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Greene Won’t Confirm Rumors of Her Being Kicked Out Of House Freedom Caucus

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has refused to say whether the rumors of her removal from the House Freedom Caucus are true.

In a statement to The Epoch Times, Ms. Greene, who has represented Georgia’s 14th Congressional District since 2021, did not confirm or deny she was kicked out of the right-wing group.

“In Congress, I serve Northwest Georgia first, and serve no group in Washington,” she said.

“My America First credentials, guided by my Christian faith, are forged in steel, seared into my character, and will never change,” she continued. “I fight every single day in the halls of Congress against the hate-America Democrats, who are trying to destroy this country.

“I will work with anyone who wants to secure our border, protect our children inside the womb and after they are born, end the forever foreign wars, and do the work to save this country.

“The GOP has less than two years to show America what a strong, unified Republican-led Congress will do when President [Donald] Trump wins the White House in 2024.

“This is my focus, nothing else.”

While Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), who is on the caucus’ board, told Politico that a vote was taken just before the July 4 congressional recess to remove Greene from the group, Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho), another House Freedom Caucus member, told The Epoch Times that he was unaware of such a move.

When asked if Greene had actually been expelled from the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.) declined to comment, saying he was “not at liberty to discuss these things” since he had agreed to confidentiality.

Ms. Greene has been at odds with the House Freedom Caucus during the 118th Congress.

She heavily supported House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from the start in order to win the gavel, but other members of the caucus showed resistance and were able to pressure Mr. McCarthy into making important concessions, such as reducing the number of House members required to file a motion to vacate the chair from five to one and requiring a 72-hour notice before a bill is read and considered by the entire body.

These and other concessions allowed Mr. McCarthy to advance to the position of second in line for the presidency.

Greene also voted in favor of the debt ceiling law, which raises the debt ceiling until January 1, 2025, in contrast to the majority of her caucus members.

Additionally, Greene has been accused of calling Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), a fellow member of the House Freedom Caucus, a “little [expletive]” during an altercation they had on the House floor on June 21.

While Greene had already proposed articles of impeachment against Alejandro Mayorkas, Merrick Garland, Christopher Wray, and Matthew Graves, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, it seems that Greene did not appreciate Boebert submitting one against President Joe Biden.

Congress will resume its busy agenda next week with or without Greene in the Freedom Caucus because the fiscal year ends at the end of September and because no appropriations bills have yet to pass either, much less both, chambers.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s reauthorizations to continue allowing the surveillance of foreign countries, people, and entities are up for renewal, along with a farm bill dealing with agricultural and food policy.

Furthermore, there will be important hearings the following week, including one on July 11 by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding the scandalous merger of the PGA Tour and Saudi-funded LIV Golf.

Despite the subcommittee’s request, the PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the governor of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, which supports LIV Golf, have all declined to appear before it.

Mr. Norman and Mr. Al-Rumayyan cited “scheduling conflicts” as to why they will not appear for the hearing—according to the subcommittee’s chairman Richard Blumenthal—while Mr. Monahan has been on medical leave since June.

Instead, PGA Tour Chief Operating Officer Ron Price and PGA Tour board member Jimmy Dunne will appear before the subcommittee.

On July 12, Mr. Wray is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee in what is likely to be an explosive hearing.

Mr. Wray, a Republican, has come under fire for—among numerous issues—allegedly allowing the FBI to be weaponized against conservatives.

He is accused of failing to hold those responsible for the Steele Dossier, which led to the surveillance of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, the special counsel investigation that concluded there was no collusion between the campaign and Russia, and the FBI being called to school board meetings after parents voiced their displeasure and anger over the far-Left and explicit material being taught to children.

Additionally, Wray has come under fire from the GOP for withholding documents that are allegedly connected to the corruption of Mr. Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

Under threat of contempt, Wray allowed members of the House Oversight Committee to view in a classified setting an unclassified document alleging Mr. Biden taking a bribe from a foreign official when he was vice president.

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New York Democrat Arrested and Charged with Felony For Faking Signatures on Election Petition, Including Dead People

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Peekskill Common Council member Rob Scott sought to advance his political career by challenging incumbent County Legislator Colin Smith for the seat in last year’s Democratic primary.

That effort ended in late April 2023 when the County Board of Elections threw out 217 of the 531 signatures Scott submitted on his ballot petitions, leaving him far short of the required number of 500.

Now, Scott is facing criminal charges for filing false documents.

In a statement, County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah said Scott was arrested and charged with filing designating petitions containing forged signatures for a seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators in the June 2023 Democratic primary election.

“Free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy. Undermining the petition process in an attempt to get on the ballot in an election violates the public’s trust,” Rocah said.

Scott was charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a felony, and was issued a desk appearance ticket for an April 30 arraignment in White Plains City Court. It is a class E felony. According to the District Attorney’s office, there is a wide range of potential sentences associated with this charge, ranging from a minimum of probation up to a maximum of one and a third  to four years in state prison.

The DA alleges that on April 10, 2023 Scott filed designating petitions with the Westchester County Board of Elections containing forged signatures of eight individuals who told DA’s Office investigators that they never signed a petition for the defendant.  The alleged forged signatures appeared on three of the 37 sheets that the defendant signed as a witness, the complaint alleges.

The Criminal Investigators Squad of the DA’s Office launched an investigation in July 2023 after receiving complaints from individuals whose signatures were forged. The case is being prosecuted by the Public Integrity and Law Enforcement Integrity Bureau.

Scott told The Herald that he was issued a desk appearance ticket and will have to go to court and take it from there. “It wasn’t like a dramatic, crazy thing it was very respectful. I have been in communication and in full cooperation with the DAs office since the beginning of this complaint and hope the matter can be put behind us shortly so that I, as an elected official, can get back to what’s most important, which is being in service of our community. I ask for patience as we sort through the matter, Councilman Scott said.

Scott’s ballot petitions challenged in court last April

Allegations charging Scott with falsifying signatures on his ballot petitions first surfaced in April 2023 when a lawsuit was filed against Scott and the Westchester County Board of Elections by Democratic party official Marcia Stone, Vice-Chair of the Yorktown Democratic Committee, and County Legislator Smith.

In their lawsuit, Stone and Smith listed 26 reasons the Scott ballots should be rejected. The allegations included signatures not signed by the person named, people who were not registered Democrats, alterations made to dates and signatures, signatures from people who had already signed Smith’s petitions earlier and that some signatures were forged and written by the same hand.

Four Peekskill residents – Debby and Bob Mickelson and Cathy Martone and David Hallerman – told the Journal News that their signatures were forged on Scott’s petitions.

All those allegations in the lawsuit became moot when the Board rejected Scott’s petitions and kept him off the ballot. The Board did not have the authority to pursue criminal charges and the matter seemed to be at an end. Now the County District Attorney’s office has charged Scott with criminal acts.

“Although I am disheartened at the news of Councilman Scott’s arrest, I applaud the District Attorney’s office for taking a strong stance on public integrity. Clearly, there was enough evidence of criminal conduct to warrant bringing these charges. Our elected officials must be held to a higher standard. Let this arrest serve as a warning to those who would attempt to subvert the rule of law for their own selfish gain that such self-serving behavior will not be tolerated. Councilman Scott should immediately resign,” County Legislator Colin Smith said.

Scott denied any wrongdoing in comments last year

In a published report last year, Scott denied forging signatures on his petitions and said that he was stunned to learn that his petition included the names of people who had not signed, including three dead people.

In his biography on the city website, Scott says he’s been a resident of Peekskill for over 25 years and is the owner/operator of the health establishment, PK Blendz Juice Bar.

Rob Scott at his business on Main Street. (Photo by Regina Clarkin)

“Scott is a vegan and licensed personal trainer. Mr. Scott is dedicated to building strong healthy families in the City of Peekskill through education and equitable grown. He is also a father of two children whom he is raising with his wife and high school sweetheart of 25 plus years,” his website bio reads.

“I’m a believer that we have the power to define and redefine, reality is only a reflection of our thoughts” – Rob Scott

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REPORT: U.S. quietly facilitated over 100 arms sales to Israel without approval of Congress

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The United States has approved and delivered on more than 100 arms sales to Israel since October 7, U.S. officials recently told Congress in a classified briefing, according to a Washington Post report on Wednesday.

The report, citing unnamed US officials, revealed that thousands of precision-guided munitions, small-diameter bombs, and other weapons were sold. These sales didn’t require prior approval from Congress as each fell below the minimum amount for consideration. Former Biden administration official Jeremy Konyndyk, speaking to the Washington Post, suggested that the high volume of sales in a short period indicates Israel’s reliance on U.S. support for its operations against Hamas in Gaza. Konyndyk, now president of Refugees International, urged the U.S. to leverage weapons sales to pressure Israel into accepting a ceasefire in Gaza.

State Department spokesman Matt Miller told the Washington Post that the Biden administration has “followed the procedures Congress itself has specified to keep members well-informed, and regularly briefs members even when formal notification is not a legal requirement.”

U.S. officials have “engaged Congress” on arms deliveries to Israel “more than 200 times” since October, Miller said.

The report said a senior State Department official declined to provide the total number of all US weapons transferred to Israel, or their costs, since Oc tober 7, but said they include new sales and “active” foreign military sales or FMSs.

“These are items that are typical for any modern military, including one that is as sophisticated as Israel’s,” the official said.

In a Wednesday column, David Ignatius of the Washington Post reported that the U.S. is contemplating measures to prevent Israel from deploying American arms in an anticipated offensive in Rafah, a southern city in Gaza where over half of the territory’s population has sought refuge during the conflict. The U.S. has emphasized that Israel must demonstrate a strategy to safeguard civilians before initiating a ground operation in Rafah. While Israel has committed to evacuating residents, it has not finalized its military strategy or disclosed relocation plans for civilians.

Ignatius wrote that US President Joe Biden and other officials “haven’t made any decision about imposing ‘conditionality’ on US weapons. But the very fact that officials seem to be debating this extreme step shows the administration’s growing concern about the crisis in Gaza.”

“If Israel launches an offensive in Rafah without adequately protecting the displaced civilian population, it may precipitate an unprecedented crisis in US-Israel relations, even involving arms supplies,” former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk was quoted as saying in the column.

Democratic lawmakers are urging the Biden administration to pressure Israel into alleviating the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. Some are considering withholding approved military aid if conditions for civilians do not improve. Senator Chris Van Hollen emphasized the need for leveraging all available influence, urging the administration to hold back military assistance unless Israel takes steps to facilitate aid shipments into Gaza.

Israeli claims that aid deliveries are hindered by logistical issues have been met with skepticism. The White House has refrained from imposing conditions on aid to Israel, prompting concerns among lawmakers about the escalating crisis. Discussions of potential actions coincide with President Biden’s upcoming State of the Union address, where policy priorities will be outlined. The possibility of withholding arms sales to Israel under US law is also being considered, though it could spark contentious debates. Additionally, House Democrats have expressed deep concern about the plight of civilians in Gaza, further underscoring the urgency of addressing the humanitarian crisis amid ongoing conflict.

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