The email, subject line “Impeachment,” was sent to Obama for America supporters, imploring them to contribute to the DNC’s 2014 efforts. “What do these people all have in common?,” the email asked, featuring quotes from Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, and Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas discussing the possibility of impeaching Obama for one of his numerous instances of presidential misconduct.
The DNC email discussed the “I-Word” and said that “Republicans are actually excited about the idea.”
“Show these Republicans that they are way, way off-base, and give President Obama a Congress that has his back,” according to the DNC email, noting that Democrats need to win 17 GOP House seats to reclaim a majority.
The DNC, which recently expanded its political tactics to include boycotting independent news outlets, previously supported the last president to be impeached: Bill Clinton.
Obama’s staff changed key talking points on the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack; his Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups during the 2012 election cycle; and Obama personally lied to the American people when he told them that they could keep their existing doctors and health insurance plans under Obamacare.
Javier Sanchez, 37, of Virginia, is Bachmann’s senior legislative assistant. He was charged with Theft II, and police issued the following statement on Monday:
“Earlier this year the United States Capitol Police was apprised of thefts that occurred in the Rayburn House Office Building,” spokesperson Shennell Antro told The Hill. “The USCP conducted an investigation and were able to identify a subject. The investigation resulted in the arrest of 37-year-old Javier Sanchez of Virginia.”
Sanchez was arrested July 11, Antro said.
Capitol Police did not elaborate on the nature of the burglaries.
Bachmann, who was a 2012 candidate in the Republican presidential primary, announced earlier this year that she would not be seeking another term in the House.
Her campaign remains the subject of a federal ethics probe focused on her former national political director, Guy Short, and her former Iowa campaign chairman, Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, according to The Hill.
However, she said her top priority is not another White House run, although she hasn’t ruled that out.
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“I’m not taking anything off the table,” she told Hannity in her first major interview since her retirement announcement. “But that’s certainly not my No. 1 item that I’m looking at right now, either. I’m in the game for the long haul.”
Bachmann, a tea party favorite, is still facing issues from her 2012 presidential campaign that include an lawsuit in Iowa over alleged campaign finance irregularities. Hannity did not address those issues during the interview.
Bachmann, though, said that leaving office will allow her to continue working on vital issues, but from a different place and perspective.
“For right now, I think I’m going to find a different perch in order to weigh in on these matters,” she told Hannity. “Sometimes you can be more effective on the outside than on the inside. I’ve done everything I possibly could on the inside. But I still intend to be in the fight.”
Meanwhile, she said, she is “wide open and looking” for options in her political future, and plans to “continue to be a very strong voice.”
And even though she’s leaving office in 18 months, Bachmann likely will continue to fight against key issues, including Obamacare and what she called the “serial lawlessness out of the Obama administration.”
“I’m not going away. I’m not leaving Washington,” she said. “I’m not leaving the national scene. It’s just bringing a positive solution from a different perch.”
“I have decided next year I will not seek a fifth congressional term,” Bachmann, of Minnesota, said today in a video posted on her website. “My future is full, it is limitless and my passions for America will remain.”
Bachmann, 57, dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination last year after a sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. In her video, she said that eight years was long enough for one person to serve a congressional district and that her decision to step aside wasn’t related to inquiries into her presidential campaign and its staff.
“Be assured that my decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected to Congress,” Bachmann said. “I want you to be assured that there is no future option or opportunity, be it directly in the political arena or otherwise, that I won’t be giving serious consideration if it can help save and protect our great nation for future generations.”
Bachmann organized the Tea Party Caucus shortly before the 2010 midterm elections. Her rise to prominence in the Republican party was curtailed in January 2011 at the Iowa caucuses, where she garnered about 5 percent of the vote and finished behind Mitt Romney, the eventual nominee, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former Representative Ron Paul of Texas, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Governor Rick Perry.
The probe into Bachmann’s run for the Republican nomination was opened by the Office of Congressional Ethics and focuses on alleged campaign-finance violations, the Daily Beast reported in March. A lawyer for Bachmann told the Washington Post that month that the congresswoman was cooperating with the OCE and was not presented with any allegations of personal wrongdoing.
Bachmann has led Tea Party activists pressing for a significant reduction in federal spending and strict adherence to the constitution. That push helped Republicans win control of the House in 2010.
Bachmann said she will finish her term.
“Over the next 18 months I will continue to work 100 hour weeks and I will continue to do everything I can to advance our conservative constitutional principles,” she said.
Bachmann promises to “continue to work overtime for the next 18 months in Congress defending . . . Constitutional Conservative values.”
A new poll finds the favorability ratings of the tea party have increased sharply since revelations emerged that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups.Rasmussen Reports shows that 44 percent of likely voters now say that they have a favorable view of the tea party. This is a 14 point increase since January, but 7 points below the 51 percent high they had in April 2009.
Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, told Fox News on Sunday that tea party support from Republicans is also up from 61 percent to 80 percent.
Rasmussen thinks that the IRS scandal combined with other recent scandals could have an impact on the 2014 elections.
“This and some of the other recent stories really cut into the heart of President Obama’s agenda, which is faith in government,” he said. “And his health-care plan is tied to the IRS. The large question is will the Democrats’ brand remain tainted.”
Tea-party groups are also seeing an increase in donations and support since the IRS scandal broke, Fox News reports.
“We’re definitely seeing a spike in both interest and contributions,” said Sal Russo, co-founder of the California-based Tea Party Express.
Russo added that tea party members are feeling vindicated and energized by IRS scandal.
“They knew spending was out of control and their [political opponents] would stop at nothing,” Russo told Fox News.
The survey taken May 21-22 of 1,000 likely voters also found that 44 percent now have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party, which is down five points from earlier this year. The telephone survey also found that 18 percent have a very favorable view of the Tea Party, while 25 percent have a very unfavorable view.
The entry of the FBI into the investigation raises the possibility that there were potential criminal violations in what has been up to now reports of campaign spending violations by Bachmann’s presidential campaign fund last year.
The agencies are also investigating whether the same state senator stole the email list of an Iowa home-school group from another Bachmann staffer, Barbara Hekki, prior to the Iowa caucuses in January, 2012.
The FBI plans to interview Andy Parrish, former Bachmann chief of staff and one of the directors of Bachmann’s Iowa GOP presidential campaign, the Post reported, quote Parrish’s attorney, John Gilmore.
“I can confirm that Andy Parrish has been contacted by the FBI for a scheduled interview next week,” Gilmore said. “He will cooperate fully.”
In an affidavit filed with the Iowa ethics committee, Parrish states that state Sen. Kent Sorenson was paid for his work on the Bachmann presidential campaign through a fundraising firm that had ties to MichelePAC.
In addition to the alleged theft of the home-school list, the FBI is said to be looking into the campaign’s demand that certain former employees, whose pay was withheld at the end of the campaign, sign non-disclosure agreements before receiving their compensation.
A Philadelphia jury is expected to start weighing murder charges this week in the trial of abortionistKermit Gosnell, who is accused of killing four viable babies after they were born alive.
Prosecutors say Gosnell routinely cut live babies in the back of the neck to sever their spines. Pro-abortion groups have suggested Gosnell’s alleged murder of live children is the exception in the abortion industry.
But a video released by the pro-life group Live Action shows Washington, D.C., abortion doctor Cesare Santangelo telling a 24-weeks pregnant woman he will not give medical care to a baby born alive.
Federal law mandates that any newborn, even the survivor of an abortion, be given medical attention, but in the video Santangelo tells the investigator what he would do if her baby survived the procedure.
“Technically, legally, we would be obligated to help it to survive, but it probably wouldn’t,” he said. “It’s all in how vigorously you do things to help a fetus survive at that point … we would not help it. We wouldn’t intubate, let’s say.”
Fresh investigations of abortion clinics in the wake of the Gosnell trial have led to the closures by state officials of clinics in Ohio and three clinics in Maryland.
Also, two nurses at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Delaware clinic resigned, citing the poor conditions at the facility.
“I couldn’t tell you how ridiculously unsafe it was,” USA Today quoted Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, one of the nurses.
Meanwhile, 72 members of Congress, troubled by the lack of media coverage of the Gosnell trial, sent a letter to the major three networks, asking them to report it.
“We see no excuse for your failure to report these stories other than blatant media bias,” the lawmakers wrote. “There is nothing ‘politically incorrect’ about reporting the negative impacts of abortion on women and children.”
Also, last week 18 House Republicans blasted the media and President Obama, a vocal supporter of Planned Parenthood, for their hypocrisy.
“Mr. President, your silence on this issue is deafening,” Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., charged.
“Shamelessly, the mainstream media has all but gone silent and failed to cover this horrific violence against women,” Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., added.
“I think we all recognize if Dr. Gosnell used an AK-47 instead of a scalpel, the media coverage would rival a natural disaster,” Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., said. “Yet barely a peep comes from the mainstream media because it happened to be an abortion doctor who was actually performing abortions.”
Live Action President Lila Rose talked more about the Santangelo video on Newswatch Tuesday. Click below to watch the video.
“It most likely did play a part … How do you question a guy to determine whether or not he’s been radicalized, when you’re not allowed to go into things like jihad and al-Qaida?’’ Gohmert told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’
Gohmert, a member of the Homeland Security Committee, said he and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann had reviewed the terms that had been cleansed from FBI training manuals because of pressure from Arab-American groups.
Incredibly, the terms that have been removed can’t be discussed, he added, because they have been classified by the agency.
“But they classified it not because it would hurt the country to know what those words are. It wouldn’t have at all,’’ he said.
“It would have hurt the FBI. It would have embarrassed them. And we knew that … Why in the world would they classify what they’ve purged except to protect them.’’
Gohmert said the FBI must be allowed to use any and all information to weed out terrorists, such as marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“If you’re not allowed to study radical Islam because we don’t want to use ‘jihad’ and ‘radical Islam’ and those terms, how do you ask this kid questions that let you know whether or not he’s been radicalized?,’’ he asked.
American patriotism shone brightly during last weekend’s conference, The Awakening 2013, an annual event staged by the Freedom Federation. Compelling speeches and a call to return to biblical principles from several nationally influential figures were the order of the day.
Speakers such as 2012 presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, and authors Pamela Geller and Frank Gaffney, among many others, fired up the audience with inspirational speeches, compelling the nation to return to its godly roots and calling on citizens to “fight for the soul of America.”
Following are a few noteworthy quotations from the conference:
“We are witnessing in Europe now what Hitler could not accomplish years ago.” —Pamela Geller
“We’re not going to be able to stop abortion until each person looks at children as a blessing from God.” —Jim Bob Duggar, former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives and star, along with his wife, Michelle, of the Discovery Health and TLC television series 19 Kids and Counting
“Don’t question in the darkness what God has shown you in the light.” —Michelle Duggar
“Sharia is the problem. It’s not radical—it’s crazy.” —Frank Gaffney, author and founder and president of the Center for Security Policy
“Our first and second amendments are our last chances to survive.” —Jonathan Matusitz, author and associate professor of communication at the University of Central Florida
“In the process of living the American dream, we are losing it.” —Jan Morgan, Associated Press award-winning veteran investigative journalist and media personality
“We need to be trained and prepared for whatever comes our way, because you ain’t seen nothing yet.” —Jan Morgan
“We need to start talking about the victims of Islam. That’s how you defeat it.” —William Murray, chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition
“It’s been an interesting week—the bombings in Boston and Texas and the trial of a blood-soaked monster [abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell]. Don’t believe that Almighty God doesn’t see this and will not bring about His justice.” —Michele Bachmann, U.S. representative from Minnesota
“Every generation deals with totalitarianism and evil. In our generation right now, it’s Islam jihad.”—Michele Bachmann
“The church doesn’t shape our values anymore, and that’s killing us as a nation.” —RetiredLt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council
“There is no single institution that affects American values more than the church.” —Dr. Carlos Campo, president of Regent University
Former GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann reportedly fled a press conference on Tuesday when the line of questioning took an uncomfortable turn to the ethics probe of her 2012 run for the White House.
The Minnesota congresswoman had planned to discuss issues with the state’s Medicaid system in a joint press conference with Minnesota state Sen. Sean Nienow.
But “When the questioning turned to Rep. Bachmann’s ethics problems from her 2012 presidential campaign, aides closed in blocking reporters and photographers and ushered her out of the room,” reports The Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Aide Deb Steiskal blocked Star Tribune reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger . . . and aide Brian Gordon . . . blocked cameramen John Cottew from Fox 9 and Art Phillips from WCCO, backing into them and pushing them out of the way.”
Bachmann subsequently called the probe politically motivated and insisted that she will be cleared.
“There’s political motivations that are involved because I’ve been named as the number one target [FOR]defeat by the Democrat Party, by Nancy Pelosi and also by SuperPACs so, you know no one can know anyone’s thoughts or intents, but clearly it looks like it’s politically motivated,” Bachmann said, according to the New York Daily News.
It wasn’t Bachmann’s first tussle with the media.
Last month Bachmann “ran away” from CNN’sDana Bash, according to Huffington Post.
The Daily Beast reported last month that ex-Bachmann staffers have been grilled about “allegations of improper transfer of funds and under-the-table payments actions by Bachmann’s presidential campaign, specifically in relation to the campaign’s national political director, Guy Short, and Bachmann’s one-time Iowa campaign chairman, state Sen. Kent Sorenson.’’