The clamor for President Trump's impeachment (or worse)
beginning on Day One


Introduction by The Editor:
Donald Trump is a political outsider, starting his political career at the top.  His election has upset the political establishment on the left and the right.  Mostly the left.  The party that lost the 2016 election immediately began a campaign to impeach and remove Donald Trump by any means.  Apparently it doesn't matter if there are any legitimate grounds for his impeachment.

Related pages:

Obstructionism
The numerous traps and stink bombs Obama left for Trum
The Deep State "Whistleblower" Scandal
Televised Impeachment Hearings Trump's impeachment is political poison
Leftists' departures from the truth
Leftists think you're stupid
The Democrats are out of step with the American mainstream
Media bias against President Trump




Background, overview and recap articles:


Help for Those Struggling to Understand the Immensity of the Russia Hoax.  The Deep State's machinations in trying, first, to prevent Trump's election and, second, to undo it are confusing.  It's easy to get lost in a sea of names, many of them Russian or Ukrainian; dates that stretch out over several years; almost unlimited lies; and the complicated truths behind those lies.  The Russia hoax isn't an easy-to-learn bumper sticker; it's a full Russian novel.  If you're trying to explain to your leftist friends that Trump did not collude with the Russians and, instead, that the Deep State, working with the mainstream media, intentionally and deliberately engaged in a long-running coup against Trump, good luck.  Within about 20 sentences, their eyes will glaze over, and they'll tell you that you sound like a raving conspiracy theorist. It's irrelevant to them that you can back up every statement with documentary proof and under-oath admissions from within the FBI.  Complicated facts don't work for a New York Times audience with a short attention span [...]

Beam Me Up, Please.  Media coverage of the developments debunking the preposterous claim that the President colluded with Russia is both spotty and sparse.  There's a reason for it.  Major media almost entirely swallowed the claim, conspired with its promoters, endlessly and prominently mongered it and has never apologized for so doing.  This week Professor Charles Lipson wrote the very best chronicle of the most serious domestic political crime I can think of.  I urge you not only to read it but also clip and save it as textbook level recounting of the events.

Bill Barr Scorcher:  Effort to Push Trump From Office Closest Thing to Coup Since Lincoln Assassination.  Attorney General William Barr took his verbal scalpel and shredded the complete "bovine silence" of the media following the "complete collapse" of the attempted coup of President Trump — an attempt that he agreed hasn't been seen since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  Other than that, the interview [6/21/2020] on "Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo" was a complete snore-fest.

Obama Hatched the Coup in an Oval Office Meeting on January 5, 2017.  [Scroll down]  CNN has had a meltdown over this.  CNN's meltdown yesterday and last night was total.  And they're not even covering it today.  The entire foundation, the entire reason that the American media has been getting up and going to work for the past three years just blew up in their faces yesterday.  There has never been anything they assured us there was.  There was no collusion.  There was no Trump as a Russian agent.  There was no Russian interference in the election or the outcome.  The Russians had nothing to do with who won and who lost the election.  There was never any evidence suggesting that they did play any role.  Folks, this is the biggest political scandal certainly in my lifetime.  It was the complete array of the Washington establishment against one man, Donald Trump.  And it was purposed to destroy him, his family, his career, his businesses and to get him out of office and to reverse the election results of 2016. And they never had a shred of evidence for any of it.  It did not happen.  The Russians had nothing to do with our election, they had nothing to do with the outcome, above and beyond what they normally tried to do, like the Chinese are always trying to sabotage.  We've got enemies.  But the election was legitimate.  It was fair.  And there was no collusion between Trump or anybody else in his campaign and the Russians.

This is from a left-wing web site, presented here for what it's worth:
Removing a U.S. President Without an Election.  [Scroll down]  Accordingly, the Democrats staged a Watergate-style morality play, with Donald Trump playing the role of Richard Nixon. [...] It did not work.  One problem was the series of bombshell news stories coming from unnamed intelligence sources.  These included the DNC hack, local election board tampering, the Christopher Steele Dossier, St. Petersburg click-bait factory, sabotaging the Vermont utility grid, and so on.  One after another the stories collapsed, usually for lack of evidence.  In addition, the president's favorability ratings did not plummet as they had during Watergate. [...] The underlying problem was the Democrats did not understand Watergate.  They thought Nixon was foiled by tenacious crusading reporters and their savvy editor.  In fact, Nixon ran afoul of the military industrial complex, which guided the press to the outcome it wanted.

The Left's Premature Revolution.  The nation has been subjected to over three years of government abuse and illegalities in the Establishment's unceasing efforts to destroy, impeach and/or derail Donald Trump.  Almost every day another revelation exposing the corruption of the so-called deep state is exposed in what is without a doubt the most egregious political scandal in the nation's history.  Consequently, an ever-growing percentage of the population is becoming more aware of the pitfalls of the all-powerful central government which the left demands.

The FBI Did a Hatchet Job in Their 302 Report on Michael Flynn, and Some Familiar Names Were Involved.  The Trump-Russia collusion story was a myth.  It was a manufactured lie peddled by the liberal media that engulfed the nation for over two years.  In many ways, we're not over it.  There are still hordes of liberals so deranged, so mind-broken over the 2016 election, that they think the Russian colluded with Trump to tilt the race.  Not true.  There is no evidence this ever occurred.  None.  That's why every single bombshell was a nothingburger.  The report from the Mueller probe, which needs a review of its own in the wake of the Flynn fallout, said there was no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.  It also tore the heart out of the document that started this whole circus:  the Trump dossier.  An unverified piece of political opposition research compiled by ex-British spook Christopher Steele and funded by the Democrats and the Hillary Clinton campaign.  The Department of Justice Inspector General's Office also delivered a kill shot to this document in their report about FISA abuses during the Obama administration.

Vindman Is Not Enough.  From Operation Crossfire Hurricane to the Billy Bush tapes.  From Stormy Daniels to Donald Trump's tax returns.  From Michael Cohen and federal election law violations to Paul Manafort and his mortgage filings.  From framing General Mike Flynn to deploying SWAT teams to arrest Roger Stone for a process crime.  From Russian collusion and the Mueller probe to the ludicrous Ukrainian "quid quo pro," the Democrats have tried for four years now first to derail candidate Trump's nomination and then to remove him from the White House after 63 million American chose to put him there.  These may not have been palace coups or violent revolutions, but when esteemed presidential historians such as Conrad Black deem this litany to be a string of "bloodless assassination attempts" then we must pause and ask ourselves how we stop those who, by their words and deeds, have demonstrated time and again that they do not care one iota for our Constitution or for the will of the American people.

This whole pathetic impeachment effort was worse than a waste of time.  After months of hype and pseudo-drama ginned up by the left, public and secret testimony and breathless "smoking-gun" headlines, it's taking the Senate just two weeks to bring an end, finally, to the impeachment circus.  And it is ending with the always-inevitable acquittal of President Trump.  What a tragic, monumental waste of time it has been.  After all, anyone capable of rudimentary arithmetic could have seen this foreordained outcome coming from Day One.  Indeed, it's not entirely clear why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the rest of the leading luminaries of the Democratic Party even decided to embark upon this national exercise in political self-flagellation.  Math is a stubborn thing, and Democrats constitute a Senate minority — a far cry from the two-thirds supermajority required for conviction under Article I of the Constitution.

Why the Senate Passed on Witnesses.  [Reason #1] The United States Senate is a more deliberative, elegant body than is the House, and it is comprised primarily of more even-keeled politicians.  There is a simple reason for this.  In the House of Representatives it is possible to get elected in an outlier district and to remain there for years without bothering to manifest prudence or common sense.  Maxine Waters is a lock because her district is perfect for her, and she for them.  Same with Nancy Pelosi.  Same with Ocasio-Cortez and Jerrold Nadler on the other coast.  Likewise Ilhan Omar.  The only way that any of them ever would lose their seats is if they would die, be primaried-out, or both.  As long as their names appear on a November ballot under the Democrat column, they are in for two more years and then two more.  Therefore, Maxine Waters could yell "Impeach 45!" the day that Donald Trump became president, and her district loved her for it.

Compare the Vindman, Ciaramella, Misko, McCord and Atkinson Network To Pelosi's Rule Changes.  It now looks like the Lawfare network constructed the 'whistle-blower' complaint aka a Schiff Dossier, and handed it to allied CIA operative Eric Ciaramella to file as a formal IC complaint.  This process is almost identical to the Fusion-GPS/Lawfare network handing the Steele Dossier to the FBI to use as the evidence for the 2016/2017 Russia conspiracy.  NSC resistance member Alexander Vindman constructs a false story about the Trump-Zelenskyy phone call; he shares the false story with CIA operative Eric Ciaramella (a John Brennan resistance associate and former NSC member).  Ciaramella then makes contact with resistance allies Sean Misko & Mary McCord working within the HPSCI.  Mary McCord (former DOJ-NSD and current Lawfare) then helps Eric Ciaramella create a fraudulent intelligence community whistle-blower complaint to submit to her former DOJ-NSD lawyer, now Intel Inspector General, ICIG Michael Atkinson.  And that's how this entire Impeachment operation gets started.

Trump impeachment illustrates serious danger of criminalization of politics.  Most Democrats believe, egged on by their supportive media, that President Bill Clinton's impeachment was really motivated by policy differences.  Then-Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry was subjected to the criminalization of politics in 2014 when he was indicted for abuse of power at the hands of his political opponents.  However, nothing in our history compares to what has occurred in response to the rise of Donald Trump.  The resistance to Trump is the greatest resistance to a president since the South greeted President Abraham Lincoln's inauguration with secession.  In Trump's case, the Washington Democrats and their sympathizers in the Justice Department and the FBI have used every legal and extra-legal avenue at their disposal against President Trump — from lying to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, to leaking their way to and through the investigation by then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller, to a partisan impeachment vote.

The Senate Should Censure the House over Impeachment.  [Scroll down]  The legal depravity initiated by the Mueller investigation, carried well forth into Schiff's operation, forcing administration members to hire attorneys at their own expense in order to avoid going to jail for some trumped up process crime.  We saw the effects of this same thing during the Mueller witch hunt, where government lawyers on taxpayer funded salary, "papered" innocent folks like the distinguished Lieutenant General Flynn into penury.  Flynn after all, had to pay his attorneys out of his own pocket and by the billable hour.  Schiff and company continued this charade by ignoring due process and interviewing witnesses without the President's attorneys present.  Moreover, they had the gall to tell the President's team that they could have representation, if and only if, they waived the President's Executive Privilege.  [W]hat a crock.  The management of this debacle was a mess from start to finish.  The Democrats did a poor investigation, hid information and finally, failed to do the procedural work necessary to subpoena and ultimately hear from witnesses they deemed critical.  They declared they were ready for trial by transmitting the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate.  These losers then had the temerity to begin mewling for additional witnesses:  witnesses they failed to properly request to begin with.

No, the Senate is not a jury, and other misconceptions about impeachment.  On the question of impartiality, the senators will in fact take an oath to do "impartial justice."  Here is perhaps the ultimate impeachment spoiler alert:  They won't really mean it.  Or, perhaps they will mean it according to their own political views and their own definition of "impartial."  Does anyone think Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono, for example, will render "impartial justice"?  Hirono has already said that, unless Trump produces some miraculous exoneration, "the facts are that he committed an impeachable act, and I will vote to convict him."  On the other side, several Republicans have dismissed the articles of impeachment as BS.  Does that sound impartial?  Look again at the Clinton case.  In 1999, Senate Democrats were so impartial that they voted unanimously — 100% — to acquit the Democratic president.  Were all of them rendering "impartial justice"?  The fact is, individual elected officials, some of whom passionately support the president and some of whom passionately oppose him, will not render "impartial justice."

Four Tests for Impeachment.  Advocates of a president's removal from office by Congress should have to climb over four walls to reach their objective.  First, they should have to show that the facts they allege are true.  Second, they should show that the fact pattern amounts to an abuse of power or dereliction of duty by the president.  Third, they should show that this abuse or dereliction is impeachable.  And fourth, they should show that it is prudent for Congress to remove the president for this impeachable offense: that it would produce more good than evil.

The Shakespearean Grandeur of Trump Derangement Syndrome.  [Scroll down]  To put it into even simpler language, the impeachment of the president, for the Framers, was not conceived of as a tool for easy removal of that official whenever Congress may have political or policy differences with him.  It was to be reserved for occasions when there was a clear, convincing, and undeniable mistake made by those who selected the president when the president turned out to be something other than represented.  Impeachment, in other words, is not a game of "Gotcha!"  It is not about finding one or two things that can be spun to be self-serving acts, it is not about whether this president may have sought to use another country in ferreting out corruption in that country or at home, and may have used the powers of the presidency to seek to do just that.

Why the Democrats are so crazy to impeach.  [Scroll down]  To answer that, we need to consider what it was about Hillary Clinton winning in 2016 that was so crucial to Democrats that the Obama administration's CIA and FBI would conduct an illegal, clandestine operation to ensure that it happened.  The obvious answer is that under a Hillary administration, there would be no investigations into the many questionable dealings of the Obama administration or of Hillary, herself, and the massive growth in her Clinton Foundation "charity" and her personal wealth while serving as secretary of state.  But there is a better reason, one that benefits not just Obama, Hillary and those who assisted in their illicit activities, but the Democrat party as a whole and the socialist movement in America — with truly historical consequences.  There have been numerous disclosures revealing that the Democrats were planning Trump's impeachment even before he was inaugurated.  Peter Strzok, central to the FBI's effort to defeat Trump, referred to an "insurance policy" should he be elected.  All evidence points to the reality that the Democrats and the Deep State were committed to destroying Trump before he could take any presidential actions.

The Cataclysmic Disaster the Impeachment Democrats Have Overlooked.  The Democrats tried so many times to find their impeachment moment.  Would it be Stormy Daniels, with Michael Cohen running cash to her?  And what else might be on the secret tapes by which the now-disbarred and incarcerated Cohen clandestinely recorded his own clients?  Would it be catching the Trumps leveraging the presidency to make private profits for their hotels, resorts, and golf courses?  Perhaps Russian collusion.  Ah, sweet Russian collusion!  Perhaps treason, stemming from a joint news conference that the president held with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.  Perhaps the president had finagled with his taxes a decade or two before he ever ran for office?  Perhaps Rod Rosenstein was seriously considering wearing a concealed wire to record the president secretly, so as to invoke the 25th Amendment?  Perhaps a usurping of constitutional powers if the president would run roughshod over a Supreme Court ruling?  Or perhaps his cholesterol is too high, and his statin prescription is too low?  Could he be impeached for firing Jim Mattis or Rex Tillerson?  Or for tweeting too much?  How about for barring Jim Acosta from press briefings?  For firing Marie Yovanovitch?  For causing a nuclear holocaust with North Korea?  For a trade war with China?  For using discretionary funds to build a wall?  For firing Comey?

The Hatred that Fuels Impeachment.  None of the haters cares that unemployment is at near record lows, the stock market at record highs, economic growth steady, inflation and interest rates low, minority employment at all-time levels — or that there is a looming shared need to address entitlements and deficit sooner than later.  None care that for three years, there has been a nonstop effort from within and outside government to end the Trump presidency, or at least to sabotage it along the lines outlined by the anonymous New York Times op-ed writer, the whistleblower lawyer Mark Zaid, or departing Department of Defense official Evelyn Farkas, or as bragged about by #TheResistance."  We are in new territory now.  Hating a president is equivalent to finding him guilty of supposed high crimes.  Impeachment is a casual affair.  Hearsay is as valid as direct testimony.  We are now living is a brave new American world never envisioned by the Founders.

The Inevitable Impeachment.  [Scroll down]  To the surprise of the politicians and bureaucrats resting in cushy positions for life, Donald Trump triumphed over a large number of other candidates to become the Republican candidate for President. [...] Then, in November of 2016, came the shock.  Trump won the Presidency.  They could not believe that such an upset was possible.  Hillary's coronation was already assumed.  The victory party was planned and prepared.  Those in the know were sure, but the people decided otherwise.  The pundits were stunned.  Tears flowed.  They could not contain their grief.  How could the voters have committed this terrible deed, one that was so opposed to their wishes?  Alarm bells began to sound.  The call for resistance rang out across the swamp, through all the bureaucrat offices, and among the lifetime politicians.  President Trump must be removed from office.

Live Look at Democrats Examining the Constitution.  New York Democrat Rep. Max Rose displayed his Constitutional illiteracy by suggesting:  "The president says he is innocent, so all we are saying is 'prove it.'"  Rose's reasoning for this impeachment push is an appalling affront to the rule of law and the presumption of innocence.  It is an absolute disgrace that a sitting member of Congress would display such wanton disregard for the founding principles of America's justice system.  But Rose is not alone.  Adam Schiff is continuing the witch hunt behind closed doors violating President Trump's right to due process that all Americans are entitled to.  He also had a career State Department official testify today without the proper legal counsel.

Four Theories of Impeachment.  Why impeachment, and why now?  Herewith four theories that are neither mutually exclusive nor the sole or dominant reason — all four can be true to some extent, along with other reasons already floating around.  [#1] The Democratic 2020 president field is unbelievably weak. [...] [#2] If the economy holds up, Trump is the strong favorite to be re-elected.  Hence the drive of the Democrats and the media to talk us into a recession. [...] [#3] This is really about tying up the Senate to prevent Trump from confirming a successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, should she leave the court in the next few months. [...] [#4] This is payback for the Clinton impeachment.

9 Reasons Why Impeachment Is a Fraud.  Last week's announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi authorizing an impeachment inquiry — the latest in a series of Democratic attempts to reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election — is replete with dishonesty and outright fraud.  The attacks on President Trump began even before his Inauguration, when electors were asked to reject the will of the people of their states and to instead cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton.  Vanity Fair reported as far back as December 2016:  "Democrats are paving the way to impeach Donald Trump."  NewsBusters released a video montage depicting media figures discussing the possibility impeaching Trump as early as November 2016.  But when the accusations of collusion and obstruction imploded, Trump's mortal enemies needed something else.  Finally, they settled on Ukraine-gate.

Pelosi is trying to do impeachment on the cheap.  If House Democrats really want to impeach President Trump, they should do it right.  They should own it, as previous Congresses have done when impeaching previous presidents.  They should vote on the House floor to open a formal impeachment inquiry.  As long as they avoid this step, they evince a lack of faith that Trump deserves to be impeached.  Without a vote, they are just going through the motions of impeachment but without taking responsibility for their actions.  When Congress began the impeachment process for Richard Nixon, it did so with a vote.  When Congress began the impeachment process of Bill Clinton, it also did so with a vote.  The impeachment of Andrew Johnson in 1868 likewise began with a vote of the whole House on Feb. 24, just three days after Johnson's alleged transgression of firing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton.  That affair was much more abrupt than any subsequent impeachment.

Federalist Co-Founder Notes The Real Reason Behind The Media's Trump-Ukraine Obsession.  Since the 2016 election, the media has just been engulfed with Trump Derangement Syndrome.  They hate Trump.  They hate Republicans.  And this has blinded them to being hit with buckshot on a near-daily basis.  For two years, they peddled the Trump-Russia collusion myth that was a manufactured lie based on the infamous Steele Dossier, aka Trump dossier, that was compiled by ex-MI6 spook Christopher Steele.  It was never fully verified, most of the allegations in it were trash, and even members of British intelligence were skeptical.  The FBI was not, as evidenced by their lack of due diligence in verifying this biased piece of political propaganda.  A Google search could have pointed out the glaring errors within the dossier.  This was a political opposition research project funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democrats.  It was based on second-hand sources, some of which were still active in the Kremlin.  If anything, this proves Clinton-Russia collusion and interference in the 2016 election.  The report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller debunked this entire project.  So, the Democrats had to suffer humiliation, as did their media allies — but impeachment was still the end goal.  It was why they retook the House in 2018.

Resistance, Inc..  Democrats have called for impeachment since Trump's inaugural.  What they have lacked is the means.  Maxine Waters raised the idea in February 2017, months before Trump fired James Comey and set in motion the train of events culminating in Mueller's appointment as special counsel.  Tom Steyer launched Need to Impeach in October 2017, a year and a half before Mueller filed his report.

Trump is the Democrats' white whale, and Pelosi is Ahab.  From the moment Trump won the 2016 election, they vowed to see him impeached!  The Democrats, all of them in Congress, seem to have forgotten everything they ever knew, if they ever bothered to know, about the Constitution, due process, innocent until proven guilty, and all that.  They don't know, don't care.  And they are always confident in the ignorance of such things among those who call themselves Democrats.  They are comfortable in their knowledge that their disciples will swallow whole whatever nonsense they spew.  Wednesday [6/5/2019], it was Nancy Pelosi claiming she "does not want to impeach President Trump, she wants to see him in jail."  There are no words that adequately describe the malevolence of this horrid woman.  To call her Machiavellian is too kind.  That American leftists behave like spoiled toddlers is an understatement.  They did not get what they wanted and expected on election day 2016, so they have been acting out every day since like incorrigible brats.  They have used and abused every conceivable trick in the book of crooks and liars:  frame the man as a traitor to his nation, accuse him of all manner of criminal activity, the whole nine yards.  Doesn't matter if the accusations are all lies.  One of them is sure to stick.  Take out his family; accuse and set up his friends.  They've left no stone unturned.  And still he stands, tall and proud and remarkably successful.

Our Exhausted American Mediocracy.  A country that once banned for life a clown from a state fair for wearing in puerile fashion a Barack Obama mask now ritually talks of impeaching, committing to an institution, overthrowing, or beating, burning, decapitating, blowing up, and shooting the elected president.  Certainly, we have never seen anything like the constant anti-Trump media hatred, the efforts since the election to remove Trump, in slow-motion coup style, by seeking to warp the Electoral College, to invoke the 25th Amendment and the Emoluments Clause, to unleash special counsel Robert Mueller with an unlimited budget, a toadyish media, a team of partisan lawyers and investigators, and prior help from the top echelons at the Obama Department of Justice, the FBI, the National Security Council, and the CIA.

If Trump Is 'Racist,' He Needs to Go Back to Racism School.  Remember when serious pundits urged electors to refuse to certify Trump's election?  Several congressional Democrats refused to attend Trump's inauguration, where the new President gave an address that Democrats and many in the media described as "combative" and "divisive" and "partisan."  Some critics even predicted that, because of Trump's alleged "mental instability," a cabinet official or another "adult in the administration" would invoke the 25th Amendment.  This drumbeat grew so loud that Trump's White House doctor discussed the results of Trump's physical at a press conference, where reporters asked about Trump's mental fitness to serve.  Pundits and cable hosts practically ran out of adjectives while calling Trump "racist," "sexist," "anti-Semitic," "homophobic" and "xenophobic."  When the deputy attorney general appointed Robert Mueller to investigate the allegation of a Trump-Russia "collusion," Trump-haters began the countdown on when they expected Trump to resign, one step before Mueller outed him as an election cheat.  Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., called for Trump's impeachment almost from the moment he took office.

The resistance is futile.  The Billy Bush tape was supposed to do him in. [...] The emoluments clause was supposed to do him in. [...] The Russian Dossier was supposed to do him in. [...] Firing Comey was supposed to do him in. [...] Stormy Daniels was supposed to do him in. [...] The Internet is doing to the press what Amazon did to Sears.

Divisive Democrats, United by Hate.  Nothing unites Democrats more than their loathing of one man and their disdain for the American voters who elected him.  Donald Trump has succeeded in undoing much of the legacy left us by his leftist predecessor.  And he's not done undoing.  So it's easy to understand how the Democrats' boundless love for Barack Obama would translate into mindless hatred for Donald Trump.  They call it "political opposition," but the nonstop venom spewing from liberal politicians and the media, Hollywood, and academia represents something much more dangerous to our republic than healthy political opposition.  One of the more recent examples came from Barry Bluestone, a Northeastern University professor, who said of Trump during a public lecture, "Sometimes, I want to just see him impeached.  Other times, quite honestly ... I wouldn't mind seeing him dead."

Limitless Investigation of Trump Was Always the Plan.  A man can run the gauntlet against more than 20 professional politicians and come out victorious.  He can win more than 40 Republican primary contests and beat every professional political campaigner out there, earning the votes of more than 14 million Republicans. [...] We can pick our president.  But then the powerful established bureaucracy must conduct a massive, sprawling, limitless investigation into any and all aspects of the president we pick.  The basis of this "investigation" is an increasingly debunked frame-up designed and drafted by the Kremlin and paid for by President Trump's political opponent in the presidential election.  And then spread to all four corners of the globe by the oldest creatures of the powerful establishment in Washington.

Collapsing News Network:  CNN, MSM Hope Raunchy Sex Scandal Ends Trump.  First they tried to beat him at the polls.  They lost miserably.  Then they unleashed America's most powerful and penetrating espionage apparatus against him at the height of the presidential campaign.  And got caught red-handed.  Once he assumed the White House, they tried beating him with a sprawling federal investigation into "Russia collusion" — only to discover that they themselves were the only ones colluding with the Kremlin to tilt the 2016 election.  Frustrated, exhausted and completely out of ideas, the Grand Cyclops of the Washington Swamp has finally resorted to the only thing that has resulted in a presidential impeachment since Reconstruction:  a raunchy sex scandal.


The Deep State "Whistleblower" and President Trump's phone call to Ukrainian President Zelensky:
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Timely news and commentary:


Tick, Tick, Boom, Boom, Time's Up, Obama Goons?  There's something happening here.  People with titles are beginning to say out loud what people without titles have been saying for four years — that Barack Obama's FBI and CIA conspired to frame Donald Trump as an agent of Russia in order to spy on his campaign and then remove him from office.  Attorney General Barr used the opportunity of being called in to testify before Jerry Nadler's House Judiciary Committee to state plainly that there were "grave abuses involved in the bogus 'Russiagate' scandal," and DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec has stated, "What happened to candidate Trump was one of the greatest political injustices in history."

Shifty Schiff Cannot Re-Impeach for Anything Prior to Jan. 15, 2020.  We are approaching four years now since the powerful criminal and intelligence agencies of the federal government began earnestly (and illegally) searching for Trump/Russia collusion.  With their unlimited resources and Robert Mueller's 19 prosecutors and $35 million, one might reasonably conclude that if illegality on Trump's part existed, they would have found it by now.  Nevertheless, the undynamic duo of Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler believe that the evidence for Impeachment 2 is right there.  It's been there all along, but somehow everyone has missed it.  If Mueller can be subpoenaed to testify, surely, he will remember what his team of Democrat Party donors forgot to put in the report.  If Schiff and Nadler can just get the legally protected grand jury transcripts from the Mueller investigation, the Trump collusion will be right there in writing for them to construe.

The Perpetual Impeachment:  House Democrats Tell The Supreme Court That They Are Preparing For A New Impeachment.  On Monday [5/18/2020], the House Democrats filed a brief that with the Supreme Court that the House was actively pursuing new articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump including "the possible exercise of improper political influence over recent decisions made in the Roger Stone and Michael Flynn prosecutions, both of which were initiated by the special counsel."  The argument is meant to justify the continued demand for redacted grand-jury material from the now closed Special Counsel investigation into the Russian collusion investigation.  I have long supported the congressional demands for documents withheld by the Trump Administration as well as witnesses, including in my testimony during the House impeachment.  The ability to acquire grand jury material turns on whether an impeachment is a "judicial proceeding" under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6 (e).  The district court and the court of appeals ruled that it does and that the House is entitled to the material.  However, the House is arguing that this request is not moot after the acquittal of President Trump at the Senate impeachment trial.

Trump Derangement Syndrome Has Introduced Impeachment 2.0.  After spending the months preceding the global pandemic in a futile impeachment attempt, House Democrats are now again trying to impeach President Donald Trump.  The lower chamber majority told the Supreme Court on Monday that they are in the middle of an "ongoing presidential impeachment investigation" that requires redacted information from the grand-jury proceedings that were part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's two-and-a-half-year probe.  Since Trump was finally acquitted of two articles of impeachment in February, Democrats have expressed a desire to try again, requesting that the nation's highest court grant them classified material that they have pledged not to leak under "special protocols."

Democrats tell Supreme Court they need Mueller grand jury material to consider new articles of impeachment.  The Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee told the Supreme Court it needs the grand jury materials redacted in special counsel Robert Mueller's report to decide whether to impeach Trump over his alleged obstruction of the Russia investigation.  Douglas Letter, the Democratic committee's top lawyer, filed a 33-page motion on Monday [5/18/2020] opposing a Justice Department effort that seeks to have the nation's highest court block the release of the documents.  Democrats insist they need the information quickly because the House Judiciary Committee's "impeachment investigation related to obstruction of justice pertaining to the Russia investigation is ongoing."

The Peculiar World of Dr. Fauci.  The previous president deployed the upper reaches of the FBI and DOJ against candidate and President Trump.  As the president says, these were "dirty cops," and despite Robert Mueller and his squad of partisan Democrats, their efforts came to nothing.  The dust had barely settled when some mysterious "whistleblower" outed a Trump phone call.  That brought in State Department troops such as George Kent, William Taylor, Gordon Sondland and Marie Yovanovitch.  They produced no evidence that Trump had done anything wrong but did showcase their own bias, incompetence and arrogance.The same was true of National Security Council drones Fiona Hill and Alexander Vindman.  This show-trial led to impeachment proceedings that also failed to remove Trump from office.  The economy was booming and Trump holding forth at rallies, but then came the coronavirus.

'Obamagate' Isn't A Conspiracy Theory, It's The Biggest Political Scandal Of Our Time.  A string of recently released documents have confirmed that the entire Russia-Trump investigation, which eventually entrapped Flynn and forced then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself, was an unprecedented abuse of power that amounted to organized effort by the Obama administration to nullify the results of the 2016 presidential election.  It was in effect an attempted coup.  If you haven't picked that up from the news media, it's not your fault.  Instead of grappling with the implications of newly released details about what Obama officials were doing to undermine the incoming Trump administration during the transition, the mainstream media have fixated on Trump's use of the term "Obamagate," dismissing it as a conspiracy theory.

Taking the Coup Clan to the Cleaners.  If confirmed as Director of National Intelligence, Texas Republican John Ratcliffe said this week, he would not let any "outside influence," impact or alter intelligence.  His loyalty would be "to the Constitution and rule of law" and Ratcliffe would "speak the truth to power."  As Ratcliffe knows, the intelligence community has been protecting the powerful from the truth, but change is in the wind.  On May 4, acting DNI Richard Grenell informed Congress that some 53 transcripts of interviews were declassified, redacted and ready for release.  These include interviews with former DNI James Clapper, Loretta Lynch, Samantha Power, Andrew McCabe, Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, and John Podesta.  As Fox News reports, none of the 53 witnesses could provide evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia.

Russiagate hoax blown wide open as Schiff's lies [are] compared with transcripts.  This news this piece carries is so important that we include two videos with it.  The Russiagate hoax was blown to bits on Friday, May 8th.  V-E Day in the West might well be also called V-T day for the United States.  Honestly, it ought to be V-T day for the world, and for Russia in particular, because now, more than ever, the folly of sanctions is obvious.  The release of the FBI transcripts reveals a plot by the very real Deep State to prevent President Trump from being elected, and further, to impair or destroy his presidency, once elected by picking off anyone close to him, in an effort to eventually drive him out of office by innuendo over fabricated Russian "connections."  The basic truth of the transcripts is that the very people that Adam Schiff, especially, insinuated as key witnesses TO the FACT of collusion actually stated very clearly — to a person! — that they had NO such evidence as the result of any interviews or interrogations conducted against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Impeachment #2:
Get ready for the corona coup.  House Democrats, flummoxed by their failed attempt to remove President Trump earlier this year, are gearing up for another round of quasi-impeachment with their coronavirus oversight committee.  It's been just a few months, believe it or not, since the House impeached the President for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, but the moment was quickly overshadowed by the global pandemic.  The coronavirus committee thus could be the Democrats' last ditch effort to dig up dirt on the President before the election in November.  Democrats claim the new committee is necessary to investigate the trillions of dollars in government stimulus money being distributed for coronavirus relief, but the overlapping nature of the committee with other existing oversight mechanisms and the stacking of the committee with anti-Trump zealots calls into question that motivation.

Trump Administration Presses Supreme Court to Stop Release of Secret Mueller Files.  The Trump administration on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to delay transmission of secret grand jury materials from former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to House Democrats.  The request follows a March decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which said Congress can access the materials under a rule allowing disclosure "in connection with a judicial proceeding," meaning an impeachment trial in this instance.  Democrats have left open the possibility of a second impeachment push depending on the contents of the Mueller files.  President Donald Trump outright refused to cooperate with congressional requests for information.  Speaking to reporters in April 2019, a defiant Trump promised his administration would be "fighting all subpoenas."

New Russia Transcripts Appear To Show Schiff, Obama Officials Knew Trump Was Not Colluding With Russia.  Newly released transcripts from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's (D-CA) closed door Russia investigation hearings show that former Obama officials and Schiff appeared to know that there was little to no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 election.  Here is what former Obama officials testified to when asked during Schiff's hearings if they had or had seen evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia: [...]

Adam Schiff's Dirty Impeachment Tactics Coming to Light.  Rep. Adam Schiff spent months launching secret impeachment hearings, never thinking his conduct would be called into question.  He is now caught in the crosshairs of a formidable government agent, Mr. Brendan Carr, Federal Communication Commissioner.  The impeachment may be over, but Mr. Carr is formally investigating Rep. Schiff for violating privacy laws — more like obliterating ethical boundaries — by setting up his own surveillance state to target the president's allies.  Carr is currently uncovering the diabolical nature of the congressman's "surveillance state."  At the time, Schiff resorted to such desperate measures because he didn't have much of an impeachment case:  Therefore, he issued secret subpoenas to phone carriers hoping to mine the private data of his political opponents, or in effect ransacking their private lives.  The objective was to obtain and publish the calls of Trump's allies.

The Terrifying Zealotry of Adam Schiff and His Impeachment Fairies.  Yes, this would be the same Adam Schiff who for more than three years now has lied to gullible reporters about his spectacular fantasies of Mr. Trump in a Moscow hotel room with hookers.  This is the same ridiculous nutjob who for years now has been lying to American voters about how he has secret evidence that he cannot share proving that Mr. Trump "colluded" with Russian President Vladimir Putin to "steal" the 2016 election.  Secret "evidence," it turned out, that all came from the Kremlin.  This is the same desperate, dishonest charlatan who — after his Russian fantasy went up in smoke — turned his imagination to Ukraine and began spinning new fantasies about Mr. Trump conspiring with the president of Ukraine to make Joe Biden look bad — as if Joe Biden needs any help looking bad.

'Here we go again': Pelosi, Schiff plot new probe of Trump.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has spent the last three-plus years investigating President Trump, and each time, she's come up empty.  But she's going to give it another go, this time as Americans are locked down while the coronavirus sweeps across the nation.  Mrs. Pelosi announced last week that she is setting up a select House committee to "assure that the taxpayer dollars are being wisely and efficiently spent" — but the California Democrat also said she wants to "examine all aspects of the federal response to the coronavirus."

Fuel for impeachment #2:
Adam Schiff's Dereliction of Duty Regarding Communist China.  If ever there were a textbook case in Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), it is Rep. Adam Schiff of California.  Since the start of Trump's presidency he has been at the forefront of investigating the administration and the president with an avidity that approaches, even surpasses, if that is possible, monomania.  In doing so he has been a font of disinformation that might make the KGB blush.  First was the bogus Russia probe and the lies surrounding the FISA court, then the endless impeachment over an ambiguous phone call and, as of last week, his proposal for a "9-11" style commission to study the U.S. response to the virus, no doubt with the president in the crosshairs.

More fuel for impeachment #2:
HHS inspector general reportedly planning multiple probes into Trump admin COVID-19 response.  The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reportedly plans to launch multiple investigations into the Trump administration's coronavirus response, in part because of another whistleblower complaint.  "A spokesperson for the HHS inspector general [said] that investigators will carry out at least five reviews 'related to HHS's planning and response of the COVID-19 outbreak,'" the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday [3/25/2020].

Autopsy of an Impeachment.  [Scroll down]  As a historical note, it's worth adding that at the time of the Constitution's ratification, getting a simple majority in the House and a two-thirds majority in a Senate in a country with only 13 states was easier than it is now.  As the Republic has grown, the political bar for impeaching and removing the president has risen, since it requires more votes among a diverse set of states and peoples.  Also adding term limits to the presidency makes the argument for immediate removal even more difficult.  When Hamilton writes about what impeachment is trying to fix, he points to an "abuse or violation of some public trust."  That provides us with a pretty clear idea of what impeachment should provide in the end.  It's a political tool meant to restore public trust in the executive branch.  Impeachment and removal should restore public confidence, and if it doesn't, or public trust worsens, then the case for impeachment is weakened.

Nadler quietly conducting one-man impeachment inquiry against Trump.  Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., is effectively conducting a one-man impeachment inquiry despite House Democrats having thoroughly failed in their partisan effort to take out President Donald Trump.  The House Judiciary Committee chairman is still pursuing the Ukraine controversy, even though the U.S. Senate acquitted Trump of the charges leveled against him.

Impeachment 2.0? Democrats line up possible new charges against Trump.  Democrats already have lined up possible charges if they choose to pursue impeachment 2.0.  Still pending is a wide-open probe launched by Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat.  Mr. Schiff has been investigating President Trump, his family and businesses, the Trump Organization, over the congressman's suspicions of blackmail, money laundering and bribery.  Republican staffers say the inquiry was put on hold last fall pending the Ukraine impeachment proceedings led by Mr. Schiff.  But there is no sign Mr. Schiff has given up trying to prove Mr. Trump is corrupt, and if the president is impeached again, the charges would likely come from this probe, informed sources said.

How Democrats' Get-Trump Crusade Has Irreparably Damaged The Nation.  For more than three years, Democrats, Never Trump Republicans, and the left-leaning media proved themselves willing to destroy the country to destroy one man:  Donald J. Trump.  From foreign affairs to counterintelligence to law enforcement, from domestic governance to congressional oversight to separation of powers, Trump's enemies manipulated and misused our government powers because Americans dared to elect the wrong leader.  The Senate's acquittal yesterday [2/5/2020] of the president on the two spurious articles of impeachment concluded (for now) the years-long coordinated efforts at a coup.  But while Trump escaped the onslaught, the damage inflicted on our country will not be easily abated.

Donald Trump Thanks 'Incredible Warriors' Who Stood with Him Through 'Crooked' Impeachment.  President Donald Trump delivered a speech to the nation Thursday celebrating his impeachment trial acquittal the day before, blasting the process as "crooked" and thanking the "incredible warriors" who sided with him during the ordeal.  Trump described the event as a celebration of another victory over the "evil" forces allied against him.  "Today is the day to celebrate these great warriors, right?" Trump said.  "These are great warriors.  They really fought hard for us."  The president's address was populated with Cabinet members and staffers, as well as activists and allies.

President Trump unleashes fury at impeachment enemies at National Prayer Breakfast.  President Donald Trump unleashed his fury against those who tried to impeach him at a prayer breakfast Thursday, a day after his acquittal by the Senate.  "As everybody knows, my family, our great country and your president have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people," Trump said at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.  He spoke from a stage where he was joined by congressional leaders, including Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who led the impeachment charge against him.

The 5 Biggest News Media Lies During Impeachment.  [#1] Republicans Aren't Arguing the Facts:  Over and over during the House impeachment process we heard from the left that Republicans were not arguing the facts but instead just harping on what they called an unfair process.  Did the GOP say the process was unfair?  Yes.  Was the process unfair?  Yes.  But the Republicans in the House were also arguing the facts, and arguing them pretty well.  This is a consistent theme in all of this.  Confronted with several arguments from the president's supporters, the mainstream media always selected only the ones they thought helped Democrats.  The House Republicans made a simple argument based on four facts that never change.  1. There is no quid pro quo in the transcript.  2. Both Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky said there was no pressure.  3. Zelensky did not know U.S. aid was held up.  4. The aid was released with no announcement of investigations.  Those are not process arguments.

Republicans [are] planning to expunge Trump impeachment if they win back the House.  As the Senate is set to vote Wednesday on the removal from office of President Trump — with acquittal all but assured — Republicans are already plotting to expunge his impeachment if they retake the House.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have taunted that "impeachment will last forever," but GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, in line to be speaker if Republicans regain the majority in the November election, doesn't agree.  "This is the fastest, weakest, most political impeachment in history," McCarthy told The [New York] Post on Wednesday [2/5/2020].  "I don't think it should stay on the books."

Three takeaways from the failed impeachment.  [#1] Try a simple thought experiment:  if the House Dems were aware of any illegal activity by Trump, don't you think they would have used that as a basis for their impeachment?  The fact that they that chose a phone call to Ukraine, with no direct witnesses, in a situation that even they agree did not violate any laws, clearly shows that they have absolutely nothing illegal to pin on Trump.  It was not for lack of trying.  Keep in mind that the entire Democrat political apparatus has spent the last three years desperately trying to find something — anything — to destroy Trump.  Impeachment was their big chance, possibly their only opportunity to Get Trump while they still controlled the House.  The fact that they focused on such an inconsequential action by President Trump shows how desperate they are.  And if the best they can come up with is an innocuous Ukraine phone call, we know they don't have anything else they can point to that could conceivably be called illegal.

Impeachment fizzles despite media's best efforts.  NBC impeachment coverageThe left-wing media worked hard during President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial:  Praising the Democrats and criticizing Trump's attorneys.  According to analysis by the Media Research Center, during the first three days of the Senate trial, the Big Three evening newscasts carried water for the House managers night after night.  MRC counted 34 times the networks evaluated either the managers or Trump's attorneys:  20 of 21 times the public heard positive spin about the Democrats, and all 13 observations about the Trump attorneys were negative.  MRC spokesman Curtis Houck tells OneNewsNow he is not surprised by the bias but says few Americans are paying attention.

Ted Cruz Rips Impeachment Case to Shreds:  Obama Actually Did What Trump Was Impeached For.  On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ripped up the House Democrats' impeachment case against President Donald Trump, showing how former President Barack Obama's administration committed both of the acts Democrats impeached Trump for — and did far worse.  Cruz argued that acquitting Trump "comports with both the facts and the law."  "These impeachment proceedings began in the House of Representatives in a thoroughly partisan affair, driven by House Democrats without allowing the president to participate in cross-examining witnesses and calling defense witnesses," the senator recalled.  "The Senate has done much better.  We had an obligation under the constitution to conduct a fair trial and that is what the Senate has done."

Pulling the Plug on Democrats' Life Support.  On Wednesday the Democratic Party is scheduled to be removed from the life support system that has sustained it these past four years: the fraudulently and almost certainly illegally confected condition of Donald Trump being under a legal and ethical cloud.  The wild aspersions about financial chicanery, misogyny, racism, rank ignorance, and incompetence, and the monstrous canard about "treason" with Russia, the Mueller investigation, and the spurious impeachment were all that the Trump-hating media needed to persuade the credulous, within the United States and throughout the world, that this was an aberrant president who was about to be led out of the Oval Office in handcuffs.

Do you feel violated?  If the Democrats controlled the Senate, President Trump would have been removed from office without the Democrats having proved a "high crime or misdemeanor."  Simply put, it was a witch hunt, and it did emanate from the same type folks that actually burned witches at the stake in New England.  The Democrats called 17 witnesses and not one could point to a crime they witnessed.  They have been calling for impeachment since two days after Trump's election in November 2016.  President Trump has been endlessly investigated and they found absolutely nothing.

Despicable impeachment of Trump — decent people must decry this attack on our system.  Although it is nearly over, the impeachment and trial of President Trump have taken on a despicable quality unworthy of a free people.  A concern for the political health of the nation compels decent people to state openly what has gone on here: political deception on a massive scale meant to overthrow the election of 2016 and corrupt the 2020 election.  Led by Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler, the Democrat Party has been promoting and is likely to continue to promote a subterfuge meant to confuse the American electorate and radicalize politics.  In the articles of impeachment, there was no serious case made against President Trump for wrongdoing.  Indeed, one wonders whether the House managers were really interested in removing the president in the first place.

Adam Schiff Closes Impeachment Trial with Rant Against Trump: 'Decency Matters'.  Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) closed his side's argument for the removal of President Donald Trump with a rambling rhetorical assault on the president. [...] Schiff defended the investigative process in the House of Representatives, and declared:  "America also believes there is a difference between right and wrong, and right matters here.  But there is more.  Truth matter [sic].  Right matters — but so does decency.  Decency matters."

The Editor says...
The truth is important to Adam Schiff?  Since when?

The Winning Arguments Against Impeachment.  After all the great emotion of the impeachment struggle, it's worth setting out clearly the main issues at stake in their simplest form.  What were the core arguments that seem ready to triumph when the Senate makes its vote to give the final and decisive word, as mandated by the Constitution?

Why Impeachment Failed.  [Scroll down]  And perhaps if institutional media hadn't spent three years pushing a hyperbolically paranoid narrative of Russian collusion — a debunked conspiracy theory incessantly repeated by Democrats during the impeachment trial — the public wouldn't be anesthetized to another alleged national emergency.  You simply can't expect a well-adjusted voter to maintain CNN-levels of indignation for years on end.  Beyond the public's mood, the Democrats' strategy was a mess.  House Dems and their 17 witnesses set impossible-to-meet expectations, declaring that Trump had engaged in the worst wrongdoing ever committed by any president in history.  (I'm not exaggerating.)  When it comes to Trump criticism, everything is always the worst thing ever.  Even if Trump's actions had risen to the level of removal, Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler were quite possibly the worst possible messengers to make the case.  These are not the politicians you tap to persuade jurors; they're the politicians you pick to rile up your base.

Failed Coup of a Failing Establishment.  [Scroll down]  What was the heart of the Democrats' case to remove Trump?  Trump failed to invite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the White House, and held up military aid to Kyiv for several months, to get Zelensky to hold a press conference to announce that Kyiv was looking into how Hunter Biden got on the board of a corrupt energy company at a retainer of $83,000 a month while his father was the chief international monitor of corruption in Ukraine.  The specific indictment:  Trump's suspension of military aid imperiled "our national security" by denying arms to an "ally" who was fighting the Russians over there, so we don't have to fight them over here.  And what was the outcome of it all?  Zelensky got his meeting with the president.  He got the military aid in September.  He did not hold the press conference requested.  He did not announce an investigation of the Bidens.

Lindsey Graham Warns of a 'Day of Reckoning,' Vows to Call the Whistleblower.  The boomerang effect on Democrats has started.  During an interview with Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo over the weekend, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham vowed to compel testimony from the whistleblower in order to get to the bottom of what led to impeachment against President Trump.  He also reiterated his plans to investigate the Bidens for their involvement with Burisma, the most corrupt company in Ukraine.

The Editor says...
I remain highly skeptical.  Wake me up when the malefactors are sentenced to serious prison time.

Impeachment trial of Trump:  Remember when Pelosi and Nadler insisted on bipartisanship?  As recently as last March, Pelosi argued that, without significant buy-in from Republicans, she considered a Trump impeachment a non-starter.  Pelosi said:  "Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country.  And he's just not worth it."  [...] Trump defenders call his impeachment the "most partisan in history."  It is.  The House vote to start an impeachment inquiry into President Richard Nixon was 410-4. [...] Not one House Republican joined the House Democrats in voting for an impeachment inquiry of Trump, and none voted for either of the two articles of impeachment.  Not one.

Lisa Murkowski, swing-vote Republican, says she 'cannot vote to convict' Trump.  Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, considered one of the possible swing votes in the Trump impeachment trial, announced on the Senate floor Monday night that she "cannot vote to convict" President Trump.  Murkowski, whose comments closed out a day of debate on the floor over the articles of impeachment, said the "Constitution provides for impeachment but does not demand it in all instances."  While most Republican senators are expected to vote to acquit Trump, Murkowski had been considered a possible vote against the president.

Impeachment has proved the Democrats are no longer democrats.  The Senate is not going to call witnesses in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, and to all appearances the whole thing is nearly over.  Acquittal is imminent, and supposedly serious commentators are on Twitter wailing in unison with Democratic activists.  But what they are saying does not make any sense — it's contradictory.  On the one hand, they say that the case against Donald Trump is open-and-shut:  so utterly persuasive in objective terms that only the Senate Republicans' bad faith has prevented them from admitting it.  On the other hand, Democrats and the pundits don't trust voters to be persuaded by this purportedly airtight case — hence all the lamentations about an outcome that will leave Trump's fate to be decided in November at the ballot box rather than having him removed early by vote of the Senate.  But if the case against Trump is really so strong, why isn't it a safe bet that voters will dump Trump?  Should they be persuaded?  It's not as if there hasn't been plenty of publicity for the allegations behind the impeachment effort.  No doubt the Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN, and the rest will have much more to say about them over the next nine months, too.  Nobody can claim the voters haven't been told.  So again, why not trust them to do the right thing, if the right thing is really so objective and obvious?

The Winter of NeverTrump Discontent.  Impeachment is all but over, a wasted exercise in partisan derangement.  It was a shiny object for media dogs and cats to chase around the room, never quite catching it. [...] Despite "mountains of evidence" and a "slam dunk case" that was "overwhelming," House legal eagles Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler failed to make the case for removing a president from office for the unpardonable sin attempting to do his Constitutional duty investigating government corruption.

It Is All Fake News.  Realizing that their case was extremely weak, Democrats demanded that the Senate rules be changed.  They demanded that Senate Republicans allow them to call more witnesses and demand more documents in the Senate's portion of the case.  That is not how this works.  Democrats had their incredibly unfair opportunity to present their case in the House portion.  Thank God enough Republicans had the courage to vote no to Democrats using the Senate to further their evil, disgusting scheme to reverse the 2016 presidential election.  Because Trump has done nothing wrong, the Senate will vote for acquittal.  Another Democrat and fake news media scam to remove Trump from office has failed.

Why Do Democrats Not Trust (Even Their Own) Voters?  When Democrats pursued "Russia collusion" they did so with a foundation of "evidence" that was debunked nearly as quickly as it was assembled.  Yet someone believed it would be great to spend the better part of three years attempting to con the American people.  Not satisfied with that embarrassment someone else began running with the impeachment meme.  But doing so on an even flimsier foundation.  Thankfully that partisan sham of a process is exiting stage left.  For some reason, some people somewhere believed that instead of running against the administration with a set of ideas it would be better to merely repudiate the votes of the last election and through trickery attempt surgical removal of a president who was legally and overwhelmingly elected.  The vote of the people — in essence — means nothing to them.

Preventing Another 'Crossfire Hurricane'.  Friday's Senate vote rejecting Democrats' demands to call witnesses in the Trump impeachment trial makes the president's acquittal inevitable.  But for the Senate bloviators' desire to make more pointless speeches, the acquittal — which is scheduled for Wednesday — would have already happened.  The vote will occur the day after Trump delivers his annual State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening.  That speech will be pure Trump: boasting about past successes, bragging about successes to come in 2020, and making the Dems squirm.  (Those who were given Speaker Nancy Pelosi's infamous impeachment signing pens may want to return them.)  There will be no post-impeachment period of reflection and wound-licking for the Democrats.  They will continue in their belief that Wile E. Pelosi is a political super-genius.

Who's to Blame for Pelosi-Schiff Impeachment Insanity?  Throughout the two-year Rosenstein-Weissmann investigation, Adam Schiff repeatedly claimed that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were in cahoots.  He could not discuss the details with any specificity, but he assured everyone that he had seen the proof with his own eyes, and the president's treachery would be exposed when the special counsel issued his report.  Yet, when that long awaited day arrived, the proof Mr. Schiff promised was nowhere to be found.  Instead, "The Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election" contradicted his oft-repeated assertion of Russian collusion, and concluded that "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."  Much to Mr. Schiff's dismay, the Russian collusion narrative had crumbled, but he simply would not let it go.

Andrew McCarthy:  House Democrats Could Continue Impeachment Investigation.  Appearing Saturday [2/1/2020] on the Fox News Channel, former Assistant U.S. Attorney and network contributor Andrew McCarthy said the House Democrats could continue their impeachment investigation even if the Senate acquits President Donald Trump.  [Video clip]

With Trump's acquittal inevitable, Democrats unanimously denigrate acquittal.  After 51 Senators voted not to hear any further witnesses in the impeachment, President Trump's imminent acquittal became inevitable.  (With a two-thirds majority required for impeachment, Trump's acquittal was always inevitable; it just would have dogged Trump longer and created more possibilities for mischief.)  Because Trump was acquitted without live testimony in the Senate, Democrats are insisting that he has not been cleared of the charges against him.  Nancy Pelosi and the other non-lawyers making this claim can be excused for being stupid.  Those Democrats who are lawyers, however, have no excuse for saying something so inconsistent with American jurisprudence.  As always when attacking Trump, Democrats are moving in lockstep.  This time, the lockstep is that, absent witnesses, Trump hasn't really been "acquitted"; he has, instead, escaped justice.

Final impeachment vote postponed to Wednesday amid internal GOP spat.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has postponed a final vote on articles of impeachment against President Trump until Wednesday [2/5/2020] in the face of opposition from Senate GOP moderates to his plan to wrap up the trial Friday or Saturday without deliberations.  Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), emerging from a Senate GOP conference meeting, said senators now will return to the impeachment trial at 11 a.m.  Monday to deliberate with a final vote on convicting or acquitting Trump set for Wednesday.  "There was some feverish discussion," Braun said.  Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of GOP leadership, confirmed that the trial will wrap by Wednesday.

Democrats [are] Becoming More Desperate, and More Dangerous.  It appears that the long-running farce of an impeachment process may finally be coming to a well deserved end.  On Wednesday, February 5, the impeachment without a crime will see the Senate voting yea or nay on the two articles.  That vote will bring to a conclusion a three-year ordeal of continual lies, shredding of the Constitution, and malicious and unsubstantiated attacks.  It will expose a long list of people who should be charged and prosecuted for various felony crimes including perjury, lying to federal investigators, fraud, and presenting false evidence to a federal court.

Who's to Blame for Pelosi-Schiff Impeachment Insanity?  Prior to delaying aid to Ukraine, President Trump threatened to, or actually did, withhold aid from Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.  He also threatened Mexico with tariffs unless the Mexicans halted the caravans marching through their country.  All these demands were transmitted in the clear, and each contained the dreaded quid pro quo, but not a single Democrat eyebrow was raised.  What made the Ukrainian case different?  Why did it rise to the level of impeachment where the others did not?  To Chairman Schiff, the answer was simple:  the president had something to hide.  This time he was right:  the president was hiding information from Russia.

I Extend My Finger To The Impeaching House Democrats.  One of the most popular quotes coming from the lying mouths of the newly defeated Democrats was the illogic that there can be no acquittal if there was no trial.  But the Democrats' arrogance misses the point that if there are only poorly thought-out and incomplete charges brought with the impeachment, the trial can't even begin.  And that was the mortal failure of the Democrat impeachment charges.  It was as though children playing games were the managers of the House impeachment team.  The charges were complete [nonsense] from beginning to end and didn't deserve the few days that Mitch McConnell allowed them to proceed, once the dithering Democrats finally got around to presenting the articles to the Senate.

From the rubble of impeachment fail, Democrats turn on each other.  The collapse of the Democrats' impeachment bid to Get Trump hasn't exactly been good for Democratic unity.  There were signals and indicators of the fights breaking out all over Twitter, even as Sen. Chuck Schumer made his final teary bawl to the television cameras about the whole thing being a "a grand tragedy" and a "sham trial."  Fox News host Laura Ingraham compiled a good segment of the tensions and misery — how Adam Schiff tried for one last time to shut his fellow impeachment manager, Rep. Jerry Nadler, up at the finale, and how Schumer himself shushed Sen. Kamala Harris from trying to grab his mic and do the talking instead of him, as well as a fine coda at the end of the miserified faces of the network broadcasters once they learned the Senate voted down witnesses and the impeachment trial would soon be over.

Senate impeachment punt sets up jam-packed, unprecedented week in Washington.  The GOP-led Senate may have blocked new witnesses from testifying, but a deal struck with Democrats to delay the ultimate impeachment acquittal vote of President Trump until Wednesday sets up a wild week ahead in politics.  On Monday [2/3/2020], the 2020 presidential election kicks off with the first votes cast being cast in the Iowa caucuses.  Meanwhile, the House Democratic impeachment managers and Trump's defense team will return to the Senate chamber at 11 a.m. to make their closing arguments in the impeachment trial.  The following day, senators will give floor speeches on whether or not Trump should be impeached — just hours before the commander in chief arrives at the Capitol to deliver his State of the Union address.

Why Wasn't Spygate Impeachable?  The Democrats have impeached Trump for merely contemplating something that Obama actually did.  And in Obama's case, the abuse of power was altogether real: it resulted in a massive violation of civil liberties.  Obama's FBI falsely claimed that four members of Trump's campaign were probable Russian agents.  None of them were.  Oops.  Oh well, the Democrats said.  Obama had an obligation to check out the hunches of John Brennan and James Comey.  By contrast, Hunter Biden's corruption wasn't conjectural.  As even Obama's State Department acknowledged, his "work" in Ukraine reeked of improprieties and influence-peddling.  It is hilarious to watch Democrats speak of the Bidens as above reproach.  In truth, Joe Biden stands at the center of a family of crooks who have spent decades trading on his last name.

Media Frankensteins hate their creation.  The media wanted President Donald John Trump impeached.  The House impeached him.  Now as his acquittal nears — painstakingly slow-walked at a turtle's pace by Mitch McConnell — the media valedictorians ask themselves what have we done?  You only get one bullet.  Democrats wasted theirs on the Mueller Report.  This impeachment was a joke. [...] Now the media realizes that what does not end his presidency makes him stronger.  The experts on TV are apoplectic.  They had convinced themselves that calling a foreign president to congratulate him on his election is on the level of treason and bribery.  How dare the rest of the nation roll its eyes!

Alan Dershowitz:  When Trump Is Acquitted He Will No Longer Be Impeached — The Impeachment Disappears.  Former Harvard Law Professor and noted author Alan Dershowitz had more bad news for Democrats on Friday night [1/31/2020].  When President Trump is acquitted next week he will no longer be impeached.  It will be over.  It will be removed from his record.  Sorry, Nancy.  The charade is over.

An Inconvenient Truth For The Democrat Party.  Today's Democratic politicians, with few exceptions, are the problem instead of being part of the solution in resolving the serious problems that face our country.  Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and their fellow House of Representative Democratic minions have become so obsessed with impeaching our duly elected president, Donald J. Trump, that they have brought nothing but turmoil, disenchantment and embarrassment to the American people with their absurd actions.  Their accusations against our President are so ridiculous and false that it doesn't take much to realize the "why" of their actions.  First of all, 62,984,825 Americans voted for Donald Trump.  That number does not mean anything to the Democrats.  President Trump is a businessman, not a politician and the Democrats cannot control him to do their bidding.

Jig Is Up on Democrats' Bloodless Coup of Trump.  [T]here is no probative evidence that the president did what he is accused of doing, and what he is accused of is not illegal, not impeachable, and the entire episode is an outrage and a disgrace.  As anti-Trump law professor Jonathan Turley testified at the House Judiciary Committee in December, the abuse of power that has occurred has been the impeachment of the president, not any act by the president that has come to light. [...] The accusations against President Trump have not got off the ground despite all the venomous and repetitive loquacity of the prosecution managers, Schiff (who chairs the House Intelligence Committee) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.  The jig is up.  The Democrats have used the nuclear option, played the big Trump card, had their silly impeachment trial and now they are desperately looking for an exit strategy that leaves a political shirt on their backs.

Top 8 Reasons Trump Already Won Impeachment.  [Scroll down]  [#6] House Democrats picked impeachment managers who seemed perfectly calibrated to annoy and grate on those handful of senators whose votes were up for grabs.  Reps.  Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler were the leaders of a group that repeated their highly partisan talking points and used hyperbolic and loaded language.  The media loved it, but it went over like a lead balloon with the non-Resistance senators.  The House Democrats accused senators of being cowards who were complicit in a cover-up.  They suggested that the senators were unable to vote properly because President Trump would put their heads on pikes if they didn't vote to acquit.  They refused to answer specific and direct questions about whether the whistleblower worked for Biden, was involved in any decisions regarding Burisma, or about his interaction with Schiff's staff. [...] At some point, the difference between the competent and highly skilled attorneys on the White House team and the bumbling and somewhat mediocre team of House managers was so pronounced it was almost embarrassing.

The Right to a Fair Trial.  After he has been accused of wrongdoing and impeached, doesn't President Trump also have the right to a fair trial?  He certainly didn't get one.  In a civilized society, disagreements are supposed to be fairly and equitably resolved through debate, either in the public arena or a court of law. [...] Donald Trump's impeachment by the House of Representatives was a sick joke — secret hearings in basements, exculpatory information withheld, it quickly degenerated into a sick partisan kangaroo court with the outcome of impeachment determined before the start.  Lies were uttered and repeated until they became mantras, as if to prove the old adage about a lie told often enough becoming the truth, which is a dumb adage because lies never become true... but they can be believed by a gullible-enough audience.

Chief Justice John Roberts strikes out.  Chief Justice John Roberts doesn't seem to have the judicial acumen of a traffic court judge.  During the course of the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, Americans have now seen the chief justice have three historical strikes.  Consequently, the Senate should immediately vote to have case dismissed, against President Trump.  Our fairly elected president should be immediately acquitted of these most politically driven bogus charges in American constitutional history.  Strike one by John Roberts is simple, based on the conduct of his presiding over the trial.  It is obvious that he has been over-the-top prejudiced against President Trump by not holding House Democrat managers accountable for their gross breach of decorum. [...] Strike two for Chief Justice Roberts is that he has shown so far that there is no judicial admonishment or accountability for committing perjury.

Trump's conviction in impeachment trial not justified even if Bolton claims are true.  Democrats claim that when Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into what Trump called troubling actions by former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, Trump was seeking a political advantage against a prospective opponent in the November presidential election. [...] Trump's legal team has countered that the president had every right to ask Ukraine to examine and produce any evidence of a potentially corrupt act by a U.S. public official.  The act to be examined was Joe Biden's demand that Ukraine fire a prosecutor who was allegedly investigating Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company that employed his son.  By any reasonable and objective standard, Hunter Biden's employment was highly suspicious and unusual.  At a time when his father was serving as vice president and in charge of Ukraine policy for the Obama-Biden administration, Hunter Biden was being paid $83,000 a month to sit on the natural gas company's board — despite having absolutely no experience in the energy sector and no experience in Ukrainian affairs.

Impeachment Questions That Need Answering.  The case against the president is very thin, in the sense that a finite set of events that took place over a relatively short time to an inconclusive end has been lavished with months of investigative attention, with the result that the Democratic-controlled House, on a strictly party-line vote, voted two articles of impeachment.  The charges are so vague that Democrats repeatedly shifted their theory about what to call the president's alleged misconduct — campaign-finance violation, attempted extortion, quid pro quo, bribery, and more recently, a budget-law transgression — before ultimately settling on a nebulous "abuse of power" claim, coupled with obstruction of the House's inquiry.  We all have a good idea where things stand, and thus most of us are probably skeptical that this phase of questions by the Senate could change any minds.  Still, I think it's possible.

It's Time to Pull the Plug on the Impeachment Farce.  [Scroll down]  The vote on whether to proceed with witnesses apparently will take place on Friday.  I assume that McConnell thought it would be easy to get 51 votes in favor of terminating the Senate proceeding, but John Bolton's ill-timed and ill-advised tell-all book has thrown a monkey wrench into that plan. [...] Nothing Bolton says about President Trump's desire to have Ukraine conduct investigations into 1) Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and 2) corruption in the Obama/Biden administration, could possibly make out an impeachable offense.  The whole thing is a bad joke, and the sooner it is put out of its misery, the better.

Last-Second Impeachment Game-Playing Is Kavanaugh 2.0.  President Donald Trump's opponents are using the same failed tactics to derail the president's agenda for the crime of winning the 2016 election.  On Sunday [1/26/2020], The New York Times published leaked details of former National Security Advisor John Bolton's upcoming book accusing Trump of tying nearly $400 million in military aid to extracting politically motivated investigations into the Biden family.  Never mind that the book leak arrived on the same day that it became available for online pre-ordering, came unsubstantiated, and surfaced from a former White House aide with an axe to grind over his removal.  The late leak is reminiscent of previous attempts to sabotage the Trump presidency with unfair operations pushing shady allegations via anonymous sources with no actual evidence paraded as "bombshells" in a compliant media.

Ruling Class Held Hostage by Trump's Impeachment.  [I]n league with their propaganda arm, the mainstream media, the ruling elites have pulled out all the stops and abandoned any ethical, moral or legal restraints to get rid of Donald Trump and recapture their previous hierarchical influence in the Republican Party.  The abominably fabricated and unconstitutional impeachment farce is the culmination of three years of frustration and determination to rid the nation of the "threat" that is Donald Trump's takeover of a major political party and transformation of it into a vehicle of populism.  Which would allow the citizenry and not the elites to determine the course of the nation's future.  In reality, impeachment, endless investigations, fabrications and the constant vilification of Donald Trump are aimed at intimidating the nameless and unwashed masses who had the temerity and insolence to vote against the wishes of the ruling class.

Dianne Feinstein backtracks after saying 'the people should judge' Trump.  Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein walked back a statement on Tuesday after appearing to say she would oppose convicting President Trump in his impeachment trial.  Feinstein, 86, told the Los Angeles Times that she is leaning toward voting to keep Trump in office after hearing the defense from the president's legal team.  The senator said that she believes Trump has many flaws, especially relating to the findings in the House's impeachment, but she said that the voters should decide Trump's fate in November.  "Nine months left to go.  The people should judge.  We are a republic.  We are based on the will of the people.  The people should judge," Feinstein said.  "That was my view and it still is my view."  She added, "Impeachment isn't about one offense.  It's really about the character and ability and physical and mental fitness of the individual to serve the people, not themselves."

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If "mental fitness of the individual to serve the people" is really an issue, why didn't Senator Feinstein have something to say about Barack H. Obama?

With several Republicans apparently succumbing on impeachment witnesses, Mitch McConnell may need to go 'nuclear'.  The Wall Street Journal reports that Mitch McConnell has told Republican Senators that he does not have the votes to block witnesses: [...] As detailed many times, the entire Democrat strategy has been to Kavanaugh the hearings, to call witnesses the House never called in order to turn the trial into a circus in which the process becomes the punishment.  The House impeachment was in bad faith, and the Kavanaughing of the hearings also is bad faith.  That four Republican Senators may succumb to these tactics speaks volumes about the weakness of Republicans.

Dan Crenshaw to Adam Schiff:  If Your Impeachment Case Is so Solid Why the Demand for More Witnesses?  If you'd bought into what the mainstream media and Democrats told you over the last two weeks about the Senate impeachment trial, you'd believe House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) was the greatest lawyer/congressman/orator America has ever known after he did his part in presenting the House's impeachment/removal case against President Trump.  Unsurprisingly, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) isn't one of those people buying into what Democrats and their allies in the national press are selling.  Case in point, Schiff took to Twitter on Saturday and attempted to discredit the opening arguments being made by Trump's attorneys.

Target Trump Forever.  The Left has shown that the collusion exoneration last year by the heralded Robert Mueller investigation — all 22-months, the "dream team," and $34 million of it — meant absolutely nothing.  Nor did it matter that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz found no justification of "collusion" in the Steele dossier to justify the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants it issued to spy on Carter Page.  Both the Mueller and Horowitz investigations confirmed that even the partisan and warped FBI "Crossfire Hurricane" intrigues could find no Russian-Trump collusion.  And yet the House impeachment managers cannot finish a sentence without exclaiming "Russian collusion," as if it has now transmogrified into some exotic foundational myth.

Joltin' Bolton and Reckless Romney.  [Scroll down]  We should take the media reports just now with a large lump of salt.  It is entirely possible that Bolton, if he testifies in the Senate, will say that Trump legitimately believed that Ukraine was a center of election interference in 2016, and that Biden was involved in it, which would turn the tables on the Democrats, as it would make the conditions of the aid wholly legitimate.

A Great Triggering Occurs After Pam Bondi Lays Out Biden Corruption During the Impeachment Trial.  There went forth the sound of a great triggering this afternoon [1/27/2020] after Pam Bondi took to the Senate floor to deliver a devastating fact case against Hunter Biden, who resides at the center of the question of what Trump was wanting investigated back in the summer.  The common refrain you hear from Democrats and the media is that Hunter Biden is irrelevant.  Yet, they then want to deny Republicans the right to show that investigating him was a legitimate pursuit.  It's an attempt to have it both ways and Bondi was having none of it. [...] Bondi even went so far as to play the tape of Joe Biden threatening to withhold aid from Ukraine while he was Vice President.  That's a clip which has been black-balled by the legacy media, as it's just an awful look.

Senate Republicans push back on calls for more impeachment witnesses.  Senate Republicans on Sunday [1/26/2020] defended President Donald Trump and panned calls for witnesses to testify in the Senate impeachment trial, ahead of the start of the second week.  In interviews on major networks, Republicans appeared unmoved by House Democrats' opening arguments for Trump's removal and reiterated that the Senate should not seek new evidence.

Why Are Republicans Settling for Acquittal Instead of Total Victory?  It's a shame that so many Republicans are calling for a quick impeachment trial and the inevitable acquittal of Donald Trump.  It seems more than a bit shortsighted.  Why should Republicans settle for an acquittal when we can accomplish so much more?  The Democrats have laid a trap for themselves with this absurd impeachment farce and their demand for witnesses in the Senate trial.  Let's oblige them in their efforts to destroy themselves.  The goal shouldn't be simply to acquit Trump.  That's a fairly low bar and virtually a given.  The goal should be to crush the Democrats and make this entire process as painful and devastating as possible.

Dems' impeachment strategy isn't to win over the Senate, but defeat the Senate.  A common belief among conservatives is that Democrats have blundered in their impeachment trial argumentation, that they've shot themselves in the foot.  Perhaps so.  But we should remember that their goal cannot, logically, be to win over the Senate so President Trump can be ousted from office before November.  It would have to be that they want to win the Senate for Democrats in November.  It's easy believing that the world's Adam Schiffs and Jerrold Nadlers are ill intended Inspector Clouseaus (without his luck), and no great genius should be ascribed to them.  But they're surely smart enough to realize that they'll never get the votes of two thirds of the Senate — 67 members — which are necessary to convict and remove Trump.

The Democrats' Burisma Bait and Switch.  [Scroll down]  It sounds like something out of Kafka.  It would never be tolerated in the U.S. judicial system: no competent judge would bar an accused from attempting to prove his defense; and if one did, any conviction would be reversed on appeal.  It would not matter whether the prosecutor's proof was convincing; having one's day in court means having an opportunity to present any exculpatory evidence.  Yet what I've just described is essentially what House Democrats have done to President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial on the matter of the Bidens and Burisma.

The Democrats' Last Ditch Effort To Upend the Trump Trial.  Has the Trump impeachment drama reached its Brett Kavanaugh or Clarence Thomas moment?  That would be the moment when, after the hearings are more or less done and it looks like the target will survive, the Democrats confect a last ditch scandal to block, in the case of the two justices, Senate confirmation or, in the case of President Trump, acquittal.  We confess we've been expecting something to be brought up at the last minute.  It is, after all, the Democratic Party's modus operandi.  In the case of Clarence Thomas, it looked like the hearings were done and the nominee on the way to confirmation, when there was suddenly leaked an FBI report touching on Anita Hill's allegation of sexual harassment.  Something similar happened in respect of Justice Kavanaugh.

The impeachment case against Trump already lies in smoking ruins.  We all know that from the moment he was elected the Left has intended to see President Trump impeached.  The Washington Post called for impeachment nineteen minutes after the forty-fifth president was inaugurated. [...] Those who had the time and inclination to watch the first words of defense of the President spoken on Saturday are sure to be revolted by what went on, not just over the previous three days but the for the past three years.  This entire debacle should be over by Wednesday.  Schiff's two silly articles should be dismissed out of hand.  We can all now see clearly who and what Schiff and his impeachment cultists are: pompous, angry traitors to our Constitution.  They will be outsmarted by the Founders and the scholars who actually do know and revere our founding document and the law.  Their petty vindictiveness will condemn them to failure and a legacy of bumbling malfeasance.

Joni Ernst Asks Why Is Donald Trump Being Impeached Over Ukraine Aid That Most of the House Impeachment Managers Voted Against?  One of the scurrilous charges being thrown at President Trump by the imbeciles who make up the House of Representatives 'impeachment managers' in the ongoing travesty of the Senate trial is that somehow he damaged Ukraine's ability to defend itself.  Facially, this is rather stupid.  The first lethal aid provided to Ukraine ever by the United States arrived in April 2018. Prior to then, the Obama administration had focused on the really big ticket items like MREs and blankets.  This fact, alone, should be enough to torpedo the whole nonsense about the short delay in delivering aid earlier this year being critical.  In fact, none of the Javelin anti-tank missiles have yet been used in combat.

Democrats are trying to impeach President Trump, wayward voters, and democracy.  [Scroll down]  Every devious action (whether premeditated or spontaneous), every ruse, sleight-of-hand, slur, slander, lie, unwarranted attack, baseless charge, rending of the Constitution, and instance of rude behavior in which Democrats have already engaged... they have, pre-emptively, accused Senate Republicans of planning to employ.  They are trying to impeach the president, without charging him with a crime, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, though they themselves have blatantly abused their power and are engaged in obstruction themselves:  of the Senate; of the Executive Branch, whose sole responsibility it is to set foreign policy...  and of the American people, by trying to oust a duly elected president via a media-aided and abetted coup d'état just months prior to another presidential election.  They accuse the president and Republican senators of a cover-up, though they themselves are engaged in the greatest cover-up in American history.

Democrats' insult-the-jury strategy for winning their impeachment case.  The entire Senate impeachment trial is about changing the opinions of a few Republicans.  The buried lede is that they just trashed their own case for impeachment by satisfying their urge to insult and offend Republicans, who happen to be the jurors.  What's it they say about emotional intelligence being the capacity to delay gratification a little longer for the big prize?  The don't have it.

Jonathan Turley:  Dems Have to Scrap Half of Impeachment to Have a Prayer at Getting Witnesses.  On Thursday, constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) had made a "huge blunder" by insulting the senators who would decide whether or not to convict President Donald Trump.  In a follow-up op-ed on Friday [1/24/2020], he advised the House Democratic impeachment managers to accept that their case was essentially dead on arrival and to slice their articles of impeachment in half.  Only by dropping the "obstruction of Congress" impeachment article can they hope to get the Senate to agree to have witnesses in the trial for the "abuse of power" article.  The House impeachment managers "lost this case before it began — not because of the Republican majority but because of the House managers' own historic blunder in rushing the impeachment forward on an incomplete record," he wrote in The Washington Post.

Adam Schiff's history of inaccuracies, conspiracy theories follows him to Senate floor.  Rep. Adam B. Schiff arrived in the Senate this week as an impeachment trial manager, leaving the House with a trail of inaccuracies, conspiracy theories and attempts at obstruction, the record shows.  Liberal media have bathed the California Democrat in praise.  A CNN analyst called him "dazzling."  A Washington Post reporter tweeted that his trial argument to convict President Trump was one for the ages.  Conservatives take a decidedly different view.  They wonder on social media why a congressman who floated unproven conspiracies and a false dossier is leading the case against Mr. Trump, and they ask why the liberal media are so uncritical.

A knife at a gunfight?  Disarm the House Democrats.  The strategy the House impeachment managers are employing as they "make their case," has become apparent, and if not countered, Republicans may win the battle but lose the war. [...] We hear them breathlessly describe all manner of malfeasance, all attributable to the horrible Orange Man who stole Hillary's birthright in 2016 with a crushing electoral win, but what have we not heard?  We have heard next to nothing about the actual articles of impeachment, the supposed abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  The Democrats impeached on a fallacious basis.  To accept their premise, one must be willing to believe that House Democrats have supernatural knowledge of the unspoken thoughts of the president and all others involved.  The foundation of their case is the president being guilty of something Orwell usefully coined as "thoughtcrime."  The American people have soundly rejected that concept.

The Unconstitutional Impeachment of President Trump.  There are three critical reasons for the principle that impeachable offenses be indictable offenses[:]  First, the plain text of the Constitution requires it; second, the protection of the people's right to select the president cannot make the president serve at the pleasure of Congress; and third, the due process rights of the president prevent nebulous, vague undefined "offenses" being the basis of punitive impeachment.  Indeed, this argument is far from new: the only Supreme Court Justices ever to argue on the Senate floor on impeachment agreed; the only active Judges to ever argue on the Senate floor on impeachment agreed; and Founding Fathers who debated impeachment on the Senate floor back to 1805 agreed.  The Constitution only authorizes impeachment for three reasons: treason, bribery, and "other High Crimes and Misdemeanors" akin to treason or bribery.  As the current impeachment charges do not even allege treason, bribery or comparable "other high crimes," this impeachment of President Trump offends the Constitution.

Trump's Trial by Charlatans.  The attacks of the Democrats on Trump never made any sense.  First, they tried to portray him as an unpatriotic shill for Putin.  Never mind that Trump ran on an explicitly America First agenda.  Never mind that he won the presidency with the votes of the most patriotic Americans.  Never mind that once in office he conducted a Russia policy far tougher than Obama's.   It is the Democrats who routinely put the interests of foreigners before America.  They open our borders to them, promise to pay for their health care, give them driver's licenses, and demand amnesty for them.  While lecturing Trump on "letting foreigners interfere in our elections," they clamor for the voting rights of illegal immigrants.  The word "sovereignty" never passed Democratic lips until Trump became president.

Lamar Alexander Seems to Be the Key to President Trump Winning the Vote for a Quick Acquittal.  Today we will bid a fond farewell to Adam Schiff, Fat Jerry and the rest of the brain trust that comprises the House 'impeachment managers.'  While they may not have done much to make a case for impeachment, they have gone a long way towards alienating even wavering NeverTrump Republicans.  Fat Jerry accusing Republican Senators who were considering voting for acquittal of "treachery" managed to alienate even weaklings like Lisa Murkowski.  Right now the headcount says that there are three Senators in favor of calling witnesses:  Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney.  This gives McConnell a sure 50 votes for a motion to acquit.  To put that count in perspective, before Adam Schiff gave Jen Rubin a case of thigh sweats with his 'master class' in presenting a case to a jury, there were 45 Senators in favor of acquittal without hearing witnesses.  He has lost five votes.  He needs one more.  That vote belongs to retiring Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander.

Trump attorney promises to invoke Bidens in impeachment defense.  Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump's legal team, told reporters the team plans to invoke the Bidens during the impeachment trial in the Senate.  "For the life of me, they've done it.  Why, they opened up the door as wide as a double door on the Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, Burisma issue.  I guess that was their way of getting ahead of it.  We will address it," Sekulow told reporters.  Earlier, he also spoke on what he believes are "issues" surrounding the Ukraine controversy.  Sekulow questioned the Democratic Party's involvement in the funding of the dossier by British ex-spy Christopher Steele.

Law prof Jonathan Turley predicts Dems' impeachment 'will go down as one of the greatest historic blunders'.  Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley delivered a stinging assessment of the Democrats' rushed impeachment process against President Donald Trump.  The George Washington University Law School professor blasted Democrats during an appearance on CBS News for their second article of impeachment charging Trump with obstruction of Congress.

Elise Stefanik — Improperly Constructed House Articles are No Excuse for New Senate Witnesses.  Representative Elise Stefanik is a member of President Trump's defense team.  In this interview the issue of the deficient articles is raised surrounding witnesses.  House witnesses who gave testimony when the articles were framed could be considered appropriate, if needed, when debating those articles in the Senate.  However, witnesses not called by the House; and therefore not used in the assembly of the articles being debated in the Senate; are not valid for consideration.

The Tenuous Future of the Democratic Party.  [Scroll down]  Jumping on the impeachment bandwagon not only makes the candidates look opportunistic and, ironically, undemocratic but also fuels the narrative that Democrats are running primarily on an anti-Trump platform, which, as evidenced by Hillary's campaign, is an optic that isn't likely to get out the vote.  As such, handing out 30 engraved souvenir pens with Pelosi's name on them at a joyous impeachment ceremony served only to strengthen the narrative that Trump's impeachment is merely a Democratic ploy to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

The impeachment show's third act will focus on Schiff's lies and evil plans.  On the basis of no evidence at all, [Adam] Schiff is seeking to turn American from a nation proud of its unbroken record of a peaceful handover of power to political rivals into a banana republic in which legitimate elections are disputed by the loser.  A rising tide of political violence against Trump supporters, starting with the attempted assassination of a large number of House Republicans, and ongoing Antifa attacks, lends urgency to the specter.

Trump Acts Like a Politician.  That's Not an Impeachable Offense.  The way things look, President Trump will almost certainly not be removed from office.  The precedents set by the articles of impeachment, however, will endure far longer.  And regrettably, the House of Representatives has transformed presidential impeachment from a constitutional parachute — an emergency measure to save the Republic in free-fall — into a parliamentary vote of "no confidence."  The House seeks to expel Mr. Trump because he acted "for his personal political benefit rather than for a legitimate policy purpose."  Mr. Trump's lawyers responded, "elected officials almost always consider the effect that their conduct might have on the next election."  The president's lawyers are right.  And that behavior does not amount to an abuse of power.

End impeachment's government shutdown.  Like them or not, presidents uniquely represent the elected will of the people.  As such, their removal is not just about the removal of a person but the overturning of that elected will.  For that reason, there are few offenses that will be so grievous as to cause the party in power to give up their party's leader and convict a president; most charges, even if true, won't reach that high bar for removal. [...] The second article of impeachment — obstruction of the House by the assertion of executive privilege — is, in my view, wholly without merit.  Despite endless allegations of lawlessness, this administration has implemented every court ruling it has lost without exception.  Asserting executive privilege is not the same as paying hush money or suborning perjury, as was alleged in the Clinton and Nixon impeachment efforts.  President Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder, frequently asserted privilege in response to investigations and Holder was even held in contempt of Congress, a resolution he promptly ignored.

Impeachment Week:  It's OK to Be Bored; Not OK to Be White.  With the impeachment nonsense dragging into its 56th month, I have some random observations, only a few of which have anything to do with impeachment. [...] The person I really feel sorry for is Nancy Pelosi.  I assume she's weeping uncontrollably as she watches her chances of holding the speakership dwindle every time Jerry Nadler waddles to the mic.  True, you "go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want," as Donald Rumsfeld said, but surely there are more telegenic Democrats than Nadler and Adam Schiff.

Sekulow: President Trump's legal team to challenge impeachment aggressively.  President Trump's personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, said Democrats are failing to present a coherent impeachment case.  While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Sekulow said Democrats have tried to deny the president his constitutional rights by dismissing executive privilege.  The attorney stressed executive privilege is protected by Supreme Court decisions and added any attack against it amounts to an attack on the U.S. Constitution.

Debunking Trump's Impeachment with One Simple Thought Experiment.  Democrats can't come right out and say they're impeaching Trump just for being Trump, even though that's exactly what they're doing.  So they held this big investigation, and found that yes indeed, President Trump had committed foreign policy.  They can't actually impeach him for that, either, so instead they impeached him for defending himself against the charge of having committed foreign policy.

Report: Anti-Trump 'Whistleblower' Heard Discussing Need to 'Take Out' Trump 2 Weeks into His Presidency.  Just two weeks into Donald J. Trump's presidency, Eric Ciaramella — the CIA operative widely believed to be the anti-Trump "whistleblower" — was overheard discussing with another White House staffer the need to remove the president from office, Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations reported on Wednesday [1/22/2020].  Ciaramella was at the time on loan to the White House as a top Ukrainian analyst in the National Security Council (NSC).  He had previously served as an adviser on Ukraine to then-Vice President Biden.  "Just days after he was sworn in they were already talking about trying to get rid of him," a White House colleague who overheard their conversation told RCI.  "They weren't just bent on subverting his agenda," the former official added.  "They were plotting to actually have him removed from office."

White House Lawyer Patrick Philbin Explains House Circumvention of Constitution During.  As 21 different state attorneys general noted earlier today [1/22/2020], there are several reasons why the impeachment effort is unconstitutional.  These are not process arguments; they are factual arguments central to the constitutional framework of our government.  The failure of a full House vote to authorize the House Judiciary Committee to pursue evidence — via enforceable subpoenas — was a defect by design of Nancy Pelosi's decision to initiate an impeachment inquiry by her decree, not an authorizing vote.  White House lawyer Patrick Philbin explains the legal issue; this could be the lead argument in the defense case when it starts.  [Video clip]

State AGs urge Senate to reject impeachment in stinging letter: 'A dangerous historical precedent'.  The attorneys general of 21 states have come forward with a blistering rebuke of the impeachment of President Trump, asserting that it "establishes a dangerous historical precedent."  The Republican attorneys general, in a letter submitted to the Senate Wednesday morning and obtained by Fox News, urged the chamber conducting Trump's trial to "reject" the impeachment articles.  "If not expressly repudiated by the Senate, the theories animating both Articles will set a precedent that is entirely contrary to the Framers' design and ruinous to the most important governmental structure protections contained in our Constitution:  the separation of powers," they wrote.

Highlights (or lowlights) of the impeachment so far.  On Tuesday afternoon, CBS pulled the plug on covering the impeachment hearing taking place in the Senate.  It was getting more revenue running the daytime soaps.  This reflects a general feeling that most Americans don't want to sit there and be insulted.  And by "insulted," we mean things like Adam Schiff saying something that translates to "You, the People, are too dumb to be trusted with the vote, lest you vote again for Trump[.]"

Trump Haters Should Prepare for Disappointment.  It is not too soon to consider how to assist the millions of Trump-haters in the country in adjusting to the imminent collapse of their hopes and dreams.  Their entire political world now rests on a series of absurd suppositions; it is a levitation that defies all laws of nature and politics.  They have propelled themselves into an insane impeachment trial over non-offenses the president did not commit — a trial over matters which are not legally actionable and for which there is no evidence.  For this, the Senate and the chief justice of the United States will be tied up for weeks.  When it fizzles ignominiously, the anti-Trump media will squawk like hungry parrots that there was a real case, but that the Republican senators refused to recognize it.  That hackneyed line is wearing very thin.

New Documents Show Democrat Adam Schiff Mischaracterized Evidence In Impeachment, Report Suggest.  A new report on Tuesday night [1/21/2020] alleges that House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) appears to have "mischaracterized" evidence that was used in House Democrats' impeachment investigation.  The problem stems from a letter that Schiff sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) last week that summarizes "a trove of evidence from Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani," Politico reported.  "In one section of the letter, Schiff claims that Parnas 'continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky,' citing a specific text message exchange where Parnas tells Giuliani: 'trying to get us mr Z.'  The remainder of the exchange — which was attached to Schiff's letter — was redacted."  Politico added, "But an unredacted version of the exchange shows that several days later, Parnas sent Giuliani a word document that appears to show notes from an interview with Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma, followed by a text message to Giuliani that states: 'mr Z answers my brother.'  That suggests Parnas was referring to Zlochevsky not Zelensky."

New report suggests Schiff LIED about Parnas evidence.  There's a report out tonight [1/21/2020] that suggests that Nancy Pelosi's favorite Intel Chief Adam Schiff lied about a text from Lev Parnas, suggesting he was trying to get a meeting with Zelensky for Giuliani.

Schiff may have mischaracterized Parnas evidence, documents show.  House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff appears to have mischaracterized a text message exchange between two players in the Ukraine saga, according to documents obtained by POLITICO — a possible error the GOP will likely criticize as another example of the Democrats' rushed effort to impeach President Donald Trump.  The issue arose when Schiff (D-Calif.) sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) last week summarizing a trove of evidence from Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.  In one section of the letter, Schiff claims that Parnas "continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky," citing a specific text message exchange where Parnas tells Giuliani:  "trying to get us mr Z."  The remainder of the exchange — which was attached to Schiff's letter — was redacted.

Even if Trump's Senate impeachment trial ends quickly, Democrats may never stop.  If you watched Tuesday, you know that parts of the impeachment proceedings have been stultifyingly boring, but they have generated some fairly amusing and revealing video clips.  For example, Sen. Chuck Schumer explained how even with no chance of removing President Trump at the end of the process, impeachment is still absolutely necessary for this country, and every other problem we face must go on hold to pursue it. [...] It was a little over two decades ago that Schumer waded on another impeachment — Bill Clinton's — with a very different take.

Adam Schiff Would Be The Last Person To Get A GOP Senator To 'Cross Over'.  The Democrats' fervent hope in the impeachment process is no longer to remove President Donald Trump but rather to attain the moral victory of convincing just one Senate Republican to "cross over" and vote in favor of removal following the impeachment trial.  For the adoring left within the media and on Capitol Hill, a crossover vote would give Democrats the bipartisan label they have so craved but have been unable to secure throughout the entirety of this process, largely due to their gross unprofessionalism and the obviousness of the Ukraine phone call being a pretext for ambitions they have held since 2016.  If the Democrats want to garner crossover votes in the impeachment trial, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is the last person who should be managing the impeachment circus, largely because he has become the insufferable face of House partisanship and the blatant crookedness of the impeachment process.  Yet he was one of seven Democrats chosen by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi last week to do so.  But his performance today, combined with his salacious history, is a reminder of why he should be nowhere near the impeachment process.

Why not a single Republican is poised to vote to convict Trump.  Republican voters' overwhelming opposition to impeachment and aggressive maneuvering by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are conspiring to deliver President Trump a unanimous GOP vote of acquittal at his trial in the Senate.  That Senate Republicans are on track to acquit Trump and shield him from expulsion was not in doubt as the trial adjudicating two articles of impeachment opened on Tuesday.  But, as House Democratic prosecutors and the White House defense team began litigating charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, McConnell's push for unity and grassroots loyalty to Trump were moving Senate Republicans behind the scenes toward unanimous acquittal.

Warren Proposes New DOJ Task Force Dedicated to Retroactively Investigating Trump Admin 'Violations'.  Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) unveiled a new campaign plan Tuesday that calls for the creation of a Justice Department task force to investigate and prosecute corruption and immigration "violations" committed by the Trump administration.  In her "Restoring Integrity and Competence to Government after Trump" plan, Warren states that "Donald Trump has run the most corrupt administration in history," and that she will attempt to lessen his influence by "wiping the slate clean" of his appointments.

Trump's only crime is being Trump.  Forget the two "counts" against President Trump in the Senate trial that begins today, the reality is he is charged with only one crime.  He is accused of being Donald J. Trump.  For that high crime, the Democrats say, he must be removed from office.  The Democrat "House managers" are going to get 24 hours over the next two days to lay out their opening arguments, but how are they going to fill that time, considering that they're not even accusing him of committing any crimes?  Certainly no actual felonies — you know, Bill Clinton stuff like obstruction of justice, perjury and subornlng perjury.  They just accuse him of being ... Donald J. Trump.

Powerful NRSC Ad Exposes 'Impeachment Sham,' Urges Republicans to 'Hold the Line'.  On Tuesday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) released a powerful new ad exposing the Democrats' fever-dream of impeaching President Donald Trump and urging the "adults in the room" to stand up against a partisan witch hunt that abuses the Founders' intent for impeachment.

Rush Limbaugh says Democrats are 'looking for four Jeff Flakes' in Trump Senate impeachment trial.  Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that part of the Democrats' strategy during President Trump's Senate impeachment trial is to find "four Jeff Flakes" within the Republican caucus to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposed rules for the trial.  "Their primary focus [Tuesday]... They are targeting four Republican senators to vote with them to go against McConnell's rules to open it up to new evidence and new witnesses," Limbaugh said on his nationally syndicated radio show.

Only Trial Witnesses Can Expose the Evil Anti-Trump Coup.  Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and their jackal pack are already howling that a Senate trial dismissal vote or a trial without witnesses amounts to a "cover-up."  We don't care what they think.  But we must care very seriously about what Americans think, and Americans have not heard the president's defense against the bogus charges because the House Democrats forbade this basic fairness.  The Senate trial is his perfect chance to destroy the Democrats' sham impeachment.  If most Americans knew about the vicious covert war waged by anti-Trump officials at the highest levels of our revered security agencies to usurp the presidency, they would be outraged.  Poll numbers would reflect their overwhelming disgust with the powerful weasels at the DOJ, CIA, FBI, maybe even the FISA court, working hard undercover to undo an election that Trump won overwhelmingly.  But most Americans have busy lives, and when they do tune in, they mostly hear the leftstream media's Trump-hating desk-pounders who deliberately ignore the Deep State conspiracy to annihilate the president.

Hillary Clinton Injects Herself Into Trump Impeachment Trial, Accuses McConnell of Covering Up Crimes.  Hillary Clinton injected herself into Trump's impeachment trial on Tuesday morning [1/21/2020] and accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of covering up a crime.  McConnell unveiled his impeachment trial rules Monday and the Democrats immediately attacked him and accused him of rigging the trial.  Hillary Clinton joined Democrats Schumer and Schiff and accused McConnell of setting a "rigged process" and "truncated schedule" and saying he does not want the American people to hear from witnesses or see evidence.  "The rules Sen. McConnell has proposed for the president's impeachment trial are the equivalent of a head juror colluding with the defendant to cover up a crime," Hillary said.

Investigating Biden influence peddling didn't become illegitimate just because Joe ran for president.  Adam Schiff is up to his usual games, claiming the NSA and CIA have been withholding potentially important documents relevant to impeachment.  Of course, Schiff is raising this concern only on the eve of the trial.  It was not raised during the House investigation.  He wants to drag out the trial while the supposed NSA and CIA conduct is investigated.  Sound familiar?  Just like in Kavanaugh as one ridiculous accuser after another came forward (remember the supposed Rhode Island boat sexual assault?), all Democrats supposedly wanted was an "investigation."  Democrats also are talking about calling more witnesses in the House if they don't get their way in the Senate trial as to witnesses.  Democrats are acting in complete bad faith.

Charles Schumer's 1999 letter about impeachment comes back to bite him.  On Feb. 11, 1999 — one day before President Bill Clinton was acquitted in his impeachment trial before the Senate — Sen. Charles Schumer penned a passionate letter, outlining why the process had taken an unfair toll on the nation.  He noted that the president believed he had not crossed a line, and praised the large threshold needed to get a conviction in the Senate.  He also cheered the American people for opposing impeachment.  A Gallup poll in December 1998 found that 35 percent of Americans were pro-impeachment, with 73 percent of Republicans and only 12 percent of Democrats in favor.  Meanwhile, a Quinnipiac poll this month found that 51 percent of Americans approve of President Donald Trump's impeachment, with 46 percent disapproving, but the partisan divide is even starker with just 7 percent of Republicans and a whopping 91 percent of Democrats in favor.

Bill Clinton Charged of 11 Felonies and Impeachable Offenses — Trump Accused of ZERO Felonies and 2 Non-Crimes.  The Trump impeachment sham is unique in a number of different ways compared to previous impeachments and most notably because no crime was committed or defined.  President Trump is accused of two offenses, neither is a crime.  Article One:  Abuse of Power — broad and undefined non-criminal action.  Article Two:  Obstruction of Congress — Not a crime and completely made up charge[.]  Now compare that to the Clinton Impeachment trial in 1998.  Bill Clinton was accused of 11 separate felonies and impeachable offenses. [...] The Starr report cited 11 specific possible grounds for impeachment in four categories:  Five counts of lying under oath[,] Four counts of obstruction of justice[,] One count of witness tampering[,] One count of abuse of constitutional authority[.]

No escape:  Senators to be quiet, unplugged for Trump trial.  No cellphones.  No talking.  No escape.  That's the reality during the Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which will begin each day with a proclamation:  "All persons are commanded to keep silence, on pain of imprisonment."  After that, 100 senators will sit at their desks for hours on end to hear from House prosecutors, Trump's defense team and possibly a series of witnesses.

The Media will Hold Their Own Impeachment Trial.  The dilatory tactics of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to keep the Senate impeachment trial going with constant demands for new witnesses and new evidence is intended to tarnish the president with the stain of impeachment "forever."  It will also give media the opportunity to prosecute Trump's impeachment on CNN and MSNBC, and in the New York Times and Washington Post, for the purpose of turning the public against Trump and his reelection, no matter what happens in the Senate.  They know they cannot get a guilty verdict in the upper chamber, so they will strive mightily for a guilty verdict from the public with a new Christine Blasey Ford emerging daily; Lev Parnas is merely the first.  Like synchronized swimmers, Media heads will ask that day's Julie Swetnick leading questions to get the answers they want — something that wouldn't be allowed in a court.  The goal is to get the public to convict Trump despite the House prosecutors' inevitable loss in the Senate.

New Trump Lawyer Trolls Pelosi, Makes Case For Why Impeachment Is 'Illegitimate'.  On Sunday [1/19/2020], new Trump defense attorney Robert Ray, a former federal prosecutor, told Fox News that House Democrats' efforts to remove President Donald Trump from office through impeachment is illegitimate because it was a partisan event that saw no support from the opposition.  "I think the president's principal defense — and you saw it in the answer that was interposed over the weekend — is very simple.  This is an entirely partisan and, therefore, illegitimate effort by House Democrats to remove a president from office," Ray said.

Two deceptions at the heart of Democrats' impeachment brief.  In a newly released impeachment brief, Democratic House managers argue that President Trump must be removed "immediately" to protect the integrity of the current presidential race. [...] Democrats insist on Trump's immediate removal because, they argue, he was the knowing beneficiary of Russian help in the 2016 election, and if he is not thrown out of office right now, he will do it again.  But in making their argument, Democrats make two critical mischaracterizations about Trump, Republicans, and 2016.  One is flat-out wrong, while the other is misleading.

Trump impeachment will bring Pelosi and House Democrats condemnation by history.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., seemed giddy Wednesday as she announced the impeachment managers who would go to the Senate and attempt to prosecute a case against President Trump.  "He's been impeached forever," Pelosi said.  "They can never erase that."  However, Pelosi has it exactly backward.  The Senate is going to refuse to convict President Trump.  He will be exonerated, and she and the Democrats will be condemned by history.

House Continues Inquiry After Pelosi Transmits Articles to Senate.  House Democrat leaders pursuing the removal of President Donald Trump from office appear reluctant to let go of their investigation after voting to impeach him last month, even after Speaker Nancy Pelosi transmitted the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week.  "Plainly, there are loose ends here that the House should have tied up and that, importantly, the House is continuing to investigate," former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Andrew McCarthy wrote in an editorial Wednesday, the day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) finally handed over the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

Rand Paul Will Expose Every Republican Who Joins with Democrats.  Senator Rand Paul sees the impeachment of Donald J. Trump as a mockery of the rule of law and is not pleased that some of his GOP colleagues want to call witnesses.  That should have taken place in the House.  He is taking a hardline on behalf of the President.

Conservatives Will Not Forgive Senate for Buckling on Impeachment.  The spectacle Thursday of the Senate swearing in Chief Justice John Roberts, and the Senators fraudulently swearing that they would deliver impartial justice, brought home the fact that the impeachment of President Donald Trump is very real.  The House of Representatives disgraced itself with a process that broke with precedent and basic principles of fairness.  It impeached the president for legal conduct, on grounds that sow the seeds of future political chaos, if granted legitimacy.

The Democrats are trying to 'Kavanaugh' the impeachment trial.  The impeachment case was rushed through the House without Democrats seeking subpoenas of key witnesses or seeking judicial compulsion of witnesses who objected to testifying.  There was a supposed emergency so dire that impeachment could not await a full House record.  Then Nancy Pelosi sat on the Articles of Impeachment trying to coerce the Senate into trial procedures that would find new evidence through witnesses and documents subpoenaed for trial that would fill in the weak House record.  And true to form, a new witness is rolled out who supposedly is so important that the trial must turn into an investigative tool not a trial tool.

Can Democrats produce a daily impeachment show?  For several months, House Democrats have sought to translate their desire to impeach President Trump into compelling television. [...] For all their work, Democrats were not able to raise public support for impeachment beyond the level it had been before the hearings. [...] Now, with the Senate impeachment trial, Democrats have their last chance to excite public passions and win converts.  And to Republicans, the outline of their strategy is becoming clear:  Democratic impeachers realize they can't just tell the same story all over again in front of the Senate and expect the result to be different this time.

Democrats show their hand as Senate impeachment proceedings begin.  The House impeachment proceedings had a farcical element from start to finish.  They began with Adam "Pencil Neck" Schiff making up facts; continued with secret hearings, something a prosecuting party would never do if the facts favored it; moved to a partisan vote on two made-up Articles of Impeachment; and finally, contradicting the Democrats' earlier insistence that impeachment was an urgent necessity to preserve the nation, the House sat on the Articles of Impeachment for a full month.  Yesterday [1/16/2020], with great fanfare, bizarrely slurred speech, strange poetic references, ceremonial pens, and giggles and grins belying Nancy Pelosi's words about solemnity, the House finally transferred the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate.  Then, the serious politicking began.

Fake vs. real history.  Wednesday's [1/15/2020] impeachment display was truly one for the fake history books.  Defying the narrative of a somber undertaking, cheery pink suit and all, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi barely suppressed, along with her colleagues, a demeanor of self-satisfaction and sheer delight worthy of the Academy Award.  Of course, instead of the Oscar, there was the "Nancy," a gold pen emblazoned with her name, given to the greatest political performers who act as if they have the best interests of the United States at heart.  Her remarks compared the false, underhanded impeachment proceedings to notable and historic events of our nation's past.  Her zany ramblings belied the fact that this impeachment is not a result of an actual crime, but is in truth a nasty bipartisan assault on a political rival and our constitution.  Pelosi and the left push their fake history and equate their dirty dealings with heavy weighted historical occurrences of days gone by.

This Tawdry Impeachment Spectacle Must Run Its Course.  It is clear from the utterances of the authors of the malicious idiocy that has got impeachment to the Senate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.J.), that the Democratic line will be they caught the president in wrongful acts but the trained Republican seals in the Senate voted with their partisan prejudices rather than their judicious and independent judgment.  Under the circumstances, then, it is better to go ahead with a trial.  If the Senate majority's wish is for witnesses, the president can invoke executive privilege in some cases, but the confection of the false whistleblowing and its apparent guidance by Schiff and his staff should also be exposed.  Since the legal case is nonsense and the outcome foreordained, it is only a public relations battle now.

Dems' impeachment trial strategy: [an] endless circus worse than Kavanaugh hearings.  Democrats' strategy for the Senate impeachment trial is apparently to turn it into a never-ending Senate investigation — even though that was supposed to be the House's job. [...] Then there's the claim that assertions by Rudy Giuliani crony — well, ex-crony — Lev Parnas just plain compel the Senate to consider "new evidence" and call witnesses to get to the bottom of the Ukraine affair.  Rudy looks pretty foolish, and sleazy, for ever associating with this guy.  But Parnas is facing federal indictments and plainly figures his best bet to skip prison is to win an immunity deal by confirming every conceivable anti-Trump suspicion.  His "evidence" is mainly his own handwritten notes — written when?  Can he prove that?  All this is starting to seem like a farcical replay of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, which had wrapped up until Democrats decided to play the Christine Blasey Ford card.

Pelosi hands out souvenir pens, Dems slammed for gloating as House delivers Trump impeachment articles.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew criticism Wednesday for handing out commemorative pens — with her name on them — after signing a resolution to transmit two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate for trial.  To critics, the tone of the event seemed celebratory — a far cry from December, when Pelosi wore black and insisted on the House floor it was a "solemn" day before the Democrat-controlled body voted to impeach the president on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress allegations.  Later, she even cut short two rounds of cheers from Democrats when the articles were adopted.

After yesterday's sorry spectacle, can we stop pretending Pelosi and pals are 'prayerful'?  Considering how somber and prayerful she has been over the solemn duty of having to impeach the president, Speaker Nancy Pelosi put on a brave face yesterday during the televised signing of the articles of impeachment.  In fact, she looked downright jubilant, grinning broadly as she handed out party favors in the form an official gold signing pen to each of her Democratic co-conspirators.  Rep. Maxine Waters, clearly choking back the tears, beamed with delight as she held her pen up for all to see.

A normal court would reject a dishonest prosecutor like Adam Schiff.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi named the seven House impeachment managers who will prosecute the case in the Senate.  But one of the two lead prosecutors would be kicked out of any normal court for repeated lies.  Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the world for years in his nonstop campaign to smear President Trump.  Back in March 2017, he insisted that he'd seen "more than circumstantial evidence" that Trump had colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election — a claim exposed as false by the Mueller report.

10 Things to Know about the Democrats' Obsession with Lev Parnas.  Democrats are suddenly obsessed with Lev Parnas, the Rudy Giuliani associate who was indicted on federal campaign charges last fall.  The Ukrainian-born Parnas was a gopher for Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, who wanted to investigate possible leads in preparing a defense against charges of Russia collusion.  Parnas agreed to testify during the House impeachment inquiry, and a federal judge let him hand over documents and text messages last week.  But it is not clear Parnas has anything to offer.

Rand Paul threatens fellow Republicans with explosive witness votes.  Sen. Rand Paul is waging a fierce campaign to prevent the Senate from hearing witnesses in Donald Trump's impeachment trial, vowing to force tough votes on his fellow Republicans if they break with the president or back Democrats' demands for new evidence.  The Kentucky Republican is occasionally at odds with Trump, from his killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani to his national emergency to build his southern border wall.  But when it comes to impeachment, Paul is taking the hardest line possible in Trump's favor.

Nancy Pelosi Uses More than a Dozen Commemorative Pens to Sign 'Sad' Articles of Impeachment.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declared herself "sad" as she used more than a dozen commemorative pens to sign the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening [1/15/2020].  The occasion was "so sad, so tragic for our country," Pelosi told reporters, noting the "difficult time in our country's history."  She then approached a table that had been prepared with the documents, and two dishes full of pens for her to use — about half a dozen pens in each.

Pelosi's Blunder:  How The House Destroyed Its Own Case For Impeachment.  [Scroll down]  The fact is that Pelosi played into the hands of McConnell by first rushing this impeachment forward with an incomplete record and now giving him the excuse to summarily change the rules, or even to dismiss the articles.  Waiting for the House to submit a list of managers was always a courtesy extended by Senate rules and not a requirement of the Constitution.  By inappropriately withholding the articles of impeachment and breaking with tradition, Pelosi simply gave McConnell ample reason to exercise the "nuclear option" and change the rules on both majority voting as well as the rule for the start of trials.  That is a high price to pay for vanity.

Report: White House doesn't expect impeachment trial to take longer than 2 weeks.  The next phase of impeachment officially began after the articles were handed off to the Senate on Wednesday.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed the articles before the seven impeachment managers walked them through the capitol building to the Senate.  This came after Pelosi waited weeks to transfer the articles and move onto the next phase of the process.

Senate Drafts Rules for Impeachment Trial:  No Mobile Phones, No Talking.  The Senate released a draft of rules senators must follow during the impeachment trial.  It includes no mobile phones and limits the press. [...] McConnell and Schumer instructed their colleagues not to stand on the floor.  They requested the Senators "to remain in their seats at all times they are on the Senate floor during the impeachment proceedings."

She might as well demand the recusal of every Republican, just to make it "fair."
Pelosi impeachment manager is calling for McConnell's recusal from Trump Senate trial.  A Florida congresswoman who on Wednesday became an impeachment manager in President Donald Trump's upcoming Senate trial wants to remove the lead juror:  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Rep Val Demings' position, shared publicly by a just a few other Democrats, could undercut House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's efforts to frame impeachment as an exercise of constitutional duty.  Republicans have argued for months that Democrats are on a partisan mission to remove Trump from office.

Rand Paul puts fellow Republicans on notice; stand with Trump on impeachment or 'you will lose your election'.  Sen. Rand Paul warned his Republican colleagues to stand strong behind President Trump in the upcoming impeachment trial or risk political suicide as voters will be "very, very unhappy with them."  The Kentucky lawmaker believes there will be a "political price to pay" for Republicans who vote to allow Democrats to call the witnesses of their choice in the process, telling The Gateway Pundit in an interview that he also would like for the impeachment trial to be over with quickly.

Greg Gutfeld Loses It Over the Pomp and Circumstance of Impeachment.  [Scroll down]  ["]We know this was an emotional tantrum directed at daddy who won the election, and they're mad at daddy.  So we have to go through this phony procession.  Ooh, let's show pictures of the cloak room!  Ooh, let's watch them walk down the halls!  Ooh, this is breaking news!["]

Cruz's 'witness reciprocity' for Senate impeachment trial takes off:  Don Jr. cheers, Dems bewail.  Unlike House Democrats, who used unfair rules to prevent their Republican colleagues from having any say in the chamber's impeachment proceedings last year, Senate Republicans appear intent on ensuring their colleagues are granted a say.  And so on Tuesday [1/14/2020], Texas Sen. Ted Cruz reportedly pitched the idea of "witness reciprocity," an innovative solution that calls for each side being allowed to call an equal number of witnesses to testify in President Donald Trump's upcoming trial.  If Senate Democrats were to choose to call former Trump administration National Security Adviser John Bolton, for instance, Republicans would, in turn, be allowed to call, say, former Vice President Joe Biden or his son Hunter.  Fair is fair, after all.

Nancy Pelosi Announces Schiff, Nadler and Others as Impeachment Trial Managers.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Wednesday [1/15/2020] who will serve as the House Democrats' impeachment managers in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Impeachment Is Not the Issue, It's the 2020 Election.  To think House Democrats actually believe Trump committed impeachable offenses grossly underestimates their political acumen.  The Democrats regularly run circles around the Republicans.  While the latter jumps pieces on a checkerboard, the Democrats are thinking three steps ahead, looking to checkmate the king.  The Republicans mistakenly believe the issue is always about the stated issue.  They ignore political strategist Saul Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals, who stated, "The issue is never the issue."  For Democrats, impeaching the president has never been the issue.  The issue is the 2020 election.

Democrat Pallbearers Deliver Impeachment Articles for Senate Funeral.  The House Democrats carried the sham impeachment articles over to the Senate in a prayerful and somber jamboree on Wednesday.  Pelosi signed the documents, smiling and cheerily but also somberly and prayerfully as she handed out the pens she used to the 7 House manager dwarfs, presumably so they can auction them off for campaign cash money.  Even the dummies at CNN thought the spectacle was a bit strange.

Nancy Pelosi tells Democrats the House will vote on articles of impeachment on Wednesday but she does Not name the 'managers'.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday [1/14/2020] that he expects the U.S. Senate to begin President Donald Trump's impeachment trial next week.  The Senate will observe Martin Luther King Jr.  Day and start the impeachment trial on Tuesday, McConnell announced.  The Kentucky Republican added that the Senate will take some preliminary steps this week.

Sen. Ted Cruz Anticipates Trump Acquittal:  No Allegations of Law-Breaking.  "I think at the end of this process, these articles of impeachment are going to be thrown out," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told Fox News on Tuesday morning.  "And I think it's going to end, not with a dismissal but with a verdict of not guilty," he continued:  [Video clip]  ["]And the way it works in the Senate, when you come to vote on verdict, you vote on each article.  And each senator will vote either guilty or not guilty.  And the reason why this ends with an acquittal is very simple.  The House hasn't met the constitutional threshold.["]

White House Confirms Impeachment Defense Team.  Earlier today the White House confirmed the impeachment defense team led by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.  Joining Cipollone is President Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow and White House Deputy Attorneys Michael Purpura and Patrick Philbin.  Additionally, constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz may also work in an advisory capacity with the four member legal team.

Critics Discount Too Much of Trump's Job Performance.  The impeachment canard has gone from the outrages of egregious Democratic congressional committee chairmen — Representatives Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) — to Speaker Pelosi's three-hanky tear-jerker about the "sad and solemn" impeachment of the very president she informed us she prays for regularly, to her nonsensical effort to dictate terms to the Senate on how it must try the case, to her finally sending the articles — neither of them an illegality or an impeachable offense, and both of them utter piffle on the facts.

The Pelosi Stillborn Impeachment.  As Nancy Pelosi lost her standoff with Mitch McConnell, bowing to the collapse of support even within her own Democrat caucus, she finally bit the bullet and conceded that she would have to submit her impeachment articles without having won a single face-saving concession from her Senate opponents after a fortnight of dangling the articles in her hallucination that she was dangling candy before a child or water before a soul desperately thirsting for it in the desert.  No one really gave a hoot.  Yes, we commentators commented.  Cable television consumed hours daily debating it.  But it did not matter a whit. [...] It had no life.  The Constitution explicitly states that the only grounds for impeachment are bribery, treason, high crimes, or misdemeanors in the way the term was understood in 18th-century England.  Even if the president had abused power, well — all presidents abuse power.  That is what executives do.

Rand Paul's warning shot to GOP Senators:  If you side with Dems on witnesses, I'm forcing vote on Hunter Biden.  Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) is playing hardball with the Democrats — and with his fellow Republicans — over the sham impeachment.  Paul warned Republican senators that if they cave to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's shrill, baseless demands to call more impeachment witnesses like John Bolton, then he'll have no choice but to demand that Hunter Biden be called to testify about his shady Ukraine dealings.  Basically, Paul said House Democrats should not be allowed to dictate how the Senate impeachment trial runs.  Democrats had their turn with their House impeachment proceedings last month.  Now, it's the Senate's turn to handle the matter.

John Bolton's Testimony Would Not Be The Smoking Gun Democrats Need.  You have to give credit to congressional Democrats for one thing:  They are an extremely hopeful bunch.  After years of Russia investigations aimed at toppling Donald Trump, they came away with what Grandmother would have called "bupkis."  But, not daunted, they quickly latched onto a whistleblower report about a phone call with Ukraine, and launched an up tempo effort, one last-ditch attempt to take the president down.  The result of this exertion did include a vote to impeach Trump, but did not attract a single GOP vote.  This is also almost certain to the result in the senate trial as well.  But wait!  Now former National Security Adviser John Bolton has agreed to testify if called, and the Democrats are racing toward Lucy again, confident this time she won't move the football.

Courting Disaster?  The Democrats Are Demanding Witnesses With One Notable Exception.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has so far delayed the submission of the impeachment of President Trump to the Senate to force a trial with witnesses.  Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has declared any trial of Trump without witnesses to be nothing less than the "most unfair impeachment trial in modern history."  Leaders of both parties know that impeachment often boils down to one unpredictable element:  witnesses.  For those who have the votes, witnesses are an unnecessary risk.  For those who don't, they are an absolute necessity.  On Friday, Schumer insisted that "there is only one precedent that matters here: that never, never in the history of our country, has there been an impeachment trial of the president where the Senate was denied the ability to hear from witnesses."

GOP leadership:  There aren't 51 votes to dismiss Trump articles of impeachment.  Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told reporters on Monday [1/13/2020] that the Senate Republican caucus doesn't have the votes to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump, who endorsed an "outright dismissal" over the weekend.  "I think our members generally are not interested in a motion to dismiss. ... Certainly there aren't 51 votes for a motion to dismiss," Blunt, the No. 4 Senate Republican, told reporters after a closed-door leadership meeting.  Republicans have warned for months that they will not dismiss the two articles of impeachment against Trump, predicting a trial will end with votes on either acquitting or convicting him.

Impeachment Articles Must Be Challenged in Court.  The latest reporting I've seen is that the Senate will take up President Trump's impeachment trial next week.  What's wrong with that, you ask?  I've already said what's wrong:  the Schiff-Nadler Star Chamber violated President Trump's Fifth Amendment rights to procedural due process, rendering the resulting impeachment articles null and void as "poisoned fruit."  The GOP leadership should do what the Founders would have done:  challenge the legal legitimacy of the impeachment articles.

What Was It For?  It is easy to underestimate speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, because she speaks an obscure dialect of High Gibberish and frequently seems to be confused in public — not that any of that is stopping Joe Biden from leading the Democratic primary field.  Pelosi is clever enough, but lacks the courage that in politics comes from genuine conviction, which she also lacks, and that makes her easy to bully.  The zany-left caucus in the House — the left-of-San Francisco caucus — pushed Pelosi to ignore her own better judgment in order to give the Democrats one of those "moral victories" they keep proclaiming as Republicans claim electoral ones.  Which is to say, impeachment will be this year's Beto O'Rourke vs.  Ted Cruz.

Don't do it!  Bannon sounds alarm to Trump on Pelosi's SOTU ploy:  Wait until you are acquitted!.  Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said after "slow-walking" the process of sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Trump to deliver the State of the Union so she can drive the media narrative.  He also had some advice for the president on how to respond.  "Tell Nancy Pelosi when you deliver [the articles] and we have a trial, and after I'm acquitted, I will come to have the State of the Union.  Not until then," Bannon said in an appearance on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures."  Host Maria Bartiromo referenced a comment made by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., that we just witnessed the worst attempted coup to take down the president since Abraham Lincoln.  This prompted Bannon to insist that Trump must fight back hard.

How McConnell Outplayed Pelosi.  [President] Clinton's trial was divided into pieces.  The Senate agreed unanimously to begin with a briefing, opening arguments, questions from senators, and a vote to dismiss.  Whether to hear witnesses or introduce additional evidence were questions decided later.  "That was the unanimous bipartisan precedent from 1999," McConnell said.  "Put first things first, lay the bipartisan groundwork, and leave mid-trial questions to the middle of the trial."  The arrangement satisfied Chuck Schumer back when he was a recently elected junior senator from New York.  Funny how times change.  Now Senate minority leader, and looking to damage Republicans in a presidential election year, Schumer demanded that McConnell call witnesses and ask for additional documents at the outset of the proceedings.  Pelosi followed his cues.  After the House impeached Trump on December 18, she said she wouldn't transmit the articles of impeachment until McConnell gave in to Schumer's demands.  McConnell refused.

Pelosi Caves, Will Pass Articles Of Impeachment Onto The Senate Next Week.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced to lawmakers Friday that she would be proceeding with sending the passed articles of impeachment over to the Senate until next week.  "I have asked Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate," Pelosi wrote in a dear colleague letter.

McConnell Joins Hawley in Resolution to Throw Out Impeachment.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell became the 13th cosponsor of Senator Josh Hawley's resolution to update Senate rules and dismiss the "bogus impeachment" against President Trump if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not send over impeachment articles in 25 days.  Hawley, an outspoken critic of Democratic efforts over impeachment, was initially joined by ten other Republican senators in proposing the legislation on Monday, including Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Rick Scott of Florida.  On Tuesday, Rand Paul added his support and Kelly Loeffler signed on in her first act as a senator.

The Supreme Court Should Step In To Rule This Impeachment Unconstitutional.  Democrats' obsession from day one to impeach President Donald J. Trump, without regard to substance or process, led them to change the grounds for impeachment every couple of months.  In doing so they have gone from Russian collusion to obstruction of justice, to quid pro quo, to bribery.  House Democrats have put our constitutional government in grave danger by attempting to rewrite the carefully calibrated separation of powers under our Constitution and usurping powers not granted to the House.  They have brought Alexander Hamilton's nightmare of an entirely partisan impeachment to fruition and are making a mockery of fair proceedings.

Pelosi defiant as Democrats grow restless over impeachment delay.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defiantly held on to the articles of impeachment Thursday despite cracks in support from congressional Democrats and ramped up efforts by Senate Republicans to take matters into their own hands.  The California Democrat suggested she won't block the Senate trial indefinitely, saying the two articles of impeachment against President Trump would be transmitted "soon."  But she insisted the Senate first make public the rules for the trial.  Precedent dictates that the trial cannot start until the House speaker sends the articles to the upper chamber.

McConnell set to bypass Pelosi; informs Senate to prepare for trial, with or without articles of impeachment.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republicans that the impeachment trial will start next week — with or without the articles of impeachment that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has hijacked for the past 23 days.  McConnell (R-Ky) echoed the warnings of Senator Lindsey Graham, who earlier this week said Pelosi needs to put up or shut up.  Mitch made the announcement during a closed-door lunch Thursday as more Democrats pressure Pelosi to turn over the articles, calling her gambit a waste of time.

Pelosi Spurns McConnell:  No Articles Until McConnell Publishes Senate Impeachment Trial Details.  Monday night [1/6/2020], after two "moderate" Republican members of the Senate, Rep. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Rep. Susan Collins (R-ME) declared that they were fine abiding by the Senate impeachment rules set in 1998 — at the dawn of then-President Bill Clinton's Senate trial — reports indicated that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had enough votes to go forward with the second half of President Donald Trump's impeachment proceedings without having to negotiate with Democrats on the subject.  As soon as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) submits the articles of impeachment to the Senate, a trial can go forward — only Pelosi now says she won't turn over the House articles until McConnell publishes details of how the Senate trial will be conducted, bring the process to an impasse.

Washington Tries, And Fails, To Defend Nancy Pelosi's Failed Impeachment Strategy.  In the immediate aftermath of Nancy Pelosi's decision to hold the Articles of Impeachment rather than send them to the Senate, not even the most pro-Pelosi hacks in existence could make the case for the strategy.  The same question ping-ponged through DC greenrooms:  "Is she really doing this?"  It was a telling moment.  For more than a decade, all of Washington's media corps has advanced the idea that Pelosi is a leader who can do no wrong, a consummate tactician who guided her conference through thick and thin.  Perhaps that was true in the past, but since taking back the gavel after the midterms, Pelosi has been trapped by the vibrant progressive wing paired with a rabid donor base that actually guides the priorities of the Democratic House today.  Before, she had control — now, just the illusion of it.

Pelosi's impeachment delay opens cracks in Democratic caucus.  Cracks began to appear Wednesday [1/8/2020] in congressional Democrats' support for Nancy Pelosi's prolonged delay in sending articles of impeachment to the Senate, with several lawmakers saying it's time for the House speaker to get on with it.  Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., said she voted last month to impeach President Trump over urgent concerns about his conduct and argued that handing the case over to the Senate is the right thing to do.

Impeach Trump or get off the pot.  Imagine if a district attorney charged you with wrongdoing, then let the charges hang over you indefinitely?  That's the stunt House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been pulling, sitting on the articles of impeachment against President Trump since Dec. 18 with zero regard for the Constitution.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham accuses House Democrats of "trying to hold these articles over the head of the president," denying him a chance to be acquitted.  Graham says that "if we don't get the articles this week," senators should "deem" the impeachment articles "delivered to the Senate" so the trial can begin.

Cocaine Mitch pounds Nancy Pelosi into a powder.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is feeling the heat.  Just as she thought she had President Trump backed into a corner with impeachment, she smashed herself against a brick wall in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who refused to go by her rules, laying waste to all her precious plans.  In the Senate, Cocaine Mitch makes his own rules.  But actually, it's not that, Mitch is just using Clinton-era impeachment rules.  Those rules were to invite the Democrats to present their case and answer questions, and then have the Senate decide whether to call witnesses.  Pelosi had already gone all out and claimed she wanted the Senate to call witnesses.  Mitch was obliged to follow no such diktats.  And as a result of staying steadfast on Trump, he now has a quorum to move ahead with those rules.

The Dems' Impeachment Losing Streak Continues.  Has any political ploy failed as spectacularly as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to delay sending the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over to the Senate.  Even Democrats are now telling her the jig is up.  Pelosi had hoped to use the delay as leverage to get the Senate to agree to the Democrats' demand for witnesses at the trial.  It was a foolhardy plan that, had the leadership not been in the grip of Trump Derangement Syndrome, it never would have attempted.

Trump Unbound.  One major point is being overlooked concerning the "impeachment":  now that the impeachment weapon has been unsheathed, and swung, and shattered into myriad pieces without so much as scratching its target, the Dems have absolutely nothing to use against Trump.  In fact, it can be doubted that they will ever again have anything to use against Trump.  Impeachment is over — Pelosi admitted as much when she issued her pro forma State of the Nation invitation to the President only days after the impeachment vote.  She has still failed to present the articles to the Senate, but it's all anticlimax at this point.  Only a few hysterics on either side of the spectrum have any doubt as to how this is going to work out.

McConnell:  GOP will start impeachment trial, delay witnesses.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he has the votes to start President Donald Trump's impeachment trial as soon as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi releases the documents, winning support from GOP senators to postpone a decision on calling witnesses.

Your bluff has been called, Speaker Pelosi.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it official Tuesday:  He's calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bluff, and refusing to guarantee impeachment trial procedures of her choosing.  Pelosi's been "threatening" not to send the House-passed articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, triggering the trial, unless McConnell promised to meet her preconditions for a "fair trial."  Specifically, she wants the Senate to hear from four witnesses the House didn't bother questioning, because it would take too long to get court rulings compelling their testimony.

Chuck Schumer wants witnesses.  Hunter Biden could be a disaster.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has so far delayed the submission of the impeachment of President Trump to the Senate to force a trial with witnesses.  Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has declared any trial of Trump without witnesses to be nothing less than the "most unfair impeachment trial in modern history." Leaders of both parties know that impeachment often boils down to one unpredictable element:  witnesses.  For those who have the votes, witnesses are an unnecessary risk.  For those who don't, they are an absolute necessity.  On Friday, Schumer insisted that "there is only one precedent that matters here: that never, never in the history of our country, has there been an impeachment trial of the president where the Senate was denied the ability to hear from witnesses."

Senator Josh Hawley and Senate Republicans Give Pelosi Until Sunday Jan. 12 to Turn Over Impeachment Documents or Face Dismissal.  Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced on Friday if Democrats DO NOT deliver their articles of impeachment to the US Senate as is required by the US Constitution he will introduce a measure to dismiss Pelosi's slapdash articles of impeachment on Monday January 6th. [...] Senator Hawley, the former Attorney General in Missouri, tweeted this warning out on Thursday. [...]

Forgetting something?  Dem leader makes no mention of impeachment in House agenda memo.  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer welcomed fellow lawmakers back to Washington after their holiday recess with a memo setting the stage for a "busy 2020" agenda but seems to have forgotten something:  impeachment.  "I hope you are ready for a busy 2020," Hoyer, D-Md., wrote in a memo to colleagues on Jan. 3.  Hoyer went on to describe legislation the House will consider as they return Tuesday [1/7/2020] including a chemical regulation measure, four bills focused on the expansion of 5G telecommunications systems, and a congressional review resolution to disapprove the Department of Education's Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule.

The Democrats' Nakedly Craven And Unserious Impeachment.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said she won't send the Senate the articles or name managers until she's confident about the nature of the process that will take place in the Senate, which is itself still subject to negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Democrat Charles Schumer of New York.  This has created the truly comical situation in which Pelosi is trying to gain leverage over McConnell by withholding something he doesn't want — namely to act on the articles of impeachment and conduct a trial.

Rep. John Ratcliffe Discusses Fraudulent Impeachment and Spygate.  Congressman John Ratcliffe appears on Sunday Morning Futures to discuss several issues in DC.  On the impeachment front Ratcliffe may, if called-upon, represent the interests of President Trump during a Senate trial on the fraudulent impeachment articles.  On the 'Spygate' issues, Ratcliffe again draws attention to the conflicting testimony between former CIA Director John Brennand and former FBI Director James Comey.  One of them lied.  [Video clip]

House impeachers can hide from a trial, but they can't run.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is upset.  She let her caucus impeach President Trump on dubious charges with a narrow partisan majority and without taking the time to gather evidence that she now believes must be heard in a Senate trial as it might convince a skeptical public.  And now, huge surprise, the Republican Senate appears poised to send the resulting impeachment articles straight to the circular file.  As of Friday [1/3/2020], Pelosi was still withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate.  She is making demands that the Senate trial be run in a particular way, even though the California Democrat is not a senator and has no constitutional role in shaping the trial.  "Their turn is over," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky.  "They've done enough damage.  It's the Senate's turn now to render sober judgment."

There Is No Clever Democratic Impeachment Strategy.  [Scroll down]  At long last, their three-and-a-half-year quest to impeach Trump, which started in April 2016, was close to fruition.  Victory over Trump never seemed closer or more certain.  And then Nancy Pelosi rained on their parade.  Looking like an Alzheimer's patient who escaped from a nursing home, Nancy (who will turn 80 in just two months) went before the cameras, and stuttering and stammering, and informed bewildered journalists (and a half-interested public) that things weren't as desperately urgent as she, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and 200 other Democrats told us they were.  Trump is probably an existential threat to the Republic, but maybe not this month.  And maybe not in January either.  And, just maybe, not even in February.

Speaker Pelosi Threatens Possibility of Armed Conflict Against U.S. Department of Justice.  Think about all of the media panel discussions on gun ownership you have watched; segments where second amendment advocates were ridiculed by media pundits for daring to bring up the possibility of the U.S. government using arms against U.S. citizens who hold opposing political views. There are hundreds of recent reference points.  Now consider, earlier today U.S. House of Representatives Legal Counsel, Douglas Letter, argued in court it would be a possible remedy — for a conflict between branches of government — for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to order an armed "gun battle" between the House and the United States Department of Justice.  Yes, this actually happened.  At the same time as national Democrat political candidates are arguing to remove the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners, the highest ranking Democrat in the United States; a person only two succession-steps away from the presidency; is arguing in DC federal court the House could begin an armed conflict against the Dept. of Justice.

House counsel warns of 'gun battle' in fight for Trump info.  A federal appeals court in Washington heard warnings Friday that how they rule in the House Judiciary Committee's legal fights for information from the Trump administration could spark an avalanche of congressional lawsuits, or even a potential gunfight between the House sergeant at arms and the FBI security detail for Attorney General William Barr.  Two separate panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard nearly three hours of oral argument on two committee cases related to former Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.  Both were filed months before the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump on his dealings with Ukraine.

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Now it REALLY sounds like a coup.  Since when does a paperwork transfer require such a show of force?

Graham gives Pelosi ultimatum, proposes Senate rule change to remove her from impeachment process.  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., insists that if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not deliver articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate by the end of the week, the Senate should "take matters in our own hands."  Graham accused Pelosi of playing political games and trying to exert control over the Senate trial by keeping it from starting.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., recognized Friday on the Senate floor the chamber's rules prevented him from doing anything until Pelosi does her part, but Graham proposed a solution that could remove what McConnell has called an "impasse" in the process.

Impeachment impasse deepens as McConnell rejects Pelosi's bid to shape trial: 'Their turn is over'.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking from the chamber's floor Friday, rejected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's efforts to shape a pending impeachment trial as "fantasy" — leaving the process at a standstill as lawmakers return from the holiday recess.  "Their turn is over.  They've done enough damage.  It's the Senate's turn now to render sober judgment," McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor.

Impeachment trial in limbo as Senate leaders trade blows.  Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer have made zero headway on designing a bipartisan set of rules for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial more than two weeks after their first face-to-face meeting on the matter.  The two leaders gave dueling floor speeches on Friday [1/3/2020] but held no substantive meeting.

Democratic impeachment case collapses under weight of time.  In its mad rush to impeachment, the House could not have made it easier for the White House.  Securing an impeachment in the shortest time does not earn you a historic prize; it earns you a historic failure.  By not seeking to compel key witnesses, the House relies on the Senate to complete its case.  Since the House has maintained that the record is overwhelming on Trump's guilt, the Senate could simply try the case on the record supplied by the House.  Indeed, in the 1999 impeachment of President Clinton, Democratic senators, including now Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, fought against any witnesses and sought a summary vote without a trial.

Liberal Law Professor Noted Something Odd About Schumer's Trump Impeachment Speech.  [Scroll down]  The House passed the articles of impeachment which were grounded in abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, two charges that reek of partisanship.  It's a witch hunt.  It's a joke.  And the Senate awaits the transmission of those articles, which are being held hostage by Speaker Nancy Pelosi because they know it faces certain death with the Republican majority in the upper chamber.  That's not her call and her withholding of the articles creates a possible constitutional crisis of its own.  Senate Democrats say they want witnesses and new documents included.  They know Senate Republicans won't budge, so this Mexican standoff continues all while Democrats and the liberal media can keep the Trump impeachment echo chamber loaded with sound.  They still think they can put a dent in Trump's approval numbers.  They've only gone up and swing-state voters have never found this push popular.  Still, the goal, as Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel noted, is "rolling impeachment."  Just keep this story around in the news cycle.  A trial would further embarrass the shoddy case the Left has against Trump.  It's about keeping the appearance alive.

Senator Josh Hawley Introducing Measure To Dismiss Democrats' Articles Of Impeachment.  Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley announced on Thursday that he is introducing legislation that will dismiss House Democrats' articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump because of Democrats' abuse of the Constitution.  Hawley's announcement comes as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has continued to refuse to send the articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate because she is concerned that the political trial will be biased.  "Dems said impeachment was URGENT. Now they don't want to have a trial, because they have no evidence.  In real world, if prosecution doesn't proceed with case, it gets dismissed.  So on Monday, I will introduce measure to dismiss this bogus impeachment for lack of prosecution," Hawley wrote on Twitter.

Roy Blunt: Senate Will Be Done With Impeachment By Early February.  Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said Tuesday the Senate will be done with its impeachment trial by the time President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union speech on February 4.  Blunt went on Missouri radio station KSSZ to discuss the Senate impeachment trial, saying he believes the Senate will "be done with this by the time the president comes" to address Congress for his State of the Union speech.  The Missouri Senator also said he believes the trial will happen "quickly."

Pelosi's Game Of Chicken Will Leave Her Party Fried.  After holding a vote to impeach President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has decided to wait on sending the impeachment articles to the Senate.  According to many in the media, this brilliant bit of strategy gives her leverage to force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to provide a fair trial in the Senate.  There's so many reasons this is wrong, but let's start with the most obvious:  according to the Democrats' own impeachment witness, Harvard law professor Noah Feldman, Trump isn't actually impeached until the articles are sent to the Senate, and "an indefinite delay would pose a serious problem."

GOP senator will introduce measure to dismiss impeachment articles.  A Republican senator announced he'll introduce a measure to dismiss "this bogus impeachment" of President Trump.  Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri criticized House Democrats for voting to impeach Trump last month but then failing to send the two impeachment articles to the Senate.  "Now they don't want to have a trial, because they have no evidence," Hawley tweeted.  "In real world, if prosecution doesn't proceed with case, it gets dismissed.  So on Monday, I will introduce measure to dismiss this bogus impeachment for lack of prosecution."

Dem Rep. Doggett:  I'd 'Support' Pelosi Never Sending Articles if Senate Won't Allow Witnesses.  On Thursday's "CNN Newsroom," Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) stated that he would "support" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) if she refuses to send over the articles of impeachment unless the Senate will allow witnesses at the trial.  Host Jim Sciutto asked, "I wonder, without witnesses... should Speaker Pelosi refuse to send over the articles of impeachment at all?"  Doggett said, "I would certainly support her in doing that.  The House has the sole responsibility under the Constitution for impeachment. [...]"

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No, the House does not have "the sole responsibility under the Constitution."  The House has its role, and the Senate has its role.  The process is not yet complete.

Nasty Nancy, Shifty Schiff, and Schumer subvert the Constitution to damage Trump.  Nancy Pelosi, AKA Nasty Nancy, allowed Adam Schiff, AKA Shifty Schiff, to run the impeachment "inquiry" through Shifty's Intelligence Committee, where Shifty had total control.  He set the rules to allow only the witnesses he wanted.  He lied in his opening statement to commence the inquiry by making up President Trump's phone conversation with Ukraine's President Zelensky.  The resulting vote to impeach was a foregone conclusion regardless of the evidence, or lack thereof. [...] Article one charges abuse of power, which is a grab bag of Trump policies the Democrats don't like and a rehash of the Ukraine hoax.  The articles don't charge a constitutionally mandated reason, or even a crime, for impeachment.  Article two is even worse.  It charges obstruction of Congress on the theory that President Trump did not obey Shifty's subpoenas.  This is ridiculous because President Trump has a constitutional right, under the separation of powers, to assert executive privilege to object to congressional subpoenas.

Democrat Admits Impeachment 'Genesis' Was Before Trump's Election.  Appearing Monday [12/30/2019] on MSNBC's All In, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) admitted the "genesis" of impeachment was birthed during then-candidate Donald Trump's 2016 campaign for the presidency.  [Video clip]

Can the Senate Dismiss the Impeachment Without a Trial?  [Scroll down]  In other words, courts have the power to dismiss an indictment.  Among federal courts, this extends to cases of "selective or vindictive prosecution," "a defect in the indictment," and "failure to state an offense."  Courts also may rule on a case before it goes to a jury and after the prosecution rests, determining that "as a matter of law" no reasonable jury could convict.  All of these decisions by courts either limit or dispense with trials altogether.  Trials are expensive to conduct and burdensome to the accused.  In the case of impeachment, they also impose a real burden on the country as a whole, leaving the office of the president in limbo while the matter remains in question.  As in ordinary criminal cases, the prosecution has no right to insist on a trial when the underlying actions set forth in the indictment are not a crime.

Impeachment of Trump Is Backfiring Already.  After more than two months of Reps.  Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Pelosi stressing how vitally important it was to rush impeachment to a vote in the House — since it was claimed there were very real national security issues at stake — suddenly, the Democratic leadership has slammed on the brakes and it appears they now have all the time in the world.  Anyone who thought this impeachment sham was really all about the election next year is starting to have that view confirmed by this sudden inaction. [...] The Clinton impeachment happened midway through his second term, but had it happened in the first term, would anyone have broached the idea that it would be illegal for him to run for reelection as an impeached president?  Would the Democrats have assented to this proposition if Republicans had asserted it?  This impeachment sham strategy was created with one single purpose in mind: to try to sabotage Trump's chances to win his reelection bid next November.

Democrats' strategy:  Impeach 'til the cows come home.  [Scroll down]  Democrats, digging as they are for more articles of impeachment, even as they hold tight to the existing articles of impeachment, even as they send dictates over to the Senate to command-control on how to deal with these existing articles of impeachment — Democrats, certainly, are presenting a bit guilty on the old "overplaying one's hand" accusation.  Democratic members on the House Judiciary Committee, sad because Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets to hold the articles and they don't have any left, have gone back to court to petition for information from former White House Counsel Don McGahn and on grand jury testimony tied to Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation — the one that pretty much cleared Trump of any impeachable offense.  If the court grants their request for information, "new articles of impeachment" could soon be on the horizon against Trump, according to the Democrats' Judiciary attorneys.

The Tide Has Turned on Impeachment.  The 2019 impeachment saga remains extremely fluid.  This piece could be rendered obsolete before it is ever published.  But it seems we have a temporary status quo.  Democrat impeachers have left the building, gone home to face the damage they've done to themselves.  GOP point men like Rep. Matt Gaetz (for future president?) have done irreparable damage to the flimsy impeachment cause, relentlessly characterizing the debacle for the partisan and pseudo-constitutional circus it is.  Now it's the Senate's turn, and Majority Leader McConnell is waiting.  But something happened on the way to the upper chamber.  Pelosi is hanging fast to the last shred of her party's denuded credibility.  There's no two ways about it — she has blinked.  Another Fox host, Shannon Bream, asserted in late December that "both sides are dug in."  Really?  No.  The tide has turned.  The Democrats are in retreat, and Donald Trump may be preparing to mount a major counteroffensive.

The Standing Committee on Impeachment.  You might think that what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the "sad" and "solemn" pre-Christmas impeachment special was a one-off.  The Democrats owed it to the country, you see — they had (are you sitting down?) a "duty to the Constitution" to impeach Donald Trump, otherwise (as Representative Al Green of Texas put it) he might well be re-elected.  We certainly can't have that!  Hence the show of those "sad, very sad" faces Pelosi described and the memo from headquarters with the instructions, "Don't cheer.  Keep it solemn."  The Washington Post didn't get that bulletin right away, so some of their staff posted an image with the words, "Merry Impeachmas from the WaPo team!" amidst smiling faces at an impending feast.  Someone must have thought that impugned the paper's sterling reputation for impartiality.  The image was deleted, but not before some enterprising souls saved and posted it for posterity.

Trump impeachment:  Senate GOP reportedly unites behind a no-witness trial.  After weeks of behind-the-scenes debate, Senate Republicans have hit on their strategy for handling President Trump's impeachment: a brief trial — with no witness testimony — and a fast acquittal.  "I'm ready to vote now," Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) told The Hill.  "I think the articles are a joke."  But they don't want to dismiss the House Democrats' charges out of hand, as some Trump allies have proposed.  "It's time for him to have his day in court," Hawley said.  "The president deserves to have due process."

Flashback: Democrats Coordinated With Clinton White House During Impeachment.  Mitch McConnell has received a lot of criticism for a statement earlier this month that he'd be "coordinating" with the Trump White House on the forthcoming impeachment trial in the Senate.  "Everything I do during this, I will be coordinating with White House counsel," he said.  The media was aghast, and Democrats were horrified.  "Saying you're going to do just what the president wants is totally out of line," said Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.  Even pseudo-Republican Lisa Murkowski jumped on the outrage bandwagon.  "When I heard that, I was disturbed," she said.  "To me, it means that we have to take that step back from being hand in glove with the defense, and so I heard what leader McConnell had said, I happened to think that that has further confused the process."  However, all the outrage is grossly misplaced, as McConnell's statement simply follows the precedent set during Bill Clinton's 1999 impeachment.

Impeachment is Demonstrably Redundant.  [Scroll down]  The Framers might well be shaking their heads in disbelief at the current situation.  The Democrat majority in the House of Representatives passed articles of impeachment against President Trump having nothing whatever to do with "Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."  Obstruction of Congress?  Separation of Powers says presidents can legally refuse to do Congress's bidding, which they do when, for example, they veto legislation or assert executive privilege.  Abuse of Power?  House Democrats need a refresher course in the Constitution, which lists fairly extensive executive powers in Article II, upheld over decades by court rulings.  In any case, whatever President Trump is alleged to have done that might qualify as "abuse of power," his pen-and-phone predecessor did a lot more of it.  Democrats are overlooking it now as they did then.

Gregg Jarrett says McConnell should hold impeachment trial — without Pelosi's OK.  Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday for not sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial and saying that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., should proceed with an impeachment trial without the Democratic leader's involvement.  "The framers never envisioned a stunt pulled by a speaker of the House like Nancy Pelosi holding onto articles of impeachment.  Two decades ago it was sent over immediately, within minutes.  There was a vote to convey and transmit it," Jarrett said on "Hannity."  "The Constitution is actually silent about that.  It doesn't say that the Senate has to wait until it's transmitted.  It's simply a Senate rule."

Guy Lewis says impeachment stalemate is a strategy to gain more time to build their impeachment case.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to withhold articles of impeachment against President Trump is merely a strategy to gain more time to build a stronger case, former U.S. Attorney Guy Lewis argued Friday [12/27/2019].  "I think that the Democrats are looking for additional evidence," Lewis told "America's Newsroom," highlighting that they are aware that the impeachment charges are "dead on arrival" in the Republican-majority Senate.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doing to the president what no one else has in the 3 years since he took office.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doing to President Donald Trump what no one else has in the nearly three years since he took office:  She's making him squirm. [...] Pelosi's refusal to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate has robbed the president of what he wants most:  "total and complete exoneration" following a trial.

Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats Cannot Have Their Cake and Eat It Too.  There are Democrats, including a Harvard law professor, who claim that the president is not impeached — despite a House vote to do so — if the Speaker does not deliver the articles of impeachment to the Senate.  In other words, Pelosi and the Democrats want to have their cake and eat it too.  They wish to impeach President Trump on the record, yet put on indefinite hold the trial by which the president might clear his name.  But nowhere does the Constitution empower the Speaker to act in such a way that the president might remain unimpeached, after an impeachment vote by the House.  According to the words of Democrats like Noah Feldman, the president has not yet been impeached, since Pelosi has withheld the articles of impeachment from the Senate.  "The Constitution doesn't say how fast the articles must go to the Senate," writes Feldman.  However, the reason the Constitution does not specify any such speed requirement is that the delivery of paperwork is never mentioned.  The sole Constitutional requirement for impeachment is a vote.

Kimberley Strassel nails it when she expertly dissects Pelosi's 'rolling impeachment' ploy.  Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel hit the nail on the head in a piece on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's gamesmanship of not sending two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the U.S. Senate.  Given House Democrats' weak case and the inevitable acquittal from the upper chamber, perhaps the San Francisco Democrat is doing all she can to avoid a trial.  "Who says Pelosi even wants a Senate trial?  Strassel said in a tweet plugging her piece about the party's "rolling" impeachment.  "Far better for Democrats to keep impeachment rolling?"

Pelosi's Ploy.  For Nancy [Pelosi], impeachment has always been personal.  Trump disrespected her (repeatedly) and refused to bow to her importance as Speaker of the House and third in line for the presidency.  For Nadler, it's also personal — and it's mutual as well.  Trump and Nadler have long hated each other going back to Nadler's City Council days when he almost singlehandedly prevented Trump from developing the Westside Rail Yards, obligating him to pay real estate taxes of tens of millions of dollars a year for more than a decade — and then, forced a project so circumscribed it's doubtful he made any substantial money.  Schiff?  He's the worst, because for him it's not history or hatred.  It's about him.  Politics is Hollywood for ugly people, and Schiff is ugly, people. [...] Publicity is addictive.  He had stumbled into a world where he was heralded for telling the left what they wanted to hear, and it didn't matter whether any of it was the truth.

Law prof:  The Senate isn't required to hold an impeachment trial at all.  Forget for the moment the question of when Nancy Pelosi will send over the articles of impeachment.  Does the Constitution require Mitch McConnell to do anything with them except perhaps give the House a receipt?  Georgetown law professor Bradley Blakeman argued yesterday evening in The Hill (via Twitchy) that an impeachment trial is neither required or needed, especially in this instance.  To be fair, Blakeman does write that the Senate will be required to take some action, but that it doesn't have to be a trial.  All McConnell needs to do, Blakeman writes, is to call a vote to dismiss before a trial even starts — and that would require only a simple majority, as it is just a procedural motion.  McConnell has publicly stated that he has no choice but to start a trial, but has also mentioned instant dismissal as an option for three months, so this is nothing new.

The Democrats Have Stuck Their Heads in a Meat Grinder.  The Democrats allege that Trump must be impeached because he abused the power of his office by threatening to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless that country helped investigate possible corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential political rival.  The House Republicans have exposed the factual weakness of this charge by amply demonstrating that there was no such quid pro quo.  Now it is recognized that neither this claim nor the equally fatuous charge that Trump has obstructed Congress by asserting executive privilege will result in the necessary two-thirds removal vote by the Senate.  Trump will win. [...] President Trump's request for assistance was absolutely legal, ethical, proper, and mandated by what is known so far.  That should be the primary line of attack against impeachment.

Against Impeachment for Thought Crimes.  It is legal for a president, who is under a constitutional duty to enforce the law, to ask a foreign government to cooperate with the Attorney General to investigate an American citizen about allegations that involve possible misuse of office for private gain.  It is also legal for the President to delay the delivery of foreign aid to make sure he gets the foreign government's attention; that's not "extortion," which is also a specific intent crime that requires a "wrongful" or corrupt purpose.  On the contrary, one of the recognized purposes of foreign aid is "to reward a government for behavior desired by the donor."  Under the theory adopted by the Democrats in the House, the President's otherwise legal acts supposedly become "high crimes and misdemeanors" warranting impeachment if they were done with the allegedly improper intent of "digging up dirt on a political rival," rather than for a legitimate purpose.  But why isn't "digging up dirt" on a political opponent in an election year a legitimate purpose?  It is called "opposition research" and the Democrats do it all the time.

Pelosi's Impeachment Farce Is an Attempt to Distract From the Deep State Conspiracy.  [Scroll down]  No, the real explanation for Pelosi's sudden flip is that those in the know — in the intelligence community, on congressional committees, and even in the Democratic mouthpiece media with their Deep State sources — warned her in early September of the potential political catastrophe that would ensue as a result of the devastating revelations in both the Inspector General's report on the FBI's abuse of the FISA process and U.S. Attorney John Durham's more comprehensive investigation into the origins and perpetuation of the bogus "Russian collusion" narrative.  That transparently preposterous conspiracy theory, cooked up by the Clinton campaign as an explanation for their disastrous loss, was then propagated with help from the exiting Obama administration, the intelligence community, anti-Trump operatives in the federal bureaucracy, and of course Democratic members of Congress and their lapdog allies in the mainstream media.

Exactly what part of Nancy Pelosi's partisan impeachment plan is actually working?  Let's examine the impact so far of what was widely touted as a historic impeachment of President Donald Trump:  His job approval rating is back at its highest level since taking office 1,068 long days ago.  That's up six points since the House began impeachment.

Professor: No Need for a Trial in the Senate, Articles of Impeachment 'On Their Face Are Defective'.  Democrats claim Trump is guilty of violating the Constitution or traditional norms.  That's nonsense when you look at how unprecedented this whole impeachment effort has been, especially the playing games with the articles.  Even the Democrats' own expert who they called during the proceedings, Harvard professor Noah Feldman has said if they sit on it beyond a short reasonable time, they are the ones not acting in accordance with the Constitution and denying the president a fair trial.

Democrats raise possibility of new articles of impeachment against Trump.  The prospect of additional articles — while perhaps unlikely — was floated as part of a court battle over Democrats' bid to compel testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn.  The committee's counsel filed a brief Monday, making the case for why the panel still wants to hear from McGahn despite having already voted for impeachment.  Democrats originally sought McGahn's testimony in connection with his claims to then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team that Trump wanted him to have Mueller fired.  Trump's critics claimed this request constituted obstruction of justice.

The Rushed Impeachment - Now We Know Why.  Basically, the House lawyers have filed a brief in the case in which they're attempting to compel the testimony of former WH Counsel Dan McGahn.  The rationale that the Dem House presents is that, now that the House has impeached President Trump, they need McGahn's testimony to use as evidence in the impeachment trial!  But wait, you say.  How could there have been an impeachment without evidence?  Well, that's a point.  House Dems are claiming, in effect, that they can impeach and then investigate to find the evidence to justify the impeachment.  Remember when Maxine Waters said impeachment is whatever the House says it is?  The Dems really meant that.  Fox News quotes the Dem brief to point out that the Dems are actually suggesting that they could add new articles to their impeachment — implying that, in spite of their vote — impeachment remains a work in progress.

Why Democrats Will Never End The Impeachment Show Until Trump Is Gone For Good.  The Democrats have floated the idea of impeachment over demonstrably fake Russian collusion conspiracy theories, tabloid drivel about porn stars, and even the president's criticism of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.  With time running out before the 2020 presidential race gets into full swing, they seized on the only thing they had left:  exaggerated "concerns" with a phone call to the newly elected Ukrainian president, padded with testimony from a slew of disgruntled national security officials upset that the president wanted to make his own foreign policy decisions, and a harebrained theory about how it was all illegal.  By any measure, the charade was a monumental failure.

Gowdy: Pelosi Has No Constitutional Authority to Dictate the Rules of a Senate Impeachment Trial.  Former prosecutor and Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy is weighing in on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's continued refusal to turn over two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate for a trial.  "If he [President Trump] really is an existential threat the Republic, if he really has committed conduct that should result in his removal from office, then why would you not send it onto the Senate?  The Constitution gives the House no role in deciding how this trial takes place.  It is exclusively within the province of the Senate," Gowdy said during an interview with Fox News.  "I think most of my fellow citizens will see through this 'lets hurry up and impeach him' and then sit on the indictment."

Starr: Impeachment of Trump 'absolutely' an attempt to overthrow him.  The independent counsel who investigated criminal activities related to President Bill Clinton said Sunday that the Democrat-led impeachment of President Donald Trump was an attempt to depose him.

GOP Sen. Kennedy on 'Rigged' Impeachment:  Trump 'Not Afforded Due Process in the House'.  Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) on Monday accused the House of not affording President Donald Trump "due process" in his impeachment as he reacted to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) withholding the impeachment articles.  Kennedy said on Fox Business Network's "Varney & Co."  the process was a "rigged game," likening it to "carnival ring toss" because of how "fixed" it was.

The 'Deep State' and the Impeachment Conspiracy.  Ever since the impeachment bandwagon got rolling in September, anything said in defense of President Trump is automatically dismissed by Democrats and their media allies as either (a) "Republican talking points," (b) "Russian propaganda" or (c) a "conspiracy theory."  The self-evident purpose of this rhetoric is to delegitimize the president's defenders as either dishonest partisans, agents of a foreign enemy, or purveyors of paranoid delusions.  It is impermissible, by the rules of the game as played on CNN and in other "mainstream" media outlets, to ask whether such accusations are more properly directed at Democrats.  Are they never guilty of partisanship?  Didn't Democrats spend three years promoting a "collusion" conspiracy theory?  And why is it that Russia is the only foreign power whose influence deserves our vigilance?

Democrats Debate Whether Trump Has Been Impeached.  Speaker Pelosi's unconstitutional decision to delay transmission of the articles of impeachment to the Senate in order to gain partisan advantage raises the following question:  has President Trump been impeached, or did the House vote merely represent an authorization or intention to impeach — which becomes an actual impeachment only when the articles are transmitted?  This highly technical constitutional issue is being debated by two of my former Harvard Law School colleagues — Professors Laurence Tribe and Noah Feldman — both liberal Democrats who support President Trump's impeachment.

Pelosi's Democrats unite and catalyze the GOP.  Yes, everything is urgent to them when it comes to Trump.  He is so bad — such a threat to the republic — that it is imperative they remove him yesterday, so critical that they have virtually ignored their proper legislative duties for two years.  And yet House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now saying she won't submit the articles of impeachment to the Senate?  These Democrats always assume that our memories expire in 24 hours.  Once again, their lies are too obvious to pass the laugh test.  At the very time Pelosi and her merry band of pseudo-guardians of the Constitution were yelling about urgency, they were planning their disgraceful stunt to withhold the articles from the Senate, which confirms there was never any urgency with the impeachment.  The urgency was to further smear Trump and taint his legacy.

Trump Is Seriously Thinking About Claiming He Isn't Really Impeached & He's Got a Point.  We always knew the impeachment case against Trump had the weightiness of belly button lint, but now Americans are cottoning on to how the thing looks to be wholly unserious.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's vote-and-run strategy has made the foundation for impeachment look like it was cobbled out of crazy glue and straw.  And the White House noticed.  As we've previously reported, the Democrat constitutional law expert, Noah Feldman, says that by not sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate, President Trump's not really impeached.

McCarthy suggests Jordan, Collins and Ratcliffe represent Trump during Senate impeachment trial.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., suggested on Sunday that he would choose Republican Reps.  Jim Jordan of Ohio, Doug Collins of Georgia and John Ratcliffe of Texas to represent President Trump in his looming Senate impeachment trial.  "These are individuals I would actually pull in at the White House," McCarthy said during an interview on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures."  "You want people that have been through this, understand it, been in the hearings even when they were in the basement."  "The basement" is a reference to the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, where House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., held the initial closed-door testimonies in the impeachment inquiry into Trump.

America Must Confront The Enemy From Within.  We've all watched as the rule of law is flaunted and the Constitution is trampled on by Democrats.  They become more and more brazen by the day.  Evil is really seeing the light of day now that Americans see how the left will conduct a soft coup to oust a duly elected president who has committed no crime.  The Democrats have shown how they despise over 63 million voters who voted for President Trump and how they hold us in contempt.  Trump has seen no due process and has been relentlessly smeared by these Marxists.  Trump's family has been dragged through the mud as well.  But we let it happen and it's still going on.

Cruz Slams Dems' Impeachment Sham, Obama Admin's Legacy Of DOJ & FBI Abusing Its Power.  Sen. Ted Cruz says Nancy Pelosi holding impeachment articles from Senate is 'sign of weakness.'  "This is the first time in the history of our country that a president has been impeached without a single article alleging any criminal conduct.  They [Democrats] don't allege any crime, they don't even allege any federal law that was violated.  This was at the end of the day a political response because Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats hate the president."  [Video clip]

Nancy Pelosi's Impeachment Blunder Will Play Out In 2020.  The decision by Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic House leadership to depart from Washington without resolving whether the Senate trial of the president will even happen is a blunder of potentially serious proportions.  It totally undermines everything the Democrats have done narratively for the past several months, embracing their role as defenders of the Constitution against a clear and present danger to its tenets.  Instead, impeachment now looks more like an example of that ancient term:  a partisan traveshamockery.  Pelosi's supporters who are hard core Democratic donors and partisans may like this move, since it denies the president the surety of what is almost assuredly going to be a bipartisan vote to acquit him on both charges in the Senate.  These are the same people who wanted to extend the process by forcing Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton to testify via the courts, who hold out hope to this day that the Southern District of New York will turn up something on Rudy Giuliani that will make for even more articles of impeachment.  They want impeachment now, impeachment tomorrow, impeachment forever — asterisks all the way down.

Why Senate Democrats are the real challenge to full impeachment trial.  By sending a thin and incomplete record to the Senate, the House could not have made things easier for the president.  Since the House did not want to take time to subpoena critical witnesses, such as former national security adviser John Bolton, or to compel testimony of other witnesses, the Senate could declare that it will try the case on the record supplied by the House, a record that Democrats insist is already conclusive and overwhelming.  Moreover, in reviewing the trials of Johnson and Clinton, Democrats may have to struggle with precedents of their own making.  Indeed, Republicans could argue that a trial without witnesses is impeachment in Democratic style.

Democrats rushed to impeach and stopped.  Democrats rushed to impeach President Donald John Trump on Wednesday night, voted to, and then decided to sit on actually impeaching him by refusing to transmit the impeachment to the Senate.  Stilton Jahrlsberg lampooned the rush to remove a "clear and present danger" but then holding up the impeachment until next year at the earliest.  Democrats adopted the strange strategy of Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, who believes that by not transmitting the impeachment to the Senate, Nancy Pelosi can set the terms for trial.  But in playing this impeachment version of a government shutdown, Democrats undercut their argument that it is urgent to impeach and remove President Donald John Trump.  If that were true, Democrats would have immediately transmitted the impeachment vote, which would set up the trial.

Seven Democrats Shared How They're Going to Destroy America.  This last debate of the 2019 calendar year offered Americans little insight overall as to what these seven Democrats would and could do to help improve the country.  However, it is clear these Democrats are willing to go to great lengths to kick Trump out of office — no matter what that would do to our nation.

Swindlers List.  Much like the 9/11 attacks, the impeachment of Trump was an attack on all of us by a radicalized group that hates America, hates freedom, hates capitalism, hates respect for human life, hates individual responsibility, and has a fevered desire to bring it all crashing down. [...] During the impeachment vote, almost every Democrat said words to the effect that Trump was an immediate danger to national security and all we hold dear.  That being the case, why is Nancy Pelosi unwilling to let Trump's case go to trial in the Senate?  Is he an imminent danger, or isn't he?  By her actions, Pelosi is quite clearly saying that he is not.

Well, Is Trump Impeached Yet, or Not? — Here Are The Facts.  First of all, yes, he is impeached in as much as the vote was recorded.  But according to some sources, the official filing of that vote has not yet been completed, so, Trump still isn't quite impeached "all the way," if you will.  That is according to leftist law professor Noah Feldman, a man who testified FOR impeachment for the Democrats.

Schrödinger's impeachment limps on.  [Scroll down]  So while Democrats voted to impeach, they haven't impeached.  Instead, they went home for 2 weeks.  The PJ Media account ended, "This is a very bad look for the Democrats who warned that they must rush to impeach Trump before the election.  It seems the rush ended as soon as they got their vote.  Now, they want to avoid the possibility that Trump might be acquitted in a Senate trial.  By doing so, they are denying him due process and violating both historical precedent and the Constitution."  That is true but they really didn't impeach him.  Delaying the impeachment for this stunt could lead to more permanent delay.

As Pelosi plays games with impeachment, what next for GOP?  [Scroll down]  Just to be clear:  Pelosi has no leverage at all over a Senate proceeding.  The Constitution gives the House the "sole power" to impeach, a power Pelosi and her majority used to its fullest.  But the Constitution gives the Senate the "sole power" to try all impeachments.  The speaker of the House has no role.  Given that, Republicans have been wondering what Pelosi is up to.  Crazy theories (at least, they seem to be crazy theories) have emerged.  Democrats would impeach the president repeatedly.  (That was actually a serious suggestion from a New York Times columnist in October.)  Or Democrats would never send the articles to the Senate, to keep impeachment hanging over Trump's head.  Or whatever.  The key Democrats involved aren't saying.

The 'Impeachment' of Donald Trump.  The speaker of the House, unhappy at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's obvious contempt for the House proceedings, has suggested that she might not file the charges with the Senate.  In which case, the Senate could not hold a trial.  In which case, Donald Trump could neither be exonerated nor convicted. [...] What a let-down.  The "greatest deliberative body in the world," etc. etc., and what do we get?  Theater, and bad theater at that.

Senator Schumer's Vicious Lie.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said during his rebuttal to Majority Leader McConnell yesterday, that the President thinks he has the right to do whatever he wants and sees himself as a king.  He accused the President of tyranny, and of declaring that he has absolute immunity, a reference to a comment the President once made about Article II of the Constitution.  Schumer said he has committed high crimes and misdemeanors and if not stopped, he will do it again and again.  Everything he said is a lie.  President Trump has never said Congress has no right to oversight.  What he has said is he wants the Judicial Branch to mediate over those documents and witnesses they are demanding which the President's counsel believes violate Executive Privilege.

Pelosi's Latest Stunt.  Although a House impeachment is not exactly the same as a grand jury indictment, it is close enough to emphasize that an impeachment, like an indictment, proves absolutely nothing.  It simply means that, by symbolically altering courtroom rules and preliminarily allowing the prosecution every possible advantage over the defense, the prosecution has established that maybe it has something worth bringing to trial and maybe not.  In that way, we avoid trials where there is not even a scintilla of anything.  But without an actual trial and a conviction, there is nothing.  If a prosecutor convenes a grand jury and gets an indictment but then chooses not to bring the case to trial, then there is nothing.  Mitch McConnell [...] does not owe [Nancy Pelosi] the time of day, much less input or even a polite listening, when it comes to how the Senate will conduct its trial or whether or not it even will bother moving forward without first bringing a motion to dismiss on grounds of failure to state a claim for which relief may be granted. [...] If she does not forward the impeachment, historians will record that it simply never happened, and they will indict her, not Mr. Trump.

Impeachment: Tactics vs.  Strategy.  [Scroll down]  Here is my modest proposal for Senators McConnell and Graham.  Since the House thought they had a compelling case with the handful of witnesses they called, no further witnesses will be allowed.  The managers will be allowed to "prove their case" with those same witnesses, plus the "whistleblower."  Thus, there will be a real trial.  The managers won't be able to hold up a 600-page report and declare their case proved.  They'll get to do it in open court.  With a twist.  The Senate should require that the rules for testimony under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure be followed to the letter.  Since the presiding judge will be Chief Justice John Roberts, he'll know those procedures cold.  Co

21st Century Regicide: The House Votes.  he December 18 House votes (230-197 on abuse of power and 229-198 on obstruction of Congress) to impeach President Trump, one day shy of 21 years since Bill Clinton was impeached, followed one of American history's most delicious ironies: the very date, December 10, that the House Judiciary Committee began formal debate, there was a reminder of the Ghost of Impeachments Past, none other than one Jerrold Nadler, who exactly 21 years earlier, in his opening statement in the Clinton vote, said, ["]The effect of impeachment is to overturn the popular will of the voters as expressed in a national election. [...] ["]

You can't win the game if you don't play your cards.
Nancy Pelosi can hold onto her articles of impeachment forever for all anyone cares.  Senate Republicans would be thrilled if Pelosi just shoved the articles into the back of a closet in the speaker's office next to a disregarded carton of Camels left by John Boehner.  The GOP-held Senate has become a well-oiled conservative-judge machine, churning out jurists like a factory assembly line.  It has no desire for an impeachment coffee break to vote on a matter everyone has already made up their minds on.  But the president, progressives argue, is desperate for a trial.  He wants his victory lap when the inevitable acquittal drops.  This is supposedly Pelosi's vaunted leverage.  Unfortunately, that's based on a naïve reading of a trolly Trump tweet.

House Democrats Might Hold Articles of Impeachment Hostage.  The strangest thing about the process is watching the Democrats pretend to be somber, as if they haven't been trying to impeach Trump since election night.  We all saw the pictures of the pink hat lunatics screaming for impeachment at the Women's March the day after Trump was inaugurated.  They also kept referencing the constitution during their floor speeches and in the media but the Democrats have have been working to negate parts of the constitution that don't sport their woke agenda for as long as I can remember.  Now they want to "defend" it?  Many of them referenced American's founders, and spoke about how they had a mandate to impeach based on their commitment to the founding fathers' vision.  What?  These clowns usually call the founders a bunch of misogynist, patriarchal, slave-owning white supremacists.

Impeachment or Attainder?  The present articles of impeachment are not over matters known to law.  Settled precedent in American law is that conflicts between the executive and legislative branches are settled in court.  No more does the law empower Congress to hold the president in contempt than it empowers the president to arrest senators or representatives for their refusal to reveal their consultations to DOJ subpoenas.  In fact, SCOTUS had taken up the very question the House is claiming to be impeachable.  Clearly, by the Supremes granting certiorari, it is officially a question at law.  Clearly, there are legitimate differences over the law.  It might well be impeachable to ignore a SCOTUS ruling in the case, but how could it be impeachable to hold a position on something that is not yet settled?  That is an absurd standard, and history will judge it so.

Impeachment without a crime.  [Scroll down]  For purposes of housekeeping, let's take a look at the vote.  On the first article of impeachment — for "abuse of power" — it was 230 to 197.  Two Democrats — Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey — voted against impeachment.  No Republican voted for impeachment, but ex-Republican Justin Amash of Michigan, now an independent, did.  Tulsi Gabbard took a page from the Barack Obama playbook and voted "present."  The second article called for Trump to be impeached for exercising his right to have a dispute with Congress resolved by the courts.  The vote on this absurdity was 229 to 198.  Jared Golden of Maine was the Democrat who voted for the first article but not the second.  The Washington Post celebrates the impeachment by claiming that the House's purely partisan move "creat[es] an indelible stain on [Trump's] presidency."  I doubt it.

Dershowitz: Pelosi Delaying A Senate Trial Is 'Unconstitutional'.  Calling out the Democratic Party for its far-left extremism, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz denounced House Speaker Pelosi's plan to withhold sending the impeachment vote to the Senate for a trial as "unconstitutional."  As noted by Fox News, the Harvard Law professor's recent op-ed for Newsmax came in response to his colleague Laurence Tribe, who backed Pelosi in not allowing a Senate trial on impeachment.  "[Tribe] would withhold the trial until the Senate agreed to change its rules, or presumably until a new election put many more Democrats in the Senate.  Under his proposal, there might never be a Senate trial, but the impeachment would stand as a final and permanent condemnation of President Trump," Dershowitz wrote.

Schumer's Corrupt Democratic Jurors.  [Chuck] Schumer whines that McConnell has said he will take his cues on a Senate trial from President Trump, whom the House denied due process and the right to confront his accuser.  Too bad, cryin' Chuck, for just as in the House, elections have consequences.  Republicans won the Senate so you play by their rules[.]  Schumer pretends that a Senate impeachment trial is like a trial in criminal or civil court and that McConnell can't act as both a juror and a defense attorney.  Of course he can — an impeachment trial is more of a political process than a judicial one.  Schumer is trying to depose a sitting President of the United States and overturn the results of an election, disenfranchising 63 million voters, without a crime or evidence of a crime, and he wants to talk about fairness?  McConnell is no more "tainted" as a juror for working with President Trump than the Senate Democrats, also jurors, who ran and are still running against Trump in 2020 — Kobuchar, Harris, Warren, Booker, Sanders.

Nancy Pelosi's 'Animal House' impeachment.  First and foremost, President Trump did not get impeached Wednesday night.  And he still hasn't at the moment of this writing, more than 12 hours after House Democrats approved two articles of impeachment in the most nakedly partisan impeachment vote in over a century and a half.  The giant, block-lettered, wartime headlines in the New York Times giddily declaring "TRUMP IMPEACHED" is completely false.  Fake News, you might say.  Sure, Democrats rammed through a couple of articles of impeachment, but until House Speaker Nancy Pelosi submits them to the Senate for the trial of the president of the United States, Mr. Trump stands un-impeached.  A prosecutor can draw up all the indictments against all the ham sandwiches he wants.  But until he hands that indictment to the judge — files the indictment with the court — no ham sandwiches are indicted.

This Time It Is Personal — for Us.  Those pathological haters and congenital liars impeached not only President Trump on Wednesday night.  They impeached us.  This time it is personal.  That is my vote they are trying to take away.

If Impeachment Articles Are Not Delivered, Did Impeachment Happen?  For these last weeks, the Democrat-dominated chamber has been in a mad rush to impeach the president.  Democrats even tacked on article two — "obstruction of Congress" — because, they told us, time could not be wasted engaging in the usual negotiation and litigation over legislative demands for executive branch information.  Trump is a clear and present threat to "continue" undermining our elections, we were admonished.  That's why he needs to be impeached right now. [...] But now that the deed is done, it's ... hey, not so fast. [...] What we've just seen is the most partisan impeachment in American history, every step of it politically calculated.  Obviously, if Democrats perceived advantage in stretching the process out, it would still be going on.

Was Trump Actually Impeached?  Legal Expert Called By Dems In Hearing Says No.  If nothing else, Democrats' manipulations are giving everyone a review of the Constitution.  As we observed yesterday [12/19/2019], many liberals didn't seem to understand that impeachment didn't mean removal.  Most people of course knew that.  But there's a finer point here, that Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law professor is claiming and others are also questioning this morning.  Feldman, who ironically was a witness for the Democrats during the impeachment hearings and who argued for Trump's impeachment, is saying he hasn't actually been impeached yet.

Some Liberals Thought Impeachment Meant Trump Would Be Gone, Get Rude Awakening.  It's hard to imagine how liberals can keep buying into these conspiracy stories and manipulations of the Democrats, when the facts are so clearly other than what they say, such as on impeachment.  But perhaps it's not hard when you see how uninformed many are as to even the basic concepts of civics and the impeachment process.  When you're getting all your news from places that are continually pushing the Democratic narrative like CNN and MSNBC, it's likely that you're only going to see what they tell you.  It might be difficult to believe after weeks of talk about impeachment that there are people who still don't understand the process, but on Twitter last night, "#ByeTrump" was trending because many believed that the House vote on impeachment meant that President Donald Trump was now removed.

House Dems Close Up Shop Without Sending Articles of Impeachment to Senate.  On Thursday [12/19/2019], the House of Representatives adjourned before voting to send the articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate for a trial.  This made House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's stall-tactic official — Democrats are refusing to forward the impeachment to the Senate until they receive assurances the trial will be fair in their eyes.  Yet this arguably violates the Constitution.  "Hoyer announces no more votes until January 7.  Big cheer goes up in House chamber.  This means the House won't approve a resolution on impeachment [managers] & to send impeachment [package] to Senate until at least January, 2020," Fox News reporter Chad Pergram tweeted.

The Way This Can End Even If Pelosi Withholds the Articles.  The way this can end even with no articles of impeachment sent over to the Senate is very simple.  Mitch McConnell runs the Senate.  The Senate has sole power to conduct a trial.  Pelosi has nothing to say about it.  She can whine and moan and complain about a fair trial, and Schumer can run around and say, "All we want is a fair trial."  It's the accused who gets a fair trial.  Not the prosecutors.  It's the accused.  In American jurisprudence, the whole concept of a fair trial is the concept applied to the accused.  And once again, it's the Democrats' bastardizing the American constitutional process and the rule of law and trying to make everything all about them.  But the way that McConnell can dispense with this without the articles of impeachment ever being sent over, is the chief justice is the judge.  So McConnell calls him in, gavels the Senate (i.e., the jury) into order.  Look at him as the foreman of the jury, if you will.  He swears in the chief justice, and then dismisses the case.

Pelosi's risky strategy to withhold impeachment from Senate roils Washington.  Democrats want to put pressure on individual Republican senators over the issue of calling witnesses in a Senate impeachment trial, and they are looking to create friction between President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi struggled Thursday to explain what, exactly, her plan is in delaying sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate.  She refused to answer questions from reporters who wanted more clarity.

Trump Isn't Impeached Until the House Tells the Senate.  Now that the House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump, what is the constitutional status of the two articles of impeachment?  Must they be transmitted to the Senate to trigger a trial, or could they be held back by the House until the Senate decides what the trial will look like, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi has hinted?  The Constitution doesn't say how fast the articles must go to the Senate.  Some modest delay is not inconsistent with the Constitution, or how both chambers usually work.  But an indefinite delay would pose a serious problem.  Impeachment as contemplated by the Constitution does not consist merely of the vote by the House, but of the process of sending the articles to the Senate for trial.

'Keep Those Articles Here': Top Dem Demands Quid Pro Quo Before Sending Impeachment To Senate.  Democratic House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn told CNN, if it were up to him, he would withhold articles of impeachment from the Senate indefinitely.  Clyburn said he would only send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for if Democrat's were promised a "fair" trial.  By "fair trial," Clyburn means allowing new witnesses and deliberation to take place in the Senate.  But, deliberations and witness testimony is a job meant for the House of Representatives.  Clearly, Rep. Adam Schiff and House Democrats bungled their hearings and concluded with extremely weak articles of impeachment they know will get zero bipartisan support.  Now, they want more witnesses called because they didn't do their job well their first time.

Jim Jordan to House Democrats:  Why Are You Withholding Articles of Impeachment After Rushing to Impeach?  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is playing a peculiar game of chess with Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) when it comes to the articles of impeachment.  Instead of preparing to transmit them, which you'd think she'd do ASAP considering how critical it was for Democratic House leaders to get the articles voted on in the House before Christmas, she's withholding them in an effort, at least on the surface anyway, to get McConnell to play by her rules.

Total Warfare Politics.  [Scroll down]  At this time, the impeachment can be cast as a purely partisan move.  Should the Senate dismiss the charges on a party-line vote, the Democrats would have a stick with which to counter-flail the GOP for partisanry.  Of course, at this time there's still a possibility that one or more Senate Democrats would join the Republican caucus in dismissing the charges or a summary acquittal after a brief trial, but no one can be certain about that yet.  Even should the Senate not approve changes to the trial rules, further media involvement could arise through interviews and publicity granted to "witnesses" not permitted to "testify" in the trial.  As the media are wholly enlisted in the anti-Trump movement, this is more likely than not — and would permit the fomenting of public suspicion about a "cover-up" of presidential wrongdoing.  The existing situation, as farcical as it is, has commentators such as Mark Levin saying that it makes the impeachment of the next Democrat president absolutely imperative.

Impeachment in Two Words:  So What?  House Democrats' articles of impeachment detailed zero impeachable offenses.  Speaker Pelosi, et. al., promised "bribery" and "obstruction of justice" — real, actual crimes.  The ultimate charges:  "abuse of power" and "obstruction of Congress."  Friends, if "abuse of power" and "obstruction of Congress" are authentic "high crimes and misdemeanors," roughly 90% of that body's members are headed up the river.

Don't Bother, They're Here.  In a comic postscript to yesterday's farce, Nancy Pelosi is threatening to withhold delivery of the House Democrats' two impeachment articles to the Senate. [...] By withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate, Pelosi hopes to extract the terms of a trial procedure that she deems favorable to the Democrats.  Politico quotes Pelosi speaking at a news conference moments after passage of the impeachment articles:  "So far we haven't seen anything that looks fair to us."

President Trump praises GOP unity, while Blasting Pelosi for withholding articles from Senate.  Holding onto the articles of impeachment could reportedly be a strategy Pelosi is using to avoid a dismissal of charges.  This comes as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to hold a final vote in hopes to acquit the president.

The Devil-Delivered Impeachment Sleight Of Hand.  This impeachment circus is nothing more than a distraction to keep lightheaded people's eyes off of the cancer which is currently enveloping what is left of our limping America.  The left has no case based upon any factual evidence.  And they know that.  They simply want their warped story out there to try to keep the pipes clogged, as they have kept them clogged up to this point, for the balance of President Trump's administration.  The fix was presumed to have been in when Hillary boarded her jet to New York as she prematurely celebrated what turned out to be a completely disastrous election eve for her, in 2016.

6 Reasons Pelosi's Senate Obstruction Gambit On Impeachment Articles Is A Disaster.  Immediately after impeaching President Donald Trump for allegedly obstructing the House and abusing his power as president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi obstructed the Senate's constitutional obligation to hold an impeachment trial and abused her power by trying to steal power that belongs solely to the Senate under the Constitution.  Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that she is in no rush to formally transmit to the Senate the articles of impeachment her party in the House had just approved.  Here are six reasons Pelosi's impeachment obstruction stunt undermines the entire basis of the Democrats' effort to eject Trump from office.  [#1] After impeaching Trump for supposed obstruction of House, Pelosi moves to obstruct the Senate[.]  Pelosi said she'll wait to send over the articles until she finds out how the Senate will conduct the trial, which looks a lot like obstructing the Senate, given that the Constitution clearly states that the Senate has "the sole power to try all [i]mpeachments."

Trump Lawyers Ask If Pelosi Delay Means He Isn't Impeached Yet.  Lawyers close to President Donald Trump are exploring whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to temporarily withhold articles of impeachment from the Senate could mean that the president hasn't actually been impeached. [...] Backers of the theory would argue that the clause of the U.S. Constitution that gives the Senate "the sole Power to try all Impeachments" indicates that the impeachment isn't formalized until the House reported the charges to the upper chamber.

Overshadowed by impeachment, debating Democrats mostly pull punches.  Twenty-four hours after President Trump was impeached, the Democratic candidates held a debate that almost didn't happen and that even some insiders were hoping would not happen.  To say that the debate, having overcome a labor dispute at Loyola Marymount University, was overshadowed by the impeachment furor would be the understatement of the year.

Trump is not actually impeached yet, lawyer who testified for Democrats says.  One of the Democrats' witnesses who testified in favor of President Trump's impeachment cautioned Thursday that in order to officially impeach the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must send the articles of impeachment to the Republican-led Senate.  In a Bloomberg op-ed, Harvard legal scholar Noah Feldman said Pelosi, D-Calif., can delay sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate, but not for an "indefinite" period of time.

Donald Trump demands 'immediate' impeachment trial as Mitch McConnell declares 'impasse' with Chuck Schumer.  Donald Trump is demanding an 'immediate trial' after talks over the looming Senate showdown reached an 'impasse' last night and one Harvard law expert claimed the president has not yet been impeached.  The House voted on Wednesday night to charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, but speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

Article I: Remove This Beast From My Sight!  In the history of politics, there is no precedent for the media's entire focus to be on undoing the last presidential election.  True, the left has wanted to impeach every Republican president, but at least they used to wait a decent interval between the inauguration and concocting some preposterous "impeachable offense."  With Trump, it's never been about anything he's done.  It's him they can't stand. [...] To be extra clear that they don't care about the Constitution — much less the Founding Fathers, whom they keep solemnly invoking — the Democrats' second article of impeachment against Trump is for "obstruction of Congress."  That is pretty much his job.  How about impeaching a president for ordering a surprise military attack or appointing members of his Cabinet?

Extortion: Nancy Pelosi Threatens to Withhold Impeachment Articles from Senate Republicans.  Knowing that the Republican Senate will dispense of their so-called evidence for impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has threatened to withhold transmitting the articles to the upper chamber.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already rejected Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) parameters for the trial.  McConnell slapped them down, along with cutting through the nonsense about his role in this Democrat-manufactured fantasy.  He's not going to be impartial.  "I'm not an impartial juror.  This is a political process.  There's not anything judicial about it," he said on Tuesday [12/17/2019].  Knowing these articles face certain death with Senate Republicans, Pelosi and House Democrats now appear to be engaging in political extortion.  Just watch.  This is all about Senate Republicans rejecting Democratic calls for witnesses.  That's not how this works, lady.  You folks, the House Democrats, decided what's impeachable.  The Senate holds a trial based on your work.  And your work is total and complete nonsense.

David Webb:  Democrats promised to govern, voters got impeachment instead.  Fox Nation host David Webb called on American voters to ask themselves one question as Democrats argued in favor of impeaching President Trump during debates on the House floor on Wednesday [12/18/2019].  "Are they working for you as they promised?" he said on his Fox Nation show "Reality Check," adding:  "What are they actually doing in Washington, D.C., and with the remaining workdays in December?"  Webb observed that the Democratic campaign platform in the 2018 midterms did not include calls for impeachment.

A warning to conservatives:  Don't get complacent on impeachment.  The forces unleased by this shredding of the Constitution are unknown to all, and for one to assume that this will easily lead to a Trump landslide and a Democrat massive defeat is delusional and clueless as to the motives and nature of the Left.  The damage being done is incalculable, and what this all could portend is beyond our worst nightmares.  The Democrats have shunned our forefathers, the bequeathing of liberty, all lost for their lust for power.  What lies beyond that power is nothing but darkness and death — the death of our Republic and so much more, all built on their Utopian fantasies.  The world's last best hope of freedom's light extinguished.  They are this close to achieving their ultimate goal.

Watch: Democrat Rep. Tlaib Posts Video Celebrating Impeachment Vote; Trump Responds.  On her way to vote "yes" on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, far-left Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) posted a video of herself on social media celebrating her affirmative vote and the impending impeachment.  "Hi, everyone!  I'm on my way to the United States House floor to impeach President Trump," Tlaib says in the video, smiling ear-to-ear, "on behalf of my incredible district, #13DistrictStrong."

Supercut: Democrats Are Devastated To Be Impeaching Trump.  [Video clip]

Adam Schiff and Dems seen drinking and cheering about impeachment the night before the vote.  If you believe the Democrats sob story about how they have "heavy hearts" and the impeachment vote was a sad and somber day in history, we have some bottled air to sell you.  Washington-based CEO Alex Bruesewitz posted a video on Twitter of Adam Schiff and other House Democrats celebrating at the posh DC restaurant the night before the impeachment vote.

Judge Napolitano:  Pelosi withholding articles of impeachment from Senate would be 'grave injustice'.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has a constitutional obligation to send articles of impeachment to the Senate, Judge Andrew Napolitano said Thursday [12/19/2019].  Appearing on "Fox & Friends" with hosts Pete Hegseth, Steve Doocy, and Ainsley Earhardt, Napolitano said that while he has said there was a legal basis for impeachment in the House, lawmakers now have a "moral and constitutional obligation" to send the two articles of impeachment to the Senate.  In a news conference on Wednesday, following the House impeachment vote, Pelosi said that Democrats may wait to send their articles of impeachment against President Trump to the GOP-controlled Senate, for fear that they are incapable of holding a fair trial.  "Well, guess what?" asked Napolitano.  "Under the Constitution, the Senate writes its own rules not subject to the approval of the speaker of the House or even the majority of the House."

Pelosi throws impeachment into confusion.  Minutes after the House impeached President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw the process into confusion by refusing to say when or whether she would send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial.  At a news conference held immediately after the vote, Pelosi said "we'll see what happens" when asked if she would send the articles to the Senate.

Nancy Pelosi's stomach-turning impeachment charade damages America.  The arcane rules, phony cordiality and debates over the second sentence in paragraph G of Point Six were bad enough, but the nausea meter hit the roof when Nancy Pelosi took the microphone.  Wearing a funereal black dress, she stood next to a cardboard American flag and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  I would have counted her more honest if she had pledged her allegiance to a Democratic donkey.  As the leader of a party that has marinated its mind in unadulterated hatred of President Trump, Pelosi bears unique responsibility for this calamity.  She could have stopped it.  Indeed, for months she did.

Schumer Admits Trump [was] Impeached 'Without the Facts Coming Out'.  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made a startling admission Tuesday when he said President Trump is about to be impeached "without the facts coming out."  The Senate Minority Leader accidentally told the truth while crybabying in the hopes of violating 200 years of impeachment precedent during Trump's upcoming senate trial.

Spineless indecision, or avoiding a conflict of interest?
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard votes 'present' on impeachment.  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) on Wednesday night [12/18/2019] voted "present" on both articles of impeachment against President Trump.  On Monday, Gabbard said she was still undecided as to how to vote, and was "taking this time for myself to be able to review everything that's happened, all the information that's been put forward."  Gabbard is the only member of the Democratic presidential field able to vote on impeachment.

House Democrats Pass Partisan Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump.  House Democrats voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday [12/18/2019], making Trump the third president in American history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. [...] House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) said during a speech Wednesday that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants more witnesses because he does not have all of the facts.

Some House Democrats push Pelosi to withhold impeachment articles, delay Senate trial.  A group of House Democrats is pushing Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders to withhold the articles of impeachment against President Trump that are expected to emerge on Wednesday, potentially delaying a Senate trial for months.  The notion of impeaching Trump but holding the articles in the House has gained traction among some on the political left as a way of potentially forcing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to conduct a trial on more favorable terms for Democrats.  And if no agreement is reached, some have argued, the trial could be delayed indefinitely, denying Trump an expected acquittal.

The 5 worst impeachment tweets.  House Democrats took bold action by moving closer and closer toward impeaching President Trump on Wednesday, if one could describe kicking and screaming for three years as "bold."  While the impeachment process continues on its predictable outcome of the Senate acquitting Trump of any wrongdoing, individuals on both sides of the aisle decided to remove all mental filters and make it clear to their audience that they need their phone taken away.

The Democrats' one-night stand with the founders.  The Left has interrupted its regularly scheduled programming of trying to tear down the Founders' reputations and life's work — the Electoral College, the First and Second Amendments, and the Constitution generally — to claim that those Enlightenment men are on their side.  Nancy Pelosi (D-Fruits and Nuts) has proclaimed that Trump's actions "are in defiance of the vision of our Founders."  Democrat Jerrold Nadler, from the state (N.Y.) that allows prenatal infanticide up to birth and is giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens, asked a shill college professor of an impeachment "witness," "[I]f Washington were here today, if he were joined by Madison, Hamilton and other Framers, what do you believe they would say if presented with the evidence before us about President Trump's conduct?"  My, my, as Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson put it Tuesday evening, "Democrats care deeply and passionately about the Founding Fathers."

Mitch McConnell says Nancy Pelosi is Scared to send him 'shoddy' articles of impeachment.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Democrats on Thursday for creating what he called an 'unfair, unfinished product,' articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump that stemmed from 'partisan rage.'  Calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's work 'constitutionally incoherent,' he said impeaching a president on the basis of political disagreements would 'invite an endless parade of impeachable trials' in the future, making House leaders 'free to toss up a jump-ball every time they feel angry.'  'She's failed the country,' McConnell said on the House floor.  'It was like the speaker called up Chairman [Jerrold] Nadler and ordered up "One impeachment, rushed delivery, please".'

Democrat Lawmaker Tells Kids Why He's Voting to Impeach Trump.  Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) took to the House floor on Wednesday [12/18/2019] to explain to his three-year-old and one-year-old kids why he's voting to impeach President Donald Trump.  The congressman said he doesn't "feel good" about impeaching the president, but he feels he has to because he "broke our laws ... threatened our security," and "abused the highest, most sacred office in our land."

The Editor says...
If the President had broken any law at all, the Democrats would have made that abundantly clear in their impeachment resolutions, but they did not.

Impeachment as a Means to An End, and Not The End Itself.  It does not seem accidental the hastily defined two articles of impeachment mirror the arguments needed in two lower court cases brought by the House Judiciary Committee.  It is likely both articles of impeachment, "Abuse of Power" and "Obstruction", are designed to support pending HJC court cases seeking:  (1) former White House Counsel Don McGahn testimony; and (2) grand jury evidence from the Mueller investigation.  Because the full House did not originally vote to authorize articles of impeachment the House Judiciary Committee never gained 'judicial enforcement authority'.  The absence of judicial enforcement authority was evident in the lack of enforcement authority in House subpoenas.  The House could not hold anyone in contempt of congress for not appearing because they did not carry recognized judicial enforcement authority.

Cunning Lawfare Maneuver — House Will Withhold Submission of Articles from Senate.  Seemingly overlooked by most, when the House voted on the 'rules of impeachment' they removed the traditional appointment of House Managers to a later date.  Normally the House Managers would be appointed at the same time as the impeachment vote; however, by withholding the appointment House Democrats are indicating they will not immediately send articles of impeachment to the senate but will rather hold the articles as support for pending court cases toward their judicial authority.  A cunning Lawfare ploy.

McConnell fires back:  Let's adopt the 1999 rules — with the option for dismissal.  Remember when the Senate could come to a unanimous, bipartisan approach to rules governing an impeachment trial?  Good times, good times.  In fact, those were such good times that Mitch McConnell wants to bring them back.  Rather than keep having his counterpart Chuck Schumer negotiate via MSNBC, the Senate Majority Leader announced that he'll simply reinstate the rules package that governed Bill Clinton's impeachment twenty years ago.  By the way, that also includes a dismissal option[.]

Pelosi turns impeachment circus into even more of a comedy.  Ed suggested this maneuver was on the way yesterday [12/18/2019] and now it appears that Speaker Pelosi has decided on the lame explanation the Democrats will hang their hats on.  In order to attempt to give Chuck Schumer some "leverage" in the impeachment trial, the Speaker may refuse to send the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber, dragging all of this nonsense out even further. [...] When I turned on CNN this morning, the anchors were desperately trying to explain why the Constitution doesn't demand the Speaker send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.  That's technically true, but the Constitution doesn't really "demand" much of anything, other than requiring the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to preside when the President is on trial.

Democrats Betray America With Impeachment Vote.  Does it count as "news" if Democrats and the media have been saying it was going to happen for more than three years?  Not quite.  Nothing about the House impeachment vote should come as a surprise.  It's the culmination of Democrats' obsession with taking down President Trump since he was elected.  When the Russia hoax didn't work out in their favor, they clung to the next best thing they could get a hold of:  Trump's completely straightforward phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky containing no evidence of quid pro quo and not a shred of wrongdoing.

Here's how McConnell & Senate Republicans should respond to Pelosi's brazenly unconstitutional act.  The Senate has the sole power under the Constitution to adjudicate an impeachment.  Therefore, Pelosi is attempting to obstruct the Senate's power to act on its constitutional authority.  McConnell should immediately put an end to this and declare the impeachment null and void, as the speaker has failed to complete the impeachment process by timely sending it to the Senate for adjudication.  McConnell has no less authority to unilaterally make such a decision than Pelosi does to withhold the administrative notification of an impeachment to the Senate either indefinitely or with conditions.  Her effort to cripple the presidency and blackmail the Senate must be defeated.

Pelosi claims bipartisan 'spring in their step' after impeachment, then shuts down questions in presser.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi undermined her own assertion that impeachment was a "somber" affair by claiming that people — regardless of political affiliation — have a "spring in their step" following Wednesday's vote.  This, of course, is predicated on the thoroughly false idea that impeachment was a bipartisan effort and was supported by people on both sides of the aisle.  Yesterday's vote was strictly along party lines, with no Republicans siding with Democrats, and President Donald Trump is facing an outpouring of both financial and emotional support as the result of impeachment.

Lindsey Graham on impeachment: 'The mob took over the House'.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the impeachment of President Trump is proof that a left-wing "mob" has taken over the House of Representatives.  Graham told "Hannity" that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed earlier this year that impeachment should be thoughtful and "bipartisan."  "What happened between March and now?" he asked.  "What happened [is] the mob took over the House.  The mob is running the Democratic Party.  If she did not move to impeach this president, she would not be Speaker."

See It:  Trump Issues Perfect Response Following Impeachment Vote.  Without even a clear crime convincingly laid out in the articles of impeachment, without a single Republican voting in favor of either article, and with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) potentiality withholding the articles from the U.S. Senate, the impeachment process appears to be a route to overturning the 2016 election, not upholding the Constitution.  Mere hours before Trump's post, Democrats voted along party lines in support of two articles of impeachment:  "abuse of power" and "obstruction of Congress."  While not a single Republican voted in support of either article, some Democrats defected from the party-line vote.

Pelosi threatens to delay Senate impeachment trial.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to commit Wednesday [12/18/2019] to delivering articles of impeachment to the Senate, citing concerns about an unfair trial on removing President Donald Trump from office.  Senior Democratic aides said the House was "very unlikely" to take the steps necessary to send the articles to the Senate until at least early January, a delay of at least two weeks and perhaps longer.

House Dems Approve Articles of Impeachment Against Trump.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened Wednesday's [12/18/2019] debate on the floor of the House by declaring that lawmakers are "custodians of the Constitution."  She and several of her female Democrat colleagues wore black attire in the House chamber to signify what they described as a "somber day."  That was all for show, of course.  But the black color Speaker Pelosi and her cohorts wore for Wednesday's proceedings was appropriate for an entirely different reason — to mourn the damage the House Democrats themselves have inflicted on the Constitution by their irresponsible votes.  They have earned a black mark for taking a wrecking ball to the Constitution's impeachment provisions.

Is a January Surprise Coming for Impeachment?  [Scroll down]  We've seen this playbook before and it's going to get run again.  Back when I did diaries here at RedState, I wrote a piece speculating that Democrats were going to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault based on some vague, leaked materials that came out at the time.  Like clockwork, just as it looked like Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed with ease, they pulled the trigger.  Democrats will try that tactic again.  In fact, we've already seen Adam Schiff make such an attempt in recent days, claiming to have a classified letter that implicates VP Mike Pence.  That won't be the last thing Democrats fling at the wall in hopes that something will stick.

Rudy Giuliani:  Yovanovitch Was Part Of The Cover-Up, She Had To Be Ousted.  "Trump was simply asking new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — in a July phone call — to investigate crimes at the "highest levels" of both Kiev and Washington," Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney for President Trump, told Laura Ingraham on "The Ingraham Angle."  "So, he is being impeached for doing the right thing as president of the United States," he said.  Giuliani told Laura Ingraham on "The Ingraham Angle" that he helped forced out Yovanovitch because she was corrupt and obstructing the investigation into Ukraine and the Bidens.

In impeachment vote, how Republicans got to zero.  After rushed and intense proceedings into the Ukraine affair, the House has voted to impeach President Trump.  The vote was 230 to 197 for the first article of impeachment charging the president with abuse of power and 229 to 198 for the second article charging him with obstruction of Congress.  For Republicans, the important numbers were zero and zero.  Not a single Republican lawmaker voted for either article of impeachment.  For the GOP, it was important to show that impeachment is an entirely partisan, Democrats-only affair, and that is precisely what happened.

How Long Island's GOP Congressman Became Impeachment's Biggest Star.  [P]erhaps no bigger star has emerged in the fight than Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), a hard-charging GOP congressman from Long Island whose district includes the Hamptons. [...] "Nancy Pelosi is throwing away her majority," Zeldin told Breitbart News in an interview for this piece.  "She's sacrificing her majority-makers from these districts that Donald Trump won.  Those Democrats who are in those districts got elected with promises to work all in on issues to move our country forward and instead of delivering on those issues they just voted to move forward with this impeachment circus. [...]"

Democrats are making a farce of impeachment.  If you've followed the impeachment process, you know that the evidence does not support the Democrats' charge.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has issued subpoenas.  The Trump administration has argued that it is not legally bound to comply, citing the doctrine of executive privilege.  This is a debatable question that should be decided in the courts, but Schiff made a decision not to wait for the courts to adjudicate these claims of executive privilege.  Democrats have instead deemed Trump's unwillingness to comply with mere requests an impeachable offense.  They are choosing to see "high crimes" in the typical executive branch muscle-flexing that is as much a tradition in Washington as the National Christmas Tree.

The Schumer Principle:  Lying Under Oath Is Not Impeachable.  Twenty-one years ago, then-Rep. Charles Schumer worked to establish the precedent that a president could lie under oath. [...] "In my judgment," he said, "we will be substantially lowering the bar for removing a sitting precedent so that we will be in danger of all too frequently investigating presidents and seeking to remove them from office."  Schumer's argument applies to the baseless impeachment his party is pursuing today, not the well-founded impeachment he resisted in 1998.

Dems' Real Impeachment Goal:  Sabotage Trump's Second Term.  Democratic Party leaders can't possibly be unaware of the fact that their impeachment case has no merit.  Despite the endless talk of bribery, extortion, campaign finance violations and other supposed crimes Trump has committed, not one of the articles of impeachment accuses Trump of breaking any of those laws, or any federal law for that matter.  Instead, they accuse Trump of an "abuse of power" and of "obstruction of Congress."  As Sen. Ted Cruz explained this week at a Heritage Foundation event, as weak as the first article is, "the second article is orders of magnitude weaker."  "They've simply said that the mere fact that you assert a privilege is itself impeachable, without their bothering to issue a subpoena or litigating anything.

Senate Can Acquit Even If House Withholds Articles of Impeachment.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appears to be considering an idea Democrats have floated for several days of holding back the articles of impeachment to exercise leverage over the Senate and the president.  She declined formally to transmit the articles to the Senate on Wednesday evening [12/18/2019] after the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz:  President Trump should be able to call Hunter Biden as Senate impeachment witness.  As the House prepares to send Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, much is being discussed about how the GOP should handle it.  Senator Ted Cruz says both sides should get a fair shake.  That includes President Trump, who the Senator from Texas believes should be able to call whatever witnesses he wants.  Two names he mentioned in this interview with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos were controversial figures at the center of this whole mess:  Hunter Biden and the whistleblower.

A weaponized investigation being used for political purposes.  I do not think that you would need to be an admirer of President Trump or a partisan Republican (I am neither) to understand, as all mentally normal people do, that the impeachment itself is the trophy example of a weaponized investigation being used for political purposes.  You can even believe that the president should be impeached and removed from office and understand that.  Because that is the obvious truth.

Pelosi On Dropping The "Devastating" Bribery Article:  "I Am Not A Lawyer".  I was pleased to see that the Judiciary Committee dropped previous claims of bribery, extortion, campaign finance and obstruction of justice as the basis for impeachment.  I testified that the repeated assurances on these allegations from members, legal analysts, and my fellow witnesses were well outside the definitions for these crimes.  The Committee ultimately went forward with the only two articles that I viewed as legitimate while rejecting my arguments to wait to build a sufficient record for submission to the Senate.  I have received considerable criticism for my long opposition to the bribery theory as unsustainable as an impeachable offense.  Thus, I was interested in hearing from the two members who were most adamant in their past declarations that bribery was established:  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff.  Speaker Pelosi has now responded and her answer is far from satisfying.

House Democrats Violated the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments in Impeachment Inquiry.  House Democrats violated the Bill of Rights in pursuing their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.  Republicans have pointed out that Democrats' articles of impeachment, especially the second article charging "obstruction of Congress," punish the president for obeying the Constitution's checks-and-balances.

Seven indisputable facts about this 'historic' impeachment that historians will use to condemn it as 'folly'.  Even though the leftist-dominated psychology and psychiatric professions refuse to acknowledge it, Trump Derangement Syndrome is real, a genuine mass psychosis, and it is at the root of the impeachment vote today.  It is often speculated that the real goal of Democrats is to "place an asterisk" next to President Trump's name.  But as the passion of the moment subsides and historians take a longer look, here are seven facts that will place an asterisk next to this impeachment, as a monumentally foolish act of political malpractice: [...]

McConnell wants quick impeachment dismissal vote: 'We've heard enough'.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he believes the Senate should vote quickly to dismiss two impeachment charges against President Trump and avoid "an embarrassing scene" in the chamber.  McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, told Fox News Radio he did not support "a show trial" and believes the Senate "ought to vote and move on" after Democrats present their case and the president's lawyers respond.  The Senate will have to make a decision after hearing the opening arguments from both sides, he said.

McConnell rips Schumer impeachment demands, vows not to pursue 'fishing expedition'.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struck back Tuesday at his Democratic counterpart's calls for an in-depth impeachment trial featuring multiple new witnesses, dismissing the push as a "fishing expedition" that would set a "nightmarish precedent."  "The Senate is meant to act as judge and jury, to hear a trial, not to re-run the entire fact-finding investigation because angry partisans rushed sloppily through it," he said on the Senate floor.

Eric Swalwell's Trump comment on CNN sparks Twitter furor: 'We can only conclude that you're guilty'.  Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said Tuesday that if President Trump refuses to send the documents and witnesses that House Democrats requested in the impeachment inquiry, "We can only conclude that you're guilty," sparking critics on Twitter to accuse him of suggesting the president is guilty until proven innocent.  "In America, innocent men do not hide and conceal evidence," Swalwell added, in his conversation with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.  "They are forthcoming and they want to cooperate and the president is acting like a very guilty person right now."

On impeachment, an invitation to a motion to dismiss.  Chuck Schumer's moan that "the facts" need to "com[e] out" before a full impeachment trial can occur is an invitation to a motion to dismiss the House's articles of impeachment, once they arrive.  The House had its opportunity to develop the facts.  If it didn't develop facts sufficient to support removing the president, the Senate shouldn't waste its time on the matter.  Mitch McConnell reportedly is considering a motion to dismiss.  According to this report, he hinted that the Senate will move to dismiss the articles of impeachment after opening argument.  McConnell noted that in the 1999 trial of Bill Clinton, Schumer supported a motion to dismiss the case.  He also recalled that Schumer opposed calling live witnesses.  This time around, Schumer wants to call at least four witnesses who did not appear before the House.

Democrats are talking to each other on impeachment.  Today's the big impeachment day, and the Democrats are still yelling and piously intoning about its importance. [...] There's just one problem:  the public is not paying attention. [...] Yet Democrats can't stop intoning gravely about it and promoting it.  They are, in effect, talking to each other because the public isn't interested.  There are plenty of reasons for that — starting with the fact that already know how the story will end — as another trip to the well of dull thuds, same as the left's dreams of impeachment on day one, the claims to electoral fraud, the Mueller investigation of Russia collusion, and now this can't-win maneuver in the House heading to the Senate, which has no intention of accommodating what's derisively now known as the Schiff show after impeachment spearheader Rep. Adam Schiff.

The Impeachment Hoax Is Exposed.  This week, just days before Christmas, Democrats are going to take the radical step of impeaching President Trump despite the lack of evidence of any wrongdoing — a crooked process run by Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler amid opposition from a majority of the American people.  It's clear that this entire process isn't about following the law, but rather about partisan politics and undoing the 2016 election.

Trump asks nation to pray over his impeachment, says he's done nothing wrong.  With nearly all Democrats planning to vote in favor, Mr. Trump will become only the third president in history to be impeached.  Republicans say he will be acquitted in a Senate trial sometime next month, sparing Mr. Trump from being removed from office.  Soon after the expected House vote, Mr. Trump will hold a campaign "Merry Christmas rally" Wednesday night with Vice President Mike Pence in Battle Creek, Michigan.  The campaign also plans to use impeachment in an aggressive online push for campaign donations.

Democrats lay out case for Wednesday Trump impeachment vote.  House Democrats laid out their impeachment case against President Donald Trump on Monday, a sweeping report accusing him of betraying the nation and deserving to be ousted, as key lawmakers began to signal where they stand ahead of this week's landmark votes.  What Democrats once hoped would be a bipartisan act — only the third time in U.S. history the House will be voting to impeach a president — is now on track to be a starkly partisan roll call Wednesday.  No Republicans are breaking with the president, and almost all Democrats are expected to approve the charges against him.

House Judiciary Committee Report Misquotes Trump — Again — on Article II.  The House Judiciary Committee's final report accompanying its articles of impeachment misquotes President Donald Trump — again — talking about his powers under Article II of the Constitution.  As Breitbart News reported during the Judiciary Committee's hearings earlier this month, Democrats repeatedly misquoted Trump as claiming that Article II of the Constitution entitles him to do "whatever I want" as president.

Liberal Media Scream:  New York Times' columnist demands impeachment 'to preserve America'.  This week's Liberal Media Scream features celebrated New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman declaring that only impeaching President Trump will preserve the nation.  In a "Point-CounterPoint" segment on CBS's Sunday Morning [12/15/2019], Friedman declared:  "President Trump not only should be impeached, he must be impeached, if we're to preserve America as we've known it."

White House responds to Schumer's 'laughable' request after Dems' 'midnight' impeachment move.  With the Democrat-led House all but certain to vote along party lines to impeach President Donald Trump, the focus shifts to the U.S. Senate, where a trial will be held and, continuing in the Democratic Party's rich tradition of double standards, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is already questioning the fairness of such a trial.  In what Schumer equates to fairness, he wants to call his choice of witnesses, even as he denies the opposition the same right, dismissing their choices as "extraneous" witnesses.

Donald Trump Blasts Impeachment as 'Illegal, Partisan Attempted Coup'.  President Donald Trump slammed the House Democrats' ongoing impeachment process as an "illegal, partisan attempted coup" in a scathing letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday afternoon.  "By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy," President Trump wrote in the six-page letter.  "You are the ones interfering in America's elections.  You are the ones subverting America's Democracy.  You are the ones Obstructing Justice," the president added.

Democrats want an impeachment, but no trial.  Laurence Tribe, the Harvard law professor who has been giving Democrats bad advice freely for decades, had a new brainstorm: impeach President Donald John Trump but never let him have a trial in the Senate to clear his good name. [...] Others are joining in.  Chuck Schumer is now whining about not getting a fair trial.  How Orwellian because the Sixth Amendment makes it clear that that the president — not the impeachment horde — has the right to a fair trial.

Schiff Wants His Own Witnesses at Senate Trial After Denying GOP Witnesses in House Impeachment Inquiry.  Democrats have a long history of playing by their own rules when it suits them politically, only to be shocked and outraged when Republicans turn the tables on them. [...] Once again, their blatant politicization of rules and processes is coming back to bite them, as impeachment appears to be headed for the Senate soon, where Republicans get to run the show.  After denying House Republicans the opportunity to call their own witnesses and present exculpatory evidence, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff isn't so happy about the rules being used against him and wants some witnesses and documents of his choosing to be introduced during the Senate impeachment trial.

Supreme Court ruling pulls rug out from under article of impeachment.  The decision by the Supreme Court to review the lower court rulings involving congressional and prosecution subpoenas directed toward President Trump undercuts the second article of impeachment that passed the House Judiciary Committee along party lines last week.  That second article of impeachment charges President Trump with obstruction of Congress for refusing to comply with the congressional subpoenas in the absence of a final court order.  In so charging him, the House Judiciary Committee has arrogated to itself the power to decide the validity of subpoenas, and the power to determine whether claims of executive privilege must be recognized, both authorities that properly belong with the judicial branch of our government, not the legislative branch.  The House of Representatives will do likewise, when it votes to approve the articles, as the chamber is expected to do so Wednesday.

Democrats are going to try to "Kavanaugh" the Impeachment Trial with new accusations.  Not surprisingly, while Mitch McConnell usually gets his way, Schumer gets the headlines and TV coverage.  Schumer did that again today with his demand for a "fair" trial, meaning to Schumer that Democrats get to reopen the investigation of Trump during the trial, including calling witnesses who did not testify, and doing the job the House Democrats failed to do.  A do-over.  That's not usually the way trials work — the pleading of claims and discovery takes place before the trial.  House Democrats chose not to do that for key witnesses they wanted — including John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney — because forcing them to testify in the House would have meant court litigation.  Democrats were on a timetable driven by the 2020 election that did not allow for a court to decide the clash of branches, so they went with what they had.

Discovery would make impeachment hurt.  [Scroll down]  After 60 days of depositions and discovery, the trial could begin on March 3, with President Trump's lawyers filing a motion to dismiss the impeachment because there is no crime cited, as is required by the Constitution.  Chief Justice Roberts is no fool.  He would turn the question over to the Senate, which would vote to dismiss because the impeachment would be a national joke by that time.  Democrats would not like to see their nominee, Quid Pro Joe, on the stand, so they would welcome the impeachment's end.  There are many ways to play impeachment, especially when you are innocent.

Impeachment moves to Senate.  Get ready for a scramble — and a January surprise.  With a House impeachment vote a foregone conclusion, the battle to remove President Trump from office has moved to the Senate.  Minority Leader Chuck Schumer grabbed control of the debate Monday with demands for what he called "fairness" in the president's trial.  Schumer wants the Senate to allow testimony from four witnesses the House did not interview: former national security adviser John Bolton, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, key Mulvaney aide Robert Blair, and Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey.  House Democratic impeachers wanted the men to testify, but after the White House, claiming privilege, refused, House leaders chose not to try to force them to appear.  Going to court to compel their testimony, Democrats said, would take too much time.  Now, Schumer wants the witnesses simply to forget about privilege questions and testify in the Senate trial.

Schumer's Hail Mary bid to save Dems' disastrous impeachment drive.  Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer knows his House colleagues bungled their "impeachment inquiry" so badly that they managed to shift public opinion markedly against removing the president.  So he's hoping for a do-over.  That's the essence of Schumer's butter-wouldn't-melt-in-his-mouth proposals for the Senate trial:  He's asking the GOP Senate majority to do what the House Democratic majority opted not to do, namely try to get some more White House documents and compel testimony from witnesses, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton.  In other words:  Do more fishing in hopes of getting something that might damage President Trump.

The Impeachment Show Trial.  Long gone is the Democratic Party of President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Senators Scoop Jackson and Sam Nunn.  It is now a party of hardcore leftists, more aligned with Karl Marx than Thomas Jefferson.  They are now completely driven by extreme leftist ideology.  Lacking evidence that President Trump committed any crime or even did anything morally wrong, they recklessly passed articles of impeachment, with no regard to the great damage they are doing to our Republic.  The Democratic Party once had statesmen, but it is now the refuge of demagogues.  Their Stalinist impeachment show trial demonstrated gross disrespect for our elections and the peaceful transition of power.  This has been nothing less than an attempted coup d'etat, but these de facto communist revolutionaries will face the wrath of the American voter.

Adam Schiff is Shameless.  According to the Democrats running this circus, this is a very serious moment in the history of our country warranting serious measures that have only been taken two other times in the nation's history.  So, what does Schiff do?  He travels to New York to appear on a comedy show.

Chief Justice Roberts May Decide the Next Election.  The latest news is that the Republican leadership is thinking about trying to vote to acquit President Trump without a trial or hearing any witnesses.  That has never been done, but it would be a smart move politically.  Despite the president's statements that he wants a full trial in the Senate, an impeachment trial is unlikely to help President Trump win reelection.  How a Senate trial will come across to the public will depend on which evidence Chief Justice John Roberts allows and which he excludes.  Most of the evidence that the Democrats want to admit could probably be presented, but a lot of the most important evidence that the Republicans want to present probably would not be allowed.  Those who think that the Republicans can turn the tables on the Democrats and put Hunter Biden and FBI surveillance of the Trump campaign on trial in the Senate are probably sadly mistaken.

Ratcliffe: I Wouldn't Want to Bank My Political Future on Adam Schiff's Credibility But Democrats Have Made That Mistake.  During an appearance on Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures," Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) previewed next week's vote on articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives.  Ratcliffe explained how he saw congressional Democrats betting on the findings of House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), which he suggested was not a good bet.  "The vote will be on Wednesday, despite what a Democratic scholar called the fastest, thinnest, weakest impeachment in U.S. history," he said.

Dems' Trump impeachment case 'weak' and dangerous, House Judiciary Republicans argue as report is released.  Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote that President Trump is a threat to the Constitution and should be removed from office, according to the committee's 658-page report on the articles of impeachment resolution against Trump that was submitted early Monday [12/16/2019].  The majority wrote that President Trump abused his office by soliciting the interference of Ukraine in the 2020 election and then obstructed the impeachment inquiry into his conduct.  The report was released at 12:30 a.m. ET., and included a dissent from the committee's minority that called the case for impeachment "not only weak but dangerously lowers the bar for future impeachments."

Schiff Doesn't Want Schiff Treatment In the Senate.  Democrats had every opportunity to conduct impeachment proceedings in whatever manner they deemed appropriate.  But House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is now upset that Senate Republicans will be afforded the same opportunity in the Senate.  "I think there are any number of witnesses that should be called in the Senate trial, and many witnesses the American people would like to hear from that the administration has refused to make available," Schiff complained to ABC's "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos.  Rep. Jerrold Nadler also spoke to Stephanopolous and echoed Chairman Schiff's concerns about the Senate trial.  Of course, Republicans also had a long list of witnesses they wanted to hear from during the Democrat-led impeachment hearings in the House.

Democrats Busted for Napping and Watching Golf on Laptop During Anti-Trump Hearings.  These lawmakers are trying to interfere in the 2020 election by silencing American voters — and they're so flippant about it that they're sitting around watching the President Cup Golf Tournament during the hearing.

Dershowitz: Supreme Court Just Destroyed 2nd Article of Impeachment.  Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz pointed out on Friday that the Supreme Court had undercut the Democrats' second article of impeachment by agreeing to hear three White House appeals against subpoenas.  The second article of impeachment passed by the House Judiciary Committee earlier Friday on a party-line vote accuses President Donald Trump of "obstruction of Congress" because he appealed to the courts rather than immediately obeying congressional subpoenas.

Is a trap being set for Trump in the Senate trial?  Can 20 U.S. senators withstand the potentially irresistible temptation to reverse the results of the 2016 election and remove a president a number of them openly or privately dislike?  Since Donald Trump announced his intention to run for the White House on June 16, 2015, many of the entrenched elites across the various power centers of Washington and beyond have spent many of their waking hours trying to stop or unseat him.  The political charade of an impeachment "investigation" is but the latest example.  But that impeachment charade could harbor the greatest threat to Trump's presidency.

The Democrats are engaged in a coup.  What do we do about it?  The Democrats have been telling a story.  The Republicans have noted (quite properly in my view) that this particular story has quickly morphed from mere political maneuvering into grave legal proceeding, and as such can no longer be permitted to hide beneath cloaks of insinuation, emotion, and supposition.  They have rightfully demanded that the "story" be stripped, so all can see clearly whether there is indeed a skeleton of facts, or merely a rush of hot air keeping the story upright, like some grotesque inflatable yard decoration.  The rules of order have been twisted and warped by the House Democrats to prevent the examination of the story.  Legal prohibitions on conduct have been disregarded, longstanding rules of evidence dismissed, all to protect the story from revealing its framework.  Make no mistake:  there is hard evidence to be presented, examined, and adjudicated.  It just isn't to be found among the slanderous ephemera the Democrats are calling a case for impeachment.  The hard evidence is on the side of the president.

Unconstitutional Impeachment:  The Real Abuse of Power.  The House has filed articles of impeachment against President Trump.  The charges are vague, not criminal, not in line with constitutional requirements, but Democrats don't care.  The American people are opposed to this illegal impeachment, but again, Democrats don't care.  They have a mission, and nothing will stand in their way.  But then we've been here before, haven't we?  In 2009, our government rolled over us like a tank in Tiananmen Square to pass Obamacare.  Like impeachment, Obamacare was unpopular, opposed by most Americans.  Like impeachment, Congress and their media pushed the lies, the empty promises: to tamp down opposition.  And here we go again.  Nancy's marshaling her forces to once again steamroll the people.  And she's just as committed to overthrowing our government as she was to enacting a socialist takeover of our health care.  Our government operates outside the will of voters because it can.  Once we send these people to Washington, we relinquish control, have no way to stop them until the next election, usually years away.

How can these five senators possibly be 'impartial' jurors?  Let's get this straight now: a Senate impeachment trial is not a court of law.  It's a court of politics.  Courts of law require evidence to go to trial — not opinions from bureaucrats.  In a court of law, a defendant has a right to a jury of his peers — in a court of politics, he gets 100 politicians.  If the Senate impeachment trial were a real court, all 100 senators would be removed as jurors for bias for or against the president.  But here's my question:  Why is the media only asking Republicans if they can be "impartial jurors" when five of the Democrats in the Senate are actively running for the defendant's job?

The costs of trivializing impeachment.  Resorting to a vague "abuse of power" theory, the House Judiciary Committee Friday morning referred two articles of impeachment to the full House on the inevitable party-line vote.  The full House will impeach the president this week, perhaps Wednesday, also on the inevitable party-line vote.  The scarlet "I" will be affixed to Donald Trump in the history books.  He will not be removed from power by the Senate, however, and he has a fairly good chance of being reelected by the voters.

Jerry Nadler:  House Rules Don't Apply Until After Impeachment.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) offered a bizarre justification Thursday for ignoring House rules requiring him to allow Republicans to call witnesses:  it did not say he had to do so on a particular day.  The existing resolution authorizing the impeachment inquiry, H. Res. 660, allows the Ranking Member of the committee to call witnesses — subject to the approval of the chair and a majority vote by the whole committee.

Nadler's Frightening Abuse of Power.  When the Dear Leader of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, said that this was too important a matter to trust to the voters in the next election, he and his ilk gave us a frightening preview of the Gulag into which they would put We the People, should they gain full control of the government. [...] They call the President a dictator, yet can't wait for the next election.  That election would be tainted and corrupt, don't ya know.  Any election Trump might win would be "tainted" by definition.

Democrats' Impeachment and the Boy Who Cried Wolf.  Democrats have not simply overplayed their hand; they have played it over and over and over again.  They had worn out their case before they had begun to even pursue it.  They had made it old news before they made it actual news.  Cheapening impeachment may prove costly indeed, and Democrats have only just begun to pay it.  The boy who cried wolf desired to get a reaction.  Ultimately, the reaction was the opposite of the one desired.  The boy had no one to blame but himself.  The same circumstances apply now to the Democrats.  They desired above everything to delegitimize Trump and drive America from him.  Instead, they have delegitimized their effort.

Blumenthal: Mitch McConnell Is 'Undermining the Credibility' of Impeachment Trial.  On Friday's [12/13/2019] broadcast of CNN's "The Situation Room," Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) coordinating with the White House about the upcoming Senate impeachment trial was "improper."  Blumenthal said, "It is improper.  He said not only is he coordinating but taking his cues from the White House.  He seems to be abandoning all pretense or semblance of objectivity and independence.  It's also unprecedented.  In every one of the past proceedings, Republicans and Democrats have worked together. [...]"

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Oh, now he's worried about the Republicans and Democrats working together, after the one-sided process we've seen over the last few months.

Bass: 'McConnell Should Recuse Himself'.  On Friday's [12/13/2019] broadcast of MSNBC's "The Last Word," Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to recuse himself from the Senate's impeachment trial.  Bass said, "The leader of the Senate has basically said he is in lockstep, and he is going to coordinate with the defendant.  And so, if you can imagine going into a courtroom in a trial and the foreman of the jury says, well, I'm working with the person that's being accused of the crime.  And so, it's completely inappropriate. [...]"

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Sometimes the Democrats say that the President can be impeached multiple times, because double jeopardy doesn't apply, because it's not a criminal procedure.  At other times, they insist that all the rules of a criminal courtroom apply.  This is known as "playing on both sides of the fence."

Kangaroo Court — Chairman Nadler Stuns House Judiciary, Adjourns Hearing Without Notice.  The fiasco within the House Judiciary Committee assembling articles for impeachment went from partisan bias to unilaterally ridiculous when Chairman Nadler used banana republic tactics to adjourn the committee and simultaneously schedule a vote on the two articles of impeachment for 10:00 am tomorrow [12/14/2019].  Obviously the House democrats are beginning to panic as each day American voter support is dropping fast.  Combine that political reality with an international earthquake in the U.K. elections, and the reverberations travel into the impeachment debate.  It is clear from their behavior that Pelosi and Nadler need to finish this mess; and fast.

The Inspector General's Report.  Trump asked the Ukrainian president to find out whether Biden and his son were influence-peddling in Ukraine.  Trump didn't try to write the verdict of his inquiry; he asked a reasonable question.  The Democrats, if any of them retain their sanity despite the simulation of a lunatic asylum their party is conducting, would be at least as curious as the Republicans to hear the answer.  Last week Nadler had four constitutional experts before the committee, including three rabid Trump haters, one so overwrought that she couldn't walk on the sidewalk in front of Washington's Trump Hotel.

Boy, Have the Democrats Ever Overplayed Their Hand!  The Democrats have given new meaning to the term "overplaying your hand," and their witch hunt will continue to backfire.  They will fail to remove Trump from office and, through their egregious overreach, will have probably ensured his re-election.  Given the timely release of the inspector general's report on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses, their bogus impeachment crusade has been further exposed as an appalling partisan travesty.  It cannot be repeated too often that the thrust of the Democrats' complaint against Trump is that he is a walking high crime and misdemeanor.  They consider him so heinous that they needn't produce evidence of actual treason, bribery or other "high crimes."  They've been trying to unseat him from the moment he was sworn in, and they're still trying, despite the failure of their previous efforts.  Democrats talked of impeachment before he took office, and Democratic Reps.  Al Green, Brad Sherman and Steve Cohen initiated a formal impeachment effort the first year of Trump's presidency.

Jim Jordan Moves To Strike Article I From Impeachment Resolution, Tears Apart Democrats' Entire Case Against Trump.  Rep. Jim Jordan on Thursday proposed an amendment to strike the first article of impeachment against President Trump, asserting that evidence supporting the article does not prove the allegations of abuse of power.  "This amendment strikes article one because article one ignores the truth," said the Ohio Republican.  Jordan, who's been a star on the GOP side throughout the impeachment sham, cited a White House memorandum documenting Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, noting that contains no evidence whatsoever that Trump demanded a quid pro quo related by calling for Ukraine to investigate his political opponents before he would release hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid to the nation.

The Democrats' Bad Poker Faces.  [Scroll down]  Lastly, there is the question of whether the Senate ought to have a trial in which they call Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Adam Schiff, the "anonymous" whistleblower, and others as witnesses.  Trump is said to favor this, while Mitch McConnell is said to be against it in favor of getting the whole thing over with quickly.  He may be right about this, but it is certainly worth deploying his own very good poker face to suggest that just maybe the Senate will call on the Bidens for an accounting of things.  The final wild card, suggested by John Yoo, is that Trump himself could demand to appear in the Senate to defend himself.  You could easily see Trump doing this, to the largest TV ratings in this history of the known universe.

Where Are the 'High Crimes'?  [Scroll down]  Such clashes are usually decided by the third branch, the Supreme Court.  But Pelosi, Nadler and Schiff are unwilling to wait for the court to decide.  They are declaring the issue decided and settled in the House's favor, and treating Trump's recourse to the courts as a new impeachable offense:  "Obstruction of Congress."  Can Pelosi seriously expect a Republican Senate to convict and remove a Republican president for defending what that president is claiming in open court are the constitutional rights of the Executive Branch that he, as its present occupant and leader, is obligated to defend?  Trump would be derelict in his duty if he allowed a rogue House to run roughshod over the White House.

The GOP's Four-Point Defense Of Trump Is Devastating.  Essentially the Democrats are accusing Trump of shaking down Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky by withholding aid and demanding announcement of investigations, including one involving Joe Biden's son, Hunter.  To this, the central charge in the articles of impeachment, Rep. Jim Jordan and others presented four specific facts.  First, both Trump and Zelensky say there was no pressure applied.  Second, the transcript does not indicate Trump making any demands or setting any conditions.  Third, Ukraine was not aware that the aid was delayed.  And fourth, aid flowed without any announcement of investigations.  Taken together, these four defenses have more than enough weight to crush the Democrats' case, but lets look at them one by one. [...]

Republicans erupt as Nadler suddenly postpones impeachment vote near midnight.  Gobsmacked Republicans made known their fury and frustration late Thursday as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., abruptly wrapped up an all-day marathon hearing on the adoption of two articles of impeachment against President Trump by delaying planned votes on the matter until Friday morning [12/13/2019].  "It is now very late at night," Nadler said shortly before midnight in D.C.  "I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these last two days, and to search their consciences before we cast their final votes.  Therefore, the committee will now stand in recess until tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., at which point I will move to divide the question so that each of us may have the opportunity to cast up-or-down votes on each of the articles of impeachment, and let history be our judge."

McConnell: Senate Has 2 Choices on Impeachment; Hold a Trial or Proceed to a Quick Vote.  As the House Judiciary Committee moves closer to voting on two articles of impeachment against President Trump, Senate Republicans are mulling "two choices," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday [12/11/2019].

Mike Pence blows smoke rings at Adam Schiff.  [Scroll down]  It's a sign that the impeachment effort is in trouble.  From Schiff's point of view, impeachment that fails is impeachment that will have to go on forever, an endless impeachment unless Democrats get thrown out of power.  Pence's calm refusal to play along with Schiff's never-ending impeachment bid is a splendid means of signaling that Team Trump is pretty confident the impeachment effort is garbage and on its way to failure in the Senate and maybe even the House.  Confident leaders don't jump to Schiff's frenzied moves.  What a boob Schiff has made of himself with this, then.  Pence's refusal to cooperate with his non-stop demands is a sure sign that impeachment is losing.

Graham says he won't call any impeachment witnesses in Senate committee: 'It's a crock'.  Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Thursday that he wants the Democratic-led impeachment "sham" process to end quickly.  Appearing on "America's Newsroom" with hosts Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith, Graham said he'd like to end the impeachment process "as soon as possible."  "I don't want to give it any legitimacy because it's a crock," he said, noting that "every impeachment except this one has been conducted by outside counsel."

Republicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial.  Senate Republicans are weighing a speedy impeachment trial that could include no witnesses for President Trump's legal team or for House Democrats.  The discussions come as the House is moving forward with articles of impeachment against Trump, teeing up a trial in the Senate that would start in January.  The White House has indicated publicly that it has a wish list of potential witnesses, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Hunter Biden and the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry.

How Should the Senate Deal with an Unconstitutional Impeachment by the House?  If the House of Representatives were to impeach President Trump on the two grounds now before it, the senate would be presented with a constitutional dilemma.  These two grounds — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — are not among the criteria specified for impeachment.  Neither one is a high crime and misdemeanor.  Neither is mentioned in the constitution.  Both are the sort of vague, open-ended criteria rejected by the framers.  They were rejected precisely to avoid the situation in which our nation currently finds itself.  Abuse of power can be charged against virtually every controversial president by the opposing party. [...] Were Congress to vote to impeach President Trump on the two proposed grounds, its action would be unconstitutional.  According to Hamilton in Federalist 78, any act of Congress that does not comport with the Constitution is "void."  This view was confirmed by the Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison and is now the law of the land.

Trump impeachment driven by Democrats' evidence-free hysteria and wild allegations.  From the moment Donald Trump was inaugurated, Washington Democrats have been myopically focused on politically targeting his administration and impeaching him. [...] After a bungled process, a weak fact pattern, and a crumbling narrative, it's now beyond any doubt:  there is no policy priority too important and no lack of evidence too glaring that will prevent Washington Democrats from going after this president.  It has been the Democrats' single-minded goal this entire Congress.  They are an angry mob seeking validation.  An impeachment machine in search of a cause.

Is Trump the Only Adult in the Room?  [N]o president in modern memory has been on the receiving end of such overwhelmingly negative media coverage and a three-year effort to abort his presidency, beginning the day after his election.  Do we remember the effort to subvert the Electoral College to prevent Trump from assuming office?  The first impeachment try during his initial week in office?  Attempts to remove Trump using the ossified Logan Act or the emoluments clause of the Constitution?  The idea of declaring Trump unhinged, subject to removal by invoking the 25th Amendment?  Special counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month, $35 million investigation, which failed to find Trump guilty of collusion with Russia in the 2016 election and failed to find actionable obstruction of justice pertaining to the non-crime of collusion?  The constant endeavors to subpoena Trump's tax returns and to investigate his family, lawyers and friends?  Now, frustrated Democrats plan to impeach Trump, even as they are scrambling to find the exact reasons why and how.

Overturning an election is exactly what a coup is.
Impeachment markup heats up as Dems invoke MLK, Nadler says 'we cannot rely on an election' to oust Trump.  The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday night began the first phase of a fiery "markup" process for the two articles of impeachment against President Trump that they have settled on, barreling toward a final floor vote even as moderate Democrats in GOP-leaning districts have floated the idea of backing down in favor of a censure resolution.  Almost immediately, the evening proceedings broke out into heated disagreement, as the panel's top Democrat declared that it would be unsafe to wait until the 2020 election to remove Trump, and another claimed Trump's actions were an "affront to the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr."

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Huh?  I guess I must have dozed off for a moment.  An affront to the memory of MLK is an impeachable offense now?

The Democrats' impeachment announcement was sad, pathetic and weird.  House Democrats made it official — they will vote on two impeachment articles.  But as history-making events go, the announcement was extra weird.  The decision was expected, yet the way it unfolded was strange.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi obviously put out an order requiring her team to adopt a sackcloth-and-ashes pose for the cameras, as if they were attending a funeral.  No high-fives, back-slapping and smiles today!  Gotta pretend we're not enjoying this!  The act surely didn't fool anyone.  The rabid Dem base is certainly cheering the moment, and President Trump supporters won't be tricked by phony long faces.

No Impeachment, Let the American People Decide.  he Democrats have filed Articles of Impeachment.  No one is surprised, because impeachment has been the goal for the radical Left and others who dislike the president since before his election.  Impeachment of a president is a solemn undertaking.  It will inevitably, as Alexander Hamilton noted in Federalist No. 65, veer toward political factions.  Yet it is important that our Founders intentionally did not embrace "recalls" or "votes of no confidence."  Rather, our system demands from Congress evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors and contemplates a level of behavior commensurate with the chaos inflicted on the republic by potential removal of a president.  By its very structure, it suggests a judicious exercise of that constitutional safeguard when the people have a clear opportunity to render their own judgment in less than a year.

Democrat Karen Bass says she's open to impeach Trump again if he gets reelected in 2020.  Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., said Tuesday she's willing to impeach President Trump again if he wins reelection in 2020.  TMZ founder Harvey Levin presented Bass with a scenario in which Trump wins a second term but Democrats take over the Senate from the Republicans.  "There's no such thing, really, as double jeopardy in an impeachment trial because it's political," Levin said.  "Suppose he gets reelected... and you win back the Senate in a big way.  If you did that, would you be inclined to take a second bite at the apple and reintroduce the exact same impeachment articles and then send it through again a second if you have a Democratic Senate on your side?"  "So, you know, yes, but I don't think it would be exactly the same and here's why," Bass responded, "because even though we are impeaching him now, there's still a number of court cases, there's a ton of information that could come forward.  For example, we could get his bank records and find out that he's owned 100 percent by the Russians."

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Harvey Levin presented his own erroneous opinion as fact when he said there is "no such thing, really, as double jeopardy in an impeachment trial because it's political."  His assumption that the Senate will be taken over by the Democrats is completely baseless.  Mr. Levin can run his TV show any way he wants, but in my opinion he should stick to Hollywood tabloid-quality gossip and leave politics to someone else.

The Burden of Impeachment.  Constitutionally backward is how we would describe the assertion by the Democrats that President Trump is being contemptuous of Congress by failing to mount in the House a defense against impeachment. [...] It's a bedrock principle in American law, after all, that in criminal matters — and that's what bribery, treason, high crimes, and misdemeanors are — the burden is always, and entirely, on the prosecution.  No man is ever required to defend himself from a crime in America.  Failing to do so is not demeaning.  Nor, for that matter, is it all that unusual for a person accused of a crime to fail to mount a defense.  Particularly, in an American courtroom, when the defense reckons the prosecution hasn't presented a compelling case.  In criminal courts, of course, the burden of proof is enormously high; the prosecution must convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.

Republicans Prepare to Call No Witnesses During Senate Impeachment Trial.  [Scroll down]  Senator Lindsey Graham agreed, saying he wants to avoid the Senate trial "going on longer than it needs to."  "I want to end this," the South Carolina Republican said.  Graham said Sunday he does not plan to call as a witness House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, whom House Republicans attempted to call before the House Judiciary Committee during last week's impeachment hearings.  "I'm not going to participate in things that I think will destroy the country," Graham explained.  "We're not going to turn the Senate into a circus."

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The circus is already well underway.  Clowns are everywhere, but Trump is the only elephant.  The circus is merely moving to the Senate, right on schedule.  Calling Adam Schiff as a witness would show the country what a reckless buffoon he is, and how little factual basis he had to get the kangaroo court as far as it got.  Senator Graham's rush to dismissal sounds like the action of a man who's not sure what would come to light during an extended discussion of the facts.  An impeachment is not a circus, if it is conducted properly, which it has not been, thus far.  If one assumes the very best about Senator Graham and his motives, it is possible that he is trying to keep Adam Schiff from being able to claim double jeopardy protection when Mr. Schiff eventually faces the music for falsifying the Congressional Record, slandering the President, or some other charge.  But that optimism assumes a lot of facts that are not evident.

Democrats Are The Inspector Javert Of U.S. Politics.  Unless the Senate removes President Donald Trump from the White House after articles of impeachment have been filed against him this week, it appears we're going to go through the entire affair again and again, until the 45th president is either kicked out, loses reelection, or serves out a second term.  The Democrats have developed an unhealthy obsession that is clearly based on their hatred of the man.  House Democrats announced Tuesday that they will charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, who seems to have a maniacal fixation on the president, claims the evidence of wrongdoing is "overwhelming and uncontested."  Of course the media are saying the Democrats have bagged their man.  But more than a few, and not all of them Republicans, say the case against Trump is weak.

'Abuse of Power' [is] a Shaky Ground for Impeachment.  Democrats' articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump allege "abuse of power" and "obstruction of Congress" — the two weakest possible charges among the many the House had been considering.  The term "abuse of power" does not appear in the Constitution's Impeachment Clause, which specifies that Congress's power of impeachment covers "Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors."  That is not simply a conservative, originalist position: many liberal scholars agree.  Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, author of the recent Case Against Impeaching Trump, argues in his that "abuse of power" is never impeachable — at least not without an underlying crime.  In this case, there is none.

Impeachment is a vicious crime against voters who elected Trump president — He broke no laws.  House Democrats are redefining "impeachable offense" to mean whatever President Trump does.  Democratic leaders announced two articles of impeachment against the president Tuesday that marked a radical departure from all of American history.  For the first time, the House is rushing to impeach a president without even claiming he broke the law.  Days before the announcement, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee heralded their unprecedented move by unveiling what they called constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment.  The Democrats argued that President Trump should be impeached despite acting legally.  They said a president can be impeached "for exercising power with a corrupt purpose, even if his action would otherwise be permissible."

Jerry Nadler's absolutely underwhelming articles of impeachment.  Just 11 weeks after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her "official impeachment inquiry," Judiciary Committee chief Jerry Nadler released his draft articles of impeachment — remarkably weak ones.  The same day, Pelosi announced a deal with President Trump to pass his US-Mexico-Canada trade deal, replacing NAFTA.  It's a win for him and for her moderate members — yet the speaker is simultaneously treating the president as a threat to the republic and as a man she can do business with.  The reason may be as simple as the polls:  The latest Quinnipiac survey shows sentiment against impeachment at its strongest since Pelosi got the ball rolling on Sept. 24, with more than half of voters now saying Trump shouldn't be removed from office.

Adam Schiff:  Congress Must Impeach Trump to Stop Him in 2020.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Tuesday indicated that Democrats must impeach President Trump quickly in order to stop him from prevailing in the 2020 presidential election.  Democrats on Tuesday [12/10/2019] unveiled two articles of impeachment against the president:  abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  Notably, neither allege a high crime or misdemeanor.  Noticeably absent was the Democrats' longheld appeal to bribery, extortion, or treason.

House Democrats Unveil Two Articles of Impeachment Against Trump.  House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over his contacts with Ukraine:  Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  "Today, in the service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Judiciary Committee is introducing two articles of impeachment, charging the President of the United States of committing high crimes and misdemeanors," Nadler said, flanked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and other House committee chairs

OANN Goes to Ukraine to Investigate Yovanovitch, Biden — and Graham.  [Scroll down]  Has it struck any of you that not one network, not one paper has sent a reporter to Ukraine to ferret this story out?  The media seems to be reporting verbatim what government officials are telling them, like Lieutenant Colonel Vindman — O say can you see — and Yovanovitch and Fiona Hill and Bill Taylor and George Kent and whoever the hell else.  Whatever they say is what gets printed.  Whatever Clapper says gets printed.  Whatever Brennan says gets printed.  There hasn't been one investigative story about this.  Everything that's been reported has been what deep state, administrative state officials are saying about Donald Trump.  That's it.  So in this instance, it is the deep state running the media.  You know, my theory is that the media has been running the Democrat Party, and I still think that's the case.  But we don't have even the slightest bit of curiosity.  The Drive-By Media has no desire to ferret out the real truth of this story.

Impeachment and the Confrontation Clause.  The clamoring likes of Rep. Andrew Schiff, Conservative Review's Andrew C. McCarthy, the Washington Post's Deanna Paul, Professor Steve Vladeck, and others similarly ill-advised — the "Constitutional Deniers" — are intellectually and historically errant to suggest that the Constitution has no place in congressional proceedings and processes — especially impeachment proceedings.  These Constitutional Deniers use the hollow argument that impeachment is not a criminal process, therefore the Sixth Amendment does not apply. [...] The very fact that "high crimes and misdemeanors" are the entry point to begin the impeachment process seems to have evaded the Constitutional Deniers and the witless epigones of the Democratic Party.  Federalist 65 recognizes that the impeachment process is a matter of "innocence or guilt" — alien terms in a civil proceeding.

Dems Finally Scrape Together Four Things They Want to Impeach Trump Over.  After three years of trying to oust President Donald Trump from the White House — using everything from Russia!  Russia!  Russia! to the Emoluments Clause to the 25th Amendment to Ukraine phone calls — Democrats appear to have settled on four items on which to impeach the president.  The House Judiciary Committee is hearing "presentations of evidence" from attorneys representing the Democrat majority and Republican minority in order to formalize articles of impeachment against Trump.

OAN Stunning Lutsenko Interview — Outlines:  Marie Yovanovitch Perjury, George Kent Impeachment Motive, Lindsey Graham Motive to Bury Investigation.  In a fantastic display of true investigative journalism, One America News journalist Chanel Rion tracked down Ukrainian witnesses as part of an exclusive OAN investigative series.  The evidence being discovered dismantles the baseless Adam Schiff impeachment hoax and highlights many corrupt motives for U.S. politicians.  Ms. Rion spoke with Ukrainian former Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko who outlines how former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch perjured herself before Congress.  [Video clip]

Democrats' Impeachment Position:  Although President Trump Didn't Break the Law, He Surely Intended to and Therefore He's Guilty.  The Democrat position in their impeachment of President Trump is that although the President did nothing wrong, he meant to, and therefore they must impeach!  Breitbart reported that the Democrat position on impeachment is absurd and have become the Salem Witch Trials.

Democrats Blind and Babbling to Oblivion.  What is so comical about the impeachment process is that it has brought together such a diverse cast of naysayers and mediocrities that the only thing that bonds them together is their hatred of Trump.  There are neo-Marxists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and neocons like Bill Kristol, corporate plutocrats like Tom Steyer, and has-been celebutantes like Alyssa Milano.  A common refrain from among critics of the process on the Left like Jimmy Dore and Aaron Maté is that Democrats are only pursuing it as a means to avoid actually presenting a coherent alternative to the GOP.

Adam Schiff Has Jumped the Shark.  Many Americans remain nonplussed over revelations in the House Intelligence Committee's Impeachment Inquiry Report that its chairman, Adam Schiff, not only secretly subpoenaed telephone records from President Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, but also obtained responses that detailed dates and lengths of phone calls to Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, ranking committee member Devin Nunes, and Hill reporter John Solomon.  That Schiff self-disclosed this action as a rightful part of his committee's information gathering is equally stunning.  Every bit as bad, it appears that national telephone carriers AT&T and Verizon, who so tout their corporate concerns about subscriber privacy, responded to such obviously politicized demands without a whimper.  Schiff's actions, and indeed those of everyone involved in secretly demanding and producing these phone records, while perhaps not outright illegal, are simply beyond the pale and reminiscent of Big Brother, from George Orwell's 1984.

Hold the Phone, Call Records Released by Adam Schiff.  It was bad enough for House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to subpoena the phone records of businessman Lev Parnas and President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani and other political opponents, but when he released them in his impeachment report it was a stunning abuse of power.  In the view of columnist Kimberly Strassel, Schiff's move "trampled law and responsibility... it was a disgraceful breach of ethical and legal propriety."  Not surprisingly, Trump hating members of the news media trumpeted the release of the call records as a major step toward the President's impeachment.  Their desire to destroy the President is so all-consuming that they missed the bigger picture.  Instead, journalists should have been outraged by this invasion of privacy and misuse of power.  These records should have never been released to Schiff or any politician and should have never been included in his impeachment report.

Impeach Trump Because of Slavery?  Congressman Al Green has become one of the Democratic Party's top spokesmen.  Which is a good thing, because Green is generally unfiltered, and therefore gives us a glimpse into his party's id. [...] I don't have a high opinion of Al Green's intelligence, but even he cannot be dumb enough to believe his smears against President Trump.  More to the point, however, is that none of this constitutes proper grounds for impeachment.  It is ridiculous to assert that political differences over, for example, "LGBTQ" issues, constitute high crimes and misdemeanors under the Constitution.  Green's rant is valuable, not because it makes any sense, but because it gives us a window into the Democrats' real motive for wanting to impeach the president — sheer hatred over political differences.

Party of Permanent Impeachment:  Democrats do their part to re-elect Trump.  You've heard of the Marxist "permanent revolution" strategy for permanent leftist power grabs?  Democrats have their own take on it, cooking up "permanent impeachment."  That's all they have to offer in exchange for America's votes.  After spending their past two years in the House majority doing absolutely nothing but fighting among themselves until they united on the matter of negating the results of the 2016 election, impeachment now and forever is all they have on offer for voters.  If they can't get Trump this time, they'll get him the next.  No USMCA, no border wall, no health care, no infrastructure, not even free stuff, a Democrat specialty.  Just two more years of same-old, same-old, impeachment now, impeachment forever, impeachment über alles, along with a side order of infighting between the hard and harder left.

Sister Nancy Incarnacion and the H8ters.  People tend to repeat what has worked for them.  Pelosi's last great achievement was pushing the fundamentally lawless Affordable Care Act over the line, despite a lack of popular support.  She did it by ruthlessly enforcing party lockstep, pushing many in her caucus to walk the plank. [...] She is running the same play with impeachment.  She doesn't care that impeachment for all appearances, will fail in Senate.  Opinion might change.  We have to impeach the president to find out what crimes are in him.  Pelosi thinks the president campaigning under a cloud will help candidates who run for open Senate seats, and if it doesn't, so what?  The likelihood of beating Trump without a decent candidate is low anyhow.

Trump Blasts Impeachment Inquiry: 'When You Can't Win The Game, Change The Rules!'  The House Judiciary Committee report released on Saturday [12/7/2019] outlines the constitutional grounds on which Democrats will move forward with impeaching Trump.  The committee is set to hear evidence in a hearing on Monday.  The Judiciary report updates existing impeachment guidelines, which set out the procedure by which a president can be impeached and removed from office.  Trump may have been referencing amended rules that address Trump's effort to keep administration officials and others from complying with congressional subpoenas.

Why Is Our Society Degrading So Badly, So Fast?  In Washington, the Democrats are attempting to subvert the will of the majority of the American people, as expressed by the election results in 2016, by executing and plotting orchestrated campaigns to remove President Trump from office before the next election.  These efforts range from the recently unsuccessfully perpetrated Russia collusion hoax, which is now being followed up by an illegitimate impeachment drive by the House.  These operations also revealed the mostly clandestine activities of a permanent and extensive Deep State, also labeled "the swamp," actively working with the Democrats to subvert President Trump.  A broken environment exists in Washington that contributes to the perception that too many of our elected officials feel free to participate in and to tolerate corruption without being held accountable for their actions.  It is highly discouraging for many Americans that up to this point, there have been no legal consequences or viable restraints in place to curb these types of actions that are so fundamentally dangerous to the very foundations of our country.

The Impeachment Hearings Threaten the First Amendment.  The only good thing about the Democrat shift from Russia to Ukraine is that the issue has shifted from the limits of free speech to the limits of executive authority.  Unlike the First Amendment, the separation of powers is at least a legitimate topic for a power struggle between the branches of government.  But the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment report continued the ongoing Dem war on attorney-client confidentiality by illegally demanding phone records for Rudy Giuliani, the President's lawyer, from AT&T (the parent company of CNN), which they then also used to track phone calls by Victoria Toensing and Joseph diGenova, also Trump's lawyers.  (The harassment campaign against Alan Dershowitz, who has vigorously defended Trump in public, also appears to be part of the pattern.)

Nancy Pelosi's 'Article II' Impeachment Rationale Exposed as Hoax.  Nancy Pelosi is going to impeach Donald Trump, the duly-elected president of the United States, based on what we now know is a hoax. [...] Nancy is inventing crimes now.  She's making stuff up.  She is all over TV framing the accused, planting evidence, which is what a dirty cop does when they can't make a case.  Nancy is deliberately and maliciously taking Trump out of context.  And not just a little out of context.  No, she is taking the president so far out of context I feel a little silly having to explain it.

Impeachment Is Destroying CNN.  If Democrats and their media allies thought that the impeachment of President Trump would be his undoing, I've got bad news for them:  it's actually undoing them.  The Democrats' favorite (fake) news channel CNN is suffering from a three-year low in ratings.

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White House tells Jerry Nadler it Will snub Monday's impeachment hearing and calls process 'completely baseless'.  [Scroll down]  Trump's team drove the point home with a letter to Nadler and the commmittee's ranking Republican, Doug Colline.  'Your impeachment inquiry is completely baseless and has violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness,' White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote.  Cipollone blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for telling her caucus on Thursday to proceed with articles of impeachment before Judiciary Committee members 'heard a single shred of evidence.'

Rats Flee Pelosi's Sinking Ship: 3 Democrats Already Signal No Vote on Sham Impeachment.  Two House Democrats who represent Trump districts voted against formalizing the House impeachment probe back in October.  Jeff Van Drew, 66, a freshman who represents New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District, and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, 75, a conservative Democrat who represents Minnesota's 7th District, were the only two lawmakers from either party to cross the aisle.

Impeachment farce butchers due process, rule of law, democracy, decency.  In the rush to destroy any shred of credibility Democrats have chosen to undermine the rule of law and the concept of due process.  They choose to plunge our democracy into turmoil just one year before a Presidential election.  In their quest to reverse the results of the 2016 election Democrats couldn't be doing more to harm the United States than if they relied on the Kremlin itself.  From the spying on the Trump campaign.  To the Mueller Weismann Inquisition.  Now, sadly, the Impeachment farce.  Democrats have been overtly doing Russia's bidding to paralyze and divide the body politic.  Hillary Clinton worked with Russian sources to produce the Steele Dossier.  Barack Obama and John Brennan launched the spying on a major presidential candidate.  Then they initiated a three year and an ongoing coup attempt against the sitting President.

Ken Starr says Pelosi engaging in 'abuse of power' and Senate may have to dismiss impeachment case.  Congressional Democrats have pushed too hard on President Trump's impeachment hearings and may force Republican senators to dismiss the case altogether, said former special prosecutor Ken Starr on Thursday.  Starr appeared on "The Brian Kilmeade Show" on Fox News Radio to discuss the impeachment inquiry and said he was shocked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's, D-Calif., "abuse of power."  "It's an outrage to seize control of the deliberate process of a committee — [it] simply compounds a series of very, very terrible abuses," he said.  "The House Judiciary committee with its incredibly rich history needs to go into... an open session and debate this."

5 Assumptions That Lead To Garbage Conclusions In Schiff's Impeachment Report.  House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff has released a 300-page Trump-Ukraine impeachment inquiry report.  It's what you would expect of a rushed report after two weeks of hearsay and opinion testimony:  full of unsupported conclusions based upon faulty assumptions.  Garbage assumptions lead to garbage conclusions.

The Democrats Face the Bayonets.  So Nancy Pelosi has apparently decided to go all-in with her call for an impeachment vote. [...] There's something about the timing of Pelosi's announcement relative to next Monday's release of IG Horowitz's report that makes it seem very possible she's going for a grand bargain with President Trump. [...] But to save the country from the risk of hot war, we'll drop our impeachment attack on you, and you'll drop the Barr/Durham attack on our coup.

Nancy Pelosi Announces Democrats Will Begin Drafting Articles of Impeachment.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday that the House Judiciary Committee will begin drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.  "The president's actions have seriously violated the Constitution," Pelosi said in a press conference on Capitol Hill.  "Our Democracy is at stake.  The president leaves us no choice but to act."

Top House Democrat wants Mueller findings in impeachment articles against Trump.  The third most senior House Democrat wants a vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — and the charges against him to include obstruction of justice related to the findings of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  That controversial strategic position, laid out by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., in a brief interview with McClatchy on Tuesday evening, is the strongest and most decisive statement yet by a member of the House Democratic leadership team.  It also comes amid a hushed internal debate over how best to proceed.

Democrats Will Vote on Impeachment Before Schiff's Report Even Goes Public.  On Wednesday [12/4/2019] Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and Democrats, after years of promises, will vote to impeach President Trump using the ham sandwich option.  Democrats are impeaching President Trump over a ham sandwich.  They got nothing.  They know they've got nothing.  But they are going to impeach President Trump anyway.

Democrats Are Watering Down Impeachment into a Mere Recall Effort.  [Scroll down]  But this impeachment sham is serious, deadly serious.  Democrats' creeping tyranny is how elected dictators take control of their country.  They get elected, take control of media, warp, rewrite, then dispense with the country's constitution.  Then they're free to arrest and incarcerate political enemies without cause, without representation, without an actual crime.  We're at least halfway there, probably three quarters.  Our would-be rulers got elected to Congress, appropriated media, and are attempting to rewrite our Constitution.  As for jailing political enemies without cause, representation, or an actual crime, I bring you the "impeachment inquiry."  Is it so easy to undo our Republic, to abrogate the Constitution that's kept us free and prosperous for over 200 years?  Or will we fight back?

Democrat Report Opens the Door to Expansion Beyond Trump-Zelensky Call for Impeachment Probe.  The House Democrats' impeachment inquiry amounts to an "orchestrated campaign" to undermine America's democratic system by removing President Donald Trump, mainly based on "accusations and assumptions of unelected bureaucrats," the GOP's report on the quest to push the U.S. commander-in-chief out declared this week.  Republican lawmakers failed to find any "misconduct" by Trump that raises to the level of an impeachable offense, according to the report released on Monday [12/2/2019].

Adam Schiff's Report Cites No 'Bribery' or 'High Crimes'; Only Tweets.  The House Intelligence Committee report released by chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Tuesday cites no constitutionally permissible grounds for impeachment against President Donald Trump — other than tweets.  Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution provides that impeachment shall be for "Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."  Notably, the Framers of the Constitution ruled out "maladministration" as a reason.

Adam Schiff Releases Democrats' Intelligence Committee Impeachment Report.  House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the Democrats' report Tuesday [12/3/2019] on the impeachment inquiry, concluding that President Donald Trump "solicit[ed] foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election."  The report presents itself as the core fact-finding effort, though that function has traditionally been handled by the House Judiciary Committee, which will begin its own hearings on Wednesday.

In 2008, Democrats Argued Against Impeaching A Republican Near An Election Year.  Should the Democrats impeach the president?  It's hard to see a considered strategy in the approach.  The president stands accused of using the official functions of his office to create an advantage against his possible 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.  To punish him, Democrats have launched an impeachment crusade that has no chance of succeeding in the Republian-controlled Senate.  In fact, there appears to be no possible explanation for this course of action except to gain a 2020 electoral advantage against Trump.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler will step into the spotlight in a few days to hold hearings featuring lectures from liberal academics "Dem-splaining" the constitutional meaning of "high crimes" to the American people.

Impeachment Power Can Be Abused, Too.  Having denied this opportunity to the president in Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff's faux grand-jury phase of the proceedings, Democrats are now inviting the president to participate in the Judiciary Committee phase, where articles of impeachment are soon to be drafted and voted on.  The president's complaints are apt to ring hollow if he carps about the witnesses from the Twitter sidelines while forfeiting the right to question them at the formal hearings.  Abstaining now could also be problematic down the road.

House Democrat Impeachment Rules Are Made For A Lynch Mob, Not A Legitimate Proceeding.  The impeachment proceedings against President Trump have moved on from the House Intelligence Committee to the Judiciary Committee (which happens to be the only House committee with formal jurisdiction over impeachment).  It is chaired by New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who has served on the committee for 27 years.  Notwithstanding the change in venue, the proceedings are still a farce.  They bear only surface resemblance to those in which I (and Nadler) participated 21 years ago.  The latest move in this game of impeachment took place on Sunday, when White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent Nadler a letter telling him that his client — the president of the United States — would not be participating in the committee's inaugural impeachment hearing later this week.  The lawyer's letter was blunt; but if anything, it was too polite.

White House:  Trump will not take part in Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearing.  The White House on Sunday said President Trump will not participate in the next phase of House attempts to impeach him, saying directions from Democrats only "exacerbate the complete lack of due process and fundamental fairness" afforded to the president.  The decision to spurn House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler was announced as the top Republican on the committee, Rep. Doug Collins, said he will demand testimony from House intelligence committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff as the impeachment inquiry heads toward its next phase.  Taken together, Republicans are clearly indicating they will focus squarely on a process they dismiss as a partisan attack on Mr. Trump.

Watergate line speaks volumes about weak impeachment case.  "This is beyond anything Nixon did."  Those words declared by Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff capture the vast constitutional challenge for the House Judiciary Committee as it heads toward its announced hearing on the impeachment of President Trump.  There is still disagreement, to use a Clintonian twist, of what "this" is.  Yet whatever "this" is, it is not Nixonian, at least not yet.  Schiff seems to struggle to reduce the harsh allegations against Richard Nixon in order to elevate those against Donald Trump.

Impeachment Hearings [are] a Nasty Farce.  Leading Democrats insist that the recently concluded round of impeachment hearings by the House Intelligence Committee were totally necessary.  They claim that President Trump may have committed a crime worthy of being driven from office.  So the nation was subjected to two weeks worth of bombastic scrutiny.  The Constitution states that "bribery" is a crime worthy of removal from office.  Definitions of bribery consistently point to someone receiving or providing monetary payments for some stated purpose.  No one, not even the Democrats who conducted the hearings, has accused President Trump of using his office for monetary gain.  There was no bribery crime committed by Trump, and they know it.

Impeachment Farce Part One is Over.  So the first phase of this impeachment farce is over.  Step one included such high points as pencil neck Schiff lying to Congress, knowing the citizens of this country we being fed a lie in his "parody."  This was needed because the media covered the lie all day until Schiff finally admitted that everything he said was in the transcript was a lie. [...] The selective leaks from these basement testimonies are what Adam Schiff hopes will change the minds of the American people.  They are selectively leaked to picture President Trump as evil.  These leaks are much the same lies and innuendo that they have pushed since the day President Trump took the oath of office.

Schiff gives committee 24 hours to read his impeachment report and sign off.  Rep. Adam Schiff is a man in a hurry.  After taking his time to cherry-pick just the best witnesses from his basement hearings, he held a swift set of public hearings, which drove public support down for impeachment, and now he's slapped together a report for the House Intelligence Committee to vote on, giving it all of 24 hours to vote.  Sound like a fair process?  Actually, sounds like a desperate Democrat with a bad case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, whose priority now is an oncoming election train headed in his direction.

White House Refuses to Participate in Jerry Nadler's Impeachment Inquiry.  White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote a five-page letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) on Sunday [12/1/2019], rejecting participation in what Cipollone called a "baseless and highly partisan" impeachment inquiry.  Nadler had given the president and his lawyers until 6:00 p.m. EST to respond to a request to participate in the opening hearing of the Judiciary Committee' inquiry on Wednesday, focusing on constitutional and legal issues.  Democrats had prepared four witnesses, unnamed as of Sunday: three were reportedly in favor of impeachment.  Separately, Nadler gave the White House a deadline of Friday, Dec. 6, to participate in the broader inquiry.

White House, in fiery letter, declares Trump won't participate in House Judiciary impeachment hearing.  The White House announced in a fiery letter Sunday night that President Trump and his lawyers won't participate in the House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing scheduled for Wednesday — even accusing the panel's Democratic chairman, Jerry Nadler, of "purposely" scheduling the proceedings when Trump would be attending the NATO Leaders' Meeting in London.  The five-page letter came as the Democratic majority on the House Intelligence Committee was preparing to approve a report on Tuesday that will outline possible charges of bribery or "high crimes and misdemeanors," the constitutional standard for impeachment.  After receiving the report, the Judiciary Committee would prepare actual charges.

Democratic congresswoman claims it doesn't matter that Trump quid pro quo didn't actually happen.  Florida Rep. Val Demings maintained that President Trump should be impeached even if the alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine never took place.  Demings, a Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, was asked during an interview on This Week whether it was relevant to the impeachment proceedings that Trump's request for an investigation into Joe Biden never came to fruition.  Host Martha Raddatz noted that no investigation into the Bidens ever happened and Ukraine received its military aid anyway, but Demings maintained that it was irrelevant.

Why the Democrats Can't Settle for Censure.  Their rhetoric notwithstanding, congressional Democrats understand that their chances of ousting President Trump from office are infinitesimal.  There are a few, like AOC and "the Squad," who still cling to the pipe dream that Trump will be impeached, convicted, and perp-walked out of the White House for multifarious yet oddly ill-defined crimes.  More realistic Democrats understand that this is never going to happen, but they also know that mere censorship of the president is not an option if they wish to avoid a revolt by the left wing of their congressional caucus and voter apathy that could manifest itself in low turnout next November.  Even to suggest such a course is to incur the wrath of the Democratic leadership, as evidenced by the double backflip executed by Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) last week.

Why the rush toward impeachment?  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, leader of the Democratic effort to impeach President Trump, told colleagues Monday that impeachment is "an urgent matter that cannot wait."  Why?  Why is it so urgent that Trump, who has been in office for nearly three years and will stand for reelection in 11 months — why is it so urgent that he be impeached and removed this very moment?  The reasons probably have more to do with Democratic political priorities than with anything Trump has done or will do.  Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deny any political motive in impeaching the president.  Perish the thought!  Pelosi says Democrats are acting "sadly, prayerfully, [and] with a heavy heart."  But they are racing to get the job done by Christmas.

Adam Schiff Gives Democrats Only 24 Hours to Sign Impeachment Report.  House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is giving members of his committee just 24 hours to read and sign off on his report recommending articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.  As Breitbart News reported Friday, House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler has previewed the report, and suggested it will include claims of "collusion" with Russia — as well as Ukraine, Russia's enemy.

Democrats' ugly Christmas present to the nation.  House Democrats' impeachment show moves to Jerry Nadler's Judiciary Committee this week — but don't expect the proceedings to get any more serious.  Sometime before Nadler starts things off at 10 a.m.  Wednesday, Intelligence Committee chief Adam Schiff is supposed to send along his final report — which is apparently to be all the evidence the House will consider on the Ukraine matter, despite the near-complete lack of first-hand testimony.  Judiciary is simply going to "consider" whether the wrongdoings that Schiff alleges actually constitute "constitutional grounds for impeachment," with experts brought in to opine on whether President Trump's actions warrant such a grave step.

How the toxic impeachment process is hurting long-term national security.  Cable news shows spent countless hours in November wondering how the public testimony of national security officials will affect the impeachment proceedings against President Trump.  But few are asking how these proceedings will affect national security in the long term.  One potential answer should worry everyone, regardless of your position on Trump:  Efforts to turn these officials into political weapons in Congress will put our national security in grave danger.  The president trusts the National Security Council and the broader intelligence community to provide him with the best possible information and analysis for decision making that is essential to national security.  But now, after the whistleblower complaint from within the intelligence community and the NSC being paraded on capitol hill as a character witness for the purpose of impeachment, that trust has been shattered.

How the Great Impeachment Debacle of 2020 Can Be Avoided.  [Scroll down]  As civil discourse and bipartisan compromise seem increasingly things of the past, Russians must be gloating in the Kremlin as they watch the American political class tear itself apart.  The Russians have been using disinformation since the 1950s to try to turn us one against another.  Fiona Hill, the national security expert on Russia who recently testified in the House impeachment inquiry, is undoubtedly right that Russia's goal in all of this was to turn us against one another, not to elect one presidential candidate as opposed to the other.  Whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton became our president in 2016 didn't affect the Russians that much, but they reasoned that if they could sow the seeds of civil division, as they appear to have done, that could paralyze us as a country and prevent us from addressing our many pressing problems.  Alas, they appear to be well on the way to succeeding.

Judiciary Republican calls for panel to expand list of impeachment witnesses.  Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are calling for the panel to expand its list of witnesses ahead of the Dec. 4 hearing it will hold in the House's impeachment investigation into President Trump.  Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) demanding that he expand the panel beyond the four constitutional law scholars from whom the committee plans to hear.

Trump Should Absolutely Not Cooperate With The Judiciary Hearings.  Democrats, having run byzantine hearings in basement bunkers and on live television in the House Intelligence Committee, are set to move on to Judiciary Committee hearings.  The purpose of this set of hearings is to craft Articles of Impeachment to be voted on by the entire House.  One difference from the previous hearings that Democrats are touting is that in the Judiciary the White House can participate.  It absolutely should not.  According to the resolution that launched the impeachment inquiry, passing without one GOP vote, the White House may have lawyers present and able to ask questions in the Judiciary hearings.  Democrats point to this as fairness in the process, citing the fact that many Republicans complained that the White House had no representation in the Intelligence committee hearings.  Now they will claim the White House is being inconsistent if it does not participate with the new hearings.

Dems extend deadline for Trump's lawyers on impeachment hearings.  President Trump will have until early December to decide whether his lawyers will take part in the ongoing impeachment proceedings.  House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said in a Friday letter to the president that he will have until Dec. 6 to determine if his lawyers plan to call witnesses or testify as part of proceedings, reports CNN.  Trump and Congressional Republicans have repeatedly blasted the inquiry as unfair.  Two unnamed officials who spoke to CNN said it's likely the White House won't send a lawyer to the first judiciary hearing, while another source told the outlet Trump was still mulling whether or not it was "worth it" to participate.

Jerry Nadler Gives Trump Friday Deadline; Impeachment to Include Russia Collusion.  House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) wrote to President Donald Trump Friday, giving him until Friday, Dec. 6., to answer whether he and his lawyers would participate in the "impeachment inquiry."  Nadler's letter quotes the forthcoming report from the House Intelligence Committee, which will be written entirely by Democrats and which will recommend drafting articles of impeachment against the president.

Democrats Ponder Impeachment Pivot.  The Democrats have twisted themselves into a Schiffian Knot, a modern-day unsolvable puzzle.  When they plunged forward on their ill-fated impeachment voyage, they were destined to land on this surreal shore, even if their parade of bureaucratic interagency cheerleaders was even weaker than presumed.  So they are in the bad place that can't be washed away with a few margaritas.  They desperately want to impeach President Donald Trump, but they don't want to send this partisan presumption pile over to the Senate, where they can no longer control the list of witnesses, where hearsay will be inadmissible, and where narrative control swings to the Republicans.

Impeachment Shows the Limit of Media Power.  The Russia investigation looked good in the media frame until the Mueller report came out and then Mueller was dragged in to testify about it.  The impeachment bid looked good in the media lens until people actually watched committee hearings and didn't see any of what the media had been touting.  Live by the lie, die by the lie.  The paradox of impeachment is that the media's con artists invented it, but stories alone, the commanding heights of communications, can't actually close the deal.  Like every con job, at some point the mark actually wants to see the million dollars that Nigerian prince is offering, the brand-new Tesla for only five grand, and the papers for the Brooklyn Bridge.  Individual marks can be strung along indefinitely, but there are limits to how much an entire nation can be conned.  Even by the media.

Trump White House eyes political win in stonewalling House impeachment hearing.  Officially, the Trump White House is still deciding whether or not to send a lawyer to the House judiciary Committee's impeachment hearings next week.  Unofficially, party insiders and observers say the decision has been all but made to continue stonewalling.  Instead, they will follow the playbook of recent House Intelligence Committee hearings, when the White House refused to cooperate and instead used Trump loyalists on the committee to mount its defense.  It is a strategy designed to maintain a status quo that would ensure a vote in the Senate against removing the president.  And the strategy has so far kept the American public from shifting decisively in favor of impeachment.

Rep. Cohen:  We Can Impeach Trump Again.  On Wednesday's [11/27/2019] broadcast of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) said House Democrats could impeach President Donald Trump again.  John Berman asked, "Given the fact each day it seems we learn more about what the president knew and when he knew it, are you concerned that this impeachment process is being rushed through before all the facts are known, more stuff may still come out?"  Cohen said, "Well, I think things will come out.  Things will come out for as long as he's president and after he's president. [...]"

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Can President Trump still be impeached after he's no longer president (beginning in January 2025)?  If so, let's have another look at the grounds for Obama's impeachment.

Embattled CNN Fails to Attract One Million Viewers During Impeachment Month.  Jeff Zucker's fake news outlet is such a discredited failure that even during impeachment far-left CNN could not attract a million average viewers.  The cable television ratings for November are in, and CNN is in far-last place in the cable news wars... again.

Democrat Brenda Lawrence Suggests Impeachment Exit Strategy — but Quickly Recants.  Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) has withdrawn her suggestion of "censure" instead of impeaching President Donald Trump — a trial balloon for an exit strategy in response to dismal polling for Rep. Adam Schiff's impeachment hearings.  After her radio remarks blew up overnight, Lawrence issued a statement declaring "I still support impeachment[.]"

A Shameful Abuse of Congressional Power.  [Scroll down]  [T]he sleazy Schiffite proceedings at the House Intelligence Committee were so lopsided, arbitrary, and contemptuous of the rights of the Republican minority on the committee and those of the president as the investigated party, no American court could possibly accept a requested prosecution that emerged from such a vitiated and tainted proceeding.  Given all of the foregoing facts — which are indisputable — the country, despite the wall-to-wall disinformation effort of the non-Fox media, seems already to be asking why this unmitigated foolishness is distracting the attention of the country and the world at all.

Why Trump's Ukraine demands weren't remotely illegal.  The entire legislative premise of logrolling, a practice as old as Congress itself, is premised on quid-pro-quo arrangements.  In more modern times, before issuing his executive amnesty in 2014, President Barack Obama consistently threatened to use his "pen and phone" if Congress didn't pass the laws he desired when it came to immigration policy.  Similarly, committee chairmen routinely threaten to take away unruly lawmakers' committee assignments if they fail to vote in accordance with congressional leadership's desires.  To treat such cajoling as a high crime — and impeachable if the US president does it — would render governing impossible.  How can the duly elected president of the United States be removed from office for engaging in constitutionally protected speech aimed at getting a foreign leader to investigate corruption and past election meddling?

The obsessive, intolerant, despicable do-nothing-but-obstruct Democrats.  The Left's obsession with impeachment is the worst travesty of American justice in our history.  From the surveillance campaign waged against candidate Trump in 2015 to their attempt to sabotage him, to frame him for colluding with Russia to win the election when in fact it was the DNC and the Clintons, bigwigs at the FBI, DOJ and CIA who had colluded with more than a few unsavory characters to bring down the President.  As intolerant as Ana Navarro is of black support of Trump, those arrogant and corrupt agents of the deep state were and are equally as intolerant of President Trump simply because his is not one of them; he's not a member of their oh-so- exclusive club of like-minded power brokers like Joe Biden.  We know for certain that Obama's VP threatened the Ukrainians with a quid pro quo.  Trump did nothing of the kind.  He gave Ukraine aid when Obama did not.

HJC Chairman Nadler Attempts to Reframe "Impeachment Inquiry" With "Groundwork Hearing" — Before Receiving Impeachment Inquiry Report — Violating Their Own Resolution Process.  Chairman Nadler has announced a December 4th hearing with a panel of democrat selected constitutional lawyers and legal 'experts', to discuss the procedural framework of an impeachment process.  As Nadler states:  "Our first task is to explore the framework put in place to respond to serious allegations of impeachable misconduct".  So the HJC initial objective to build their narrative is to explain what the impeachment process is about.  This is transparently an attempt by Nadler/Lawfare to give legitimacy to an illegitimate political exercise.  The hearing purpose is framed as a trap to pull the White House in, and thereby create the optics of constitutional legitimacy.  Strong caution is advised and I would not be surprised to see the White House refuse to participate.

There Is No Good Case for Impeachment.  President Trump ran on a platform of draining the swamp, and if this matter ever gets to trial in the Senate, there is a chance that the disgraceful use of foreign aid funds to line the pockets of American "consultants," "board members," or lawyers, or some other forms of facilitator, could be exposed.  Trump has quite properly suggested this system, a mainstay of the deep state, and the revolving doors of government positions, lobbyists, and law offices needs to be changed, and if this impeachment proceeding goes forward this is a fine opportunity to reveal to the public just what is done with foreign aid funds, and who profits from them.  The Bidens are likely to be collateral damage in any such inquiry — as are many other Democrats, and perhaps some Republicans.

Levin: Impeachment Not Whatever the House of Representatives Says — 'That's a Lie'.  During the Sunday broadcast of his "Life, Liberty & Levin" program on the Fox News Channel, host Mark Levin, author of "Unfreedom of the Press," argued against the notion that impeachment can be "whatever the House of Representatives says it is."  Levin called that claim a "lie," and pointed to the impeachment clause in the Constitution, which defines the term.  "No president, in fact, nobody facing impeachment has ever in American history been treated this way," Levin said.

Impeachment Democrats Really Don't Understand What They Are Doing.  [N]obody on the Democratic side has been telling the "woke" kiddies that the way to get rid of Trump is to appeal to the American people and beat him fair and square at the ballot box.  Instead they prefer the shortcut:  impeachment.  There was the Nixon effort; the Reagan Iran-Contra effort; the Trump collusion-Ukraine effort.  Then there were the elections that the Democratic candidate failed to concede:  Gore in 2000, and Clinton in 2016.

Is John Roberts Up To a Senate Impeachment Trial?  When the Democrats pass their impeachment resolution, the sordid spectacle will move to the Senate, where Chief Justice John Roberts must preside over a trial that will determine if the president has actually committed an offense that would justify his removal.  This should worry the president and his supporters.  Historically, the role of the chief justice in these proceedings has been somewhat symbolic.  Yet it will be necessary for him to rule on a number of important motions.  The weak Democratic case against President Trump, combined with the Democrats' penchant for manipulating procedural rules, all but guarantees that they will inundate Roberts with a tsunami of parliamentary maneuvers that he may be ill-equipped to manage.  During the Clinton impeachment trial, Chief Justice William Rehnquist was forced to spend entire days refereeing disputes over frivolous Democratic motions.

Ted Cruz:  Senate Should Subpoena Hunter Biden And The Whistleblower.  As impeachment for Christmas heats up in Washington, GOP senators are sending a not so subtle messages to House Democrats about what Pandora's present they are about to unwrap.  Early Friday, Sen. Lindsey Graham sent official requests to the State Department for documents pertaining to Burisma and its board member Hunter Biden.  Later, Sen. Ted Cruz sent out a release promising things are going to go a lot farther than documents.  "I think any proceeding in the Senate should be fair, should be open, and should respect due process.  What does that mean?  That means allowing both sides to present their case and if the White House chooses to call as a witness Hunter Biden, if the White House chooses to call as a witness the whistleblower, I think they should be allowed to call them.  I think — both of those witnesses in particular may well be integral to the White House's defense," Cruz said.

House Calendar Doesn't Align with Speaker Pelosi Talking Points, and House Resolution on Impeachment.  Within the only impeachment resolution put forth by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open an "impeachment inquiry" the resolution outlined a process.  With only eight legislative days left in 2019; and considering the resolution as adopted; the calendar doesn't match the democrat talking points.

White House's Pam Bondi on Impeachment 'Sham': 'We Have the Truth on Our Side'.  Special Adviser to the President Pam Bondi told Breitbart News that as Americans head home for Thanksgiving dinners with their families, the country needs to know how Democrats have abandoned helping solve Americans' problems in favor of pursuing an increasingly unpopular impeachment agenda.  In fact, all year, Democrats have failed to help Americans on healthcare, infrastructure, jobs, and security.  They have zero legislative accomplishments since taking the House majority but are instead obsessed with impeachment.

Impeachment trial is the ace up President Trump's sleeve.  Here's my slam-dunk choice for the Quote of the Year:  "I want a trial."  The President of the United States said that Friday morning [11/22/2019], and his title alone would be reason enough to make it the most significant thing said in 2019.  But there's much more to it because Donald Trump's demand highlights the historically unique set of circumstances he and the nation face in 2020.  As of now, the new year will feature an impeachment trial in the Senate followed by the presidential election.  If Trump survives Democrats' effort to remove him, he would be the first impeached president to face voters again.

Grassley, Johnson Demand Materials From FBI On Ukrainian DNC Contractor In 2016.  Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin are demanding information from the FBI related to former Democratic National Committee (DNC) contractor Alexandra Chalupa and her efforts to seek dirt on the Trump campaign from Ukraine.  Politico reported that in 2016, Chalupa met with an official from the Ukrainian embassy for information that could undermine the Trump campaign.  According to Yahoo News, Chalupa was also the target of a cyberattack during her time at the DNC, prompting FBI investigators to interview her and take digital forensic images of her laptop and smartphone.

Coming attractions in the Senate trial.  [Senator] Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and [Senator] Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, asked Archivist David Ferraro to produce records so as to "better understand the nature of these meetings, including who attended and what was discussed," in a letter sent on Thursday [11/21/2019]. [...] The senators are now requesting records about the five White House meetings listed in the letter and all records related to meetings between and among White House officials, Andrii Telizhenko, Nazar Kholodnytskyy, Oksana Shulyar, and Valeriy Chaly.

Hearsay and the Trump impeachment hearings.  Any accused has the inalienable right to confront his accuser.  Cross-examination provides the trier of fact in court proceedings, by jury or a judge, the opportunity to evaluate the credibility of the accuser and to uncover his interest, motives, and anticipation or lack thereof of gain in exchange for testimony.  Cross-examination, or questioning an accuser's testimony, is the most reliable method of obtaining the truth of the accusations.  The Sixth Amendment right to "confront" one's accuser also cuts across the entire inane "whistleblower" status of President Trump's accuser.  Schiff surely knows that the identity of the "whistleblower" will be exposed, just as the curtain is pulled open on the wizard of Oz, if a trial in the Senate is held.  At that point, Schiff's sanctimony and his faux whistleblower's political ties will be shredded.

The Impeachment Pseudo-Event.  "The Image:  A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America" is the title of a 1960s book by historian and librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin.  Pseudo-events, he wrote, are staged solely to generate news media coverage.  Real events involve independent actors and have unpredictable outcomes.  Pseudo-events are shows.  It's not difficult to say which category the House Democrats' impeachment hearings belong in.  It's a classic pseudo-event stage-managed to prod sympathetic media into running predictable stories.  Inconvenient questions from Republican members are blocked, and the name of the original "whistleblower" is concealed, though the stage managers know who he is.  Yet on the front pages and cable news breaking-news bulletins, this pseudo-event is crowding out two genuine events of potentially world-shaking importance and uncertain outcome.

How Republicans Won Phase One Of Impeachment.  Democrats ideally would have started their inquiry with credible bipartisan support and run things in such a way that public opinion developed in their favor.  Public opinion would build pressure on Republican members toward an impeachment vote that had even stronger bipartisan credibility.  That did not come even close to happening.  To begin with, not only was the vote to begin proceedings not bipartisan, there was bipartisan opposition to it.  Polling initially looked promising for impeachment, with media outlets attempting to claim significant bipartisan support for inquiry and removal, but then the polling moved in the wrong direction for Democrats.

Impeachment: 3 Crucial Questions, 3 Answers, So Far.  Assessing the Democrats' impeachment drive depends on answers to three crucial questions:  [1] What did President Trump really want from Ukraine?  [#2] Can Democrats prove he wanted something so improper, so lawless that it meets the high bar for "high crimes and misdemeanors," bribery, or treason?  [#3] What's the rush?  Do voters think the charges are so serious, the proof so convincing, and the need to remove the president so urgent that it cannot wait until the election next November?

The Rorschach Impeachment:  Sometimes an Inkblot Is Just an Inkblot.  [Scroll down]  And then came the afternoon.  Sondland still at the table, still kibbitzing.  And now Republicans asking him some questions.  Like, uh, did you ever directly hear the president say there would be a "quid pro quo"?  Nope.  He just assumed there was a quid pro quo.  In fact, he made a phone call to President Trump on September 9 to find out what exactly the president wanted from Ukraine.  Indeed, answering the Grand Inquisitor Schiff directly, Sondland testified, ["]But I believe I just asked him an open-ended question, Mr. Chairman.  "What do you want from Ukraine?  I keep hearing all these different ideas and theories and this and that.  What do you want?" And it was a very short and abrupt conversation.  He was not in a good mood.  And he just said, "I want nothing.  I want nothing.  I want no quid pro quo.  Tell Zelensky to do the right thing." ... This is the final word that I heard from the president of the United States.["] [...] So Sondland assumed there was a quid pro quo.  He said that everyone knew about the quid pro quo.  But when Sondland actually asked the man in the Oval Office directly what exactly his marching orders were, Trump told him, "I want no quid pro quo."  That would seem to end the "impeachment" hearings.

Democrats Trying to Impeach Trump Would Make Terrible Hedge Fund Managers.  [Scroll down]  We can answer this by looking at the radical left Democrats in America, whose desire to end Donald Trump's presidency is all-consuming.  These Dems, along with a complaisant media, lit a bonfire to consume and destroy Trump before he even took office.  Their intensely felt differences with Trump are not based on simple logic or stark policy differences, but instead seem to stem largely from antipathy.  How many countless times has Trump tried to do or say exactly what Obama or some other prominent Dem did or said just a few years ago, only to be met with a barrage of derisive hate and anger?  There appears to be little if any self-awareness among the Dems of how often and how loudly they are denouncing Trump for the very same positions they endorsed not so long ago.  Indeed, it appears that the Dems are acting without the benefit of any sort of self-correcting feedback system.

Elise Stefanik:  Dems Case for Impeachment 'Crumbling,' Schiff an 'Abject Failure'.  Thursday [11/21/2019], during an appearance on Fox News Channel's "Hannity," Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, criticized how Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the chair of that committee, conducting the so-called impeachment inquiry proceedings against President Donald Trump.  Stefanik described the impeachment case as "crumbling" and accused Schiff of operating a "regime of secrecy" presiding over the hearings.

Why does this bad joke of an impeachment continue?  U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testifies in  kangaroo court  Congress's impeachment hearing that he "presumed" a quid pro quo of American aid in return for an investigation of the Bidens' activities in Ukraine.  No one told him there was such a quid pro quo, and President Trump specifically told him there was none.  Sondland's testimony tidily sums up the entire case and all the animus against Donald Trump, going back to before his election:  it's all based on presumption.  Schiff presumes that he could find the needle of quid in the haystack of pro quo.

Impeachment Evidence Not Even Close to Bribery, Heritage Legal Expert Says.  As impeachment hearings draw to a close, witnesses have failed to produce hard evidence of wrongdoing on the part of President Donald Trump.  Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky will join the podcast to unpack what we learned this week — and what to expect going forward.

Impeachment is surgery with a butterknife.  [Scroll down]  "The Democrats promised the whistleblower's testimony — in fact, they told us we need to speak with the whistleblower."  Now they will not present him.  The Democrat excuse is the whistleblower has to be kept secret because he is getting death threats, which is odd since no one knows who he is.  Not even Schiff or Vindman.  Or so they say.  Impeachment is a prosecution and it should be handled with the utmost care and research.  Before making their case to the public, Democrats needed to convince at least one of their Republican colleagues to join them.

Jordan: Impeachment Is About Establishment, Dems Rejecting the Will of 63 Million Americans.  Thursday [11/21/2019] on Fox News Channel's "Special Report," Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) offered his speculation on what was next for the so-called impeachment inquiry, which he said was an effort where they made up the rules as they go along, and sometimes do not follows those rules.  The Ohio Republican argued the basis for impeachment was flawed, given what was allegedly expected by President Donald Trump from the Ukrainians was never delivered and dismissed the notion the impeachment push was about a "quid pro quo."

Dems plot next move as impeachment hearings fail to sway GOP, public.  After two weeks of impeachment hearings, House Democratic leaders were poised to draft articles of impeachment against President Trump, but their rank-and-file members were stumped about what should be the next move.  Lawmakers headed home for Thanksgiving break unsure whether there would be more hearings or when they would cast a seemingly inevitable vote on impeachment, with just eight legislative days remaining before the end of the year.

W.H. Spox Gidley:  If House Impeaches, Trump 'Wants a Trial in the Senate' and to Call Schiff, Whistleblower, and Bidens.  On Thursday's [11/21/2019] broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "The Story," White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley stated that if the House moves forward on impeachment, President Trump "wants a trial in the Senate" and to bring up witnesses like House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), the whistleblower, and Hunter and Joe Biden.

Democrats Throw Impeachment Party at Capitol Hill Bar After Last Hearing.  Democrat staffers threw an impeachment party at a Capitol Hill bar after the last public hearing concluded on Thursday evening [11/21/2019].  The party was held at the Capitol Hill establishment Hawk 'n' Dove, just a stone's throw from where the impeachment hearings were held this week.

Biden Family Corruption Allegations Metastasize.  It's obvious Joe Biden — who is only running for the presidency — cannot be impeached, but were he to win that exalted office, the case for his immediate impeachment would dwarf Donald Trump's if we are to believe Interfax-Ukraine. [...] Whatever one thinks of Interfax, this is a report of a press conference by members of the Ukrainian parliament whose accusations merit investigation — by our Justice Department and, yes, theirs.  That Joe Biden at this point seems unlikely to be the Democratic Party nominee is beside the point.  This speaks to the very nature of the impeachment inquiry currently before us.  Did Donald Trump have good reason to be suspicious of Ukraine's treatment of him before and during the election?  Our Republican friends keep telling us all these theories have been "debunked."  By whom?  Mostly by them and their media allies, I suspect.

Chief Justice Roberts now dragged into Democrat impeachment process.  The target of Democrat zealots in the House of Representatives led by Speaker Pelosi and Adam Schiff is to impeach and remove President Donald Trump.  Sadly for him the person they have a much higher probability of removing from his lofty perch is Chief Justice John Roberts.  The famous cliché; the law of unintended consequences is fast approaching. [...] He and he alone "owns" the FISC court so he must be held accountable for any court actions.  However, even if he has acted to clear up the egregious frauds, so far only a few publically reported with probably more to come, he has a significant problem if the Democrat Leaders of the House vote out Articles of Impeachment for a senate trial of our President.

'Coup' Concerns Suddenly Don't Seem So Far-Fetched.  For most of the last three years, Donald Trump's critics have scoffed at supposed "conspiracy theories" that claimed a "deep state" of bureaucrats were aborting the Trump presidency.  We have been told the word "coup" is hyperbole that reveals the paranoid minds of Trump supporters.  Yet oddly, many people brag that they are proud members of a deep state and occasionally boast about the idea of a coup.  Recently, former acting CIA chief John McLaughlin proclaimed in a public forum, "Thank God for the deep state." Former CIA director John Brennan agreed and praised the "deep state people" for their opposition to Trump.  Far from denying the danger of an unelected careerist bureaucracy that seeks to overturn presidential policies, New York Times columnists have praised its efforts to nullify the Trump agenda.

President Trump Never Impounded Even One Dollar from Ukraine Aid.  The president needs better legal counsel, as do the American people.  The current impeachment illusion is based on a pandemic mirage.  The nation has been hypnotized to believe that $391.5 million for Ukraine was held back, frozen, slow-walked, canceled, or subject to a nefarious threat by Trump.  Wake up, America.  Every penny of Ukraine monetary aid, the alleged carrot dangled before Zelensky, was spent on time, according to law, before, during, and after the July 25 call.  The Department of Defense certified Ukraine reforms in a May 23, 2019 letter from John C. Rood to Congress, but this certification was only necessary to release the second $125-million tranche.  Read the letter.  The tables therein refer to that $125 million as "Tranche 2."  So what happened to the first $125 million?  It was already spent on Ukraine before the July 25 phone call with Zelensky.

This partisan impeachment inquiry is more than a waste of time.  It imperils democracy.  These impeachment hearings are a total waste of time.  Even as a show trial.  Not because President Donald Trump did nothing wrong.  Actually, these days that doesn't really matter anymore, does it?  People know they know everything they want to know.  This so-called "impeachment inquiry" is a waste of time because most Americans — especially House Democrats — have already made up their minds.  Who needs evidence now when the real verdict on Trump won't come down until Nov. 3, 2020?

Dems mull Mueller impeachment count.  House Democrats reportedly are considering whether to pursue in their impeachment inquiry matters arising from the Mueller investigation.  Specifically, they are looking at whether President Trump lied to Robert Mueller.  The Washington Post's report on this development is based on representations made by House Democrats to the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.  The Dems told the court that they need secret grand jury evidence from the Mueller probe to be released in order to consider, as part of their impeachment inquiry, whether Trump lied to Mueller.  Are the Democrats telling the truth to the court or are they just using the existence of the impeachment inquiry to pry loose secret testimony they have long wanted?

What if Trump was right about Ukraine?  One of the most important issues in President Trump's impeachment defense is also one of the least explored:  To what degree were Trump's concerns about Ukraine valid?  It's well documented that the president fixated on Ukrainian activity in the 2016 election and on the Bidens' actions in the Burisma matter.  Democrats and many in the media dismiss his concerns as "conspiracy theories."  But to what extent were those concerns, in fact, legitimate?  If they were even mostly legitimate, then Trump defenders could say:  "Look, he had a point.  Even if one thinks he handled the issue inappropriately, the fact is, what was going on in Ukraine was worrisome enough for a United States president to take notice."  That would not change minds among those dead set on impeachment, but among others, it would make the case for impeachment and removal much harder to make.

Correcting Voters' Mistakes.  Sad to say, but the recall is not available for federal officeholders.  Some Americans might resent that unavailability, given the performance this year of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The new Democrat-controlled House is so intent on impeaching the president that it can't do the business of the People.  If the possibility of recall and removal were hanging over House members' heads, maybe the chamber wouldn't be so dysfunctional.

Nancy Pelosi Is Already Attacking the Legitimacy of the 2020 Election.  In her Dear Colleague letter pushing back against Republican anti-impeachment talking points, Nancy Pelosi wrote this:  "The weak response to these hearings has been, 'Let the election decide.'  That dangerous position only adds to the urgency of our action, because the President is jeopardizing the integrity of the 2020 elections."  Is he?  If a Republican had suggested that a presidential election was a "dangerous" notion, he would have triggered around-the-clock panic-stricken coverage on CNN and a series of deep dives in The Atlantic lamenting the conservative turn against our sacred democratic ideals.  What Pelosi has done is even more cynical.  She's arguing that if Democrats fail in their efforts to impeach Trump — and, I assume, remove him from office — then the very legitimacy of the 2020 election will be in question before any votes are cast.

Could it be that Trump has been setting up the Left all along?  Trump is guilty of exactly nothing impeachable and they all know it, but he is an outsider in their DC club of self-appointed privileged insiders and that is what they cannot, will not, tolerate. [...] First Nadler and then Schiff have conducted this so-called inquiry for weeks now.  Nadler's hearings were an embarrassment, so Pelosi turned the gavel over to Schiff.  Big mistake unless she is in on the con.  His ridiculous secret depositions are a joke — meant to frighten Trump and his supporters — which is absolutely not working.  Now we have been privy to open testimony of three of his chosen not-witnesses who contributed exactly nothing to Schiff's tale of corruption.

Impeachment Lesson:  Cut Government.  [Scroll down]  It's as if everyone not named Chris Wallace knows this is a complete sham.  The stock market yawned as it rocketed upwards.  What we have is a parade of bureaucratic power players preening before friendly Democrats to complain that nobody listens to their sage counsel and that the president has the audacity to think he decides foreign policy.  The biggest villain in this ill-begotten administrative coup sequel is Joe Biden, whose corruption is so obscene that even ruthlessly friendly media can't keep it from sneaking through.  Hunter Biden sucked in dirty Ukrainian cash like he was hooked up to a beer bong, getting drunk on his father's political influence.

The real reason for the Russia Hoax (and Ukraine, and impeachment, and the next thing).  [Scroll down]  The process works in three easy steps:  (1) accuse Trump of any wrongdoing, no matter how baseless (e.g., Russia collusion);  (2) turn the accusation over to a politically allied Department of Justice (DOJ) official (i.e., Robert Mueller); and (3) the politically loyal DOJ official (who understands the real purpose of the initial accusation) will look for (and create) any crime committed at any time in history on anybody associated with Trump. [...] This legal strategy, even if it hasn't yet resulted in criminal charges against Trump, has proven an enormous success in terms of inflicting massive political damage.

How Would You Feel if You Were Treated Like Trump?  Imagine a person with great political authority who is known to have a grudge against you began an investigation looking for reasons to indict you.  That person interviewed only people who were hostile to you.  Imagine further that you were not allowed to see the evidence, to cross-examine witnesses, to bring your own evidence and witnesses involved in the matter, to have an impartial judge and jury, or to appeal the decision.  How would you feel?  Would this seem fair?

Democrats Omit Exculpatory Information from Summary of Tim Morrison Transcript.  Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released the long-awaited transcript from senior National Security Council official Tim Morrison on Saturday, and immediately distorted it for the benefit of the anti-Trump media.  It was a typical example of how Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and his staff have tried to skew the fact-finding process in an effort to inflate public support for impeachment, believing few will read the lengthy transcripts for themselves.

Impeachment by Focus Group.  Anyone following the increasingly desperate Democratic impeachment effort will by now be aware that they have exchanged the term "quid pro quo" for "bribery" and "extortion."  They rebranded President Trump's alleged offenses, according to a Washington Post report, after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee conducted a number of focus groups to test their messaging.  The use of a marketing tool for something so serious confirms that, for the Democrats, impeachment is just another election strategy they hope will get traction if they dumb down the narrative.  This betrays breathtaking contempt for the nation's institutions as well as the voters.

Impeachment shows shouting a lie does not make it true.  Rasmussen reported, "Most voters don't expect fair play from the media when it comes to news coverage of the Democrats' impeachment attempt.  "53% of Likely U.S. Voters think most reporters are trying to help impeach President Trump when they write or talk about the impeachment effort.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 32% believe most reporters are simply interested in reporting the news in an unbiased manner.  8% say most are trying to block Trump's impeachment."  The story also said, "90% of voters who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing think most reporters are trying to help impeach the president."

Democrats Concede Their Impeachment Argument Is Failing.  The Democrats think that they have the goods on Trump, but that millions of voters are too thick-headed to understand what "abuse of power," the latest strand of spaghetti to be thrown against the wall after "quid pro quo," "extortion," and "bribery," means.  But impeachment charges are kind of like jokes, the more you have to explain them, the less effective they are. To make matter worse for Democrats, not only are they failing to move the needle among Americans, they are struggling to make them care at all.  TV ratings for the impeachment hearings on Wednesday were sharply down from those during the James Comey, and Christine Blasey Ford testimonies.

If the Resistance Wins.  [Scroll down]  Various other Democrats — Elizabeth Warren, Ben Cardin, Dick Durbin, Maxine Waters, and others — began talking (December 2016), and haven't stopped since, about undoing the results of the election, actually using the word "impeachment," before the inauguration.  Vanity Fair asked shortly after the election, "Will Trump Be Impeached?," and Politico in April asked how soon impeachment could take place.  This unprecedented resistance-impeachment movement gained full-bore momentum when House speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Democrats would impeach Trump because we "can't let him 'win' reelection."  It became obvious that the fear of Trump's re-election was driving the 79-year-old speaker's risky and questionable strategy.

Nancy Pelosi goes for slam dunk — and crashes to court.  It's no coincidence that the very word Pelosi chose to characterize Trump's behavior during his call with Ukraine's president is specifically named in the Constitution as an impeachable offense.  Article II, Section 4 provides that the "president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors."  Quid pro quo wasn't getting it.  So the left had to slap on a label that's impeachable.

Rep. Ilhan Omar: 'We're Going to Impeach This Corrupt President'.  Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) sent out a tweet after Wednesday's hearings in the House impeachment inquiry expressing her confidence that the House was going to impeach President Donald Trump.  "Every report, every testimony, comes down to this:  Donald Trump thinks he's above the law.  "It's up to Congress to show him that he's not:  We're going to impeach this corrupt president."

The Editor says...
Hey Ilhan, please tell me how you know what President Trump's thoughts are, and then tell me what crime has been committed.  Thanks.

There's This Thing Called Due Process That We Ought to Try.  I get a little picky about this whole due process thing, not just because I'm a lawyer and not just because I helped defend our Constitution overseas in uniform a couple times, but because I'm an American citizen.  Let's understand clearly the nature of the due process argument over impeachment.  This is not about Donald Trump getting due process.  This is about the American people getting due process.

10 reasons why this impeachment 'inquiry' is really a coup.  [#6] No high crimes or misdemeanors.  There is no proof of any actual crime.  Asking a foreign head of state to look into past corruption is pro forma.  That Joe Biden is now Trump's potential rival doesn't exculpate possible wrongdoing in his past as vice president, when his son used the Biden name for lucrative gain.  In other words, it is certainly not a crime for a president to adapt his own foreign policy to fit particular countries nor to request of a foreign government with a history of corruption seeking US aid to ensure that it has not in the past colluded with prior US officials in suspicious activity.

Senator Burr:  "Senate Impeachment Trial Will Last 6 to 8 weeks".  It looks like the House impeachment is now a foregone conclusion.  To wit the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr has announced the schedule outline for the upcoming Senate Impeachment Trial.  The trial of President Trump will run from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm Monday through Saturday and will last approximately six to eight weeks.

Real collusion.  If you are paying attention to the Washington circus that is the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's handling of the much maligned Ukraine call, this is what real collusion looks like:  a media largely committed to advancing the goal of Democrats to severely damage or remove him from office, a series of at first private testimonies by people who appear to have similar motives and connections to Democrats and/or anti-Trump forces, and now a new book by "Anonymous," which claims the president has a bad attitude and is difficult to work with.  Where to start?  "Anonymous" is a self-admitted coward.  He, or she, apparently still works within the administration.  A true patriot would resign and go public so their accusations could be tested.  Writing a book like this while still on the public payroll is more than cowardly, it is also an attempt to disregard, disrespect and dishonor the people who voted for Donald Trump.

Invitation to an Impeachment.  [Scroll down]  With each passing week, though, it has become ever more clear that what begins today is a hearing of the witnesses only the Democrats deem pertinent.  The House majority is eager to protect the whistleblower, who refuses to face his or her accuser — or the American people.  But only the whistleblower.  Protestations by other officers of the executive branch, it discounts.  It may be within the powers of the House majority to restrict the witnesses to those who will help the prosecution.  It may also, though, explain why the opening of this supposedly historic hearing failed to make Page A1 of the Times.  It has become a foregone conclusion that the House is going to impeach.

Gaetz: Bribery Charge Against Trump Won't Stick — 'It Fails to Meet an Essential Element'.  Monday [11/11/2019], during an appearance on Fox News Channel's "The Story," Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) dismissed a claim of bribery put forth against President Donald Trump in response to Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano.  Gaetz argued such a case would lack what he deemed an "essential element" to meet the standard of bribery.  "I would disagree that bribery would be applicable for this reason:  For bribery to have been committed, you have to be asking someone to do something that they would not otherwise do with President Zelinsky, who ran an entire campaign on rooting out corruption," Gaetz said.

Trump impeachment is not about bombshell revelations.  It's about telling a highly partisan story.  [Scroll down]  You can't expect Joe to remember; it was years ago.  But it's not just Joe Biden who is conveniently forgetting.  It's all the Democrats and all the bureaucrats, too — all on their high horse about President Trump damaging our national security by not sending proper military aid to Ukraine, even though he did actually send it, and Obama didn't.  This has nothing to do with national security.  It's all just an illusion.  The bombshell revelations, so "shocking," so "disturbing" that the Democrats and ruling class state TV got so excited about last week.  But they told us nothing we didn't already know.  The truth about this impeachment is that it's not about finding out things we didn't know.  It's about telling a story, a highly partisan political story, and they've settled on their cast of characters.

The Coup, Klutz, Klan Witch Hunt Versus Trump.  This really is an attempt to frame and railroad a president Democrats can't beat at the ballot box.  First, can you imagine Republicans having framed Obama over a phone call that someone heard about from someone else?  Think about the reaction from the media and other organizations.  How about if Republicans had moved to impeach Obama and held the inquiry in a secret room, with no Democrats allowed in and no way to cross-examine accusers?  Can you even imagine the cries of "racism"?  How about if Obama's opponent Mitt Romney had been allowed to vote on Obama's removal from office?  Are you kidding?  That would never have happened in a million years.  The guy who wants your job can't possibly serve on your jury, right?  So how can Democratic senators running against Trump be allowed to vote on his impeachment?

"Impeachment" Hearings:  Republicans Plan To Put Biden and Democrats on Trial, and Schiff Is Not Happy.  [Scroll down]  Let's really read between the lines here.  The fact that they want to "accelerate" public impeachment proceedings goes against everything House leaders including Schiff, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler have been saying for months regarding the Ukraine call controversy and the Russia collusion investigation: that there is no rush to judgment and no rush to impeach.  Of course, that was an obvious lie, but the sources telling Axios their goal is to speed up the process just confirms it.

Dershowitz Likens Dem Impeachment Obsession to Stalin's KGB — 'Show the Man, and I'll Find You the Crime'.  Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz during an appearance on Sunday's "The Cats Roundtable" on New York AM 970 radio equated the Democrats' obsession with impeaching President Donald Trump to the KGB under former Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin.  Dershowitz argued that the Democrats are "making up crimes" and weaponizing impeachment against Trump.

The 'impeachment resolution,' and Dems' fight over its meaning.  "It's not an impeachment resolution," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.  Pelosi had just announced the House would, in fact, hold a vote to formalize the impeachment probe and establish parameters for the investigation late last month.  The House speaker had argued for weeks such a step wasn't necessary.  Congressional Republicans and members of the administration countered that the White House shouldn't cooperate because the House never codified the inquiry.

The "Coup" Against a Sitting U.S. President Became Official on October 29th, 2019.  The word "coup" shifted to a new level of formalized meaning last week when members of the political resistance showed up to remove President Trump wearing military uniforms.  Not only did U.S. military leadership remain silent to the optics and purpose, but in the testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman he admits to giving instructions to ignore the instructions from a sitting United States President.  In the absence of push-back from the Joint Chiefs, from this moment forth, the impression is tacit U.S. military support for the Vindman objective.

Lindsey Graham:  If They Don't Call the Whistleblower in the House, This Thing is Dead on Arrival in the Senate.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined Fox News' Maria Bartiromo on Sunday morning [11/10/2019].  He often appears on the show, but today's conversation was especially interesting.  To give you some background, last week investigative journalist John Solomon reported a story which received little attention from the rest of the media, but was actually quite significant.

Impeachment Mashup.  Democrats have tried to impeach every elected Republican president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.  They've never succeeded and there's no reason to believe this time is different. [...] Why this practice persists is that they are continually reluctant to accept political outcomes they don't like.

Gohmert: Dems Will Drag Out Impeachment [and] Try to Get [the] 'Best Socialist' Nominated for President.  During an appearance on Huntsville, AL radio's WVNN on Thursday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) offered his best assessment of what House Democrats were trying to accomplish with their impeachment efforts.  Gohmert told WVNN's "The Jeff Poor Show" impeachment could tie up the Democratic Party's presidential campaign efforts but predicted Democrats would use the occasion to nominate "the best socialist" they can.

Dems Pull Subpoena for Ex-Trump Adviser Who Took It to Court:  Lawsuit Would Delay Impeachment.  Former U.S. President Donald Trump adviser Charles Kupperman's lawsuit asking the courts whether he should testify in the House impeachment probe forced Democrats to rescind their subpoena.  "The subpoena at issue in this matter has been withdrawn, and there is no current intention to reissue it," Democrats wrote in court filings, the Hill reported.

Democrats' new moves show House could wrap up impeachment by Christmas.  House Democrats are signaling they are now on a fast-track in their impeachment proceedings, avoiding court battles that could delay their inquiry and limiting the number of witnesses at public hearings — all signs that President Donald Trump could be impeached as soon as next month.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not shared her thinking on the final timeline with her colleagues, and Democratic sources say the timing is still fluid and could continue to evolve.  But in a series of moves this week, Democrats have shown they are rapidly moving to complete the proceedings by Christmas, something that could result in Trump being just the third president to be impeached in history.

Jim Jordan Appointed to House Intel Panel to Fight Impeachment.  House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced Friday [11/8/2019] that he has appointed Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to the House Intelligence Committee as the House Democrats continue their partisan impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump.  Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) will temporarily step down from House intelligence panel and be replaced by Jordan for Wednesday — the same day that public impeachment hearings are scheduled to begin.

Impeachment Witness Undercut Steele Dossier In Bombshell Testimony.  A former White House official who Democrats consider a key witness in their impeachment inquiry told lawmakers in October that she believed Russians likely planted disinformation about President Donald Trump with dossier author Christopher Steele.  Fiona Hill, who served as the White House's top adviser on Russia affairs until July, told lawmakers she was "shocked" to find out that Steele, a former MI6 officer, was the author of the dossier.  That's in large part because when she had met with Steele in the years leading up to his dossier work, he was "constantly try to drum up business."

The Anonymous Coup.  Democratic lawmakers, the news media, and NeverTrump Republicans — unable to make a compelling case for Trump's removal aside from Orange Man Bad — wield the incognito heroes' charges as incontestable fact.  It is, for the most part, an anonymous coup.

Vindman, Zaid, Schiff:  Foul birds of an ugly feather.  Retired lieutenant colonel Alexander Vindman was reportedly reprimanded by a superior when it became known that he repeatedly made fun of Americans; American culture; and, as he said, "Americans not being educated or worldly."  He did this in front of foreign diplomats, constantly.  No wonder he remained an Obama loyalist and has tried to undercut President Trump.  After all, Obama considered himself first and foremost "a citizen of the world" and did not find anything exceptional in America in and of itself.  President Trump loves America and is representative of a patriotic heartland mindset.  After all, Trump believes in America first.  Vindman is a trans-nationalist, a globalist, someone who feels superior to most Americans.  I've run into many people who think like Vindman.  Perhaps Vindman is an acquaintance of Mark Zaid, the Long Island lawyer who boasted to friends about how he would help create a coup to bring down President Trump.  Zaid, like Vindman, has no respect for the American people.  He would negate the will of the American people, the majority of electoral votes that were cast for Donald J. Trump, and, through a coup, remove the president elected by the people.  Perhaps Zaid knows Adam Schiff, who is trying to do the same thing.

Impeachment in The Courts — HJC vs DOJ Appellate Arguments Scheduled for November 12th.  There is an important granular aspect to the validity of the House impeachment process that few are paying attention to.  If the HJC loses this case in the DC Appellate Court, it means there is no constitutional foundation recognized to the "impeachment inquiry."  Without the constitutional recognition of the judicial branch then:  (a) Pelosi/Lawfare have to restart the process with a genuine House vote; or (b) the ongoing impeachment process will have no recognized constitutional standing; and (c) the Senate could ignore any House impeachment vote, cast without recognized constitutional standing.

Eric Ciaramella Attorney, January 2017: "Coup Has Started" — July 2017: "We Will Remove Him".  A few people have started looking at the connections behind Mark Zaid, the attorney for CIA "whistleblower" Eric Ciaramella.  What is starting to emerge is evidence of what CTH outlined yesterday; the current impeachment process is part of a coup continuum, and everything around the whistleblower is part of a long-ago planned and pre-constructed operation. [...] The use of a 'whistle-blower' was pre-planned long ago.  The agreements between Schiff, Lawfare and the CIA 'whistle-blower' were pre-planned.  The changing of whistle-blower rules to assist the plan was designed long ago.  Adam Schiff and Daniel Goldman are executing a plan concocted long ago.  None of the testimony is organic; all of it was planned a long time ago, long before anyone knew the names Marie Yovanovitch, Kurt Volker, Gordon Sondland or Bill Taylor.  All of this is the coordinated execution of a plan.

Gaetz Says Trump Coup Plotters Need Prison Time.  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said on the Todd Starnes Show that the people who weaponized the federal government and tried to overthrow President Trump should face jail time.  "If we do not slap some handcuffs on people for what happened to President Trump it will happen again," Gaetz said.  "We have got to get to the bottom of this.  We've got to uproot the people who believe they can substitute their judgment for the judgment of the American electorate."  [Audio clip]

Donald Trump Reads Aloud 2017 Tweets from Whistleblower's Lawyer Declaring a 'Coup'.  President Donald Trump kicked off his political rally in Lousiana on Wednesday by reading off tweets declaring a "coup" against the president in January 2017.  The president pulled a printed copy of the Fox News story out of his jacket and read it to the cheering crowd.  "I don't know if you saw, I'm coming off the plane and they hand me — look at this character — they just hand me this story," he said, referring to Mark S. Zaid, the attorney representing the so-called "whistleblower" in the impeachment inquiry against the president.

A Crimeless Impeachment Is An Innovation We Don't Want And Don't Need.  Democrats have been thirsty for an impeachment ever since Donald Trump took office.  Unwilling to accept the results of the 2016 presidential election, Democrats have tried everything in their power to delegitimize Trump's triumphant victory.  They've advocated to overturn the constitutionally created Electoral College.  They've drummed up conspiracy theories alleging Trump colluded with the Russian government to defeat Hillary Clinton.  They've claimed that Russia "hacked" the election.  And they've claimed Trump's victory was a consequence of "fake news," all before Trump's inauguration.  Once Trump took office, Democrats and a compliant media ramped up their efforts.  On the day Trump took the presidential oath, the Washington Post declared that the "campaign to impeach President Trump has begun."

The gang that couldn't impeach straight.  The highlight of President Donald John Trump's rally last night in Monroe, Louisiana, was the president reading the tweets of Mark Zaid, who claims to be the lawyer for the alleged whistle blower.  Zaid tweeted 10 days after the inauguration, the "coup has started." [...] I read some of his tweets and thought no one could be so stupid as to leave a paper trail.  And yet, here we are.

'The Coup Has Started': Whistleblower Attorney Was Already Tweeting About Impeaching Trump in Jan. of 2017.  One of the deep state attorneys representing the so-called "whistleblower" behind the Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquisition, has been working toward the impeachment of President Trump since the early days of his administration, recently unearthed tweets reveal.  Mark Zaid, a prominent national security lawyer in Washington, tweeted in January of 2017 that the "coup has started" and that "impeachment will follow ultimately," a Fox News analysis of his tweets revealed.

'Whistleblower' Attorney Mark S. Zaid Tweeted: 'Coup Has Started'.  Mark S. Zaid, the attorney representing the so-called "whistleblower" in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, tweeted in 2017 that the "coup has started," adding that "impeachment will follow ultimately." [...] Zaid was referring to the firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who refused to defend President Trump's executive order barring travel to the U.S. from terror-prone countries that had been identified as such under the Obama administration.

Who Can Stop Trump Now?  [Scroll down]  The rules of the impeachment process legalized by the House of Representatives turned out to be even worse than all assumptions.  Firstly, this is the first investigation of the current president in U.S. history, sanctioned by members of only one party:  the opposition.  Secondly, the new rules of impeachment legalize the de facto dictatorship of one person:  chairman of the Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff.  Schiff gained almost unlimited power.  Now it is Schiff alone who decides who will be called in as a witness, what questions can be asked to the witness, and who exactly will get the right to ask questions.  Schiff obtained the right to terminate the hearing if his version of the events is disputed by some intractable witness.  Republicans were [...] given the right to be able to ask Schiff to call a defense witness, and then only Schiff would be able to decide to admit such a witness.  Only Schiff decides whether the hearing will be open or closed and whether a transcript of the committee's meetings will be made public.

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Handy "Impeachment" Cheat Sheet.  Oh, yeah, there's that other little matter.  We can't quite name the crime Trump has committed either.


Impeachment Lawyer:  Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi are On 'Path to Disaster' With Current Impeachment Process.  Whether we're talking about the President Trump/Russia "collusion" hoax or the current impeachment drama involving allegations of "quid pro quo" against Trump regarding his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Republicans have long argued that the process Democrats were using to go about getting Trump thrown out of office was deeply flawed and partisan in the extreme.  They've also banged the drum about how Democratic "clown show" tactics to date have gone against the precedent set during the impeachment probes involving Presidents Richard Nixon (R) and Bill Clinton (D) respectively.  As it turns out, a man who the New York Times described in 2018 as "arguably... the nation's leading impeachment lawyer" largely agrees with them.

How Did Democrats Get Here?  There is nothing in what Trump has done as president that explains the unconstitutional attacks against him.  It is the reverse — the attempt to frame and entrap President Trump and his team as traitors with Russia, was begun by the Obama DOJ, FBI, CIA and White House before his inauguration.  It was the Obama Administration's actions that necessitated the all-out attempt to delegitimize President Trump before he could expose them.  President Trump did nothing to provoke the Obama intelligence community framing him as a Russian traitor.  You have to look at President Obama to understand this unprecedented attempt to overturn a presidential election.  Our press, including most of the conservative press, has always been unwilling to focus on Obama, and the Marxist forces he unleashed in American politics.  We can't even use the word Marxist without the taint of supposed "McCarthyism."

Suppose they gave an impeachment and nobody cared?  Official Washington is obsessed with impeaching President Donald John Trump and has been for three years.  But in covering the presidential race in Iowa, Edward-Isaac Dovere of The Atlantic found even hardcore Democrats in America could not care less.  He wrote, "The impeachment fight is all-consuming.  It's the biggest story in politics.  No one is talking about anything else — except pretty much everywhere outside of Washington."  The politicians act accordingly.  He wrote, "Yet of the 13 candidates there, just one mentioned impeachment:  Tom Steyer, the billionaire activist whose political group and TV ads over the past two years have helped mainstream the idea of removing the president.  Steyer argues that his long record of being outspoken in favor of impeachment is a key part of why people should support his candidacy, yet his mention of impeachment Friday night got a warm but not overwhelming response. [...]"

Impeachers Searching for New Crimes.  All civil libertarians should be concerned about an Alice in Wonderland process in which the search for an impeachable crime precedes the evidence that such a crime has actually been committed.  Under our constitutional system of separation of powers, Congress may not compel the Executive Branch to cooperate with an impeachment investigation absent court orders.  Conflicts between the Legislative and Executive Branches are resolved by the Judicial Branch, not by the unilateral dictate of a handful of partisan legislators.  It is neither a crime nor an impeachable offense for the president to demand that Congress seek court orders to enforce their demands.

House Democrat admits Trump impeachment could backfire on his party in 2020.  Rep. Jim Clyburn believes that the House Democrats' impeachment investigation into President Trump could hurt his party at the ballot box in 2020.  Clyburn, 79, was elected to Congress in 1993 and is serving his party in the House as majority whip.  The South Carolina Democrat appeared on CNN on Sunday and asserted that while impeachment could backfire on the Democrats, the party's political concerns should not drive the process.

Restraining an out-of-control House.  [Scroll down]  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should hold a press conference, ASAP, to explain to the American people that the impeachment inquiry resolution adopted by the House majority amounts to a rebuff of the Senate's call for due process and equality of treatment for the House minority.  McConnell should explain that if the president accepted the unfair procedures adopted by the House Democrats, he would be approving an assault on the Constitution's provision of separation of powers for the three branches of government, thus reducing the presidency to an arm of the House majority.  Senator McConnell should tell the American people that the Senate cannot stand by and accept a sham impeachment that undermines the Constitution and replaces the will of a House majority for the will of the people in choosing a president.  McConnell should go further. [...]

Trump impeachment vote is Democratic declaration of war — Republicans must declare war on Dems.  With House passage Thursday of a resolution formalizing their blatantly partisan impeachment witch hunt against President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow crazed radical Democrats have declared war on the duly elected president of the United States.  Now it's time for Republicans to draw up their own declaration of war against Democrats.  The Democrats — who didn't pick up a single Republican vote for their baseless resolution to move forward with a kangaroo court masquerading as public impeachment hearings — are choosing to tear apart the country we all love because they are consumed by their burning hatred for President Trump.

Dem who wrote unfair impeachment rules has [his] girlfriend working on staff, in violation of House rules.  One of the cocky Democrats responsible for writing the party's widely-criticized, "unfair" impeachment rules that were voted on this week is reportedly a habitual rule breaker who's been caught employing his own girlfriend in his congressional office.  That Democrat is House Rules Committee vice-chair Alcee Hastings of Florida, who this week joined his fellow equally cocky Democrats in stonewalling efforts by Republicans to install just a modicum of fairness in their otherwise unfair and unjust impeachment rules.

Court ruling could throw impeachment timeline into disarray.  Even as House Democrats on Thursday ratified an impeachment resolution against President Trump, a federal judge has potentially slowed the brisk pace of the inquiry by declining to rule on whether a key witness needed to testify before the House of Representatives.  Instead, he gave all relevant parties several more weeks to prepare their arguments.  That raised the prospect that public hearings on the president's conduct could drag on into the Christmas holiday season, a scenario many in the Democratic leadership had once hoped to avoid.

The Impeachment Schiff Show.  The House of Representatives voted Thursday largely along party lines, with only two Democratic defectors, to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.  Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, will manage the initial stage of the sham inquiry; hearings are expected to begin in a few weeks.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), departing from tradition, handed off the impeachment grunt work to her most dependable grunt rather than to the House Judiciary Committee.  Pelosi pleaded the Democrats' case on the morning of Hallowe'en, titillating her caucus of ghouls, witches, tramps, and thieves with tales about the scary monster in the White House.  "Sadly, this is not any cause for any glee or comfort," Pelosi assured her gleeful Democratic colleagues.  "This is something very solemn, something prayerful."

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Solemn, indeed.  Except the Democrats had to restrain each other to keep from cheering!

Republican Rep:  At the End of the Vote, Democratic Members Had to Coach Other Members 'Not to Cheer'.  If only House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were a better liar, she would be formidable.  She often spouts the most ridiculous lies and it's obvious to even the least perceptive among us, yet no one ever questions her.  The most recent example of this came during a discussion last month with ABC's George Stephanopoulos about Rep. Adam Schiff's parody reading of the Trump/Zelensky phone call.  Pelosi told Stephanopoulos, "I want the American people to know what that phone call was about.  I want them to hear it.  So yeah [the parody's] fair.  It's sad, but it's using the president's own words."  To his credit, Stephanopoulos pushed back, saying, "Those weren't the president's words, it was an interpretation of the president's words.  They're saying he made this up."

Matt Schlapp battles CNN's Camerota over 'standard' for impeachment in testy exchange.  Democrats and their media allies, not to mention "Never Trump" Republicans like Ana Navarro, are beside themselves after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi failed to get a single Republican lawmaker to back her play, which would have allowed her to call their maneuver to unseat President Trump a "bipartisan" effort.  In passing an official impeachment inquiry resolution on Thursday, the Democrat Party may have outsmarted themselves as they effectively confirmed that this effort is a partisan maneuver.  Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, appeared CNN Friday [11/1/2019] to say he felt good about the day's turn of events, only to have anchor Alisyn Camerota push back on the definition of "high crimes."

Democrats are wasting America's time on impeachment.  [Scroll down]  The Democrats were always going to do this.  From the minute we realized on election night that Donald Trump had won, they began fantasizing about nullifying the election results.  Indeed, in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, the Democrats' biggest concern was that Trump would not accept the outcome — a Hillary Clinton win, of course! — of which they were quite certain.  And as it turns out, it was the Democrats who had no intention of accepting it.  How odd that they have again become what they claim to detest about Trump.  Over the last three years, the desire to impeach Trump among rank-and-file Democrats has only grown with each outrage, real or manufactured.  Even as weak as political parties are these days, one thing remains true — politicians nearly always do what their parties want them to do.

Pelosi's Halloween impeachment vote was an enormous strategic defeat.  The Halloween vote for impeachment was an enormous strategic defeat for Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  She admitted seven months ago, in a March 6 interview with The Washington Post, that a purely partisan impeachment vote was wrong and dangerous.  She was right.  Here are her own words:  "I'm not for impeachment.  This is news.  I haven't said this to any press person before.  But since you asked, and I've been thinking about this, impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path because it divides the country.  And he's just not worth it."

So much for a quickie impeachment:  Now Nancy Pelosi wants to expand hearings beyond Ukraine.  Up until now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had the goods on President Trump and impeachment would move expeditiously.  Until she didn't.  Just the partisan lineup of her impeachment inquiry vote on Halloween signaled trouble, according to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.  With that her hand of cards now, now she says she wants to expand the impeachment inquiry beyond Ukraine, raising the specter of mission creep as well as long, drawn out, impeachment hearings on every topic the Democrats can scare up.

GOP Rep. Aderholt on Impeachment: 'We're Seeing the Concerns the Founding Fathers Had over 200 Years Ago'.  During an appearance on Huntsville, AL radio WVNN's "The Jeff Poor Show" this week, Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) acknowledged that Thursday's vote by congressional Democrats to proceed with the impeachment of President Donald Trump was a "short-term win" for Democrats.  However, he said it might be different for Democrats in the long run.  According to the Alabama Republican, what is unfolding in Congress regarding impeachment was a concern of the Founding Father when they were laying out the provisions for removing a sitting U.S. president from office.

Impeachment Is Unpredictable.  [Scroll down]  See, nobody knows for sure how impeachment proceedings will go.  Of course, we have heard again and again over the last five weeks (or is it three years?) that it is inconceivable Donald Trump could ever be ousted from the presidency.  His firewall against being stripped of power (and, his supporters hoped, against the House's even bothering to impeach him in the first place) has always been Republican control of the Senate, where a two-thirds supermajority is required to remove a president.  Assuming all Democrats voted to convict on any article of impeachment, Trump would be assured of acquittal if he lost no more than 20 Republicans.  Notice, though, that there's always been a caveat to such confident predictions:  As long as there is nothing other than what we already know about.

McCarthy: This Is an Attempt to Undo the Last Election and Influence the Next One.  Speaking on the House floor, [House Minority Leader Kevin] McCarthy said [...] "So I ask you all a simple question especially to my colleagues, is that what is happening here today?  Are we gathered these final moments before we depart for a week to fund our government, to pay our troops?  Are we gathered today to prove a new trade deal?  Or are we gathered to debate the critical national security issues regarding China, or Iran?  Well, that answer would be unanimously no, we are not working for the American people," he said. [...] "Those items would resemble the achievements of a productive Congress, a Congress that truly works for the people, but you know what this Congress counts?  This Congress records is more subpoenas than laws.  That's the legacy.  It is not just devoid of solutions for the American people, it is now abusing its power to discredit democracy by using secret interviews and selective leaks to portray the president's legitimate actions as an impeachable offense," he said.

House GOP Fed Up With Crooked Impeachment Inquiry: 'It's A Sham'.  Following a unipartisan House vote to approve a resolution "formalizing" the procedures of Democrats' impeachment inquiry, House Republicans held a blistering press conference Thursday afternoon where they detailed the manipulation, dishonesty, and selfishness that continue to drive Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Cal.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Cal.) grand "impeachment inquiry."  The Democrats lost the 2016 presidential election, and as evidenced by their rather pompous vote yesterday, they have not yet recovered.  The House GOP responded with the sort of righteous indignation that would be expected from a party that has witnessed two charade-like investigations unfold in three years — one based on a laughably far-fetched "dossier," the other premised upon an event that never took place, as is clear from publicly released transcripts.

Pelosi Uncorks Impeachment Probe With Few Answers and High Risks.  Nancy Pelosi has launched a new phase of the impeachment inquiry with no explicit timetable, no defined scope of what to investigate, no guarantee the White House will cooperate and not a single Republican vote — in many ways taking Congress and the country into the exact politically perilous place she long sought to avoid.  The vote puts pressure on President Donald Trump, who now is all but certain to face a vote on articles of impeachment in the coming months.  But the onus also falls on Pelosi to finish what she started, with only the slimmest majority of public support in polls and many nervous Democrats who know voters will hold them to account for what happens.

'There's no model for this': Impeachment timeline crashes into Democratic primary.  On its current path, the impeachment case against President Donald Trump is on a collision course with perhaps the most pivotal period in the Democratic primary, threatening to unravel the campaign plans of some of the top 2020 contenders.  The House is unlikely to vote on impeachment until the end of the year, meaning the Senate trial against Trump figures to begin in January — just weeks before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses.  It's an event that could require the six Democratic presidential prospects to remain in Washington every workday for at least a month.

Steve Schmidt:  If Trump Is Not Impeached the American Republic Will No Longer Exist.  On Thursday's broadcast of MSNBC's "Deadline," Steve Schmidt, John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign manager, said President Donald Trump must be removed from office by impeachment or "we don't live in the American republic that existed from 1787 until 2017."

Impeachment Resolution 'Loophole' Allows Democrats to Reject White House Witnesses.  The impeachment inquiry resolution put forth by House Democrats includes a "loophole" that would give the majority party, or Democrats, on the Judiciary Committee the power to reject witnesses requested by the White House, Roll Call reports.  Democrats released the text of the inquiry resolution on Tuesday [10/29/2019], which Republicans say does little to nothing to address their concerns moving forward.

On 'Sham Impeachment': 'Why Do You Not Trust the People?' Kevin McCarthy Says to Democrats.  "What do you believe the definition of due process is?"  "What do you think the First Amendment is?"  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), ahead of the impeachment inquiry vote in Congress, gave a powerful speech on Thursday morning and posed a number of direction questions to the Democrats.  He called them out for their one-sided, biased and politically partisan efforts to try to remove President Donald Trump from the office to which he was elected by the American people in November 2016.

John Bolton dashes Dem's high hopes of testimony for impeachment inquiry.  After being "invited" by congressional Democrats to testify before them about President Donald Trump, former National Security Adviser John Bolton basically told Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler, and the rest of the gang to pound sand.  In an email sent late Wednesday [10/30/2019] to The Hill, the former FNC personality's attorney Chuck Cooper confirmed that his client won't appear before Democrats voluntarily — and that he'd have to be subpoenaed, for starters.

GOP Rep methodically shreds Dem's impeachment 'sham'.  Republicans have accused the Democrats' so-called "impeachment resolution" of being a sham that would do nothing more than formally grant House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff the powers of an independent counsel, when in reality he's no such thing.  Speaking during a House Rules Committee meeting on Wednesday afternoon [10/30/2019], House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Debbie Lesko, a Republican, listed the unprecedented powers that'd be granted to Schiff were the "sham" resolution to pass the House during Thursday's expected vote.

Collin Peterson, Jeff Van Drew, the only two Democrats who voted against a Trump impeachment inquiry.  The two Democrats who broke from their party Thursday to vote against an impeachment inquiry are political conservatives representing congressional districts President Donald Trump won in 2016.  Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey joined every Republican in opposing a resolution that lays out a road map for an inquiry that will decide whether articles of impeachment should be filed against Trump over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate 2020 political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.  The resolution passed 232-196 along almost entirely partisan lines.

The Left's Billionaires Have Been Pushing Impeachment All Along.  Leftist activists, the Democratic National Committee, their billionaire benefactors, and representatives of some of the world's largest charitable foundations came together in the days following Donald Trump's election.  At a meeting deliberately planned for Inauguration Day 2017, they finalized the resistance. [...] This plan, first reported by the Washington Free Beacon in 2017, included working directly with social media giants to access and manipulate their data, planting news stories in the mainstream media critical of President Trump, mounting campaigns against his policies, framing everything he does through a racial lens, and normalizing violence in the streets as a form of resistance.  Their goal?  To box Donald Trump in and ensure that he would never be "normalized" in American culture.  The amount of money dedicated to these efforts is staggering.  Tracing the sources of that dark money has proven elusive.

Nunes: Dems on Intel Committee Are Like a Cult, And the Media Are Cult Followers.  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday [10/31/2019] that Democrats on the Intelligence Committee running the impeachment inquiry are like a cult, and the media are cult followers.  "We are not here to run a show trial in an effort to impeach the president of the United States.  It's clear that since the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives they have always intended to transform the Intelligence Committee into the Impeachment Committee," Nunes said in a speech on the House floor.

House approves impeachment inquiry rules after fiery floor debate.  A sharply divided House voted Thursday to approve a resolution setting "ground rules" for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, putting lawmakers on record over the contentious process while setting the stage for proceedings to move into the public eye after weeks of closed-door depositions.  The measure passed largely along party lines, 232-196.  Two Democrats defected on the vote.  The first formal floor vote in relation to the impeachment probe announced a month ago by Speaker Nancy Pelosi followed a fierce debate in the chamber, where Republicans accused Democrats of launching a de facto "coup" against the president in a "pre-ordained" bid to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

Tom Brokaw Admits Democrats Lack 'the Goods' to Impeach Trump.  NBC legend Tom Brokaw told an obviously disappointed Andrea Mitchell that Democrats do not have "the goods" to impeach President Trump. [...] Speaking to Mitchell on the far-left MSNBC Tuesday, Brokaw said, "The big difference" between Trump and Nixon is that today, Democrats "still don't have what you call 'the goods' on this president in terms of breaking the law and being an impeachable target for them."

House Impeachment Resolution Authorizes Fishing Expedition Probes that Go Far Beyond Ukraine.  The House Democrats' impeachment inquiry resolution would officially authorize probes into U.S. President Donald Trump that are unrelated to the Ukraine-linked allegations that triggered the investigation to impeach him, including efforts to obtain the commander in chief's tax returns.  Unveiled on Tuesday [10/29/2019], the text of the resolution states that the measure orders "certain committees" to continue investigating whether there is sufficient evidence to impeach Trump and "for other purposes," without explaining what those purposes are.

Democrat Alcee Hastings, Who Was Impeached and Removed, Makes Impeachment Rules.  Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) is the second-ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee, which is setting the rules for the "impeachment inquiry" into President Donald Trump.  Hastings himself was impeached and removed from office in 1989 — one of only eight federal officials, all of whom have been judges, so be so relieved of their duties. [...] Hastings was removed for bribery, one of the causes enumerated in the Constitution's Impeachment Clause (Article II, Section 4).

Vindman: Another impeachment witness who's not exactly unimpeachable.  The Democrats have trotted out for the cameras another supposedly unimpeachable impeachment hearing witness, building him up as the Ultimate Trump Slayer, the trump-Trump trump card, the reason it's now all over for President Trump.  We've seen this show before, first, during the Mueller special counsel affair.  Then with NSC aide Fiona Hill.  Then with U.S. Ambassador Bill Taylor.  The cold hard facts show something different.

New Lee Smith Book Should Stop 'Impeachment Inquiry' in Its Tracks.  Lee Smith's book, The Plot Against the President:  The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History, does more than recount the story of how Hillary Clinton was able to recruit federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to smear her rival — an effort that became an attempt to remove the president from office.  It suggests the present "impeachment inquiry" is the fruit of that poisoned tree.  Smith follows the efforts of former House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) as he discovered the truth about the outgoing Obama administration's efforts to "unmask" the names of Americans caught up in the government's foreign surveillance and leak them, illegally, to the media.

Examining the House Impeachment Inquiry Resolution.  [T]he Constitution commits the impeachment power to the House, not to the Speaker or the majority party in the House.  The House acts as institution only by voting.  It will finally have done so once this resolution is approved.  The president and Republicans will no longer have a valid argument that the inquiry is constitutionally infirm.  That has been the White House's main justification for refusing to cooperate. [...] Not surprisingly, Democrats are posturing that the passage of the resolution means the president must produce any information directed by the House.  This is an overstatement.

The Adam Schiff Empowerment Act.  House Democrats plan to pass their Trump impeachment inquiry resolution Thursday.  Its full description is "Directing certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes."  A better, and much shorter, title would be The Adam Schiff Empowerment Act.  The resolution gives Rep. Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, far-reaching power over the Trump impeachment.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi remains the ultimate authority, of course, but, like a chairman of the board choosing a chief executive officer, she has picked Schiff to run the show.  And in the resolution, Democrats will give him near-total control.

A House divided:  Dems find no GOP defectors for Trump impeachment vote.  House Democrats are bracing for a stark party-line vote Thursday [10/31/2019] on the impeachment inquiry against President Trump that will highlight the partisan nature of the probe and give him fresh ammunition to argue that he is being railroaded.

Lindsey Graham: 'Not One Vote' Among Senate Republicans To Remove Trump 'Because He Did Nothing Wrong'.  South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said there is "not one vote" among Senate Republicans to remove President Donald Trump from office "because he did nothing wrong."  During a Tuesday night [10/29/2019] interview on Fox News' "Hannity" about the ongoing House impeachment inquiry, Graham criticized House Democrats as "sore losers" engaged in an "unfair process" before giving Fox News host Sean Hannity his opinion about how far things would go in the Senate.

The 'Lynching' Hypocrisy.  President Donald Trump ignited yet another controversy when, on Twitter, he compared the Democrats' pursuit of his impeachment to a "lynching." [...] Here's the problem:  Where were the voices of indignation during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton when his defenders used the very same word?

Pelosi's Halloween Impeachment Plan Vote Scares Democrats, Splinters House Majority.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) proposal to vote on formalizing procedures for the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has splintered members of her own caucus.  Earlier this week, Pelosi and the rest of the House leadership announced they would hold a vote on Thursday — Halloween — to establish procedures governing the ongoing impeachment probe.  The Speaker, who for weeks had argued the House had no constitutional requirement to vote on authorizing an impeachment inquiry, relented after coming under fire for keeping the process in the shadows.

McConnell: Impeachment 'Is Whatever a Majority of the House Decides It Is...'.  "Do you view the House impeachment inquiry as illegitimate?" a reporters asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at his news conference on Tuesday [10/29/2019].  McConnell did not directly answer the legitimacy question, except to say that an impeachable offense is whatever the House wants it to be: [...]

5 Problems with the Democrats' Impeachment Inquiry Resolution.  Democrats released the text Tuesday [10/29/2019] of their resolution to authorize an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, with the vote to be held on Thursday.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who argued for weeks that the House had no constitutional obligation to vote to authorize a inquiry, finally relented, which Republicans cited as an admission that the process has been a sham.  There are additional problems with the resolution — which Democrats never opened to negotiation with Republicans: [...]

Key Republicans [are] Unaware of [the] Intent Behind Pelosi's Thursday Impeachment Vote.  Very worrisome.  As we feared representative Doug Collins and representative Jim Jordan have no idea what Nancy Pelosi is doing on Thursday or why she is doing it.  This level of naiveté is why republicans always lose.  The House GOP and the Executive branch do not have skilled lawyers insightful enough to see behind the moves that Speaker Pelosi is making.

The 'Demedia's' Impeachment Beat Goes On.  [T]he Democratic allegations we have seen are preposterous legal nonsense:  that the president's legitimate curiosity to know if former Vice President Joe Biden's son was influence-peddling in Ukraine was a misuse of U.S. government assistance to buy an advantage in the upcoming election.  This will not move the Republican senators very far.  Republicans would commit mass electoral suicide to desert the president in the face of what we have seen up to now.  The Demedia are scurrying about like roaches with NeverTrump whisperings of mutiny in the Senate cloakroom, but it isn't happening.

Pelosi's deceptive 'impeachment vote'.  Speaker Pelosi is playing word games, trying to pull a fast one on the Republicans, the American people, and the Constitution by appearing to "authorize" a formal impeachment inquiry, while not actually passing an impeachment resolution that would trigger rights for Republican House members to call witnesses and issue subpoenas.  That is why, when ambushed by NBC News, she was careful to make a distinction and say "It is not an impeachment resolution."

Democratic leaders walk back Thursday impeachment vote.  House Democratic leaders are walking back a planned vote Thursday [10/31/2019] that would officially endorse impeachment proceedings and say that the resolution would merely address the process of holding public hearings on the matter.  "This is not an impeachment resolution," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday morning.  "I don't know what an impeachment resolution is."  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Monday that the planned vote was "not an impeachment resolution."

Pelosi announces Trump impeachment inquiry vote — Here's what I am on the lookout for now.  Senator Lindsey Graham has created a new reality for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Graham has written a powerful resolution which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined in co-sponsoring.  Together they have attracted 50 co-sponsors — which means with Vice President Pence supporting them they would win a vote to dismiss any phony impeachment from the House that failed to meet a key standard of fairness. [...] As a practical matter, the House Democrats had no choice but to bring the impeachment process to a vote.  They were faced with a Trump administration that refused to cooperate with a secret investigation which lacked rules and authorization by the full House.  They were also faced with a Senate that was prepared to reject a kangaroo court-style secret approach.  However, the next test for Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats will concern the kind of resolution they bring to the floor.

This Impeachment Subverts the Constitution.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed committees investigating President Trump to "proceed under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry," but the House has never authorized such an inquiry.  Democrats have been seeking to impeach Mr. Trump since the party took control of the House, though it isn't clear for what offense.  Lawmakers and commentators have suggested various possibilities, but none amount to an impeachable offense.  The effort is akin to a constitutionally proscribed bill of attainder — a legislative effort to punish a disfavored person.  The Senate should treat it accordingly.  The impeachment power is quasi-judicial and differs fundamentally from Congress's legislative authority.  The Constitution assigns "the sole power of impeachment" to the House — the full chamber, which acts by majority vote, not by a press conference called by the Speaker.  Once the House begins an impeachment inquiry, it may refer the matter to a committee to gather evidence with the aid of subpoenas.  Such a process ensures the House's political accountability, which is the key check on the use of impeachment power.

Whistleblower Exposes Key Player in FBI Russia Probe:  "It was all a Set-up".  Adam Lovinger, a former Defense Department analyst, never expected that what he stumbled on during his final months at the Pentagon would expose an integral player in the FBI's handling of President Donald Trump's campaign and alleged Russia collusion.  Lovinger, a whistleblower, is now battling to save his career.  The Pentagon suspended his top-secret security clearance May 1, 2017, when he exposed through an internal review that Stefan Halper, who was then an emeritus Cambridge professor, had received roughly $1 million in tax-payer funded money to write Defense Department foreign policy reports, his attorney Sean Bigley said.  Before Lovinger's clearance was suspended he had taken a detail to the National Security Council as senior director for strategy.  He was only there for five months before he was recalled to the Pentagon, stripped of his prestigious White House detail, and ordered to perform bureaucratic make-work in a Pentagon annex Bigley calls "the land of misfit toys."

New 'Impeachment Inquiry' Star Witness Admits Protecting the 'Interagency'.  The New York Times has obtained the opening statement of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman, the top White House expert on Ukraine, who will testify to the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday about his concerns about President Donald Trump's telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July.  The statement, leaked to the Times — though committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has likened impeachment to a "grand jury" proceeding, which is typically conducted in secrecy — is described by the Times as the first account of someone who actually listened in on the telephone call, as opposed to hearing about it second- or third-hand.

On Trump impeachment Democrats thought they found their 'smoking gun' — he fires blanks.  Last week, the Democrats could barely contain themselves as they thought they'd found their smoking gun on Trump's impeachment: [...] What got them so excited?  The testimony of Bill Taylor, our ambassador to Ukraine, who apparently claimed the president wanted to withhold military aid and the White House meeting, unless Ukraine's new president publicly said he would investigate not just 2016 election meddling, but the Bidens, too.  Taylor's claim is also in his published witness statements.  So what's the truth?  Well, we don't know all of it because this whole thing is still being run in secret.

Pelosi Calls House Vote to Affirm Speaker Impeachment Inquiry The House Never Authorized.  Very nice trick here by the Lawfare advisory and rules committee that is handling the construct of the "Official House Inquiry" on impeachment.  It is such a good trick it has everyone crossed-up and confused.  Likely, that is by design.  On Thursday of this week [10/31/2019] Speaker Pelosi is bringing to the floor a resolution to affirm her previous declaration of an "Official House Inquiry". Mrs. Pelosi is very purposefully and carefully telling reporters this is not a "House resolution on impeachment".

House GOP to move from the criticizing process to fighting impeachment on the facts.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy previewed a shift in the party's impeachment strategy during a private meeting with senior Republican aides, saying a sharper focus on defending President Trump against allegations behind the inquiry would begin when Democrats open the process.  House Democrats have run the impeachment process through the secretive Intelligence Committee with Republicans for the past month, concentrating the lion's share of their criticism on claims the process is unconstitutional and unfair.

History will judge Democrats harshly for impeachment of Trump, Ken Starr says.  History will judge congressional Democrats harshly for their handling of President Trump's impeachment inquiry due to their lack of public debate and failure to be transparent with the American people, former special prosecutor Ken Starr said on "America's Newsroom" Monday [10/28/2019].  "The text of the Constitution just entrusts [impeachment] to the good judgment, whether it's being exercised or not, to the House of Representatives," Starr said.  "But history will, I think, judge this not well.  It should judge it not well.  [You] didn't have a full debate on the floor of the House — and that just lends itself to, 'then to let's go to court and have this litigated.'  And of course, the chairman then says, 'you go to court, you're in contempt.'"

Rep. Jordan says House impeachment vote won't change anything:  Dems 'putting lipstick on the pig'.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's next step in formalizing the impeachment process is not going to change anything, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Tuesday [10/29/2019].  "I think the speaker is going to try to dress it up a little bit, put a little lipstick on the pig as they say and have this vote on Thursday, but it's not going to change anything," the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee told "Fox & Friends."  Pelosi said Monday the House will vote this week on a resolution to formalize — and establish the parameters — of the Trump impeachment inquiry.

Judiciary Committee and Nadler to regain control of impeachment.  The Judiciary Committee had been criticized by both parties for conducting an impeachment proceeding that had devolved into theatrics, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday [10/28/2019] she'll move the inquiry back to the panel some time after the House votes Thursday on a resolution to formalize the proceedings.

Impeachment Probe:  Ex-Trump Adviser Won't Testify Until Judge Rules.  U.S. President Donald Trump's former Deputy National Security Advisor Charles Kupperman defied a subpoena issued by House Democrats compelling him to testify Monday [10/28/2019] in the ongoing impeachment probe.  Kupperman's decision has dismayed House Democrat investigators, who have threatened to hold him in contempt of Congress.  In a letter to Kupperman's lawyer issued Saturday, the House Democrat leaders cautioned that his absence may prompt them to "draw adverse inference" that his testimony would have fueled their impeachment agenda.

McCarthy Says Planned Impeachment Vote Proves Inquiry Was 'Botched From the Start'.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Monday [10/28/2019] that a decision by Democrats to hold a vote on the impeachment inquiry against President Trump later this week shows the process was "botched from the start."  "It's been 34 days since Nancy Pelosi unilaterally declared her impeachment inquiry," the California Republican wrote in a tweet.  "Today's backtracking is an admission that this process has been botched from the start."  Earlier Monday, House Rules Committee chairman Jim McGovern announced the House will vote Thursday to formalize the impeachment process in order to "ensure transparency and provide a clear path forward."

Calling Pelosi and Schiff's bluff.  President Trump has repeatedly slammed the secret impeachment hearings in the Capitol basement as a "kangaroo court."  Speaker Nancy Pelosi got the message.  On Monday, she announced the full House will vote to formally launch impeachment proceedings that will be out in the open, instead of in the dark.  Democrats have been trying to suggest they have the goods on Trump.  But fact is, none of the witnesses they have called so far have any firsthand knowledge of presidential wrongdoing.  Behind closed doors and with no media allowed, House Democrats have tried to put on the appearance of a legal proceeding.  At the end of each session, they leak what they claim happened.  The media are all too willing to play along, printing the Democratic pols' claims as if they were fact.

Bat crazy Democrats losing it as Russia Hoax moves to a criminal inquiry.  They're insane.  They're fruit bats.  They've stayed at the party too long.  They're making us nuts just watching them.  Many of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) impeachment elves are expecting the worst now that Attorney General Barr has announced that the ongoing investigation into the origins of the Mueller investigation has been stepped up to a criminal investigation.  Could it be that those who perpetrated scurrilous lies, spying, and set-ups, including the use of international players since Trump's inauguration and before, will finally be vulnerable to American justice?  Are they aware of the impending danger as the light of day reveals what they've been up to?  [Certainly], they're aware.

Care About Impeachment When They Have 67 Senators.  [Scroll down]  My money is on Donald Trump, the warrior.  Not just because he knows the enemy better than anyone else, and because for nearly five years he has beaten the enemy every single time, but because I can count.  And what I count to is a number that is less than 67.  That's the number of traitors to the Constitution you would need in the Senate to convict.  67.  But right now, the count is about 50, maybe 49, or even 47 or 48.  That's the number of unAmerican creeps in the Senate who would vote to convict when the garbage Democrats in the house pass their garbage articles of garbage impeachment.

Federal Judge Beryl Howell Grants House Judiciary Committee Access to Mueller Grand Jury Material.  There's a clear set of battle lines now evident amid the ongoing political and legal dynamic:  Nadler, Pelosi, Lawfare and the Deep State media [versus] Durham, Barr, Trump and the MAGA movement.  Playing directly into this dynamic today [10/25/2019] Obama appointed Judge Beryl Howell has ruled an impeachment by unilateral decree is constitutionally valid; and as an outcome House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler can have access to some of the Mueller grand jury material that was used as evidence in the "Mueller-Weissmann Report".  It's important to note Judge Howell granted access to only that grand jury material that was used in the Mueller Report, not a blanket authority to gain all witness testimony or grand jury material writ large.

Impeachers Searching for New Crimes.  The goal of the impeach-at-any-cost cadre has always been the same: impeach and remove Trump, regardless of whether or not he did anything warranting removal.  The means — the alleged impeachable offenses — have changed, as earlier ones have proved meritless.  The search for the perfect impeachable offense against Trump is reminiscent of overzealous prosecutors who target the defendant first and then search for the crime with which to charge him.  Or to paraphrase the former head of the Soviet secret police to Stalin:  show me the man and I will find you the crime.  Although this is not Stalin's Soviet Union, all civil libertarians should be concerned about an Alice in Wonderland process in which the search for an impeachable crime precedes the evidence that such a crime has actually been committed.

Schiff, Clinton, Biden:  The Dems lynching of President Trump and America.  In a recent tweet, Donald Trump uses the word lynching to describe the Democrat's latest push to destroy his very life.  Lest you forget, first a bit of history.  Liberals tried the Russia hoax.  And it did not work.  The insistent nagging regarding the emoluments clauses are not working.  And it started even before his election, much less his inauguration. [...] As defined, lynching is the finding of guilt, leading to punishment, without the benefit of due process.  Which is exactly what Adam Schiff and the liberal lunatics are doing to our President and those that voted for him.

Senator Grassley Tweets Warning About FISA Investigation.  U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley sent a forboding tweet a few days ago outlining the possibility of the FISA investigation would result in a "deep six" cover-up.  Grassley has a unique perspective on a very specific element to the construct of the FISA application, and the political use therein, that most have forgotten.  Back in 2018 when Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley was hot on the trail of a very specific individual that has had almost no attention since.  The election clock ran out on Grassley; the mid-terms took place; and Grassley was never able to get to his target.

Of Course President Trump Is Being Lynched.  Impeachment is being pushed without authorization from the full House, as in, "The House of Representatives ... shall have the sole Power of Impeachment."  The Constitution gives this power not to the speaker or the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, but to "The House," meaning the entire House. [...] How is the House pushing impeachment?  Through a "secret" process rather than through a "due" process.  Hearings are conveniently being held clandestinely, since, if the oxymoronic "House Intelligence" Committee holds hearings, everything can be covered under a blanket of "national security."  The accusers call witnesses while the defense can only watch, unable to take notes or call their own witnesses, subpoena documents, receive transcripts of the proceedings, or anything else normally afforded the defense under the due process of American jurisprudence.

10 Politicians Who Used 'Lynching' the Way Trump Did, and the Left Didn't Care.  [#1] Joe Biden:  In 1998, then-Senator Joe Biden (D-Del.) suggested the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton was a "political lynching." [...] [#2] Jerry Nadler:  Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), now chair of the House Judiciary Committee, which would lead an impeachment against Trump, himself compared Clinton's impeachment to a lynching no less than three times.  Specifically, he called House Republicans a "lynch mob."

Game-Changer in Impeachment?  Changed to What?  After a marathon session in the House where former US diplomat to Ukraine William Taylor testified, Democrats called the event a "game-changer" in the impeachment inquiry.  But what exactly did it change?  House Democrats had claimed they already had the goods, so are they suggesting the investigation has changed from a wild bluff to something substantial?

House Republicans storm closed-door Trump impeachment hearing in SCIF.  Some 30 House Republicans on Wednesday [10/23/2019] stormed their way into a closed-door hearing in a secure House Intelligence Committee meeting room to rip the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry against President Trump.  The pro-Trump lawmakers, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, barged into the sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) where Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Laura Cooper was giving a deposition.

Matt Gaetz Leads Republican Charge Into Secret Schiff Impeachment Meeting.  A group of House Republicans stormed a closed-door meeting on Wednesday to demand more transparency in the Democratic-lead impeachment inquiry into President Trump.  Led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), the room the Republicans entered was a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) inside the Capitol building, where House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff was about to give his opening statement for Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Laura Cooper's testimony.  Rep. Fred Keller (R-PA) said when the members, who do not sit on one of the three committees leading the inquiry, entered, Schiff left the room.  The hearing was halted as Republicans tried to hash out a deal before some were made to leave the area.

House Republicans Storm Adam Schiff's Secret Impeachment Room.  About two dozen frustrated House Republicans on Wednesday stormed the secret room where House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has been running the closed-door impeachment inquiry.  Led by House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), the Republican lawmakers attempted to enter the room where Schiff has been bringing in current and former State Department officials to testify on whether President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine in exchange for alleged help with the 2020 election.

GOP lawmakers storm closed-door impeachment session, as Schiff walks out.  House Republicans led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., on Wednesday essentially stormed a closed-door session connected to the impeachment investigation of President Trump, prompting House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to suspend the proceedings in a remarkable scene.  The standoff happened Wednesday morning after lawmakers held a press conference in which they accused House Democrats of lack of transparency.

Thirty House Republicans Demand Transparency and End To Impeachment "Star-Chamber" Secrecy.  Earlier today thirty republican members of the House of Representatives stood up and said they've had enough of the ridiculous schemes behind the Pelosi, Schiff and Lawfare plan to conduct an impeachment inquiry without transparency and sunlight.  With House democrats shredding the rules, procedures and historic norms in a transparent political scheme, apparently the GOP is finally starting to fight back.  Some righteous indignation was expressed during a press conference.

Democrats in 1998 Repeatedly Liken Clinton Impeachment to 'Lynching'.  No sooner had President Trump likening the impeachment inquiry embroiling his White House to a "lynching" were Democrats accusing him of racism, and worse. [...] In a 1998 appearance on CNN, Joe Biden said of Clinton's impeachment:  "Even if the president should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that, in fact, met the standard, the very high bar that was set by the Founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense."  Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) said in a 1998 floor speech:  "What we are doing, what we're doing here is not a prosecution, it's a persecution.  And indeed, it is a political lynching."  A week before Christmas in 1998, Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) also likened the impeachment proceedings to a lynching. [...] And that's just a sampling.  [Video clip]

Orange man bad?  In a proverbial nutshell, they — the established 'somebodies' and their media allies — are desperate.  They are desperate because Trump is succeeding.  He is actually doing not just what he promised to do (itself a rare and threatening thing to the establishment), but he is taking down what their own personal futures and fortunes depend on:  that We the People continue to believe that certain things could no longer be done.  That our future is destined to be small — something that the establishment has been diligently drumming into the American psyche for at least a full generation.

Dems' hysteria over 'lynching' offers an opportunity for Trump to discredit them.  I suspect that President Trump deliberately used the word "lynching" in a tweet to describe the efforts to impeach him knowing that it would evoke hysteria from Democrats accusing him of racism.  Lest I be accused of attributing to him mastery of 3-dimensional chess, it doesn't take a mastermind to understand that the media and other Democrats will take any bait at hand to accuse Trump of nefariousness.  The word "lynch" has roots far predating the Reconstruction period during which the KKK, the paramilitary arm of the Democratic Party, summarily executed by hanging many freed slaves, as well as many white Republicans who supported Reconstruction measures, as even the NAACP acknowledges.  Lynching continued into the 20th century.

The Real Reason Dems Are Slowing Down Impeachment.  And you know what the reason given is?  Because Schiff and his team are learning of so many abuses they didn't even know about.  Why, these witnesses are coming in and they're telling stories about Trump that the Democrats had no idea of.  And it's expanding the scope.  That is not what is going on.  It's the exact opposite!  They aren't finding any impeachable evidence.  That's the problem! [...] [Adam Schiff] is the guy who promised everybody he had evidence of Trump and Russia colluding, and he has yet to produce it.  So they're claiming their secret witnesses are providing them so much dirt on Trump, they need more time to investigate all these new leads.  But we know that is a lie.  You know how we know that's a lie?  Because if there was any new dirt on Trump, Schiff would have immediately leaked it to the New York Times or the Washington Post.  There haven't been any new crimes reported by either of those stellar fake news sites.

The real 'constitutional crisis' is all on Democrats.  The Constitution requires "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."  This means that the "high crimes and misdemeanors" should be on the same level as treason or bribery.  If the Democrats had any real, credible evidence of "high crimes and misdemeanors," they would not be requesting that President Trump assist the House Democrats, nor would they be holding secret hearings.  They would be having open, televised hearings.  There is no reason for President Trump to cooperate with Pelosi's kangaroo court, especially since the supposed basis for the impeachment is President Trump's phone call to Ukraine's President Zelensky.  President Trump released the transcript of the call.  If the call is the basis, then Pelosi and Schiff have the transcript.  The transcript speaks for itself.  If this is an impeachable offense, then Pelosi should hold the vote now to send it to the Senate.  The Dems and media have focused on President Trump, and they are obsessed with finding a crime, which means they have to manufacture a crime because no crime exists.

We Asked Every GOP Senator About Impeachment.  Seven Ruled It Out.  Most Republican senators refused to rule out voting to remove President Donald Trump from office in an impeachment trial over the Ukraine scandal when contacted by the Daily Caller this week.  The Caller contacted all 53 Republican Senate offices Monday and Tuesday [10/22/2019] to ask if senators would rule out voting to remove Trump from office, and received a variety of responses — seven senators explicitly rejected impeachment in their statement.

Democrats Claim Impeachment 'Game Changer'.  It really doesn't matter what any of these witnesses tell the Impeachment Folly ringleaders, the story is already written.  The ringleaders will tell this story to the public via their media conduits even if their "witnesses" do not cooperate and affirm their fairy tale.  Because this process is taking place in secret, we can only assume the Democrats have something to hide.  There would be no reason to conceal the process if things are as they are portrayed in their media leaks.

Trump calls House Democrats' impeachment inquiry a 'lynching'.  President Trump on Tuesday [10/22/2019] characterized the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry as a "lynching."  "So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights," the president wrote on Twitter.  "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching.  But we will WIN!"  In another tweet, he commended the Republicans who voted to censure Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, although Democrats blocked the resolution in a 218-185 party-line vote Monday evening.

Apparently Every Democrat In Existence Used the Term "Lynching" To Defend The Clintons.  While it's hard to keep up with all the freak-outs constantly percolating within our media establishment, one of the latest involves Donald Trump using the term "lynch" to describe the secret impeachment investigation they are carrying out. [...] Of course, a little digging has turned up the reality that Democrats have used the term "lynch" in its various forms (lynch mob, lynching, etc.) many times.  It's pretty laughable just how prevalent their use of the word has been throughout the years.  Worse, they did so specifically decrying impeachment, the very thing Trump is decrying.

Joe Biden apologizes after footage of him blasting the 1998 Clinton impeachment probe as a 'partisan lynching' is unearthed.  Joe Biden has apologized for using the word 'lynching' when describing the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998.  His apology comes after the former Vice President lambasted President Donald Trump for also using the exact same word as he described his current impeachment process.  'This wasn't the right word to use and I'm sorry about that,' Biden wrote in a tweet late on Tuesday night [10/22/2019].  Biden used the word during a 1998 CNN interview as he defended then President Clinton on-air.

Joe Biden is called out after he slams Trump for calling the impeachment inquiry 'a lynching'.  Joe Biden has apologized for using the word 'lynching' when describing the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998.  His apology comes after the former Vice President lambasted President Donald Trump for also using the exact same word as he described his current impeachment process.  'This wasn't the right word to use and I'm sorry about that,' Biden wrote in a tweet late on Tuesday night [10/22/2019].  Biden used the word during a 1998 CNN interview as he defended then President Clinton on-air.

Lindsey Graham condemns impeachment coverage, says press is out to 'get' Trump.  Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham questioned the press while defending President Trump's use of the word "lynching" to describe the impeachment inquiry.  Trump faced backlash for comparing his impeachment to "a lynching" on Twitter.  Graham was one of the only prominent Republicans to defend the president, saying, "This is a lynching in every sense.  This is un-American."  He also criticized the media's handling of Trump's comments and the impeachment inquiry as a whole.  "I'm going to let the whole world know that if we were doing this to a Democratic president, you would be all over me right now," Graham said Tuesday [10/22/2019].  "Not one person is asking a question."

Impeachment Will Fail.  Since all polls show Republican opinion in the country is rock solid behind the president and by any normal criteria — the economy, declining illegal immigration, and his delivery on election promises — he will be reelected easily.  This, as the egregious U.S. Representative Al Green (D-Texas) says, is the problem:  if Trump isn't impeached, he will be reelected.  But impeachment will be a complete failure, and he will be reelected anyway.

The Clock Is Running Out For Impeachment.  According to multiple news outlets on Monday [10/21/2019], House Democrats have conceded that they are very unlikely to conclude their impeachment inquiry and vote on articles by Thanksgiving, their original preferred timeline.  They cited scheduling difficulties and new evidence of potential wrong doing by the White House as main reasons for the delay.  Democrats now say that they hope to be ready for a vote by Christmas, but waiting that long to resolve the matter in the House and send it over to the Senate is rife with problems, which was why Democrats wanted it to be wrapped up by Thanksgiving in the first place.  If articles of impeachment were passed near Christmas, the Senate would be unable to begin a trial until inside of one month before the Iowa caucus on Feb. 3rd.

Speaker Pelosi Justifies Effort:  Investigating Political Corruption is Grounds for Impeachment.  Nancy Pelosi released a "fact sheet" outlining her justification for the impeachment process.  Within the justification Speaker Pelosi/Lawfare intentionally conflates investigating past political corruption/interference (2016) with the current 2020 election.  Speaker Pelosi's self-serving position boils down to:  any effort by the executive branch to investigate prior political corruption is grounds for presidential impeachment.

Trump Will Win in 2020 Because of Impeachment.  [President] Trump will win reelection in 2020 for three reasons:  First, the voters are always reluctant to replace a president in a time of peace and prosperity, regardless of his perceived flaws.  Second, a transparently partisan impeachment vote in the House followed by a fair trial and acquittal in the Senate, will seriously damage the Democratic brand while sparking an internal civil war between its moderate and leftwing factions.  Finally, this ideological conflict within the opposition party will result in the nomination of a weak compromise candidate to face a vindicated and politically stronger incumbent President awash in cash and supported by highly motivated voters.

Pelosi Gaslighting Continues — False Claims:  Administration "defying lawful subpoenas & document requests".  Nancy Pelosi continues to mislead her 'impeachment' constituents.  Unfortunately the compliant media is refusing to hold her accountable.  House Democrat leadership has taken a climate assessment of democrat House members and Speaker Pelosi announced they will not hold a House impeachment authorization vote.  As a direct and specific consequence all committee subpoenas do not carry a penalty for non-compliance.  "Lawful subpoenas", literally require an enforcement mechanism; that's the "poena" part of the word.  The enforcement mechanism is a judicial penalty, and that penalty can only be created if the House votes to authorize an impeachment inquiry.

Pelosi's 'fact sheet' on Trump impeachment.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) office on Monday released a "fact sheet" detailing allegations against President Trump amid House Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry.  "President Trump has betrayed his oath of office, betrayed our national security and betrayed the integrity of our elections for his own personal political gain," the document argues.

America, You're Getting an Impeachment Trial for Christmas.  Merry Christmas America, you are getting a big fat impeachment trial from the Democrats' Santa Claus this year.  Ho, ho, ho.  Democrats have re-calibrated their impeachment timeline in order to make their case the to public. [...] Yes, well this is what the Democrats have been doing since they took the House majority, isn't it?  What major legislative issue have the Democrats taken up with a credible view it will become law?  None.  They pass ridiculous fantasy bills that no Republican in the senate or the president will ever sign.  They don't care about the issues, they care about power and then jamming through their bad policies with no resistance.

Adam Schiff's 'Gossip Girl' Probe.  Despite the fact that support for impeachment is slowly dropping, and 60 percent of voters say they'd rather Congress focus on actual problems facing Americans, Democrats are still hell-bent on making a mockery of the impeachment process.  They are led by U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.  In ordinary impeachment probes, the inquiry would be led by the House Judiciary Committee.  But the Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) has bungled key elements and fallen out of favor with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

The Left's childishness has gone stale.  Actually, as has been explained in a number of places, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats don't want a real "impeachment process" because then the Republicans could subpoena documents and call witnesses, during which the farce would become apparent.  The Idiot Left would have egg all over its face, as it did when Robert Mueller testified before Congress about his shabby investigation.  So the true motive behind the Left's insistence on an impeachment process is simply to keep that train moving in hopes of never actually arriving at the purported destination.

The Trivialization of Impeachment.  [Scroll down]  The mere existence of misconduct that the House might judge impeachable does not mean the Senate — by a two-thirds supermajority — would remove a president over it.  That fact, coupled with the inherent societal discord impeachment is bound to cause, has historically discouraged the House from commencing impeachment inquiries, even for arguably impeachable offenses.  The upshot is that impeachment can never be successfully invoked — in the sense of both filing articles of impeachment and ousting the president from power — absent a public consensus, cutting across partisan lines, that a president needs to be removed.  Only such a consensus would move members of the House and Senate, who must face voters.

All Nine GOP Members of House Intel Committee Blast Schiff for Withholding Docs.  All nine GOP members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) wrote a scathing letter to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Friday accusing him of concealing documents related to Democrats' "highly irregular" impeachment inquisition and demanding that they rectify their behavior. [...] Republican HPSCI members identified 21 specific documents that have yet to be shared with the Minority and called the secrecy unprecedented.

Scalise Introduces 'Open and Transparent Impeachment Investigation Resolution': 'Stakes Are Too High' for Secrecy.  On Friday [10/18/2019], House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), introduced a rule change (H. Res. 639) to allow all members of Congress access to ongoing impeachment proceedings, including depositions and transcribed interviews.  "The stakes are too high for Chairman Schiff and Speaker Pelosi's impeachment proceedings to continue in secret," Rep. Scalise declared, announcing introduction of his "Open and Transparent Impeachment Investigation Resolution."  House Intel Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) "has no intention of conduction a fair and open process" and wants to impeach the president of the United States through a secret, closed-door effort, Scalise charged[.]

Guerrilla Politics.  [Scroll down]  This strategy has polarized the electorate, with the Democrats favoring the move and the Republicans solidly against it, both already knowing which lever they will pull next November.  Speaker Pelosi doesn't want a formal impeachment vote taken in the House for several reasons.  She may not have the votes needed to move the proceedings forward and she knows a formal vote gives the Republicans options that might prove embarrassing to the Democrats, since much of what's being charged against President Trump has been dismissed as an unfounded witch-hunt.  She also is an excellent tactician who knows that she can bend the rules without a formal vote and continue the endless charade against Trump, all of which keeps the lies streaming and the media churning.

Impeachment Becomes A Psychodrama Of the Press.  In reality, the whole episode is nonsense, a farce.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't hold a vote on a formal impeachment inquiry because she couldn't win the vote.  If there were such an inquiry, where the Republicans called and examined witnesses and subpoenaed documents, it would collapse as quickly as the Russian collusion fraud did when former special counsel Robert Mueller stumbled through his congressional inquiry.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff — who is usually lying when his lips aren't moving and always is when they are — says we will not be hearing from a non-whistleblowing leaker, to give his hearsay evidence of a conversation that any person in the world can read and see has no legal implications whatever.  But the investigation indomitably continues.

Don't Be Surprised If Trump Is Never Impeached.  In the giddy early days of the "impeachment investigation" over Ukraine, Democrats saw the polls move in their direction.  But those polls have now stabilized and in some cases crept back against impeachment.  Even at the peak, impeaching and removing the president was only popular among those who already opposed the president.  So as the groundswell subsides, could Democrats really reverse course and abandon an impeachment that just last week seemed imminent?  Surprisingly, yes, they could.  The central thing to consider here is that impeachment is a political, not a legal, process.  Despite their insistence that there are plenty of reasons to impeach Trump, Democrats have yet to do so.

Latest Pelosi-Schiff impeachment 'witch hunt' is venomous affront to constitutional principles.  The quixotic quest to impeach President Trump is not only anathema to the fundamental principles of due process, but constitutes a full-frontal assault on the procedural protections inherent in the "due process" clause of the Constitution.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her chosen marionette, Rep. Adam Schiff, are operating in the shadows of secrecy.  Their authority does not derive from the House of Representatives itself upon a full majority vote.  Instead, they have commandeered impeachment power by anointing themselves as the sole determinants.  They alone have chosen a "star chamber" approach to removing the president.  The remaining members of the House are left in the dark without access to facts, documents and testimony.  So, too, are President Trump and American voters who placed him in office.  What is the purpose of an electoral choice by the many if it can be reversed by the furtive maneuvers of the few?  Or two?

Republicans in Congress:  Time To Walk Away.  Today the big question in Washington is, will Democrats actually impeach a president of the United States without cause, without a crime?  Scary, right?  But we're told not to worry, because even if House Dems impeach, the GOP will stop it cold in the Senate.  So desensitization worked.  Just say "impeachment" over and over for three years until the threat that used to set off alarm bells now barely moves the needle. [...] OK, but if Democrats want to keep their "majority," why impeach with no evidence?  Why forge ahead despite the people's opposition to impeachment and the risk to their political careers?  Well, there are far bigger stakes with this political persecution than just one election.  Our Republic is the real prize.

Impeachment gets real:  Mitch McConnell gives Senate Republicans private tutorial on how to put Trump on trial.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell briefed Republicans in a closed-door session about how they would conduct a Senate trial if the House sends over articles of impeachment.  Senate Republicans believe it is becoming increasingly likely, if not inevitable, that House Democrats will pass articles of impeachment against President Trump in the coming weeks.  McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, on Wednesday gave fellow GOP lawmakers a tutorial on how to conduct a trial based on how the process proceeded in the past.  "Every indication is that articles will be coming our way, eventually," Sen. Kevin Cramer, a North Dakota Republican, said after the meeting.

Nancy Pelosi Promises House Impeachment Subpoenas Will Not Have Legal Penalties — House Will Not Authorize Impeachment Inquiry.  According to Capitol Hill members, via Politico, House Democrat leadership has taken a climate assessment of democrat House members and Speaker Pelosi announced they will not hold a House impeachment authorization vote.  As a direct and specific consequence all committee subpoenas do not carry a penalty for non-compliance.  A judicial penalty can only be created if the House votes to authorize an impeachment inquiry.  Absent a vote, the Legislative Branch has not established compulsion authority (aka judicial enforcement authority), as they attempt to work through their quasi-constitutional "impeachment inquiry" process.

Nancy Pelosi being politically smart by delaying impeachment vote, Brit Hume says.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is being politically smart by holding off on a formal Trump impeachment vote on the chamber floor, according to Brit Hume.  However, the investigation she is engineering is "peculiar" and unlike past proceedings against ex-presidents like Richard Nixon, Hume claimed Tuesday [10/15/2019] on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."  "I frankly can't think of a good reason, from her point of view, why she would hold a vote," he said.

Never-Before-Seen Trump Tax Docs Released to Media — Claim 'Inconsistencies Are Versions of Fraud'.  President Trump's tax documents were released to ProPublica using New York's FOIA law and 'experts' are already claiming there is evidence of potential fraud.  This is precisely why the Democrats are fighting to get Trump's tax returns — more fodder for the media.  ProPublica reviewed tax documents on 4 of Trump's properties in New York and allege there are discrepancies involving 40 Wall Street and the Trump International Hotel and Tower.

Pelosi Refuses to Hold Full House Vote On an Impeachment Inquiry.  Ahead of the Democratic debate on Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she would hold off on having a full House vote to authorize a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.  Republicans have pushed Pelosi to hold a formal vote in the House.  Doing so would give the White House the ability to subpoena their own witnesses.  The Speaker, however, said a formal vote isn't required for Democrats to continue with their probe.  According to Pelosi, Trump violated the Emoluments Clause by allowing foreign governments to interfere in the American government and elections.

The Editor says...
The charges are broad and vague.  Where's the evidence?  The American people (excluding the baby-killing socialist Democrats) aren't going to stand for this claptrap.  Public school graduates have never heard of "emoluments," but even they can see this is just wrong.

Pelosi: No House vote on impeachment inquiry.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday she will not stage a vote on the House floor to officially launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.  The decision came after Democratic leaders, returning to Washington following a two-week recess, had reached out to members of their diverse caucus to gauge the party's support for such a vote. [...] "There's no requirement that we have a vote, and so at this time we will not be having a vote," Pelosi told reporters during a last-minute press briefing in the Capitol.

Nothing Constitutional About An Impeachment Process With Secret Evidence And Secret Witnesses.  The forceful and thorough rebuke that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone delivered to the "impeachment inquiry" will go down in history as the definitive document defeating an attempted coup.  Over the course of eight scathing pages in a letter last week, Cipollone thoroughly deconstructed the absurd "Ukrainegate" narrative that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (Calif.) has tried to construct.

Democrats using impeachment to consolidate power.  Rudy Giuliani told House Democrats via a letter from his lawyer that he will not be complying with their subpoenas related to their impeachment inquiry. [...] [But] they're not really subpoenas anyway.  They are nothing more than sternly worded letters with a request calling themselves "subpoenas." The House must vote first to authorize a committee investigation if its members want the judicial authority to enforce these letters.  The kangaroo court that Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi are running has yet to do so.  And so, because they're not really subpoenas in any legal sense, there is zero penalty for not complying with them.  Giuliani having his lawyer send a response is already beyond what he had to do.  The Democrats are clearly planning something with the illegitimate and ever changing impeachment operation.

Booker: We Have to Conduct Impeachment in a Way 'That Brings Our Country Together'.  Impeachment as a way to bring the country together?  That's what Sen. Cory Booker said at Tuesday night's debate:  "So first of all, we must be fair," Booker said. [...] Booker's call for a "fair" process will get a rousing endorsement from House Republicans, who say the secretive and closed-door proceedings being run by House intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) are anything but fair.  South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said Trump "has left the Congress with no choice" but to impeach him.

The Editor says...
The Democrat platform includes open borders, Obamacare, windmills and solar panels everywhere, high taxes, gun confiscation, homosexuality, atheism, activist judges, racial discrimination in the form of "affirmative action," one-part socialist government, and above all, abortion.  No part of the Democrat platform "brings our country together."

Why Pelosi should heed the Rodino precedent on impeachment.  In Joe Biden's statement on the Clinton impeachment released to the Congressional Record on Feb. 12, 1999, he cautioned his fellow senators, calling impeachment "the most obviously anti-democratic act the Senate can engage in — overturning an election by convicting the president."  He also said that impeachment had "no place in our system of constitutional democracy except as an extreme measure ... reserved for breaches of the public trust by a president who so violates his official duties, misuses his official powers or places our system of government at such risk that our constitutional government is put in immediate danger by his continuing to serve out the term to which the people of the United States elected him."  And finally, "Only a president is chosen by the people in a national election. ... To remove a duly elected president clashes with democratic principles in a way that simply has no constitutional parallel."

At Democratic debate, notes of caution on impeachment.  Sen. Bernie Sanders said the president deserves to be impeached not only for the Ukraine affair but also for the Trump-Russia matter and even for alleged violations of the Constitution's emoluments clause.  Sen. Kamala Harris said Trump is so guilty that impeachment should be a quick affair.

The Editor says...
What law has Mr. Trump broken?  One would think the Democrats should have had courtroom-quality evidence before impeachment proceedings began.

Ukraine: The Poorly Written Hoax Sequel.  "By any metric," Megan McArdle contends in her Washington Post column, "Trump is in trouble."  The headline of McArdle's piece warns:  "Poll by sinking poll, Trump inches toward impeachment.  How much longer, she asks, can a president survive a "53.4 percent disapproval rating"?  As she notes, "In January 1974, well into the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon's poll numbers on impeachment were better than Trump's." [...] McCardle made those predictions on August 31... in 2018.  Spoiler alert!  Thirteen months later, President Trump remains in office, not impeached.

Taibbi: Impeaching Trump Would Establish 'Intelligence Community Veto over Elections'Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi reframes the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry — and its latest development in the arrest of two associates of Rudy Giuliani — as a "permanent coup" against President Trump playing out more slowly than coups he has experienced firsthand in other nations.  Taibbi's article comes after he criticized corporate media's framing of the Deep Stater as a non-partisan "whistleblower," despite being a registered Democrat who worked with former Vice President Joe Biden in the White House.

The Strategies of Targeting Trump.  After failing with the voting machine gambit, the Logan Act, the 25th Amendment, the emoluments clause, the McCabe-Rosenstein faux-coup, the Comey memos farce, the "resistance" efforts outlined by the New York Times anonymous op-ed writer, the campaign finance violations accusations, Stormy, tax returns, whistleblowers, leakers, the Mueller 22 months charade, and now impeachment 2.0, what exactly is the point of impeaching Trump just 13 months before the election? [...] There doesn't have to be a point to impeachment.  Democrats loathe Trump.  That is enough.  They would have impeached him on day one of his presidency before he set foot in the White House but they did not have control of the House.  Now they do, so they can.

Rep. Eliot Engel:  Not sure House needs 'another step' in impeachment inquiry by holding vote.  The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Sunday [10/13/2019] said it wouldn't bother him if the full House took a vote on Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Trump but suggested that it wasn't necessary at this point.  "Doesn't bother me to vote," Rep. Eliot Engel, New York Democrat, said on NBC's "Meet the Press."  "But, you know, the Republicans would rather talk about anything else than about what's really happened.  So, they throw this out that there should be a vote."  "If we had a vote on that, they'd come up with six other things, there needs to be a vote," Mr. Engel said.  "I think there needs to be an impeachment inquiry and we should stop the delaying tactics of the Republicans."

Is China Orchestrating the Democrats' Faux Impeachment Scheme?  China has not only compromised Biden, it is extremely likely that they are actively colluding with Democrats and the media to take down Trump.  Consider Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), whose financial ties to the Red Chinese are well-known through her husband, who somehow (like Hunter Biden) landed tens of millions of dollars in "investments" as she chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Worse yet, China was able to implant a spy into her staff for about 20 years.  But, of course, she knew nothing.  We all know that President Trump is costing China a lot of money.  The media's unprecedented and insane attacks against Trump raise my Spidey-sense.

Rashida and the law.  It seems that the charming and attractive Rashida Talib is still running off at the mouth about arresting people, specifically administration officials who refuse to respond to the House's "impeachment" subpoenas. [...] There's only one problem, as I see it.  To arrest somebody, you have to be able to appeal to authority, and there's no authority involved here.  An impeachment process has not be formally begun, therefore, the House has absolutely no grounds for subpoenaing anybody.  It's quite similar to all the jabber about "obstruction of justice" surrounding the Mueller Report.  If there's no crime, there's no obstruction.  You'd figure an institution packed full of lawyers would have some grasp of actual law.  Interestingly enough, though, there is an individual accused of criminal behavior in the House itself. [...] That particular member is Rashida Tlaib.

An Impeachment In Search Of A Crime.  [Scroll down]  It's not like the House has taken a vote on anything, they haven't impeached the president.  They haven't taken a vote to impeach the president. [It's] just Nancy Pelosi came out one day and said, Yes we're going to start an impeachment inquiry, and we're going to give it to some committees.  But that's not how impeachment really works.  And so for right now, it's all just bluster.  It's all just a way to drag people from the White House, in front of Congress, on television, during an election year.  Because, the impeachment inquiry such as it is, is fundamentally political.  Not legal, but political.

The Democrat Impeachment Circus.  [Scroll down]  Even the New York Times has admitted that "Democrats are deviating in key ways from the way the House launched the two presidential impeachment inquiries of the modern era."  It starts with the fact of the impeachment inquiry itself.  In both the Clinton and Nixon administrations, the House Judiciary Committee's investigation into potential impeachable offenses was given credibility by full votes in the House.  House Democrats have had no such vote.  Probably because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) knows it would fail.

Democrats' Treatment of Trump During "Impeachment" Is How They'd Like to Treat Each of Us in Court.  I want you to think about how the Pelosi-Schiff impeachment process is being conducted.  Imagine a criminal trial or civil action during which the "Democrat Prosecution" — the prosecutors — conduct themselves as follows:
  •   Prosecutors issue repeated, baldfaced lies to the public
  •   Prosecutors secretly solicit accusers
  •   Prosecutors collaborate with accusers to assist with the creation of a "complaint"
  •   All testimony occurs in secret
  •   No transcripts are made public
  •   No defense counsel are permitted
  •   The defense is prevented from calling witnesses or issuing subpoenas
  •   The accused is assumed guilty and must prove him- or herself innocent
  •   The accused is afforded no due process [...]
If they had their way, Democrats would treat each of you like this.

Jim Jordan:  Why Is Pelosi 'Scared to Have a Vote to Open an Official Impeachment Inquiry?'.  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Saturday [10/12/2019] posed a series of questions to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) regarding the partisan-fueled impeachment inquiry, asking why she is "scared to have a vote to open an official impeachment inquiry."  Pelosi told impeachment-hungry Democrats over the summer that they needed to wait and "follow the facts" before pursuing impeachment.

Report: Democrats Privately Urging Pelosi to Hold Impeachment Inquiry Vote.  Some House Democrats are privately calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to hold a vote to formalize the impeachment inquiry to undermine Republican criticism that the process is illegitimate, Politico reported this week.  So far, Pelosi has refused to schedule a vote, arguing that the Constitution and House rules do not require the lawmakers to do so.  Meanwhile, the White House and its Republican congressional allies contend that such a vote is necessary to legitimize the inquiry per the recognized standards of previous impeachment efforts.

Hamilton Wouldn't Impeach Trump.  What is an impeachable offense?  Rep. Maxine Waters, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, says the definition is purely political: "whatever Congress says it is — there is no law."  She's wrong. [...] The Framers wanted an independent president who could be removed only for genuine wrongdoing.  So they agreed to the criteria that became part of the Constitution:  "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."  In Federalist No. 65, Alexander Hamilton elaborated on the meaning of "high" crimes: "those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.

Nancy Pelosi's Faithless Impeachment.  Democrats like the latest polls on impeaching President Donald Trump, some of which show rising support.  But in the long term, it is a losing issue.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made it so when she launched an "impeachment inquiry" without waiting for the evidence.  By the time Pelosi convened a fateful meeting with House Democrats on Sep. 24, Trump had already announced he would release the transcript the next day.  Pelosi went ahead, anyway.

There's no substance behind the accusation Democrats claim is impeachable.  Democrats and the media for three years used a fog of facts and speculation to lull America into forgetting there was never a shred of evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.  They flooded the zone with another flurry of scattershot claims in their campaign against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  Republicans might bear these tactics in mind as they confront the left's new impeachment push.  In the two weeks since the White House released the transcript of President Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the debate has descended into the weeds of process and people.  This is unsurprising given House Democrats' decision to keep hidden the central doings of their impeachment inquiry, and the media's need to fill a void.

Levin: Democrats 'are eviscerating our system of law' to impeach President Trump.  Wednesday night [10/9/2019] on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin discussed the letter the White House sent to House Democrats criticizing their impeachment efforts.  In the letter, White House counsel Pat Cipollone calls House Democrats' impeachment probe "illegitimate" for multiple reasons, chief among them the fact that the House has yet to hold a vote of the full chamber.  "The House of Representatives is supposed to be involved," rather than just the leaders of a single party, Levin explained.  "[The Framers] didn't want one party as a mob, using the Impeachment Clause as a way to reverse a past election and to affect a future election so close the general election."  The White House's letter also cites a "a separate, fatal defect" in the Democrats' probe:  Lack of due process stemming from the lack of procedures to afford the president "even the most basic protections."

Pelosi [is] allowing [a] sham process to undermine impeachment.  Let me see if I understand the Democratic position on impeachment:  They have begun an impeachment inquiry because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says so.  The House of Representatives has not authorized it.  Hearings are being held in secret and transcripts of interviews are not being released.  The minority party cannot ask questions, request evidence or subpoena witnesses, and witnesses have no due process.  Trump administration officials cannot have department attorneys with them.  And if the Trump administration does not surrender to their demands, they will consider the president guilty of obstruction.  Are they serious?  An impeachment inquiry, in terms of House precedent, requires a full House vote.  For the body to act as one-half of one-third of the government, it must vote.  Mrs. Pelosi may be the speaker, but she does not individually speak for the entire House.

Impeachment: The Democrats' chosen recourse to overturn the 2016 election.  The prospect of President Trump being impeached by the House of Representatives should not be surprising to people.  Counter to conventional wisdom, this impeachment does not expose a corrupt president.  Instead, it reveals the rot at the core of an establishment willing to abuse the system to overturn an election.  Ergo, impeachment was inevitable if we were correct in our support for Donald Trump in 2016.  If the system was as corrupt and malevolent as we had intuited through the decline of the country under Democratic rule, then of course their reaction would be to implement corrupt and malevolent mechanisms to reverse Trump's election.  The phony Russian dossier, the actions of federal law-enforcement agencies to implement the attempted framing of a president, and the double-dipping in that toxic stew now known as the "Ukraine scandal" are efforts that were meant to lead to impeachment.  Mr. Trump's election was more than a poke in the eye at the ruling, patronizing and malevolent establishment; it was a declaration of war against embedded politicians who think being in power is their birthright.

Flashback to DEC 2017: 58 Dems Vote to Impeach Trump for Criticizing NFL Anthem Protesters.  While the Democrats continue their latest push to remove President Trump from office over his 33-minute phone call with the leader of the Ukraine, it's easy to forget liberal lawmakers' first attempt back in December 2017.  On December 6, 2017, 58 House Democrats voted to invoke articles of impeachment against President Trump for his fierce criticism of NFL players "who took a knee" during the performance of the US national anthem.

Rep. Meadows on impeachment process: 'Hardened criminals have better protections' than Trump.  Average criminals have more legal protections than President Trump does in his impeachment fight against congressional Democrats, said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., on "America's Newsroom" Thursday [10/10/2019].  "Listen, hardened criminals have better protections than the president of the United States right now on the way that this investigation is being conducted," he said.  Meadows also called for the removal of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., as the head of the impeachment probe and said Speaker Nancy Pelosi's partisanship prevents her from acting as a fair arbiter over the process.

We Now Have a Genuine Constitutional Crisis.  The term "constitutional crisis" has been tossed around so often since President Trump took office that it now has little meaning in our public discourse.  But regardless of what we call the current impasse between the executive branch and the House of Representatives pursuant to the "impeachment inquiry" launched by the latter, our government now faces a genuine crisis whose magnitude the nation hasn't seen for more than 150 years.  Americans have long celebrated the orderly transfer of power that is unique to our form of government.  The Democrats, however, have abandoned that tradition by refusing to accept the outcome of the 2016 election.

Democrats face consequences of skipping floor impeachment vote.  House Democrats gave themselves political wiggle room when they launched their impeachment inquiry without holding a floor vote, but that procedural strategy also left room for the White House and a federal judge to question the legitimacy of the push.  The White House, in a letter Tuesday [10/8/2019] criticized as advancing a legally flimsy argument, told the House it would not participate in an impeachment inquiry that hasn't been authorized by the full House — which they argue means it isn't "a valid impeachment proceeding."

The Bluffpeachment.  The current situation in Washington is, in the language of poker, a bluff.  The Democrats are bluffing; they have only weak cards in their hand.  They actually have nothing against Trump.  That's all they have ever had. [...] he current hysteria of the Democrats regarding impeachment is unusual.  Firstly, it is based on rumors.  That is why, secondly, the Democrats still have not decided which law Trump has violated.  Thirdly, there was no vote in the House of Representatives to initiate the impeachment procedure (more precisely, the House of Representatives, in which the majority belongs to the Democrats, in a 332-95 decision, chose not to bother with impeachment).

GOP Rep. Ralph Abraham introduces resolution to expel Nancy Pelosi from House.  A Louisiana Republican congressman introduced a resolution Tuesday [10/8/2019] to expel Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., from the House of Representatives, the latest sign that frustration in the GOP is building as Democrats continue their impeachment inquiry against President Trump.  Rep. Ralph Abraham's resolution stands no realistic chance of passing in the Democratic-controlled House.  Likewise, Republicans have argued that Democrats' potential articles of impeachment are all but certain to stall if they ever reach the Senate.

Trump refuses to participate in impeachment farce.  Today [10/8/2019], President Trump's White House Counsel, Pat Cipollone, directed an eight-page letter to Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, et al., declining on behalf of President Trump to participate in the Democrats' sham impeachment proceeding.  The letter, embedded below, is excellent.  Some would say, brilliant.  It attacks the Democrats' constitutionally defective and politically motivated proceeding at its root.

Pat Cipollone, Trump's lawyer, to Dems:  Drop Dead!  No wonder many Capitol Hill Republicans hate President Donald Trump.  He's not your typical Republican.  That's to say, he doesn't roll over and play dead when Democrats and their hip-pocket pals in the fake-news media come after him.  In fact, he relishes a good fight.  One where he gives better than he gets.  And so does his legal team.  In fact, Trump's lawyer, White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, has essentially told the Democrats' Impeachment Partygoers to drop dead.  Meanwhile, heedless Congressional Democrats continue to gear up for pointless impeachment inquiries.  They plan to center these primarily closed-door sessions on Trump's legitimate conversation with Ukraine's head of state.  But the country seems more interested in the subject of that conversation.

White House letter to Pelosi rejecting cooperation in impeachment inquiry.  The White House on Tuesday [10/8/2019] sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats saying it would not cooperate with their impeachment inquiry into President Trump over his dealings with Ukraine.  Accusing Pelosi and her colleagues of "seeking to overturn the results of the 2016 election," White House counsel Pat Cipollone in his letter said Trump and members of his administration "cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances" but stopped short of calling for the House to hold a vote on impeachment.

McConnell Defends President Trump, Slams House Dems Amid War on Impeachment.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) defended President Trump and slammed House Dems on Tuesday evening [10/8/2019] in a pair of tweets.  The war on impeachment escalated Tuesday after White House Counsel Pat Cipollone formally told Pelosi and House Dems to pound sand and refused to cooperate with their Soviet-style show trials.  "Overturning the results of an American election requires the highest level of fairness and due process, as it strikes at the core of our democratic process," McConnell said.

White House Defies Impeachment Process in Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  The White House on Tuesday [10/8/2019] sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denouncing the impeachment inquiry begun in the House of Representatives as "illegitimate."  "President Trump and his administration reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic process," the letter read.

Kangaroo Court:  Democrat Impeachment Inquiry Becomes 'Clown Show'.  The impeachment inquiry process so far is akin to a "kangaroo court" led by Democrats already convinced President Donald Trump is guilty of wrongdoing, Republicans said Tuesday [10/8/2019].  House Democrat leaders pursuing the investigation are intent on pushing Trump out of office by any means necessary, Republican lawmakers and the White House argued.  House Democrats have carried out the entire process behind closed doors since the beginning of the impeachment inquiry last month.

Why can't Dems treat Trump as fairly as Republicans did Bill Clinton?  Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a clear duty to call an immediate House vote to authorize an official impeachment inquiry — if she dares.  The White House informed her today that the Executive Branch won't play along with the lawless "inquiry" that House Democrats have been engaged in — which President Trump has quite fairly termed "a totally compromised kangaroo court."  White House counsel Pat Cipollone's letter to Pelosi spells out the problems.  While the Constitution clearly gives the House the power to begin impeachment proceedings, it does not give the speaker the privilege of declaring them all by herself.

American Democracy dies in the Democrat's Deep State darkness.  Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's very public two-year investigation into Russia collusion failed to produce evidence that any American cooperated in so-called Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. [...] Secret impeachment inquiries?  A CIA witness disguised to hide his or her identity as a ploy.  A plot to deny President Trump, a face-to-face with his accuser?  And that reminds me of something Special Counsel Robert Mueller said in testimony before Congress in late July.  Mueller testifies that he finds no evidence Trump or his campaign team colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election.  However, the lack of collusion cannot be seen as an exoneration.  Huh?  Trump has to prove what he did not do?

Patriot Trump vs. the Leninist Impeachment Pushers.  If the current impeachment fever materializes into reality, virtually any executive action with which the opposition party disagrees can be made an impeachable offense.  The Trump impeachment inquiry seeks to besmirch President Trump, fundraise for Democrat House and Senate candidates, destabilize the markets, knock Joe Biden out of the race, and mock presiding Chief Justice Roberts at the Senate trial.  These are nothing but crude partisan appeals and clearly not constitutional purposes.  Demagoguery is too gentle a word.  Whatever else these political aims are, they are not affirmations of constitutional government.

End impeachment secrecy.  There have so far been two hearings in the House Democrats' effort to impeach President Trump over the Ukraine matter.  Both have been held in secret.  One was Thursday, the other Friday, and the public does not know what was said in either.  Two more are scheduled for this week and will be held behind closed doors, too.  The hearings are part of an effort to remove the president from office.  There could not be a matter of more pressing public concern.  There could not be a matter in which the American people have a greater stake.  And yet the public has no idea what is being discovered.

The Case for Impeaching Barack Obama.  The progressive socialist left is mad that they lost the 2016 presidential election.  They realize that, as Rep. Al Green said, they will probably not be able to defeat President Trump at the ballot box, unless they use tricks like ballot harvesting.  So, what it their only recourse, the Banana Republic, kangaroo court tactics of using impeachment as a political weapon...this is nothing more than an unsophisticated coup.  The case for impeaching Barack Obama was easy, yet the left and their propagandized media dismissed it.

The Curious Case of the Incurious Press.  We were assured that Trump had used the powers of the presidency to "gather dirt" on his political opponent (Joe Biden) and threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine until prosecutors there had manufactured evidence of wrongdoing by Biden and his son Hunter, who for no doubt entirely innocent reasons was drawing hefty paychecks from a Ukrainian energy company.  The mad cry of "Impeachment!" was shouted in celebratory tones throughout the hallowed halls of D.C.  The narrative came together seamlessly within hours, as suddenly the Democrats in Congress and the information gatekeepers in the news media informed us with one voice that this was bad for President Trump.  Very bad.  It was almost as though the facts didn't matter.  They certainly didn't matter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who announced an "impeachment inquiry" before having read either the whistleblower complaint or the actual transcript of the call between Trump and Zelensky.

House Sends More Carefully Worded Impeachment Demand Letters (Not Subpoenas).  Chairman Adam Schiff, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, Committee on White House Oversight; Chairman Eliot L. Engel, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, continue sending carefully worded letters under the guise of 'subpoenas' today [10/7/2019].

Democrats set up a kangaroo court for impeachment.  The impeachment inquiry is for show.  It's also to keep Republicans from being allowed to ask any questions, or subpeona the Democrats for evidence of their own pre-plotting and double dealings.  In doing it fake, what the Democrats really want is to force President Trump to empty the White House of every last document and secret, as if conducting a marauder's raid, and then charge the president with obstruction if he doesn't hand them over every last drop of White House correspondence and documentation that they demand.  Pay no attention to that small detail that Trump doesn't legally need to comply with a congressionally issued 'subpoena' only a court-issued one.  Courts are for the birds, as Democrats see it, and in any case, Republicans can use courts too, which can't happen.

McConnell Vows to Kill Democrat Impeachment Effort in the Senate.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has launched an ad on social media with a message that he will end the impeachment effort against President Donald Trump should the House pass Articles of Impeachment and send them to the upper chamber.

'Groundhog' Dems again 'left' behind.  [Scroll down]  None of this would matter if two elite publications were shouting in the wilderness.  In fact, the Times and The New Yorker very much reflect — and help shape — the mindset of the Democratic Party.  As such, they illustrate how far anti-Trumpers have strayed into the impeachment wilderness.  After Robert Mueller failed to deliver the promised goods, the left and their media handmaidens foolishly seized on the Ukraine issue in the hope it could be spun into impeachment gold.  To judge by the look of things so far, they're getting more dross than gold.  The bid to take down the president is off to a rocky start.

The Pre-Impeachment of Donald Trump Never Stopped.  We all know why impeachment is really happening — and when I say all, I include especially the Democrats and their devoted media allies/leaders.  They know because they live in fear of what they wrought and desperately want to hide it or bury it (under impeachment) before it is laid out before the public.  I refer, of course, to the imminent exposure — at least we hope it is coming — of the predicates of the Russia probe, easily the most despicable and seditious attempt to unseat a president in American history.  This attempt to impeach or, at that point, to interdict began on or not long after June 16, 2015, the day Donald Trump announced his candidacy.  What is happening now is merely a continuation of a process that started then.  Trump was the first president to be "impeached" before he was elected — a neat trick if there ever was one.  In a manner of speaking, the group or groups behind the Russia probe wanted to pre-impeach him.  And they never gave up, not even for a minute, even after the Mueller collusion investigation came up empty after two years and multiple millions spent.

If the House Won't Vote, Impeachment Inquiry Is Just a Democratic Stunt.  "The House of Representatives ... shall have the sole Power of Impeachment."  It's right there in black-and-white:  In article I, section 2, clause 5, our Constitution vests the entirety of the power to call for removal of the president of the United States in a single body — the House.  Not in the Speaker of the House.  In the House of Representatives.  The institution, not one of its members.  To be sure, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a very powerful government official:  second in the line of succession to the presidency; arguably, the most powerful member of Congress. [...] But she does not have the power to impeach on her own.

Pelosi's Impeachment Bank Shot .  Because she has resigned herself to the argument that impeaching Trump is the way for Democrats to win the presidency and Senate 13 months from now.  Pelosi's bank shot isn't aimed at Trump's conviction on the Hill.  It's aimed at his loss at the polls.

Nancy Pelosi is "Grubering" The American Electorate on Impeachment.  Several years ago the architect of Obamacare, Jonathan Gruber, admitted on camera the Democrats who were assembling healthcare legislation were "relying upon the stupidity of the American voter."  Fast forward to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2019 and her "official impeachment inquiry" by decree; she's doing the exact same thing.  Speaker Pelosi, working through a carefully constructed political dynamic assembled by the hired staff from the Lawfare alliance, has sold her constituency on an impeachment process that structurally doesn't exist.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi could never succeed in the scheme were she not assisted by a compliant media.

Also posted under Liberals think you're stupid.

Impeachment lite is a farce.  Not all the Dems have been drinking the virtue Kool-Aid, however.  Take Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives.  A savvy politician, Pelosi knows that impeachment is a loser for the Dems, virtue [notwithstanding].  Because Pelosi can count.  Impeachment by the House requires only a majority, and the Dems hold that majority.  But it would go nowhere in the Senate where the Dems are 19 seats short of the necessary 67.  So the president won't be removed and everyone who can count knows it.  What, then, does impeachment accomplish?

John Ratcliffe Explains Why Pelosi's "Impeachment Inquiry" is Being Run From House Intel Instead of House Judiciary.  Speaker Pelosi, with forethought and planning by the Lawfare Alliance, is intentionally using non-jurisdictional committees because she is manipulating the process.  It's the same reason why the House Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs and House Oversight committees cannot legally send out "Impeachment-based Subpoenas"; they have no impeachment jurisdiction. [...] The "impeachment" subpoenas are not technically subpoenas because the basis for the requests, impeachment, is not within the jurisdiction of either committee.  So the committees are sending out demand letters, calling them subpoenas (media complies with the narrative), and hoping the electorate do not catch on to the scheme.

Attorney for Impeachment 'Whistleblowers' Actively Sought Trump Admin Informants.  Mark Zaid, the activist attorney representing the so-called whistleblower at the center of the impeachment movement targeting President Donald Trump, says he is representing a second so-called whistleblower who spoke to the Intelligence Community's inspector general about Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president.  Missing from the avalanche of news media coverage about Zaid's two anonymous clients rocking the nation's capital is that at the beginning of Trump's presidency Zaid co-founded Whistleblower Aid, a small nonprofit that blasted advertisements around D.C. actively seeking whistleblowers during the Trump administration.

Impeachment is Getting Boring.  If you watch cable or network news, all you hear about is impeachment.  To the talking heads on CNN and MSNBC, it's as if it already happened.  Reps Pelosi, Schiff, and Nadler speak as if it's a foregone conclusion, and shed crocodile tears about being "heartbroken and prayerful" over the process.  The fact is, an impeachment inquiry has yet to begin.  Opening such an inquiry would require a full House vote, making vulnerable representatives in districts President Trump won handily in 2016 go on record in favor of removing a duly elected president for the high crime of doing his job.

Nancy Pelosi's Prayers.  An ardent, prayerful, and moral Nancy Pelosi has been called from sitting for her holy-card portrait to lend her aid in getting the president impeached — and the nation torn apart in the process.  She's been on TV constantly, lecturing America that it's the moral burden of Democrats to undo the 2016 election by any means necessary.  The Constitution, she keeps saying, demands it.  She just never mentions where.

Dems' impeachment gambit is a revenge scheme orchestrated by a fallen political party.  Another day, another scandal that's sure to trigger the Trump administration's downfall — if only the American people would be less picky about what the definition of the word "evidence" is.  The Ukraine Call Transcript.  The Whistleblower Complaint.  The Impeachment Inquiry.  The pieces of this latest impeachment jigsaw have reached mythic status, bolstered by frenzied reporting, and insistence on the part of Democrats and advocates that this time, they've got the president right where they want him.  In reality, the documents offer very little in the form of an obvious smoking gun.  Both the transcript and the complaint have become a cultural Rorschach test:  no matter the evidence (or lack thereof) the reader will see exactly what they want to see.

Mounting pressure on Pelosi to hold vote on impeachment inquiry.  House Democrats are under increasing pressure to hold a politically risky vote to sanction their impeachment inquiry into President Trump.  The White House is expected as early as Monday to tell Speaker Nancy Pelosi it will not cooperate with an impeachment-related subpoena drafted by Democrats until the House votes officially to open an impeachment investigation.  "We'll be issuing a letter," Trump told reporters Friday on the South Lawn.  "As everybody knows, we've been treated very unfairly, very different from anybody else."

Rush Limbaugh:  Mitt Romney Assured Pelosi There Was Republican Support to Impeach President Trump.  About ten days ago Rush Limbaugh told his massive radio audience that Mitt Romney assured Nancy Pelosi that there was Republican support in the US Senator for President Trump's impeachment for asking Ukraine and China to look into Joe Biden's billion dollar pay-for-play scams.  Mitt hates President Trump — so much so that he is willing to sell out his country to get back at President Trump.  On Friday [10/4/2019] Mitt Romney downloaded on President Trump again — this time siding with Democrats in their sham impeachment quest.

Impeachment Is About Putting Down the Peasants' Revolt.  [Scroll down]  Impeachment is, in other words, an attempt to restore the old order that the voters overturned in 2016.  It seeks to annul that election and return us to the nascent totalitarianism of the Obama era, an incipient autocracy the Democrats expected to be nurtured during the presidency of Hillary Clinton.  Thus, when the hoi polloi got above themselves and put Donald Trump in the White House, his removal from office became the primary objective of Washington's self-appointed Optimates.  They began planning Trump's impeachment before he was inaugurated because he is the leader of the insurrection, and they know full well that it can't be put down until he is gone.  House Democrats must impeach the president despite the near impossibility of securing a conviction in the Senate.  Indeed, their need to do so is more urgent now than ever because of the booming Trump economy and the weakness of their Democratic presidential candidates.

House Democrats Ramp Up Impeachment (Coup) — Subpoena White House.  The White House is expected on Monday [10/7/2019] to send Pelosi a letter telling the Speaker the White House will not cooperate with Democrats' demands until the House of Representatives votes on impeachment.  Speaker Pelosi launched an impeachment inquiry into President Trump based on hearsay and gossip from a Deep State CIA snitch about President Trump's phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — she still has not held a full impeachment vote in the House.  Even worse, House Democrats haven't even named a specific crime committed by President Trump.

Moral Equivalence in the 'Unilateral' Impeachment Inquiry.  In his incisive legal analysis, Andrew McCarthy notes how the absence of a formal vote to commence the impeachment inquiry and the failure (at present) to issue subpoenas would invoke due process safeguards for the president, his administration, and other potential witnesses and/or custodians of sought after materials.  He is correct, but if one doubts him, there is a more elementary political rule of thumb to follow:  if Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) thought taking a vote to commence a formal impeachment inquiry was good for her Democratic caucus, there would have been a vote.  No matter how the Speaker publicly rationalizes the absence of a vote (and accompanying subpoenas), her caucus' inaction speaks louder than her words.

Attack, Always Attack.  The Dems spent over two years pushing the Russian collusion ruse.  They turned over every rock.  They squeezed Trump associates like General Flynn.  With help from Ukrainians, they got a conviction of Paul Manafort.  They counted on Robert Mueller and his team of partisans to deliver the final knockout punch.  They counted wrong.  That was just a bump in the road, not the end of it.  Too many Republicans seem surprised and befuddled by this nonstop assault.  They are unwilling or incapable of launching anything resembling a counterattack.  Even as Democrats cling to the slender reed of a second-hand whistleblower account of a fairly innocuous phone call, Republicans seem unable to muster much indignation.

Kurt Volker Statement Supports Giuliani — Contradicts Adam Schiff and Impeachment Narrative.  The Federalist was able to gain a copy of the opening statement delivered to congress by Ambassador Kurt Volker.  The statements made by Volker support the outline put forth by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani surrounding the initial contact and purposes.  The statement by Volker directly undercuts the narrative spun by HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff and his attempt to create an impeachment narrative.

Leader McCarthy and Representative Michael McCaul Call-Out Democrat Manipulation of Committee Inquiry.  Today both Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy and Representative Michael McCaul draw attention to Speaker Pelosi's manipulation of House rules specifically intended to achieve articles of impeachment without Republican representation.  In a blatant display of committee manipulation, today [10/3/2019] the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Chairman Adam Schiff, worked around committee jurisdiction rules and took a deposition from Kurt Volker, the former State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations.

Rep. Doug Collins Explains Why He Filed an Amicus Brief Against House Judiciary.  House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins filed an amicus brief yesterday [10/3/2019] highlighting why the Judiciary Committee should be blocked from receiving grand jury material against the backdrop of an impeachment effort without support from the House of Representatives.

White House to Send Pelosi Letter Rejecting Compliance with Impeachment Probe Unless Formal Vote.  The White House plans to send House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) a letter as soon as Friday daring her to hold an impeachment vote and informing her that President Trump will not comply with any requests from the impeachment probe unless a formal vote is held, according to an Axios report confirmed by Fox News.  Pelosi announced last week that the House would launch a formal impeachment inquiry, but so far has not held a vote.  House Democrats' handling of the probe prompted a letter from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) on Thursday [10/3/2019], in which McCarthy challenged Pelosi to come up with "transparent and equitable rules and procedures ... to govern the inquiry, as is customary," or else halt the proceedings.  McCarthy explicitly mentioned a formal House vote in a series of questions stipulated in the letter.

Trump puts Dems in hot seat with impeachment-condemning flashback video.  As the presidential campaign season ramps up to full-gear, so does the Democrat Party's attacks against President Trump.  Never being one to take an attack lying down, Trump has been on the counter-warpath, punching back at Democrats and their media minions every step of the way.  One of the President's most effective recent messages highlighted rank hypocrisy by Democrats with a video showing top Dems condemning the act of impeachment.

Impeachment Comments Democrats Would Rather You Forget.  More than 20 years ago, when President Bill Clinton was being impeached for lying to a grand jury — then as now a documented fact that no one can credibly dispute — some Democrats who today want to impeach and have the Senate remove President Donald Trump from office ASAP, were whistling a very different tune.  Back then they strongly argued:
  [#1]   There was no bipartisan consensus.
  [#2]   An impeachment would be traumatic for the country and distract Congress from solving major domestic and foreign policy problems.

Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry.  There is no impeachment inquiry.  There are no subpoenas.  You are not to be faulted if you think a formal inquest is under way and that legal process has been issued.  The misimpression is completely understandable if you have been taking in media coverage — in particular, reporting on a haughty Sept. 27 letter from House Democrats, presuming to direct Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on pain of citation for obstruction, to cooperate in their demands to depose State Department officials and review various records.  The letter is signed by not one but three committee chairmen.  Remember your elementary math, though:  Zero is still zero even when multiplied by three.  What is portrayed as an "impeachment inquiry" is actually just a made-for-cable-TV political soap opera.  The House of Representatives is not conducting a formal impeachment inquiry.  To the contrary, congressional Democrats are conducting the 2020 political campaign.

Trump and Republicans Insist on House Vote to Launch Formal Impeachment Inquiry.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) repeatedly has said she wants to be "fair" as House Democrats undertake their "impeachment inquiry," but Democrats are falling short of fairness, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Pelosi in an Oct. 3 letter.  "I am writing to request you suspend all efforts surrounding your 'impeachment inquiry' until transparent and equitable rules and procedures are established to govern the inquiry," McCarthy wrote.  McCarthy and other Republicans say Democrats are so hell-bent on impeaching Trump that they have charged ahead without a full House vote, which would set rules and procedures for a formal impeachment proceeding.  Republicans are particularly upset that Democrats have attempted to limit Republican questioning of witnesses.

McCarthy calls for Pelosi to suspend impeachment inquiry.  The speaker has "given no clear indication as to how your impeachment inquiry will proceed — including whether key historical precedents or basic standards of due process will be observed," he wrote.

Instead of advancing trade deal [or anything else], Congress focuses on partisan impeachment process.  American workers, farmers and ranchers need a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada.  Thankfully, President Donald Trump and his team have negotiated a much better deal than the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  So why have the members of the U.S. House of Representatives not taken a vote on this new trade agreement called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)?  The answer is simple:  Politics.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her House Democrats do not want to give a political win to President Trump.

Stonewalling alone could be grounds for impeachment, top Democrats say.  If the Trump administration continues to not cooperate with Congressional investigations, the president could be impeached on that alone, top Democrats threatened on Wednesday [10/2/2019].  Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff reaffirmed Democrats' new stance that they'll consider any resistance from the administration as "further evidence of obstruction."  "Of course that was an article of impeachment against President Nixon," the California Democrat said.

The Editor says...
Even if you ignore Fast and Furious and Benghazi, Barack H. Obama was notorious for stonewalling and secrecy.  For example:  [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

Turf war:
Rep. McCaul:  Schiff is Usurping Foreign Affairs Committee's Jurisdiction in Impeachment Probe.  The ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee accused its Democrat leaders Wednesday night [10/2/2019] of abdicating their responsibility by allowing Rep. Adam Schiff's House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to take the lead in the party's presidential impeachment probe.  The subject matter, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) wrote in a letter to committee chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), deals with the conduct of U.S. relations with Ukraine and U.S. security assistance to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression.  Those issues fall squarely within the jurisdiction of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC), and not the jurisdiction of the Intelligence Committee, he wrote.

GOP turns furor on media amid impeachment fight.  President Trump and his allies are embracing a war with the media as part of the growing impeachment fight.  The president, several congressional Republicans and high-profile pundits are turning their fury toward reporters, accusing them of trying to undercut the president and key officials like Attorney General Bill Barr.  The backlash comes amid a steady stream of reports that are broadening the scope of who within the administration has knowledge of President Trump's actions toward Ukraine that are at the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

Impeachment is the Democrats' entire political agenda.
Nancy Pelosi thinks she can work with Trump on Dems' political agenda while working to impeach him.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., thinks it's possible for her and her Democratic colleagues to work with President Donald Trump on a long list of political agenda items, despite House Democrats' latest impeachment efforts.  At a Capitol Hill press conference alongside House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on Tuesday [10/1/2019], Pelosi was asked how she plans to work with the president on Democratic agenda items like prescription drug costs, trade, and gun control while conducting impeachment efforts against the man.

Trump ad: Coup
New Team Trump campaign ad: Coup.  Never let it be said that Donald Trump takes too nuanced an approach to campaign politics — or that his campaign team doesn't follow his lead.  Just hours after Trump tweeted out that Democrats are staging a "coup" rather than an impeachment, Team Trump released a new TV spot doubling down on the accusation.  It's "nothing short of a coup," the 30-second ad released this afternoon declares, "and it must be stopped!"


The Senate Should Change Its Rules on Impeachment.  Now that the House has launched an impeachment probe of President Donald Trump, the Senate should reform its antiquated rules for the looming trial.  Under current procedures, a trial produces the worst of both worlds.  If the House has a flimsy case, the Senate must still put the country through the wrenching, divisive political spectacle without any opportunity to dismiss the case.  But if the House has a strong case, senators must sit silently by without any chance to participate directly in the trial.  Allowing a real trial will improve the decision-making over whether to fire Trump and will make the Congress more responsive and accountable to the American people.

Kevin McCarthy Signs Resolution to Censure 'Lying' Adam Schiff.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced Wednesday [10/2/2019] that he has signed a resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for performing a fabricated conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a recent hearing.

The Purge of Conservatism from America.  At the hospital for my annual physical exam, Adam Schiff was on TV in the waiting room.  Schiff presented himself as alerting the American people to the "mafia boss" outrageous impeachable demands Trump made during his phone call with the president of Ukraine.  Oozing with obnoxious superiority and arrogance, Schiff insidiously deceived viewers to assume he was reciting Trump's actual words from the phone call.  Schiff was lying.  Not a single word of what Schiff told the American people that Trump said was in the transcript.  Proving his innocence, Trump released the transcript of the phone call.  And yet, fake news media is elated that Democrats are outrageously moving forward with impeaching Trump based solely on Schiff's lies about what Trump said.  It was beyond infuriating watching Schiff boldly smear the president, carried live on all three major networks and cable outlets.  Consequently, soccer moms and dads who are busy earning a living will erroneously conclude Trump did something wrong.

Limbaugh: Fox News Ought to Change Its Name to 'the Fox Never Trumper Network'.  [Quoting Rush Limbaugh 10/2/2019]] ["]Well, Schiff is out there as the chairman of a committee, the Intelligence Committee, openly lying about the president's phone call with the president of Ukraine — and he lied about it again today in his joint press conference with Pelosi.  He literally said that the president told the Ukrainian president to "create dirt," to "make it up, as much as you can."  When the Republicans finally called him on it, Schiff said, "Well, I was just engaging parody.  I'm sorry it wasn't seen."  Well, look, you have the sense of humor of a snail.  Nobody thinks anything about you is funny, Pencil Neck.  It wasn't parody, anyway — and if you have to tell somebody that you've just done parody, it was very bad parody.  It was not parody.  It was an attempt to purposely misstate and mischaracterize the words and the actions of the president of the United States.["]

Trump Goes There: 'This is Not Impeachment, It's a COUP Intended to Take Away the Power of the People and Their Vote'.  President Trump is correct.  This is not impeachment, it is a COUP. [...] The Democrats have yet to name a crime that President Trump committed which is further proof that this is indeed a coup.

Don't call it impeachment — Call it a witch hunt.  I want to talk about the importance of words and the context they create.  And I want to urge everybody who's fair to never use the word "impeachment" for the current political process, because it has nothing to do with an impeachment.  This is a legislative coup d'etat.  It is an effort by the hard left, the news media, and the deep state to destroy the president chosen by the American people.  This is a project they've been involved in since election night 2016.

A game of impeachment bingo.  It seems that Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., has been conducting impeachment hearings since Andrew Johnson and supposedly we're supposed to take it seriously even though the Mueller investigation found nothing to have hearings on.  No one took it seriously nor did the Democrats, if truth be told, for practical reasons, specifically not enough votes nor evidence of wrong doing. [...] Now that a "whistleblower" has come forward with second hand information that doesn't jibe with the actual first hand account of a conversation President Trump had with the Ukrainian president, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced to the delight of the incredibly deranged media that Congress really really means it this time which just about renders Nadler's hearings a farce retroactively.

A Politically Motivated Impeachment Is No Laughing Matter.  Why do otherwise smart people say that impeachment has nothing to do with crimes but is rather a brute political calculation? [... The] Constitution does insist that impeachment shall proceed only on the basis of "Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."

Another Trump hoax or a real investigation leading to impeachment?  The majority of Americans still do not favor impeachment.  However, more than two-thirds of Democrats do.  There are several reasons, however, to believe that this picture is incomplete and could change.  Impeachment hoax or not, there are three logical defenses for allegations from last weeks first impeachment hearing.

It has already.
Red-state Democrats worry impeachment may spin out of control.  Senate Democrats representing red states are worried the House impeachment process may spin out of control and destroy any chance their party might have of winning back the majority next year.  These Democrats hope the House keeps its impeachment focus on the Ukraine controversy, and that Democrats act relatively quickly.  If they do not, the red-state Democrats warn Trump could turn the tables on them.

Trump and his Supporters are the Real Whistleblowers.  "Whistleblower" is the media's word of the week.  They still working tirelessly to overturn the 2016 election.  Unfortunately, it's the wrong word to describe the deep state operative accusing President Trump of "Collusion — Part Two," namely conspiring with Ukraine to rig the 2020 election.  Instead of whistleblower, the proper term is gossiper, as this person filed a complaint, likely written by others, about something he or she had been told, but had no firsthand knowledge of.  The National Whistleblower Center supports, "Efforts to expose and help prosecute corruption and other wrongdoing."  The Ukraine whistleblower is doing the exact opposite.  In an ongoing, and thus far unsuccessful, effort to overturn the last presidential election, this so-called whistleblower is trying to hide corruption and wrongdoing by attempting to destroy the actual whistleblower, President Trump.

Senate Shouldn't Dignify Impeachment Parody With a Trial.  Mitch McConnell told NPR last Friday that, if the House impeaches President Trump, "the Senate immediately goes into a trial."  This is music to Democratic ears, despite the infinitesimal chance of conviction, because they desperately need the sordid spectacle into which impeachment trials inevitably devolve.  The Senate, however, isn't required to try the President.  That chamber possesses the "sole power to try all impeachments," but is under no constitutional obligation to do so.  The Democrats ignored House precedent and longstanding tradition to launch their "impeachment inquiry."  Why should Senate Republicans consider themselves bound by precedent and procedural rules where the trial is concerned?

In Trump impeachment, 'no one is above the law' could backfire on Democrats.  "No one is above the law," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she announced the Democratic effort to impeach President Trump over the Ukraine matter.  The phrase has become a Democratic mantra in the new impeachment push.  But it could, in the end, serve to highlight the weakness of the Democratic strategy. [...] Democrats might better say, "No president is above impeachment," which lacks punch but is more accurate.  Doing so, however, would emphasize the political nature of the battle and could make it more difficult for Democrats to win broad support for removing Trump.  So they say, "No one is above the law."  But what, exactly, does that mean?

Also posted under Emotional outbursts as a substitute for facts and reason.

Impeachment Coup Analytics.  Aside from the emotional issue that Democrats, NeverTrumpers, and celebrities loathe Donald Trump, recently Representative Al Green (D-Texas) reminded us why the Democrats are trying to impeach the president rather than just defeat him in the 2020 general election.  "To defeat him at the polls would do history a disservice, would do our nation a disservice," Green said.  "I'm concerned that if we don't impeach the president, he will get re-elected."  Translated, that means Green accepts either that Trump's record is too formidable or that the agendas of his own party's presidential candidates are too frightening for the American people to elect one of them.  And that possibility is simply not permissible.  Thus, impeachment is the only mechanism left to abort an eight-year Trump presidency — on a purely partisan vote to preclude an election, and thus contrary to the outlines of impeachment as set out by the Constitution.

If The Case For Trump's Impeachment Is So Strong, Why Are Liberals Lying About It?  Almost everything about the allegations that have Democrats moving toward impeachment of the President is a lie, a proven lie.  And they don't care.  The call with Ukrainian President Zelensky did take place, so that part is true.  From there, the lies begin.  "There was a quid pro quo" they said.  The President threatened to withhold aid money from Ukraine unless Zelensky investigated Joe and Hunter Biden, we were told.  The transcript showed that did not happen.  That fact did not stop any Democrat from saying it did.  It did not stop anchors at CNN and MSNBC from saying it did.

Impeachment Depravity: 'Inquiry' Proves Democrats Know They Can't Win.  [Scroll down]  The Democrats know they can't beat Trump.  The premiere of Impeachment Depravity proves it.  One theory is that whistle-gate is a covert Democrat operation aimed at mortally wounding Joe Biden's campaign.  If true, that means they don't think he can win.  More conventionally, even if this is not an orchestrated Dem design, polling data suggests that Biden, the real Ukrainian malefactor, is on the way out.  Because they don't think he can win.  Which sets the stage for Elizabeth Warren, about whom Republican spokesperson Reince Preibus recently opined "has no chance of winning in [blue-collar] Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania."  No other Democrat currently in the race, including Bernie Sanders, has a ghost of a chance.  They can't win, and they know it.

Schiff, Pelosi and lawless Democrats may get the civil war they want.  The Whistleblower hoax and its attendant impeachment hysteria is a distraction to cover up the criminality of numerous high ranking Obama officials.  With a national election coming in 13 months, Democrats seem convinced they cannot win.  So they revert to another two years of the Russia Hoax II.  A fabricated scandal created by deep state elements, coordinated with leading Democrats, and laid out in the left-wing media like a PR campaign. [...] It appears that Adam Schiff knew of and had been sitting on the whistleblower complaint since early August.  It also appears that the complaint may have actually been written by Schiff's staff.  The whistleblower is a long-time CIA employee with a political bias.  His lawyer is a Democrat Party partisan.  When his name is revealed, and it will be, we will find that he has ties to John Brennan.  His complaint was all second-hand and third-hand information.  Suppositions and biased conclusions based on nothing other than his hatred for Trump.

Understanding the Impeachment Charade.  [Scroll down]  Now that the call turns out to be nothing like what the media told us it would be, some on the left have started a conspiracy theory that the transcript can't be real; it must be doctored.  These conspiracies aren't confined to weird corners of the internet.  Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Adam Schiff have already questioned the trustworthiness of the transcript, despite the fact that there's no evidence of wrongdoing.  Numerous career national security officials — many not fans of our president — have access to the original call and would have to be in on any conspiracy.  What's driving all this insanity?  Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, has been more honest about it than most.  Green admitted it straight up:  "I'm concerned that if we don't impeach this president, he will get reelected."

Pelosi's House Rule Changes are Key Part of "Articles of Impeachment", Being Drafted Over Next Two Weeks.  Back in December 2018 CTH noted the significant House rule changes constructed by Nancy Pelosi for the 116th congress seemed specifically geared toward impeachment.  With the House going into a scheduled calendar recess, those rules are now being used to subvert historic processes and construct the articles of impeachment.  A formal vote to initiate an "impeachment inquiry" is not technically required; however, there has always been a full house vote until now.  The reason not to have a House vote is simple:  if the formal process was followed the minority (republicans) would have enforceable rights within it.  Without a vote to initiate, the articles of impeachment can be drawn up without any participation by the minority; and without any input from the executive.  This was always the plan that was visible in Pelosi's changed House rules.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Blasts Impeachment Push, Blames Leftists.  On Wednesday evening [9/25/2019] at an event on "political civility" with ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered a sharp rebuke of the Democrats' latest cries for impeachment, blaming "leftist" Democrats for forcing Congress to begin an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. [...] Cuomo also provided a lengthy catalog of the legislative priorities that would be shoved aside until after the 2020 elections as a result of the futile impeachment process taking front and center.  "It's a long and unproductive road," emphasized Cuomo.  "Where does it go ultimately?  Nowhere."

An impeachment investigation in search of a crime.  More drivel about the impeachment of President Trump spews forth this week.  This is no surprise.  The desire to impeach Trump dates back to November of 2016, the night he won the election.  Reasons for his removal change from the Russia Hoax, to porn star payments, to being generally unfit, all suggesting a willingness on the part of his many enemies to "fill in the blank" with any possible crime.  The goal of the impeachment investigation is to find a crime.  Any crime will do.

Pelosi's Six-Committee Impeachment Investigation.  On the surface, the impeachment investigations of Nixon and Trump are quite similar.  In each case, the president was already under immense pressure, with a partisan media in full pursuit.  When each story broke, there was dominating, explosive coverage — with every talking head predicting imminent disaster — that goaded the Congress into taking immediate, forceful action.  Of course, with Nixon in particular, the stories seemed to pan out.  As things now stand, that does not appear to be the case with Trump. [...] This much seems true:  time and the tide of public opinion are simply not on Pelosi's side, and her six-committee approach will confuse rather than educate.

Elizabeth Warren, unabashed liar.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who's seen a bit of a boom in polls for president lately, came forward with a statement about President Donald Trump's whistleblower affair that if nothing else, serves as a classic textbook example of How Liars Lie.  The unabashed ones, anyway.  "Donald Trump believes he is above the law — and he will continue to commit crimes from the White House until we hold him accountable," she tweeted.  Except, of course, that Donald Trump hasn't been found guilty of committing any crimes.  Yes.  There is that.  But impeach away, she wrote.  "The House needs to vote on articles of impeachment — and when it comes to the Senate," the Massachusetts Democrat tweeted, "I will do what the Constitution requires."  What's the crime?  What's the impeachable offense?

Trump Derangement Syndrome Will Consume the Democratic Party.  The Russian hoax, the Kavanaugh and Gorsuch confirmation hearings, the various other concocted lies, are all beyond reprehensible and yet here we go again with an uncorroborated hearsay accusation about a phone call.  Hate and schizophrenia.  Hate is corrosive.  It seems to have already consumed any constructive thought capability in the Democratic Party.  We are left with the manifest derangement.  There is a very good possibility that complete meltdown and destruction will come if and when the party is crazy enough to actually try to impeach the President.

Kevin McCarthy to Force Democrats on Record Again with Impeachment Inquiry Vote.  House Republican leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) intends to force House Democrats to take another controversial vote by Friday sometime, forcing them on the record on their intent to forcibly impeach President Donald Trump, all as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to refuse to schedule any actual vote formally opening House impeachment proceedings.

Students say impeach Trump, but can't give a reason why.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.  Campus Reform asked college students in Virginia whether they agree Trump should be impeached, and if so, for what.  A number of students, however, had trouble naming any specific offense that warrants impeachment.  [Video clip]

An impeachment inquiry IS meddling in the election.
AOC: Impeachment Inquiry Needed to Prevent 'Potential Meddling' in 2020 Election.  [Rep. Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez said that previous House investigations into Trump have tended to focus on alleged past actions.  "When it comes to Ukraine we are talking about a potential meddling in the 2020 election that has still yet to happen."

The Fastest, Most Premature Impeachment in American History.  The impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is arguably the flimsiest and most premature impeachment in American history.  It's also the fastest by far.  Before this week, only three presidents in U.S. history had faced an official impeachment inquiry from the U.S. House of Representatives.  Two of them, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, were in their second terms.

The enduring folly of presidential impeachments.  The way that it is discussed in American media these days one could be forgiven for having the impression that the impeachment of presidents — and Supreme Court justices — is an ordinary feature of American public life, comparable to, say, shifting control of the House.  But it is nothing of the kind.  Impeachment is a legal aberration.  It is also a process that has never succeeded.  It is entirely possible that it was never meant to do so, that it appears in the text of 1789 for rhetorical reasons, as a kind of "Hic svnt dracones."  It certainly never occurred to anyone before the end of the 20th century that it was the ordinary legal remedy for a president's political opponents.

Mark Levin:  Impeachment Is 'an Attack on Us' and 'Our Constitutional System'.  [Scroll down]  Levin described how the Framers feared a usurpation of the president's accountability to the public via impeachment from the House, establishing a secondary constitutional check on the process within the Senate.  "The Senate is in place under the impeachment process to keep a check on the House because they were concerned — if you look at Federalist 65 — there was some concern that the House would have too much power," Levin stated.  "The great fear was that a president wouldn't be accountable to the public, but he'd be accountable to the House of Representatives, and that's why they set up this elaborate process."

Dems Worry Rudy Would Send Impeachment Hearing Off the Rails.  If Congress is to get to the bottom of President Trump's efforts to get the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, Rudolph W. Giuliani is an obvious choice for the witness list.  But Democrats are split as to whether he would do more harm than good to their nascent impeachment inquiry and some expressed concern that hauling in a loose cannon like Giuliani in front of a committee would risk a replay of the circus-like atmosphere created by Trump loyalist and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski — a scene few Democrats are eager to recreate.

Is Impeaching Trump Really About Kneecapping Joe Biden?  Make no mistake:  This is a risky game the Democrats are playing.  On the one hand, their most energetic voters practically demand Trump's immediate removal.  On the other hand, most voters are apathetic at best to the idea of impeachment, and will probably turn against it quite sharply if yet another investigation fails to reveal enough dirt on Trump.

Schumer: 'This Inquiry Was Not Taken Up for Partisan Reasons'.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in a floor speech on Wednesday, said the Trump White House and its allies will "rush" to call the Democrat impeachment inquiry a "partisan with hunt no matter how serious the allegations."  "But let me be clear," Schumer continued, "because I know accusations of partisanship are already being written.  This inquiry was not taken up for partisan reasons.  It does not prejudge an outcome."

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Why Brit Hume Thinks Pelosi's Impeachment Move 'Was Really Quite Clever'.  Fox News' senior political analyst Brit Hume weighed in on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry, arguing the move "was really quite clever."  What Pelosi accomplished, he argued, was to placate the progressive wing of the party while protecting moderates by not actually moving forward with a formal impeachment vote.

Pelosi orders impeachment probe: 'No one is above the law'.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, yielding to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election year clash between Congress and the commander in chief.

The Editor says...
No one is above what law?  What exactly did President Trump do that warrants impeachment?

Pelosi's 'impeach Trump' announcement a bad, bad sign for our republic.  Yesterday [9/24/2019], House speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the first steps are being taken to impeach President Donald Trump.  While few people actually believe that these actions will result in the disclosure of any offense on the part of the president or in a formal impeachment vote, the actions signify that what once made America function so much better than any previous nation is now lost. [...] For the first time in American history, a party and its leadership are refusing to cede the ability to set policy to the president.  Sure, the president was sworn in, sits in the Oval Office, and issues orders to his subordinates.  However, those orders are challenged by the Judicial Branch on baseless grounds.

The Realities of Impeachment.  I won't say that impeachment is back in the news, because the removal of the President never left and has been a headline grabber since before Trump took the oath. [...] The more progressive sort continue to call for impeachment, citing transgressions ranging from mean tweets to an abstruse constitutional clause that nobody heard of between the years of 1830 and 2016.

Maxine Waters:  We Will 'Move Very Quickly' on Impeaching Trump — Might Skip Congressional Recess.  Tuesday [9/24/2019] on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said House Democrats will "move very quickly" to bring articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. [...] Maddow said, "What do you expect the Judiciary Committee might be considering potential articles of impeachment?"  Waters said, "I don't have that information, but I do expect that the judiciary committee is prepared to move very quickly."

The Editor says...
In other words, she's going to move quickly, but doesn't know what for.

Even Before Trump Took Office, Media Began Impeachment Obsession.  The liberal media have begun yet another round of frenzied impeachment speculation, this time in reaction to anonymously-sourced media reports about a supposed whistleblower complaint that has not been released.  But media clucking about impeachment is nothing new — in fact, their obsession with evicting Donald Trump from the White House predates his actual Presidency.  By November 10, 2016 — just two days after the election! — television talking heads were already conjuring up theoretical scenarios in which Donald Trump could be removed from office.  Since then, TV journalists have amassed quite a repertoire of possible causes for a premature end to the Trump White House, including (but not limited to):  his tax returns; his family's business dealings, both home and abroad; his firing of various cabinet officials; and of course, his tweets.

What law has he broken?
Ocasio-Cortez calls out Democrats for refusing to impeach Trump.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called out Democrats late Saturday for what she called their "refusal" to impeach President Trump.  "At this point, the bigger national scandal isn't the president's lawbreaking behavior - it is the Democratic Party's refusal to impeach him for it," she tweeted.

Meeks: Pelosi Wants Trump 'in Jail,' Jailing Trump Only Way to Show We're Fighting for Rule of Law.  On Friday's [9/20/2019] broadcast of MSNBC's "The Beat," Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY) stated that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wants President Trump "in jail," and that putting President Trump in jail is the only way to show that the rule of law is being fought for.  Meeks said, "Speaker Pelosi, she's singularly focused to get this — she wants him in jail, where he really [belongs].  That's what her focus — she wants — Donald Trump, and if you look at all the things that he's done, it's almost if it was any other American, they would be in jail.  And she is focused singularly."

The Editor says...
Ordinarily the "rule of law" includes due process, as in, proof of a crime, trial by jury, etc.

Shane Gillis jokes about Trump assassination in first comedy show since 'SNL' rejection.  Shane Gillis, the comic who was recently rejected as a "Saturday Night Live" cast member after offensive material of his resurfaced, reportedly joked about President Trump being assassinated during his first stand-up show since he lost the job.  "I will say this:  Of all the presidents I've been alive for, Trump would definitely be the funniest one to see get shot," Gillis said during his stand-up set at The Stand comedy club Wednesday night [9/18/2019]in New York, according to USA Today.  "Like, without a doubt, that'd be funny."

Democrats' Impeachment Obsession Is a Danger to Democracy.  [House Judiciary Committee under Chairman Jerrold] Nadler has made it clear that any anti-Trump narrative, no matter how obscure, laughable, or deficient in terms of evidence, is potentially acceptable as a pretext for impeachment.  Again, he doesn't much care why Trump is impeached, just so long as he is.

Pelosi Unloads On Nadler; Tells Him To Drop 'Moby Dick'-Like Impeachment Obsession.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler last week over his 'Moby Dick'-like obsession with impeaching President Trump, days before Trump's 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski wiped the floor with Congressional Democrats during a contentious five-hour hearing on Tuesday [9/17/2019] in front of Nadler's panel.

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Rep. Speier Wants Lewandowski to Be Fined for 'Inherent Contempt'.  Because former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski did not indulge the Democrats' "get Trump" efforts at Tuesday's House Judiciary hearing, some say he should be punished, even though Lewandowski complied with the committee's subpoena and did answer some, but not all of their questions about facts that already are known.  "I think you have to look at Mr. Lewandowski as an adverse witness," Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), a member of the House intelligence and Oversight Committees, told CNN on Tuesday [9/17/2019].

Democrats, stuck in Watergate mode, bungle Lewandowski testimony.  Have Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee figured out what President Trump did to them?  By the looks of their questioning of Corey Lewandowski on Tuesday, the answer is no.  Democrats chose the former Trump campaign manager for their first hearing after declaring the committee is considering impeaching the president.  They apparently thought Lewandowski would elaborate on his extensive testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller and also on his testimony from earlier investigations by other House and Senate committees.  Instead, Lewandowski jerked Democrats around — and around and around.  He delayed.  He asked for specific citations when anyone referred to the Mueller report.  He repeated, over and over, his instructions from the Trump White House not to discuss his conversations with the president.

Lewandowski's messy hearing leaves some Dems questioning their tactics.  In the aftermath of Corey Lewandowski's testimony this week, some Democrats are openly questioning the wisdom of bringing forward the bombastic former Trump campaign manager, whose contentious exchanges with Democrats and stonewalling of their questions may have overshadowed a key aspect of his testimony: that President Donald Trump enlisted Lewandowski to tell the then-attorney general to limit the investigation into his 2016 campaign.

Democrats' Impeachment Obsession Is a Danger to Democracy.  Sad to say, but Tom Steyer, out-of-touch and unlikable billionaire though he may be, is probably the most representative face of the Democratic Party right now. [...] Steyer and his "Need to Impeach" movement offer a laundry list of reasons why Trump should be impeached and removed from office, from alleged obstruction of justice to violations of the Emoluments Clause, Russian collusion, racism and bigotry, recklessness, "persecution" of political opponents and the free press, mistreatment of "immigrants," and paying hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels.  Or, to put it another way, Steyer's rationale for impeachment is so diffuse that it's utterly incoherent.  Steyer presumably is bargaining that, if he throws everything but the kitchen sink at Trump, one of these charges — it doesn't much matter which one — will stick, and Trump will go down like a ton of bricks.

Trump sues Manhattan DA seeking to block tax return subpoena.  President Donald Trump is asking a federal judge to block an effort by New York prosecutors to obtain his tax returns.

Judiciary Hearing with Corey Lewandowski Devolves into Bedlam, Democrats Lose Control.  Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski frustrated House Judiciary Committee Democrats during a contentious hearing on Tuesday [9/17/2019] they had hoped would fuel support for President Trump's impeachment but instead devolved into chaos.  Democrats repeatedly tried and failed to get Lewandowski, a close ally of the president, to talk about his conversations with the president.  The White House has asserted those conversations should remain private due to executive privilege, and Lewandowski stayed within those limits.

Lewandowski Slapped Around Democrats During Their Trump Impeachment Circus.  Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski took the Democrats to school today [9/17/2019]. [...] Lewandowski was yanked before the House Judiciary Committee via subpoena and gave the Left a run for its money.  He slapped down the nonsense hurled at him regarding the Trump-Russia myth.  He wasn't going to play by their rules because he doesn't need to accept those parameters.  This is a witch hunt.  It's political theater.  So, have fun — and he did.

The American Left Is Completely Insane.  First, we were told that the Trump campaign "colluded" with Russia.  Unfortunately, the Mueller investigation that the left so dearly hoped would prove its specious allegations only served to show the American public that within the FBI and the Justice Department were individuals (Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr) whose loathing for Trump was so all-encompassing that they were willing to compromise proper investigative procedures if it meant undoing the 2016 election.  Then we heard accusations of obstruction of justice.  Those accusations didn't pan out either.  Now the same representative who decried the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton for perjury 21 years ago wants to impeach President Trump because — why?  Well, it's not entirely clear.

Conway dismisses Dems' impeachment push as 'complete nonsense,' after Nadler waffles on.  Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, said Democrats need to stop wasting time and taxpayers' money with their push for impeachment, and suggested that leaders on the left brush up on the law before moving forward.  Democrats, led by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., have been ramping up their rhetoric and activity, passing a resolution on the rules for an impeachment investigation, even as he and other Democrats have wavered on what to call their current probe.

Manhattan DA Seeks to Obtain Trump's Tax Returns Through Criminal Probe of Hush Payments.  Just days ago, CNN reported that prosecutors with the Manhattan District Attorney's (DA) Office last month interviewed Michael Cohen — the ex-personal attorney to President Donald Trump — about the Trump Organization possibly falsifying business records.  The New York Times revealed on Monday [9/16/2019] that DA Cy Vance's office also subpoenaed Trump's finance firm, Mazars USA, last month — ostensibly to obtain eight years of Trump's personal state and federal tax returns, as well as returns for the Trump Organization.  If Mazars USA sounds familiar that's because it is the same firm that has already been slapped with congressional subpoenas.  The DA's subpoenas reportedly seek records going back to 2011.

Manhattan district attorney subpoenas 8 years of Trump tax returns.  New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance's office has subpoenaed eight years of President Donald Trump's tax returns from Mazars USA, the longtime accounting firm to Trump and the Trump Organization, as part of its investigation into hush money payments, according to a person familiar with the matter.  The subpoena marks a new escalation in the large-scale effort to obtain the President's tax returns, a battle that has largely played out in courts as the Trump administration has continued to stand its ground against efforts to secure any of Trump's financial information.

8 Years of Trump Tax Returns Are Subpoenaed by Manhattan D.A..  State prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed President Trump's accounting firm to demand eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns, according to several people with knowledge of the matter.  The subpoena opens a new front in a wide-ranging effort to obtain copies of the president's tax returns, which Mr. Trump initially said he would make public during the 2016 campaign but has since refused to disclose.

Moderate Democrats warn Pelosi of impeachment obsession.  A day before the House Judiciary Committee took its biggest step yet toward impeachment last week, moderate Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi voiced his frustrations directly to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  The battleground freshman told Pelosi and other leaders at a closed-door meeting that he and other centrists feared that talk of impeaching President Donald Trump was threatening to swamp the Democratic agenda, according to multiple people in the room.

Back Off from the 'Resist' Nonsense.  When Donald Trump was elected president of these United States — or, more properly, president of the federal government of the United States of America, a distinction worth keeping in mind — some of those who were disappointed by his election declared their intention to, in the now-inescapable word, "Resist." [...] The creed of "resistance" was — and is — founded on a lie, that President Trump came to power through illegitimate means, that the election was somehow "stolen" by Republicans in cahoots with Moscow.  But there is no evidence that the Kremlin's screwball, Boris Badenov-worthy campaign of dank memery had any meaningful effect on the 2016 election.  The endless investigations into Trump and his campaign have turned up a great deal of unseemly behavior and bad judgment — these being traditional Trump trademarks — but there's a reason the effort to impeach him is going nowhere.

Cruz on reported Kavanaugh allegations:  There's nobody Democrats don't want to impeach.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the attention to the recent New York Times report on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh reflects the "shameful circus" from the Senate hearing last year.  The Texas senator told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week" that he thinks the Democratic candidates will call for impeachment to rile their base.  "I bet you, the next Democratic debate, they'll all be saying, 'Impeach Kavanaugh.  Impeach Trump,'" Cruz said.  "There's nobody they don't want to impeach.  And at some point, they just have to let the anger go and recognize that the democratic process actually moves on."

Jackson Lee:  We're Investigating to 'Educate the Public,' and Find Facts.  On Saturday's [9/14/2019] broadcast of MSNBC's "AM Joy," House Judiciary Committee member Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) stated that the Judiciary Committee is "investigating so that we can educate the public, but as well, find all the facts that may be relevant to then writing the articles of impeachment."

Nadler: Impeachment inquiry a 'made-up term' but it's essentially 'what we are doing'.  In an appearance [9/13/2019] on CNN, primetime host Chris Cuomo asked Nadler:  "If a head of a committee such as yours believes what you obviously believe, your duty in the Constitution is to start investigating to see if you have the facts for grounds for impeachment, and it is called an 'impeachment inquiry.'  Is that what you are doing right now?"  "It is not necessarily called an impeachment inquiry.  That's a made-up term without legal significance.  It is, however, what we are doing," Nadler said.

DOJ Files A Devastating Brief Exposing Jerry Nadler's Impeachment Inquiry Scam.  Recently, I covered Jerry Nadler's House Judiciary Committee passing rules for an "impeachment inquiry."  As some of us have speculated for months now, this was simply an attempt at stealth impeachment, i.e. getting to use the benefits of impeachment (grand jury access, increased subpoena power, etc.) without having too [sic] actually pass articles of impeachment.  The game in this case is that Nadler wants to pretend he's emperor with no guidelines while not having to pay the political price of having House Democrats actually vote as a majority to impeach.  There's noway [sic] the courts should allow that and it would present an enormously dangerous precedent if allowed to proceed.  Now, the DOJ is striking back, signaling they aren't going to take this nonsense lying down.

Levin: Jerry Nadler just 'perverted the impeachment process'.  Thursday on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin ripped the House Democrats, in particular House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., for disregarding the rules of the impeachment process and proceeding to investigate President Trump without the consent of the full chamber.  "Now the way an impeachment proceeding is supposed to work, ladies and gentlemen, and keep this in mind, is that impeachment is so serious that it's supposed to involve the broader body politic.  The House of Representatives in toto, not a committee of the House of Representatives conducting a so-called impeachment inquiry, impeachment investigation, impeachment probe — they've used all these words," Levin said.

Nadler: 'Very Strong' Evidence on 'A Dozen' Impeachable Offenses.  Nadler said, "You may have personal opinions, but you don't start off with an official conclusion.  You examine the evidence and you make a conclusion.  Now, I think, personally, the evidence is very strong on a dozen different impeachable offenses, but that's my personal opinion at the moment.  We are going to have a very aggressive series of hearings starting next Tuesday to bring out the witnesses."

Impeachment is dead and Democrats should thank Pelosi for saving them from themselves.  Liberals desperately need to see impeachment happen, if for nothing more than to soothe their own hurt feelings.  It's hard not to feel bad for them now, as they realize that it's just not going to happen.

[The] House Judiciary [Committee] Passes [a] Resolution on [the] Parameters of [a] Trump Impeachment Inquiry.  [Scroll down]  The vote would, in part, allow Nadler to call impeachment hearings, and allow staff members to question witnesses in those hearings.  A fed up Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) tried to explain what was really going on.  "The Judiciary Committee has become a giant Instagram filter," he said.  "To make it appear that something's happening that is not."  After 32 months of investigations that have produced no evidence that then-candidate Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win in 2016, still Democrats are pursuing other avenues that could lead to impeachment.

Impeaching Trump:  Democrats are the President's re-election secret.  House Democrats are working hard to assure Donald Trump handily wins a second term as the nation's 45th president.  It appears the House will shortly pass a resolution allowing the body's Democratic majority to form subcommittees in an effort to collect "evidence" of the president's "high crimes and misdemeanors."

Nadler's Fake Impeachment Inquiry.  The impeachment of a president, parliamentary esoterica notwithstanding, involves three straightforward steps.  First, the House authorizes the Judiciary Committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry.  Next, that committee conducts an investigation to determine if the president has committed any offense justifying his removal from office.  Finally, if such evidence is discovered, the full House votes to approve one or more articles of impeachment.  The Democrats, despite their accusations of dark doings at the White House, can't muster enough votes in the House to complete the first step toward removing President Trump.  Consequently, Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler has decided to conduct a fake impeachment inquiry.

Rep. Collins Blasts Dem Plan to Hold Committee Vote on Impeachment Proceedings.  As we move into a new week, Democrats are returning to an old topic — impeachment.  The House Judiciary Committee reportedly plans to vote Wednesday on a resolution that would "formalize procedures for a growing impeachment inquiry," The New York Times reported.  The move would allow Democrats to speed up their investigations, the Times reported.  And it would back up court filings made by Democrats which already state that they are conducting an impeachment inquiry, when no vote has been taken.

The Democratic impeachment investigation keeps expanding.  Democrats are weighing articles of impeachment against President Trump with an extensive list of alleged wrongdoing that grows by the day.  Since taking the majority in January, Democrats have built an all-encompassing search involving more than five dozen investigations into the president's past and present behavior, the actions of his administration, his personal finances, and his family.  Trump earlier this year accused Democrats of "the highest level of presidential harassment" in history.  The party responded by ramping up their scrutiny.

Moderate Democrats Resisting Calls to Support Impeachment.  Moderate Democrats are so far resisting the call to support impeachment, even as House Judiciary Committee Democrats double down on efforts to investigate President Trump for impeachable offenses.  The committee is planning to investigate payments former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen made to two women who allege they had affairs with the president more than a decade ago, and whether the investigation into Cohen was obstructed.

Jerry Nadler revives Dem impeachment porn by probing Stormy Daniels.  Democrat Jerry Nadler, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is so desperate to impeach President Donald Trump that he's reviving the old "hush-money payments" narrative concerning porn star Stormy Daniels.  Instead of fixing America's illegal-immigration crisis or addressing the deadly opioid epidemic, Nadler plans to launch another sham investigation — this time into Trump's alleged role in paying "hush money" to silence Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

The zombie movement to impeach Trump.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi presumably likes Trump about as much as the average member of her caucus, but she also understands that impeachment, in addition to not polling well nationally, will not do Democrats elected in seats won by Trump in 2016 any favors.  This is to say nothing of the fact that, even if a suitable pretext could be found and the Democratic membership of the House united, impeachment would be dead on arrival in the Senate.

Democrats' messy impeachment push hits critical phase.  House Democrats return to Capitol Hill next week with an impeachment mess on their hands and just weeks to make a choice that could define the rest of Donald Trump's presidency.  Lawmakers faced frequently contentious town halls during their six-week August recess as activists pressured Democratic holdouts to support impeachment proceedings.  A steady trickle of new endorsements for action followed, and a majority of the House's 235 Democrats now backs an impeachment inquiry.

Why Americans Should Distrust "Mental Health Experts".  A couple of psychiatrists appeared on CNN on Sunday to discuss the president, and their exchange serves as an apt reminder of why Americans, and conservatives in particular, should distrust these so-called mental health experts.  One of them, Bandy Lee, has been trying to undermine the Trump presidency for the past three years.  Her palpably biased and unprofessional efforts were the subject of my Aug. 10, 2018, column.  An assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Yale, Lee is editor of the widely criticized book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump (2017), whose circular argument is that Donald Trump's mental health poses a "clear and present danger" to "the nation and individual well being." [...] It goes against medical ethics (the Goldwater Rule) for a psychiatrist to diagnose a person he or she has not examined.  Lee, however, seems to enjoy an unflappable faith in her own expertise and mission, and so continues to do her "duty to warn" us about the dreadful man in the White House.

Nancy Pelosi Just Delivered a Kill Shot to House Democrats' Impeachment Hopes... For Now.  The majority of the House Democratic caucus now supports impeachment proceedings against President Trump because he won the 2016 election.  This was the plan all along.  Of course, the Democrats couldn't admit this after they retook the House in 2018.  They had to look like they were going to push a legislative agenda, not engage in a crusade against the Trump White House until the next election cycle.  It's the tantrum of all tantrums.  And while this is annoying — the impeachment circus — it's also highly entertaining; Trump lives rent-free in the minds of the American Left.  And every time they think about it, the more insane these people get which also increases the chances that Trump secures a second term.

Protesters Demanding Impeachment Crash Nancy Pelosi Award Ceremony in San Francisco.  Progressive activists crashed an award ceremony honoring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at a San Francisco hotel on Wednesday night, demanding she support the introduction of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.  Armed with signs that read "We can't wait," demonstrators stood on chairs while shouting, "Which side are you on, Pelosi?  Impeach!" inside the InterContinental hotel, where the San Francisco Democrat Party members honored the longtime California lawmaker with a lifetime achievement award.

House Democrats appear less likely to get Trump's tax returns before 2020 election.  House Democrats appear increasingly unlikely to secure President Trump's tax returns before the 2020 presidential election, according to interviews with legal experts and several lawmakers, as resistance from the Trump administration has stymied the party's efforts to obtain his personal financial records.  Several Democrats involved in oversight, including Rep. Daniel Kildee (Mich.) of the Ways and Means Committee, see a long path to getting a final court decision, even if they expect to win in the end.  Trevor N. McFadden, a Trump-appointed judge who was assigned the case in July, will hear the case first, and any decision is likely to be appealed to higher courts, up to the Supreme Court.

'Impeachment August' Campaign Falls Short of [its] Goals with [the] Month Halfway Over.  Progressive groups were hoping to make this month "Impeachment August," but with only 12 days to go, they are falling short of their self-stated goals.  Twelve progressive groups joined together to launch a campaign on August 1 with a goal to pressure House Democrats to come out in support of President Trump's impeachment.  While the American public remains deeply divided on impeachment, Democrats overwhelmingly support it.

'Meathead' Rob Reiner:  Impeach Trump for criticizing Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib.  It seems that Hollywood leftist Rob Reiner has impeachment on the brain.  On Thursday, he suggested that Trump be impeached for criticism of far-left "Squad" members Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

MSNBC Host, Analysts Speculate About Removing Trump From Office.  An MSNBC panel speculated Friday afternoon about potentially removing President Donald Trump from office due to his mental state, pointing to reports he is exhibiting "signs that were similar to the early stages of Alzheimer's."  "He attacked a man who turned out to be one of his own supporters," host Nicolle Wallace said.  "I don't know where there are many schools in America you can bully somebody like that and not get suspended."  Wallace referenced a supporter who was removed from a Trump rally after the President made fun of his weight.  Afterward, the supporter said Trump had nothing to apologize for and that "he's the best thing that ever happened to this country."

Jerry Nadler Tries To Mislead A District Court Judge And The DOJ, Gets Clobbered.  Americans have moved on from the Russian collusion hoax, but House Democrats just can't seem to let go.  House Judiciary chairman, Jerry Nadler, has two goals at the moment.  He would like former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before his committee.  Additionally, he is seeking the secret grand jury information from the Mueller investigation.

Nadler plays impressive word games.  House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nalder, D-N.Y., continues to play a game of semantics when it comes to his partisan effort to impeach President Donald Trump.  Having been bumped from the headlines this week by the liberal media's rabid ploy to blame the president for a pair of shootings last weekend, Nadler appeared on CNN to find his way back onto the front page, claiming his committee has begun "formal impeachment proceedings."  CNN anchor Erin Burnett asked Nadler about an impeachment inquiry and he tossed an impressive word salad as recounting his witch hunt, which is effectively a rehash of the two year, $35 million-plus Robert Mueller probe

Jerry Nadler Gets Called Out For Claiming 'Formal Impeachment Proceedings' [are] Underway.  House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said in an interview with CNN Thursday that "formal impeachment proceedings" are underway, prompting GOP Rep. Doug Collins to call him out for being off the mark.  "This is formal impeachment proceedings," Nadler told CNN's Erin Burnett.  "We are investigating all the evidence, gathering the evidence.  And we will [at the] conclusion of this — hopefully by the end of the year — vote articles of impeachment to the House floor.  Or we won't.  That's a decision that we'll have to make.  But that's exactly the process we're in right now."

'Flagrantly illegal.'  Trump sues California over new law targeting his tax returns.  President Donald Trump, the California Republican Party, and the national GOP joined together Tuesday [8/6/2019] to sue California over a new tax-return law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed last week.  The law requires Trump and other presidential candidates to release the last five years of their tax returns to get their names on the state's 2020 primary ballot.

The Democrats' Disingenuous Impeachment Plans.  According to Politico, after Robert Mueller's testimony in two televised hearings, 37% of Americans still wanted impeachment proceedings to begin, while 46% still wanted the inquiry to stop and their legislators to refocus on the critical issues of the day:  immigration, crime, health care, drug addiction, cyberterrorism and global trade.  Still, Committee Chairmen Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff were undeterred.  They insisted that Mueller's halting testimony was a triumph of substance over style but assured us that they'll have something even better — a real game-changer — if we can just hold on until after their six-week vacation is over. [...] At this point, the Democrats' duplicitous strategy for impeachment is failing.

Grand Jury Secrecy and Jerry Nadler.  Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (HJC), fresh off his committee's disastrous session with Robert Mueller, has announced his intent to obtain access to the secret grand jury testimony taken during the Mueller investigation.  It matters not that Mueller concluded there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against President Trump; he and his entire two-year investigation are now being disowned by ardent Democrats dead set on impeaching the president.  Nadler's hope is to uncover some testimony, however remote, that he can claim as the basis for an impeachment initiative.

Dems' impeachment show badly needs a script doctor — or cancellation.  "Nobody reads the book," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said in a widely repeated line, referring to the Mueller report, "but everybody will watch the movie."  The problem is the Mueller episode was boring, and the same folks who said it was going to be a hit are now furious at those judging it like entertainment.  The show bombed largely because Mueller refused to play his part.  Not only were his halting answers designed to deny newscasters a single sound bite, but he also refused to play the wise elder statesman role Congress so often assigns outsiders in the hope they will do whatever job the representatives themselves are incapable of doing.

The Seven Dumbest Things Democrats Demand You Believe.  The Democrats still aren't finished with the Trump-Russia meme.  They apparently fail to recognize that virtually everything to come as this story goes forward will be unpleasant for them.  There is the Department of Justice's Inspector General report, due out later this summer, which will likely describe the origins of the Trump-Russia meme as being bought and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and used as a predicate for colossal civil rights abuses, if not election tampering, by the Obama administration, which weaponized Clinton's store-bought Steele Dossier to spy on the Trump campaign.

Dems Rely on Phony Impeachment Polling.  [The Democrats are] denying the reality of the 2016 presidential election, that Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton fair and square.  It was not the result Democrats and their media comrades wanted or expected and now they seek to overturn the will of the American people in selecting a president.  So what if Hillary Clinton won the popular vote?  Bill Clinton was elected in 1992 with only 43 percent of the popular vote, far from a majority, but no one considered him an illegitimate president for that reason.  Democrats have been trying for close to three years to overturn the 2016 election.  From Stormy and Avenatti, to Rapinoe and Omarosa, all have tried and failed.

Schiff: Trump Obstructing Congressional Oversight Might Be Grounds for Impeachment.  Sunday [7/28/2019] on NBC's "Meet the Press," House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said President Donald Trump stonewalling Congress in their investigations might become an impeachable offense.  [Video clip]

Yeah, let's talk about obstruction and stonewalling.

NAACP: Impeach 'Occupant' of WH for 'Vile Racist Attack' on Cummings.  The Chairman of the NAACP board of directors on Saturday said President Donald Trump should be impeached for his "vile racist attack" on Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and the "despicable" attacks on Baltimore.  Leon W. Russell, the chairman, also accused Trump of running a "criminal enterprise" and turning the White House into a "racist cesspool."

Nadler (In 1999): Perjury And Obstruction Of Justice Not Impeachable Offenses.  Putting aside that his bloviations about President Trump are totally bogus, in 1999 when Bill Clinton was being impeached Nadler's views about what offenses should lead to impeachment were totally different.  A NY Times article on Feb. 1, 1999, celebrated Nadler as the leading voice in the house fighting against the Clinton charges.

MSNBC Host:  We're Not Going to 'Play Fair' to Put Trump in Jail.  During a Friday [7/26/2019] appearance on Morning Joe, MSNBC host Donny Deutsch promised the world, "We're not going to necessarily play fair" to put President Trump "in jail."  "We may not have won the battle of impeachment," Deutsch squealed, "but we're going to win the war of putting him in jail — whatever we have to do, and we're not going to necessarily play fair."

Pelosi: Next Step on Impeachment Involves Investigating Trump's Finances.  Friday [7/26/2019] at her weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the House of Representatives is investigating President Donald Trump's "finances, personal business" in their next step toward possible impeachment.

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It's too bad Ms. Pelosi wasn't so obsessed with impeachment four years ago, when there were credible allegations against the (previous) president.  Pelosi and company have got nothing to work with, and they might as well give it up.

Nets Lament Mueller 'Blunted Momentum', Didn't 'Move the Needle' for Impeachment.  The day after the disasters that were the Democratic-led hearings with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the liberal broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) seemed crestfallen that their high hopes for President Trump's impeachment were puttering out.  Their Thursday [7/25/2019] flagship evening newscasts reflected that mood as they talked about the hearings not having the "punch" needed to push certain Democrats to back impeachment, leaving a "divide" in the party.

Democrats just won't give up their impeachment bone.  Take, for example, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who, upon watching Republicans take Mueller apart in cross-examination, asked God for forgiveness for ever having been a Republican.  So Joe, do you mean to say you are ashamed for having associated with Republicans because they asked tough questions of the man who diverted the nation's attention for two years with a partisan hoax of gargantuan proportions?  You are more comfortable lying in bed with mean-spirited Democrats, progressives, liberals and leftists who delight every day in savaging President Trump and his supporters.  We understand that you are sorry you were ever a Republican, and we're sorry, too, but could you please come up with a better reason — one that might convince more than a sliver of credulous people?

Democratic impeachment fever dies down after Mueller hearing.  Without any major bombshells from Mueller, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took Democrats into a six-week summer recess without initiating any proceedings.  Pelosi is opposed to impeachment, in large part because a move to oust the president would be dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled Senate and could be a politically toxic issue for Democrats in swing districts.  Pelosi advised Democrats to talk about impeachment if they need to boost their re-election prospects next year — but not in a way that challenged other members' opposition to launching an impeachment effort.

Pelosi rebuffs Nadler on impeachment after Mueller flop.  House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler pushed to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump during a closed-door meeting Wednesday, only to be rebuffed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to four sources familiar with the discussions.  At a caucus meeting that came after the hotly anticipated testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller, Nadler suggested that several House committee chiefs begin drafting articles of impeachment against Trump.  Pelosi called the idea premature, the sources said.

Schiff: 'I Would Be Delighted If We Had a Prospect of Removing Him Through Impeachment But We Don't'.  Thursday [7/25/2019] on CNN's "New Day," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, lamented that impeachment was not an option when it came to President Donald Trump.

Maxine Waters: 'Impeachment First, Prison Next'.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) on Monday evening [7/22/2019] predicted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's appearance before Congress on Wednesday will give Democrats "the ammunition" they need to "start impeachment immediately."

Democrats think they've got a slam-dunk obstruction case against Trump.  They don't.  It could be that the Mueller hearing, rather than showcasing a slam-dunk case against the president on obstruction of justice, will highlight how tenuous, subject to interpretation, and difficult to prove Mueller's allegations really are.  The first thing to notice about the Democrats' choice of evidence is what is not included.

The SDNY Just Crushed One Of The Left's Biggest Dreams.  After the Mueller report failed to deliver the silver bullet against Trump, those obsessed with taking him out (because it's not like we have an election next year or something) needed a new hope.  It couldn't just be over and rationality that perhaps Trump simply didn't break any laws wasn't entertained.  Instead, the dream shifted to the SDNY [Southern District of New York].

Federal Prosecutors Won't Bring Additional Charges in Trump Campaign Finance Probe.  Federal prosecutors in New York City will not bring additional charges as part of their investigation into payments orchestrated by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election, according to the Associated Press.

137 House Democrats Voted Against Impeachment.  This impeachment vote is what all of the most vocal political opponents have been asking for.  This impeachment vote is what CNN, MSNBC and MSM panelists have been advocating for since November 2018.  This is what every democrat presidential candidate has supported.  This was the put-up or shut-up moment the far-left has been diligently working toward.

Democrats reject impeachment in hasty vote to punish Trump.  The House voted Wednesday [7/17/2019] against a resolution to bring articles of impeachment against President Trump, demonstrating that Democrats are not willing to take the ultimate step to try to oust the president.  While dozens of House Democrats want to begin an impeachment inquiry against Trump, the vote showed their numbers remain too few to win a floor vote to start one.  The vote was 332-95 to kill the measure.  Ninety-five Democrats voted against tabling it, demonstrating that about 40% of the House Democratic caucus backs impeachment.

Rep. Al Green Proposes Impeaching Trump for "Bigotry".  The Constitution, that document which no good Dem believes in, states, "The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."  There's nothing there about saying mean things.  If there were, then Rep. Al Green might be impeached.

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Feds End Campaign Finance Investigation into Trump 'Hush Money' to Stormy Daniels.  Federal prosecutors have ended their investigation into payments from then-candidate Donald Trump to porn star Stormy Daniels, which Trump's critics had hoped would lead to his arrest or impeachment.

Democrat Congressman Worries An Honest And Fair Election Will Give POTUS Trump A Win In 2020!  Democrats don't believe they can win the White House back in 2020 by allowing the American people to decide.  No, they need to impeach him before the election.  So says longtime Democrat Congressman, Al Green.

Plan B: Impeach Trump For Fighting Illegal Immigration.  What if House Democrats drew up articles of impeachment charging President Trump not with obstruction of justice but with obstruction of those entering America illegally?  The ructions for months now over the continuous unauthorized entry of multitudes across the southern border, their often-dubious appeals for political asylum, and the shameful exploitation of children by those seeking to get into the country any way they can are being used to the full against Trump.

The framers never intended for impeachment to be a political weapon.  On Sunday night's [6/23/2019] episode of Life, Liberty & Levin on Fox News, LevinTV host Mark Levin was joined by constitutional expert and former federal Judge Michael McConnell to discuss how the framers constitution really intended for impeachment to work.  During the discussion, McConnell — who is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and director of Stanford University's constitutional law program — explained that impeachment is far more than just a political issue, or at least that's what the framers intended for it to be.  "The phrase 'high crimes and misdemeanors' was specifically chosen to be a very high bar" for impeachment, McConnell explained.

The Dems' 2020 Election Strategy.  Investigations.  Every single day's news is dominated, day after day, week after week, month after month by investigations of the President, subpoenas to his executive branch, his friends and associates, his family.  Investigations that go from Michael "Cash Cab" Cohen as the very first sworn witness of the Congressional term to Mueller to John Dean, who masterminded Watergate.  It's like swearing-in Harvey Weinstein to testify about Bill Clinton.  And never-ending daily discussions of:  FISA warrants.  Redactions.  Grand jury transcripts.  Hold the Attorney-General in contempt.  Hold the Secretary of the Treasury in contempt.  Hold the Secretary of Commerce in contempt.  Demand the President's taxes.  Subpoenas and litigation for his taxes.

Three reasons Trump-Russia hasn't turned into Watergate.  In Watergate, the underlying crime was a break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters, perpetrated by burglars paid by President Richard Nixon's reelection campaign.  The scandal proceeded from there.  In Trump-Russia, the underlying crime was the hacking of the DNC's and John Podesta's emails — a crime committed by Russians in Russia.  Special counsel Robert Mueller, who indicted a number of Russians and Russian entities for their actions, spent two years trying to find conspiracy or coordination between the Russians and the Trump campaign.  He failed.  That single fact has shaped every other aspect of the Trump-Russia affair.

Congress Has No Right to Trump Tax Returns — Justice Department Makes Right Decision.  President Trump won a victory Friday when the Justice Department said Congress does not have the right to see his tax returns.  More importantly, all American taxpayers won a victory, because the Justice Department memo regarding Trump's returns has the effect of upholding the privacy and confidentially of all our tax returns as well.  If Congress is allowed to examine the president's tax returns, the next step will be demands by lawmakers to examine the tax returns of others — political activists and opponents, members of unpopular groups, religious minorities, and who knows who else.

When did Congressional testimony become performance art?  In the last 10 years, the rules of the game have changed.  Politicians, activists and writers are no longer giving testimony to a committee, as [Alexander P.] Butterfield did in 1973.  They are competing for attention and influence on the internet.

Why are House Dems Allowed to Try President Trump For The Same Offense For the Fifth Time?  Last I knew, this was the United States of America.  We lived by a Constitution which guaranteed a set of protections against tyranny for our citizens.  One of those protections is the guarantee that a person accused of a crime cannot be "twice put in jeopardy" for the same crime.  This is called double jeopardy.  The text book definition of double jeopardy is as follows:  "A procedural defense which prevents an accused person from being tried again on the same (or similar) charges and on the same facts, following a valid acquittal or conviction."

John Dean, House Democrats and the spirit of scandals past.  John Dean?  Really?  If this was a Dickens story, John Dean would be playing the Spirit of Scandals Past, the forlorn and decrepit old spirit carted out to warn others.  But his warnings are no more than craven fodder for the Spirit of Scandals Present, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler.  Why don't the Democrats just admit they were wrong about collusion and move on rather than continuing to embarrass themselves?

A Mafia Hit Man's Assessment of John Dean.  In his testimony before the committee, Dean conceded that he was not appearing as a fact witness and did not have personal knowledge as to the truth or falsity of a single fact in Team Mueller's report.  Instead, his role was to provide "historical context" within which Trump's actions could be assessed.  So Dean appeared, in effect, as an expert witness on how to commit obstruction of justice, a crime which involves hiding the truth.  The Republicans on the committee raised all of the obvious points about Dean's admitted criminal conduct in the Watergate conspiracy.  But it was this exchange between Dean and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) that particularly caught my interest. [...]

John Dean Blows a Hole in the Democrats' Impeachment Push.  John Dean admitted to opposing Donald Trump before Trump was even elected.  And Dean described his level of disgust as doubling him over with pain in his stomach at the thought of a President Donald Trump.  So Dean let the cat out of the bag.  This has nothing to do with anything that Trump did after becoming President.  Dean was already desperate to stop Trump from becoming President.  This has nothing to do with the law, impeachment, obstruction of justice or anything else that Trump did.  It is all about politics.  Dean wanted Hillary Clinton to win — by his own admission.  John Dean is just one of the many spoiled children of the Left who didn't get his way.

Jordan and Gaetz Expose Pelosi and Nadler's Ridiculous Political Impeachment Stunt.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Judicary Chairman Jerry Nadler constructed a political hearing to kick-off their impeachment narrative and fuel their base.  In an effort to create the appearance of hearing credibility the plan was to use testimony from former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean.  The plan failed, miserably.  Dean was showcased for what he is, a political prop for the left-wing base of MSNBC moonbats.

Even Democrats Aren't Sure Whether John Dean Did Them Any Good.  It was supposed to be a made-for-TV moment for House Democrats:  former Richard Nixon counsel and Watergate icon John Dean testifying before lawmakers in the Judiciary Committee's first hearing solely devoted to the substance of Robert Mueller's findings on whether President Trump obstructed the Russia investigation.  After the four-hour hearing wrapped on Monday [6/10/2019], though, not all Democrats were reveling in the testimony of Watergate's star witness.  Some were even wondering if anyone had bothered to watch.

Alan Dershowitz:  House Democrats 'looking to create something that isn't there' with impeachment.  Famed Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz says House Democrats at this point are gasping for air in the never-ending Russia saga.  "They're looking to create something that isn't there," he told me in a brief phone interview Monday morning.  "They're trying to weaponize the criminal justice system for partisan advantage.  It's not there.  There's no obstruction of justice in the [special counsel] report."  Democrats on Monday [6/10/2019] will hear testimony related to their absurd case against President Trump for supposedly obstructing justice.

Nadler's Trump-Bashing Witnesses Are Obama Appointees and MSNBC Hack Contributors.  The Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee chaired by Jerry Nadler dragged out Watergate figure John Dean to testify at Monday's [6/10/2019] hearing about Mueller's report.  Nadler also trotted out two former Obama-appointed US Attorneys who are contributors to MSNBC, and they both came out and trashed President Trump.

Jerry Nadler's Trump-bashing show is a bust.  Chairman Jerry Nadler has to put on a show of pursuing President Trump because the party's left wing demands it.  But Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't let Nadler go to impeachment hearings because she knows the broader public will see it as a partisan outrage.

GOP's Collins blasts Nadler's 'fake impeachment' hearings; reminds him of House rules forbidding 'ridicule of the president'.  In an effort to placate the party's increasingly unhinged Left-wing base, Democrats in the House will hold what critics are calling "fake impeachment hearings" on Monday, though one Republican is reminding a powerful committee chairman of the chamber's rules regarding the treatment of the president.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) will hold a hearing featuring Watergate-era stoolie and convict John Dean, reputed to be the one who brought down President Richard Nixon though in reality, it was a series of tapes in which Nixon discussed obstructing justice and other crimes that actually did him in.

Oh Look, Another Glaring Omission In The Mueller Report.  [Scroll down]  For two years, they dug and found nothing.  Now, after being unable to give Democrats the impeachment ammunition the needed, Mueller, in his exiting presser, all but gave the green light to start such proceedings.  It's that presser that many saw this whole investigation as nothing more than a political hit job and a perversion of a basic tenet of our legal system:  innocent until proven guilty. [...] The liberal media continued to peddle it, however, because Trump Derangement Syndrome is real and the Left is desperate to get rid of the president.

Collins Warns Nadler About Rules Of Conduct In Upcoming 'Mock-Impeachment Inquiry'.  House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins on Friday accused Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler of scheduling a "mock impeachment inquiry" of the president for Monday as opposed to a legitimate congressional oversight hearing.  The upcoming hearing titled "Lessons from the Mueller Report:  Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes" is expected to include testimony from Watergate key witness John Dean along with other legal experts to drive the obstruction narrative for Democrats.  However, former special counsel Robert Mueller will not be a witness.

Why Democrats Can't Make Up Their Minds on Impeachment.  Democrats are eager to impeach president Trump, yet at the same time, they are eager to avoid such impeachment.  They cannot make a rational decision on how to proceed, because they have painted themselves into a corner on the issue.  They bombarded the country with various hoaxes for years, telling Americans that Trump is Russia's asset.  If they start the impeachment proceedings against Trump, independents will abandon Democrats (independents will not tolerate the prosecution of innocent men), and they will lose the 2020 elections.  If Democrats put brakes the impeachment plans, their brainwashed base will abandon them; [...]

Anti-Trump Psychiatrists Will Violate Ethics In Bogus Dem 'Mental Health' Town Hall.  Democrats, having failed with their "Russian collusion" and "It's a cover-up!" are now turning to "mental health" in another desperate attempt to unseat the duly-elected POTUS.  The assembled psychiatrists would be better served if they focused on their own obsession with President Trump and their childish, petulant refusal to accept reality:  Donald Trump is the president of the United States.  And they seem unconcerned that they are in clear violation of one of the ethical guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association, known as the "Goldwater Rule," which was adopted after the 1964 presidential election, when psychiatrists weighed in with their "diagnosis" of the Republican nominee, Barry Goldwater, without having had any contact with him.

A Washington Post argument against impeachment:  Trump is who he is.  The debate over impeachment is growing both deafening and dispiriting.  On one side, liberal pols and pundits argue that the Democrats have an absolute duty to make the move against Donald Trump because he's so obviously broken the law — never mind Bob Mueller's lack of charges — and is so awful that history demands action, regardless of the political drawbacks.  Other pols and pundits on the left say impeachment would be futile and self-destructive, divide the country, obliterate the Democrats' agenda — and then ultimately fail in the Senate.

Senior House Democrat says support [is] lacking for formal Trump impeachment inquiry.  The chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday there did not appear to be support at the moment for a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia probe.

Watergate's John Dean is a hero to Dems eager to impeach Trump — but here's the ugly truth.  Soon, John Dean will be the Democratic House Judiciary Committee's opening witness in the majority's quest to keep the Mueller report at the forefront of the national consciousness.  As a former member of President Nixon's White House staff, Dean has become a mainstream media darling, who is frequently trotted out to assert that some supposed Republican scandal is "worse than Watergate."  He's hardly on the inside of anything Republican today, but he certainly knows about Watergate, because he played such a central part throughout the scandal's unfolding.

More than two dozen liberal groups voice frustration with Pelosi, urge impeachment proceedings against Trump.  A coalition of more than two dozen liberal groups on Tuesday urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, writing in a letter that her reticence is "resulting in dangerous inaction that enables this racist and xenophobic president."  The strongly worded letter voicing frustration with Pelosi (D-Calif.) came a day after the Democratic-led House returned from a week-long recess and continued to grapple with how to respond to the report of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Enough Games — They Want to Destroy Us.  The past few days of news coverage have confirmed that the corporate leftist media and the Democrats are hellbent on uncritically warping every fact and statement to support their effort to forcibly remove a democratically elected president and to demonize anyone who may stand in their way. [...] In a civil society, citizens may be entitled to their opinions but not to their own facts.  But the past few years are evidence enough that we are no longer living in an actual civilized society.  Our opponents are not engaging in good faith.  They are willing and eager to destroy anyone in their way — no matter the cost.

Poll: Majority oppose Trump impeachment, but most Democrats support it.  A majority of polled voters oppose impeaching and removing President Trump but a strong majority of Democrats are in favor of doing so, according to the latest Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey.  The survey found that a plurality of voters, 43 percent, favor no action against the president, including 44 percent of independents.  Thirty-seven percent support impeaching and removing the president.  Sixty percent of polled Democrats say the president should be impeached and removed, but only 36 percent of independents are in favor.  Twenty percent of voters say Trump should be censured by Congress.

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When was there ever a poll conducted to ask if Barack H. Obama should be impeached and removed, or at least censured by Congress?

Far Left Late Night Host Jimmy Kimmel Pleads with Nancy Pelosi to Impeach Trump.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi took time on Thursday on Late Night with far left host Jimmy Kimmel on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."  The late night shows have replaced comedy the last three years with visceral hatred of President Trump and conservative American voters.  During their segment Kimmel pleaded with Nancy Pelosi to impeach President Trump urging her to "get in there" and "take care of this."

Five things that will happen if House Dems move to impeach Trump.  If Democrats want to argue that corrupt intent and an underlying offense are not needed to prove obstruction, then was former President Bill Clinton committing obstruction when he met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Phoenix Airport while the FBI was investigating his wife's mishandling of government emails?  Or was former President Barack Obama committing obstruction when he opined that Hillary Clinton had done nothing wrong with her emails while she was his secretary of state?  Both Presidents Obama and Clinton acted before then-FBI Director James Comey announced his recommendation that Hillary Clinton — then running for president against Trump — should not be charged for improperly using a private email server instead of the required secure government email system while heading the State Department.  Knowing what they know today, if House Democrats move forward on the impeachment of President Trump, five things will happen. [...]

Trump becomes the Democrats' great white whale.  One way of envisioning the Democratic obsessions with Donald Trump is as an addiction.  We have seen the initial impeachment efforts; the attempt to get him under the emoluments clause, the Logan Act and the 25th Amendment; the Russian collusion hoax; the Mueller investigation; the demand for his tax returns; and the psychodramas involving Michael Avenatti, Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels.  Relentless progressives have needed a new Get Trump fix about every two months.  More practically, their fixation also substitutes for a collective poverty of ideas.

2020 Democrats Renew Impeachment Frenzy After Robert Mueller Speaks.  Several Democrat presidential candidates on Wednesday [5/29/2019] took to social media to call on Congress to begin impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump following special counsel Robert Mueller's press conference about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) declared Mueller's statement "makes clear" that his report is an "impeachment referral" for Congress to act upon.  "They should," she declared.

Democrats' impeachment talk impeaches their own credibility.  Democrats talking about impeaching President Trump are so absurdly premature as to convict themselves of extreme political hackery.  Their excuses for impeachment change with the news cycle, but right now, the only ground remotely reasonable for impeachment is the evidence reported by inspector general Robert Mueller that Trump tried on 10 occasions to impede the Russia-related investigation.  The contrary arguments, though, are strong.  The first two are that Trump apparently committed no underlying crime to cover up and that he provided remarkably free access to requested documents and to members of his team without asserting executive privilege.  It's hard to charge obstruction when he destroyed no documents and suborned no perjury.

Impeach or get off the pot, Democrats.  It's difficult to believe anyone really thinks impeachment is a good idea after an independent investigation blew up the Russiagate conspiracy.  But Democrats run the House.  They have the votes to get it done.  According to their own rhetoric, they have a duty to impeach no matter what the Senate does.  An impeachment proceeding that compels Democrats to lay out their case would be far preferable to this show trial — what the Wall Street Journal editorial page dubbed "The Pseudo-Impeachment."  Let's do it already.

Colluders, Obstructionists, Leakers, and Other Projectionists.  Mueller spent more than $34 million and wrote over 440 pages to inform the American people that Trump could not realistically be indicted for obstructing justice, mostly because the underlying crime — "collusion" — never existed in the first place.  Moreover, Mueller and other officials were never actually hampered in their investigations.  No matter:  "obstruction" was supposedly the key to destroying the Trump Administration after collusion imploded.  To this day it remains the battle cry of the impeach-Trump Left.

Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen Questions Nancy Pelosi's Patriotism Over Impeachment And We're Here For It.  Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen appeared on CNN today [5/23/2019] (where else?).  You'll probably remember Cohen from some of his greatest hits, like slobbering on a bucket of KFC during a hearing in an attempt to call Bill Barr a chicken.  Nice work Tennessee.  In the past few days, Nancy Pelosi has been desperately trying to tamp down calls for impeachment because she smartly realizes there's no case for it and that it would backfire.  Rationality isn't a strong suit of Democrat politics though.

Are We on the Ramp to Impeachment Road?  [T]he hostile investigations of Trump by Pelosi's House are becoming too numerous to list.  Subpoenas have been issued to the IRS demanding Trump's tax returns.  New York has enacted a law to gain access to Trump's state tax returns, to pass them on to the comrades on Capitol Hill.  Democrats are not seeking these records for guidance on how to reform the tax code.  House committees want the files of his accountants.  Subpoenas have been issued to lending institutions where Trump borrowed, such as Deutsche Bank, going back to the last century.  The Mueller investigation found that neither Trump nor anyone in his campaign colluded with the Russians in 2016. Yet that exoneration is insufficient for the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler.  He wants public hearings with present and past White House aides under oath to put on a show trial for a national TV audience.

Pelosi's Impeachment Dilemma.  The progressives in her party are lining up to demand an impeachment spectacle.  They hail from uber-liberal districts, their constituents want Trump's scalp, and they fear inaction will earn them a primary challenge.  Even Mrs. Pelosi's wingmen — those who've had her fake-impeachment back — are starting to break.  The Washington Post reports that Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is arguing for a formal impeachment inquiry, as are "five members of Pelosi's leadership team."  Mr. Beyer surprised nobody when he became the first member of Virginia's delegation to call publicly for formal proceedings, joining at least two dozen other House Democrats.  Mr. Beyer represents Virginia's Eighth district, the most liberal in the state, encompassing the Washington suburbs of Alexandria and Arlington.

Americans don't want Congress to impeach, but Democrats aren't listening.  The American people are sending a pretty clear message to Washington:  They are sick and tired of the investigations into President Trump and don't want Democrats in Congress to impeach him.  But the Democrats aren't listening.

Sinking Bernie Grasps At Impeachment As Poll Numbers Begin To Crater.  In the latest episode of the incredible shrinking socialist, Bernie Sanders is ready to saddle up to ride with the impeachment mob as he struggles to keep pace with Joe Biden who is rapidly pulling away from the rest of the pack.  According to the most recent polls, the former vice president is running way ahead of Crazy Bernie and putting the revolution in doubt even as younger Americans are drawn to the seductive promises of free stuff and collective punishment of their enemies in increasing numbers.

Democrats Are Painted Into a Corner.  Since the day after the 2016 election they have been threatening this, placing their chips on the Russian-collusion fantasy and then on the phantasmagoric charade of obstruction of justice.  The attorney general accurately gave the ingredients of the offense of obstruction of justice in his four-page summary of the Mueller report: a corrupt act for corrupt purposes in contemplation of a legal proceeding.  The attorney general, William Barr, the then deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, and the Justice Department counsel concurred that none of the elements was present in the conduct of the president as recounted by Mr. Mueller.  The dream died, except in the febrile imagination of the Democrats, who launched an unfounded attack on the attorney general's integrity.

Pelosi Tries To Play Hamlet On Impeachment.  Pelosi would go forward on the trappings of impeachment absent impeachment itself.  It would be a continuation of the never-ending soap opera of the last two years of investigation, and media coverage of it, except re-located to Capitol Hill.  Though all the while teasing that impeachment may be around the corner if we dig hard enough.  "Get the facts to the American people in our investigation" and "it may take us to a place that is unavoidable in terms of impeachment, but we're not at that place," as the Speaker put it.  In other words, months and months of "to impeach or not to impeach."

Ilhan Omar Celebrates Serving as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House and Calls for Impeachment of Trump.  Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) sent out two successive tweets on Wednesday night, the first celebrating the fact that she had served that day as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives and the second calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  "Such an honor to preside over the House Floor tonight," Omar said in the first Tweet, which featured a screen capture of her at the speaker's podium.  "Every day I am humbled to serve the people of my community."

The Editor says...
If you want to serve the people of your community, you should run for mayor.  As it is, you're a member of Congress, where it is your obligation to serve the entire country, and not just the Muslims.

Dems Ignore the Voters on Impeachment.  Here's a news flash for the leftwing politicians, pundits, and unbalanced billionaires who continue to push for the impeachment of President Trump:  There is a large group of people living beyond the Beltway, collectively known as "the voters," which doesn't share your obsession with removing him from office.  Countless polls confirm that the percentage of the electorate that supports impeachment is steadily dwindling.  The vast majority of the people who will cast ballots in 2020 want you to stop indulging your nostalgia for Watergate and do something useful.

Keyword:  Bill of attainder.
New York passes law so they can give Trump's taxes to Democrats.  Earlier we told you that the New York State Senate had passed a bill so they could give Trump's tax returns to Congress.  Well now that bill has passed the legislature and is heading to Cuomo's desk to sign.

Schumer, Nadler Once Compared Impeachment to Cannibalizing Children, Assassinating a President.  When President Bill Clinton, over 20 years ago, was probed by a special investigator, and 11 possible grounds for impeachment were found, including perjury, witness tampering and obstruction of justice, Democrats didn't defend their party's President the way Republicans defend Trump today.  No, Democrats were far more extreme.  What makes the rhetorical record so glaringly hypocritical is that in Donald Trump's case, unlike Clinton's, the investigator found no evidence of presidential crimes.  As congressional Democrats' current leaders endure the pressure of their younger, further-to-the-left colleagues, who want Trump's head on a platter ASAP, they're going to find themselves haunted by their own ghosts of impeachment past.

Impeachment Coverage Has Surged as Public Interest Wanes.  The Democratic clamor for presidential impeachment seems to be growing by the day.  The topic became front-page news again this week with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's statement that President Trump "engaged in a coverup" regarding the Russian collusion investigation.  Looking closely, we see that media coverage of impeachment ticked up shortly after Trump's election and really took off in the aftermath of his firing of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, accelerating steadily over the last two years.  Meanwhile, web searches about impeachment seem to have largely faded.

Impeachment Mania.  The Dems' impeachment mania is inversely proportional to the merits of their case against Trump.  It represents one branch of their refusal to accept the results of the 2016 election.  To borrow a metaphor used in Fourth Amendment law, it is the fruit of the poisonous tree.  The Mueller investigation purported to address Russian meddling in the election and the Trump campaign's alleged cooperation with it.  The cooperation has been at the center of the Trump hatefest conducted by the Democrats and their media adjunct since the 2016 election.  They — both the Democrats and their media adjunct — whipped their followers into a frenzy.

MSNBC Host Pushes Democrats to Begin Impeachment Hearings.  MSNBC's Kasie Hunt gunned for Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings, offering them a playbook on how to do so.  "How badly do you want it?  Impeachment could be Dems' only path to key information," the accompanying MSNBC video's headline coaxed.

Judge upholds Dem subpoena for Trump financial records.  A federal judge on Monday [5/20/2019] upheld a congressional subpoena seeking President Donald Trump's financial records from an accounting firm, arguing that Congress is well within its rights to investigate potential illegal behavior by a president — even without launching a formal impeachment inquiry.  U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta's ruling delivers a striking blow to the president's efforts to resist Democratic investigations, and is certain to give Democrats further legal basis to investigate Trump, his finances, and his presidential campaign.

Cohen Pushes Pelosi to Impeach Trump Because He's 'Raping the Country'.  Rep. Steve Cohen (D., Tenn.) on Monday called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, accusing him of "raping the country."  Cohen stood up and yelled for Trump to be impeached during a Democratic Steering and Policy Committee meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), prompting Pelosi to push back saying, "This is not about politics, it's about what's best for the American people," according to Politico.

Democrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook.  The Russia investigation without criminal Russia collusion was like Geraldo Rivera opening the safe of Al Capone only to find empty bottles.  To make matters worse, Mueller did not reach a conclusion on obstruction but Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein found that the evidence would not support a criminal charge of obstruction.  Democrats then proceeded to try and shift attention from collusion to obstruction, but their unwillingness to actually open an impeachment inquiry has undermined their claims that obstruction crimes were well established.  Almost instantly, you could feel national attention waning and lawmaker desperation growing.

Amash faces fresh GOP primary challenge after Trump impeachment comments.  Less than 48 hours after GOP Rep. Justin Amash declared that President Trump "engaged in impeachable conduct," a fellow Republican has vowed to challenge him in the upcoming primary election.  Michigan state Rep. Jim Lower made his intentions known Monday morning, announcing that instead of seeking a third term in the state legislature, he will run against Amash for their party's nomination for the 2020 election.  Amash has served as the representative for Michigan's Third District since 2011.

Donald Trump Mocks 'Loser' Justin Amash for Backing Impeachment.  President Donald Trump ridiculed Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) on Sunday [5/19/2019] after the rogue Republican accused the president of impeachable conduct.  "Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents' hands!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

A RINO wants to impeach the President for something the Attorney General did.
Michigan GOP congressman says Trump's conduct impeachable.  Michigan Rep. Justin Amash became the first Republican lawmaker to declare that President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses and that Attorney General William Barr "deliberately misrepresented" special counsel Robert Mueller's report.  Amash, whose libertarian views often put him at odds with Trump and his fellow Republicans, posted a series of tweets Saturday afternoon outlining positions that even some Democrats have been unwilling to embrace [...]

Trump 'deserves' Khashoggi treatment, Maher guest Fran Lebowitz says before backpedaling.  Liberal author Fran Lebowitz went to the extreme Friday night during an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher," suggesting that President Trump should not only be impeached but killed.  Lebowitz began by saying she felt "plagued" by Trump's presidency and "shocked" by what she claimed was criminal behavior by Attorney General William Barr over his handling of the Mueller report.  But when she was asked about impeachment, Lebowitz did not think that was enough punishment for the president, who has not been charged with any crimes.

Rep. Jerry Nadler:  We're 'probably' not headed for impeachment.  After a quarter-century in Congress, Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York stands on the brink of an outsize role in American political life.  As Judiciary Committee chairman in the Democratic-controlled House, Nadler leads his party's efforts to exercise oversight of President Donald Trump and his administration.  If Democrats pursue the fourth serious presidential impeachment effort in American history, Nadler will wield the gavel when it starts.

If You Can't Impeach Him, Embarrass Him.  A common reporting theme regarding Trump and taxes is that, as with Al Capone, the president could be brought to justice for one of his lesser crimes — namely, tax evasion.  But Capone paid no tax at the height of his ravages; he didn't even file returns.  No evidence suggests that Trump ever failed to file returns or that he has evaded taxes.  On the contrary, there is every reason to assume that, as someone who has flaunted his wealth throughout 40 years of involvement in the construction, gaming, and leisure industries, Trump has received more than his share of scrutiny from tax authorities.

Are Impeachment Democrats Geniuses or Idiots?  [Scroll down]  Suppose that your party had controlled Congress, man and boy, for about 60 years, from 1930 to 1990, and then the music changed and Congress became pretty well balanced, shifting from one party to the other.  You'd be pretty upset.  Suppose that your guys ran the administrative state for about 100 years, and then a populist candidate with no political experience walked in and took the presidency.  You'd be beside yourself.

Nadler's Contempt.  For too long the media and their client Democrats in Congress have operated in an environment in which the rule of law meant only one law:  "Get Trump."  That "law" made everything done in service to that goal "legal" and everything in opposition to the goal "illegal."  Cries of a "constitutional crisis" are simply rehashing the received wisdom that there is a new, unwritten amendment to the Constitution called the "Get Trump" provision. [...] The Obama era ushered in a convergence of power among the powerful federal agencies, the media, and the Democrats.  In the early part of the Trump Administration, it even appeared strong enough to overcome the inconvenient election of a candidate who ran in opposition to the cabal.

Democrats Need Rehab from Trump Investigation Addiction.  We all know the horrors of addiction — lives destroyed, families shattered.  It wrecks the fabric of society.  Unfortunately, the Democrats have contracted an extraordinarily virulent form — investigating Donald Trump has become crack cocaine to them with maybe fentanyl and methamphetamine thrown in.  The likes of Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff seem to be sucking on this pipe for dear life, day and night, giving them barely time to breath or eat.  Even when getting a rare touch of sleep, these putative public servants clearly have Trump on the brain.  They never think of anything else — or, seemingly, do anything else.  And they are far from alone.  Legions of Democrats and their media lackeys suffer from the same addiction.

The Real Democratic Agenda.  Democrats have a problem.  The base wants to impeach President Trump, ASAP, but the public does not.  Indeed, Trump's approval rating is the highest it's been in the Gallup survey, right around Obama's at this point in his term.  The brute facts of public opinion suggest that the impeachment of Trump would look more like Bill Clinton's trial than Richard Nixon's.  Not only would Trump remain in office; the backlash might deprive the Democrats of their 17-seat House majority.  For months, Nancy Pelosi's solution has been to walk right up to the line of impeachment without actually crossing it.  Unleash committee chairmen to fire their subpoena cannons in every direction.  Make unrealistic demands of Attorney General Barr.  Have Swalwell and Lieu and the rest of the cable gang keep alive the conspiracy theory that the Trump campaign was in criminal cahoots with Russia.  Drag out the process into next year, when a weakened and bedraggled Trump faces the eventual Democratic nominee.  That way Pelosi gets the political benefits of impeachment without the costs.

Only Two House Democrats Show Up for Impeach Trump Rally.  The organizers of a rally calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump said the event was held to deliver to Congress a petition with more than ten million signatures urging for the action, but only two House Democrats showed up in support.  Reps.  Al Green (D-TX) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were the only two Democrats to attend and speak at the event.

Gohmert sounds the alarm: 'Attempted coup' culprits must be held accountable, or we won't 'last much longer'.  Rep. Louie Gohmert ripped the "attempted coup" against President Donald Trump and warned that "we're not going to last much longer" if those behind it don't go to jail.  The fiery Texas Republican blasted the Robert Mueller report and doubled down on previous criticisms he has leveled against the special counsel's investigation of now-disproved Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election, telling Fox Business News host Lou Dobbs it "goes beyond the pale."

DOJ to Nadler:  Threaten Barr With Impeachment, You Get Nothing.  Smart move by DOJ lawyers.  The letter [shown in this article] informs Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler the previous report content was provided without assertion of executive privilege; however, if Nadler follows through with impeachment plan, executive privilege is now enforced and the totality of the report is withdrawn from congress. [...] The only thing AG Barr was statutorily required to provide was the four-page summary letter he already presented.  Asking President Trump to throw the executive privilege blanket over the full work product effectively shields it from congressional review; AND simultaneously blocks congress from proceeding with any impeachment action.

Mnuchin Rejects House Democrats' Demand for Trump's Tax Returns.  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin refused to release President Donald Trump's personal and business tax returns, setting up what could become one of the biggest legal showdowns between the president and a Congress seeking to investigate him.  The rejection of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal's request for six years of the president's returns opens the door for Democrats to pursue more forceful measures, such as issuing a subpoena or filing a lawsuit.

Democrat accidentally admits why they're really seeking to impeach President Trump — and it's on video.  Allies of President Donald Trump are highlighting a statement from a Democratic member of Congress that they say reveals the true motivation behind the calls to have the president impeached.  Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) was defending his support for impeachment despite the practical political implications of such a controversial act by Congress, when he revealed the reasoning behind his advocacy.  "I'm concerned that if we don't impeach this president, he will get re-elected," said Green on MSNBC.

Swalwell: Impeach Barr, Then Trump: 'Move This Obstructer Out of the Way'.  "I'm recommending that we impeach Attorney General Barr, so that we can get the information we need to protect our country," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday [5/5/2019].  Swalwell, one of many Democrats running for president, also wants to see President Trump impeached:  "It's maybe the only road to save the country," he said.  "But, right now, you know, I will tell you.  With the attorney general, I think we should move to impeach him first."

Rep. Al Green:  If We Don't Impeach Trump, He Will Get Re-Elected.  Saturday on MSNBC, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) said he is concerned is the Democrats do not begin impeachment proceedings in the House President Donald Trump will win the election in 2020.  Green said, "I'm concerned if we don't impeach this president, he will get re-elected.  If we don't impeach him, he will say he's been vindicated. [...]"

The Editor says...
Mr. Trump has been vindicated.  Get over it.

Brooks: 'There Was Probably No Collusion,' But Trump 'Certainly Acts' Like He's Colluding.  On Friday's "PBS NewsHour," New York Times columnist David Brooks reacted to President Trump's phone call with Vladimir Putin by stating that even though there "was probably no collusion," Trump "acts like someone who is in collusion with Russia."  [Video clip]

Democrats Accuse AG Barr of Doing Exactly What Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch Did for Obama.  Congressional Democrats are clearly aware that the American people do not favor impeachment of President Trump.  Even a CNN poll shows that 59 percent of the public oppose impeachment — and that's a left-leaning poll.  While impeaching Trump is, for the moment, off the table because there are no legitimate grounds to do so, the Democratic Party has set its sights on Attorney General Barr.  When Democrats didn't like the findings of the Mueller report, they accused Barr of being a "partisan" who was "handpicked" by Trump to protect him.  They now claim Barr's four-page memo summarizing the conclusions of the report was misleading — which it wasn't, and that Barr perjured himself during previous testimony to Congress — which he didn't.  Naturally, partisan Democrats are now calling for his impeachment, and presidential candidates are also fundraising by attacking him as well.  As absurd as the claims are that Barr is acting like Trump's personal lawyer to protect him, it's difficult not to see that Democrats are making it their business to accuse William Barr of being everything Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch were for Barack Obama.

Support For Impeachment Craters:  Now At 29/66 In New Quinnipiac Poll.  None of the data sites are tracking impeachment polls so there's no handy list of numbers for me to compare this to.  But 29 percent is the weakest support for impeachment I can recall seeing from any major pollster.  Less than a week ago, ABC/WaPo found 37 percent in favor of impeachment — another bad number for Democrats and the Resistance, but one that's nearly 10 points higher than what Quinnipiac's seeing today [5/2/2019].

Poll: Two-thirds of voters oppose impeachment proceedings.  Nearly two out of three voters say Democrats should not initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump and a majority say it's time to turn the page on the Russia investigation, according to a new poll.  The latest Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey found that 65 percent of respondents oppose impeachment proceedings.  A majority of Democrats polled, 56 percent, support impeachment, however, only 32 percent of independents and 14 percent of Republicans are in favor.

Hillary Clinton: 'China, if you're listening, why don't you get Trump's tax returns?'.  Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Wednesday [5/1/2019] that 2020 Democrats should be able to benefit from Chinese election interference if the Justice Department lets Russia get away with interfering in 2016. [...] "So why should Russia have all the fun?  And since Russia is clearly backing Republicans, why don't we ask China to back us?  And not only that, China, if you're listening, why don't you get [President] Trump's tax returns?  I'm sure our media would richly reward you," she added.

The Editor says...
The Democrats have been railing for two years about foreign interference in the most recent presidential election, based on evidence they didn't have.  And now, here's Hillary Clinton inviting foreign interference in the next election.  The IRS has Trump's tax information already.  Why invite the Chinese into this?

What Is to Be Done for a Nation that Secedes from the Principles of Its Founding?  [I]t should be obvious that the Democratic Party is no longer a democratic party in the common acceptation of the term.  The outrageous and fraudulent effort to cashier a sitting president with official and agency collusion and possibly to prefer articles of impeachment against him without the slightest observable warrant differ little in effect from the infamous Soviet show trials. [...] The lack of civility is appalling, but that is the least of it.  The Democratic Party should now be understood as a foreign organism inserted into the body politic.  The application of democratic means and principles in treating with a party that is no longer democratic seems neither logical nor feasible.

Hillary Clinton: 'You've Got to Educate the American Public' About the Need for Impeachment.  Hillary Clinton's own husband was impeached in 1998, and that ended up benefitting him politically, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow told the former first lady Wednesday night.  Maddow asked Clinton if she worries that Democrats likewise will get "walloped" in 2020 if they pursue investigations that lead to Trump's impeachment.  "I don't worry if it's done right, and by that I mean... you have to continue with your other agenda, and that's exactly what the House is doing," Clinton said.  She said the House of Representatives should move on two tracks — passing legislation while Democrat-led committees hold hearings "to educate the American public."

The Editor says...
Congressional hearings are not infomercials.  If you want to spread propaganda, condense it down to 28½ minutes and I'm sure MSNBC will be happy to air it, for a nominal fee.

Joe Biden Says He Supports The House Beginning Impeachment Procedures On President Trump.  After Mueller returned a finding that no one in the Trump campaign sought or accepted help from the Russian government and the empirical finding that the Russian interference was not sufficient to change votes (particularly votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), the Democrats are left with "obstruction."  Their investigations are focused on creating a drumbeat of scandal that increases in volume the closer we get to the 2020 election.  They know, and the public is telling them, that no one is interested in impeaching President Trump for merely being angry about the investigation and because of that Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer have been trying to tamp down impeachment talk.  But impeachment is very popular with the Democrat's radical twitterati base and with a handful of far left members of Congress from very safe, deep Blue districts.

The Russian Collusion Hypocrisy of Northeast Democrats.  The Mueller report is in, and one thing couldn't be clearer:  Mueller's team, despite its best (or worst) efforts, found no evidence Donald Trump or anyone on his campaign team colluded with Russia to undermine the 2016 U.S. election.  Despite Mueller's clear conclusion on this point, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — who, not coincidentally, is running to be her party's presidential nominee — and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) continue to lead an inane crusade to nail Trump for imagined crimes.  However, if Warren and Nadler are truly worried about efforts to further Russian interests at the expense of the United States, they should look closer to home for active co-conspirators.

American Ignorance.  Even though the Muller Report has, after more than two years of probing, proven President Trump to be totally innocent of any Russian collusion and obstruction of justice the Democrats are nevertheless beating the impeachment drum.  The majority of our news media are aiding and abetting this effort.  Why?  Because even though Donald Trump committed no crime they're still angry that he won over Hillary in 2016.  These people have vowed to resist Trump even BEFORE he became president.  For those Americans who only get their news from the local stations and liberal news outlets all they hear is TRUMP MUST BE IMPEACHED!  For those who only listen to empty-headed pop celebrities and who only read leftwing news sites, they get the same message; Trump must go.

The Coup Against Our President Isn't Over.  There was actually an effort to overturn a presidential election based on a bunch of stuff that was made up, and that scares [...] me.  That's the kind of thing that is not supposed to happen here, and, if it does, the people who did it are supposed to be the people who are hung out to dry.  They're the people to be prosecuted, they're the people put in jail, they're the people to be held up as an example of not the kind of Americans we want in government. [...] There's only a certain kind of people that will even try to do this, and they are not Americans first, and that's what's scary to me.  They may say they're Americans, and they may claim like Comey and all these people that they are acting out of patriotic interest.  They were not.  They were acting above and outside the U.S. Constitution.

Dem Rep. Clark:  No 'Choice' But Pursue Impeachment if Trump Admin Blocks All Subpoenas.  During Thursday's broadcast of "New Day" on CNN, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) warned House Democrats could be left with no "choice" but to pursue impeachment if President Donald Trump's administration continues to fight subpoenas.  Clark said it is up to Trump whether or not he wants to cooperate.  "We have never seen a president like this.  We have never seen a president who so flagrantly decides that he's above the law and that he can do what he wants," Clark told host John Berman.

The Editor says...
Really?  One needs to go only three years back into history to find "a president who so flagrantly decides that he's above the law and that he can do what he wants."  Ms. Clark must have already forgotten about the time Barack H. Obama ignored a subpoena from Atlanta judge.

Mueller's Political Prosecution.  [W]hy did Mueller spend millions of taxpayer dollars investigating the president for obstruction when he wouldn't indict him for it anyway?  Mueller claims that he was creating and preserving a record for the future, perhaps when Trump is no longer president and thus can be indicted.  But he also wrote that he was concerned that indicting Trump would, "preempt constitutional processes for addressing presidential misconduct."  What does he mean?  Read his footnote — he means impeachment.  So, Mueller didn't charge obstruction because he didn't want to preempt the Democrats' impeachment plans.

Impeaching Trump.  Frankly, it's difficult to envision another move by the Democrats that would be more popular with the media, academia, celebrities, and the rabid Democrat base. [...] It's not as if Americans are going to see it as unfair persecution of a man who did nothing wrong, much like themselves.  And maybe it will take voter's minds off Democrat plans to seize their guns, cars, free speech rights, most of their money, and every other little thing the Democrats want to do to destroy the people in order to save the nation.

Mueller's 'Scarlet Letter' Impeachment Road Map.  House Democrats have the majority and thus can impeach the president without support from across the aisle.  It is unlikely the Senate will convict — just as was the case in 1998, when Republicans impeached president Clinton.  But the House can do so anyway, and thus indelibly besmirch President Trump's historical reputation.  They need not have legal cause, as impeachment is a political remedy.  Whereas a criminal charge must be proven in a court of law "beyond a reasonable doubt," the House can vote articles of impeachment on broader, non-legal terms.

Pelosi Says Impeachment Is Not the Only Way to Hold Trump Accountable.  What crime did President Donald Trump actually commit, in which there is actual evidence, that would allow the Democrats to proceed with impeachment?  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a "private call" with Democratic leaders on Monday [4/22/2019] about what they should do about President Trump and the results of the Mueller report.  Seems like things didn't go the Democrats' way, did it?  They are scrambling.  I have never seen anything like this before; now they are circling burning wagons to see what they have left to do.  To Nancy Pelosi, the message is this:  Trump should be held "accountable" for ... what?  Not breaking the law?

From "Collusion " To "Obstruction ".  With the release of the Mueller Report last week, the mainstream media have mostly moved on from "collusion" to "obstruction" without a look backward.  While they formerly chimed in on "collusion" with the unanimity and volume of an audience of Communist Party functionaries applauding one of Stalin's speeches, they have now transferred to the same hatefest with a new theme.  It is remarkable.

The anti-Trump left and the incredible uniformity of groupthink.  Leftists are unable to give up on the Trump-colluded-with-Russia meme they have relied upon to destroy the presidency of Donald Trump.  They are obsessed, unable to address any other issue that requires their attention.  They cannot accept the Mueller Report's conclusion that there was in fact no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Oversight Committee Moves to Hold Ex-WH Official in Contempt of Congress.  The Democrats are continuing their harassment of the president by conducting an almost constant assault of congressional hearings asking for all sorts of things for which they have no business asking.  One issue they are "investigating" is related to the security clearance process that was leaked by one of the numerous #resistance cells ensconced in the administration.  As soon as the Democrats won the House, the cells were activated and all the sleazy cell members scurried to the chairs of the House committees to unload all the "intelligence" they had been gathering since Trump took office.

Donald Trump Files for Temporary Restraining Order Against Chairman Elijah Cummings.  Donald Trump, not President Trump, representing his affiliated private business interests, has filed for a temporary restraining order (full pdf below) against House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings and his committee representatives and officers.  You might remember when Speaker Nancy Pelosi changed the House Rules earlier this year.  Part of the rule changes were to modify the responsibilities of the House Government Affairs Oversight Committee.  Speaker Pelosi removed all other oversight responsibility and shifted the committee to a singular oversight role focused only on the White House.

Democrats' Relentless, Fruitless Hunt for the Great Orange Whale.  Democrats are trying to spin the Mueller Report as welcome news.  Good luck with that.  Legally, they've got no case left.  Politically, they are making a serious mistake.  They do have some material to work with, especially the report's second volume, which portrays a vulgar, deceitful president.  The details are new, but the portrait itself is not.  What's new are some cases where the president came close to obstructing justice, according to the special counsel's investigators.  Even so, they did not say he crossed the line.

While Democrats Search for Crumbs, This Too Will Pass Over.  [Scroll down]  They are intent on destroying him because the Democrats cannot accept that Trump won fairly.  No one has a right to see his taxes.  No American law requires it.  At the time the Constitution was ratified, there were no income taxes.  No Constitutional amendment ever has added a requirement for anyone to release taxes.  Rather, it devolves onto candidates to weigh costs and benefits, risks and rewards of releasing their private tax filings for public scrutiny.  Trump took the risk in 2016, and the Democrats made that financial opacity a campaign issue.  It was litigated thoroughly.  Yet Trump was elected President — end of story.

Impeachment? Not without criminal intent.  The release of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller has unleashed a furious debate within the Democratic Party over the need to commence impeachment proceedings against President Trump.  Mueller was anything but subtle in his pointed discussion of how Congress can deal with the "corrupt exercise of the powers of office" within "our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law."  In writing those words, Mueller put Democrats in Congress in a more uncomfortable position than he did Trump.  Indeed, Trump seems quite satisfied with defining victory as avoiding indictment.  Democratic leaders want to appear eager to impeach without actually impeaching Trump.  Mueller, however, triggered impeachment frenzy but left out a key element necessary to achieve it.  That element is criminal intent.

Come On Democrats, Impeach Trump!  Impeachment is a moral necessity!  It was so obvious from the way the Mueller Report says that Trump was innocent of whatever collusion is, and that he cannot be proven guilty of whatever obstruction is, that he's totally guilty of both!  The truth is in there, behind the redactions, in the emanations, lurking under the penumbras.  William Barr can't hide it any longer!

Warren: Even If Impeachment Proceedings Fail, It Would Be a Worthy Use of Time and Resources.  On Friday's [4/19/2019] broadcast of MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show," 2020 presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) stated that even if impeachment proceedings result in the House voting for impeachment, but the Senate voting against conviction, it would still be a worthwhile use of time and resources.

Elizabeth Warren becomes first 2020 candidate to call for Trump's impeachment.  Elizabeth Warren on Friday became the most senior Democrat, and the first 2020 presidential candidate, to call for the start of impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump following the release of the special counsel's report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election and the Trump campaign.

Anti-Trump Crazies Urge Impeachment on Cringing Dems.  The Democrats, having unwisely invested enormous political capital in the ability of special counsel Robert Mueller to produce some pretext for impeaching President Trump, now face a choice between two evils.  Most of the legacy media, the far left wing of their own caucus, and an obsessive megadonor all insist that Mueller provided enough ammunition for impeachment.  But recent surveys, including new polls conducted after the full Mueller report was released, show that most voters are against ousting Trump.  Consequently, the Democrats will inevitably be forced to alienate some crucial constituency no matter which course they choose on impeachment.

Is 'can't prove untrue' new standard in Trump probe?  When a political figure is accused of wrongdoing, a conversation begins among journalists, commentators, and public officials.  Are the charges true?  Can the accusers prove it?  That's the way it normally works.  But now, in the case of the Trump dossier — the allegations compiled by a former British spy hired by the Clinton campaign to gather dirt on presidential candidate Donald Trump — the generally accepted standard of justice has been turned on its head.  Now, the question is:  Can the accused prove the charges false?  Increasingly, the president's critics argue that the dossier is legitimate because it has not been proven untrue.

Democrats Move the Goalposts (Again).  The ridiculously long, drawn out, overdone "Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election" investigation proves an ages-old political maxim:  the benchmark of proof that a political accusation has to satisfy in order to be considered true will constantly change as the needs of the accuser shift in response to new information.  In other words, if the original charge proves to be baseless, the complainants will invariably lower the threshold of guilt so that even a lesser transgression will be sufficient to condemn the accused.

Terms of Impeachment:  Media Mention The I-Word 309 Times in One Day.  Although the Mueller report did not recommend any charges against the President, liberal journalists on cable and broadcast networks spent Thursday suggesting to audiences that impeachment was imminent, if not inevitable.  Throughout Thursday afternoon [4/18/2019] and Friday morning, liberal talking heads on cable and broadcast news networks mentioned impeachment an astonishing 309 times during their coverage the of the newly-released Mueller report.  MRC analysts examined a 24-hour span of coverage on liberal cable (CNN, MSNBC) and broadcast (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks, from 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday to the same time the following day, for every instance where the term "impeachment" — or some permutation thereof — was used by hosts, analysts, or contributors.  In total, the word came up 309 times, with the vast majority (286) coming from cable networks CNN (148) and MSNBC (138).

It's time for Schiff to put or shut up.  The Mueller Report, redactions and all, is out.  The conclusion is no collusion or something like that.  Nevertheless, there is a still a man out there who claims that collusion did happen.  His name is Representative Adam Schiff [...] How many times has Schiff assured us that he knows or has information about this or that?  The time is up.  We must demand transparency and force Schiff to do a press conference and present the evidence that Mueller missed in his report.

Citing Mueller Report, Ocasio-Cortez Says She'll Now Support Tlaib's Impeachment Resolution.  Citing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Thursday she would now support a resolution introduced by fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) last month seeking President Trump's impeachment.  "Mueller's report is clear in pointing to Congress' responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.  "It is our job as outlined in Article 1, Sec 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution."  "As such, I'll be signing onto Rashida Tlaib's impeachment resolution."

Steny Hoyer tamps down impeachment talk after Mueller report: 'Not worthwhile at this point'.  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., pushed back on impeachment talk after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report Thursday [4/18/2019].  "Based on what we've seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point," Hoyer told CNN.  "Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months, and the American people will make a judgment."  Hoyer's comments stand in contrast to those of some of his Democratic colleagues in Congress, who had called for President Trump's impeachment even before the release Thursday of a redacted version of Mueller's report into Russian influence in the 2016 elections.

Impeachment? Hoyer Says It's 'Not Worthwhile'; Schiff Is Doubtful; Nadler Sees 'Possibility'.  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told CNN's Dana Bash on Thursday that the Mueller report does not demand Trump's impeachment:  "Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point," Hoyer told Bash off-camera.  "Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgment."

White House not interested in complying with subpoenas from House Dems.  White House counsel Pat Cipollone and President Trump's legal team aren't interested in complying with subpoenas from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, a new report states.  The Trump administration doesn't intend to provide information regarding how some staff members obtained security clearances or Trump's discussions with world leaders, among other things, the Washington Post reports.  Instead, the White House will argue the matters are subject to executive privilege, aides familiar with the discussions said.  Aides also claim that Cipollone and other members of Trump's legal team are bracing for a potential feud over the subpoenas.  The strategy has support from Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who said he is advising Trump to not cooperate with any of the Democrats' requests because they are looking to impeach Trump.

Five arguments the Mueller report won't settle.  [#3] Impeachment.  Some Democrats had hoped that the Mueller report would give them cover for impeaching the president.  I was undecided, they might say, and then I saw the special counsel's overwhelming evidence against the president, and I knew it was my duty to impeach.  Some of those Democrats also hoped that the Mueller report would serve as a road map to impeachment, in effect doing for Congress the work of discovering and organizing evidence against the president.  But it appears Mueller won't make it easy for Democrats.  Of course, they can impeach the president for any reason they choose, if they have the votes in the House.  But it seems unlikely the Mueller report will make impeachment an unavoidable conclusion for Democrats.  In the end, it's more likely the Democrats who want to impeach Trump will want to impeach Trump after Mueller's report, and the Democrats who oppose impeachment will continue to oppose it.

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A few Democrats oppose impeachment only because their primary goal is to get re-elected.  They don't care about due process, high crimes and misdemeanors, evidence, or any of that stuff.  They only care about retaining their personal power forever if at all possible, and beating the drum for impeachment is very unpopular.

Democrats' railings about Barr and spying are going to end badly for them.  [Scroll down]  Since that day, the moment they were 100% certain that Hillary would become president, they have descended into a hell of their own making.  They spend their days furiously angry, ready and willing to do anything to take Trump down and out.  Since then (and before that day) they — "they" includes the mainstream media — have been determined to destroy the man.  If the country must be damaged in the process, so be it.  Our Democrats are willing to foment an invasion by third-world migrants to prevent Trump from achieving his principal campaign promise, to control the border and the crisis of illegal immigration.  That is how much they hate the fact that Trump is our president.  That is how stupefied they have become, so much so that they are now a danger to us all.

Rep. Doug Collins Demands Impeachment Hearings, or Call Mueller to Testify.  House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins writes a letter to Chairman Jerry Nadler smartly using transparency to call his bluff. [...] Indeed, the way to diffuse the politicization and weaponization of innuendo within the Mueller report is to specifically get Robert Mueller in front of the committee and ask him questions directly.  This is exactly the correct approach to preempt a summer of nonsense.

A surefire way to stop Pelosi from getting ahold of Trump's tax returns.  Nancy Pelosi is really proud of her brand-new tool, a recently rediscovered section of a 1924 law, to get access to the last six years of Donald Trump's tax returns. [...] She and the Democrats correctly believe that in the voluminous returns, they will find plenty to criticize.  It is a given that the sheer complexity of real estate taxation and magnitude of the sums involved will yield something.  They know that, and Trump knows it, too.  It is a bigger fishing expedition than a planeload of anglers headed to Cabo.

Democrats Are Abusing The People's House to Conduct a McCarthy-style Inquisition.  Democrats are abusing the investigative powers of the House of Representatives to conduct an Inquisition of the president whose only purpose is to dig up dirt that can be used in a propaganda effort to remove him from office, whether through impeachment or the ballot box.  Like Joe McCarthy, who went beyond the bounds of reasonable suspicion, Democrats are determined to destroy Donald Trump and his family without any evidence of wrongdoing.

Trump hires lawyers to fight Democrat's request for tax returns.  President Donald Trump has hired attorneys to fight a congressional request for his tax returns, according to a letter made public Friday [4/5/2019].  In a letter to the IRS's general counsel, William S. Consovoy, of the firm Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC, argued that Congress "cannot legally request — and the IRS cannot legally divulge" Trump's tax returns without what he calls a "legitimate legislative purpose."

House Democrats go rogue, abusing oversight for impeachment.  The Democrat-led U.S. House is in a panic, stunned and overreacting to Attorney General Barr's summary of Mueller's "no collusion" report, misstating law, making wild claims for White House documents, misusing congressional subpoena power, mischaracterizing oversight authorities.  They are making a big mistake.  Oversight overreach is reckless, but the U.S. House is going rogue. [...] Democrat chairmen — and a U.S. House Speaker — are twisting the oversight process to crass political ends, ignoring historical precedents, institutional norms and prerogatives, the Constitution, statutes and case law on a beeline for impeachment.

House Dem asks IRS for 6 years of Trump's tax returns, setting up showdown with White House.  President Trump responded with a dismissive taunt on Wednesday after a House committee chairman formally requested the IRS provide several years of his personal and business tax returns, in a move that prompted congressional Republicans to warn that Democrats had "weaponized" tax law.  Told by a reporter at the White House that Democrats wanted six years of his tax returns, Trump replied:  "Is that all?  Usually it's 10.  So I guess they're giving up.  We're under audit, despite what people said, and we're working that out — I'm always under audit, it seems, but I've been under audit for many years, because the numbers are big, and I guess when you have a name, you're audited.  But until such time as I'm not under audit, I would not be inclined to do that."

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[#1] What the President did with his tax returns six years ago is irrelevant and immaterial to his performance as President.  [#2] Two can play this game, and Mr. Trump could easily use his critics' tax returns to counter anything they find in his.

AOC tells Trump he has no choice over tax returns: 'We didn't ask you'.  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., submitted a request Wednesday [4/3/2019] for six years' worth of Trump's personal and business tax returns, setting up a potential major legal conflict with the administration.  Democrats believe the tax information could give them insight into any potential ethical or legal conflicts of interest Trump may have.

House Dem Firebrands Retreat from Impeachment.  Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has officially reported that his investigation could not establish collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, the far left of the Democratic party hasn't stopped talking about impeaching the president.  But it is clearly in retreat.  "I think what's tough is impeachment in principle is something I openly support," Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told reporters Tuesday morning [3/26/2019].  "But it's also just the reality of having the votes in the Senate to pursue that.  And so that's something that we have to take into consideration."  When asked Tuesday afternoon if Trump could have obstructed justice absent an underlying crime, Ocasio-Cortez didn't directly answer the question, but she said Trump could be impeached for his business dealings.

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The President (if he isn't black) can be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.  This president's "business dealings" were presumably suspended when he took office.  What he did in private business is immaterial.

House Dems:  Impeachment?  No One Was Seriously Considering It, Winston.  Robert Mueller succeeded where Nancy Pelosi largely failed.  Either that, or House Democrats have suddenly retreated in the face of, er, weaponization.  Either way, the Washington Post reports, we won't hear much about impeachment again for the rest of this session, or if we're lucky, the rest of our lives.

Still Dreaming of Watergate II.  [Scroll down]  Naturally, the grand prize goes to the vapidest person ever touted as a presidential candidate in my 63 years as an observer of American politics, Beto O'Rourke.  Just before the revelation that there would be no further indictments, Beto asserted his knowledge "beyond the slightest doubt" that the president was guilty, in effect, of high treason — that he would only escape the death penalty because the United States and Russia were not at war.  (But neither were they when Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in 1953.)  And the day Trump was completely cleared of the collusion suspicion, O'Rourke declared that the investigation of Trump must continue.

Six Dems Submitted A Letter To Barr Saying...  Six Democratic Congressmen who chair various committees on Monday [3/25/2019] sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr formally requesting Special Counsel Mueller's "full report."  "Each of our committees is currently engaged in oversight activities that go directly to the President's conduct, his attempts to interfere with federal and congressional investigations, his relations and communications with the Russian government and other foreign powers, and/or other alleged instances of misconduct," the letter reads.  According to the Committee Chairmen, Barr's summary is "not sufficient for Congress, as a coequal branch of government, to perform this critical work."

Rep. Jerry Nadler: 'Benjamin Franklin Called Impeachment 'a Substitute for Assassination'".  Rep. Jerry Nadler (D.-N.Y.) sat in the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 10, 1998, and explained why he opposed the impeachment of President Bill Clinton by citing an argument that Benjamin Franklin had made in the Constitutional Convention.  "Benjamin Franklin called impeachment 'a substitute for assassination,' Nadler said in a speech that has been memorialized on video by CSPAN.  The House Judiciary Committee did in fact vote to approve four articles of impeachment against Clinton, finding that he had committed perjury, obstructed the administration of justice and abused his office.

Senator Ted Cruz Tells CNN That the Democratic House 'Fully Intend to Impeach the President — They Don't Care About the Basis'.  Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz stated that the Democratic House majority "fully intends" to impeach President Donald Trump — no matter what special counsel Robert Mueller's report says.  Cruz explained that you can already see the Democrats pivoting away from the Mueller probe and pointing to other investigations, like the one in the Southern District of New York and the one in Congress.

House Democrats pulled a bait and switch on impeaching Donald Trump.  Because bait and switch routinely works so well, both parties employ it.  For a good laugh, ask tea party survivors how satisfied they are with the fiscal stringencies their elections imposed on the Capitol.  Or ask Democrats how disappointed they are with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's rejection of an immediate Trump impeachment the other day.  Her party raised millions and restored a Democratic House majority last fall on visceral opposition to President Donald Trump stirred by an enduring inability to accept the stunning 2016 election results.  Attempting to rein in the youthful but inexperienced ambitions of her enlarged caucus, Pelosi hinted in January that impeachment might be acceptable to her, though inevitably unsuccessful with a GOP Senate blocking conviction.

Levin: 'There is absolutely no legitimate, historical, or constitutional basis to impeach this president'.  Tuesday night [3/12/2019] on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin ripped into all the "loose talk" about impeaching President Trump being thrown around by politicians and media figures.  Levin took issue with the seemingly common idea that impeachment is merely a political process.  "It's not a criminal process; we know that, but it's not a purely political process, either," Levin explained.  "It is a constitutional process."  "This loose talk about impeachment, the inability of some conservatives to effectively engage, is troubling," Levin added.  "There is absolutely no legitimate, historical, or constitutional basis to impeach this president," Levin concluded, "yet they keep throwing the word around."

Adam Schiff:  Impeachment Still Possible Even if Mueller Clears Trump.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday [3/13/2019] the impeachment of President Donald Trump could remain on the table even if the special counsel clears the president.  Special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating the president and his associates for nearly two years.  Democrats have hoped the inquiry would reveal wrongdoing by the president — and possibly lead to impeachment proceedings.  But Schiff noted that impeachment could still be an option even if the investigation exonerates the president.

Pelosi's War with the Impeachment Hotheads.  Speaker Pelosi and her party are no longer on the same page.  Mrs. Pelosi's recent revelation that she's not for impeachment directly contradicts the political priorities of many — if not most — on the American left.  Recent actions by House Democrats make this clear.  By most indications, number one on the progressive agenda is not national security, the economy, jobs, health care, education, abortion, or even the climate.  The highest priority for many congressional Democrats and their base is the impeachment of President Trump.

Key House Republican on Pelosi impeachment pullback: 'I don't buy it.'.  Rep. Kevin Brady is the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee.  As chairman in 2017, he pushed through the tax cuts that remain President Trump's top legislative achievement.  Now, he's dealing with the role that Ways and Means might play in a possible Trump impeachment.  (It is the only House committee that is permitted by law to demand the president's tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, and Democrats are currently taking steps to do just that.)  Brady and I discussed the committee's role in the Trump investigations in a conversation for a new podcast Tuesday morning, but we started off with the news that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has come out (mostly) against impeachment.  Pelosi told the Washington Post that impeachment is simply too divisive for the country, unless there are grounds that are "so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan" that impeachment is justified.  Brady doesn't believe her.  "Respectfully, I don't buy it," he said.  The reason, he explained, is not that he doubts Pelosi's sentiments.  It is that he doubts her ability to impose her will on House Democrats.

Nancy Pelosi just admitted that Democrats have nothing on Trump.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday [3/11/2019] that she's against impeaching President Trump "unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan."  Which is exactly the point — there isn't.  The speaker is surely up to speed on what evidence Democrats actually have against Trump and has a fair sense of what Special Counsel Bob Mueller's report will say.  And she recognizes that it's nothing that will persuade anyone who hasn't wanted Trump ousted since Election Day 2016.

Nancy Pelosi Rules Out Impeachment:  Trump 'Just Not Worth It'.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is ruling out impeaching President Donald Trump, arguing in an interview with the Washington Post Monday [3/11/2019] that "he's just not worth it."  "Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country.  And he's just not worth it," Pelosi told the Post.

Pelosi Is Hoist On the House's Own Petard.  [I]f Mr. Mueller were to conclude the president committed high crimes or misdemeanors, which is what a president has to have done to be ousted via impeachment, then there's only one constitutional thing do be done with it.  That would be to hand the report over to the very House for which Mrs. Pelosi speaks.  It's the only body with the constitutional power to impeach.  Yet here's what Mrs. Pelosi said, according to a Washington Post scribe:  "I haven't said this to any press person before.  But since you asked, and I've been thinking about this:  Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country.  And he's just not worth it."

Splitsville:
AOC, other Dems break with Pelosi on impeachment: 'I happen to disagree'.  House Democrats aren't giving up on attempting to impeach President Trump, even though Speaker Nancy Pelosi all but dismissed it in an interview published Monday [3/11/2019].  "I happen to disagree with that take," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., told the Washington Examiner Monday night, responding to the Pelosi interview.  "But you know, she's the speaker. ... I think we'll see."  Pelosi told the Washington Post she doesn't support the House trying to impeach Trump.  "He's just not worth it," the California Democrat said in the interview.

Stop talking and start impeaching.  Am I the only one who is fed up with this?  It's time for the Democrats to start impeaching and stop threatening or talking about it.  Go for it, Democrats!  Like many of you, I feel that impeachment will backfire big time on the Democrats.

None of this is normal.  Half a dozen House committees with Democrats in charge are investigating Trump, his administration, family, appointees, political affairs, businesses, lifestyle, and various antics.  This is abnormal.  There's never been an offensive so vast against a president by his rival party.  It took only two committees — one in the Senate, one in the House — to look into the Watergate scandal and drive President Nixon out of the White House in 1974.  But Trump is more popular today than Nixon was, and Democrats are taking no chances he might escape their grasp.

Impeachment quest lets AOC types set the Democrats' agenda.  Has the Democratic Party reduced its chances of denying President Trump a second term by continuing to concentrate on throwing him out before the end of his first?  You can make a good case that it has.  Democrats have been itching to oust Trump since the days before he took the oath of office.  Obama administration law enforcement and intelligence agencies launched investigations into candidate Trump's campaign, contrary to the general rule that such agencies avoid interfering with electoral politics.

It's not about collusion; it's about obstruction ... and impeachment.  "There was no collusion!"  As President Trump demonstrated in his feature-length CPAC speech, he is that rare combination of bottomless energy, canny comic timing, disregard for norms, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  The last manifests itself in manic refutation of the Democrat-media narrative that the Trump campaign was in a traitorous conspiracy with the Kremlin.  At this point, if you ask the president what time it is, or to pass the salt shaker, he'll tell you, "There was no collusion!"

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The president's reflexive assertion of "no collusion" is the natural result of two years of baseless investigations by the lying, baby-killing Democrats, who have hired the best investigators in the world and yet have found no evidence to support their false allegations that Mr. Trump colluded with the Russians to affect the 2016 elections.  The longer the Democrats beat this drum, the more you will hear Mr. Trump proclaim "no collusion!"

Dershowitz: House Dems seem to be 'going too far' seeking dirt on Trump.  On the heels of an expanded investigation brought by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., famed attorney Alan Dershowitz warned Tuesday that House Democrats may have gone "too far" and could face lawsuits for allegedly abusing their oversight powers.  "Congress has a legitimate oversight function to perform but it has to make sure it doesn't go too far.  It can't use that oversight function, which is really designed to help get legislation, in order to really prevent a president from finishing out his terms and acting.  They're interfering with the executive branch if they do so," Dershowitz said on "Hannity."

The Left:  Seething with apoplectic rage.  The right:  Happy and optimistic.  So morose is the Left at the possibility that Mueller's report will not prove Trump's collusion with Russia, an entirely Democrat-conceived hoax, that the contemptible Jerrold Nadler and the pitiable Adam Schiff have decided to go fishing for some crime among Trump associates by requesting documents from eighty-one people!  They have no hint of crime, despite their assurances that they do.  Schiff, the most oleaginous leaker in Congress, would have leaked any proof long ago if it existed.  If this does not qualify as a gross abuse of power, what does?  So infuriated by Trump's victory and his many successes in office, these people are willing to become Stalinist thugs and hope no one notices.

Adam Schiff Hires Leftist, Russian Mob Prosecutor to Head Intel Committee's Probe into Trump.  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced on Tuesday [3/5/2019] that the House Intelligence Committee he chairs has hired Daniel Goldman to be a senior adviser and lead the committee's investigative operations as it continues its probe into the President Donald Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia.  Goldman, who frequently appears as a legal analyst on NBC and MSNBC, worked as Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York from 2007 and 2017, according to his bio on the Brennan Center for Justice, a George Soros-funded organization that recently named him a fellow in one of its programs.

Adam Schiff Hires a Former Prosecutor to Lead the Trump Investigation.  Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has hired a veteran prosecutor with experience fighting Russian organized crime to lead his investigation of the Trump Administration.  Last month, according to a committee source, Daniel Goldman, who served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2007 to 2017, joined the committee's staff as a senior adviser and the director of investigations.

HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff Outlines Multi Faceted Impeachment Strategy:  Obstruction, Money Laundering, Conspiracy, and more.  House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff appears on CBS News to outline his role in the larger Pelosi impeachment strategy.  Each House Chairman:  Schiff, Cummings and Nadler, have individual roles for their part of the larger impeachment narrative.

"Show me the man and I'll find you the crime."
House Democrats using extreme tactics.  House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) — formerly of Framingham — are everything thing that's wrong with Washington.  Consumed with hate toward the president, the partisan hacks are leading a scorched-earth campaign by waging endless investigations against President Trump, his family and associates.  Unsatisfied that multiple extensive congressional investigations have found zero evidence of "Russian collusion" with the 2016 Trump campaign — despite Democrats telling us and every media outlet otherwise — they're now shifting their focus to Trump's business dealings, taxes, former charitable foundation and virtually every aspect of his life.

White House Decries Investigations:  Democrats Not After the Truth, They Are After the President.  The White House issued a fiery response Monday to Democrat demands for over 80 people connected to President Donald Trump to hand over documents for investigation.  "Chairman Nadler and his fellow Democrats have embarked on this fishing expedition because they are terrified that their two-year false narrative of 'Russia collusion' is crumbling," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Monday evening [3/4/2019].  Sanders dismissed the investigation into "tired, false allegations" that she said were already part of the Special Counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller.

The Cohen Fiasco.  The whole state of national political discourse has risen a notch, but not from elevated content, rather from a de-escalation of the tawdriness and vituperation of discredited allegations.  As the abysmal, shaming failure of the Russian-collusion fraud reveals itself in the run-up to the production of the Mueller report, the president's accusers, without even a subliminal hint of embarrassment, regret, or belated moderation, lower their sights. [...] As the Democrats take to the lifeboats from their foundering ship of impeachment, the unsinkables who have eschewed life vests are still declaiming on the tilting deck.

'All a Hoax' — Donald Trump Reacts to Democrats Targeting Family Business with Investigations.  President Donald Trump responded to Democrat demands for a glut of document requests announced by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday [3/4/2019].  Trump was asked by White House reporters if he planned to cooperate with Democrat requests of documents from 81 different people and organizations connected with his administration and his businesses, including family members Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

House Democrats send message:  Impeachment is on.  The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says there is no doubt President Trump has obstructed justice.  "It's very clear that the president obstructed justice," Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler told ABC Sunday.  "It's very clear — 1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt, he tried to — he fired — he tried to protect Flynn from being investigated by the FBI.  He fired Comey in order to stop the Russian thing, as he told NBC News.  He — he's dangled part — he's threat — he's intimidated witnesses.  In public."  Think what you will about the reasons — calling an investigation a "witch hunt" is obstruction of justice? — but Nadler sounded less like a man weighing the evidence than a man who has has made up his mind.

'Witch hunts' by the Keystone Kops.  Key House chairmen on Sunday made it plain they're charging ahead on what President Trump calls a "witch hunt" — talking as if they already have proof of impeachable offenses even as they announce they're going to keep looking for something, anything, that actually fits the bill.  On CBS, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff cited "direct evidence" of Team Trump's collusion with Russia in 2016, yet pointed only to what's long been in the public record — Donald Trump Jr.'s idiotic response to e-mails from a bozo British publicist and so on.  Hmm:  Schiff claimed he'd seen hard proof of collusion back in 2017, yet has never offered more than vapor.

House Minority Leader McCarthy:  Nadler Decided to Impeach Trump the Day He Won the Election.  Sunday on ABC's "This Week," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) responded to Democratic Judiciary chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) hinting at a potential impeachment of President Donald Trump.  McCarthy said, "I think Congressman Nadler decided to impeach the president the day the president won the election."

Predictable — Adam Schiff and Elijah Cummings Announce Next Set of Witnesses.  Following the transparently predictable, pre-planned and organized schedule toward Pelosi's insufferable impeachment scheme, Chairmen Adam Schiff (HPSCI) and Elijah Cummings (WH Oversight) announce they will be calling additional Trump officials and family members for testimony.  Remember, the testimony of Michael Cohen is the cornerstone of the effort.  Cohen's testimony was organized immediately following the 2018 mid-term election.  This nonsense is all sequenced by design.

Pelosi Spox:  We Will Take All the Necessary Steps, Including Litigation to Get President Trump's Tax Returns.  The Democrats have made it clear their only goal is to harass and obstruct President Trump.  Last month, House Democrats launched an investigation into President Trump's tax returns.  Democrats hope that if they are able to scour through the billionaire's tax returns they will likely find something they can pin on him.

Rep Ilhan Omar Calls "Overthrow" Of "Dictator" Trump "Inevitable".  Democrat Rep Ilhan Omar tweeted out a call for the 'inevitable overthrow' of the duly elected American President. [...] The DC elites hope and pray impeachment is inevitable.  Democrats in the House will impeach and establishment GOP Senate will remove.  It's been baked in since Trump won.  It's just refreshing to hear Omar speak so honestly about Democrat intentions.

Live on TV: The shame and disintegration of the Democratic Party.  While the president is out of the country on a crucial foreign policy mission, the Democrats colluded with Tom Steyer and lowlife Clinton operative Lanny Davis to once more try to convince the public that Trump should be impeached.  To that end, they brought the loathsome Michael Cohen, already convicted of lying to Congress and a host of other financial crimes, to testify to "crimes" committed by the president.  Cohen admitted that he was prepped for the hearings by Trump-deranged Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings, and Davis.  That Cummings allowed this to happen is a sad commentary on his lack of respect for his own committee and the House.  At this point, it is difficult not to enjoy Democrats' on-air self-immolation.  Cohen spent the day lying again and again and contradicting himself over and over.

Omar: Impeachment of 'Dictator' Trump Is Inevitable.  Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) said impeachment of President Donald Trump is "inevitable," adding in an interview published Wednesday [2/27/2019] he has "the markings of a dictator."  In a January interview with liberal magazine Rolling Stone, the freshman congresswoman and staunch White House opponent said the prospect of removing Trump was terrifying because Vice President Mike Pence would replace him.  "I believe that impeachment is inevitable.  It also is a terrifying notion," she said.  "Pence is an ideologue, and the ideology he holds is more terrifying to me and my constituents.  And we have not had a full impeachment that removes the president from office.  Nations struggle any time [they] overthrow a dictator, and Trump really has the markings of a dictator."

Stinking Bit Players in a Corrupt Narrative.  Adam Schiff, Gerald Nadler, Maxine Walters, Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren are continuing the feeding frenzy about Trump, and hope to drive him out of office.  If they cannot get him out with Russian collusion, they will try to get him for obstruction of justice.  If they cannot get him for obstruction, they will try to get him for tax evasion.  If they cannot get him for tax evasion they will try to get him for mental health issues.  If they cannot get him for mental health issues, they will try to get him for violating the emoluments clause.  Every single day for the remainder of his terms, they will blast, belittle, and besmirch President Trump.  They will never once say they support this or that action undertaken by the President.  They will never once express gratitude for even one executive decision or legislative initiative.  They will never once compliment any members of the first family.

Kamala Harris Says The Country Needs A President Who Can Prosecute Trump.  Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris said the U.S. needs a president who knows how to prosecute President Donald Trump, citing her former job as state attorney general Sunday [2/24/2019].  Harris, a 2020 presidential candidate, was in Bettendorf, Iowa, speaking to a group of supporters, when she said, "we're gonna need a fighter, and we're going to need somebody who knows how to prosecute the case against this president," pitching herself as the ideal candidate to defeat Trump in 2020 to the audience of around 500.

Even Democrats Are Skeptical of Billionaire Tom Steyer's Push to Impeach Trump.  Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer is campaigning hard with his "Need to Impeach PAC," but most of the Left is just not having it.  Though Tom Steyer maintains that the push "isn't about me for one second," he has yet to rule out his own bid in next year's ever-more-packed Democratic primary race to face the incumbent POTUS.  And even while most expect the Judiciary Committee to hold impeachment proceedings, there is reluctance to do so without hard evidence against President Donald Trump.

CNN's Toobin:  Patriotic for DOJ Officials to Discuss Removing Trump Via 25th Amendment.  Jeffrey Toobin is CNN's chief legal analyst, but he seems to be clueless about the fact that the 25th Amendment can only be invoked when a president is either physically or mentally incapacitated.  It was never intended to be used in case high level officials decided that they just didn't like a president.  Yet somehow Toobin allowed his obvious dislike for President Donald Trump to, well, trump any basic legal sense on his part on Monday's The Situation Room to declare that it was "patriotic" for FBI and DOJ officials to discuss Trump's removal from office via the 25th Amendment even though to do so would have been plainly unconstitutional.

The Absolutely Orwellian Nature Of The Russian Collusion Delusion.  Some Democratic "leaders" and their boot lickers in the media have learned doublethink apparently well when it comes to the ongoing saga known as the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.  Perhaps we should have the Chicago Police Department investigate the claims since they did a good job of exposing a hoax.  Thus far, several investigations costing [who] knows how many dollars have proven Trump guilty of one thing: legitimately defeating Hillary Clinton for the Presidency in 2016.  This is the "high crime and misdemeanor" they find him worthy of impeachment.  One investigation, that of the Senate Intelligence Committee headed by Richard Burr (R-NC) determined the following by Burr himself:  "We found no factual evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia."  Obviously, Burr would not make such a profound statement if not true, correct?  Otherwise, he is a liar and a public one at that.

7 Big Takeaways From Andrew McCabe's Planned Coup.  If Washington, D.C. were a better place, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe would be swiftly run out of town. [...] Here we have a formerly powerful and unelected government official, for all the world to see, admitting that the FBI tried to launch a coup against the constitutionally elected president of the United States, in only the first few months of his tenure.  But there's more going on than that.  Here are seven quick takeaways on McCabe's revelation of his planned coup.

Now we know: it was (and remains) an attempted coup.  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's 60 Minutes interview, airing in full on CBS tonight, is a disaster for the Deep State.  His admission during his interview that he and other top FBI and Justice Department officials seriously considered taking steps including invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office in the spring of 2017 is a blockbuster.  Thanks to his candor, we can finally use without reservation the "C" word — for an attempted coup d'état — in describing what McCabe and other Deep State players were cooking up in secret two years ago.  Excerpts of McCabe's damning interview were released by CBS News on Thursday [2/14/2019].  Almost immediately, a range of experts — including a few Democrats — began using the "C" word.

Former top FBI lawyer: 2 Trump cabinet officials were 'ready to support' 25th Amendment effort.  Former top FBI lawyer James Baker, in closed-door testimony to Congress, detailed alleged discussions among senior officials at the Justice Department about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, claiming he was told Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said two Trump Cabinet officials were "ready to support" such an effort.  The testimony was delivered last fall to the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees.  Fox News has confirmed portions of the transcript.  It provides additional insight into discussions that have returned to the spotlight in Washington as fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe revisits the matter during interviews promoting his forthcoming book.

Waters Welcoming Repubs to Take to the Streets for Impeachment Protests This Weekend.  YO, RINOS, Trump haters, political opportunists, Judases, and publicity hounds:  Rep. Maxine Waters is calling you out to rabble-rousing street duty this weekend, which includes tomorrow's President's Day.  You can always hide behind a mask to keep your face hidden from Open Border-worried constituents.  Obviously spurred on by the high number of Republicans who said they'd vote against President Donald Trump's call for a National Emergency on the border wall, Waters wants Republicans to take to the streets hoping that anarchy can force the Impeachment of the beleaguered president.

Elizabeth Warren Suggests President Trump [is] Going to Prison.  Fake Indian Elizabeth Warren made an appearance in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Sunday to kick off her 2020 presidential campaign.  Warren immediately attacked the President and suggested that Trump might be in prison by 2020.  "Every day there's a racist tweet, a hateful tweet — something really dark and ugly and what are we as candidates, as activists, as the press gonna do about it?" Warren said.

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Really?  People can go to prison for "a hateful tweet?"

Congress is already considering impeachment, but won't admit it.  Last week, no fewer than six committees of the House of Representatives were investigating potential grounds for impeaching Donald Trump as president of the United States.  They don't use the word "impeachment."  Their instructions from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) are to describe their work in narrower, less inflammatory terms.  But the question is never far away:  Does Trump's record of norm-busting, rule-bending and apparent law-breaking, from conflicts of interest to murky connections with foreign governments, justify removing him from office?

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If you want to see a president with a "record of norm-busting, rule-bending and apparent law-breaking," you should take a look at the presidency of Barack H. Obama, and the abundant grounds for his impeachment.

Democrat blackface problem in Virginia?  Democrat says solve it by impeaching Trump.  Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green, who was last seen claiming he was "friends" with a former staffer who says he sexually assaulted her, is now putting forth a solution to the utter political hash Democrats have on their hands in Virginia, what with Democratic gov.  Ralph Northam denying that his medical school yearbook page featuring a hooded Klansman and a white person wearing blackface is grounds for resignation; his potential successor, Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, now fending off multiple allegations of sexual assault; and the Democrats' third in line, Attorney General Mark Herring, admitting he also wore blackface.  Green's solution?  Impeach Trump.

Secret group seeks medical panel to judge the mental health of Trump and other candidates.  A secretive working group is devising a plan to create a medical panel that would screen the health of the president and other candidates in the hopes of determining that President Trump is not fit for office or stopping another like him.  The public face of the five-person group, most of whom have decided to remain anonymous, is Dr. Bandy Lee, a Yale University psychiatrist who edited a controversial book of essays concluding Trump is dangerous to the country because he has shown he is mentally unfit.

Dem Rep Points to Va.  Blackface Scandals as Further Reason to Impeach Trump.  Rep. Al Green (D., Texas) vowed Thursday to force a vote to impeach President Donald Trump, pointing to the racial controversies that have embroiled Virginia's Democratic leaders to argue Congress needs to fight bigotry "starting at the top."  Green said the refusal of Virginia's governor and attorney general to resign after admitting to wearing blackface "is but a symptom of a greater syndrome that currently plagues our country as a result of not acting on President Trump's bigotry," the Hill reports.

Democrats Need To Find a Centrist Or They're Doomed.  Mr. Trump has not flamed out, and despite his infelicities and whoppers and some other innocent but sometimes irksome peculiarities, all predictions of his immediate, overwhelming, awe-inspiring self-immolation on a scale to make the worst horrors of the Old Testament seem like gentle stories to read to sleepy children, he has done quite well.  Russian collusion and all the other roadmaps to impeachment have just devoured the Democrats and their docile press in a maze of defamatory nonsense.  Never in American history has so much super-righteous and accusatory verbosity been wasted on such a complete, mocking fiction.

Pelosi attempted a coup?  Some very peculiar signs point to this.  [Scroll down]  We know the media hates the President, and spends much of its time in a mindless rage over his existence.  The real question is, probably, therefore, this:  How many assassination attempts have been tried against President Trump?  The second video says 12.  Why do we not know about them?

Decepticon Mitch Fires Trump Impeachment Warning with U.S. Senate Demand to Keep Troops in Afghanistan/Syria.  The front-story is that Mitch McConnell organized his Decepticon coalition to warn President Trump not to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Syria.  However, the more true back-story is McConnell warning President Trump that he has assembled his impeachment coalition.  The Senate passed a "sense of the senate" resolution today demanding that President Trump keep troops actively engaged in perpetual war.

White House Petition to Impeach Pelosi Tops 100K Signatures, Triggering Official Response.  A White House website "We the People" petition declaring "IMPEACH Pelosi for treason!" has surpassed the "100,000 signatures in 30 days" requirement to trigger an official response from the White House.  The "Nancy Pelosi is a TRAITOR to the American People!" petition, created by a person identified only as "M.G." was created on January 18, 2019.  Twelve days later, as of January 30, the petition had garnered more than 130,000 signatures — enough to earn a response, the website says[.]

New Poll Shows Plummeting Support for Impeachment, Less Public Faith in Mueller.  Why would anyone fear Democrats overplaying their hand?  It's not like one of their loudest impeachment zealots has been elevated the a powerful committee chair position, right?  And it's not as if one of their possible presidential aspirants, who's practically ubiquitous on television, is going around giving interviews in which he refers to Trump an "agent of Russia" without evidence, or anything.  Another interesting piece of the polling data is decidedly lukewarm feelings about the impartiality and fairness of Robert Mueller's report:  "Half of Americans report they have "just some" confidence or none at all that the Mueller report will be fair and evenhanded, and 43 percent say they have at least a good amount of confidence in its fairness."

The Progressive Race to the Bottom.  Presidential elections are now to be seen by the Left not as the end of a four-year political cycle.  Instead, they are the beginning of an any-means-necessary, existential effort to reverse the proverbial will of the people and to remove or delegitimize the president.  From now on, if the Left loses, then everything is in theory on the table:  seeking removal of the victor by warping the Electoral College vote; or suing under the Logan Act, the emoluments clause, or the 25th Amendment; or cherry-picking federal judges to block presidential orders; or using the Congress to impeach the president; or unleashing a special counsel for years of investigation.

Here We Go — Impeachment Chairman Jerry Nadler Sends Demand Letter to AAG Matt Whitaker.  The House Judiciary Committee is the lead committee on the constitutional process to evoke articles of impeachment.  Jerry Nadler is the committee Chairman.  Speaker Pelosi previously created specific rules for the House in a well planned construct to empower three committee heads (Cummings, Schiff and Nadler) toward a narrow path.  Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings is leading off on Thursday February 7th, 2019, with testimony from Trump's former legal counsel Michael Cohen.  It should be noted Mr. Cohen is being represented at the committee hearing by DNC operative Lanny Davis.  However, Mr. Lanny Davis is not being paid by Mr. Cohen; he is being paid by democrat groups supporting the 'resistance' strategy.

Circumstantial Evidence Indicates An Assassination Attempt From The Deep State.  [Scroll down]  The peculiarities in recent events are hard to ignore.  The shutdown occurred shortly before Christmas.  Speculation is there was a plan made over Christmas holiday to shore up Deep State alliances in key strategic locations.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been at two of those locations in the last four weeks.  Why would this entourage be traveling to a war zone with their families?  Did President Trump quickly send his family to Florida in case the situation wasn't fully contained?  They flew on the same plane that Pelosi was supposed to be on, which would have been prepped and ready.  This does ask the question if it was a previously prepared trip, there would have been two planes ready — a separate one for FLOTUS.  Interestingly, [...] six of John F. Kennedy's Cabinet plus his press secretary were out of the country when he was assassinated.

Devin Nunes Outlines Central Point of Media Working With House Leadership Toward Trump 'Impeachment' Strategy.  House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes appears on Fox News and focuses attention to the primary point most overlook.  The Buzzfeed narrative on Michael Cohen is directly connected to the political endeavors of Democrats in congress.  Buzzfeed pushes a false conspiracy involving President Trump and Michael Cohen, HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff then outlines his intent to "investigate" that claim through the use of the committee.  Again, not meaning to be too repetitious, but this is coordinated.  Nothing is happenstance.  Resistance allies within congress are working in concert with resistance allies in media and Lawfare to create the baseline for the 'impeachment' agenda.

Impeachment Will Be Good for Trump.  Since Trump's election, the dream uniting all Democrats is to impeach the president.  Having won the House and with a mere majority necessary to initiate Articles of Impeachment, that dream will finally come true — never mind that chances of conviction in the Senate are near nil, with 67 votes required to sustain and Republicans still in the majority.  They will impeach because, as with the scorpion, it's their nature.  It doesn't matter that after more than two years of investigation, President Trump has not been found to have committed any crime.  Impeachment is not a criminal proceeding; it is a political proceeding, and in the "People's House," the majority decides what constitutes "High Crimes and Misdemeanors."  Articles of Impeachment will soon pass in the House because Democrats will want the Senate trial to play out during the 2020 presidential election.

Former Top U.S. Attorney Advocates Using DOJ to Remove a President Based on Policy Differences.  If you wait long enough, the Lawfare actors brazenly expose their intents.  Cue the example today as former SDNY U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara showcases the ideology behind the DOJ and FBI weaponizing their offices based on political policy differences.  It has been outlined that President Trump would prefer to withdraw the U.S. from NATO.  Trump's view stems from NATO allies (Germany) engaging with NATO adversaries (Russia) with strategic energy policy (gas pipeline) to benefit Russia; while simultaneously demanding the U.S. taxpayer fund the defense of Germany (and EU) from Russia.  In response to reports that President Trump may withdraw from NATO, a strategic U.S. policy shift, Preet Bharara demands "impeachment and conviction":

The Atlantic calls for Trump impeachment in new cover story.  The new issue of The Atlantic features a striking call for President Trump's impeachment on its cover.  The cover story of the March issue was published online Thursday, along with an image of the magazine, which reads "IMPEACH" in large, red letters.  "It's time for Congress to judge the president's fitness to serve," the subhead reads.

The Democrats' Blueprint for Impeachment.  [Scroll down]  The FBI has quietly been investigating [President Trump] for a couple of years now and will, I have no doubt, insist that he has been colluding with the Russians on some dark and clearly illegal dealings.  Though the [New York] Times was careful to add that Special Counsel Robert Mueller III has, as yet, found no collusion by President Trump.  Thus Donald Trump is the first presidential candidate ever to be suspected of treason in American history.  He may be the first to be indicted.  Possibly he will be hanged. [...] Critics such as Newt Gingrich say the reckless pursuit of Donald Trump sounds like America is heading down the path of a banana republic, but who is to stop the President's opponents?  Meanwhile the whereabouts of Hillary's 30,000 emails remain a mystery.  The misdeeds of the Clinton Foundation are forgotten.

Sheldon Whitehouse:  We Are 'Moving Toward Indictment and Charges of the President'.  Appearing Tuesday evening [1/15/2019] on CNN's Cuomo Primetime, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told host Christopher Cuomo that prosecutors are "moving toward indictment and charges" against President Donald Trump.

What, Precisely, Do Democrats Want to Impeach Trump For?  Newly sworn-in Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib electrified progressives with her passionate declaration that she and her colleagues will "impeach [Trump]."  Democratic leaders were embarrassed that a high-profile freshman would speak so frankly in public.  But hours before Tlaib spoke, on the first day of Democratic control of the House, another Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman, filed a resolution of impeachment.  Sherman's resolution was later co-sponsored by another colleague, Democratic Rep. Al Green.  The efforts by Sherman and Green, who filed his own articles in 2017, and another House Democrat, Rep. Steve Cohen, who also introduced articles in Trump's first months in office, are nothing new.  Nor are those efforts a lonely quest.  In an early 2018 procedural vote, 66 Democrats voted in favor of moving an impeachment measure forward.

The Ruling Class Redefines Character for Donald Trump.  The Democrats, the media and the NeverTrump Republicans have thus far been unable to marginalize Donald Trump, despite utilizing the tried-and-true tactic of incessantly fomenting faux scandals directed at a sitting Republican president.  Further, and unique to Trump, the appointment of a dogged and nakedly partisan special counsel within the first five months of his presidency has failed to produce any evidence of criminal wrongdoing or Russian collusion.  Thus, the NeverTrump faction of the nation's elites have now adopted a new strategy: bemoaning his lack of character and civility as the basis of claiming that Trump is the worst President in American history and thus should either resign or, at the least, not seek or be re-elected.

Impeachment, like the 'Green New Deal,' is going nowhere, thanks to House Democratic leadership.  Unfortunately for the excitable freshmen Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is the one calling the shots.  Cute as they are, their demands that President Trump be impeached look like they're going nowhere because of her.

Democrats keep proving how detached they are from reality.  In its common definition, the job of president of the United States is to deliver peace and prosperity.  Donald Trump is doing well on both fronts, so let's impeach [him]!  As insane as it sounds, that and only that is what many Democrats have in mind.  Impeachment, or death by a thousand investigations, is the heart of their plan.  For proof, eliminate their desire to remove Trump from office and see if you can pinpoint anything else with broad Dem support.  Some advocate for open borders, others for tax hikes or Medicare-for-all, but ending the Trump presidency ASAP is the glue holding the party together.

Era of the Trumper Tantrum.  We've now watched two years of Trumper Tantrum throwing and rule bending and the selective enforcement of justice, coincidentally against only those upon which they Tantrump against.  Will they now criminally indict the president for felonious campaign finance violations that have always in the past been treated as a civil offense, as was done with the $2,000,000 in illegal contributions Barack Obama took in 2008?

Steyer Dumps More Cash Into Impeach Movement As Dems Jump On Board.  Billionaire Tom Steyer is dumping more money into his campaign to oust President Donald Trump as incoming Democratic lawmakers consider jumping on board the movement to impeach the president.  Steyer is plowing another $6 million into what some Democratic leaders worry is an ill-fated attempt to impeach the president, The Daily Beast reported Friday [1/4/2019].  Some liberal progressive lawmakers are warming to the idea, while House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi pushes back.

Dems Push Impeachment on Same Day They Take Control of House.  You knew it was coming.  The Democrats have already revealed their number one priority.  They have already filed measures for impeaching President Trump immediately after swearing in.  January 3 has officially arrived, and so has the liberal takeover of the House.  On Thursday, Democrats took control of half the legislature after their political victories in the November election — and at the top of their to-do list is throwing Donald Trump out of office.  They don't have any legal grounds to do so, but they want to proceed anyway.  They are pushing this agenda to please their base.  It doesn't matter to them that they don't have any legit reason to impeach the president.  This has become evident.

Trump fires back at impeachment frenzy, after Dem's profanity-laced threat.  President Trump fired back Friday at Democrats calling for his impeachment within moments of the 116th Congress convening, claiming he's had "the most successful first two years" of any president.  Trump spoke out on the impeachment calls after a video surfaced of freshman Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib making a profanity-laced vow to remove him from office.  She subsequently defended her remarks, saying she will "always speak truth to power."

Dershowtiz: Unless Dramatic New Evidence Comes Out There Will Be No Impeachment of Donald Trump.  Professor Alan Dershowitz joined FOX and Friends on New Year's Day morning.  During the discussion Professor Dershowitz was asked about the Deep State and Democrat Party's intentions to impeach President Trump in 2019.  [Video clip]

The Left Will Make 2019 a Dark Year.  Thanks to the Left's control of the House of Representatives and the news media, Americans will be kept in a fevered state throughout 2019 — with innumerable hearings, exposés, criminal investigations and possible indictments of those around the president and the president himself.  Truth will not be the point.  Defamation will.  Anything that might muddy the president, no matter how spurious, no matter how thin the evidence, will be pursued with gusto.  The media will drop "bombshell" after "bombshell."  If lives and careers are ruined, so much the better; no one should be associating with this president anyway, as far as the Left is concerned. [...] The goal of the Left to weaken, disable and impeach the president is the heart of its mission to undo the 2016 presidential election.

Dems Plan Their Coup As the World Burns.  Democrats aren't concerned about illegal aliens pouring into the country without any screening whatsoever.  They are happy about it and they all went on vacation rather than do something constructive.  The Dems are busy with one thing, however.  They are busy releasing job postings seeking lawyers and legal staff to help aid their future investigations of President Donald Trump. [...] Finding ways to destroy the President is what the moronic Democrats will do as we are invaded to the south and the President is trying to make tariff deals and barter with terror nations.  While the stock market is volatile, the Dems are doing their best to make it worse.  It's a coup d'état.

That's all they've got?
Lawyer: Investigators gathered evidence of undocumented immigrants who say they worked at Trump golf course.  Federal and state investigators are scrutinizing the employment documents of immigrants without legal status who allegedly worked at President Donald Trump's golf club in New Jersey, according to their attorney.  Anibal Romero, a Newark attorney who represents five undocumented immigrants who say they worked at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, said in an interview Saturday [12/29/2018] that he met with investigators from the New Jersey state attorney general's office and two FBI agents in November, before the workers began to go public with their stories.

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Democrats want open borders and unrestricted immigration, but then they don't want illegal immigrants to have jobs.  What then is the purpose of inviting immigrants in?  It could only be to sign them all up for welfare benefits and then expect them to vote for Democrats.  As liberals like to say, that's unsustainable.

Issa: 'Democrats Have Already Planned Impeachment'.  Friday [12/28/2018], outgoing Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told One America News Network that incoming House Democrats will use their majority to impeach President Donald Trump.  Issa said, "There is no question at all that the Democrats have already planned impeachment and now are trying to make the case for it.  So their goal is impeachment; they have said it."  Issa added that his colleagues who will replace him in leadership will "be dealing with Democrats who are trying to figure out how to impeach the president."

Pelosi Names Corrupt Former Deep State DOJ Embed as House General Counsel To Lead Resistance.  Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has selected corrupt former DOJ career embed, Douglas N Letter, as Chief Legal Counsel for the House of Representatives.  Mr. Letter has agreed to come out of retirement to aid the House effort, and structure legal pathway to impeach President Trump.

The President's Enemies and Their Confected Drama.  It is astonishing to see the ferocity, and breathless, stertorous rage of the Trump-hating media over Michael Cohen's flip.  Because the whole issue is such nonsense, it is also reassuring to see Trump's enemies place their heads on the block with such determination, beseeching by their outrageous falsehoods the executioner's stroke to expose their lies and hate.  There they are since there is no case against the president sufficiently serious to threaten his completion of his term.  I am one of the last people who would claim any standing to opine on the motives and tactics for the Trump-haters to push in all their chips on this charge about payments to an amiable porn star and a Playboy bunny emerita.  The president's most strident enemies in the media have cranked themselves up to a fever of simulated moral superiority many times:  it is a mnemonic feat to recall their innumerable charges to the barricades these last two years.  Almost no one now remembers Michael Wolff's inane book, or even Bob Woodward's pastiche of fabrications and malicious gossip.  But this is a home run.

After Weeks of Bruising Headlines, Why is Support for Impeachment... Dropping?  It's essentially impossible to argue that it's been a good stretch of news cycles for the president, as the public has watched people in his orbit getting indicted, sentenced, and accused of further misconduct over recent weeks.  The conventional wisdom among the political class is that Robert Mueller's endgame is drawing near, and that a constricting noose is getting closer to the president's political neck.  But a fresh CNN poll produces a somewhat counterintuitive statistic:  Since September, public support for impeachment has fallen considerably, particularly among independents.

Democrats Plan for the President's Impeachment & Imprisonment.  Democrats will be very unfair as they have been all along when they control the House.  They are planning his impeachment and imprisonment.  Getting a little ahead of themselves, aren't they?  Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the likely incoming House Judiciary Committee chairman, has made it clear he will end all probes of the FBI and DOJ and hopes to impeach President Trump and Justice Kavanaugh.

Sorry, but hush-money payments won't send Trump to prison.  The most legally fraught part of the Russian "collusion" probe now revolves around payments to an American porn star.  As of yet, instead of a dastardly scheme to participate with the Kremlin in the hacking of Democratic emails to subvert the election, prosecutors have uncovered a dastardly scheme to try to keep from the voters — as if they weren't already aware — that Trump is a womanizer. [...] Everyone should agree that these payments were sleazy.  But that's not the live issue here.  Because Democrats want to see Trump impeached or even jailed, the question is whether he can be successfully prosecuted for the payments after leaving office.  The law, and common sense, suggest the answer is "no."

Joy Reid and Guest Fantasize About Ivanka Being Arrested.  MSNBC host Joy Reid and her guest Elie Mystal spent a segment fantasizing about Ivanka Trump being in the "crosshairs" and openly scheming about how the best way to "get" President Donald Trump would be to go after his children.  The sinister conversation, in which they urged the left to put the mother and wife "in their crosshairs" occurred on Saturday's [12/15/2018] show.

A Justice Department Coup?  Justice Department careerists, led by special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, have now served notice that they are targeting the presidency of Donald J. Trump.  Not over his behavior regarding Russians, which was their legal rationale for rooting through the business dealings and personal lives of his campaign manager, lawyer, and family.  No, prosecutors are seeking to criminalize Trump's extracurricular activities with American women, two in particular:  Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.  This would be laughable if people weren't going to prison as a result, not to mention its subversion of democratic self-government.  If it succeeds in driving Trump from office, it will set not merely a grim precedent for future elections.  It will be a clear and present danger to every person in this country.

Pelosi struggles to clamp down on impeachment talk from angry Dems.  House Democrats say incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will have her hands full next year trying to keep her caucus from pursuing President Trump's impeachment.  Democrats see a chance to hit Trump hard after his former lawyer Michael Cohen's three-year sentence, and his claim that Trump directed payments to two women to keep them silent about alleged affairs.  They think it will be difficult for Pelosi to keep them from pursuing an impeachment process in the House[.]

NY Attorney General Says She'll Investigate Everyone Around Trump.  New York Attorney General-elect Letitia James is buttressing President Trump's claims that there is a "witch hunt" pursuing him; she told NBC News that she intends to investigate not only the president, but also his family and "anyone" in his circle who may have violated the law.  James blustered, "We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well," adding, "We want to investigate anyone in his orbit who has, in fact, violated the law."

A Time for Truth Regarding President Trump, Campaign Finance Laws and Indictment Hysteria.  [#1] A sitting president cannot be indicted.  That's official DOJ policy since 1973.  Neither the Special Counsel nor the Southern District of New York (SDNY) nor Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein can defy that 45-year-old policy.  [#2] The SDNY is not expert in campaign finance violations and neither is the Clinton-appointed district judge.  They rarely handle campaign finance cases.  The left-wing media and politicians are regurgitating what the prosecutors have merely filed in their own self-serving brief.  The media and others intentionally refuse to look at the actual rules and context.  They refuse to even question what these prosecutors have thrown together.  [#3] The actual campaign rules and context do not include Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) or an infinite variety of other contracts, payments, arrangements, acts of a private nature, etc. as campaign contributions.  These represent normal human behavior and were never intended to be regulated or reported.

Stormy in a teacup — campaign finance case against Trump is laughably weak.  When producing and buying time for a campaign ad, the law says a candidate must pay through his campaign.  This ensures disclosure of who is funding the candidate's campaign.  The same is true for other campaign expenditures such as renting an arena for a rally, hiring security details for the candidate, and so on.  Trump lawyer Michael Cohen now contends in his guilty plea that he broke the law by paying hush money to two women who say they had sex with Trump.  The argument goes that these payments, from corporate accounts, were secret expenditures by the campaign.  Maybe Cohen has more evidence, but if not, the grounds for saying Trump broke a law are laughably flimsy.

After Russia Collusion Implodes, Media Want Trump Impeached over 'Just Sex'.  It would appear as though our horrible, no good, very bad and deliberately dishonest establishment media are at long last throwing in the towel and admitting they've been pushing fake news for over two years.  Yes, in their own underhanded and cowardly way, they are finally admitting that these wild-eyed, evidence-free conspiracy theories about President Trump colluding with Russians to steal the 2016 election after getting pee'd on, was all a lie.

Will Trump Be Indicted for Alleged Campaign Finance Violations?  First, as [Andrew] McCarthy says, Justice Department guidance holds that a sitting president may not be indicted.  If prosecutors in the Southern District of New York decide nonetheless to indict Trump for a campaign finance infraction, the Attorney General (presumably William Barr) should overrule the prosecutors.  Justice Department policy shouldn't be ignored or overturned to prosecute the kind of case that, according to McCarthy, is "often settled by payment of an administrative fine, not turned into [a] felony prosecution[]."  Second, does William Barr have enough backbone to block prosecutors from indicting this sitting president?  The William Barr I'm familiar with from telecommunications litigation 20 years ago does, I believe.

Barack Obama's Campaign Was Fined $375,000 for Campaign Finance.  Donations — Why Didn't Liberal SDNY Prosecute Obama?  Gregg Jarrett went off after the New York Southern Division accused President Trump of campaign violations by paying hush money to two women from his own pocket. [...] Of course, the NYSD said nothing when Obama was accused of campaign finance donations.  In January 2013 the Obama Campaign was fined $375,000 for campaign reporting violations.

Why Trump critics are now switching from impeachment to indictment.  Two decades ago, liberals argued that Bill Clinton should not be impeached for his tawdry affair with Monica Lewinsky because, well, his lies were just about sex.  Today, some liberals are arguing that Donald Trump should be impeached because of Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal because, well, it's not the sex, it's the hush money.  For well over a year, Trump's critics have been banking on Robert Mueller to come up with evidence of Russian collusion, and there have been only disconnected fragments.  So now — never mind! — it's about women and money.

Mark Penn:  House Democrats shouldn't impeach Trump — It will anger voters and the Senate won't remove him.  It's one thing to hold more investigations and try to get President Trump's tax returns.  It is quite another thing to turn the entire machinery of Congress over to the impeachment process while blocking compromises on health care, immigration, infrastructure and other important legislation.

Man planned to assassinate Trump with a forklift: authorities.  A North Dakota man accused of plotting to use a forklift to flip over President Trump's limo to "kill the president" pleaded guilty on Friday [11/30/2018].  Gregory Lee Leingang, 42, was charged in federal court regarding his plan that revolved around Trump's visit to Mandan, North Dakota, in September 2017, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:  Impeach Trump now.  Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested Democrats, who take power in the House next month, should not wait to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump because "we have far surpassed" the "standard" that the Republican Party used to impeach former President Bill Clinton.  Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., during comments to reporters Friday [11/30/2018] on Capitol Hill, was asked if seeking impeachment is premature.  "Not to me," she replied.  Democratic leaders during the 2018 campaign sought to play down the prospect that they would try to remove the president from office.

'The View' host Joy Behar declares 'today is a good day for Donald Trump to resign'.  ABC News' "The View" co-host Joy Behar declared on Thursday that it would be "a good day for Donald Trump to resign."  The panel discussed the latest development in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, such as Michael Cohen admitting to lying to Congress and President Trump declaring that a pardon for Paul Manafort is not off the table.  Co-host Whoopi Goldberg theatrically updated viewers on developments, calling it a "giant soap opera."

The Editor says...
The show that Behar and Goldberg host is little more than a "giant soap opera" itself.

Pelosi, Democrats back off on Trump impeachment.  As House Democrats begin laying out the vision for their new majority, that item is noticeably missing from the to-do list and firmly on the margins.

The mask is off:  Democrats get right to work to impeach Trump.  Having taken back the House, Democrats aren't waiting around to get seated.  They're getting down to business, and sorry, voters, it's not the moderate legislation with Medicare fixes they ran on.  Nope, they're out to Get Trump.

Nancy Pelosi knows impeachment fervor could backfire — and doom Democrats' 2020 hopes.  Mrs. Pelosi is in a bind.  Many in her caucus, and in her party, are giddy over the prospect of impeaching President Trump.  She opposes that path, a position that makes her even more unpopular with those eager for someone new at the top.  A careful and seasoned vote counter, she told Chris Cuomo on CNN that she is "100 percent" confidant [sic] she will be re-elected Speaker.  She is probably correct, but it's not a done deal.

Democrats Will Investigate, Not Legislate.  It will be all investigations, all the time — a two-year grudge match between Congress and the Trump Administration.  The games already have begun.  From subpoenaing Trump's tax returns to probing former and current cabinet officials, Democrats and the media are salivating over all the damaging headlines they think they can generate just as the 2020 presidential race gets underway.  The House Oversight Committee alone has at least 60 subpoenas ready to go when Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) takes over.

Nancy Pelosi:  Mueller Doesn't Have to Indict Trump for Congress to Impeach Him.  Nancy pelosi really does not want to impeach Donald Trump — and she's prepared to take all the heat from her party and from the new House Democratic majority she's hoping to lead, unless she sees something wildly different emerge.  But she said she won't let Robert Mueller define the decision.

Does a Democratic House win pave the way to impeachment?  The Democrats were not so ham-fisted as to start talking about impeachment last night.  But everyone in Washington is all to well aware that they are now in the majority on committees with the power to investigate the President and Russia.  They have subpoena power.  The Trump administration can expect a war of attrition, including televised hearings with a procession of 'co-operating witnesses', before the (probably) inevitable:  articles of impeachment accusing the president of having 'colluded' with the Kremlin.

Ocasio-Cortez: Trump Impeachment 'No-Brainer'.  If anyone is familiar with "no-brainers," it is New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  After all, she believes in socialism, a prime indicator of having no brain.  Ocasio-Cortez ramped up her anti-Trump rhetoric, calling for his impeachment before she is even elected to Congress.

While Demanding 'Civility,' NYT Publishes Fan Fiction Depicting Trump's Assassination.  The New York Times published a fictional essay fantasizing about President Trump getting assassinated the same week that explosive devices were sent to prominent political figures across the country.  After explosive devices were sent to prominent Democrats and liberal political figures — Maxine Waters, Joe Biden, George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Brennan, and others — New York Times opinion columnist Charles M. Blow blamed Trump for creating a "toxic environment" that led to these attempted acts of terrorism. [...] Here's some of the rhetorical backdrop being painted by The New York Times.  In a collection of fictional essays published Tuesday, one author fantasized about a Secret Service agent helping the Russians assassinate Trump.

Biden: 'I hope' Democrats don't impeach Trump.  Former Vice President Joe Biden said he doesn't think Democratic leadership should try to impeach President Trump if they win back the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.  Biden, an oft-critical voice of Trump and his administration, told "CBS This Morning" in an interview released Wednesday [10/17/2018] that "there's no basis" to introduce articles of impeachment for Trump.

Texas' O'Rourke tells national audience he'd impeach Trump.  Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke told a national television audience Thursday night that he'd vote to impeach President Donald Trump and believes Texas can lead the way to a national embracing of relaxed immigration policies and gun control — unapologetically liberal positions that may be hard for some in his deep-red state to stomach.  O'Rourke, an El Paso congressman giving up his seat to challenge Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, had previously suggested that he'd support impeaching the president over alleged collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice.  But he went further while appearing at a CNN town hall from the U.S.-Mexico border town of McAllen, saying that even as members of Congress wait for more evidence to emerge during federal investigations, "I do think there's enough there for impeachment."

O'Rourke: 'There is Enough' Evidence to Begin Impeachment.  Representative Beto O'Rourke (D., Texas), who is challenging incumbent Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, said he would vote to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump during a Thursday CNN town hall.  Asked whether he had changed his mind with respect to his previous support for impeachment, O'Rourke replied.  "I haven't."  "There may be an open question as to whether the president, then the candidate, sought to collude with the Russian government in 2016," the El Paso congressman said, referring to special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign involvement.

Revealed: Secret Service Foiled ISIS Assassination Attempt On President Trump.  Just one year into his term, President Donald Trump was the target of a credible assassination plot attributed to ISIS — but the U.S. Secret Service managed to foil the attempt, according to a report that will air on National Geographic channel on Sunday [10/14/2018].

Maxine Waters is one of Trump's fiercest critics.  She'll get a powerful new platform if Democrats take the House.  Rep. Maxine Waters has tried for months to get a House committee chairman to subpoena documents from Deutsche Bank about Russian money laundering and the finances of President Trump and his family.  If Democrats win the House majority in November, the 14-term Los Angeles lawmaker is almost certain to gain the committee's gavel.  That would give Waters, one of Trump's fiercest critics, the power to issue those subpoenas along with something more — a high-profile platform to battle the administration.  She's indicated she'll do just that.

Andrew Gillum's Staffer Fired for Tweeting in Favor of Trump's Execution.  A staffer working for Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum was fired for tweeting in favor of President Trump's execution, and wearing a shirt labeling states that voted for Trump [a derisive name].  Manny Orozco-Ballestas, the 24-year-old who used to work as a youth outreach staffer for the socialist Democratic candidate, posted a series tweets in 2012 and 2013 bashing Republicans and discussing things of a sexually graphic nature, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Andrew Gillum staffer fired after calling for Trump's execution, wearing shirt deriding pro-Trump states.  A youth outreach staffer for Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has been terminated after calling for President Trump's death on Twitter, and wearing a shirt calling pro-Trump states [a derisive nickname].  The staffer, 24-year-old Manny Orozco-Ballestas, made a series of sexually graphic and politically charged comments on social media in 2012 and 2013, according to fringe blogger Jacob Engels, who flagged the posts.  In one 2013 post, Orozco-Ballestas wrote to Trump:  "you need to be executed."

Rod Rosenstein's coup attempt to depose Trump should not go unpunished.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's actions, as recounted by the New York Times Friday [9/21/2018], are the equivalent of an attempted coup — a plot to overthrow the president.  As the Times reveals, Rosenstein was furious that Democrats blamed him for the firing of FBI Director James Comey.  Rosenstein, who had volunteered to write the firing memorandum, was "regretful and emotional."  His behavior was described as "erratic."  He blamed Trump.  So, in an apparent act of vengeance, he proposed secretly recording the president to try to gain damaging information about him.  He solicited others to wear wires, including Andrew McCabe, who was later fired as Assistant FBI Director.  Rosenstein is said to have discussed recruiting cabinet members to depose Trump under the 25th Amendment.  All of this is reportedly evidenced in memos, including those written by McCabe.

US Marshals capture 27-year-old fugitive who wanted to 'put a bullet in Trump's head'.  The Pennsylvania man accused of threatening President Donald Trump and law enforcement officials has been arrested in Ohio.  Shawn Richard Christy was taken into custody at 4.45 pm Friday [9/21/2018] in Mifflin Township, near Columbus, by US Marshals Service and task force members from Ohio and Pennsylvania.  A federal warrant was issued June 19 for the 27-year-old McAdoo man in connection to Facebook posts threatening to shoot Trump and a district attorney in Pennsylvania.

California Gov. Brown on Trump: 'Something's got to happen to this guy... he's going to undermine America'.  California Gov. Jerry Brown ramped up his criticism of President Trump in an interview that aired Monday [9/17/2018] — calling the president a "saboteur" in the fight to combat climate change and saying that "something's got to happen to this guy."  Speaking to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell at an environmental summit in San Francisco last week, Brown tore into Trump for the president's controversial tweets about the death toll in Puerto Rico from last year's Hurricane Maria and urged voters to vote for Democrats in November's midterm elections in an effort to thwart Trump's agenda.  "We never had a president who was engaged in this kind of behavior," Brown said.  "I mean he's not telling the truth; he keeps changing his mind; he's sabotaging the world order in many respects."

Unhinged: Mad Maxine Waters Encourages 'Resistance' to "Knock Off" President Trump.  Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) took her calls for violence against the President to the next level this weekend and encouraged the resistance to "knock off" Trump.  Maxine Waters accepted a 'Diversity' award in Washington DC this weekend when she went on a warpath against President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Dirtiest Trick In U.S. History Comes Into Focus.  The almost unnoticed fact in the latest Democratic assault on the Trump administration is that it is based entirely on charges of confusion, the circus, incoherence, and nastiness.  These themes never have to be hammered very long before the faithful take up the incantation about impeachment, but these aren't impeachable, even if the charges were true.  The Resistance has abandoned the accusation of impeachable offenses.  The press barely noticed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's acceptance of written answers to questions about collusion, or Rudolph Giuliani's assertion that there would be no discussion of obstruction of justice, that there has been no obstruction, and that if Mr. Mueller thinks he has evidence of any, he should present it.

Even Democrats Want 'Mad Maxine' to Stop Impeachment Talk.  Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren called out "Mad Maxine" Waters over her repeated calls for President Donald Trump's impeachment.  The California Democrat has been one of Trump's most outspoken critics, and she continues to double down on her anti-Trump rhetoric.  Waters, who took heat earlier this year for urging her supporters to confront Trump administration officials in public, said in Los Angeles over the weekend that some Democratic leaders have asked her to stop talking about impeaching Trump.

Yes, Impeachment Will Turn America Into a Third World Country.  Elections don't work in third world countries because the party with the most leverage over the machinery of government just overturns the results.  That's exactly what the Democrats have been trying to do to Trump even during the election.  Impeachment is not a mechanism for removing a government that the legislature now opposes.  That's what you have in parliamentary systems.  Impeachment is meant to address serious crimes committed by the head of state.  The Dems began pushing impeachment before Trump even took office.  That's not what impeachment is for.  It's a blatant abuse of a constitutional mechanism to stage a coup.

Chuck Schumer on Impeaching Trump: 'The Sooner the Better'.  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N. Y.) told a Brooklyn crowd Monday [9/3/2018] he wanted to impeach President Donald Trump, and "the sooner, the better."

Maxine Waters On Pence:  After We Impeach Trump, 'We'll Get Him, Too'.  Maxine Waters was receiving an award Saturday [9/8/2018] and gave a speech in which she offered a progressive audience the kind of red meat they obviously crave, i.e. talk about impeaching Trump and, when that's done, impeaching Pence as well.  From the American Mirror which published a video of the event Sunday:  [Video clip]

The Circus of Resistance.  Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Harvard Law Professor who still insists she is of Native American heritage, called for the president to be removed by invoking the 25th Amendment.  Apparently fabricating an ethnic identity is sane, and getting out of the Iran deal or the Paris Climate Accord is insanity and grounds for removal.

Elizabeth Warren Calls For Trump Coup.  Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, seizing on an explosive op-ed from an anonymous administration official, said Thursday [9/6/2018] that it's time to use constitutional powers to remove President Donald Trump office if top officials don't think he can do the job. [...] That's actually the opposite of how the Constitution works.  It does not provide a mechanism for removing a president if some officials don't like him.  That's not what the 25th Amendment is for.  It provides a clear process for when a president is incapacitated, say after a shooting, and was an artifact of the JFK assassination.

Calls to impeach President Trump are 'sentence first — verdict afterwards'.  The late William Raspberry, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, was one of my favorite political commentators.  Ideologically, Mr. Raspberry was on the left and I am not.  But I respected his talent.  I have been thinking a lot lately about one of Mr. Raspberry's columns as the talk about impeaching President Donald Trump has been dominating the news even more than in the past (and that's saying something).  The column in question is entitled "... In a Kangaroo Court" and it was published Dec. 4, 1998, during the imbroglio surrounding President Bill Clinton.  The column opened with the following lines:  "'No!  No!' says the Queen of Hearts in 'Alice in Wonderland.'  'Sentence first — verdict afterwards.'"  Sound familiar?  It does to me.

Elizabeth Warren calls for Trump's removal from office under 25th Amendment.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren called on White House officials Thursday to remove President Trump from office as unfit to handle the job.  The Massachusetts Democrat and progressive hero, often touted as a 2020 presidential hopeful, said Wednesday's op-ed in The New York Times by an anonymous White House official justifies forcing out Mr. Trump under the constitutional provisions for an incapacitated president.  "If senior administration officials think the President of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment," she told CNN in an interview.

Chuck Schumer on Impeaching Trump: 'The Sooner the Better'.  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N. Y.) told a Brooklyn crowd Monday [9/3/2018] he wanted to impeach President Donald Trump, and "the sooner, the better."  Flanked by security and staff holding signs saying "MEET SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER," Schumer stopped to speak via megaphone with several people off-camera.  In a video of the interaction released Monday, Schumer was asked about impeachment and expressed support for the idea: [...] Schumer had been notably quiet on the question of impeachment prior to his unscripted remarks; when asked just last month about prospective reprisal were Trump to pardon former Trump associates Michael Cohen or Paul Manafort, Schumer demurred.  "I've said what I'm gonna say," he said.

The Rule of Law Is a Sick Joke.  It's adorable when people talk about the rule of law.  OK, let's assume that Donald Trump broke the law under some bizarrely convoluted interpretation of the hateful and unconstitutional (in a world where our Constitution was properly understood) thicket of campaign finance statutes that somehow makes the guy who is being extorted a criminal for paying off the aging bimbos shaking him down.  Why should we care?  Because we don't care.  MSNBC can howl "impeachment" 300 times an hour and we still won't care.  Even if this was an actual crime and Donald Trump was guilty of it, we don't care.  Did he illegally pay off weather-beaten pole-clinger Stormy and also the one from Playboy who was actually hot?  Don't care.  The climate scam is derailed, ISIS is dead, and then we got Gorsuch, Grennell, and a great economy.  Those things we care about.

The impeachment delusion:  Democrats dreaming about impeachment would have no clue what hit them.  It's actually surreal to think how easily the media can dupe people into thinking that President Trump is going to be impeached and possibly removed from office.  For the last five-and-a-half years of the Bush administration, the Democratic Party howled that Bush "lied us to war to enrich his friends."  In the history of democracy, this is probably the most egregious charge ever leveled against a democratic leader.  With more than 4,000 dead and tens of thousands maimed for life "under false pretenses," it easily dwarfs the famed Watergate scandal, in which no one died.  And yet the Democrats of the previous decade refused to back up their incendiary rhetoric with even the slightest hint of impeachment proceedings.

There Should Be a Trump Impeachment Vote — and Republicans Should Schedule It.  Not to put too fine a point on it, Democrats are not the ones known as the Stupid Party and so are well aware that a campaign centered on impeaching Trump is electoral cyanide.  As Democratic representative Eric Swalwell so eloquently put it, "[r]ight now, we're not in the majority, and so running on that, I think, misses the issues that people care about at home."  Translation:  "Don't mention the impeachment!"

Document Emerges Detailing Democrat Plans to Crush Trump Should GOP Fail to Hold House.  A document detailing what Democrats intend to do to try to take out President Donald Trump should they take the House majority in November 2018 has emerged.  Under the headline "Scoop:  Republicans secretly study their coming hell," Axios's Jonathan Swan on Sunday evening revealed the existence of the document that lists exactly the line of attack the Democrats plan to pursue should they win control of the House in the midterm elections.  The document specifically focuses on certain investigatory pathways and lines of inquiry they have already sought.

Clintonite Robert Reich:  Let's Annul Trump's Presidency.  Robert Reich, who served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, has taken on a new role as a leader of the progressive resistance movement.  Like many others on the left, Reich is taking unhinged rhetoric to new levels.  In a recent post on his website, Reich suggested that impeaching Trump would not be enough.  His presidency must be annulled.

The Democrats' Entire Agenda After The Midterms:  Investigate Trump, 24/7.  As the New York Times put it, Democrats "are discarding the lessons of successful midterms past and pressing only a bare-bones national agenda, leaving it to candidates to tailor their own messages to their districts."  Democrats do have an agenda, however, one they plan to pursue with abandon should they take the House:  Tie the Trump administration up in endless investigations, then hope they can stitch together something to justify impeaching the president.  At the moment, of course, they aren't openly talking about impeachment.  Not because they don't intend to do so.  But because party leaders realize that impeachment doesn't poll well, and could energize the GOP base.

Trump is in no real legal jeopardy, but Democrats will impeach him anyway if they win the House.  There are two things you need to understand about the latest media obsession:  [#1] There is no serious legal case against Donald Trump.  It's a complete fantasy that anything that's happened could result in his indictment or criminal prosecution.  We'll explain that momentarily, but before we get into that you need to understand the second thing.  The second thing is:  [#2] Trump's lack of legal culpability won't mean a thing if Democrats win control of the House this fall.  They will impeach him anyway, for the high crime of being Donald J. Trump.

The Impeachment Insanity.  In our nation's history, only two U.S. Presidents have been impeached by the House of Representatives:  Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.  Both remained in office, surviving a trial in the U.S. Senate.  Of course, President Richard Nixon resigned before he would have surely faced impeachment and removal from office.  In the last few days, the possibility of impeachment of the President has been continually raised by the corrupt, incompetent and hopelessly liberal mainstream news media infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome.  In fact, on Wednesday August 22, from 6 a.m. until Midnight, according to the Media Research Center, the words "impeachment" or "impeach" were mentioned a ridiculous 222 times on CNN and MSNBC alone.

Liberal media's desperate push for Trump impeachment may actually hurt Democrats.  The liberal news media have a new favorite word to use when discussing President Trump:  impeachment.  For example, MSNBC and CNN reporters, anchors and guests said "impeach," "impeachment" or some other form of the word on the cable news channels an incredible 222 times between 6 a.m. and 11:59 p.m.  Wednesday [8/22/2018].  And of course, they talked about possible impeachment other days as well, and newspapers and websites were also filled with impeachment speculation.  Most Democrats in Congress and their leaders are shying away from talking about impeachment before the November midterm elections — but that's not stopping the anti-Trump media.

Impeachment Hysteria.  In the world most of us inhabit, things are going extraordinarily well.  We are in the midst of the longest bull market ever.  Employment is at a record high, unemployment — especially among minorities, young people and women — at or near record lows.  GDP is growing at a 4% clip, which liberal economists deemed impossible in the last administration.  Wages are rising.  We are at peace, but at the same time our government is finally taking steps to deal with long-festering problems in Iran, Russia, China and North Korea.  What's not to like?  If you listen to most journalists and pundits, none of that is important.

All the Talk About Impeaching the President Is Nonsense.  Realistically, in order for the President to be impeached it will take a majority of the House of Representatives to vote for impeachment.  If Republicans hold the House in November, all the talk about impeachment will be so much Fake News [and] there will be no impeachment.  End of story.  By contrast, if the Democrats take the House they might very well pass a Maxine Waters-Al Green bill for impeachment.  It then will go to the United Senate, where a two-thirds majority will be needed for conviction.

CNN, MSNBC Say 'Impeachment' 222 Times in One Day.  Liberal cable news outlets evidently had their own fairy tale ending in mind when former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations:  impeachment.  On Wednesday, CNN and MSNBC reporters, anchors, and paid contributors used the word an absurd 222 times in 18 hours.  MRC analysts examined all CNN and MSNBC coverage between 6:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on August 22, counting every use of the word "impeach," "impeachment," or some permutation thereof.  Analysts found 114 instances of the term on MSNBC and 108 on CNN, for a total of 222 total uses of the word.

Remember how Bill Clinton got re-elected right after Webb Hubbell went to the can?  The commentariat is making a big deal of Paul Manafort's conviction on eight counts of tax fraud and other stuff, as well as former personal attorney Michael Cohen's guilty plea for payoff crimes, saying the path is finally open for their long held dream of impeaching President Trump. [...] Well, no.  Historically, a president is pretty separate from the doings of his lieutenants.  We've seen that as far back as President Reagan, who had many lieutenants railroaded, most for political, rather than criminal, reasons.  Reagan was re-elected in 1984.  The one that really sticks out, though, is Whitewater, which was the white-collar flimflam racket that broke as a scandal during the first term of President Bill Clinton.

Trump: Impeach me and the market crashes.  President Trump predicted that if he were ever impeached, the market would crash because it would put at risk his plan to keep creating jobs in the U.S.  "I'll tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash," he said in a Fox News interview that aired Thursday [8/23/2018].  "I think everybody would be very poor, because without this thinking, you would see numbers that you wouldn't believe, in reverse."

'Get Ready' For the Perils Of Impeachment.  It may be claimed that none of the crimes of President Trump's ex-campaign manager and ex-personal lawyer directly implicate the president.  Not yet, anyhow — though Cohen is insisting he was directed by Trump to violate campaign-finance laws.  And Cohen is now practically begging to sing against Mr. Trump to special counsel Robert Mueller.  Manafort, found guilty on Tuesday [8/21/2018] of eight counts against him, is already reported to be considering all options — and faces yet another trial next month.  No wonder the Web is fizzing with talk of impeachment.

Pelosi says impeachment is 'not a priority' — as Democrats face new pressure to take down Trump following Manafort conviction.  The guilty plea of longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort's conviction is putting new pressure on Democratic leaders to rally an impeachment drive.  Cohen's guilty plea in a federal court in New York to violating campaign finance law at the 'direction' of an unnamed individual — Trump — put the Constitution's political remedy for 'high crimes and misdemeanors' squarely on the table for political discussion.  But House minority leader Nancy Pelosi cautioned Wednesday [8/22/2018] against any rush to impeach based on the current state of the Mueller probe.

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It is easy to surmise that Ms. Pelosi will be singing a different tune after the mid-term elections, especially if the results favor the Democrats.

What to Expect if Democrats Win the Midterms.  [Scroll down]  Under no conceivable scenario will the left control the House without impeaching Trump.  They hate him with the heat of a thousand suns and defy all appeals to fairness and logic.  The trial in the House will consume the country, bog Trump in red tape, and stall the swamp-draining reforms until the presidential election in 2020.  It will probably be impossible to get 67 senators to vote to remove Trump, but the impeachment in the House will be enough to throw most of Trump's housecleaning efforts into disarray.

Faced With a Collapsing Narrative, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr Tries Reversing Claims on Russian Conspiracy.  The Associated Press published an interview with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr today [8/18/2018] where the intensely corrupt Senator Burr tries to reverse all his prior positions, publications and manipulated committee findings, against President Trump.  As the tide changes; and with DOJ and FBI officials delivering testimony; combined with communication between U.S. co-conspirators (Bruce Ohr, Glenn Simpson) and foreign actors (Chris Steele, Oleg Deripaska) gaining sunlight, the larger united effort between the intelligence apparatus and politicians starts to become a risk to elected individuals.

Will Trump Be Impeached for Obamacare 'Sabotage'?  Despite attempts by their leadership to tamp down pre-midterm impeachment talk, the Democrats are clearly anxious to remove President Trump from office if the voters are crazy enough to grant them a majority in the House this fall.  The only question involves the pretext Pelosi, et al., will use to justify the coup.  Their last impeachment resolution, introduced by Texas Rep. Al Green, didn't list any actual crimes or misdemeanors and it's unlikely that the Mueller investigation will produce enough evidence of wrongdoing to impeach a ham sandwich.  So, what's a Trump-deranged Democrat to do?  Nail him for Obamacare sabotage, of course.  This idea was introduced more than a year ago by Noah Feldman, a Harvard law professor, and echoed by Clinton minion Robert Reich last October.

Why the Mueller Investigation Is the Wobble of Neptune.  [Scroll down]  [M]any Democrats are petrified that premature talk of impeachment will jeopardize the party's drive to win the House and long-shot dreams of taking the Senate.  Hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer — who is embarked on his own perhaps self-serving petition impeachment drive — complained in a speech last week to left-wing activists, "Not a single person in the Senate Democratic caucus has shown the courage and sense of right and wrong to support impeachment."  Republicans from Trump on down have ridiculed any mention of impeachment as Democrats behaving like "sore losers."  Of course, that argument assumes that everyone from Hillary Clinton to George Soros has spent decades dreaming about President Mike Pence.

The media encourage violation of the law.  The liberal media are pushing for a quiet coup to get President Trump removed from office.  Right after President Trump made a few admittedly goofy comments in his summit with President Putin, many newspapers immediately labeled him a "traitor" and openly encouraged his Cabinet to resign to push him out of office.  The media constantly try to undermine the presidency by claiming that Trump is a traitor or a puppet, without a shred of evidence.  The media are seeking to undermine and remove a branch of government they disagree with.

Democrats' Impeachment Army: $110 Million, 1000 Staff, 2000 Volunteers.  Democrats who are pushing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump will have $110 million to spend on the cause, thanks to the efforts of left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer.  Steyer's organizations, NextGen America and Need to Impeach, will also have a combined 1,000 employees and 2,000 staffers as they take the case for impeachment to voters in November, according to Politico.  Though House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has discouraged impeachment talk, grass roots Democrats favor the idea.

Greg Jarrett's research shows Trump Was "framed... for crimes he didn't commit."  Martha McCallum, hosting her Fox News show, introduced Fox legal analyst Greg Jarrett, author of the new book, The Russia Hoax.  She began by pointing out that both campaigns in 2016 wanted dirt on the other and were willing to get it from some sources in Russia.  Clinton used sources in Russia who gave information to Christopher Steele [a former British spy] and there is a judge now who wants to know how it works on the Clinton side of the equation.  On the Trump side, you have the Trump Tower meeting.  Michael Cohen says Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting before.  "Let's start with the Fusion GPS side of this, Martha said.  "They have been tight-lipped about who the sources were for the dossier.  And the judge is trying to get them, have them deposed on it.  What are we going to learn there?"

Welcome to Augur, the Cryptocurrency Death Market Where You Can Bet on a Donald Trump Assassination.  So far, U.S. president Donald Trump, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, actor Betty White and senator John McCain have been the subject of death predictions on a new platform called Augur.  Launched this month by a non-profit called the Forecast Foundation, the service is powered on the Ethereum blockchain and designed to place wagers on the chance of events coming true.  "Predict the next election, short a cryptocurrency, or hedge against disaster," the pitch reads.  Augur is a free, open source software for users to create their own prediction markets.  Contracts use the Ethereum blockchain, which is a form of distributed leger technology that records all transactions.  The controversy over its "assassination markets" — not a totally new phenomenon — has been fueled by the platform developers' claims that they do not have the ability to "censor, restrict, control, modify, change, revoke, terminate or make any changes to markets."

Just How Far Will the Left Go?  There was no honeymoon for the unlikely winner of the 2016 election.  Progressives have in succession tried to sue to overturn Trump's victory using several different approaches.  First on the bogus claim of fraudulent voting machines.  Then they sought to subvert the Electoral College by bullying electors into renouncing their respective states' votes.  Massive protests and boycotts marked the inauguration.  Then there were articles of impeachment introduced in the House.  Some sued to remove Trump on a warped interpretation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.  Others brought in psychiatrists to testify that Trump was ill, disabled, or insane and should be removed in accordance with the 25th Amendment.  The former FBI director, CIA director, and director of the Office of National Intelligence have variously smeared the president as a coward, a traitor, and a Russian mole.

The Trump/Putin Summit Is the Worst Thing Ever Until the Next Worst Thing Ever.  Here's a secret everyone knows:  this Trump/Russia/Treason thing is nonsense.  The Russians will do whatever they can to destabilize our country, and have been trying since long before Teddy Kennedy actually did collude with the Reds against Ronald Reagan.  Of course they want to destabilize us.  They're Russians. [...] It's kind of hard to have a rational discussion with people screaming "traitor" and "treason," especially when they have been screaming "traitor" and "treason" for the last 18 months and we've seen no traitoring or treasoning.  But the facts don't deter them.

Rep. Steve Cohen Melts Down, Defends Tweet Calling for Military Coup.  Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) this week repeatedly defended his tweet that implied that America needed to have a military coup to remove President Donald Trump after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Trump held a summit with Putin on Monday, in which the 45th president declined to directly chastise Putin for allegedly trying to influence the 2016 presidential election, even when asked by an Associated Press reporter to do so.  President Trump blamed the Russia investigation for some of the friction between the two countries.

CNN Analyst Philip Mudd:  When Will 'Shadow Government' Rise Against Trump?  CNN analyst and former CIA intelligence official Philip Mudd wondered aloud Monday when a shadow government will emerge to oppose President Donald Trump following a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

House Democrat Calls For 'Military Folks' To Stop Trump.  Democratic Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen on Monday [7/16/2018] called for the "military folks" to save America from President Donald Trump after Trump's much-criticized press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  "Where are our military folks?  The Commander in Chief is in the hands of our enemy!" Cohen wrote on Twitter, using language suggestive of a military coup.

Remember, the Democrats are the people who said George W. Bush was a warmonger.
Billionaire Democrat Donor Calls For 'Nuclear War' To Stop Trump.  Billionaire Democrat donor Tom Steyer called for a "nuclear war" to stop President Trump — then took back his comment after the interviewer called his point "sobering."  "Maybe we can have, like, a nuclear war and then we get a real course correction," Steyer told The Rolling Stone in an interview published Friday [6/29/2018].  He was elaborating on his belief that it is imperative for Congress to impeach Trump immediately, because the "checks and balances system" set up in the constitution isn't working, and the only other option is to wait around for economic disaster and war.

Maxine Waters brushes off alleged threats, vows to 'Impeach 45'.  During a speech Saturday [6/30/2018] at an immigration rally in California, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters reacted defiantly to alleged threats reportedly directed at her following her previous remarks about the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.  Waters took the podium at the Families Belong Together rally in downtown Los Angeles, one of the many rallies staged across the country urging for the reunification of families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan Invokes Watergate, Calls on Republican 'Heroes' to Force Trump Out of Office.  Former CIA Director-turned-Twitter-troll John Brennan fired off another ominous tweet to President Trump Tuesday [6/26/2018].  John Brennan predicted the outcome of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe would end up like the Watergate investigation — with an impeachment and or resignation and called on Republican "heroes" to circle the wagons.

After Mad Maxine Waters Calls for Violence, She Gets Worst News of Political Career.  Since Trump entered office, Waters has demanded his impeachment.  Like many others calling for that, she has zero evidence to back her demand.  Yet when others were smart enough to back down, she continues to call for the president's removal from office.  Based on what?  Nothing but her deranged anger.

Mad Max and Nancy Pelosi:  The twin faces of the Democratic Party.  Leftists are confident that their fabricated-out-of-whole-cloth "crisis" at the border is the first step to impeachment.  They think the American people are so stupid, so thoroughly uninformed, that they will fall for the lie that what Trump is doing at the border is unlawful and cruel.  In fact, the practice of separating migrant children from the lawbreakers who show up at the border with children in tow is of long standing throughout the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations.

Tom Steyer:  To Win Midterms, Democrats Must Promise to Impeach Trump.  Left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer is spending tens of millions of dollars on advertising urging that President Donald Trump be impeached — because he thinks it is the only way for Democrats to win the 2018 midterm elections.

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Usually an accusation of a serious crime comes before a trial.  That's called due process.

The illegal campaign to feed 'collusion' hysteria.  A top staffer on the "nonpartisan" Senate Intelligence Committee has apparently been selectively leaking to feed the anti-Trump "collusion" story:  That's the main takeaway in the case of James Wolfe.  Yes, you have to ignore the media-ethics sideshow about the reporter he had an affair with, and the First Amendment issues over the feds' subpoenaing of reporters' "metadata" — i.e., the date and time of phone calls, etc., but not their content.  All that deserves thrashing out — but not at the expense of ignoring yet another case of rabidly anti-Trump behavior by a supposedly disinterested intelligence community.

A Democrat Dissents on the Mueller Probe.  President Trump opened the week in a typical fashion, angrily denouncing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  But Mr. Trump appealed to an unlikely authority:  Mark Penn, the Democratic pollster who guided President Clinton through his second-term scandals and then served as chief strategist for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.

You Don't Get to Rewrite the Constitution Because You Dislike Trump.  If your contention is that President Donald Trump has the propensity to sound like a bully and an authoritarian, I'm with you.  If you're arguing that Trump's rhetoric is sometimes coarse and unpresidential, I can't disagree. [...] But while former president Obama's agreeable tone had plenty to do with his lack of scrutiny by the media, many reporters and pundits largely justified, and even cheered, his abuses because they furthered progressive causes.  Not only did liberals often ignore the rule of law when it was ideologically convenient for them; they now want the new president to play by a set of rules that doesn't even exist.

Steyer: Two-Thirds of People Signing Trump Impeachment Petition Don't Vote.  Billionaire activist Tom Steyer said Tuesday that two-thirds of the people signing his petition to impeach President Donald Trump don't vote, claiming his efforts will serve as a left-wing base motivator.  MSNBC host Hallie Jackson brought up Steyer's multi-million dollar ad campaign calling for Trump's impeachment during their interview, wondering if it was backfiring.  She cited a CBS poll last month showing 40 percent of voters would be "less likely" to support a candidate backing impeachment, versus 30 percent of voters who would be "more likely" to support such a person.

Elites Value Mellifluous Illegality over Crass Lawfulness.  [Scroll down]  Yet so far, after over a year of intense investigation, Special Counsel Mueller has found no evidence that Donald Trump — or even his low-level subordinates — had ever colluded with Russian government interests to hijack the 2016 election and defeat Hillary Clinton.  Indeed, Mueller has shown himself desperate to indict almost anyone connected with the Trump campaign with almost any charge he can think of — other than colluding with the Russians to warp an election, his original mandate.

Team Mueller's Illegal, Unethical Hunt for the President's Scalp.  Given the toxic, highly partisan atmosphere in Washington, Mueller's obvious conflict of interest due to his ties to Comey, and the Hillary Clinton fan club that comprises Team Mueller, it has been obvious that the special counsel's office is not seeking either truth or justice.  They want the president's head on a stick, and they aren't particular about letting the facts or the law get in the way.

The drift to civil war.  Well, they have been at it for two years, and nothing has turned up.  What the press keeps announcing as another triumph is that in the course of casting the net wider and wider, they find some technicality or other with which to charge someone or other somehow connected to Trump, and hope to "turn him" — get him to rat on Trump, to reveal all these terrible Trump crimes that must surely exist.  Every leftist assumes, sees as quite obvious, that if anyone connected to Trump is brought under pressure, he is likely to have some Trump crimes to report. [...] But after two years of this, of people supposedly being about to "turn" as a result of being charged with crimes increasingly technical, boring, irrelevant, and legalistic, it is increasingly obvious that these Trump crimes do not exist, and all this illegal use of police and investigatory power is going to get them in trouble.  If anyone was going to "turn", he would have turned by now.  If anything was going to turn up, would have turned up by now.

Progressives on the Brink.  When Clinton lost, it appears that the left sought, through the unwarranted appointment of a special prosecutor, to discover grounds for impeachment.  That probe is still underway, and it has employed unprecedented means such as the seizure of communication records between the president and his personal attorney.  If it is willing to raid the office and home of one's personal attorney, place spies within an opponent's campaign, and file false documents in support of a FISA request, as alleged, how far is the left willing to go to retain power?  It is not a large step from these actions to other, more forceful sorts of intimidation and outright election-rigging.

Democrat Rep. Al Green:  When We Get Back The House, We'll Start Impeachment Proceedings.  Democrat Rep. Al Green (D-TX) had harsh words for President Trump late Tuesday, warning that if Democrats retake the House of Representatives in November, they'll begin the 2019 legislative session with articles of impeachment, even if Trump hasn't done anything to require it.  Speaking to C-Span, Rep. Green suggested that he has the "right and privilege" to impeach the president, even absent evidence that the president has committed "high crimes" or "misdemeanors" by virtue of the U.S. Constitution.  "There's a good likelihood there will be articles of impeachment" brought against the President, Rep. Green said.  "Here is a point that I think is salient, and one that ought to be referenced.  Every member of the House is accorded the opportunity to bring up impeachment.  This is not something the Constitution has bestowed upon leadership.  It's something every member has the right and privilege of doing.

Levin: Mueller's appointment was unconstitutional.  Kicking off the week on the radio Monday, LevinTV host Mark Levin raised a crucial point about the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller that no one is currently discussing — it was unconstitutional.  "The appointment of Robert Mueller violates the United States Constitution," Levin said.  "And every subpoena, indictment, and plea agreement should be null and void."

Maxine Waters Has Democrats Cheering Over Impeaching Trump.  Someone call the Guinness Book of World Records!  We have the stupidest thing ever conceived of in the history of man, right here.  What am I talking about?  I'm talking about congressional Democrats.  More specifically, I'm referring to a list Democrats are using to justify their impeachment resolution against President Trump.  Why bring this up now?  Because Rep. Maxine Waters just got a round of cheers from a roomful of Democrat activists by declaring that Trump needs to be impeached because "the facts are clear."

Laurence Tribe Was Against Impeachment Before He Was For It.  Before President Trump even took the oath of office, constitutional law scholar Laurence Tribe was calling for his impeachment. [...] In early December, less than a month after Trump won the election, Tribe tweeted that impeachment should begin "on Inauguration Day."  Eight days after Inauguration Day, Tribe declared that Trump was already guilty of "shredding the Constitution more monstrously than any other President in American history."  He's since claimed Trump should be impeached and removed from office for his "cruel brand of bigotry and scapegoating," for "falsely" claiming that the Obama administration wiretapped his campaign, for a State Department blog post on Mar-a-Lago.  Most recently, Trump should be removed for the simple reason that we don't like "what kind of nation will we have become" should he stay in office.

Mueller Told Trump Legal Team the President Cannot Be Indicted.  [Scroll down]  Concerning Congress, they can impeach.  And the Democrats are sure positioning themselves to do just that if they retake the House.  The base wants it.  The progressive wing of the party wants it.  The low energy exhibited from leadership on this front is for political purposes.

Sustained outrage is for losers.  As I read the report on the Democrats by Caitlin Huey-Burns of Real Clear Politics, I thought, uh-oh, they are catching on.  Then I realized Democrats are a bunch of snobs who haven't had a new idea since LBJ was president, and I relaxed. [...] The daily droning of invented scandal has, after three years, immunized President Trump from a real scandal should one occur.

Mad Maxine:  Trump's Exit from Iran Deal Means Impeachment Is the Only Answer.  Democrat party mouthpiece Rep. Maxine Waters called again for President Trump's impeachment following his exit from the Iranian nuclear deal.

The Coup Is Still Underway.  Former U.S. attorney and special counsel Joe DiGenova and ex-Secret Service agent Dan Bongino were both masterfully interviewed by Mark Levin last night.  The result was stunning.  As many of you know, I follow the dual scandals of the DOJ's exoneration of Hillary Clinton and persecution of Donald Trump, eh, rather closely.  This interview revealed new information for me, including how Robert Mueller is protecting certain Russian oligarchs from exposure by redacting or concealing their names.  I simply cannot state this strongly enough:  every American should watch this surgical deconstruction of, for lack of a better term, Obamagate.  Please watch it and please pass it along.  I am not overstating things when I say that this information is vital to saving our Republic.  [Video clip]

On 'Russian Collusion,' Trump Will Win... Big Time.  As a country, we are at a moment of critical mass.  A tipping point is approaching.  Leftists thinks they are going to get rid of the evil Drumpf — impeached, frog-marched, jailed forever.  Meanwhile, many on the right are wringing their hands over the injustices we are seeing, depressed because they see the criminal left getting away with it all.  Complaints and whining about the lack of headway are registered daily.  Belief that the left is in control even as they are out of power is growing, fueled by the testimony of Michael Caputo.  I am not saying the left is not leaving a devastating mark on our lives.  It is.  These people have crossed a line of evil, destroying many human beings, institutions, and lots in between.  But they will not win this.  They will not triumph.  Here is why. [...]

Democrats and the Trump impeachment trap.  In a new Quinnipiac poll, 71 percent of Democrats say they would like to see President Trump impeached if Democrats win the House.  Just 21 percent oppose the idea, while 8 percent aren't sure.  By way of contrast, 38 percent of independents support impeachment, while 54 percent oppose.

Comey, Fitzgerald, Mueller:  Partners in Crime.  Yes, Virginia, this is a witch hunt.  Robert Mueller III was appointed special counsel after his friend, the vindictive James Comey, committed a federal crime by leaking a memo that was a government record to the press.  Mueller has picked staff and prosecutors as if he were stocking Hillary Clinton's Department of Justice.  He has picked a bevy of Clinton donors, an attorney who worked for the Clinton Foundation, a former Watergate assistant prosecutor, and even a senior adviser to Eric Holder.  Objective professionals all (snarkiness intended).  Mueller is in fact colluding with Comey to enact revenge on President Trump for Comey's firing, something that even Comey said Trump was constitutionally entitled to do.  There is no evidence of collusion with Russia or obstruction of justice.  It is not obstruction of justice for a president to exercise his legal and constitutional authority.  The facts and the lack of an actual crime will not stop Robert Mueller.

Judge Napolitano Says There's 'No Question' Democrats Tried To Frame President Trump.  Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano accused Democrats of trying to frame President Donald Trump, Tuesday on "Fox & Friends."  "It looks like a brazen plot simply to frame the President of the United States," said host Steve Doocy about the Russia probe.  "Yes, it does," Napolitano replied.  "It looks like it was commenced by his most virulent political enemies.  Particularly Sid Blumenthal who's sort of the fixer if you will, for Hillary Clinton and that branch of the Democratic Party."  [Video clip]

Levin: The Trump-Russia conspiracy is a 'coup attempt,' 'goes all the way to the top!'  As new details emerged from a House Intelligence Committee report on Russian influence in the 2016 election, LevinTV host Mark Levin slammed the Trump-Russia conspiracy as a "coup attempt from day one" that "goes all the way to the top."  The report showed, among other things, that Obama's director of national intelligence James Clapper lied to Congress about leaking the Fusion GPS/Steele dossier to CNN.

Waters Bucks Pelosi: 'I'm With the 70 Percent' of Democrats Wanting Trump Impeached.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) again defied her party leadership and called for impeaching President Donald Trump on Sunday [4/29/2018].  MSNBC host Joy Reid asked about Trump's latest comments at a rally criticizing Waters' impeachment stance, and the congresswoman embraced her status as one of the president's most strident critics.  "Well, first of all, he's absolutely correct that I am encouraging impeachment, but he's incorrect when he says and implies that at the rallies people are saying he's done nothing wrong," Waters said.

Exclusive:  Cabal Of Wealthy Donors Financing $50 Million Trump-Russia Investigation.  A group of wealthy donors from New York and California have forked out $50 million to fund a Russia investigation being conducted by Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS and a former Senate staffer for Dianne Feinstein.  That bombshell revelation is made in a footnote to the House Intelligence Committee's newly released report on Russian interference in the presidential campaign.  Fusion GPS hired Steele, a former MI6 agent, to investigate Trump's activities in Russia.  He would go on to produce a 35-page report alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Collusion, Anyone?  As the likelihood that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia seems headed toward zero, the likelihood of proof of a different form of collusion seems headed upward toward certainty. [...] Now there's talk that Mueller is winding up his investigation.  It seems unlikely that whatever he reports will fulfill the daydreams so many liberals have of making Trump go the way of Richard Nixon.

Clinton pollster blisters Mueller witch hunt.  Pollster Mark Penn was one of the men who helped keep Bill Clinton president.  Penn innovated new methods and used a microcomputer kit in the 1970s to calculate overnight results.  But he is more than a numbers cruncher, and a piece Penn penned for the Hill displays a sharp anaysis that goes beyond the polls.  Beneath benign numbers — most people think Mueller will find an "impeachable" offense — lies a constitutional crisis.  And Penn, Harvard '76, is enough of an American to call them out.

House Report Claims DNI Clapper Engineered Dossier Release.  The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence majority report on its Russia probe is out — not counting the copious redactions imposed by intelligence agencies.  Given what's blacked out in the document, it's a surprise that "the" and "but" were generally spared.  Even so, some significant allegations survived the intelligence community's bowdlerizers.  For example, it was quickly noted by scholars of the Steele dossier that the House document reveals (or, if one is dubious of the House Intel majority's credibility, one can say "asserts" instead) that it was President Barack Obama's director of national intelligence, James Clapper, who helped engineer the public release of the dossier.  That release may well be the essential act in producing the special counsel investigation that continues to hang over the Trump administration.

Declassified Congressional Report:  James Clapper Lied About Dossier Leaks To CNN.  Buried within a newly declassified congressional report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections is a shocking revelation: former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper not only leaked information about the infamous Steele dossier and high-level government briefings about it to CNN, he also may have lied to Congress about the matter.  In one of the findings within the 253-page report, the House intelligence committee wrote that Clapper leaked details of a dossier briefing given to then-President-elect Donald Trump to CNN's Jake Tapper, lied to Congress about the leak, and was rewarded with a CNN contract a few months later.

Maxine Waters Hopes 'Cohen Tapes' Give Democrats 'Treasure Trove Of Information'.  Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters hopes an FBI raid on Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, provides Democrats with a "treasure trove" of information with which to impeach Trump, she said in a new interview.  "I am certainly working toward his impeachment," Waters told Variety Magazine in an interview published Wednesday [4/25/2018].  "I think Mueller is doing a great job.  I am hopeful that the Cohen tapes will be a treasure trove of information that will help move us toward that," Waters said.  Waters has been calling for Trump's impeachment since before he took office.  She previously guaranteed Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign but now appears to be banking on the Cohen probe to give Democrats the ammunition they need to impeach the president.

Rudy Giuliani says there is not 'a stitch of evidence' that Trump colluded with Russia.  Former New York City Mayor and brand-new Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani is already playing the role of pit bull for the president, telling a New Hampshire television station that the Russia probe is 'a disgrace.'  'I can guarantee you this:  When Mueller is finished, no matter whatever he does, he's not going to have a stitch of evidence that he colluded with the Russians,' Giuliani told WMUR.  'There isn't a person in the world who thinks he's guilty of collusion with the Russians.'

Pelosi: 'I Discourage Any Discussion of Impeachment' — 'It's a Gift to the Republicans.  During a news conference on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discouraged Democrats from talking about impeachment and said, "it's a gift to the Republicans to talk about impeachment."  Pelosi said, "I don't think that we should be talking about impeachment.  I've been very clear, right from the start.  There is a process at work that will either yield or not information that will be dispositive of that issue."

President Trump:  Guilty Until Proven Innocent.  Most Americans still believe in fair play, including the proposition "innocent until proven guilty."  Increasingly, they perceive, I think, that President Trump isn't being treated fairly.  Defying the odds once again, Trump may well be gaining public sympathy.

Why Hasn't Mueller Questioned Natalia Veselnitskaya?  Veselnitskaya was, and still is, after all, the poster child for Russian collusion, whose 20-minute meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. was to be the deathblow to the Trump administration.  Yet, by her account, she has yet to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Are There Any Adults Left in Washington, D.C.?  Trump is a junkyard dog from New York City.  He will fight back and likely prevail, but at what cost to his administration, his agenda, the Constitution, and the country?  Is this Trump coup, attempting to force him out of office or pressure him to resign, worth the damage to the Constitution and the country?  Fortunately, the president's agenda successfully marches on, but imagine how much more he could be accomplishing if he didn't have everyone in Washington, D.C., including his own party, constantly throwing stones and placing roadblocks in his way.

Revolution and Worse to Come.  Indeed, the aim of the so-called Resistance to Donald J. Trump is ending Trump's presidency by any means necessary before the 2020 election.  Or, barring that, it seeks to so delegitimize him that he becomes presidentially impotent.  It has been only 16 months since Trump took office and, in the spirit of revolutionary fervor, almost everything has been tried to derail him.  Now we are entering uncharted territory — at a time when otherwise the country is improving and the legal exposure of Trump's opponents increases daily.

Nunes: 'Major Irregularities' In State Department's Handling Of Trump-Russia Info.  The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chairman provided an update on Sunday of the panel's investigation into what he says are "major irregularities" at the State Department regarding its handling of information about President Donald Trump's campaign.  California Rep. and Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes's investigators are looking into the State Department's handling of information about George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign adviser whose discussions about Hillary Clinton emails are what led the FBI to open its counterintelligence investigation in July 2016, the chairman suggested when he appeared on Fox News.

Devin Nunes On Russia Probe Origin:  "Major Irregularities" At State Dept, Sidney Blumenthal Involved.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes says on 'Sunday Morning Futures' with Maria Bartiromo [4/22/2018] that potential "major irregularities" exist at the State Department with regard to how the FBI found out about the George Papadopoulos meeting with a Russian national that led to the FBI's original investigation into potential Trump/Russia collusion.

Devin Nunes:  DNC lawsuit is a 'fundraising scheme'.  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., condemned the Democratic National Committee's new lawsuit against the Trump campaign, Russia, and WikiLeaks as being a scheme to fill their coffers.  "This is nothing more than a scam to keep their base fired up," Nunes, who is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said during an interview Saturday [4/21/2018] with Fox News' Judge Jeanine Pirro.

Is 'can't prove untrue' the new standard in the Trump probe?  When a political figure is accused of wrongdoing, a conversation begins among journalists, commentators, and public officials.  Are the charges true?  Can the accusers prove it?  That's the way it normally works.  But now, in the case of the Trump dossier — the allegations compiled by a former British spy hired by the Clinton campaign to gather dirt on presidential candidate Donald Trump — the generally accepted standard of justice has been turned on its head.  Now, the question is:  Can the accused prove the charges false?  Increasingly, the president's critics argue that the dossier is legitimate because it has not been proven untrue.  It's an argument heard at the highest levels of government, academics, and media.

Russiagate's Epic Fail vs.  Watergate's Windfall.  Like Captain Ahab, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has spent eleven months frantically hunting a giant whale.  So far, Mueller has harpooned a couple of cod and a few salmon.  But these fish have yet to demonstrate that the huge, ocean-going mammal in question merits capture.  And Mueller's barely productive odyssey is an enormous embarrassment compared with the mass ichthyocide that was the Watergate investigation, even at the equivalent stage in that long, national nightmare.

Lawsuit By Dems:  A Sad Attempt To Push 'Reset Button' On Hillary's Disastrous 2016 Loss.  As any reasonably objective legal expert will tell you, the Democrats' law suit is a mish-mash of finger-pointing and blame backed by virtually no evidence.  It asserts a conspiracy of the Republicans, Russians and WikiLeaks to get Donald Trump elected president during the 2016 campaign.  Yes, they expect people to believe it.  In that respect, it is a pitiful echo of the Russian investigation launched by the Democrats and "Never Trumpers" in Congress to look into allegations of "collusion" — which is nowhere, by the way, defined as a crime in the U.S. legal code — between the Trump campaign and Russia.  That investigation, headed by Robert Mueller, has netted so far exactly zero public evidence of collusion — even as we near the two-year anniversary of the ongoing investigation.

Is Mueller Done?  Late on the Friday afternoon of February 16, 2018, Mueller indicted 13 Russians for such heinous crimes as creating fake identities on Facebook and Twitter and organizing rallies, both for and against Donald Trump, as well as spending more than $100,000 on political ads — all this, for the purpose of interfering with the United States Presidential Election — keep in mind, not a single indicted person will ever see the inside of an American courtroom since there is no extradition treaty between our country and Russia.  After almost a year of investigating, that's all he had:  fake Twitter and Facebook accounts, some minor rallies and a paltry sum spent on political advertising.

'What Are We Doing?': Levin Explains Why Trump Can't Be Indicted.  Mark Levin had a fiery reaction to the revelation that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Trump last week that he is not a target in the Michael Cohen investigation.  This came weeks after Trump was told that he was not a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to reports.  Levin pointed to two memoranda — one from the Nixon administration and one from the Clinton administration — that clearly spell out that a sitting United States president cannot be indicted.

Trump justice cometh.  For the past year or so, the press has floated rumors that President Trump was about to fire Bob Mueller.  Some of those rumors likely came from Trump through an intermediary.  Those rumors were the fog of war.  The whole Mueller investigation is a smokescreen.  Behind the scenes, Trump unleashed Michael Horowitz, the inspector general with the Department of Justice.  Attorney General Eric Holder — a James comey-style toadie — rendered inspectors general useless.  Holder was part of a criminal syndicate that did not want a snoopy IG blowing the whistle on the FBI, the IRS, the NSA....  "The Obama administration has ruled that inspectors general have to get permission from the agency they're monitoring for access to wiretaps, grand jury and credit information, a decision that immediately was denounced by watchdogs and lawmakers.  Lisa Rein of the Washington Post reported on July 24, 2015.

Trump impeachment will be significant campaign issue for Democrats in the 2018 midterms.  I wouldn't think that Democrats would want to run on this issue, but the Democratic primaries are going to put a lot of Democrats on the record supporting this idea.

5 Times the Media Didn't Ask if Obama Would Resign.  Make no mistake about it, the media has already decided that President Trump is guilty.  They don't know what he's guilty of yet, and frankly, they don't even care.  Earlier this week, April Ryan, a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, "With all of this turmoil, particularly last week, has the president at any time thought about stepping down before or now?"  Sanders called the question ridiculous, but Ryan insisted, "It's not a ridiculous question."  Of course it was ridiculous.  The media has been salivating over any damaging story that will embarrass Trump or somehow result in impeachment.  But, where were the wolves in the media during the Obama presidency?  Clearly, they were hibernating.  During Obama's presidency, whenever he was caught up in scandal they made excuses or chose not to cover the story.  They never asked if Obama would resign as a result.

Democrats are eager to impeach Trump.  Here's why their dream could backfire.  Will House Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement increase the odds of President Trump's impeachment?  Maybe, but Democratic leaders don't want to talk about it.  President Obama's former Attorney General Eric Holder and former top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod, among others, want their liberal allies to shut up about impeaching President Trump.  They fear that threats to drive the president from office will boost voter turnout — not among Democrats, as some on the left hope, but rather among Republicans.

Mueller at the Crossroads.  After almost a year, Mueller has offered no evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians.  Aside from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a few minor and transitory campaign officials have been indicted or have pleaded guilty to a variety of transgressions other than collusion.  Ironically, the United States has often interfered in foreign elections to massage the result.  Recently, Bill Clinton joked about his own efforts as president to collude in the 1996 Israeli election to ensure the defeat of Benjamin Netanyahu.  "I tried to do it in a way that didn't overtly involve me," Clinton said.  The Obama administration did the same in 2015, when it used State Department funds to support an anti-Netanyahu political action group.

American Greatness and its Enemies.  There may have been much more involved, but it is significant that many in the media saw in this raid — a raid that honest analysts such as Alan Dershowitz pointed out undermined attorney-client privilege and would never have been tolerated by the ACLU if the target was a liberal — an attempt to uncover evidence of a purported campaign violation that wrongly sought to aid the President.  This was, of all odd things, the payment of $130,000 to porn[ ]star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence regarding an asserted brief affair with Mr. Trump.  One would have thought that this non-disclosure agreement (NDA), dealing as it does with a matter of private reputation would have been something that liberals would have thought did not belong in the public square, given their attitude toward President Clinton's escapades that Democrats believed ought never to have been a part of impeachment proceedings.

Poll: Robert Mueller Loses Majority Support After FBI Raids Trump's Lawyer.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's raid on President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen has backfired in the eyes of voters, according to Rasmussen Reports.  Prior to what many are describing as Mueller's unprecedented stunt, the special counsel and former Obama official was held in high regard by a majority of the public.  Back in October, a full 52 percent believed "Mueller's investigation is an honest attempt to determine criminal wrongdoing."  That number is now down -6 points to just 46 percent.  Moreover, the number of voters who now see Mueller's probe is a "partisan witch hunt" has jumped a full +8 points, from 32 percent to 40 percent.  Only 14 percent remain undecided.

Tom Steyer Holds Impeachment Town Hall in Oakland.  Amidst division among his fellow Democrats over his campaign to see President Donald Trump impeached, billionaire left-wing environmentalist Tom Steyer held a rally attended by approximately 400 anti-Trump activists in Oakland Wednesday night to help garner support for his impeachment efforts.  According to the East Bay Times, Steyer said Trump "is a malignant narcissist who's deteriorating" while speaking alongside Amy Siskind, an anti-Trump Wall Street executive-turned-blogger, at the Impact Hub, a community center in uptown Oakland.  "Today is the best day of the rest of the Trump administration," Steyer said.

Mueller at the Crossroads.  Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017 in reaction to a media still gripped by near hysteria over the inexplicable defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.  For nearly a year before Mueller's appointment, leaks had spread about collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign that supposedly cost Clinton a sure victory.  Most of these collusion stories, as we now know, originated with Christopher Steele and his now-discredited anti-Trump opposition file.

Rosenstein lets Nunes, Gowdy review FBI memo that kick-started Russia probe.  Facing legal action, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein allowed House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to view the FBI memo that instigated the bureau's counterintelligence investigation of contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign, Nunes confirmed on Wednesday [4/11/2018].  The meeting came a day after Nunes threatened to take legal action — including contempt proceedings and impeachment — against Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray for failing to produce a clean copy of the memo, known as an electronic communication or EC, that was responsive to an August 2017 committee subpoena.

Talk to Mueller?  No, Trump Should Use His Bully Pulpit to Expose Mueller's Corruption.  There is no way to sugarcoat it — especially after the lawless invasion of the attorney-client privilege by fancy-suited thugs, if President Donald Trump sits down and talks to Robert Mueller and his pack of Democrat donor corruptocrats, he's an idiot.  Instead, he needs to take his case to the people — because a blind man can see that he's being framed.  If Trump talks to Mueller, Mueller will be laughing at him, but on the inside.  On the outside, he'll keep up that beaten beagle visage of his, roaring at how he outsmarted the man who outsmarted all the Smartest People in the World and who therefore assumes he can somehow "win" his interview.

Watergate Every Week:  Using The FBI To Suppress A Political Revolution.  In the early seventies, political operatives disguised as delivery men broke into a Washington D.C. office.  These efforts to spy on the political opposition would culminate in what we know as Watergate.  In the late teens, political operatives disguised as FBI agents, NSA personnel and other employees of the Federal government eavesdropped, harassed and raided the offices of the political opposition.  The raids of Michael Cohen's hotel room, home and office are just this week's Watergate.  Political operatives have now seized privileged communications between the President of the United States and his lawyer.  Despite fairy tales about a clean process, these communications will be harvested by the counterparts of Peter Strzok, who unlike him are still on the case at the FBI, some of it will appear in the Washington Post and the New York Times, and some will be passed along to other political allies.  That's what happened at every juncture of Watergate 2.0.  And it only follows that it will happen again.

Senators move to protect Mueller as Trump criticizes probe.  A bipartisan group of four senators is moving to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job as President Donald Trump publicly muses about firing him.

Maybe Mueller Wants to Be Fired.  There is a lot of consternation out there in Trump-hating land that the president may finally soon tire of Robert Mueller's meandering  witch hunt  investigation and fire the special prosecutor.  So worried are the president's detractors that they're getting Congress involved: [...]

Facebook [is] assisting Mueller probe into Trump 2016 campaign.  Facebook is working with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Trump campaign interactions with Russian operatives during the 2016 election, company founder Mark Zuckerberg told Congress on Tuesday [4/10/2018].  Mr. Zuckerberg first said his company had gotten a subpoena from Mr. Mueller, then paused and said he wasn't sure if there was a subpoena but his company is sharing information the investigation.  He declined to go into more details.  "Our work with the special counsel is confidential," he said, testifying to the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees.

In Trump we trust.  [Scroll down]  I think it's Mueller who is desperate.  Trump is the better poker player, and he's got good cards.  How will it end?  The Mueller hunt is basically shadow play.  There's no there there.  If Mueller gets a grand jury indictment, let it play out in court or in impeachment.  Bill Clinton, as guilty as sin, beat an impeachment rap.  Mueller has probably always been trying to make something out of nothing.  The office of the special counsel, so-called, is an anti-constitutional monster and always has been.  If the special counsel is ever brought before the Supreme Court, it will have to discredit or ignore any action from that office.

Robert Mueller Laid A Trap For President Trump By Marking Him An Investigation 'Subject'.  Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly advised Donald Trump's lawyers that the president is a "subject" but not a "target" of Mueller's investigation.  This has resulted in a great deal of triumphal celebration among the president's supporters.  After all, they reason, if Mueller hasn't by now dredged up enough evidence to designate Trump a "target," then the president must be in the clear.  Unfortunately, whether someone is a "target" as opposed to a "subject" of an investigation is a distinction without a difference.  It's all a matter of timing, and the "subject" of an investigation can become a "target" in the blink of a prosecutor's eye.  It happens every day.

The Steele Dossier, Stormy Daniels and the Mueller Raid.  Like a lot of anonymously sourced material in Team Coup media, this could turn out to be garbage.  But it seems fairly credible and in keeping with Mueller's tactics.  Find a string, pull on it, if you can't pull on it personally, pass it along to someone who can.  This is the sort of thing that Federal prosecutors do.  And it's why they have such high conviction rates even when they don't have actual evidence.  Among other things, this is likely to trigger a significant reevaluation of some of those powers and tactics.  The problem with pulling on the Stormy Daniels string is that the entire basis for this witchhunt was the Steele Dossier.  And that was covertly paid for by a Clinton law firm.  And was lied about on FEC disclosures.  It goes without saying that no actual action will be taken.

Lots of Mueller action, but what about collusion?  Remember collusion?  The allegation that Donald Trump and his aides coordinated or conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 presidential election is, and has always been, the heart of the Trump-Russia investigation.  Yet Monday [4/9/2018] saw two developments in the Trump investigation — one discussed widely in the press, the other not as much — and neither pointed toward collusion.  In the development that set off a press firestorm, FBI agents raided the office and hotel room of longtime Trump lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen, apparently looking for evidence concerning Cohen's role in paying off the porn star Stormy Daniels, who once denied but now says she had a one-night-stand with Trump more than a decade ago.

The 8 Most Twisted Policy Positions of Your Modern Democrat Party.  [#7] A Missouri Democratic state Senator that said in August 2017 she "hope[s] Trump is assassinated" still remains in office as a Democratic elected official.  [#8] On April 5, 2018, Democratic Senator Kamala Harris joked about killing Donald Trump.

Time for Mueller to lay it all out.  The violent swings of the leaky pendulum make this an excellent moment to call timeout on the Mueller probe.  What does he have, where is he going and when is he going to get there?  Those are basic questions that need to be answered.  The American people deserve facts instead of waters muddied by partisanship, innuendo and special access to biased big-media companies.  Mueller's team includes some active Democrats, and whether they are behind the anti-Trump leaks is, for the moment, beside the point.  The point is that the leaks are creating a reality all their own about the investigation and the president.

GOP Rep Meadows:  If Rosenstein Doesn't Turn Over Docs, We Will Move to Impeach [Rosenstein].  Saturday [4/7/2018], Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said that if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein does not turn over the unredacted documents requested by Congress related to FISA, FBI and more then impeachment could be in order. [...] He added, "I think that if he does not turn over the documents, that there are a growing number of us on Capitol Hill who believe that someone else needs to do the job.  And what happens there is, Constitutionally, we have some things that we can do." Meadows went on to explain that the documents already show that there was coordination with the Barack Obama White House and with the state department, adding that the Department of Justice and the FBI have been hiding such information from Congress for months.

MSNBC Analyst Speculates about Trump Getting Arrested by U.S. Marshalls [sic].  A former assistant special Watergate prosecutor suggested President Trump could be carted away by U.S. Marshals and brought before a federal judge if he were to defy a potential subpoena from the special counsel requesting an interview.  "At that point, they would make a motion to hold Donald Trump in contempt," attorney Nick Akerman told host Joy Reid Saturday morning [4/7/2018] on MSNBC.  "The question would be what would the federal district court judge do in terms of a remedy?  Normally, a person who refuses to testify before a grand jury winds up being incarcerated for the time period of the grand jury, which can be up to 18 months," Akerman said.  "So, one way to enforce it is to have Donald Trump taken by the federal marshals and put in federal prison until he testifies."

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It's easy to huff and puff about throwing President Trump in prison (without a trial), but where was all this tough talk when Barack H. Obama ignored subpoenas?
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Mueller's Russia probe is out of control.  It looks like t