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Pelosi Caves – Will Send Articles to Senate Within a Week’s Time

The ball appears to be rolling on impeachment once again.

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The pressure on Nancy Pelosi had been mounting for some time.  Madam Speaker’s position to withhold the articles of impeachment from the Senate had grown untenable, and even some within her liberal flock had begun to doubt the Democratic leader’s direction.

Without the articles being submitted to the higher chamber, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would have had to work some magic in order to get the impeachment trial of Donald Trump off the ground, particularly as the testy process has caused members of both parties to bare their claws of late.

Now, after being bombarded with negative press on the issue, Pelosi has given in, and is signaling that the articles will make their way over to the Senate next week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the House will take steps next week to sent articles of impeachment to the Senate for President Donald Trump’s Senate trial.

In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said she has asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler to be prepared to bring to the floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

“I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further,” Pelosi wrote.

The announcement comes just a day after McConnell made it clear that he expected Pelosi to turn the articles over on Friday, and, given just how important Pelosi’s feisty facade has been in herding the liberal masses, it comes as no surprise that she would push the envelope just one more time.

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Comey Under Investigation For Leaking Classified Info Involving Why He Took Power From Lynch In Clinton Case

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The New York Times is breaking, and desperately spinning, the reports that former FBI Director James Comey is under investigation for leaking classified information.

NYT tweeted: “U.S. prosecutors appear to be scrutinizing whether James Comey illegally disclosed classified secrets, part of an unusual inquiry into years-old leaks that leaves law enforcement officials open to accusations of politicizing their work.”

NY Times:

Federal prosecutors in Washington are investigating a years-old leak of classified information about a Russian intelligence document, and they appear to be focusing on whether the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey illegally provided details to reporters, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

The case is the second time the Justice Department has investigated leaks potentially involving Mr. Comey, a frequent target of President Trump, who has repeatedly called him a “leaker.” Mr. Trump recently suggested without evidence that Mr. Comey should be prosecuted for “unlawful conduct” and spend years in prison.

The timing of the investigation could raise questions about whether it was motivated at least in part by politics. Prosecutors and F.B.I. agents typically investigate leaks of classified information around the time they appear in the news media, not years later. And the inquiry is the latest politically sensitive matter undertaken by the United States attorney’s office in Washington, which is also conducting an investigation of Mr. Comey’s former deputy, Andrew G. McCabe, that has been plagued by problems.

Law enforcement officials are scrutinizing at least two news articles about the F.B.I. and Mr. Comey, published in The New York Times and The Washington Post in 2017, that mentioned the Russian government document, according to the people familiar with the investigation. Hackers working for Dutch intelligence officials obtained the document and provided it to the F.B.I., and both its existence and the collection of it were highly classified secrets, the people said. More

Until people start going to prison, I don’t care. Wake me up when there’s been a perp walk. How long have we been hearing about someone being “investigated?”

I want to think that this is William Barr’s doing, in order to put James Comey in prison, but given the Attorney General’s track record of “talk big but do nothing” I don’t expect anything to happen here.

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Government Watchdog Drops Bombshell Report Stating White House Broke the Law

The timing of the release is just another part of the DC soap opera, however.

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For those who still believe that Washington DC’s machinations come to us in coincidence by happenstance, I envy your naiveté.

None of the blustering bombast of The Beltway arrives accidentally right on time.  This Washington waltz is choreographed down to the hour, folks, and once you begin to succumb to this reality, it is nearly impossible to take these proverbial x-ray glasses off.

Take Nancy Pelosi’s withholding of the articles of impeachment, for example.  This was absolutely an act of surgical, chronological aggression.  Pelosi and her colleague Adam Schiff dragged impeachment on and on until they could vote on the articles themselves just before the Christmas break.  Then, by leaving the prospect of impeaching the President hanging in the air, it allowed Americans of all shapes and sizes to head home, face their families and loved ones, and have a big, ugly discussion about what was going on in our nation’s capital…all while the hovering cloud of Christmas morality hung just over their heads.

Pelosi was betting that the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future would make a visit to some of those politicos who were either publicly or privately on the fence over impeachment.

The jury is still out as to the efficacy of Pelosi’s maneuver, but it hasn’t stopped a number of other political entities from dropping their own conveniently-timed “bombshells”.

The White House budget office violated the law when it froze U.S. military aid to Ukraine, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a new report.

President Donald Trump ordered the hold on the critical security assistance in July, a slew of senior White House officials testified to House impeachment investigators late last year. It was a move that coincided with an effort by the president and his allies to pressure Ukraine to investigate Trump’s Democratic rivals.

“Faithful execution of the law does not permit the president to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law,” the GAO wrote in an eight-page report released on Thursday.

The timing of this release is suspect, to say the least, coming just hours before members of the Senate were sworn in for the coming impeachment trial.

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Giuliani Pal Parnas Drops Bombshells on Rachel Maddow Show as Impeachment Looms

But is Parnas simply looking to reduce his sentence?

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Where it stands today, the Democrats still have a whole lot of work left to do when it comes to impeachment, and they are running out of time.

The Senate impeachment trial is set to begin on Tuesday, under the guidance of Mitch McConnell – a Trump loyalist who has made it clear that he will be working to expediently exonerate the President.  This means that the GOP is fairly united behind the idea that there will be few, if any, witnesses called once impeachment hits the upper chamber.

Democrats have now been forced into a corner, and it seems that their modus operandi will be launching a very public smear campaign against the President in order to force the hand of McConnell.

Just this week, an indicted acquaintance of Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, took to The Rachel Maddow Show to push this new tactic in earnest.

Host Rachel Maddow asked Parnas about his allegation that President Trump knew about Parnas’ activities in Ukraine and if this meant that, “the president was aware that you and Mr. Giuliani were working on this effort in Ukraine to basically try to hurt Joe Biden’s political career, he knew about that?”

Parnas said, “Yeah. It was all about Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and also, Rudy had a personal thing with the Manafort stuff, the black ledger. And that was another thing that they were looking into. But it was never about corruption. It was never — it was strictly about Burisma, which included Hunter Biden and Joe Biden.”

This statement refutes the plausible deniability defense that the President was merely looking to fight a generic sense of “corruption” overseas, particularly in regard to an ally on whom the United States spends plenty of taxpayer dollars.

It should be remembered, however, that Parnas is not the first indicated individual to “turn” on President Trump, and that the testimony of those facing sentencing carries with it a certain inevitable air of doubt.

 

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After Strange Parnas Notes Revealed, Ukraine Opens Yovanovitch Surveillance Probe

There are most twists to this tale than hairs on a dog.

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The saga surrounding UkraineGate is playing out like a proper political soap opera, with twists and turns not dissimilar to those on repeat in nursing homes around the nation.

The basic gist of the story, from the liberal point of view, has been that President Trump and his colleagues attempted to extort Ukraine using congressionally approved military aid in exchange for the announcement of an investigation into Joe Biden and his family.

From there, that bizarre starting point, the story turns truly absurd, with characters such as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani allegedly playing a major role in the scheme.

Now, after one of Giuliani’s Ukrainian associates began to tell his side of the story, another shocking twist to the tale has arrived in the form of a plan to surveil former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.  The revelation has spawned an investigation in Kiev.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry, which runs the police forces, said in a statement that Ukrainian police “are not interfering in the internal political affairs of the United States.”

“However, the published messages contain facts of possible violations of Ukrainian law and of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, which protect the rights of diplomats on the territory of another state,” the statement continued.

Yovanovitch was removed from her position within the State Department by Donald Trump – a move that many Democrats believe may have been in order to further his alleged misconduct in regard to Ukraine.

The surveillance of Yovanovitch was revealed after Lev Parnas, the aforementioned associate of Mr. Giuliani, turned over text message records to House Democrats several days ago.

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Hunter Biden is ‘Irrelevant’ to Ukraine Matter, Says Jerry Nadler

Now, this is some change of heart.

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The Democrats seem to have some real confusion over how important Hunter Biden is to the whole “UkraineGate” conspiracy theory.

For weeks on end, House investigators attempted to equate Burisma with Hunter Biden in congressional hearings on the subject of Donald Trump’s impeachment.  The reason being that witnesses in that inquiry believed that the two were interchangeable parlance in the conversations held between Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and others in attempting to force Ukraine to open an investigation into the Biden family.

Now, as we draw nearer to the Senate impeachment trial itself, suddenly Hunter Biden isn’t relevant.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who will serve as one of the House managers, slammed the idea of calling former Vice President Joe Biden’s son to testify, claiming he is not a “relevant” witness.

“The relevant question is relevance. In any trial you call witnesses who have information about the allegations, about the charges,” Nadler told reporters Wednesday. “The allegations, for which there is a mountain of evidence, is that the president betrayed his country by trying to extort Ukraine by withholding $391 million in military aid that Congress had voted in order to get Ukraine to announce an investigation of a domestic political opponent—that is the allegation.

“Any witness who has information about whether that is true or not true, is a relevant witness,” he continued. “Anybody, like Hunter Biden, who has no information about any of that, is not a relevant witness.”

He added: “Any trial judge in this country would rule such a witness as irrelevant and inadmissible.”

The hypocrisy here is stunning, and won’t long be overlooked by Republicans who wish to find all of the pertinent facts in this case…not just those facts which bolster the Democratic case against President Trump.

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Pelosi Brings Adam Schiff Back for Senate Impeachment Trial

The Schiff-head returns!

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He was once the scourge of the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment “inquiry”, subverting transparency to score anti-Trump political points.  Now, he’ll be rearing his ugly head in the Senate as well.

Adam Schiff, Representative from California and chairman of the aforementioned committee, will be making his presence known as the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump heads out of the House and into the upper chamber of Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Wednesday who will serve as the House Democrat impeachment managers in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Pelosi named House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, along with Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Val Demings (D-FL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Jason Crow (D-CO), and Sylvia Garcia (D-TX). Schiff will take on the role of lead impeachment manager.

The proverbial ball will be set in motion on Wednesday afternoon.

“Today is an important day,” said Pelosi at a Capitol Hill press conference. “The emphasis is making the strongest possible case to protect and defend our constitution, to seek the truth for the American people.”

A House vote to send the articles to the Senate is scheduled for early Wednesday afternoon. The measure is expected to pass. If it does, the Senate trial is expected to begin early next week, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said.

Schiff’s conduct in the House inquiry bestowed upon him a crown of controversy.

Not only did the California Democrats completely fabricate a conversation between US President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the record, but his preference for secrecy and compartmentalization drew criticism from the American people who have long been clamoring for transparency in the case.

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Video of Putin and Assad Laughing at President Trump Goes Viral

Putin may put on a friendly face when he meets Trump face to face, but there is no mistaking his true intent outside of those pow-wows.

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Russian dictator President Vladimir Putin thrives on chaos.

Putin is the quintessential bad guy on the world’s stage.  He has remained in power for decades using both intimidation and voter scams to do so, and he has spent this time attempting to rebuild the old Soviet Union nation by nation.  The worst part about it is that he’s completely unfazed by getting caught, and will simply continue to wreak havoc around the globe despite this.

Lately, the Russian leader’s focus has been on the United States, and in attempting to sow insurmountable discord among We The People.  To add insult to injury, Putin was caught this week laughing at US President Donald Trump during a conversation with fellow international ne’er-do-well and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The video, originally posted by a journalist for the Komsomolskaya Pravda, comes just over a month after multiple NATO nation leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, were recorded seemingly mocking the American president at a NATO summit. In the latest clip, Assad and Putin joked that Trump should follow in the footsteps of Paul the Apostle and visit the Syrian capital of Damascus.

“If Trump arrives along this road [to Damascus], everything will become normal with him too,” Assad said, according to a translation of the conversation posted by Axios.

Putin then joked about inviting Trump. After Assad responded that he was ready for a visit with such a changed version of Trump, Putin said, “I will tell him,” as both men laughed.

Paul, who is also called Saul, was a biblical figure who persecuted Christians. In the Book of Acts, he was struck blind by Jesus as he was on his way to Damascus to bring any Christians he found “bound” back to Jerusalem. Once he made it to Damascus, he was baptized and regained his sight before going on to preach Jesus’ message.

The video has been making the rounds on Twitter.

Putin may be playing nice with Trump when they meet in the flesh, but, make no mistake about it, there is no one inside the Kremlin at all concerned with furthering the prosperity and peace in America.

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