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Federalist Publisher Ben Domenech railed against President-elect Joe Biden’s capacity to escape substantive questions from the press on Fox News Friday as the incoming president seems to consistently evade real scrutiny from corporate media over his family’s business affairs.

“You don’t have the ability to even put questions to this fellow in any kind of context where you can receive a serious answer,” Domenech said after Biden took questions on his son’s potentially criminal overseas business ventures from late-night comedian Stephen Colbert Thursday. “He’s allowed over and over again to just dismiss it as saying he has confidence in his boy, he’s supportive of his son, he doesn’t believe he’s done anything wrong.”

Biden’s question dodging comes as new revelations surrounding Hunter Biden’s business continue to emerge. On Wednesday, new emails published by Fox News show Hunter Biden speaking on behalf of the entire family while requesting $10 million to open a Biden family venture from Chinese businessmen with deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Emails dated a month later reported by the New York Post in October revealed Joe Biden was set to receive millions of a $10 million-contract with Hunter Biden for “introductions alone.”

“There are legitimate questions about all of this, questions that tie not just to Hunter Biden’s behavior but to his father’s potential awareness and potential role in all of this going on,” Domenech said. “But instead we have to rely on late night comics in terms of access to the president-elect.”

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Domenech also criticized Democrats’ dismissal of reports showing Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell’s harboring a close and allegedly romantic relationship with a Chinese spy.

“The fact that Adam Schiff is acting dismissive of all of this, can you imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and it was some Republican on the intel committee having a close relationship with a Russian spy?” Domenech said. “He would be raising high heaven, and this is the sort of situation where I think again you cannot take these people seriously when they come to you about intelligence threats … if they’re going to be so dismissive and partisan when it comes to issues that are so clear cut.”



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Convicted fundraiser who tried to work his way into Biden’s inner circle sentenced to prison

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Amajor Democratic bundler, who raised large sums for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and consorted with Joe Biden, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for what prosecutors said was a “mercenary” political influence scheme.

Imaad Zuberi, a Californian businessman was sentenced Thursday for schemes to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, then take millions of dollars for himself.

The Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. Assistant Attorney Daniel J. O’Brien said Zuberi was “purely a mercenary, funneling money to whomever he believed would do his bidding.”

Among the many unsealed court records, Zuberi was seen photographed with Joe Biden and Barack Obama when they were Vice President and President. He was also pictured with former President Bill Clinton and former presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. He took pictures with former Republican Rep. Paul Ryan when he was speaker of the House as well as the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Also included in the Times report was a hacked email chain released on WikiLeaks. Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook messaged colleagues saying, “I’m OK taking the money and dealing with any attacks.” Jennifer Palmieri responded saying, “Take the money!”

He also attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in New York City in 2016 as well as serving as a co-chair of The Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee.

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Zuberi made more than $950,000 in unlawful donations to the political committees of Obama, Clinton, McCain and others. Zuberi’s activities extended as far as a recent attempt to work his way into the Biden circle, according to Politico.  

In addition to the money he made, Zuberi also raised $270,000 for Hillary Clinton and $1.3 million for President Obama.

Zuberi, 50, pleaded guilty to a “three-count information charging with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)” for making false statements on a FARA filing as well as tax evasion and illegal contributions to political campaigns. He also pleaded guilty in a separate case earlier in June 2020 to a count of obstruction of justice.

“Zuberi turned acting as an unregistered foreign agent into a business enterprise,” Assistant Attorney General for National Secretary John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice news release.

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Cruz responds to pictures of him on Mexico flight, with Texas struggling from deadly winter storm

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Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that he flew earlier this week to Mexico with family members, following the emergence of pictures appearing to show him in an airplane cabin and at a check-in counter, as fellow residents to recover from a deadly winter storm.

Cruz said in a statement that he accompanied his daughters on a flight Wednesday night to Mexico because they had the week off with school canceled.

“Wanting to be a good dad,” said Cruz, who also stated he is returning to Texas on Thursday afternoon.

The storms has been connected to at least seven deaths in Texas and knocked out power to as many as 2.5 million residents. The number of residents without electricity as of Thursday morning was down to less than 1 million, officials said.  

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“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” Cruz also said. “We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”

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South Carolina House passes bill that would prohibit most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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