As my high school teacher repeatedly admonished, you first have to define terms before engaging in debate. So, we shall.
According to an online dictionary, “emolument” means “a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office.” That seems simple enough.
In terms of the Constitution and the presidency, the person in the White House is barred from receiving “emoluments.” This is what the revered document has to say on that subject.
“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
The Founders referred to it as the “Nobility of Title Clause.” If you stick with the language, it is obvious that those enacting the Constitution were most concerned with folks serving in ANY public office being coopted by a “King, Prince, or foreign state” through the granting of titles, offices, presents or … that funny word, emoluments. It says nothing about receiving things of value – including a business purchase – that is within the United States. You know … from folks who are NOT kings, princes or foreign governments.
It seems to apply to any American who holds “any Office of Profit (paid) or Trust (pro bono).” That seems to include every state and local official in addition to federal officials—not only elected and paid, but those volunteering on all sorts of boards and commissions seem to be covered.
Contrary to the Democrats political interpretation, the Title of Nobility Clause does not preclude our public officials from having successful businesses before, after and even during their tenure in office. They are barred from accepting bribes or anything of value in return for an official vote or decision. And in such cases, there has to be a direct relationship between the “gift” and the public official’s action. There is no evidence that Trump is basing his decisions as President by who is staying at his properties.
If the Founders had intended that every officeholder – and especially the President – had to divest themselves of all private business interests – they would ALL have been in violation of the Clause. When George Washington was President, he still owned his slaves and a working farm – and he occasionally travelled back to Virginia to tend to it. That would be like Trump spending a few days each month at his old office in the Trump Organization.
Public officials have businesses was the standard practice at the time the Title of Nobility Clause was drafted – and many of our colonial leaders were doing business or selling crops to foreign governments while they were in office. Surely, the Founders did not mean for that Clause to put them all out of business. You need to recall that they viewed public office as a temporary service by people from all walks of life – people who had and needed income from their businesses. The Lincoln law firm did not cease to exist when he was President.
Perhaps the most egregious offenders – if it is, indeed, and offense – are all those congressional lawyers whose law firms still promote them as ex officio, emeritus or “of counsel” on the letterheads – even as they do business with foreign governments and enterprises. Many local officials with law firms are still running them. If you check out those so-called “politically connected” law firms, you will find that they are raking in millions from foreign interests. How about a Citgo (Venezuelan) gas station seeking a zoning change in Chicago? Or a French company needing permits to build a high-rise in New York?
If there was ever a case in which the Title of Nobility Clause had any justification, it might have been in conjunction with the Clinton Foundation, which was receiving millions upon millions of dollars from foreign states when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State and a prospective future President. Those were blatant efforts to buy access and influence. If you disagree, just check out the donations to the Foundation AFTER Hillary lost the presidency and her husband’s major cling to fame was his association with pedophile Jeffery Epstein.
President Trump is not running his business – nor is he taking a salary from it. It is NOT an emolument if some foreign business group stays at his Trump Tower in Washington at normal rates – which are normally very high – any more than if Washington – George, that is –had shipped some tobacco from his farm to France.
It is not a violation of the intent of the Title of Nobility Clause to have a bunch of American servicemen stay at a fancy resort in Scotland at below-market prices. Why force these men and women serving the nation to double up at Motel 6? It is our tradition to give service personal discounts and even freebies.
It is a good practice for our public officials to refrain from taking things of value from anyone – not just kings and princes – but that does not apply to businesses that provide legitimate goods and services to the general public.
The Democrats can make a political issue of all this because they know they will get the support of much of the elitist anti-Trump media to assist in misinforming the public. They can even take the President to court to create yet another phony dog-and-pony show. BUT when the dust finally settles, Trump will win because the Democrats are just wrong on this one. The Title of Nobility Clause has never been invoked in its more than its 130 years.
So, there ‘tis.
Rep. Ilhan Omar’s husband, Ahmed Hirsi, wants out and is ready to file for divorce from the controversial freshman congresswoman. This according to a longtime friend of the couple, who has been speaking to the New York Post.
The unnamed source told the New York tabloid that Hirsi is disgusted with Omar’s behavior and is poised to file for divorce after the revelation in a bombshell court filing that she allegedly had an affair with DC political consultant Tim Mynett.
The Minnesota congresswoman and her husband allegedly separated in March, and Omar asked Hirsi to divorce her around that time because she didn’t want to file the papers — but Hirsi refused, telling her if she wanted a divorce she should do it herself, said the source, who has known both parties for 20 years.
But now, the husband allegedly changed his mind after Tim Mynett’s wife last week filed bombshell divorce papers claiming her husband was having an affair with the Somali-born US representative. The source tells the Post that Hirsi is angry that he had been made to look the fool by the allegations of the extramarital affair.
“I’m surprised he hasn’t filed already,” the source told The Post, adding that Hirsi was “very confused” in the wake of the bombshell allegations, but that he claims that he still loved his wife and was reluctant to expose their three children to a public divorce battle.
The freshman congresswoman, 37, insisted she and Hirsi, 39, were still together and denied the charge she was dating Mynett in an interview with CBS affiliate WCCO, on the day back in August that Mynett’s wife filed for divorce.
However, the Post has confirmed that Omar and Hirsi have been living apart since March — around the same time she was spotted having dinner with Mynett at a California restaurant — with Omar moving into a luxury condo in downtown Minneapolis and their split an “open secret” in town.
The family home they shared in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood — nicknamed “Little Mogadishu” for its large Somali population — appears to be abandoned, with the curtains drawn and cobwebs growing over the front porch, when a Post reporter visited last week.
Hirsi, a senior policy aide to a Minneapolis city councilwoman, is reportedly bouncing between friends’ houses and stays at the luxury condo when Omar isn’t in town, with the kids also spending time with a grandfather, the source said.
Omar’s Marriage History a Tangled Web
Omar and Hirsi were first engaged in 2002. But the duo never legally married; instead, they wed in a traditional Muslim ceremony and had two children before splitting up in 2008, Omar has said.
The next year, she married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, whom she described as a “British citizen,” records show. They split up in 2011 and Omar and Hirsi got back together and had a third child in 2012, records show.
In 2017, Omar finally officially divorced Elmi. She legally wed Hirsi the next year. But they began experiencing marital problems shortly after Omar assumed office, said the source.
However, public documents obtained by The Post raise discrepancies in the timeline of Omar’s marriages to Hirsi and Elmi.
Documents suggest Omar never stopped living with Hirsi — even after they ended their religious marriage and she was legally married to Elmi. In February 2009, when Omar legally married Elmi, she listed their marital address as a property in Columbia Heights, a suburb in Minneapolis.
However, just three months later, Hirsi used the same Columbia Heights property as his personal address on business filings for his One on One Cafe Lounge.
Two months later in August 2009, Omar began studying political science at North Dakota State University.
Omar and Hirsi moved to North Dakota together with their two children, according to a 2013 article in Twin Cities Daily Planet, even though she was supposed to be estranged from Hirsi and married to Elmi.
In traffic violations from 2008 to 2012 — the entire time Omar was married to Elmi — the congresswoman and Hirsi also listed their address as the family home in Cedar-Riverside, suggesting they never stopped living together.
The congresswoman has refused to comment on both the affair allegations and the discrepancies in her marriages — dodging questions from a Post reporter at an event in Minneapolis last week.
A drastic rise in the number of migrant arrivals in the last few weeks has brought a facility on the island of Lesbos to the brink of collapse and has forced the government to take immediate action.
As a result of the overcrowding and deteriorating conditions, Greece has started to move hundreds of ‘asylum seekers’ from its migrant camp on the island of Lesbos to its mainland.
On Monday, close to 1,500 migrants were moved from the Moria reception center on Lesbos to migrant facilities in Thessaloniki, Athens News Agency reports.
There is also a second group of migrants that are expected to be transferred to a refugee camp in Nea Kavala, Kilkis.
Moria, Europe’s largest migrant camp, has a carrying capacity of about 3,000 people. As of right now, more than 11,000 migrants and refugees – mostly from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia – are being held there.
Recently, Greece has seen a sharp rise in the number of migrants arriving on its shores.
Last month alone, Greece saw close to 7,000 migrants arrive by boat, the highest number since 2016.
Last week, 13 dinghies with around 540 people on board landed in Skala Sikamias in Lesbos. This represents the largest number of migrant arrivals in a single day since the EU-Turkey agreement was signed.
Despite the 2016 EU-Turkey agreement enabling Europe to send back all migrants who arrive at the Greek islands via Turkey, the Turkish government hasn’t honestly upheld the pact. Few migrants have ever been returned under the agreement.
The sharp increase in illegal migrant arrivals to Greece prompted the Greek foreign minister, Nikos Dendias, to summon Turkey’s ambassador last Friday to “express Greece’s deep discontent.”
In August, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu threatened European governments when he said, “We are facing the biggest wave of migration in history. If we open the floodgates, no European government will be able to survive for more than six months. We advise them not to try our patience.”
Greece represents Europe’s primary point of entry for Afghan, Iraqi, and Syrian migrants. More than half of the 56,000 migrants who’ve landed on the northern shores of the Mediterranean have landed in Greece.
In a bold move Senator Lindsey Graham has pressed the Justice Department to declassify material related to Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The South Carolina Republican’s letter sent to Attorney General William Barr was discussed during a recent interview Monday on Fox News.
Asked what he wants to know, Graham said, “As much declassification as possible. I want the public to see the process in real time. I want the FISA warrant applications to be revealed to the public as much as possible.”
More than 400 pages of redacted FISA documents related to one-time Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were released on July 21, 2018.
Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is concerned the FBI and Justice Department misled the FISA Court in late 2016 and 2017, by relying on an unverified anti-Trump dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele to wiretap Page.
The so-called “Steele Dossier” was paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Investigators into the origins of the “Mueller Probe,” say the author’s bias against President Trump were never made clear in the FISA applications, and they have demanded accountability.
Democrats countered that the FBI acted appropriately, saying the Justice Department and the FBI “met the rigor, transparency, and evidentiary basis for probable cause.”
“Manipulation and Bias”
Graham said he is “looking for a pattern of manipulation and bias” and mentioned former FBI Director James Comey, who was strongly rebuked in an inspector general report on the handling of his memos documenting conversations with Trump.
Attorney General Barr has said he is working closely with Horowitz, whose FISA report is expected to be released very soon. The attorney general has tasked U.S. Attorney John Durham with leading a review of the origins of the Russia investigation and has been granted broad authority to declassify documents related to the endeavor.
As we reported earlier, Graham has said that he predicts that Horowitz will give “chilling testimony” in front of his committee about his highly anticipated report on potential abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, once the report is public.
Struggling Democratic frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to have a blood vessel burst in his left eye while recently participating in CNN’s town hall on climate change.
A broken blood vessel in the eye, also known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage, can be caused by several things, including high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, blood thinners, or even excessive stress.
Biden, 76, has long been plagued by health issues. In 1988, he suffered an aneurysm that burst and required him to undergo emergency surgery. The then-senator was so close to death that a Catholic priest began preparing to administer the sacrament of last rites. Months later, surgeons clipped a second aneurysm before it burst. Biden then took a seven-month leave from the Senate following the surgery. Describing the operation, he once said, “They literally had to take the top of my head off.”
The former VP’s wife, Jill, said in her recently released autobiography Where the Light Enters, that at the time, she feared her husband would never be the same. “Our doctor told us there was a 50-50 chance Joe wouldn’t survive surgery,” she wrote. “He also said that it was even more likely that Joe would have permanent brain damage if he survived. And if any part of his brain would be adversely affected, it would be the area that governed speech.”
Could this be the cause of Biden’s recent spate of gaffes and verbal blunders, and does it cast troubling doubt on his fitness to be president?
Biden Has Many Reported Health Issues
Doctors removed a benign polyp during a colonoscopy in 1996. In 2003, Biden had his gallbladder removed.
He suffers from asthma and allergies and takes a prescription drug to lower his cholesterol. He has also taken medication for an enlarged prostate.
Biden hasn’t disclosed his medical history since 2008, when doctors found he had an irregular heartbeat.
However, despite this and the ongoing mental gaffes, his wife and others close to Biden nevertheless maintain that he is “a picture of health.”
If he were to win the 2020 presidential election, Biden would be the oldest president ever to be inaugurated.
After lawmakers in Hong Kong announced a new bill that would allow fugitives to be extradited to mainland China in early June 2019, the streets of the large, modern city have been mobbed by huge numbers of protesters.
On Sunday, June 9, more than 1 million protestors stopped traffic and blocked roads leading to the Legislative Council building complex where a lawmaker debate over the controversial bill had been slated.
To prevent authorities from identifying them, many protesters cover their faces. But more high-tech citizens direct high-powered laser beams at surveillance cameras connected to a centralized face recognition database of images collected from official offices, applications for housing, loans or credit, and the like.
A video published on Twitter showed what looks like a rock concert laser-light show – but multiple vivid blue and lime-green rays of concentrated light were definitely lighting up and trying to blind the police, armed in full riot gear and standing at the ready, who faced the throng from the safety of a building rooftop.
For the past three months, protesters have been annoying and distracting staff members inside the police headquarters by shining brilliant lasers capable of burning through flesh or putting an eye out.
Former electrical engineering associate professor at the University of Hong Kong Dr. William Cheung Sing-wai confirmed that:
“Laser pointers, especially those with high power, can burn one’s skin and cause permanent injury to the eyes.”
On a positive note, laser pointer sales are up in the Aplui Street market of Hong Kong. The larger laser pointers sell out first but the smaller “stargazing pens” are also popular tools for both offense and defense.
We say tools, the police in Hong Kong say weapon as they refer to all laser pointers as “laser guns.” Three police officers injured by lasers required medical treatment.
According to Dr. Sing-wai, laser points that teachers use can project less than 1 milliwatt of power which is enough to damage an eye. At a police demonstration, a laser beam at close range set a sheet of paper on fire.
Passers-by have also been targeted with lasers to stop them from snapping images that authorities could use to identify the upstarts.
Steve Li Kwai-wah, the Senior Superintendent of the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau, stated that laser weapons are not prohibited in Hong Kong.
That being said, there is trouble brewing over the confiscated lasers because “the laser pointers seized by police breached the Trade Descriptions Ordinance for failing to display energy levels or warning labels.” Customs officials now control the case.
This number of protestors hasn’t been seen since mainland China regained control of Hong Kong from the colonial British in 1997.
Citizens of Hong Kong caught protesting are being blacklisted by their government which is forcing companies to ban such employees from the workplace. This is cascading into the economy as businesses are suffering from transportation shutdowns caused by the determined protesters.
Hong Kong opponents of the extradition law believe that it would threaten the legal relationship they have had with China since the early 1980s. Deng Xiaoping, the Paramount Leader of the People’s Republic of China, is responsible for the current “one country, two systems” rules of governance.
Unified China agreed to preserve the separate economic and administrative systems in certain Chinese regions, including Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government operates on its own and handles all legal, economic, financial business, and foreign trade relations.
Allowing Hong Kong to extradite Hong Kong residents suspected of criminal activity (which includes protesting the extradition bill) would give Communist China a toe-hold into dictating policy in neighboring Hong Kong.
China is infamously building the ultimate Big Brother-esque surveillance state and is using their advanced public biometric identification system to shame jaywalkers which is a big deal in that ancient culture of honor and dishonor.
Meanwhile, the ongoing mass protests in Hong Kong continue to interrupt business-as-usual. They say they won’t disperse until their demands are met:
- Withdraw the extradition bill formally and completely.
- Start a formal investigation into police brutality.
- Force the resignation of Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive.
- Release protesters who have been arrested.
- Adopt other specific democratic reforms.
Slogans left by protesters on some government buildings in the city center said, “Down with the Chinese Communist Party,” and “F–k Zhina” (Zhina was the derogatory term for China used by the Japanese during its partial occupation of Hong Kong in the 1930s and 1940s.
Hong Kong lawmakers were quick to respond, posting an official statement on the office’s website which claimed the slogans “insulted the country and its people” and said the demonstrators had gone “well beyond the scope of peaceful protest.”
Hong Kong was relatively quiet in July but violent demonstrations have been increasing since early August. The eyes of the world are on the people of Hong Kong with the hope, difficult as it may seem, for a peaceful resolution.
“Ilhan Omar stole my husband!”
That is the shocking claim made by Washington DC mom, Dr. Beth Mynett. Mynett says her husband, a political-consultant, dumped her for Omar, according to a bombshell divorce filing obtained by The NY Post.
Mynett says her cheating spouse, Tim Mynett, told her in April that he was having an affair with the Somali-born US representative — and that he even made a “shocking declaration of love” for the Minnesota congresswoman before he left his wife, for the Muslim Freshman Congresswoman. This, according to the divorce papers submitted in DC Superior Court on August 27.
The physician, 55, and her 38-year-old husband — who has worked for left-wing Democrats such as Omar and her Minnesota predecessor, Keith Ellison — have a 13-year-old son together.
“The parties physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when Defendant told Plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar,” the court papers say.
“Defendant met Rep. Omar while working for her,’’ the document states. “Although devastated by the betrayal and deceit that preceded his abrupt declaration, Plaintiff told Defendant that she loved him, and was willing to fight for the marriage.
“Defendant, however, told her that was not an option for him’’ and moved out the next day, the papers say.
Omar’s own marriage has been under scrutiny amid allegations that she married her brother and committed immigration fraud. Omar called that allegation “absolutely false and ridiculous.”
The freshman Congresswoman married her husband, Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi, in 2002 during a faith ceremony, but did not legally marry at the time. The couple had two children before they separated in 2008. The next year, Omar legally married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi. The two split in 2011. The same year, Omar and Hirsi reconciled, but did not legally divorce until 2017. Omar and Hirsi had a third child together in 2012 and legally married in early 2018.
Omar Continues to Ignite Controversy and Draw Ire of Both Parties
Omar continues to attract controversy, and she is drawing the ire of even members of her own party. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., called out members of both parties last week, claiming they helped further anti-Semitism in the nation’s “political dialogue.”
“The growing anti-Semitism in our political dialogue is repugnant,” Nadler said. He pointed to Trump’s comments about “disloyalty” in Jews who voted for Democrats, as you might expect from the long-time foe of Trump. However, Nadler also pointed to a vile cartoon forwarded by Omar and the two progressive Congresswomen, who have already been in the news for a failed attempt to enter Israel.
Omar has been criticized for tweeting in 2012 that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
Omar and fellow freshman Muslim Congresswoman, Rashida Harbi Tlaib were also two of just a handful of Democrats who voted against an overwhelmingly approved measure opposing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. When Omar countered that measure with her own resolution, she likened boycotts to those against the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.
That action prompted the State Department to update the definition of anti-Semitism to include “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”
According to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) earlier this week, Representative Ilhan Omar violated campaign finance law by using tens of thousands campaign dollars to pursue an adulterous relationship with Tim Mynett – a married Democratic consultant.
FEC records indicate that Omar’s campaign had disbursed $223,000 to Mynett’s company, E. Street Group, LLC, between August 2018 and June 2019, mainly for fundraising consulting. However, on April 1st, records show that her campaign made payments to E. Street Group for “travel expenses.”
Less than a week later, the Democratic consultant confessed to his wife Dr. Beth Jordan Mynnet that he was having an extra-martial affair with the Somali congresswoman, according to a divorce filing that was submitted earlier in the week Mynett’s wife.
Within the divorce filing, Dr. Beth Mynett wrote that her husband’s “more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments.”
Throughout April and June, FEC records indicate that $21,547 was disbursed by Omar’s campaign to pay for ‘travel expenses’ for E. Street group.
As per business filings that were submitted to the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, 38-year-old Tim Mynett is a partner of E. Street Group, LLC.
According to the FEC complaint that was filed earlier in the week by the center-right National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), the timing of Representative Omar campaign’s travel reimbursement to Mynett’s company coinciding with the beginning of the alleged affair between the two is quite suspicious.
In its complaint, the NLPC wrote: “If Ilhan for Congress reimbursed Mynett’s LLC for travel so that Rep. Omar would have the benefit of Mynett’s romantic companionship, the expenditures must be considered personal in nature.”
Also in its complaint, the NLPC mentions that FEC regulations bar the use of campaign funds for personal travel except when the candidate’s personal finances are used to pay back their campaign.
The NLPC said that “Omar’s filings do not reveal subsequent reimbursements for Mynett’s travel.”
This isn’t the first time Omar has been accused of misusing campaign funds. Just last year, a Republican state representative accused of using $2,250 in campaign money to pay a lawyer for divorce proceedings.
In recent months, Tim Mynett and Omar have been pictured together at several events. In March, Mynett was seen by the congresswoman’s side during a fundraiser for CAIR where she infamously described the 9/11 terror attacks as simply “some people did something.”