New Twist: ‘Doctoral-Level Psychologist’ Had Recommended Epstein Be TAKEN OFF Suicide Watch; France to Investigate Pedophile Rape Charges; ‘Little Black Book’ Contacts Claim to ‘Not Really Know the Guy’

By Fox News. Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was taken off suicide watch after being examined by a “doctoral-level psychologist” days before he hanged himself in his prison cell, according to the Justice Department.

The disclosure was made in a letter addressed Thursday to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga. The letter was obtained by Fox News on Friday.

“The Department can confirm that Mr. Epstein was placed on suicide watch in July,” Justice Department official Stephen E. Boyd wrote. “Mr. Epstein was later removed from suicide watch after being evaluated by a doctoral-level psychologist who determined that a suicide watch was no longer warranted.” . . .

Epstein’s ability to take his own life while incarcerated at one of the most secure jails in America ended the possibility of a trial that could have involved prominent figures and sparked widespread anger that he wouldn’t have to answer for his alleged crimes.

Since Epstein’s death, Attorney General William Barr has removed the director of the federal Bureau of Prisons and appointed a new director and deputy director. The jail’s warden has been reassigned to a desk post at a regional office and two guards who were supposed to be watching Epstein the night he died were placed on administrative leave. (Read more from “New Twist: ‘Doctoral-Level Psychologist’ Had Recommended Epstein Be Taken off Suicide Watch” HERE)


France to Investigate Rape Charges Linked to Jeffrey Epstein Case

By Fox News. France opened an investigation on Friday into the alleged rape of minors and a raft of other charges linked to the Jeffrey Epstein case, the chief Paris prosecutor announced.

A statement by prosecutor Remy Heitz said the decision to open a preliminary investigation was based on “elements transmitted” to his office and “exchanges with American authorities, competent in the so-called Epstein affair.” . . .

No details were provided about what “elements” led to the probe and whether it might concern in-person testimony from alleged victims of Epstein who had maintained an apartment at a luxury address near the Arc de Triomphe. (Read more from “France to Investigate Rape Charges Linked to Jeffrey Epstein Case” HERE)


Nope, Didn’t Really Know the Guy, Say Many Listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Little Black Book’

By Miami Herald. My sister knew his girlfriend. Maybe I handed him my business card once. We met at a party a long time ago.

Those are the kinds of answers offered by people listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s “little black book.” Asked why they’re in Epstein’s book and you’ll hear a lot of throat clearing, vague answers and head-scratching befuddlement.

That’s if you get any answer at all. . .

Alan Quartucci was surprised to be in the black book. He is a bloodstock agent, an expert at finding promising Thoroughbreds in New York and Kentucky for clients looking to purchase or partner in the ownership of a race horse.

“I never even met the guy. I think I had dinner once or twice with Ghislaine Maxwell,” he said, noting they had met in an airport. (Read more from “Nope, Didn’t Really Know the Guy, Say Many Listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Little Black Book’” HERE)

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Rudy Giuliani Astonishes Legal Experts With Remarks on Ukraine-DNC Collusion Investigation

Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and President Donald Trump‘s most visible personal attorney during the Mueller investigation, confirmed on Thursday that he pushed the Ukrainian government, with help from the State Department, to search for evidence of collusion between Ukrainian officials and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). More specifically, he claimed he was looking to see if the DNC worked with Ukrainian officials to dig up dirt on twice-convicted felon and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to harm the 2016 campaign.

In a move that raised the eyebrows of legal experts, Giuliani openly acknowledged that he met Ukrainian officials in Madrid. Giuliani has reportedly been investigating Hunter Biden (Joe Biden’s son) and his investments in a Ukranian natural gas company.

Giuliani has also reportedly been speaking to Andriy Yermak, a lawyer for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. While it’s unclear how aware President Trump is of Giuliani’s activities, Giuliani has told the New York Times that “[Trump] basically knows what I’m doing, sure, as his lawyer,” with regard to his investigation. . .

“[The New York] Times completely turned a story about astounding allegations of serious crimes of state concerning Dems into a piece trying to suggest I did something nefarious except they can’t say what it is,” Giuliani said to NBC News, regarding reporting of his investigation. He also confirmed that the State Department helped him connect with Yermak.

Outside of his suggestion that the DNC colluded with Ukrainian officials regarding Manafort, Giuliani also spent time questioning Joe Biden’s call for Ukraine to remove Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma Holdings, a company Biden’s son was on the board of. (Read more from “Rudy Giuliani Astonishes Legal Experts With Remarks on Ukraine-DNC Collusion Investigation” HERE)

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The Road Not Taken: Another FBI Failure Involving the Clintons Surfaces

. . .Thanks to the relentless investigative work of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), we are learning that the Hillary Clinton email case may not really be settled.

A staff memo updating the two senators’ long-running probe discloses that the FBI — the version run in 2016 by the now-disgraced and fired James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok — failed to pursue access to “highly classified” evidence that could have resolved important questions.

The failure to look at the evidence back in 2016 occurred even though the agents believed access to the sensitive evidence was “necessary” to complete the investigation into Clinton’s improper transmission of classified emails — some top-secret — on her unsecure private email server, the memos show.

To make matters worse, the Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) has known about that decision since at least 2018, thanks to the work of the DOJ’s internal watchdog, Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz, who provided DOJ leaders and Congress with a classified appendix explaining what happened. . .

The inspector general’s “appendix raised a number of serious questions because, as explained on page 154 of the unclassified DOJ IG report, the FBI decided not to seek access to certain highly classified information potentially relevant to the investigation despite members of the FBI case team referring to the review as a ‘necessary’ part of the investigation,” the Senate staff wrote. (Read more from “The Road Not Taken: Another FBI Failure Involving the Clintons Surfaces” HERE)

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Report: Over Half of Federal Arrests Are Non-Citizens

Federal arrests of noncitizens have jumped over 200% in the last 20 years and now account for 64% of those arrested, according to the Justice Department.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics said that federal arrests of non-Americans rose 234% from 1998-2018. For U.S. citizens, the percentage rose just 10% over those 20 years. . .

Immigration expert Jessica M. Vaughan said the increase in arrests is due to increasing prosecution of illegal entry and re-entry by migrants. “Experience has taught the immigration agencies and DOJ that this works to reduce recidivism – in other words, when illegal crossers face some more severe consequence than just being sent back home, they don’t keep doing it,” she explained. . .

Vaughan, the director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, said that the statistics and types of crimes disprove claims by pro-immigration advocates that illegal immigrants aren’t involved in crimes.

“Opponents of immigration enforcement are obsessed with trying to establish that illegal aliens and legal immigrants commit fewer crimes than Americans, and so, as their narrative goes, local law enforcement agencies should not cooperate with ICE and should adopt sanctuary policies. This is first of all not true, but is off-point and a dangerous conclusion. What these numbers show is that there are certain types of crime that are disproportionately associated with illegal aliens: drug trafficking, certain gang crimes, and identity theft and document fraud,” she told Secrets. (Read more from “Justice: Over Half of Federal Arrests Are Non-Citizens” HERE)

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Here’s Why 2020 Dems Are Dropping Like Flies

On Friday, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) — Seth who? — will become the fourth candidate to drop out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. In fact, three candidates dropped out in the past two weeks: former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), current Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), and now Moulton. Americans can expect to see more Democrats throw in the towel as August 28 approaches. . .

The top three candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have qualified for the September debates, along with seven others. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has taken a tumble in the polls and now ranks with Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., in a middle tier above the lower tier of candidates. . .

Some 2020 Democrats have left the race for greener pastures or to shore up their current positions. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), the first too drop out back in July, faced a serious primary challenger for his House seat. Moulton faces three Democratic challengers. Hickenlooper jumped into Colorado’s U.S. Senate race a mere week after dropping out of the presidential race.

People don’t just run for president because they want to sit in the Oval Office. A presidential run gives an ambitious politician — or non-politician — a tremendous public platform. Millions of Americans watch the debates, candidates receive a great deal of media coverage, and many of them ink lucrative book deals. Former candidates often score cabinet positions or ambassadorships — or jobs in the media. These ulterior motives help explain why the Democratic primary is packed to the gills. . .

Most likely, Moulton won’t be the last candidate to drop out before the September debates. In fact, he likely won’t be the last to drop out before August 28. At this point in the race, it’s more costly to stay in than to drop out. (Read more from “Here’s Why 2020 Dems Are Dropping Like Flies” HERE)

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Billionaire CEO Resigns, Claims Peter Strzok Gave Him Orders in Deep State Political Espionage: ‘I Know Much More Than I Should Know’

Overstock founder and CEO Patrick Byrne stepped down Thursday morning, but the billionaire didn’t take the rest of the day off.

Instead, he went on a media blitz sharing further details on his “deep state” involvement that caused him to leave his firm, and says former FBI agent Peter Strzok pulled him into what was — unbeknownst to Byrne — a political espionage operation targeting President Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. . .

Last month, investigative reporter Sara Carter reported that Byrne reached out to the FBI in 2015 after meeting Russian gun-rights activist Maria Butina and questioning her motives. Byrne says after being given the all-clear, he became involved in a romantic relationship with Butina, and later rekindled the intimate relationship at the behest of federal law enforcement. The young woman has since pleaded guilty to not registering as a foreign agent.

Last week, Byrne confirmed in a news release to shareholders that he had, as Carter reported, assisted in what he thought were “legitimate law enforcement efforts” with “what are now known as the ‘Clinton Investigation’ and the ‘Russian Investigation.'”

That afternoon, Byrne first made his bombshell announcement on Fox Business Network that Peter Strzok was the FBI operative who gave him orders during 2015 and 2016 as part of a deep state conspiracy, claiming, “I know much more than I should know.”

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U.S. City: You Can No Longer Call a Felon… a Felon

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors says terms such as “felon” and “inmate” are a dehumanizing way of referring to individuals with a criminal record, and have adopted a new set of guidelines requiring the use of alternative, “person-first” labels.

The resolution approved by all members present last month states that “dehumanizing language like ‘prisoner, ‘convict,’ inmate,’ or ‘felon’ only serve to obstruct and separate from society and make the institutionalization of racism and supremacy appear normal.”

Several new descriptive terms were provided to “serve as models of appropriate use of person-first language.” For instance, instead of referring to an individual as an “inmate,” one should use the term, “currently incarcerated person.” Rather than call someone a “juvenile offender,” the person should be described as a “young person impacted by the justice system.” . . .

Supervisor Matt Haney explained the measure to the San Francisco Chronicle, saying, “We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done. We want them ultimately to become contributing citizens, and referring to them as felons is like a scarlet letter that they can never get away from.”

According to the Chronicle, “the district attorney’s office is already on board.” But the resolution is nonbinding, and Mayor London Breed did not sign off on it because, according to her spokesperson, she “doesn’t implement policies based on nonbinding resolutions.” (Read more from “U.S. City: You Can No Longer Call a Felon… a Felon” HERE)

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Nancy Pelosi Just Delivered a Kill Shot to House Democrats’ Impeachment Hopes

. . .So, a majority of House Democrats backs impeaching Trump. What say, you Speaker Nancy Pelosi? She isn’t budging. She knows this move will animate the GOP base. This is the declaration of nuclear political war, and she knows her side could very well lose. In fact, she knows it will; the Republicans control the Senate and they’re not going to go along with this nonsense. The Trump-Russia collusion myth has been thoroughly dissected as trash. There is no appetite to impeach with voters. As our friends at Twitchy noted, even pollsters are signaling that support for impeaching Trump has dropped.

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Sanctuary Cities and Lack of Vetting Continue to Fuel Illegal Alien Crime

Every day, there are stories of Americans or immigrants being murdered, raped, or assaulted either by illegal aliens who could have been deported if not for sanctuary cities, by those admitted legally without proper vetting, or by those who have exploited immigration loopholes that should be closed.

Unfortunately, unlike the soul-searching that takes place after each mass shooting as to what sort of gun control policies can be enacted to somehow prevent a criminal from getting a gun, there is no soul-searching from a single prominent member of Congress after any one of these criminal alien cases as to what can be done to enforce national sovereignty and better prevent crime. There are no questions of how to close to the criminal alien loopholes, clamp down on sanctuary cities, or enforce our immigration laws to prevent 100 percent avoidable crimes.

Here is just a tiny sample of some of the most recent cases that should spawn a debate in Congress when it returns from recess in September.

Montgomery County, Maryland: Brutal rape, child molesting, and MS-13 activity

As Nate Madden reported, there are now four known illegal alien rape suspects in Montgomery County, Maryland, just from this past month. Montgomery is a hotbed of MS-13 and criminal alien activity in a substantial illegal alien population from Central America. Yet the county has rolled out its welcome mat to illegal aliens and works to shield them from detection of law enforcement in defiance of federal law.

In the latest incident, Kevin Mendoza, an illegal alien from Honduras, is accused of brutally raping a woman outside a Rockville, Maryland, apartment complex on Saturday night. As the police report, posted online by local ABC reporter Kevin Lewis, states, the suspect strangled and punched the victim so hard to subdue her that, according to hospital officials, it could have killed her. He then proceeded to rape her for seven minutes.

Here we have a case of an illegal alien using nothing but his body to rape and almost murder a woman. Yet there is no soul-searching about how to better detect and remove criminal aliens. The politicians focus on guns, not criminals, including those who would never be enticed to remain here if not for sanctuary cities.

Then, there is a new attempted rape of a 12-year-old, allegedly committed by a Guatemalan national while his wife was giving birth to a baby who will get “birthright” citizenship.

Smothering an elderly woman to death in sanctuary New Jersey

Juanita Rosario, a kind-hearted 74-year-old woman who was active in her Hispanic community in Camden, New Jersey, allowed Esteban Cabrera, 30, an illegal alien from Ecuador, to live in her home. On August 10, he is accused of repaying her kindness by smothering her to death on her bed.

According to an ICE spokesman, “U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has lodged a detainer on Esteban Fernando Cabrera Bermeo, 30, an unlawfully present Ecuadorian national, with Camden County Jail, N. J. Aug. 12 following his arrest for murder.”

Once again, we see that the people most often harmed by illegal aliens are Hispanic immigrants, and once again, it’s self-evident that because we do not enforce our immigration laws and because of the magnet of sanctuary states, bad people from other countries are allowed to kill.

Visa overstays never deported and committing gruesome murders without guns

Earlier this month, I reported how Billy Chemirmir, avisa overstay from Kenya, could have been deported multiple times but wound up remaining here and is now accused of killing 19 elderly Americans … with a pillow.

Similar to the case of Chemirmir, Ayoola Ajayi, a Nigerian national who was never deported after overstaying his visa, was allowed to work loopholes into legal status and likely engaged in immigration and marriage fraud. He is now accused of sexually assaulting a woman and charged with 19 counts of child porn in addition to being charged with the murder of 23-year-old University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck. Her charred body was found in a shallow grave. Once again, the lack of immigration enforcement leads to death and assault – guns or no guns.

Florida senior beaten and burned by Cuban national. Where’s the vetting?

On Monday, Jorge Lachazo allegedly beat a 75-year-old woman to death in Boca Raton, Florida, while delivering a washer and dryer. He is accused of beating Evelyn Udell to death and setting her body on fire. A DHS source confirms with CR that Lachazo does have legal status, so there is no ICE detainer until he is actually convicted. I’m told further that he is a Cuban national, but it’s unclear how and when he got legal status. But why is the media not investigating his immigration background like they investigate the history of the weapon used in a shooting?

Again, where is the soul-searching on our vetting process for green cards to ensure we don’t add to our existing criminal population through elective immigration policies?

Mother and two daughters burned alive by illegal alien previously charged for assaulting her

In June, Areli Aguirre-Avilez, an illegal alien from Mexico, was charged with murdering a mother and two daughters with a gun in North Carolina. In addition, he was accused of statutory rape and domestic violence. He previously was charged with assaulting the mother (who was his ex-girlfriend) just last December, yet he was never apprehended by DHS.

Finally, it’s important to remember that many illegal aliens do actually use guns to kill, except it is 100 percent illegal for them to own any firearm of any caliber or capacity. Yet an illegal alien was recently charged murdering his wife with a .45-caliber pistol in Washington state last week.

Where is the national discussion on sanctuary cities? Without sanctuaries, illegal aliens could ostensibly not live in this country without being caught. Also, why is there is no investigation into tightening up our screening for green cards?

Where is the outcry of “DO SOMETHING” about the countless avoidable crimes committed by illegal aliens thanks to sanctuaries? Just in New York City, 3,000 illegal aliens were released over just a 12-month period in defiance of ICE detainers. These are all people arrested for crimes other than being here illegally. Now consider that fact that, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 83 percent of all criminals released by states reoffend within 9 years. Every one of those crimes committed by people like this are 100 percent avoidable simply by enforcing federal law against defiance of the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.

Can you imagine if as many people killed by sanctuary policies were killed by mass shootings and Democrats were not saying a word about guns? Now consider the GOP silence on criminal aliens and repeat offender criminals escaping justice. That asymmetry in passion, commitment, and focus is what sets the two parties apart in terms of their devotion to their respective party platforms. (For more from the author of “Sanctuary Cities and Lack of Vetting Continue to Fuel Illegal Alien Crime” please click HERE)

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Border Patrol Drug Dog Catches ‘Almost Two Pounds’ of Fentanyl Pills Hidden in Mexican Woman’s Underwear

Border Patrol agents stopped “almost two pounds” of fentanyl pills from hitting American streets at a port of entry earlier this week, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol statement says.

The catch happened at the Nogales-Mariposa port of entry on the Arizona border on Tuesday afternoon. “Officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 22-year-old Altar, Sonora, Mexico, woman for further inspection at a pedestrian lane after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect,” the press release says. “A subsequent search by officers led to the removal of 5 packages hidden in the woman’s undergarments contain[ing] almost two pounds of fentanyl pills, worth nearly $21,000.”

A picture provided with the press release shows the packages of fentanyl pills seized.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol then turned the suspect over to ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Fentanyl is an extremely potent opioid and a key driver of overdose deaths in the ongoing drug crisis. Just a tiny amount of it can kill someone. According to the DEA, “as little as two milligrams is a lethal dosage in most people.”

The CBP press release does not say what whether or not the pills were pure fentanyl or cut with another substance.

Earlier this week, CR reported that an ICE bust in West Virginia had seized enough fentanyl to kill “potentially more than 750,000 people,” according to United States Attorney Mike Stuart. (For more from the author of “Border Patrol Drug Dog Catches ‘Almost Two Pounds’ of Fentanyl Pills Hidden in Mexican Woman’s Underwear” please click HERE)

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