64 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-25-19

  1. The stink coming off this latest hoax is astounding.

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/23/like-russian-collusion-ukraine-hysteria-is-pure-projection-by-media-and-democrats/

    “Like Russian Collusion, Ukraine Hysteria Is Pure Projection By Media And Democrats

    The only 2016 campaign that colluded with Russia was Hillary Clinton’s, and the only 2020 candidate who bragged about threatening Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating corruption is Joe Biden.”

    “If the latest media-manufactured hysteria over President Donald Trump’s interactions with the Ukrainian government looks familiar, it’s because it is. The same tired playbook is being run by the same discredited people with the same goal: get rid of Trump, by any means necessary.

    Just as the Clinton campaign, Obama administration holdovers, and complicit media allies peddled lies about Russian collusion while engaging in literal Russian collusion during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, so too did Joseph Biden literally threaten to withhold money from Ukraine if it failed to fire the prosecutor investigating his son’s company.

    To hear the media tell it, Trump committed treason. The walls are closing in. The end is nigh. Why? Well, the details there are a little fuzzy, as they always seem to be. Somebody heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard it from another that Trump had threatened Ukraine that it must investigate Hunter Biden, the troubled son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden…or else.

    The media initially hyped their latest faux scandal by claiming a deeply connected “whistleblower” listened to a phone call between Trump and the head of Ukraine’s government, in which Trump allegedly threatened to withhold money if the Eastern European nation failed to investigate allegations of corruption by Hunter Biden. Then it morphed into the source reading a transcript or readout of the phone call. And eventually it was buried in the 22nd paragraph of a breathless CNN story that the alleged “whistleblower” hadn’t in fact directly read or seen or heard anything he or she was allegedly blowing the whistle on:

    The whistleblower didn’t have direct knowledge of the communications, an official briefed on the matter told CNN. Instead, the whistleblower’s concerns came in part from learning information that was not obtained during the course of their work, and those details have played a role in the administration’s determination that the complaint didn’t fit the reporting requirements under the intelligence whistleblower law, the official said.

    There’s burying the lede, and then there’s fitting the lede for cement boots, pushing it down an elevator shaft into a pool of bullets, and then tossing the remains overboard somewhere over the Marianas Trench. CNN opted for the latter. One man’s “whistleblower” is apparently another man’s rumor-monger or anonymous gossip columnist. The Wall Street Journal later disclosed that there was no quid pro quo and no discussion of U.S. financial aid during the call the whistleblower cum axe-grinder never even heard.”

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  2. And they’re already moving the goalposts.

    https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2019/09/24/trump-authorizes-release-ukraine-call-transcript-liberals-pick-goalposts-throw-ocean/

    “After Trump Calls Their Bluff On The Ukraine Transcript, The Left Hilariously Cry Foul And Rush To Move The Goalposts”

    “This is almost too good. Predictable, but still satisfying.

    For most of today, we’ve been inundated with impeachment fever among Democrats, the media, and some anti-Trump Republicans. This despite the fact that there was no evidence Trump did anything illegal or untoward in a phone call between he and the new Ukrainian president. We already know there was no threat or quid pro quo involving military aid or otherwise, but after this weekend’s hysteria, there was apparently no walking the story back.

    Then something hilarious happened. As my colleague streiff reported earlier, Trump called their bluff.”

    “Guess how Democrats and the media responded to getting what they had been demanding for days?”

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    By wanting more. Because they’re fishing. Again.

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  3. As the president mentioned, he was at the UN, reminding them that patriots, and not globalists, own the future. 🙂

    The full speech.

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    The transcript is here.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/09/24/full_replay_president_trump_rails_against_globalists_china_iran_in_speech_to_un_general_assembly.html

    “Looking around and all over this large, magnificent planet, the truth is plain to see. If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold onto your sovereignty. And if you want peace, love your nation. Wise leaders always put the good of their own people and their own country first.

    The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots. The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.”

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  4. Rush has a good summary.

    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2019/09/24/unapologetic-american-takes-u-n-globalists-to-the-woodshed/

    “This speech that Trump gave today, folks, is the reason they hate this guy. The speech he gave today is why they’re doing all of this cockamamie stuff to get rid of him. He poses the single greatest threat to the establishment’s world order there has ever been. And he hit them between the eyes today with it.

    He hit everybody. He stood up for America. He just took China and the Iranians and the Iraqis, he took them to the woodshed! He made no bones about the fact that he’s president of the United States and that what he’s doing here is what other leaders who actually care about their people should be doing in their countries, trying to make their countries great, not subjugate their people.

    I mean, it was fantastic. The content of this speech was a grand-slam home run. I think it was purposely delivered in a more low-key than usual manner so as to make sure that Trump’s personality did not step on the content because he was dead serious during all of this. He was not loud. There was no braggadocios or bombastic personality in this speech. There were no off-the-prompter ad-libs.

    This was solid from beginning to end and it was intended for every word to be heard, for every word to register, for every word to be noted. There wasn’t one line of applause. When the cameras panned to the Stars Wars bar scene, which was the audience of this thing, they were glaring, they were expressionless. Some of them bordered on just a little bit of pique. But everybody was taking every word he said dead serious. It’s exactly what he intended.”

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  5. The Mueller Hoax continues to collapse.

    Wrong again Ricky, and Flynn is next to walk. 🙂

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/09/24/michael-flynn-lobby-partner-reverse/

    “In Shock Decision, Judge Reverses Conviction Of Michael Flynn’s Lobbying Parter”

    “In a surprise move Tuesday, a federal judge in Virginia acquitted Bijan Rafiekian, a former business partner of Michael Flynn’s who was convicted in July in a case spun off from the special counsel’s investigation.

    Rafiekian, who served as vice chairman of Flynn Intel Group, was convicted July 23 of illegally lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government and conspiring to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

    But Judge Anthony Trenga reversed the jury decision in a 39-page ruling, saying the government’s evidence against Rafiekian “was insufficient as a matter of law” to justify conviction on either count.

    He also ruled that Rafiekian would face a new trial if the government successfully appeals the acquittal.

    The decision is the latest in a series of setbacks against the Justice Department in cases spun off from the special counsel’s probe.

    A jury in Washington, D.C., acquitted former White House counsel Greg Craig in August on charges that he acted as an unregistered agent of Ukraine on a project involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.”

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  6. And oh look, Warren and her family are as dirty as Biden and his. And she’s working with the same pro-communist group as Obama, the Working Families Party.

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  7. Good.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/house/462808-gop-lawmaker-introduces-measure-to-remove-nadler-as-judiciary-chairman

    “Freshman Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas) introduced a resolution aimed at removing House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) from his role as the top Democrat on the panel responsible for handling impeachment proceedings.

    The Republican-backed resolution comes as an influx of Democrats come out in support of moving forward with articles of impeachment following reports that President Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless the country investigated former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

    According to Gooden, the resolution “would formally recognize the illegality of impeachment proceedings,” arguing authorization is needed for the committee to move forward with impeachment proceedings.

    “In recent days Democrats have sanctimoniously declared their allegiance to the rule of law. I encourage them to follow those rules and hold Chairman Nadler accountable for breaking them,” he said in a statement.

    “By law, he may not launch impeachment proceedings until the full House votes for him to do so. This attempted coup against a duly-elected, sitting president is unprecedented and must be stopped. I urge the Majority to move immediately to have him stripped of his chairmanship and that any accomplices on the Judiciary Committee not be considered as a replacement.””

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  8. Huh. Yet I’ve been assured repeatedly that it’s Trump breaking all the norms. I guess they blame him when others break them if it’s because of him.

    https://amgreatness.com/2019/09/23/bidens-real-foreign-election-interference-russiagate/

    “Biden’s Real Foreign Election Interference: Russiagate

    The former vice president was in the thick of the most norm-breaking act in modern political history.”

    “It looks as though Joe Biden is about to bumble and babble and bluster his way to a third failed run for president. Even before President Trump took aim at Hunter Biden for his shady financial ties to the Ukraine while his father was vice president, Biden was struggling with basic facts and weird stories about confronting a disobedient black teen with a chain in the 1960s.

    Now it looks like Biden might be forced to answer serious questions about how his children capitalized on the former vice president’s international political connections and how Biden himself ran interference when his family’s grift was jeopardized.

    According to news reports based on a “whistleblower” complaint, President Trump requested over the summer that Ukraine investigate an energy company that appointed Hunter Biden to its board in 2014, shortly after President Obama named Joe Biden as his emissary to the country.

    While details about the younger Biden’s windfall are unclear, The Hill’s John Solomon reported in April that Biden’s company was paid a six-figure sum each month for more than a year. When Ukrainian officials began to probe possible corruption at the company, the vice president pressured the country to halt the investigation and fire the lead prosecutor, even threatening to withhold U.S. aid. (A fact he later bragged about.)

    Ukranian officials concurred: That move not only spared Hunter Biden, who continued to serve on the gas company’s board until earlier this year, but quashed another political scandal for the Democrats in advance of an election year.

    “The Biden family appeared to have escaped the potential for an embarrassing inquiry overseas in the final days of the Obama administration and during an election in which Democrat Hillary Clinton was running for president,” Solomon wrote.

    So . . . election interference.

    But as is the media’s reflex, they immediately repackaged the scandal to make it look like President Trump did something wrong. Accusations that the president pressured a foreign government to “interfere” in the upcoming election became the latest fuel for the Perpetual Impeachment Machine on both the Left and the NeverTrump Right. (Bill Kristol has posted more than 60 tweets about Ukraine and how this incident will for sure be the end of Trump.)”

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    And Hunter Biden’s exploits in China are even worse. More on that is coming.

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  9. And in case you missed it last night, once again, lawyers with questionable ethics will lead Dems to the promise land. Just like the creepy porn lawyer.

    Oh…. wait….

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house/ukraine-whistleblowers-lawyers-work-for-group-that-offers-to-pay-officials-who-leak-against-trump

    “Ukraine whistleblower’s lawyers work for group that offers to pay officials who leak against Trump”

    “The anonymous U.S. intelligence official accusing President Trump of improperly pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is represented by two lawyers who run a group that offers financial help to fired whistleblowers.

    Whistleblower Aid was launched in September 2017 — eight months after Trump’s inauguration — with an advertising blitz that involved mobile billboards being driven close to the White House, Congress, outside the Pentagon, and around the headquarters of the CIA and National Security Agency.

    The group’s pledge of support, in addition to free legal representation including rent and mortgage assistance, media coaching, and doctor’s bills and counseling, is controversial among lawyers. Critics say it violates attorney ethics.

    Whistleblower Aid was founded by veteran national security defense attorney Mark Zaid and John Tye, a whistleblower who worked to promote internet freedom at the State Department before warning of mass surveillance during the Obama administration. Andrew Bakaj, a former CIA officer who is associated with Zaid’s firm, is also a lawyer for Whistleblower Aid.

    Zaid and Bakaj represent the official who claimed whistleblower status in raising the case of the Ukraine call.”

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  10. From last night:

    6 Arrows, Thanks for the articles on hikes in the national parks. That is a great list. I have saved the article on my iPad. My wife and I were visiting with another couple on the plane yesterday who like to hike together. They were a great resource, but your article looks like “the Bible” for hikers.

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  11. My friend Chileman seems to have mastered the conspicuous spelling error. I think he may be presidential material.

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  12. Don’t look now Ricky,

    But you’ve been Charlie Browned again by projecting Democrats.

    👉🤣👈 time again.

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  13. More. 🙂

    You might wanna wipe the egg off of your face. 🙂

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/09/24/democrats-wrote-to-ukraine-in-may-demanding-it-investigate-trump/

    “Democrats wrote to the Ukrainian government in May 2018 urging it to continue investigations into President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign — collusion later found not to exist.

    The demand, which came from U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), resurfaced Wednesday in an opinion piece written by conservative Marc Thiessen in the Washington Post.

    Ironically, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declared Tuesday that the mere possibility that President Trump had asked Ukraine to continue an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden — even without a quid pro quo — was enough to trigger an impeachment inquiry. (Biden boasted in 2018 that he had forced Ukraine to remove its prosecutor by threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid; he did not tell his audience at the Council on Foreign Relations that the prosecutor was looking into a firm on whose board his son, Hunter Biden, was serving.)

    Thiessen observed (original links):

    It got almost no attention, but in May [2018], CNN reported that Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) wrote a letter to Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, expressing concern at the closing of four investigations they said were critical to the Mueller probe. In the letter, they implied that their support for U.S. assistance to Ukraine was at stake. Describing themselves as “strong advocates for a robust and close relationship with Ukraine,” the Democratic senators declared, “We have supported [the] capacity-building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these [democratic] principles to avoid the ire of President Trump,” before demanding Lutsenko “reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.”

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    Here’s the letter.

    Click to access 5-4-18%20Menendez%20joint%20letter%20to%20General%20Prosecutor%20of%20Ukraine%20on%20Mueller%20investigation.pdf

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  14. Let me get you a towel for that egg Ricky.

    And would you like any toppings on your nothing burger?

    No threats. No withholding of anything. No asking 8 times as was alleged.

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  15. And here’s more on the partisan hack masquerading as a whistleblower.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry-whistleblower-complaint-release-congress-white-house

    “A senior Trump administration official told Fox News late Tuesday that the administration will release a document showing the intelligence community inspector general found the whistleblower who leveled an explosive accusation against President Trump concerning his talks with Ukraine had indications of “political bias” in favor of “a rival candidate” of the president.

    The official did not identify the name of the rival candidate. Separately, a senior administration official told Fox News the White House has been working as quickly as it can to release to Congress the whistleblower complaint involving President Trump’s conversations with the leader of Ukraine, as long as it’s legally possible.

    Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson said in a Sep. 9 letter to the House Intelligence Committee that the whistleblower complaint “appeared credible” and related to an “urgent” matter. But the DNI general counsel said days later that, after consulting with the DOJ, the matter did not meet the legal definition of an “urgent concern,” and was not subject to mandatory disclosure to Congress.

    News of the whistleblower’s possible bias came just hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initiated a formal impeachment inquiry by alleging that the administration was hiding the complaint. Other top Democrats had previously said such an inquiry was already underway.”

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  16. The “transcript” was bad for Trump. Expect the whistleblower’s complaint to be worse.

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  17. The Trump appointed Inspector General for Intelligence made a criminal referral to the Justice Dept. based on Trump’s behavior constituting another campaign finance violation. Old Individual #1 didn’t learn his lesson when his co-conspirator went to prison.

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  18. The Impeachment that isn’t.

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  19. And since you’re so into all this, please explain how what Trump said above is criminal in nature, yet the letter from Democrats, and the video of Biden, which explicitly threatened the Ukraine, wasn’t.

    Take your time. I’ll wait….

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  20. No quid pro quo.

    The lies don’t work anymore.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/09/trump-ukraine-transcript-asked-for-biden-review-but-made-no-mention-of-withholding-military-aid/

    “Trump Ukraine Transcript: Asked for Biden Review, But Made No Mention of Withholding Military Aid

    The Democrats accused Trump of threatening to withhold aid from Ukraine if the government did not investigate Biden.”

    “It shows that he asked Zelensky for a review on Vice President Joe Biden’s family dealings in Ukraine.

    However, Trump did not threaten to withhold “military aid as part of a quid-pro-quo, as Democrats have suggested in pressing forward with impeachment.”

    You can read the transcript here: WhiteHouse.gov

    From Fox News:

    It begins with the president congratulating Zelensky on his election victory, before Trump eventually broaches the subject former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

    “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump said in the phone call. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…It sounds horrible to me.”

    That refers to Joe Biden, while vice president, urging Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, while Shokin was investigating the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings — where Hunter Biden was on the board. Biden has maintained that corruption concerns prompted his intervention.

    Zelensky told Trump Ukraine’s new prosecutor would look into the controversy surrounding Biden and his son Hunter Biden working with a Ukrainian company:

    “He or she will look into the situation specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue, the issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and we will work on the investigation of the case.”

    The president told Zelensky he wanted his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and Attorney General Bill Barr to get involved.

    “I will have Mr. Giuliani give you call and I’m also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom if it. I’m sure you will figure it out,” he said.

    I see on Twitter people saying it implicates Trump, but it lacks the quid-pro-quo the Democrats latched onto as an excuse for an impeachment inquiry. Supposedly Trump threatened not to hand over $400 million of military aid to Ukraine.”

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    Yeah, but he didn’t. They lied. Again.

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  21. Amash has been very solid from Day 1.

    He is going to be one of the very few conservatives to come out of this with no stink of Trump on him.

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  22. Say it with me now….

    No Wrongdoing.

    Despite the breathless whining of Never-Trumpers.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/09/transcript-shows-no-wrongdoing-by-president-trump.php

    “TRANSCRIPT SHOWS NO WRONGDOING BY PRESIDENT TRUMP

    The just-released transcript of President Trump’s July 25 conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky confirms the president’s statement that he did nothing blameworthy with regard to the Biden investigation. The conversation was friendly and wide-ranging. There was discussion of how much the U.S. is helping Ukraine:

    Trump: I will say that we do a lot for Ukraine. We spend a lot of effort and a lot of time. Much more than the European countries are doing and they should be helping you more than they are. Germany does almost nothing for you.
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    Zelensky: Yes, you are absolutely right. … [T]he United States is doing quite a lot for Ukraine. Much more than the European Union especially when we are talking about sanctions against the Russian Federation. I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense.

    Trump next brought up the subject of alleged Russian hacking of the DNC’s email system during the 2016 election. The exchange is rather cryptic (to me, anyway) but it appears that Ukraine has something to do with the whereabouts of the server that the DNC refused to turn over to the FBI:

    I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.

    Zelensky agrees, and goes on to talk about his desire for closer cooperation with the U.S. Among other things, he is replacing Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S. If Ukraine really does have the long-sought DNC server (why? I have no idea), it could shed light on the 2016 email intrusion.”

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    “Trump takes up the invitation to talk about investigations. This is the directly relevant portion of the conversation:

    Good, because I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved. Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great. The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news, and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news, so I just want to let you know that. The other thing, There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.

    That’s it. I can see no basis to criticize President Trump’s request.”

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    Neither do rational Americans. Never-Trumpers never telling the truth though, are another story.

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  23. I could care less what French’s opinion is. He’s just another Never-Trump hack.

    Here’s the take of a real reporter.

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  24. Now unto that nonsense about a campaign finance violation you posted above. More BS.

    Note #8….

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  25. Congrats Ricky. You’re helping re-elect Trump. 🙂

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    And like I said, maybe even the House. 🙂

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  26. This video was already prepared and ready. It’s like they were set up by Trump/Lucy for just this. 🙂

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  27. Unintended consequences. 🙂

    And Trump’s a genius. A very stable one at that. 😂🤣🤣😂

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/09/24/trump-fundraising-impeachment-official-impeachment-defense-task-force/

    “Trump Fundraises With The Official Impeachment Defense Task Force”

    ““Their goal has always been to silence you. They want to steal your voice and your vote. This is only the beginning of yet another nasty witch-hunt against me and we need to fight back bigger and stronger than ever before.” the email concluded.

    In response to Pelosi’s call for impeachment, Trump announced the creation of “the Official Impeachment Defense Task Force and I need strong American patriots like you to join me. As one of the charter members of my Official Impeachment Defense Task Force you will be representing our Impeachment Defense force for all of your [state].””

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    I hope there will be t-shirts too. Christmas is coming ya’ know…. 🙂

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  28. rickyweaver | September 23, 2019 at 10:53 am
    9:40 By the way, Trump’s recent dealings with Ukraine are not examples of collusion. They are examples of extortion and a particularly nasty type of extortion at that. He withheld needed (and Congressionally approved) aid from an ally while pressuring the ally to take action against his most likely political opponent.

    Oops…

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  29. It looks like Democrats are tired of living in a Republic, but it is supremely reassuring that our never-Trumper friends will perform our eulogy with proper grammar…assuming there is still a first amendment. ;–)

    Seriously, I am in awe and amazement that AJ and Ricky can still plow through this junk. I usually watch an hour of news-like substance on youtube after work. Last night I barely made it through 45 minutes before crying “uncle!” and going to bed. The longer this insanity persists, the more my respect for Trump grows.

    Debra

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  30. https://world.wng.org/content/pelosi_backs_impeachment

    For those of us not following the blow-by-blow action, here’s a succinct, Cliff-notes summary of ‘where we are,’ procedurally, from World Magazine’s roundup this morning.

    I love straight news when I can find it, even in snippets.

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    … What happens next?

    The House needs 218 votes to initiate formal proceedings. Close to 170 lawmakers supported the effort before Pelosi’s announcement, and that number had risen to 205 by Wednesday morning.

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the whistleblower who raised the alert about the phone call has requested to testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees. They could hear from that individual as soon as this week. Meanwhile, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a public hearing Thursday. The White House said it would hand over the whistleblower report to Congress by the end of the week, and Trump released the transcript of his call with the Ukrainian president Wednesday morning. “You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. …
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  31. And, on that transcript:

    https://world.wng.org/content/white_house_releases_transcript_of_ukraine_call

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    What do the notes reveal?

    They confirm Trump asked Zelenskiy to do him a “favor” and cooperate with Barr’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. He referenced CrowdStrike, a U.S. cybersecurity company that first connected the hack of the Democratic National Committee with Russia. Trump also asked Zelenskiy to look into actions by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. While vice president, Biden pressured Ukraine to dismiss the country’s prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, for corruption. Biden denied he acted to shield his son, who sat on the board of a company Shokin was investigating.

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  32. Glad you liked the National Parks link, Ricky. Now, if you’ve got a park nearby, or some fresh air outside the house, perhaps a little walk out in that might help Mr. Rob settle into sleep. 🙂

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  33. DJ,

    And none of that is a crime or an impeachable offense.

    But damn those torpedoes!

    This will be entertaining, watching lying Dems and NTers trying to pull this one off. 🙂

    Lindsey says what rational people are thinking, those not in the final stages of TDS like Ricky.

    https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2019/09/25/lindsey-graham-says-thinking-democrats-go-forward-impeachment/

    “The scandal surrounding President Donald Trump and Ukraine seems to be a Rorschach test, with the left proclaiming that it’s damning to Trump and the right shrugging it off as a ten-pound nothing-burger. The truth leans more toward the right. It’s not the best look for Trump, but it’s not exactly anything to get excited about.

    As my colleague, Streiff, reported earlier today, there’s not too much there for the left to get excited about, and in fact, they themselves should probably be a little more cautious, given the fact that Biden was caught bragging about getting Ukraine to halt the prosecution of his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a company that Ukraine was currently probing for corruption.

    It’s definitely not something worthy of impeaching Trump over, but with 2020 growing closer and the Democrats’ desperation getting heavier, they’ll reach for anything they can to ruin his Presidential chances. It says more about their confidence in their own candidates, but I digress.

    Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was interviewed by reporters about the impeachment proceedings over the Ukraine information, and he didn’t hold back.

    “From my point of view, to impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane,” Graham said.

    “From quid pro quo aspect, there’s nothing there,” he added.”

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  34. It’s a joke, wrapped in a farce, concealed by a hoax, and pushed by clowns.

    There’s a problem, just not the one you guys are looking at.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/09/flashback-biden-brags-about-getting-ukrainian-prosecutor-investigating-son-fired-and-democrats-wrote-ukraine-asking-for-investigation-of-trump/

    “FLASHBACK: Biden Brags About Getting Ukrainian Prosecutor Investigating Son Fired and Democrats Wrote Ukraine, Asking for Investigation of Trump”

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    “As The Federalist points out, the relevant portion of Biden’s bragfest is here:

    I remember going over and convincing our team, others, to convince that we should be providing for loan guarantees. And I went over, I guess, the 12th, 13th time to Kiev. And I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee. And I had gotten a commitment from Poroshenko and from Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn’t.

    So they said they had—they were walking out to a press conference. I said, nah, I’m not going to—or, we’re not going to give you the billion dollars. They said, you have no authority. You’re not the president. The president said—I said, call him. (Laughter.) I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a b-tch. (Laughter.) He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.

    So, that happened.

    But wait, there’s more!

    Also in 2018, three Democrat Senators, Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), and Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) wrote to Ukraine’s prosecutor general and not so subtly threatened to withdraw support over investigations they believed were critical to the Mueller report fiasco.”

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  35. 6 Arrows, We played outside for 1 1/2 hours before his morning nap and it worked just as you said. Unfortunately, it is now 97 degrees outside and he feels a little warm so I kept him in after lunch. Now at last he is still.

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  36. I suspect this is true. However, they don’t get to vote in secret.

    12:48

    AJ, You may be right. Pelosi and the Dems know that also. The 7 Democrat freshmen from red districts knew they were putting their seats at risk when they called for the impeachment inquiry on Monday. They know that in 1998, the Dems gained seats in Congress after Clinton’s impeachment. However, as Amash stated, sometimes you just have to do what is right and accept the consequences.

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  37. David French has also been consistently intellectually honest.

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  38. More French and then I am gone. It is time for Mr. Rob to wake up and have his snack.

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  39. So how is it the right thing to do with no crime?

    Just because you, a bunch of libs, and a traitor to his party says so?

    What crime has he committed? What impeachable offense Ricky?

    You’ve demonstrated none, and have evidence of none. Just because you clown want it so, doesn’t make it right. You keep ignoring these questions.

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  40. Again, then French should have no problem pointing out the relevant crimes.

    Yet he doesn’t. Again. All he does is read way more into the text than is there. He’s opinionating it to suit his fancy. Because there is none and he knows it.

    All you clowns do is talk.

    Put up or shut up time. Let’s go. What law or statute? C’mon, with such obvious crimes, this shouldn’t be hard.

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  41. 5:34

    The title of the relevant article of impeachment will be Abuse of Power like the 2nd article in the Nixon case. I have already given a pretty good description of what the article will say and Tychicus was kind enough to repeat my language at 1:45.

    6 Arrows, The temperature had dropped to 94 and Mr. Rob’s backyard was in the shade when he woke up, so when he pointed and grunted at the back door and brought me his play shoes, I took him out again. There he engaged in two of his favorite activities:
    1. Pushing his Daddy’s lawn mower across the yard – which is no small feat for a 14 month old; and
    2. Chasing lizards.

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  42. The Anglosphere has reached comical levels. Boris Johnson is a deadman walking while Trump doesn’t seem to understand his own errors.

    The quid pro quo is obvious. If you don’t see it, perhaps the definition of “is” is also a struggle. That is, its not a 100% obvious only 99%.

    The best incidental snippet is the Ukrainian president mentioning he spent time in Trump’s New York hotel on a previous visit. And of course it was a wonderful stay. Obviously he got the memo on how to talk to Trump…..”I spent money on your business”. “You have the best hotel” Such small time corruption….

    Then he mentions the DNC server….he still looking for Hilary’s emails…..its obvious he’s asking a foreign power to find dirt on his opponents past and present.

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  43. During Rob’s nap, I watched some of Trump’s press conference at the UN. As AJ likes to say, it was “sad and pathetic”. To quote Chileman, he was “wining” and he “wined” for a very long time.
    I am not that familiar with Trumpkin lingo, but I am pretty sure that he was also a drama queen snowflake who was grabbing someone’s pearls.

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  44. The rest of duscussion is just a distraction.
    It matters not what Hunter Biden did. If he broke Ukrainian law its a Ukrainian problem. The American president has no need to involve himself in foreign crimes.

    Joe Biden could possibly be investigated by US law enforcement but the president should remove himseld as a conflict of interest. Asking the Ukrainians to aid Barr is just plain wrong. Its clear Trump doesn’t understand this, the concept of rule of law as opposed to rule by law is absent.

    In all liklihood, its Joe being Joe, ie. all talk. The Europeans ( EU and NATO) didnt like that particular prosecutor and pushed to have him dismissed as corrupt. This being Ukraine, corrupt meant corrupt for Russia as opposed to corrupt for the EU. Hunter’s company was probably investigated sunce it was pro west. Once a pro west govt was established the investigation would be dropped.

    The possible misdeeds of the Democrats do not clear the president. Its a distraction. Trudeau wore blackface…the liberals could point to the intolerant rhetoric of conservatives, but they didnt (not right away). First Trudeau admitted wrong doing and apologized. Currently you have a crooked corrupt presudency. Once that is cleaned up, then chase the Democrats.

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  45. It is going to get worse for Dear Leader and soon. He will do a lot more whining and the cult is going to get more and more angry.

    But Trump may well survive. All he needs is 34 Senators.

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  46. Napolitano turned months ago when he got passed over for Judge Piro yet again. He’s bucking for a job at CNN or MSNBC. He’ll be at one or the other within 6 months. Shep is Joe Scarborough with better hair, a NT mouthpiece who still pretends he’s a conservative Republican.

    And DiGenova was completely correct.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/09/24/digenova_judge_napolitano_is_a_fool_trump_did_not_commit_or_admit_to_a_crime.html

    “”This is about power,” DiGenova continued. “Democrats want to control the House, the Senate and the presidency. They think they should have won the 2016 election. They think in their bizarre brains that they did because she got more popular votes. They don’t like the electoral college. They don’t like due process. They don’t like a lot of things in our constitution which is why they always want to change it.”

    “This is lunacy,” he declared. “You are watching a great political party, historically the Democratic party, devolve into a bunch of screwballs because they want all the power. That speech today by Pelosi was an embarrassment for a Speaker of the House because it was mostly lies and mostly made up.”

    DiGenova weighs in on FOX News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano:

    “TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS HOST: Now, I heard today in fact on our air I heard Judge Andrew Napolitano say what the president has admitted to doing is a crime. Is it a crime? You’re a former federal prosecutor.

    JOE DIGENOVA: Well, I think Judge Napolitano is a fool. And I think what he said today is foolish. No, it is not a crime. Let me underscore emphatically that nothing that the president said on that call or what we think he said on that call constitutes a crime. And even if he had said you’re not going to get the money it would not be a crime.

    I was watching Nancy Pelosi today as she struggled to keep her dentures in her mouth giving this statement, called this an official impeachment inquiry. It is not. The only way you can have an official impeachment inquiry is by a resolution being passed on the floor of the House calling for an impeachment inquiry and authorizing an investigation. That has not occurred. What she did today was a head fake to placate the nuts on her left.”

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  47. Even though everyone here was warned on Monday morning, the cult is still in denial. Dear Leader needs you. That whistleblower’s complaint is out there and it restored Sasse’s backbone and gave Thune his voice back when they read it. As always, Trump is going to make it worse for himself over the next few weeks. The impeachers only need 20 Republican Senators or 21 if Manchin votes with Trump. Romney is gone already. Sasse may not be far behind. Even Toomey looked disgusted on Sunday, sounded disgusted today, and that was before he read the whistleblower’s complaint. Murkowski? Collins? Trump is going to need every cultist to call his or her Senator and beg them to stay loyal to Dear Leader.

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