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Attorney General Barr accuses the left of systemic ‘sabotage’ of Trump administration

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Attorney General Bill Barr accused congressional Democrats Friday of “using every tool” to “sabotage” the Trump administration by setting a “dangerous” precedent in implying that the government is illegitimate.

During a speech at the Federalist Society’s dinner in Washington, Barr took aim at the “resistance,” accusing liberal lawmakers of attacking the very foundations of the Constitution.

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“I deeply admire the American presidency as a political and constitutional institution,” he began. “Unfortunately over the past several decades, we have seen a steady encroachment on executive authority by the other branches of the government.”

Barr said the “avalanche of subpoenas” and constant attempt to derail appointments by the Trump administration have only served to “incapacitate” the executive branch.

“Immediately after President Trump won the election, opponents inaugurated what they called the ‘resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch and his administration.”

“The cost of this constant harassment is real,” he continued.

Bar likened the language used by Trump’s opponents to that of groups who attempt to overthrow militant rule of seized governments.

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“Now resistance is the language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power. It obviously connotes that the government is not legitimate. This is a very dangerous and, indeed, incendiary notation to import into the politics of a democratic republic.”

He continued: “They essentially see themselves engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government.”

Barr claimed that while Trump’s presidency falls outside the norm of previous administrations, he was elected with the public fully aware of this.

“The fact is, that, yes, while the president has certainly thrown out the traditional beltway playbook and punctilio, he was upfront about what he was going to do and the people decided that he was going to serve as president.”

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Barr’s comments came on the same as Congress held a second public hearing in the House impeachment inquiry.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tom Del Beccaro: 7 impeachment hearing takeaways – Plus winners and losers

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After the first two days of Trump impeachment hearings by the House Intelligence Committee, it seems few people have changed their minds about whether the president should be impeached. We need to settle back in our seats because neither side is giving an inch.

Did the Democrats strengthen their case against President Trump? Who were the winners and losers? Did former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch have it right when she testified Friday that she can’t say if President Trump bribed anyone or committed a crime?

Time will tell, but here are my seven takeaways and some winners and losers from the first week of public impeachment hearings, held Wednesday and Friday.

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 The stock market doesn’t care 

All of the U.S. stock exchanges are at or near all-time highs. Could it be that the bull market assumes that the impeachment hearings will amount to nothing? Or that investors know Trump is not going to be removed from office by the Republican-controlled Senate, and therefore there is no threat to the markets in the year ahead? It would seem so.

The hearings are a political TV show

The Watergate hearings considering the impeachment of President Richard Nixon truly uncovered facts. The House Intelligence Committee hearings chaired by Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., now underway are not fact-finding hearings.

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All of the witnesses that Schiff has called or will be calling to testify have had their depositions taken. That means the Democrats already know exactly what their witnesses will say in advance of the public hearing.

As a result, Democrats have scripted their leading questions to score political points – not to uncover facts. Republicans are also able to undertake cross-examination based on what they already know.

This is not an inquiry. This is a made-for-TV political event.

Most Americans don’t find the hearings all that interesting

To their credit, the cable TV news networks are providing full coverage of the hearings. Americans have full access, yet the ratings so far are lower than the congressional hearings for former FBI Director James Comey in 2017 and now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last year.

Does that mean that public interest in impeachment is lukewarm? That the public doesn’t trust the impeachment process? Or that most people already have their minds made up on whether Trump should be impeached, as 70 percent said in a recent poll? Or does it mean that most Americans are getting tired of Washington political battles?

Frankly, it is likely all four. Regardless of the exact reason, lukewarm ratings aren’t indicative of a coming rise in support for impeachment.

 Do policy differences warrant impeachment?  

Three State Department officials have testified so far. A huge percentage of their testimony has been about their opinions and feelings about the Trump administration’s foreign policy goals and conduct. Since when are policy differences the basis of impeachment?

New facts not coming out

There are not many facts in play. If there were, why would Yovanovitch have no information on the call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that prompted the impeachment inquiry, or events thereafter? Why were the first two witnesses “hearsay” witnesses who were barely involved?

Devoid of new facts, the Democrats sought Friday to portray President Trump as a bad guy who was grossly unfair to ambassadors. Is that impeachable?

The imperial Schiff

The late Rep. Peter Rodino, D-N.J., only reluctantly oversaw impeachment proceedings against President Nixon in the House. In contrast, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff has been going after President Trump for the past two years.

Schiff has lied about the facts related to the Trump-Russia collusion investigation and lied about his panel’s contacts with the whistleblower regarding the Trump-Zelensky call on Ukraine. Now he has designated himself the inquisitor in chief in the Trump impeachment inquiry.

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Schiff and the partisan counsel for the committee, who pushed the Steele dossier and the lies about Trump’s conduct, have repeatedly asked leading questions chock-full of “facts not in evidence.”

Yet, Schiff warned witnesses this week not to answer Republican questions that included “facts not in evidence.”  Meanwhile, he continues to block the testimony of the whistleblower and refuses to give Republicans the transcripts of certain witnesses.

In short, Schiff is running an unfair hearing. Don’t expect that to change as he continues to deny Republicans the right to call certain witnesses, including the so-called whistleblower, despite the assurances of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Schiff that the whistleblower would be a witness.

More proof that this is a staged event – not an actual inquiry.

A political brawl

Given all of that, and the last three years of attacks on President Trump, can anyone be surprised that the president tweeted and spoke poorly of a witness – former Ambassador Yovanovitch?

Always remember that President Bill Clinton and his team relentlessly attacked witnesses and Independent Counsel Ken Starr in the Clinton impeachment – including two women who made sexual misconduct accusations against Clinton.

As for the current impeachment hearings, they are designed to politically wound President Trump at the least – and at most remove him from office. From all we know of Donald Trump, you could well expect more of punching back from this President – all to the delight of his supporters and to the benefit of his fundraising.

Winners & Losers

 Winner: Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., for standing up to Schiff on the Intelligence Committee.  She wouldn’t be silenced by Schiff and read old tweets from him in which he said the Ukraine whistleblower would testify before the committee – a position Schiff now rejects. Republicans have found a young star. The Democrats must be worried about Stefanik because they are already attacking her.

 Loser: Democratic presidential hopefuls. They are all being pushed off the front page because of impeachment coverage, and those serving in the Senate will be sidelined attending Trump’s Senate trial if he is impeached in the House.

 Winner: Ukraine. It is getting so much attention that it must seem to be the center of the world for many TV viewers.

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 Loser::Former Vice President Joe Biden. The witnesses have made clear that Ukraine is a swamp and that his son was highly paid to serve on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company. This was – at the very least – a conflict of interest. Every day Biden is tied to Ukraine is not a good day for his already sliding campaign.

Loser. Due process. In the context of these hearings, that assumes equal treatment, reciprocally applied. That is not happening and apparently will not happen. That is the worst thing of all for everyone.

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House Ethics Committee warns lawmakers about access to secure areas after GOP members’ intrusion

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The House Ethics Committee has sent a memo to members of Congress and their staffers about how to conduct themselves in secure areas, weeks after around two dozen Republican lawmakers barged into a closed-door deposition in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

The memo, signed by Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Ranking Member Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, reminds members that they are given access to classified rooms “on a ‘need to know’ basis” and warns that “breaches of security protocols or unauthorized disclosures could result in the decertification of these facilities[, which would] significantly impair the House’s ability to conduct its business.”

“Inadvertent breaches of security protocols or unauthorized disclosures may be handled as a matter of security by the committees of jurisdiction over the relevant classified information or controlled areas,” the memo continued. “However, attempts to gain unauthorized access to classified areas or purposeful breaches of basic security protocols may cause classified information to be improperly disclosed, and may reflect discreditably on the House as a legislative body.”

On Oct. 23, about 30 House Republicans, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., flooded the secure room where Laura Cooper, who oversees Ukraine policy at the Department of Defense, was set to testify. Because there was no agreement that non-members of the Intelligence, Oversight or Foreign Affairs Committees could be present, Cooper’s deposition was delayed for approximately hours after Intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., suspended the proceedings.

Some of the Republican members brought in phones and other electronic devices into the secure area, despite agreeing to an oath that they would not do so. Members of the House GOP had repeatedly accused Democrats of a lack of transparency in the early stages of the inquiry.

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In Friday’s memo, Deutch and Marchat reminded members that “portable electronic devices [PEDs] should generally not be taken into any controlled area.  PEDs include, but are not limited to, cell phones, laptops, smartwatches, tablets, or any other devices capable of transmitting or receiving an electronic signal.”

The Republicans eventually left the secure room and Cooper completed her deposition.

Following the incident, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., sent a letter to House Sergeant at Arms Irving, raising “serious concerns” about the security of SCIF’s. He asked Irving to “take action with respect to the Members involved in the breach.”

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Adriana Cohen: Trump impeachment inquiry is Democratic election meddling and a one-sided charade

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While Democrats pretend to care about stopping foreign interference into our elections to preserve the integrity of our democracy, they conveniently turn a blind eye to their own election meddling. The rest of us can see with our own eyes.

First, it was the #RussiaHoax manufactured by a cabal of anti-Trump foes: former FBI Director James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan and others who took Democrat-funded opposition research — sourced from Russia and an ex-British spy — and used the “unverified and salacious” dossier to trigger multiple criminal investigations into Donald Trump and his associates to stop him from getting elected.

When that failed, Trump-hating FBI agent Strzok texted his lover Page about the “insurance policy” that high-powered officials in the FBI and deep state put in place in case of the unlikely scenario Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election.

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That was the first known example of domestic election meddling — in a major U.S. presidential election, no less — by those on the left who first tried to block Trump from getting elected in 2016 by concocting a phony “Russian collusion” conspiracy narrative. When that collapsed, Democrats called for a special counsel investigation as a Plan B maneuver to oust our duly elected president from office.

Neither dirty trick worked. Multiple congressional investigations and Robert Mueller’s investigation found no such evidence of Russian collusion, despite the massive disinformation campaign that the #FakeNewsMedia, Democrats and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., waged against the president, his family and his associates. Election meddling exhibit A.

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Instead of being held accountable for their illicit acts — which, at minimum, sowed enormous discord and distrust in our electoral system and our justice system — Democrats have brazenly moved to election meddling exhibit B: impeachment.

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They’ve launched impeachment proceedings based on a partisan deep state whistleblower and other anti-Trump bureaucrats within the government with no direct knowledge of the July phone call in question, between the president and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. In the left’s insatiable quest for power, facts and evidence don’t matter. They already possess the official transcript of the phone call, which shows no quid pro quo or any criminal wrongdoing.

All that matters to them is hearsay and smoke and mirrors, that the president “may have said something wrong” — despite the fact that Zelensky has said there was “no pressure” or anything wrong with their conversation.

Same with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, who said Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, “did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigations. You should ask him.”

He added, “I have never seen a direct relationship between investigations and security assistance. Yes, the investigations were mentioned, you know, in the conversation of the presidents. But there was no clear connection between these events.”

So here we have liberal lawmakers choosing to believe hearsay, rumors and secondhand information presented by never-Trump bureaucrats while flat-out ignoring a transcript, a world leader who was on the call with the president and other high-ranking Ukrainian officials possessing firsthand information of what transpired.

That’s corruption, folks, the definition of a frame job.

Democrats have also blocked Republicans from inviting key witnesses to testify and refused to allow the president to have counsel present at the impeachment hearings to cross-examine his accusers. It’s a one-sided charade. The leader of the free world is being denied due process and any semblance of fairness — something that should alarm every American. I don’t care how you vote.

In a recent CNN interview, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said the impeachment inquiry was “not just about something that has occurred.” She said it was instead “about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year.”

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It sounds like Strzok’s “insurance policy” all over again.

If all this isn’t election meddling, what is?

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Hans von Spakovsky: Trump impeachment not justified by evidence and testimony made public so far

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., hasn’t yet produced most of his witnesses in the public impeachment hearings regarding President Trump. But if the State Department’s George Kent and Acting Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor are representative of the testimony Democrats are relying on, future historians may label this episode The Big Impeachment Blowout.

The House impeachment inquiry is not a criminal proceeding. But as I listened to the hearsay and speculation that Kent and Taylor were offering Wednesday at the opening public hearing on impeachment, I couldn’t help thinking of REO Speedwagon’s song “Take it on the Run.”

One line of the song says: “Heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard it from another you been messin’ around.”

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Both Kent and Taylor admitted they never talked to President Trump and only heard third-hand what supposedly occurred in the president’s July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Democrats seem to have dropped the quid pro quo claim, since there was no evidence of it in the rough transcript the White House released of the call. The claim does not seem to be playing with the American public.

Taylor admitted in the hearing that Zelensky had no idea that U.S. aid was being delayed, and Zelensky himself has said there was no quid pro quo.

Democrats have now switched to using the terms “bribery” and “extortion,” no doubt because those terms sound more sinister, despite the fact that they’ve produced no evidence – so far – that would come even close to showing a violation of the federal laws defining bribery and extortion.

Both witnesses expressed their opinions disagreeing with the way President Trump has conducted diplomatic relations with Ukraine and the handling of U.S. aid to the country.

But the president is not a postman for Congress or the State Department. His job is to faithfully execute the law. As the chief diplomat of the United States, he defines our foreign policy, not George Kent or William Taylor.

Our country doesn’t give money or aid to other countries for no reason. We give it with specific conditions attached.

The president has a duty to make sure that our money is going to countries that will use it as we intend and not divert it into profiteering and personal corruption. State Department bureaucrats have never been good at ensuring that countries prevent such corruption.

The priority of our diplomats is to maintain their access to government officials in the countries in which they are stationed. This too often overrides their duty to guard against corruption. The president has the final responsibility for ensuring U.S. aid is not improperly diverted in other nations.

It was widely known that Ukraine had, and still has, a corruption problem. It would have been irresponsible for Trump not to look into corruption and demand changes before our money went there.

Even Kent admitted in his testimony that Burisma, the Ukrainian company that employed Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter as a highly paid board member, was part of the “pervasive and longstanding corruption in Ukraine.”

Of course, we will not hear any facts about that because Chairman Schiff has refused to allow the Republicans to call Hunter Biden as a witness, which would enable the younger Biden’s possible self-dealing in Ukraine to be investigated.

If everything Hunter Biden and his father Joe did was ethical and above board when it came to Ukraine, why wouldn’t Democrats want Hunter Biden to testify?

And why has Schiff’s committee blocked the Republicans from being able to call the so-called whistleblower who started this whole show-trial that Democrats call an impeachment inquiry? What are they afraid will come out about this government employee that might damage his credibility and the claims he is making?

Apparently, Schiff doesn’t want any testimony that would support the legitimacy of the president’s corruption concerns about Ukraine or would somehow detract from the impeachment narrative Democrats are trying to weave into the minds of the American public.

We certainly won’t have an objective, bipartisan inquiry into all of the relevant aspects of what happened here – and why it happened. Schiff even interrupted Republican questioning to tell witnesses they should not answer questions based on “facts not in evidence,” a bizarre statement given the nature of a congressional hearing and how it is normally conducted.

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Adam Schiff used to be an assistant U.S. attorney – a federal prosecutor. Like all people in that position, he had to follow the U.S. Attorneys’ Justice Manual.

Before taking a case to a grand jury, much less to trial, Schiff had to convince his boss, in writing, that he had evidence establishing a case. He couldn’t just wing it and submit a case, however weak, based entirely on hearsay, to the grand jury on the off-chance it would indict.

Yet that is exactly what Schiff is doing here – throwing witnesses into closed and now open hearings hoping that he can stir the political pot into an impeachment boil.

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It would undermine our system of government for a duly elected president to be removed through impeachment for partisan reasons.

Impeachment should only be used when there has been serious, substantial misconduct of such a nature that we can’t wait for the next election. As far as is publicly known at this time, that standard has not been met regarding President Trump.

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Gregg Jarrett: Adam Schiff’s drive to impeach Trump based on opinions, deception and illusions – Not facts

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Rep. Adam Schiff is a poor man’s Harry Houdini. He is a cheap illusionist performing amateurish parlor tricks of deception in his quest to convince his audience that he possesses damning evidence of an impeachable offense committed by President Trump.

Schiff, D-Calif., has no such evidence, of course. But like most illusionists, Schiff employs misdirection and confusion. He attempts to convince you that opinions are evidence, while facts are not. This is the stuff of rank political magic where perceptions are distorted through clever manipulation of the process.

Schiff has become the master manipulator aided, in large part, by the secrecy of his faux magic act. He won’t allow you to peek behind the curtain to see for yourself the witnesses he has called in his “super top secret” impeachment inquisition. You are never permitted to view transcripts of depositions or examine testimony that purports to incriminate the president. That, of course, would ruin all the hocus-pocus.

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Republicans have spent weeks trying to pierce the veil of secrecy. They have now partially succeeded by pressuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., into a resolution for a full House vote on the heretofore partisan and unjust proceedings that are bereft of due process. At the very least, this new action will establish some fundamental rules of fairness and transparency that are the bane of pretend-illusionists like Schiff.

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Americans will finally get to see how the House Intelligence Committee chairman rigged his inquisition with hearsay witnesses and others who had nothing meaningful to offer except their own personal interpretations of a July 25 conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The best evidence of what transpired is, in fact, the only pertinent evidence. Everything else is secondary and immaterial. The transcript of the telephone call and the statements of the two participants, Trump and Zelensky, are the only relevant evidence. All other witnesses are simply offering their gratuitous interpretation and opinion of the conversation to which they were not a party.

Take, for example, William Taylor, acting ambassador to Ukraine. Schiff and his confederates leaked to their friendly media outlets that Taylor testified that Trump wanted to withhold U.S. military aid unless Zelensky vowed to investigate alleged Ukrainian meddling in the U.S. election and possible corrupt acts by former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

But wait. It appears that Taylor’s testimony was not based on any first-hand knowledge. Instead, it seems to have been his interpretation derived from conversations by others who had no first-hand knowledge. In other words, it was conjecture built on speculation. How’s that for reliability?

Schiff, the illusionist, can offer nothing but impressions, perceptions, judgments and opinions. It is all irrelevant and a sham. Facts are what matter. 

Another example was the much-anticipated testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who oversees Ukraine policy at the National Security Council. Vindman listened in on the telephone conversation and then expressed his “concern” to his superiors about its propriety inasmuch as Joe Biden’s name was mentioned. But hold on. Isn’t that his judgment or opinion?  It most certainly is.

Vindman said, “I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen.” He can perhaps be forgiven for not knowing that the U.S. quite often enlists the assistance of foreign governments in investigations, many of them involving U.S. citizens.

Still, Vindman is offering nothing more than his opinion, and a mistaken one at that. His interpretation of what he thinks is “proper” in a phone call has no greater value simply because he heard it instead of reading it.

Anyone with computer access can download and read the transcript while forming their own opinion. What is indisputable are the facts contained in the transcribed conversation.

Nowhere is there a reference to a “quid pro quo” of U.S. military aid in exchange for an investigation of the Bidens or anyone else. There is no demand, no condition and no pressure.

Zelensky is on record stating there was no blackmail involved during the call and no pressure applied. “Nobody pushed me,” Zelensky said. “We had a great phone call,” he added. “It was normal.”

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Separately, the Ukrainian government has confirmed that it did not even know that the U.S. had suspended security funds until almost five weeks after the call with Trump. This seriously undermines the argument by Democrats that there was a “quid pro quo” for the aid.

It is impossible for there to be a “quid pro quo” when the recipient of the “quid” is oblivious to the existence of the “quo.” This is common sense, which is in short supply these days in the bowels of the House basement where Schiff pursues his “super top secret” inquisition.

It is folly for Democrats to argue that a diplomatic conversation of this nature somehow constitutes an impeachable offense. Schiff, the illusionist, can offer nothing but impressions, perceptions, judgments and opinions. It is all irrelevant and a sham. Facts are what matter.

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A hundred so-called “whistleblowers” relying on hearsay about a conversation to which they were never privy cannot change the factual equation laid bare by the transcript of the Trump-Zelensky telephone call.

Not even the great Houdini could pull off that trick.

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New Jersey Democrat bucks House trend, says he likely won’t back impeachment resolution

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A Democratic lawmaker from New Jersey says he doubts he will vote in favor of the resolution introduced by his party Tuesday to formalize an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., introduced the resolution Tuesday that sets forth rules for the probe, but Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., said he hasn’t seen anything “impeachable” yet and doesn’t think he will vote for it.

“I would imagine that I’m not voting for it,” Van Drew told a reporter from NBC News.

Van Drew, who narrowly defeated his GOP rival in 2018 in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, has openly criticized impeachment, saying it would further divide the country and put members of his party at risk in the 2020 elections.

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He is among a handful of Democrats who continue to lean away from a formal push for impeachment despite ongoing depositions of witnesses by three House committees spearheading the probe.

Van Drew’s office did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Democratic Reps. Kendra Horn from Oklahoma, Joe Cunningham from South Carolina and Anthony Brindisi from New York — who all won GOP districts last year but remain vulnerable Democrats in the House — said they are skeptical of impeachment and hedged about the vote to frame the impeachment inquiry.

Similarly, Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., who clinched 52 percent of the votes in two consecutive elections between 2016 and 2018, is at risk of losing his seat next year in a district that Trump dominated by 31 percent in 2016.

GOP leaders introduced a resolution last week pressuring House Democrats to hold a vote to formalize the impeachment inquiry against Trump that centers around whether or not the president engaged in a “quid pro quo” and attempted to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into former vice president and 2020 candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter in exchange for military aid to Ukraine.

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Democrats finally caved on Tuesday and introduced the resolution, but several Republican lawmakers still decried that they are not being given enough time to review the resolution before the vote and continued to blast impeachment proceedings as a whole.

A vote on the resolution — which will only formalize the procedures of the investigation and not actual impeachment itself — is scheduled to take place on Thursday.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report. 

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Katie Hill is ‘victim,’ some media claim, focusing on leaked photos over reported inappropriate relationships

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Multiple media outlets rushed to the defense of Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., after she announced her resignation amid reports of inappropriate relationships with staffers, with some media figures even calling her a “victim” of revenge.

Those takes seemed to earn Hill’s approval, in the form of retweets from her Twitter account.

Earlier this month, RedState first reported that Hill, who is openly bisexual, previously had been involved in a “throuple,” or a three-person relationship, with a female campaign staffer and her estranged husband Kenny Heslep, who has since filed for divorce. Hill also was accused of having an affair with her congressional legislative director, Graham Kelly. That allegation prompted a House Ethics Committee investigation.

Both RedState and The Daily Mail obtained text messages and intimate photos of Hill and the campaign staffer, some showing Hill undressed with one of them showing her holding a bong.

Hill admitted last week she had a relationship with her campaign staffer, which she herself described as “inappropriate” in a letter to constituents, pointing to her “abusive marriage” as her reasoning. She repeatedly denied she had an affair with her congressional staffer.

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On Sunday, Hill announced that she was resigning from Congress.

However, there has been a strong focus on the element of the leaked nude photographs in comparison to the reports of “inappropriate” relationships.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes, so far the only star on his network to address the controversy during primetime, pointed to Hill’s youthful age of 32.

“There’s going to be a generation of members of Congress and politicians where there are thousands of images just around,” Hayes said Monday night. “And, it’s like — we’re going to have to decide as a society if we’re going to let that be a permanent source of blackmail, that every person who has a grudge out for you for the rest of your life, who you have dated in college and then you go on to be a Democrat and then they’ll be a Republican, to bring you down with.”

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In a piece published on CNN’s website called “The curious case of Katie Hill,” political writer Brandon Tensley argued, “There’s plenty to parse regarding the news about Hill. But one of the most important elements is this: Forgiveness, when it comes to the messiness of politics, is a privilege not evenly distributed. More specifically, it’s disproportionately withheld from women and Democrats.”

The CNN piece went on to list several examples of Republican men whose careers in public service continued despite sex-related allegations, including former Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, current 2020 candidate Mark Sanford, sitting California Rep. Duncan Hunter and the “unscathed” President Trump.

“As visible as the theme of impunity for male misbehavior has become in the past couple years, so, too, has the power of women’s anger at the world’s many gendered injustices,” Tensley continued. “This rage is no longer a cause for shame but rather a cause for its own weaponization.”

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Medium columnist Jessica Valenti went even further, claiming Hill “is being punished for a crime she’s the real victim of,” by the “same forces that enabled” disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

“The truth is that it wasn’t the affair that ended Hill’s time in Congress — it was the explicit photos. More accurately, it was ‘revenge porn’ that killed her career,” Valenti wrote.

The self-described “feminist” columnist pointed to Weinstein’s recent public appearance in New York City where he was confronted by a female comedian and other hecklers.

“How effective can #MeToo be if a serial rapist can still function in polite society? The same goes for Hill,” Valenti said. “It’s wonderful that America voted in a record number of women, but to keep them there, we need to be able to defend them from the kind of sexist attacks that women in power are most vulnerable to.”

Time offered a similar assertion, reporting that Hill was the “first millennial lawmaker to resign because of nudes.” But, in the analysis from Time’s national correspondent Charlotte Alter, she argued that the Hill scandals shed light on the “tricky nuances of workplace relationships” amid the #MeToo era.

“The cultural reckoning with sexual harassment has cast a pall over many workplace relationships, and especially those between a boss and a subordinate,” Alter wrote. “According to the new code of ethics, consent is impossible when there is a power imbalance involved. But it’s worth noting that in Hill’s case, no victim has come forward to allege abuse.”

An op-ed published in The Guardian called Hill’s resignation a “travesty,” decrying that “this is not what justice looks like,” blaming “homophobia” among other things.

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“Hill’s case may seem straightforward: she violated the rules, she abused her office, she has to go. But there’s much more to it, and we should be disturbed at the speed with which Hill was forced out of office before completing a single term,” The Guardian columnist Nathan Robinson argued. “The way details of Hill’s sex life have been exposed, and Hill’s claim that her career is being ended by a vindictive husband, should give us serious pause before jumping to conclusions.”

While Hill has been laying low in public, she has been very active on Twitter, retweeting the MSNBC clip as well as the pieces published in CNN, Medium, Time and The Guardian, among others defending her.

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Impeachment inquiry reminiscent of backlash after Trump Tower meeting where ‘nothing came of it,’ Brit Hume says

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The Trump impeachment inquiry’s focus on a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky is reminiscent of the events surrounding the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting, according to Brit Hume.

While there was much anticipation as to what the meeting produced and whether or not the participants did anything wrong, nothing came of it in the end, Hume told Tucker Carlson on Tuesday.

“Don Jr. expressed a desire and a willingness to receive dirt, information from these Russian representatives that came to see him at Trump Tower,” he said of the New York City meeting involving the president’s son, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and several other people — which had been arranged by British music publicist Rob Goldstone.

“Nothing came of it [but] it was considered to be Exhibit A in the collusion case,” he continued, adding that when the prospect of receiving “dirt” from Russia at the meeting came about, Trump Jr. remarked, “I love it.”

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He added former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation looked into the aspects of the meeting, but ultimately concluded nothing untoward resulted from it.

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In that way, he said Trump’s phone call with Zelensky exhibited the former real estate mogul’s “bluster” and style conducting himself.

“It’s so like this president to kind of lay about himself and demanding this, and demanding that, and saying people are treasonous and saying they ought to be fired and they ought to go to jail and the rest of it. And a lot of it is just bluster,” he said.

“He’s on the phone with some leader and he has this rambling, kind of disconnected conversation in which he says ‘you need to do me a favor’ and then he mentions some things and then, later on, he says, ‘You need to investigate … the Bidens.’ Maybe he meant that as a quid pro quo — maybe he didn’t.”

“In the end, the [Ukrainian] aid was not withheld.”

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Earlier in the interview on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Hume said the impeachment inquiry continues to appear as if it is at least partially intentioned to “tarnish” Trump ahead of 2020.

“If they can’t get him removed, they can at least touch him up a bit in the hope that that will contribute to his not being reelected,” the Fox News senior political analyst said.

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lhan Omar votes ‘present’ on bill condemning Armenian genocide, saying Congress should acknowledge other ‘mass slaughters,’ too

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Tuesday refused to support a congressional resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide, saying it was important first to condemn the preceding “mass slaughter” of “hundreds of millions of indigenous people,” as well as the “transatlantic slave trade.”

Omar, in a statement explaining her vote of “present” on the resolution, seemingly suggested that the century-old mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks may not have occurred at all. She asserted that “accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as a cudgel in a political fight” but should instead “be done based on academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics.”

The comments prompted accusations that Omar, again, was seeking to communicate a bigoted message while maintaining a veneer of wink-and-nod deniability — even as she has previously called for a boycott over alleged Israeli human-rights abuses, described the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as an instance in which “some people did something” while pushing for civil liberties, and asserted that “Israel has hypnotized the world.”

Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib made history as the first Muslim women in Congress earlier this year, and within months, Omar was criticized by her own party for series of remarks deemed anti-Semitic by some — including her claim that Jewish support in Washington was “all about the Benjamins, baby.” (Tlaib, too, has also been accused of anti-Semitism in office.)

Political analyst Zaid Jilani noted that contrary to Omar’s claim, the U.S. has condemned the treatment of Native Americans and the slave trade.

“There’s nothing wrong with asking that the U.S. government acknowledge human rights abuses here before we acknowledge them overseas,” Jilani wrote. “The issue is, the U.S. government already did acknowledge the ones Omar is asking it to acknowledge. Didn’t acknowledge the Armenian genocide at behest of Turkey.”

He added: “Congress has passed many resolutions condemning abuses against Native Americans and slavery. It has never passed a resolution condemning the Armenian genocide. That’s why Ilhan Omar’s explanation here rings hollow.”

Other commentators were alternately perplexed and outraged by Omar’s statement.

“Her explanation doesn’t cut it,” said political scientist Ian Bremmer.

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“Hard to square this approach with her support for BDS. Not a good look,” wrote former George W. Bush administration official Christian Vanderbrouk, referring to Omar’s support for the movement to boycott and sanction Israel for alleged human rights abuses.

“This is a bizarre explanation,” journalist Yashar Ali observed.

“All lives matter?” mused Alan Cole, a senior GOP economist on Capitol Hill.

“I’m utterly confused by this,” GOP political strategist Andrew Surabian wrote, asking if Omar was “suggesting here that there is no ‘academic consensus’ that the Armenian genocide occurred???”

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The New York Post’s Brooke Rogers noted that Omar’s invocation of term “academic consensus” raised the possibility that Omar, like Turkey, was seeking to dispute basic facts about the genocide.

Earlier this year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said nations accusing his country of committing genocide had their own “bloody past.”

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Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed around World War I, and many scholars see it as the 20th century’s first genocide.

Turkey disputes the description, claiming the toll has been inflated and considering those killed victims of a civil war, rather than casualties of genocide.

The nonbinding resolution passed 405-11 Tuesday, with some dissenters warning that it could counterintuitively strengthen Erdogan’s political position.

Opponents of a resolution also said that formally recognizing the Armenian genocide risks angering Turkey, whose relationship is crucial to stability in the region. But such apprehensiveness has waned with Turkey’s invasion of northeast Syria earlier this month following President Trump’s abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region.

Reps. Paul Gosar and Eddie Bernice Johnson also voted present.

Speaking on the House floor in support of the resolution, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said the resolution “is an important measure to set the record straight on the atrocities suffered by the Armenian people at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century.”

“We know what happened in this dark period of history. Between 1915 and 1923, 1.5 million Armenians were murdered. This was a genocide — and it’s important that we call this crime what it was.”

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There have been no plans to bring the resolution up for a vote in the Senate. A second resolution on Tuesday, imposing severe sanctions on Turkish officials and prohibiting the sale of military arms to Turkey for use in Syria, passed in the House by a 403-16 vote.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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