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‘Facebook Files’ Reveal Despicable Disregard for the Constitution

July 31 - Last week’s revelation that Facebook took orders from the Biden Administration to censor even accurate information about Covid is the latest example of the US government’s disregard for our Constitution. Thanks to Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, we now know the extent to which the Biden Administration went in its proxy war against the First Amendment.

Getting the information wasn’t easy. It was only after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was threatened with being held in contempt of Congress that he relented and shared information with the Judiciary Committee about Biden Administration pressure to censor Americans on Facebook who disagreed with White House policy on Covid.

What we have discovered thus far is disgusting. For example, in April 2021, a Facebook employee sent a message to top executives in the company complaining that, “we are facing continued pressure from external stakeholders, including the [Biden] White House” to remove posts. In another example, senior executive Nick Clegg complained that Andy Slavitt, a Senior Advisor to President Biden, was “outraged…that [Facebook] did not remove” a particular post, according to Rep. Jordan’s report.

Rep. Jordan revealed that the “offending post” that the Biden Administration wanted removed was simply a joke making fun of possible vaccine injury down the road. The Biden Administration even wanted to “protect” us from jokes that it didn’t like.

The Administration did not stop at targeting what it called “misinformation.” As Constitutional Law Professor Jonathan Turley noted in a recent column, “the administration also demanded the removal of ‘malinformation’ that is ‘based on fact, but used out of context to mislead, harm, or manipulate.’” So the Biden Administration wanted to “cancel” even truthful information counter to its own preferred narrative.

This level of contempt for our Constitution is shocking. As Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. – who was himself censored at the behest of the Biden Administration – testified recently before Congress: “A government that can censor its critics has license for every atrocity. It is the beginning of totalitarianism.”

Who knows how many thousands of Facebook accounts were banned or restricted at the behest of the Biden White House. Early last year I received notice that my own Facebook Page was “restricted” for 90 days because I pointed out that the CEO of Pfizer once claimed that his Covid shot was “100 effective” but later changed his story. The post was completely accurate but still my page was targeted.

Although some are using this information for partisan gain against the Democrats in power, Americans should not delude themselves: left unchecked, there is little reason to believe a Republican Administration would show any more respect for the Constitution than the Biden Administration. Both parties have shown themselves to be selective in their pledged oath to uphold and defend the US Constitution.

It is just as unconstitutional – and thus illegal – for the US Government to violate the First Amendment by proxy – through so-called private companies – as if the government directly attacked our free speech. We must remember that the unprecedented US government censorship of Americans during Covid was just the test run. Be assured that when the next “crisis” comes – and it will – the authoritarians in charge will again ramp up the censorship machine unless we do something about it.


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Breaking: Joe Biden Joined Hunter’s Meetings with Foreign Business Associates over 20 Times, Devon Archer Says

Then-vice president Joe Biden joined Hunter Biden’s business meetings via phone or in person at least 20 times and was sold by his son as “the brand” in overseas business dealings, the younger Biden’s business associate told the House Oversight Committee in closed-door testimony on Monday. 

House Oversight Committee chairman James Comer said in a statement Monday that testimony from Devon Archer “confirms Joe Biden lied to the American people when he said he had no knowledge about his son’s business dealings and was not involved.” 

Archer worked with Hunter Biden on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings beginning in 2014. The pair went on to found the investment firm Rosemont Seneca together, where Archer served as managing director.

“Joe Biden was ‘the brand’ that his son sold around the world to enrich the Biden family,” Comer adds. “When Joe Biden was Vice President of the United States, he joined Hunter Biden’s dinners with his foreign business associates in person or by speakerphone over 20 times. When Burisma’s owner faced pressure from the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating the company for corruption, Archer testified that Burisma executives asked Hunter to ‘call D.C.’ after a Burisma board meeting in Dubai.”

Archer testified that then-vice president Biden joined Hunter Biden’s business meetings via phone with a French energy company and with Jonathan Li, the CEO of BHR in China. Archer said then-vice president Biden also had coffee with Li in Beijing and even wrote a college letter of recommendation for Li’s daughter.

He told the committee that Hunter Biden’s value on Burisma’s board was “the brand.” Archer said then-vice president Biden was “the brand.”

“Burisma would have gone out of business if ‘the brand’ had not been attached to it,” Archer said, according to the committee. 

He testified that the Biden brand helped the company partly because people would have been intimidated to mess with Burisma legally because of the Bidens.

Archer told the committee that the owner of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky, and an executive, Vadym Pozharski, pressured the younger Biden to get help from D.C. with Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating the company for corruption at the time. Hunter Biden and the two Burisma executives “called D.C.” to discuss the matter, according to Archer.

The committee says the testimony “raises concerns that Hunter Biden was in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.”

Then-vice president Biden also attended a business dinner with Hunter Biden in the spring of 2014 with his associates at Cafe Milano in Washington, D.C., according to the testimony. Elena Baturina, a Russian oligarch who is the widow of the former mayor of Moscow, was in attendance.

Notably, the Biden Administration’s public sanctions list for Russian oligarchs does not contain Baturina,” the committee notes.

“Why did Joe Biden lie to the American people about his family’s business dealings and his involvement?” Comer said in a statement. “It begs the question of what else he is hiding from the American people.”

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