Police have identified the suspect who killed eight people and injured 11 more in New York City on Tuesday when he barreled into a bike path and then rammed a pickup truck into a crowd.
The suspected driver, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, shouted “Allahu Akbar” after the crash, law enforcement officials tell Fox News. Saipov, who was shot by police, was taken into custody and remains hospitalized.
The suspect was from Uzbekistan and had a green card, a source told Fox News. According to The Associated Press, Saipov has a Florida license but may have been living in New Jersey, and came to the U.S. in 2010.
New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin writes:
Forgive yourself if you are confused about developments in the Russia, Russia, Russia storyline. In fact, there are so many moving parts that you shouldn’t trust anybody who isn’t confused.
Consider this, then, a guide to the perplexed, where we start with two things that are certain. First, special counsel Robert Mueller will never be able to untangle the tangled webs with any credibility and needs to step aside.
Mueller, whose office is apparently leaking the “secret” news that a grand jury has approved charges against an unidentified defendant, assumed his role with one big conflict, his relationship with his successor at the FBI, James Comey. That conflict has morphed into several more that are fixable only by resignation.
That became obvious last week when events showed that any honest probe must examine the Obama White House and Justice Department. Mueller served as head of the FBI for more than four years under President Obama and cannot be expected to investigate his former colleagues and bosses.
But without that necessary step, his work would be incomplete at best. So it’s time for him to say bye-bye.
Goodwin further opines, basically, that as bad as the week has been for Mueller, it’s been even worse for Hillary Clinton.
A federal grand jury in D.C. has reportedly approved the first round of charges “in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.” But what the charges are — and the identities of those charged — is being kept under wraps at this stage.
Arrests are expected to be carried out on Monday.
The Democratic adversaries of Donald Trump were confident that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election would, sooner or later, get done the job it was set up from the beginning to do — that is, remove Donald Trump from the White House.
It’s not quite working out that way. Mr. Mueller is apparently not finding what he thought he would find and is looking into matters that don’t seem to be much about Russians, elections or even Donald Trump. He has moved into the high weeds in search of something credible to hang his very expensive investigation on. He has hired a lot of highly paid Washington lawyers, some of whom were donors to Hillary’s campaign, and Washington is suddenly rife with speculation and gossip that they haven’t found much that sounds very jail-y.
Now something from the recent past may be gaining on Hillary and nervous Democrats. The hunters have become the hunted. Republicans in Congress announced two new investigations Wednesday, one to revisit Hillary’s email scheme and the other, a cozy uranium deal by the Obama administration with Hillary, as secretary of State, pushing it along, to give the Russians effective control of 20 percent of the American supply of uranium, which is used in the manufacture of, among other things, nuclear weapons.
That’s a nasty turn of events for Hillary Clinton and the Dems, just when they thought they were almost home and dry.
From a report by Dave Boyer, White House correspondent for The Washington Times:
Vice President Mike Pence announced Wednesday night that President Trump has ordered the State Department to shut off funding for “ineffective” United Nations programs to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East, saying the administration will take over those efforts directly.
Saying Christians have been victims of a genocide at the hands of the Islamic State across the Middle East, Mr. Pence said the “sad reality” is that the U.N. spends about $1 billion per year on humanitarian aid in the region that doesn’t help Christians enough.
“While faith-based groups with proven track records and deep roots in these communities are more than willing to assist, the United Nations too often denies their funding requests,” Mr. Pence said. “My friends, those days are over. This is the moment. Now is the time. And America will support these people in their hour of need.”
New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin writes:
And so the worm turns. Make that worms.
Just as key congressional panels open new probes into the still-smoking debris of last year’s election, the revelation that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid as much as $9 million for the discredited Russian dossier on Donald Trump flips the collusion script on its head.
Now it’s Democrats’ turn in the barrel.
In short, we now have compelling evidence that the dossier was the largest and dirtiest dirty trick of the 2016 campaign. And Clinton, who has played the victim card ever since her loss, was behind it the whole time.
Anybody surprised? Me neither.
And here’s another thing that spells trouble ahead for Clinton and the DNC:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee violated campaign finance law by failing to disclose payments for a dossier on Donald Trump, according to a complaint filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.
The complaint from the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center said the Democrats effectively hid the payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law. By law, campaign and party committees must disclose the reason money is spent and its recipient.
“By filing misleading reports, the DNC and Clinton campaign undermined the vital public information role of campaign disclosures,” said Adav Noti, senior director of trial litigation and strategy at CLC and a former FEC official. “Voters need campaign disclosure laws to be enforced so they can hold candidates accountable for how they raise and spend money. The FEC must investigate this apparent violation and take appropriate action.”
The situation developing here is a classic case of what goes around comes around.
From the DailyMail.com:
A Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer who launched what would become known as the anti-Trump ‘dirty dossier’ denied involvement in the project for a year as reporters pressed him for information.
Marc Elias brokered a deal between the Clinton camp, the Democratic National Committee and opposition research firm Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on the president while he was running for office.
But a pair of New York Times reporters said Tuesday night on Twitter that Elias and others involved had lied about their ties to the arrangement.
‘Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year,’ Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted after The Washington Post linked the dossier to Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie.
The deal began in the spring of 2016, when Elias was approached by Fusion GPS, and lasted until right before Election Day. When Fusion approached Elias, it had already been doing research work on Trump for an unnamed client during the Republican primary.
But the dossier itself was funded entirely by Democrats, using Elias as a middle-man.
After the DNC and the Clinton campaign started paying, Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to do the dirt-digging. His work later resulted in the dossier.
Among other things, “the dossier claims that the Russian FSB spy agency had a video of Trump asking prostitutes to urinate on a bed which was filmed during his 2013 visit to a luxury Moscow hotel for the Miss Universe contest” — hence the ‘golden showers’ label.