Ted Yoho Full CNN Interview With Wolf Blitzer (6/21/2017)

Congressman Ted Yoho more than holds his own in the belly of the beast on CNN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a full transcript of the interview.

Blitzer: Joining us now Republican congressman Ted Yoho. He’s a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Congressman, thanks for joining us.

Rep. Yoho: Thanks for having me on Wolf.

Blitzer: Based on what you’ve learned about this airport stabbing in Flint Michigan do you believe this was an act of terrorism?

Rep Yoho: I think it’s pretty, pretty evident that it was. You know the guy yelling Allah Akbar and our thoughts and prayers go out to officer Neville. We hope that everything turns out well there, but I think this is something that you’re seeing a ramp up of this. We’re seeing this around the world and you know it’s, it’s a point in time where we all have to come together to bring this under control.

Blitzer: Well we were waiting to hear how the United States Supreme Court is you know will rule on the president’s proposed travel ban but that travel ban would not have prevented today’s attack. This individual was a Canadian who crossed into the United States from through Lake Champlain and then apparently drove over to Flint Michigan.

Rep. Yoho: Alright, but where did he come from? Was he born in Canada? Is he a Canadian citizen that was born there? Or did he immigrate from a country that would be on that list? You know that information needs to come out yet, so I don’t want to speculate too much and I think you’ll see this travel ban, I think you’ll see a decision come out on this real soon.

Blitzer: But irrespective of where he was born, if he was a Canadian citizen the president’s travel ban would not have affected him. The president’s travel ban deals with six Muslim-majority countries.

Rep. Yoho: Right. Good point there, but if that person had immigrated from one of those areas that would be on that ban and they’re in the United States, you know they hopefully we’d prevent those kind of attacks.

Blitzer: What policies do you believe that Trump administration is now putting forth to try to address attacks like this one, an individual gets a knife, doesn’t have a gun let’s say, but gets a knife and stabs a police officer at an airport?

Rep. Yoho: You know I don’t know how you’re going to stop those. Those things are always going to happen unfortunately. I hope they’re far and few in between and that relies on us too, the American people. If you see something say something and the DHS the Department Homeland Security has got a good program informing people. We’re at a point in time in this country. These are not Republican or Democratic issues. These are national security issues that we as Americans all need to have a part in this. So people if you’re out there and if you see something suspicious, report it to the authorities.

Blitzer: It hasn’t gone unnoticed, and I’m sure you’re, you’re aware of this congressman, especially within the Muslim-American community that the president has not been outspoken in condemning attacks where Muslims have been the victims. Do you believe that hurts his counterterrorism effort?

Rep. Yoho: No I don’t think so. I think we all speak out against that. You know I have to go back over and see what he said, but I think there was enough people speaking out against this. We had a Earl Blumenaur from Oregon led a session on the floor speaking it out against terror and hate crimes against anybody and again we as the leaders up here of our communities, we need to speak out about that, but we also need to have the community raise up and say we’re not going to tolerate this.

Blitzer: Let’s turn to the developments of the Russia investigation that we’re watching. Congressman, it’s now been reported that Michael Flynn was fired as the president National Security Adviser. He actually sat in with the CIA director Pompeo’s intelligence briefings for more than two weeks even after the White House was repeatedly warned about Flynn’s Russian contacts and potentially was subject to, to Russian blackmail. Do you believe with hindsight now looking back that was appropriate?

Rep. Yoho: I think looking back, I think anybody that gets relieved of their duty they should lose their security clearance and you know whether that was an oversight or they had a reason to leave them with that, I think that’s something that in the future if you lose your job for certain reasons, especially one like that, you need to lose your security clearance for sure.

Blitzer: But the White House was warned by the Justice Department among others and in the law enforcement and intelligence community that Michael Flynn potentially represented a threat that he could have been blackmailed that he wasn’t telling the vice president, wasn’t telling other officials the truth about his contacts with Russian officials, yet he was allowed to participate in those top-secret briefings for what, 18 days. How did that happen?

Rep. Yoho: You know I don’t know. I don’t know why they allowed that, but there might have been some information that they wanted him to share with them on the Intelligence Committee, and that’s why they had him in there. And so I would let that investigation go forward, so that they can decipher and go through all that information and figure out why he was there, but more importantly the information that he might have lent to this investigation.

Blitzer: Do you believe the CIA director Mike Pompeo he’s a former Republican congressman I assume you know him, he served together with you do you think he should have prevented that from happening in the first place because there are now these reports that that officials at the CIA were deeply concerned?

Rep. Yoho: Wolf, I have to go back to see why Mike decided to do that. Mike the very upfront guy, his credibility, his ethics are, you know, unchallenged. And if he allowed that, there had to be a reason for him to do that. And again I don’t know if he was looking for specific information on this investigation that they can use, you know with Secretary Mueller.

Blitzer: Special counsel Mueller?

Rep. Yoho: Special counsel Mueller.

Blitzer: Let’s talk a little bit about the other development today, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings. He writes this in a letter and I’ll read it: “In any case, it is unclear why Mr. Kushner (Jared Kushner the president’s senior advisor and son-in-law) continues to have access to classified information while these allegations are being investigated.” Here’s the question: Should Jared Kushner’s security clearance as Elijah Cummings as it is suggesting be suspended until a complete investigation can, can be, could be done into his calls and meetings with Russian officials?

Rep. Yoho: No I don’t think so there are allegations. We are country of laws and let’s go through the due process, and if that comes that’s where they need to be suspended, then absolutely. And the president’s the one that has the ultimate authority on, on taking his security clearance away. But I would do the investigation and follow through what they’re doing right now.

Blitzer: The former Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, he testified today before the House Intelligence Committee and he called Russia’s interference in the 2016 president a fact. I’m quoting him now, a fact plain and simple. Do you believe that?

Rep. Yoho: I think it’s pretty evident that they were involved in that, you know and if we go back to when you and I talked right after the election and the beginning of the year, I wanted this to play out, and so as the information comes out we’re seeing more of that, and again there’s going to be more information that comes out and I think he spoke real loud and clear that he went to the DNC, and wanted to know why he wanted to help them prevent any leaks and give them more cyber security and they refused to do that. And I’m a little bit concerned about that and I want to plug a bill that we’re putting in, it’s a cyber security bill to prevent these things, but more importantly to define when they do attack and then what we can do to counter that.

Blitzer: Have you ever asked the president of his opinion whether or not the Russians interfered in the presidential election because as you know Sean Spicer, the press secretary, yesterday said he’s, he’s never asked the president this question.

Rep. Yoho: You know I’ve never had the opportunity to ask him that, we’ve talked about that in different committees, but never directly to the president or vice president Pence.

Blitzer: Alright, stand by congressman. We have a lot more to discuss, about to take a quick break. We’ll resume this conversation right after that. We’re back with House Republican Ted Yoho, we’re talking about the Russia investigation other stories breaking right now. Congressman, I need you to stand by. Later tonight the president is going to be getting away from the nation’s capital and the drip, drip, drip of the Russia investigation. He’s heading to Iowa to surround himself with some very very friendly faces, and to celebrate an important political victory for his party. Our senior White House correspondent, Jeff Zeleny is joining us from Cedar Rapids Iowa right now. Jeff, what are you learning about preparations for the unveiling of the Senate Republican health care bill first of all?

Zeleny: So wolf, even as the president flies here to Iowa tonight, we’re told that his top aides are going to be briefed by Senate Republicans at the White House about the details of this health care plan. It is going to be announced tomorrow morning on Capitol Hill. They are trying to win the

president’s support. The president not involved in those briefings at this point Wolf. He’s coming back here Iowa, his first visit since taking office, to bask in the glow of his adoring supporters.

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President Trump has a new reason to smile tonight with Republicans seizing victory in a hotly contested special congressional election. Tonight, he’s headlining at campaign rally in Iowa for his 2020 re-election, his first visit west of the Mississippi River since taking office five months ago. Republicans won the most expensive house race in US history on Tuesday denying Democrats their first triumph of the Trump era.

Rep. Elect Karen Handel (in video): Special thanks to the President of the United States of America.

Karen Handel didn’t mention Mr. Trump by name after keeping him at an arm’s length in a reliably Republican Georgia district. Yet Democrats failed in their multi-million dollar effort of tying Handle to Trump. The president said the win held a lesson for his critics. Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on health care, tax cuts, security. Obstruction doesn’t work. Since winning the White House, Republicans are now 4 and 0 over Democrats in contested special congressional elections. Yet that record does not guarantee that GOP victories will continue in next year’s critical midterm elections where control of Congress is at stake. In President Obama’s early months in office Democrats ran up a seven to nothing streak over Republicans in special elections, but lost their house majority in 2010. In the wake of the Georgia contest, Democratic leaders conceded today, voters are more concerned with pocketbook issues like health care and the economy.

Rep. Joe Crowley (in video): And as much as I think people in Washington tend to focus on the issues of Russia and the president and the Republicans inability to get much of anything accomplished we need to focus on the local issues. That’s what gets Democrats elected.

The White House is also eager to change the subject back to one of the president’s top priorities, rewriting the health care law. But Republican leaders are making clear that they’d prefer Mr. Trump keep his distance for now. The White House has been super hands-off which feels just about right. One top Republican aide told CNN. Senators are still waiting to see the fine print of the health-care legislation. Republican leaders plan to unveil details of the bill on Thursday, still hoping to take a vote before the July 4th legislative recess.

Sen. John Cornyn: A working draft will be released tomorrow. I think all the concerns people have had about the process will evaporate, because I think they’ll be unlimited opportunity for people to read it, understand what’s in it and then debate it.

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Zeleney: Now President Trump is arriving here with a bounce in his step. He’ll be talking to a rally here in downtown Cedar Rapids to thousands of supporters, but he’s also arriving to a piece of advice from the local newspaper the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Wolfe, it says this: Dear Mr. President in a front-page editorial. It says now is not the time to rally, now is not the time to campaign. It says now is the time to govern. That is one of the challenges facing president Trump. It will start tomorrow morning on that health care bill. It’s one of the key issues of concern here in Iowa, a

state that he won last fall, but will so many voters here have so many questions about what’s in the bill and, if it will ultimately be reconciled with the House version and if he will actually sign it?

Blitzer: I’ll release that draft tomorrow. We’ll watch it closely. Jeff Zeleney in Iowa for us thanks very much. We’re back with congressman Ted Yoho of Florida. Congressman, uh, you celebrated the bill’s  passage in the house with President Trump in the White House rose garden, were you  surprised the other day to hear the president call the House version mean?

Rep. Yoho: Yeah we were a little surprised about that you know and again, you know we’ll see what this new bill comes out, and we’ll go from there, and you know like we talked about before, the president has a certain style and we’ll see how it works out.

Blitzer: Because he undermines what you were doing, he really sort of pulled out the rug from the House version uh, slighting it as mean.

Rep. Yoho: Yeah, well again we’ll see. It passed and we’re at phase two now we’ll see how it works out, and I’m going to hold any more comments that we see the bill and we read it before we vote on it.

 

Blitzer: Yeah, he also says he wants more heart, heart in the Senate bill and what you guys in the House gave him. What do you think he means by that?

Rep. Yoho: I don’t know, I think it’s you know heart you know you if you want more heart, you’re going to have to pay more and we’ll have to, again see what recommendations that the Senate gives us and what they want us to do, and then we’ll it’ll go to conference and we’ll decide which way to go with that, but I think your reporter before this brought out a very good point. You know those elections in Georgia and South Carolina or North Carolina. The American people want stuff done and they don’t want to get bogged down in all these other peripheral things, not that they’re not important but, we need to govern and we need to focus on that, and the president out you know, rallying the troops, I’m okay with that because I know we’ve got tax reform coming up and we’re going to finish up this health care bill.

Blitzer: Congressman Yoho, thanks as usual for joining us.

Rep. Yoho: Thanks Wolf, appreciate it, have a great day.

Blitzer: You too, thanks very much. Just ahead we’re going to tell you what we’re learning about the possibility of US military action…

Until Trump, Feds Were Still Doing Paperwork on Y2K Bug

Only in America!

To say the federal government is inefficient with time, money, and resources is an understatement. I hope you’re sitting down for this one.

For the last 17 years, thousands upon thousands of man hours have been spent — no, wasted on continuing preparations for the year 2000 when all the computers in the world were supposed to stop function and spiral us straight into the apocalypse. That, of course, didn’t happen. But why stop spending taxpayer dollars needlessly?

For almost two decades, federal employees have been filing reports on the Y2K bug. Some officials claim the amount of filings have decreased through the years, but the fact that they were still happening at all is reprehensible.

But thanks to the Trump administration’s attitude of “cleaning out our closets,” as Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney described it, the White House is “looking for stuff everyone agrees is a complete waste of time” and tossing it out for good. Continue reading at truthrevolt.org.

Deep State Gone Wild: “J. Edgar” Comey Asserts Unprecedented FBI Supremacy

James Comey asserted in his extraordinary testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is authorized to override Justice Department oversight procedures, a questionable claim which if true would raise serious questions about long-standing rules aimed at preventing abuses by federal law enforcement officials.

The former head of the FBI told the Senate panel that he believed he had received a direction from the president in February that the FBI end its investigation of Michael Flynn’s alleged involvement with Russia–a direction with which he and his kitchen-cabinet of “FBI senior leadership” unilaterally decided not to comply. The Comey cabinet then decided that it would not report the receipt of this direction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions or any other Justice Department superior.

The group decided that it could override standard FBI protocol and possibly legal obligations to report the incident because of its expectations that Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia matter, although that recusal would not come until weeks later. The Comey cabinet also decided that it wasn’t obligated to approach the acting Deputy Attorney General because he would likely be replaced soon.

“We concluded it made little sense to report it to Attorney General Sessions, who we expected would likely recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related investigations. (He did so two weeks later.) The Deputy Attorney General’s role was then filled in an acting capacity by a United States Attorney, who would also not be long in the role,” Comey said. “After discussing the matter, we decided to keep it very closely held, resolving to figure out what to do with it down the road as our investigation progressed.”

According to three different former federal law enforcement officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, there is no precedent for the director of the FBI to refuse to inform a Deputy Attorney General of a matter because of his or her “acting” status nor to use the expectation of a recusal as a basis for withholding information.

“This is an extraordinary usurpation of power. Not something you’d expect from the supposedly by-the-books guys at the top of the FBI,” one of those officials told Breitbart News. Continue reading at breitbart.com.

TrumpCare: Congressman Thomas Massie is Changing His Vote From No to HELL NO

March 22, 2017:  Republican Congressman Thomas Massie said tonight, in response to the suggestion from President Trump that voting against the American Health Care Act could cost members their seats, that Republicans are worried Trump could be a one-term president if it ends up passing.

Hat tip: Mediaite

Exclusive — Progressives Plan to Storm Trump-Like GOP Congressman’s Town Hall by the Thousands to Disrupt President’s Agenda

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SARASOTA, Florida — Thousands of professional progressive protesters are plotting to disrupt a town hall event for Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) here on Saturday morning, Breitbart News has learned, as part of a grander effort to grind down President Donald Trump and his America First agenda on the national stage.

Anti-Trump progressive organizers in the area are flooding social media with messages detailing their plans for disruption and even expressing the hope that President Trump dies soon. They openly state their goal is to halt the mandate the president has from his landslide electoral college win on Nov. 8, when he crushed Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton by winning 30-and-a-half states — cruising to a 306 vote electoral college victory.

The vitriolic nature of the progressive left’s desperate anti-Trump streak shines through in organizing messages in local Facebook posts, including one in which progressive activists say their “favorite” interaction with someone recently was a man who rolled down the window of his car while they were protesting and said he wished that President Trump was dead.

The local progressive Facebook group Indivisible Bradenton [bold type: mine] Pro-gressive wrote:

Our street protests were lively again, and we practiced our sign-waving skills with a lot of razzmatazz this week. Our signs reflected our concerns: ‘Did Trump Collude With Russia?’ ‘Trumpcare is Worse Than Obamacare,’ ‘GOP Bad Health Bill; 24,000,000 LOSE; Rich Get Tax Break,’ ’24 Million Will Lose Coverage Under Republican Plan,’ ‘Protect Our Care! Save the ACA,’ and ‘Sessions Must Resign.’ Our smaller group seemed to embolden the hecklers this week. We got several long profanity-laced tirades directed at us from both passing cars and people on the street. We just thanked them loudly or whooped in response for our own cheers. We’re enough of a regular fixture now on Tuesdays mornings that one woman who works in a nearby office asked if we are here because we are only allowed to protest on Tuesdays (?!). That made me realize all the more the importance of making our presence known and what people’s democratic rights truly allow them in this sleepy town. We of course got a lot of cheers and honks, as we always do, along with some thank yous. The favorite this week was an older gentleman who rolled down his window, spoke very slowly, and said: ‘We all need to pray very hard that Trump goes to heaven very soon.’

In other words, one of the “favorite” comments these progressive organizers heard all week was a man wishing that President Trump was dead and “goes to heaven very soon.” The original Facebook posting has since been removed and reposted with slightly different wording, where instead of the original description of that exchange with the man who wished President Trump was dead as the progressive organizer and post author’s “favorite” of the week, it was altered to say the exchange with that man was the “most notable oddity” of the week. Breitbart News has screenshots of the original, however, and is providing both the original post and the revised one here.

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Both the original and revised postings also included details about the left-wing activists’ efforts to storm Buchanan’s town hall on Saturday, noting that a Buchanan staffer “received us kindly as always” when asked for details about the congressman’s upcoming town hall event.

Please read the rest of this article HERE.

DeepStateGate: Democrats’ ‘Russian Hacking’ Conspiracy Theory Backfires

“It would then seem that the “Russia hacking” story was concocted not just to explain away an embarrassing election defeat, but to cover up the real scandal.”

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By Joel B. Pollak

Democrats’ efforts to raise suspicions about alleged — and, thus far, imaginary — links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government may have backfired spectacularly.

The spotlight is now on President Barack Obama and his administration’s alleged surveillance of the Trump campaign, as well as his aides’ reported efforts to spread damaging information about Trump throughout government agencies to facilitate later investigations and, possibly, leaks to the media.

On Sunday morning, the White House released a statement indicating that the president would ask the congressional committees investigating Russian hacking theories to add the question of “whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.”

Media outlets continued to repeat that the story was based on “no evidence,” though the evidence was plain. Read the rest of the story HERE.

Related article: Mark Levin to Congress: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ vs. Trump.

 

An Open Letter to the Hollywood Elite and the Rest of America:

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Davi to Hollywood Elite: Invite Illegal Aliens and Refugees to the Oscars… or You’re Racists!

Here’s actor Robert Davi’s open letter to the Hollywood elite that first appeared on Breitbart:

My Dear friends and colleagues,

I have recently been pondering President Trump’s executive action with regard to our nation having extreme vetting and our immigration policy finally being enforced. It has pained me deeply to see such a violent reaction to something that, to my mind, makes absolute common sense.

Let me begin by saying that I am from a family of immigrants that came to this country for a better life. They came to the US “legally,” assimilated, integrated, and learned English to the best of their ability, and demanded we speak it. As we all know, we live in a time in which there are forces who wish to destroy our way of life.

There are thousands of illegal immigrant criminals in the United States whose country of origin will not take them back. These criminals are free on the streets of America.

We have recently heard from a plethora of Hollywood stars on this issue — Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro, Ashley Judd, Madonna, major agencies, musicians, singers and even the indomitable Shia LaBeouf. After much prayer on this issue, I must now stand in solidarity with all of my Hollywood elite brethren. They are right! The rest of you are wrong!

It is now in this spirit that I make an appeal to all in Hollywood and the media for us to use the Oscars to take a stand for the entire world to see and hear. It is time for Hollywood to lead the way.

I propose that Meryl Steep, Chelsea Handler, Richard Gere, Robert DeNiro, Christoph Waltz and others lead an Oscar first: let’s do away with the rules, barriers, and tickets to the Oscars and after-parties, such as the swanky Vanity Fair party or the Weinsteins’ star-studded affair. I ask all migrants, all illegal immigrant criminals and all un-vetted refugees to converge on Hollywood to come to the Oscars and all the after-parties, even those held at the mansions or the Chateau Marmont or anywhere else. After all, we in the Hollywood community want to show all Islamic extremists that we have love in our hearts — and what better way to do that than by inviting them along on our most important night?

It’s time the walls and electronic security gates come down. There are roughly 3,600 seats to the Oscars; we should have at least 2,500 seats reserved for illegal aliens, refugees and migrants, or maybe even more. For those celebrities skipping the ceremony, each should invite at least 100 illegal aliens, refugees or migrants to come to their home to watch the Oscars with them. The Academy and the Vanity Fair people should also get the 150 criminals who have recently been deported from Los Angeles and bring them to the show as honored guests.

I find it curious that when President Obama did the same exact thing — and more — in terms of enforcing the law on illegal immigration, the Hollywood elite were silent. Why were they silent then, but are so vocal now when President Trump is doing basically the same thing? Is Hollywood racist? Why — when Christians are being slaughtered in Syria, Iraq, and other places in the Middle East — is Hollywood silent?

Of course, the people that wish death upon Christians, Jews, gay people and the West are greeted with open arms by the elite in Hollywood — so why can’t they come to our Oscar parties?

Additionally, I am now pleased to announce that Hollywood and the recording industry no longer require the protection of the Men in Blue at any of their events! We do not need a country of laws; only a country of illegal immigrants, refugees and migrants. How dare we ignore the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

So now, we ask you all: please come to the Oscars on February 26th at the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. We welcome you to our homes with open arms and love in our hearts. Together, let us celebrate the Progressive left and its policies, which have helped make blue collar America Tired, Hungry, and Poor.

And the Oscar goes to…

With love in my heart,

Robert Davi

This article originally appeared on: Breitbart.com

DONNELLY: Jerry Brown’s California Legacy is a Dam Failure

“Moonbeam” never ceases to amaze – Governor Brown is now going hat-in-hand to beg the Trump administration for emergency funds.

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The Oroville Dam — at 770 feet, America’s tallest — is on the verge of failing. And Sacramento, which has been fiddling for decades while Rome burns, is running for cover.

This isn’t just any dam; it’s the primary storage facility located on the Feather River for the State Water Project, the state-owned conveyance system that provides drinking water to more than two-thirds of California’s population.

If the dam were to fail, it could inundate not only the city of Oroville but numerous other communities downstream, including Yuba City, Marysville and even West Sacramento.

At the moment, the emergency spillway is being used for the first time since Governor Ronald Reagan approved its construction, and almost 200,000 people have been evacuated.

What’s Governor Jerry Brown doing?

The same thing he’s been doing for decades — obstructing progress.  California has been so busy defying President Donald Trump in order to protect illegal aliens from deportation that it forgot to do the things government is supposed to do, like maintain infrastructure. Governor Brown is now going hat-in-hand to beg the Trump administration for emergency funds.

According to Breitbart News sources, the Trump administration is already closely monitoring the situation, and has dispatched personnel and made contingency plans to aid California in the event of a catastrophic dam failure.

But it’s during the seven dry years — the extended drought — that the state should have fixed its water infrastructure, like dams and canals. Brown and his merry band of Democrats had different priorities, like high-speed rail, benefits for illegal aliens, and unsustainable pensions. Read the rest of this article HERE.

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