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Newsweek HQ In NYC Raided; Servers Investigated

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(Via Zerohedge)

Update: Several hours after The Outline reported that police raided the New York City office of Newsweek with a search warrant, the troubled media group confirmed that the Manhattan District Attorney’s office conducted a search of its computer servers.

In a statement obtained by CNN, Newsweek Media Group said that “No information regarding the company’s content, stories, personnel or sources was given and Newsweek Media Group has been assured by the DA’s office that the investigation is not about any content-related issues.” And yet, if nothing that was on the servers was the target of the raid, one wonders what the raid was for, or if Newsweek is just applying the same “fake news” standard to official statements that many have accused it of using for its overall content.

Newsweek said it allowed the district attorney’s office to access the company’s computer servers on location for a “technical inspection”. Right: a “technical inspection” in which over a dozen cops were present.

“Consistent with its expressed policy regarding law enforcement, Newsweek Media Group, a responsible media company, will continue to cooperate with the DA’s office to the fullest extent” the statement concluded.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office declined to comment.

Newsweek Media Group is the new name of IBT Media, which rebranded under the once relevant magazine’s name last year. The company has had a tumultuous few years, laying off staff at IBT and going through several changes in newsroom leadership at Newsweek, which it bought in 2013 from Sidney Harman for an undisclosed amount. Harman bought Newsweek from the Washington Post in 2010 for $1.

Over a dozen police showed up this morning at the New York City office headquarters for Newsweek magazine (and its parent IBT Media).

As The Outline reports, the reason for the visit was not clear, but one employee said police were taking photos of the company’s servers.

The New York Post reports that IBT Media was co-founded by Jonathan Davis and Etienne Uzac, adding that the IRS placed a $1.2 million federal tax lien against Uzac in December 2017.

Of course the raid could be due to the uproar that this article caused today…

The New York Post reports that IBT Media was co-founded by Jonathan Davis and Etienne Uzac, adding that the IRS placed a $1.2 million federal tax lien against Uzac in December 2017.

In the past, IBT has been linked to a Christian church founded by Korean American evangelist David Jang and Olivet University, a university in California that Jang’s followers founded.

The office is at 7 Hanover Square in New York’s financial district.

Police also visited the office in December, a former employee said. Employees were told that it was because a white substance had been mailed to Executive News Director Ken Li, which they were then told turned out to be a false alarm.

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Comedian Owen Benjamin Banned From Buford, Georgia Community Center

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Owen Benjamin, a long-time Comedian and proud Christian, featured in several times in both Comedy Central Specials and Jay Leno, as well as several Movies and TV-Shows such as Sullivan & Son and ‘The House Bunny’, has been banned from a tax payer funded community center in Buford, Georgia after attempting to use the venue for an upcoming tour.

The venue is notable as one he has previously performed at and was asked to come back to. This came as a surprise to Owen as Georgia is a notably ‘conservative’ state. Currently he does have a show lined up in Portland with more shows coming by the day.

You can find more content from Owen and updates on the tour at: wwww.unauthorized.tv and Owen Benjamin Comedy on YouTube.

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WATCH: Jesse Watters Says Democrats Angry That There’s No Collusion

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Fox News personality Jesse Watters, who hosts the show, “Watters World,” and is a big supporter of President Donald Trump, said Saturday that Democrats are angry that Robert Mueller found out that Trump is not a Russian agent.

Watters made the remarks Saturday as part of his opening remarks, during his weekly show on Fox News Channel.

“Mueller found [President Trump] wasn’t a traitor after Democrats for two years falsely accused him of being a traitor,” Watters said. “Instead of being relieved, they’re angry.”

“[He] was fighting back against their false allegations,” he continued.

This was an attempted take-down or Coup D’Etat!

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Lewandowski Contradicts Mueller, Says Trump Never Asked Him to Help Fire Special Counsel

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President Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Friday on Fox News that he did not receive a request from the president to help fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller alleged in a report of his findings released on Thursday by Attorney General Bill Barr that the president asked for Lewandowski to help with getting Mueller terminated as Special Counsel.

Lewandowski refuted that allegation, however, in an appearance Thursday with Ed Henry on “Fox News at Night.” Henry was filling in Thursday for the show’s host, Shannon Bream.

The special counsel detailed the allegation that President Trump asked Lewandowski for assistance firing Mueller in his report, which said:

Two days after directing McGahn to have the Special Counsel removed the President made another attempt to affect the course of the Russia investigation. On June 19, 2017, the President met one-on-one in the Oval Office with his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, a trusted adviser outside the government, and dictated a message for Lewandowski to deliver to Sessions. The message said that Sessions should publicly announce that, notwithstanding his recusal from the Russia investigation, the investigation was “very unfair” to the President, the President had done nothing wrong, and Sessions planned to meet with the Special Counsel and “let [him] move forward with investigating election meddling for future elections.” Lewandowski said he understood what the President wanted Sessions to do.

One month later, in another private meeting with Lewandowski on July 19, 2017, the President asked about the status of his message for Sessions to limit the Special Counsel investigation to future election interference. Lewandowski told the President that the message would be delivered soon. Hours after that meeting, the President publicly criticized Sessions in an interview with the New York Times, and the issued a series of tweets making it clear that Sessions’s job was in jeopardy. Lewandowski did not want to deliver the President’s message personally, so he asked senior White House official Rick Dearborn to deliver it to Sessions. Dearborn was uncomfortable with the task and did not follow through.

“This notion in the report that the president asked you to go and help fire Robert Mueller — true or fake news,” Henry asked Lewandowsky. “No, the president never asked me to help him fire Robert Mueller,” Lewandowski replied.

“Look, Ed, as you know and have articulated well, I’ve been a friend of the president’s for many many years now and he and I have had multiple conversations, which I always respect the privacy of those conversations,” Lewandowski continued. “And we talk through things all the time, whether it’s any issue that presidents [sic] want to talk about, but never did the president ask me to go and fire Robert Mueller, nor do I have any authority or did I have any authority to do so.”

“So, did you talk to Robert Mueller’s investigators about this point?” Ed Henry asked Lewandowski.

“You know, I have a very candid conversation with the people who were asking questions … I told them exactly what happened … that on numerous occasions, over the course of the last two and a half years, I’ve had the privilege and honor of going into the White House, and speaking to the president, sometimes in private and sometimes with other people,” Lewandowski said.

He told Fox News host Ed Henry that he always keeps the content of his conversations with the president private.

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