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.





Background, overview and recap articles:


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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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.

Newt Gingrich: Democrats 'terrified' of Bidens, Ukraine being investigated.  The impeachment push against President Trump began the day he was elected, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Friday [10/11/2019], claiming Democrats are "terrified" of an investigation into Ukraine.  Appearing on "America's Newsroom" with host Sandra Smith, Gingrich said that looking at the timeline is "astonishing."  "He's declared the winner about 2:30 AM and the next day you already have eight or nine cities where left-wingers have organized anti-Trump rallies," he told Smith.

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.

There is No Middle Ground with Today's Democrats or the Deep State.  Like a child with a box of matches, deranged Democrats seem to think they have their hands on a good idea.  Their thinking goes something like this:  "If we can't be in control, let's burn it all down, destroy norms, throw an epic political tantrum, hold the American people hostage!  That'll show the irredeemable deplorables to question their betters!"  The Democrats' sycophant propagandists in the corporate leftist media are barking and clapping away like circus seals, cheering them on.  Both sets of deranged people appear perplexed, however, that outside of their bubble within the Acela corridor people in real America, as Politico chronicled, think the idea of impeachment is absurd.  The corporate leftist media's reaction, from Chuck Todd's meltdown over the weekend to the Politico piece, is one of shock and disgust that people are not listening to their enlightened masters on this matter.

Protesters Swarm Max Rose's Office Over His Support of Impeachment.  Protesters on Monday swarmed Rep. Max Rose's (D-NY) office over his newfound support of the partisan-fueled impeachment inquiry.  Rose — who represents New York's 11th district, which Trump won by ten percentage points in 2016 — recently caved and announced his support for an impeachment inquiry.  "I will support and I will defend the United States Constitution, and it is for that reason that I intend to fully support this impeachment inquiry and follow the facts," he told supporters at a town hall last week.

Freshman House Democrat backing impeachment inquiry faces boos and heckling at town hall.  Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin received pushback from her constituents recently over her support for an impeachment inquiry of President Trump.  During a weekend town hall in Hartland, the first-term Democrat's remarks were interrupted by boos and hecklers as she opened the session discussing a Washington Post op-ed she and six colleagues wrote explaining their support of an impeachment inquiry.

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.

Democrats in Red States Having a Rough Time Defending Impeachment Back Home.  House Democrats in red states who have come out in support of impeachment are having a rough time defending their decision back home.  Democrats who are back home for two weeks in districts that supported President Trump in 2016 are having to answer questions on impeachment — whether they like it or not.

Pence and GOP to Start Campaigning Against Democrat Coup in Trump Districts with Democrat Representatives.  The Democrats and their fake news media are pushing another complete hoax on the American public.  They are determined to impeach the US president using unprecedented tactics while pushing a complete lie.  They want President Trump impeached for daring to discuss the Biden Crime Family's pay-for-play schemes in Russia and Ukraine?  Seriously?  Trump hasn't even started talking about Biden's corrupt dealings with Romania.

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].

Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin Gets Booed After Announcing Support For Impeachment.  Democratic Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin received a cold welcome from her constituents last week after she gave her support for an impeachment inquiry targeting President Donald Trump.  Slotkin and six other freshman Democrats wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post late last month announcing support for an impeachment inquiry over Trump's now-infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.  The call prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch an official impeachment inquiry after months of pressure from her caucus.

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.

CNN's Van Jones on Impeachment: 'Democrats Are in a Lose-lose Situation.  During an appearance on CNN's "OutFront" on Thursday, CNN contributor and former Obama adviser Van Jones acknowledged Democrats were not in the best of situations regarding their pursuit of the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  [Video clip]

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.

Impeachment Is About Putting Down the Peasants' Revolt.  It should by now be obvious to the meanest intelligence that the Democrats are determined to impeach President Trump with or without credible evidence that he has committed any act resembling "high crimes and misdemeanors."  The "whistleblower complaint" that Nancy Pelosi used as the pretext for launching her ersatz impeachment inquiry contains little but hearsay and fabrication, while her claim that it proves Trump has "violated the Constitution" fails the laugh test.  In the end, however, impeachment is less about offenses committed by the president than the desire of the Washington establishment to put down what they see as a peasants' revolt.  Impeachment is, in other words, an attempt to restore the old order that the voters overturned in 2016. [...] 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.

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!"


Chalupa is not merely a Taco Bell menu item; it's also an exploding cigar.  Democrats have opened Pandora's Box by taking up the subject of election influence coming from Ukraine.  They seized upon the conversation between President Trump and Ukraine's President Zelensky, leaked by a Deep State operative embedded in the White House to someone claiming the status of whistleblower as the basis for their public impeachment hoax.  It is a hoax for three reasons:
  [#1]   Because no actual impeachment committee has been established, as that would require their vulnerable members from districts Trump carried in 2016 to take an actual position on a dodgy impeachment enterprise.
  [#2]   Because Trump said nothing wrong in his conversation.  They expected him to keep the text of the call secret, but his transparency foiled their efforts to mischaracterize it.
  [#3]   Because they know that Democrats enlisted help from Ukraine in 2016, so this impugning of Trump is yet another case of Democrats accusing Republicans of doing what they have done.  And they are terrified of this coming out.

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.["]

The Dems are doomed.  After nearly three years since Trump's inauguration, Democrats have finally mustered up the courage to go full throttle into impeachment mode, proceeding from the president's whistleblower-stricken phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.  Zelensky stated at a press conference with Trump that when in talks with the president over Hunter and Joe Biden's Ukrainian scandal, he felt no pressure as it relates to United States aid to Ukraine.  Despite this overwhelmingly important factor, Democrats are proceeding full force with impeachment — and it couldn't be better for the president.  If the economy didn't seal it for the "on the fence" soccer moms, the humiliation of Democrats cannibalizing themselves with impeachment would flip voters like clockwork.

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.

Impeachment: The Democrat campaign to re-elect Trump.  As the release of I.G. Horowitz's report on FISA abuse, the results of AG Barr's investigation, and John Durham's report on the origins of the Russia collusion hoax are about to be made public, the Democratic Party has begun to melt down in true Wicked Witch style.  They are inventing new "crimes" to accuse the president of having committed each week, and each new allegation is sillier than the previous one.

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.

8 Things I Learned From Mark Levin This Week.  [#2] Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) won't hold a vote of the House on impeachment — which happens to be the only way an impeachment process has ever begun — because she knows she's transforming impeachment into a political act, not a constitutional or legal one.  She knows Democrats in swing districts will get destroyed at the ballot box in 2020 if they're on record as voting for impeachment.

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."

Adam Schiff's Impeachment Fun Playhouse.  In tacit recognition that his party will never beat the President in 2020 with the gang of whackos vying to head their ticket and that no real impeachment will ever occur, Congressman Adam Schiff, with the acquiescence of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, called to order what they are calling an "impeachment inquiry."  It's presumably designed to see whether formal impeachment proceedings should begin.  (Impeachment proceedings cannot take place without a vote to do so in the House.  Vulnerable Democrats would never vote for it any more than would almost all Republican Congressmen.  And conviction and removal from office for impeachment would have to occur after a full hearing and two-thirds vote in the Senate.  Which also will not happen.  The Democrats, again, are counting on the civics and Constitutional ignorance of their base.)

Nancy Pelosi: 'Doesn't Matter' if Impeachment Cost Democrats the House.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Saturday [9/28/2019] that pursuing an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is worth House Democrats losing a majority.  Appearing at the Texas Tribune's Tribune Fest, Pelosi stated it's more important for Congress to uphold its duty of holding the president accountable than maintaining power over the lower chamber.

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.

Democrats' Excessiveness Will Backfire.  How many times do Democrats get to cry wolf before a rational body politic tells them to go fly a kite?  Instead of retreating with tails between their legs over their failed Russia hoax, they're already at it again.  Did any Democrats leading the false charge that President Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election ever apologize for putting the country through this nightmare?  Did any of their media water carriers ever backpedal from their anti-Trump sensationalism?  Of course not, because in their minds Trump is so evil and his presidency so bad for the country that even ignoble efforts to remove him are morally warranted.

Dems' impeachment frenzy is the prelude to the coming time bombs about to explode in their faces.  The three time bombs have names:  Horowitz, Huber, and Durham.  When the Department of Justice Inspector General issues his report then John Huber and John Durham, the US Attorneys tasked with investigating crimes suspected in the Clinton Foundation, Uranium One, and the FISA warrants used to spy on the Trump campaign, transition, and presidency, will be free to start seeking indictments, or to unseal indictments that may have already been issued by their grand juries.  The reports and the unleashing of the two US Attorneys are coming soon, as those mentioned in the IG report are currently submitting their responses for inclusion in the final report.  One poker tell of the Dems' panic is the demand that Attorney General Barr recuse himself, or even be impeached.  Having left his lucrative law practice and returned to the Attorney Generalship out of a sense of duty to correct the corruption that has spread through the Justice Department and its subsidiary, the FBI, William Barr will not flinch in going after miscreants once they are indicted.  That's why they desperately want him out of the game.

Andrew Yang:  Dems increase odds of 2020 loss if 'Donald Trump bad' is their big pitch.  Mr. Yang offered support for starting the impeachment process, given what he's heard about the president's private conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but he also warned the party of wearing de facto impeachment blinders.  "This is the trap," Mr. Yang said Thursday [9/26/2019].  "Anytime we're talking about Donald Trump, Donald Trump is winning and Democrats need an affirmative vision that people are just as excited about.  Like, if the Democratic message is 'Donald Trump: bad.  Impeach Donald Trump,' then we're actually increasing the chances of him getting a second term."

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.

Impeachment Isn't Supported by Evidence or the Electorate.  Democrats are now pursuing what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mischaracterizes as "an official impeachment inquiry" without evidence of presidential wrongdoing and precious little support from the electorate.  The unredacted transcript of President Trump's July conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky debunks the latest conspiracy theory about a quid pro quo arrangement between the two involving the 2020 election.  Moreover, public opinion polls show that the majority of voters are against impeachment.  Yet the Democrats seem confused about what these facts mean and have responded to them in a way that is irrational and self-destructive.

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.

Pelosi's impeachment scheme:  Fool's gold for radical Democrats.  On Tuesday [9/24/2019], House speaker Nancy Pelosi looked serious and somber as she made the big announcement to the country.  "Therefore, today, I'm announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," she said.  Sounds serious, as if drastic changes will commence.  What Pelosi promised her radical members was the gold they have waited three years for: to impeach Trump.  What Pelosi instead did was send them on a trip to El Dorado.  In fact, nothing has changed, since the House never officially voted on the issue.

Dems' Inquiry Won't End Trump's Term, But May Get Him a Second.  Donald Trump is not going to be removed from office.  There is no shortcut to overturning the 2016 election.  This is just the latest in a long line of increasingly weak attempts by House Democrats to discredit the president, and the inevitable futility of this effort is crucial to understanding the Democrats' true motivations.

Rudy Giuliani tells Dems they've walked into a trap.  Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer and old friend from New York, was on fire last night, clearly ecstatic over what lies ahead for the Democrats now that they have made impeachment theatre the public focus of the House of Representatives going into a presidential election year.  Of course, they do this without actually voting on impeachment, which would require her members to go on the record, regarded as poisonous for the 2018 class of new Democrats elected in districts that Trump carried in 2016.  But Giuliani knows that they have opened Pandora's Box with massive scandals involving Joe Biden and other members of the Obama Administration.

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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Former CIA Officer: 'Pelosi Launched The Titanic Tonight Into A Gigantic Iceberg In November 2020'.  A former CIA officer who is a self-described Democrat compared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's impeachment inquiry to the Titanic being launched "into a giant iceberg in 2020."  Speaking on Tuesday night's [9/24/2019] edition of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Bryan Dean Wright — introduced as a lifelong Democrat — was asked by Fox News host Tucker Carlson if impeachment was a "wise idea."  [Video clip]

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.

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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 Impeachment Farce Is A Slap In The Face To American Voters.  Summoning all the courage of the Cowardly Lion, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stood before a flag, compared herself to Thomas Paine, and told the American people she was kinda, sorta, almost ready to maybe attempt to impeach President Trump.  Bold leadership.  For weeks now, Democrats have been divided over whether they were already holding an impeachment inquiry.  Not articles of impeachment, but an impeachment inquiry.  As Allen Iverson once said, "We up in here talking about practice.  Not a game, not a game.  Practice." So now Pelosi wants to run lay-up drills without having the guts or desire to actually impeach the president.  Why?  Because they have no justification to impeach the president, just a fever-driven hatred of him and his supporters.

Dem Rep. Hill:  We Know Trump Impeachment 'Is Coming Potentially with the Risk of Us Losing Our Seats'.  Tuesday on MSNBC's "All In," Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), the vice-chairman of the House Oversight Committee, spoke about the day's announcement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that congressional Democrats would pursue impeachment against President Donald Trump.  Hill joined her colleagues earlier in the day in support of the measure, adding that Trump's impeachment was not her objective when she ran for Congress.  However, she acknowledged there was a risk in supporting impeachment for reelection chances for her and some of her colleagues.

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."

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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."

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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.

Mainstream media savaged Nadler's impeachment hearing questioning of Corey Lewandowski (with an assist from Nancy Pelosi).  The mainstream media chorus turned on their Democrat allies over the questioning of Corey Lewandowski by Chairman Nadler's House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.  The breadth and depth of the rare media attack on Democrats needs explanation.  We are well accustomed to the mainstream media following nearly identical talking points, so the question becomes:  who sent the signal that beating up the impeachment hearings was the order of the day?  The most obvious candidate is Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking elected Democrat, who understands that an impeachment circus could lose many of the seats Democrats turned over in 2018 and cost the Democrats their House majority and her speakership.

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.

Another dead end:
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.

This is Who Showed Up For the "Impeach Trump" Rally.  The Impeach Trump Rally turned out to be a complete failure as less than 100 people appeared to show up for the futile event.  [Video clip]

What If You Held an Impeach Protest and Nobody Came?  The far left MoveOn org reportedly held 130 "Impeach Trump" protests on Saturday across the nation.  It was a complete bust.

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.

Impeachment Fever:  Democrats whip themselves into a frenzy.  [A] new CNN poll out shows that 76% of Democrats now support impeachment.  They don't want health care reform; they don't want infrastructure or more pro-union protections or gun control, any of the usuals that motivate them to pass more laws and regulations.  They want Trump's head.  It's a frenzy, albeit with an asterisk that it's CNN putting this poll out.  It may well be a push poll to alter perceptions, but if it is, it's suicidal, given that the public doesn't want this.

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."

Alan Dershowitz:  Impeachment Is 'Kiss of Death for Democrats' in 2020.  "I think it would backfire terribly," said Dershowitz of Democrats impeaching Trump.  "I think they should learn the lesson of what happened when Bill Clinton was impeached.  His popularity went up.  I think this would guarantee Trump's re-election if he were to be impeached, because he's not going to be removed and it would just be a show trial, and it would be unconstitutional, because there is no real evidence of obstruction."

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."

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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."

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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 the Department of Justice botched the May 17 appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  About three weeks ago, former Trump presidential campaign Chairman Paul Manafort asked a judge to dismiss Mueller's indictment against him, arguing that Mueller overstepped his jurisdiction in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  In response, the special counsel was recently forced to pony up a heavily redacted memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein blessing the investigation into Manafort's work with Ukraine, which turned out to have been written on Aug. 2 — six days after the July 26 predawn, guns-drawn raid of Manafort's home, and 10 weeks after Mueller's appointment.  Reportedly, Mueller's team photographed Manafort's suits during the raid.

What Is Robert Mueller looking for?  Robert Mueller is the special counsel appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 to probe the nature and extent of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.  The investigation began in October 2016 under President Barack Obama when the FBI took seriously the boast of Carter Page, one of candidate Donald Trump's foreign policy advisers, that he had worked for the Kremlin.  The FBI also had transcripts of telephone conversations and copies of emails and text messages of Trump campaign personnel that had been supplied to it by British intelligence.  Connecting the dots, the FBI persuaded a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to issue a search warrant for the surveillance of Page, an American.  Page never registered as a foreign agent, and working for the Kremlin and not registering as a foreign agent is a crime for which the FBI should have investigated Page.

DiGenova: Conduct by Mueller, Rosenstein an 'Embarrassment,' Undermines Equal Enforcement.  Former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova ripped Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for his conduct in regard to the Mueller probe.  DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said on "Hannity" that Rosenstein is "an embarrassment to this administration."  He said it is unfortunate that due to the political climate, Rosenstein cannot be fired.  DiGenova said that Rosenstein should have recused himself from some parts of the investigation, because he is a witness as to whether or not obstruction of justice occurred in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

What Is the FBI Hiding?  Bit by bit, congressional investigators have wrested important truths from a recalcitrant Federal Bureau of Investigation about its suspect 2016 election dealings.  But there's one secret the G-men jealously guard:  how central that Steele dossier was from the start.

Rosenstein Memo confirming Mueller could investigate Manafort came a week after raid on Manafort's home.  Paul Manafort has moved to have the October 27, 2017 Indictment, and subsequent Superseding Indictment, dismissed on the ground, among others, that Robert Mueller has exceeded the authority granted him on May 17, 2017, when he was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  The argument is that the indictment of Manafort for business dealings is unrelated to and took place years before 2016 Russian election interference and alleged collusion.  I made a similar point with regard to the guilty plea of Michael Flynn for lying with regard to post-election transition matters, Why is Robert Mueller even investigating the presidential transition?

Leak that Trump is not a 'criminal target' of Mueller team looks like manipulation.  Obstruction would be a process crime.  We have no information about what exactly might be in such a report, but there have been suggestions that President Trump's firing of James Comey as FBI head — his clear constitutional prerogative — could be taken as obstruction.  I am no lawyer, but this would require mind-reading of a high order.  And criminalizing the exercise of constitutionally stipulated powers seems highly dubious.

Democrats, get set to lose your 'collusion' delusions.  What happens if President Trump is innocent?  The Washington Post recently reported that special counsel Robert Mueller has informed Trump's attorneys that the president isn't considered a target of a criminal investigation.  If, after more than a year, a team of seasoned and aggressive investigators with nearly unlimited access and autonomy couldn't dig up any substantial evidence linking the president to criminality, the idea that Trump will be implicated by Mueller, much less face an indictment, is farfetched.  And the dream of impeachment?  Well, that would probably die, as well.  Much of the case for the impeachment of Trump is tethered to the alleged illegitimacy of his election — and much of that case relies on the findings of the Mueller investigation.  Judging from the reaction we've seen so far to the reports that Trump is merely a subject, but not a target, of the special counsel, it seems most Democrats haven't fully prepared themselves for the eventuality that the investigation may end up vindicating Trump.

California Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris Cracks DEATH JOKE About President Trump.  California Senator and Democrat 2020 hopeful Kamala Harris laughed hysterically after cracking a 'death joke' about President Donald Trump during an appearance on "The Ellen Show" Thursday [4/5/2018].

GOP Will Soon Reap What Dems Sowed In Their Resistance.  We must be close to the point where Robert Mueller has to decide whether he is going to acknowledge that the cause for which his special-counsel investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election was set up — after the illegal leaking of a contested account of a conversation with the president by James Comey immediately after he was fired as director of the FBI — has been thoroughly plumbed and has yielded interesting information about Russian endeavors but no evidence whatever of any collusion with any substantial American political party.  There obviously is no such evidence, despite 18 months of tearing everything apart, and shock-and-awe prosecutions of peripheral people for unconnected alleged offenses, all by a rabidly partisan Trump-hating gang of partially lawless vigilantes recruited by Mr. Mueller for the task.

Want to Make Trump Even More Popular?  Keep Attacking Him.  The latest poison ivy patch that Trump-haters ventured into is a porn actress named Stormy Daniels.  "Poison Ivy" might be a suitable name, too, and equally as titillating for someone in her chosen profession.  Accusations, all unsubstantiated, of a decade-old one-night stand with citizen Donald Trump are expected to lead to impeachment and resignation.  No, Stormy Daniels was not a White House intern playing "hide the cigar" in the Oval Office with the sitting president.  She made no accusations of rape or harassment.  She wasn't discovered after James Carville dragged a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park.  Yet she was given a full hour on "60 Minutes" to tell her story.  This is the same story she previously denied, multiple times.  Similar to the "Access Hollywood" tapes, this interview's sole purpose was to damage or better yet destroy the president of the United States.

President Trump Should Play Hardball With Robert Mueller.  Most of the time, practicing criminal law is pretty simple.  Since the vast majority of clients are guilty as charged and lack the financial resources to pay for a trial, you cut a plea deal and do the best you can at sentencing.  But if you have an innocent client who is the target of an investigation or has already been charged, things can get complicated.  How to save your client from being unjustly arrested or convicted?  Should you resist and fight?  Or should you cooperate with the prosecution and lay your client bare in an effort to demonstrate his innocence?

Just How Naive Is Robert Mueller?  I've been reading this indictment of the thirteen people who supposedly disrupted the 2016 election.  Are you kidding me?  These are intelligence agents.  I mean, some of them may be contractors employed by Russian intelligence, but either way, it's the equivalent of saying the CIA doesn't know what it's doing.  You don't indict intelligence agents.  There's no point to it.  There's no possible outcome that's better than monitoring the agents, wiretapping the agents, sending spies to collaborate with the agents, or, in a best-case scenario, turning the agents.  Given the choice between a public indictment and a secret operation, there are about 700 arguments for secrecy, while I can think of only one for going public:  Maybe they will let their guard down.  Otherwise, why would we publish a 37-page document telling them what we know and, by implication, what we don't know?

Time to End Mueller's Investigation About Nothing.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's sprawling investigation into "Trump-Russia collusion" has devolved into a ludicrous media spectacle, a meandering situation comedy "about nothing" that is in quest of something, anything to be about.  If, after all of these months of investigation, he has no evidence of Trump colluding with Russia, then the conclusion is clear:  it simply didn't happen.  In recent weeks and months, the media has been busy dumpster-diving in Moscow for Russian Facebook bots, and chasing hot tips from a Russian prostitute turned part-time sex seminarist resisting extradition to Russia from a Bangkok jail.

Louie Gohmert Says Mueller Should Be Fired.  The handful of congressional Republicans calling for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to be fired added a high-profile member of the House Judiciary Committee to their ranks on Wednesday [3/21/2018].  Texas representative Louie Gohmert said in no uncertain terms Wednesday [3/21/2018] that he wants Mueller's Russia investigation dismantled.  "I think Mueller should be fired," Gohmert said.  "He needs to go....  He should never have been appointed and he should never have accepted."

It's time for Mueller to produce evidence of wrongdoing by Trump or drop it.  Trump is well aware (and fond of reminding us on Twitter) that there is no sign so far of evidence to support the charges of collusion that supposedly launched the entire inquiry.  He might feel tempted to let the investigation play out, eventually basking in the exoneration he could claim from the resulting nonfindings.  But that presumes two things:  that there are indeed no hidden bombshells yet to uncover, and that the Mueller team will not scramble to find something to justify the large amounts of time and money it has spent.  Dissuading Trump from firing Mueller is one thing; singing the praises of Mueller is quite another.  This investigation does not deserve to be unplugged, but nor does it deserve to be applauded.

Michael Moore to Dems: 'Never Forget' You're 'Electing the Jury for Impeachment'.  Filmmaker Michael Moore urged Democratic voters to remember that they are voting for the impeachment of President Trump in the upcoming midterm elections.  "I am optimistic.  I have a thread of optimism still in me.  I believe we will, in November, see a tsunami of people coming to the polls and after that I hope you, both of you, and the other senators, do their job," Moore said during a town hall on "Inequality in America:  The Rise of Oligarchy and Collapse of the Middle Class" organized by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Monday evening [3/19/2018].

Where's Waldo?  Collusion must either manifest itself in objectively pro-Kremlin policy or it is nothing.  The three clearest indicators to watch are actions which reduce US oil output, cripple American military readiness and retreat before Putin in Syria.

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Obama did all three.

Sessions makes his move.  Back in 2011, the indomitable Peter Schweizer published Throw Them All Out, a detailed examination of political corruption as it is actually practiced in the halls of Congress.  In his investigation, Schweizer found one single member of Congress against whom no allegations could be held — who had never taken a dime that was not his, had never cut any backroom deals, had never, simply put, played the game.  That individual was Jeff Sessions.  That fact is all you need to know to understand why Donald Trump selected Sessions for the Department of Justice, and why Sessions has followed the course he has in taking on the "Russia collusion" coup effort.

Congressman suggests Second Amendment as means of opposing Trump.  A Democratic congressman from Long Island implied that Americans should grab weapons and oppose President Trump by force, if the commander-in-chief doesn't follow the Constitution.  Rep. Tom Suozzi made the remark to constituents at a town hall last week, saying that folks opposed to Trump might resort to the "Second Amendment."  "It's really a matter of putting public pressure on the president," Suozzi said in a newly released video of the March 12 talk in Huntington.  "This is where the Second Amendment comes in, quite frankly, because you know, what if the president was to ignore the courts?  What would you do?  What would we do?"

Trump Rips Mueller Investigation.  He's Right.  As we and many others have pointed out many times, there is no proper predicate for Mueller's purported investigation.  There was never a crime in the first place.  Mueller was improperly given a general mandate to poke around and see if he could find someone to indict, for anything, or worse yet, trick someone into committing an indictable offense.  The Mueller investigation is a final insult to the rule of law that was bequeathed to us, in effect, by the outgoing, corrupt Obama administration.

Threats Against Trump Made by John Brennan and Samantha Power Must Be Investigated.  Two ominous tweets, one written by former CIA Director John Brennan, the other by former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, openly threaten a sitting president — President Trump.  This must be investigated.  Both of these tweets raise enormous questions, not only about what is meant by these threats, but what kind of inside information these former Obama officials might be receiving from unauthorized sources.

CNN's absurd reaction to Andrew McCabe's firing.  Switch to CNN, and one would be told that it was Trump who did the firing, that Sessions did it to keep his job.  Barely mentioned was the fact that the recommendation to fire McCabe came from the FBI's own Office of Personal Responsibility (OPR), an almost unprecedented event.  Don Lemon and his guests were apoplectic that this "fine and respected" man has had his pension taken away.  They were not concerned at all about what he may have done to elicit the OPR's recommendation that he be fired.  Not one bit.  This bunch takes as factual that Trump is evil and that he colluded with Russia, even though they know very well that he did not.  They know that the whole "Trump colluded with Russia" theory was dreamed up by the Clintons to excuse and explain her loss to the man her crowd and the media thought had no chance of victory.  But they still think the American people are so dumb that we don't know what they know.

Mueller's Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards.  These columns have many times observed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's failure to set limits on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  To trigger the appointment of a special counsel, federal regulations require the Justice Department to identify the crimes that warrant investigation and prosecution — crimes that the Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate in the normal course; crimes that become the parameters of the special counsel's jurisdiction.  Rosenstein, instead, put the cart before the horse:  Mueller was invited to conduct a fishing expedition, a boundless quest to hunt for undiscovered crimes, rather than an investigation and prosecution of known crimes.

Sean Penn's debut novel is Trump assassination porn.  Who knew that Sean Penn was a novelist?  Well, that may be a misnomer.  More accurately, he thinks he's a novelist.  His first effort in that regard comes in at a super-light 176 pages — a light book from a super-lightweight intellect.  In it, Penn apparently gushes Trump-hatred that even he should be embarrassed about.  According to this report in the Daily Mail, the novel revolves around the activities of the main character, Bob Honey, described as an "American man, entrepreneur, and part-time assassin."  The assassin's target?  A president who sounds remarkably like Donald Trump.

Enough with the Russia nonsense.  After more than a year of Robert Mueller's goon squad looking for a scintilla of evidence of any collusion with Russia, the conclusion is obvious.  It is a pack of lies.  "Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, a finding that is sure to please the White House and enrage panel Democrats," the Associated Press reported.  "After a yearlong investigation, Texas Rep. Mike Conaway announced Monday [3/12/2018] that the committee has finished interviewing witnesses and will share the report with Democrats on Tuesday.  Conaway is the Republican leading the House probe, one of several investigations on Russian meddling in the 2016 elections."  Democrats lied.

Mueller's new fishing hole: 'Conspiracy to defraud the government'.  Special counsel Robert Mueller is invoking a new charge in his Captain Queeg search for the lost strawberries.  He is looking to tie Trump and his aides to a "conspiracy to defraud the government charge."  What makes this such a stretch is that Mueller apparently doesn't have to tie it to a criminal action.  This puts a lot more of Trump aides in danger of being ensnared in Mueller's ever widening net.

This Is What A Police State And 'High Crimes And Misdemeanors' Really Look Like.  As ever more deliberately concealed evidence is being uncovered of factual "collusion" between the Obama White House, the failed presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and Russia; of professional operatives in our intelligence services openly trying to first, cripple the campaign of Donald Trump, and then, having failed at that criminal objective, to delegitimize his presidency; and of secretly funded far-left anarchist groups proudly preaching violence against those they oppose, it seems the perfect time to ask three questions:  First, what is the definition of a "Police State?"  Second, what is the definition of "Treason?"  And last, what — as defined in the Constitution of the United States of America — is the meaning of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors?"

Tom Steyer Triples Down On Obsession With Painting Trump As An Insane Madman.  Democratic money man Tom Steyer is constructing a panel of mental health officials and nuclear weapons experts to support his months-long campaign to impeach President Donald Trump.  Steyer, a former hedge fund manager turned liberal activist, plans on cobbling together a group of experts Monday night to discuss Trump's mental health and his nuclear ambitions.  It's part of his mission to oust Trump.

Lefties now question the Russian narrative.  Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor of the progressive magazine, The Nation.  She is married to Stephen F. Cohen, her senior by 21 years.  He is 79 and professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University. [...] Cohen is troubled by one thing:  it has been a year now and none of the 35 memos in the Russian dossier have proved true.

Trump Impeachment Protester:  Growing Economy is 'Obama's Doing'.  Protesters at the recent People's March on Washington against President Trump explained why they want to see the president removed from office.  The official website for the protest stated, "We will take to the streets to demand the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump and to fight to protect the rights of all marginalized people, equal rights, social justice, our safety as citizens, and our democratic process."  Bethany from New York said Trump's handling of climate change influenced her to attend the march and call for Trump's impeachment.

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How much has the climate changed in your lifetime?  What is President Trump supposed to do about changes in the weather?  If you have courtroom-quality evidence that Donald Trump is negligent, bring on the impeachment.  But if this is all you've got, give it up.

The left's wild fantasies about finding crimes to topple Trump.  Even in the worst case for Trump, Mueller is unlikely to charge him with a crime.  There is longstanding Office of Legal Counsel guidance that it's unconstitutional to indict a president while he's in office.  The worst case for Trump is probably a report by Mueller that could become, in effect, an impeachment referral.  Much will depend on the facts; on whether Mueller is willing to stand aside if he doesn't find anything to justify his continued investigation; and on who wins Congress this year — and, if the Democrats, by how much.  But there can be little doubt that, in their hearts, most Democrats have decided for impeachment.  The fighting now may be mere skirmishing compared to the larger political war to come.

Black Dems take lead in push to impeach Trump.  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are proving central to efforts to impeach President Trump.  Black lawmakers say that's the result of Trump repeatedly stirring racial controversies, from personally attacking two members of the caucus to casting equal blame on white supremacists and counterprotesters for fatal violence in Charlottesville, Va., last summer.  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), former head of the CBC, said the bitter feelings originated well before Trump arrived in office, when the real estate mogul began raising doubts about former President Obama's birthplace — and, by extension, his authority to be president.

From Conspiracy Theories to Conspiracies.  [Scroll down]  Any "resistance" aimed at removing a president would also involve the proverbial street and popular culture.  A good way might be to implant to such a degree the idea of killing or harming the president that it would become something more than just a sick fantasy, but become contextualized as an act of near patriotism across the broader culture.  Celebrities accordingly might dream out loud at rallies of blowing up the White House.  Or a movie star might announce to his audience his hopes for a repeat of a John Wilkes Booth-style assassination.  Or a state legislator might post hopes that someone would kill the president.  Or a rapper might release a video in which the president is shown shot.  Or a comedian on camera might hold up a facsimile of the bloody severed head of the president.  Or a New York troupe might perform public plays in which the president each evening is ritually stabbed to death.  We might also see and hear ad nauseam from actors and other celebrities expressing desires to beat him to a pulp, or hang him, or shoot him — all the insidious efforts not of those easily disregarded as unhinged, but of those with public personas, and with the effect of incrementally normalizing violence against the president.  Late night comedians might vie with each other in their profanity and scatology, ridiculing the president with references to him fellating a foreign leader.  Who knows, a secret service agent might even post a brag that she would not be willing to "take a bullet" to defend the likes of this president.  Or a left-wing zealot might think shooting Republican congressmen was doing his part to thwart the evil Trump agenda.  All that, too, transpired in Trump's first year.

Unhinged: Michael Moore assails Trump, 'unfit,' 'narcissist, 'sociopath,' 'threat to humanity'.  One of the chief organizers of Monday's counter-State of the Union in New York City is charging that President Trump needs to be overthrown before he ends the world.  Really.

Hard-Left Labour Chairman Called for Execution of President Trump.  The hard-left female chairman of a local Labour Party association in the United Kingdom has blamed "creepy, nasty, hateful and untrue attacks by bitter men" after her call for Donald Trump to be shot became public.  Caragh Skipper was an officer of a local branch of Momentum, the hard-left grassroots group which has carried avowed socialist and Venezuelan regime supporter Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party at the time of her comments.

Embattled FBI Agent Text References Trump Impeachment.  The latest batch of text messages between the pair of embattled FBI agents at the center of the Special Counsel's probe into President Donald Trump's campaign and alleged Russian collusion reveals that one of the agents may have seen his participation in the investigation as a path to "impeaching" President Trump, said several congressional sources.  The recent text messages between FBI special agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page were turned over last week by the Department of Justice to six congressional committees.  Those text messages, as previously reported, shed new light on the political leanings, unvarnished bias and possibly a concerted effort by some members of the FBI to influence Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation, congressional sources reveal.

'Impeach Trump' parties [are] the left's 'I Am Stupid' moment.  Not all those of the anti-Trump left are adult-age basement dwellers.  There are plenty of other Democrats out there living independently of their parents, independently of their growing-years' caretakers.  Illegals, for instance.  Mental hospital patients, to name some more.  And, to toss out the names of even more, some members of government-funded arts coalitions, progressive activism groups and multi-millionaires' clubs — on that last, the ones mostly with the motto, "I Got Mine and Now I Want To Stop You From Getting Yours."  Tom Steyer, billionaire hedge fund manger-turned major anti-Trumper, seems to fit that last class.  He's the guy who's launched the "Need to Impeach" campaign and who's now using it as a platform to rock the impeachment vote around the country against a president who is probably the most populist-minded, America First type of leader this country's seen since Ronald Reagan.

House rejects Democratic effort to impeach Trump as shutdown looms.  The House on Friday once again rejected an effort by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) to impeach President Trump, in a sign of inflamed partisan tensions ahead of a midnight deadline to avoid a government shutdown.  Green, who has agitated for Trump's impeachment for months, forced a procedural vote on articles of impeachment following Trump's Oval Office comments last week describing some nations as "[bad] countries" while expressing a preference for immigrants from places like Norway.  It failed by a 355-66 vote, with three Democrats voting "present."

Under the New Trump Standard, Why Wasn't Obama Impeached?  In the era of President Donald Trump, Democrats think presidents should be impeached over policy differences.  In Trump's case, the Democrats accuse him of winning the election by "colluding" with Russia to win.  After nearly a year of investigations, there does not appear to be any evidence.  Yet many Democrats have already called for impeachment.  In truth, Democrats want this President out because they don't like him or his policies.

Trump's doctor dismisses dementia fears: 'That's just tabloid psychiatry'.  White House physician Ronny Jackson on Tuesday [1/16/2018] said the idea that President Trump has mental health issues was "tabloid psychiatry," dismissing a claim that some mental health experts are making even though they haven't examined the president.  "People shouldn't be making those types of assessments about the president unless they've had the opportunity to get to know him and examine him, and in my opinion, that's just tabloid psychiatry and I'm not going to address it or fall into responding to those kinds of questions or accusations," Jackson told reporters during Tuesday's White House press briefing when asked to respond to doctors who have said they believe the president shows signs of dementia.

Killing Trump Is Deep State's 'Plan C,' Warns Adviser Roger Stone.  Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser and confidant, certainly knows his way around Washington, having worked as a senior campaign aide to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Senator Bob Dole as well as having held many other political positions.  This proximity to the Deep State is what makes his claim, expressed in a recent wide-ranging interview with The New American magazine's Alex Newman, that much more eyebrow-raising.

Yale Professor Suggests That Trump Should Be Locked in Loony Bin to Save Human Race from Extinction.  While we are commenting on the psychiatric health of people we have not personally examined... Bandy X. Lee accuses Trump of "projecting."  Could she be projecting herself?

The Madness of the Anti-Trump Shrinks.  [Scroll down]  There were no drums when Bandy X. Lee, the organizer of Yale's 'Duty to Warn' conference showed up on Capitol Hill to "brief" Dem politicians about Trump's mental illness that she diagnosed over Twitter.  Lee, a self-proclaimed expert on the prison system, apparently isn't even currently licensed to practice.  But on Twitter, Bandy X. Lee explained that she had been "licensed on two continents," has "excellent credentials," a "flawless ethics history" and speaks "four languages."  On Vox, Lee claimed that Trump's recognition of Jerusalem was a "pathological" example of him "resorting to violence".  Then she blamed him for "an increase in schoolyard bullying."  Appearing on MSNBC, she warned that Trump "could be the end of humankind."  All this craziness didn't stop Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Rep. Jamie Raskin from inviting her for briefings.  Around the same time that Fraenkel was beating his drum in Manhattan, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump was released by Macmillan.  The book contained unsolicited accusations and diagnoses from "27 psychiatrists and mental health experts".  It was edited by Bandy X. Lee.

Psych Prof Who Called Trump 'Mentally Impaired' May Not Have A License To Practice.  The Yale University psychology professor who called President Trump "mentally impaired" appears to lack a valid license to practice psychiatry in her home state of Connecticut.  The professor, Bandy Lee, made the headlines over the past few days when she made a diagnosis of the president as suffering from a "mental impairment" that would disqualify him from the highest office in the land.  Following Lee's comments, the American Psychiatric Association released a statement on Tuesday warning members of its profession to refrain from making public diagnoses of public figures like Trump without a proper medical exam.

American Psychiatric Assoc Calls for End to 'Armchair' Psychiatry on Trump.  The media is falling all over itself in questioning Donald Trump's mental fitness in serving as president of the United States.  He has responded in tweets that he is a "very stable genius," but that doesn't satisfy the press's pre-conceived notions that he is unfit for office.  In light of all of this grasping at straws, the American Psychiatric Association issued a call on Tuesday [1/9/2018] for the end of all of this "armchair" psychiatry.

Unstable Yale Psychiatrist Who Labeled Trump Unstable Recants Armchair Diagnosis.  Anti-Trump Yale professor Dr. Bandy Lee told reporters she wants to "physically constrain" President Trump, evaluate him in constraints and then frogmarch him from office.  Dr. Lee is worried though that it might come off looking like a like a coup!

Treat 'Mental Health' Talk Against Trump Like The Coup Attempt It Is.  Trump is unlike any previous president of the United States.  Voters knew this when they chose him over Hillary Clinton.  And there is nothing about Trump now that suggests his mental state is any different or worse or dangerous than when voters elected him, or when they first encountered him on gossip pages and in reality television decades ago.  To suggest otherwise is to undermine the democratic election of presidents, and to do so would be far more damaging to the country than anything Trump's actually done.  It is particularly noteworthy that members of an elite are calling for his ouster when Trump's election was partly in response to anger at mismanagement by members of the media and political establishment.  Talk of mental health and a 25th Amendment removal, "by force if necessary," is talk of a coup, just as it was in the TV show "24."

Liberals Have Become Tragically Addicted To "Impeachment Porn".  Oh, these pathetic, misguided liberals... they gather in circles holding the latest anti-Trump diatribe in one hand while the other hand ventures off doing what liberal hands too often obsessively do these days.  At what point does the need for self-gratification become potentially terminal self-abuse?

Maxine Waters Tweets Bizarre Poem In Support Of Mueller.  California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters tweeted out what appeared to be a poem Wednesday in support of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Waters sent a special message to Mueller over Twitter as he put together his federal grand jury in Washington, D.C. [...] Waters has been a staunch Trump opponent, calling on fellow Democrats to impeach him.  During the Women's March Convention in Detroit, Waters led an "impeach 45" chant with other attendees.

Beware Romney & Trump Impeachment Attempts.  Two Democrats were just sworn in to the Senate this week:  Doug Jones of Alabama and Tina Smith of Minnesota.  One man waits in the wings to do the same — former GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.  The Trump White House is likely watching the Senate developments very closely as they could prove pivotal to ongoing attempts to destroy the Trump presidency.

Deep State Boasts:  We're Sabotaging Trump From the Inside.  In a recent pre-Christmas interview with C-SPAN, Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Trump, dropped a bombshell:  Members of President Trump's own Cabinet are plotting to remove him.  According to Stone, his sources within the administration say administration officials have discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to boot the president out of office.  Stone's sensational charges came only a few days after top members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), commonly known as "the American establishment," crowed that operatives of the "Deep State" (their fellow CFR members) inside the Trump administration are writing and deciding policy contrary to President Trump's announced agenda.

Democrats Are Headed for a Major Clash over Impeachment.  After bruising defeats in Virginia, New Jersey, and Alabama, Republicans are bracing for the possibility that Democrats take back the House in 2018 — and Democrats, after a year in the wilderness, are beginning to seriously debate the political ramifications of impeaching Donald Trump if they do.  For months, the Democratic base has been agitating for leadership to take more aggressive steps to censure the president.  Until now, the idea of impeaching Trump has taken a backseat to more prosaic concerns.  But if Democrats take back the House, that conversation will quickly enter the mainstream — as will the attendant political risks.

The Sorcerer's Apprentices:  FBI, DOJ, GPS, DNC.  So shocked by Trump's win in the 2016 election, the Progressive left and their partners in partisanship, the media, went into paroxysms of despair and disbelief. [...] They would leave no stone unturned to demolish this man they considered so beneath them.  Why?  Because what if he succeeded?  What if he did jumpstart the economy?  What if he did close down the border and more jobless Americans found work?  What if he did manage to bring manufacturing back to the US?  Boost the stock market?  What if he did abrogate all the Obama regulations that had for eight years strangled the American economy?  That would all be very bad for the Left.  African Americans might finally realize that the Democratic Party has been the albatross around their necks for at least two generations.  No.  Trump could not be allowed to remain in office and succeed.

How Trump Dominated Mueller and Tricked Democrats.  Trump is facing the Salem witch trials.  Democrats are a runaway mob and want his blood.  Many Trump supporters are desperate for Trump to get in front of this mob and explain how he is innocent, that he is a nationalist who is strengthening the military, modernizing the nuclear forces, protecting America against an EMP attack, selling weapons to Ukraine, and increasing oil production, so quite clearly, he is not Putin's agent, and they should all please stop their nonsensical protesting and turn around.  But Trump never made a serious effort to logically reason this out with his enemies.  It isn't his style.

The movement to impeach Trump is just beginning.  Before you settle down for a long winter's nap with adult visions of sugar plums, consider a key fact about the 2018 midterm elections:  We already know what they're going to be about.  Republicans, thanks to their last-minute tax triumph, will run on a pro-growth agenda.  If the middle-class tax cuts work as promised, if the economy cooperates by continuing to expand by 3 percent or more and produces jobs, jobs, jobs, the GOP will have a strong message to sell.  It will need one to protect its narrow margins in Congress, especially because the majority party usually loses seats in the first midterms.  Democrats, on the other hand, have no message, no leader and nothing to brag about.  That leaves a vacuum, which is being filled with one idea:  impeaching President Trump.

Law-Abiding Citizens.  In the past few weeks the leftists have all sounded more like the Tea Party than anything else, arguing that the Mueller investigation into collusion is some sort of Constitutionally guaranteed process that Donald Trump had better not interfere with, or he will be hounded out of office by raging mobs of Antifa, BLM and Hollywood stars.  Eric Holder, mastermind of such great examples of Constitutionality like Waco and Fast and Furious, who is the only American Attorney General to be held in contempt of Congress, threatened to unleash the power of Antifa on America's streets should Donald Trump fire Mueller.  This is seditious, it is the ultimate threat of domestic insurrection.  No laws have been violated by Trump, the Constitution has not been violated and since a Special Counsel is highly suspect as a Constitutional act itself, there are no grounds for unleashing such insurrection other than to take control of the government.

Beware the Trump Coup.  [A]s far as I can see, President Trump's record thus far is completely untarnished — as being a "big meany" is not a High Crime.  To date, the Mueller hit squad has found exactly squat regarding Trump ties to neither Russia, nor anything else that is an impeachable offense.  You can bet the farm that if anyone had found something — anything to sink Trump, it would have been leaked.  The left has employed every dirty trickster they can find to dig up something that might be construed as "treason, bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors" (Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution).  They have not found, nor will they find anything.

Pelosi On Calls For Trump To Resign:  I Don't Think He Should Have Been President.  The drama between Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and President Donald Trump has reached absurd heights.  First, there was that rather tweet from the president, which was not out of the ordinary.  He accused Gillibrand of doing "anything" for campaign contributions.  Gillibrand said this was a sexist smear, despite the president using that line on pretty much everyone.  This all is part of the ongoing sexual harassment reckoning on the Hill and elsewhere.  Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is gone, and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has signaled his intention to leave... whenever that may be.

Maxine Waters Makes Teens Chant 'Impeach 45' at 'Teen Vogue Summit': 'Let's talk about it in church'.  Maxine Waters was a guest of Teen Vogue and was interviewed about why she's calling on young teens to resist our president.  This sick behavior by a grown woman smells like sedition. [...] Congresswoman Maxine Waters is desperate to "Impeach 45," and she's pleading with teenagers to follow her example and push her political agenda in church, and everywhere else.

David Brock May Be Illegally Funding An Effort To Impeach Trump.  David Brock's Media Matters for America appears to be granting hundreds of thousands of dollars in charitable funds to political groups that are trying to impeach the president and unseat Republicans across the nation.  Brock's Media Matters for America is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has tax-exempt status.  That tax-exempt status comes with an important caveat: the non-profit is barred from participating in political activity — funding or otherwise — that is in support or opposition to a candidate for office.

It's Time for Congress to Pass the 'John McCain Rule'.  [Scroll down]  The manufactured "Russian dossier" on Donald Trump is simply a little "payback" for questioning President Obama's legitimacy.  The Left will never give up, they will crawl over broken glass and will not rest until they unseat President Trump.

'Morning Joe' contemplates Trump's mental 'stability' after dry-mouth speech.  The panel on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" suggested Thursday [12/7/2017] that President Trump is suffering from diminished mental capacity after he delivered a speech and slurred some of his words toward the end.  Republican strategist and MSNBC contributor Steve Schmidt, a regular on the show, said Trump appeared to have an "impairment" and called it "chilling" to watch.  "This is not the person that we knew even three years ago. ... There's a remarkable change," said host Joe Scarborough.  "He seemed like he was almost hanging on to the prompter and hanging on to the words," co-host Mika Brzezinski said.  "Something, I don't know. ... There was a struggle happening."

Trump impeachment vote fails overwhelmingly.  House Democrats overwhelmingly joined Republicans on Wednesday to defeat an attempt to impeach President Donald Trump.  But 58 Democrats supported the bid to consider impeachment over the objections of House Democratic leaders, who viewed the measure as a distraction in a Republican-controlled Congress.  The motion to sideline the measure — killing the effort — was approved 364-58, with four Democrats voting present.

House Overwhelmingly Rejects Trump Impeachment Vote.  The House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green's bill to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday on the House floor.  Green and five other House Democrats, introduced articles of impeachment against the president in November and listed a number of reasons they believe Trump should be impeached.  He mentioned obstruction of justice, a violation of the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause, a violation of the Constitution's domestic emoluments clause, undermining the federal judiciary process and undermining the press.

The nearly 60 Dems who voted for impeachment.  An unexpectedly high number of Democrats voted in favor of an effort to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump on Wednesday, revealing the growing agitation among liberals to remove him from office.  The House voted overwhelmingly 364-58 to table a resolution from Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) laying out articles of impeachment against Trump, with four Democrats voting "present."  All Republicans voted with 126 Democrats to defeat the resolution.  Those Democrats included Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), who announced ahead of the vote they would vote to table the effort.

The quest for collusion is over as the desperate shriek for impeachment begins.  The quest for collusion is over.  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Russia investigation has not — either through leaks or announced indictments — revealed any collusion, and Democrats and their allies in the liberal mainstream media know that it never will.  This reality is setting in among the president's clearer-thinking foes, and they are transitioning to an obstruction of justice claim in an effort to sustain the fight with President Trump.  Mueller's investigation has been looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election since May.  His team has made a number of consequential findings, but none of them establish collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  We would know by now if anyone close to Trump had actually colluded with Russia to impact the 2016 campaign.  The only thing we know for certain is that Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn have been indicted for or admitted to things that fall short of collusion and have nothing to do with the president.  The Democrats know their faux-outrage over collusion is hollow and spent.

The Attempted Trump Coup.  Last year, before the election, a "Dossier" was assembled with the aid of a British former agent and a company formed by several former reporters called "Fusion GPS" [...] The Democrats seem to be banking on a possible impeachment.  Even if they could not get the Senate to convict, unlikely to have a Democrat majority any time soon, a House resolution of impeachment would be sweet revenge for Bill Clinton.

The Irrational, Unshakable Faith of the Collusion Conspiracists.  Michael Flynn pled guilty to a single count of lying to the FBI.  Instantly the Trump impeachment mob was high fiving and laying bets how soon the trail would lead to Trump and force his exit.  ABC's Brian Ross added to the frenzy when he breathlessly blurted that Flynn was cooperating with Muller, and would testify that, during the campaign, Candidate Trump had directed him to contact the Russians.  The mob went wild.  Smoking gun!  Collusion!  Treason!  By the next day, Ross and ABC had to backpedal in disgrace:  The direction to Flynn came after the election, not before.  That is, it was about transitional diplomacy on behalf of an incoming administration, not about hacking emails or rigging the vote for a candidate in an upcoming election.

It Is Now an Obstruction Investigation.  Many analysts are under the misimpression that it is typical for federal prosecutors to accept guilty pleas on minor charges in exchange for cooperation that helps build a case on major charges.  From this flawed premise, they reason that Mueller is methodically constructing a major case on Trump by accepting minor guilty pleas from Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos for making false statements, and by indicting Paul Manafort and an associate on charges that have nothing to do with Trump or the 2016 election.  That is simply not how it works, strategically or legally.

ABC Suspends "Chief Investigative Correspondent" for Anti-Trump Fake News.  But this is still a report that should never have aired.  And we can now seen how such attacks on Trump don't just harm our political system, but cause financial damage as well.  The media's war on Trump is producing all sorts of collateral damage.  Furthermore, even if Ross' original report had been correct, that is in no way impeachable behavior.  And the media's repeated impeachment-baiting is causing serious harm to our country.

Scarborough Calls Cabinet to Remove Trump From Office With 25th Amendment.  Thursday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," host Joe Scarborough called on President Donald Trump's cabinet to remove him from office using the 25th Amendment.

Morrissey supports killing Donald Trump 'for the safety of humanity'.  British singer Morrissey said he'd kill President Trump "for the safety of humanity" if given the option to eliminate him instantly.  The outspoken former frontman for The Smiths answered affirmatively during a recent interview with German magazine Der Spiegel in response to a hypothetical question about being able to kill Mr. Trump with the push of a button.  "If there was a button here and if you pressed on it, Trump would die dead [sic] — would you push it or not?" Der Spiegel asked Morrissey.  "I would, for the safety of humanity.  It has nothing to do with my personal opinion of his face or his family, but in the interest of humanity I would push," the singer responded.

Steyer:  We Can't Wait To Impeach Trump.  Tom Steyer, a billionaire hedge fund manager and liberal mega-donor, told CNN's Dana Bash on Sunday [11/26/2017] that President Donald Trump should be impeached as soon as possible.  The San Francisco-based mega donor financed a nationwide ad campaign urging Trump's removal from office by Congress for a variety of alleged offenses, including collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election and heightened tensions with North Korea.  He put $20 million behind a national ad campaign urging impeachment, which includes both television and digital ads.

Maxine Waters: Impeach Trump — for name-calling!  Maxine Waters loves to talk about millennials, and she's apparently adopted some of their traits, too.  The California congresswoman made an appearance on Bloomberg TV on Thursday and her definition of "high crimes and misdemeanors" — the standard for impeaching a president of the United States — appears to be lowering.

Al Franken's career is collateral damage for the Dems on the way to getting Trump.  The logical steps for getting Trump are clear.  Step one:  Establish that sexual harassment before taking office is sufficient grounds to remove someone from office.  This is the necessary predicate.  Franken's departure from office will establish the purported sincerity of the Democrats in establishing this brand-new principle. [...] Step two:  Apply this doctrine to Roy Moore if he should win the Senate seat for which he running. [...] Step three:  Throw Bill Clinton under the bus. [...] Step four:  As the hysteria mounts, following the blood sacrifices, demand that President Trump be impeached for actions before he took office.

Levin Puts GOP on Notice:  You're Going to Get Trump Impeached!  Don't believe the Democrat-driven anti-Trump hype about Tuesday night's election results, said LevinTV host Mark Levin.  The real blame for the election losses lies with Republican leadership in Congress.  Levin went on to explain that in addition to factors like immigration and Democrat-leaning northern Virginia's increasing political clout, one of the biggest factors Tuesday night — most notably, Ed Gillespie's loss in Virginia's gubernatorial race — was the repeated failures of the do-nothing Republican Congress.  This should serve as a wake-up call, said Levin.  "If the Republican Party doesn't get their act together ... they could well lose the House [in 2018] and I fear they might," Levin said.  "Because they have nothing to run on."  "And if the Republicans lose the House, the president will be impeached," said Levin.

Dems to file new impeachment articles against Trump.  A group of Democrats will file new articles of impeachment against President Trump before Thanksgiving, according to Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), who's leading the charge.  "It is clear to us that he is unfit to be president of the United States of America," Gutiérrez said Wednesday.  Gutiérrez, one of Trump's sharpest critics, declined to specify what grounds the articles will cite, saying only that the Democrats are working with constitutional scholars to solidify their case.

13 Stars Who Imagined Violence Against Donald Trump.  Since the election, several celebrities have voiced their displeasure — even anger — with the Trump administration.  Some have gone so far as to suggest violent measures.  From Robert De Niro to Snoop Dogg, here are nine left-leaning noteworthy people who have fanned themes of violence toward Trump and the GOP.

Michigan Man Charged with Threatening to Assassinate President Trump.  Can you imagine being POTUS and having this threat every day while you're in the WhiteHouse?  The threats are there but this type of threat is frightening because this man is apparently mentally ill.  We were unable to find any pictures of this man.  He made vile and graphic threats to President Trump and was charged.

Principal Apologizes For Trump Tombstone At School Halloween Party.  An elementary school principal in Gloucester is apologizing for a controversial Halloween display at a school party.  The parent teacher organization hosted a fundraiser at West Parish Elementary School Friday night and one of the parents brought in a bean bag toss game that included fake tombstones.  One of them had the name "Don Trump" on it.

ARREST HER! Maxine Waters threatens Trump assassination.  California Congresswoman Maxine Waters has made a name for herself since President Donald Trump was sworn into office.  Waters travels the country and never misses the opportunity to promise the impeachment of the president — including during her friend's eulogy.  Last week, Waters took her anti-Trump hysterics to the next level and vowed to "take Trump out" to a cheering crowd of Democrats.

Hustler founder Larry Flynt offers $10 million for dirt leading to Trump impeachment.  Hustler founder Larry Flynt is running a full-page ad in Sunday's Washington Post offering a $10 million reward for information leading to the impeachment of President Trump, Fox Business reports.  Anchor Liz Claman tweeted a photo of the ad, which reads:  "Larry Flynt and Hustler magazine announce a cash offer of up to $10 million for information leading to the impeachment and removal from office of Donald J. Trump."

CNN, MSNBC Speculate on Removing Trump From Office Via 25th Amendment.  CNN's Wolf Blitzer and MSNBC's Chris Matthews both eagerly speculated on the latest long shot liberal hope to get rid of Donald Trump:  The 25th Amendment.  Building off a mention of it Vanity Fair by Steve Bannon, Blitzer on Thursday [10/12/2017] asked correspondent Jessica Schneider "Tell our viewers who aren't familiar with the 25th Amendment, Jessica, precisely what it does."  She related the dreams of Democrats:  "It lays out the path for removal of the president in cases of inability.  And that's a term that has never been defined or suggested.  So here's what exactly would need to happen to set the 25th Amendment in motion."

Democratic Mega-Donor Demands Democrats Pledge to Impeach Trump.  Tom Steyer, Democratic mega-donor and environmentalist, has demanded Democratic lawmakers and candidates pledge to to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump if they take control of Congress next year.  Steyer, a California investor and multi-billionaire who donated more than $91 million to Democratic campaigns during the 2016 cycle, issued a letter to Democrats on Wednesday [10/11/2017] demanding a pledge to push for Trump's impeachment, the New York Times reported.

No guts:
House Dem pulls back from forcing impeachment vote.  Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) stopped short of forcing a vote Wednesday on articles of impeachment against President Trump, but insisted his push isn't over yet.  Green announced his intention on the House floor to offer the impeachment articles as a privileged resolution, which under House rules allows any member to force a vote within two legislative days.  The GOP presiding officer moved to consider Green's resolution less than an hour later, but Green didn't show up, allowing the window for consideration to pass for now.

Rep. Maxine Waters: 'Impeachment Is About Whatever the Congress Says It Is'.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who previously has called for the impeachment of Donald Trump, on Thursday [9/21/2017] told a Congressional Black Caucus Town Hall on Civil Rights that she expects other members of the black community to back her up:  "Don't come here and tell me, 'Maxine, you keep on doing what you do.'  But when you gonna give me some support?" she asked.

The Editor says...
The loudest voices encouraging Maxine to keep doing what she does are those of the Republicans!  Please do run for President, Maxine!

Explaining the Narcissistic Rage of the Left.  How to account for the scorched-earth hatred of Donald Trump?  He inspires a darkly fanatical dislike, disapproval, and disgust in his most ardent detractors.  He is a distillation for millions of unhappy Americans of all things repugnant, repulsive, and wretched.  The fever pitch at which he has been mocked, ridiculed, condemned, and threatened is beyond anything anyone in living memory has been subject to — let alone a sitting American president.  From Colbert's "holster" to Madonna's fantasy of blowing up the White House to Kathy Griffin's decapitation stunt, and De Niro's thug life wish to "punch him in the face," the gloves are most certainly off — if only to better grasp a bludgeon.  And that's just the celebrities.  Even a state senator from Missouri hoped for Trump's assassination on Facebook.

Crazy Maxine Waters Pushes Trump Impeachment — During a Eulogy!  This is your 21st century version of the Democrat party.  Maxine Waters, who may run for POTUS in 2020 (we are all hoping she does and becomes the nominee) is now pushing the impeachment of Donald Trump during a eulogy!

Hillary's Anti-Presidential Campaign.  After a catastrophic defeat, Hillary has spent her political retirement dividing the country by casting doubt on her opponent's victory.  The Russia conspiracy theory was the brainchild of her political operatives and it helped convince Dems to push for impeachment while calling Republicans, traitors.  The unhinged ravings of Louise Mensch and Keith Olbermann have their origins in her conspiracy theory.  This wasn't a gift to the Dems.  The conspiracy theory was wholly self-serving.  It excused her from any of the blame and prevented the Dems from figuring out what went wrong.  Instead of learning how to talk to the white working class voters they lost, the Democrats reeled further to the left and bet everything on impeachment.

Unapproved Thought Is Violence.  Throughout the eight years of Barack Obama, I was afraid to speak out against the man whom I thought was not who he purported to be.  I thought he was a horrible president without an ounce of honesty or humility, pushing policies that were detrimental to every man, woman, and child in America.  To say so aloud, however, was not permitted, and when I started writing about him, the windows in my house were broken, not once, but twice.  That was then; I wonder what's in store now.  Today you can say anything you want about the current president — talk about killing him in the vilest of ways and it's not a problem.

The Impeachable Offense and the Modern Presidency.  The Trump presidency's legal and other difficulties have brought fresh attention to the uses and limits of the impeachment process.  Jane Chong and Benjamin Wittes have argued that Congress ought at least to initiate a careful examination of the case for impeachment before potentially having to cobble it together on the fly.  Now books are appearing with advice on just that question.

NYT Reporter:  Pelosi Will Impeach Trump If Democrats Take Back The House.  NYT Reporter Jeremy Peters warned President Trump on MSNBC Thursday [9/14/2017] that his "new best friend," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, will move to impeach him if she ever gains control of the House.  The comment after after Pelosi released a statement announcing that Trump "agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law," and also follows POTUS making a deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.

Alan Grayson's anti-Trump mission: 'Lock him up'.  Former Florida Congressman Alan Grayson is trying to rebrand himself as a leader of the anti-Trump movement and has been soliciting donations for what he says will be crowdsourced independent investigations into "Donald Trump and his henchmen."  "This is not an organization for people who have mixed feelings about Donald Trump, or who worry about whether VP Pence would be better or worse, or are willing to let Senate Republicans 'investigate' Trump and leave it at that.  No.  This is an organization for people who have decided that TRUMP MUST GO — and are ready to take action to make that happen," reads one email appeal from Grayson.

Inside the Left's Plans to Occupy Trump.  One week after Charlottesville, "the Resistance" is planning its next move.  Members of a group calling itself "Refuse Fascism" met in five cities around the country on Saturday with the intent to plan and organize nationwide demonstrations later this year.  Their goal, according to Eva Sahana, a 22 year-old organizer, is simply to "drive out the Trump and Pence fascist regime."  The planning is still in its early stages, but the organizers have an idea in mind.  On Saturday, November 4 — approximately a year after President Donald Trump's election — members of the Resistance will descend on America's major cities.  They'll march and demonstrate, as they have in the past, but this time, say organizers, they won't go home at the end of the day.  Instead, the plan is to occupy city centers and parks and not leave until, and only until, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have fallen.

Roger Stone:  Anyone Who Votes for Impeachment 'Would Be Endangering Their Own Life'.  More and more, critics of President Donald Trump wonder if his term in office will be cut short, either by removal via the 25th Amendment or impeachment.  TMZ caught up with former Trump adviser Roger Stone and asked what he thinks might happen.  Suffice to say, he doesn't think it would end well.  First, Stone criticized those who are hoping for Trump's removal.  "The people who are calling for impeachment are the people who didn't vote for him," he said.  "Sorry, he [won].  It's over, you lost."  But if the president is impeached, Stone says, there could be disastrous repercussions.  "You will have a spasm of violence in this country, an insurrection like you've never seen!" Stone warned.  "Both sides are heavily armed."  "This is not 1974," Stone explained.  "The people will not stand for impeachment."

It's Only Going to Get Weirder from Here.  You hear it constantly these days:  "This can't go on."  "Something's got to give." The hope that impeachment is around the corner is an unspoken assumption in much media coverage.  "Trump Is Just Six Senate Votes Away From Impeachment" blared a recent Newsweek headline. (News flash:  He's not.)  The Los Angeles Times ran a forceful — and largely persuasive — editorial titled "Enough is Enough."  It began, "These are not normal times," and then followed with a blistering indictment of elected Republicans who refuse to stand up and speak out about the damage the president is doing to the country and his own party.  But maybe the new abnormal is the new normal, as the last line of the piece suggests:  "This is the seventh in a series."  Part of the problem is that President Trump, in terms of both his personality and his behavior, is like a magnet next to a compass, making it very difficult to get accurate bearings.

Maxine Waters to Trump: 'Not only will we resist you, we will impeach you'.  Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., promised during an awards show acceptance speech that she would not only resist the Trump administration, she would seek to impeach the president.  "I don't care how big you are, I don't care how high you think you are, if you come for me, I'm coming for you," Waters said while accepting the 2017 Black Girls Rock! social humanitarian award earlier in August in Newark, NJ.

Missouri senator who urged Trump assassination booted from committees.  Sorry might not cut it for the Missouri lawmaker who called for President Trump's assassination.  Missouri Senate leaders announced Tuesday [8/22/2017] that Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has been stripped of her committee assignments, just two days after she tried to calm the controversy with a public apology.  Meanwhile, the state's Republican lieutenant governor, Mike Parson, on Tuesday called for the Senate to go into special session to expel Chappelle-Nadal from the body.

St. Louis Newspaper Calls for Resignation of State Senator Who Posted About Trump's Assassination.  One of Missouri's biggest newspapers is calling for Democratic State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal to resign after her controversial Facebook post hoping President Donald Trump will be assassinated.  The editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote Monday that "no clear-thinking public figure" would express hopes for an assassination of the president, no matter how angry she was over his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.  The Missouri Democratic Party, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay, Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, and Republican Lt. Gov. Mike Parson have all called for her resignation, the board noted.

GOP Congressman:  Some Of Us Really Want Mueller To Find Something We Can Use To Impeach Trump.  [Scroll down]  Here's where I gently remind you that 60 percent of Trump supporters openly admit they can't think of anything that Trump could do, or fail to do, as president that would make them disapprove of him.  If the House GOP makes enemies of those people by impeaching him, the midterms will be a catastrophe.  Mueller's evidence would need to be strong enough, and the offense severe enough, that Republicans would have more to fear from swing voters if they didn't act than from the base if they did, which is a high bar.  And to be clear:  Mueller would need to find evidence of a crime, not just "impropriety."

Missouri senator deletes hope for Trump assassination post.  A Missouri lawmaker acknowledged Thursday [8/17/2017] that she posted and later deleted a comment on Facebook about hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination, saying she was frustrated with the president's response to the white supremacist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Secret Service investigating after Mo. senator's Facebook post hoping for Trump's assassination.  Thursday morning, a Missouri State Senator posted a comment on Facebook stating she hoped President Donald Trump will be assassinated.  Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, posted the comment, "No.  I Will.  I hope Trump is assassinated!" in response to a comment from another person who posted about his cousin being on the President's secret service detail and his fear that he will probably receive a visit from the secret service.  A screenshot of the comment was posted to Twitter by KMOX's Mark Reardon.  "Someone wrote a statement on my Facebook and I responded with something that shouldn't have been put up there," Chappelle-Nadal said.

Democrats Launch Website:  "I Stand with Maria" After Far Left Lawmaker Calls for Assassination of POTUS Trump.  Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal hoped for the assassination of President Trump in a Facebook comment on Thursday [8/17/2017] then deleted it in a panic.  She even acknowledged she would get a visit from the Secret Service for her comment.

House Dem introduces measure urging Trump undergo mental exam.  A House Democrat introduced a resolution on Friday [8/18/2017] suggesting that President Trump undergo a physical and mental health exam to help determine whether he is fit for office.  Rep. Zoe Lofgren's (D-Calif.) resolution specifically calls on Vice President Pence and Trump's Cabinet members to "quickly secure the services of medical and psychiatric professionals" to "assist in their deliberations" invoking the 25th Amendment, which outlines presidential removal procedures.  It posits that such an examination by doctors would "determine whether the president suffers from mental disorder or other injury that impairs his abilities and prevents him from discharging his Constitutional duties."

Democrats renew calls for Trump impeachment after his Charlottesville response.  Some House Democrats renewed calls for Congress to impeach President Trump on Tuesday after he resorted to blaming "both sides' for a violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend organized by white nationalist groups.

Warning from ex-CIA and FBI counterterrorism analyst: 'the government is going to kill' President Donald Trump.  The signs are all around us that the subversion and worse is afoot among those who feel that the federal government belongs to them, not to the voters of the Republic.  You might even say that think of it as "our thing."  Right out in plain sight, we were warned last week in the words of someone who worked for Robert Mueller when he was head of the FBI.  It was on CNN, so few people saw it, and as CNN habitués, they may not have considered it disturbing.  Nonetheless, host Jake Tapper was sufficiently alarmed to clarify whether this was a metaphor.  It was not.

Fired NSC Aide Reveals Political Warfare Operation Targeting Trump.  A White House National Security Council official has charged that leftist opponents of President Trump are engaged in political warfare operations designed to subvert his presidency and drive him from office.  Rich Higgins, until recently director of strategic planning at the NSC, revealed the program in a seven-page memorandum produced in May that warns of a concerted information warfare campaign by the Marxist left, Islamists, and political leaders and government officials opposed to the populist president.  "The Trump administration is suffering under withering information campaigns designed to first undermine, then delegitimize and ultimately remove the president," Higgins states.

Pro-Hillary TV Personality Suggests Military Coup To Depose Trump.  Chelsea Handler suggested on Friday [8/11/2017] that U.S. generals should carry out a military coup to replace President Trump, who she called "our idiot-in-chief."  "To all the generals surrounding our idiot-in-chief — the longer U wait to remove him, the longer UR name will appear negatively in history," the TV personality wrote on Twitter.  Handler's comments come as the Trump administration, including the Defense Department, are on heightened alert over a rhetorical battle between President Trump and North Korea.

Women's Studies Prof: 'I Wish Someone Would Just Shoot' Trump.  Donald Trump isn't everyone's cup of tea.  Some people love him, some people hate him, and some of us just watch the left howl over the guy while personally feeling kind of "meh" about him as president.  But some Leftist academics, for example, hate him so much they wish for assassination.

USA Today's Impeachment-Push Poll.  Reporters Susan Page and Emma Kinery proclaimed a dark omen in the results, which is why the newspaper asked the poll question.  They said, "Just six months after his inauguration, Americans already are split down the middle, 42%-42%, over whether President Trump should be removed from office, a new USA TODAY/iMediaEthics Poll finds."  What's the impeachable offense?  If a national poll were to emerge with a 42-42 tie over the belief that the moon is made of Swiss cheese, would the subsequent analysis focus on the concentration of moon matter or the irrationality of 42% of the American people?  It doesn't matter that the prospect for impeachment is zero with Republicans in control of Congress.

Former CIA Director Calls For A Coup If Trump Fires Mueller.  In the most vocal opposition to president Donald Trump yet, former CIA Director John Brennan said that if the White House tries to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, government officials should refuse to follow the president orders, as they would be — in his view — "inconsistent" with the duties of the executive branch.  "I think it's the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry that out.  I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue.  That Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this government is at stake and something needs to be done for the good of the future," Brennan told CNN's Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum, effectively calling for a coup against the president should Trump give the order to fire Mueller.

Psych Profs Call Trump Mentally Unfit, Want Congress to End His Presidency.  Many people on the left have been behaving like escaped mental patients since the election.  Perhaps these professors could give them some assistance.

Psych profs call on Congress to 'end the Trump presidency'.  Five psychiatry professors recently signed an open letter urging Members of Congress to remove President Trump from office on the grounds that he is mentally unfit.  Three of the professors had previously expressed similar concerns in a letter to then-President Obama, and another is part of a group called "Duty to Warn" that seeks to publicize concerns about Trump's mental health.

A House Democrat has filed an article of impeachment against Trump.  Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) on Wednesday [7/12/2017] officially introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump on the grounds of obstructing justice.  "Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump's campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia," he said in a statement.  "It now seems likely that the President had something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the wider Russia probe," Sherman added.  "I believe his conversations with, and subsequent firing of, FBI Director James Comey constitute Obstruction of Justice."  "I am introducing Articles of Impeachment to begin a long process to protect our country from abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and impulsive, ignorant incompetence."

Democrats Hatch Plans A, B, and C to Impeach Trump.  It's a movement that began before President Donald Trump was sworn into office and the drive for impeachment has gone through many iterations.  The earliest rationale was the Constitution's "emoluments clause," which came amid loose talk of the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia and emerged as the dominant theme.  In lieu of a smoking gun in the Russian matter, the prevailing justification became that Trump tried to obstruct an FBI probe of his former national security adviser.  More recently, the emoluments issue re-emerged when Democratic lawmakers filed lawsuits.  MoveOn.org, Democracy for America, and other progressive or "resistance" groups have been advocating for it.  Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., appears to have gotten the most airtime of anyone in Congress talking about impeaching the president on talk shows and public events.

How Did Trump Earn an Unprecedented Progressive Backlash?  In truth we are back to 2004-2008, when the Left did to George W. Bush what it is now doing to Donald Trump.  Assassination?  Alfred A. Knopf published Nicholson Baker's novel, Checkpoint, about characters fantasizing how to kill Bush.  A guest columnist in the Guardian, Charlie Brooker, wrote to his British readers on the eve of the election fearing that if Bush were reelected, there would be no assassin to shoot him:  "John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr. — where are you now that we need you?"  Do we remember filmmaker Gabriel Range's "Death of a President," the docudrama about Bush's assassination that was a favorite at the Toronto Film Festival?  Cindy Sheehan wrote she wished to go back into time to kill a younger Bush before he could be president.

The Democrats' Latest Plan:  Commit Political Dissidents Like Trump to "Psychiatric" Disposal.  The former Soviet Union possessed many imaginative mechanisms to deal with the problem of enemies of the people who obstructed the path to socialist utopia — now known as "social justice."  One of those mechanisms was the practice of confining individuals who were thinking the wrong thoughts to insane asylums.

Read the 1970s guide to impeachment from the Department of Justice.  Since before even taking office, President Donald J. Trump has been the center of intense impeachment gossip and speculation.  It's garnered such significant interest that even unrelated searches can yield bizarre theories on how it works.

It didn't work with Goldwater either.  Back in 1964, porn publisher Ralph Ginzburg published a bogus "survey" of American psychiatrists claiming that Barry Goldwater was "mentally unfit" to be president.  It did not work out and Mr. Goldwater eventually lost because voters, not "experts" decided.  Well, the idea is "sort of" back, although we are not using psychiatrists but rather the 25th amendment.

Democratic Bill Lays the Groundwork to Remove Trump From Office.  House Democrats are on a mission to educate the American people about a little-known power of the 25th Amendment — the ousting of the president.  Led by freshman Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a group of growing Democratic co-signers has put forth a bill that could force President Donald Trump from office if he were found mentally or physically unfit.  Although it was introduced in April, the bill has gained steam in the past week as Trump's tweet storms have grown in ferocity.

Beneath the Dignity of the Office.  In fact, Donald Trump has restored dignity to the office, when you consider how Barack Obama soiled the office with his own dissembling, fabrications, and manipulations, not to mention the sort of race hustlers, hoodlums, felons, and traitors routinely welcomed to Obama's White House.  Beneath the dignity of the office:  Bill Clinton spawned the genre.  Obama fertilized it.  Lest we forget, Obama welcomed Al Sharpton 60-70-100 times at the White House.  At the same time, Obama hosted soirees with the Muslim Brotherhood.  Celebrated the swap of five terrorists for U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl in the Rose Garden.  Embraced Rick Ross, notorious rapper indicted for assault and kidnapping, whose ankle bracelet alarm went off at the White House[.]

The crazies continue to try to oust Trump.  Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland showed his loonier side this week as he began circulating legislation to remove President Donald Trump as president via the 25th Amendment.  Here we go again with this embarrassing nonsense.  Let's see, they already tried recounts, tried to hijack the Electoral College (Trump's margin over Hillary widened after that), tried to blame Russia, and lastly tried the Emoluments Clause.  After this, then what?

Potemkin Progressivism.  Everywhere there is talk of "resistance," disruption, unrest, even impeachment.  This, even though the thing being resisted is the result of a free, open democratic election and the call for impeachment is not in response to any evidence of a crime, much less a "high crime or misdemeanor" to propel such a proceeding.  And now we have Robert Mueller, bosom buddy of James Comey, as special counsel.  Like Santa Claus, he is making his list and checking it twice, filling his sleigh with Obama and Clinton attack dogs, and preparing to make his round-the-town journey to distribute presents to every deserving boy and girl Democrat.  He has his verdict.  All he needs now is a tort, and that's what those salivating Obama-and-Clinton terriers are for:  digging, digging, digging.  There has to be something, somewhere that they can pin on Trump!  Looked from the outside, you might think that the "progressive" Left were on the march, that they were a rising force, voice of the people, popular-sentiment-against-entrench-interests, etc., etc.

The Architecture of Regime Change.  We are witnessing a desperate putsch to remove Trump before he can do any more damage to the Obama project.  Political, journalistic, and cultural elites of a progressive coastal culture aim at destroying the Trump presidency before it can finish its full four-year term.  The branches of this insidious coup d'état are quite unlikely anything our generation has ever witnessed.

Al Franken warns Dems on Trump impeachment wish, says Pence 'would be worse'.  Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota has a message for fellow Democrats who yearn for President Trump's impeachment:  Be careful what they wish for; they just might get it.  Mr. Franken told the International Business Times on Monday [6/19/2017] that those hoping that the FBI's investigation into Russia's attempts to influence the November presidential election will pave the way for impeachment should consider Vice President Mike Pence's policy preferences.

Franken: Impeaching Trump could lead to 'zealot' Pence.  Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is cautioning his Democratic colleagues that if President Trump is impeached, Vice President Pence would become president and he "would be worse" on domestic issues.  "He's ideological, I consider him a zealot," Franken told International Business Times in an interview published Monday [6/19/2017].  "And I think that in terms of a lot of domestic policy, [Pence] certainly would be worse than Trump."

Impeaching Trump is a Heavy Lift.  Suppose most Americans were to conclude that President Trump is unfit for office.  How long would it take to remove him?  If President Nixon's example provides any guidance, the answer is:  a long time — if ever.

Democrats Warn Trump Congress Will 'Begin Impeachment Proceedings' If He Fires Mueller, Rosenstein.  Several Democrats in Congress warned President Trump on Friday that he will face consequences if he fires special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  "All Americans, regardless of party, agree on the fundamental principle that no one is above the law," Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) told MSNBC Friday [6/16/2017].  "And if President Trump were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, and then [get] special counsel Mueller fired, I believe Congress would begin impeachment proceedings."  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) echoed Lieu's sentiments, saying that Congress would come together to make sure they overrule Trump's authority on the matter.  "Congress will not allow the president to so egregiously overstep his authority," Schiff said in a statement.

Impeach Trump's Impeachers.  No Dem has been more honest about the real motive for impeachment than Congressman Ted Lieu.  "We should not give him a chance to govern," Lieu had declared after Trump had been in office for ten days.  And he predicted that, "I do believe that if we win back the House of Representatives, impeachment proceedings will be started."  What was the basis for impeaching President Trump after ten days in office?  Lieu made it clear that if the Democrats won, they would try to impeach Trump no matter what. That's not how things work in the United States.  But the left is running America like a banana republic.

Americans Learning to Live with Treason.  We are watching, in real-time, a palace revolution, an overt effort to remove the president of the United States.  Just as James Comey proudly admitted he leaked privileged communication to the press, so these insurgents brazenly brag that they want to harm the president, to impeach him, to overthrow our government.  The American people seem shockingly oblivious to the looming danger.  How did we get here?  Well, let's give credit where credit's due:  the left has its ducks in a row.  Leftists are carrying out a carefully planned, well executed plot to take control of our government.

Democrats Trot Out Plan C In Their Never-Ending Trump Impeachment Crusade.  It is merely a coincidence that just as the Trump-Russia collusion story started seriously falling apart, Democrats suddenly shifted gears to file a lawsuit against President Trump for allegedly violating an obscure provision of the Constitution involving foreign "emoluments."

The Frenzied Last Act Of The Watergate Brigade.  A great deal of the emotion fueling the media war against Trump is an indestructible yearning for the bygone day on which we destroyed a sitting president. [...] You don't have to read very far to see that, for the people at those journals, candidate Trump was not simply guilty as charged; he was guilty before being charged.  By the way, subsequent coverage of the Trump administration has not strayed from those previews.

If The Left Wins Their Soft Coup, Everyone Loses - But Mostly Them.  The establishment has not thought this out.  They sort of assume that if they squelch Trump then everything somehow just goes back to them being in unchallenged control.  Wrong.

Democrat Violence was Predictable.  The attempted mass murder of several Republican members of Congress by a lone Bernie Sanders Democrat was the foreseeable fruit of the "Resist!" movement.  I know:  I predicted it.  Barring a change of approach on the anti-Trump side, more such extremism is likely.  Anomalous response to President Trump has been the Democrats' strategy since election day when, contrary to custom, Hillary Clinton never made an appearance before her assembled staff and supporters to concede victory on camera.  Within hours of Trump's victory, leading Democrats such as Representative Maxine Waters of California were calling for impeachment.

The Impeach-Trump Conspiracy.  The snail's pace of the FBI investigation explains Trump's frustration.  What explains the FBI's torpor?  If J. Edgar Hoover had moved at this pace, John Dillinger would have died of old age.  We hear daily on cable TV of the "Trump-Russia" scandal.  Yet, no one has been charged with collusion, and every intelligence official, past or present, who has spoken out has echoed ex-acting CIA Director Mike Morrell:  "On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all....  There's no little campfire, there's no little candle, there's no spark."  Where are the criminals?  Where is the crime?

Mad Maxine Waters leads 'Impeach 45' chant as Nancy Pelosi looks on.  The Democrats' Summer of Rage continued on Sunday [6/11/2017] as they gathered in Los Angeles to stage a collective airing of grievances about the Trump presidency.  Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi were on the docket at the #ResistMarch, an amalgam of leftist malcontents, and the House Minority Leader looked on as Waters attacked Trump and once again called for his impeachment.

Joe Scarborough's deranged case for Trump to go.  Joe Scarborough just can't help himself when it comes to criticizing President Donald Trump.  On his most recent show, the former Republican congressman suggested Trump was deranged, and that Congress ought to consider removing him — an apparent hat tip to the long-running Democratic Party's call to impeach.  Say it isn't so, Joe.  Are you really tossing in with the Maxine Waters of the Democratic world?

Maxine Waters:  American Public 'Getting Weary' That Trump Not Impeached Yet.  Sunday [5/28/2017] on MSNBC's "AM Joy," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said the public was "getting weary" that Democrats have not done enough to begin the process of impeaching President Donald Trump.  [Video clip]

Keywords:  Grandstanding, scrounging for relevance.
TX Dem:  I'm Crafting 'Articles of Impeachment' Against Trump.  The Democrat who took to the House floor to call for President Trump's impeachment said he is moving forward in the process.  Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) said on C-SPAN that every member of Congress has the right to draft articles of impeachment.  He said such documents must be heard during official House business within two days.

The Democrats' Second Secession & America's New Civil War.  [Scroll down]  So that no one would mistake their hostile intent, the Democrats' attacks were accompanied by calls for Trump's impeachment, despite the fact that he had hardly been in office.  These were echoed in massive street demonstrations, organized and funded by core Democratic groups, which featured chants of "Not My President," claims by celebrity speakers that Trump's election was "worse than being raped," and addled wishes to "blow up the White House."  Each protest — no matter its official organizing premise — was orchestrated to underscore the identity-driven accusations that the Trump regime was anti-woman, anti-black, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant.  Trump and his supporters were in turn anathemized as members of a hostile tribe — "white nationalists."

Democrats in the Cesspits of Despair.  Last week, revered left wing thinker Noam Chomsky said that President Trump and the Republican Party represent a worse threat to humanity than ISIS; NBC news reader Lester Holt interrupted the President of the United States nine times in three minutes; some art professor announced that Republicans in Congress should be lined up and shot; and exactly none of the mainstream media players, from the New York Times to CBS and the Huffington Post, all of which had spent weeks enthusiastically berating Sarah Palin for suggesting the Republicans target a few House districts for election purposes protested repeated calls for Trump's assassination or saw anything wrong with any of the rest of it.  This behavior stands in stark contrast to what Republicans do when they lose elections:  no serious conservative, for example, advocated that Obama be shot; tea party gatherings never turned into riots; and even fringe right wing sites generally talk more about issues than personalities.

MSM Began To Mention Trump's Impeachment During His First Week In Office.  Based on a review of the first 200 of the 15,000 Google News results +trump+impeachment, it is estimated there were 3,750+ mentions of Trump's impeachment in mainstream vehicles.  Most were not calling for impeachment, but covering others who called for or mentioned the possibility of impeachment.  Some of the coverage came from conservative media generally covering impeachment talk by others.  For example the one reference that was from before the inauguration was a Fox News reference to Chris Matthews and Maxine Waters discussing impeachment on January 17th.  Why is any of this important?  It is just one more piece of evidence that the media has been biased against President Trump from the very beginning.  During the first week of any other presidency the media would have ignored calls for impeachment by others, or at the very least treated them with scorn.

Trump Presidency Takedown Effort Is Underway.  Did Russia meddle in our election?  Perhaps.  But what exactly does that mean?  They've been doing it for decades.  Did President Obama meddle in Britain's election on Brexit?  Did he intervene in Israel's election against the sitting prime minister?  Yes, absolutely.  So where was the special counsel for that? [...] Why not look into Hillary Clinton's substantial business and financial ties to the Russians?  We've done that, with the heavy lifting performed by Peter Schweizer, the author of Clinton Cash.  The Clintons profited through high-price speeches and donations, as even The New York Times acknowledged, that came from the principals of the Canadian company Uranium One to the tune of more than $100 million dollars to their foundations, while Hillary's State Department office was signing off on effectively giving Russia 20 percent of American uranium reserves.  Clinton campaign manager John Podesta sat on the board of Joule Unlimited, which received $35 million in investments from Russia.

Look Behind The Curtain:  This Is Who Is Really Behind The 'Impeachment Mania'.  The left is in the midst of a major temper tantrum.  The reason?  They cheated, connived, and manipulated a win for Hillary Clinton and she lost anyway.  It's no wonder Clinton, the woman with the gleeful full-body-he's-an-idiot shiver during one debate, nearly went ballistic on the night of the election after she realized she lost to a man liberals view as a clown with a canary-yellow pompadour.  So, rather than accept the results of a fair election, and rather than submit to the will of "We the people," the "Love Trumps hate" crowd has formed a hateful resistance and is presently in the process of trying to drive Donald Trump from the White House.

The Rosenstein Doctrine.  The Democrats are trying their best to mount a coup d'état based on shrieks and innuendoes and smoke and mirrors and rage.  It's time for Republicans to stop running for cover and to stand up for the lawfully elected Republican President.  Our Republican President in many ways is a clown.  But as far as we know, he's not a lawbreaker.

The foolish fantasies of the 'Impeach Trump' crowd.  To remove Trump from office via impeachment, you need a two-thirds majority of the Senate.  Even if all 48 Democrats and Democratic-aligned independents voted in lockstep to impeach, you'd still need 19 Republican senators to join them.  That's a fantasy — at least based on what we know now, both about Russia and about the GOP-held Senate.  It probably wouldn't even happen if, as Trump himself once imagined, the president shot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue.  Remember, neither of America's impeached presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, was actually convicted and removed from office via such a Senate vote.  Why?  Because it's really, really hard to do.

Report: White House Lawyers Are Prepping For Impeachment Proceedings.  White House lawyers have reportedly begun preparing for the possibility that President Donald Trump will face impeachment proceedings.  CNN, citing unnamed sources, reports attorneys in the White House Counsel's office have begun researching the particulars of impeachment proceedings and consulted experts outside the administration with specialized knowledge of the process.  The sources add that the White House does not currently believe impeachment is a realistic prospect.  The administration has been rattled by a deluge of bombshell reports in recent days.

Witch-Hunting for Trump.  There is no evidence that the Russians controlled Trump or anyone in his campaign.  It's all about a fantasy.  So, now we have a hunt for something that is non-existent, as far as anyone knows.  In Watergate, there was at least one little crime — the break-in at the Watergate.  Here, there's nothing.

It's a Coup!.  This coup didn't happen in a vacuum.  It is a field operation led by Barack Hussein Obama from his home in Washington, D.C. while financed by Globalist billionaire George Soros.  Leading this coup with Obama is his closest adviser, Valerie Jarrett, who has moved into the Obama household.  They, along with their many leftist compadres still entrenched in the hierarchy of the beltway, are at the forefront of this coup.  Through leaks, false narratives, lies, and misinformation they are plotting President's Trump's demise.

We Are Watching A Slow-Motion Coup D'etat.  It's nearly incontrovertible that a slow-motion coup d'etat is now taking place.  Since November 9, 2016, forces within the U.S. government, media, and partisan opposition have aligned to overthrow the Electoral College winner, Donald Trump.  To achieve this they have undermined the institutions of the Fourth Estate, the bureaucratic apparatus of the U.S. government, and the very nature of a contentious yet affable two-party political system.  Unlike the coup d'etat that sees a military or popular figure lead a minority resistance or majority force into power over the legitimate government, this coup d'etat is leaderless and exposes some of the deepest fissures in our system of government.  This coup d'etat represents not the rule of one man or even many, but by the multitude of our elites.

Pelosi: Democrats need to 'curb their enthusiasm' over Trump impeachment.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday [5/18/2017] that some House Democrats need to "curb their enthusiasm" over the possibility that President Trump could be impeached.  "I hope some would curb their enthusiasm until we have all of the facts and have confidence that when the American people understand what is there, whether it's grounds for impeachment or grounds for disappointment, then they'll know," Pelosi told reporters.

Combating the Power of Media Lies.  If the allegations against Mr. Trump made by his enemies are true, he should resign.  But what should he do if they are false?  How does he go on with his job of keeping the nation safe when too many of his underlings regard betraying him and U.S. national security as the highest form of patriotism?  When the media will continue the witch hunt against him as long as he holds his position, in much the same fashion that the media hunted Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson, who did nothing other than his unfortunate duty when attacked by Michael Brown?

Democrats Want To Impeach A Republican President?  What Else Is New?  According to a list compiled by CNN, 27 Democrats have so far come out in favor of impeaching Trump.  What they don't provide is context.  For 36 years, Democrats have routinely called for impeaching Republican presidents at the drop of a hat.

In 1998, Maxine Waters Called Impeachment a 'Coup d'etat'.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), along with her colleague Al Green (D-TX), is a leader of the impeach-Trump movement.  But in 1998, Waters called impeachment a "coup d'etat."  And she wasn't just upset about because she thought Bill Clinton was not guilty, she was upset at the use of the institution of impeachment.  She called it an "unapologetic disregard for the voice of the people" and an "abuse of power in the collecting of so-called 'evidence' and the denial of the presumption of innocence."  But isn't this exactly what she's proposing doing to President Trump?

Democratic Leaders Try to Slow Calls to Impeach Trump.  When House Democratic leaders hastily called a news conference Wednesday to demonstrate their outrage at President Trump's latest dramatics, they took great pains to show they were not seeking to railroad him out of the White House.  "No one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office," said Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the sober-minded senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.  He warned that Democrats should not let their actions "be perceived as an effort to nullify the election by other means."  At that very moment, Representative Al Green, Democrat of Texas, was in the well of the House thundering, "The president must be impeached!"

A coup attempt, not a Constitutional crisis.  Trump will not be impeached, and he will not be harried out of office.  But he faces a formidable combination of media hostility — what the president today denounced as a "witch hunt" — and a divided White House staff prone to press leaks.  The likely outcome will be a prolonged dirty war of words that will delay Trump's domestic agenda and tie down his loyalists with the chores of fire-fighting.  One thinks of Gulliver tied down by the Lilliputians.

Bummer: Maxine Waters Forced To Again Admit There's No Evidence.  A week ago we discussed Crazy Maxine Waters, who's constantly out and about doing her impeach Trump schtick, admitting she's seen zero evidence of collusion vis a vis Russia and Trump.  Well, she was on friendly ground, and forced to admit it again[.]

Impeachment Propaganda Started Before Trump was Even Nominated.  Really, the Democrats plans regarding Trump are going the way they wanted from a year ago.  Certainly, Trump is helping them with their talking points by being a loose cannon and not staying on message, but, this was the Democrats playbook from the get-go.

The Comey memo offers no proof for impeachment of Trump.  With the scandal du jour of the Comey memo, President Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia looks less like a diplomatic flight as fleeing the jurisdiction.  For the first time, the Comey memo pushes the litany of controversies surrounding Trump into the scope of the United States criminal code.  However, if this is food for obstruction of justice, it is still an awfully thin soup.

Tag Team Creators of Trump's Physical 'Defects' Now Trying to Back Away from Them.  University of Utah professor Christopher L. Peterson, was the first to call for the impeachment of Donald Trump — before he was even elected.  And we all know that the Big Women's March staged the day after Trump's inauguration had to have been in the works for a very long time.  Impossible to organize millions to take to the streets worldwide, overnight.  The number of marchers wearing the march's symbolic pink [...] caps told the tale of long-time planning and organization.

Impeachment Fever.  The same people pushing Trump's impeachment sat by silently as Barack Obama, the most despotic, overreaching president since the great proto-fascist Woodrow Wilson, committed impeachable offenses nearly every day.

More about the abundant grounds for Obama's impeachment.

Impeachment Fever.  Democrats and their media allies are whipping themselves into a frenzy in their quest to impeach the duly elected 45th president of the United States and drive him from office.  It is part of the Left's collective mental breakdown.  These people still cannot accept that Donald Trump defeated the anointed Hillary Clinton in November so they lash out at the president and his successors, often violently, as we've seen in recent months.

There Is No Path to Impeachment!  The media's narratives get even more hysterical and unhinged every day, as they lose the arguments following the fake news they invent every day, but among their echo chambers who'll believe anything.

Washington Post Goes Down The Moonbat Hole Of Impeachment.  There may be some Democrats who are serious, such as Nutty Maxine Waters, but, most of this impeachment schtick is simply a cynical, and dangerous, ploy to win an election.  They might find that the more they ramp up the crazy, the more people back away from the crazy, and support Trump and the Republicans.  It could very well backfire.

Maxine Waters, you're embarrassing yourself.  Rep. Maxine Waters — and I'm betting at this point, that's all I have to write, that you already know where the story leads.  If you guessed an impeach Trump theme, you're quite right.

Democrats slam brakes on Washington business after Comey's firing, suggest impeachment.  Washington ground to a halt Wednesday [5/10/2017] as Democrats exploded over the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, laying out a list of demands they said must be met before President Trump and Congress regain a sense of normalcy.  Several Democrats and liberal activists raised the prospect of impeachment, but most lawmakers set their sights lower, saying they wanted to at least preserve and protect the ongoing FBI probe into Trump campaign figures' dealings with Russia.

Oregon Man Dies Peacefully After Being Falsely Told "Donald Trump Has Been Impeached".  Would you attempt to bring someone happiness in their final moments in life, knowing full well that what you just told them was a lie?  Well, one Oregon woman thought this was a good idea and, because of it, her ex-husband died with a smile on his face.  According to an obituary for 76-year-old Michael Garland Elliott who passed on April 6, that last thing he heard was a comment from his ex-wife and best friend, Teresa Elliot.

Rep. Maxine Waters: 'I Think It's In the Best Interest of My Constituents to Get Rid of (Trump)'.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said again on Friday she doesn't "honor" or "respect" President Donald Trump.  "I don't think that he deserves to be president of this great country.  I am very concerned about him.  And I really think he's dangerous," Waters told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."  Waters also said she thinks "it's in the best interest of my constituents to get rid of him."  The congresswoman backed up her poor opinion of the president by pointing to a "scathing" six-part series about Trump in The Los Angeles Times, and she once again said she believes he will be impeached.  In the meantime, she said, "I'm not going to be able to work with him."

Maxine Waters Now Saying That She Never Called For President Trump To Be Impeached.  This is rich, don't you think?  Especially the part when she says that she never called for President Trump to be impeached:  [Several video clips]

Maxine Waters Falsely Denies Calling For Trump's Impeachment.  California Rep. Maxine Waters is denying ever having called for Donald Trump's impeachment, a bizarre claim since she was recorded on video just this weekend leading a crowd of activists in an "Impeach 45!" chant.  In an interview on Tuesday [4/18/2017] with MSNBC's Craig Melvin, Waters was asked about a tweet she sent out earlier in the day saying that she was going to fight "everyday until [Trump's] impeached."  Waters said that allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government need to be investigated.

Maxine Waters rallies Tax March crowd for Trump's impeachment.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) renewed her call for impeaching President Trump during Saturday's Tax March in Washington.  "I don't respect this president.  I don't trust this president.  He's not working in the best interests of the American people," Waters said.  "I will fight every day until he is impeached," she added, before leading the crowd in chants of "impeach 45."  Waters has been among the most vocal critics of Trump in Congress, and she has repeatedly signaled that she would be willing to impeach the president.

Can Maxine Waters Even Spell Impeachment?  Some might ask why a confused Dem hack would become the voice of the "resistance".  A better question might be why not.  Maxine Waters has built her career on getting out there and yelling angrily about things.  That makes her perfectly qualified in a political atmosphere where all the left-wing wants is angry shouting.  Waters has picked up on the fact that anything involving impeachment is perfect prog-bait feeding the fantasy that President Trump will go away soon.

More about Representative Maxine Waters.

Fresno State Reports Own Professor for 'Trump Must Hang' Tweet.  Virulently anti-Trump professors — by which I mean "most professors" — feel pretty invincible.  After all, when a video recently surfaced of a professor comparing the election of Trump to a terrorist attack, the student filming it got punished.  So imagine Fresno State professor Lars Maischak's surprise last week when his tweet demanding President Trump be hung was reported to law enforcement by Fresno State's president: [...]

The "Resistance" Democrats Are A Terrorist Party.  What does #Resistance really mean?  It means the overthrow of our government. [...] Leftist media outlets are feeding the faithful a fantasy that President Trump will be brought down.  There is fevered speculation about the 25th Amendment, a coup or impeachment due to whatever scandal has been manufactured last.  This fantasy is part clickbait.  Leftist media outlets are feeding the worst impulses of their readers.

Professor: 'Trump Must Hang,' Republicans Should Be Executed For Each Immigrant Deported.  A history professor at California State University, Fresno, appears to have advocated for the death of President Donald Trump on Twitter.  Tweets from an account purportedly operated by Professor Lars Maischak call for Trump to "hang" in order to "save American democracy," and say the only "cure" for racist people is a bullet to their head.  The account is not verified, although the bio and interactions between the user and other Twitter users indicate it belongs to the professor.  "To save American democracy, Trump must hang," Professor Lars Maischak appears to have tweeted in February.

Fact Check:  Fresno Bee Lies About Professor's Call To Kill Trump.  There's a lot of talk about a post-truth society these days.  A post-truth society kicks in when there is no respect for even the most blatantly obvious facts.  Professor Lars Maischak, who teaches, among other things, Marx and Hegel, at California State University, Fresno, tweeted, calls to kill Trump and Republicans.  [Tweets]  Could the media possibly defend and whitewash this?  Do you even need to ask.  No leftist can do anything too terrible for the media to defend.

'He Needs to Be Impeached!' Joy Behar Freaks Out on the View.  During a segment talking about Russia, North Korea, and Trump's relationship with these countries on The View Monday [4/3/2017], host Joy Behar threw a temper tantrum, calling on the president to be impeached.  After reading out-of-context quotes from Trump about using nukes, Behar couldn't contain her rage any longer and demanded that Trump be "taken out of office," to roaring applause from the liberal audience.

Is the fall inevitable?  The euphoria conservatives felt from the November election has evaporated.  The left is at war with President Trump, the very left that has fully taken over the Democratic Party.  We know that the establishment media are in bed with the Democrats.  Even the establishment members of the Republican Party are colluding with the Democrats.  There seems to be no doubt that many of the Republicans on the Hill would love to see Trump unseated, and it would not matter to them if Mike Pence or Hillary Clinton or Paul Ryan were to take the reins.

Impeach Trump?  I Don't Think So.  The Left continues to relentlessly promote their lie that Trump stole the election by scheming with the Russians.  Their goal is to get enough people believing Trump's presidency is illegitimate that they can impeach him.

There weren't any clouds over Obama's head?
Schumer: No SCOTUS Appointment While There Is A Cloud Hanging Over Trump's Head.  As Republicans hail Judge Neil Gorsuch as an "outstanding" Supreme Court nominee, Democrats are lining up against him for partisan reasons.  "My view is very simple," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told a news conference on Tuesday [3/21/2017].  "And that is, there is a cloud now hanging over the head of the president, and while that's happening, to have a lifetime appointment made by this president seems unseemly, and there ought to be delay."

Lindsey Graham questions Gorsuch about impeaching Trump.  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday [3/21/2017] questioned Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch about what it would take to impeach President Trump.  The Republican senator used a portion of his time for questions at the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing to probe Gorsuch about the impeachment process.  "In case President Trump is watching, which he may very well be, one you did a good job picking Judge Gorsuch," Graham said to laughs, "and number two — here's the bad part — if you start waterboarding people, you may get impeached.  Is that a fair summary?"

Veil Dropped on Congress-Impeach-Trump Plans.  No matter how much the Obama appointed Comey achieved in a long career with the FBI, he is now the wind-up doll sent out by the Democrats to force the impeachment of a duly elected President Donald Trump.  Now that talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh has said that claims of Russian election interference are just a cover for the real game being played; that Trump either stops this reform business he's got, stops this drain-the-swamp stuff, and starts letting the Republicans run the town again, or they're gonna impeach him", I can already sense the trolls getting ready to strike this column.

Offenses to be determined later.  Sounds like a lynching.
Maxine Waters tells Trump to 'get ready for impeachment'.  California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters said that she's ready to impeach President Trump on his 61st day in office.  "Get ready for impeachment," Waters tweeted.

Ingraham: 'Let's Be Really Blunt, the Dems Want Trump Out of Office'.  Laura Ingraham said this morning that President Donald Trump made a "mistake" when he tweeted a now-dismissed allegation that President Obama spied on Trump Tower.  She said Trump must stick to facts and stay focused on working on the promises he made during the campaign, like the economy, health care and border security.

Anyone surprised Obama won't go away?  Trump has NONE of the benefits Obama enjoyed[:]  no political media, no sports media, no Hollywood, no print media, no Entertainment Industry. [...] We are up against the most radical lefties that have EVER been in power in America[.  T]hey detest what America stands for[.  T]hat's why Obama wanted to 'fundamentally change' it[,] and now they have been rejected by the American people and they've completely lost their minds.  They weren't supposed to lose!  These people are communists and their goal is to overthrow our president[,] and it absolutely cannot be allowed to happen.

Threat? George Takei under fire after calling Trump a 'menace' that must be gotten rid of.  Actor George Takei doesn't like President Trump, and frequently attacks him on Twitter.  But his latest attack on the president seems to be a bit more threatening than some of his online rants.  "A citizen making claims without evidence is a nuisance.  But if it's the President, it becomes a menace.  And we must be rid of menaces," he wrote on Sunday [3/5/2017].

Pelosi: Why Yes — We're Looking At Ways To Impeach Trump.  Yesterday [2/27/2017], House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) held a prebuttal conference in the First Amendment Lounge of the National Press Club.  At the presser, Pelosi was asked about impeaching Donald Trump, which is something that the progressive base of the Democratic Party is clamoring for Congress to do.  With a solid Republican majority, that's not going to happen.

Democrats Come Up With a Practical Way to "Banish" Trump:  Witchcraft.  Tonight [2/24/2017] is the big night:  all across the country, witches will gather to light candles and mutter incantations in hopes of evicting President Trump from the White House. [...] The idea is that these witchcraft events will continue until Trump is "driven from office."

Cruz: 'Do Democrats Understand They Need to Control the House to Impeach?'.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) [...] panned impeachment talk a month into President Trump's term.  "Impeachment is a constitutional function.  Yes, the left keeps talking about impeachment.  I mean, they were talking about impeachment before the inauguration," he said.  "And, you know, I think impeaching Obama in January probably would have been a mistake."  "So would retroactive impeachment be unconstitutional?  I don't know, but it would be fun... Do the Democrats understand they need to control the House of Representatives to impeach somebody?"

'Impeachment' talk flies at DNC chair debate.  The seven candidates for chair of the Democratic National Committee laid out their plans to lead the political party, including impeaching President Trump — a rallying cry even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has said is not yet warranted.  One of the top contenders in the race, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., cited examples of actions Trump has taken in his first month in office that are worthy of being fired as commander in chief.  "I think that Donald Trump has already done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment.  On day one, he was in violation of the emoluments clause," Ellison said during a CNN town hall on Wednesday evening.

Keith Ellison at DNC Debate:  Trump's Already Done Things That 'Raise the Question of Impeachment'.  It didn't take long during tonight's DNC leadership CNN debate for candidates to get a question about impeachment.  Congressman Keith Ellison said, "Trump has done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment."  [Video clip]

Election of outsider Trump rankles federal bureaucrats.  War has been declared on President Trump.  It's actually a war against those of us who work for a living, pay taxes, don't collect a government handout, pay for our own health insurance and don't have lobbyists on the payroll.  Since the November election, it has been a nonstop barrage of hate from the Democrats and the mainstream media.  Not for one moment have they given our new president a honeymoon or one ounce of cooperation.  Some of these hyper-partisans even suggested impeachment before he was sworn into office.

Lefties keep showing off their civic ignorance.  Last week, cable news personality Sally Kohn tweeted what she called a "straightforward" plan that would eject Donald Trump and install Hillary Clinton into the presidency:  "1. Impeach Trump Pence; 2. Constitutional crisis; 3. Call special election; 4. Ryan v Clinton; 5. President Clinton."  Anyone with middle-school knowledge of the presidential chain of command should know that impeaching both Trump and his vice president would not, actually, lead to a "constitutional crisis" or a "special election."  It would lead directly [...] to President Paul Ryan.  Whom Clinton would be welcome to challenge in the next election.  Kohn is far from alone in broadcasting her ignorance of the political process.  Our so-called "elite" seems to be in desperate need of a remedial civics class.

Also posted under Liberals think you're stupid.

25th Amendment chatter:  Dems, pundits mull ways to remove Trump.  As President Trump finishes his fourth week in the White House, a number of opposition lawmakers, political commentators, and self-styled members of The Resistance are discussing ways in which the president might be quickly removed from office.  Some have talked about impeachment for quite a while, even before the Trump inauguration.  But that could take a long time, and it would require Trump to commit, and then be charged with and convicted of, "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors" to meet the Constitution's standard for removing the president from office.

Democrat from ultra-liberal Portland, Oregon says he's looking at the 25th amendment because he fears for Trump's mental health.  A Democratic lawmaker says he's so concerned about Donald Trump's 'erratic behavior' that he wants to revise the 25th Amendment in case the president demonstrates that he does not have the 'mental and emotional capacity' to do his job.  Oregon Congressman Ed Blumenauer, who represents the liberal city of Portland, Oregon, says he sees a 'glaring flaw' in the wording of the amendment that was ratified in 1967 in response to JFK's assassination.  'For a mentally unstable, paranoid or delusional president, the 25th Amendment has no guarantee of its application.  In fact, it's likely that it would fail,' Blumenauer said in a speech this week on the House floor.

The Editor says...
Where was Mr. Blumenauer when the paranoid, delusional, narcissistic megalomaniac Barack H. Obama repeatedly spoke about his imaginary sons?

Notes On Flynn's Ouster.  I have a few thoughts about the resignation of Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn.  First, I'm calling it an "ouster" because it appears to be the result of a campaign against him.  Indeed, Eli Lake calls it a "political assassination."  Lake quotes Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, as follows:  "First it's Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will be Reince Priebus."  "Put another way," Lake adds (melodramatically?), "Flynn is only the appetizer; Trump is the entree."

Maxine Waters:  We need investigation to find evidence to impeach Trump.  Shades of Alice in Wonderland's Queen: "sentence first — verdict afterwards."  On Joy Reid's MSNBC show this morning, Dem Rep. Maxine Waters doubled down on her earlier statement that "my greatest desire is to lead [President Trump] right into impeachment."  Asked by Reid on what grounds she would impeach the president, Waters offered no evidence but said "I believe" there's a connection between Ukraine, Trump, and Russia, and "I think" Trump "colluded" with Putin during the election.  Concluded Waters:  "I think that it's there, we just have to dig deeper, do the investigation and find it."

US congresswoman advocates impeaching Trump because Putin's attacking... Korea?  Representative Maxine Waters has argued that US President Donald Trump will inevitably be impeached because of his alleged ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin who she claimed is "advancing in Korea."  Waters, a 13-term Democrat from Los Angeles, has called for Trump's impeachment several times now, however she has yet to explicitly accuse the president of breaking the law.

Ethics-Tainted-Hater Maxine Waters, Calls For Trump Impeachment.  Gotta hand it to Maxine Waters, the California Congresswoman has never met a Republican she didn't hate, or a corrupt liberal movement she didn't love, but that doesn't stop her from spewing her venom in public.  Ms. Waters has been feasting on her hatred of Donald Trump ever since he won the election, even to the point of saying she would never meet with or work with the new president.  Last week she tweeted that she wanted to lead trump into impeachment (I don't understand how she intends to do that without meeting with him).

Maxine Waters Wants to Impeach Trump Because She Disagrees With Him, Or Something.  Democrats have been throwing temper tantrums on Capitol Hill since before President Trump was officially sworn in on January 20 and have given every indication we shouldn't expect their obstructionist behavior to end anytime soon.  Speaking to reporters Monday [2/6/2017], Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters said she isn't calling for Trump's impeachment... yet.

Obama Pentagon official says anti-Trump military coup now possible.  A former Defense Department official under the Obama administration has raised the specter of a military coup to remove President Donald Trump from power.  In an editorial penned for Foreign Policy, senior Pentagon policy official Rosa Brooks publicly suggested a military insurrection against the Trump administration may be the only option to oust one of the most divisive presidents in American history.

Rep. Maxine Waters: 'I Haven't Called for the Impeachment — Yet'.  "I have not called for the impeachment — yet," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said of President Donald Trump at a Monday [2/6/2017] press conference.  "He's doing it himself."  On Friday, Waters said she hoped Trump would not serve for four years:  "And my greatest is to lead him right into impeachment."

Democratic Congressman:  If Trump Ignores Judges' Stays On Executive Order, We Should Consider Impeachment.  Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) said that Congress should consider impeaching President Trump if he instructs members of federal law enforcement to ignore two stays that were issued by federal judges concerning his executive order on immigration, specifically the 120-day ban on anyone entering the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries, three of which are designated by the State Department to be sponsors of terrorism.  Almost all of them are considered to be failed states.  Castro added that if Trump ignores these orders, it would be like living in a military junta.  Okay — let's dial down the hyperbole.  First, the executive order is lawful and constitutional.  Second, a Republican Congress is not going to impeach Trump for trying to enact national security measures, like border security.  Third, you're really stoking the liberal base for your possible 2018 run against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) aren't you, Joaquin?

Democrat Rep. Joaquin Castro:  Impeach Trump over Refugee Order.  Texas Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro says Congress should draw up "articles of impeachment" against President Donald Trump over his executive order, which temporarily prohibits the arrival of Syrian refugees into the United States and halts entry of citizens from Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya.  Castro's concerns, he says, stem from a fear that Trump will order the Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) to ignore a federal judge's emergency stay, issued during the weekend, blocking the implementation of certain parts of the temporary refugee travel ban.

10 reasons why Trump should hate the media.  [#2] Minutes after Mr. Trump [was] sworn in, multiple news outlets ran Trump impeachment stories.
  •   Washington Post headline at 12:19 p.m. on Inauguration Day:  "The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun"
  •   Huffington Post:  "Here are the current betting odds on Trump being impeached"
  •   Time:  "There's already a campaign to impeach Donald Trump"
  •   New York Daily News:  "Here's how President Trump may have already set himself up for impeachment"

Confidential David Brock Memo:  Defeat Trump Through Impeachment.  A confidential David Brock memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon lays out the ways the Democratic operative plans to use his numerous organizations to take down President Donald Trump through impeachment.  Brock is currently at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, Fla. for a weekend conference with more than 100 major liberal donors.  Attendees are mapping out a course to combat the newly sworn-in president.  According to the private and confidential memo, Brock plans to defeat Trump "through impeachment," using American Bridge, his liberal super PAC, as the main vehicle to do so.

Maxine Waters Calls For Impeachment If Trump Campaign Colluded With Russia.  Monday on MSNBC's "Hardball," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said if President-elect Donald Trump or staff on his campaign had "collusion" or "exchanges of information," with Russian government officials about former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, that would justify impeachment.

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Apparently none of this was enough to warrant Barack H. Obama's impeachment, in Ms. Waters' opinion.

The conspiracy to impeach Trump already launched.  It should be crystal clear to all Americans that his political enemies are searching for any pretext to launch an impeachment effort to unseat President Trump, once they think it would have a chance of success.  Given the level of animosity toward Trump in his own party, and the possibility of midterm election losses for the president's party (the normal pattern in American politics), these efforts can't be dismissed as impossible.

Confidential David Brock Memo:  Defeat Trump Through Impeachment.  A confidential David Brock memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon lays out the ways the Democratic operative plans to use his numerous organizations to take down President Donald Trump through impeachment.  Brock is currently at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, Fla. for a weekend conference with more than 100 major liberal donors.  Attendees are mapping out a course to combat the newly sworn-in president.  According to the private and confidential memo, Brock plans to defeat Trump "through impeachment," using American Bridge, his liberal super PAC, as the main vehicle to do so.



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