DML Morning Briefing Wed. Dec. 9: China is moving in… literally.
By Team DML
Today is December 9 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch.
1 – Missouri joins ‘fight’ alongside Texas to challenge election before Supreme Court
Eric Schmitt, the attorney general from Missouri, announced on Twitter late Tuesday that his state is “in the fight” after Texas announced its election challenge that would invalidate the 62 Electoral College votes from four battleground states and award President Trump with a second term.
“Election integrity is central to our republic,” Schmitt, a Republican, tweeted. “And I will defend it at every turn. As I have in other cases—I will help lead the effort in support of Texas’ #SCOTUS filing today. Missouri is in the fight.”
The State of Texas filed a lawsuit directly with the U.S. Supreme Court shortly before midnight on Monday challenging the election procedures in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin on the grounds that they violate the Constitution.
Texas argues that these states violated the Electors Clause of the Constitution because they made changes to voting rules and procedures through the courts or through executive actions, but not through the state legislatures.
- In Pennsylvania – On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a petition from Trump ally Rep. Mike Kelly, a Pennsylvania Republican, who argued that virtually all of the state’s mail-in ballots were unlawful.
- In Nevada – On Tuesday night, the Nevada Supreme Court rejected the Trump campaign’s appeal to overturn the state’s election results, affirming President-elect Joe Biden‘s win in the 2020 battleground.
DML: Who will join Texas and Missouri?
2 – Rep. Eric Swalwell is blaming President Trump after bombshell stories breaks linking him to Chinese spy
Axios published a bombshell report late Monday night, revealing that a Chinese national going by the name of Christine Fang came to California as a student in 2011, and over the next four years, managed to infiltrate herself deep into the U.S. political world.
During her time in the U.S., Fang became very close to many political figures, including now-U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who served on the Dublin City Council in California when she first met him. Swalwell won his seat to U.S. Congress in 2012. Fang helped fundraise for him in his 2014 re-election campaign, and also placed an intern in his office.
Axios said Fang also had romantic flings with at least two Midwestern mayors over a period of three years. In 2015, federal investigators alerted Swalwell to their concerns about Fang, and he immediately cut off all ties to her. She then fled back to China.
But during Trump’s presidency, Swalwell has repeatedly insisted that Russians colluded with the Trump campaign. In a 2018 interview, Swalwell sounded the alarm about the Russians’ involvement in American politics after suspected Russian spy Maria Butina was caught trying to infiltrate the NRA and GOP circles.
Now Swalwell, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, is blaming President Trump for the Axios report about his relationship with a Chinese spy – and he’s hinting the information was leaked to discredit him, and claims it should be investigated.
“I’ve been a critic of the president. I’ve spoken out against him. I was on both committees that worked to impeach him,” Swalwell said in an interview with Politico on Tuesday. “The timing feels like that should be looked at.”
DML: This smells… really, really, really bad! And no, it’s NOT Trump’s fault!
3 – Disturbing concerns arise over Chinese purchase of 180,000 acre ranch in U.S. near military base
In an interview Tuesday with Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo, Hayman Capital Management founder and CIO Kyle Bass raised the alarm over the fact that the Chinese have recently purchased over 180,000 acres of Texas ranch land near the runway of the US’s largest pilot training base for the Air Force.
Bass is questioning why the CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) allowed the purchase.
“This ranch land also sits on the US border with Mexico and boasts a 30,000 sq ft lodge and a private runway which helps the Chinese owners ferry people and cargo in and out of the border region with limited to no oversight by US authorities. This must STOP,” he said in a Twitter post. Bass further warned:
The former People’s Liberation Army General that has quietly acquired over 200 sq miles of Texas land Val Verde Co. next to Laughlin Air Force base. The former General SUN Guangxin, who controls Xinjiang Guanghui, amassed the land by using a US frontman from Lufkin, TX. Their narrative is that the land is to develop a wind farm (appealing to all of the US alternative energy crowd) but this plan is much more sinister.
The proximity of 700-ft tall wind turbines will allow the Chinese Army to perform clandestine surveillance and collection of extremely sensitive information about our pilots, our base, their flight training, our planes, and even our electrical grid.
It can also enable the Chinese military to conduct surveillance from these massive towers of the US Border with México which could aid drug mules entering into the US illegally which could be a force multiplier for the Chinese fentanyl drug highway into the US.
I believe the wind farm is non-sensical. The Devil’s River watershed doesn’t have the required wind to operate these monster turbines. Look closely at this map which shows slow average wind speeds for the entire area. SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE.
CFIUS has already conditionally approved the Blue Hills Energy Project but I suggest they execute an enhanced review of the entire Chinese acquisition and plan.
DML: Total OUTRAGE this was ever allowed!
4 – Here’s a list of crimes on LA’s new DA’s do-not-prosecute list
George Gascon, Los Angeles County’s new head prosecutor who was backed by George Soros, unveiled an agenda Monday that will usher in changes to the local criminal justice system by his refusal to prosecute certain crimes on top of other sweeping changes.
Gascon, a former San Francisco District Attorney and former Los Angeles police officer, announced in a series of policy directives that many misdemeanor cases will be dismissed, saying that nearly half of those incarcerated on pre-trial misdemeanor offenses suffer from mental illness.
Some of the “low-level nuisance crimes” for which first time offenders will now no longer be prosecuted, according to the order, include the following:
- Disturbing the peace
- Driving without license
- Resisting arrest (with exceptions)
- Criminal threats (with exceptions)
- Drug possession
- Minor with alcohol
- Drinking in public
- Under the influence of a controlled substance
- Public intoxicating
- Loitering (with exceptions)
In addition, prosecutors will not seek the death penalty and those accused of misdemeanors and low-level felonies will be referred to community-based programs.
Gascon’s office will also decline to seek bail for anyone charged with a misdemeanor or non-violent crime and will end the use of sentencing enhancements.
Gascon also says he’s “not offended” by the term “Defund the police.”
DML: Lawlessness will rule.
5 – California judge calls L.A. outdoor dining ban ‘abuse’ of powers
Politico reports: A judge on Tuesday issued a blistering rebuke to Los Angeles County public health officials racing to control Covid-19’s spread, saying an indefinite ban on outdoor dining announced late last month was “unsupported by any findings” and an abuse of emergency powers.
“The Restaurant Closure Order is an abuse of the Department’s emergency powers, is not grounded in science, evidence, or logic, and should be adjudicated to be unenforceable as a matter of law,” wrote Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant in a tentative ruling issued Tuesday to a legal challenge from the California Restaurant Association.
The tentative ruling to block the indefinite ban won’t have immediate practical consequences for Los Angeles-area restaurants, as the county is now under a temporary stay-home order tied to the region’s quickly diminishing ICU capacity. But it marks a symbolic and legal victory for those challenging the emergency powers flexed by state and local officials — and a rare setback for public health authorities facing a worsening crisis.
This comes after a bar owner has gone viral for Mayor Eric Garcetti when he shut down her outdoor dining area, but allowed a Hollywood movie crew set up an outdoor dining area just a few feet away.
DML: I agree with the judge!
6 – UK investigates possible allergic reactions to COVID-19 shot
ABC News reports: UK regulators say people who have a “significant history’’ of allergic reactions shouldn’t receive the new Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine while they investigate two adverse reactions that occurred on the first day of the country’s mass vaccination program.
Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director for the National Health Service in England, said health authorities were acting on a recommendation from the Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, the nation’s medicines regulator.
“As is common with new vaccines, the MHRA has advised, on a precautionary basis, that people with a significant history of allergic reactions do not receive this vaccination after two people with a history of significant allergic reactions responded adversely yesterday,’’ Powis said in a statement. “Both are recovering well.”
DML: This doesn’t sound good.