Senator Proposes Travel Ban in Response to Coronavirus; U.S. Urges Americans to ‘Reconsider’ China Travel; More Suspected Cases Reported In U.S., Number ‘Will Only Increase’

By Daily Wire. On Friday, freshman Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who is very outspoken on the 21s century geopolitical threat posed by China, raised with leading Trump administration officials the possibility of restricting or temporarily outright cutting off travel with the country due to the coronavirus that recently emanated from there.

Hawley “sent a letter Friday to the heads of four government agencies to ask whether the Trump administration was considering any potential Chinese travel ban to prevent an American outbreak of the coronavirus,” National Review reported.

Specifically, Hawley tweeted: “As deadly #coronavirus spreads, this morning I’ve written to the Secretary of State and others to ask whether temporary travel restrictions from affected areas in China may be necessary, and if they are, when American travelers will be notified. Public safety must be #1 priority.”

The tweet accompanied a letter that Hawley sent on Friday to four Cabinet secretaries or acting secretaries: Alex Azar of the Department of Health and Human Services, Chad Wolf of the Department of Homeland Security, Elaine Chao of the Department of Transportation, and Mike Pompeo of the State Department. (Read more from “Senator Proposes Travel Ban in Response to Coronavirus” HERE)


Coronavirus Outbreak: U.S. Urges Americans to ‘Reconsider’ China Travel, Plans to Move Personnel out of Wuhan

By Fox News. The State Department on Monday urged Americans to reconsider traveling to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus, and said it ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their families out of the country.

The travel advisory increase from Level 2 to Level 3 comes as Chinese authorities continue to impose quarantines and travel restrictions in and around Wuhan, where the virus was first reported last year.

At least 80 people have died and nearly 2,000 have been infected. The warning said travelers should avoid non-essential travel to China. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued a Level 3 warning to avoid all travel to China.

The agency said it has chartered a flight for American government personnel in Wuhan for Wednesday morning. The flight will depart Wuhan Tianhe International Airport and ultimately arrive in Ontario, Calif., a State Department officials said.

Passengers will be screened for symptoms at the airport in Wuhan before leaving. Some U.S. citizens will be offered space on the flight but will have to reimburse the government. (Read more from “Coronavirus Outbreak: U.S. Urges Americans to ‘Reconsider’ China Travel, Plans to Move Personnel out of Wuhan” HERE)


CDC: 110 Suspected Coronavirus Cases in U.S. Under Investigation, Number ‘Will Only Increase’

By Fox News. Health officials monitoring the coronavirus in the U.S. said there are currently 110 “persons under investigation” across 26 states, noting that the number “will only increase” as the outbreak in China continues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an update on Monday that five of the cases in the U.S. tested positive for the novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, and 32 so far had produced negative results.

At this point, the CDC said the virus does appear to have mutated, but described the outbreak as a “rapidly changing situation.” The virus has killed at least 81 people in China and sickened over 2,700 more. The CDC said 16 other international locations had reported a case of the virus. All five cases confirmed in the U.S. have been in those who traveled to Wuhan recently, where officials have traced the outbreak to a live animal and seafood market. Since the first cases were reported in early December, the virus has been found to be transmissible between humans.

The health agency said that on Sunday it updated its travel recommendations for those making their way through China and encouraged travelers to take enhanced precautions which include “avoiding contact with sick people,” and discussing travel plans with a health care provider, especially for those who are older or who have underlying health issues. (Read more from “CDC: 110 Suspected Coronavirus Cases in U.S. Under Investigation, Number ‘Will Only Increase'” HERE)

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Top British Spy Report: ‘Strong Possibility’ That Anti-Trump Dossier Was Completely Fabricated

A British author who specializes in espionage raised serious doubts about former MI6 officer Christopher Steele’s salacious dossier, which was included in the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Rupert Allason, a former member of Parliament whose pen name is Nigel West, conducted a forensic analysis of Steele’s work, which made stunning allegations about coordination between Trump’s camp and Russia. He came away “stunned” by what he viewed to be a poor job by a former intelligence officer whom he once considered to be a friend.

“There is … a strong possibility that all Steele’s material has been fabricated,” Allason wrote in a report obtained by the British newspaper Sunday Times. . .

Allason’s report comes in the wake of an assessment by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who condemned Steele, 55, and the FBI for its reliance on his dossier to obtain warrants for wiretapping onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Additionally, special counsel Robert Mueller concluded an investigation last year that found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. . .

Horowitz’s report, which was released in December and faulted the Justice Department and the FBI for 17 “significant errors and omissions” in its submissions to the FISA court, showed that FBI interviews with Steele’s primary Moscow-based source, beginning in January 2017, “raised significant questions about the reliability of the Steele election reporting.” This source claimed that much of what he told Steele was “hearsay” or, in the case of the “pee tape,” just “rumor and speculation” from a sub-source, reported by some to likely be Belarus-born businessman Sergei Millian. Millian, however, has denied being a source for the dossier. (Read more from “Top British Spy Report: ‘Strong Possibility’ That Anti-Trump Dossier Was Completely Fabricated” HERE)

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Biden on Minority Support: ‘I Was Raised in the Black Church’

By Washington Examiner. Joe Biden spoke of his connection to black voters at an NAACP event Sunday afternoon and claimed his “political identity” was molded by minorities in his home state of Delaware.

“I have a lot of black support because that’s where I come from. I was raised in the black church, politically, not a joke,” the former vice president said in Des Moines. “When I got into politics, I was the only white guy working on the east side, in the projects, because these were the guys I grew up with. These were the guys I worked with.” . . .

He spoke extensively on his consistent support from black Democrats, which a number of polls show back him by double-digits over his rivals. That consistent support, Biden said, was because of his decades-long relationship with black voters that started when he was a city council member in Wilmington, Delaware. During his time as a local politician, Biden said he would “go to a black church after regular mass every Sunday.” (Read more from “Biden on Minority Support: ‘I Was Raised in the Black Church'” HERE)


Bernie Sanders Leading Joe Biden in New Poll

By NBC Boston. Bernie Sanders has moved into first place among Democratic presidential contenders in New Hampshire, according to a new NBC10 Boston/Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll.

The poll, released Monday, has Sanders in first place at 29%, followed by Joe Biden at 22% and Elizabeth Warren at 16%. They are trailed by Pete Buttigieg at 10% and Amy Klobuchar at 5%.

Among likely Republican primary voters, 72% said they would vote for President Donald Trump if the primary were held today, down from 79% two weeks ago. (Read more from “Bernie Sanders Leading Joe Biden in New Poll” HERE)

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Hunter Biden Agrees to Temporary Child Support Settlement for Ex-Stripper Baby Mama

Hunter Biden has reportedly agreed to pay a temporary child support settlement to the ex-stripper mother of his child.

The son of former Vice President Joe Biden agreed to begin paying monthly child support as well as back payments starting from Nov. 1, 2018 to his former lover Lunden Alexis Roberts, with whom he has a 1-year-old child, per Page Six in a piece published Monday. The temporary amount was not disclosed.

Biden must submit financial records by March 1 at which time the court has reserved the “right to retroactively or modify child support” based off that information and set the final amount.

In November 2019, DNA test results revealed Biden was indeed the father of Roberts’ child. Hunter initially denied the allegations back in August and requested that the court dismiss the allegations altogether. (Read more from “Hunter Biden Agrees to Temporary Child Support Settlement for Ex-Stripper Baby Mama” HERE)

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Supreme Court Allows Trump’s ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Rule to Take Effect

The Supreme Court said Monday that it will allow the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule to take effect after the immigration policy had been blocked by lower courts.

The 5-4 vote was divided along partisan lines, with the court’s four Democratic appointees indicating that they would not have allowed the policy to be enforced.

The court’s five conservatives, including Chief Justice John Roberts, formed the majority siding with the administration. The decision came as Roberts was presiding over President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate.

The rule, which was proposed in August, will make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain permanent residency, or green cards, if they have used or are likely to use public benefits like food stamps and Medicaid.

Under previous federal rules, a more narrow universe of public benefits, such as cash assistance and long-term hospitalization, were considered in determining whether an immigrant was likely to become a “public charge.” (Read more from “Supreme Court Allows Trump’s ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Rule to Take Effect” HERE)

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Report: Prince Andrew Being ‘Uncooperative’ in Epstein Probe

By Daily Wire. As the British royal family faces intense media scrutiny, Prince Andrew is reportedly being “uncooperative” with investigators regarding his relationship with convicted billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Since Epstein allegedly committed suicide in his jail cell late last year, the FBI and other law agencies have been seeking to interview the Duke of York, but he has been largely unresponsive.

“U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman told reporters Monday that federal prosecutors have not heard back from Andrew,” reports Fox Business. “Despite their request to interview him, the duke has ‘provided zero cooperation’ in their efforts, Berman said, at a news conference outside Epstein’s New York mansion.” . . .

The news of Prince Andrew’s lack of cooperation directly contradicts his past statements indicating he would cooperate with investigators following Epstein’s death. This past November, the Duke of York even announced he would be stepping back from his public duties.

“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work,” he continued. “I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.” (Read more from “Report: Prince Andrew Being ‘Uncooperative’ in Epstein Probe” HERE)


Virgin Islands AG says Jeffrey Epstein estate executors have a conflict of interest

By New York Post. The attorney general for the US Virgin Islands said she does not trust the two executors of Jeffrey Epstein’s estate to handle the case because they have a conflict of interest, according to new court papers.

Attorney General Denise George alleged in a Jan. 15 lawsuit that Epstein sexually abused so many underage girls on his private islands Little St. James and Great St. James as recently as last year that he needed a computer database to keep track of them. The AG is seeking forfeitures and penalties including the seizure of his two islands.

Now, George wants to intervene in the dead pedophile’s estate case to make sure her claims are represented and to ensure VI laws are followed especially given, George says, the fact that the executors of the estate have a conflict of interest, according to court documents made public Monday.

George says there is a conflict of interest because the two executors of the financier’s estate, Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn, “served as officers or trustees” of companies and Epstein’s trust which are named in her lawsuit. (Read more from “Report: Prince Andrew Being ‘Uncooperative’ in Epstein Probe” HERE)

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FBI Restricts Information Obtained From Carter Page FISA Surveillance

The FBI has restricted all the evidence obtained through the wiretapping of former Trump campaign staffer Carter Page.

Revealed in a Jan. 7 filing by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that was made public on Thursday, the government said the bureau chose to “sequester all collection the FBI acquired pursuant to the Court’s authorizations” to grant a warrant and three extensions for the electronic surveillance of Page, a U.S. citizen who was suspected of acting as an agent of Russia but was never charged with any wrongdoing.

The filing, signed off by presiding FISA court Judge James Boasberg, further stated that the “sequester” would remain in place until the completion of a further review of the DOJ inspector general report on the Page FISA warrants and the “outcome of related investigations and any litigation.”

“The government has not described what steps are involved in such sequestration or when it will be completed,” Boasberg wrote. “It has, however, undertaken to ‘provide an update to the court when the FBI completes the sequestration.'”

Boasberg’s filing made headlines on Thursday for showing the Justice Department conceded that there was insufficient evidence to justify the last two of four orders covering the final several months of electronic surveillance of Page during the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign. The initial order came in October 2016, and the electronic surveillance stretched into the summer of 2017 with a trio of extensions at three-month intervals. It remains unclear whether the Justice Department believes the first two orders targeting Page were similarly flawed. (Read more from “FBI Restricts Information Obtained From Carter Page FISA Surveillance” HERE)

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Democrats Step up Pressure Over Witnesses After Bolton Bombshell; Bolton Slams ‘Corrupted’ National Security Council Review Process After Book Excerpt Leaks

By The Hill. Democrats are stepping up pressure on Republicans to support calling witnesses as part of President Trump’s impeachment trial after a bombshell New York Times report Sunday evening.

The Times, citing sources familiar with former national security adviser John Bolton’s unpublished memoir, reported that Bolton claims President Trump sought to tie $391 million in aid to Ukraine to his requests for the country’s leaders to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. The Hill has not seen or verified the manuscript.

Democrats, including House impeachment managers, immediately seized on the report, arguing it underscores the need for Bolton and other administration officials to testify.

“John Bolton has the evidence,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wrote in a tweet. “It’s up to four Senate Republicans to ensure that John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, and the others with direct knowledge of President Trump’s actions testify in the Senate trial.” . . .

Trump’s legal team began presenting its defense on Saturday, including arguing that the president’s decision to hold up Ukraine aid was tied to concerns about corruption or a belief that Europe wasn’t doing enough to support Ukraine. (Read more from “Democrats Step up Pressure Over Witnesses After Bolton Bombshell” HERE)


Bolton Slams ‘Corrupted’ National Security Council Review Process After Book Excerpt Leaks

By Fox News. A top aide to former national security adviser John Bolton is disputing part of a Sunday report in The New York Times, which claimed Bolton had shared a manuscript of his forthcoming book with “close associates” — and Bolton’s lawyer is saying the National Security Council’s review process of pending manuscripts is “corrupted.”

The Times reported that the manuscript included a bombshell claim that Trump explicitly linked a hold on Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden.

Trump told Bolton in August, according to a transcript of Bolton’s forthcoming book reviewed by the Times, “that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens.”

The Times reported that Bolton had circulated “drafts of a manuscript he has circulated in recent weeks to close associates” and also “sent a draft to the White House for a standard review process for some current and former administration officials who write books.” . . .

In a statement obtained by Fox News, Bolton attorney Charles Cooper lamened that the review process had been “corrupted.” (Read more from “Bolton Slams ‘Corrupted’ National Security Council Review Process After Book Excerpt Leaks” HERE)

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Did Adam Schiff Hide ‘Potentially Exculpatory’ Evidence From Trump’s Lawyers?

By The Blaze. According to President Donald Trump’s legal team, Democrats are concealing the testimony of a major witness the House questioned during its investigation into the Ukraine matter.

Alex Swoyer and S.A. Miller at the Washington Times reported that House Democrats are refusing to disclose the testimony of Michael Atkinson, the intelligence agency inspector general with firsthand knowledge of the origins of the whistleblower complaint that resulted in Trump’s impeachment. . .

At least one Republican who was present during Atkinson’s testimony says the reason why Democrats are not sharing the information is because it does not advance House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s impeachment case against the president.

“The reason it hasn’t been released is it’s not helpful to Adam Schiff. It is not helpful to the whistleblower,” Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said. “It raises credibility issues about both of them.”

The Times also noted that the evidence may be “potentially exculpatory” for the president. However, members of the House Intelligence Committee who conducted the interview are not allowed to disclose the details of the discussion, as it could reveal potentially sensitive intelligence information. (Read more from “Did Adam Schiff Hide ‘Potentially Exculpatory’ Evidence From Trump’s Lawyers?” HERE)


Schiff: ‘No Exoneration’ for Trump Without Witnesses at Senate Trial

By NBC News. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, the lead Democratic impeachment manager, warned Sunday that a Senate trial without additional witnesses won’t translate to an exoneration of President Donald Trump, who is charged with abusing his office for political gain.

Speaking two days after the House impeachment managers wrapped up their opening arguments, and the day after Trump’s legal team began their defense arguments, Schiff accused the president’s team of trying to convince senators “you don’t need a fair trial” that calls witnesses who had first-hand knowledge of the accusations against the president.

“If they are successful in depriving the country of a fair trial, there is no exoneration,” Schiff said during an exclusive interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Americans will recognize that the country did not get what the founders intended.”

Schiff and his fellow House Democratic impeachment managers finished up their testimony on Friday before President Trump’s legal team began their defense. (Read more from “Schiff: ‘No Exoneration’ for Trump Without Witnesses at Senate Trial” HERE)

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Joe Biden Claims Transgender Equality Is the ‘Civil Rights Movement of Our Time’

Former Vice President Joe Biden is trying to capitalize off of a rift between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) supporters over a quasi-endorsement from comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan by announcing his unqualified support for “trangender equality” in a tweet.

“Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time,” Biden said on social media Saturday night. “There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights.”

Biden did not elaborate on what he belives constitutes “transgender equality,” and what he considers “compromise” on the issue, nor did he mention either Sanders or Rogan by name, but the reference was clear to those progressives currently battling over whether Sanders was right to Rogan’s support on his own social media profiles.

The statement isn’t necessarily a departure for Biden who, back in April, mentioned that he would support the “Equality Act,” a Democrat-authored House bill that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights act to outlaw discrimination based on “sexual orientation and gender identity.” That bill is controversial, as it includes language designed to compel public schools to allow transgender individuals who identify as female (but who are biologically male) to compete against female athletes on female-only sports teams.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) one of the bill’s more prominent sponsors, made it clear that expanding “access” to transgender athletes is a key element of the bill, denying biological reality: “Many states have sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination laws, and all of them still have women’s sports. Arguments about transgender athletes participating in sports in accordance with their gender identity having competitive advantages have not been borne out.” (Read more from “Joe Biden Claims Transgender Equality Is the ‘Civil Rights Movement of Our Time'” HERE)

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