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Report: Whistleblower Did Not Inform ICIG About Contacts With Schiff, Which May Have Been a Felony

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A lot of information is coming out now which is effectively destroying the credibility of the complaint of the Ukraine whistleblower, from the knowledge that the whistleblower had contacts with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) while Schiff was saying publicly that he had no contacts, to the Volker testimony that was just released completely blowing the claims in the complaint out of the water.

We also found out the person is, big surprise, a registered Democrat.

But now there’s more information and it may spell big trouble for the whistleblower, if true.

From The Federalist:

According to Fox News investigative reporter Catherine Herridge, ICIG Michael Atkinson testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) that the anti-Trump complainant, whose identity has not been made public, did not inform the ICIG in his complaint that he or his team had already contacted Democratic staff working for Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chairman of the House intelligence committee.

Another contact involved the whistleblower writing a letter to Schiff on August 12, informing him about his concerns. The letter contained an attachment which has not been released. But the complaint was allegedly dated August 12.

The Federalist explains why this failure is such a problem:

The complainant’s failure to disclose his interactions with Schiff or his staff could put him in legal hot water, as the whistleblower form he submitted requires individuals to disclose “other actions you are taking on your disclosure” under penalty of perjury. An entire page of the whistleblower form is dedicated to collecting information about previous disclosures so the ICIG can take appropriate action in response to the complaint.

“I have previously disclosed (or am disclosing) the violations alleged here to (complete all that apply),” the form requires the complainant to attest. The form includes checkboxes for disclosures to other inspectors general, other agencies, the Department of Justice, the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Special Counsel, other executive branch departments, Congress and its respective committees, and media. It also includes a separate question asking the complainant to detail those previous disclosures to the ICIG.

The bottom of the form requires the complainant to swear to the truth of everything asserted or the person could face prosecution for a false statement, a felony that could earn one five years in prison.

The Federalist confirmed with an official that the box about notifying Congress was left empty.

It is not clear exactly when the contact with the aide was made or whether there were potentially other contacts. But the contact with the aide, who told the whistleblower to go the ICIG obviously preceded filling out the form for the ICIG, hence the problem.

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Fox News Fires Back After Biden Campaign Warns Them Not to Run Trump Ukraine Ad

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Joe Biden might think he can tightly control his campaign messaging, but Fox News just let him know today that he has another thing coming.

Last night, I wrote about a threatening letter sent to the cable news outlet from Biden’s campaign warning them not to run a new ad from the Trump campaign on the Ukraine issue that will soon be airing in key early voting states as part of a massive ad blitz.

To recap, here’s what Biden’s team said in the letter:

In a letter to Fox News and Fox Business general counsel Lily Claffee, Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz wrote that the ad “falsely states” that “Biden offered Ukraine $1 billion to fire the prosecutor investigating a company affiliated with his son.”
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“Though the Trump campaign is prepared to fabricate outright lies, your station’s airwaves should not be used to disseminate them,” Schultz wrote. “We are putting you on notice about the absolute falsity of the advertisement’s claims, and we expect that you will reject it. Please consider this letter a standing request that you reject any advertisement containing similar claims, regardless whether the Trump campaign or a third-party group seeks to place it.”

For those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s the ad:

CNN announced earlier this week they would not be running the ad, in deference to the Biden campaign in part because it disparages several of their news personalities, including Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon, and Jim Acosta.

Fox News has since issued a statement in response to the Biden campaign letting them know they will not bow to threats:

“We are not in the business of censoring ads from candidates on either side of the aisle. Vice President Joe Biden has a standing invitation to appear on any of our platforms.”

This isn’t the first time in recent weeks that Joe Biden has attempted to flex some muscle with cable news outlets in hopes of suppressing the Ukraine story.

Last week, Red State’s streiff wrote about how the Biden campaign was attempting to intimidate cable news networks into keeping President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani off their airwaves, alleging he we was “spread[ing] false, debunked conspiracy theories on behalf of Donald Trump.”

Read the full letter below:

Even if Biden happened to be successful in shutting down Giuliani from the airwaves and the Trump ad from Fox News, the fact remains that Trump himself will not be quiet about it and will continue to raise the issue into the general election campaign season, assuming Biden ends up being the nominee.

Stay tuned.

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Volker Testimony Released, Blows Impeachment Narrative and Schiff’s Story Out of the Water

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The Volker testimony has now been released and once again, we find that the Democrats’ version of the facts is false.

That fact explains why Republicans yesterday said there was no case after hearing his testimony and why Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) ran scurrying away from reporters refusing to comment.

The full transcript pretty much blows their theory of the case for impeachment out of the water.

Kurt Volker was a U.S. diplomatic envoy to Ukraine for two years. He said that contrary to the whistleblower complaint there was never any effort to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on Hunter or Joe Biden.

From The Federalist:

“As you will see from the extensive text messages I am providing, which convey a sense of real-time dialogue with several different actors, Vice President Biden was never a topic of discussion,” he said.

Volker testified that he never even mentioned a delay on U.S. military assistance to Ukrainian officials until late August, when news reports indicated that funding had been put on hold. Volker’s statement directly undercuts claims that the funding was part of a deliberate quid pro quo meant to force the Ukrainians to take certain actions in order for the military aids to be released.

Volker’s testimony also reflected badly on Democrats. Volker said that Trump didn’t have the best view of the Ukraine because of their involvement in allegedly helping the Democrats undermine him during the 2016 election and Trump was not happy with corruption in the country.

Volker testified that he believed the allegations of Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections on behalf of the Democrats were “plausible.”

He said on the other hand that no one on the Trump team was trying to do that in the 2020 election. “The point about Ukraine avoiding anything that could play into U.S. elections in 2020 is a message that I know our Chargé in Ukraine, Amb. Bill Taylor, reinforced in other meetings,” Volker asserted.

He said that he was not on the Ukraine phone call being looked at, but that overall it was a “good” call and in no way was there any quid pro quo or linkage of aid related to the Bidens.

“All said it was a good, congratulatory call, that they discussed the importance of fighting corruption and promoting reform in Ukraine, and that President Trump reiterated his invitation to President Zelensky to visit the White House,” he testified. “I was not made aware of any reference to Vice President Biden or his son, which I only learned about when the transcript of the call was released on September 25, 2019.”

So if he didn’t even know Biden was mentioned he couldn’t really be helping to push for an investigation, blowing another whistleblower claim the Volker helped demands to look into Hunter Biden. The testimony also kills the whistleblower claim that aid was held up because they didn’t even know about it, so it couldn’t be any pressure. It wasn’t public until August.

Looks like Schiff and the other Democrats are flailing desperately, because their case is going down in flames.

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Can You Say Coup? Rashida Tlaib Reveals Democrat Discussions to Arrest Trump Officials

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President Donald Trump has broken Democrats and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) showed by just how much during an event she was holding with supporters on Tuesday.

Tlaib was caught on video revealing that Democrats have been discussing how and whether to arrest Trump officials for not complying with subpoenas.

From Free Beacon:

Tlaib told Detroit constituents at her “Congress, Coffee, and Conversation” event on Tuesday that lawmakers are focused on how best to take cabinet members into custody. “This is the first time we’ve ever had a situation like this,” she said. “So they’re trying to figure out, no joke, is it the D.C. police that goes and gets them? We don’t know. Where do we hold them?” ….

Tlaib said her colleagues are “trying to tread carefully” in this “uncharted territory.”

“I will tell them they can hold all those people right here in Detroit,” she joked. “We’ll take care of them and make sure they show up to the committee hearings.”

It’s not clear who specifically she is talking about arresting, although Democrats have had contempt votes against people such as Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

First, it wouldn’t be the D.C. police, it would be the Capitol Police.

But secondly, not responding to a subpoena isn’t “uncharted territory.” The Obama administration made it practically a cottage industry to avoid Congressional requests for information when they were embroiled in the many scandals – Benghazi, the IRS, Hillary Clinton, spying on Congress.

Indeed, former Attorney General Eric Holder, who described himself both as Obama’s “wingman” and his “boy,” was held in contempt for failing to turn over documents that were under subpoena in the Fast and Furious fiasco. The GOP didn’t arrest him. That was a real scandal not the manufactured angst they had against Ross and Barr over the unreacted Mueller report and the citizenship question on the census, respectively.

Holder withheld information about the Obama administration involvement in shipping about 2000 guns to Mexico that were then used to kill hundreds of Mexicans and at least one American law enforcement officer, CBP agent Brian Terry. Small difference.

One of the Obama administration weapons was even found when the U.S. ultimately nailed “El Chapo” in 2016.

From National Review:

Now, Fast and Furious is back in the news. Earlier this month, a raid on the hidey-hole of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman recovered not only the notorious drug lord, but a (“massive”) .50-caliber rifle, capable of stopping a car or shooting down a helicopter, that originated with the ATF program. Rest easy, though: Only 34 such rifles were sold through the program.

The news comes just days after a federal judge rejected President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege to deny Congress access to Fast and Furious–related records it requested back in 2012 as part of an investigation into the gun-walking operation. Despite the IRS scandal, Benghazi, and a host of other accusations of malfeasance against this White House, it remains this president’s sole assertion of executive privilege.

Yet Republicans didn’t arrest Holder. And that scandal, like the many many scandals of the Obama administration, went down the memory hole when the administration refused to comply.

On the other hand, the DOJ has found there was nothing criminal with Ross or Barr refusing to comply with Democrats’ political witch hunt game.

From Politico:

In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said the Cabinet officials’ defiance of congressional subpoenas seeking information about the 2020 census “did not constitute a crime.”

“[A]ccordingly the department will not bring the congressional contempt citations before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the attorney general or the secretary,” Rosen wrote, citing legal precedents from administration of both parties.

But imagine, this is where Democrats are at right now. They literally want to arrest their opponents. Can we say coup, people? And they say Trump is a “threat to democracy” or norms? They are ripping up norms right and left while ignoring their own hypocrisy in the process.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was on the Trump-Ukraine call, has said he will not testify and countenance the improper impeachment effort, calling it an “attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State,” according to Free Beacon. And because the Democrats have not brought the question of an impeachment inquiry to a formal vote of the full floor, GOP are contesting their ability to subpoena and proceed without a proper vote.

The Trump administration is not likely to fold over any time soon for the Democrats who are desperate to tag Trump with something as the election inches ever closer and their prospects, given their candidates, are deeply questionable.

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Never Trumper Bill Kristol Tried to Zing Ted Cruz on “Impeachment Circus” Comments and It Did Not Go Well

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Sen. Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News last week two days after the White House authorized the release of the Trump/Zelensky phone call transcript, and three days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly declared an impeachment inquiry would soon be underway.

Naturally, the focus of Cruz’s interview was on whether or not he felt there was quid pro quo on the call and if he believed President Trump committed any impeachable offenses on the call.

Here’s what Cruz said:

“Washington is always a circus, but this is three rings with all the clowns and it’s nuts right now.” Cruz also had a hilarious analogy describing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, pushed by leftists in her party, announcing Democrats would pursue impeachment proceedings. Cruz quipped, “Watching her, it almost reminded me of a hostage video; she was blinking SOS.”
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“And it’s driven at the end of the day — Congressional Democrats are angry. They’re angry about the 2016 election and ultimately they’re angry at the voters. They’re angry that the voters elected President Trump. All of this, from day one, from day one they have been wanting to get this president out of office, and as a result they’re not doing the job.”

Cruz’s comments didn’t sit well with the Never Trumpers at the Bulwark, including editor-at-large Bill Kristol. He tweeted out a link to a recent Bulwark piece with a quote critical about how Cruz had decided after just two weeks that the impeachment push was a “circus” even though in the past he (allegedly) was not so quick to dismiss the idea when it came to impeaching President Obama:

Cruz saw Kristol’s tweet and leveled him, noting that House Democrats had a history of showing support for impeaching Trump over non-impeachable offenses, like they did in response to his criticism of The Squad from over the summer:

Kristol, of course, didn’t respond.

Here are some inconvenient facts for Never Trumpers:

Democrats (and the mainstream media) have been laser-focused on impeaching Trump since well-before he was even elected. They ramped up the talk before he was even inaugurated, and Rep. Maxine Waters made the call for impeachment official during the Trump presidency barely two weeks after he’d taken office.

The impeachment efforts against Trump have been sham efforts at ousting him from the Oval Office because of political disagreements and because he disrupted what was to be the coronation of Queen Hillary in 2016.

Cruz is right to be skeptical right off of any efforts Democrats put forth to impeach Trump, no matter what kind of whataboutism games Kristol and the rest of the crew at Bulwark decide to play on any given day.

Related–>> Cocaine Mitch To Dems: Impeachment Is Not A Tool To Be Used For “Relitigating” Elections You Lost

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Woman At AOC Town Hall Loses it Over Climate Change, Demands We “Eat Babies,” AOC Reaction is Priceless

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) held a town hall in her district last night and it turned into one for the books. Not because of any policy that she was trying to push but because of the reaction of one of the members of the audience.

A woman stood up and began decrying climate change, saying we only had a few months left, and that Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t moving fast enough. Then it really went over the slide. Have a listen as she demands that in order to stop the CO2 we have to “eat the babies.”

Now we were really hoping someone was not that ill. The delivery and “even if we bomb Russia” would suggest that. She even had an “eat the babies” shirt. And this morning, the LaRouche group is saying she was a troll, part of their group.

But the problem, of course, is that there is so much extremism when it comes to the climate change cult, one can never be completely sure. We’ve seen kids freaking out and crying desperately because they think the world is going to die in 18 months, 3 years or 12 years depending on whatever line it is they’ve been sold.

People like Ocasio-Cortez have stoked such fears with their extreme and false rhetoric.

So did AOC take any responsibility for the freak-out during her town hall? For cultivating a climate of crazy reactions? No.

While she does say we do have “more than a few months,” she really doesn’t do more than that. She doesn’t say no, we don’t need to eat the babies.

But she did go all-in on Twitter, blaming folks on the right for their reactions to the woman’s remarks and using the woman’s response as an excuse to push Medicare for all.

Twitchy picked up some of the pushback to Ocasio-Cortez.

Because the problem is no matter the story with this woman, Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk are fanning the flames of hysteria about climate change and a bunch of other things they paint as existential threats to gain more government control over us.

And that’s no joke.

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The Ukraine Impeachmnt Desperation Exposes Democrats and the Press as Incapable of Dealing with a Non-Politician

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It is a true aphorism in that it delivers the goods in a pithy fashion. In describing the level of targeting President Trump has received a person has said, ‘’They are not targeting him, they are targeting us. He’s just standing in the way.’’ Sure, it’s an oversimplification, but that last sentence explains much of the behavior we have been seeing out of Washington in regards to the President of late.

Beyond the easy explanation of chalking it up to Trump Derangement Syndrome what we are seeing playing out is a combination of frustration and desperation out of the Democrats, and by extension many members of the media. Consider the level of political attacks, and how they have been pervasive since Trump was sworn into office. Any normal politician would have been rendered in some capacity and that is exactly the point, and it is also the reason.

Trump, to put it quite simply is not a politician, and that reality has stymied the politicians and those who cover politics.

The Ukrainian controversy and its attached hopes for impeachment have exposed a certain high level of flailing by Democrats. Many members of that party have been insistent on bringing up impeachment hearings, for years now. The Russian collusion certainty has been as successful as an Atlantean fireworks display. The assured scandal that would fell the President at the hands of Stormy Daniels has instead seen her losing a judgment, and her lawyer on the verge of losing a career. The Dems have been so desperate that they explored impeachment hearings this summer on the basis that Trump had said some mean things to select House members

So now it is a supposed impropriety on a phone call that will bring him down. The Democrats feel as if their insistence alone that wrongdoing took place will be enough, with the reliable aid arriving from a consistently hysterical media. You can see the generated outrage in the faces of the talking heads; look at the flummoxed expressions on the face of Rep. Adam Schiff — this stuff is supposed to work. And there has been no effect on Trump after nearly three years.

This is because Trump, by not being a politician, is not at all swayed by political brinkmanship. Recall during the election when he appeared disinterested at times in the process. Look at the ways his field teams appeared disorganized, and the ways he had pledged to upend not just the Democrats but also the GOP, and even the electoral process. Trump was a reluctant winner, and his vocal pledges to ‘’Drain the swamp’’ was a signal. He harbors disdain for them, and their process.

The main commodity in D.C. is power. It is what drives every person in that town, and it is what is leveraged to get things done. You get your way by assuring someone they can acquire more, or you threaten by removing what they have. Trump has no more to gain, and quite possibly is not all too concerned if he has it removed. Career politicians like Adam Schiff are using tactics they are accustomed to, but they are impotent against an apathetic target. They are drawing up a complex play on a whiteboard to assure the winning 3-point shot, and Trump is telling them he thinks basketball is a waste of time. Yet this is all they know.

Look at how the story of the Ukraine phone call has

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President Trump DARES Nancy Pelosi To Hold An Impeachment Vote

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Your move Nancy

You just knew this was coming.

You knew the push back from the White House on the impeachment thing was going to happen and it looks like in the wake of the Kurt Volker testimony today on the hill falling flat ( My colleague Bonchie covered that here Kurt Volker’s Testimony Appears To Have Left Adam Schiff Scrambling) the White House is ready to launch in classic Trump style.

With a dare.

Axios   is now reporting that the White House will release a letter daring San Fran Nan to take a vote and get this party started.

From the article…

The White House is planning to send Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter as soon as Friday arguing that President Trump and his team can ignore lawmakers’ demands until she holds a full House vote formally approving an impeachment inquiry, 2 sources familiar with the letter tell Axios.

*Trump wants to force House Democrats in vulnerable races to be on the record if they favor pursuing impeachment, these sources tell us.

*Republicans also say the minority party can exert more influence over hearings and other aspects of an inquiry once it is formalized with a vote.

*By calling this an inquiry without holding a vote, Pelosi and the Democratic committee chairmen are having it both ways, one official said. “They want to be a little bit pregnant.”

Pelosi is clearly betting now that without a vote this will end up in the courts and bog this process down. She can then claim to the “Squad” and their supporters that she did all she could and the Democrats will need to beat Trump at the ballot box in 2020. Otherwise, she should hold the vote which historically has been done and limits what the executive branch can do but ALSO gives the minority in the House some more power than they have now.

This is actually a shrewd move by Nancy.

However, Trump and his team once again are going to seize the P.R high ground with this letter. Even poor Jim Acosta over at CNN will be sputtering about why arent the Democrats taking a vote to squash this Presidency.

If the Speaker of the House is so confident in the bill of goods that Adam Schiff sold her than she should follow precedent and open an impeachment inquiry with a vote of the full house and roll the dice as they say.

Unless of course, she doesn’t want to take the Trump triple dog dare challenge.

The way the Russian collusion thing fell apart you can’t really blame her if she doesn’t.

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As the Ukraine Whistleblower Story Falters, Dems/Media Have Another Flawed Story Lined up and Ready to Go

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The Ukraine whistleblower story has been disintegrating all week. It really took a dive yesterday when it was revealed that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) had prior knowledge of the complaint while publicly he was professing otherwise.

But the Washington Post dropped a story tonight that suggests Democrats may have an even more flawed story lined up in the box.

The WaPo claims:

An Internal Revenue Service official has filed a whistleblower complaint reporting that he was told at least one Treasury Department political appointee attempted to improperly interfere with the annual audit of the president or vice president’s tax returns, according to multiple people familiar with the document.

The problem? Once again, this is anonymous hearsay complaint, not even firsthand but a thirdhand claim of what allegedly occurred.

With the sudden and convenient whistleblower rule change, are we now to expect a flood of hearsay complaints based on “someone told me something.” How ridiculous is this?

Then while such information is supposed to be confidential after it is filed, once again we see an obviously convenient leak to the WaPo who is then all too happy to publish anonymous hearsay if it helps to serve the Democratic narrative. Democrats need to be called on the carpet for this.

It’s unclear who the “political appointee” in question is or even if it’s a pro or anti-Trump person. It’s not even clear if it refers to the president or the vice president’s returns.

But that isn’t stopping the Democrats from getting geared up, according to the WaPo, who said congressional Democrats are now circulating on Capitol Hill and have flagged it to a federal judge. Rep. Richard Neal told Bloomberg he is consulting with legal counsel about whether to release the whistleblower complaint. Democrats are calling it “deeply significant allegation” “if true,” the WaPo says.

Ah, the “if true” standard strikes again. If true, unicorns can fly. Thirdhand hearsay. Journalism at its finest.

Meanwhile, the WaPo admits that they themselves have not been able to confirm that anything wrong happened.

“The Post has been unable to verify the allegation in the whistleblower’s complaint of improper communication between Treasury and IRS on the tax audit program.”

But hey, it’s cool, we’ll run with it anyway.

James Jackson, a deputy inspector general at the Treasury Department, said in September when asked about the whistleblower complaint at a congressional hearing: “We can’t confirm or deny that we may or may not be doing anything. I can tell you, though, that anytime we get any kind of allegation in this world, in this realm, we investigate it aggressively.”

Jackson added: “We are not aware of any misconduct.”

In his interview with The Post, the whistleblower dismissed the contention of critics that the complaint was uncorroborated.

“That’s what investigations are for,” he said.

No, investigations apparently are now witch hunts without actual evidence of wrongdoing at the start to serve the Democrats’ desire to somehow go after the president. Because 2020 is coming and Orange Man Bad and we, the Democrats, have to throw what we can against the wall.

For shame.

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GOP Leader Calls Pelosi out for Not Following Impeachment Rules, Pelosi Says She Doesn’t Have to Hold an Inquiry Vote

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) went after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today, calling on her to suspend the “impeachment inquiry” and criticizing her for proceeding without following any of the rules required to conduct one.

McCarthy also called out Democratic committee chairs for proceeding without any bipartisanship and not allowing the participation of the Republicans.

From Fox News:

“Unfortunately, you have given no clear indication as to how your impeachment inquiry will proceed – including whether key historical precedents or basic standards of due process will be observed,” McCarthy said in his letter. “In addition, the swiftness and recklessness with which you have proceeded has already resulted in committee chairs attempting to limit minority participation in scheduled interviews, calling into question the integrity of such an inquiry.” ….

In his letter to Pelosi, McCarthy asked a number of questions, including whether Pelosi plans to hold a full House vote on authorizing the impeachment inquiry, whether she plans to grant subpoena powers to both the committee chairs and the ranking members, and whether she’ll allow Trump’s lawyers to attend the hearings.

After concerns were first raised about an “equal playing field” during the Volker session, Fox News is told Democrats made concessions and agreed to equal representation from Democratic and Republican counsels in the room. However, even though there are representatives from the Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs Committees, only the Intelligence Committee can ask questions.

Pelosi’s response? Who has to pay attention to the rules? She claimed “existing rules of the House provide House Committees with full authority to conduct investigations for all matters under their jurisdiction.” Forget about bipartisanship.

She also claimed there was no requirement to take a vote to start an impeachment inquiry.

Unreal.

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) blasted that and said media should be pushing back on the falsehood.

The leading Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul, sent a formal letter to the Democratic Chair of his Committee Eliot Engel (D-NY) yesterday that Pelosi was flouting House Rules X and XI.

Citing House Rules X and XI, McCaul said that until Congress members from both parties vote to create a special impeachment task force to carry out proceedings, “Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lacks the jurisdiction to investigate the Department of State’s conduct of United States foreign policy toward Ukraine. That prerogative belongs to our Members.”

“Official impeachment inquiries are initiated by the adoption of a House resolution empowering or creating a committee or task force to undertake such activities,” McCaul continued. “In both the Nixon and Clinton cases, the Judiciary Committee debated and reported a resolution authorizing the Judiciary Committee to investigate whether there were sufficient grounds to impeach the President, which was then debated and voted on by the full House of Representatives. There have been no such debates or votes in this Congress.”

More:

CRS is the Congressional Research Service.

Talk about “threat to democracy” or “coup.”

What would say that more than not following precedent and the rules and not allowing bipartisanship while the Democrats themselves appear to be hip-deep involved in shaping the claims?

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