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NoVA is in phase two of reopening. What does that mean for county parks?

Throughout the stay-at-home order, NoVA residents retreated to the wilderness for an escape, taking advantage of the many parks, trails and recreational facilities we have access to in the region. The problem? Very few sites have been open in the past few months, and many residents were afraid to visit the most popular locations due to crowds.

Now though, as the region remains in phase two of Gov. Ralph Northam’s reopening plan and looks on to Forward Virginia: Phase Three, local county departments are starting to welcome back residents with open arms. From which parks are open to how to reserve time on a local soccer field, these are all the details you need to know.

Alexandria

The city of Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is currently reopening its programs and facilities in alignment with Gov. Northam’s reopening plan. As of press time, the majority of parks, trails and recreation centers are open for public use; however outdoor pools will not open until Wednesday, July 1, summer camps will begin on Monday, July 6, and the registration and reservation office is only open by appointment. According to the department’s plans, all programs and facilities will be offered and open when NoVA enters phase three of reopening. Find a detailed list of what is available here

Arlington County

As of June 12, the Arlington County Parks and Recreation department reopened its dog parks, basketball courts and volleyball courts, with the expectation that all visitors will practice social distancing and follow appropriate usage guidelines. For the duration of the summer, camps, programs for those 55 years old and up, trips and classes are canceled. In addition, organized sports games, special events and instruction are not permitted in park facilities for the time being. Plus, while most facilities and amenities are open, the following remain closed as of press time: community and nature centers, playgrounds, restrooms and spraygrounds. For more frequently asked questions about the reopening of local parks, as well as details on what is open right now, click here

Fairfax County

Recognized as the largest county in the region, Fairfax County is full of parks and park facilities that provide entertainment for its residents. As of June 15, the majority of the county’s parks and parking lots are now open, and the county has also begun a phased reopening of park amenities. Most programming though has been canceled for the entirety of summer, including concerts, summer entertainment series, summer camps, seasonal celebratory events and outdoor water features like the Water Minne, MLK Pool and the Lee District Sprayground. 

Come the end of June as we near phase three of reopening in Northern Virginia, the following will be open to guests: the Burke Lake Park Miniature Train, carousels, recreation centers and indoor pools and volunteer activities for those interested. For a full guide of open facilities in Fairfax County right now, as well as new health and safety guidelines put in place, check out the county’s Operating Status Guide

Fauquier County

As of June 13, Fauquier County’s Parks and Recreation department has made boat rentals available at Crockett Park and is accepting shelter reservations for Wednesday, July 1 and beyond at its park shelters. In addition, park restrooms are open, with facility checks and sanitizing taking place every two hours. Sports fields too are open for walk-on, unscheduled use, however, if leagues and teams wish to use the fields, they must submit a plan to centralparks@fauquiercounnty.gov for approval. As of now, county offices are closed, but events are starting to be scheduled again. For more up-to-date information, it is recommended to frequently check the county’s website

Fredericksburg

According to Fredericksburg’s Parks and Recreation department website, all trails, parks and public restrooms are open, with the exception of certain amenities. As of press time, the following are closed or canceled for the season: Dorothy Hart Community Center; rentals of parks and facilities; Motts Run Reservoir; Buffett Swimming Pool; summer camps; playgrounds; park shelters; recreation programs and special events; the Heritage Festival Fourth of July events; and all fall sports. As Northern Virginia moves into phase three in the coming weeks, the county department is expecting to make new announcements, so stay up to date here

Loudoun County

While Northern Virginia is not quite yet in phase three of reopening, that day is on the horizon, and Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services is planning ahead. Come phase three, the county will open all of its facilities, programs and activities to the public, with health guidelines and restrictions in place. The majority of summer programming began today, June 22, and more events will continue to be added as the summer continues. For a full list of what is open right now in phase two, as well as what you can expect in the coming weeks, click here

Prince William County

In Prince William County, operations are continuously adapted to match the commonwealth’s phased approach to reopening. According to the Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism website, the following are currently open for use and play: trails; walking paths; open spaces; picnic shelters; playgrounds; parking lots; tennis courts; volleyball courts; pickleball courts; basketball courts; and all outdoor parks. In addition, boating, fishing and golfing are permitted at many of the county’s sites, so long as social-distancing guidelines are adhered to. Currently, outdoor pools, water parks, recreation centers and community centers are closed, however, this may change when NoVA moves into phase three of reopening. To learn more specific details about the department’s phased reopening plan, click here.

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Calling all ‘Jeopardy!’ fans: Meet 5 most DMV locals who recently competed

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James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter all played in Jeopardy!’s recent “The Greatest of All Time” show. See below for some local contestants who have been on the beloved trivia show recently. (Eric McCandless / ABC via Getty Images)

Jeopardy! is earning an unprecedented level of attention of late.

Last year, contestant James Holzhauer won 32 consecutive games using his innovative strategy of selecting the highest-value clues first, inverting the traditional method. In January, the show aired its first prime-time special since 1990 with “The Greatest of All Time” tournament where the three best contestants ever competed head-to-head, with Holzhauer finishing second to Ken Jennings. Also on the Jeopardy! screen recently? Contestants from the DMV.

It’s no secret the DC region is a smarty-pants town, so it makes sense local players pop up on the beloved game show frequently. Here, five of the most recent. When are you trying out?

Karen Farrell

The Woodbridge political consultant and UVA grad school alum (Undergrad degree? Princeton.) won eight consecutive episodes worth $159,603 in December and January. Final Jeopardy! clue for her first game: “19th-century history: Wanting more French influence in the area he called Latin America, Napoleon III installed an emperor in this country.” Farrell’s correct answer: Mexico.

Gabe Brison-Trezise

The DC researcher won $22,400 in September, upsetting Albuquerque math teacher and 19-day champion Jason Zuffranieri. Final Jeopardy! clue: “World landmarks: The Eighth Wonder, by composer Alan John and librettist Dennis Watkins, is about this building that opened in 1973.” Despite trailing considerably heading into that last clue, Zuffranieri guessed wrong while Brison-Trezise correctly answered the Sydney Opera House.

Roey Hadar

The Arlington journalist and production assistant for PBS’s Washington Week won $23,600 in July. Final Jeopardy! clue: “17th-century names: In the 1670s, English author Charles Cotton built a fishing cabin on the banks of the River Dove to honor this friend and author.” Hadar actually got it wrong, guessing John Milton instead of Izaak Walton, but won regardless.

Elaine Wilson

The Manassas layout artist won $15,100 in March 2019. Final Jeopardy! clue for first game: “Playwrights: Before his death in 2018 at age 91, he received four Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for four Oscars.” Wilson was the only contestant to correctly answer Neil Simon.

Will Dawson

The National Geographic Museum visitor experience rep won three consecutive episodes worth $70,601 in February 2019. Final Jeopardy! clue for his first game: “The solar system: For a while in the 1840s, the French wanted to name this new discovery ‘Le Verrier’ and the British wanted ‘Oceanus.’” All three contestants got it correct with Neptune.

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Waiting for a flight? Visit the new Nintendo Switch lounge at Dulles International Airport

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Traveling at Dulles International Airport (IAD) just got a lot more fun for kids and adults alike.

In a new nationwide effort to bring the excitement (and portability) of video games to users everywhere, Nintendo has opened four Nintendo Switch lounges at airports across the country. 

On Feb. 17, a Nintendo Switch On The Go pop-up opened its doors at Dulles International Airport, as well as Seattle-Tacoma Airport, O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and Dallas Love Field Airport.  

All lounges will remain open until Sunday, March 29 and through their duration, travelers can play demos of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Party, Tetris 99 and more, on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite consoles. Some will be hooked up to play on televisions while others can be used handheld. 

Once travelers experience the space, they will receive a free Nintendo Switch-branded luggage handle wrap and a $10 coupon from Target to use on a Nintendo purchase of $75 or more (while supplies last), and if they would like to order a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite device, Nintendo Switch games or merchandise, they will receive a free carrying case with their order.

Travelers visiting Dulles International Airport can find the lounge at Concourse B near the west entrance/exit, next to Gate B62. 

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11 places to watch Super Bowl LIV in Northern Virginia

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Super Bowl Sunday is back, with its all-you-can-eat hot wings, potato chips and more. This year’s match-up has put the Kansas City Chiefs toe-to-toe with the San Francisco 49ers. 

Who will head home with the trophy? Well, it could be you if you find a local hot spot to raise a glass and kick back to watch the game. Enter into the local hot wing contest below and you could leave with a $75 gift card, or you could win big at a halftime raffle contest. 

No matter what you’re looking for (even a place that will entertain the kids!), Northern Virginia has a place to please everyone. Just make sure to find your spot before the coin toss and you’re good to go. 

All-Day Specials at Theismann’s Restaurant
Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight
Joe Theismann’s Restaurant, a football-themed eatery in Alexandria, boasts NFL decor, large-screen TVs throughout the space, craft cocktails and wet-aged steak options, burgers, pastas and salads. Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday early at its brunch, as Theismann’s is ending its Bottomless Apps promo on Super Bowl Sunday, which includes endless appetizers for $30. // Theismann’s Restaurant: 1800 Diagonal Road A, Alexandria; menu prices vary

Puppy Bowl Viewing Party
Sunday, Feb. 2, 2-5 p.m.
The most-watched Sunday of television doesn’t have to only be about our favorite athletes … it can also be about four-legged friends with the airing of the Puppy Bowl XVI. One of the most lovable pre-shows of them all, the Puppy Bowl features adoptable pets from across the country (yes, it has expanded to include cats, rabbits and more over the years), and you can watch it at Wag & Brew with your favorite pet-owning (or pet-loving) community members before the actual big game airs. // Wag & Brew: 614 S. Pickett St., Alexandria; $10

Super Bowl Halftime Wing-Eating Contest
Sunday, Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m.- midnight
Hops N Shine believes it has the hottest wings in Northern Virginia, and it’s time to put yourself to the test to see just how many hot wings you can eat. Once halftime hits, the person who eats 18 of the hottest chicken wings the fastest will win a $75 gift card to Hops N Shine. Don’t want to compete? No worries, you can still enjoy the 52 beers on tap and top your own order of wings with one or many sauces from the 20-plus hot sauce bar. It’s the food-and-drink party you’ve been waiting for all season long. // Hops N Shine: 3410 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; free ($10 wing contest entry)

Super Bowl Watch Party!
Sunday, Feb. 2, 5:3-10 p.m.
The Super Bowl Party of the year is coming to Lake Anne Brew House, so if you’re looking to enjoy food, drinks and football on the water, you’ve found your place. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat nacho bar buffet, chili, Nordic-knot pretzels, dips and more. A cash bar will be available throughout the night with cocktails, beer, wine, kombucha, nitro cold brew coffee and more. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets and get ready to enjoy the game! // Lake Anne Brew House: 11401 N. Shore Drive, Reston; $25

Dave and Buster’s Springfield Big Game Super Sunday
Sunday, Feb. 2, 6-11 p.m.
It’s time for the big game, and you can watch, play and enjoy while playing games of your own. Dave & Buster’s Springfield is hosting The Big Game viewing party for adults and families in the sports lounge with an all-you-can-eat wings buffet, beer and wine. Kids are welcome to enjoy other food and drink options, and will receive a game card with their ticket purchase, that way you can watch the game and they can be entertained for the entire night. // Dave & Buster’s Springfield: 6655 Springfield Mall Road, Springfield; $35.50

Super Bowl LIV Watch Party
Sunday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m.
This year’s match-up of the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will be aired at Chadwicks Restaurant all evening at a special upstairs event. Not only will the location be airing the game on an 8-foot HD projector, it will also be providing guests all-you-can-eat food and drink specials. Make your way to the build-your-own taco bar and find your seat at this local waterfront favorite. // Chadwicks Restaurant: 230 The Strand, Alexandria; $20

Super Bowl Watch Party at Inca Social
Sunday, Feb. 2, 6-10:30 p.m.
This local Peruvian favorite is celebrating its one-year anniversary in style, with the big game. Head to Inca Social (also seen on our 2019 Best Restaurants List) for a night of food and drink specials during the 54th Super Bowl. All televisions will be tuned into the game, as well as the 180-inch projector screen. Plus, there will be raffle giveaways at haltime. // Inca Social: 2670 Avenir Place, Vienna; $5

Super Bowl Sunday at the Alehouse
Sunday, Feb. 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Rather than try to make all of your favorite snacks for the big game, head to the Alehouse, where it’s happy to make them for you. All of the televisions will be set to the game, so you don’t miss a single play, and you can grab all of your favorites from the menu. From quesadillas and fried pickles to fire-grilled pizzas and Bungalow wings, there’s bound to be something to pair with your beer of choice and the game of the season. // The Alehouse: 2840 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge; free

Super Bowl Party in the Stadium at Dudley’s Sport and Ale
Sunday, Feb. 2, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
Watching the Super Bowl in your apartment or home may sound ideal, but have you considered catching the game in a theater-style seat with a 25-foot projector screen and surround sound? For those looking to kick back and relax, but also watch the game in a way they’ve never seen it before, it’s time to head to Dudley’s Sports and Ale. You’ll get the all-around experience too, with all-you-can-eat wings, nachos and pizza, Jell-O shots, beer tub specials and multiple giveaways. // Dudley’s Sports and Ale: 2766 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington; $55

Watch the Super Bowl at Blackfinn
Sunday, Feb. 2, 6-9:30 p.m.
This “Ameripub” is yet another location to catch the big game in Loudoun County, but this time with pub snacks like the cauliflower tots, finn fries, fish tacos and pub burgers. Catch food and drink specials all evening while cheering on your favorite team (or favorite commercial, that is). // Blackfinn Ameripub: 43781 Central Station Drive, Ashburn; free

Catch the Super Bowl at Fish Market
Sunday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m.
You won’t be able to miss a second of the action at Fish Market, where all 15 televisions will be tuned into the biggest football game of the year. The Anchor Bar will be serving up $4 domestic drafts and $5 imports, as well as local raw oyster shooters for $1.50 each, clams for $1 each and a classic cheesesteak for $12.99. Want to skip the a la carte menu? Go with the Lineman’s Feast, featuring two pounds of wings with barbecue, Buffalo or Eastern Shore sauces. // Fish Market: 105 King St., Alexandria; free

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There’s now a pinball league in Northern Virginia

The game of pinball has been around for nearly a century, enjoyed by youngsters and adults alike in both arcades, homes and even breweries, at least here in Northern Virginia, thanks to Ashburn’s Lost Rhino Brewing Company

Within the brewery’s tasting room, you’ll find nine themed pinball machines, ranging in design from Jurassic Park to The Addams Family and so much more. While the pinball machines are there to entertain all guests, they also recently started serving a larger purpose: The machines are the center of competition for local competitive pinball league Silverball Sanctum

Each week, you’ll find a team of pinball lovers practicing and competing in the tasting room, typically with a beer in hand. The league, Silverball Sanctum, is part of the Free State Pinball Association (FSPA), which is a 25-year-old organization consisting of seven leagues throughout the DMV.

Each season consists of 10 weeks of play and this year’s spring session is about to begin, starting Wednesday, Jan. 22. When the season nears its close, players will have a chance to head to the state championship. Whoever is No. 1 and No. 2 in Virginia will make their way to compete at the national event, which will be hosted in Denver, Colorado this year.  

Interesting in competing? Find out more information about signing up here.

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Gift Guide 2019: 6 gifts perfect for your bookworm buddy

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Aimee Agresti, DMV-based journalist and author of Campaign Widows. (Photo courtesy of Aimee Agresti)

What’s on your wish list this year?
“Beloved books deserve the best accessories, right? Jazz up that bookshelf with these chic, wise owls!”

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Menagerie Owl Bookend Set: Designer Jonathan Adler makes everything cooler, including books. ($105) (Photo courtesy of vendor)

What’s your favorite NoVA holiday tradition?
“Every holiday season I love to go out for a totally decadent afternoon tea with my mom and sister. It’s our gift to each other (and ourselves!). There’s no more perfect place than the Ritz-Carlton at Tysons Corner: The delicate sandwiches and precious confections are almost too pretty to eat, the setting is gorgeous, oh, and the tea is good too (try the caramel blend!). We spend hours chatting, laughing, catching up, and that’s, of course, the best treat of all. Well … that and the fact that they also serve Champagne!”

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Gift Guide

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Culture Lounge Library Candle: Add this candle by a coffee table book publisher to your book nook. ($50) (Photo courtesy of vendor)

 

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Gray Cotton Throw: Cozy up with this luxe blanket from Uncommon James for an afternoon with a good book. ($100-$149) (Photo courtesy of vendor)

 

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Pen Goals Copper Pen: For the friend who likes to journal and make notes in her books, this pen says it all. ($25) (Photo courtesy of vendor)

 

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Gradient Puzzle Collection: A puzzle that’s meant to be more of a meditation is the perfect break from an enthralling book. ($25) (Photo courtesy of vendor)

 

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Professional rugby has officially arrived in DC. Here’s Old Glory DC’s 2020 schedule.

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In a few short months, the DC region will be able to say something it has never been able to say before: “It’s professional rugby season.”

The region is now officially home to DC’s first Major League Rugby (MLR) team, Old Glory DC, and the inaugural season will kick off on Saturday, Feb. 8, in New Orleans, against NOLA Gold Rugby.

For the team’s first home opener, Old Glory will host the Seattle Seawolves on Sunday, Feb. 16. Old Glory will have eight home games this season, all of which are scheduled on weekends (seven on Sundays and one on a Saturday). The team will host home games on Feb. 16; March 8, 15 and 29; April 11 and 26; and May 3 and 24 at Cardinal Stadium at The Catholic University of America.

The 2020 season schedule for the league also brought a new structure to how the MLR operates, as well as the addition of three teams (Old Glory, Rugby ATL and the New England Free Jacks).

The regular league season will feature 96 matches and will be held from February through May. It is the MLR’s third season, which features an Eastern and Western conference-style structure. Each team in the league plays 10 in-conference games, and six cross-conference games. The MLR season concludes with a five-match championship series with a championship game of East versus West.

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit oldglorydc.com. // The Catholic University of America: 600 Taylor St. NE, Washington, DC; ticket prices to be announced

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State Dept. IG Calls an “Urgent” Briefing With Congress and Questions Arise

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo, picked to be the next secretary of state, listens during his introductions before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, Thursday, April 12, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pompeo’s remarks will be the first chance for lawmakers and the public to hear directly from the former Kansas congressman about his approach to diplomacy and the role of the State Department, should he be confirmed to lead it. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ranking Member Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds Pompeo’s confirmation hearing Thursday.

Late last night, we got word that the State Department Inspector General has called an “urgent” briefing with Congress to share something related to the Ukraine matter. What that something is become a little clearer this morning if we are to believe the anonymous sources.

What exactly is the game here? There’s a lot of different directions to speculate in.

Mike Pompeo, just this week, sent out a letter to Congress warning them that he and his department would not be intimated into cooperation. My colleague streiff wrote about that, which you can read at this link. That letter came after Adam Schiff tried to play tough guy and asserted that any refusal to give him what he wants (even if the law doesn’t require it) would be treated as “obstruction of justice.” Funny enough, Schiff has no power to prosecute anyone on the basis of such fantasies.

While my original thought was that it probably had something to do with Pompeo’s letter, Mollie Hemingway is getting word this is actually old news.

If this is true, it’s evidence of more subversive nonsense being propagated. What makes this “urgent” now if it is four months old? What changed? Nothing as far as I can tell except the Democrats asking for more fodder. Suddenly, they seem to be getting it even though the issue appears to be outdated.

And if you are wondering about the politics of this IG, you probably won’t be surprised to learn he was put in place by Barack Obama. The State Department itself is full of careerists that would much rather be serving under Hillary Clinton right now.

There’s going to be a lot more to come on this later today, as Schiff will undoubtedly leak whatever he tells them almost immediately. At the moment though, it appears another Democrat bureaucrat is trying to rush things out there to feed the narrative against the President. If this issue is truly four months old, there’s absolutely no excuse to present it as urgent now. We’ll see where this all goes.

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Jerry Nadler and Company Take Formal Steps Toward Their Impeachment Delusion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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