaware of the subject’s suspected Russian ties in October 2016 when they first secured a surveillance warrant for Carter Page, but timing indicates that they were aware during the three subsequent renewals for surveillance.

It goes almost without saying that this information about the Russian ties of the Steele Dossier sub-source calls into question most, if not all, information contained in the dossier, as well as accusations and actions that stemmed from it.

At a Latinos for Trump roundtable a day after Herridge broke the story, President Trump spoke of the recent revelation, praising Herridge for her “incredible piece.”

He said:

“So we caught them cold…. we caught ‘em cold.  It was a whole conspiracy, and it was the worst thing anyone’s ever seen, and it was a takedown, and we caught ‘em cold. 

“It was all the opposite.  They were the ones [who] conspired.  They got caught….

“They did deal with Russia.”

To whoops and applause from the audience, he added:

“It’s an amazing thing that happened, and if the fake news would actually report it properly, it would be good.”

At a subsequent press conference on September 27, President Trump again addressed what he evidently saw as the mainstream media’s lack of coverage on the connection of the Steele Dossier sub-source with Russia.

He pointed a finger at the previous administration, saying:

“Now, you look at what’s happening with the FBI and Justice Department, you look at all those text messages, emails that were sent… we have been totally proven right. 

“They spied on our campaign, and everybody knew it, Biden knew it, Obama knew it, everybody knew it.”

He added:

“And the lame stream media just doesn’t want to pick it up.”

The President went on to say:

“I will say Catherine Herridge at CBS has done a fantastic job on it, we appreciate that. 

“But this is a major scandal. This is a scandal the likes of which nobody’s ever seen.  This is actually the biggest political scandal in the history of our country, and, with the exception of a few, I mean, they just don’t want to write about it. 

Pointing to press members in the audience, he continued:

“You should write about that, Kelly, you should write about it.  You should do something on CNN about it, because it’s the biggest single scandal of our time, certainly the biggest political one perhaps in history.”

We at Law Enforcement Today did report the important news on the Steele Dossier.  Here is our article on that:

WASHINGTON, DC- This is huge.

Fox News is reporting that the FBI investigated the primary source of the phony Russian dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, between 2009-2011 for contact with Russian intelligence officials, the outlet learned.

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Attorney General William Barr responded to requests made by the committee as part of its probe into the origins of the Russia investigation.

“In connection with your Committee’s investigation of these matters and ongoing hearings, you have been asking us to accelerate this process and to provide any additional information relating to the reliability of the work of Christopher Steele and the so-called ‘Steele dossier,’ as long as its release would not compromise U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing criminal investigation,” the attorney general wrote.

“A footnote in the Inspector General’s report contains information, which up till now has been classified and redacted, bearing on the reliability of the Steele dossier,” Barr wrote.

“The FBI has declassified the relevant portion of the footnote, number 334, which states that “the Primary Sub-source was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation from 2009 to 2011 that assessed his or her contacts with suspected Russian intelligence officers.”

Barr said that he requested the FBI compile a declassified summary of a portion of the information gleaned from the counterintelligence investigation into the source, which he provided to the committee.

“I have consulted with Mr. Durham, who originally brought this information to my attention in the course of his investigation, and he has informed me that the disclosure of the information will not interfere with his criminal investigation,” Barr wrote, while adding that he had notified John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence to “certain classified information in possession of the intelligence community,” which “bears upon the FBI’s knowledge of the reliability of the dossier.”

Barr continued that Durham had confirmed that the information would not interfere with his ongoing investigation and noted that the Department of Justice would “defer to the DNI” regarding how that information would be utilized.

U.S. Attorney John Durham was appointed by Barr last year to further explore the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation which was started under the Obama administration.

The request came after Special Counsel Robert Mueller finished his probe into whether the Trump administration had colluded with Russian assets in order to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Steele was  hired by Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that was hired by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign to obtain dirt on the Trump campaign. The investigation was basically “laundered” by funding the operation through the law firm of Perkins Cole.

The phony dossier served as the basis for the obtaining of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants which were used against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. This despite the fact that FBI officials knew the dossier was bogus.

Fox News also reported back in July that the primary source was not in fact a current or former Russian official, but rather a non-Russian contract employee of Steele’s firm. In addition the information which Steele used as a basis of the phony dossier was determined to be “second and third-hand information and rumors at best,” according to a Fox News report filed at that time.

The Judiciary Committee earlier this year released a summary of a three-day interview with the source, which had been declassified, Fox News said.

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The committee also noted that the source told the FBI in interviews conducted back in January and March of 2016 that the anti-Trump dosser contained false information.

The dossier was determined to be “unsubstantiated and unreliable” according to those who reviewed it and proved that the FBI was aware of the dossier’s credibility issues, yet they still used it in order to seek additional FISA warrant renewals for Carter Page.

The primary sub-source also “disagreed with and was surprised by” how the information he provided to Steele was addressed by Steele in the dossier, Fox said.

The source told the FBI that he “did not recall” where some of the information Steele included in the dossier came from and claimed that he never told Steele certain information which Steele had attributed to him, or his sources.

He also said that Steele had “re-characterized” some of the information to make it seem more reliable and “less attenuated” than it really was, while also saying that he would have described some of his sources differently, Fox said.

The sub source also said that Steele had made it seem like information he had was from direct knowledge, while the information was “indirect.”

Last year, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said that his examination of FISA abuses showed at least 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in Carter Page’s FISA warrant applications.

In addition, Horowitz also discovered that the applications did not address the veracity of one of Steele’s key “sub-sources.”

Steele’s attorneys however disputed some of the claims, saying they were “never given an opportunity to respond to the claims” regarding the sub-source.

Horowitz claimed that the FBI had not notified the Office of Investigations which was tasked with working on the Page FISA applications that there were “potentially serious problems identified with Steele’s election reporting that arose as early as January 2017.”

Horowitz also found issues with the FBI’s interviews of Steele and his sub sources, claiming that they “revealed potentially serious problems with Steele’s description of information in his election reports.”

Last month, John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence noted that a declassified footnote of the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian election interference showed that Steele only had “limited corroboration” and used “identified and unidentified sub sources” which noted “”highly politically sensitive information from the summer to the fall of 2016 on Russian influence efforts aimed at the presidential election.”

The declassified annex said, “We have only limited corroboration of the source’s reporting in this case and did not use it to reach the analytic conclusions of the CIA/FBI/NSA assessment.”

Yet another footnote which had been previously redacted further called into question the reliability of Steele’s main sources.

“When interviewed by the FBI, the Primary Sub-source stated that he/she did not view his/her contacts as a network of sources, [REDACTED] with whom he/she has conversations about current events and government relations,” one of the previously hidden footnotes reads.

Horowitz said however that Steele’s primary sub-source “used his/her network of sub-sources to gather information that was then passed to Steele.”

And we went through three years of nonsense for this.

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