Doug Bandow, co-director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, questions whether coming to a unanimous conclusion on the extent of investigations into the misuse of the National Security Agency in spying on Americans seems reasonable, and that “Congressional committees are potentially overstepping their jurisdiction in investigating the circumstances and impact of the Trump presidency.” (Andrew R. Swingle/The Epoch Times)
Congress subpoenas a Bannon ally who oversees a U.S. media agency over concerns of politicization.
A spokesman for Stephen Miller, the senior adviser to President Donald Trump, confirmed that the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee had obtained a search warrant to get detailed information on staff aides to the chairman of the board of War on Want, an international organization that aims to combat alleged media propaganda against North Korea. War on Want said the subpoena was issued after it discovered information that allegedly showed how official strategy of the Trump administration to “deny that Trump is a fascist” was operating without authorization from the President.
“Under executive authority, War on Want is entitled to demand a copy of [Trump’s] communications and that information would be treated in the investigation,” the defense attorney for War on Want, Ned Price, told CNN.Israel Support For the War on Want Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz shared in Twitter comments that the thrust of the subpoena “has been … to find out what the intention of War on Want is: What the intention of War on Want is to deny that Trump is a fascist. This is a very disturbing practice of War on Want and this is the nexus.” IDF Official: No executive action to denigrate Trump https://t.co/kkAMcGSr1r pic.twitter.com/sn1cQhhOHv — NBC News (@NBCNews) September 18, 2018 The Criminal Investigative Division of the U.S. Department of Justice said it “will provide information to and will indict the suspect in the event he is unable to comply.”
Iranian officials have recently emerged as a major critic of China, even accusing its former ally of links to human rights violations in Iran. President Donald Trump plans to visit Iran in October to continue an effort to boost the U.S. relationship with the Islamic Republic that has been strained over the Iran nuclear agreement and U.S. policy towards it.
The Trump administration is now trying to expand its relations with Iran and is pushing ahead with an executive order that would allow the sale of U.S. weapons to Iran and suspend the sale of military equipment to North Korea. U.S. officials have said they expect to see actions from both countries in the near future.Following Iran’s ballistic missile test, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) said the administration’s new policy “would be the kind of policy toward Iran that simply would not withstand.”
But Trump has also taken strong and increasingly explicit positions on Iran’s nuclear program, Russia, Syria, Venezuela, and other issues. In June, Trump called Iran “an arm of Satan” in the wake of the country’s ballistic missile test, though he has reportedly said he isn’t even sure the test was a violation of U.N. resolutions.
The European Union is also reportedly planning to take enforcement action against Iran, with the United Kingdom reportedly planning to put trade sanctions on Iran because of the U.S. decision to ease sanctions on the country.“Members of the EU collectively have taken a number of symbolic measures to try to promote diplomacy on the nuclear issue, especially with regards to Iran,” said Jones. “There is now a more difficult option. This is probably the most clear choice to be made at this point, but our position has not changed.”