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Klobuchar wants Barr to testify before Senate about Roger Stone case

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., wants Attorney General William Barr to appear before the Senate to answer questions about why Justice Department officials went against their own prosecutors in asking for a shorter prison sentence for Trump ally Roger Stone.

Klobuchar, who is currently vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said during an appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” that while she is “very glad” Barr will testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee, she hopes he’ll make the same commitment to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Klobuchar continued by saying that it would be during these hearings that lawmakers would be able to discover whether the Justice Department was influenced by President Trump to push for a reduced sentence for Stone.

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“The president is constantly tweeting out different requests of the Justice Department,” she said. “And I think here, where you’ve got career prosecutors that made difficult decisions about how to handle this case, they got a conviction, they put their all into it, and then they get undermined on the sentencing.”

Last week, Barr agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in March.

Democrats said they plan to ask Barr about the department’s decision to overrule four federal prosecutors and lower the amount of prison time it would seek for Trump’s confidant, Roger Stone. The four prosecutors immediately quit the case, in which Stone was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election.

They said they will also ask Barr about his department’s announcement that it is taking information that Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is gathering in Ukraine about the president’s Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son. The House voted in December to impeach Trump because of his pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrats; the GOP-led Senate acquitted the president this month.

“In the past week alone, you have taken steps that raise grave questions about your leadership,” the Democrats wrote.

After the department indicated it would overrule the prosecutors, Trump tweeted congratulations to Barr “for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have been brought,” suggesting the prosecutors had gone rogue.

The department insisted the decision to undo the sentencing recommendation was made Monday night, before Trump began tweeting about it, and that prosecutors had not spoken to the White House about it.

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The Senate has shown less interest in grilling Barr on the Stone episode, defending the department’s decision to reduce the sentence and saying they didn’t expect to call him specifically to discuss it.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Wednesday that he had spoken to the Justice Department and was told that their sentencing guidelines call for three and a half or four and a half years, instead of the seven to nine years the prosecutors had recommended.

“I don’t think any of us should tweet about an ongoing case but, having said that, I appreciate the Department of Justice making sure that their recommendations to the court are to seek justice for the law as it’s written,” Graham said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dan Crenshaw calls out Bernie and AOC’s Green New Deal: It’s a ‘third-grade science project’

Democratic Socialists’ Green New Deal is not an actual proposal, Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw said Friday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade, Crenshaw said that 2020 Democratic frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders’, I-Vt., controversial plan is “not serious” and “more of a third-grade science project,” prompting applause from the live audience.

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In August, the New Hampshire primary winner released his Green New Deal plan promising that the multitrillion-dollar plan to radically overhaul the economy and combat climate change would “pay for itself” over the next 15 years.

The Vermont senator has long been an advocate for the Green New Deal, but only this year has it become a central policy for many of those seeking the Democratic nomination for president. The Deal was given a big push in Congress when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced a formal resolution on it – which stalled in the Senate but drew support from a number of 2020 hopefuls.

All versions of such plans have gone beyond direct energy-related policies. Sanders’ plan is no different, promising that he will “generate the political will necessary for a wholesale transformation of our society” and proposing $16.3 trillion in public investments.

“I make no apologies for proposing the boldest and most aggressive climate proposal with our Green New Deal. This is a climate emergency,” Sanders tweeted Thursday, prompting Crenshaw to respond.

“Then why didn’t you vote ‘YES’ for the Green New Deal when it came to the Senate floor?” he tweeted. “Maybe because it’s not a plan. Or a good deal. Or even ‘Green.’ It’s a 3rd grade science project that isn’t based in science or engineering. Care about reducing emissions?”

“And the difference is, like, I’m not insulting the guy. I’m not calling him names. We’re not doing what they do to President Trump,” Crenshaw told the “Friends” hosts.

“And more importantly on this stuff, from a policy perspective, the Green New Deal is not an actual proposal. There is no actual plan in the Green New Deal. It just says, ‘Everything is going to be wind and solar and we’re going to get rid of airplanes and cows.’ That’s not a plan. That’s not a serious proposal,” he explained.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., addresses the Road to the Green New Deal Tour final event at Howard University in Washington, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

In November, the United Nations reported what it called “bleak” findings as it warned that the world was headed toward global “extinction” and would need to increase its efforts “fivefold” if nations wanted to reach the temperature reduction goal outlined in the Paris climate agreement.

According to the report, global temperatures are set to rise by 3.2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century — a significantly higher target than Paris’ 1.5 degrees. In order to bridge the gap, the U.N. called for a 7.6 percent per year reduction in emissions between 2020 and 2030.

The U.N. warned that the expected temperature increase would translate into “mass extinctions. Large parts of the planet would be uninhabitable” and on Thursday a disturbing new study suggested that climate change could wipe out half of the planet’s animal and plant species by 2070.

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Progressives like Ocasio-Cortez have called for sweeping reforms, arguing that the cost of inaction outweighs the cost of transforming the economy.

Conservatives, meanwhile, have warned about economic consequences and pointed to failed, historical climate predictions as reasons for avoiding drastic change.

While cost estimates for climate plans have varied considerably, the U.N. called for the U.S. to spend between $1.6 trillion and $3.8 trillion annually on energy investments for the next 30 years. That would mean spending as much as $114 trillion by 2050.

House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled legislation focused on carbon capture and sequestration, which includes the goal of planting a trillion trees, to counter the Democrats.

The proposal sets a goal of the U.S. planting a trillion new trees by 2050 to counter global warming by sucking carbon out of the air rather than regulating emissions, as well as incentivizing carbon capture and sequestration through a tax credit and investing in research and development of the technology to do so, according to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

“And the irony of it…If you care about reducing emissions, you can’t do what [Democrats are] saying,” Crenshaw stated. “What do they say all the time? They say ‘ban fracking, ban fracking.'”

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Hydraulic fracking is a proven drilling technology used for extracting oil, natural gas, geothermal energy, or water from deep underground. However, critics of the process argue that fracking releases potentially carcinogenic chemicals, contaminates groundwater around the site, pollutes the air with methane, and can cause tremors around the area.

That said, more fracking means more jobs and more resources tapped for the United States.

“We just reduced emissions in this country this past year by almost 3 percent — more than any other country in absolute terms. We’ve reduced more in the last couple of decades than the last 12 countries combined. That’s a really big deal. But, why is that? Natural gas fracking,” said Crenshaw. “That’s why because natural gas is a cleaner energy and we should export it to the rest of the world.”

“It’s about investing in what is actually not science fiction,” he said, “but really interesting stuff.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Chris Ciaccia contributed to this report.

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Tom Cotton on War Powers resolution passed by Senate: ‘Not every military action leads to war’

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Senate Armed Services Committee member Tom Cotton, R-Ark., criticized a measure liming President Trump’s authority to order military action against Iran that passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote Thursday.

“Not every military action leads to war with 150,000 troops deployed. We killed one of the world’s worst terrorist leaders last month,” Cotton told “Bill Hemmer Reports,” referring to Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander Qassem Soleimani. “We are not currently invading Iran or occupying a capital,” Cotton said. “There is a range of military action that our commander-in-chief can order to protect our interests.”

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Eight Senate Republicans joined all 45 Democrats and both independents to pass the measure, which would require the Trump administration to end all military action targeting Iran within a month after the start of potential hostilities unless Congress expressly approves other measures. The bill must still be approved by the House and is expected to be vetoed by the president.

The Republicans who voted for the measure were Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Michael Lee of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Todd Young of Indiana.

“As far as Congress’ role, I agree that Congress plays an important role in keeping this country safe,” said Cotton. “The president is the commander-in-chief under Article Two of our Constitution. Congress has the spending power though and if that Congress doesn’t like that, we can always limit their ability to spend taxpayer funds.”

Cotton added that Democrats are offering “paper resolutions” while actions against people like Soleimani require “iron resolution.”

Hemmer said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., — speaking for the other Republicans who voted against the measure — argued the bill sends the wrong signal to America’s allies and that the entire exercise is a political swipe at Trump.

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“The president will veto it and the Ayatollah [of Iran] should take notice,” Cotton warned. “This president is ready to defend the United States. They should not take the risk that [Soleimani] did and learned the hard way last month…not to cross this president.”

Democrats and some Republicans, have argued that the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks is outdated and a new authorization must be passed to outline actions against new threats.

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Rep. Steve Scalise: 2020 Dems fumble while Trump closes out ‘great week’

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While President Trump enjoyed a “great week,” Democrats seeking to replace him stumbled in Iowa and on the debate stage, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend,” Scalise said Trump “dominated” in terms of delivering on his promises.

“Great week for the president,” the Louisiana Republican said.

On Tuesday, Trump gave the annual State of the Union address. On Wednesday, the president was acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial. On Thursday ,the White House confirmed the killing of terror leader Qassim al-Rimi in Yemen. On Friday, the Labor Department reported the economy added 225,000 jobs in January.

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Scalise went to the Iowa caucuses on Monday supporting the president’s team and said that while Trump showed “excited” voters what he was able to do for them, 2020 Democrats showed what they couldn’t do, thanks in part to botched caucus tallies.

“The Democrats showed on the other side they can’t even learn to count, let alone manage the economy or take over your health care,” he said. “So I think that was a great contrast.”

The congressman also told host Pete Hegseth that the president hit his third State of the Union speech “out of the ballpark,” while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was literally “becoming unhinged,” ripping up her copy of the address.

Scalise noted that the jobs report had the “best [economic numbers] in generations.”

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He criticized Democrats running for president for opposing the missile strike that killed an Iranian general linked to terror attacks on the grounds that he posed no imminent threat.

“I mean, what are you doing when you can’t kill a terrorist who not only killed hundreds of men and women in uniform, but was in Iraq later that day plotting to kill more Americans? And, they wouldn’t do that,” Scalise said.

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Matthew Whitaker doesn’t think Dems’ impeachment push is going to stop

House Democrats are likely to continue investigating President Trump, even after his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial, former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend,” Whitaker said the majority Democrats under Speaker Nancy Pelosi  have powerful oversight tools at their dispoal, including the ability to subpoena witnesses.

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Whitaker recalled his appearance about a year ago at an “oversight hearing,” which he called more of an “an inquisition as to whether President Trump had done anything wrong.”

He told host Pete Hegseth that House oversight investigations into the Trump administration aren’t going to stop.

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President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

On Wednesday afternoon, the Senate acquitted the president of both articles of impeachment, largely along party lines.

With votes of 52-48 against conviction for abuse of power and 53-47 against obstruction of Congress, the Senate fell far short of the two-thirds supermajority needed to remove the president.

All Democratic senators supported convicting the president on both articles, including moderate Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Doug Jones, D-Ala.

The only party defection, on the abuse of power charge, came from Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who declared hours before the final vote that Trump had engaged in as “destructive an attack on the oath of office and our Constitution as I can imagine.”

On Thursday afternoon — hours after the acquittal — the president railed against what he called an “evil” impeachment process to thunderous applause and a standing ovation from supporters.

On Friday, the administration ousted impeachment probe witnesses U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

“It was evil. It was corrupt. It was dirty cops. It was leakers and liars. This should never, ever happen to another president, ever,” Trump said of his opponents and the impeachment. “It was a disgrace.”

“Where I am and where I live…the people I talk to are saying: ‘Are you kidding me? Why can’t they get anything done for the American people?'” Whitaker said of Democrats.

“It also appears that they are looking for new angles to really fundamentally use the House tools of oversight … for a really bad purpose — that is to score cheap political points against the president and try to weaken him,” Whitaker noted.

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Whitaker, who briefly served as acting attorney general under Trump, said Pelosi will not yield after the president’s acquittal because she wants to appease her far-left base.

“They have lurched left and they have no desire to really serve the people of America,” Whitaker said.

Fox News’ Gregg Re, Chad Pergram, Marisa Schultz, and Jason Donner contributed to this report.

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Rep. McCaul rips Nancy Pelosi: ‘Never seen a speaker act so disrespectful’

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Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, called for civility within Congress and the nation on Thursday after President Trump’s acquittal at his tense Senate impeachment trial and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s display at the State of the Union address.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with host Ed Henry, McCaul said that during his eight terms he had “never seen a speaker of the House [act] so disrespectful.”

McCaul told Smith there needs to be accountability for Pelosi’s conduct during Trump’s address, where she unceremoniously tore her copy of the speech in half at its conclusion.

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“I was very close to the president at that speech, and [saw] Nancy Pelosi ripping his speech page-by-page and [throw] it down,” the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s ranking member told Smith.

“There will be a censure vote on the House [floor] today,” he added. “I hope it passes, but I don’t think it will.”

However, in a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday, Pelosi continued to stand by her actions.

“I tore up a manifesto of mistruths,” she said, echoing a previous statement. “I don’t need any lesson from anybody, especially from the president of the United States, especially about dignity…I think it was entirely appropriate.”

Pelosi accused President Trump of using Congress as a reality show and said that the president’s address was “not a State of the Union,” but the president’s “state of mind.”

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Still, McCaul said it’s time for a truce.

“We need some civility in the chamber — more civility in this nation,” McCaul pleaded. “And I’m hopeful with this acquittal behind us that we can now move forward to get good things done for the American people. Because, after all, that’s what I think most Americans…that’s what they want. They want us to work in a bipartisan way to get good things done for the nation.”

“But Nancy Pelosi’s behavior was shameful on the House floor,” he added. “I think the president deserves an apology, but that won’t happen.”

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Despite his impeachment trial acquittal, Trump clearly guilty of a high crime

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 “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” – George Orwell, “1984”

The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump ended not with a bang but a whimper. What different outcome could one expect from a trial without so much as a single witness, a single document, any cross-examination or a defendant respectful enough to show up?

Law students are taught early on that a trial is not a grudge match or an ordeal; it is a search for the truth. Trial lawyers know that cross-examination is the most effective truth-testing tool available to them.

But the search for the truth requires witnesses, and when the command from Senate Republican leaders came down that there shall be no witnesses, the truth-telling mission of Trump’s trial was radically transformed into a steamroller of political power.

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And in its wake is a Congress ceding power to the presidency, almost as if the states had ratified a constitutional amendment redefining the impeachment language to permit a president to engage in high crimes and misdemeanors so long as he believes that they are in the national interest and so long as his party has an iron-clad grip on the Senate.

How could presidential crimes be in the national interest? Here is the backstory.

When the House of Representatives voted in favor of two articles of impeachment against Trump, it characterized his lawlessness as contempt of Congress and an abuse of power.

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The contempt of Congress consisted of Trump’s orders to subordinates to disregard congressional subpoenas. Both Republican- and Democratic-controlled Houses of Representatives have deemed such presidential instructions in an impeachment inquiry as impeachable per se.

The abuse allegations address Trump’s solicitation of assistance for his reelection campaign from a foreign government by holding up the release of $391 million in military aid to the same foreign government. These funds were congressionally appropriated and ordered to be paid by legislation that Trump had signed into law.

Federal law prohibits such solicitation as criminal and prohibits government officials from seeking personal favors in return for performing their governmental duties. The latter is bribery.

Because the solicitation that Trump committed was a crime against the government, it is among those referred to when the Constitution was written as a “high” crime. High crimes are a constitutional basis for impeachment, along with bribery and treason.

The evidence that Trump did this is overwhelming and beyond a reasonable doubt, and no one with firsthand knowledge denied it. Numerous government officials recounted that the presidential leverage of $391 million in U.S. assistance for a personal political favor did occur and the government’s own watchdog concluded that it was indisputably unlawful.

The favor Trump sought was an announcement by the Ukrainian government of the commencement of an investigation of Trump’s potential presidential foe, former Vice President Joe Biden.

While the Senate was hearing House prosecution managers argue their case, and Trump’s lawyers challenged those arguments, The New York Times revealed that John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, had authored an as yet unpublished book demonstrating that the House case against Trump was true.

True because, unlike the senators who shut their eyes and ears at Trump’s trial, Bolton saw for himself the presidential tit-for-tat machinations that the House had alleged and, if proven, were criminal and impeachable.

The Times also revealed the existence of 24 emails sent by Trump aides manifesting indisputably his lawless behavior. But the emails are secret.

At the same time, two signal events occurred in the impeachment trial. The first was an argument by Trump’s lawyers that every president seeking reelection believes his victory will be in the national interest and thus all presidential efforts toward that victory are constitutional and lawful.

This morally bankrupt, intellectually dishonest argument – which effectively resuscitates from history’s graveyard President Richard Nixon’s logic that “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal” because the president is above the law – must have resonated with Senate Republican leaders.

The leaders coerced their Senate Republican colleagues into embracing the view that – since the president did not want Bolton to testify or White House emails to be revealed – they must bar all witnesses and documents.

The second signal event was shameful. It was the 51 to 49 Senate vote to bar witnesses and documents from the trial.

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Isn’t it odd that a president who clamors for exoneration, who claimed loud and long that he committed no crime and did no wrong, who insisted that his request to the Ukrainian president to seek dirt on Biden in return for American financial assistance was “perfect,” would command the members of his own party to block testimony adverse to him – rather than hear it, cross-examine it, challenge it and thereby obtain the exoneration on the merits that he seeks?

Do innocent people behave this way?

If Trump really believes he did not commit any crimes and any impeachable offenses, why would he orchestrate blocking evidence? And who – having taken an oath to do “impartial justice” – would close their eyes to the truth? How could such a marathon of speeches possibly be considered a trial?

Trump will luxuriate in his victory. But the personal victory for him is a legal assault on the Constitution. The president has taken an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. Instead, he has trashed it.

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How? By manipulating Senate Republicans to bar firsthand evidence and keep it from senatorial and public scrutiny, Trump and his Senate collaborators have insulated him and future presidents from the moral and constitutional truism that no president is above the law.

Somewhere, Richard Nixon is smiling.

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Republicans seek Hunter Biden travel records from Secret Service shortly after Trump acquittal

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., announced in a letter Wednesday they are seeking “records of Hunter Biden’s travel while he was under U.S. Secret Service protection as they continue to investigate potential conflicts of interest to boost his business ventures in Ukraine and China.”

The request to U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray was revealed just minutes after the Senate voted to acquit President Trump. It underscored the continuing importance of a matter at the heart of the impeachment proceedings — whether Hunter Biden, who obtained a lucrative role on the board of a Ukrainian company with no relevant experience while his father oversaw Ukraine policy as vice president, deserved the scrutiny Trump suggested in his July 25 call with Ukraine’s new president.

“We write to request information about whether Hunter Biden used government-sponsored travel to help conduct private business, to include his work for Rosemont Seneca and related entities in China and Ukraine,” the senators wrote, referring to the company co-founded by the younger Biden.

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Grassley and Johnson suggested the Secret Service might have information concerning Hunter Biden’s apparent sweetheart deals in those countries, especially concerning his position as one of nine directors at BHR — a private-equity company controlled by Chinese government-backed stakeholders.

“In December of 2013, one month after Rosemont Seneca’s joint venture with Bohai Capital to form BHR, Hunter Biden reportedly flew aboard Air Force Two with then-Vice President Biden to China,” the senators wrote. “While in China, he helped arrange for Jonathan Li, CEO of Bohai Capital, to ‘shake hands’ with Vice President Biden.”

“Afterward,” they continued, “Hunter Biden met with Li for reportedly a ‘social meeting.’ After the China trip, BHR’s business license was approved. Then, in 2015, BHR joined with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to acquire Henniges, which was the ‘biggest Chinese investment into U.S. automotive manufacturing assets to date.'”

The letter continued: “In addition to business dealings in China, Hunter Biden also served as a board member for Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company. In April 2014, around the time Hunter Biden joined Burisma, Vice President Biden reportedly became the ‘public face of the administration’s handling of Ukraine.’ It is unclear whether Hunter Biden received government-sponsored travel or a protective detail for these endeavors.”

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The letter sought information concerning “the protective detail that Hunter Biden received while his father was Vice President,” as well as a “list of all dates and locations of travel, international and domestic, for Hunter Biden.”

“In your response, please note whether his travel was on Air Force One or Two, or other government aircraft, as applicable and whether additional family members were present for each trip,” the letter continues.

Government officials have long raised concerns about Hunter Biden’s overseas dealings.

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During the House impeachment proceedings last year, a career State Department employee testified that he had flagged Hunter Biden’s apparent conflict of interest, but was told essentially not to bother the vice president’s office.

Democrats have said Republicans were expressing interest in Hunter Biden’s role with Burisma only because it could benefit them politically, given that they were aware of it for several years. But, commentators on both sides of the aisle have said, finger-pointing wouldn’t excuse the Bidens’ conduct.

“Impossible to justify $50k/month for Hunter Biden serving on a Ukrainian energy board w zero expertise unless he promised to sell access,” political scientist Ian Bremmer previously tweeted.

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Gutfeld on the acquittal

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Impeachment is over, at least for now.

You’ve heard the definition of crazy before. It’s doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. Well, Democrats invented a new kind of crazy: knowing the outcome of an event well in advance, and still expecting a different result.

That was impeachment, the worst-planned adventure since the Donner party. Democrats blew all their energy on a loser’s bet, one that made the Iowa mess possible. Instead of wowing America, they fell flat on their faces because they were distracted.

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I return to Greg’s Rule: Republicans run things. Democrats ruin them. The difference is one letter. It stands for “impeachment.”

So once again, the losers return to their hallucinations. The snakes on the wall? They’re real – if you’re Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Now, Schiff says, President Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians “in exchange for support in the next election.” Alternatively, Schiff said, Trump “could decide to move to Mar-a-Lago permanently and let Jared Kushner run the country.”

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So why cling to these crazy predictions? Because they don’t exist. That means you can’t disprove them. The response will always be, “You just wait.” They’re like imaginary mice, and Schiff’s the crazy coot on the table screaming.

Those mad ravings had us waiting for a stock market crash, tyranny and world war under Trump. They were all paranoid nightmares that never came. Instead, all we got were stock market highs, trade deals, dead terrorists and jobs.

Since those successes were under Trump, the delusions only deepen. Without a real vision beyond anger, the Democrats cling to these mental phantoms.

Early on, we told Democrats impeachment was a dead fish. We said:  Don’t follow Adam! He’s selling you drugs that only end in bad trips.

But did they listen? Nope. To them, bad drugs are better than no drugs. That’s why they’ll be back in the lab coming up with a new paranoia pill.

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But we know not to gulp them. Let Democrats have them all.

We saw it coming. But they had it coming.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on Feb. 5, 2020.

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Gregg Jarrett: Trump acquittal in impeachment trial is a humiliating defeat for partisan Democrats

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The Democratic scheme to evict President Trump from office, which collapsed Wednesday when a majority of the Senate voted to acquit him of impeachment charges, was an extravagant waste of time. Sadly, amid today’s feverish electoral polemics, rage has replaced reason.

Impeachment was always a fatuous and frivolous exercise initiated by House Democrats. Their constitutionally cited grounds were incurably weak and driven by a visceral hostility toward Trump.

Democrats who supported Trump’s impeachment and conviction were motivated by an irrational but overwhelming desire to avenge their loss of the presidency in the 2016 election, obscuring their reason and judgment. The politics of hate now predominates in Washington. Vilifying Trump is a blood sport.

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Not a single House Republican voted to impeach the president. Only one Senate Republican – Mitt Romney of Utah, who was a Trump antagonist during the impeachment proceedings – voted to convict the president on Article 1 (abuse of power), but acquit Trump on Article 2 (obstruction of Congress).

Romney has a complicated and contentious history with Trump. The senator’s vote was no surprise. Last October, before he had even seen much of the evidence, Romney said the president’s actions were “wrong and appalling.” Trump fired back by denouncing the senator and calling for Romney’s removal. The feud has not abated and will surely persist.

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Except for Romney, impeachment turned out to be exactly what it seemed – a partisan smear driven by political animus and personal disgust of everything Trump. Americans recognized it for what it was. On the eve of Trump’s acquittal, a Gallup poll showed that he had earned the highest approval rating of his presidency.

The Democratic dream of instigating a populist insurrection against Trump by damaging him politically was an embarrassing bust. Impeachment had the reverse effect, boosting the president’s approval ratings by 10 points. Americans are adept at spotting scams.

All of this was easily predictable.

The two articles of impeachment were conjured up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nader, D-N.Y.

The impeachment articles were constitutionally anemic and bereft of any plausible evidence beyond assumptions, opinions and multiple hearsays. Even accepting the accusations as true, the articles did not rise to the elevated standard imposed by the framers of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

 Pelosi’s Blunders

Speaker Pelosi doomed her impeachment chances from the outset by commandeering authority she did not have and manipulating the process through a series of subversive maneuvers.

Pelosi launched the impeachment inquiry improperly – without approval from the full House and before she had even bothered to read a transcript of the July 25 telephone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Pelosi then sanctioned secret hearings in a basement bunker of the Capitol, excluding three-quarters of all House members.

Witnesses were threatened with prosecution if they did not appear and deprived of legal counsel. The president was denied the right to participate, have his lawyers present, cross-examine witnesses, and see or hear the evidence.

Republicans were prevented from calling their own witnesses or presenting evidence. Pelosi destroyed the fundamental principle of due process, which the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled applies to congressional hearings.

When public hearings were eventually convened, the same due process violations were repeated. The entire proceeding was anathema to the principle of fundamental fairness. It was nothing more than a carefully choreographed Democratic charade masquerading as an impeachment.

Realizing that her evidence against Trump was based on nothing more than rank speculation by witnesses who magically intuited the president’s motives as nefarious, Pelosi blitzed impeachment through the House with record speed.

The impeachment process had to be abbreviated, the speaker argued, because Trump was an imminent national security threat and a risk to democracy! She rushed to judgment and her fellow Democrats followed her like lemmings jumping off a political cliff.

Then Pelosi sat on the articles of impeachment for a month, completely undermining her rationale of “urgency.” Her attempt to extort the Senate into capitulating to her demands of how the trial must be conducted proved to be a spectacular failure. Exigency, it turns out, was just another transparent deception.

It was abundantly clear that Pelosi’s personal and political disdain for Trump was the motivating force. After insisting that impeachment was “sad, somber and heartbreaking,” she gleefully announced that “he’s been impeached forever.” She passed out souvenir impeachment pens like party favors and openly celebrated with a fist-bump on liberal Bill Maher’s HBO show.

When it was obvious that Trump would not be convicted by the Senate, Pelosi absurdly declared that “it will not be an acquittal” because “you don’t have a trial if you don’t have witnesses.”

If there was any question about Pelosi’s enmity, she resolved it when she ripped up her copy of the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday night like a petulant child, immediately after Trump delivered the speech in the House chamber.

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Pelosi’s biggest blunder was her decision to select Adam Schiff as the face of impeachment. After presiding over the majority of the House hearings with the aplomb of a snake oil salesman, Schiff was picked as the lead prosecutor for the Senate trial. Trump won the moment it happened.

It was foolhardy for Pelosi to think that Schiff – a person with a long track record of deceit and distortion – would ever be accepted by senators as remotely credible. Who could trust someone who, without conscience or regret, has peddled a multitude of exaggerations, misrepresentations and outright falsehoods?

It was Schiff who spent more than two years claiming to have “direct” and “ample” evidence that Trump and his campaign engaged in a collusion conspiracy with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election. Except that he didn’t.

It was Schiff who stated with absolute certainty that the FBI “did not ‘abuse’ the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) process.” Except that it did.

It was Schiff who argued that the warrants to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page “met the rigor, transparency, and evidentiary basis needed to meet the FISA’s probable cause requirements.” Except that they didn’t. The Justice Department admitted that at least two of the warrants were illegally obtained and without probable cause.

It was Schiff who insisted that Christopher Steele, the British ex-spy who authored the largely fictitious anti-Trump dossier, was “credible.” Except that he was not, according to the Justice Department inspector general’s report.

It was Schiff who said that the FBI did not rely heavily on the ier in seeking surveillance warrants against Page. Except that the bureau did. The document was “central and essential,” noted the inspector general.

It was Schiff who argued that Steele’s work had been corroborated by “multiple independent sources.” Except that it had not been corroborated.

When Schiff’s prodigious prevarications were eventually exposed, he never had the decency to apologize to the American people for misleading them in hundreds of televised appearances. Instead, Pelosi rewarded Schiff’s mendacity by appointing him to oversee the impeachment charade.

At the outset, Schiff delivered opening remarks that were a blatant lie – inventing significant portions of a conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky. Schiff later dismissed his fictional account as a “parody,” as if his false portrayal was perfectly acceptable. It seems that when Schiff is determined to smear someone, the end justifies the means and truth become irrelevant.

Thereafter, Schiff lied about the contact and coordination that he and his staff had with the so-called “whistleblower.” This earned him “Four Pinocchios” from The Washington Post fact-checker, who called his statements “flat-out false.”

 Schiff’s Humiliating Defeat

A columnist for the Chicago Tribune described Schiff as “the Inspector Javert of the Trump impeachment theater.” It is an apt description.

Schiff’s unhinged obsession fed his countless embellishments of the president’s motives in asking Ukraine to examine former Vice President Joe Biden’s demand that Ukraine fire a prosecutor who was investigating the natural gas company that employed Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

Incredibly, Hunter Biden was paid an exorbitant $1 million per year to serve on its board of directors of the Ukrainian company – even though Hunter had no experience or expertise involving either the energy industry or Ukraine.

Was Joe Biden using his high office to protect his son? 

Schiff conveniently ignored the Bidens’ behavior, even though it was obviously and objectively suspicious. By any reasonable standard, it merited the investigation that Trump requested.

Suspected corruption was a legitimate reason for President Trump to ask President Zelensky to look into the conduct of the Bidens. Even if there might be some ancillary electoral benefit of the investigation down the road, Trump’s request was justified and clearly did not constitute an impeachable offense.

In reality, there is a political calculation to nearly all presidential actions. This does not make them impeachable.

Of course, the liberal-leaning media fawned over Schiff. They called his opening statement “brilliant,” “masterful,” and “dazzling.” His closing argument was greeted with an equal measure of hyperbolic adoration.

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow gushed on Twitter that Schiff’s argument was “one for the ages.” She ventured that it might be “taught someday as the seminal opposition speech from this era in presidential (and Republican party) history.”

Maddow’s tweet was met with skepticism and mockery. Many regarded Schiff’s argument as a nauseating blend of histrionics and hysteria. For the better part of an hour, he waxed about honesty and virtue – this from a man devoid of both.

Schiff repeatedly accused Trump of trying to “cheat” in our elections – past and future. He warned that “Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election” and that he would “sell out his country for a political favor.” 

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Schiff’s embroidery was more destructive than constructive. His failure to persuade even a majority of senators – much less the two-thirds supermajority required under the Constitution to remove a sitting president– was a humiliating defeat.

“History will not be kind to Donald Trump,” intoned Schiff. He is wrong. History will not be kind to Schiff and Pelosi. For purely political purposes, they abused the power entrusted in them and damaged future presidencies.

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