Glenn interviews Michele Bachmann

Glenn had Michele Bachmann on radio today, and they tackled a number of issues including the debt ceiling and a potential run for President in 2012.

Glenn asked her how the first few days of the new session of Congress were going, and Rep. Bachmann seemed to feel very good about the new Republican leadership and new House members. Not only did they read the Constitution in the House, but they also made a pledge to cut their personal allotments 5%. She explained:

“Can you believe, Glenn, that it's taken this many years for us to actually read the document on the floor of the House? This is a major accomplishment and then the next move that we made after reading the Constitution, we took a vote to cut our own member allotments by 5%. That meant that I had to let a person go on my staff, but we're getting serious. If we want to have any moral authority to do cutting of the budget, we need to start with ourselves and that's what we did. We cut ourselves 5% and now we plan to go on through the rest of the budget and make cuts that are necessary so we can actually live within our means and get to a point of a balanced budget. It's serious and that, of course, has set the left liberals into epileptic fit.”

The duo also addressed raising the debt ceiling, although they had a little disagreement over it. Glenn and Rep. Bachmann were on the same philosophical page that continuing to raise the debt limit was wrong, but when Rep. Bachmann said she was going to vote against it Glenn had to chime in with a home anaology, saying that by not raising the debt ceiling we are basically saying we won’t pay our mortgage, rather than continuing to pay our debts while cutting spending.

Rep. Bachmann replied, “Don't forget, this is a problem of our own making. This didn't just happen to us. This overspending is a problem of our own making and on my basis site, I have charts side by side of all of the debt accumulated under George Bush and under Barack Obama and the debt ceilings are next to them and the projections going forward to where we're going under the debt ceiling, we can't keep it up and so that's why my staff and I sat down, Glenn. We came up with $450 billion in cuts and I think we can even do more. You know, will they be painful? Yes. Will they be sacrificial? Yes, but I don't see members of Congress coming up with their list of cuts and I'm urging everyone, Senate, House, Republicans, Democrats, put on your green eye shades. Let's go into a room with our proposed cuts and keep cutting until we can get the budget balanced.”

Glenn promised to post any information on her proposed cuts on The Blaze.

Finally, Glenn asked if she would run for President in 2012. Bachmann did not say she was going to Iowa to start campaigning, but rather to give some speeches in her old state where she lived until she was twelve. She said, “I'm not going down there for personal ambition. I am going down there because I think the debate for the next 12 months needs to be about why we have to repeal President Obama as President in 2012 and the greatness that lies before us with the new Constitutional conservative as President.”

Full Transcript:

GLENN: Michelle Bachmann is online with us. Michelle Bachmann, how are you?

BACHMANN: I am doing great. Always good to talk to the wonderful Glenn Beck.

GLENN: Let me ask you, yesterday you did your -- did you -- you met with all of the guys before -- all the newcomers, all the freshmen, you met with them as they were coming in. You went over the Constitution. This is not the reading of the Constitution. Tell me what you did beforehand.

BACHMANN: Well, beforehand we were with them and encouraging them and inviting them in and we had a wonderful time together and I think we found that we're very like-minded and they don't want to cave. It was very positive.

Glenn: Did you meet with Scalia

BACHMANN: Oh, the Scalia meeting will be on Monday.

GLENN: On Monday.

BACHMANN: January 24th and justice Scalia will be coming in between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. and we'll have our first seminar on the Constitution. We're kicking off weekly seminars on the Constitution. He has graciously agreed to be our first speaker on the Constitution.

GLENN: I love you.

PAT: What is this fetish, Michelle, you have with the Constitution, this propaganda of the Constitution? We don't worship the document. We're just supposed to be governed by it. Can you believe all the madness coming out of the Democrats over this?

BACHMANN: They said it was nonsense for us to read it.

PAT: Yeah.

BACHMANN: Can you believe, Glenn, that it's taken this many years for us to actually read the document on the floor of the House? This is a major accomplishment and then the next move that we made after reading the Constitution, we took a vote to cut our own member allotments by 5%. That meant that I had to let a person go on my staff, but we're getting serious. If we want to have any moral authority to do cutting of the budget, we need to start with ourselves and that's what we did. We cut ourselves 5% and now we plan to go on through the rest of the budget and make cuts that are necessary so we can actually live within our means and get to a point of a balanced budget. It's serious and that, of course, has set the left liberals into epileptic fit.

GLENN: Let me ask you this: The debt ceiling, are you going to vote for the raising of the debt ceiling or not? Do you know yet?

BACHMANN: I will not be voting to raise the debt ceiling because in the last 10 years, we have increased the debt ceiling 10 times.

GLENN: Right.

BACHMANN: And, like your listeners, if they had a Visa card and they maxed it out and they called up Visa and said, Just raise the limit, I need to spend more money, and Visa raised the limit and all the person did holding the card did is pay interest, well, that's what the United States has done for year after year after year. Pretty soon you can't even make your interest payments anymore.

GLENN: Okay. Michelle --

BACHMANN: We don't do that.

GLENN: You and I are on the same page on the philosophy that we shouldn't do that. However, let me give you the same home analogy. By not raising the debt ceiling, we default on our mortgage and everything -- what you do in that situation is -- and I -- look. I've said on the air several times, I'm glad I'm not in Congress because this is -- do you want a gun to your head or do you want a cyanide tablet? The -- when you don't raise the debt ceiling, what happens is you are basically saying to the bank, I'm not going to pay my mortgage. Instead of saying, I'm going to pay my mortgage but I'm going to sell my car, I'm going to start taking the bus to work, I'm going to cancel the cable. Are you -- if -- I mean, what happens to America if the debt ceiling is not raised? What -- what is the scenario that happens to us with the rest of the world and our financing and just shutting the spickets off?

BACHMANN: Well, it's negative and shutting the government down is an admission of failure on the part of Congress. Don't forget, this is a problem of our own making. This didn't just happen to us. This overspending is a problem of our own making and on my basis site, I have charts side by side of all of the debt accumulated under George Bush and under Barack Obama and the debt ceilings are next to them and the projections going forward to where we're going under the debt ceiling, we can't keep it up and so that's why my staff and I sat down, Glenn. We came up with $450 billion in cuts and I think we can even do more. You know, will they be painful? Yes. Will they be sacrificial? Yes, but I don't see members of Congress coming up with their list of cuts and I'm urging everyone, Senate, House, Republicans, Democrats, put on your green eye shades. Let's go into a room with our proposed cuts and keep cutting until we can get the budget balanced.

GLENN: Are your 450 billion in cuts available anywhere?

BACHMANN: Yes. We do have them and they are across the board. They're from everything from defense to commerce and agriculture.

GLENN: Where can somebody see them?

BACHMANN: Probably -- we will put them up. No one has asked us to cut them online yet. So, we will have to put them up online.

GLENN: If you would send them us, we will put them on theblaze.com <http://theblaze.com>  today.

BACHMANN: Sure. Okay.

GLENN: When you're ready, you send them to me. The other question is, Madam President, will you run?

BACHMANN: Is that your question?

GLENN: Yes.

BACHMANN: I agreed to go to Iowa to give a series of speeches. I was born and raised in Iowa until I was 12 years old. My family is there. So, I'm going down to speak to Iowans for Tax Relief and some other groups because I believe, Glenn, it is a mistake for the next 12 months to focus on individual personalities, on who will be the Republican nominee. I'm not going down there for personal ambition. I am going down there because I think the debate for the next 12 months needs to be about why we have to repeal President Obama as President in 2012 and the greatness that lies before us with the new Constitutional conservative as President.

GLENN: Would you just make sure that on Air Force 2 Allen West is there?

CALLER: Allen West is a marvelous man. I love him.

GLENN: I'm just saying. I'm just saying, Madam President, Allen West should be in Air Force 2.

BACHMANN: I'll keep that in mind. You have good taste.

GLENN: Michelle Bachmann, we'll talk again. Thank you very much.

BACHMANN: Okay.

GLENN: Keep their feet to the fire. Keep their feet to the fire.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on subpoenas to compel Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify on alleged censorship and bias across their platforms. But that all changed when Republican committee members "expressed reservation about the maneuver," Politico reports.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who chairs Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, was definitely not one of the committee members with cold feet. On the radio program Tuesday, he told Glenn Beck that he's fighting "vociferously" to ensure Dorsey and others testify before the November 3rd election.

"Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg are both going to testify. They're are going to testify in person. They're going to testify before Election Day. That's what I think should happen," Cruz said. "That's what I'm fighting vociferously to happen. Right now, the companies are negotiating with the chairman's office to discuss terms to come voluntarily. I don't give a damn whether they come voluntarily or under subpoena. They need to testify in person and answer questions for the American people about why they are trying to steal this election, to suppress the free speech, and to censor the press."

The subpoenas would require Big Tech leaders to testify on the alleged "suppression and/or censorship" of two consecutive blockbuster stories from the New York Post. The first story was about emails that allegedly came from Hunter Biden's computer which are currently being investigated by the FBI, and the second was based on additional emails that allegedly showed communist China directly offering millions of dollars to then-Vice President Joe Biden.

"Big Tech stepped in, and they've done something they've never done before," Cruz explained. "We know that Big Tech has been censoring individual conservatives, trying to suppress conservative speech. But the step they took here is, they blocked if any individual user tried to share either of the New York Post stories, [they] were blocked ... Sharing a news story, from a major media outlet is part of democracy, part of free speech. And not only that, they blocked the New York Post itself. Right now, today, the New York Post is not being allowed to post its own damn stories on corruption. This is ridiculous. It's a threshold that's never been crossed before, of Silicon Valley oligarchs declaring the authority to determine what the press is allowed to report, and who is allowed to see it."

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If we learned nothing from the media over the past 4 years it's that colluding with a foreign entity to either win an election or for personal gain is absolutely grotesque. Well, that depends on whether you have a (D) or (R) before your name anyway. President Trump was impeached on rumor and innuendo yet Joe Biden has all but skated on his corruption up to this point.

Below is a timeline that shows the level of corruption and the lengths the Biden's went to in order to build that family's wealth and influence internationally.

2009

In 2009, Joe Biden was the brand-new Vice President and John Kerry was a U.S. Senator. Just five months after Joe was sworn in, his son Hunter, and Kerry's stepson, Christopher Heinz, formed an international private equity firm called Rosemont Capital. It had several different branches, including one called Rosemont Seneca Partners.

2010

Just nine months after Rosemont Seneca opened its doors, Hunter Biden went to China for meetings with executives from China's biggest banks, and its sovereign wealth and social security funds. That's unheard-of access for a brand-new firm. Was it just coincidence that at the same time Hunter was meeting these Chinese bigwigs, his dad was meeting with China's then-president Hu Jintao in Washington DC at a nuclear security summit?

2011

In May 2011, Joe Biden met with Chinese officials for the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue conference in Washington. Just two weeks later, Hunter Biden went to Taiwan for meetings with the same Chinese financial giants he'd met in China in 2010, plus some new ones.

2013

By December 2013, Joe Biden was enjoying his second term as VP, and John Kerry was now Secretary of State. That's when Joe traveled to Beijing on an extended official trip and Hunter traveled with him on Air Force Two.

During their stay, Vice President Biden met with President Xi and Hunter was mostly out of sight. We don't know exactly what he was up to, but the deal finalized between Rosemont Seneca and the Bank of China just ten days after the Bidens' trip pretty much gives it away. The most powerful financial institution in China formed a joint venture with tiny Rosemont Seneca to create a giant new investment firm called Bohai Harvest RST – the "RS" stands for Rosemont Seneca.

The firm is often called "BHR" for short.

Hunter Biden was a member of the Board. Remember, the Bank of China is government-owned, which means its business is completely intertwined with the goals of the Chinese Communist Party. BHR also got the freedom to operate in the newly created Shanghai Free-Trade Zone where, over the next six years, it would use $2.5 billion of Chinese government money to invest in China, as well as in other countries, including the U.S.

During their Beijing trip, Hunter also introduced Jonathan Li to his dad. Li is Hunter's business partner – he's CEO and Director of BHR.

Hunter arranged for Joe to meet Li in the lobby of the hotel where they stayed during their Beijing trip.

2014

In 2014, one of BHR's first major investments was in the China General Nuclear Power Corporation.

CGN is a Chinese government-owned nuclear power company that sold off a stake of the company to outside investors. Problem is, CGN was under FBI investigation for paying informants in the U.S. to steal nuclear secrets.

In 2016, the FBI arrested the ringleader of this nuclear espionage, a man named Allen Ho.

When they arrested Ho, he was using a random code generator to access funds being provided to him from – where else? – the Bank of China.

Yet while this FBI probe was going on, the son of the Vice President owned a stake in the company being investigated. And even after arrests were made, Rosemont Seneca did not alter its relationship with BHR, nor did it divest from CGN, even though it was stealing U.S. nuclear secrets.

2015

In 2015, BHR partnered with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to buy an American company called Henniges for $600 million.

AVIC is a gigantic military contractor in China – think Lockheed Martin – that makes fighter jets, bombers and drones. BHR bought 49% of Henniges and AVIC bought 51%.

Henniges is a precision parts manufacturer specializing in anti-vibration technology. The stuff they make is known as "dual use" by the U.S. State Department, which means the technology can also have a military application.

Because of that, the deal had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) since it could have national security implications. The thing is, the American side of BHR – meaning Hunter Biden and his pals – had to know there were serious national security implications with AVIC.

The year before they formed a partnership with AVIC, the Wall Street Journal reported how AVIC stole technology related to the U.S. Air Force's F-35 stealth fighter and used it in its own stealth fighter for the Chinese.

How the Committee on Foreign Investment approved that deal remains a mystery. CFIUS does not publicly disclose any information regarding its decisions. Their findings are not publicly announced.

Interesting that China accounted for the largest share – with 74 transactions – approved by CFIUS during Obama's second term (2013-2015).

Under the umbrella of Rosemont Capital was a real estate company called Rosemont Realty. In 2015, a Chinese company called Gemini Investments bought a 75% stake in Rosemont Realty. The company was renamed Gemini Rosemont

Gemini brought $3 billion to the partnership with Rosemont, with the aim of buying "Class A institutional-quality commercial office properties in U.S. markets."

Red flag (literally) – Gemini Investments is a subsidiary of the China Ocean Shipping Company, a.k.a., "COSCO."

COSCO is a Chinese government-owned company. Its headquarters in Beijing is actually next to the headquarters of the Bank of China. COSCO is well-known for its close military ties. It's essentially a branch of the Chinese Navy.

2017

In 2017, BHR invested in Face++. That's the facial recognition phone app built by a Chinese company that is incorporated in a separate app built by the Chinese government. Police in the Xinjiang [Sin-jong] region of China use that app to keep tabs on citizens, and track and detain Uiguhr [Wee-ger] Muslims.

The app allows police easy access to data about Chinese Muslims including things like religious activity, blood type, and even the amount of electricity they use.

2018

In March 2018, a spokesman (Chris Bastardi) for Christopher Heinz (John Kerry's stepson) emailed The Hill to say that Heinz had "no operating role" in Rosemont Seneca, and that he was not involved in any of Rosemont's deals in China (which contradicts Schweizer's report in his book Secret Empires).

Chris Heinz was involved in Rosemont Capital. Rosemont Seneca was established under the same GP as Rosemont Capital, but Chris Heinz had no operating role in it. Chris and his family have no financial interest or investment in Bohai Harvest RST, he has never traveled to China, and he has never met with the firm's Chinese management team or investors.

2019

In October 2019, Hunter Biden's lawyer, George Mesires, said Hunter did not conduct any business on that 2013 trip to Beijing with his Dad.

Mesires said the timing of BHR's business license getting approved was purely coincidental because the paperwork had been submitted months before the Bidens' China trip.

According to Hunter's lawyer, the approval " was not related in any way, shape or form to Hunter's visit."

Hunter Biden finally stepped down from the BHR board last October (2019), but he DID NOT give up his 10% stake in the company.

When Bevan Cooney — the former "junior" business partner to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer — went to jail in 2019, investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer thought he'd never gain access to the damning emails Cooney had promised. That all changed three weeks ago when Schweizer was given complete access to Cooney's gmail account.

Schweizer joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to describe just some of the business deals revealed within these emails — like Hunter working with an alleged Russian criminal and with Chinese communists to secure their assets, or to secure one-on-one time with his dad, then-Vice President Joe Biden. And all of this new information is completely separate from the emails allegedly discovered on Hunter Biden's laptop recently reported by the New York Post.

"So, I want to make this clear. This [Cooney's emails] has nothing to do with what's on the laptop … It didn't come from [Rudy] Giuliani. It didn't come from anybody else, right?" Glenn asked Schweizer.

"That's absolutely correct," Schweizer confirmed.

He briefly explained how Cooney, a former Los Angeles nightclub owner, is currently serving a prison sentence for his involvement in a fraudulent business bond scheme with Biden and Archer. From prison, Cooney gave Schweizer written permission to access his Gmail account.

"This is really important," he noted. "We're not looking at printouts. Not looking at PDFs. We're actually in his Gmail accounts themselves, sifting through these emails. And there's a shocking amount of information about deals involving China, involving Russia, involving all sorts of things they were trying to pull off."

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The king of "No Spin" and bestselling author of "Killing Crazy Horse," Bill O'Reilly joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to talk about the latest developments in Joe Biden's Ukraine and China corruption scandal. Now that some of the details are finally coming out in the open, does the average Democrat care? Maybe, but the Left doesn't seem to.

O'Reilly argued there's more hatred for President Donald Trump now than in 2016, and that some people hate President Trump so much that they'd rather vote for the "senile, corrupt" Joe Biden.

"Hunter got tens of millions of dollars from Ukraine, from Russia, from China because his father was vice president. I have no doubt in my mind," O'Reilly said. "But the hatred for Donald Trump overrides that in the minds of millions of viewers. They're saying, 'You know, we'd rather have the senile corrupt guy than Trump.'"

Asked by Glenn if any other Republican running for president would be met with the same level of vitriol, O'Reilly answered, "The Left is the Left. They don't like America. The want to redo the Constitution. They want to take some of our freedoms, like the Second Amendment and the First Amendment, and change them. And they want to destroy capitalism and replace it with a big centralized government in Washington that controls the economy … but I'm talking about the folks. I have liberal friends and I say to them, 'Do you not understand that when you vote for Biden, you're voting against your own self interest?'"

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