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Judge in Amber Guyger Case Unapologetic After Receiving Intense Criticism for Hugging, Giving Defendant a Bible

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Last week, former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, 31, was convicted of murder in the September 2018 shooting death of 26-year-old Botham Jean as he sat in his apartment.

Guyger, who said she mistakenly entered the wrong apartment and shot Jean because she believed he was an intruder, received a 10 year sentence.

Botham Jean’s brother Brandt, who is 18, gave a powerful victim impact statementt on forgiveness and asked for a hug afterwards, which Judge Tammy Kemp okayed after a few seconds of consideration of the request.

Not long after Brandt Jean gave his statement, Judge Kemp walked over to his family and consoled them over their loss. But she also walked over to Guyger and spoke with her for a few moments before retreating and then returning with a Bible. She talked to Guyger about John 3:16, and told Gugyger that God had already forgiven her after Gugyer asked if He ever would.

Watch their interaction below:

Their moving exchange predictably caused social justice warriors and freedom from religion types to erupt in outrage, as streiff noted here.

In her first public comments since the trial, Kemp was unapologetic in the face of criticism:

… Kemp said she felt her actions were appropriate since the trial was over and the former officer told her she didn’t know how to begin seeking God’s forgiveness.
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“If she wanted to start with the Bible, I didn’t want her to go back to the jail and to sink into doubt and self-pity and become bitter,” she said. “Because she still has a lot of life ahead of her following her sentence and I would hope that she could live it purposefully.”
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Kemp said that Guyger asked twice if she could hug her as well and, after a moment’s hesitation, the judge wrapped her arms around the former police officer.

“Following my own convictions, I could not refuse that woman a hug. I would not,” said Kemp, who is black. “And I don’t understand the anger. And I guess I could say if you profess religious beliefs and you are going to follow them, I would hope that they not be situational and limited to one race only.”

What a refreshing way to look at things. Nice work, Judge Kemp.

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CBS to Torture Its Audience With a Glowing Mini-Series on a Certain Disgraced Former FBI Director

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FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, then-incoming FBI Director James Comey talks with outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller before Comey was officially sworn in at the Justice Department in Washington. On May 17, 2017, the Justice Department said it is appointing Mueller as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

It’s the biopic you never knew you needed.

CBS has decided it’d be a great idea to create a mini-series centering on the heroic, country-saving actions of James Comey, because reasons or something.

Jeff Daniels himself is just about as insufferable as Comey is. He’s a rabidly liberal Democrat who sees himself as far more important than he actually is because he played a pompous journalist in a failed television series.

Here’s some of the low down on the new show.

Published in April 2018, A Higher Loyalty was an instant bestseller, moving more than 600,000 copies in its first week. The book covers Comey’s 2013-17 tenure as FBI director, his role in the 2016 election — both in the investigation of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state and in Russian interference with the election — and his relationship with President Trump, who fired Comey in May 2017.

I’ll give CBS this. They know how to spot a sucker when they see one and #resistance media projects like this are wallet openers. Anyone that wants to write a book just has to include some snipes at Trump and it’s instance cash. Better yet, start a GoFundMe and Democrats will make it rain harder than Bill Clinton in a strip club.

Perhaps a natural disaster could strike first and save us the misery of seeing Jeff Daniels stare at trees and post cryptic messages on Twitter?

The practical aspect of this is that it’s likely to bomb. Who would seriously want to watch this? Four episodes of Comey acting like he’s the last honest man on the planet? I’m sure they’ll overdramatize some aspects to add some flare, but in the end, this basically boils down to a conniving liar leaking some memos. Scintillating, blockbuster stuff.

Of course, you can expect every “journalist” to be glued to their TV. I’d guess The New York Times will host watch parties like it’s the Super Bowl. The rest of us will probably pass.

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Chuck Todd Dismissed Ukraine Meddling In 2016 Election as ‘Conspiracy Theory’ But He Must Have Missed These Facts

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MEET THE PRESS — Pictured: (l-r) — Chuck Todd, Moderator, “Meet the Press,” appears on “Meet the Press” in Washington, D.C., Sunday, August 31, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC)

On Sunday, Chuck Todd had a meltdown on “Meet the Press” when Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) raised John Brennan, the Strzok-Page texts and the allegations that the Democrats were involved with Ukraine meddling in the election in 2016.

Todd flipped out and refused to let Johnson continue raising the issue of meddling, calling it a “Fox News conspiracy propaganda” despite Johnson referencing a Politico article about the meddling. Todd claimed Johnson just didn’t want to anger President Donald Trump by criticizing him on Ukraine.

On Twitter, Todd was cheered by much of liberal media for his response. CNN’s Chris Cillizza calling Johnson’s response to Todd “nonsensical.”

But that’s part of the problem. No doubt it was nonsensical to Cillizza if he hasn’t been following the facts and had no idea what Johnson was talking about.

Todd and the response of some of the other network media types just proved the point that Johnson was trying to make – that many in media have not only downplayed the questions of the origins of the Russia probe and how that reflects on the FBI, the CIA and the Democrats but they’ve downplayed or ignored any of facts pertaining to Ukraine meddling in the 2016 election and any alleged involvement of the Democrats. If they paint it as a “conspiracy,” maybe Americans will just forget about the question and not see the inherent contradiction between spending two plus years incessantly covering the Russia collusion hoax while not saying “boo” about Democrats and Ukraine.

Some media has committed journalism and looked at the question.

Politico did a bang-up article to which Johnson referred. Here’s Politico’s second paragraph:

Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.

The New York Times did a report on how a Ukrainian court actually found there was meddling in our election during the campaign in 2016.

The Kiev District Administrative Court, in a statement issued Wednesday, said that Artem Sytnik, the head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the agency that had released information about the payments, had violated the law. The court’s statement said this violation “resulted in meddling in the electoral process of the United States in 2016 and damaged the national interests of Ukraine.”

Yesterday we reported that Glenn Beck had a audio tape allegedly of Sytnik admitting he “helped” Hillary during the election by releasing “black accounting records” to hurt Paul Manafort and thereby the Trump campaign.

U.S. Attorney John Durham is now also looking into Ukrainian meddling during 2016.

All this, while it needs to be investigated, is more than a “conspiracy” theory.

Unless what you really mean is an actual conspiracy to undermine Donald Trump. We’ll leave that to John Durham to determine.

But when might we expect the networks to trumpet the facts in this matter as much as they trumpeted the empty Russia collusion hoax?

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Syria Withdrawal Part I: The Right Decision

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America woke up this morning to the news that President Trump, in consultation with President Erdogan of Turkey, has decided to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria. The process has already begun—both ways. As U.S. forces withdraw, Turkish forces are moving in to occupy the battlespace.

Because this was President Trump’s decision, predictably there was an immediate uproar, not only from the usual suspects employed by left-wing news outlets, but also never-Trump voices using FOX news as their platform. Note the strident tone of these excerpts from FOX.

And while news of the U.S. pullout stunned Syrian Kurds, the announcement also “completely blindsided” top brass at the Pentagon, U.S. officials told Fox News.

Aside from the existential threat to the Kurdish fighters posed by Turkey, Syrian Kurdish forces are also warning that ISIS sleeper cells are actively plotting to free about 12,000 militants currently detained by the Kurds and may take advantage of the Turkey-triggered turmoil to aid their plans.

Attempting to again promote the idea that President Trump doesn’t “listen to his experts,” in another article FOX says

President Trump first made waves on the issue in December 2018, when he abruptly announced the U.S. would completely pull its troops from Syria, tweeting that the mission to defeat ISIS was completed. The move prompted the resignation of then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and a coordinated campaign by then-National Security Adviser John Bolton to try to protect the Kurds, America’s fighting partner in the region.

Some of these points are valid and there are a number of serious risks attendant to this decision. However, in order to separate the political chaff from the actual data required for a sound National Security decision, we need to go back to the beginning of this entire imbroglio — Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s alleged decision to employ chemical weapons against an ongoing insurgency in his country. President Obama believed he needed to make some sort of statement because of the (at the time) unverified information regarding this use of chemical weapons. Obama drew his “Red Line,” (im)famously stating.

We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.

At that same time, insurgents known as Islamic State of Iraq & Syria/ Islamic State Of Iraq & the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) were operating in parts of Iraq and Syria, causing significant headaches to Iraqi and Iraqi Kurd forces. President Obama, likely egged on by National Security Advisor, Susan Rice and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, both “Responsibility to Protect” adherents, began operations in Syria against ISIS/ISIL forces using that flawed doctrine as an excuse.

Under orders from President Obama, U.S. manned aircraft and drones (likely along with “National Technical Means”) began surveillance of ISIS/ISIL occupied areas in Syria in September of 2014. Later that same month, a coalition of Arab Air Forces led by the United States, began attacking ISIS/ISILpositions inside Syria, a clear violation of International Convention and U.S. Law.

As I noted in an article back then, if a U.S. Pilot had been shot down by a Russian aircraft, the Russians would have been correct under International Convention, as they had been invited in by the lawful sovereign in Syria, President Bashar Al Assad. What is worse, in 2016 the (then) newly assigned Commander of U.S. Central Command took a clandestine trip into Syria to confer with U.S. Forces on the ground there. Although sharing risks with troops on the ground is of course a stellar leadership technique, imagine the damage to U.S. prestige had he been captured or killed there…not to mention, he is a personal friend of mine.

Then there is the fundamental question—U.S. troops in Syria? By what authority other than a Presidential Order are they there? Had Congress declared War? Had they even passed a Use Of Force Resolution? What rationale, other than the long-discredited “Responsibility To Protect” doctrine, espoused by One World Order acolyte Samantha Power? Power, as a little light reading will show, is one of the architects of the Obama-directed decline of U.S. international power and prestige. As time went on, it appeared that dealing with ISIS/ISIL became an excuse to engage in that (now thankfully abandoned) doctrine, in Syria.

This is the main issue. This is the reason the then-candidate, now-President Trump, made it a campaign promise and administration priority to get U.S. troops out of wars we didn’t belong in. All the wailing and gnashing of teeth about this being a surprise, an unexpected decision that somehow “blindsided” senior Department of Defense officials, is just so much drek. That line is merely an excuse for Obama holdovers and deep state operatives who have been slow walking Trump policies and decisions—policies and decisions that have been known to them since the beginning of his post-election transition.

These people need to get it through their heads just who the duly elected Commander In Chief is. If they cannot execute his policies and directives with alacrity and effectiveness, they should exhibit the character of General Mattis…and resign…quietly.

Tomorrow, Part II: Not All Kurds Are Our Friends

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Irony: South Park Now Banned in China After Episode Criticizing Chinese Censorship Airs

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Chalk this up as one of the myriad of accomplishments of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Apparently, after decades of pushing the envelope, they finally managed to get banned from a country.

That country is China after the raunchy animated comedy aired an episode that lampooned China’s censorship of the media. According to The Hollywood Reporter, China hasn’t just censored the show, it’s eliminated any trace of it on their internet:

The most recent episode of South Park, “Band in China,” has been generating loads of media attention for its sharp critique of the way Hollywood tends to shape its content to avoid offending Chinese government censors in any way whatsoever.

Now, those very same government censors, in the real world, have lashed back at South Park by deleting virtually every clip, episode and online discussion of the show from Chinese streaming services, social media and even fan pages.

A cursory perusal through China’s highly regulated Internet landscape shows the show conspicuously absent everywhere it recently had a presence. A search of the Twitter-like social media service Weibo turns up not a single mention of South Park among the billions of past posts. On streaming service Youku, owned by Internet giant Alibaba, all links to clips, episodes and even full seasons of the show are now dead.

The episode itself has, like most South Park episodes, two branching stories that meet in the end. This one has Randy Marsh, one of the main characters, going to China in an attempt to sell them weed for his failing marijuana farm. On his flight to China he notices a ton of other businesses, like Google and even Disney characters, going to China in order to get more money. Randy winds up in a Chinese labor camp where he meets figures banned by Chinese media such as Winnie the Pooh, whom many Chinese people jokingly compare him to in looks.

Meanwhile, the boys form a metal band about living on a farm. A Hollywood producer offers to make a biopic about their life story but one of the boys, Stan, soon finds that Hollywood continuously interferes in the writing of his script in order to make it more palatable to the Chinese government so they’ll allow it to be viewed by Chinese audiences and rake in a ton of cash from it.

Stan attempts to work with this, but in the end, he can’t cave to the whims of the Chinese censors.

True to form, China banned South Park for daring to question it.

For which I personally have to applaud Stone and Parker. The duo has always been at the forefront of deconstructing parts of society that become too oppressive and has made fun of China on several occasions. That they’ve gone after Hollywood’s dependence on Chinese audiences to funnel more money into their bank accounts while also nailing China on its ridiculous censorship is a stroke of genius.

And knowing Parker and Stone, this is the greatest reward they could have asked for.

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Pence Headed to House Districts of Vulnerable Democrats With a Message: Let’s Settle This at the Ballot Box

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks to the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to hold a formal impeachment inquiry vote on the floor of the U.S. House, but we still have a good idea of which Democrats have boarded the impeachment train so far.

There are 235 Democrats in the House and all but 9 of them have publicly expressed support for either an impeachment inquiry or outright impeachment. Some of those who have noted their support for one or the other are in districts won by Trump in 2016 but by Democrats in 2018.

It is some of those districts Vice President Mike Pence will be visiting this week as part of a Trump campaign blitz to remind voters (and the vulnerable Democratic House members) that political disagreements should be settled at the ballot box, not by way of impeachment.

Politico reports:

Each of the districts on Pence’s itinerary were won by Trump in 2016, making them potent targets for Republicans. The vice president will travel Wednesday to the southwest Iowa district of Rep. Cindy Axne, and Thursday he’s slated to visit the suburban Twin Cities district of another freshman Democrat, Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig. The vice president is then scheduled to barnstorm an array of battleground districts, including those held by Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin and Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger.
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But Republicans are eager to get in sync, saying the impeachment push has given them a powerful argument to use against Democrats. At each stop, Pence is expected to paint Democrats as being more focused on destroying the president than on solving the problems of their constituents.
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Democrats, Republicans point out, successfully prosecuted a similar case during the House GOP-led impeachment of Bill Clinton. Republicans suffered in that year’s midterm election, losing five congressional seats.
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Roughly two dozen of the 31 House Democrats who hail from districts Trump won in 2016 have expressed support for the impeachment inquiry.

In at least one instance, Pence’s visit will be part of a two-pronged approach, appearing in Minneapolis on the same day Trump plans a speech in the Twin Cities:

Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly visiting the Twin Cities on Thursday, the same day President Donald Trump will hold a downtown Minneapolis rally.
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In 2016, Trump carried Craig’s Second Congressional District by just over 1%. That same year, Craig lost the congressional race to Republican Jason Lewis by a similar margin. In 2018, Craig beat Lewis in a rematch by more than 5 percentage points.

In addition to the growing calls from Democrats to impeach Trump, there’s also wild talk about how should Pence himself should be thrown into the impeachment mix, which if successful would leave us with House Speaker Pelosi as president.

With that in mind, Pence shouldn’t have much trouble making a convincing argument that Democratic efforts to date on impeachment look more like coup attempts than legitimate inquiries into so-called “impeachable offenses.”

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Democrats Trying to Impeach Trump in Secret Hearings

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Nothing about what the Democrats have done so far in regards to the impeachment process has been according to previously recognized rules and precedents.

They’ve failed to even have a floor vote of the full House to open an inquiry as has been done in the past. That has also allowed them to skirt the rules requiring such things as bipartisan questioning in hearings. That’s prompted some to believe they aren’t serious, are playing to their base or are hoping to shake some more information loose to get Trump.

Republicans have ripped them for ignoring proper process so far. The White House has said they do not have to comply with the requests from Democrats if Democrats aren’t even proceeding with a vote on a formal inquiry.

But there’s another big problem in how they are proceeding, as Byron York of the Washington Examiner points out.

There have so far been two hearings in the House Democrats’ effort to impeach President Trump over the Ukraine matter. Both have been held in secret. One was Thursday, the other Friday, and the public does not know what was said in either. Two more are scheduled for this week and will be held behind closed doors, too.

The hearings are part of an effort to remove the president from office. There could not be a matter of more pressing public concern. There could not be a matter in which the American people have a greater stake. And yet the public has no idea what is being discovered.

Last week’s sessions weren’t just secret. They were super-secret. The first hearing, in which the witness was former Ukraine special envoy Kurt Volker, was held in what is known as a SCIF, which stands for sensitive compartmented information facility. It is a room in the Capitol built to be impervious to electronic surveillance so that lawmakers can discuss the nation’s most important secrets without fear of discovery.

The second hearing, in which Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson testified, was also held in the SCIF.

Obviously, there was nothing terribly secret in the Volker and Atkinson hearings, as York notes. GOP came out of the meeting saying that nothing supported the impeachment hearing.

So why would you hold it in the SCIF unless you simply didn’t want the public to hear what he had to say which apparently didn’t support the Democrats’ agenda?

Republicans are ripping the lack of transparency and pointing the finger at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) who is leading the flawed effort.

“Adam Schiff is running an impeachment inquiry secretly, behind closed doors, and he’s making up the rules as he goes along,” said Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe.

“These proceedings should be public,” added Republican Rep. Jim Jordan. “Democrats are trying to remove the president 13 months before an election based on an anonymous whistleblower … and they’re doing it all in a closed-door process.”

“This is nothing more or less than a show trial for the media,” said Rep. Devin Nunes, ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, noting that with secrecy rules in place, the public knows only what is leaked to the press. “The Democrats leak what they want to leak to build narratives.”

This week they have more interviews coming up which will also be held in secret.

Schiff argues that the secrecy is needed to protect the whistleblower. But that’s nonsense. One doesn’t have to use his name and one can set parameters as to restrict identifying information.

But trying to use that as an excuse to keep the whole proceedings secret from the American public is Orwellian, screams “coup” and abuse of power. They don’t want you to know what’s going on, they want to filter it, feed you their narrative and have media spin it for them.

It isn’t about respect for the American people and or the Constitution, it’s all about how they can seize power. That’s fundamentally wrong and need to be called out.

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Human Rights? Money? The NBA Had a Choice to Make, They Went for the Money

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On Friday evening, Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for the people of Hong Kong. Almost immediately, the Chinese government, the Chinese Basketball Association and several Chinese businesses denounced Morey and moved to sever ties with the Rockets. The Ringer was told by league sources that the team’s ownership has been debating whether or not to fire him.

Here’s a screenshot of Morey’s original tweet, which has been deleted.

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The team’s owner, Tilman Fertitta, quickly sent out a tweet distancing himself from Morey’s tweet.

The NBA has also separated itself from Morey’s comment. They issued a statement on Sunday night which read:

We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable. While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals’ educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them. We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together.

Following the swift backlash over Morey’s brave support for Hong Kong, he issued an apology. He wrote that he’s “had a lot of opportunity since his original tweet to hear and consider other perspectives.” I’ll bet he has.

According to the “NBA Red Card,” a study into the digital performance of the NBA compiled by the Mailman Group, the Rockets were the second most popular NBA team in China as of September 3. The Ringer points out that “Hall of Famer Yao Ming played for the Rockets and helped exponentially grow the sport’s popularity in the country. But Yao is now the chair of the Chinese Basketball Association, which criticized Morey in its statement for making “an inappropriate comment related to Hong Kong” and said it “strongly opposes” the general manager’s remarks.

Morey is being punished for speaking up for human rights and freedom. He took a stand against tyrrany. One would think he would have been celebrated for upholding the values upon which our country was founded.

Thankfully, many Americans rallied to his side. Here are a few of those responses via Twitchy, starting with my personal favorite:

This is a hostage video. What an embarrassment for the @NBA.

Houston Rockets suspended by Chinese sponsor after GM posted (and quickly deleted) this tweet.

This whole situation is gross. The NBA made a big deal about supporting players’ freedom of speech. Apparently that ends when money gets involved.

If you’re doing business in China, no disloyal politics allowed.

Houston Rockets suspended by Chinese sponsor after GM posted (and quickly deleted) this tweet…If you’re doing business in China, no disloyal politics allowed…NBA should stand with @dmorey. But won’t. $$$

Can’t believe the National Basketball Association is being run by *checks notes* the Chinese Communist Party.

Caving to godless, communist murderers of millions. The @NBA is trash and a total hypocrite being woke about how awful America is bit kneeling before China

People fighting for their freedom, there’s nothing “complicated” about that “I’m sorry to find that political freedom is not acceptable in the 2nd largest economy in the world”

This whole situation is gross. The NBA made a big deal about supporting players’ freedom of speech. Apparently that ends when money gets involved.

And it’s not like @dmorey said something all that provocative. Supporting democracy seems pretty safe.

Here’s how a Chinese newspaper reacted.

So far, three Republican senators and even one Democrat, have expressed support for Morey.

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Democrats Continue to Soil Themselves Over the Possibility of Voting on Impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., reads a statement announcing a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

For being such a layup, Democrats sure continue to refuse to take the shot.

As we enter almost a month of impeachment fever, the House is currently in the midst of an “impeachment inquiry” led by Rep. Adam Schiff, who’s proven himself time and again to be a complete hack. If you have reservations about how fair such a process is going, congrats on being more perceptive than the media, who see no issue with Republicans being frozen out of the matter. Imagine their reaction if Republicans had done that to Democrats on Benghazi, for example.

But aside from the game playing going on, one of the more stark realities that’s being made clear is just how scared Nancy Pelosi and her party are of actually having to vote on impeachment.

Take this line put out by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who leads the Democrat Caucus, over the weekend.

Wait, what? A vote is “cosmetic and procedural?” Who knew that actually having to follow the Constitution to enact the privileges and special powers of impeachment was just cosmetic? A lot of future Republican majorities are going to be glad to hear that.

Secondly, how can he know a majority back an inquiry without a vote? Just because they say so with nothing on the line? The logic is ludicrous, which means George Stephawhatever did nothing to push back on the claim.

Here are the facts. Impeachment inquiries, if we are talking about the use of special subpoena powers (which Democrats claim they now have), do not just happen by decree. If they did, every majority in the House throughout history could have just said they are having one and used it to harass and tie up any administration. If they want the ability to compel witnesses and document transfers, they need to actually vote on impeachment or, at the very least, they have to vote on the rules involved in an inquiry.

There’s another reason they are terrified to vote, though. It’s not just that they don’t want their moderates to have to go on record. They also don’t want to allow Republicans any power to rebut what they are doing. By not having an official inquiry, they get to make the rules in committee. The moment impeachment is officially brought to the fore, Republicans will get several tools to use themselves to fight back.

So what’s really going on? This isn’t an impeachment inquiry at all. It’s another useless, partisan committee investigation led by a known liar who’s already been caught orchestrating this entire matter. If we had a media worth anything, they’d be intellectually honest enough to report that.

Republicans should continue to demand a vote and neither they nor the White House should provide Pelosi with anything in the meantime. If they want to impeach, then impeach. Enough of the word games and abuse of power.

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