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Bourbon On The Rocks #844

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Love Wins: Liberals Hardest Hit as New Chick-fil-A in Brooklyn Opens to Long Lines

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FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 file photo, Jim Fortier, left, and Mark Toomajian, kiss as they join about two dozen members of gay rights groups and others protesting outside the Decatur, Ga., Chick-fil-A restaurant. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

It seems like every new area Chick-fil-A opens a new restaurant in sees super-long crowds line up to enjoy some delicious chicken sandwiches and waffle fries.

Brooklyn is no exception. Bklyner reports:

… Chick-fil-A opened at 166 Flatbush Avenue this morning, right across the Barclays Center, with lines around the corner.

The big Southern chain known for its chicken sandwiches — which has also faced criticism after its founder spoke out against same-sex marriage — announced its Brooklyn opening last year, and today, it finally opened right next door to the Shake Shack. It is the seventh Chick-fil-A in NYC and the first in Brooklyn.

[…]
To celebrate the opening, Chick-fil-A’s operator Brandon Hurst did a promotion event where prizes were to be awarded for the first 100 people. Registration began today at 5 a.m., and before 7 a.m., lines were taking up the entire block.

Some Twitter users posted photos of the lines that were wrapped around the store:

Some posted selfies while they stood in the long line:

A friend of the owner gave a shout of encouragement:

Twitter user “nuffsaidny” noted this might be the first Chick-fil-A of its kind in America – one where the employees have an attitude. LOL:

As is often the case, there are people – usually liberals – who throw temper tantrums when Chick-fil-A restaurants open in their area:

Awww. Bless their hearts.

(Hat tip: Twitchy)

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Christine Blasey-Ford’s Father Offered Support To Kavanaugh’s Father At Golf Club Encounter

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Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

 

Journalists Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino recently published a book on the extraordinary senate confirmation battle that riveted the nation last fall entitled “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.” The authors point out that Christine Blasey-Ford’s immediate family remained remarkably silent throughout and after the public spectacle the hearings became.

At the time, a group of supporters wrote a letter on Blasey-Ford’s behalf. Hemingway and Severino write that it began with, “As members of Christine Blasey Ford’s family . . .,” but they note that it wasn’t signed by a single blood relative.

Today, these women reported a little known fact that Ralph Blasey, Ford’s father, offered his support to Ed Kavanaugh shortly after the hearings. According to Hemingway and Severino:

Within days of Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, a fascinating encounter took place. Brett Kavanaugh’s father was approached by Ford’s father at the golf club where they are both members.

Ralph Blasey, Ford’s father, went out of his way to offer to Ed Kavanaugh his support of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, according to multiple people familiar with the conversation that took place at Burning Tree Club in Bethesda, Maryland. “I’m glad Brett was confirmed,” Ralph Blasey told Ed Kavanaugh, shaking his hand. Blasey added that the ordeal had been tough for both families.

The encounter immediately caused a stir at the close-knit private golf club as staff and members shared the news. The conversation between the two men echoed a letter that Blasey had previously sent to the elder Kavanaugh. Neither man returned requests for comment about the exchanges.

At the time of the senate hearings last year, a Washington Post reporter called Ralph Blasey, who told him, “I think all of the Blasey family would support her. I think her record stands for itself. Her schooling, her jobs and so on.” He ended the conversation without answering the question the reporter had called for. The reporter called Ford’s father a second time and Blasey said, “I think any father would have love for his daughter.”

Did Blasey believe his daughter? It doesn’t appear so.

Recently, The Daily Caller obtained a video of Christine Blasey-Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, speaking to a group of the University of Baltimore’s Feminist Legal Theory Conference in April. Katz admits that part of Blasey-Ford’s motivation for accusing now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in July 2018 was political.

Katz said, “In the aftermath of these hearings, I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court. He will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important; it is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine.”

Actually, I believe her motivation was purely political. It’s possible her father did too. But a father’s love for a daughter runs deep. And while he couldn’t bring himself to say he believed her, nor could he say he didn’t.

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Trump’s Corrupt FEMA Official Accused Of Taking Bribes After Hurricane Maria Is Actually Obama’s Corrupt FEMA Official

Oh dear, they’ve done it again.

Apparently some Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employees were arrested Tuesday in a massive corruption probe. These federal employees are alleged to have accepted bribes from a company that was ultimately hired to do $1.8 billion worth of contracting to repair the electrical grid on Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Federal authorities arrested Ahsha Tribble, FEMA’s former deputy administrator for the region that includes Puerto Rico, and Donald Keith Ellison, the former president of Cobra Acquisitions with whom Ms. Tribble had a “close personal relationship,” Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, the United States attorney for Puerto Rico, announced. They were accused of conspiring to defraud the federal government, among other charges.

A second FEMA employee, Jovanda R. Patterson, who worked as a deputy chief of staff in Puerto Rico and was later hired by Cobra, was also arrested, Ms. Rodríguez Vélez said.

Apparently Ellison really wanted that contract because the New York Times writes that in exchange for Tribble’s good word to FEMA management, he gave her a whole litany of gifts.

The “stream of benefits” ranged from a helicopter ride over Puerto Rico to the securing of an apartment in New York, the authorities said.

They also included personal security services; the use of one of Mr. Ellison’s credit cards; airplane tickets, including one first-class ticket from San Juan, the Puerto Rican capital, to New York; and hotel stays in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Ellison and Ms. Tribble traveled together and stayed in the same room, Ms. Rodríguez Vélez said. One of their itineraries mentioned in the indictment referred to travel involving “you,” “me” and “us.”

Anti-Trump administration Twitter users quickly grabbed onto a paragraph from the piece and used it to rage against Trump for allowing such corruption on his watch.

And then the bigwig libs got involved.

Spoiler alert: they were wrong. Again.

This is getting too easy to even be fun anymore.

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‘Cause it’s the Best Way to Convince People: Ahead of the Dem Debate, Climate Change Radicals Suspend Themselves from a Bridge

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I have an crazy concept for activists: When you do something really bizarre to get attention, it doesn’t help your cause.

It spreads a message alright, just not the one you intended.

Your new message is:

“We are all suffering from mental illness. Please, dear Lord, somebody — anybody — help us.”

Examples:

How To Save The Planet: During Brexit Debate, Climate Activists Glue Themselves To Parliament. Naked.

NUT: Left-Winger Fights Brexit By Stripping Naked On Live TV & Challenging Politician To Nude Debate

In An Effort To Force Congress To Save The Earth, Radicals Superglue Themselves To Walls In Washington. Yeah — That’ll Do It

See a pattern?

Pro tip: Any activism that involves glue or orifices to the south of the mouth is a FAIL (but congrats to Parliament’s anti-Brexiters for managing to combine the two — touché).

In Houston, this week’s radicals did manage to avoid adhesive and genitals, but there was still something dangling: Their whole bodies.

Those convinced the best way to sell the world on saving itself was to hang themselves from a bridge — because that’s the oldest trick in the book when it comes to winning an argument — got busy changing everyone’s minds Thursday.

Ahead of the city’s impending Democratic presidential primary, about a dozen activists suspended themselves from the Fred Hartman Bridge in order to fight the use of fossil fuels.

In order to make their point, they held yellow and red flags.

They should’ve gone with yellow and blue — those two colors make green.

Or…what’s the official flag for insanity?

Interesting choice to hang from a bridge: If the most extreme among us were to get their way, it wouldn’t be needed. People would cross the waters in row boats.

That’s not likely to happen, though — as noted by RedState’s Bonchie, CNN’s recent climate change town hall tanked:

CNN subjected television viewers to the torturous exercise of listening to 2020 Democrat candidates riff on climate change for seven straight hours. We got all kinds of craziness, from Bernie promoting taxpayer funded abortions to cull the population and reduce emissions to Buttigieg lecturing on the morality of eating hamburgers. If you want the government to control every aspect of your life, these people are your ticket.

The question is, how many people were actually watching? If you guessed that Fox News, with just their regular lineup, would nearly triple CNN’s viewership, congrats.

But maybe the Bridge Brigade will start the revolution.

Check it out in the video above. And though they aren’t nude, enjoy the drooping nuts.

-ALEX

 

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News Breaks that Andrew McCabe Will Be Charged By the DOJ and the Flop Sweat Builds

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Color me surprised. It looks like the DOJ has finally decided to hold someone accountable for what went on during the Hillary-Trump investigative fiasco.

Former FBI Assistant Director and current CNN talking head, Andrew McCabe, failed to convince the DOJ not to move forward with prosecution against him after a last ditch effort to change their minds. This report is coming via Fox News. The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross, who’s been killer on this beat, also confirms this story is accurate.

U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against Andrew McCabe, Fox News has learned, as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official.

McCabe — the former deputy and acting director of the FBI — appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general, but he rejected that request, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The potential charges relate to DOJ inspector general findings against him regarding misleading statements concerning a Hillary Clinton-related investigation.

A source close to McCabe’s legal team said they received an email from the Department of Justice which said, “The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney’s Office’s decision in this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office.”

This comes in response to the Inspector General finding that McCabe had lacked candor (i.e. lied) to the FBI multiple times involving leaks to the press.

There’s also the factor of McCabe suing the FBI last month that plays into this. Perhaps McCabe’s arrogance wrote a check his butt can’t cash? Trying to sue when he was clearly fired for just cause likely only emboldened the U.S. Attorney to press forward with prosecution.

We can’t mention McCabe without talking about CNN either. Despite the IG report and all the facts known about McCabe, CNN hired him on as an “analyst” last month in a widely mocked move. Is there any wonder that network is cratering in the ratings and has lost all credibly?

Drink the schadenfreude in.

This is the beginnings of what justice looks like. After every single Trump lackey who looked at an FBI agent the wrong way was charged during the Mueller saga, it would have been untenable for the DOJ to then look the other way at their own committing the same crime.

While this certainly won’t gain back the trust these institutions have lost, it’s a start in the process. Bill Barr is doing things the right way and if the indicators we are seeing tell the story, he’s not done yet. More prosecutions are coming.

There’s going to be a lot of new flop sweat building among people who thought they were in the clear.

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Trump Campaign to Fly Socialism Banner in Houston Skies in Advance of Third Democratic Debate

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President Donald Trump points to cheering supporters as he leaves a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Trump campaign has come up with some clever merch in recent months to troll TDS sufferers and capitalize on media-driven “scandals” involving President Trump. So it’s no surprise that in advance of tonight’s Democratic presidential debate the campaign has upped their game a notch.

ABC 13 reports:

While some may be anticipating sparks to fly between Democratic candidates onstage, the Trump campaign plans to literally fly its counter messaging in the air above Houston ahead of Thursday’s debate.

President Donald Trump’s campaign intends to counter-program the Democratic primary debate hosted by ABC News and Univision with an ad blitz that includes two front-page newspaper ads and flying a massive banner in the air that blasts socialism just before candidates take the stage.

“Socialism will kill Houston’s economy!” the ad reads, along with a number to text, according to a rendering provided to ABC News by a Trump campaign official.

The campaign is spending around $7,500 for the flight and production of the ad, which is scheduled to fly from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time — an hour before Democrats are set to square-off in their first one-night debate this cycle.

Here’s what it reportedly will look like:

The campaign told Fox News that this will be the first time they’ve done something like this during a Democratic debate, but “note they used a similar tactic on Labor Day, flying banners over beachgoers in a number of cities, urging people to add their phone numbers to the campaign’s list of supporters.” Plus:

Last weekend, the Republican National Committee ran ads on an electronic billboard outside of an arena in Manchester, N.H., where nearly the entire field of Democratic presidential contenders were addressing a state party convention. The billboard read “Welcome to the 2020 Democratic Circus!”

Here’s a photo of the billboard:

Tonight’s debate is scheduled to start at 8pm Eastern time and will be broadcast on ABC and Univision. Here are the candidates who qualified:

The debate will be held on one night, unlike the last two which had to be held over a two night time frame because so many of the candidates met the DNC’s criteria to make it on to the stage.

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More McDonald’s Employees Can Expect to Get the Boot as the Company Automates the Drive-Thru

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Well done, “Fight for $15” proponents, your victories against the largest fast-food chain in the world, McDonald’s, has given its employees the minimum wage you said they deserve.

Well…at least the ones McDonald’s kept after they began replacing humans with machines. Machines that don’t require raises, take sick time or protest against them in the streets.

According to engadget.com, that list of employees may be getting smaller as McDonald’s has acquired AI technology that would automate the drive-thru line. The corporation did this by purchasing a tech company called Apprente, which specializes in voice recognition technology. They plan to implement this tech, not just at the drive-thru, but throughout the kiosks in its store.

Engadget reported that while it may improve the tech within restaurants, it will likely take a hefty toll on the employees:

The fast food giant say there’s potential to expand Apprente’s technology into other areas, like mobile and kiosk ordering. But while the new technology may make life easier for customers, may come at the cost of human jobs. McDonald’s self-service kiosks will be implemented across all US restaurant locations by 2020, which could reduce the need to hire as many human cashiers.

McDonald’s has been expanding its use of tech within its restaurants, and has acquired other tech companies as well that would lead to even greater AI functions throughout the stores:

The food chain’s acquisition of Apprente is its third tech deal this year. In April it acquired Dynamic Yield, a personalized data startup, in order to customize its drive-thru menus by the weather, time of day, current restaurant traffic and trending menu items. It also bought a minority stake in Plexure, a New Zealand-based mobile app technology company.

What’s more, McDonald’s plans to have these kiosks in every store by 2020, effectively eliminating much of the human element from the McDonald’s restaurant experience.

While it’s neat to think that a lot of the process to obtain food will equate to a few presses of a screen, it does mean that the jobs activists were fighting to get more people money for are essentially going away, and McDonald’s can’t be blamed. Machines follow their programming, don’t require breaks, nor do they require a bi-monthly check that costs the company billions.

Activists didn’t anticipate the true cost of forcing a corporation to pay more money, but as the machines roll in, they’re learning quickly.

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Documents Provide Glimpse Of DOJ Efforts To Spin NY Times Story On Rosenstein Wearing Wire, Invoking 25th Amendment

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Deputy Attorney General-designate, federal prosecutor Rod Rosenstein, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

Very little media attention has been paid to the role of former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which has never ceased to amaze me. Rosenstein has always been a creature of the swamp. He wrote the initial memo outlining the reasons why former FBI Director James Comey should be fired. After Trump fired him, Comey had given his memos to a professor friend to leak to the New York Times. Once the memo story broke, Rosenstein immediately appointed a special counsel to investigate President Trump. And not just anyone. He broke all of the rules governing special counsels and chose the highly partisan and deeply conflicted Robert Mueller. Rosenstein’s actions have altered the course of the Trump presidency, yet no one questions him.

Anyway, on Wednesday, after much stonewalling, watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained 14 pages of documents through a FOIA request originally filed on September 21, 2018. This was the date the New York Times had reported that a group of high-level DOJ and FBI officials had allegedly discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to “remove” President Trump from office in May 2017. During that meeting, the Times claimed that then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had offered to wear a wire to record his private conversations with the President.

The newly released material shows the DOJ’s behind the scenes efforts to control the narrative after this article was published.

According to Judicial Watch, the documents show Rosenstein saying the press would have “difficulty” finding anyone in the DOJ willing to discuss this issue and that officials tried to frame the Times‘ report as “inaccurate” and “factually incorrect.” They also reveal a conversation among DOJ officials about telling the media Rosenstein’s remarks were merely “sarcastic.”

Additionally, we learn that:

After DOJ Public Affairs officer Sarah Isgur Flores had discussed an email exchange with New York Times reporter Adam Goldman with top DOJ officials and Rosenstein’s office, she waited 12 hours to forward the email exchange to DOJ Chief of Staff Matthew Whitaker. Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had referred to Whitaker as the president’s “eyes and ears” in the DOJ.

The records include an email from Assistant U.S. Attorney (DOJ/NSD) Harvey Eisenberg to Rosenstein dated September 21, 2018.

Eisenberg writes that Washington Post reporter Ellen Nakashima had called inquiring about the Times’ article. Rosenstein responds: “Thanks! Hopefully we are being successful, and the reporters are having difficulty finding anybody to comment about things. [Remainder of email redacted.]”

Apparently in response to the redacted portion of Rosenstein’s reply, Eisenberg responds, “I’m aware. Besides letting you know, [redacted]. My best to you and the family.” Rosenstein replies, “I don’t mean about me. [Redacted.]”

The DOJ had known about the article on the previous day. Co-author Adam Goldman had emailed Flores to tell her that he and Times writer Mike Schmidt were writing the story and would like the agency to comment on several items. Judicial Watch reports:

The first was, “during a May 16, 2017 meeting of senior federal law enforcement officials, Rosenstein offered to wear a “wire” to record his conversations with Trump and “He also said McCabe could wear a wire.”

In a second request for comment, Goldman alleges that in a separate conversation between Rosenstein and McCabe, they discussed using the 25th Amendment “to remove President Trump” and “Rosenstein said that he may be able to get (then-Attorney General Jeff) Sessions and Kelly to go along with the plan.”

In a third request for comment, Goldman said he’d learned that Rosenstein in a May 12, 2017, conversation at the DOJ Command Center “appeared ‘upset’ and ‘emotional’ over the Comey firing.”

In a fourth request for comment, Goldman said that in a May 14, 2017, conversation with McCabe, “Rosenstein asked McCabe to reach out to Comey to seek advice about appointing a special counsel. McCabe believed that was a bad idea.”

In a fifth and final request for which he sought DOJ comment, Goldman wrote, “Rosenstein considered appointing (former Deputy Attorney General) Jim Cole as the special counsel.”

Flores forwarded Goldman’s emails to “Annie” and “Bill” — apparently White House Deputy Counsel Annie Donaldson and White House Communications Director Bill Shine:

Telling Donaldson, “Boss calling Don re the below – if you think appropriate, share with Don [presumably referring to White House Counsel Don McGahn]”. She tells Shine, “We’ve sent a response from the DAG that’s below and had someone in the room dispute the ‘wire’ part noting the dag was being sarcastic.” She then includes the DAG response, which reads, “The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect. I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the Department and are advancing their own personal agenda. But let me be clear about this: based on my personal dealings with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”

Shine thanks Flores and asks her to “share with Elliott ASAP.” Flores responds that if Shine is directing her to share with Elliott, “I don’t think I know who that is referring to.” Flores sent that response at 10:09 PM on September 20, but Flores waits until 10:00 a.m. the next day to forward the entire exchange to DOJ Chief of Staff Whitaker, saying: “Should have sent this to you last night.”

A mostly redacted email exchange on the evening of September 20, 2018, shows the efforts of officials in the Public Affairs and DAG’s office to produce a response to the impending news article. DOJ Official Bradley Weinsheimer forwarded to Flores the “DAG response” to the allegations in the article, saying “DAG has cleared this, which is what we just discussed.” He then provides the official DAG response about the allegations over Rosenstein wanting to invoke the 25th Amendment against Trump as being “inaccurate and factually incorrect.” Deputy Attorney General’s office official Ed O’Callaghan responds, “Think good.” The rest of his response is redacted under (b)(5) – deliberative process.

In the final draft of the official DAG response approved by O’Callaghan, the statement is changed from “Based on my dealings with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment” to “Based on my personal dealings with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”

Judicial Watch President Tom FItton commented on these records. He said, “It is remarkable that Judicial Watch has done more to investigate the DOJ/FBI’s discussions about overthrowing President Trump than the DOJ or Congress. These documents essentially confirm the coup discussions about wearing a wire when speaking with President Trump and plans to remove him under the 25th Amendment.”

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Jerry Nadler and Company Take Formal Steps Toward Their Impeachment Delusion

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined at left by, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., prepare to walk out of the hearing room briefly after waiting Republican members of the committee to arrive more than an hour after the scheduled start time for a markup session, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. The panel was meeting on their months-long standoff with the Justice Department on the request by the Republican-controlled committee for documents related to the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation and the handling of its probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s emails. Democrats charge the subpoena undermines special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties and whether there was obstruction of justice. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The beat goes on for Democrats in the House who hold the delusion that impeachment of President Trump is possible, or even proper.

Jerry Nadler, famous for wearing his pants up to his chin and making a clown of himself and his committee, pushed through a formal opening of an “impeachment investigation.”

The House Judiciary Committee approved Thursday a resolution that outlines the rules and scope for its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The 24-17 vote was along party lines.

Why it matters: It’s the committee’s first vote on an action related to its ongoing impeachment probe and grants House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) wide-ranging powers moving forward.

What this actually is, as I’ve shared before, is Nadler wanting to have his cake and eat it to. And the dude loves cake.

As I shared back in July (see Jerry Nadler and Company With Stealth Impeachment In Bizarre Gambit), what Nadler wants to do is hold the power that comes with formal articles of impeachment while not actually succeeding into getting those passed. He wants the special privileges when it comes to discovery and subpoenas without having to take the political risk that should accompany that.

To do that, he’s changed the rules, deeming his new game an “impeachment inquiry.”

Details: The resolution allows Nadler the ability to brand hearings as impeachment hearings and designate hearings related to the probe to either the full committee or a subcommittee. It also gives committee staff an additional hour to question witnesses and deems all information gathered in the probe private until Nadler says otherwise.

  • It stipulates that Trump’s legal counsel is able to review and respond in writing to impeachment-related evidence only on Nadler’s invitation.
  • The scope of the inquiry includes Trump’s potential violations of the emoluments clause, hush money payments used to cover up alleged affairs and his alleged attempts to obstruct justice in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Nadler doesn’t even want to let Trump’s legal team respond to or see the any evidence without his invitation, which he’ll no doubt withhold when it’s politically expedient.

The “violations” are nonsense. Multiple courts have already ruled that Trump is not in violation of the emoluments clause. Past courts have also ruled that it is not a violation as long as a fair market value is being paid for the product (in this case, hotel rooms).

The hush money stuff never made any sense. It did not occur while Trump was President, therefore the House has no oversight role there. The payments, while not good, clearly didn’t constitute an isolated campaign expenditure either because 1) they didn’t use campaign funds and 2) Trump has been paying off people for decades. A former FEC commissioner has pointed this out and Democrats just can’t seem to get it. If you want a full explainer, see this link.

The obstruction of justice stuff is also going absolutely nowhere for reasons which have been articulated many times. Namely that even Mueller couldn’t make the case to actually recommend charges and that it is not obstruction of justice to get mad on Twitter (which formed a large basis of Mueller’s obstruction insinuations). No one can cite a single precedent to show that. It is also not obstruction to fire a subordinate you have constitutional authority to fire. Comey, McCabe, and Mueller all said the President took zero actions to hamper their investigation.

The idea that any of those three areas is going lead impeachment of Donald Trump is pure fantasy. The idea that the public will tolerate it is even less likely.

This is a complete waste of time, which has become the norm for the Democratic House.

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