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FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: Biden's administration, the least transparent in our history, is about to get a great big wake-up call

In the name of political expediency and to make life as painful as possible for President Trump and his allies, House Democrats under the leadership of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the illegitimate January 6 Committee made the conscious decision to set new precedent and change the rules when it comes to legislative branch power and congressional oversight. In doing so, they didn’t change things temporarily, they changed things forever. Republican committee chairmen should now utilize the new rules accordingly. 

Apparently, Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice didn’t get the memo. Recently, the DOJ attempted a return to pre-Trump precedent when they informed House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, that they wouldn’t be cooperating with his document requests and will instead commence with the customary foot-dragging that used to be part of the "give and take" in our system of checks and balances — until now.

On account of the decisions made by Trump-deranged Democrats and Attorney General Garland himself, stonewalling Congress is no longer an accepted norm. The January 6 Committee created a new standard of "no mercy" and the Biden administration took full advantage of it. In essence, this means that no one can run out the clock out on Congress without serious consequences — not even political appointees at the Justice Department.

To put things in the proper context, this dramatic change in precedent is crashing into the least transparent administration in history.

For the past two years, the Biden administration was not forced to answer any tough questions from either the Democrat majority in Congress or the biased mainstream media.

Because of that disastrous arrangement, President Biden, his cabinet, senior staffers and faceless bureaucrats mistakenly believe they’re all untouchable.

Thankfully for the American people, with the election of the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives, there’s finally someone minding the store in Washington.

Republicans have been entrusted with the majority in the U.S. House — the People’s House — partly because millions of citizens believe the Biden administration is in dire need of some accountability.

Americans want answers about our open southern border, Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal, the targeting of parents who attend school board meetings, COVID-19 origins, Biden’s mishandling of classified information and his family’s foreign business ties, and the unprecedented raid of Mar-a-Lago.

Telling congressional Republicans, "Sorry, it’s really none of your business," is no longer a sustainable strategy because of the changes that were put into place during the previous Congress.

The Justice Department isn’t a fortress; it’s part of your government that’s supposed to be of the people, for the people, and by the people.

Everyone knows that the executive branch has grown far too big and powerful, but that doesn’t mean Congress is no longer a coequal branch of government.

Republicans in the House must use all powers at their disposal — along with the new precedent that’s been set — to keep the executive branch from becoming an unaccountable monarchy or in the words of Biden — an autocracy.

Some of these powers include subpoenas and the ability to hold individuals and entities in contempt of Congress. But in the words of Eric Clapton, "it’s in the way that you use it."

In the post-January 6 Committee world that we live in, document requests that are brushed aside must be followed up with subpoenas without delay. And subpoenas that are refused must be enforced and complied with or met with speedy contempt of Congress votes and criminal referrals.

Criminal referrals must be handled in a totally non-partisan fashion and fully investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s office in the District of Columbia.

If the evidence supports a criminal indictment, then charges should be brought. This is the "Bannon-Navarro" contempt of Congress doctrine that the Democrats created; we can’t have a two-tiered system of justice in this country.

Republicans in Congress have their work cut out for them, there’s no doubt about that. The U.S. has a $31 trillion national debt, critical race theory and woke culture are infecting our public schools, deadly fentanyl is pouring across our border and social media companies are censoring free speech.

These are trying times indeed and moving the ball down the field with a small majority will be tough every step of the way — but this is no time to back down from a fight.

The Democrats made their bed, now they have to lie in it. The Biden administration must not be allowed to go back to playing by the rulebook that they just ran roughshod over to achieve their political goals.

So, send the subpoenas, demand transparency and hold them accountable — using the new rules they created.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”


DAILY CALLER: DAVID BOSSIE: The Questions Joe Biden Doesn’t Want To Answer About His Document Dilemma

In 1994, Hillary Clinton held a high-profile press conference to answer any and all questions about the Whitewater investigation and various allegations of corruption that were threatening to derail her husband’s presidency. Then-First Lady Clinton sat before an army of reporters in the State Dining Room of the White House for an hour and let them do their jobs in the name of transparency. The Clinton White House insisted there was nothing to hide and decided to take questions regardless of the special counsel’s ongoing investigation.

Nearly 30 years later, something very different is happening inside the high walls of Joe Biden’s opaque White House. In stark contrast to the Clintons, Biden has chosen to keep the public in the dark and not answer any questions about his classified document fiasco. The president sends his press secretary out to the briefing room everyday not to provide transparency but to refer frustrated reporters to the White House Counsel’s office regardless of the question, as if it’s the lawyers who will shine some light on this all-consuming scandal.

Stonewalling the public is an old Washington dilatory tactic designed to starve the media of information so people lose interest over time. This is a failed strategy for Joe Biden, an unpopular president who has faced little to no scrutiny from the Democrat controlled Congress or his allies in the mainstream media for the first two years of his presidency. Those days are gone; there’s a new Republican majority in the U.S. House demanding answers and the spotlight is on the media to treat the Biden document investigation just like they treated the Trump document investigation — with vigor.

Since it’s been nearly three weeks since the document story broke, now’s an appropriate time to lay out the unanswered questions and outstanding issues that are swirling around — in case President Biden ever decides to open up.

Question Bucket 1: The Timing

-Why were Joe Biden’s personal lawyers looking in closets at the Penn Biden Center in the first place? Were lawyers really needed to pack up an office?

-Who were the points of contact at the White House pertaining to the discovery of classified documents at the Penn Biden Center? Did the timing of the discovery have anything to do with the raid at Mar-a-Lago?

-Why did it take over two months for the discovery of classified documents to be publicly disclosed? Did the midterm election have anything to do with the delay in disclosure?

-Why did it take well over a month to search Joe Biden’s garage in Wilmington after the Penn Biden Center discovery? Did a tip lead Biden’s lawyers to the garage? Why did it take weeks to search the rest of the Wilmington house and Rehoboth Beach house after the garage discovery?

Question Bucket 2: The Documents

-Who had access to the Penn Biden Center closet and the Wilmington House? How long were the classified documents stored in these locations? Did they ever get moved?

-Has Hunter Biden ever been to the Penn Biden Center? Was Hunter Biden aware that there were classified records there? Was Hunter Biden aware that there were classified records in the Wilmington house? Whose fingerprints are on the documents?

-When will the Biden White House release a list of visitors to the Penn Biden Center and the Wilmington House? Did Joe Biden ever conduct family business meetings at either location? Did foreign nationals from China, Russia, Ukraine or elsewhere ever visit either location?

Question Bucket 3: The Justice Department & National Archives

-Why did Joe Biden’s personal lawyers conduct the search of the garage after U.S. Attorney John Lausch had been tasked to review the Biden classified records matter on November 14?

-Why did DOJ decide against allowing the FBI to oversee the subsequent searches for classified documents until the January 21 search of the Wilmington house? What changed?

-Is the National Archives conducting a review of all Biden documents in their possession to see if anything is unaccounted for? Did the National Archives ever reach out to Joe Biden or his personal lawyers about his vice presidential records in the past?

-Will Special Counsel Robert Hur ask U.S. Attorney David Weiss if his investigation of Hunter Biden has uncovered any information that may be relevant to his case?

Question Bucket 4: The Investigation Going Forward

-Why did Joe Biden return to the Wilmington house after the special counsel was appointed? Were other Biden-affiliated properties searched that the public doesn’t know about? Are other searches being planned?

-Does Joe Biden keep any possessions in a private storage facility? Did Joe Biden or anyone connected to the Wilmington house or Penn Biden Center ever destroy or discard a government record of any kind? Are there security cameras at the Wilmington house and the Penn Biden Center? When will the American people see a list of general topics of the classified Biden documents, like in the case of Mar-a-Lago?

No matter how hard the White House tries, the Biden classified document scandal isn’t going away any time soon. If the president did nothing wrong, he should provide some much needed transparency to the American people and make these lingering questions go away.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President in 2016. @David_Bossie @Citizens_United


WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: Republicans must impeach DHS Secretary Mayorkas

They say that no one is above the law, not even presidents — or Cabinet secretaries.

The new Republican majority in the House of Representatives has an opportunity to set an important precedent regarding unlawful and dangerous conduct by members of the president’s Cabinet and whether to hold them accountable through the impeachment process.

In American history, three presidents have been impeached, and one resigned before impeachment. Only one Cabinet member has ever been impeached by the House, and that was during the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant in 1876.

That brings us to today. Never before have we seen a Cabinet member take office to manage the invasion of our country through the southern border. And never before have so many shameful mainstream media outlets been so indifferent about an undertaking that constitutes such a clear threat to the sovereignty of the United States.

For the past two years, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has refused to enforce immigration laws and regularly lies to Congress, Border Patrol agents and the American people about the ongoing disaster that he’s overseeing at our border. The U.S.-Mexico border is not secure, as Mr. Mayorkas wants you to believe. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Every country in the world takes border security seriously — for obvious reasons — except the United States under the disgraceful leadership of Mr. Mayorkas. When Mr. Mayorkas was sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris to his powerful post, he swore to defend the United States and the Constitution, but in practice has done the exact opposite. This amounts to a complete dereliction of duty.

Because of Mr. Mayorkas’ lawless policies, illegal immigration has spiraled completely out of control by design. There was a time not so long ago that the alarming images coming in from our southern border would have drawn enormous amounts of press scrutiny and perhaps even forced Mr. Mayorkas’ resignation. Still, we’re not living in normal times. Instead, the biased corporate media has chosen to turn a blind eye to the crisis, which has helped further the left’s open-border goals.

Mr. Mayorkas and global elites like Democratic megadonor George Soros have a vision: a permanent left-wing majority in the United States fueled by new migrant voters from Latin America. The radical left couldn’t care less that they’re causing a national security emergency and humanitarian crisis in the process. Mr. Mayorkas has paved the way for record illegal border crossings and at least a million alien “gotaways.” The truth is that the United States government currently has no clue how many illegal immigrants are in the country, where they are, or what they’re doing here.

Even worse, 98 people on the terrorist watchlist have been caught trying to cross the border in fiscal 2022, which raises the question of how many individuals trying to do us harm got through cleanly. But perhaps the most disastrous outcome of Mr. Mayorkas’ open border agenda is the fentanyl epidemic that is killing so many Americans. Over 2,200 pounds of the deadly drug were recently seized in just one month — which is enough to kill 500 million people. When you consider that we had over 100,000 overdose deaths in 2022 alone, the amount of fentanyl making it into our neighborhoods is completely unacceptable, and the lion’s share of the blame can be laid at the feet of Alejandro Mayorkas.

No one is arguing to rush irresponsibly to the impeachment of Mr. Mayorkas, as then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and then-Rep. Liz Cheney did in the case of former President Donald Trump. Unlike Mrs. Pelosi’s unhinged Democrats, House Republicans should launch an impeachment inquiry, gather facts, lay out their case, and afford Mr. Mayorkas due process under the law. There are more than enough damning facts already in the public domain to warrant Mr. Mayorkas’ impeachment by the House of Representatives. Lying to Congress alone constitutes a high crime and misdemeanor — same as failing to enforce the law and creating an opioid epidemic.

If what Mr. Mayorkas has orchestrated over the past two years isn’t an impeachable offense, then what is? Those responsible for this ongoing invasion must be held accountable. Attempting to fundamentally transform the United States of America into the world’s next failed socialist state by unilaterally opening the border for any and all to enter must not be allowed to stand.

It’s essential for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan and the GOP majority in the House to make an example of Mr. Mayorkas and make clear that impeachment for a cabinet member is necessary in this case.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.


DAILY CALLER: DAVID BOSSIE: McCarthy’s Battle For The Speakership Proved One Thing — Our Democracy Is Alive And Well

Kevin McCarthy’s election as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives didn’t come easy, but selecting a new leader of the legislative branch of government should never be a rubber stamp. It’s an extraordinarily powerful position that sets America’s policy agenda and controls the fate of literally trillions in taxpayer dollars so it ought to garner some meaningful debate. 

Watching twenty courageous conservative representatives use the speaker’s election to fight for long overdue reforms and a return to regular order in the People’s House is a terrific reminder that not all heroes wear capes. Congressmen Chip Roy, Scott Perry, Andy Harris and a handful of other principled members are owed a huge debt of gratitude.

Per usual, the mainstream media got it all wrong. What happened on the House floor this week wasn’t chaos or dysfunction — it was our beautiful democracy, the mess and all.

Americans shouldn’t be concerned that all 434 members were on the House floor openly debating a critically important issue for several days straight, they should celebrate it. I believe that it’s the hallmark of a healthy constitutional republic.

These twenty members of the Republican caucus in the House who confronted the failed status quo in Washington understand that Congress has a 27% approval rating for a reason.

It’s because the institution has been malfunctioning for a very long time as party leaders’ bad decisions and abuse of power have become business as usual. These twenty conservative stalwarts know that all the irresponsible spending is unsustainable and must come to an end. They represent the American people who demand accountability and fiscal responsibility.

The truth is that congressional leaders of yesteryear — from both parties — would be appalled at how the House and Senate function today. How did we go from a balanced budget and a $5 trillion national debt in 2001 to exploding annual deficits and a $31.4 trillion national debt in just 22 years?

Look no further than last month’s omnibus spending bill debacle as an example. The 4,000 page, $1.7 trillion monstrosity that dropped in the dead of night and passed with little to no debate was just a continuation of the tone deaf posture of career Washington politicians managing America’s economic decay.

However, what proponents of the recent $1.7 trillion heist didn’t anticipate was twenty steel spine House Members having the guts to capitalize on the timing of the reckless omnibus bill’s passage to highlight our broken federal government. What they’ve done this week amounts to an enormous public service and sends a clear signal that they won’t back down in future fights like the debt ceiling.

The few extra days of good faith negotiating that it took to get U.S. House rules back to some semblance of normalcy was well worth it.

Watching Congress return to responsible budgeting, transparent in-person debates, committee-driven appropriations and amendment processes, and having a mechanism to remove the speaker will be welcomed by the American people with open arms.

Forging an agreement to hold votes on ultra-popular reforms like term limits and balanced budgets only happened because twenty brave members were willing to stick their necks out for the forgotten men and women in America.

These two items alone could dramatically change America’s downward trajectory. The vast majority of the American people support common sense changes such as this and they deserve to know who in Congress is voting to reform Washington and who is voting with the DC swamp.

In politics timing is everything. And in this case, the timing of the omnibus bill and the election of speaker in a divided Congress created an opportunity to challenge the failed status quo in Washington and do something about our exploding national debt.

Twenty GOP heroes decided to step up and seize the day. Americans who are sick and tired of the “same old, same old” should celebrate today because common sense and fiscal sanity came out on top for a change.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President in 2016. @David_Bossie @Citizens_United


FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: 5 things House Republicans must do in 2023 with new majority

As the 117th Congress came to a close, Americans witnessed the swamp in action as leaders in both parties ignored the will and best interests of the American people by passing a 4,000-page $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill with little to no debate. 

Sixty-eight U.S. senators - including 18 Republicans - paved the way for the massive and fiscally irresponsible measure. This happened despite the fact that voters handed the GOP a House majority on Election Day in part to rein in spending.

Watching out-of-touch career politicians reach into the cookie jar one more time before House conservatives take control is just the latest reminder of why Congress has a 27% approval rating. However, tone-deaf legislating by the uni-party in Washington gives the incoming Republican majority in the House an opportunity to present a bold contrast to this reckless behavior.

Here are five big things House Republicans can do to get off on the right foot in 2023 by simply displaying core competency and listening to the American people.

Be the party of fiscal responsibility

Hardworking citizens understand that federal spending has been out of control for a long time. In 2001, the last time America had a balanced budget, our national debt was $5 trillion. Now, a short two decades later, we’re at an alarming $31 trillion and climbing.

To be sure, the COVID-19 economic rescue packages exploded government spending, but President Biden and the Democrats refused to pull back. This pivotal decision caused the current inflation crisis. The next Congress must get back to basics by passing budgets and returning to a transparent appropriations process that respects taxpayer dollars.

The issue of fiscal restraint is there for the taking for the GOP - it just takes some hard work, leadership and the courage to admit we’re in the midst of an unsustainable debt emergency.

Be the party of reform

It’s not hard to see that government is in dire need of some common sense reforms. Sixty-three percent believe that America is on the wrong track because they see the obvious: Washington is broken and its leaders are making bad decisions.

After the 2020 election, the arrogant triumvirate of Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., abused power, ignored the people and plowed forward as managers of the failed status quo. Now Republicans have a clear opening to pick up the mantle of reform and run with it.

In the first hundred days, the House GOP should make the case for why congressional term limits and balanced budgets are so important and hold votes to get every member of Congress on the record. The American people deserve to know who wants to change Washington and who is content with just managing America’s economic decay.

Be the party of border security

President Biden’s careless policies opened the border and caused the current crisis that is getting worse by the day. Biden’s allies in the mainstream media refuse to cover the issue honestly and have become accomplices of the human catastrophe we’re all seeing on our phones every day.

Now that Republicans are in power, they can do something about it by sparking a much-needed national debate. Every country in the world prioritizes border security and sovereignty except the United States under total Democrat control - this must change immediately as a matter of national security.

House Republicans must adopt a do it all, do it now approach and not relent until the fentanyl that’s killing our citizens stops pouring in from across the border. Holding weekly field hearings at the border could be an effective way to highlight the most alarming issues, and border czar Vice President Kamala Harris and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas should be invited to testify.

Be the party of accountability

For the past two years, the American people witnessed an unhinged federal government under one-party control and were reminded of why the Founding Fathers set up our system of checks and balances.

And just in the nick of time, House Republicans can start asking the Biden administration some long overdue questions. Every American - regardless of party affiliation - should want to know if President Biden is compromised due to his family’s long-term foreign business deals. Similarly, Americans are entitled to a full accounting of the origins of COVID-19 and an exhaustive investigation of our government’s response to the pandemic - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Lastly, an inquiry must be launched to review the activities of the January 6 Select Committee. The American people deserve to know if a taxpayer-funded congressional committee was operating as a secret Liz Cheney 2024 presidential campaign in disguise as some J6 committee staff members told The Washington Post recently.

Be the party of the forgotten men and women

During the Obama-Biden administration, there was a palpable feeling across the country that the federal government was prioritizing everything but American citizens who work hard and play by the rules. Whether it was amnesty for illegal immigrants, bad trade pacts with foreign adversaries, nuclear deals with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, or obeying every command of mega donor George Soros, Americans grew sick and tired of out-of-touch left-wing elitists. Unfortunately, the Biden White House has learned nothing from recent history. House Republicans should make clear that they will draw a line in the sand and not allow our country to go down the road of socialism any longer.

January 2023 must be a new beginning for America and the blueprint for success isn’t rocket science. House Republicans can start strong just by listening to the American people.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”


FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: 2022’s top 5 biggest political losers include senators, a congresswoman and even a world leader

In the full-contact sport of politics, there are always winners and losers and 2022 was no exception. Among the winners this year are House Republicans, who won back the majority in the U.S. House and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who was re-elected with a stunning 59% of the vote in Florida. And then there are the unlucky ones on the other side of the ledger who drew the short straw this year. And to that end, here are the biggest political losers of 2022.  

1. Russian President Vladimir Putin

When Russian President Vladimir Putin made the ill-fated decision to invade Ukraine in February 2022, he did so with the belief that it would be a quick and easy endeavor. But here we are nearly a year later, and Russian forces are bogged down with no end in sight. Putin will now be remembered by history as a murderous tyrant and brutal aggressor who invaded a sovereign country without provocation. And by doing so, Putin created an international hero for freedom in Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. As we head into 2023 with 100,000 Russians dead in Ukraine, one thing is perfectly clear — when it comes to rogue regimes, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has company.

2. Dr. Anthony Fauci

As time marched on and the fog of COVID-19 began to clear in 2022, loser No. 2 came into focus with the words and deeds of mainstream media darling and Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci. Unfortunately for Fauci, the scrutiny will now only intensify — because the American people are still hungry for answers — as House Republicans move forward with their oversight responsibilities in the next Congress.

Fauci’s overall COVID-19 response — whether it’s mask efficacy, school closures, vaccine mandates, the Wuhan Lab, Big Tech censorship, or misleading congressional testimony — what started in 2021 and continued in 2022 is likely to snowball for Fauci in 2023 and beyond. For example, in a recent sworn deposition by Attorneys General Jeff Landry of Louisiana and Eric Schmitt of Missouri, Fauci answered "I don’t recall" a mind-blowing 174 times. The reason for the selective amnesia? The truth isn’t on Fauci’s side.

3. Big Tech Companies

Big Tech comes in at No. 3 by accomplishing something many thought was impossible, by drawing bipartisan condemnation from members of Congress in a bitterly divided Washington. But as they say, it was all downhill from there. First, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was exposed for putting his thumb on the scale in the 2020 presidential election by funding what amounted to a $400 million partisan get-out-the-vote effort for Joe Biden in the name of "safe" voting during COVID-19.

Then, billionaire Elon Musk purchased Twitter and immediately exposed the tech giant’s role in interfering in the 2020 election by censoring stories that would have negatively impacted Biden. No one knows where the Pulitzer Prize worthy "Twitter Files" will ultimately lead, but it’s safe to say that those involved should buckle up for a rocky 2023. And as far as Facebook’s parent company Meta is concerned, the announcement that it cut 11,000 employees along with the news that its value dropped by $700 billion has people wondering where the bottom is.

4. Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema

2022 will also be remembered as the year that cost Senators Joe Manchin, D-WV, and Kyrsten Sinema, I-AZ, their political careers, which allows them to share the next spot on the list of biggest losers. By voting for the fraudulent Inflation Reduction Act and the irresponsible 4,000-page $1.7 trillion omnibus bill without any meaningful debate, Manchin is no longer electable in West Virginia. Recall that Manchin only won by 19,000 votes in 2018 — a great year for Democrats — so winning in a presidential year in a state President Donald Trump won by 39 points probably spells the end for the Manchin era in the Mountain State.

As for Sinema, her decision to leave the Democrat Party to become an independent will not only make her re-election in Arizona impossible but may also cost the Democrats a critical U.S. Senate seat and possibly their majority status in 2024.

5. Representative Liz Cheney

And perhaps the biggest loser of 2022 is outgoing Republican Representative Liz Cheney. Cheney went from being one of the leading conservative voices in the U.S. House to a footnote in former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s biography in the course of 24 short months.

Cheney managed to lose an unlosable congressional primary in Wyoming due to her partisan perch on the illegitimate January 6 Select Committee. Not only did the committee waste millions and still come up with absolutely nothing new, it was in the end exposed as a taxpayer-funded presidential exploratory committee. To quote a committee staffer from a recent Washington Post story, "…when [the committee] became a Cheney 2024 campaign, many of us became discouraged."

So now, everything begins anew. Who will be a winner, and who will be a loser in 365 days? Only time will tell.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”


DAILY CALLER: DAVID BOSSIE: Ranked-Choice Voting Is Just Another Way Of Letting Elites Tilt The System In Their Favor

Americans want honest, straightforward and fair elections that they can trust. Regardless of whether candidates win or lose, voters deserve far better than the incompetence, mismanagement and multi-week delays in counting votes that we’re seeing in so many states today. So, at a time when trust in elections is at an all-time low, why are some establishment Republicans teaming up with Democrats to push a complex, confusing and painfully slow method of voting in America? 

Simply stated, supporters of ranked-choice voting (RCV) believe it will produce a new era of pastel campaigns and a greater public acceptance of final results that yield crops of spineless candidates who won’t challenge the failed status quo. But for the struggling forgotten men and women who are looking for new leaders and innovative solutions, RCV is just one more way for elitists to further tilt the system in their favor.

As conservative economist Thomas Sowell observed, “There are no solutions, there are only trade-offs.” And RCV’s trade-offs make clear that our traditional way of voting is far superior — just like the Founding Fathers designed it.

When Maine Congressman Bruce Poliquin lost his election in 2018 due to RCV he stated, “It is now officially clear I won the constitutional ‘one-person, one-vote’ first choice election on Election Day that has been used in Maine for more than one hundred years.” Poliquin’s legitimate frustration with RCV will be echoed by countless others if the practice is expanded into more states.

The obvious truth is that RCV is complicated, difficult to understand, and relies on a counting process shrouded in mystery. Just look at the recent news from Alaska. On Election Day, more Alaska voters opted for a Republican to represent them in the U.S. House.

Then two weeks later — following Alaska’s RCV protocols — a liberal Democrat was re-elected because the conservative vote was split between two candidates. How could a state that Donald Trump carried by 10 points send a left-wing Democrat to Congress? Along with ignoring the will of the people, RCV’s opaque and multifaceted counting process paves the way for more distrust in the system.

Look no further than Alaska’s Senate race, where incumbent RINO Lisa Murkowski was re-elected using RCV with the support of liberals who voted for her instead of backing a viable Democrat. Now, instead of having another conservative voice in the Senate, Alaskans get six more years of Murkowski, who will spend her term pandering to the Democrats who propelled her to victory.

While it sounds like a viral pathogen cooked up in a lab, RCV may be worse. It’s a type of voting that essentially prohibits American voters from making one choice and instead requires or encourages them to rank multiple candidates for the same office in order of preference.

After the ballots in a RCV election have been counted, if a candidate has received a majority of votes, then he or she wins. However, if no one gets a majority of first-choice votes, the candidate with the fewest first-choice ballots is removed, and that candidate’s ballots are counted for their second-choice candidates.

This process is then repeated — with more opportunities for mistakes or worse — until eventually a candidate receives a majority of the votes.

No wonder leaders on both sides of the political spectrum have raised concerns about RCV. According to Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan, “People are starting to look nationally and say RCV ‘could be the answer.’ I think they need to be cautious about that. It’s very confusing.”

He continued, “Ninety-five percent of the people talking to me about our new ranked-choice voting system were saying how utterly confusing it was.” Senior NAACP official Hazel Dukes also castigated RCV, “It is voter suppression … I hope that the courts see that ranked choice voting is not right for democracy.”

Despite these concerns, 11 states already use RCV in some capacity for local elections and its spreading. The critical battleground state of Georgia may consider a RCV system in the future.

Hawaii and Nevada have moved RCV measures for use in future elections. In Utah, 23 cities and towns opted into a pilot program to use RCV for local elections.

Thankfully, under the leadership of Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida has taken a stand in defense of the Constitution and prohibited RCV. More states should follow suit.

Even in the best of circumstances, RCV runs the risk of disenfranchising voters. If a voter’s chosen candidates have been eliminated in the RCV process, these voters won’t have any say in the final vote. By its very design, RCV slows down the process of counting the votes and introduces an array of ambiguities into what should be a simple process of determining a clear winner.

RCV requires voters to place absolute trust in the vote-counters that they tabulate accurately everything in an uncertain process. And as we’ve seen yet again from paper shortages in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania to machine malfunctions in Maricopa County, Arizona, things go awry even in the best circumstances.

So let’s defend the integrity of our elections, not undermine them through dangerous so-called reforms like RCV.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President in 2016. @David_Bossie @Citizens_United


FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: GOP election strategy: Get smart about early voting or get used to losing

The midterm elections are finally over and in Washington that means it’s time for some finger-pointing, soul-searching and brainstorming. 

So, the Republican Party will now begin the difficult task of conducting its postmortem of the 2022 elections in order to learn exactly what happened and to develop innovative strategies for best practices in future election cycles. As the Republican national committeeman from Maryland, I believe we must enter the process with our eyes wide open and without preconceived notions about what works and what doesn't.

At this critical juncture for the RNC, it would be wise to create a separate coordinated effort – a do it all, do it now approach – for a massive early voting operation plan that complements ongoing legislative and litigation election integrity work. Otherwise, Republicans will never win a national election again.

First, even though we failed to meet our expectations, let’s recognize what went right.

Republicans won the national popular vote convincingly by a margin of 50.6% to 47.8% and won back the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. And despite facing a brutal map in the U.S Senate and being horribly outspent, the Senate GOP only lost one seat previously held by an incumbent in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, while successfully defending open seats in the battleground states of Wisconsin, North Carolina and Ohio.

Republicans also soundly defeated well-financed national Democrat media darlings Stacey Abrams and Beto O’Rourke in important gubernatorial races in Georgia and Texas.

Now, the tough part – and this requires a hard reality check for the Grand Old Party.

In the post-COVID world, Americans are voting differently – that’s a fact. Approximately 43% of the votes cast in the 2022 midterms were done via early in-person voting or mail-in ballots. So, the question must be asked: in the face of an inflation crisis, a border crisis and a crime crisis, and with the incumbent president’s approval rating underwater, would Republicans have picked up more than nine House seats and prevailed in Senate races in places like Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada if we had been educating our voters and activists to utilize all voting options available to them, such as mail-in, early in-person, absentee, and day of voting?

The answer is unequivocally yes.

Look no further than Florida’s do it all approach. According to data from the United States Elections Project, nearly five million people voted early in Florida – 43% of whom were Republican ballots, 37% Democrat and 20% other. Republicans won the early vote in Florida by a whopping 315,000 votes, which paved the way for historic statewide victories for Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio and extraordinary success up and down the ballot.

Florida Republicans capitalized on early voting and won big. Now, the Sunshine State is no longer even considered a swing state.

Conversely in Pennsylvania, Republicans failed to vote early and it cost them. Of the 1.18 million people in Pennsylvania who voted by mail, a stunning 69% were Democrat ballots. To put a fine point on it, Democrats cast about 567,000 more mail-in votes than Republicans and Democrat John Fetterman won the election by roughly 263,000 votes.

When you consider that over 700,000 Pennsylvanians had already voted by the end of October, Sen.-elect Fetterman’s horrible debate performance didn’t have nearly the impact that far too many naïve Republicans were betting on.

One of the lasting legacies of the pandemic is that new voting rules were forced into place. One expert noted, "There is substantial voter engagement in this year's elections… but the larger number of early votes compared to 2018 is more a sign of changing preferences about the method of voting than a sign of much higher turnout."

To be clear, Democrats pushed to rewrite the laws during the fog of COVID-19 and have an army of lawyers organized to litigate these issues around the country to their benefit. The Democrats play by the laws on the books in every state regardless of how they feel about them – Republicans do not.

The left has been busy cultivating and perfecting their efforts in the areas of early voting, absentee voting, ballot harvesting and curing for years while Republicans for the most part are playing by the historically trusted methods we wish were in place. Republicans must start adapting to the new world by employing every tool that’s in the toolbox in any given jurisdiction.

Simultaneously, Republicans must continue passing legislation and developing litigation strategies state by state that aim to maximize election integrity. Make no mistake, freeing supporters to feel confident about voting early in-person and by no-excuse absentee ballot while advocating for stronger voting laws are not mutually exclusive. For example, Democrats take full advantage of the freedoms provided by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision while at the same time plotting to overturn it.

In states where we have the political numbers to strengthen election laws we must do it - just like with the successful GOP effort that saw 28 states pass legislation to ban or restrict the "Zuck Bucks" style of private election administration funding. One of the next priorities on this front should be to outlaw the horrible practice known as ranked-choice voting anywhere possible.

Voting by mail and ballot harvesting are not my preference by any means. But if we want to get back to holding "Election Day" instead of "Election Weeks" we must compete and win now – because that’s how we can best move the conservative America first agenda forward.

So, we need to challenge ourselves to play by the rules that are written – not the rules we wish were in place. We can’t continue to unilaterally disarm in the battle for America’s future. To be successful, the RNC must take a leadership role by building and executing a winning legislative, litigation and early voting strategy. We must change the hearts and minds of Republican voters on these issues – and there’s no time to waste.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”


WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: Congress must respect taxpayers with fiscal responsibility

Well, another holiday season is upon us, and that means another government-funding fire drill in Congress.

The dysfunctional career politicians running the House and Senate have once again mismanaged their way into a crisis. Their “my way or the highway” position is vote for our irresponsible trillion-dollar omnibus bill, or we’ll blame you for the government shutdown that may result. It wasn’t always like this.

Forget that no one will read their 1,000-page behemoth; forget that there won’t be time for any meaningful debate; forget that it’s all being done behind closed doors; just vote for it, they say — or else. This tone-deaf style of governing — the real legacy of outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — is unacceptable and must never be considered the norm. In the post-COVID-19 world, it’s imperative that our country get back to a transparent appropriations process that respects hardworking taxpayers and their money.

After all, that’s what Americans voted for on Nov. 8. On Election Day, voters decided to put House Republicans in charge of our nation’s spending decisions for the next two years. We all witnessed in real time what happens when unchecked Democrats are allowed to spend money like drunken sailors, and the people chose to rein in their fiscal insanity. In the blink of an eye, the reckless policies of the arrogant triumvirate of President Biden, Mrs. Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer created a brutal inflation crisis that’s here for the foreseeable future.

So instead of listening to the will of the people, Democrats are trying to ram more unhinged spending through Congress on their way out the door. It’s unprecedented for a party that was just removed from power to move a funding bill of this magnitude in a lame-duck session — it simply doesn’t happen. Pulling this heist as folks are getting ready for Christmas and not fully paying attention only adds insult to injury. It can be described only as utter contempt for the American people.

What we’re all witnessing is the Washington swamp at its absolute worst — the failed status quo in action. It’s why Congress has a 23% approval rating and 64% believe America is on the wrong track. It’s malpractice that these backroom multitrillion-dollar spending negotiations take place with complete disregard for our $31 trillion national debt or the ongoing inflation crisis. As taxpayers are struggling with the most expensive Christmas ever, Mr. Biden, Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer’s response is “Bah, humbug!” Republicans must say no to this Democrat-driven fiscal lunacy.

The last time America had a balanced budget was in the year 2001, and our national debt stood at $5 trillion. When Citizens United produced our documentary “Generation Zero” about the 2008 financial crisis, our debt was about $10 trillion. Now the national debt is a jaw-dropping $31 trillion.

As Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell might say, “Houston, we have a problem.” Yet members of Congress in both parties plow forward with their selfish spending wish lists without a care in the world. And there’s enough blame to go around. Liberal journalists in the corporate media cover the government funding drama without even mentioning the fiscal calamity that we as a country are careening toward.

But even if Mrs. Pelosi passes her latest omnibus monstrosity through the House on a party-line vote, all hope is not lost. It will take 41 Senate Republicans to stop the madness and vote for a return to regular order, and passing appropriations bills one at a time through a transparent and thoughtful amendment process. The best path forward is a simple one. Congress must pass a short-term continuing resolution that funds the government until Republicans take control of the House of Representatives early next year.

A continuing resolution isn’t a threat to national security, as some establishment actors suggest. But our $31 trillion national debt is a threat and it’s high time we start doing something about it for the sake of our children and grandchildren— and there’s no time like the present. Republican leaders in the House and Senate should lock arms and honor the wishes of the people.

This is a golden opportunity for the GOP to pick up the mantle of commonsense reform and run with it. Let’s retire the final Pelosi Congress to the ash heap of history and start the 118th Congress on the right foot. The American people demand fiscal responsibility.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.


FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: After Georgia runoff results, here's what to expect from Senate, House for next two years

Now that the U.S. Senate run-off in Georgia between Herschel Walker and Sen. Raphael Warnock is behind us, the final results of the 2022 midterm elections are in. This is an opportune moment to examine what happened at the polls and what we can expect from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives in the 118th Congress starting in January 2023.

With incumbent Raphael Warnock’s victory, Democrats will return to Washington with a 51 to 49 majority in the U.S. Senate. Although Senate Democrats only managed a net pick-up of one seat this election cycle despite an extremely favorable map, that lone seat carries with it great significance. Recall that for two years left-wing talking heads and so-called experts were predicting the Democrats could win Senate races in Wisconsin, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, and even Utah. In the end, only John Fetterman in the Keystone State succeeding in flipping one of these coveted seats.

But with Senator-elect Fetterman’s 51st vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Democrats will now be able to approve President Biden’s left-wing judicial nominees with greater ease and can launch oversight investigations and issue subpoenas as they see fit.

Not to mention, Fetterman gives Schumer wiggle room on tight votes since he no longer needs to keep Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema on board for every liberal measure before the Senate. This comes as welcome news for Manchin and Sinema, who are both on the ballot in 2024 in what promise to be hotly contested races.

On the House side, Republicans picked up nine seats on their way to clinching a tight 222 - 213 majority, the same slim advantage that outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi had to work with in the previous Congress. With this majority, Republicans can drive their common sense America first agenda -- if they can stick together like Pelosi’s Democrats did -- as well as get the chamber back to regular order and provide a much-needed check on the reckless Biden administration.

With this election outcome, the American people made an already rigidly divided Washington even more so.

House Republicans can now bring their legislative priorities to the floor and pass them, but Senate Democrats don’t have to act. And in the Senate, Schumer is out of luck on moving President Biden’s wish list forward unless he can cobble 60 votes together to break a filibuster, which is doubtful.

So, don’t expect much in the way of great legislative achievements and bill signings over the next two years.

It’s far more likely that partisan maneuvering will end up dominating D.C. as both parties try to position themselves to gain an advantage in the lead-up to the 2024 presidential nominating season.

One thing the new GOP House majority can focus on is fiscal responsibility and transparency. Reform-minded Republicans should lead by example by holding legislative committee hearings and business meetings, and by passing appropriations bills on time with an open and thoughtful amendment process.

The GOP would be wise to make clear that passing 1,000-page trillion dollar omnibus spending bills that no one reads with little to no debate is completely unacceptable and tone deaf.

Look for Senate Democrats to moderate their inflation-causing big spending agenda in an effort to protect a slew of incumbents who will all likely face tough challenges in tough terrain in 2024.

America remains a center-right country and Democrats will be very busy defending eight vulnerable seats in the states of West Virginia (Manchin), Arizona (Sinema), Montana (Tester), Nevada (Rosen), Ohio (Brown), Pennsylvania (Casey), Michigan (Stabenow), and Wisconsin (Baldwin) in the next election cycle with little room for error. By contrast, it’s difficult to find a truly endangered incumbent on the Republican side of the aisle in 2024.

Even as Biden, Pelosi, Schumer and their progressive crop of candidates were insisting on the campaign trail that Democrats accomplished more than they could have imagined and that they wouldn’t change a thing, the American people voted to stop the radical Biden agenda by switching party control in the U.S. House.

Now, Republicans have the power to prove they are the party of reform, keen on taking on the failed status quo in Washington, D.C.

Inflation, open borders, and crime are all real problems and the GOP must offer innovative solutions to solve them -- and make the case to the American people why they know best heading into 2024.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”


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