July 19, 2021
Top Headlines of the Week
Judicial Watch announced that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Defense for all records related to diversity, inclusion, and equity training for first-year cadets entering West Point. In April, Congressman Mike Waltz (R-Fl), a West Point graduate, made public “examples of Corps of Cadets being mandated to attend seminars and presentations on critical race theory that included inflammatory lessons and presentations that are detrimental to the mission and morale of the U.S. Army.”
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on August 6, 2019, on behalf of three California taxpayers. The 2018 law, known as Senate Bill 826, requires every publicly held corporation headquartered in California to have at least one director “who self-identifies her gender as a woman” on its board of directors by December 31, 2019. The law requires corporations have up to three such persons on their boards by December 31, 2021, depending on the size of the board. The taxpayers challenging the provision claim that the quota violates the Equal Protection clause of the California Constitution.
Issue Deep Dive
The details of the Biden administration’s (mis)handling of the border crisis remain a mystery to many, but Judicial Watch is fighting hard to get the most pressing questions answered. Concerned about the impacts of President Biden’s lax border policy, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton is raising important questions about the lack of immigration law enforcement. “Is our country being harmed, are citizens being harmed, are illegal aliens being harmed?” Fitton stated Friday.
In its short tenure the Biden administration has extended a special reprieve for five different groups of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. The most recent was renewed a few days ago for thousands of people from Yemen, the Middle Eastern Islamic nation well known as an Al Qaeda breeding ground. Officially, the provisional amnesty is known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a humanitarian measure designed to shield undocumented aliens from deportation during emergencies.
In The News
The Washington Examiner: Over 300,000 demand probe into ‘Biden family corruption’
Over 300,000 have signed a petition from one of Washington’s top watch dogs demanding that a special counsel be appointed to investigate allegations that President Biden and family members, notably budding artist and son Hunter Biden, have profited off public service.
The New York Post: Pentagon gave millions to EcoHealth Alliance for weapons research program
The Defense Department doled out millions of dollars to the same nonprofit that funneled federal grant money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for bat coronavirus research — with most of the Pentagon money going toward murky research on countering biological weapons.
The Department of Justice and the FBI should be held accountable for their ongoing misconduct by having their funding slashed by half, said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.
“[T]he Justice Department’s been a disaster for a number of years,” Fitton told the John Solomon Reports podcast. “The FBI has been out of control. There’s been zero accountability for the misconduct that we’ve been talking about for years now.