The Senate trial has begun, and the first 12-hour day was contentious, to say the least. The opening statements of the House “managers” were repetitious, hypocritical, and laced with innuendo and outright falsehoods. Third hand hearsay was presented as Gospel truth and irrefutable evidence The President’s defense team responded by quoting the statements of the House managers from the past, including during the Clinton impeachment. One and all, their statements were entirely opposite what they’re saying now, which is entirely different because Trump.
D/S/Cs, who claim their case is “overwhelming,” and proved “beyond a reasonable doubt,” are clamoring for additional witnesses and documents. They even tried to get the President’s counsel recused. Their opening statement amounted to no actual proof of any crime, let alone any impeachable offense, but was mostly “Trump is bad, sooooooo bad, and must be immediately removed to save the universe!” The President’s team proceeded to savage the conduct of the House “investigation,” and previewed their case.
In many respects, this is like the Trayvon Martin farce—a backwards case. The Prosecution—the D/S/Cs—are behaving like sleazy defense lawyers, ignoring the facts and the law and trying to win by calling the defendant—President Trump—names. They’re engaging in every unethical trick they can dream up. If the Senate doesn’t do exactly what they say and throw Trump out of office, they’re complicit in a cover up, and doubtless, are Russian stooges. The Defense is sticking to the facts, the evidence and the Constitution. They’re the adults in the room.
D/S/Cs are claiming the Senate is trying to hide the proceedings from Americans by holding them “in the dark of night.” This is a lie. Chief Justice John Roberts is the presiding officer. He must also preside at the Supreme Court, which is not suspending its daily business during the Senate trial. That’s why the trial runs from 1 PM until late into the night (the first day didn’t end until 2 AM). Roberts handles his work at the Supreme Court in the morning. Congress Critters are surely not used to actually working such long hours. Perhaps this will encourage them to be done with this disaster as reasonably quickly as possible.
Most of America is surely tuning this sorry spectacle out. However, since I know you, gentle readers, are interested, I offer some worthwhile links and thoughts. First, from Powerline, where a very informative article on the “whistleblower” that isn’t is quoted. As I’m sure readers know by now, the execrable Adam Schiff has classified everything about CIA employee Eric Ciaramella and his testimony. He has good reason to hide it:
An Obama holdover and registered Democrat, [Eric] Ciaramella in early 2017 expressed hostility toward the newly elected president during White House meetings, his co-workers said in interviews with RealClearInvestigations. They added that Ciaramella sought to have Trump removed from office long before the filing of the whistleblower complaint.
At the time, the CIA operative worked on loan to the White House as a top Ukrainian analyst in the National Security Council, where he had previously served as an adviser on Ukraine to Vice President Biden. The whistleblower complaint cites Biden, alleging that Trump demanded Ukraine’s newly elected leader investigate him and his son ‘to help the president’s 2020 reelection bid.’
Two NSC co-workers told RCI that they overheard Ciaramella and [Sean] Misko – who was also working at the NSC as an analyst – making anti-Trump remarks to each other while attending a staff-wide NSC meeting called by then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, where they sat together in the south auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, part of the White House complex.
The ‘all hands’ meeting, held about two weeks into the new administration, was attended by hundreds of NSC employees.
‘They were popping off about how they were going to remove Trump from office. No joke,’ said one ex-colleague, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.
A military staffer detailed to the NSC, who was seated directly in front of Ciaramella and Misko during the meeting, confirmed hearing them talk about toppling Trump during their private conversation, which the source said lasted about one minute. The crowd was preparing to get up to leave the room at the time.
‘After Flynn briefed [the staff] about what ‘America first’ foreign policy means, Ciaramella turned to Misko and commented, ‘We need to take him out,’ the staffer recalled. ‘And Misko replied, ‘Yeah, we need to do everything we can to take out the president.’
The roots of the coup conspiracy are deep, and begin even before Mr. Trump took office. Misko and Ciaramella were surely not the only D/S/C thugs in the White House, but they were among those members of the Deep State who believe they run the nation, they set foreign policy, and it’s their duty to destroy any Republican president that disagrees:
He said he also overheard Ciaramella telling Misko, referring to Trump, ‘We can’t let him enact this foreign policy.’
“This foreign policy” was daring to put America’s interests above those of foreign allies, adversaries and enemies.
Alarmed by their conversation, the military staffer immediately reported what he heard to his superiors.
‘It was so shocking that they were so blatant and outspoken about their opinion,’ he recalled. ‘They weren’t shouting it, but they didn’t seem to feel the need to hide it.’
One wonders why such people weren’t immediately exposed and removed from the White House? Remember the Walter Mittyish Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman?
A mutual ally in the National Security Council who was one of the White House officials authorized to listen in on Trump’s July 25 conversation with Ukraine’s president leaked it to Ciaramella the next day — July 26 — according to former NSC co-workers and congressional sources. The friend, Ukraine-born Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, held Ciaramella’s old position at the NSC as director for Ukraine. Although Ciaramella had left the White House to return to the CIA in mid-2017, the two officials continued to collaborate through interagency meetings.
Vindman leaked what he’d heard to Ciaramella by phone that afternoon, the sources said. In their conversation, which lasted a few minutes, he described Trump’s call as ‘crazy,’ and speculated he had ‘committed a criminal act.’ Neither reviewed the transcript of the call before the White House released it months later.
There was of course, no criminal act, and even the rabid House D/S/Cs have not claimed any criminal violation in the articles of impeachment.
NSC co-workers said that Vindman, like Ciaramella, openly expressed his disdain for Trump whose foreign policy was often at odds with the recommendations of ‘the interagency’ — a network of agency working groups comprised of intelligence bureaucrats, experts and diplomats who regularly meet to craft and coordinate policy positions inside the federal government.
Before he was detailed to the White House, Vindman served in the U.S. Army, where he once received a reprimand from a superior officer for badmouthing and ridiculing America in front of Russian soldiers his unit was training with during a joint 2012 exercise in Germany.
His commanding officer, Army Lt. Col. Jim Hickman, complained that Vindman, then a major, ‘was apologetic of American culture, laughed about Americans not being educated or worldly and really talked up Obama and globalism to the point of [It being] uncomfortable.’
‘Vindman was a partisan Democrat at least as far back as 2012,’ Hickman, now retired, asserted. ‘Do not let the uniform fool you. He is a political activist in uniform.
The only constitutional officer authorized to formulate foreign policy is the President. All others may only carry it out. Obviously Vindman, Ciaramella, Misko and others think their brilliance–“the interagency”–supersedes the Constitution. Any military officer behaving as Vindman has behaved should be demoted and/or involuntarily separated from the military. Perhaps that will be his fate after the Impeachment farce is over?
By all means, take the link and read the entire article. If you ever had any doubt there is a coup, and that it was and is being perpetrated by seditionist and traitors, this article will help resolve any doubt.
Twenty-one state Attorneys General have sent a brief urging the Senate to end the farce. Fox News reports they wrote:
If not expressly repudiated by the Senate, the theories animating both Articles will set a precedent that is entirely contrary to the Framers’ design and ruinous to the most important governmental structure protections contained in our Constitution: the separation of powers.’ [skip]
‘Even an unsuccessful effort to impeach the President undermines the integrity of the 2020 presidential election because it weaponizes a process that should only be initiated in exceedingly rare circumstances and should never be used for partisan purposes.’ [skip]
The attorneys general proceeded to pick apart the impeachment articles themselves. The abuse of power article, they claimed, ‘is based upon a constitutionally-flawed theory’ that is ‘infinitely expansive and subjective’ because it relies on the motivation the president had for ‘exercising concededly lawful constitutional authority’ (emphasis in original) that Democrats deemed to be corrupt.
But that’s the point. When they lose, and they will, D/S/Cs, if they retain the House, intend a never-ending impeachment/coup. Should they take both houses, no Republican president will ever again avoid being impeached.
It cannot be a legitimate basis to impeach a President for acting in a legal manner that may also be politically advantageous,’ they continued. ‘Such a standard would be cause for the impeachment of virtually every President, past, present, and future.
Indeed, but D/S/Cs are secure in the knowledge that Republicans, while often stupid and timid, are not nearly as corrupt as they. Eternal impeachment is a weapon aimed only at Republicans.
The attorneys general claimed that the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress, is ‘equally flawed,’ arguing that the House’s theory means that a president can be impeached for invoking executive privilege. Doing so would render the privilege ‘meaningless,’ they said, because it would place the privilege ‘under unilateral control of the House.’
It would turn America into a parliamentary form of government where the legislature could, at any time, by majority vote, override the will of voters. This is exactly the form of government the Founders rejected.
Rather than impeach Trump for using privilege to block witnesses from testifying before the House’s impeachment inquiry, they should have gone to court to challenge the president and enforce subpoenas, they said.
Yes. Mr. Trump, speaking from Switzerland, was, if anything, restrained, as Fox News also reports:
…Trump went on to slam the House impeachment managers—specifically House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who is serving as the lead manager, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.
‘First of all, Jerrold Nadler, I’ve known him a long time, he’s a sleazebag. Everybody knows that,’ the president said, adding that Schiff acts like he’s ‘so aggrieved.’
‘I watched the lies from Adam Schiff,’ he continued. ‘He’s a liar and he’s a fraud.’
‘These are major sleazebags,’ Trump said. ‘It’s a total hoax. It’s a disgrace. They talked about their tremendous case and it’s all done.’
He added: ‘They had no case….It’s a con-job.’
It’s refreshing to have a President that actually fights back against people that so richly deserve it.
Their case was so ‘overwhelming’ in the House that they need & demand Witnesses in the Senate!’ Trump tweeted.
And that’s the point. Giving in to D/S/Cs on anything in the Senate would not only be foolish, but self-destructive. It doesn’t matter what Republicans in the Senate do or don’t do, D/S/Cs will savage them. They know the Senate is not going to convict Donald Trump. When he is acquitted, they’ll scream: “cover up!” They’ll wrap themselves in the Constitution they despise and claim to be its protectors. They’ll swear eternal resistance and declare him eternally illegitimate. And how would any of that be different than now, than in the last three years?
The only rational thing to do is give the House Managers the full opportunity to present their nonexistent case. Give the President’s team their full opportunity. Give the Senators their opportunity to ask questions. Then vote to dismiss the entire affair and be done with it.
Allowing any witnesses will only give D/S/Cs the opportunity to degrade the Senate and stretch out this abomination unto eternity. No one that supports the D/S/C position is going to vote for Donald Trump or any Republican senator even if they give in to D/S/C hysteria/lies/demands. Such people see that not as fairness, but weakness, which they exploit.
The House had all the time it needed and chose to take. It had unlimited financial and other resources. It had unlimited recourse to the courts, but because this impeachment was not undertaken in good faith, because they knew, from the beginning, they’d lose, they made no effort to conduct a fair process. It was all about the resistance, about damaging Mr. Trump and other Republicans, about hiding their entirely lack of accomplishment. It was their job, their only job, to prepare a winning case for impeachment, but they choose not to do that, and now they’re trying to trick the Senate into an eternal impeachment. They’ve admitted they have to impeach President Trump, because they can’t beat him in a fair election. That’s why they didn’t do a competent, constitutional job—they’re trying to gain whatever advantage they can in the 2020 election.
They want to turn the Senate into their political whipping post.
Hopefully, Majority Leader McConnell and the rest of the Republican Senate will not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as is their common practice. If at the conclusion of the Manager’s case, there is insufficient evidence for conviction, only damage to the Constitution will be the result of a continued farce. Republican senators facing a difficult reelection in 2020 will not be helped by appeasing rabid D/S/Cs. Most likely, their constituents will turn against them, as well they should.
Much is at stake. Should Republicans once again earn their title of The Stupid Party, history, and voters, will not be kind.