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Hilarious: NC Man CNN Interviews at State Fair Is Many of Us When It Comes to Impeachment News Coverage (Video)

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A scene from the North Carolina state fair. Screen grab via CNN.

CNN sent correspondent Martin Savidge to my beloved state of North Carolina this week to ask voters their thoughts on the impeachment inquiry drama currently playing out in Washington, D.C.

As House Intel Chair Adam Schiff’s show trial inquiry has been described by Republicans like Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY) as nothing more than a “clown show” process, it would seem fitting that the choice of venue for the interviews was … the state fair.

Before we get started on what the voters said, let’s take a quick look at the beauty of it all – from the ferris wheel at sunset to the bacon stand where, of course, the bacon options are plentiful:

Most of the voters Savidge talked to were either against impeaching Trump or ambivalent about it. One of the voters talked about how he did not like the secrecy of it all. Here’s a partial transcript:

SAVIDGE: Here, you can satisfy your wildest deep-fried dreams. We’ve come to measure voter appetite for impeachment.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it’s a waste of the taxpayer’s money.

SAVIDGE: Do you think the president did anything wrong?

JENNIFER WALL, NORTH CAROLINA VOTER: Absolutely, absolutely.
[…]
JIM UZZLE, NORTH CAROLINA VOTER: I don’t think he’s broken the law and I wish they would do right for America versus wasting their money, our money on a lost cause.

SAVIDGE: Most of the Trump supporters we talked to were unmoved by days of explosive testimony and revelations against the president.

Do you think it changes the minds of Trump supporters?

JEFF MASON, NORTH CAROLINA VOTER: I do not. The ones of us who support him will continue to support him. If you look at the economy, there’s no way to design that weir doing pretty amazing.
[…]
RICH BLEWITT, NORTH CAROLINA VOTER: If it was out in the open and everything was discussed and he did something wrong, impeach the guy. I just don’t like the secrecy. It just sounds wrong the way they’re going about it, that’s all.

It was the last voter, a Trump supporter, who stole the segment. When Savidge asked him if he followed the impeachment news closely, here’s how the voter answered:

SAVIDGE: Joe Miller did vote for Trump. Do you follow this?

JOE MILLER, NORTH CAROLINA VOTER: Not much. I try not to, actually.

SAVIDGE: How do you avoid it? It seems to be everywhere.

MILLER: I watch a lot of ESPN.

Heh. I set the video to start at his comments. Click below to watch:

Now my critics will complain that I’m saying voters should stay in the dark on what’s going on in the world by avoiding watching the news. Not so. I just know that as someone who covers this stuff every day, sometimes it’s nice to be able to avoid all the drama and spin, even if just for a few hours. Especially when we’re talking about watching the type of “news” programming that comes from national media outlets like CNN.

And it’s not even so much by watching ESPN as an alternative, either, because even they get political sometimes. Maybe watch some ID channel. Or HGTV, or some YouTube organizing videos, or …

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Sounds Like We’re Going to Hear Important Info About Possible Crimes In Horowitz Report

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Multiple reports have indicated that the Durham investigation has now turned into a criminal investigation with U.S. Attorney John Durham being very interested in talking with both the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the former CIA Director John Brennan.

Reports have suggested that the investigation changed and expanded in nature when Attorney General William Barr and John Durham discovered new evidence during interviews in Rome with Italian intelligence. Sources indicated to Fox that Barr and Durham were played a taped deposition made by Joseph Mifsud, the professor who allegedly told ex-Trump aide George Papadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. The Italian prime minister confirmed to his parliament that Barr had spoken to Italian intelligence on two separate occasions. George Papadopoulos has stated he believes that he was set-up with the contact with Mifsud. That contact was what allegedly set off the investigation into the Trump team.

Now reports are also indicating that we may know more about what actually triggered the change in the investigation very soon.

From Fox News:

One source added that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s upcoming report on alleged FBI surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign will shed light on why Durham’s probe has become a criminal inquiry. Horowitz announced on Thursday his report would be available to the public soon, with “few” redactions.

That sounds like good news since the report is supposed to come out very soon.

But it’s also helpful because it may be an indication that the report didn’t just look at bias and finish there, that it looked and and will have consequential findings as to criminal acts behind what happened. The report is supposedly massive. And with few redactions, it sounds like they’re laying it all out there.

While Horowitz can indicate that crimes may have occurred, he’s pursuing internal Department of Justice rule breaking, he doesn’t have the power to prosecute criminal actions. But Durham does.

In addition to the things they may have found in Rome, there are multiple questions and changing stories involving the start of the investigation as well as regarding possible FISA abuse. One problem is not telling the FISA court the full story of the dossier, the connection of Hillary Clinton and the DNC. If they misrepresented that and told the court any falsehoods, that could spell big trouble.

The reaction of the media and Democrats indicates they all know that Durham and Barr are onto something, as they are wildly spinning the criminal investigation as President Donald Trump abusing his power.

CNN legal analyst:

Looks like the talking points went out.

Sounds like panic. And maybe, finally, people will be held to account.

HT: Twitchy

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Sebastian Gorka Detects Something Strange about John Brennan’s Twitter Account

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CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 16, 2016, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the Islamic State. Brennan said that the Islamic State remains “formidable” and “resilient,” is training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for its territorial losses in the Middle East. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

Radio host Sebastian Gorka spotted something very unusual about former CIA Director John Brennan’s twitter account today. Gorka tweeted, “Why hasn’t @BarackObama’s chief bagman @JohnBrennan not appeared on Social Media for 9 days now?”

Brennan typically posts at least every day or two, usually to take a jab at Trump or one of his associates. But he’s gone quiet.

I know what might explain it. It’s been a week since NBC reported that Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham planned to expand their investigation and were said to be interested in interviewing Brennan and his colleague, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

That had to be a blow and I’ll bet social media is just about the last thing on his mind.

I guess that’s what happens when you interfere in a U.S. election. Then, when you don’t get quite the result you were shooting for, you decide to do whatever it takes to overturn it. Not good for the soul John.

Oooh! I’m looking back at some of his previous tweets. Most of them are directed toward President Trump.

He does include several positive comments. Actually, he praises Mitt “Pierre Delecto” Romney for his courage and integrity! He writes, “How many other Republican Senators are ready to show the courage, integrity, & principled position of Senator Romney?”

Hopefully none.

He concludes with, “Thank you, Senator, for putting our Nation & our Constitution above party politics & the corrupt behavior of Donald Trump.”

In another tweet, he congratulates former National Security Advisor Susan Rice on her new book and commends her for her values. Did he catch what Susan said this week about Sen. Graham? Classy lady.

I bet Brennan was really rocked last night when he heard that Durham’s administrative review had shifted into a criminal investigation. At least he didn’t go on television to explain it all to us like his buddy, Andrew McCabe.

We may not be hearing much from Brennan in the near future. After all, finding just the right lawyer has got to be a very time consuming process. Poor Johnny.

Here are some of the responses to Gorka’s tweet:

He’s been on his alternate account, Juan Delicioso.

Check the airports!

He’s “remaining silent.” Probably on orders from his attorney.

He could be busy spilling the beans on all the rest.

It’s over Johnny!!!

He’s practicing trying to get his story straight…

He’s booking flights for Moscow…..

Nothing from either Brennen or BHO since 10/18.

The silence from Obama has been deafening as well.

My guess is he lawyered up.

I bet it was fun playing master of the universe for awhile, wasn’t it?

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Watch: Adam Schiff’s Hypocrisy Laid Bare In Devastating Video Released by GOP

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Apparently, the one person who can shame Adam Schiff more than Adam Schiff in 2019, is Adam Schiff in 2015.

During this “whistleblower” sham of a witchhunt, Schiff has done a number of ridiculous things, such as quoting Trump as saying things he never said to another world leader…

(READ: Adam Schiff Did One Of The Most Insane, Disgusting Things Ever Done In A Congressional Hearing)

…and gotten caught orchestrating this entire drama with the “whistleblower” before the complaint against Trump was even filed…

(READ: Adam Schiff Coordinated The Whistleblower Complaint Before It Was Filed With The Inspector General)

Not surprising anyone, this kind of behavior used to abhor Schiff according to statements he made in 2015 about the way Republicans were handling investigations.

The GOP managed to cobble together quite a few of these moments where Schiff lambasted the GOP as being a dishonorable and shady party for doing things such as allowing a set of rules for the impeachment to be set and established, and claiming that the GOP won’t even establish the scope of the investigation.

All of these things that Schiff was supposedly horrified by then are things that Schiff is unabashedly doing now.

Watch the video for yourself below and see.

Schiff acts as a moral beacon for the rest of Washington, even going so far as to pretend as if impeachment is something he didn’t want to do in the first place, but this video makes it pretty clear just how much weasel DNA Schiff has.

The hypocrisy of Schiff proves that this is a partisan witch hunt — partisanship horrified Schiff in 2015 — and the only thing keeping this going is the Democrat’s desperation and the media’s advanced case of Trump Derangement Syndrom.

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Michigan Senate: Two New Polls Show Democratic Sen. Gary Peters Has Some Trouble, and His Name Is John James

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James speaks at a primary night election party in Detroit, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Republican nominee John James gave Michigan’s senior Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow a run for her money in 2018 in a closely-watched Senate race, but fell short.

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Screen grab via the NYT.

But James, a West Point grad and U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, is not someone who gives up easily. This time around he wants to take on Michigan’s junior Sen. Gary Peters, and two new polls show James’ hard work is paying off:

That “oh, oh” you hear from the Democratic camp of U.S. Senator Gary Peters is that, in one week, two polls are out showing his race against Republican challenger John James is a statistical dead heat and for an incumbent to be in that spot one year before the election is hardly good news.

In the Vanguard, Dennis, Pubic Sector Consultant poll last May it was Mr. Peters 42% and a generic Republican 36%. It is now 39.5% for Mr. Peters and 39.3% for Mr. James.

The race today is a toss-up.

And then there was this poll from earlier this month:

The poll, conducted by the Michigan-based Marketing Resource Group, a firm with ties to Republicans, shows Peters leading businessman and Iraq War veteran John James (R) by a slim 43 percent to 40 percent margin.
[…]
James may have a better chance against Peters, who is seeking his second term in office. Peters is less well-known among Michiganders than his senior colleague; while 75 percent of state voters polled said they were aware of Peters, only 35 percent knew enough about him to say whether they felt positively, 20 percent, or negatively, 15 percent
[…]
The poll shows a tighter race than a Target Insyght survey last month, which showed Peters leading by a 53 percent to 37 percent margin.

His third quarter fundraising haul was pretty impressive, too:

We still have a little over a year between now and election time so obviously a lot of things can change, but the fact that James has a strong showing and is doing well in the fundraising department at this stage in the game is a good sign that the inroads he made with voters during the last campaign cycle are paying off.

His only primary opponent as of right now is a man named Bob Carr, and he dropped out of the 2018 Senate race before the primary. He’s also a former Democrat. The Michigan primary is August 4, 2020.

Even with all that encouraging news, James or whoever the Republican nominee ends up being will still end up having a major uphill battle to clear the final hurdle:

Beyond that, beating the professorial Peters will require doing something no one has done in Michigan in 67 years: defeating a sitting Democratic U.S. senator. The last was Blair Moody in 1952, who had been appointed to serve out a term the previous year and lost an election bid to Charles Potter.

Also, though President Trump won Michigan in 2016, his approval numbers there right now are not good according to the Michigan state chart from Morning Consult (make sure to scroll down and click the Michigan tab). This could carry over in down ballot races if that sentiment doesn’t change between now and November 2020.

In any event, put this one on your list of races to watch next year. The Michigan Senate race in 2018 was closer than people thought it would be and that’s just one of many reasons why Republicans feel like James has a real shot at an upset the second time around.

Stay tuned.

(Hat tip: Legal Insurrection)

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Leftist Media Is Stunned to Discover the House GOP and the White House Actually Coordinated the SCIF Invasion

On Wednesday, a couple of dozen GOP members of Congress walked into the SCIF in the House of Representatives to protest the secrecy Adam Schiff has imposed on the process for taking depositions and disrupted it. Panties were soiled and moistened as the bit of theater was portrayed as some sort of offense against national security:

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No, Republicans Entering The SCIF To Protest Schiff Did Not Endanger National Security
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Heh: House Republicans Who Stormed SCIF Commit The Ultimate Sin By Enjoying Chick-Fil-A During Sit-In
“Journalist” Gets Torched After Demanding Republican SCIF “Invaders” Be Investigated For Foreign Allegiances
GOP Now Holding Sit-In For Impeachment Transparency, Democrats Having A Meltdown

Now Bloomberg, the news outlet most famous for misrepresenting the Facebook messages of a Trump Administration official in an attempt to get him fired, is reporting that the White House knew in advance of the theater on The Hill.

A group of Republicans disrupted a hearing of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry Wednesday by storming into a secure room at the Capitol in a protest carried out with the blessing of President Donald Trump.

The two dozen or so GOP House members are among some of Trump’s staunchest defenders in Congress, and at least some of them met with the president Tuesday where they outlined a plan to crash the hearing, according to several people familiar with the matter. Trump supported the action, saying he wanted the transcripts of the hearings released because they will exonerate him, the people said.

Why this is considered news is anyone’s guess. The only explanation that I can come up with is that, at some level, the media and Democrats a) don’t believe that Republicans are capable of planning anything and b) they are convinced deep down in what passes for their souls that any action by the GOP is illegitimate and a scandal.

Of course, the White House knew. Of course, Trump knew. Why, in the name of heaven, would House members want to do this and not tell the White House so it could energize its PR apparatus? You’re going to see more of this and you’re going to see more and more White House involvement. The House Democrats have already decided that they will not follow the model used during the Nixon and Clinton impeachment episodes. Fine. They can do that. The House, unambiguously, has the right to create its own rules. If a House majority decided that Nancy Pelosi could “deem” impeachment, they could do that. None of that means that either the President or the House GOP caucus or the Senate GOP caucus has to treat those rules as legitimate.

The best path for President Trump, now that it seems like a decision has been made to impeach without a House vote, is to make the process look ridiculous and clown-like. Thankfully, as Schiff and Nadler are involved, that is not difficult. By making the process a parody, he can delegitimize it in its entirety and make even such weak sisters in the Senate as Romney and Murkowski and Collins queasy about voting to convict.

As Matt Gaetz said, you don’t fight a pack of rabid hyenas using Marquis of Queensbury rules.

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Matt Gaetz to MSNBC Host Over Ukraine: ‘Stop Micharacterizing Stuff. I Have to Fact-Check You in Real Time’

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[Screenshot from TheDC Shorts, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=22&v=jY50chvZKOA]

 

On Thursday, Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz appeared on MSNBC and told host Hallie Jackson to stop the misrepresentation of facts.

Actually, that’s a great message for a whole lot of people.

Hallie was pinching Matt on the testimony of William Taylor, acting ambassador to Ukraine. Only some of Bill’s impeachment-related reveal’s been made public, and Hallie wanted to know more:

“[A]bout the substance of this, Congressman — because I haven’t heard you say anything since Bill Taylor testified — yes or no, is it okay for any politician to trade military aid for political favors?”

But Matt wasn’t there for the hearing, so he was all clammed up:

“Look, I’m not going to get into the specifics of the Taylor deposition because I wasn’t present for it. The lead-in to your question was, ‘I want to talk about Bill Taylor’s deposition.’”



Hallie pressed, “Do you think it’s appropriate?”

Matt made it clear — he doesn’t believe President Trump tried to strong-arm Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden by withholding military aid:

“I do not believe it would be appropriate for any politician to link military aid to assistance in a future election. No. And I also don’t think that’s what the President did.”

The congressman wanted to point out — the one thing we do know is Ukraine meddled in 2016 (and if so, it wasn’t  in Trump’s favor):

“It was a Ukrainian court that ruled that the Ukraine impermissibly interfered in the (2016) U.S. election, and that is a sufficient basis for the President to ask for cooperation with the Attorney General on that matter.”

But Katie didn’t wanna talk about that, ’cause it isn’t proven. Trump aggressing Biden, however…

“[W]hat you are saying is significant — not about the piece about Ukraine in 2016, because that is not a proven theory –“

Matt interrupted:

“Well, wait — it was a court order in Ukraine. But you just keep blowing through these things like they’re facts, but they’re not.”

Then he made a T-shirt:

“[S]top mischaracterizing stuff.”

He told Hallie he was having to work extra hard to have the conversation:

“I have to fact-check you in real time.”

The MSNBC host is a fast talker, and the whole exchange was riddled with words, words, words, cranked out as from a gatlin gun with hair.

But Matt told her it’s all foolishness:

“You’re playing the game here, Hallie. You’re playing the game where they selectively leak stuff that is not subject to cross examination, rigorous review, check against documents and timelines. And by the way, when they had to do this in open, in the Russian investigation, with Mueller, with Lewindowski, Democrats looked terrible. And now they’re trying to do things in secret so we can have interviews like this, so that you can cherry-pick elements of leaked testimony, and then ask me about them when I wasn’t in there, you didn’t see the testimony, and more importantly, we’re unable to see how those statements hold up against cross examination.”

The representative laid out what he believes to be the Dems’ MO. Basically, they’re playing Prison Rules, and it’s all a lunge for redemption after the humiliating defeat of goofy Russia Mania:

“[W]hen the Speaker of the House won’t adopt rules, then it creates an environment where the Democrats just sort of make it up as they go along — kick some committees out, let some committees in, and it’s all because they wanna reshuffle the legislative deck, because they’re humiliated that they lost the Russia investigation unequivocally with the American people. Adam Schiff lied to the American people when he said he had more than circumstantial evidence that President Trump was engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia…”

Matt said something similar to Tucker Carlson Thursday — there are no rules (here).

But I like Matt’s, and I propose its incorporation into Washington and the media. And the mirror — so what if I ate an entire dozen of Krispy Kreme?

Stop mischaracterizing stuff.

-ALEX

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Collusion Clue: Brennan in the Parlor With the Lead Pipe

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Now that Attorney General William Barr and his appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham have officially declared their investigation into Russia collusion a criminal probe — meaning grand juries, subpoenas, and indictments — the fun of picking out who will be fingered as the mastermind can really begin.

A writer at The Federalist is a lady after my own heart because she believes — as do I — that all evidence points back to former CIA head John Brennan and she’s laid out a pretty convincing case for it starting with Brennan’s own words to Congress.

She recounts how the FBI’s official reason for launching Crossfire Hurricane was Trump advisor George Papadopoulos’ loose lips to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer that team Trump was aware that the Russians might have useful dirt on Hillary Clinton. As The Federalist points out, however, Brennan himself said that’s not where the investigation began.

But as the Special Counsel Robert Mueller report made clear, it wasn’t merely Papadopoulos’ bar-room boast at issue: It was “a series of contacts between Trump Campaign officials and individuals with ties to the Russian government,” that the DOJ and FBI, and later the Special Counsel’s office investigated.

And who put the FBI on to those supposedly suspicious contacts? Former CIA Director John Brennan.

“I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about,” Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee back in 2017. Whether or not there was collusion with Russia, Brennan didn’t profess to know, but he passed on the information to the FBI to reach a conclusion.

“It’s not CIA’s job to make a determination about whether a U.S. person is cooperating, colluding, or whatever in some type of criminal or legal matter,” Brennan explained, stressing that instead, “it is our responsibility to give the Bureau everything that they need in order to follow that path and make such a determination and recommendation if they want to press charges.”

The evidence suggests, however, that Brennan’s CIA and the intelligence community did much more than merely pass on details about “contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign” to the FBI. The evidence suggests that the CIA and intelligence community—including potentially the intelligence communities of the UK, Italy, and Australia—created the contacts and interactions that they then reported to the FBI as suspicious.

The writer goes on from there to describe the foreign intelligence assets — who had all worked with the U.S. at some point in the past and a few who even show up in the saga of Retired General Michael Flynn — that were recently visited when Barr and Durham made several trips off-continent to interview these agents.

The Americans returned, as we now know, with Blackberries from Joseph Mifsud and a new direction in their investigation. A criminal one.

The rest of The Federalist piece is well worth the read; if for no other reason, you’ll not likely see any of this covered any time soon in major media outlets. Until they’re begrudgingly forced to talk about it, spinning all the way, once indictments are handed down. So go ahead and get in front of it and read the piece so you’ll know what’s going on when that happens. Let the real fun finally begin.

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Bill Taylor Met With Schiff Aide in Ukraine a Few Days Prior to Leak About Aid

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Earlier this week, media and Democrats were pushing that the testimony of William Taylor, the chargé d’affaires in Ukraine since June 2019, was the “smoking gun” showing quid pro quo in the Ukraine matter.

But just as with the Mueller report where the same folks trumpeted “smoking guns” multiple times, it isn’t exactly what it appears to be.

“During that phone call, Ambassador Sondland told me that President Trump had told him that he wants President Zelensky to state publicly that Ukraine will investigate Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. election,” Taylor said in his prepared statement that was conveniently leaked, according to Fox News.

“By mid-July it was becoming clear to me that the meeting President Zelensky wanted was conditioned on the investigations of Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections,” Taylor wrote.

But if you read that and think it sounds like multiple hearsay, you’d be right. It’s basically multiple hearsay, “he said that he said that he said.”

Plus that isn’t what the transcript of the July 25 Ukraine call reflected at all. The transcript of the call showed no discussion of quid pro quo. Indeed, Ukrainian President Zelensky said there was no quid pro quo, that he didn’t feel pressured in any way. So whatever Taylor thought, it wasn’t what Zelensky thought. Additionally Volker said that no one knew that any aid hold up was even in question until late August, long after the July 25 call.

As Republicans who heard his testimony noted when he was questioned, Taylor’s testimony didn’t really support the claim of a quid pro quo. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said that the claim didn’t hold water.

“At the end of the day, this was about quid pro quo and whether or not the Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being withheld and on that most important issue. Neither this witness or any other witness has provided any evidence that there was a quid pro quo, or any evidence that the Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being withheld on July 25,” Ratcliffe said on “The Story” Tuesday night, claiming that absent testimony speaking to that point, “a quid pro quo is legally impossible.” ….

“The mainstream media reporting that he provided evidence of a quid pro quo involving military aid is false — I questioned him directly on that,” Ratcliffe said Tuesday. “I can’t tell you what he said … but I can tell you what he didn’t say — neither he nor any other witness has provided testimony that the Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being withheld.”

He added: “You can’t have a quid pro quo with no quo.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Ratcliffe’s questioning blew apart Taylor’s version and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said media and Democratic reports didn’t tell the story, calling for the full testimony to be released.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) breaks it down well here:

But now there’s some more interesting information about that may have bearing on the matter.

Ivan Pentchoukov of The Epoch Times points out that Thomas Eager, a staffer for the House Intel Committee run by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) met with Taylor on August 25 in Ukraine and they discussed Ukraine’s interactions with both past administrations and the current, Trump, administration.

Then Politico published a story about the possible withholding of aid a few days later on August 28 based on a leak from a “senior administration official.”

The senior administration official, who asked to remain anonymous in order to discuss internal matters, said the president wants to ensure U.S. interests are being prioritized when it comes to foreign assistance, and is seeking assurances that other countries are “paying their fair share.”

Pentchoukov also pointed out some other interesting coincidences.

Just interesting coincidences. Perhaps Republicans want to ask Taylor, Schiff and Eager about some of these coincidences?

HT: Twitchy

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Clinton Consigliere Sid Blumenthal Goes to the Mattresses Over Book On the Russia Hoax

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One of the most prolific and insightful chroniclers of the Russia Hoax that the Obama administration, the Clinton campaign, and their allies and lackies in the FBI and Intelligence Community perpetrated upon the United States has been Lee Smith. He’s as Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and has been instrumental in teasing out the various strands of this slow-motion coup. Now Lee has a book coming out next week titled The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History. And that book has drawn the attention of long time Clinton consigliere Sid “Sid Vicious” Blumenthal.

Clinton family associate Sidney Blumenthal has made legal threats to the publisher of a forthcoming book featuring allegations against Democrats in connection with the Russia investigation in an attempt to stop publication, Fox News has learned.

A source familiar with the matter told Fox News that Blumenthal claimed the book – “The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History,” by Lee Smith – was defamatory.

“Blumenthal tried to stop it from being published,” the source told Fox News, saying the Hillary Clinton confidant sent threatening letters to Smith and publisher Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group.

Defaming a public figure, particularly one as odious as Hillary Clinton, is a very difficult barrier to overcome in any legal action but I suspect that Blumenthal has an additional agenda.

Back when Hillary Clinton’s emails came out, we found that Hillary Clinton was using an off-books intelligence service rather than relying upon the Intelligence Community (note to self: why is it that no one in government seems to trust the Intelligence Community very much?). Of course  there was an uproar over the Secretary of State using some cronies to provide her with the information she used to set foreign policy–just joking, because her name wasn’t Donald Trump no one thought very much of it. The head of this off books project was non other than Sid Blumenthal. He was partnered with a skeevy ex-CIA goon named Tyler Drumheller…who had the foresight to die in August 2015 as the email investigation was heating up. One of the emails included Top Secret information that did NOT originate at State. If this had been pursued with anything like the energy used trying to frame George Papadopoulos I think it would have made Comey’s decision to not prosecute Clinton impossible. Read these two speculative pieces:

The Real Email Question: Did Hillary Clinton Sell US Secrets?

Do Hillary Clinton’s Emails Expose A Scheme To Trade US Secrets For Political Influence?

The more attention that is drawn to Clinton by Lee’s book, the more attention that is going to be drawn to the activities of Sid Vicious and court sycophant and fixer. The more people start looking at Blumenthal, the more interesting he’s going to become. And unlike most of the other players in this melodrama, absolutely no one in DC likes Blumenthal.

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