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Biden camp hires top Latino operative in new sign of possible run, report says

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One of the nation’s top Latino political operatives has joined Joe Biden’s camp, in a sign the former vice president is seriously considering running for the Oval Office in 2020, according to Politico.

Cristóbal Alex, an A-lister in Latino politics, on Tuesday announced he was leaving his position as president of the influential political organization Latino Victory, which he co-founded in 2014 with actress Eva Longoria and Henry Munoz, the finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Politico, which did not name its source, said that Alex’s role in the Biden camp is unclear.

A native of El Paso, Texas, Alex himself has given few clues. But in several tweets, he offered a strong indication he would fight to defeat President Donald Trump’s re-election effort. On Tuesday, he called Trump “a clear and present danger to our nation,” and added “I am commited to doing everything in my power to defeat him, and my next steps will reflect that.”

Alex has tweeted praise for declared presidential candidates like fellow Texan Julian Castro, who headed the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration. He also has tweeted praise for former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, of Texas, who appears close to announcing a presidential bid.

“It’s been an incredible five years helping to build this effort, and I know that you will carry on our work to increase political power as we enter the most consequential election of our lifetime,” Alex said in his goodbye notice to Latino Victory.

Alex was national deputy director of voter outreach and mobilization for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in the 2016 campaign.

A few days ago, Alex defended Biden on Twitter after the former vice president came under fire from the LGBT community for referring to Vice President Mike Pence – who has controversial views on LGBT issues – as “a decent guy” in a speech.

“For those attacking @JoeBiden today, it’s worth remembering the VP took enormous heat for announcing his support for gay marriage on @MeetThePress long before others, as senator he blocked ultra-conservative Judge Bork & he’s officiated gay marriages. He’s always been an ally.”

Alex also retweeted Biden on the controversy.

Biden is expected to make an announcement in the near future on whether he’ll run for president. The Hill reported Biden wants to secure enough funds before making the leap, and has been diligently reaching out to donors in recent days.

“It’s a priority,” the Hill quoted an unnamed source identified only as a Biden ally. “If you don’t have a good second quarter showing, that could be problematic.”

One of Biden’s pitches for his case in a crowded field of Democrats is that during the midterms he was able to successfully campaign for candidates in both Democratic- and Republican-leaning states.

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Biden leads most state and national polls of Democratic presidential primary candidates.

Alex would be an obvious guide to appealing to Latino voters, but those who know his political work say he is a force to be reckoned with on a broader scale.

Former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook was one of numerous influencers in politics who sang Alex praises after he announced his departure from Latino Victory. “Cristobal stood out as a rising star on our campaign and is now among the leading senior talents in our party,” Mook was quoted as saying in The Hill. “Although his roots are in organizing the Latinx community, he distinguished himself over the last few years as a generalist and manager.”

Alex, a former civil rights lawyer, is credited with doubling the Victory Fund campaigning arm’s fundraising to $4 million in 2018 from around $2 million in 2016. The Latino Victory website says that before entering the political worls, Alex spent more than five years in philanthropy, working at the Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation.

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Bernie Sanders’ hiring of non-American campaign advisers may violate federal election laws, complaint says

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New spokeswoman for Bernie Sanders won't be able to vote for him in 2020 -- she's an illegal immigrant

Bernie Sanders was hit a complaint this week, claiming his presidential campaign violated federal election laws by employing non-Americans in advisery positions.

A new complaint by the Coolidge Reagan Foundation filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) notes that three members of the Sanders campaign are foreign nationals, which appears to be a violation of federal election laws that prohibit foreign interference.

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Maria Belén Sisa, Sanders’ deputy national press secretary who joined the campaign last month, was among the staffers named in the complaint, as first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. Sisa claims to be an illegal immigrant whose residency is protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program for assisting illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Sisa recently caused an uproar after invoking an anti-Semitic “dual allegiance” trope of Jewish Americans while defending Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and questioning whether American Jews, including Sanders, were loyal to the United States.

The complaint notes that Sisa not only got a salary from Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, she also contributed money to it and is now serving in “an advisory position” in the 2020 campaign – all of which are “direct and serious violations” of federal election laws.

“Senator Sanders and Bernie 2020 is permitting a foreign national, Ms. Sisa, to serve in an advisory position which allows her to directly or indirectly participate in the decision-making process of persons with regard to election-related activities in violation of FEC regulations,” the complaint reads.

“Senator Sanders and Bernie 2020 is permitting a foreign national, Ms. Sisa, to serve in an advisory position which allows her to directly or indirectly participate in the decision-making process of persons with regard to election-related activities in violation of FEC regulations.”

— The complaint

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According to the FEC rules, foreign nationals, who aren’t lawfully admitted permanent residents, cannot directly or indirectly participate in political campaigns. Such individuals are also barred from making political contributions.

The complaint also names two other foreign nationals on the Sanders’ 2016 campaign, immigration activists Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas, who worked as the campaign’s national Latino outreach strategist and press secretary for Latino outreach, respectively.

“Due to the high profile of Cesar Vargas, Erika Andiola, and Maria Belén Sisa as leading activists in the undocumented community, there is reason to believe that respondents are ‘foreign nationals’ within the meaning of 52 U.S.C. § 301219b)(2), and in violation of 11 C.F.R. § 110.20 (i) and A.O. 2004-26, directly or indirectly participated in the decision-making process of persons with regard to the election-related activities of Bernie 2016,” the complaint continued.

“There is reason to believe, having previously employed Ms. Sisa, that Bernie 2020 is currently, and knowingly, permitting a ‘foreign national’ … to directly or indirectly participate in the decision-making process of persons with regard to the election-related activities of Bernie 2020.”

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The complaint calls on the FEC to investigate both the 2016 and the current presidential campaigns and take action to curb the violations.

“The Commission should determine and impose appropriate sanctions for any and all violations,” the complaint read. “Further, the Commission should enjoin respondents from any future violations and impose any necessary and appropriate remedies to ensure respondents’ future compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act.”

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Democrats vow to keep investigating Trump despite Mueller's conclusions, no new indictments

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Congressional Democrats vowed Friday to keep investigating President Trump, his family, and associates despite Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapping up his Russia investigation with no new indictments.

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‘There needs to be a reckoning’ for those who spread Russia collusion narrative: Mollie Hemingway

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews livid over Mueller report: ‘How could they let Trump off the hook?’

Those who spent the last two years pushing the narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election need to be held accountable, the Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway argued Friday.

Earlier in the day, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller handed in its report on the Russia investigation to the Department of Justice and it was announced that no new indictments would be forthcoming.

During Friday’s All-Star panel segment on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” Hemingway — along with Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti and Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason — weighed in on the breaking news that reverberated throughout Washington.

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Hemingway began by noting that the “Russia narrative” predates the Mueller probe, having begun circulating during the 2016 election after the creation of the infamous Clinton campaign-funded Steele dossier, which pushed the theory that then-Republican candidate Donald Trump was a “Russian agent.”

“We have, for the last three years … frequently [witnessed] hysteria about treasonous collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 election,” Hemingway told the panel. “The fact [is] that there are no more indictments coming and the fact [is] that all of the indictments that we’ve seen thus far have been for process crimes or things unrelated to what we were told by so many people in the media was ‘treasonous collusion’ to steal the 2016 election.”

“If there is nothing there that matches what we’ve heard from the media for many years, there needs to be a reckoning and the people who spread this theory both inside and outside the government who were not critical and who did not behave appropriately need to be held accountable,” she added.

“The people who spread this theory both inside and outside the government … and who did not behave appropriately need to be held accountable.”

— Mollie Hemingway, senior editor, the Federalist

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Mason told the panel that there’s likely “some relief” in the White House, particularly from Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and top adviser. And while he insisted it was “too early” to draw major conclusions, he later added that those who attacked Mueller’s credibility throughout his investigation will have to walk back their hostility if he concludes that there was no collusion, including President Trump.

Meanwhile, Continetti suggested that the Mueller report could be the “greatest anticlimax in American history,” and that the entire investigation could be “for nothing” because it was “an investigation without a crime.” He did, however, insist that the “battle will continue” as the White House will fight Congress on transparency of the Mueller findings.

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