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President Biden is enjoying a fresh infusion of cash into his campaign coffers, thanks to help from the Clintons.

The president's 2024 re-election campaign says Biden hauled in $8.1 million at a fundraiser where he was joined by former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State and former Sen. Hillary Clinton, who was the Democrats' 2016 standard-bearer.

The fundraiser took place in McLean, Virginia, an upscale suburb of the nation's capital, at the home of former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend and adviser to the Clintons and former DNC chairman.

In his comments at the fundraiser, Biden took aim at former President Trump, his GOP challenger in their 2024 election rematch. "Democracy is on the ballot this year," he said.

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2024/06/19 16:45

Indiana Republican says US attorney 'declined' to prosecute threat against his daughters and wife

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., is questioning why a federal prosecutor declined to bring charges against a man who threatened his family while the Justice Department has prosecuted similar threats against Democrats – but the DOJ is denying a double standard.

Aaron Thompson, 33, of Fort Wayne, pleaded guilty in October to felony and misdemeanor charges after he left menacing voicemails with Banks' office. Allen County prosecutors pursued the case and Thompson was sentenced to two years probation, but a letter Banks sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanded to know why the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana did not file federal charges.

"I’m thankful for Allen County Prosecutor Mike McAlexander and Deputy Prosecutor Adam Mildred for taking these threats seriously and for enforcing the law impartially," Banks told Fox News Digital. "I want an answer from AG Garland explaining why he ignored threats against my family but prosecuted similar threats against Democrats. It appears to be just another example of the Biden administration's political weaponization of our justice system."

Reached for comment, a Justice Department spokesperson pointed to over a dozen prosecutions of individuals who threatened Republican members of Congress, including threats to Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Marjorie Taylor-Greene, R-Ga., and Clay Higgins, R-La.

The DOJ "investigates threats to public officials regardless of their party affiliation, and we have prosecuted multiple cases of threats made to both Republican and Democratic" congressional lawmakers, the DOJ spokesperson said, adding that Garland "has told Congress that he views threats to public officials as threats to our democracy and the department will continue to treat them as such." 

In interviews with U.S. Capitol Police, Thompson admitted to making at least eight calls to Banks' D.C. office. He said he was intoxicated at the time and that he disagreed with the Republican lawmaker's political positions.

INDIANA MAN CHARGED WITH FELONY AFTER THREATENING TO KILL GOP REP. JIM BANKS, HIS DAUGHTERS

In one such call, Thompson said he owns a gun and gave Banks a choice between his or his daughter's lives. Banks has three young daughters.

"Here's the choice. Your daughters grow up without their dad, or you grow old without your daughters," Thompson said, according to an affidavit for probable cause. "… [B]oom, boom you pick..."

READ: REP JIM BANKS LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL MERRICK GARLAND. APP USERS: CLICK HERE 

In the letter, which was sent in December but not publicized until this week, Banks said FBI agents visited Thompson's home in Fort Wayne to investigate the threats. 

"Thompson, who previously posted on social media encouraging his followers to ‘Vote Democrat,’ admitted he had threatened me and my family with violence because he disagreed with my political beliefs," Banks wrote. 

TEXAS MAN CONVICTED OF THREATENING TO KILL REP MAXINE WATERS GETS NEARLY 3 YEARS IN PRISON

"When Capitol Police referred the criminal case against Aaron Thompson to the U.S. Attorney for Northern District of Indiana, they declined to prosecute despite clear evidence that Thompson violated federal law." 

Court records show Thompson pleaded guilty to a state felony charge of intimidation and a misdemeanor charge of harassment. Intimidation is a Level 6 felony in Indiana, while harassment is a Class B misdemeanor. 

Banks, who is running for an open Senate seat in Indiana, quoted public statements Garland has made reaffirming DOJ's commitment to prosecuting violent threats made against public servants and questioned why federal charges weren't brought against Thompson when similar threats made against Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell of California and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi were prosecuted. 

Most recently, a Texas man received a nearly three-year jail sentence after his criminal conviction for leaving threatening and racist voicemails for California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters. 

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Last week, Garland penned an op-ed in the Washington Post that decried political violence and condemned any suggestion that his department has politicized its work.

"Disagreements about politics are good for our democracy. They are normal," Garland wrote. 

"But using conspiracy theories, falsehoods, violence and threats of violence to affect political outcomes is not normal. The short-term political benefits of those tactics will never make up for the long-term cost to our country." 

Mike Ferrara, a partner at New York firm Kaplan Hecker & FInk LLP and former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, told Fox News Digital it can sometimes be difficult for prosecutors to bring charges for menacing statements. 

"The federal threat statutes can be tricky to charge because they require prosecutors to prove very specific things about what the perpetrator intended. It’s not enough to prove that someone hearing the words would’ve perceived them as a threat. Instead, federal prosecutors have to prove, for example, that the perpetrator made the threat to impede the performance of the official’s duties, or intended his words as a threat, or knew that the person to whom the words were directed would take them as a threat. These proof problems are especially complicated in a case like this one where the perpetrator’s defense is that he made the statements because he was drunk," Ferrara said. 

"States, of course, have an entirely different set of statues they can choose from to prosecute threats, which might not have those proof issues and might be a better fit for the perpetrator’s conduct. I’m not familiar with Indiana’s statutes, but if the state brought a criminal prosecution against the perpetrator using state laws, then it would be pretty unremarkable – and I think a good exercise of prosecutorial discretion – for the federal government to defer to the state prosecutors."

Fox News Digital's Joe Schoffstall contributed to this report.

2024/06/19 16:13

Accused migrant rapist passed through border hot spot at the center of Texas, Biden feud

The rape of a 13-year-old girl in New York City, allegedly by an Ecuadorian illegal immigrant, has put one of the most controversial areas of the southern U.S. border back in the spotlight.

Christian Geovanny Inga-Landi, a 25-year-old illegal migrant from Ecuador, was arrested in connection with the rape of the young girl Thursday, with NYPD sources confirming to Fox News that Inga-Landi crossed the border illegally near Eagle Pass, Texas, in 2021.

The small Texas city has been at the center of a bitter battle between state and federal authorities for nearly a year, with Gov. Greg Abbott making the popular illegal crossing destination a focal point of "Operation Lone Star" last year.

As part of the operation at Eagle Pass, Texas authorities placed razor wire near popular border crossings, erected a wall of shipping containers near the river, and deployed thousands of Texas National Guard troops and Department of Public Safety officers to the area in a bid to deter illegal immigrants from crossing.

MIGRANT ARRESTED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT RAPE OF 13-YEAR-OLD IN NEW YORK PARK

In February, the state announced plans to build an 80-acre camp near the city that will serve as an operating base for roughly 2,000 more National Guard troops, an escalation of its feud with the federal government.

While Texas has been pushing more resources to Eagle Pass since 2021, it has increased efforts in the area significantly over the last year, blaming the expiration of Title 42, a pandemic-era order that allowed authorities to quickly deport illegal migrants.

The federal government has been ramping up pressure on the state to limit its operations throughout the last year as well, filing lawsuits against the state and having federal agents cut the razor wire laid by Texas authorities. A lower court ruling initially barred Border Patrol agents from cutting state-owned wire, but that ruling was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 October decision.

The fight over control of the border at Eagle Pass is the result of its unique position, being one of the most popular crossing points for illegal migrants into Texas.

NEW YORK CITY GIRL, 13, SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AT KNIFEPOINT DURING BRAOD DAYLIGHT IN PARK: POLICE

"As a key point in the busy sector of del Rio, Eagle Pass has seen an unprecedented movement of migrants in the past three years," Alfonso Aguilar, the director of Hispanic outreach at American Principles Project, told Fox News Digital. "It has received particular attention because it is one of the areas where Texas Gov. Greg Abbott decided to make a stand to try to stem the massive flow of migrants."

"Gov. Abbott has been forced to take action since the federal government has broken its compact with the states to protect the border," Aguilar added.

Inga-Landi was just one of thousands who have crossed the border in the area, with police sources telling Fox News that he was processed, released and given a court hearing date. Police sources say he told agents his destination was an address in Queens, New York.

He is accused of the rape of the 13-year-old girl in broad daylight last week, with police saying he allegedly wielded a machete as he approached the girl and a 13-year-old boy she was with, tied the two together, and raped the girl at a popular park.

BIDEN, TEXAS FEUD OVER ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LAW AS MIGRANTS RUSH BORDER: WHAT TO KNOW 

Surveillance video of the area led police to identify Inga-Landi as the primary suspect, after which tips pertaining to his whereabouts came flooding in.

He was eventually arrested after a group of neighbors recognized him from a wanted poster, with about 10 people holding him down until police could arrive to arrest him in the early morning hours Tuesday.

According to Aguilar, more criminals like Inga-Landi will be allowed in at crossings like Eagle Pass if such hot spots aren't secured. 

"By not enforcing the law and by countering the efforts of states like Texas to protect the border, the Biden administration is ensuring that more criminals and individuals linked to terrorist organizations can easily enter the country, putting the lives of our citizens everywhere in the country at risk," Aguilar said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.

Get the latest updates on the ongoing border crisis from the Fox News Digital immigration hub.

2024/06/19 15:55

Bill and Hillary Clinton tap into their money men for Biden's battle against Trump

President Biden is adding to his campaign war chest, thanks to help from the Clintons.

The president's 2024 re-election campaign says Biden hauled in $8.1 million at a fundraiser where he was joined by former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State and former Sen. Hillary Clinton, who was the Democrats' 2016 standard-bearer.

The fundraiser took place in McLean, Virginia, an upscale community in the suburbs of the nation's capital, at the home of former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend and adviser to the Clintons.

BIDEN STRIKES GOLD IN CALIFORNIA, ONE WEEK AFTER TRUMP'S MASSIVE HAUL IN THE BLUE BASTION 

Well-known author John Grisham, known for his best-selling legal thrillers, also attended the event.

In his comments at the fundraiser, Biden took aim at former President Trump, his GOP challenger in their 2024 election rematch.

He once again labeled Trump a "convicted felon," as the president pointed to Trump's 34 felony convictions last month in the first criminal trial ever in the nation's history of a former or current president.

"Democracy is on the ballot this year," Biden emphasized.

The fundraiser was held three days after Biden set a new Democratic Party fundraising record, as he hauled in over $30 million at a star-studded fundraiser in Los Angeles with former President Obama, Hollywood heavyweights George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and late night TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

The Biden campaign highlighted that Tuesday's fundraiser in northern Virginia, Saturday's gala, and a fundraiser in California last Friday headlined by first lady Jill Biden, combined raked in over $40 million.

Biden has the lead over Trump in overall fundraising, but the former president has been working to close the gap. In April, Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) for the first time, raised more than the Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). 

Trump's campaign announced a week and a half ago that it and the RNC hauled in a stunning $141 million in May, fueled in part by the former president's guilty verdicts in his recently concluded criminal trial. The Biden campaign and the DNC have yet to announce their June fundraising figures.

Trump's team also touted that they hauled in roughly $27.5 million during a fundraising swing by the former president in California and Nevada last week.

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2024/06/19 15:32

As GOP calls Biden's oil reserve depletions election-year politics, figures show he's sold off the most

In April 2022, the White House celebrated the Biden administration’s sale of the first 30 million of an eventual 180 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), which seemed an unprecedented election year move at the time.

In May, the Energy Department similarly celebrated a planned liquidation of 1 million barrels from the NGSR, a Perth Amboy-to-Boston contingent of the SPR, aimed at lowering summertime gas prices.

Fox News Digital took a deeper dive into the numbers to see whether administration critics have ground to stand on when it comes to claims Biden is wielding U.S. oil reserves as an unprecedented election-year cudgel, versus simply helping Americans better afford to travel.

The findings showed the SPR saw its most sweeping drawdowns during Biden’s tenure, and that he, and former Presidents Trump and Clinton oversaw the largest historical decline in reserves.

BIDEN CANCELS PLANS TO REFILL EMERGENCY OIL RESERVES AMID HIGH PRICES

In the 2022 case, a White House announcement blamed in part Russian President Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine for supply disruptions that elevated oil prices, after Siberia was no longer permitted as a U.S. source of fuel.

However, Republicans, including former President Trump, blamed Biden’s cancellation of transcontinental pipeline projects and executive actions affecting energy production in Alaska and elsewhere that caused gas prices to soar from roughly $2 per gallon during the prior administration.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm called this year’s sale evidence the administration is "laser focused" on slashing consumer costs, particularly ahead of the summer travel season.

"By strategically releasing this reserve in between Memorial Day and July 4th, we are ensuring sufficient supply flows to the tri-state and northeast at a time hardworking Americans need it the most," Granholm said in a statement.

MAJOR LITHIUM DISCOVERY IN FRACKING WASTEWATER LEAVES LEFT FACING EV IRONY

Figures uncovered by Fox News showed that in the years since the SPR got up to speed during the Carter years – it had been established following the 1973 oil crisis as an energy security measure – it was depleted the most under Biden’s tenure.

Following the 1980 election, the SPR notched 112.5 million barrels in January 1981, and by the end of President Ronald Reagan’s term, it had grown to nearly 450 million barrels in January 1989. As of 2023, the SPR has a maximum capacity of 714 million barrels.

Both Presidents Bush increased the capacity of the SPR – George H.W. Bush added 13.8 million barrels, while his son – who announced a full-throated effort to shore up reserves after 9/11 – added a net 162 million barrels by January 2009.

During Operation Desert Storm, 21 million barrels were depleted, and 11 million were utilized following Hurricane Katrina, which decimated coastal oil refineries.

Every other president since that time, plus Clinton, has seen the reserves depleted under his watch.

The Arkansas Democrat saw a net depletion of 33.7 million barrels, while the Trump administration oversaw a drawdown of about 57 million barrels.

Biden has more than quadrupled that figure from January 2021 through March, with a net decrease of 274 million barrels – which does not include any selloffs from the administration’s May announcement.

President Obama also saw the SPR reduced about 9 million barrels during his term.

Fox News’ analysis found releases from the Strategic Petroleum Reserves via a president’s orders – such as during Desert Storm and following Katrina – have been rare, and only substantively fallen under an "emergency release" scenario.

A Congressional Research Service report from 2022 after Putin invaded Ukraine claimed such drawdowns in SPR reserves are permissible and that they should not always be characterized as politically motivated.

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Congress itself is also permitted to occasionally mandate sales of oil reserves to fund legislative priorities.

But, this time, congressional Republicans have called out Biden, alleging he is playing politics with America’s energy security in an election year.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso and Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers – the top Republicans on their respective energy committees – accused Biden of doing just that in a scathing letter to Granholm:

"Under President Biden, the SPR has reached its lowest level since 1983. The DOE has overseen the largest sale in history, amounting to a total of 290 million barrels. When President Biden took office in January 2021, the SPR contained 638 million barrels of oil," they said.

"Today, the SPR currently contains 367 million barrels of oil, which represents nearly a 42 percent decline from when President Biden took office."

The lawmakers called the Biden release in 2022 "a transparent attempt to influence the midterm elections and distract from the Biden administration’s energy policy failures."

In an apparent attempt to halt politicization, McMorris-Rodgers authored the Strategic Production Response Act, which would limit SPR drawdowns until Congress can provide oversight while banning depletion for "nonemergency purposes." The bill passed the House.

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When Trump attempted to do the opposite and fill the SPR while oil prices were at a rock-bottom $24 per barrel, he was conversely stopped by Democrats. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., celebrated the block at the time, claiming removing the provision from a bill "eliminated a $3 billion bailout for Big Oil."

However, the White House did announce opposition to McMorris-Rodgers' bill, claiming it would "significantly weaken a critical energy security tool."

"This administration’s use of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve has been essential to protecting our energy security and to lowering gas prices for Americans," the White House said in 2023.

The Energy Department and White House did not respond to requests for further comment for purposes of this story. 

Fox News' Mark Bentley contributed to this report.

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He has next to no experience (and whatever experience he does have is that of a left-wing extremist incapable of working across the aisle).


Obama has been a calculating political opportunist from the very beginning.  Just prior to the Democratic primary for the Illinois State Senate seat he ran for in 1996, Obama contested the validity of the voting petition signatures of all of his Democratic opponents on the smallest of technicalities. As a result they were all denied places on the ballot, and Obama ran unopposed and ultimately won the seat.

Obama sponsored 129 bills since his arrival in the US Senate, but only 9 of them came out of committee and only one of them became law – a testament to how out of touch he is with mainstream law and politics. The following is just a short list of examples of Obama's radical voting record:

- Obama voted to require the acquisition of a FISA warrant before wiretapping Americans ABROAD (even if they are suspected of meeting with terrorists at the time).

- Obama supported habeas-corpus rights for captured terrorists in Guantanamo.

- Obama voted to force the CIA to publish regular reports on its interrogation methods, which would allow our enemies to know what they are and train against them.

- Obama voted against making English the official language of the U.S. government.

- Obama voted to support the right of illegal aliens to participate in social security.

- Obama voted against repealing the anachronistic Alternative Minimum Tax, which has been an unnecessary burden on the upper middle class of this country.

- Obama voted against extending the cut on capital gains taxes.

- Obama voted against reducing federal spending by a proposed 40 billion dollars.

- Obama voted against prohibiting partial birth abortion unless necessary to save the life of the mother.

- Obama was the only one to vote against a measure that would not allow offer of "good time" for sex offenders sentenced to county jail

- Obama voted against requiring school boards to install software on computers blocking sexually explicit material.

- Obama voted in favor of allowing unions to do away with secret ballot voting and to make its members' votes public record.

Barrack Obama has only been in the US Senate for two to three years, and he has spent more than one of those years campaigning for the Presidency. If elected, Obama would become the least experienced President in U.S. history at a time when America is besieged by a variety of serious problems, all of which require experience and personal testing to deal with effectively. Obama has absolutely no military experience, either as a warrior/commander or as a military strategist/consultant. Obama seeks to be the highest executive manager in the land without having any prior executive experience whatsoever. He has never managed a business, never managed a municipality and never managed a state.

Contrary to the appeal he is trying to erect for himself, Obama is anything but a uniter who crosses party lines. In the one year in which Obama served exclusively as a US senator, he built the most liberal record in the senate, according to the National Journal, and never ONCE crossed party line to work with Republicans on controversial or contentious issues.

As an Illinois State Senator, Obama had the audacity to vote against the Induced Infant Liability Act, which would have protected babies if they were to either survive an attempted abortion or be delivered alive. A similar bill passed the United States Senate unanimously! Even the Abortion Rights Action League did not oppose said law. In essence, Barack Obama has no moral or legal reservation regarding the murder of a newborn baby. That this man seeks to be President of the United States is shocking!

As Ken Blackwell, and African-American columnist for the New York Sun wrote in his April, 2008 editorial on Obama: "Over the summer, Mr. Obama talked about invading Pakistan, a nation armed with nuclear weapons. He talked about meeting without preconditions with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who vows to destroy Israel and create another Holocaust. He talked about North Korean Kim Jong Il, who is murdering and starving his people, but emphasized that the nuclear option was off the table against terrorists – something no president has ever taken off the table since we created nuclear weapons in the 1940s. Even Democrats who have worked in national security condemned all of those remarks. Mr. Obama is a foreign-policy novice who would put our national security at risk."