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RNC appoints Raj Shah to dig up dirt on Sanders, Clinton

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151013_dem-debate-sanders-clinton-jazzhands.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — With November’s general election creeping up on the American voting populous, candidates from both parties are turning up the heat and making their respective arguments, soliciting for as many delegates and super delegates as possible. In the background, a Republican research team, spearheaded by a group of young Indian Americans, have gathered information for presentation, which they believe will exploit the flaws of the two Democratic frontrunners, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Leading the research team is 31-year-old Raj Shah — he has compiled scores of documents through America’s Freedom of Information Act. The information, he believes, exposes Clinton, the party’s current leader for presidential nomination, as the complete opposite of the values she and her party preaches to the public.

“What we are seeing, a candidate (Clinton) after decades of living in a bubble, whether secret service protection, living in high-end mansions and nice fundraiser with elite crowd seems to be out of touch and out of step with the struggles of middle-income voters,” Shah said.

Shah, a graduate of Cornell University, was appointed as research director by Republican National Committee (RNC) chair Reince Priebus. “Raj is the expert on the subject of all things Clinton, and his expertise will be an asset to our party,” Priebus said at the time of his appointment last February.

He previously served in the same capacity to the RNC during the 2012 general election, which saw republican nominee Mitt Romney defeated by incumbent Barack Obama by nearly four percent. Additionally, he served former President George W. Bush’s cabinet in various research roles during his second term.

Shah’s research is nearly complete, and he believes when his team’s report is released, serious doubts will be raised regarding the legitimacy of Clinton’s candidacy. The lingering conversations about Clinton’s “character,” and “honesty” would be questioned the most, Shah said, adding that documents in his possession will be turned over to whomever ultimately receives the Republican presidential nomination.

Oct.13, 2015 - Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. - BERNIE SANDERS and HILLARY CLINTON chat during the photo spray at the first Democratic Presidential Debate of the 2016 campaign. Five Democratic contenders will take the debate stage for the first time Tuesday evening.(Credit Image: © Brian Cahn via ZUMA Wire)

Oct.13, 2015 – Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – BERNIE SANDERS and HILLARY CLINTON chat during the photo spray at the first Democratic Presidential Debate of the 2016 campaign. Five Democratic contenders will take the debate stage for the first time Tuesday evening.(Credit Image: © Brian Cahn via ZUMA Wire)

“Her record as Secretary of State, when you scratch the surface, there is a whole lot of vulnerability there, whether it is foreign policy, whether you look at actions of Russia, look at chaos in the Middle East, Libya and other places.”

“Then, there is how she handled managing State Department in particular secret email server that has got her into hot water,” Shah alleged.

Shah refused to elaborate on what he’s learned, but said the campaign to expose Clinton begins during her first term as a United States Senator — she served as a Senator from New York from 2001 through 2009. He also said similar dirt has been dug up on Sanders, a United States Senator from Vermont. “Our primary mission in the campaign is to make the case that Clinton and Sanders can take the country further down the wrong direction,” he said.

Shah’s bias against Clinton is nothing unfamiliar to the candidate herself, or the party — after co-founding the America Rising political action committee, Shah wrote a book titled, “Failed Choices: A Critique of the Hillary Clinton State Department,” with the help of co-authors Stephen Thompson and Tim Miller.

While he likes his party’s chances, Shah conceded at this time that he isn’t sure whom of the two candidates would be “easiest” to defeat. “With Sanders there is inexperience factor, his positions are more outside the mainstream,” Shah said.

“We are seeing a pattern in public life that stretches back decades now, shifting positions in ways that are politically convenient. Some of the stuff that she is being criticized for the campaign trail whether it is speaking fee, she has a long history with that as well.

Shah is a second generation Indian American. His parents lived in Mumbai, and moved to the US in the late 70’s. They lived in Chicago and later moved to Connecticut, where Shah was born and spent most of his childhood.

The Economic Times article contributed to this report.

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India agrees to supply Hydroxychloroquine to U.S.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — India confirmed they will fulfill the order the U.S. made for hydroxychloroquine, just a couple of days after they banned all exports of the malaria treatment without exception. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi spoke about keeping the supply chain intact over the weekend. And India says the U.S. purchase was approved before President Trump said there would be ‘retaliation’ if the drug was not released, medicine that is being used to treat coronavirus patients without definitive evidence it works. India says they have enough hydroxychloroquine stock for its people today, but reserves the right to hold back the supply if their COVID-19 caseload increases.

One day after he defended firing Captain Brett Crozier from command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt by calling him “stupid,” Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned. Modly was severely criticized for firing Crozier, after the captain wrote an alarming letter seeking faster assistance for his sailors exposed to COVID-19 on board, a letter that was leaked to the press.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump calls on Modi to supply Hydroxychloroquine

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — President Trump spoke to Prime Minister Modi over the weekend about how the two nations would combat the coronavirus, with a focus on ensuring the supply chain for pharmaceuticals and medical goods continues. But at a press conference, when informed India had banned the export of the drug hydroxychloroquine “without any exceptions,” Trump threatened retaliation. Hydroxychloroquine is typically used to treat malaria, but some COVID-19 patients have found it helpful. And the President has been touting it during his press conferences, without a clinical trial proving if it is indeed effective. India provides nearly half of America’s supply of the medicine. It is not clear whether India’s ban would apply to orders already placed.

Prime Minister Modi called on his nation to unite in the battle against COVID-19 by lighting diyas for 9 minutes at 9 pm Sunday night. Millions of people around India took part, which is now entering its third week of being mandated to stay at home to stop the spread of the virus.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump tells India to supply hydroxychloroquine or face ‘retaliation’

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During a White House Press briefing, President Trump recounted having a conversation with Indian Prime Minister Modi Sunday morning about the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. When informed by reporters that Modi was unlikely to release to any nation hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria that may be helpful in treating COVID-19, Trump responded in shock, stating that he didn’t like the plan and that he would be surprised if this was the Prime Minister’s decision due to India’s strong economic ties with the United States in the trade sector. Trump stated that this course of action wouldn’t be consequence free, and that there may be retaliation in response. 

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