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World leaders laughed at President Joe Biden during a roundtable event at the G7 over the weekend after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had to remind Biden of something that had just happened moments before.

Sky News posted the clip on social media, which showed Johnson introducing world leaders who had just joined the event. In the clip, Johnson introduced South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was the only black leader in the room, and, after Johnson introduced him, Biden introduced the president of South Africa and pointed at him in a manner that suggested that he did not know that he had just been introduced.

“…to say how pleased I am to welcome those who have just joined us in some pretty spectacular weather,” Johnson said. “With them, Prime Minister Modi, President Ramaphosa, President Moon…”

“And the president of South Africa,” Biden interjected.

“And the president of South Africa as I said early on,” Johnson responded.

“Oh, you did?” Biden asked.

The room erupted in laughter.

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Biden was widely mocked online after the incident, with many describing it as an embarrassing moment for the United States.

It was not the only moment during the G7 that Biden appeared to struggle as he repeatedly referred to Libya as he spoke to the press.

Biden said [emphasis added]:

And so, there’s a lot going on where we can work together with Russia. For example, in Libya, we should be opening up the passes to be able to go through and provide — provide food assistance and economic — I mean, vital assistance to a population that’s in real trouble.

I think I’m going to try very much — hard to — it is — and, by the way, there’s places where — I shouldn’t be starting off on negotiating in public here. But let me say it this way: Russia has engaged in activities which are — we believe are contrary to international norms, but they have also bitten off some real problems they’re going to have trouble chewing on.

And, for example, the rebuilding of — of Syria, of Libya, of — you know, this is — they’re there. And as long as they’re there without the ability to bring about some order in the — in the region, and you can’t do that very well without providing for the basic economic needs of people.

So I’m hopeful that we can find an accommodation that — where we can save the lives of people in — for example, in — in Libya, that — consistent with the interest of — maybe for different reasons — but reached it for the same reason — the same result.

Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs tweeted that aides told her that Biden meant to say Syria instead of Libya.

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  • pjt says:

    Boris keeps putting his hand out toward Biden as if to say C’mon Man Shut Up.

  • Dave says:

    This fool is such an embarrassment to the United States. The only thing worse than Biden as POTUS would be Harris as POTUS.

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    “I work at the mayor’s office, and this is a big problem. I’ve been trying to be very quiet about the way that he is for the sake of my kids and his reputation,” she continued, explaining that she has “tried to keep the way that he acts under wraps for a long time, and today he crossed the line.

    “So that is what is going on here, and he’s a great actor. He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show,” she added.

    According to reports, the dispute started over divorce paperwork amid his Senate bid against former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA). Warnock was not charged in that particular incident and could be heard saying, “I barely move, and all of the sudden she’s screaming that I ran over her foot. I don’t believe it.”

    His family disputes do not end there, as his ex-wife also took legal action over child custody, accusing her ex of being in “willful contempt” of their arrangement.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported:

    The most recent filing involves a child custody arrangement finalized in April 2020, as he was waging a campaign for the U.S. Senate. Though the details are private, often these agreements stipulate that one spouse cannot move children out of state.

    In the court documents, she asked a judge to revisit the child support considerations because she plans to be a full-time student at Harvard University for two years.

    She claimed a “substantial change of circumstances regarding the welfare of the children” after Warnock’s victory, and she alleged in the filing that her ex-husband hasn’t reimbursed her for some child care costs that she incurred during time he’s scheduled to be with the kids.

    Specifically, the filing stated that Warnock “failed to reimburse (Ndoye) has left (Ndoye) financially strapped, leaving the children in her care when she should be concentrating on work-related and school-related responsibilities.” It added that any reimbursements she did receive were “often … accompanied with an extended questioning regarding the value of and need for the services provided.”

    It remains unclear what impact the allegations against Walker will have on the race, but national Republicans are sticking by him, and his fundraising is reportedly surging.

    Former President Donald Trump is perhaps the biggest figure to speak out in support of the Republican Senate hopeful following the allegations, stating that Walker is “being slandered and maligned by the Fake News Media and obviously, the Democrats.”

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    Trump Elevates Mar-a-Lago Raid Legal Battle to Supreme Court — SCOTUS Issues Statement

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    Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has elevated its legal battle to the Supreme Court, requesting that Justice Clarence Thomas, who has jurisdiction over the 11th Circuit, vacate the stay by the court that allowed the Justice Department to continue its review of classified documents seized during the FBI’s unprecedented raid of Mar-a-Lago.

    U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon issued an injunction against the DOJ’s use of the 100 documents purportedly marked as classified to be used for investigative purposes.

    The 11th Circuit overturned Cannon’s order and prevented court-appointed Special Master Raymond Dearie from reviewing those materials. The panel had limited Dearie’s review to only the non-classified documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.

    But Trump’s legal team on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to intervene.

    “The unprecedented circumstances presented by this case—an investigation of the Forty-Fifth President of the United States by the administration of his political rival and successor—compelled the District Court to acknowledge the significant need for enhanced vigilance and to order the appointment of a Special Master to ensure fairness, transparency, and maintenance of the public trust,” the filing states.

    “That appointment order is simply not appealable on an interlocutory basis and was never before the Eleventh Circuit. Nonetheless, the Eleventh Circuit granted a stay of the Special Master Order, effectively compromising the integrity of the well-established policy against piecemeal appellate review and ignoring the District Court’s broad discretion without justification,” the filing continues.

    Trump’s legal team added that this “unwarranted stay should be vacated as it impairs substantially the ongoing, time-sensitive work of the Special Master.”

    “Moreover, any limit on the comprehensive and transparent review of materials seized in the extraordinary raid of a President’s home erodes public confidence in our system of justice,” the filing continued.

    The Justice Department last week, in its 11th Circuit filing, is working to appeal Cannon’s decision to appoint a special master altogether, arguing that it is unable to examine records taken from Trump’s Florida estate that may constitute as evidence of crimes.

    “The government is thus unable to examine records that were commingled with materials bearing classification markings, including records that may shed light on, for example, how the materials bearing classification markings were transferred to Plaintiff’s residence, how they were stored, and who may have accessed them,” DOJ officials wrote in the appeal. “The records not marked as classified may also constitute evidence of potential violations…”

    DOJ officials also stated in the filing that an expedited appeal “if successful” would allow the government to “more quickly resume its full investigation without restraints on its review and use of evidence seized pursuant to a lawful search warrant.”

    Trump has denied that any of the materials in his possession at Mar-a-Lago were classified.

    At this point, Special Master Raymond Dearie is tasked with reviewing approximately 11,000 records seized by the FBI during its raid of Trump’s private residence. The special master and his team will review those records for executive privilege, attorney-client privilege and for personal records.

    Dearie’s deadline to review the documents was extended to Dec. 16. The original deadline was Nov. 30.

    Dearie has scheduled a status conference for Oct. 6.

    UPDATE:

    The Supreme Court has set the deadline for the Department of Justice to respond to former President Donald Trump’s request to reverse an appeals court ruling that halted a decision to allow a special master to review documents marked as classified that were obtained by the FBI during its raid of Mar-a-Lago.

    Justice Clarence Thomas gave the DOJ a little more than a week, until Tuesday at 5 p.m., to respond to Trump’s application, according to the high court’s docket.

    The deadline was set hours after lawyers for Trump requested the Supreme Court vacate the partial stay order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit that allowed the DOJ to continue to look through the roughly 100 allegedly classified documents the FBI seized from Trump’s Florida resort in August.

    The ruling from the appeals court reversed a decision by Judge Aileen Cannon, who ruled that the DOJ would have to provide seized documents with classified markings to special master Judge Raymond Dearie for independent review seeking privileged materials.

    Dearie, who was Trump’s pick for special master, cast doubt on the former president’s declassification claims during a court hearing last month.

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    Former President Bush Expected to Hit Campaign Trail for Senate Candidate

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    Former President George W. Bush will campaign with Colorado Republican Senate candidate Joe O’Dea, his campaign manager Zack Roday confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday.

    The former president will appear at a Texas campaign event in about two weeks’ time to fundraise for O’Dea, who is running to unseat incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

    Bush’s upcoming appearance was first reported by NBC News.

    Bush repeatedly put his weight behind traditional GOP candidates throughout the primary elections, with varying results.

    He campaigned for and contributed to Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the daughter of his former vice president, Dick Cheney, and staunch opponent of former President Trump. Cheney lost her reelection bid to the Trump-backed Harriet Hageman in August.

    Bush also contributed to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who advanced from her primary alongside Republican rival Kelly Tshibaka, and campaigned for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), who beat out his Trump-backed opponent David Perdue.

    O’Dea, who has separated himself from the far-right side of his party, has spurred hope among Republicans who believe he can flip the Senate seat. O’Dea has maintained his stance that abortion should be legal through the fifth month of pregnancy and has said he hopes Trump will not run for president in 2024.

    However, recent polling from Emerson College and The Hill showed Bennet with a 10-point lead over O’Dea.

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    Elon Musk vs. Twitter Drama Finally Ends with Agreement to Buy Them for Original Price

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    Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk proposed buying Twitter at $54.20 per share, leading regulators to halt trading on the social media company’s stock.

    Musk made the proposal in a letter to Twitter executives, according to a Tuesday report from Bloomberg. Share prices surged as much as 18% on the news. The offer would value Twitter at approximately $44 billion.

    Twitter had been battling Musk in court over his attempt to cancel the offer over a dispute about the platform’s true number of users. Musk had expressed concerns that the actual share of fake accounts on the platform could range as high as 33% rather than the company’s reported 5%, with a lower number of monetizable daily active users justifying a lower valuation. A trial to determine the status of the acquisition had been scheduled for October 17.

    Twitter attorneys had contested Musk’s rationale for rescinding the $44 billion deal by producing text messages he sent to Michael Grimes, an executive at investment bank Morgan Stanley, indicating that he was concerned about macroeconomic conditions stemming from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Let’s slow down just a few days. Putin speech tomorrow is extremely important,” Musk said. “It won’t make sense to buy Twitter if we’re heading into World War III.”

    Twitter reported losses of $0.08 per share in its second quarter earnings, falling below the $0.14 gain per share forecasted by analysts. The rough quarter was attributable to “advertising industry headwinds associated with the macroenvironment as well as uncertainty related to the pending acquisition of Twitter by an affiliate of Elon Musk,” the company said in a press release.

    Kathaleen McCormick, the Delaware judge overseeing the merger, recently granted attorneys representing Musk permission to use the whistleblower account of Peiter Zatko in their arguments. The former cybersecurity czar for the social media company claimed that executives did not have the resources or motivation necessary to determine the true number of fake accounts on the platform.

    Zatko also alleged in his whistleblower report that one or more current Twitter employees are working for a foreign intelligence agency. He explained during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month that executives were “unwilling to put the effort in” to root out the individual. As Zatko’s testimony was broadcasted live, Musk tweeted an emoji of movie theater popcorn, apparently indicating that he was enjoying the direction of the proceedings.

    “I did not make my whistleblower disclosures out of spite or to harm Twitter; far from that,” Zatko explained. “I continue to believe in the mission of the company and root for its success. But that success can only happen if the privacy and security of Twitter’s users and the public are protected.”

    Jack Dorsey, the former CEO of Twitter, was recently deposed by both sides of the merger lawsuit. A longtime friend of Musk, Dorsey has called the world’s richest man and his mission to “extend the light of consciousness” the “singular solution” he trusts to run the social media company.

    Earlier this year, Twitter joined other technology companies in attempting to cut costs by pausing hiring and reducing office space on multiple continents. The company’s stock price has fallen from $64.98 one year ago to $47.93 on Tuesday afternoon, marking a 26% decline.

    What’s Next for Twitter:

    First, there will likely be a major overhaul of the management team and staff layoffs. Musk believes overall Twitter employee productivity has been lackluster. It’s easy to see why. After spending nearly $4 billion on research and development over the past five years, the company has little to show for it in terms of new successful offerings.

    So it wouldn’t be surprising to see a large portion of Twitter’s employees (7,500 as of the end of 2021) pushed out of the company. Musk’s public and private comments also show a soured relationship with current Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal. It is likely the Musk will make himself the chief executive or bring in someone else.

    Second, expect a culling of spam accounts and a lighter touch in content moderation. Musk has said one the primary reasons Twitter needs to go private is a purging of fake users will make its metrics “look terrible,” which is difficult to do as a public company. He told Twitter’s CEO he would like to unwind permanent bans for everyone outside of spam accounts and those who explicitly promote violence. While some may argue ex-President Donald Trump fits one of those parameters, Musk has said the ban “was morally wrong and flat out stupid.”

    Third, a complete revamp of Twitter’s app features will begin. In May at The All-In Summit 2022 conference, Musk explained how WeChat in China was a good model for Twitter. He envisioned a similar all encompassing app for Western markets that had a comprehensive payments capability, advanced messaging features and a revenue share for content creators, along with an easy-to-use interface.

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    IRS Employees Stole COVID Relief Funds to Bankroll Lavish Lifestyles, DOJ Reveals

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    Five current or former employees in Tennessee and Mississippi with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have been charged with scamming the federal government of hundreds of thousands of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds to bankroll extravagant lifestyles.

    The suspects allegedly received money through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program, which were designed to help business owners meet their financial obligations during the pandemic.

    “These individuals – acting out of pure greed – abused their positions by taking government funds meant for citizens and businesses who desperately needed it,” said U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee Kevin G. Ritz.

    The defendants allegedly submitted false loan applications that collectively sought more than $1 million. They used the money to purchase luxury cars and for travel, including trips to Las Vegas.

    Brian Saulsberry, 46, of Memphis, Tennessee, is charged with two counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering. He worked for the IRS as a Program Evaluation and Risk Analyst in the Human Capital Office and submitted four EIDL applications. He allegedly received $171,400 and spent a portion of the money on a Mercedes-Benz and deposited additional funds into a personal investment account.

    Courtney Quinshe Westmoreland, 38, of Cordova, Tennessee, is charged with three counts of wire fraud. She claimed she wasn’t working while employed by the IRS, the Justice Department said. She used the $11,500 in loan funds for manicures and massages, and to purchase luxury clothing.

    Fatina Hewitt, 35, of Olive Branch, Mississippi, is charged with one count of wire fraud. Hewitt spent $28,900 on Gucci clothes and a trip to Las Vegas, authorities said.

    Roderick DeMarco White II, 27, of Memphis, has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. Tina Humes, 56, of Memphis, also charged with a single count of wire fraud, allegedly spent $123,612 in loan funds on jewelry and trips to Las Vegas.

    She has also pleaded guilty. Each suspect faces up to 20 years in prison for each wire fraud count and 10 years for money laundering.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen Hire Divorce Lawyers, Sources Say

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    Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen seem to be heading for the end zone: Both have retained divorce lawyers, multiple sources tell Page Six exclusively.

    As previously revealed, the couple have been living separately for the past couple months following an epic fight — and they’re now apparently looking at dividing up their multimillion-dollar empire.

    “I never actually thought this argument would be the end of them, but it looks like it is,” one source in the know tells Page Six.

    “I don’t think there will be any coming back now. They both have lawyers and are looking at what a split will entail, who gets what and what the finances will be.”

    Insiders close to the seven-time Super Bowl champ, 45, and the supermodel, 42 — who have been married since 2009 — say both are very involved in their children’s lives and would share joint custody in any separation.

    They share son Benjamin, 12, and daughter Vivian, 9, and Brady is also the father of son Jack, 15, with ex Bridget Moynahan.

    The couple would likely file for divorce in Florida, as that’s where they are primarily based, legal experts say. Another source who knows the couple confirm they are looking at dividing their assets, which includes a $26 million property portfolio.

    Brady is the highest paid NFL player at $250 million, with endorsement deals including FTX, Hertz, BRADY brand, Autograph and TB12.

    As Page Six first reported in December 2020, their most recent property purchase was a $17 million home on Indian Creek Island in Miami, nicknamed “Billionaires Bunker.” They planned to knock down the 5,172-square-foot, five-bedroom mansion on the two-acre lot and build a new one.

    But work has recently stalled on the property amid the marital fallout.

    The couple also own a condo at 70 Vestry St. in Tribeca, valued at $3.6 million, as well as a $5.7 million property at developer Mike Meldman’s Yellowstone Club in Montana.

    Bündchen’s favorite property is believed to be their remote home on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, where the family often vacations.

    Ahead of Hurricane Ian, the pair both fled Tampa, where Brady is playing for the Buccaneers, and went to Miami, where they have been staying apart. Bündchen has been spotted there over the past few days.

    A source told us that Bündchen has been staying in the Miami home that she and Brady rented in 2020; it’s not clear where the quarterback was holed up.

    Although sources close to Bündchen have stressed that it is “sexist” to say the split is over the model’s issues with Brady reneging on his NFL retirement, the source in the know says, “As with many marriages, it’s not just one thing. Gisele has made it clear that she worried about Tom playing football and that they had had many talks about it.

    “But they have had a series of blowups over the past few years, and this time it looks like there’s no going back.”

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    King Charles’ Official Portrait Reveals No Way Back for Harry and Meghan

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    A new official portrait of Britain’s royal family shows that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are out of the picture both literally and figuratively, according to one royal family watcher.

    The picture, published Saturday, shows King Charles with Queen Consort Camilla, William, Prince of Wales, and his wife Kate, Princess of Wales. The photo was taken on the evening before the final funeral ceremonies for Queen Elizabeth II.

    In an Op-Ed by Richard Kay that was published in the Daily Mail, Kay intoned that “every royal picture tells a story” and this one speaks volumes about the future of Harry and Meghan.

    “The unspoken elephant in the room is the absence of the King’s younger son,” Kay wrote.

    “So it is not difficult to imagine how this picture will be viewed in sunny California, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are based. Might it deepen their feelings of exclusion and exile, or will it merely serve to remind them why they chose to break from the family in the first place?” he wrote.

    Noting that the picture was taken while Harry and Meghan were still in Britain, Kay wrote, “It must, therefore, be yet another signal that they will never again return to their central role in royal life.”

    “One reason that they chose to walk away in the first place was because they did not wish to share the spotlight,” he wrote, adding, “In America, they are at the [center] of their own production. But in Britain, there is a new royal order – and it revolves around four people, not six.”

    Pondering whether the image is, for Harry and Meghan a “dagger to their hearts,” Kay said the picture is not just a snapshot.

    “There is a finality about this photo that suggests there is no way back for a couple who could have been at the [epicenter] of royalty, but are now at its margins,” he wrote.

    Katie Nicholl, author of the book “The New Royals,” told Page Six that the days of the funeral ceremonies were a missed chance to heal old wounds.

    “I think it’s very sad. In the days Harry was here, there was an opportunity, given they were just a couple of hundred yards away from each other for a meeting or dinner or gathering of some sort where they could actually just try to thrash things out,” she said.

    However, royal watcher Duncan Larcombe told Fox News that Meghan is “like a minefield that keeps going off. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. It creates this sort of frenzy around Meghan because she’s got a kind of ‘love her or loathe her’ character. Others might say she’s such a divisive character.”

    “I feel desperately sorry for Meghan,” Larcombe, said, noting that she was not aware of what it meant to be a member of the royal family.

    “When you’re in a movie premiere, it’s because you’re in the film, or you’re a Hollywood actor, or you’re a celebrity on the red carpet. It’s about you, that’s your image, it’s about what you get,” Larcombe said.

    “When you’re on the red carpet as a royal, it’s about the people you’re coming to meet, you’re doing it out of duty,” he said.

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    Country Music Icon Loretta Lynn Dead at 90

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    Country music singer Loretta Lynn, known for her hits “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” died Tuesday. She was 90.

    “Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, Oct. 4, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills [in Tennessee],” her family shared in a statement to the Associated Press.

    Lynn, the daughter of Kentucky coal miner Melvin “Ted” Webb, made a name for herself by writing personal songs about being a woman in Appalachia.

    Already a mother to four children, she launched her music career in the early 1960s, singing about her rural Kentucky upbringing.

    The Country Music Hall of Famer, who often wore long, sparkling gowns, was ahead of her time, singing about topics like sex, cheating husbands, divorce and birth control.

    She also broke barriers by becoming the first woman to be named Entertainer of the Year at two major awards shows, first by the Country Music Association in 1972 and then by the Academy of Country Music three years later.

    The Academy of Country Music chose her as the Artist of the Decade for the 1970s, and she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.

    Lynn won her first Grammy Award in 1971 for her and Conway Twitty’s duet “After the Fire Is Gone.”

    She continued to climb in her career in more recent years, earning two more Grammys in 2005: Best Country Album for “Van Lear Rose” and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for “Portland, Oregon” with Jack White. And in 2010, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her 50 years in country music.

    Lynn was also honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in 2013.

    During her career, the legendary artist made waves in Hollywood, too. Her 1980 film, “The Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which was based on her 1976 autobiographical novel of the same title, starred Sissy Spacek and has been preserved in the US National Film Registry.

    Lynn and her husband, Oliver Lynn, were married for nearly 50 years before he died in 1996 at the age of 69. They had six children: Betty, Jack, Ernest, Clara and twins Patsy and Peggy. She had 17 grandchildren and four step-grandkids.

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    Hunter Biden Laptop Whistleblower Speaks Out in Tucker Carlson Interview

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    A Trump-hating former FBI agent short-circuited the bureau’s probe of Hunter Biden’s laptop just before the 2020 election by ghosting a key whistleblower, the former associate of the president’s son told Tucker Carlson Monday.

    Tony Bobulinski, a former Hunter Biden pal and business associate who came forward with damning evidence about alleged Biden family corruption just two weeks before the 2020 presidential election, told the Fox News host that Timothy Thibault never followed up with him despite promising to.

    “Tim Thibault, in his last discussion with my legal counsel, said, ‘Listen, we know Tony’s cooperating. We appreciate all the information he’s provided. We will follow up with you. We are definitely going to have him come in for a follow-up interview, or spend some more time on this,’” Bobulinski told Carlson. “And I haven’t heard from him since. Nor have my lawyers.”

    “That’s shocking,” an incredulous Carlson replied.

    “Uh, shocking, that would be one adjective,” Bobulinski said.

    The interview corroborated a recent report from New York Post columnist Miranda Devine about Thibault’s extraordinary alleged efforts to shut down the probe, which may have changed the election outcome. Timothy Thibault, who left the bureau in August under mysterious circumstances, was the key to burying evidence contained on the laptop, wrote Devine, author of “Laptop From Hell.”

    Bobulinski’s “evidence appears to have fallen into the same black hole at the FBI as Hunter’s laptop, never to be seen again,” Devine wrote.

    The computer, which Hunter Biden abandoned at a Wilmington, Delaware, computer repair shop, is believed to have been in the possession of the FBI since late 2019, more than a year before the election. Photos, videos, emails, and text messages on the device, which were also ignored by legacy news outlets, paint the president’s son as a drug-addled, venal degenerate and raise troubling questions about President Joe Biden’s own role in his son’s corrupt dealings.

    “There are hundreds of data points that Joe Biden was acting in – in a capitalistic term, I would say the chairman,” Bobulinski told Carlson.

    Thibault was the Washington Field Office’s point man to manage Bobulinski, according to Devine. Bobulinski was interviewed by the FBI for more than five hours on October 23, 2020, and told agents what he knew about then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s involvement in his son’s shady international business deals. The interview came a day after Bobulinski named Joe Biden as “the Big Guy” Hunter Biden referenced in an email as being due 10% of the proceeds of a payout from Chinese energy firm CEFC.

    Bobulinski turned over to the FBI the contents of three cellphones containing encrypted messages between Hunter and his business partners, along with emails and financial documents detailing alleged Biden family corruption during Joe Biden’s two terms as vice president, according to Devine.

    Bobulinski told FBI agents all about the deal with CEFC, the Beijing-controlled company charged with expanding China’s energy influence into Russia, Oman, Romania, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and beyond, Devine reported. CEFC chairman Ye Jianming was arrested by Chinese authorities in 2018 after his $9 billion acquisition of Russian oil giant Rosneft fell through.

    Bobulinski, a decorated former Naval officer with top secret security clearances from the National Security Agency and the Department of Energy, also reportedly detailed Hunter Biden’s dealings with Mykola Zlochevsky, owner of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, and with retired FBI director Louis Freeh.

    After the interview, Bobulinski and his lawyer were given Thibault’s cellphone number and told he would advise them on the next steps. But, Bobulinski told Carlson, neither he nor his lawyer was ever contacted by Thibault, and Bobulinski was never brought in to testify before a Delaware grand jury investigating Hunter Biden.

    Thibault retired amid an investigation by Special Counsel John Durham into his anti-Trump activities. Republican senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson have publicly accused Thibault of interfering in the Hunter Biden probe, and say they have more than a dozen whistleblowers who have told them FBI officials barred them from investigating damning evidence on the laptop.

    “In October 2020, an avenue of additional derogatory Hunter Biden reporting was ordered closed at the direction of ASAC Thibault,” Grassley wrote in a July letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland.

    A recent poll by Technometrica Institute of Policy and Politics suggested that 79% of Americans believe President Trump likely would have won re-election if voters had known about the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop and that it was authentic.

    A lawyer for Thibault denied Grassley’s allegations, saying the former agent “did not supervise the investigation of Hunter Biden.”

    “In particular, Mr. Thibault was not involved in any decisions related to any laptop that may be at issue in that investigation and he did not seek to close the investigation.”

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    Herschel Walker Responds To Report He Paid For Woman’s Abortion

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    Herschel Walker, a Republican running for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, slammed a report in the Left-wing Daily Beast that claimed Walker paid for a woman to have an abortion over a decade ago.

    The woman, who remained anonymous, alleged that Walker got her pregnant while they were dating in 2009 and that he urged her to get an abortion. The woman said that Walker reimbursed her $700 for the $575 procedure because she said she had estimated an additional $125 for “travel and recovery costs.”

    The woman claims that she came forward because of Walker’s stance against abortion. The woman provided a purported copy of a check Walker allegedly wrote to cover the costs as well as a personal note.

    “I just can’t with the hypocrisy anymore,” the anonymous woman claimed. “We all deserve better.”

    Robert Ingram, a lawyer representing both the campaign and Walker in his personal capacity, told the publication that the story was “false” and that all the publication does “is run with stories to target Black conservatives.”

    “This is a flat-out lie — and I deny this in the strongest possible terms,” Walker said in a statement. “This is another repugnant hatchet job from a Democrat activist disguised as a reporter who has obsessively attacked my family and tried to tear me down since this race started. He’s harassed friends of mine, asking if I fathered their children. He’s called my children ‘secret’ because I didn’t want to use them as campaign props in a political campaign. Now, they’re using an anonymous source to further slander me. They will do anything to hold onto power. It’s disgusting, gutter politics. I’m not taking this anymore. I planning to sue the Daily Beast for this defamatory lie. It will be filed tomorrow morning.”

    In an unexpected turn of events, Walker’s son, Christian Walker, attacked his father publicly on social media after having repeatedly shown support for his father and his father’s campaign online.

    “Every family member of Herschel Walker asked him not to run for office, because we all knew (some of) his past,” the conservative social media influencer claimed. “Every single one. He decided to give us the middle finger and air out all of his dirty laundry in public, while simultaneously lying about it.”

    Herschel Walker responded after his son’s tweets by writing: “I LOVE my son no matter what.”

    It was a sharp turn for the younger Walker, who previously has supported his father’s Senate bid.

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    WATCH: Fox News Reporter Directly Confronts DHS sec, Dems over Border Crisis. Their Silence is Deafening.

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    Fox News reporter Bill Melugin directly confronted Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and other Democrats recently about the border crisis.

    But none of them were interested in providing substantive answers for a crisis that rages on unaddressed.

    First, Melugin questioned Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) whether she has “an issue” with a record number of unaccompanied migrants coming to the U.S., some of them dying. He also asked whether she agrees with the Biden administration that the border is “secure.”

    Pressley refused to answer either question and instead walked away from him.

    Second, Melugin confronted Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), asking him whether the border is secure. Thompson refused to answer the question and immediately walked away after telling Melugin, “I have to go give a speech.”

    When Melugin approached Mayorkas, the secretary also refused to answer questions. Mayorkas, however, was more polite than Pressley or Thompson.

    “I’m sorry, I don’t,” Mayorkas said when Melugin asked if he had a brief moment to discuss the border crisis.

    Interestingly, the Democrats who answered Melugin’s questions — Reps. Veronica Escobar, Colin Allred, and Henry Cuellar — represent districts in Texas, including those on the front lines of the border crisis.

    “This is unsustainable. It has been unsustainable for years,” Escobar told Melugin.

    “This is our administration. I’m a Democrat. And you know, they need to understand they own it now,” Cuellar said. “They own it now. And they have to take the steps to correct this, otherwise, you know, when are we going to see an end to this?”

    Speaking to party leadership, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer blamed Republicans for zero progress on immigration legislation. On the other hand, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Melugin that moderate Democrats support securing the border, but will not publicly advocate that support as long as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remains in power.

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