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Bringing you unfiltered public documents that deserve to be more accessible. Dan Williams, the voice behind the Mueller Report Audio podcast, reads some of the most important government documents for those who want the information, but may be too busy to read or simply want to do other things while consuming the information.
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On July 28, 2020, the Democratic Staff of the U.S. Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations released a 46-page report documenting their concerns with regard to length vacancies of key positions within the State Department, the vetting of nominees for Presidential appointees that have to be confirmed by the Senate and issues of morale under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's leadership. Diplomacy in Crisis: The Trump Administration's Decimation of the State Department (2:10) Executive Summary (2:28) Prologue - Diplomacy 101: Why the State Department Matters (11:46) Chapter 1 - Vacant Posts and Frequent Turnover: An America Less Present and Less Effective (22:50) Chapter 2 - The Trump Administration's Record on Diplomatic Nominees: Repeated Vetting Failures, Poor Judgement (44:52) Chapter 3 - A Culture of Fear and Mistrust: Attacks on Career Employees (1:00:09) Chapter 4 - A Crisis of Morale (1:20:04) Chapter 5 - Conclusion and Recommendations: The Challenges Ahead (1:42:30) Credits (1:56:04) Follow the show on Twitter @GovUnfiltered or on Facebook at facebook.com/governmentunfiltered.
On December 9, 2019, U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a 478-page report titled, "Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation." This report identified at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications. It also found no evidence that political bias or improper motivations influenced the FBI's decision to use confidential sources or undercover employees to interact with Trump campaign officials in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. This episode provides the 19-page executive summary of the full report. Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation (2:31) Background (2:40) OIG Methodology (4:58) The Opening of Crossfire Hurricane and Four Related Investigations, and Early Investigative Steps (7:52) The Opening of Crossfire Hurricane and Four Individual Cases (7:59) Sensitive Investigative Matter Designation (18:17) Early Investigative Steps and Adherence to the Least Intrusive Method (19:44) The FBI's Relationship with Christopher Steele, and Its Receipt and Evaluation of His Election Reporting before the First FISA Application (24:45) FBI's Efforts to Evaluate the Steele Reporting (27:39) The First Application for FISA Authority on Carter Page (30:15) Decision to Seek FISA Authority (30:59) Preparation and Review Process (32:50) Role of Steele Election Reporting in the First Application (35:52) Relevant Information Inaccurately Stated, Omitted, or Undocumented in the First Application (40:59) FBI Activities After the First FISA Application and FBI Efforts to Assess Steele's Election Reporting (48:57) The Three Renewal Applications for Continued FISA Authority on Carter Page (53:57) Conclusions Concerning All Four FISA Applications (1:04:53) Issues Relating to Department Attorney Bruce Ohr (1:09:47) Ohr's Interactions with Steele, the FBI, Simpson, and the State Department (1:10:19) FBI Compliance with Policies (1:13:48) Ethics Issues Raised by Nellie Ohr's Former Employment with Fusion GPS (1:15:52) Meetings Involving Ohr, Criminal Division officials, and the FBI Regarding the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section Investigation (1:17:02) The Use of Confidential Sources (Other Than Steele) and Undercover Employees (1:21:13) Recommendations (1:31:34) These episodes are created based on the value-for-value model. Please support the podcast at governmentunfiltered.com by clicking the donate button for a one-time donation or by going to insiderfriends.com to support monthly. If you'd like to donate anonymously, you can go to glow.fm/insider to donate on either a one-time or recurring basis. Follow the show on Twitter @GovUnfiltered or on Facebook at facebook.com/governmentunfiltered.
This episode builds off of the previous show's reading of the February 2019 Interim Staff Report for the Committee on Oversight and Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. Months after the February report, the same House committee released a July 2019 document titled, "Corporate and Foreign Interests Behind White House Push to Transfer U.S. Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia." After the February report, more than 60,000 pages of new documents were obtained by the committee revealing how "the Trump Administration has virtually obliterated the lines normally separating government policymaking from corporate and foreign interests," showing "the Administration's willingness to let private parties with close ties to the President wield outsized influence over U.S. policy towards Saudi Arabia," and questioning "whether the White House is willing to place the potential profits of the President’s friends above the national security of the American people." Help the show by nominating Government Unfiltered for the 2020 People's Choice Podcast Awards. These episodes are created based on the value-for-value model. Please support the podcast at governmentunfiltered.com by clicking the donate button for a one-time donation or by going to insiderfriends.com to support monthly. If you'd like to donate anonymously, you can go to glow.fm/insider to donate on either a one-time or recurring basis. Follow the show on Twitter @GovUnfiltered or on Facebook at facebook.com/governmentunfiltered.
This episode goes back to a February 2019 Interim Staff Report for the Committee on Oversight and Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. This report is titled, "Whistleblowers Raise Grave Concerns with  Trump Administration’s Efforts to Transfer Sensitive Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia." EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (2:51) Summary of Whistleblower Concerns (9:26) Limitations and Next Steps (13:14) TIMELINE OF REPORTED EVENTS (14:39) Transition (14:54) January 1, 2017 (15:35) January 20, 2017 (16:19) Week of January 21, 2017 (16:57) January 27, 2017 (18:16) January 28, 2017 (21:07) Jan. 28, 2017, Email from McFarlane to Flynn and McFarland (23:19) January 29, 2017 (24:47) January 30, 2017 (25:02) January 31, 2017 (26:01) February 2017 (26:46) February 13, 2017 (28:13) March 2, 2017 (28:27) March 3, 2017 (29:07) March 4, 2017 (29:53) Mar. 4, 2017, Email from McFarlane to Harvey (30:43) March 7, 2017 (34:30) March 14, 2017 (35:15) March 15, 2017 (36:19) March 17, 2017 (37:20) March 21, 2017 (37:52) March 22, 2017 (38:37) March 23, 2017 (39:20) March 24, 2017 (39:40) March 24–25, 2017 (40:09) March 27, 2017 (40:46) March 28, 2017 (41:27) March 2017 (43:30) April 3, 2017 (43:46) CONTINUED EFFORTS TO PROMOTE THE TRANSFER OF SENSITIVE NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY TO SAUDI ARABIA (44:07) CONCLUSION (53:14) These episodes are created based on the value-for-value model. Please support the podcast at governmentunfiltered.com by clicking the donate button for a one-time donation or by going to insiderfriends.com to support monthly. If you'd like to donate anonymously, you can go to glow.fm/insider to donate on either a one-time or recurring basis. Follow the show on Twitter @GovUnfiltered or on Facebook at facebook.com/governmentunfiltered.
On April 3, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a 41-page report documenting the significant challenges facing the health care industry in caring for patients with COVID-19.  With widespread shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), concerns were mounting at hospitals around keeping staff safe. There were concerns of hospitals being overwhelmed in areas hit the hardest, as hospitals in rural areas had concerns about how the cancelation of elective procedures would limit the funds available to pay hospital staff. This report is based off telephone interviews conducted with hospital administrators overseeing 323 hospitals across 46 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. It may be helpful for understanding strategies and approaches hospitals were taking to expand their capacity, conserve PPE, and find new uses for medical equipment to meet challenges they faced. The full report is titled, "Hospital Experiences Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a National Pulse Survey March 23–27, 2020"  These episodes are created based on the value-for-value model. Please support the podcast at governmentunfiltered.com by clicking the donate button for a one-time donation or by going to insiderfriends.com to support monthly. If you'd like to donate anonymously, you can go to glow.fm/insider to donate on either a one-time or recurring basis. Follow the show on Twitter @GovUnfiltered or on Facebook at facebook.com/governmentunfiltered.
With concerns around just how long the COVID-19 pandemic could impact our lives, the fact that we are in a presidential election year has brought up a number of questions. Does the President have the authority to cancel or postpone the election? What is the framework in place if an emergency keeps us from voting in November or we are somehow unable to have a vote ahead of the expiration of the President's term as written the Constitution. This episode provides answers to those questions as well as the process leading up to the November presidential election date. Presidential Elections (2:15) Presidential Primaries (2:43) Selection of Presidential Electors (5:32) Selection of the President (7:52) Resources: Constitution: Twelfth Amendment https://constitution.congress.gov/browse/amendment-12/ Constitution: Twentieth Amendment https://constitution.congress.gov/browse/amendment-20/ Rules of succession https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid:USC-prelim-title3-section19&num=0&edition=prelim These episodes are created based on the value-for-value model. Please support the podcast at governmentunfiltered.com by clicking the donate button for a one-time donation or by going to insiderfriends.com to support monthly. If you'd like to donate anonymously, you can go to glow.fm/insider to donate on either a one-time or recurring basis. Follow the show on Twitter @GovUnfiltered or on Facebook at facebook.com/governmentunfiltered.
COVID-19 and Stimulus Payments to Individuals: Considerations on Using Advanced Refundable Credits as Economic Stimulus   What is a refundable tax credit? (3:01) What does “advancing” a tax credit mean? (4:37) How long would it take for the IRS to begin issuing advanced credits? (6:54) How many individuals could receive an advanced refundable tax credit? (8:11)   Resources: Romney Calls for Urgent Action on Additional Coronavirus Response Measures https://www.romney.senate.gov/romney-calls-urgent-action-additional-coronavirus-response-measures   Premium Tax Credit: Claiming the Credit and Reconciling Advance Credit Payments https://www.irs.gov/affordable-care-act/individuals-and-families/premium-tax-credit-claiming-the-credit-and-reconciling-advance-credit-payments   What is the difference between refundable and nonrefundable credits? https://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/what-difference-between-refundable-and-nonrefundable-credits
This episode begins with a recap of the amendments that were proposed during nearly 12 hours of arguments on the second day of the impeachment trial. The podcast covers the President's support for the rules in Senate Resolution 483 and the reasoning behind the opposition for these rules. SR483 was adopted with a 53-47 vote.   Pat Cipollone's Opening Statement (5:02) Pat Cipollone offers support for the Senate Resolution (6:07) Process of the impeachment trial explained (6:46) The President has done absolutely nothing wrong   Adam Schiff's Argues Against Senate Resolution 483 (7:47) Adam Schiff states the opposition to the Senate Resolution (8:25) The Articles of Impeachment in brief (11:50) Is conduct impeachable or not impeachable? (12:34) Most important decision is to a fair trial (15:32) What does a fair trial look like? (17:02) What is the harm in deciding after opening arguments? (19:16) Republicans have the votes to pass the resolution? (20:01) Sworn oath to do impartial justice (21:37) Most Americans don't believe there will be a fair trial (23:32) Biggest flaw of Senate Resolution 483 (24:50) President has attempted to conceal documents (26:05) GAO determined hold to be illegal and other recent developments (28:10) Document subpoena wouldn't burden administration (29:08) Witnesses that should be heard (31:49) A document that the President is hiding (32:51) The President says he will fight all subpoenas (35:04) Other records that are being concealed (36:51) Why not go to court to enforce subpoenas? (39:39) Senate has the power to hold the impeachment trial (42:03) Process of the prior Senate impeachment proceedings (44:53) Senate rules talk about hearing testimony (47:10) Differences from the impeachment trial for the Clinton trial (50:10) Reasons for following the traditional model of an impeachment trial (53:02) Adam Schiff's concluding statement   Jay Sekulow (55:01) Jay Sekulow responds to Adam Schiff (56:03) Trifecta of rights the President that were denied in the House (58:44) Questions of Executive Privilege (1:02:43) Importance of Judicial Review of Constitutional Issues (1:04:31) Support for Sen Res 483   Pat Cipollone (1:05:30) Pat Cipollone responds to Adam Schiff regarding transparency (1:07:23) President Trump hasn't received due process (1:09:49) President has Constitutional right to protect the Executive Branch (1:11:02) Charlie Kupperman's legal case for subpoena (1:14:27) Requesting documents from Adam Schiff (1:15:11) Claim of overwhelming evidence (1:16:15) Impact on upcoming election  These episodes are created based on the value-for-value model. Please support the podcast at governmentunfiltered.com by clicking the donate button for a one-time donation or by going to insiderfriends.com to support monthly. If you'd like to donate anonymously, you can go to glow.fm/insider to donate on either a one-time or recurring basis. Follow the show on Twitter @GovUnfiltered or on Facebook at facebook.com/governmentunfiltered.
Watching multiple news outlets, it can be interesting to hear how public documents are characterized in different ways. One of the reasons I'm doing this show is so people can hear the words for themselves and make their own decisions, rather than relying on others to characterize a document for them. After seeing this exchange on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah it made me realize how this podcast can be an important service. If only the gentleman in the video would have tuned into episode four, he could have avoided an embarrassing exchange. While I'm continuing to work on some longer episodes, hopefully shorter episodes like this one help provide some value in hearing full documents that are sometimes only mentioned as part of a larger story. This week's episode is the entire letter from President Trump to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that was written prior to his impeachment.
On Friday, December 13th, the House Judiciary Committee did something that had only been done twice before in history by voting on and passing articles of impeachment. The two articles of impeachment are contained within House Resolution 755 titled, "Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors." This is a reading of the resolution. These episodes are created based on the value-for-value model. Please support the podcast at governmentunfiltered.com by clicking the donate button for a one-time donation or by going to insiderfriends.com to support monthly. If you'd like to donate anonymously, you can go to glow.fm/insider to donate on either a one-time or recurring basis. Follow the show on Twitter @GovUnfiltered or on Facebook at facebook.com/governmentunfiltered.
This episode focuses on October’s Incursion into Syria and the withdrawal of US troops that was reported on the in media. However, this episode provides a much deeper understanding of the issues in the region and offers information and analysis on five points with regard to Turkey: Turkey’s strategic orientation toward the United States and Russia, and how that affects Turkish cooperation with the United States and NATO; Turkey’s October 2019 incursion into Syria, including the effect on Syrian Kurds who have helped the United States counter the Islamic State; Trump Administration sanctions and their reversal, possible sanctions from Congress, and other options after Turkey’s October incursion into Syria; Issues surrounding Turkey’s purchase of a Russian S-400 surface-to-air defense system, its removal from the F-35 aircraft program, and possible sanctions under existing legislation; and Domestic Turkish developments, including politics under President Erdogan’s largely authoritarian and polarizing rule, and some economic concerns. Acronyms of involved organizations: PKK - Kurdistan Workers’ Party YPG - Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units  PYD - Democratic Union Party SDF – Syrian Democratic Forces These episodes are created based on the value-for-value model. Please support the podcast at governmentunfiltered.com by clicking the donate button for a one-time donation or by going to insiderfriends.com to support monthly. If you'd like to donate anonymously, you can go to glow.fm/insider to donate on either a one-time or recurring basis. Follow the show on Twitter @GovUnfiltered or on Facebook at facebook.com/governmentunfiltered.
Over the past two weeks, the House Intelligence Committee heard from a dozen witnesses regarding military aid that had been held back from Ukraine. Senator Ron Johnson is one of 17 members of the Senate Ukraine caucus and was among the delegation who attended the inauguration of President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.  Last week, he was asked by House Republicans to provide his first-hand account with some of the meetings he was involved in and interactions with some of the people testifying last week. In this letter, he provides details of a May 23 White House meeting, his interactions with President Trump regarding Ambassador Sondland and what he told Ukrainians was behind the reasoning for the hold on military assistance. These episodes are created based on the value-for-value model. Please support the podcast at governmentunfiltered.com by clicking the donate button for a one-time donation or by going to insiderfriends.com to support monthly. If you'd like to donate anonymously, you can go to glow.fm/insider to donate on either a one-time or recurring basis. Follow the show on Twitter @GovUnfiltered or on Facebook at facebook.com/governmentunfiltered.
Continuing the series of episodes following the House impeachment inquiry and focusing on the opening statements of testimony, David Holmes testified in the morning of Nov. 21, 2019, before the House Intelligence Committee. Mr. Holmes, a career Foreign Service Officer, testified that he was present when Ambassador Gordon Sondland spoke directly with President Trump on July 26—the day after President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Zelensky. See episode 4 for a reading of that phone call. The next episode will focus on Sen Ron Johnson's statement that he provided after a request from House Republications Jim Jordan and Devin Nunes. Sen. Johnson's name came up on multiple occasions and the two Congressmen have asked for the senator's first-hand accounts of his role and attempts in trying to get the hold released for military assistance to Ukraine. These episodes are created based on the value-for-value model. Please support the podcast at governmentunfiltered.com by clicking the donate button for a one-time donation or by going to insiderfriends.com to support monthly. If you'd like to donate anonymously, you can go to glow.fm/insider to donate on either a one-time or recurring basis. Follow the show on Twitter @GovUnfiltered or on Facebook at facebook.com/governmentunfiltered.
This episode continues the series following the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, focusing on the opening statements from witness testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. Dr. Fiona Hill testified in the morning of Nov. 21, 2019, before the House Intelligence Committee. Dr. Hill is the former National Security Council senior director for Europe and Russia. She was Lt. Col. Vindman's supervisor. See Episode 12 for Col. Vindman's testimony. She didn't provide an opening statement for her Nov. 8 deposition, so while her remarks here are short, this is a substantive update. 
Continuing the series of episodes following the House impeachment inquiry and focusing on the opening statements of testimony, Laura Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, testified in the afternoon of Nov. 20, 2019. Cooper was asked to testify because, as part of her duties, she interacted with Ukrainian officials who were asking about when the hold on military assistance would be lifted. According to her Department of defense biography, she previously served as a Principal Director in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Affairs, with responsibility for policies on: mission assurance, defense continuity of operations, critical infrastructure protection, homeland counterterrorism, global antiterrorism policy, and the Council of Governors.
This episode continues the series following the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, focusing on the opening statements from witness testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. Gordon Sondland, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, was appointed to the position by President Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 29, 2018. Ambassador Sondland is the Founder and CEO of Provenance Hotels, headquartered in Portland Oregon. These episodes are created based on the value-for-value model. Please support the podcast at governmentunfiltered.com by clicking the donate button for a one-time donation or by going to insiderfriends.com to support monthly. If you'd like to donate anonymously, you can go to glow.fm/insider to donate on either a one-time or recurring basis. Follow the show on Twitter @GovUnfiltered or on Facebook at facebook.com/governmentunfiltered.
This episode continues the series following the impeachment inquiry, focusing on the opening statements of the House testimony.  Ambassador Kurt Volker was the first to testify behind closed doors on Oct 3. That testimony resulted in the text messages that were released surrounding concerns of withholding military assistance. For those text messages, see Episode 6.  According to his state department biography, Ambassador Kurt Volker is a leading expert in U.S. foreign and national security policy with 30 years of experience in a variety of government, academic, and private sector capacities.
This episode provides the House impeachment inquiry statement from Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman. Col. Vindman was the second person to testify on Tuesday November 19. He is an Army officer, an Iraq War veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart, and is recognized as an expert in Russia and Ukraine. In July 2018, he was detailed to the White House, in part to coordinate policy on Ukraine.  
This episode provides the House impeachment inquiry statements of Jennifer Williams and Timothy Morrison. The following two episodes will feature the opening statements of two others who testified on Tuesday, November 19.  Jennifer Williams serves as the Special Adviser for Europe and Russia in the Office of the Vice President. Timothy Morrison is the National Security Council's Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia. 
On Friday, November 15, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump. This is her full opening statement. This will be a busy week of testimony for the House Intelligence Committee. Tuesday morning: Jennifer Williams, Special Advisor for Europe and Russia, Office of the Vice President Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Director for European Affairs, National Security Council Tuesday afternoon: Ambassador Kurt Volker, Former U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Timothy Morrison, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia, National Security Council Wednesday morning: Ambassador Gordon Sondland, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Wednesday afternoon: Laura Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs, Department of Defense David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Department of State Thursday: Dr. Fiona Hill, Former Senior Director for Europe and Russia, National Security Council
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