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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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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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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The ‘It’s Easier to Buy a Gun Than Cold Medicine’ Crowd Just Got Slapped with Reality; Trump to Release Gun Control Proposals

By Townhall. Okay—let’s look at the positives of this story. A Business Insider reporter, Hayley Peterson, tried to buy a gun at Walmart to test “the placement, selection, marketing, and security of firearms in Walmart’s stores, and to learn more about the retailer’s processes governing gun sales.” In other words, she wanted to make sure that background checks work. So, she’s going to try and buy a gun, which is something that tens of millions of Americans have already done. And she walked into a Walmart—a family-owned business that’s anathema to the Left. After the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Walmart has been hit with a petition to end all gun sales.

During the process, Peterson admits that the process was more complicated than the false narrative that’s peddled by the liberal media, the most popular being that it’s easier to buy a gun than cold medicine. Well, her journey just slapped all those clowns who thought that with reality. Background checks are effective. Everyone who goes through a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer to buy their firearms, which is the vast majority of sales in this country, has to undergo a background check. Period. It’s the law (via Business Insider):

Walmart stopped selling handguns in the 1990s and removed semiautomatic rifles, such as the AR-15, from stores in 2015. . .

A Walmart spokesman later told me that to sell firearms, employees must pass both an enhanced criminal background check and annual online training, provided by Walmart, that includes a mock gun transaction.

Walmart also complies with state-specific requirements where applicable. Illinois, for example, requires people who sell guns to have a firearm-owner identification card, issued by state police.

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Trump to Release Gun Control Proposals, Including Background Check Updates

By Politico. President Donald Trump will unveil a series of proposals — including suggested changes to background checks — in the coming weeks, according to the White House, following mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

It remains unclear exactly what Trump will recommend, though, adding little clarity to the president’s confounding remarks on the subject in recent weeks. Trump and his aides on Wednesday would only say that the president will offer ways to close “loopholes” in the background check system, while declining to reveal any details.

The White House did not give a timetable for the proposals — which will likely include other legislation and executive actions addressing domestic terrorism, violent video games and mental health treatment — but suggested that the package would be timed to Congress’s return in early September. The president received a formal briefing on Tuesday from his staff about the possible options, according to a White House official. (Read more from “Trump to Release Gun Control Proposals, Including Background Check Updates” HERE)

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Liberal Commentator Profanely Attacks Rep. Crenshaw, Says ‘Brave’ Fighter Took His Eye

Hasan Piker, a contributor with the left-wing “Young Turks” network, unleashed a vulgar rant on Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, a Navy SEAL veteran whom Piker claimed lost his eye to a “brave” soldier.

Crenshaw, who now wears an eyepatch, lost his eye in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan. Piker appeared to be describing the Mujahideen, guerilla fighters in Islamic countries, as “brave.” . . .

“What the f–k is wrong with this dude? Didn’t he go to war and literally lose his eye because some Mujahideen — a brave f—–g solider — f—ed his eyehole with their d–k?” Piker asked Tuesday on the live streaming video platform Twitch. . .

Crenshaw responded on Wednesday night, laughing at Piker’s outrage and suggesting the liberal commentator was spewing a “weird terrorist fantasy.”

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