Today’s impeachment circus has been profound in a number of ways, not the least of which is its ability to exemplify the old anecdote about how hard it is to get the cat back into the bag.
That’s not to say that this messy affair wasn’t made deliberately more dirty by the Democratic party – it certainly has – but it’s a point that must be remembered as we move ever further into the depths of their delusion.
White House advisor Kellyanne Conway understands exactly what the strategy is, and she’s not afraid to tell the world.
Conway slammed Democrats for conducting an investigation that lacks bipartisan support, and which began with weeks of closed-door private interviews.
“You cannot cure what has been a flawed process from the beginning,” Conway told “Fox News Sunday,” adding, “The House vote doesn’t make a difference in terms of a flawed process somehow being open and transparent.”
And while some may chastise Conway for her carte blanche opposition to impeachment, her point about the murky origins of the impeachment probe are far more poignant than many realize.
The Democrats, in maintaining their secrecy throughout the early stages of the probe, were allowed to set the narrative within the mainstream media. Knowing fully well that they won’t be impeaching and removing Trump through the Senate, the left has turned this “inquiry” into nothing more than a 24/7 anti-Trump campaign advertisement, playing out on the likes of MSNBC and CNN.
Now that the process is going quote-unquote “public”, we’re playing on a field sculpted by the left, with rules written by Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi, and in a game whose outcome has already been decided.
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Jeff Sessions Tells Nancy Pelosi to ‘Wrap it Up’ in Regard to Impeachment
Is this yet another example of Sessions attempting to receive the blessing of the President during his campaign for the Senate?
For many Americans, including Jeff Sessions, this impeachment fiasco has gone on long enough.
President Trump has repeatedly chastised the Democrats for their singular and unending focus on impeachment, which has led the nation down a path of stagnation. A great many legislative projects have been put on hold in recent weeks thanks to the impeachment obsession, including work on the US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement, healthcare reform, and immigration enhancement – all subjects that prospective voters have been clamoring for.
Furthermore, the impeachment “inquiry” itself has completely dominated the news cycle, disallowing the American people whatever other information that they would normally be educating themselves with when they tune in to the “news”.
All in all, the process has handcuffed America and Americans to the spectacle unfolding before us in the chambers of Congress, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sick of it.
In a Monday interview with “Fox & Friends,” former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to bring the impeachment inquiry to a “conclusion.”
Sessions, a candidate for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, said the impeachment probe is “not well-founded,” adding Pelosi is “wrong” to threaten President Donald Trump if he criticizes the Ukraine whistleblower’s identity remaining a secret.
“I think [Pelosi] needs to bring this thing to a conclusion,” Sessions stated. “It’s not well-founded to begin with, but just to pick fights with the president and try to make those kind of threats I think is wrong at this time for sure.”
Sessions, who was once at odds with President Trump, has repeatedly tried to bring the Commander in Chief back into his camp as he vies for his old Senate seat.
Trump and Sessions have been in a tumultuous relationship ever since Sessions recused himself from the RussiaGate probe while still in the position of Attorney General.
Schiff Workin’ for The Weekend with Saturday Testimony from Budget Office
The Democrats are persistent, we’ll give ’em that.
The Democrats and their “resistance” are running hot this week, after fireworks erupted in the House Intelligence Committee chambers during public impeachment hearings against Donald Trump.
At the center of this mess has been Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the aforementioned intel committee. His selective enforcement of the Democrats’ own rules on impeachment has irked the Republican Party to no end, after already finding themselves befuddled by Schiff’s secret and clandestine hearings weeks ago.
Now, Schiff’s got ’em working on the weekend.
House impeachment investigators met in private Saturday with a White House budget official as the historic inquiry produces new testimony offering direct insight of President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine.
After a week of dramatic public hearings, investigators heard late Friday in closed session from State Department official David Holmes, who delivered a firsthand account that puts the president at the forefront of events.
What exactly did Holmes allege to have heard?
Holmes, the political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, testified that he overheard Trump in a phone call with his European Union ambassador, Gordon Sondland, saying he wanted Ukraine to conduct investigations. Sondland later explained the investigations pertained to “Bidens” — a reference to former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter, who served on the board of a gas company in Ukraine. No wrongdoing by either Biden has been substantiated.
And about that Budget Office testimony?
The latest witness was Mark Sandy, a White House budget officer, as Democrats scrutinize the administration’s decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine while Trump pushed the country’s new president for the political investigations.
Sandy was the first official from the Office of Management and Budget to defy Trump’s instructions not to testify. Like others, he received a subpoena to appear.
Republicans have been making the case that, since the aide money was not ultimately withheld, and since the Ukraine didn’t even know about the holdup, there was no possible way that the President’s negotiations on a July 25th phone call could amount to an incriminating act.
Nancy Pelosi Says Trump is ‘Imposter’ After POTUS Torches Yovanovitch
Pelosi is losing her grip on civility.
Nancy Pelosi was doing fairly well at biting her tongue during this otherwise divisive impeachment process, attempting, at 79 years of age, to be the adult in the room.
Madam Speaker is losing her patience, however, and has begun to lash out, directing her ire at Republicans, the press, and even the President.
Her latest tirade against Trump saw the longtime Democrat insult the Commander in Chief as an “imposter”.
From a recent CBS interview:
Pelosi answered, “What the president, and perhaps some at the White House have to know, that the words of the president weigh a ton. They are very significant, and he should not frivolously throw out insults, but that’s what he does. I think part of it is his own insecurity as an impostor. I think he knows full well that he’s in that office way over his head. And so, he has to diminish everyone else.”
Just days ago, Pelosi had a similar lapse in civility during a Q&A with the press, in which she belittled one of the gathered reporters as “Mr. Republican Talking Points”.
Pelosi herself was reluctant to engage in this “formal impeachment inquiry” for months, only finally join her fellow Democrats in calling for such a maneuver after an anonymous whistleblower with second and third-hand knowledge of possible improprieties attributed to the President.
Rudy Giuliani Jokes About ‘Insurance’ Against Trump Throwing Him Under the Bus
The Democrats seem to think that Trump will be cutting Rudy loose, and the former NYC Mayor’s joke is raising some eyebrows as a result.
The net being cast by the Democrats during this impeachment inquiry is growing ever wider, as their hopes of taking the nation hostage until the 2020 election continues to evolve.
Taking a cue from the RussiaGate conspiracy investigation and Robert Mueller himself, the left is drawing ever larger circles around their potential targets, possibly in a bid to intimidate Donald Trump – an ill-advised strategy given how unflappable the Commander in Chief has been over the course of the last three years.
The latest Trump confidante in the crosshairs is now Rudy Giuliani, who the Democrats are accusing of running some sort of “shadow diplomacy” on the subject of Ukraine. When asked if he was worried about the President letting him take the fall for this fiasco, the former Mayor of New York City had an alarming joke.
In an interview with The Guardian, the former New York mayor was asked whether he was nervous the president might decide to throw him under the bus.
The House is investigating claims Trump abused his office in waging a pressure campaign, in which Giuliani played a key role, for Ukraine to announce investigations meant to benefit Trump politically.
“I’m not, but I do have very, very good insurance, so if he does, all my hospital bills will be paid,” Giuliani remarked in the article, published Thursday.
At this point in the call Giuliani’s own attorney, Robert Costello, interjected to say: “He’s joking.”
The humor did raise some eyebrows, however, particularly when coupled with some recent mainstream reporting.
Axios reported that they were mulling portraying him as a rogue actor who sought to broker a deal with Ukraine without the president’s full knowledge.
Giuliani in the interview insisted that Trump was a “very loyal guy” who would not abandon an ally.
Given that President Trump has staunchly defended Roger Stone just moments after his recent legal loss, it is doubtful that someone as close to the President as Giuliani would find himself on the outs anytime soon.
Trump Tweet Regarding Yovanovitch Triggers Eric Swalwell Live During Impeachment Hearing
Swalwell would go so far as to say that the tweet could be an article of impeachment itself.
The ongoing public impeachment hearings were worrisome to many Americans, who believed that such a spectacle would turn our nation’s capital into a circus, and make a mockery of the sacred spaces in which they occur.
They were right.
Our nation’s public servants sit before us today, railing against President Trump in unbelievable new ways, hoping to conjure some sort of offense out of thin air that will allow them to reverse the results of the 2016 election, some three years after Americans let their voices be heard.
During this latest round of testimony from former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, a tweet by President Trump was suddenly the topic of discussion – triggering House Democrat Eric Swalwell in the process.
During a Friday interview with CNN:
Host Anderson Cooper asked, “You think this should be added, potentially, to articles of impeachment?”
Swalwell said, “It should be considered. Because there’s strong evidence of intimidation.”
The tweet in question came during Yovanovitch’s congressional testimony.
Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
The President also clarified that ambassadorship isn’t the sort of job that comes with an HR department.
….They call it “serving at the pleasure of the President.” The U.S. now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different than proceeding administrations. It is called, quite simply, America First! With all of that, however, I have done FAR more for Ukraine than O.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
Ms. Yovanovitch’s testimony is ongoing at this time, with a stark contrast in tone between party lines.
Freshman Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Resignation of White House Adviser Stephen Miller
AOC has completely ignored the fact that Miller’s ancestors were themselves persecuted on account of their ethnicity.
Of all of the absurd and inflammatory claims being made about Donald Trump and his administration, none has been more offensive than the allegation that he and his inner circle are promoting racism and bigotry.
This is the liberal equivalent of going nuclear, as it invokes hundreds upon hundreds of years worth of hatred and violence here in the United States, and it quite difficult to defend against as racism itself is only a trait that is apparent during the brazen acts that all who witness them can instantly recognize. As such, the possibility of someone possessing such vile traits without being outed en masse is quite slim.
Yet, still, small pockets of the Democratic Party continue to employ the tactic to defame those with whom they disagree politically.
“Stephen Miller, Trump’s architect of mass human rights abuses at the border (including child separation & detention camps w/ child fatalities) has been exposed as a bonafide white nationalist,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “He’s still at the White House shaping US immigration policy. Miller must resign. Now.”
On Wednesday, she retweeted a link to her online petition calling for Miller’s resignation.
“Each day we allow a white nationalist to be in charge of US immigration policy is a day where thousands of children & families lives are in danger,” the New York Democrat said. “This year alone, under Miller’s direction, the US has put almost 70,000 children in custody.” She did not cite her source for that figure.
Of course, Miller’s ancestors were themselves persecuted on the basis of their ethnicity – a point that was not lost on his defenders.
Critics of Omar pointed out that Miller is Jewish and condemned her remarks as anti-Semitic. The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., also weighed in, calling Omar the “head of the Farrakhan Fan Club” and saying she “apparently has no shame.”
President Trump defended Miller by retweeting a quote attributed to media executive Jeff Ballabon, CEO of B2 Strategic.
“What’s completely unacceptable is for Congresswoman Omar to target Jews, in this case Stephen Miller,” Ballabon reportedly said.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is known for her hyper partisan rhetoric and unkempt rage when it comes to all-things-Trump, making this latest outburst seem rather ordinary, despite its alarming nature.
Pelosi Escalates Anti-Trump Rhetoric by Invoking ‘Bribery’ in Press Conference
Pelosi also refused to acknowledge that none of the witnesses brought forth so far have had direct knowledge of the supposed improprieties, and admonished a reporter for mentioning that fact.
The constant shifting and refocusing of the Democrats’ case for impeachment has been more than a mere annoyance for Americans the nation over, and lends a great deal of gravity to the idea that we are now living in a world where our elected leaders will be forced to work under indefinite investigatory pressure for the entirety of their terms.
Now, while President Trump continues to remind lawmakers that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky felt “no pressure” during a supposedly damning phone call between the two nations back in July, the Democrats are purposefully evolving their verbiage on the subject to keep the interest of their political base.
The latest example of these semantic gymnastics come to us from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who today described the aforementioned phone call as “bribery”.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the president’s actions in the impeachment inquiry amount to “bribery.”
Pelosi told reporters Thursday that while President Donald Trump says his call with Ukraine was “perfect,” she thinks “it’s perfectly wrong.”
There was a very specific reason for this language as well:
Bribery is an impeachable offense spelled out in the Constitution.
Pelosi would go on to chastise one reporter for mentioning the Republican defense of the President that much of what is being exposed by this impeachment “inquiry” is second or third-hand knowledge or “hearsay”.
While it is true that the witnesses brought forth so far have had no direct knowledge of the information alleged in the now-infamous whistleblower complaint, Pelosi and other Democrats have attempted to portray this fact as irrelevant in hopes of continuing their ruse for an as-of-yet undetermined amount of time.
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