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You Just Knew This Would Happen — Stores Forced to Pull “Racist” Pumpkins from Shelves

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Chalk up another move in the War Against Halloween.

Because every other problem in the New York area has been taken care of a local television has sprung into action to correct the latest social scourge. Outrage culture never rests and, in the case of Halloween, neither does it take a holiday.

In Nyack, New York a local law firm wanted to join the community and set out seasonal decorations in front of its offices. Hay bales and other Autumn items were displayed, as well as an array of pumpkins, each one with the name of a staff member. It was a quaint display that added charm to their hamlet.

Oh wait, sorry — it was a deeply troubling representation of hate and intolerance. Turns out the pumpkins were of varying colors, and a few of the jack-o-lanterns were colored black. Some residents passing by were offended by this, and as we have come to expect, this means action had to take place. And, hilariously, the local Action News team!

Once the word got out the local affiliate scrambled its crew of “journalists”. The News 12 crew raced over to confront the partners of the firm about their hateful display. They also did the only logical thing to do in such a deeply troubling situation — they calmed things down by contacting the local chapter of the NAACP. And in an effort to not make this into aa hysterical issue they issued a statement:

Wilbur Aldridge, the regional director at the NAACP, said in a statement that the pumpkin design “shows an extreme lack of sensitivity. By now I would believe everyone [would] know that anything in Blackface is offensive.”

In explaining why they felt so motivated as to place obscene obsidian gourds in front of their business one partner was apologetic, but also curious about a detail. She declared that she was very curious why these pumpkins were considered a hate crime when they were offered up for sale at a national retailer. That’s right, they had actually purchased these Uncle Tom-o-lanterns from Bed Bath & Beyond.

As this story deepened the Action 12 crew snapped into action and contacted the corporate headquarters of the store chain. And as a result of their dogged efforts the store has taken the proactive step of removing these vile objects from their stores.

So all has been corrected now, and we have returned to normal and proper holiday representations. Our pumpkins have gone back to the correct coloring expected of these seasonal objects, orange — the same color as the hateful President residing in the White House of Horrors!

(tires squeal in the parking lot of Channel 12 News)

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Study Finds Those Finger-Wagging Celebrity Eco-Warriors Emit 10,000 Times More CO2 Than the Average Person

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After weeks of being lectured and chastised by celebrities and activists about how everything you do is bad for the planet, these very same eco-warriors are going about churning out far more pollutants than you do.

According to a new study from Stefan Gossling of Lund University, celebrities emit 10,000 more CO2 than the average person, thanks in part to their jet-setting lifestyle, a bit of which is flying to and from places to preach at you about the oncoming climate crisis:

This highlights the insane disparity in carbon emissions between the rich and the poor. In 2018, an average human emitted less than five tonnes of CO₂ overall. But this hides vast differences in individual contributions. In the case of air travel – the most energy-intensive human activity, no other human activity consumes as much energy in such a short time – the global average is 115kg CO₂ per person per year. Yet the vast majority of humanity never fly. This average is created by the staggering emissions of the richest proportion of humanity. I calculated that Bill Gates, for example, causes at least 1,600 tonnes of CO₂ to be emitted into the atmosphere – and this is from flying alone.

Of course, it’s not only celebrities who are the problem. Recently published figures reveal that 1% of English residents are responsible for nearly one-fifth of all flights abroad. Nearly half (48%) of the population, meanwhile, did not take a single overseas flight in 2018.

Gossling notes that he’s done this with ten different celebrities, and calculated how much carbon they emitted by going through their social media feeds. He warns that these are just flights he found they took and may not be an accurate number as the celebrities may not even always tell us when they’re traveling somewhere:

The jet-setting habits of Bill Gates and Paris Hilton mean that they produce an astonishing 10,000 times more carbon emissions from flying than the average person. This was the conclusion of my research mining their social media accounts (tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts) as well as those of a number of other celebrities for clues as to where they were in the world over the course of 2017 and how they got there. As such, this estimate is conservative – they may well have taken more flights and not volunteered the information to their millions of followers.

While this number is staggering, it’s not surprising. We’ve watched as celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Gates, and Al Gore make a show of being environmentally conscious and fighting for the planet, then turn around and hypocritically burn CO2 as they fly off into the sunset on their private jets.

In the end, the people who are leaving the largest “carbon footprint” are the people shaming you about yours.

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Marble Halls & Silver Screens w/Sarah Lee Ep. 11: The ‘Watchmen Shifts Stories, Barr Shifts Focus & Campuses Shift On Free Speech’ Edition

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The great genius of Alan Moore’s Watchmen graphic novel series is how in 12 issues it gives us an alternate history in which the world is protected by superheroes who are not particularly super nor heroic. Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Rorschach and the rest are flawed and complicated, make questionable moral decisions, and are ultimately mostly human.

But they believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.

The reboot on HBO — which Moore wants nothing to do with but his writing partner Dave Gibbons is a consultant for — continues that world and the morally ambiguous characters and plot lines in a fascinating pilot episode that, if the trend continues, should be a fun and thought-provoking watch.

And it comes at a good time, as modern America churns like the Watchmen graffiti up at the top of the page. On the podcast, I discuss at least two other areas where morality gets a bit hazy for people who — like the Rorschach of the original series and the white supremacist group that has adopted his mask in the new series — see the world only in ever-shifting blobs of black and white.

It makes for the perfect background for today’s show discussion of Attorney General Barr’s shifting focus toward the former head of CIA John Brennan in his investigation of the origins of the Russia collusion probe, and a chat about the upcoming documentary “No Safe Spaces” about the campus-led assault on free speech.

The Watchmen reboot is sandwiched between these two topics, possibly as a link between things that have no apparent common ground except the chaos that surrounds them.

Which, if you’re familiar with Moore’s work (and which you’ll notice immediately about the new show), is pretty much what Watchmen was about: Chaos. And how we live it and try to make sense of it when perhaps we’d be better off simply embracing it.

Listen to the show in full below on Spotify. You can also find me at iHeart radio, Apple Podcasts and FCB Radio’s Spreaker.

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Fusion Natasha Gets Her Marching Orders On John Brennan, Ends Up Whiffing On Two Major Claims

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Yesterday, we got a hilariously bad piece from Fusion GPS’ number one reporter. I say that with the admission that Ken Dilanian might still be fighting for the title but I think Bertrand has him beat lately. It’s like the Cuomo brothers. Andrew is bad, but come on, we all know Fredo is the dumber one.

This is the second clearly telegraphed Fusion GPS propaganda piece Bertrand has pushed out in as many weeks.

RedState’s Sarah Lee first covered it yesterday, focusing on the ridiculous notion that Brennan is just an innocent bystander, being targeted by an obsessed President. I mean, it’s not like Brennan was at the genesis of the Russia probe, lied about his knowledge on national TV, and spent the last three years ranting hysterically about Trump being a traitor. I can’t imagine why John Durham might be looking into this guy.

Politico even suggested that the focus on Brennan was somehow an offshoot of the Trump administration’s “blurring” of the lines between politics and law enforcement.

There’s so much projection in this article, i.e. accusing the DOJ and Trump of doing things the Democrats already did in the later stages of the Obama administration and throughout the Mueller probe. Bertrand either has no self-awareness or she just doesn’t care. Probably the latter.

But I want to focus on two key details she completely whiffed on because they kind of matter. At one point, Bertrand makes this claim.

Brennan allies and skeptics of the Durham investigation note that the CIA played no role in the probe involving Americans, and was narrowly focused on determining Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motivations and how the Kremlin was carrying out its election attack in 2016.

You know who that’s news to? John Brennan.

Brennan admitted in open testimony that he was looking into “US persons.” Further, we know Brennan was at the genesis of the entire Russia probe, including helping kickstart it within the Obama administration. He was doing all this while CIA Director, an agency that is expressly forbidden from targeting Americans. Further, there’s plenty of reason to suspect that the CIA had a hand in the now proven action of running assets against several Trump campaign associates.

You can read a deeper dive into Joseph Misfud’s probable CIA ties in this article. There’s a reason the media who’ve been towing the line for Brennan are now in panic mode.

Bertrand didn’t stop there though. She then made another unbelievably false claim in an attempt to try to paint Republicans as pushing conspiracy theories.

Asked for comment, White House deputy press Secretary Hogan Gidley said: “John Brennan lied before Congress when he got caught spying on American citizens and lied about having Russian collusion evidence that never existed. The only way I’ve ever heard anyone in the White House mention him is as a punchline.”

It’s not clear what Gidley was referring to—Brennan has not been accused of lying to Congress.

A quick google search would have shown Bertrand how laughable wrong that claim is, but apparently she doesn’t even bother to fact-check whatever Glenn Simpson is shoveling her on any given day. Brennan was not only accused of lying to Congress about spying on Senate members, he ended up admitting it.

This kind of nonsense is treated as “journalism” within the mainstream. At first I figured she just wanted “scoops” to elevate her career. Now, I wonder if Fusion GPS isn’t paying her directly. Anytime there’s any possible damaging information on the horizon for Brennan, the Russia Probe, etc. Bertrand is always there to spout the talking points of the other side. She does so uncritically, and as I’ve shown here, often falsely.

John Brennan is nervous. It’s obvious and no amount of Politico articles from friendly reporters is going to change the facts on the ground. We were told for years that if someone has nothing to hide, they should welcome an investigation. Well, here’s Brennan’s chance to be consistent.

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Former Clinton Staffer Goes Off On Bernie For Defending Tulsi Gabbard And Uses Naughty Language.

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Do you remember when the DNC kinda rigged the 2016 primaries system so that Hillary Clinton would be favored to win the nomination? Do you recall the people who were #TeamBernie were a tad bit upset about that whole episode? Well, it seems that Hillary and Bernie and their respective corners never really made up in the last 4 years and there might be some bad blood between both sides.

How much fun is this going to be to watch?

After Hillary’s disaster of going on a podcast and accusing Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein of being Russian bots or something with zero proof ( Reset Button Anyone) people that love Hillary are doubling down on her idiotic statement. As my colleague here at Red State Brandon Morse wrote here Like A Good Lapdog, MSNBC Clumsily Backs Clinton In Her Smearing Of Tulsi Gabbard they are circling the wagons around the two time POTUS loser.

From Fox News

A prominent Hillary Clinton staffer-turned-Democratic strategist unleased a vulgar attack on “that a–hole” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for defending fellow 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard after Clinton suggested the Hawaii congresswoman is a Russian asset.

“Tulsi Gabbard has put her life on the line to defend this country. People can disagree on issues, but it is outrageous for anyone to suggest that Tulsi is a foreign asset,” Sanders tweeted on Monday.

Adam Parkhomenko, a former Hillary Clinton staffer who bills himself as “one of the Democratic Party’s top grassroots organizers,” attacked Sanders for the tweet.

“Bernie joins Trump and thousands of Russian bots in defending the person who blamed the US instead of Assad for gassing his own people. Not to mention his not so stellar voting record on Russian sanctions,” Parkhomenko wrote to his nearly 300,000 followers.

“F–k Bernie. I’d forgotten how much I despise that a–hole. Thanks for the reminder,” Parkhomenko added.

Now this Adam Parkhomenko guy has been called a “Clinton Superfan” by the Washington Post.

I. Kid. You. Not.

That he would be a tad bit upset that people are knocking on his beloved never to be POTUS I guess is understandable. However, the Bernie people have more to be pissed about than the Clinton people.

So that Clinton Superfan is running around all angsty and using oh so funny yet filthy language because Hillary stepped in it and cant prove her accusations on Russia, I guess I understand. However, you are going to berate the old fella in the race that is going to drop out soon because of his ticker? Where are the lets just all get along feelings at?

How about next time Hillary runs she wins MICHIGAN AND WISCONSIN.

Low blow, I know.

Having a meltdown on twitter because Bernie was essentially saying put up or shut up and show the proof is not a reason to go off. Unless you stare at your Hillary poster in front of the White House each night and sob yourself to sleep.

It just seems to lack class.

However, please continue to do it CLINTON SUPERFAN. Lots of us will be watching and it will be a clear reminder to why her campaign did the biggest implosion of any in the past 100 years.

Smartest woman indeed.

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McConnell Appears To Be Choosing The Senate Over Trump

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Yesterday’s testimony in Congress showed signs that Trump could very well be in trouble in the impeachment inquiry.

Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor apparently testified that the aid to Ukraine, in his understanding, was held up in part in order to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. According to multiple sources, the testimony overall was enough to convince some Republicans that there might actually be a there there.

This now combines with several issues surrounding the Trump Administration right now: The situation in Syria, Trump’s unfortunate tweet comparing the process to a “lynching”, and recent polling that shows several key Senate seats in play, and it appears to be helping Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell make his choice on who to support.

Hint: It’s not the President.

This clip should be a big red flag to the White House. Trump’s typical reaction to dissent is insults and social media pressure but it will not work with McConnell, who has been a key ally in getting Trump’s judicial nominees through the Senate. McConnell’s work in putting as many Trump appointees into the system as possible has resulted in solid choices making it onto the federal bench, making him a very key component in Trump’s agenda going forward.

McConnell can afford to distance himself from Trump. He has the support of the Senate, where his opposition has largely quieted down since the Obama Era. Trump, however, cannot afford to lose McConnell.

This is a warning sign for Trump for multiple reasons. The first is that it largely confirms what I wrote yesterday morning – that the Senate is in play both in terms of the 2020 election and in terms of an impeachment trial – which will put Trump on edge more than usual. The second is the very real threat that Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine might be impeachable after all.

McConnell, as we’ve pointed out at RedState both from a friendly and an oppositional point of view, is a known fighter. He will fight to ensure political victory for him and his allies. Trump came into his office not as an ally, but as a threat. The relationship between the two was tumultuous at best. However, McConnell was able to leverage himself into Trump’s favor by forcing through judicial appointees and scoring a major victory in the Kavanaugh fight. That didn’t make them allies, just two Republicans with similar aims.

McConnell is #TeamMcConnell all the way. If Trump becomes a threat to Senate Republicans, McConnell will find a way to mitigate that threat as much as possible. If that means throwing Trump under the bus and taking their chances with President Mike Pence, then so be it. He will absolutely make that chance if it is in the best interest for him and his allies.

In his mind, Trump is expendable. Presidents have term limits and Senators do not. He can afford the shift in tone, and both he and Trump know this.

The question is… will Trump react and adjust the right way here?

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Stunning: CA Gov. Gavin Newsom Orders Investigation to Find Out Why State’s Gasoline Prices are So High

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ABC News reports that CA Gov. Gavin Newsom is so concerned over gas prices in the state, which have now topped $4 per gallon, that he’s ordered the attorney general to open an investigation. Yes, really.

According to ABC:

The California Energy Commission said it “does not have any evidence that gasoline retailers fixed prices or engaged in false advertising.” But it said the industry did not provide any proof that its gasoline was better than what the state requires all retailers to sell.

Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association, said the industry trade group is reviewing the report. But she said it was important to note California’s fuel taxes and standards, which are more strict than other states, account for the first $1.07 per gallon at the pump.

Is it me or has the entire American left taken a dive into the twilight zone over the last three years? How is this a mystery Governor?

Many taxpayers have suggested that Newsom pick up a mirror. CA currently has the highest state income tax in the U.S., that is for those in the state who actually pay taxes. With their ever increasing additions to state-provided social services, they have to find the money somewhere. Given the recent exodus of high earners leaving the state to shield their income, CA would go bankrupt without the revenue they receive from gasoline sales. Blaming it on the oil companies is the height of hypocrisy and foolishness.

Voters were quick to point out the error of Newsom’s ways (Via Twitchy):

So California has basically told anyone in the oil industry to leave the state. And then they create their own extra special grade of difficult to produce gasoline that no other state requires. And then?

This man is a idiot. #GavinNewsom #GavinMustGo #California

This is a joke right? You’re kidding…

This is like Gov. Cuomo ordering the Natural Gas companies to supply more gas after blocking pipelines.

The Dem party is ignorant of science and economics, but thinks it should lecture the rest of us on how to live.

Should be the quickest investigation ever… but not after he hand selects the “investigator”.

California regulations, the gas tax and the carbon taxes would be a good start when he’s done starting in a mirror.

It’s your fault. There, I took care of your Investigation for you. You’re welcome.

Enjoy those high taxes you voted for, and you keep electing the same people who also implemented a cap and trade tax on gas. You don’t even get to see how much that is, it’s built into the price. Surrounding states are laughing.

I needed a good laugh today! He knows why, and a phony investigation won’t make him look any less complicit.

High gas prices caused by high taxes to fund your boondoggles. Investigation complete.

It’s all the taxes and “fees” authorized by California lawmakers who don’t know how money actually works.

How about the 70 cents in state sales tax and the regulations that prevent the building of new refineries…that keep gasoline more scarce…Newsome and his crook cronies in Sacramento are to blame!

And finally:

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Rep. Katie Hill Blames Affair Story on “Abusive Husband,” But Texts Contradict Her Claims

In response to RedState’s series of articles regarding her alleged involvement in sexual relationships with campaign and congressional staffers, Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) issued a statement to Politico on Tuesday denying the relationship with her male congressional staffer and claiming that “an abusive husband” is part of a “coordinated effort to try to destroy” her.

“The fact is I am going through a divorce from an abusive husband who seems determined to try to humiliate me. I am disgusted that my opponents would seek to exploit such a private matter for political gain. This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and people close to me is despicable and will not succeed. I, like many women who have faced attacks like this before, am stronger than those who want me to be afraid.”

In a text message from the female staffer involved in the throuple that was sent to Hill on June 3 of this year, the female staffer says that she is “terrified of pushing back against [Hill] or upsetting [her],” because she’s seen how Hill treats Kenny.

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As reported in an earlier story today, Kenny Heslep apologized to the female staffer in text messages for the “abusive relationship” to which he and Hill subjected the staffer.

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Additionally, Rep. Hill vehemently denied that she was having any kind of relationship with her Legislative Director.

“Allegations that I have been involved in a relationship with Mr. Kelly are absolutely false. I am saddened that the deeply personal matter of my divorce has been brought into public view and the vindictive claims of my ex have now involved the lives and reputations of unrelated parties.”

Text messages between Jeff Bomberger, a videographer contracted by Hill’s campaign in both the 2018 and 2020 cycles, and Kenny Heslep contradict her claim.

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Heslep asked Bomberger, “Did you know about Graham and Katie?” Bomberger replied, “I do know yes, but I didn’t know until recently.”

Continuing the conversation, Bomberger said that Rep. Hill personally told him about the relationship with Graham Kelly, that he was trying to be a friend to both sides, and referenced the months of July and August being a “whirlwind.” The screenshot was created on October 7, 2019.

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Heslep and Hill attended a mediation on Tuesday, October 8, in Southern California. Afterward, Heslep texted a different friend that Katie was “freaking out” over the possibility that a story linking her with Graham Kelly would be published. That friend spoke to RedState on condition of anonymity and said that Katie was “on the table” during the mediation, screaming at Heslep and telling him he’d better keep his mouth shut. According to a text message the friend provided to RedState, Heslep said:

“Also, I discovered why she is freaking out about me calling her out about Graham… there is an ethics clause for the house that strictly forbids hanky panky with subordinates… I have already had multiple people confirm their relationship. And Katie stood up and yelled at us about confronting her about Graham.”

Kelly hasn’t responded to requests for a comment from other outlets.

Hill does not deny the relationship between the female staffer, Heslep, and herself. Though the staffer was never on her Congressional staff, according to the Washington Post “the Ethics Committee has previously investigated such claims and determined it has jurisdiction over ‘misconduct relating to a successful campaign for election to the House.’” Perhaps an Ethics investigation into both relationships should be held to determine the truth of the matter and just how compromised Rep. Hill is.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor of RedState. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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After Schiff’s Latest Witness Claims Quid Pro Quo, Calls Grow Louder for Lindsey Graham to Take Action #WheresLindsey

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Sen. Lindsey Graham has repeatedly and publicly promised to call witnesses to testify before the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee which he chairs in the search for the truth about the origins of the Trump/Russia probe, the current impeachment inquiry, and several other farces which have been thrust on President Trump by the Democrats. Yet, he fails to act.

The situation has now become critical. Contrary to everything the United States stands for, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff is trying to unilaterally remove President Trump from office. It’s been said that one witness who appeared before his committee, former Ambassador Kurt Volker, provided testimony which undercut Schiff’s narrative about the July 25th Trump/Zelensky phone call. Today, however, Schiff took a deposition from the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, who according to witnesses, bolstered the House Democrats’ case. Witnesses said Taylor’s opening statement left Democratic lawmakers “gasping.” My colleague, Bonchie, posted about that train wreck here.

The obvious next step for Republicans would be for Graham to call Volcker, Taylor and others who have given depositions to Schiff’s Committee to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Graham’s reluctance to take action has many people wondering. In his frequent appearances on cable news programs, he’s been talking the talk. On his Monday night show, Tucker Carlson played a video montage of Graham promising to “get the answers, the best he knows how” over and over again.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Carlson and expressed his frustration with Graham’s inertia. Tucker asked Paul if Graham’s foreign policy differences with Trump are the reason for his inaction? Graham has disagreed mightily with the President over his decision to withdraw forces from Ukraine. But that’s a recent event. Graham has led the Sen. Judiciary Committee since January.

Here’s what Paul had to say:

I’ve encouraged him publicly and privately to do this. I’d like to see John Brennan come in. I’d like him to testify and I would ask him very pointedly, “Did you talk to the British intelligence agencies? Did you set up spying by foreign intelligence agencies on the President or the President’s campaign? I think he did and I think that’s against the law. I’ve talked to people who are convinced, these people are so officious, that there’s probably paperwork they have filled out.

I think he did call the British agents and I think he did get them involved. But it’s also important to know, Christopher Steele and that Steel dossier. Did he talk to Russian agents?

That’s been the rumor for years now.

So everything that Trump has been accused of doing, investigating a political rival in a foreign country, all of those questions should be asked of the Democrats.

There are a lot of Republicans who are more loyal to the deep state than they are to the president.

Rush Limbaugh has a theory about why Graham hasn’t used his position to fight back against the Democrats:

He could be subpoenaing people, he could be demanding to see — he could be doing in the Senate what they’re doing in the House except he could be doing it to the people that ran this phony investigation into Trump. He could be tracking them all up there. And people ask, “Why isn’t he doing anything?”

And you know what the popular theory is? The popular theory is that he’s got cold feet about doing this because it would implicate Senator McCain, one of his great friends. And it may be true. John McCain was at the epicenter of the Steele dossier’s dissemination. John McCain was one of the leaders in the effort to get Trump and his election reversed and thrown out of town using the Steele dossier and any investigation of this is going to demonstrate this. And many are theorizing that Lindsey Graham just doesn’t want to see Senator McCain’s name dragged through this kind of mud, so there’s no investigation.

I’m skeptical of this theory, because based on what is publicly known about the Democrat’s Trump/Russia collusion investigation, McCain’s role was minor and it came after the 2016 election. McCain claimed he was approached at a national security conference in Nova Scotia by a retired British diplomat who told him about the dossier. He sent his aide, David Kramer, to London to meet with Christopher Steele. Kramer came back to Washington with a copy of the dossier and told the Senator that Steele had seemed credible. McCain handed the document to James Comey on December 9th. The FBI had known about the dossier since the summer. They had been receiving regular updates through DOJ official Bruce Ohr.

Because Graham and McCain were very close friends, he could very well have information that we don’t. But, on the face of it, it doesn’t sound likely.

Whatever the reason is, (prior to Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria) Graham has been one of Trump’s most vocal supporters and his lack of action is confounding.

Today, it was reported that Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, will be calling in witnesses to testify about the basis of the impeachment  inquiry. No surprise there. Although Burr certainly isn’t one of the President’s fans, his committee’s Trump/Russia investigation found no evidence of collusion.

Following Volker’s House testimony several weeks ago, Graham again promised to call him before his committee if the Democrats continued with their unethical tactics. Earlier today, Donald Trump, Jr. responded. He tweeted, “I repeat…its continuing.”

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