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Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, Kelly Jane Torrance and Jim Swift discuss Trump's U.S. / North Korea summit, the waning trade war with China, and Mike Pompeo's first major address as Secretary of State.read more weeklystandard.comOriginal Article

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Schumer to Trump: Stick With Your Instinct, Be ‘Tough’ on China

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) had a message for President Donald Trump during Senate floor remarks on Tuesday, telling the president to stick with his instinct and be tough on China. "President Trump ought to come to his senses and stick with being tough on ZTE, stick with his instinct. That's what I say to you, Mr. President," said Schumer. Trump announced Monday a potential deal on trade with China. The country has pressed the United States to address sanctions against ZTE, a major Chinese telecommunications company that was caught illegally shipping telecommunications gear to Iran and North Korea, making false statements, and obstructing justice. The Chinese company reached a settlement in March 2017 and paid penalties totaling $1.19 billion. Earlier this month, Trump said he instructed the Commerce Department to work with Chinese officials to get ZTE back in business. "President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast," Trump said. "Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!" Schumer said Trump's instincts are to be "tough on China" but members of his administration are leading him astray. "President Trump's instincts are to be tough on China," Schumer said. "He should not let [Treasury] Secretary Mnuchin lead him astray, or others in the administration who may be urging it. I know that there are some – Mr. [Robert] Lighthizer, Mr. [Peter] Navarro – who understand the dangers here, and they're in the administration too. And from press reports, they're arguing on the other side." Schumer added that the deal Trump may be making is one he would have opposed before becoming president. "The deal President Trump seems to be making is exactly the kind of deal that Donald Trump, before he was President Trump, would call weak, or the worst deal ever," Schumer said. Schumer concluded that if Trump ignores the instinct to be tough on China, he will work with his senate colleagues to pass legislation to "turn this ship around." "I hope these reports aren't true. But if they are, Democrats and Republicans must do something about it," Schumer said. "I know there are members on the other side – I saw Senator Rubio's tweets this morning – who are concerned about national security of the United States with respect to ZTE. So I will be reaching out to my Republican colleagues and members of my caucus, anyone who's willing to turn this ship around, to see what we can do legislatively." The post Schumer to Trump: Stick With Your Instinct, Be ‘Tough’ on China appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Halper: It Might Take Years to Get Answers on Whether FBI Spied on Trump Campaign

Washington Free Beacon contributing editor Daniel Halper said Tuesday that it might take years to get answers on whether the FBI or other parts of the Justice Department spied on the Trump campaign. "These investigations do take a long time," Halper said on Fox News. "I think we might take years to get answers and figure out what is going on." The New York Times reported last week that the FBI used an informant in 2016 to investigate the Trump campaign for potential ties to Russia. In fact, FBI agents sent an informant to talk to two campaign advisers only after they received evidence that the pair had suspicious contacts linked to Russia during the campaign. The informant, an American academic who teaches in Britain, made contact late that summer with one campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, according to people familiar with the matter. He also met repeatedly in the ensuing months with the other aide, Carter Page, who was also under FBI scrutiny for his ties to Russia. President Donald Trump on Sunday ordered the Justice Department to investigate whether the FBI or other agencies within the department surveilled the Trump campaign for political purposes. "I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes—and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!" Trump tweeted. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has asked the Justice Department's inspector general to expand his review of the FBI's conduct to look into Trump's claims. "The Department has asked the inspector general to expand the ongoing review of the FISA application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election," Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. Fox News anchor Melissa Francis asked Halper whether this is the best way to investigate the claims. "It's definitely not the most efficient or the fastest way, but it's perhaps politically the easiest way both for for President Trump and the Justice Department," Halper said. "It's a way of using an existing investigation and just expanding it a little bit perhaps, and thus avoiding a lot of the criticism that has come President Trump's way after these tweets." Halper added that Inspector General Michael Horowitz is well suited to investigate the claims. "That is the advantage of Horowitz. He apparently is respected on both sides. I've heard plenty of Republicans praise him; I've heard plenty of Democrats praise him," Halper said. "Meanwhile, President Trump is apparently under investigation for obstruction of justice, and he does appear to be pointing to the Justice Department to do something and to look into it." "Is it obstruction if he [Trump] wants to know how the investigation started, for what reason, what was the evidence, and was someone sent into his campaign for political reasons?" Francis asked. "It seems a reasonable question to ask and anybody would want to ask. There is a lot of—I think there has been a lot of reporting on President Trump, obviously, but very few resources by the media into [special counsel] Robert Mueller and the genesis of this investigation," Halper said. "I think you can be weary of President Trump calling for this investigation simply because of the meddling, and yet you can say he has a point." The post Halper: It Might Take Years to Get Answers on Whether FBI Spied on Trump Campaign appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Rubio Praises Pompeo for Venezuela Sanctions, Rips Tillerson for Undermining White House

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) ripped former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for undermining the White House on sanctioning Venezuela, while praising his replacement, Mike Pompeo, for harsh new measures against the Venezuelan regime and its interests. Rubio, the target of a suspected assassination plot by leading Venezuelan politician Diosdado Cabello Rondon, has continuously called for sanctions against Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela's authoritarian president, and his cronies. Venezuela has been devastated by socialist policies and faces food and medical shortages from its ongoing economic crisis. Rubio has emerged as a strong White House ally on Latin American issues, and he praised the Trump administration for issuing new sanctions on Monday meant to prevent Maduro from selling off Venezuela's debt to U.S. entities. The measures came on the heels of new sanctions last week against Cabello, the vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and an accused drug trafficker and money launderer. The U.S. also condemned Sunday's "sham" reelection of Maduro, which was internationally recognized to have been fraudulent and undemocratic. While Rubio had warm words for Pompeo and new National Security Adviser John Bolton for their influence, he blasted Tillerson for what he deemed prior inaction on Cabello. "The previous secretary of state protected and assisted the people who undermined the president on Venezuela," Rubio told Politico in a new interview. "Not a month goes by that the president doesn't bring up Venezuela to me. He is personally committed to this issue," Rubio added. He went on to say that Trump "finally has a team that will turn his orders into action. Like I said a few weeks ago, bringing Bolton into the NSC [National Security council] and Pompeo into State is bad news for Maduro and [Cuban leader] Raúl Castro." Politico reported that Rubio would not say which State Department personnel undermined Trump on Venezuela, writing, "Two senior government officials said the proposed sanctions against Cabello had been blocked at a National Security Council Deputies Committee meeting as recently as this month by Thomas Shannon, an Obama holdover who has spent about 35 years in the Foreign Service." Pompeo, an ally of Rubio who endorsed the senator in his 2016 presidential bid, overruled Shannon, according to the report. The post Rubio Praises Pompeo for Venezuela Sanctions, Rips Tillerson for Undermining White House appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Steyer-Funded Petition Accused of Employing Felons to Gather Signatures

A petition funded by California billionaire Tom Steyer that would put the question of a higher renewable mandate before Arizona voters this fall has been accused of employing felons for the signature drive to qualify for the ballot, a potential violation of rules governing signature collection in the state. Arizonans for Affordable Energy (AFAE), a campaign opposed to the increase in the renewable mandate, submitted a letter to the secretary of state's election director on Monday asking for an investigation, arguing that if the office determines felons were used in the petition drive that the resultant signatures gathered by those people should be invalidated. Arizona law dictates an individual who circulates a petition must be qualified to register to vote in the state. A person with a felony record would not meet that qualification unless he has had his civil rights restored. It is at least the third legal challenge in just the last two months faced by Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona (CEHA), the group hoping to persuade voters to boost the state's renewable energy portfolio target from 12 percent in 2020 to 50 percent by 2030 by amending the state constitution. CEHA needs to submit roughly 226,000 valid signatures by July 5 to make the ballot. According to campaign finance disclosures available at the end of the first quarter this year, CEHA was being funded completely by the PAC of California billionaire and political activist Tom Steyer. While Steyer's political focus in the last year has turned to the impeachment of President Trump, his original, long-standing political aims have been focused on issues related to energy and climate change. "It's getting tough to keep track of the false, frivolous complaints filed on behalf of APS [Arizona Public Service Utility Company] because they are desperately throwing anything at the wall to see what sticks," CHEA spokesman Rodd McLeod told the Washington Free Beacon by email. "APS is showing they will literally try anything to sabotage solar. Once again, APS wants to make this conversation about anything other than facts because they know Arizonans want a clean and healthy future for our state." APS's parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corp, is funding AFAE. However, the utility company took issue with McLeod's statement. "The reasons we oppose Tom Steyer's irresponsible ballot initiative are simple—it's bad for customers, bad for power reliability and bad for Arizona's economy," APS media manager Jenna Rowell said in a statement. "APS has a 50 percent clean energy portfolio, including Palo Verde Generating Station—the nation's largest carbon-free power producer, and is a leader in solar and battery storage. We continue to deploy even more clean energy resources responsibly, without compromising affordability, reliability or Arizona's growing economy." AFAE pointed to two petition circulators it says are felons in the letter it sent on Monday, claiming one has theft and kidnapping convictions from 1994, and claiming another was convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide and forgery. "Arizonans should be comfortable that the person approaching them with an air of authority and requesting petition signatures has not been convicted of kidnapping or homicide," the letter from AFAE said. AFAE has another complaint also pending before the secretary of state, this one alleging that the company performing the work of the petition drive has imposed hourly quotas on their signature gatherers. As a part of that complaint, AFAE included sworn declarations from signature gatherers who said they were fired when they failed to meet hourly minimums. Last year, Arizona governor Doug Ducey (R) signed a law passed largely along party lines that banned "pay-per-signature" practices for petitioning. The courts may still need to rule on whether "performance standards" such as hourly quotas for signature gatherers rises to pay-per-signature run afoul of this law. McLeod is disputing the notion that hourly quotas were used at all. "Our signature gathering operation does not use quotas," CEHA's Rodd McLeod said in a previous statement to the Beacon. "No one's pay, and no one's ability to stay employed is based on the number of signatures they collect." When asked if the legal challenges were slowing down the signature drive, McLeod's only response was, "Nope." In the first challenge against CEHA, two state lawmakers alleged the group violated state law by registering more paid circulators than they were using. CEHA countered the allegation by saying the source of the claims, a young man who had briefly been employed for the signature drive, had perjured himself in sworn statements he made to the two lawmakers. Because Steyer is the lone funder of the ballot initiative, criticism of the effort has even come from the left side of the political spectrum. "This proposal is being forced on our voters by a California billionaire," a pair of Democratic state lawmakers wrote in the Arizona Republic. "He and his political strategists have created this initiative as a mirror image of a regulation already adopted in their home state. But we don't believe a California plan is necessarily the right fit for Arizona." Requests for comment to FieldWorks, the D.C.-based company spearheading the signature gathering effort in Arizona, were not returned. 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Report: Putin’s New Missile With ‘Unlimited Range’ Crashed After 22 Miles

A new Russian nuclear-powered missile highly touted by Russia's leadership has so far been a dud, according to U.S. intelligence sources who say it has crashed in every test to date. During his state of the nation address in March, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow had developed an arsenal of new "invincible" hypersonic weapons intended to avoid interception, including a nuclear-powered cruise missile "The missile's test-launch and ground trials make it possible to create a brand-new weapon, a strategic nuclear missile powered by a nuclear engine," Putin boasted. "The range is unlimited. It can maneuver for an unlimited period of time." The United States largely shrugged off the missile at the time, saying it did not pose a threat. On Monday, sources told CNBC that the truth was even more stark; the supposedly "unlimited" missile never flew for more than a few minutes in tests. "The cruise missile was tested four times between November and February, each resulting in a crash, according to sources who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity," the outlet reported. The longest test flight lasted only two minutes and flew 22 miles before crashing. The shortest test saw the missile crash after only four seconds. The main problem, sources say, is that the missile cannot effectively switch from its standard gas-powered engine to the nuclear one that is supposed to give it unlimited range. CNBC reports that senior Kremlin officials ordered the tests over engineers' protests that the missile was not ready. Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Tuesday denied the reported test failures. "Listen to the president of Russia Vladimir Putin and believe him," he said. The report of the missile's failures came one week after U.S. officials warned that Russia had successfully tested hypersonic vehicles that can carry nuclear warheads and evade current missile defense systems. The post Report: Putin’s New Missile With ‘Unlimited Range’ Crashed After 22 Miles appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Dem Congressional Candidate Refuses to Leave Race Following Revelation He Physically Abused Ex-Wife

Archie Parnell, a Democratic congressional candidate in South Carolina, has pushed back against calls for him to drop out of the 5th Congressional District race after his aides confronted him last week with court records showing he inflicted "acts of physical cruelty" against his ex-wife in the 1970s. Parnell's ex-wife, Kathleen Parnell, said their marriage fell apart in 1973 after her husband made "unwarranted accusations" and became violent, according to divorce records obtained by the Post and Courier. In October 1973, Archie Parnell, then a University of South Carolina student, was locked out of some friends' apartment to protect Kathleen Parnell, who was staying there. At 2 a.m., Archie Parnell used a tire iron to break a glass door, the complaint said. He made more unspecified accusations to Kathleen Parnell before striking her several times. She said she was beaten again later that evening. After the "acts of physical cruelty," Kathleen Parnell said she feared for her life and did not want to stay married. She obtained a restraining order against Archie Parnell after seeking the divorce, according to court documents. The divorce was finalized in early 1974. Confronted with the court records by aides last week, Parnell did not deny the allegations. But even as his staff fled the campaign en masse, he refused to drop out of the race Monday. Parnell received a glowing profile piece from Politico last year and was touted as the "best Democratic campaign of 2017" after he nearly defeated Ralph Norman, the Republican congressman he is now trying to unseat. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $275,000 on the special election last year, which was called to fill the seat left open when President Donald Trump nominated Mick Mulvaney to lead the Office of Management and Budget. "This campaign has always been about the people of the 5th district, my home, but never about me," Parnell said in a statement. "Forty five years ago, while still a college student, I did something that I have regretted every single day since. In response to actions I feel unnecessary to specify, I lashed out and became violent with other people, including my former wife, which led to a divorce and monumental change in my life. "These actions were inexcusable, wrong and downright embarrassing," Parnell added. "Since then, my life has been changed by a remarkable woman, two amazing daughters, a forgiving God and a career that has taught me to cherish what I have." Maddie Anderson, a spokesperson for the National Republican Congressional Committee, slammed Parnell, calling the revelations of his abuse "disturbing." "Someone needs to give domestic abuser Archie Parnell a strong dose of reality – these disturbing revelations are disqualifying, to say the least," said Anderson in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon. "Let me be clear: every second that Archie Parnell stays in the race is offensive to women everywhere, and incredibly damaging to Democrats. The fact that he ever thought he deserved a seat in Congress is nauseating." Yates Baroody, a former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee operative who was managing Parnell's campaign, resigned last Friday after she learned what was contained in the divorce records. "As soon as I discovered them, I immediately resigned from the campaign and advised Archie he should withdraw from the campaign immediately," Baroody told the Post and Courier. "He has no business running for Congress and he never did." South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Trav Robertson also told Parnell he should drop out of the race. "In light of this sad revelation, Archie Parnell has no choice but to withdraw from the race for the 5th Congressional District," Robertson said in a news release. "His actions, though long ago, directly contradict the values of the Democratic Party." As a prolific fundraiser, Parnell has received endorsements from several of South Carolina's most prominent Democratic leaders, but there has been mounting pressure for him to drop out of the race. Democratic former state Rep. Bakari Sellers, now a CNN political commentator, withdrew his endorsement of Parnell and said he should drop out of the race. While some actions can be forgiven, Sellers said, domestic violence is not one of them. "Archie does not belong in the United States Congress or on the ballot," Sellers said. "Politically, it's one less chance for Democrats to take back the House, but who cares when it comes to issues such as domestic violence?" "What Archie Parnell did is inexcusable and deeply disturbing, and he should drop out of this race immediately," said DCCC communications director Meredith Kelly. There are three other Democratic candidates running in the primary, but none of them are considered strong contenders to unseat Norman. One of the Democratic candidates, Steve Lough, has garnered attention because of his work background as a professional clown. The post Dem Congressional Candidate Refuses to Leave Race Following Revelation He Physically Abused Ex-Wife appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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U.S. Moves to Shutter All Iranian Nuclear Enrichment Sites in Major Reversal of Obama Policy

The Trump administration, in a major reversal of Obama administration policy, is seeking to shutter every Iranian nuclear enrichment site, including its heavy water reactors, which could provide Iran with a second, plutonium-based pathway to a nuclear weapon, according to U.S. officials and others familiar with the policy shift. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in his first major policy address, called on Iran to shutdown its heavy water nuclear power plants, which were allowed by the Obama administration under the landmark nuclear agreement and laid the groundwork for Tehran and Russia to ink multi-billion dollar deals to build new nuclear reactors throughout the country, construction that is already underway. Pompeo's demand is being met with support within the Trump administration and on Capitol Hill. Opponents of the nuclear agreement told the Washington Free Beacon it jibes with ongoing efforts by Congress to strangle Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities. Iran's nuclear reactors have been a tension point since the nuclear deal was put in place due to the Islamic Republic's production of heavy water—a nuclear enriched byproduct—beyond the amounts allowable under the agreement. In order to ensure Iran was not caught breaching restrictions on heavy water under the deal, the Obama administration used taxpayer money to purchase Iran's excess heavy water, a policy that was immediately reversed by the Trump administration. In response to Pompeo's speech, Iranian officials have again threatened to abandon the nuclear deal and restart high-level uranium enrichment to levels that cold be used to fuel a nuclear weapon. "Iran must declare to the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] a full account of the prior military dimensions of its nuclear program, and permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity," Pompeo said in his Monday morning speech. "Iran must stop enrichment and never pursue plutonium reprocessing," Pompeo said. "This includes closing its heavy water reactor." Pompeo's speech sets the stage for the United States to reimpose harsh economic sanctions on Iran that could cripple its already ailing economy and force the Islamic Republic to negotiate a better deal or face regime collapse, according to one senior administration official familiar with the White House's strategy. "In his refreshingly direct and fact-based speech, Secretary Pompeo formalized President Trump's historic announcement that the United States was leaving the JCPOA two weeks ago," the official told the Free Beacon. "Rather than the willful blindness that characterized the old policy of trying to cajole Tehran into pursuing a nuclear weapon slowly, the secretary clarified that our policy is now to prevent them from getting one altogether." Pompeo, in alignment with Trump, also sent a message to the Iranian people that the United States supports their democratic efforts to topple the hardline ruling regime. Pompeo "also made a strong statement of solidarity with the Iranian people, who are the traditional friends of the American people, and who have suffered too long under this autocratic theocracy that is preventing Iran from a secure and prosperous future as a welcomed member of the international community," the official said. While the Obama administration worked to implement a scheme in which it would pay Iran with taxpayer dollars for its excess heavy water, GOP leaders on Capitol Hill worked to outlaw any further deals. Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who led efforts to expose these Obama-era payments to Iran, told the Free Beacon the Trump administration's new efforts to shutter Iran's nuclear enrichment sites represents a policy more in line with reality. "As someone who has passed amendments to prohibit American taxpayers from reimbursing Iran for its heavy water, I believe Secretary Pompeo is right on target in demanding that Iran cease plutonium processing and enrichment activities," DeSantis said. "A militant Islamist regime cannot be permitted to have any nuclear capacity." Other sources on Capitol Hill told the Free Beacon the Obama administration allowed Iran to cheat on the deal and then helped it get back in line by sending Tehran taxpayer dollars. "The Obama administration's purchase of Iranian heavy water gave away the game," said one senior GOP congressional aide who was closely involved in the Iran deal debate. "The Iranians deliberately cheated and violated the deal just to see how the Obama/Kerry team would respond and, wouldn't you know it, the United States responded by literally paying the Iranians to stop violating the deal." "Then, the State Department turned around and told Congress and the American people that all this showed the deal was working," the source said. "Today they're still using the same line." Iranian leaders continue to lash out at the Trump administration as they scramble to save the deal and ensure European nations continue doing business in the country. Iran has vowed to leave the deal if economic assurances are not given by the Europeans, who have already been examining plans to skirt new U.S. sanctions. "If the conditions prior to the pre-nuclear deal era prevail again after the U.S. withdrawal and Iran is deprived of the nuclear deal advantages, then Iran will have no reason to remain committed to it," Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanayee said in a Tuesday interview. Other Iranian leaders have begun calling for the full-scale suspension of the deal, which would pave the way for Iran to restart its most sensitive nuclear enrichment work. "We are not necessitated to declare that we have withdrawn from the nuclear deal but we'd better suspend (implementation of) our nuclear-deal undertakings because the agreement is not in trouble," Mohammad Javad Larijani, the secretary of Iran's Human Rights Council, told the country's state-controlled press organs late Monday. The post U.S. Moves to Shutter All Iranian Nuclear Enrichment Sites in Major Reversal of Obama Policy appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Prufrock: Southern Names, Sexist Wollstonecraft, and a History of Ireland

You remember Edmund Burke’s condescending and sexist response to poor Mary Wollstonecraft’s measured and rational defense of the French Revolution, right? Well, of course not, because it was other way around—Wollstonecraft responding to Burke (of course), and Wollstonecraft presenting the establishment argument (most British initially supported the Revolution) in sexist …

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Outgoing Rep. Luis Gutierrez Paid Wife $60K From Campaign Funds This Cycle

Outgoing Democratic representative Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) has paid his wife $60,000 from his campaign funds so far this election cycle, Federal Election Commission filings show. Gutierrez, who announced last year that he will not seek reelection to Congress in November, has paid his wife, Soraida, more than $430,000 over the course of the last eight years to act as his campaign treasurer and oversee his committee's "management and fundraising." Soraida has collected 10 checks totaling $60,000 from the campaign since January 2017, the start of the current election cycle, and has been the recipient of nearly 40 percent of the campaign's total operating expenditures during this time, filings show. Gutierrez's campaign has reported $90,000 in donations this cycle, $31,000 of which came from other campaign committees. The campaign raised only $3,569.36 from individual contributors. The remaining $53,191.64 in receipts was reported from the Puerto Rican Relief Fund. The fund's address, as marked in Gutierrez's filings, appears to be that of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, a small office located in Chicago that is an "activist-oriented" grassroots, educational, health, and cultural services organization. Gutierrez's campaign made three previous transfers totaling $53,191.64 to the fund between late September and mid-October for relief funds and supplies for hurricane victims. Gutierrez has claimed that he is leaving Congress to focus on helping Puerto Rico recover after being hit by numerous hurricanes. Others, however, have speculated that Gutierrez is making a "grand inside play" and that the timing of his retirement raised "questions about his motives." "The abruptness of his decision, the suspicious timing, the immediate coronation of a successor—all of it set off a flurry of speculation Tuesday that Gutiérrez had made some kind of grand inside play, perhaps brokered with Mayor Rahm Emanuel," Politico wrote last November. The publication later reported Gutierrez is mulling a run for president in 2020. The campaign shows $155,139.27 in operating expenditures. Soraida's $60,000 in payments accounts for nearly 40 percent of the money spent by the campaign this cycle. Rep. Gutierrez and his daughter, Jessica, reimbursed themselves hundreds of dollars each in transportation costs. The campaign now has $27,481.44 cash on hand. Soraida has been the top recipient of campaign cash from Gutierrez nearly every cycle since first appearing on its payroll eight years ago and has since collected more than $430,000 total. Gutierrez's campaign could not be reached for comment on the payments. The post Outgoing Rep. Luis Gutierrez Paid Wife $60K From Campaign Funds This Cycle appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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