Clapper Is Wrong: We Have a Massive Political Crisis, Not a Bogus Constitutional One

Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from May 15, 2017.

Former United States Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went on CNN's State of the Union this weekend and said a couple of things.

CLAPPER: Our institutions are under assault, both externally -- and that's -- that's the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system. And I think as well, our institutions are under assault internally.

VOICE: Internally from the president?

CLAPPER: Exactly.

VOICE: Because he's firing the checks and balances?

CLAPPER: Well, I think, you know, the Founding Fathers, in their genius, created a system of three coequal branches of government and a built-in system of checks and balances.

Let's all breathe deep here for a second. If you're a conservative, to hear somebody who was in the Obama administration say these things . . . you've got to breathe deep. Talking about undermining Congress? That's difficult to take. It's also difficult to take something like that from James Clapper, a guy who says the Muslim Brotherhood is largely secular. The Muslim Brotherhood? That's like saying the Catholic Knights of Columbus is largely secular. But let's focus on what he said on Sunday. To me, he said the problem is with today's media and politics.

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Clapper Gave One Truth and One Conspiracy

First, let's tell a little bit of truth. Our institutions are under assault externally --- and that's the big news here. Russia's interferred with our election system? Yes. There isn't much of a question regarding what the Russians did. We know that they hacked the DNC and John Podesta. We know they used surrogates to leak that information to hurt Hillary Clinton. I have no issue with the statement that he made there. We know that's true.

Now, his second statement? This is what's wrong with 90 percent of the news lately. He goes from fact to conspiracy theory. He says, "Not only are we under attack by the Russians, but also internally by the Trump administration itself." Does he have anything on the record? Does he have any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia? Did Trump do something that was unconstitutional or just politically stupid?

Trump didn't do anything unconstitutional. It was his right to fire James Comey. The problem is, it was politically stupid. To say that we're under attack because of the Founders and their genius of separation of powers and not to have any kind of collusion between those powers? I have to tell you, some other words come to mind: We're going to pole vault, we're going to jump the fence, we're going to parachute in if we have to.

Clapper used to be the top spy, so he knows exactly how disinformation works. Eventually people will believe the fabricated theory, along with the actual truth, if you continue to couple them. The left has been busy trying to convince the world that Trump has colluded with Russia, without having any evidence to support it. They want everybody to think that nothing happened at all, that Russia didn't attack us, despite evidence to the contrary.

They did attack us.

There's no evidence, though, that Trump had anything to do with that. Now, hiding your head in the sand is equally dangerous, but false accusations may be even more so.

Putin Wants Chaos in the West --- And He's Getting It

Let's be clear. We've been talking about Putin on this show for years. We have been telling you about the people around Putin for years. We told you they would do these things. It is no surprise to anybody in this audience that Putin wanted to hurt Hillary Clinton. But more importantly, something that we have focused on for years, Putin wanted to polarize the American people and cause chaos. Could he have been anymore successful?

Hillary lost, not because of the Russians, but because she was the worst candidate we've seen in 240 years, that's why. Airing her dirty laundry didn't cause her to win, didn't cause Trump to win. It further split an already divided nation, which is the thing that just happened in France. Two awful candidates ran for president, one with an overwhelming win. Russia interfered --- not expecting a different outcome --- but watch, France will tear itself apart in the next five years.

Why is it that we as people can't focus on what's really going on here? Why can't we see the facts anymore?

Because we both feel like we have a gun against our head. The left feels like you felt under Barack Obama --- and you feel like you felt under Barack Obama, for different reasons. And nobody's listening to each other.

If we continue to use threats as political weapons, we are going to tear ourselves apart, and it is going to be much worse.

Keith Olbermann now does videos for GQ. Listen to what he just said over the weekend:

KEITH: I make this plea, we the citizens of the United States of America are the victims of a coup. We need your leaks, your information, your intelligence, your recordings, your videos, your conscience.

The civilian government and the military of the United States are no longer in the hands of the people, nor in the control of any responsible individuals on whom you can rely.

He's talking here directly to all of the intelligence agencies all around the world, including the Russians and the Chinese, saying leak all of the information. He then goes on and says because Trump has no rules, we should have no rules either. We'll take the risk of reestablishing the rules later on.

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What exactly does that mean? Keep in mind, we're only a few months into this presidency. The question is the same question we asked a year ago: Where does it go from here? As I pointed out on the chalkboard when I was at Fox, the radical left, the socialists, the communists, the anarchists, the fascists, the Islamists, the Russians, all want the same thing: to cause chaos and burn the system to the ground. And they're all working in concert to see it happen. They're not coordinating, but that's what's happening.

And while we're busy chasing our tails, the bad guys are winning. Yes, we were attacked by Russia during the election. Yes, France was attacked during their election in the exact same way, by the same people. Russia isn't even hiding it anymore. To the contrary, they're expanding.

We'll Lose the Next War --- A Cyber Ware --- With Partisan Politics

The first Cold War was a spy war. I will tell you this next war is going to be a cyber war. If we continue to allow partisan politics to divide us, we are going to lose this war.

Maybe you heard about a cyber attack over the weekend, but you don't know really what happened. A group of hackers --- we think they're just thugs, criminals ---

effectively hacked the entire planet. A massive cyber attack hit over 200,000 computers in more than 150 different countries. In England, it got so bad it almost shut down the national health service. Surgeries were being cancelled. Patients were being turned away from the emergency rooms. And here's the scary part: Nobody even targeted the hospitals. That was just kind of an extra bonus for the hackers. It was a blanket attack that hit the computers, all of them at random. Now, imagine what would happen if they would have actually tried to target all the hospitals, if they would have tried to target all of the power plants, nuclear power plants and the power grids around the world?

So how did they do this? The hackers used a cyber weapon that was created by us, the NSA. Do you remember when it was stolen a few months ago by a group called the Shadow Brokers, and they leaked it online. And they said here, it's up for sale, anybody want to buy it? I believe James Clapper who was the head of the intelligence community when this was stolen from us and leaked online, James Clapper would neither confirm nor deny that that was any of our malware.

Well, they couldn't sell it, so last month they just dumped it online for free. Why? Surprise, surprise, the Shadow Brokers are speculated to be yet another surrogate for Russia. And they're the ones who dumped it online.

This goes to the motivation. It was leaked online in response to Trump's decision to bomb Syria and for kicking Steve Bannon out of the National Security Council. Why would a group of hackers want to burn everything down to the ground? Oh, that's right. Because as we've been warning you, Steve Bannon is not a conservative. He wants to burn the entire thing down to the ground. What Breitbart is doing is unintentionally colluding with the Russians and people like the Russians. Are they in direct contact? I highly doubt, but they are on the same path. They have the same patterns, the same desires, the same language.

This may be the beginning of the world's first worldwide cyber war. Putin said this would happen, and he said it would be World War III. It would be fought with digits, not bombs. We're in uncharted territory. We've never experienced anything like this before. And as long as we are concentrating on those things that politically divide us, we're going to lose this war.

The Real Crisis

It is really important that we not focus on a bogus constitutional crisis --- we don't have one. We have a massive political crisis.

The president was within his rights. I think it was stupid. I don't agree with it, but he was fully within his right to fire James Comey. The government's job now, Congress' job is to oversea, to make sure that there is a full investigation. Give an independent investigator this job, and let's move on with our lives. There's far too many things that are important. And they all revolve around the idea of principles.

While Keith Olbermann may want to rewrite the rules, I'd like to stay with the rules that we have. Those are the ones written down 240 years ago that we haven't used for quite some time. I'd like a return to those rules and those principles --- and that's only going to happen if we pay attention to the truth without being distracted by the things that piss us off.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

This is a moment "Cynical Theories" author James Lindsay probably hoped would never come. The liberal mathematician and host of the "New Discourses Podcast" recently came out as "unhappily" voting Republican, including for President Donald Trump, because the Democratic Party is now being controlled by a far-left movement that seeks to destroy our country and the U.S. Constitution.

He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain why this election isn't "Trump versus Biden." It's Trump versus a "movement that wants to tear apart American society at its very foundation." Lindsay warned that if it isn't stopped, the left can toss out our rights by rewriting the Constitution — or abolishing it altogether.

"A lot of people don't understand what's happening with the election we have right now," he said. "They think it's a choice between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. And at the surface level, of course, it is. We're voting for each candidate to be duly put into the office of president. But that's not what we really have going on. We have, in Donald Trump, a man who's going to govern as we've all seen — the way he feels like he's going to govern. And we have in Joe Biden, a man captured by a movement that wants to tear apart the American society at its very foundation."

Lindsay noted the popular leftist narratives that call to "abolish anything they don't like," which now includes the U.S. Constitution. He added that "this is the movement that is controlling the Democratic Party."

"It is my belief, that there has been a largely effective kind of silent coup of the Democratic Party, that's turned it completely under the control of this movement. And that's what we're going to be electing with Joe Biden. So I can't do it," he said.

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Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT, Glenn Beck goes straight to the source of the biggest story in the country with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who takes us directly into Hunter Biden's alleged laptop.

Despite Big Tech's attempts to squash this story, there should be a mad scramble in the media to get to the bottom of major corruption allegations, but they're willfully ignoring it. However, this is not just a story about Hunter Biden. This is all about Joe Biden. It's a story Glenn has been investigating for over a year that traces back to Ukraine and China. It goes directly to the root of corruption within our political system: How politicians use their family members to enrich the entire clan and sell out their country. While the media looks the other way, Glenn asks Mayor Giuliani to show us the evidence. Giuliani details the chain of possession of the laptop and reveals news that he only had possession of the laptop days before the New York Post story broke. He says, "I reported this the day after I saw it."

He also drops a major bombshell on the show and says Big Tech doesn't want you to see evidence that "establishes with texts, documents, contracts" that "Joe Biden was a 10% partner with a Chinese communist … and there are witnesses that will come forward and testify to it."

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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.