35 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-7-19

  1. Huh.

    In both tweets, not the reaction Dems were hoping for.


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  2. And in case you were wondering, and despite Dems repeated whining to the contrary, what Trump is alleged to have done is not a crime or an impeachable offense. We have a treaty which promises the US and Ukraine would do exactly what Trump asked them to do.

    The treaty was signed way back in 1999, when Bill Clinton was president.


    “Treaty with Ukraine on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters”

    79-118 WASHINGTON : 1999



    The White House, November 10, 1999.
    To the Senate of the United States:
    With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the
    Senate to ratification, I transmit herewith the Treaty Between
    the United States of America and Ukraine on Mutual Legal
    Assistance in Criminal Matters with Annex, signed at Kiev on
    July 22, 1998. I transmit also, for the information of the
    Senate, an exchange of notes which was signed on September 30,
    1999, which provides for its provisional application, as well
    as the report of the Department of State with respect to the
    The Treaty is one of a series of modern mutual legal
    assistance treaties being negotiated by the United States in
    order to counter criminal activities more effectively. The
    Treaty should be an effective tool to assist in the prosecution
    of a wide variety of crimes, including drug trafficking
    offenses. The Treaty is self-executing. It provides for a broad
    range of cooperation in criminal matters. Mutual assistance
    available under the Treaty includes: taking of testimony or
    statements of persons; providing documents, records, and
    articles of evidence; serving documents; locating or
    identifying persons; transferring persons in custody for
    testimony or other purposes; executing requests for searches
    and seizures; assisting in proceedings related to restraint,
    confiscation, forfeiture of assets, restitution, and collection
    of fines; and any other form of assistance not prohibited by
    the laws of the requested state.
    I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable
    consideration to the Treaty and give its advice and consent to

    William J. Clinton.”


  3. Trey Gowdy points out more inconvenient facts.

    Time for that fraud Schiff to recuse.


    “Trey Gowdy: Adam Schiff has made himself a ‘fact witness’ in Trump-Ukraine whistleblower case”

    “”Right now he’s made himself a fact witness,” Gowdy told “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on Friday. “He is in the evidentiary chain for what happened with this whistleblower and I hope the Republicans make him testify.”

    Gowdy also mocked Schiff for being awarded “Four Pinocchios” by the Washington Post on Friday, claiming he hadn’t told the truth about his knowledge of the whistleblower.

    Schiff has played a leading role in investigating the Trump-Ukraine scandal but hasn’t been truthful in the process, according to Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler.

    “I think you got four [Pinocchios] only because you can’t get five,” Gowdy joked. “He got the maximum sentence you could get from the Washington Post fact checker — and don’t you know how hard that was for the Washington Post to give Adam Schiff four Pinocchios?”


  4. That thud you heard was another dead Democrat narrative hitting the floor.


    “Testimony from Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker, which was obtained by The Federalist, blows holes directly through the impeachment narrative that congressional Democrats have crafted against President Donald Trump.”

    “Congressional testimony from the former top American envoy to Ukraine directly contradicts the impeachment narrative offered by congressional Democrats and their media allies. Ambassador Kurt Volker, who served for two years as the top U.S. diplomatic envoy to Ukraine, testified on Thursday that he was never aware of and never took part in any effort to push the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden or his son Hunter. He also stressed that the interactions between Giuliani and Ukrainian officials were facilitated not to find dirt on Biden, but to assuage concerns that the incoming Ukrainian government would not be able to get a handle on corruption within the country.

    Volker’s full remarks, which were obtained by The Federalist, can be read here.”

    ““As you will see from the extensive text messages I am providing, which convey a sense of real-time dialogue with several different actors, Vice President Biden was never a topic of discussion” during negotiations with Ukraine, Volker testified. Cherry-picked snippets of those texts were released by the office of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., late Thursday evening.

    “[A]t no time was I aware of or took part in an effort to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden,” Volker told lawmakers.

    Volker said that an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked Volker to connect the advisor to Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney for President Donald Trump.

    “[I]n May of this year, I became concerned that a negative narrative about Ukraine, fueled by assertions made by Ukraine’s departing Prosecutor General, was reaching the President of the United States, and impeding our ability to support the new Ukrainian government as robustly as I believed we should,” Volker said. “After sharing my concerns with the Ukrainian leadership, an advisor to President Zelensky asked me to connect him to the President’s personal lawyer, Mayor Rudy Giuliani.”

    “I did so solely because I understood that the new Ukrainian leadership wanted to convince those, like Mayor Giuliani, who believed such a negative narrative about Ukraine, that times have changed and that, under President Zelensky, Ukraine is worthy of U.S. support,” Volker said. “I also made clear to the Ukrainians, on a number of occasions, that Mayor Giuliani is a private citizen and the President’s personal lawyer, and that he does not represent the United States government.”

    Volker vehemently denied that he ever urged the Ukrainian government to dig up dirt on the Biden family.”


  5. Thanks to Judicial Watch, we have further proof that the Deep State exists, and that the FBI leadership was packed with lying traitors.

    They’re still stonewalling and there’s more to come.



    “Judicial Watch released 145 pages of Rod Rosenstein’s communications that include a one-line email from Rod Rosenstein to Robert Mueller stating, “The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions” and “off the record” emails with major media outlets around the date of Mueller’s appointment.

    Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the DOJ failed to respond to a September 21, 2018, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-00481)). Judicial Watch seeks:

    Any and all e-mails, text messages, or other records of communication addressed to or received by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein between May 8, 2017, and May 22, 2017.

    The time period referred to in this suit is critical. On May 9, 2017, Rosenstein wrote a memo to President Trump recommending that FBI Director James Comey be fired. That day, President Trump fired Comey. Just three days later, on May 12, Rosenstein sent an email assuring Robert Mueller that “The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions.”

    In a May 16, 2017 email, sent the day before Mueller’s appointment, Rosenstein emailed former Bush administration Deputy Attorney General and current Kirkland & Ellis Partner, Mark Filip stating, “I am with Mueller. He shares my views. Duty Calls. Sometimes the moment chooses us.”

    And on May 17 Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

    Also, during the same time period, between May 8 and May 17, Rosenstein met with then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other senior Justice Department FBI officials to discuss wearing a wire and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump.

    The documents also show that, again during the same time period, Rod Rosenstein was in direct communication with reporters from 60 Minutes, The New York Times and The Washington Post. In an email exchange dated May 2017, Rosenstein communicated with New York Times reporter Rebecca Ruiz to provide background for this article about himself. Ruiz emailed Rosenstein a draft of the article, and he responded with off-the-record comments and clarifications.”


  6. Poor Bill. 😂🤣🤣😂

    These things never work out in reality the way it did in his head.



  7. Put the lying weasel under oath.

    My apologies to real weasels.

    Video and the transcript at the link.


    “Ratcliffe: DOJ Inspector General’s Report On FISA Abuse Will Be Released Friday; Need Schiff Under Oath”

    Rep. John Ratcliffe, a member of the Judiciary, Intelligence, and Homeland Security Committeess, told FNc’s Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures” that Attorney General William Barr has the report on FISA abuse during the 2016 election from the DOJ Inspector General and it will be released by Friday.

    “I promise you that the inspector general’s testimony on Friday will shock you with respect to his investigation into the contacts between Adam Schiff and his staff on the Intelligence Committee and the whistle-blower,” he said. “The bottom line is, Adam Schiff is a material fact witness in the investigation. He shouldn’t be running the investigation.””


  8. The greatest story that will never be told.


    “The Joseph Mifsud Story: The Great Movie Hollywood Will Never Make”

    “You could call it The Maltese Falcon, but the title’s been taken. And The Joseph Mifsud Story doesn’t quite have a ring to it. Besides, there are so many more international players — Italians, Australians, Brits — that we need a wider cast as well as a better title. Peter Lorre, where are you? And Sydney Greenstreet?

    It’s the great movie that will never be made. It would blow Hollywood’s narrative to smithereens. Robert De Niro’s head would explode. He’d release a fusillade of f-bombs the likes of which you have never heard, and probably take it out on the nearest female.

    But if you’re looking for an explanation for why the world has gone crazy (at least the American part of it), if you want to know how such an outrageous liar as Adam Schiff (aka the Jussie Smollett of Congress) has been able to take center stage, if you want to know why half the country doesn’t talk to the other half, you should look no further than the story of the missing Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud.

    And who is this Joseph Mifsud? Well, we don’t know for sure because he’s disappeared. For Hitchcock, it was The Lady Vanishes. In Mifsud’s case, it’s the man who vanished. We’re told he thinks someone is trying to kill him — in real life, not cinematic life — but who?

    The answer to that is the reason — or a large part of it — Attorney General William Barr journeyed to Italy, apparently twice according to an article in The Guardian that — detailed as it is — curiously downplays the basic motivation behind the visits, finding out what side the mysterious Mifsud was actually on.

    We’re supposed to believe he was a Russian agent who, in 2016, told a then very minor Trump aide named George Papadopoulos that the Kremlin was in possession of thousands of emails revealing “dirt” about Hillary Clinton that could help Trump’s campaign.

    Indeed, James Comey told us Mifsud was a “Russian agent” and Robert Mueller assured us in his report that Mifsud had “connections to Russia.” But this is the same Mueller who avowed under oath he had never heard of the constantly discussed (for over two years ad infinitum on cable news) Fusion GPS, the same Mueller who informed us that Russians were working to get Trump elected when the Russians were the ones who were the putative source for the Steele dossier that did nothing but smear Trump. Try to reconcile that one.”


  9. Trump Knows Ukraine Owns the Democrats

    Biden’s not the only dirty Dem when it comes to Ukraine.


    “resident Trump has consistently promised to both “drain the swamp” that is Washington, D.C., as well as to make our allies — particularly those in Europe — more accountable to the American people for receiving vast sums of foreign aid from the U.S. government. Earlier this year, Ukraine, the poorest country in Europe, with a chaotic political system (one that is bifurcated between a Russian-friendly minority population mostly in the country’s east), was set to receive $400 million worth of foreign aid from the United States. Some of this aid would include lethal weapons for their military to deter future Russian aggression (in 2014, the Russians infamously invaded and annexed the geostrategically vital Crimean Peninsula).

    The president had previously authorized lethal aid to Ukraine. Trump was annoyed that none of America’s European allies were paying anywhere near as much to help prop up the troubled Ukrainian government. He had also become upset with the amount of money Ukraine had received from American taxpayers over the years — especially in light of the fact that so many Democrats enjoyed dubious (and prosperous) ties to several shady entities in Ukraine.

    The Ukraine Sideshow

    Notably, much of the controversy surrounding the absurd Trump-Russia collusion delusion emanated from sources linked to Ukraine. You see, as a country under active Russian military attack, Ukraine’s very survival is on the line. The Ukrainians were petrified by Trump’s stated desire to negotiate with Russia over several points of contention — including on the matter of Ukraine. To Kiev, this sounded as though Trump, if elected to the presidency, would sell the besieged country out to Moscow (although just the opposite has occurred under Trump).”


  10. Victor Davis Hanson breaks down the projecting progressives.


    “The Madness of Progressive Projection

    The only Trump “crime” was in his winning an election he was not supposed to win. So after the election, prior illegal acts were redefined as legal, and legal ones as illegal.”

    “Strangest among all the many melodramas of the last two weeks were the blaring headlines that President Trump had dared to talk with the Australian Prime Minister—and referenced the role of foreign governments and in particular Australia in U.S. electoral politics in 2016.

    Given the hue and cry of Democrats in the last three years, they should have been delighted that the president was peremptorily warning foreign nations to cease to currying favor with presidential candidates and asking them to hand over what information, if any, they had of past “collusion.” In fact, they were outraged and once again returned to “collusion” charges, as if Trump were subverting the 2020 election.

    I Accuse You of Doing What I Did!

    Unfortunately, projection is now an encompassing explanation for almost everything the Left alleges. After all, the Australian government’s own connection with U.S. elections is only on the American political radar because in 2016 its former foreign minister, Alexander Downer, who had steered a large Australian donation to the Clinton Foundation, may have colluded with intelligence agencies to entrap George Papadopoulos, a minor and transient Trump campaign employee, to find dirt on the Trump campaign. Bringing up Australia is like the Left leaving a scented trail to its own past miscreant behavior.

    Take the Ukraine. It would be hard for any Democrat politico to argue that Ukraine was not involved in 2016 to feed faux-charges of “collusion” to Hillary Clinton—a fact even the liberal press once repeatedly conceded. Ukrainians were only too happy to meet and consult with U.S. intelligence officials when they assumed Hillary Clinton was to be elected, and their yeoman service in frying the sure loser Trump would somehow be appreciated and awarded.

    When Joe Biden makes the accusation that Trump was colluding with the new Ukrainian president to reopen investigation of the Biden influence-peddling conglomerate, naturally we knew that Ukraine in general had been leveraged in the past to help the Clinton campaign, and by Biden himself in particular to enrich his own son. Poor contorted Ukraine now backpedals as fast as it can—from trying to help destroy Trump in 2016 to suggesting in 2019 that it regrets having done so. And soon it will hedge its cooperation in 2020—unsure whether the Democrat colluders of 2016 will return to power and it can expect to be punished for renouncing them in 2019.

    In surreal fashion, every charge that Biden levels against Trump’s supposed thought crimes amounts to more evidence of his own real wrongdoing in using threats to cut off aid to a foreign nation in exchange for dropping investigation of his wayward son. The latter’s only apparent qualifications for employment are shameless readiness to play on his father’s position.

    Projection as a Leftist symptom came to the fore during the Mueller investigation when Mueller’s dream team of progressive attorneys began pressuring a number of minor Trump former campaign officials, and eventually his national security advisor, on trumped up charges—from leaking sensitive documents, to obstruction of justice, to lying to federal officials, to collusion (whatever that non-legal term denotes) with foreign governments and in particular Russia. In each case, Mueller ended up hunting down possible misdemeanors while ignoring likely felonies.

    Leaking? By James Comey’s own admissions he had leaked confidential presidential memos he composed for the expressed purpose of later using them as insurance policies against Trump, some of which material was classified as secret.

    As far as lying to federal officials, Mueller simply ignored that Andrew McCabe was under federal referrals for lying to investigators about his own strategic leaking of FBI investigatory material. Both McCabe and Comey likely lied to a FISA court by not apprising judges that their prime evidence, the Steele dossier, was not verified, its foreign author severed from FBI contractual employment, and many of its assertions known to be demonstrably untrue.”


  11. Shhhhh…….

    It’s a secret. And a fraud. A secraud….. or if you prefer. a fracret.


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

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

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

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

    Were highly classified matters discussed at the Volker and Atkinson hearings? Apparently not. Neither interview was classified. And even if some classified information were involved, it would be astonishing for Democrats to believe they could attempt to remove the president on the basis of information that is not available to the public.

    The secrecy, decreed by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, has taken Republicans by surprise. Some are now speaking out about it.

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

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

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


  12. And all this time they’ve been insisting it’s Trump discarding the norms.


    “Democrats Constructing Impeachment Star Chamber of Whistleblowers and Leakers

    Weaponization of whistleblower laws is yet another breach of norms in an effort to unwind the 2016 election and manipulate the 2020 election.”

    “Circulating claims of Trump-Russian collusion prior to the 2016 election didn’t work.

    Using foreign-supplied fake intelligence, from a British spy who utilized Russian sources, to obtain surveillance of the Trump campaign and transition team didn’t work.

    Intimidating Electoral College Electors to change their votes after the election didn’t work.

    Having the Director of the FBI lie to, set up and try to entrap the president didn’t work.

    Having that same FBI Director leak memos to the media to manufacture grounds for a Special Counsel didn’t work.

    Trying to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare the president unable to perform the job didn’t work.

    Two years of the Mueller Investigation didn’t work.

    Three years of a permanent crisis news cycle meant to paralyze the administration didn’t work.

    After all these failures to unwind the 2016 election, Democrats and the mainstream media are trying a new tactic: Create a Star Chamber “impeachment” process fueled by anonymous whistleblowers and selective leaks that is not so much designed to remove the president, though they would if they could, but to manipulate the 2020 election.

    The first intelligence community whistleblower is not so much a whistleblower as a politically biased operative (according to the Inspector General) who gathered information from various sources, went to Adam Schiff’s office for guidance, then filed a so-called Whistleblower Complaint that almost certainly was drafted by a team of lawyers. WhistleBlower No. 1, because he or she filed the claim as a whistleblower, is entitled to anonymity, there will not be the type of cross-examination and investigation of the whistleblower’s background and information that was so critical when Democrats rolled out a series of accusers against Brett Kavanaugh.

    With Whistleblower No. 1 failing to fulfill the mission, there was a leak to the NY Times of a potential Whistleblower No. 2. That’s how this is going to work, there will be leaks to the media to frame the public narrative just like regarding supposed Russian-collusion.

    That potential Whistleblower No. 2 is not actually a whistleblower, he or she is reportedly a witness already interviewed as part of the first Whistleblower Complaint. Whistleblower No. 2 is not blowing the whistle on anything.

    But that witness now has invoked whistleblower anonymity and protection via the same lawyer representing Whistleblower No. 1. ABC News reports:”



  13. Poor Chuckles the Clown.

    He doesn’t like it when you deviate from his script.



  14. And she has a message for the hand wringing, pearl clutching Never-Trumpers too.



  15. Shady…..



  16. This is a huge mistake. It’s Bush 1 backstabbing the Kurds all over again. They’re sacrificing the Kurds, who did the majority of fighting to rid the world of ISIS, for the sake of ditching prisoners that their home countries won’t take back in violation of international law. And Turkey has demonstrated again and again that they are not an ally. It will again destabilize the area.


    “U.S. Pulls Troops From Northeast Syria Ahead of Turkish Attack”

    “The United States began pulling troops from northeast Syria on Monday in a major policy shift, opening the way for a Turkish attack on Kurdish-led forces long allied to Washington and handing Turkey responsibility for thousands of jihadi captives.

    The move was denounced as a “stab in the back” by the Kurdish-led forces who have been Washington’s most capable partner in fighting Islamic State in Syria.

    The forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), accused Washington of reneging on an ally, warning it would have a “great negative” impact on the war against the militants.

    In a sign of deepening humanitarian concern, a U.N. official reacted to the move by saying civilians must be spared in any Turkish operation in the northeast, adding the United Nations hoped that displacement and atrocities can be prevented.

    “We are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst,” Panos Moumtzis, U.N. regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, told reporters in Geneva.

    A U.S. official said American troops had withdrawn from two observation posts on the border, at Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ain, and had told the commander of the SDF that the United States would not defend the SDF from an imminent Turkish offensive.

    “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria,” the White House said after President Donald Trump spoke to Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday.

    “The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial “Caliphate”, will no longer be in the immediate area,” it added in a statement.

    “WAR ZONE”

    Erdogan said U.S. troops had started to withdraw from parts of northeast Syria after his call with Trump. He said he planned to visit Washington to meet Trump in the first half of November where they would discuss plans for the “safe zone”.

    Turkey has long argued for the establishment of a 20-mile (32 km) “safe zone” along the border, under Turkish control, driving back the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia – which is the dominant force in the SDF alliance and which Ankara considers a terrorist organization and a threat to its national security.

    The United States helped the YPG defeat Islamic State militants in Syria, and had been seeking a joint ‘security mechanism’ with Turkey along the border to meet Turkey’s security needs without threatening the SDF.

    The SDF accused Washington of betraying its ally.”


  17. Even Pat Robertson gets it for cryin’ out loud…….

    But he can’t help but sound a little crazy saying it. 🙂


    Lot’s of others are chiming in too.


  18. If writing the White House is your thing, now would be a good time.



  19. Like

  20. Apparently, there is nothing to worry about:


  21. How long will it take for Trump to claim that it was Rick Perry who made him sell out the Kurds?


  22. Uh-oh. Those who oppose Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds have been labeled “RINOs” by one of The Cult’s high priests. Can allegations of treason and pearl grabbing be far behind?


  23. I dropped by to see the reaction to Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds, the US’s most loyal ally. Glad to see its regarded as a complete sell out.

    The question is why did Trump sell out the Kurds. There’s no legitimate American interest behind this action, so what is Trump’s motivation…. does he have business interest in Turkey? Both Erdogan and Putin would love to see the Kurd influence in Syria minimized. Who or what is Trump doing this for?

    Btw. Love watching the Trump supporters criticize the law enforcement agencies. The left has been saying similar things for decades. Never too late to join the party. How does it feel to agree with Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, SDS, Weather Underground and US Communist Party not to mention BLM and Antifa. All of the above also agree the FBI, CIA etc are politically motivated.

    Ukraine is a cess pool. Any business there touches corruption. And yes asking a foreign govt to investigate political rivals is a crime and an impeachable offense.


  24. Good question, HRW. David Frum gives four possibilities:

    To which I would add two more:

    5. Stupidity; and

    6. Wimpiness.


  25. HRW,

    “The question is why did Trump sell out the Kurds. There’s no legitimate American interest behind this action, so what is Trump’s motivation…. ”


    It’s helpful if you read the links and know what you’re talking about. The motivation was apparent in the very first paragraph of my first link on the subject.

    Thousands of jihadi’s, that the rest of the world refuses to take responsibility for even though it’s their citizens.


    “The United States began pulling troops from northeast Syria on Monday in a major policy shift, opening the way for a Turkish attack on Kurdish-led forces long allied to Washington and handing Turkey responsibility for thousands of jihadi captives.


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