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Legal analysts react to Marie Yovanovitch’s testimony, agree Democrats don’t have a leg to stand on

Westlake Legal Group LEGAL-PANEL-HEADSHOTS Legal analysts react to Marie Yovanovitch's testimony, agree Democrats don't have a leg to stand on Julia Musto fox-news/shows/fox-friends-weekend fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/elections/republicans fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc article 4558f52d-e080-55e5-b401-0c65b74e1f7a

Fox News legal analysts rejected the validity of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry after former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified before Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill last week.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Ed Henry and Lisa Boothe on Saturday, Senior Legal Adviser for Trump 2020 Campaign Jenna Ellis Rives said what the American people saw in the impeachment hearings “is that the Democrats actually have zero evidence.”

Rives said, “What we have right now is the burden of proof on the Democrats and they can’t show it.”

The Democrats’ probe was initiated after a whistleblower complaint to the intelligence community inspector general about the president’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy.

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On the call, Trump pressed Zelensky to open an investigation into Ukrainian election meddling in the 2016 presidential race and into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine.

The president’s request came after millions in U.S. military aid to Ukraine had been frozen, which Democrats and witnesses have cited as a quid pro quo arrangement.

Zelensky, though, has said he felt no pressure during the call. The White House has maintained no wrongdoing, and the president has repeatedly said the call was “perfect,” arguing that it contained “no quid pro quo.”

Within the last week, Democrats have notably shifted their rhetoric to accusing the president of bribery instead of quid pro quo.

Fox News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett said, “Bribery is nothing more than a quid pro quo — an exchange of benefits. But, if the recipient of the quid is oblivious to the quo, it’s a legal impossibility for there to be a quid pro quo.”

He said that Democrats are looking for “any excuse, any pretext, to impeach the president” because “they are driven by hatred or bias.”

Former Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee Jason Chaffetz added that he believes the “evidence is that Donald Trump was much tougher on Russia than Barack Obama was.”

He told the hosts the investigation was all “just a charade” the Democrats were perpetuating and that he had wished Republicans had moved to adjourn the hearing after Yovanovitch told Rep. Chris Stewart, a Utah Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, that she could supply the panel with no information regarding criminal activity or bribes that President Trump may have been involved with.

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“Do you have any information regarding any criminal activity that the president of the United States has been involved with at all?” asked Stewart.

“No,” Yovanovitch said.

“The American people know this is nonsense,” Stewart added. “The American people know this is unfair.”

“It’s a complete sham,” Rives concluded. “This is just a political maneuver in the court of public opinion to take out a duly elected president.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Victor Garcia contributed to this report.

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Victor Davis Hanson: The California endangered species no one can save – Will it ever return?

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From 1967 to 2019, Republicans controlled the California governorship for 31 of 52 years. So why is there currently not a single statewide Republican officeholder? California also has a Democratic governor and Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the state legislature. Only seven of California’s 53 congressional seats are held by Republicans.

In 1994, then-Gov. Pete Wilson backed Proposition 187, which denied state social services to undocumented immigrants. The spin goes that it backfired, alienated the Hispanic community and thus marked the road to Republican perdition.

Not quite.

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Prop 187 passed with 59 percent support. Wilson’s endorsement of the bill helped its passage, and his support of it aided his landslide 1994 reelection. Among minority voters, 52 percent of Asian and African American voters supported Proposition 187. Some 27 percent of Latinos voted for it.

Liberal groups immediately sued in federal court. Just three days after the measure passed, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing Proposition 187 from going into effect. A month later, U.S. District Judge Mariana Pfaelzer issued a permanent injunction. Prop 187 never became law.

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In effect, two judges nullified the wishes of more than 5 million California voters.

Arnold Schwarzenegger had supported Prop 187. Yet in 2003 he was elected governor. So what caused the Republican demise?

Ironically, radical changes in California demography may have been brought about by Prop 187 — but not in the way many people think.

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The state’s population has increased by nearly 10 million in the last quarter-century. Yet the growth has been marked by the exodus of some and larger influxes of others.

When Prop 187 passed, there were an estimated 1.5 million undocumented immigrants statewide. In the 25 years since then millions of others have entered the state, and the current number of those still undocumented exceeds 3 million.

Some 27 percent of current California residents were not born in the U.S. Traditionally, first-generation immigrants favor larger, not smaller, government.

Will there ever again be a viable California Republican Party?

A cynic might argue that once a federal judge allowed undocumented immigrants to enjoy the full array of state services and entitlements, there were incentives for millions of other immigrants to enter the U.S. illegally, and California in particular.

Statistics suggest they did just that — often to the chagrin of Democratic politicians, the United Farm Workers and other liberal groups who worried about the negative effects of illegal immigration on entry-level wages, unionization and poor citizens’ access to overtaxed social services.

Oddly, conservative businesspeople were likely to favor permissive immigration policies in hopes of finding an ample supply of low-cost laborers while simultaneously diminishing the power of unions.

A technological revolution sparked a lucrative Silicon Valley renaissance. Suddenly, coastal California became one of the wealthiest corridors in the history of the planet. “Big Tech” drew in hundreds of thousands of hip young workers eager to come to California and join what was thought to be a global revolution.

Silicon Valley was seen as a uniquely progressive corporate paradise where one could get rich and stay woke all at once. Most techies supported big government, higher taxes and open borders, and had the money and wherewithal to not worry much about the ensuing costs and the catastrophic results for others.

By the turn of the century, the California treasury was relying on the tech industry for an enormous share of the taxes to fund its massive expansion of state services — and politicians often bowed to Big Tech’s political wishes.

As taxes climbed, schools eroded and funds for infrastructure were diverted elsewhere, millions of middle-class Californians fled. The total numbers of this continuing exodus are still in dispute. Many left in despair over climbing gas, sales and income taxes that seemed to worsen rather improve state infrastructure and services.

This tripartite demographic revolution proved disastrous for the Republican Party. The GOP lost much of its base to other states. Many conservative voters left for small-government, low-tax alternatives. Republican efforts to reduce taxes, limit some abortions and fund additional roads and dams had little appeal to the new gentry classes on the coast.

Will there ever again be a viable California Republican Party?

After three decades of radical progressivism, California residents are tiring of one-party straitjacket rule. The hard-liberal order normalized massive power blackouts, the nation’s highest array of taxes, the forest mismanagement that fuels deadly fires, an epidemic of homelessness in major cities, eroding schools, ossified infrastructure and soaring energy costs.

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The final irony?

Those most hurt — and growing the most angry — are the immigrants who once fled to a different California that now no longer exists.

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Maher panics, says Nikki Haley has gone ‘full-on Team Deplorable’: ‘This is so scary to me’

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“Real Time” host Bill Maher sounded the alarm Friday night in reaction to former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s repeated defense of President Trump during the launch of her book tour.

“I thought she was one of the more reasonable ones,” Maher began, referring to Haley, author of the newly released, “With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace.”

“She kind of acquitted herself at her job at the U.N.,” Maher added. “She went full-on Team Deplorable this week.”

Maher then played clips of Haley’s recent interviews, in which the Republican former South Carolina governor claimed that Trump had always been “truthful” to her and defended her former boss amid the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

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“Show me the proof,” Haley has said, challenging Democrats and other critics to produce evidence that Trump did something wrong in his interactions with Ukraine.

“This is the scariest thing this week,” Maher said, “because this is somebody who is betting that there is no more Republican-Classic Party, there is only Trump, and she thinks, ‘Well, after he’s gone, I’ll be able to rejoin polite society. But when you do this, you’re destroying polite society. This is so scary to me.”

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Maher went on to predict that the 2024 GOP nominee will be Donald Trump Jr., which sparked laughter from the audience.

“Yeah, they laughed when I said Trump would win too,” Maher told the panel in complete seriousness. “Because that’s what Third World dictators do.”

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Kimberley A. Strassel: Behold the Lord High Impeacher: Failure to vote on inquiry allows Schiff to make up rules as he goes along

Rep. Elise Stefanik was informed this week by Republican House Intelligence Committee staffers of a new diktat from Chairman Adam Schiff. It made the New York Republican’s jaw drop.

Democrats had informed Republicans that, from here on out, the committee would produce a single, printed transcript of every interview it conducted as part of its impeachment inquiry.

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Only members of the three committees involved in the purported inquiry would be allowed to view that printout, and only in the presence of a Democratic staffer. Stefanik — an elected member of Congress who sits on the Intelligence Committee — will be babysat while reading by an unelected employee of the Democrats.

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“It’s outrageous, and it’s an abuse of power,” Stefanik said in an interview. “Every constituent across this country deserves to have their members have access to all the facts.”

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Kimberley A. Strassel: Behold the Lord High Impeacher: Failure to vote on inquiry allows Schiff to make up rules as he goes along

Rep. Elise Stefanik was informed this week by Republican House Intelligence Committee staffers of a new diktat from Chairman Adam Schiff. It made the New York Republican’s jaw drop.

Democrats had informed Republicans that, from here on out, the committee would produce a single, printed transcript of every interview it conducted as part of its impeachment inquiry.

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Only members of the three committees involved in the purported inquiry would be allowed to view that printout, and only in the presence of a Democratic staffer. Stefanik — an elected member of Congress who sits on the Intelligence Committee — will be babysat while reading by an unelected employee of the Democrats.

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“It’s outrageous, and it’s an abuse of power,” Stefanik said in an interview. “Every constituent across this country deserves to have their members have access to all the facts.”

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Kimberley A. Strassel: Behold the Lord High Impeacher: Failure to vote on inquiry allows Schiff to make up rules as he goes along

Rep. Elise Stefanik was informed this week by Republican House Intelligence Committee staffers of a new diktat from Chairman Adam Schiff. It made the New York Republican’s jaw drop.

Democrats had informed Republicans that, from here on out, the committee would produce a single, printed transcript of every interview it conducted as part of its impeachment inquiry.

NEWT GINGRICH: PATHETIC TRUMP IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IS FALLING APART – WHAT ARE PELOSI AND DEMS AFRAID OF?

Only members of the three committees involved in the purported inquiry would be allowed to view that printout, and only in the presence of a Democratic staffer. Stefanik — an elected member of Congress who sits on the Intelligence Committee — will be babysat while reading by an unelected employee of the Democrats.

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“It’s outrageous, and it’s an abuse of power,” Stefanik said in an interview. “Every constituent across this country deserves to have their members have access to all the facts.”

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Rep. Byrne on disrupting closed-door impeachment interview: Probe is a ‘hatchet job’ by Dems

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House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry should be completely transparent and what House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is orchestrating is a “pathetic stunt,” Rep. Bradley Byrne said Thursday.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with host Sandra Smith, Byrne, R-Ala., said that after he and around two dozen other Republican House lawmakers disrupted a closed-door hearing yesterday in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), one of the Democrats said that the basis for having private testimony was that they were “having to perform the work of a special prosecutor.”

“We’re not prosecutors in the House of Representatives. We’re not supposed to be doing that. They’re supposed to be conducting an inquiry. And they showed their hand by saying that,” he said.

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Lawmakers described a chaotic scene and Democrats said the move compromised national security because some of the two dozen GOP House members took electronic devices into the secure room.

“We didn’t have our cell phones,” said Byrne. “This is a sham.”

“This is just a hatchet job against the president and they need to get it out in public for everybody to see,” he told Smith.

Smith asked Byrne what Republicans had hoped to achieve by essentially staging a sit-in during the deposition with Laura Cooper, a senior Defense Department official who oversees Ukraine policy.

Byrne said that he wanted future impeachment inquiry testimony “all out in the open.”

“And then, let’s let the American people decide what’s what here and not let [the Democrats] selectively leak what they want the American people to know,” he stated.

However, Schiff says closed-door hearings are necessary to prevent witnesses from concealing the truth and has promised to release the transcripts when it will not affect the investigation.

“The president’s allies in Congress are trying to make it even more difficult for these witnesses to cooperate,” Schiff said.

House Democrats — notably — were unhappy with the move.

“The Republican’s colleagues evidently have freaked out. It’s really a pathetic show on their part,” said Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin.

“It’s a pathetic stunt. All of this is going to be forgotten,” exclaimed New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski.

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Byrne responded that Republicans would continue to push Democrats until they opened the investigation to the public: “The pathetic stunt is what Adam Schiff and Democrats are doing in that room, and the rest of us have had enough. We’re not going to let them continue to play that game.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Republican 2020 candidate slams ‘out of control’ Trump after his attack on GOP critics

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, a 2020 Republican presidential candidate, called President Trump “completely unacceptable” and rejected his claim GOP lawmakers who don’t support him are “human scum.”

Weld, who was 2016 Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson’s running mate, told Neil Cavuto Wednesday on “Your World” he is also seeing electoral headway in New Hampshire ahead of that state’s 2020 primary.

“I think the president is too out of control for this country,” he said.

“Things are moving in New Hampshire. I came up 28 points against the president in a head-to-head in the last 30 days… The president doesn’t help himself when he goes three-for-three on making America look like an unreliable ally.”

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In that regard, Weld claimed Trump has weakened America’s standing in the world through his treatment of the Kurds in the Middle East, Ukraine, and most recently Iran.

Weld claimed the president is “begging” to get back to the negotiating table with Tehran.

He later laughed heartily when Cavuto asked about the president’s recent tweets — one of which claimed Republicans who don’t support him are “human scum,” and another that labeled frequent critic Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, a “pompous ass.”

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“I think that he just is so unreliable and just can’t stick to a story, and particularly not a true story,” he said.

Regarding his primary battle with Trump, Weld said he is honing in on both New Hampshire and Super Tuesday states.

He rejected the claim his candidacy could be seen as hurting the Republican Party.

“They say everyone’s got to be loyal and rally around the flag [but] too often, particularly in Washington, D.C., loyalty is nothing but an excuse for doing the wrong thing,” he said.

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He called progressive Democratic presidential hopefuls Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., “not currently electable in the United States,” but added Trump’s reelection would be “perhaps a bigger risk than those two Democrats — who would not be able to get anything through Congress.”

During the interview, Weld and Cavuto also discussed whether his focus on New Hampshire has parallels to then-Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s, D-Minn., surprise primary performance there in 1968 — which lead incumbent President Lyndon Johnson to later drop out of the race. The 1968 Democratic nomination eventually went to Johnson’s vice president, Hubert H. Humphrey.

“I’m looking for 50 percent, not 40 percent. Pat Buchanan got 37, Gene McCarthy got 41 and they knocked people out of the race, but I have in mind Super Tuesday,” Weld said.

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Democrats are ‘setting themselves up for utter failure’ by running ‘dirty impeachment,’ Ari Fleischer says

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Congressional Democrats are “setting themselves up for utter failure” for their impeachment efforts in the Senate by keeping the process secretive in the House and breaking from historical norms, according to former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.

“How can the American people know what the evidence is when the evidence is held in secret?” Fleischer said Wednesday on Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime.” “Perhaps it’s not as bad as the leaks want to make it look to be.”

“I think what the Democrats are doing is setting themselves up for utter failure in the Senate,” he added. “You cannot have a dirty impeachment in the House and expect the Senate to take it seriously.”

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Fleischer called the entire process “dirty” and said the public has no way of knowing the facts if witnesses are being interviewed in secret.

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“This is a dirty impeachment because it’s all being done in secret,” he said.

“We have secret witnesses, secret transcripts and the public has no way of knowing if what is being selectively leaked is reflective and accurate, or if witnesses are being cross-examined — if there are other facts that are emerging in private.”

He also called the probe a waste of the country’s time and said the investigation is an unfair shot at the president, for political reasons.

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“[The process] is brutally unfair and does not represent the best of our government when it comes to looking into wrongdoing,” he said.

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Sen. Ron Johnson: Clinton-Ukraine collusion allegations remain unaddressed by media

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The lack of media attention into alleged Ukrainian involvement in the 2016 election leaves many questions unanswered, according to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

The eastern European country has been widely discussed since House Democrats opened an impeachment inquiry into President Trump over his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In the interview on Mark Levin‘s “Life, Liberty & Levin,” Johnson referenced a 2017 Politico report by Kenneth Vogel that described unconfirmed claims about the Hillary Clinton campaign working with Ukrainian officials during the term of then-President Petro Poroshenko.

Vogel — who now writes for The New York Times — reported that Ukrainian officials “tried to help” former Secretary of State’s bid for president by questioning Trump’s fitness for office and doing opposition research on the former real estate mogul.

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“He’s talking about the potential of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC [Democratic National Committee] involvement, working with potentially corrupt actors in Ukraine, trying to dig up dirt on President Trump — or candidate Trump at that point in time — [and] Paul Manafort,” Johnson said, referring to Vogel.

Johnson said he was not making allegations or accusing anyone of wrongdoing, but instead raising questions as to why the media has not comprehensively looked into it yet.

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“Is it just possible or plausible that maybe the DNC — maybe the Hillary Clinton campaign — was also trying to dig up dirt on Joe Biden back then in Ukraine?” he asked, speculating that Biden may have been considering a Democratic primary run against Clinton that year.

“So, no, there are so many questions. I’m really not throwing out any accusations. I’m not making any allegations,” Johnson said.

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Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, criticized the media for showing little interest in those questions.

“There are so many questions that remain unanswered, and they really remain unanswered because, by and large, the press has no curiosity about trying to get the answers to these things,” he said.

Later in the interview, Levin asked Johnson about claims that Ukraine’s prior administration wanted Clinton to win in 2016 instead of Trump.

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“They were probably making a bet,” Johnson said. “They thought Hillary Clinton had the best chance of becoming president. And, to Ukraine — I don’t care who you are in Ukraine, in their government — the relationship with America is pretty darn important. So you understand what their motivation would be there.”

Johnson rejected the claim that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian actors, saying he believed allegations the Clinton campaign was linked to the Steele dossier would tell a different story.

“When people say that the only campaign that was literally cooperating and colluding with a foreign government — it wasn’t the Trump campaign, it was the Hillary Clinton campaign,” he said.

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