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Republican Senator Sounds Alarm on GOP Lawmakers Willing to Hear Bolton Testimony

But it won’t matter at all if the Democrats remain hesitant to call the former national security adviser to the stand.

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As the Senate impeachment trial continues to wear out the national attention span, there is a dark, mustachioed cloud hovering over the horizon.

John Bolton, former national security adviser to the Trump White House, has been signaling for some time that he may have evidence that is pertinent to the impeachment case, which corroborates the testimony of several witnesses from the House of Representatives’ “formal inquiry”.

First, Bolton publicly told the nation that he would be willing to testify in the Senate trial, just so long as he is responding to a subpoena in doing so.  The Democrats didn’t take the bait, however, knowing full well that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking to expedite the process by refusing to allow witnesses.

This has forced Bolton to take another route to get his information to the public, and excerpts from his new book seem to paint a worrisome picture of the UkraineGate scandal.  These alleged revelations may even have some Republican Senators breaking rank with McConnell.

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Senator Angus King of Maine had the following to say during an interview on NPR:

“I’ll be amazed if there is a strong push to say no, we’re not going to allow John Bolton. It’s one thing to say we don’t know what he’s going to say. We don’t really need to hear from him. But if there is some indication that he has information that bears directly on the heart of the case, to willfully say we don’t want to hear that, to me basically just undermines the idea that this is a real trial.”

When asked if four Republicans would vote to hear Bolton, King said, “I think there will be more than four. My bold prediction is there will be five or ten.”

As of this writing, there does not appear to be any concerted effort on the part of the Democrats to call Bolton to the stand, adding yet another layer of intrigue to the entire fiasco.

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Dem Legislator Says Trump Should be Prosecuted for ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

We won’t hold our breath.

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From the very onset of Donald Trump’s political career, there have been attempts to shame and label him, undoubted due to his “outsider” status.

This isn’t unexpected.  President Trump sauntered into Washington under the auspices of “draining the swamp”, knowing full well that the swamp was going to fight back…and with gusto.  This was always going to be an uphill battle for Trump, and that’s just how he likes it.

But the lengths to which some of Trump’s enemies will go in order to attack the Commander in Chief?  No one could have predicted just how out-of-control that aspect of “the resistance” would get.

State Rep. Tavia Galonski tweeted Sunday after President Trump spoke about hydroxychloroquine at his daily press briefing. The drug, normally used to treat malaria, is one of several that the president has pointed to as showing promise in the fight against COVID-19, but its effectiveness has been a subject of debate.

“I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow,” Galonski said. “Today’s press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one.”

When asked to defend her comments, Galonski was reticent.

Fox News asked Rep. Galonski if there is a specific crime she is accusing Trump of committing, and how she plans on pursuing charges given the United States’ non-member status. She did not immediately respond.

And, as if you thought that this was perhaps a simple stunt by the enthusiastic Representative….

 

 

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California Governor: We Will Use Coronavirus To ‘Reimagine A Progressive Era’

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California Governor Gavin Newsom says coronavirus is an ‘opportunity for reimagining a more progressive era in American policy.’

He was asked by a Bloomberg News reporter if he saw “the potential, as some others in the [Democratic] Party do, for a new progressive era, if you want to call it that, in national politics and policy and whether there’s the opportunity for additionally progressive steps … on the national and state level.”

Newsom’s response, according to the California Globe, was that “the governor admittedly gave a long-winded answer which culminated in, ‘yes,’ admitting there is political opportunity born out of the pandemic. ‘There is opportunity for reimagining a [more] progressive era as it [relates] to capitalism,’ Gov. Newsom said. ‘So yes, absolutely we see this as an opportunity to reshape the way we do business and how we govern.’”

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DOJ Says AG Barr was ‘Appalled’ at Laundry List of FISA Warrant Errors and Abuses

The magnitude of the mischief is simply overwhelming.

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Amid all the uncertainty and calamity surrounding us, there is still an ongoing investigation into reports of abuse by the FBI during the 2016 presidential election.  Of course, much of this news has been buried by the apocalyptic dread concerning COVID-19, but, make no mistake, the latest developments are heavy.

It all began with the FBI in 2016, which feels like it was over a decade ago at this point.  The Bureau was, for some reason, tasked with investigating the campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump on the rumors that he was somehow working with the Kremlin.  In order to gather supposed evidence of this, the FBI would need to be granted FISA warrants to spy on the campaign itself.  Their method of obtaining these warrants included citing the controversial document known as the Steele Dossier, which contains unverifiable rumors about Donald Trump’s alleged preference for unsanitary sex acts in the presence of prostitutes in Moscow.

The dossier was bankrolled by Democratic operatives, including Hillary Clinton, and the salacious rumors contained have been traced back to rumors once printed in the Wall Street Journal decades ago.

Now, as an investigation into this wildly inappropriate misuse of the FISA courts continues, both the Attorney General and the Inspector General are expressing grave concerns about the process.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report in December which found that the FBI included “at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications and many errors in the Woods Procedures” during its Crossfire Hurricane investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign. After releasing the report, Horowitz said that he would conduct a further investigation to see if the errors identified in the Page application were widespread.

Just how bad was it?

“The concern is that this is such a high-profile, important case. If it happened here, is this indicative of a wider problem — and we will only know that when we complete our audit — or is it isolated to this event?” Horowitz told lawmakers during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing. “Obviously, we need to do the work to understand that.”

Horowitz’s office said in a report released Tuesday that of the 29 applications — all of which involved U.S. citizens – that were pulled from “8 FBI field offices of varying sizes,” the FBI could not find Woods Files for four of the applications, while the other 25 all had “apparent errors or inadequately supported facts.”

Apparently, Attorney General Bill Barr was no fan of the findings either.

The investigation into the FISA court abuses is ongoing.

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Infamous California Congresswoman Calls Trump ‘Incompetent Idiot’

This is not the time, Congresswoman.

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In these trying times – an era of global crisis – those who despise President Trump have ceaselessly lambasted him with anything and everything that they can muster.

The “resistance” is still in full effect during the COVID-19 global pandemic, with many of the usual suspects taking time out of there day to distract from the task at hand, in favor of scoring political points during an election year.

That’s not to say a President can’t be criticized or questioned during a time of crisis, but these heavy times require sharp critiques, not pedantic pageantry.

Maxine Waters hasn’t quite grasped this concept as of yet.

 

Waters has been an unrepentant critic of President Trump, and has even gone so far as to demand that her constituents seek out conservatives in public and make them feel “unwelcome”.

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Lindsey Graham Says Pelosi Made The ‘Most Shameful, Disgusting Statement By Any Politician In Modern History’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the “most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history,” Senator Lindsey Graham said today.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, criticized Pelosi after she railed against President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pelosi said: “His denial at the beginning was deadly,” and as he “fiddles, people are dying” during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her cohorts held up the relief bill, and she wants to accuse President Trump?

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John Kerry Profanely Curses Lone Congressman Who Voted ‘No’ on Virus Relief

President chimed in as well, calling the publicity stunt the work of a “third rate grandstander”.

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First, the good news is that the federal government has passed an enormous, $2 trillion economic relief package aimed at helping Americans survive the coming economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  The bad news is that one of our elected officials exploited the legislative process to make a political point.

Here’s how it went down:

The House initially planned to pass the coronavirus stimulus package by unanimous consent or voice vote with a skeleton crew of legislators present in order to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus among its members. The body, under its rules, can pass legislation by unanimous consent – with no representative in the chamber objecting – or a voice vote — an exercise in which those for and against a bill yell yea or nay, and the loudest side wins.

But either method can be shut down by a “point of order” from a member who could argue a lack of quorum, meaning less than half of the House’s total members are present in the chamber. At that point, it would need at least 216 total members present to hold a recorded vote.

Massie has indicated to House leaders, despite significant efforts from Republican leadership, that he may force a recorded vote by suggesting the lack of quorum. House leadership is also concerned a handful of other members –Republicans and Democrats – might be considering taking the same action.

That threat forced several elected officials to travel back to DC in order to vote – an unnecessary risk to health and resources.

President Trump was quite unhappy with the move.

Then came John Kerry, former Secretary of State, to pile some additional shame on Massie.

“Breaking news: Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an a–hole. He must be quarantined to prevent the spread of his massive stupidity,” Kerry tweeted. “He’s given new meaning to the term #M-sshole.”

Kerry added: “Finally, something the president and I can agree on!”

The Commander in Chief acknowledged Kerry’s take.

We should allow this brief bit of profane bipartisanship to guide us in these troubled times, because if John Kerry and Donald Trump can agree on something, then Americans can come together to defeat this dastardly COVID-19.

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Trump Approval Rating Takes Unexpected Turn in Nation Crippled by Coronavirus

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One would think that we cooped up Americans, stressed as ever as to how long we’ll be confined to our “social distancing”, might be angry at the world.  But we’re not.

Some of this ironically hopeful sentiment comes from knowing that, when the chips are down, US citizens unite.  Instead of bickering and dividing, a great many of us shove the national electorate into a grandiose, higher life-form.  We’re no longer Americans but, instead, we are America herself.

And, despite what you may see on the evening news, or on the surface of the mainstream media, this cohesive unit is rooting for President Trump’s success with everything that we’ve got.

So far, we like what we’re seeing.

President Trump’s job approval numbers are surging to the best figures of his 3.5 year-old presidency.

According to the RealClearPoltiics poll of polls, Trump’s approval rating sits at a very healthy 47 percent, beating his previous record of 46 percent by a full point.

What’s more, Trump’s disapproval rating dipped to 49.5 percent, his best showing since February of 2017, the month after he assumed the presidency. In fact, this is the first time his disapproval rating has been below 50 percent since February of 2017.

Here’s some context…

Ten days ago, Trump’s average approval rating was three points lower at 44 percent, while his disapproval rating was 3.5 points higher at 53 percent.

In just a little over a week, Trump’s numbers have improved by a net 6.5 points.

You see, he’s not my President when times are well and angst is all that the left has.  But when we’re backed into a corner, all of that partisan lip flapping goes right out the window.

 

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