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President Trump Has Every Right and Authority to Ask or Demand Other Nations Help in Our Investigations

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President Donald Trump arrives with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr to speak about the census in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Last week as leaker in the CIA assisted in a calculated hit on President Trump. Much like James Comey contrived a fact set that led to the appointment of a special counsel, this guy obviously coordinated with Adam Schiff (and I think with Michael Atkinson, the IC IG) to create a fact set would lead to the launch of an impeachment process against President Trump.

The Ukraine call was pretty mundane. President Trump asked the Ukraine president to assist Attorney Bill Barr’s investigation into the possible existence of a copy of the DNC server logs and files that allegedly Crowdstrike examined (I’ve been astonished at the number of people, ostensibly on the right, who will argue that Crowdstrike did not have unique access to the DNC server logs and files when, in fact, we know no US agency was allowed to see them) in Ukraine. He also asked Ukraine to continue the investigation into corruption that Joe Biden shut down in order to save his son’s coke-addled butt.

The fact that Joe Biden is running for the Democrat nomination is irrelevant. No one, under our system of laws, gets a pass because of family connections. Various media organizations claim the charges have been “debunked” but “debunked” is just media code meaning a) we don’t like this and b)lalalalala! I can’t hear you. The fact is the charges of influence peddling have been around for quite a while and have never been investigated by law enforcement. As we were told over the past three years, if the Biden’s are innocent they should welcome the investigation in order to clear their name (hahaha…no one ever believed that lie and we’re seeing that clearly right now). At least President Trump didn’t use an asset of British intelligence to dummy up a “dossier” or bullsh** allegations that, where there is any specificity at all, has been disproven by law enforcement. And, as we discovered in 2016, that is a perfectly legitimate tactic.

If you think the Crowdstrike story is a conspiracy theory, I’d just note that 1) you don’t know as much about this as the Attorney General does and he’s taking it seriously and 2) if you’re right, you should be happy because this is just a waste of time. But people are upset about this for some reason. Funny, that.

Yesterday, we heard first that President Trump has approached the Australian government for assistance in the investigation. Australia is a key component as an Australian diplomat with intelligence community connections, Alexander Downer, is one of the key figures in the whole Russia Hoax. Australia has agreed to cooperate.

Last night, Sarah Lee reported that Attorney General Bill Barr had been on the ground in Italy (this is where Joseph Mifsud, the guy who played George Papadopoulos is holed up and the country for whom’s intelligence service most people think Mifsud works). He’s also been in Britain.

This is how the loony left is framing it.

These are the facts.

Getting to the bottom of the genesis of the Russia Hoax is a top priority for Trump. It seems obvious that the FBI, parts of CIA, State, and Justice were working hand-in-glove with the Clinton campaign to destroy Trump’s candidacy and then his presidency. The underlying supports of the hoax seem to rest equally on intelligence operations run by Britain, Italy, an Australia against Trump campaign staff. Those operations seem to be designed to create the appearance of collusion with Russia. The major pillar was the Steel Dossier. This was created by an asset of British intelligence and, quite possibly, was the product of a Russian information operation. Read:
The Steele Memo Is Much More Likely Russian Dezinformatsiya Than It Is Intelligence
Key Russian Sources For The Steele Dossier Are Identified And They Will Blow Your Mind
Here’s Why We Should Be Hoping That The Steele Dossier Was Written By The Russians
The New York Times Takes Another Look At The Steele Dossier And Reaches An Astonishing Conclusion
If This New York Times Reporter Suspected The Dossier Was A Fraud Why Is He Only Reporting On It Now

If the Clinton campaign used the federal government to run an operation against the Trump campaign, we need to know about that because people need to go to jail. If a document authored by the FSB/SVR was used to kick off the investigation of a president, we need to know and harsh action needs to be taken against anyone who touched it.

This is not to say this will not have a huge political impact on the 2020 election. Suddenly, everyone who pushed this disgraceful hoax will have to answer for their own involvement. It is hard to see how CNN could even survive such a revelation. That political impact doesn’t make it wrong or illegal. The political impact was created when the Democrats decided to construct the hoax.

So President Trump has every right to send out investigators to find out what happened. Bill Barr’s presence is critical because that impresses upon the locals the fact that POTUS is dead serious and there is no higher priority in our bilateral relations than getting to the bottom of this criminality.

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‘Resistance by Whistleblower’ was Always Part of the Plan

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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

I came across a fascinating post today written by Legal Insurrection’s “New Neo,” who explains that the unprecedented resistance to the Trump presidency from the left is part of a plan that was hatched long before his Inauguration Day.

Whistle-blowing included.

He cites a Vanity Fair article that was published on February 1, 2017 entitled “An Anti-Trump Resistance Movement is Growing Within the U.S. Government.” It’s lede says, “The bureaucracy is fighting back.”

A U.S. diplomat in Africa told The New York Times that a “draft of a State Department letter of dissent had made its way through dozens of U.S. embassies abroad, accumulating hundreds of signatures from foreign service officers opposed to Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration.” Within days, the draft contained over one thousand signatures.

Similar initiatives were taking place in other government agencies. Workers were simply refusing to carry out policies which they disagreed with. Recall the firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates for her refusal to enforce the travel ban order. This was the start of the anti-Trump resistance movement.

The diplomat describes some of the tactics the resistance planned to use. He specifically mentions whistle-blowing and leaking to the press.

Others, however, view resistance as a part of the job. “Policy dissent is in our culture,” one diplomat in Africa, who signed the letter circulating among foreign diplomats, told The New York Times. “We even have awards for it,” this person added, in reference to the State Department’s “Constructive Dissent” award. One Justice Department employee told The Washington Post, “You’re going to see the bureaucrats using time to their advantage,” and added that “people here will resist and push back against orders they find unconscionable,” by whistle-blowing, leaking to the press, and lodging internal complaints. Others are staying in contact with officials appointed by President Obama to learn more about how they can undermine Trump’s agenda and attending workshops on how to effectively engage in civil disobedience, the Post reports.

In the next excerpt, an Obama State Department official tells a reporter he is entitled to defy Trump’s orders because he believes the President is a threat to national security.

When asked how the opposition emerging at this stage compares to past administrations, Tom Malinow­ski, who served as Obama’s assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, sarcastically told the Post, “Is it unusual? There’s nothing unusual about the entire national security bureaucracy of the United States feeling like their commander in chief is a threat to U.S. national security. That happens all the time. It’s totally usual. Nothing to worry about.”

The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway understood from the beginning what was happening. On January 17th, 2017, she wrote:

Dwight Eisenhower warned that if we didn’t stay vigilant, the military-industrial complex would start creeping into politics with pernicious motives all its own. The intelligence community’s war of leaks against Trump before he’s even taken office is just the latest questionably politicized action in the decades since Eisenhower’s farewell address. And it’s safe to say that the intelligence community pushing unproven and absurd allegations about a president-elect’s sexual perversions is probably way worse than anything Ike imagined.

In order to understand how we got to this perilous place and get a handle on what’s going on, it’s worth taking a closer look at the motives and allegations of political operatives in intelligence agencies, as well as the basic timeline of allegations of Russian electoral interference in the last few months. Far from discrediting Trump, it paints a worrisome portrait of the deep state gone rogue, desperate to stop a man who, whatever his considerable flaws, is an outsider to Washington.

Early on, Democratic politicians and pundits were issuing warnings to Trump on how to behave in his dealings with the intelligence community. He was the duly elected President of the United States.

Hemingway cites Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s unforgettable advice to Trump. In an appearance on MSNBC, he told host Rachel Maddow:

…President-elect Donald Trump is “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community and its assessments on Russia’s cyber activities.

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

Members of the “elite” media felt the need to educate the incoming President as well:

Presidential historian Timothy Naftali said on a CNN panel that Trump should stay “silent” lest harmful information be released against him.

Never-Trumper David Frum tweeted, “CIA message to Trump: you mess with us, get ready for a leakstorm of Biblical proportions.”

It would appear that the left had a plan from the beginning. Perhaps not a formal, organized plan. But most of them decided that, since they and all of their friends felt Trump was not a legitimate President and did not belong in the White House, that they didn’t have to implement his policies or treat him with respect. Nothing was off-limits. No matter how egregious or outrageous their statements or actions, liberals could always find an audience to nod approvingly. Yes, we understand.

They all thought they had the power to drive him out of Washington. They have thrown everything they could possibly conceive of at this man and he’s not only standing, he’s thriving.

They may think they’ve finally cornered him this time. That’s laughable.

Hail to the Chief!

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President Trump Wins First Court Fight on SALT Deduction

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It looks like a key component of President Trump’s Tax Reform might get to stick around. CSNBC notes, New York judge dismisses blue state suit over SALT tax deductions

From the article

On Monday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by four states against the IRS, thwarting four blue states’ challenge against a new $10,000 cap on the deduction for state and local taxes, also known as SALT.

First, some background. In 2017, as part of President Trump’s Tax Reform Initiative, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Part of this legislation was a reduction to $10,000.00, the amount of state & local taxes that could be written off on Federal Income Taxes.

As a conservative reform measure, this was brilliant. It limited the amount of Federal subsidies high tax, mostly Democrat locales, could receive via the Federal Tax Code. Before this legislation, low tax states were effectively subsidizing higher tax states. This feature in the new law leveled the playing field by stopping the reward for prolific spending by some states, at the expense of others who more effectively manage their budgets.

Of course four leftist states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland) promptly sued. This past Monday a New York Federal District Judge, J. Paul Oetken, an Obama appointee, dismissed the case.

This development puts the ball back in Congress’s court, said Michael D’Addio, principal at Marcum in New Haven, Connecticut.
“You know that the federal law is effective and it won’t be overturned because this case has been dismissed,” he said. “Unless you pressure your senators and representatives, there won’t be a solution other than a congressional one.”

Of course this doesn’t end there. The leftists, if they can’t win at the ballot box or in court, try to circumvent the rules. At the same time as the above suit was playing out in New York…(emphasis mine)

A second lawsuit filed in July 2019 by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the Southern District of New York is still ongoing.

This time, the three states are suing to protect workarounds they built to permit taxpayers to claim deductions beyond the $10,000 SALT cap.

The three states passed legislation that would permit municipalities to establish charitable funds to pay for local services and offer property tax credits to incentivize homeowners to give.

This way, the taxpayers could write off the [their tax] payment as a charitable deduction on their federal tax returns.

Taxes now counting as charity? As I’ve often pointed out, the left never, ever quits. They are all about results, even if they have to cheat. What is more worrisome, is their entitled attitude. They honestly believe that it’s morally fine to force other states to subsidize their profligate spending habits.

Rush Limbaugh is correct. There is no compromise with these people. There is no reciprocal, “reaching across the aisle.” We must defeat them and defeat them soundly. Here’s hoping that the judge in the current case, see the Leftist effort for what it is—and quashes it.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

Follow him on Twitter: @MikeFor10394583

You can find his other Red State work here.

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President Trump Wins First Court Fight on SALT Deduction

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It looks like a key component of President Trump’s Tax Reform might get to stick around. CSNBC notes, New York judge dismisses blue state suit over SALT tax deductions

From the article

On Monday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by four states against the IRS, thwarting four blue states’ challenge against a new $10,000 cap on the deduction for state and local taxes, also known as SALT.

First, some background. In 2017, as part of President Trump’s Tax Reform Initiative, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Part of this legislation was a reduction to $10,000.00, the amount of state & local taxes that could be written off on Federal Income Taxes.

As a conservative reform measure, this was brilliant. It limited the amount of Federal subsidies high tax, mostly Democrat locales, could receive via the Federal Tax Code. Before this legislation, low tax states were effectively subsidizing higher tax states. This feature in the new law leveled the playing field by stopping the reward for prolific spending by some states, at the expense of others who more effectively manage their budgets.

Of course four leftist states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland) promptly sued. This past Monday a New York Federal District Judge, J. Paul Oetken, an Obama appointee, dismissed the case.

This development puts the ball back in Congress’s court, said Michael D’Addio, principal at Marcum in New Haven, Connecticut.
“You know that the federal law is effective and it won’t be overturned because this case has been dismissed,” he said. “Unless you pressure your senators and representatives, there won’t be a solution other than a congressional one.”

Of course this doesn’t end there. The leftists, if they can’t win at the ballot box or in court, try to circumvent the rules. At the same time as the above suit was playing out in New York…(emphasis mine)

A second lawsuit filed in July 2019 by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the Southern District of New York is still ongoing.

This time, the three states are suing to protect workarounds they built to permit taxpayers to claim deductions beyond the $10,000 SALT cap.

The three states passed legislation that would permit municipalities to establish charitable funds to pay for local services and offer property tax credits to incentivize homeowners to give.

This way, the taxpayers could write off the [their tax] payment as a charitable deduction on their federal tax returns.

Taxes now counting as charity? As I’ve often pointed out, the left never, ever quits. They are all about results, even if they have to cheat. What is more worrisome, is their entitled attitude. They honestly believe that it’s morally fine to force other states to subsidize their profligate spending habits.

Rush Limbaugh is correct. There is no compromise with these people. There is no reciprocal, “reaching across the aisle.” We must defeat them and defeat them soundly. Here’s hoping that the judge in the current case, see the Leftist effort for what it is—and quashes it.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

Follow him on Twitter: @MikeFor10394583

You can find his other Red State work here.

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Great News for L.A.’s Homeless Population: ‘Second Phase’ of City’s Plastic Straw Ban Now Underway

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A homeless encampment in Los Angeles, CA. Screen grab via Fox News.

The long-running housing crisis and homeless problems in California’s big Democrat-run cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco have been well-documented. But the tens of thousands of those living on the streets in L.A. can rest a little easier this week as the ‘second phase’ of the city’s straw ban has gone into effect.

KABC reports:

The first phase of the “Straws on Request” initiative went into effect in April on Earth Day, and applied to restaurants with more than 26 employees. The second phase expands the ordinance to include restaurants of all sizes, including fast food and sit down businesses.

Under the city ordinance, restaurants can only provide plastic straws if a patron asks for one.

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the city’s Bureau of Sanitation held a press conference Monday morning in Echo Park to remind restaurants of the law.

O’Farrell said the law seeks to reduce “single-use plastic waste from littering our beaches and waterways.”

Per the L.A. County website, “non-compliance may result in notices of violation and $25 fines for each day the business is in violation, not to exceed $300 annually.”

CBS Los Angeles notes that the L.A. version of the straw ban goes even further than a similar law already in place at the state level:

The Los Angeles ordinance is more restrictive than a state law that bars full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws because it applies to fast food restaurants and is the latest in a series of moves to by several other cities and organizations to cut down the use of plastic straws.

City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell (D), who led the effort to get the straw ban in place, told a journalist during a news conference this week that in his opinion people didn’t really need straws to drink with anyway. He also provided smoothie drinkers with some helpful advice:

Twitter users had a some thoughts and questions after reading the news about Phase Two of the straw ban and O’Farrell’s suggestion:

Fox News took an in-depth look at the homeless crisis in Los Angeles back in August. Watch their report below to find out just how bad it is, and what L.A. is (not) doing about it:

Infuriating.

(Hat tip: Twitchy)

Flashback –>> Disabled Woman Tweets Epic Thread Demonstrating the Absurdity of Plastic Straw Bans – and Her Rant Goes Viral

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Democrat Dirty Tricks in the Context of Ukraine

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Democrats have an old political playbook consisting of dirty tricks that they have been using for decades. If one pays close attention, a pattern of reuse can easily be discerned. Occasionally, they even document their political strategies, as has been done by the likes of Antonio Gramsci, Cloward and Piven, and the Devil’s disciple himself, Saul Alinsky. Let’s go through a few of them and see how they have been applied to the Ukraine leaker/complainant kerfuffle that is all the rage among wacko Democrats and their lick-spittle media these days.

First of all, Democrats (liberals, progressives and statists are also interchangeable labels these days) are themselves guilty and past perpetrators of that which they accuse Republicans. This is called “transference.” Ukraine is the perfect example, as the emotional accusations against POTUS are all about abuse of power and quid pro quo when in reality, the Democrats in the person of Joe Biden are themselves guilty as sin dipped in misery regarding these accusations. A very specific example is the video clip of Joe Biden being confronted with a question of whether he ever spoke to his son Hunter about Hunter’s business dealings in the Ukraine. Biden responded by saying “never” and then immediately shifted the topic to a demand that President Trump be investigated for his abuse of power and other supposed crimes in dealing with Ukraine.

There is a corollary to transference: Democrats thought of and did first that which they accuse Republicans of doing. In their evil minds, they believe that Republicans always do the same kinds of dirty actions as they themselves do, making it easy to accuse Republicans of the most heinous crimes whenever politically convenient. After reading the declassified transcript summary of the Trump-Zelenskiy and comparing that to the frenetic accusations of quid pro quo and “threats to national security,” it’s easy to figure out the real story, isn’t it?

No political tactic is too vile or unseemly to be used by a Democrat, and no topic is out of bounds if it furthers anything in the Democrats’ agenda. Think about the allegations in the fake Russian dossier as but one example, with the ridiculous allegations about the prostitutes, etc. With respect to Ukraine, the Democrats know about the mutual assistance treaty between the Ukraine and the US, yet they accuse the President of the most heinous crimes associated with POTUS’s request for help in assisting AG Barr’s investigations of the origins of the Russia hoax.

Next, anything is game in the pursuit of Democrat political power. Just throw it out there, and if it sticks, keep running with it. And of course, the Democrats in the legacy media will propagate and spin it even if untrue! That’s EXACTLY what is unfolding in the Ukraine affair. First there were the core accusations in the complaint, then spinning to peripheral affairs (“Trump is keeping secrets about phone calls that shouldn’t be secret,” don’t ya know!), to alleged process crimes (“obstruction”), and now to strong-arming Australia in a similar fashion in other to construct a pattern of evil Trump behavior.

Democrats continually use false straw-man arguments in public discourse in order to portray their own beliefs as correct, as well as their opponents as ostensibly “racist, bigoted, homophobic, unpatriotic,” or whatever. Invariably, their premises are incorrect. The Democrats and media are claiming that the phone transcript proves that POTUS abused his authority by pressuring Ukraine while ignoring the actual content of the transcript itself.

When Democrats go to great lengths to obfuscate and hide something, that something is extremely politically damaging to them. The louder they shriek, the worse the cover-up. POTUS’s recent remarks about the Ukraine phone call leaker are a case in point! They seek to hide the Bidens’ blatant corruption and abuse of power. Hunter Biden, who had been drummed out of the Navy on cocaine use charged, received a $50,000 per month (!) contract with Burisma Holdings Limited, an energy exploration and production company, and Joe Biden strong-armed Ukraine by threatening to withhold foreign aid in order to get the Ukrainians to fire a prosecutor investigating Hunter’s corruption (which was captured on videotape!). The Democrats may think they can convince their base that that’s not corruption or a quid pro quo, but please, the rest of us aren’t that stupid. And it’s amazing that not one major legacy media organization is looking into that criminality at all. To the contrary, they are in “Democrat protection mode and are all claiming that there is ZERO evidence despite the Biden video on the public record!

The level of Democrat caterwauling, emotion, and name-calling is directly proportional to just how bad a given liberal cover up is. It escalates in accordance with the magnitude of the infraction for which conservatives usually take the fall. That is EXACTLY what is going on with Ukraine. The Democrats know that getting to the bottom of Crowdstrike, the DNC, and the Bidens’ corruption is a stake in their collective hearts unless it can be side-tracked by top-shifting to a false set of allegations against President Trump.

Hearsay is all that is needed to accuse a Republican of the most egregious allegations. No need for evidence or truth; it’s the seriousness of the alleged crimes that is what counts in the court of public opinion. It’s all about capturing the daily headlines, not the reality of the claims themselves. Who cares if the allegations are debunked a couple news cycles later because the Democrats bank on capitalizing on the headlines of the moment, not the truth of their breathless claims. That’s what’s going on with the Ukraine kerfuffle, as the accusations of the accuser/claimant based on second-hand information and repeated by the Democrats and legacy media are completely unfounded based on any real evidence, and most particularly the phone call transcript summary.

Democrats are tyrannical—some benign, some purposely trying to change things to the detriment of us all. They believe that the law and due process are malleable depending on circumstance, and that established rules can be whimsically changed to support the politics of the moment. They think they know better and by their ostensible intelligence believe that they have every right to call the shots for the rest of us. The fact that the IC whistleblower disclosure form was changed to accommodate the leaker/claimant is a red flag example of this political tactic. And Shrillary coming forth to claim support for impeachment based on this complaint is a typical example of her elitist view of what’s “best for America” (never mind due process and what the facts evince).

Democrats are legalistic by nature; for them, it is all about process and the rule of man, not the rule of law. Nowhere have we seen any Democrat-sponsored legal actions that have been focused on actually improving outcomes. We always see them practice lawfare to advance their political goals, and Ukraine is no exception. It is almost certain that the Ukraine leaker’s complaint was written with outside legal help, as several expert commentators have previously noted, given its structure, legalistic content, and heavy use of footnotes consistent with, for example, the Mueller report. Who are the potential culprits? Those associated with Lawfareblog(dot)com spring immediately to mind.

Everything is political to Democrats; the good of the country is secondary to the good of the Democrat Party and individual Democrats. When in doubt lie, as long as it advanced Democrat political prospects. Watching San Fran Nan bring up “patriotism” in discussing their impeachment gambit as relates to the Ukraine kerfuffle makes me want to puke. That woman doesn’t know the first thing about patriotism; if you watch her body language closely, the word even sticks in her craw when she speaks it.

Democrats “move on” when the issue is embarrassing to them. When they find an issue embarrassing to Republicans/conservatives, they dwell on it endlessly (even while clamoring for Republicans/conservatives to ”get over it” on other issues). Watch for the Democrats shift to other peripheral aspects of the Ukraine kerfuffle as the truth of the matter becomes more widely known. They’re moving on to subpoenaing Trump aides and records in hopes that they’ll find some process crimes with which to justify their impeachment gambit.

To finish this off, character and ethics are non-existent in the Democrat Party. As a corollary, their allies in the media are expected to cover for any gaffes or mistakes, or at least to limit the political damage to the Democrat Party from such errors. Remember that “parody” of the President’s phone call that he pronounced during the opening statement of his committee’s hearing questioning acting DNI Joseph McGuire last week? That was the complete antithesis of character and ethics. And that defines everything you see on CNN and MSNBC as relates to the Ukraine topic.

For Democrats, outcome is inconsequential to intentions. As long as Democrats “mean well,” it doesn’t matter what the harmful consequences of their policies are (e.g., long life light bulbs with mercury in them; plastic bags; bio fuels harmful effect on food prices for the poor in third world countries; abandoning Vietnam and causing genocide of millions, etc. Or, in the context of Ukraine, the damage that will result if they continue to press for making the President’s conversations with foreign leaders public. Who on Earth would want to discuss sensitive matters with a US president if there was a high probability that those conversations would be made public? Would JFK and Nikita Khrushchev have been able to resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis if their conversations have been made public in near real-time? Yet, the Democrats don’t care about those potential consequences.

Do the aforementioned tactics bring back bad memories of past Democrat actions on other issues besides the Ukraine topic? They should! Stark examples can easily be recalled if you think about it, as those tactics are repeated endlessly by Democrats. It’s what Democrats do, folks! They could care less about solving real problems or pursuing the truth; they are all about gaining and maintaining political control. Everything they do can be reduced to that prime imperative that motivates them. In the case of Ukraine, that involves orchestrating an impeachment of the President based on false pretenses and false allegations as a means toward that end. That is what is unfolding before our eyes, using the tactics discussed here. I encourage you to look for these tactics in the Democrats’ actions going forward; identifying their use explains much. Their playbook is transparent!

The end.

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Graham: NY Times Is ‘Trying to Stop Barr’ From Investigating Russia Probe

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Why does there suddenly seem to be a full-court press by Democrats and the media to denigrate Attorney General William Barr? The latest example being the NY Times story suggesting there was something wrong with Barr talking with Australian officials about the origins of the Russian probe.

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) appeared on “Hannity” last night and called it out, plain and simple. Relevant part starts at 1:42.

Graham said the NY Times story was the beginning of the effort to try to shut down Barr’s investigation. “I want to say on national television. Barr should be talking to Australia. He should be talking to Italy. He should be talking to the U.K. to find out if their intelligence services worked with our intelligence services improperly to open up a counter-intelligence investigation of Trump’s campaign,” Graham declared. “If he’s not doing that, he’s not doing his job.”

Then Graham 2.0 dropped the Trump card on Democratic hypocrisy.

He pulled out a letter from Democrats written in May, 2018 to Ukraine, which said that if they didn’t comply in the Mueller investigation, Democrats would withhold their aid. Graham questioned why Democrats thought that was “okay” to do in the investigation of President Donald Trump, but think it was not okay simply to ask for their help in the investigation of how the Russia probe started under the Obama administration.

“This is an attempt to stop Barr from finding out what happened in the 2016 campaign,” Graham said. “What are they afraid of? This really bothers me a lot if the NY Times is going to say there’s something wrong with talking to Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom.” Graham observed that if Democrats were truly concerned about foreign interference in the election they should be concerned about “Christopher Steele being hired by the Democratic party.” Steele, an anti-Trump British national, was the person who sought alleged Russian info to undermine Trump for the Democrats through Fusion GPS and Perkins Coie.

Earlier in the show, Sean Hannity observed how it was the Democrats who not only solicited Russian information through Christopher Steele, but they also solicited Ukraine to undermine the Trump campaign. They in fact succeeded in that, by tarring Paul Manafort and forcing his resignation, Hannity said.

Hannity pressed Graham as to when we’re going to get the results of the FISA investigation, noting Democrats didn’t care about interference through all their actions in 2016 between Russian and Ukraine info, even “screwing poor Bernie” in the primary.

Graham indicated during the interview that the FISA results were coming within two weeks.

The last nugget that Graham dropped was a great question. Who was the whistleblower, Graham asked, and would we find that he or she was somehow connected to this “old intelligence community” propagated by former CIA head John Brennan and former DNI James Clapper.

If that turns out to be the case, prepare for all kinds of explosion on the part of the GOP and Trump.

Good on Graham for blasting this for what it is. There is nothing wrong with what Barr is doing in investigating the origins of the Russia probe. Unless maybe you’re scared of being found out for doing illegal or improper things.

It’s shameful that the New York Times once again seems to be carrying water for the Democratic narrative.

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Secretary Mike Pompeo Tells Democrat House Committees That He Will Not Be Bullied By Their Make Believe Subpoenas

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Last Friday, the troika of mental defectives running the House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs committees issued subpoenas to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding documents associated with President Trump’s phone call to Ukraine President Zelensky and to make himself and five other officials involved in the call available for depositions.

What had the left orgasmic was the “Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry” line which is meaningless unless or until someone takes any allegation by these clowns of “obstruction” seriously. That isn’t going to happen until there is a Democrat in the White House.

Best casing it, this is just a fishing expedition that probably will not withstand legal scrutiny by an appeals court or the Supreme Court, though it is virtually certain that an Obama judge will give a victory to them at district court level. What is actually up is House Democrats trying to use this information to keep a steady drumbeat of leaks and announcements to create the impression of misconduct where none took place.

Today Pompeo responded

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo fired a broadside at House Democrats on Tuesday, saying State Department officials scheduled to appear this week before committees conducting the impeachment inquiry would not be made available until “we obtain further clarity on these matters.”

The refusal, in a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), described the demand for depositions by five officials who played a role in U.S. relations with Ukraine as “an attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly, the distinguished professionals of the Department of State.”

His Tuesday letter chastising the committees said that he would “not tolerate such tactics, and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside at the Department of State.”

Saying that no subpoenas had been issued for the five depositions, he said “we are not aware of any other authority by which the committee could compel appearance at a depositions,” and that the scheduled depositions thus “could only be read as a request for a voluntary appearance of the five Department officials.”

The committees, Pompeo said, had provided insufficient time for the officials to prepare and to consult both private and State Department lawyers, as well as consultations “regarding the Department’s legitimate interests in safeguarding potentially privileged and classified information.”

I don’t know how this plays out. The one thing for certain is that if it goes into the courts, it will not be decided before next year and it is difficult to see how the Democrats keep this particular leaky balloon inflated if the have active resistance from the executive branch.

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CNN Fluffed Five Democrat Congresswomen but the Left Still Hilariously Lost Their Minds

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Wokeness was always going to inevitably lead to the Democrats eating their own and the latest example of that comes courtesy of CNN. They decided to run a fluff piece on the heroic actions of five Democrat Congresswomen who back impeachment.

The problem? See if you can spot it.

If you guessed it’s because they are all white, congrats and collect your winnings.

This led to some hilarious pushback because CNN dared to take five minutes off from blobbing over AOC and Rashida Tlaib, who are also big proponents of impeachment.

Here’s The Intercept gnashing their teeth.

Then there’s the other narrative, one in which the media has selected different heroes of the burgeoning impeachment effort — without including the leftist women of color. According to a weekend CNN feature, credit for the impeachment effort should instead go to four freshmen members of Congress — all of them white women with backgrounds in national security work. These women, who rather unbearably call themselves “the badasses,” only came around to supporting impeachment in the last two weeks.

On the air, CNN host Jake Tapper, following up on a Trump campaign adviser’s remarks, questioned whether two early advocates for impeachment — Tlaib and Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who is black — undermined the seriousness of the pursuit. “Do those members of your party,” Tapper askedRep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich. — one of the “badasses” — on his Sunday show, “undermine the seriousness with which you and other colleagues of yours want to proceed?” (Slotkin simply said she couldn’t speak for others and returned to her talking points.)

Taken together, the picture speaks to an even more grim dynamic: While Trump demonizes Congress’s progressive women of color, CNN erases their work.

White women, am I right?

Just spit-balling here, but perhaps Maxine Waters isn’t getting credit because she’s being calling for impeachment since Trump was elected. That makes her a deadly unserious person that propagated, and continues to propagate a conspiracy theory (Russian collusion). The fact that Democrats have finally found a more palatable reason to impeach for their moderates doesn’t make Waters any less of a clown in her pursuits.

Let them fight I say.

You will never be woke enough and CNN will learn that lesson the hard way eventually. By then, it’ll be far too late to salvage whatever credibility they may have had in the past.

The funny thing is, the fluff piece is actually garbage, so perhaps the wokest of the woke have this one right? These five congresswomen are not brave nor are they making history. They are simply following the herd and realized they couldn’t hold back anymore. And now, if Republicans can get out of their own way for 2020, they will pay the electoral price.

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Collusion: Devastating Video Shows Just How Far Back Dems, Media Worked Together to Push for Impeachment

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It’s not breaking news that Democrats and the mainstream media have carelessly tossed the word “collusion” around like a rag doll over the last three years, and it’s no secret they’ve done so in an effort to “prove” Donald Trump was guilty of an impeachable offense.

But seeing it in living color is perhaps even more convincing and damning than merely talking about what they’ve done.

Newbusters has put together a devastating compilation video of just how often journalists, left wing commentators, and elected Democrats have worked together harmoniously to (erroneously) make a case for Trump’s impeachment well-before he was even inaugurated.

Bill D’Agostino sets the scene:

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.

Watch the video below:

And for the record, national digital and print media outlets have been just as guilty of feeding the impeachment frenzy early on as cable news outlets:

As it turns out, there has been collusion going on for the last three years done for purposes of interfering in an election – except it was between Democrats and the MSM, not Trump and Russia.

Flashback –>> Trump Impeachment Talk Started Before He Was Even Nominated

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