50 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-16-19

  1. Second witness, same story.

    Their testimony has about a day before it falls apart.

    Liar, liar, pants on fire. And some suckers keep falling for it.


    “Former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch told two very different stories about her previous communications with the Obama administration regarding Burisma and Hunter Biden.

    In her opening statement before a House impeachment hearing on Friday, Yovanovitch said, “although I have met former vice president Joe Biden several times over the course of our many years in government service, neither he nor the previous administration ever raised the issue of either Burisma or Hunter Biden with me.”

    But later on, when Rep. Stafanik finally made it pass Chairman Adam Schiff, Stefanik asked Yovanovitch about her previous deposition testimony where she detailed exactly how the Obama State Department had prepared her to handle the issue of Burisma and Hunter Biden during her Senate confirmation hearings.

    “The first time you personally became aware of Burisma was actually when you were being prepared by the Obama State Department for your Senate confirmation hearings, and this was in the form of practice questions and answers,” Stefanik told the former ambassador. “This was your deposition. And you testified in this particular practice Q & A with the Obama State Department, it wasn’t just generally about Burisma and corruption. It was specifically about Hunter Biden and Burisma. Is that correct?”

    Yovanovitch answered, “Yes. It is.”

    So was Yovanotich lying during her opening statement or during her answer to Rep. Stefanik?”




    “Former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch Appears To Contradict Herself During Testimony On Bidens, Burisma”


  2. Yes please. 🙂

    And Schifty has no say in it. 🙂


    “Sen. Ron Johnson Would Subpoena the Bidens, Schiff, and the Whistleblower

    “I have that subpoena power and I’m not afraid to use it”


    “In a radio interview with WSAU Thursday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee was asked if he would consider issuing subpoenas to the Bidens, Rep. Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, and the whistleblower.”


  3. Dirty Dem politician has some ‘splainin’ to do.

    An Update…..


    “Ethics Panel Recommends Subpoena For Rashida Tlaib Over ‘Problematic’ Campaign Payments”

    “The Office of Congressional Ethics recommended subpoenaing Rep. Rashida Tlaib and several of her campaign staffers as part of an investigation into whether the Michigan Democrat improperly diverted campaign funds for personal use.

    All five members of the board of OCE voted to recommend that the House Ethics Committee continue an investigation into Tlaib over $17,500 in payments she received from the campaign after her election win Nov. 6, 2018.

    House rules allow candidates to receive salaries during their campaigns that are not greater than what they earned in the year before starting their campaign. Candidates are also allowed to receive funds only up until the general election.

    OCE released emails, campaign spreadsheets, and paycheck stubs that show Tlaib was paid after Election Day.

    Tlaib received $45,500.00 between May 7, 2018, and Dec. 1, 2018. The two potentially problematic payments were made Nov. 16, 2018, for $2,000, and $15,500 on Dec. 1, 2018.”


  4. Like

  5. HRW, Your favorite columnist has a new home.


  6. Brennan is getting nervous. 🙂

    And he should be. But ranting on Twitter won’t save you. 🙂


    “Deep State Coup Supporters Begin Attacking DOJ IG’s Integrity as Panic Builds Over the FISA Investigation Report”

    “The IG’s report on FISA abuse is due to be released any time. Attorney General Bill Barr said the release was “imminent” two days ago. We don’t know what’s in it, but what we do know is that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz is taking his responsibility damned seriously and the fact that he is taking it seriously has the Russia Hoaxers and their fluffers scrambling for super-sized Depends®.

    The Justice Department inspector general’s office told witnesses set to review draft sections of its long-awaited report on the FBI investigation of President Trump’s 2016 campaign that they would not be allowed to submit written feedback, but later asserted that was not their intention after a Washington Post report disclosing the unusual restriction.

    The Post’s report, first published early Thursday evening, detailed a series of parameters that some feared could make the final document less accurate. At the time, the Justice Department inspector general’s office declined to comment. But late Thursday night, Stephanie Logan, a spokeswoman, said the office would clarify to witnesses that they could submit written feedback “consistent with rules to protect classified information.”

    “As part of our factual accuracy review, and consistent with our usual practice, we are providing witnesses with the opportunity to review portions of the report that relate to them,” Logan said. “Also consistent with our practice, we undertake every effort to ensure witnesses can provide their comments and we are clarifying to witnesses that they will be able to provide written comments, consistent with rules to protect classified information.”

    The Post had reported hours earlier that — as is the case in most inspector general probes — witnesses were being invited to review draft sections of the report and offer comments and corrections. But — unlike most cases — they were told those comments must be conveyed only verbally, people familiar with the matter said. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the political and legal sensitivity of the matter.

    It remains unclear why witnesses were given that instruction initially.

    The other fact to consider here is that the entire document, not just selected paragraphs, is labeled Top Secret and coup plotters — I mean people named in the report and their lawyers — must sign non-disclosure agreements as a condition of viewing their “mentions” in the document. This makes leaking the contents of the document to the press a far more risky business as doing so would be a violation of the Espionage Act and, as the coup plotters…I mean, people mentioned in the report…would be the only people to have access to the sections about them, it would not be hard to find out who was the culprit.

    With their ability to attack the report before its release effectively shut down, one of the leading purveyors of the Russia Hoax from a blog which, next to the New York Times, was THE leading purveyor of the Russia Hoax, has taken to attacking the integrity of the IG.”


  7. And it looks like Vindman’s been caught fudging the official record. It’s a set-up.



    Indeed it is.


  8. You always come back to the question that confronted Comey in the spring of 2017: Is Trump a criminal or an imbecile?


  9. Hilarious. Anonymous, what was the RELEVANCE of Yovanovitch’s testimony? And why, within a few weeks, has the talking point gone from “quid pro quo” to ‘extortion’ to ‘bribery’?


  10. Tychicus, I called it The Ukraine Extortion from day 1 – eight weeks ago in Montana when I told disbelieving Trumpkins that the impeachment was going to happen.


  11. Disbelieving? People knew that Dems were capable of doing something this ridiculous, but the question for them (and for you) still stands: What are the high crimes?


  12. No one doubts impeachment will happen……

    In the House.

    But the Senate is another matter. That’s where it goes to die. 🙂

    And you know it. 🙂


  13. Tychicus,

    They had a focus group tell them bribery sounded better to the uninformed, so they change the language.

    It’s such an obvious fraud. like a Hollywood production. An extremely low budget production for sure.:)


    “Confirmed: Dems Switched From “Quid Pro Quo” To “Bribery” Because A Focus Group Told Them It Was Better”

    “Something to bear in mind the next time Pelosi starts burbling about how “prayerful” this process has been for them.

    Apparently Jesus told her to start focus-grouping battleground states to find the way forward.”


    Can she get an Amen! from ya’ Ricky!

    That’s a good little leftist tool. I knew ya’ could! 🙂


  14. Oh look. Here’s another one of Ricky’s favorite Twitter heroes slandering an innocent woman with fake, photoshopped news.

    Such high and ethical standards they have, unlike that dirty Trump they’re after….

    This is their MO. They are slime.



  15. Off the reservation…..

    Quid pro no.


  16. More….

    Trump’s only crime was daring to tell entrenched bureaucrats like Yovanovich to shut up and do what they’re told.


    ““There are two main issues: There is the integrity of the election infrastructure, and then there’s the disinformation campaigns,” Hoover said. “In your view, which is more important?”

    “I think they’re equally important and I think we have gotten better in both areas,” Warner responded. “To give the Trump administration some credit here, [they allowed] for us to punch back in the cyber domain, which, both under Obama and Bush, we were reluctant to do.”

    “You just said you want to give the Trump administration credit for going on the offense in the cyber domain,” Hoover responded. “There are reports that, in 2018, the United States took an offensive posture in cyber and actually was able to shut down Russian troll farms.”

    “I’m not going to comment on the specifics,” Warner responded. “I can’t comment on things that fall into the intelligence realm, in terms of specific actions. What I can comment on is that President Trump made it easier for the United States government to use some of our offensive capabilities.”

    “For decades in our country, we were afraid of going on offense on cyber because we were always afraid of cyber escalation,” Warner continued. “You shut down Moscow for 24 hours, you had a problem. You shut down New York for 24 hours, you have financial crisis that could permeate for months.”

    “Consequently, I feel like, for many years, particularly our near-peer adversaries, like Russia and China — they were able to attack America in the cyber domain with very little fear of us punching back,” Warner concluded on the issue. “I think we’ve taken off some of those restraints. I think that is good, long term. We need to realize these challenges, particularly in the cyber domain, will be where the first shots of 21st century conflict will take place.””


  17. He’s mostly right, but here’s the thing…….

    It’s not just the left. It’s the globalist, establishment shills on the right, the NTers as well. They’re traitors people. It really is that simple. Since day one.


    “Attorney General Barr accuses the left of systemic ‘sabotage’ of Trump administration”

    “Attorney General Bill Barr accused congressional Democrats Friday of “using every tool” to “sabotage” the Trump administration by setting a “dangerous” precedent in implying that the government is illegitimate.

    During a speech at the Federalist Society’s dinner in Washington, Barr took aim at the “resistance,” accusing liberal lawmakers of attacking the very foundations of the Constitution.

    “I deeply admire the American presidency as a political and constitutional institution,” he began. “Unfortunately over the past several decades, we have seen a steady encroachment on executive authority by the other branches of the government.”

    Barr said the “avalanche of subpoenas” and constant attempt to derail appointments by the Trump administration have only served to “incapacitate” the executive branch.

    “Immediately after President Trump won the election, opponents inaugurated what they called the ‘resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch and his administration.”

    “The cost of this constant harassment is real,” he continued.

    Barr likened the language used by Trump’s opponents to that of groups who attempt to overthrow militant rule of seized governments.

    “Now resistance is the language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power. It obviously connotes that the government is not legitimate. This is a very dangerous and, indeed, incendiary notation to import into the politics of a democratic republic.”

    He continued: “They essentially see themselves engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government.””


    Own it Ricky.


  18. We interrupt your regularly schedule rantings for an important news break.

    MORE WINNING!!!!!!


    “Dow closes above 28,000 — its first thousand-point milestone clearance in 90 trading days”

    “The Dow Jones Industrial Average marked history on Friday — carving out its first breach of a psychological milestone since mid-July, as equity benchmarks mounted an assault on records on the back of hope for progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations.

    The Dow DJIA, +0.80% closed up by just under 223 points, or 0.8%, at 28,004.89, representing the blue-chip index’s 11th record close of 2019 and its first 1,000-point milestone since July 11.”


    Dang this evil Trump economy!!!!!!!

    (shakes fist at sky) 🙂


  19. Another of Ricky’s heroes has been exposed as a fraud and a traitor.

    Imagine what a press that actually looked might find, if they cared to look.

    This is what real journalism looks like folks.


    “The Brennan Dossier: All About a Prime Mover of Russiagate”

    “In the waning days of the Obama administration, the U.S. intelligence community produced a report saying Russian President Vladimir Putin had tried to swing the 2016 election to Donald Trump.

    The January 2017 report, called an Intelligence Community Assessment, followed months of leaks to the media that had falsely suggested illicit ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin while also revealing that such contacts were the subject of a federal investigation. Its release cast a pall of suspicion over Trump just days before he took office, setting the tone for the unfounded allegations of conspiracy and treason that have engulfed his first term.

    The ICA’s blockbuster finding was presented to the public as the consensus view of the nation’s intelligence community. As events have unfolded, however, it now seems apparent that the report was largely the work of one agency, the CIA, and overseen by one man, then-Director John Brennan, who closely directed its drafting and publication with a small group of hand-picked analysts.

    Nearly three years later, as the public awaits answers from two Justice Department inquiries into the Trump-Russia probe’s origins, and as impeachment hearings catalyzed by a Brennan-hired anti-Trump CIA analyst unfold in Congress, it is clear that Brennan’s role in propagating the collusion narrative went far beyond his work on the ICA. A close review of facts that have slowly come to light reveals that he was a central architect and promoter of the conspiracy theory from its inception. The record shows that:

    Contrary to a general impression that the FBI launched the Trump-Russia conspiracy probe, Brennan pushed it to the bureau – breaking with CIA tradition by intruding into domestic politics: the 2016 presidential election. He also supplied suggestive but ultimately false information to counterintelligence investigators and other U.S. officials.

    Leveraging his close proximity to President Obama, Brennan sounded the alarm about alleged Russian interference to the White House, and was tasked with managing the U.S. intelligence community’s response.

    While some FBI officials expressed skepticism about the Trump/Russia narrative as they hunted down investigative leads, Brennan stood out for insisting on its veracity.

    To substantiate his claims, Brennan relied on a Kremlin informant who was later found to be a mid-level official with limited access to Putin’s inner circle.

    Circumventing normal protocol for congressional briefings, Brennan supplied then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid with incendiary Trump-Russia innuendo that Reid amplified in a pair of public letters late in the election campaign.

    After Trump’s unexpected victory, Brennan oversaw the hasty production of the tenuous Intelligence Community Assessment.

    Departing from his predecessors’ usual practice of staying above the political fray after leaving office, Brennan has worked as a prominent analyst for MSNBC, where he has used his authority as a former guardian of the nation’s top secrets to launch vitriolic attacks on a sitting president, accusing Trump of “treasonous” conduct.

    Now Brennan is among the most vocal critics of the more comprehensive of the two Justice probes, the criminal investigation run by U.S. Attorney John Durham and Attorney General William Barr. “I don’t understand the predication of this worldwide effort to try to uncover dirt, real or imagined, that would discredit that investigation in 2016 into Russian interference,” he recently said on MSNBC.

    The Trump-Russia collusion theory was not propagated by a few rogue figures. Key Obama administration and intelligence officials laundered it through national security reporters who gave their explosive claims anonymous cover. Nevertheless, Brennan stands apart for the outsized role he played in generating and spreading the false narrative.”


  20. Here’s a witness the Schifty One won’t be calling, for obvious reasons…

    But you can bet the R’s in the Senate will. 🙂


    “Here’s a witness Schiff doesn’t dare call in impeachment hearings”

    “So, Adam Schiff, when can we expect this man to take the stand?

    Badly undermining Democrats’ impeachment narrative, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told the press in Kiev on Thursday, “I have never seen a direct relationship between investigations and security assistance.”

    That is, between the investigations President Trump wanted into 1) Ukrainian interference in the 2016 campaign and 2) Joe and Hunter Biden and the Ukrainian firm Burisma, on the one hand, and US aid that Trump put on hold this summer, on the other.

    He specified that he didn’t hear that message from Trump’s top envoy, Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, who “did not tell us, and did not tell me exactly, about the relation between the assistance and the investigations.”

    In summary: “Yes, investigations were mentioned, you know, in a presidential conversation. But there was no clear connection between these events.”

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has also made it plain he never felt undue pressure to investigate the Bidens. And he never did, yet the aid went through anyway.

    You start to see why Democrats have dropped their talk of a “quid pro quo” at the heart of the impeachment case. It’s increasingly plain that Trump never linked the investigations to the aid, let alone tried to blackmail Ukraine into faking a case against the Bidens, as Dems insinuate.”


  21. Last night at 5:27:

    “It’s not just the left. It’s the globalist, establishment shills on the right, the NTers as well. They’re traitors people. It really is that simple. Since day one.”

    The funniest insults are those that are incomprehensible.


  22. Tychicus, I predict there will be at least 3 articles of impeachment and they will follow the Nixon/Clinton pattern:

    1. Bribery/extortion;

    2. Abuse of power; and

    3. Obstruction of Justice.


  23. I always wondered why the House Republicans begged Paul Ryan to serve as Speaker when he didn’t want to do it and he wanted to stay as Budget Committee Chairman. Now we know. Ryan was the only one with above-average intelligence.

    You would expect Trump’s main stooges (Nunes, Gaetz, Gohmert, etc) to be nitwits. However, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise are the primary House Republican leaders, and Chris Wallace makes them look as dumb as Maxine Waters whenever they try to defend Trump.


  24. It’s a losing battle – there aren’t facts to support any of those three points. They may not even go through with an impeachment vote in the House. If they do, I’d hate to be any of the members of Congress who voted for it…

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  25. Bingo Tychicus.

    All of this is just to provide cover for their misdeeds. And as you can see from Ricky’s links, the media willfully plays along.


  26. Perhaps you can ask an adult to translate it for you since you’re unable to comprehend, although I doubt that helps.

    You seem intent on playing willfully ignorant.


  27. Tychicus, I see an explanation for our different opinions. Scalise did poorly, but your imbecile said “Scalese” did well.

    8:09 I will help you out. Did you omit an apostrophe or a comma or is “traitors people” the latest Cult phrase?


  28. Aj

    Calling Anne Applebaum a leftist demnstrates how skewered your view is of the left right spectrum. Her husband was part of the Civic Platform — a centre right party focused on classical liberal economics, ie Friedman, Smith etc. Her historical writing is excellent and is from a right wing prespective. I am a leftist but I appreceiate intelliegence no matter the prespecitve. Applebaum was also an editor of the Economist magazine — the standard bearer of capitalist economics.

    I havent commented much lately because I don’t see the point.Its obvious to me that Trump is guility of enough high crimes and misdeamours (Tychicus keeps missing the latter) to warrant impeachment. He asked a foregin country to invesitgate his opponent, he implied it was tied to aid, he threaten witnesses, he and his officials are preventing testimony, there’s constant abse of office for profit, and so and so on. Yet here I read that there’s nothing ….. Some here might try to subsitute Trump’s name with Obama and then see if you still think its nothing.


  29. Don’t care what your opinion is.

    And like Ricky and Dems, that’s all you have.

    The president can, should, and will defend himself, as is his right under US law. Don’t like it, too bad.

    And whenever a leftist says someone is “center right”…. they’re a leftist.


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