Breaking: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke To Leave Admin

Via Daily Caller:

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be leaving his position on the Trump cabinet by the end of the year, President Donald Trump announced Saturday morning.

The White House has begun identifying potential replacements for Zinke, according to Bloomberg. Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, all Republicans, are all in the running to be next secretary of the interior, Bloomberg reports.

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North Carolina Democratic Governor Vetoes Voter Photo ID Bill

Voter ID scares Democrats.

Via WBTV:

North Carolina’s governor has vetoed legislation implementing a voter photo identification mandate added to the state’s constitution in a recent referendum.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has repeatedly opposed voter ID legislation and put his veto stamp to the latest bill Friday.

An override is likely because Republicans in the GOP-dominated General Assembly have been united in supporting the legislation finalized last week.

The bill fills in details to carry out the constitutional amendment approved by voters last month requiring photo ID for in-person voting.

The legislation greatly expands the number of qualifying IDs and exceptions compared to legislation blocked earlier this decade.

Democratic legislators acknowledge voter ID rules are necessary because of the referendum but say details are being rushed and will prevent some minorities and poor people from voting.

Johnson & Johnson Hid For Decades That There Was Asbestos Was In Their Baby Powder

They knew for decades and millions of people have used it.

Via Reuters:

Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why.

She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her lungs and other organs. She knew it was as rare as it was deadly, a signature of exposure to asbestos. And she knew it afflicted mostly men who inhaled asbestos dust in mines and industries such as shipbuilding that used the carcinogen before its risks were understood.

Coker, 52 years old, had raised two daughters and was running a massage school in Lumberton, a small town in eastern Texas. How had she been exposed to asbestos? “She wanted answers,” her daughter Cady Evans said.

Fighting for every breath and in crippling pain, Coker hired Herschel Hobson, a personal-injury lawyer. He homed in on a suspect: the Johnson’s Baby Powder that Coker had used on her infant children and sprinkled on herself all her life. Hobson knew that talc and asbestos often occurred together in the earth, and that mined talc could be contaminated with the carcinogen. Coker sued Johnson & Johnson, alleging that “poisonous talc” in the company’s beloved product was her killer.

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Macron’s Misfire Lights Match For Paris Protests

The climate change scam coming home to roost.

Via Boston Herald:

“Is Paris burning?”

That is what Nazi leader Adolph Hitler shouted at his military commander in occupied Paris as the U.S.-led Allies advanced on the German occupied city in the summer of 1944. “Brennt Paris?”

French President Emmanuel Macron, calling from the recent G-20 conference in Argentina during the outbreaks of riots in Paris and elsewhere in France, could have asked the mayor of Paris the same thing.

In Hitler’s case, it wasn’t. For Macron, Paris was burning, and it still is.

Back in August 1944, German Gen. Dietrich Hugo Hermann von Choltitz, Hitler’s Paris commander — and an admirer of French culture — disobeyed Hitler’s order and prevented the destruction of the famous city. He was hailed as the “Savior of Paris.”

Macron, the one-time wonder boy of French politics, and a climate change visionary, was the villain. He lit the match.

Working-class rioters for the fourth week in a row launched violent protests against the Macron government over increased anti- global warming fuel and gas prices as well as their diminished economic status. It is called the “Yellow Vest” protest in that many of protesters wear high visibility yellow safety vests that motorists carry in their vehicles.

By the time they were through last weekend, Paris looked — and looks — like a war zone. And the protests are not yet over even after Macron caved and promised tax cuts and increased wages.

Macron’s Paris is a mess. Its wide elegant boulevards around the Arc de Triomphe are littered with overturned and burned cars, glass and debris from smashed store windows and empty tear gas cannisters.

Restaurants and shops are closed, stores are looted, and the whiff of tear gas is in the air. Tourists have fled. French police have arrested hundreds, both in Paris and in other cities where similar protests took place. One person was killed and hundreds more injured.

In the City of Light, the city is nightly lit up with the burning hulks of more than a hundred cars. Their still-smoking carcasses are on hand to greet Macron whenever he makes a rare appearance.

Indeed, the iconic Arc de Triomphe itself, a symbol of all that is France, has been vandalized and scarred with anti-Macron graffiti. And the violent protests continue.

It is a bitter pill for Macron, the globalist, to swallow. He wanted to run the world. But if you can’t run Paris, let alone France, how can you possibly rule the world?

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Politico Spreads False Story That 7 Year Old Girl Who Died Was In Border Patrol Custody For A Week

And once again, more will see the lie than the correction.

Via Daily Caller:

Politico reported in its Huddle newsletter Friday that a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died a week after being taken into Border Patrol custody.

“Top House Democrats are calling for a ‘full investigation’ into the death of a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala, who died of dehydration and shock just one week after she was taken into Border Patrol Custody,” the newsletter said.

Laypeople on Twitter also claimed Friday that the girl was in Border Patrol custody for a week before dying.

“Which part of ‘she died of dehydration after being in Border Patrol’s custody for a week’ are you CHOOSING not to understand?” said one tweet.

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‘Common Sense’ Gun Safety Legislation Unveiled In Pittsburgh Includes Assault Weapons Ban

More legislation for the thugs to ignore.

Via WTAE:

Mayor Bill Peduto on Friday announced legislation for “common-sense gun safety measures” that will be introduced to City Council next week.

Demanding strong action against the proliferation of guns tearing apart Pittsburgh and other communities nationwide, City of Pittsburgh leaders today released a trio of common-sense measures meant to make city streets, schools, places of worship and families safer.

Governor Tom Wolf and Mayor William Peduto joined City Council members Corey O’Connor and Erika Strassburger — who together represent Squirrel Hill, site of the massacre of 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue Oct. 27 — to unveil three bills that will be introduced to Council on Tuesday.

They include:

An assault weapons ban making it unlawful to man manufacture, sell, purchase, transport, carry, store, or otherwise hold in one’s possession an assault weapon within the City, such as the Colt AR-15 automatic rifle used in the Tree of Life shooting.

An accessories, ammunition and modification ban barring items such as bump stocks, armor-penetrating bullets, sawed-off rifles and large capacity magazines often used in mass shootings.

Adoption of Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), which enable courts to temporarily prohibit a person from having guns if law enforcement or immediate family members show that the individual poses a significant danger

Joined by gun violence victims, advocates and state leaders, the leaders announced the measures today on the anniversary of the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, massacre of 26 schoolchildren and staff. The bills will be subject to weeks of debates and hearings with the hope they can be approved by February 14, 2019, the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting of 17 schoolchildren and staff in Parkland, Florida.

Mayor Peduto has asked cities around the country to support Pittsburgh’s measures and/or introduce similar legislation to create nationwide momentum behind the critically needed gun changes. Councilperson Strassburger and Councilman O’Connor are reaching out to municipalities across Pennsylvania to encourage them to adopt similar provisions.

“I stand in solidarity with all those in Pittsburgh and across the commonwealth looking to make their communities safer,” Governor Wolf said. “Earlier this year, I signed the first major gun safety bill in decades in Pennsylvania. It was long overdue, but we still have a lot of work to do, in Harrisburg and in Washington. I’ll continue to champion commonsense gun safety at the state level and urge Washington to live up to its responsibilities.”

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POW’s Wedding Ring Was Lost In German Prison Camp 75 Years Ago, Now His Son Will Get It Back

Via Military Times:

Wayne Gotke already owns several pieces of memorabilia from the time his father, also named Wayne, spent in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II.

There’s the POW identification tag each prisoner was issued upon entering a camp. A copy of the silk map of France and Germany many escapees used to help guide them to freedom, reports The San Antonio Express-News. And a leaflet distributed by the Germans tempting POWs to join them in fighting the Russians for one year in exchange for the promise that they’d be allowed safe passage home at war’s end.

But on Friday, the San Antonio native, who now lives in Kerrville, will receive perhaps the most valuable piece of memorabilia: His father’s inscribed gold wedding ring, recently rediscovered more than 75 years after it was lost in Stalag Luft III, the German POW camp later made famous by the movie “The Great Escape.”

Gotke will receive the ring during a presentation at the Kerr County War Memorial on the grounds of the county courthouse in Kerrville.

“My parents divorced when I was a baby, and I never had an adult conversation with my father,” said Gotke, 72, and a retired federal law enforcement agent. “But I’m truly excited to receive my father’s ring.”

The story of the ring’s return is one of post-war reconciliation and efforts to pay respects due to former POWs. It began in September, during a routine excavation by a team from the POW Camps Museum of what was one of the many prisoner huts at the camp which, during the war, was located near the German of Sagan.

“We do two kinds of work here,” said Marek Lazarz, director of the museum. The museum is located in an area that, at the end of the war, was given to Poland as part of war reparations and is now near the renamed town of Zagan. “We do archaeological searching, but we also clear away the brush that grows over some of the abandoned areas that used to be foundations of the prison barracks.”

On this day, one of the volunteers was excavating a dirt-filled sink and drain in what had been the bathroom of barracks No. 139. As he knocked the accumulated dirt out of the drain, a metal ring fell out.

“We were not very excited at first, because we find stuff all the time,” Lazarz said. “Pieces of metal, pilots wings, even rings.”

But upon closer inspection, they realized that the inside of the ring was inscribed with the words “Ann to Wayne 1942” and “MIZPAH” in all caps. That’s the Hebrew word for “watchtower” but has also come to mean an emotional bond between two people who are separated but hope to reunite.

“That’s when we became excited,” he added.

Located 100 miles southeast of Berlin, Stalag Luft III housed up to 10,000 Allied prisoners during the war, mostly officers, mainly British and Americans. The camp was run by the German Luftwaffe, and, while by no means easy, life there was more comfortable than that for enlisted airmen at other camps, according to Marilyn Walton, a historical researcher and author of three books (two with Michael C. Eberhardt) about the camp.

“It was more boring than desperate,” said Walton, whose father also was a Stalag Luft III prisoner. “They’d get mail from home, Red Cross food packages and they had sports equipment so they played ice hockey and baseball.”

The POWs also had very particular sets of skills, such tunneling, building clandestine radios or forging documents to help escapees travel to safety. These skills helped support numerous escape attempts, the most famous being the one immortalized in “The Great Escape,” the 1963 epic starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough.

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Breaking: Obamacare Core Provisions Ruled Unconstitutional By Judge

The judge’s argument is that a change to the mandate now makes it invalid.

Via Bloomberg:

Obamacare was gutted by a Texas federal judge in a ruling that casts uncertainty on insurance coverage for millions of U.S. residents.

The decision Friday finding core provisions of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional comes just before the end of a six-week open enrollment period for the program in 2019 and underscores a divide between Republicans who have long sought to invalidate the law and Democrats who fought to keep it in place.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of Republican states led by Texas that he had to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, the signature health-care overhaul by President Barack Obama, after Congress last year zeroed out a key provision — the tax penalty for not complying with the requirement to buy insurance. The decision is almost certain to be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.

Texas and an alliance of 19 states argued to the judge that they’ve been harmed by an increase in the number of people on state-supported insurance rolls. They claimed that when Congress repealed the tax penalty last year, it eliminated the U.S. Supreme Court’s rationale for finding the ACA constitutional in 2012.

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Special Counsel Investigation Has Cost Taxpayers $25.2 Million

And still no collusion.

Via Free Beacon:

The special counsel investigation into the 2016 election has cost taxpayers over $25 million and counting.

Robert Mueller’s office released its latest expenditures spanning from April 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2018, finding the special counsel racked up over $8.4 million in five months.

The statement of expenditures reveals Mueller and his team of lawyers cost over $4.5 million for salaries and rent, and an additional $3.9 million in resources from the Department of Justice.

Personnel compensation and benefits cost taxpayers $2,886,270, including $1 million for special counsel office employees, and $1.9 million for Department of Justice employees who have been detailed to the investigation.

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Mueller Fails To Turn Over Original 302 Required By Judge In Flynn Case, Docs Show Agents Didn’t Believe He Lied

So they refused to comply with the judge’s request and didn’t turn over the interview notes from the interview they claim he lied at.

Via Fox News:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Friday released key documents relating to the FBI’s questioning of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, confirming agents did not believe at the time Flynn intentionally lied to them — though he was later charged with making false statements in that interview.

The documents also reveal that the decision to interview Flynn in early 2017 about contacts with the Russian ambassador was controversial within the Justice Department. One FBI document said then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates “was not happy” when then-FBI Director James Comey informed her that the FBI planned to talk to Flynn. The report also said several unnamed people back at FBI headquarters “later argued about the FBI’s decision to interview Flynn.”

The documents – some of which are heavily redacted – were released in response to U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordering prosecutors to hand over the government’s files related to the FBI’s questioning of Flynn by Friday afternoon. The order came after Flynn’s legal team said in a filing that the FBI discouraged Flynn from bringing a lawyer to the interview and agents never advised him false statements in that setting could constitute a crime. The newly released documents confirm those claims.

The documents include then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s notes after talking with Flynn to arrange his interview with the FBI. It also includes a so-called “302” report documenting what Flynn told anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok and one other agent during their conversation at the White House. That July 2017 report, though, specifically came from an interview with Strzok in which the Flynn encounter was discussed — and not the original Flynn interview. It was unclear why no “302” report from the interview itself was included.

The 302 report stated that Strzok and the other agent “both had the impression at the time that Flynn was not lying or did not think he was lying.”

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Venezuelans Regret Gun Ban, ‘A Declaration Of War Against An Unarmed Population’

Another reason why the Second Amendment is so important.

Via Fox News:

CUCUTA, Venezuela/Colombia border – As Venezuela continues to crumble under the socialist dictatorship of President Nicolas Maduro, some are expressing words of warning – and resentment – against a six-year-old gun control bill that stripped citizens of their weapons.

“Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” Javier Vanegas, 28, a Venezuelan teacher of English now exiled in Ecuador, told Fox News. “The government security forces, at the beginning of this debacle, knew they had no real opposition to their force. Once things were this bad, it was a clear declaration of war against an unarmed population.”

Under the direction of then-President Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan National Assembly in 2012 enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law,” with the explicit aim to “disarm all citizens.” The law took effect in 2013, with only minimal pushback from some pro-democracy opposition figures, banned the legal commercial sale of guns and munitions to all – except government entities.

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CNN’s Poll Lists Top Democrats For 2020, Missing One Big Name

That actually looks pretty good for Joe Biden, looks like the more progressive wing is all split at the moment.

Report: Obama Admin Gave Classified ‘Russia’ Docs To Senators To Disseminate Against Trump

Sounds like a crime to me. But media will ignore.

Via Judicial Watch:

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch today released two sets of heavily redacted State Department documents, 38 pages and 48 pages, showing classified information was researched and disseminated to multiple U.S. Senators by the Obama administration immediately prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The documents reveal that among those receiving the classified documents were Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Sen. Robert Corker (R-TN).

Judicial Watch obtained the documents through a June 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the State Department after it failed to respond to a February 2018 request seeking records of the Obama State Department’s last-minute efforts to share classified information about Russia election interference issues with Democratic Senator Ben Cardin (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:18-cv-01381)).

The documents reveal the Obama State Department urgently gathering classified Russia investigation information and disseminating it to members of Congress within hours of Donald Trump taking office.

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Warren Admits, ‘I Am Not A Person Of Color’

No kidding.

Via Daily Wire:

Giving a commencement address on Friday at Morgan State University, a historically black institution, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) finally admitted what most people have suspected all along: she is not a “person of color.”

As The Washington Post reports, Warren stated, “As a country, we need to stop pretending that the same doors open for everyone, because they don’t. I’m not a person of color. And I haven’t lived your life or experienced anything like the subtle prejudice, or more overt harm, that you may have experienced just because of the color of your skin.”

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Breaking: Mick Mulvaney Tapped As Trump’s Acting Chief Of Staff

Via Washington Times:

Trump says budget director Mick Mulvaney will serve as acting chief of staff, replacing John Kelly in new year.

U.S.-Backed Militia Takes Largest Remaining Town Held By ISIS In Syria

What happens when you have the will to win.

Via Daily Wire:

On Friday, U.S.-backed militia captured the largest remaining town held by ISIS in Syria. That news was confirmed by the DeirEzzor 24 monitoring group.

The Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fought a violent battle for the city of Hajin, which lies east of the Euphrates River, in the process killing at least 900 ISIS fighters, according to Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Rahman also stated that 500 SDF fighters were killed.

On Thursday, SDF commander-in-chief Mazloum Kobani said there were at least 5,000 fighters loyal to ISIS still in Syria who had vowed to fight to the death.

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Hillary Clinton Files New Answers Under Oath About Email System – Used It For ‘Convenience’

Because it’s so much more convenient to set up a whole new server, pay for its maintenance than having a government email.

Via Judicial Watch:

(Washington, DC) –Judicial Watch announced today Hillary Clinton submitted additional written answers under oath about her email system. Clinton testified that she used the controversial email system for the “purpose of convenience.” Clinton initially objected and refused to answer the questions but was ordered to do so last month by U.S. District Court Judge G Emmet Sullivan.

The court ordered Clinton to “[D]escribe the creation of the clintonemail.com domain name and the decision to set the domain up on the existing server, the date it was decided to create the domain and set it up on the existing server, who made those decisions, and when the domain became operational on the existing server.”

Clinton answered under oath:

Subject to and without waiving the forgoing objections, Secretary Clinton answers as follows: As Secretary Clinton prepared in late 2008/early 2009 to serve as Secretary of State, she was aware that President Clinton’s office had set up an e-mail system, but she had no role in this process. Secretary Clinton knew that President Clinton’s staff had recently upgraded that system. Secretary Clinton does not know what equipment that system used, how it was created, who decided that the system needed to be upgraded, or who else had accounts on the system. Secretary Clinton believes that one of the President’s aides, Justin Cooper, set up the system. Secretary Clinton decided to use a clintonemail.com account on the system for the purpose of convenience. Secretary Clinton recalls that the clintonemail.com account was created in early 2009. Although Secretary Clinton does not have specific knowledge of the details of the creation of the account, the “domain,” or the “domain name,” her best understanding is that Mr. Cooper set it up.

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Dems Voted For Border Fencing In 2006, Now Claim Oppose Wall Because ‘You Can’t See Thru It’

You can’t make this stuff up.

By the way, here’s a picture, courtesy of the DHS, of one new section of the wall. Notice anything about it?

Now obviously, there are variations, but the point is, it’s a dumb argument by the Democrats.

Busted: $8-Million-A-Week Drug Ring Run Out Of Pennsylvania Home

Obama takes credit for stimulating the local economy.

Via Philly Com:

Bucks County authorities have charged nearly a dozen people with running a massive narcotics distribution center out of an unassuming Warminster home, pumping out nearly $8 million of opioids per week, District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said Wednesday.

After several months of investigation, the FBI, Pennsylvania state police, and local authorities descended late Tuesday on the single-family home in the 600 block of Cheryl Drive. When they entered, all 11 of those arrested were inside, with some working at basement stations set up for drug packaging, authorities said.

Investigators found about 200 pounds of heroin and fentanyl; bundles packaged for sale; stacks of cash totaling $32,000; 200 discarded heroin wrappers; and a loaded silver Taurus handgun, Weintraub said.

“This is as normal a residential community, 9-to-5 sleepy bedroom community as you will find anywhere in the country,” Weintraub said, “and this was going on right in the middle of it.”

Moises Rodriguez, 42, of Paterson, N.J., and Dariel Vasquez, 38, of Northeast Philadelphia, ran the operation, authorities said, and had often been seen leaving the house with giant trash bags. Weintraub said the pair regularly transported large quantities of drugs to and from the residence, but he did not know to where exactly they had traveled. No attorneys for the men were listed on court documents on Wednesday.

The case exemplifies why tips from the public are important to authorities, Weintraub said.

“Keep your tips coming,” he said. “They are working.”

Those charged were living in the home, Weintraub said, but did not own it. The owner of the property had no idea what was going on there, he added.

Six of the defendants had no fixed address, according to court documents, and Weintraub said he didn’t know what brought them together in this quiet neighborhood, aside from the allure of making a profit. Authorities also said they did not know how long the drug ring had been operating out of that home.

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FBI Misses Deadline To Provide Docs To Judiciary Committee Probing Clinton Whistleblower Raid

Obama hold-overs still in operation.

Via Fox News:

The Justice Department and FBI have missed a Wednesday deadline to provide information about the government’s mysterious raid on a former FBI contractor-turned-whistleblower’s home last month.

Sixteen FBI agents on Nov. 19 raided the home of Dennis Nathan Cain, who reportedly gave the Justice Department’s Inspector General (IG) documents related to the Uranium One controversy and potential wrongdoing by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The documents in question allegedly showed that federal officials failed to investigate possible criminal activity related to Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom, a Russian nuclear company. Its subsidiary purchased Canadian mining company Uranium One in 2013.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, whose panel has oversight of the Justice Department, penned a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department IG General Michael Horowitz, requesting information on the justification for the raid. Grassley gave Wray and Horowitz until Dec. 12 to respond to his request.

That deadline has come and gone, and neither the FBI nor DOJ has produced any documents or response.

“We have not yet received answers to the chairman’s questions on this matter,” a Judiciary Commitee spokesperson told Fox News late Thursday.

The FBI consistently has refused Fox News’ request for comment on the whistleblower raid and the Judiciary Committee’s requests. On Thursday, an FBI spokesperson told Fox News the agency would respond only to inquiries from the entity that requested the documents — in this case, the Judiciary Committee.

Questioning whether “we now live in a secret police state,” Cain took his frustration about the situation to Twitter earlier this week.

“So I blow the whistle on the FBI, get raided by the same FBI, and now they want to keep the FBI’s reasons secret? Do we now live in a secret police state? Feels a little like 1984,” Cain tweeted late Monday. The tweet eventually was deleted.

The Daily Caller requested that a court unseal the relevant search warrant materials, but the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, in a court filing, said: “the request should be denied.”

“Public disclosure of any search warrant materials would seriously jeopardize the integrity of the ongoing investigation,” the filing by the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Continued sealing is essential in order to guard against possible tampering of witnesses and destruction of evidence, to maintain the ability of the grand jury to investigate this matter, and to prevent the disclosure of sensitive investigative techniques and methods.”

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