I have said many times that “Truth Will Out,” and that continues to be the case with two major developments this week, with the possibility for a third major development.
The first one has to do with the videotapes of Planned Parenthood by David Daleiden and the Center For Medical Progress. As you may know, a judge had ruled to not allow some of the videos to be seen as a result of a challenge by the National Abortion Federation.
Can we just pause for a moment and consider that? The National Abortion Federation. The mind just reels.
Now, back to the videos. There are more videos than we have seen, but they have been squelched thus far. Well, we still won’t get to see them – at least not yet. But Congress will. From the Daily Caller:
[…] Congress had already been given the now famous Planned Parenthood videos, but separate undercover videos of a NAF event had been kept from Congress by the court order.
Tuesday afternoon, Orrick ruled that the remaining videos can be given to Congress but that they may not be given to the public.
David Daleiden, the Center for Medical Progress undercover operative who took the video, said before the ruling Tuesday he was caught between two conflicting orders from two branches of government.
“There is no serious question that his anticipated disclosure of NAF confidential information is barred by this court’s Orders,” NAF told the judge before the ruling in a letter first obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The court’s TRO [temporary restraining order] expressly prohibits Daleiden and his cohorts from disclosing NAF confidential information to ‘any third party.’”
Clearly, the judge disagreed.
“Congress has the power to investigate, and it is not up to the courts to go beyond the narrow confines of determining that the committee’s inquiry is in its province,” Orrick said in the order.
Congress will hold a hearing Thursday on Planned Parenthood’s practices. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
It sure will be interesting to see what the end result is of these additional tapes being viewed by Congress. Honestly, I hope they find a way to release them to the public. Hey – PPF is using a boatload of our money, so their heinous practices should continue to be revealed. The hearing is Thursday, so we will see.
Along those lines, though, is this disturbing article from The Hill considering the problems for some of the GOP Senators when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood. The GOP may not be able to get to the 51 votes they would need. Let that sink in for a moment. Those Senators are: Ayotte, Collins, Murkowski, and Kirk. You can read the article HERE.
Meanwhile, the second development relates to yet another possible email problem. That would be another company involved in the whole server issue. From Fox News:
The FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email has now expanded to include obtaining data from a second tech company, which is fully cooperating with the FBI probe that has threatened Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Fox News has learned.
A source familiar with the investigation told Fox that the FBI contacted Connecticut-based Datto, Inc. in September and asked them to preserve all data they had which may be connected to Clinton. Datto was hired to help back up data in May 2013 by Platte River Networks, the Colorado-based tech company that managed Clinton’s server and has already been cooperating with the FBI investigation.
The cooperation of a second tech company raises new questions about whether the FBI is now obtaining any of the emails that Clinton says she and her attorneys deemed to be personal and deleted, as Republican critics have demanded to know if any of those emails were really work-related emails that should have been turned over to the State Department along with other federal records.
Datto’s cooperation also raises more questions about whether anyone at the company, where employees do not have security clearances, had access to classified information that was in Clinton’s server. The source familiar with the investigation said that like all major tech companies on the front lines, Datto has faced cyberattacks, another subject of great interest to the FBI in its probe of Clinton’s server. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Ruh roh – that isn’t looking so good for Sec. Clinton, is it? I have to say, I am glad that the FBI seems to really be looking into this like they should – in a nonpartisan manner. Let’s hope that continues.
Along with this, the tate Department wants to know from Clinton’s attorney if there are more emails they have not yet received. This comes as a result of another cache being discovered. Again, ruh roh. You can read more about that HERE.
Finally, in a follow up to an issue about which I have written a couple of times, the Army has decided to give Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland another chance to appeal his dismissal. From The Hill:
[…] The decision was announced after Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, asked McHugh to give Sgt. First Class Chris Martland time to prepare an appeal.
“Out of respect for Chairman Thornberry’s continued strong support for our military, and his personal appeal, Secretary McHugh has agreed to postpone Sgt. First Class Martland’s discharge from the Army for 60 days to allow him to file an appeal with the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records,” said a statement from the Army.
Thornberry said he found due process procedural errors and suggested the discharge was the result of budget cuts instead of Martland’s actions, which occurred in 2011. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
That is good news indeed. It is a shame that it had to become a Congressional issue, but hey – if that is what it is going to take, so be it. Let’s hope the Defense Department does the right thing.
That’s it for me. What’s on your minds today? This is an Open Thread.