Last time I checked I was no Hare Krishna. CNN portrays this woman as a Republican Strategist. I guess fake news CNN feels comfortable with a fake Republican. I have seen her a few times and she is just a very nasty woman who hates Trump. According to the report below by the Medium, she is in bed with Democrat Bob Menendez. She comes across as being just as crooked as Menendez. Hopefully they will both end up behind bars together.
BUSTED: Ana Navarro Bankrolled Indicted Democrat Bob Menendez
“CNN should be sued for false advertising” — Roger Stone, on Ana Navarro
CNN Commentator and self-described “Republican strategist” Ana Navarro, a vehement Trump critic who regularly attacks the President behind a veneer of phony conservatism, is a longtime ally of and fundraiser for Democrat Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, and has a history of deliberately sabotaging the GOP to help Democrats, according to newly unearthed campaign documents from over a decade ago. Moreover, Navarro is on record bragging about how her efforts to elect Menendez in 2006 cost the Republican Party its Senate majority.
Menendez’s lengthy fundraising records, which have been under heightened scrutiny ever since he was indicted by Obama’s Department of Justice for corruption, bribery, and other charges in April 2015, reveal that Navarro organized three different Menendez for Senate fundraising events in Miami’s famous Biltmore Hotel on September 24th, 2006.
Navarro’s role in getting Menendez elected is corroborated by an article that appeared in The New York Times on September 28, 2006 titled “Menendez Plays to His Base, in South Florida.” The piece, written by David W. Chen, documents how Floridians gave the New Jersey politician about a million dollars for his various campaigns (a fact that would later catch the FBI’s attention), and quotes a political consultant named Ana Navarro, who proclaims “I want to keep a Republican majority, but not if it means losing Bob Menendez. He’s part of our extended family.”
Large fundraisers like the three Navarro organized, which were held during the height of that year’s fiercely contested Senate election, proved decisive in Menendez’s come-from-behind victory over Republican State Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. Indeed, polling consistently showed Kean leading Menendez through late September; a Monmouth University poll from the same day Navarro held her Menendez for Senate fundraisers showed him trailing his Republican opponent 44% to 38%.
In the end, however, Menendez’s cash advantage — buoyed by large out-of-state fundraisers like the ones Navarro organized — paid dividends. A late advertising blitz and an extensive, well organized ground game were enough for him to take the lead in October and defeat Kean in November, costing the Republicans their Senate Majority. Had Kean prevailed over Menendez, it would have given the Republican Party its 50th Senator, with then-Vice President Dick Cheney on hand to cast tie-breaking votes. Instead, Menendez gave the Senate Democrats an effective 51-vote majority, as Independents Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman caucused with them.
Menendez, a radical liberal whose 43-year political career has been replete with ethics scandals and plagued by various criminal probes, was a reliable vote for virtually all of President Obama’s policies and is one of the loudest critics of the Trump Administration. Although he has occasionally broken from Democratic leadership on foreign policy issues, Menendez’s reputation as a corrupt leftist hardliner has left various Republican figures outraged that Navarro helped him get elected in the first place.
Ana Navarro was Never a Republican Strategist
“Ana Navarro was never a Republican strategist, having never provided strategic advice to any Republican candidate,” longtime Republican strategist and Trump advisor Roger Stone noted. “But now she’s not even a Republican, having admitted to voting for Hillary and with her support for Senator Menendez now exposed.”
“It’s one of the most bizarre stories I’ve ever come across,” Republican political consultant and opposition researcher Stephen Chretien, who recently discovered Navarro’s role in organizing fundraisers for Menendez, explained.
“To have someone who describes herself as a ‘Republican strategist’ organize fundraisers for and openly support a far-left Democrat Senate candidate — especially when he’s locked in a close race against a qualified, principled Republican opponent — is such an infuriatingly duplicitous betrayal.”
Chretien came across Navarro’s fundraising connection to Menendez while combing through the Senator’s financial records in anticipation of his upcoming corruption trial, which is scheduled to start next month. Jury selection for the trial began Tuesday, and its outcome could have enormous national implications: should Menendez be convicted and expelled from the Senate before January 16th, 2018, Republican Governor Chris Christie will get to appoint a successor who could cast the decisive vote to repeal Obamacare.
Senator Menendez Indicted for Pay-For-Play
Menendez and his friend Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, were charged on April 1st, 2015 for a massive pay-for-play scheme. A federal grand jury indicted Menendez on eight counts of bribery, three counts of honest services fraud, one count of conspiracy, one count of making false statements, and one count of violating the Travel Act. According to the Department of Justice:
“Between January 2006 and January 2013, Menendez accepted close to $1 million worth of lavish gifts and campaign contributions from Melgen in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to influence the outcome of ongoing contractual and Medicare billing disputes worth tens of millions of dollars to Melgen and to support the visa applications of several of Melgen’s girlfriends… Specifically, the indictment alleges that, among other gifts, Menendez accepted flights on Melgen’s private jet, a first-class commercial flight and a flight on a chartered jet; numerous vacations at Melgen’s Caribbean villa in the Dominican Republic and at a hotel room in Paris; and $40,000 in contributions to his legal defense fund and over $750,000 in campaign contributions. Menendez never disclosed any of the reportable gifts that he received from Melgen on his financial disclosure forms.”
On April 28th, a federal jury convicted Melgen on 67 charges of health-care fraud after determining that the Palm Beach physician set up and ran a gigantic Medicare scheme that stole around $105 million dollars from the government program. On August 10th, Melgen’s sentencing was postponed until after his alleged co-conspirator’s trial concludes; in the meantime, he will remain incarcerated — Federal Judge Kenneth A. Marra denied his $18 million bond package request on flight risk grounds. Should a jury also convict Menendez, the Senator faces a maximum of 15 years in jail for each bribery count, although the sentences could be served concurrently. It is the first time a US Senator has been tried for bribery since 1981, when Harrison “Pete” Williams, another New Jersey Democrat, was charged for his role in the infamous ABSCAM scandal.
Navarro has previously tweeted baseless conspiracy theories about Menendez’s legal issues, alleging that the disgraced Senator is the victim of various grand plots to silence him for political reasons. On March 6th, 2015, just as the FBI’s criminal investigation was heating up, Navarro wrote on her Twitter account: “If WH gets rid of Menendez, they get rid of biggest Democrat obstacle to lifting US Cuba embargo & Iran nuke deal. Just sayin…” On March 26th, 2015, just days before the Justice Department brought a litany of felony charges against Menendez, she took to Twitter to label the criminal probe into the Senator’s activities “Operation Intimidate Menendez,” and claimed it was “not working too well in silencing him re bad Iran nuke deal.” However, after he was indicted, Navarro dropped the Iran Deal spiel and pivoted to a different, equally unfounded conspiracy theory. On July 25th, 2015, the CNN pundit floated yet another unsubstantiated claim, this time declaring on Twitter that the Obama Justice Department was colluding with Cuba’s communist government in an attempt to railroad Menendez: “I sure as hell think Cuba was behind the Menendez investigation.
According to the NY Times, Navarro then even attacked Republican Kean, Menendez’s Republican challenger: “It boggles my mind that given the stakes in the U.S. Senate today, with foreign policy and national security where it is, that people of New Jersey would be considering hiring to do this job a junior in every respect.” Of course, that scenario played out exactly as Navarro described: the Republicans lost their Senate Majority because Menendez won his race. “It’s hard to overstate the importance of that New Jersey Senate race,” Chretien lamented. “For the last two years of George W. Bush’s presidency, he couldn’t get judges confirmed to the federal bench because the Democrats controlled the Senate by one vote. That’s why Obama was able to remake the balance of our courts — there were so many judicial vacancies when he became President. Plus, Chuck Schumer basically got to handpick [Attorney General] Alberto Gonzales’ successor, Mike Mukasey, in 2007 because he had the votes to block any other nominee.”
Stone, on the other hand, pointed to Navarro’s work for Democrats as evidence of CNN’s dishonesty in labeling her a Republican strategist. “CNN should be sued for false advertising because they continue to call her a Republican in an effort to make her attacks against the President more damaging,” Stone argued.