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China Blocks Taiwan from Joining Global Wuhan Virus Response

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to reconsider membership for Taiwan, which has long been blocked by Beijing, in light of the virus epidemic spreading from Wuhan.

Exclusive — Tom Cotton Urges Trump Administration to Consider Banning Travel from China over Coronavirus

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is urging President Donald Trump’s administration to consider implementing a ban on travelers from China to the United States over the Chinese Communist Party’s mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak that has left more than a dozen people dead.

Cotton: Impeachment Has ‘Done a Lot of Damage to This House’ — ‘Important’ Senate Put Down a Historical Marker

During an appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show on Tuesday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) predicted the Senate impeachment trial would not drag on for months, as it had in the House.

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Congress Seeks Investigation Into Pro-Iran Lobby Group Tied to Tehran Regime

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Congressional leaders have petitioned the Trump administration to investigate a pro-Iran lobbying organization that has long faced accusations of acting as the Islamic Republic’s unregistered mouthpiece in America, according to official communications obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

A group of senators has requested that the Trump administration investigate the National Iranian American Council, or NIAC. The council, a pro-Tehran advocacy group with deep ties to the Iranian regime, played a key role in the Obama administration’s pro-Iran “echo chamber,” which misled Congress and the American people about the terms of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

Senators Tom Cotton (R., Ark.), Ted Cruz (R., Texas), and Mike Braun (R., Ind.) are petitioning the Justice Department to investigate NIAC for potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires that lobbying groups disclose their activities on behalf of foreign nations.

NIAC, which is registered as a U.S. nonprofit, maintains close ties to senior Iranian government officials and has been the subject of public scrutiny for its efforts to broker meetings between American and Iranian officials.

As the Obama administration sought to ink the nuclear accord with Iran, NIAC acted as a central part of what Obama National Security Council official Ben Rhodes described as the administration’s “echo chamber.” A network of Obama administration officials and outside organizations disseminated talking points to reporters that bolstered the case for the deal and downplayed Iran’s sponsorship of regional terror operations.

In recent weeks, NIAC has distributed information condemning the Trump administration’s killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Many of these NIAC-sponsored talking points repeated the Iranian regime’s own propaganda regarding the strike, prompting the lawmakers to seek an investigation into potential violations by NIAC of U.S. law.

“We write to urge you to review the activities of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and its sister organization NIAC Action for potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA),” the senators wrote to Attorney General William Barr, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Free Beacon.

“NIAC’s innocuous public branding masks troubling behavior,” the senators wrote. “NIAC’s relationship with the Iranian regime and its role amplifying regime propaganda in the United States have been the subject of discussion in Washington D.C. for years.”

Most recently, NIAC has distributed Iranian regime talking points regarding U.S. military action in the region, the lawmakers allege.

“For example, on December 31, NIAC circulated an email memorandum blaming the United States government for Iranian-backed militias’ repeated attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq and brazen attempt to storm the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. On January 9, NIAC and NIAC Action staffers tweeted and retweeted conspiracy theories deflecting blame from the Iranian regime for shooting down a Ukrainian civilian airliner, killing 176 individuals,” the letter stated. “These disturbing actions are only the latest developments of this nature.”

NIAC was ordered to pay more than $180,000 in 2013 to the legal defense fund of Hassan Daioleslam, an Iranian-American writer, following a failed defamation lawsuit. Daioleslam accused NIAC of failing to disclose its clandestine lobbying efforts to undo sanctions on Tehran, the Free Beacon previously reported. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said Parsi’s work was “not inconsistent with the idea that he was first and foremost an advocate for the regime.”

NIAC also recently arranged a conference call that featured 2020 Democratic presidential contenders Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, as the Free Beacon reported.

NIAC founder Trita Parsi, who is routinely featured on U.S. news programs, was found to have “arranged meetings between Javad Zarif, Iran’s former ambassador to the United Nations and current foreign minister, and members of Congress,” according to the letter.

Activities of this nature prompted former FBI associate deputy director Oliver Revell to state that “arranging meetings between members of Congress and Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations would in my opinion require that person or entity to register as an agent of a foreign power; in this case it would be Iran.”

The GOP senators “are concerned that certain organizations that purport to represent the interests of this community, specifically NIAC, may be conducting lobbying and public relations activities in coordination with or on behalf of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

They asked the “Department of Justice [to] evaluate whether an investigation of NIAC is warranted for potential FARA violations and to ensure transparency regarding foreign attempts to influence the U.S. political process.”

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GOP Sen. Cotton Praises Killing of ‘Sadistic’ Soleimani — ‘No Doubt’ He Was Planning Something ‘Large’ and ‘Dangerous’

In a Sunday interview with Fox News Channel’s “Life, Liberty & Levin,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) commented on President Donald Trump ordering an airstrike to kill Iranian military leader Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Cotton, a military veteran, told host Mark Levin

Exclusive — Sen. Tom Cotton: ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ Fueling Criticism of Qasem Soleimani Elimination

Cotton thinks “Trump Derangement Syndrome” is fueling the fervor among Democrats and the establishment media to criticize Trump’s decision to eliminate Iranian Quds Force terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani.

Exclusive — Arkansas Senate to Vote on Resolution Condemning Nancy Pelosi’s Sham Impeachment of President Trump

The Arkansas state Senate will consider a resolution formally condemning the Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives for the sham impeachment of President Donald Trump, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.

Cotton Condemns NY Crime Law as Anti-Semitic Attacks Rise

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Wednesday condemned the rise in anti-Semitic attacks and criticized New York’s criminal justice reforms that favor the swift release of criminals.

“Anti-Semitic attacks are a symptom of a larger breakdown of public order in our nation’s cities caused by politicians who are letting dangerous criminals roam our streets,” Cotton said on the Senate floor. “While Jews were being attacked in New York City, a law went into effect eliminating pretrial detention and bail for most crimes—including serious crimes like stalking, arson, robbery, even manslaughter and negligent homicide.”

“This law was a gift to criminals just in time for the holidays,” Cotton added. “In some cases, it came with an actual gift: New York City’s criminal justice system gives goodies like taxpayer-funded movie tickets for criminal suspects just for showing up to court.”

New York City saw a rise in anti-Semitic crimes and reported nine attacks against Jews over the holidays, with new crimes being reported nearly every day since.

The Arkansas senator noted an increase by 37 percent of anti-Semitic crimes across the United States since last year. He also explained that anti-Semitic hatred takes various forms.

“Anti-Semitism is the ancient hatred, but today it can appear in new disguises,” Cotton said. “It festers on Internet message boards and social media. It festers in so-called Washington think tanks like the Quincy Institute, an isolationist blame-America-first money pit for so-called scholars who’ve written that American foreign policy could be fixed if only it were rid of the malign influence of Jewish money. It festers even on elite college campuses, which incubate the radical Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement—a movement to wage economic warfare against the Jewish state. These forms of anti-Semitism may be less bloody than street crime in New York, but they channel the same ancient hatred, the same conspiratorial and obsessive focus on the Jewish people.”

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Josh Hawley Introduces Resolution to Dismiss Pelosi’s ‘Bogus Impeachment’ Trial

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced a resolution Monday to dismiss the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, which features robust Senate Republican support.

GOP Senators: Treat Drug Cartels As Terror Groups

A group of Republican senators is pushing for the United States to treat drug cartels the way it does terrorist organizations following the massacre of nine American women and children in Mexico.

The Significant Transnational Criminal Organization Designation Act would prohibit cartel members and family members from entering the United States, freeze their assets, and allow the criminal and civil legal prosecution of individuals who aid the cartels. Sens. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) introduced the act on Wednesday alongside six other Republican senators. The bill specifically references the Nov. 4 killing of three women and six children in rural Mexico. The victims were members of a Mormon family and held dual citizenship in the United States and Mexico.

“Criminal organizations and drug cartels like the one responsible for last month’s attack in Mexico ought to be treated just like terrorist groups in the eyes of the U.S. government,” Cotton said in a statement. “This bill would help stop cartel violence by ensuring these groups—and anyone who helps them—face dire consequences for their actions.”

The act would require the president to “submit a report to Congress that identifies the foreign organization associated with the foreign persons” determined to be responsible for the Nov. 4 murders. The report would also specify whether the cartel responsible should be designated a “Significant Transnational Criminal Organization.”

“This designation would give federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies the tools they need to go after the butchers who blur the line between drug trafficking and terrorism,” Sasse said in a statement. “Cartels have slaughtered innocent American children, blackmailed their way to the top, and flooded our country with drugs. Let’s crush these sickos.”

President Donald Trump proposed designating the Mexican cartels as terror groups in the wake of the Nov. 4 killings. The Mexican government has pushed back against the idea, raising concerns that American action could violate Mexico’s national sovereignty. Trump said that he has offered military help to Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

“At some point, [something] has to be done,” Trump said.

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Cotton: More Democrats Will Defect on Impeachment than Republicans

On Tuesday’s broadcast of Fox News Radio’s “Brian Kilmeade Show,” Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) stated that he doesn’t know of any Senate Republicans who support removing President Trump and predicted that there will be more Democrats that vote against impeachment

Sen. Cotton Backs Sanctions to Discourage Foreign Hostage-Taking

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Thursday discussed a new bill that would discourage foreign leaders from taking Americans hostage.

Cotton introduced the “Global Hostage Act of 2019” with Sens. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) in November. The bill aims to place onerous sanctions on countries that imprison American citizens, most notably the Iranian regime.

“The legislation I propose is designed to make American hostages not a precious source of leverage against our country but rather the surest way to one’s own destruction,” Cotton said during a conversation with the Hudson Institute.

Cotton said the sanctions will restrict foreign persons and their families from coming to the United States and taking advantage of the education system and other opportunities if their native lands take Americans hostage. The sanctions would deter countries such as Iran from unjustly detaining U.S. citizens.

The bill states that the United States will use “extradition to try and convict the individuals who have participated in, or are responsible for ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing, the hostage-taking or detention.” Cotton said lawmakers need to take action to protect Americans visiting foreign nations.

“It would make the world safer for America’s travelers,” Cotton said. “From businessmen seeking markets overseas to missionaries spreading the light of the gospel on foreign lands to newcomers visiting their family in the old world.”

Cotton said there have been some misconceptions surrounding American hostages, and he argued the Iranian regime lies about its willingness to use prisoner releases as bargaining chips.

“They are not willing to sit down and negotiate,” Cotton said. “They view those Americans they are holding hostage as a valuable source of leverage against the United States, and they are simply spreading propaganda, which, unfortunately, too much of the Western media often accepts on face value.”

The bill has been referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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GOP Sen. Cotton on Peace Talks with Taliban: We Need Them to Work with Us

Friday on “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) weighed in on the peace talks with the Taliban, which President Donald Trump revealed on Thursday have been resumed. Cotton said the Taliban needs to renounce violence, renounce its ties to

Arkansas Democrats Fail to Get Candidate on Ballot Against Cotton

The Democratic Party of Arkansas announced Monday that it was ending its push to get a candidate for U.S. Senate on the ballot in 2020 for Republican senator Tom Cotton’s first reelection bid.

Party leaders spent the past two weeks scrambling to find a way to replace Joshua Mahony, who announced that he was ending his campaign just two hours after the official filing deadline to run for office. Mahony cited a “family health concern” in his surprise announcement, leaving party officials flatfooted.

In a Monday press conference, party chairman Michael John Gray said Mahony was a no-show for a meeting he had scheduled with the party to explain his situation, and that a legal representative for Mahony refused to elaborate beyond his initial statement on quitting the race.

Without cooperation from Mahony, Gray said the party had no way to get a candidate on the ballot, according to video of the press conference posted by a local news website.

“After exhaustive and careful examination with our legal counsel and our party leaders and without additional information from Mr. Mahony, the Democratic Party of Arkansas will not be able to field a candidate for the United States Senate,” Gray said.

Mahony ran for a House seat in 2018 and lost by more than 30 points. He launched his long shot campaign against Cotton in May.

The developments represent a new low point for the Democratic Party in Arkansas, which just a decade ago was considered a battleground state. All of the state’s current members of Congress are Republicans, and the party holds complete control of the state legislature as well as the governor’s mansion.

Cotton will still face both a Libertarian and an independent next November.

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