After watching Day 1 of the Senate trial and as much of Day 2 as they could stomach, my loyal staffers, who diligently research and report on virtually everything of interest that’s going on in the world, have had enough of all this Schiff.
"There are only so many demonstrable lies a person can hear in any given 12-hour period,” they lamented. “It’s just bizarre and monotonous.” Ainsworth was praying for the sweet release of death. Finally, out of desperation, they took Wednesday evening off and went to see a big-screen theater release of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.
There’s just no other way to say it, they told me: Schiff and Nadler are flat-out repulsive.
Besides, why bother listening to a consistent liar who falsifies evidence? (The story in POLITICO says the evidence in question was “mischaracterized” due to “an error,” but read the story and tell me if you don’t think it was falsified.) In a letter sent last week to Nadler summarizing a “trove of evidence” from Lev Parnas, Schiff claimed he had a text showing Parnas tried to set up a meeting with Ukrainian President Zelensky. The text is sent to Rudy Giuliani and says, “trying to get us Mr. Z.” The full exchange is attached to Schiff’s letter.
Trouble is, Parnas wasn’t talking about President Zelensky. “Mr. Z” is a reference to Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma. Ah, that’s very different!  But there’s no way to tell, as the version attached to Schiff’s letter has been redacted to remove any clue, including notes from a subsequent interview with...Zlochevsky.
Of course, this being POLITICO, both Schiff and his false narrative get the benefit of the doubt: “The apparent mischaracterization, however, does not undercut Democrats’ argument that Trump withheld critical military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure Zelensky into opening up investigations into the Bidens...”  How is this narrative still standing when it has already been shot full of holes?
Will Schiff and his team ever face any repercussions for this, or for their repeated lying? As Mark Meadows said of Schiff’s four solid hours of blah-blah Wednesday: “Listen, we quit counting after we had 12 different false statements made by Adam Schiff.”
Long before the “inquiry” began, Schiff was pulling all sorts of flim-flam out of his bag of tricks. We’ve known for months that someone from Schiff’s staff communicated with the so-called “whistleblower” (never officially identified, but it’s Eric Ciaramella), but now we have details from Paul Sperry at RealClear Investigations. I linked to the story yesterday but didn’t get into it then, as there was so much other impeachment news.
Sperry begins by revealing that Ciaramella, two weeks into Trump’s presidency, was overheard talking with a close friend and co-worker about “taking Trump out.” They made it clear to those within earshot that they opposed Trump’s “America First” policy and intended to see him removed from office.
Okay, bad enough. But the really interesting part is farther down in the story. Who was this co-worker? His name is Sean Misko; both he and Ciaramella were Obama holdovers still working in the White House (!) on foreign policy and national security issues. “They weren’t just subverting his agenda,” a source told Sperry. “They were plotting to actually have him removed from office.”
It gets worse. Misko left the White House last summer to join Schiff’s Intel Committee staff; this must have been around the time when they were gearing up to be the “Impeachment Committee.” Sources tell Sperry that Misko offered “guidance” to the “whistleblower” and then worked as a top investigator for Schiff, helping run the impeachment inquiry based on that very complaint.
Sperry’s sources tell him that the actions by Ciaramella and Misko were “part of a larger pattern of coordination” to find some way to impeach the President. It involved “Democratic leaders as well as anti-Trump figures both inside and outside of government.”
If witnesses are called in this trial, Ciaramella, Misko and SCHIFF should be first on the Republicans’ list. The curtain must be pulled back on what this was really all about from the start. Democrats are insisting on witnesses for themselves while arguing that the “whistleblower’s” testimony is unnecessary because other witnesses and documents have corroborated his complaint. Not true. The complaint isn’t corroborated; when Trump released the transcript of his phone call, he showed the complaint to be a fabrication.
Ciaramella withheld information about his contacts with Schiff’s office when he gave his signed complaint to Intel Community IG Michael Atkinson; there’s a section on the form to list such contacts –- specifically including “members of Congress” –- but he left it blank. Yet the rest of the form has been completed in extremely lawyerly fashion, suggesting he had lots of outside help.
Last October, Atkinson had a closed-door session with Schiff’s committee that reportedly included details of contacts between the “whistleblower” and Schiff’s staff. The transcript from this session is THE ONLY transcript out of 18 that Schiff won't release. He classified it ‘secret,’ preventing Republicans from talking. Even impeachment investigators may view it only in a secure room, or “SCIF,” in the basement of the Capitol --- where the testimony was also given.
Finally, it’s eye-opening to play connect-the-dots with Ciaramella. Before this CIA operative went to the White House “on loan,” he was an adviser on Ukraine to Vice President Biden (who, along with son Hunter, is mentioned in the complaint as a political target of Trump). The meeting where he and Misko were heard talking about "taking out" the new President had been called by new national security adviser and “America First” proponent Michael Flynn. Misko had previously assisted Biden’s top national security aide Jake Sullivan. Ukraine-born Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the one who’d heard the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky and leaked his inflated concerns to Ciaramella, held Ciaramella’s old position at the NSC as director for Ukraine. (Vindman also openly expressed disdain for Trump, according to Sperry’s sources.) On July 26, the day after that fateful phone call, Schiff hired Misko to lead his investigation of Trump. Between then and the August 12 filing of the “whistleblower” report, Misko secretly met with Ciaramella, and shared information with Schiff, according to “numerous congressional sources.”
More dot-connecting: After talking with Misko, Ciaramella was referred –- most likely by former DOJ attorney David Laufman, who oversaw both “Mid-Year Exam” and “Crossfire Hurricane” and signed off on the warrant to spy on Carter Page –- to whistleblower attorney Andrew Bakaj, a former CIA officer who had worked with Ciaramella there. Bakaj has spent time in Ukraine, donated to Biden for President and worked for former Sen. Hillary Clinton. Bakaj brought in his partner, Mark Zaid. We’ve profiled both of these lawyers before; after Trump was sworn in, Zaid tweeted that a “coup has started” and “impeachment will follow ultimately.”
And we come full circle: Michael Atkinson’s predecessor as ICIG was Charles McCullough, who is now a partner in Bakaj and Zaid’s law firm. McCullough used to report to Obama’s Director of National Intelligence...James Clapper. Atkinson worked closely with Laufman and served as legal counsel to senior DOJ official Mary McCord, who was Laufman’s boss and worked to get Michael Flynn fired. McCord was recruited by the Democrats to help with impeachment.
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  • Brian Pruitt

    01/23/2020 12:53 PM

    So I am confused. If I lie to congress I go to jail but if a member of congress lies to congress, that is ok? Do I have that right?

  • Jerry

    01/23/2020 12:50 PM

    Has anybody ever considered looking into the Bidens corrupt dealings in 2015 and investigate our VP and his Son Hunter and one of the most corrupt countries in the world over one of the most powerful resources the world needs on a daily basis Oil and gas? Does anyone believe if that investigation had taken place then would the country and the world be sicken by the likes of Schiff Biden Schumer Nadler Pelosi? I put those Commies in the same organization as Putin Obama China North Korea Iran Syria's Leaders corrupt deceitful and without dignity.

  • Ann Ault

    01/23/2020 12:37 PM

    I just don't understand how these horrific liars (in this Nutty Nadler/Schumer Schiff Sham Show/ and all the rest including Pitiful Pelosi) have the liberty and right to SO DOMINATE this Government of ours. The sad thing is, they are appealing to people who WANT to believe their disgusting lies. We know these so-called liberal leaders follow the father of lies and author of confusion (Alinsky AND satan) ... it is so obvious the liberal-left regressives have been "taken over" by their pride and evil desire for power at any cost. They are rabble-rousers to the max and want to not just be in power, but destroy President Trump ... a man who is trying his gutmost best to help the America that he loves. AMAZING all that he has managed to accomplish in spite of such bitter opposition against him these past 3 years ... he is a FIGHTER and as far as I am concerned, he is GOD'S chosen man "for such a time as this" ... many praying for him and our country ... including ME!!

  • Alan Baughman

    01/23/2020 12:17 PM

    We’re are the Republicans and blow this out of the water?
    This is an outright Coup against a duly elected President. Plus elected officials were and are currently involved in it.
    This has to be a crime and punished to the fullest extent of the law to all involved.
    Jail time is a must because it should never happen again.

  • Dennis L. Robison

    01/23/2020 12:15 PM

    I started out committed to watching the whole trial but I too got fed up with the Schiff show lie fest and had to find something else (anything else) to do....

  • Laurie Keiski

    01/23/2020 12:13 PM

    The last sentence of your post today reminds me of an old saying about students. A freshman knows not and knows not that he knows not. A sophomore knows not and knows that he knows not. A junior knows but knows not that he knows. A senior knows and knows that he knows. I would suggest that the 11% undecided you reference fall in the freshman category.

  • Robbie Mize

    01/23/2020 12:12 PM

    Gag.....I am nauseous. I certainly cannot listen and now trying to read your summations, I get sick. They are full of it.

  • C Michael Roberson

    01/23/2020 12:11 PM

    The attempt at a coup here by false impeachment is so obvious. But who can we find with the authority, power, and a true desire to see justice done, that can take this information, expose, try, and convict the guilty of treason (which, at this point. seems to be hundreds of people) and clean up the corruption in our federal government? it seems to be an impossible task considering the shear number of guilty people involved. Will the guilty here ever be brought to justice? Considering the number of corrupt people in the White House, both the Senate and the House, the FBI, the DOJ and God knows what other organizations, who is left that is righteous enough and has enough power to clean it all up?

  • Janet Underwood

    01/23/2020 12:09 PM

    The corruption runs deep. Elizabeth Warren says that if elected, one of her first actions will be to "ask" all Trump hires and appointees, including judges, to resign. I wish Trump would have done the same with the Obama holdovers. This whole thing really stinks.

  • Barbara Riefner

    01/23/2020 12:06 PM

    I wish you were one of the Republicans questioning Schiff and others. You seem to connect the dots so well. Hope others on the committee can do the great job you are doing.

  • Paul Potter

    01/23/2020 12:00 PM

    When are Shiff and Pelosi going to be held accountable for the lies and perjury?

  • Doug Johnson

    01/23/2020 11:51 AM

    Where do you start, President Trump should have started by cleaning house when he took office. I’m speaking of the obama left over staff. There is a disease in the White House that needs to be eliminated. These people do not play with any morals so why should our President. He has been on the defense ever since he took office. I think it is time for him to go on offense and start cleaning house. Will this coup that are traitors to America ever be brought to justice? If he would go after a few of the corrupt and have them prosecuted it might get some of them in line. When my crew got complacent I would fire someone and you would be surprised how quickly the rest got in line. I think President Trump should go sit in front of his accusers and look them in the eye to tell them they are liars. If he would of prosecuted hillary and she went to jail that might have shut down a lot of what is going on. Thank you for all you do.

  • marina verdun

    01/23/2020 11:47 AM

    wow....you connected the dots very well....amazing ....like Jeanine Pirro said to Hannity the other night, in a court room I want to scream objection to Schiff every time he spits a lie or fabrication etc. Extremely boring and I pray no American is gullible to swallow the bs

  • Ruth Ferraro

    01/23/2020 11:44 AM

    Thanks for keeping us so well informed. We must keep praying that all these lying people are exposed for what they really are.

  • Steven Swanson

    01/23/2020 11:42 AM

    This whole thing is eerily reminiscent of Jim Jones... I'm just waiting for the Democrats to break out the Koolaid and commit mass suicide!

  • James Bagby

    01/23/2020 11:37 AM

    Gov. Huckabee; For those who have trouble sleeping, I have a definite solution, "just tape the Schiff-sham impeachment show and play it every time you are sleepless". NUFF SAID

  • Pete Koppenhoefer

    01/23/2020 11:35 AM

    Mike, this charade is a waste of tax payer monies. And in comparison to the Clinton financial escapades which were never addressed to fruition, this is an embarrassment to this country.
    And for the democrats to stoop to this level because they are concerned that Trump will get re-elected is very sad.
    How can we get our lawmakers in Washington to do what we elect them to do and not waste their time and out money on this non-productive activities. Someone has to know how we can stop this waste of energy and money.

  • Bo Ehrig

    01/23/2020 11:19 AM

    I live in Hawaii and watching the morning local news CBS affiliate. The guy (Howard Dicus) comes on and tells us about what’s going on in Washington. He spews all the lies for 5 minutes and makes Trump sound bad. Then at the end he says this was heavily redacted and he is not totally sure of the outcome.
    So he spews lies then won’t take responsibility for what he is saying.
    Anyways I thought you might like to hear what’s going on so far away from Washington.
    Many Patriots and Trump lovers out here. Aloha

  • Kyle Wilson

    01/23/2020 11:17 AM

    I will watch the President's defense team respond after the lying pack of Democrats are finished spewing their B.S. I hope this diversion from the orchestrated attempt to overthrow the President does not go unpunished. Myself and a bunch of Americans are expecting accountability. I want to see those accused of sedition get their day in court. You know who they are!!!!

  • M Jill Busam

    01/23/2020 11:16 AM

    When will these corrupt Democrats and all their colleagues who aided and abetted their coup, be brought to justice?

  • Jerry Korba

    01/23/2020 11:13 AM

    Most of the world now are saying this Impeachment is a Farce led by the Dem/Socialist party. What is happening is the country is now seeing how corrupt the Obama Administration was and still is with the ex officials still using their influence trying to destroy America. Oh they dislike Trump for making America great again this is not fiction the Left does not want the United States to be the leader in the world. The Left wants to be the leader use the resources this country has and make it a regime that looks Socialist the Left wants over 350 million people under its control the Left is doing everything it can by owning the Media sending propaganda against Capitalism, the Constitution, the need to kill the babies Americans are having, and taxing what's left of the peoples payroll to line it coffers look at the Obamas the Clintons Bidens Sanders Pelosi the Congress people living on a wage the taxpayer pays them a good salary yes, but not to the tune where they own 12 million dollar homes and thats all that you see they have millions hidden from the IRS these people are not Robin Hood these people are liars and corrupt its on TV today if you can watch Schiff and Nadler and Schumer prepare your self to throw up they will make you sick to your core.

  • Candace Wright

    01/23/2020 11:12 AM

    As A Democratic Deplorable Woman = So very ashamed of those who represent this Party now! No Truth or Morals in all they are Doing and Saying??How they think they are representing any of us who are True Democrats is amazing! This President is DOING so many of Our Values that “WERE” our party! Asking GOD to Protect and Encourage our POTUS as he endures all that this Democratic Evil Goes After his Office??

  • Dan Messenger

    01/23/2020 11:05 AM

    There is something that I don't understand. When Clinton was impeached, were there any meetings in SCIF rooms or any documents that were "secure" that the Senate wasn't allowed to see or only allowed to see in a SCIF room? It doesn't make sense to me that there isn't someone that has the authority to call BS on this whole thing, slap them all with a defamation charge for tarnishing everyone's reputation that they have illegally trampled on, and throw all of their a$$e$ in prison. Is there not someone that can do that?

  • John Zartman

    01/23/2020 11:03 AM

    I am totally sickened by Schiff and the Democrats on their lying and not even showing any shame. They need to be investigated and pu on the hot seat!!

  • Joe Broadway

    01/23/2020 11:00 AM

    Once you tell a blatant lie you can never ever be trusted again. Never again. Once a liar always a liar. Schiff is permantly ruined. Adios.

After watching Day 1 of the Senate trial and as much of Day 2 as they could stomach, my loyal staffers, who diligently research and report on virtually everything of interest that’s going on in the world, have had enough of all this Schiff.
"There are only so many demonstrable lies a person can hear in any given 12-hour period,” they lamented. “It’s just bizarre and monotonous.” Ainsworth was praying for the sweet release of death. Finally, out of desperation, they took Wednesday evening off and went to see a big-screen theater release of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.
There’s just no other way to say it, they told me: Schiff and Nadler are flat-out repulsive.
Besides, why bother listening to a consistent liar who falsifies evidence? (The story in POLITICO says the evidence in question was “mischaracterized” due to “an error,” but read the story and tell me if you don’t think it was falsified.) In a letter sent last week to Nadler summarizing a “trove of evidence” from Lev Parnas, Schiff claimed he had a text showing Parnas tried to set up a meeting with Ukrainian President Zelensky. The text is sent to Rudy Giuliani and says, “trying to get us Mr. Z.” The full exchange is attached to Schiff’s letter.
Trouble is, Parnas wasn’t talking about President Zelensky. “Mr. Z” is a reference to Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma. Ah, that’s very different!  But there’s no way to tell, as the version attached to Schiff’s letter has been redacted to remove any clue, including notes from a subsequent interview with...Zlochevsky.
Of course, this being POLITICO, both Schiff and his false narrative get the benefit of the doubt: “The apparent mischaracterization, however, does not undercut Democrats’ argument that Trump withheld critical military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure Zelensky into opening up investigations into the Bidens...”  How is this narrative still standing when it has already been shot full of holes?
Will Schiff and his team ever face any repercussions for this, or for their repeated lying? As Mark Meadows said of Schiff’s four solid hours of blah-blah Wednesday: “Listen, we quit counting after we had 12 different false statements made by Adam Schiff.”
Long before the “inquiry” began, Schiff was pulling all sorts of flim-flam out of his bag of tricks. We’ve known for months that someone from Schiff’s staff communicated with the so-called “whistleblower” (never officially identified, but it’s Eric Ciaramella), but now we have details from Paul Sperry at RealClear Investigations. I linked to the story yesterday but didn’t get into it then, as there was so much other impeachment news.
Sperry begins by revealing that Ciaramella, two weeks into Trump’s presidency, was overheard talking with a close friend and co-worker about “taking Trump out.” They made it clear to those within earshot that they opposed Trump’s “America First” policy and intended to see him removed from office.
Okay, bad enough. But the really interesting part is farther down in the story. Who was this co-worker? His name is Sean Misko; both he and Ciaramella were Obama holdovers still working in the White House (!) on foreign policy and national security issues. “They weren’t just subverting his agenda,” a source told Sperry. “They were plotting to actually have him removed from office.”
It gets worse. Misko left the White House last summer to join Schiff’s Intel Committee staff; this must have been around the time when they were gearing up to be the “Impeachment Committee.” Sources tell Sperry that Misko offered “guidance” to the “whistleblower” and then worked as a top investigator for Schiff, helping run the impeachment inquiry based on that very complaint.
Sperry’s sources tell him that the actions by Ciaramella and Misko were “part of a larger pattern of coordination” to find some way to impeach the President. It involved “Democratic leaders as well as anti-Trump figures both inside and outside of government.”
If witnesses are called in this trial, Ciaramella, Misko and SCHIFF should be first on the Republicans’ list. The curtain must be pulled back on what this was really all about from the start. Democrats are insisting on witnesses for themselves while arguing that the “whistleblower’s” testimony is unnecessary because other witnesses and documents have corroborated his complaint. Not true. The complaint isn’t corroborated; when Trump released the transcript of his phone call, he showed the complaint to be a fabrication.
Ciaramella withheld information about his contacts with Schiff’s office when he gave his signed complaint to Intel Community IG Michael Atkinson; there’s a section on the form to list such contacts –- specifically including “members of Congress” –- but he left it blank. Yet the rest of the form has been completed in extremely lawyerly fashion, suggesting he had lots of outside help.
Last October, Atkinson had a closed-door session with Schiff’s committee that reportedly included details of contacts between the “whistleblower” and Schiff’s staff. The transcript from this session is THE ONLY transcript out of 18 that Schiff won't release. He classified it ‘secret,’ preventing Republicans from talking. Even impeachment investigators may view it only in a secure room, or “SCIF,” in the basement of the Capitol --- where the testimony was also given.
Finally, it’s eye-opening to play connect-the-dots with Ciaramella. Before this CIA operative went to the White House “on loan,” he was an adviser on Ukraine to Vice President Biden (who, along with son Hunter, is mentioned in the complaint as a political target of Trump). The meeting where he and Misko were heard talking about "taking out" the new President had been called by new national security adviser and “America First” proponent Michael Flynn. Misko had previously assisted Biden’s top national security aide Jake Sullivan. Ukraine-born Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the one who’d heard the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky and leaked his inflated concerns to Ciaramella, held Ciaramella’s old position at the NSC as director for Ukraine. (Vindman also openly expressed disdain for Trump, according to Sperry’s sources.) On July 26, the day after that fateful phone call, Schiff hired Misko to lead his investigation of Trump. Between then and the August 12 filing of the “whistleblower” report, Misko secretly met with Ciaramella, and shared information with Schiff, according to “numerous congressional sources.”
More dot-connecting: After talking with Misko, Ciaramella was referred –- most likely by former DOJ attorney David Laufman, who oversaw both “Mid-Year Exam” and “Crossfire Hurricane” and signed off on the warrant to spy on Carter Page –- to whistleblower attorney Andrew Bakaj, a former CIA officer who had worked with Ciaramella there. Bakaj has spent time in Ukraine, donated to Biden for President and worked for former Sen. Hillary Clinton. Bakaj brought in his partner, Mark Zaid. We’ve profiled both of these lawyers before; after Trump was sworn in, Zaid tweeted that a “coup has started” and “impeachment will follow ultimately.”
And we come full circle: Michael Atkinson’s predecessor as ICIG was Charles McCullough, who is now a partner in Bakaj and Zaid’s law firm. McCullough used to report to Obama’s Director of National Intelligence...James Clapper. Atkinson worked closely with Laufman and served as legal counsel to senior DOJ official Mary McCord, who was Laufman’s boss and worked to get Michael Flynn fired. McCord was recruited by the Democrats to help with impeachment.
Sure looks like a coup to me.  This isn’t all of it. Much more at the link...
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  • Brian Pruitt

    01/23/2020 12:53 PM

    So I am confused. If I lie to congress I go to jail but if a member of congress lies to congress, that is ok? Do I have that right?

  • Jerry

    01/23/2020 12:50 PM

    Has anybody ever considered looking into the Bidens corrupt dealings in 2015 and investigate our VP and his Son Hunter and one of the most corrupt countries in the world over one of the most powerful resources the world needs on a daily basis Oil and gas? Does anyone believe if that investigation had taken place then would the country and the world be sicken by the likes of Schiff Biden Schumer Nadler Pelosi? I put those Commies in the same organization as Putin Obama China North Korea Iran Syria's Leaders corrupt deceitful and without dignity.

  • Ann Ault

    01/23/2020 12:37 PM

    I just don't understand how these horrific liars (in this Nutty Nadler/Schumer Schiff Sham Show/ and all the rest including Pitiful Pelosi) have the liberty and right to SO DOMINATE this Government of ours. The sad thing is, they are appealing to people who WANT to believe their disgusting lies. We know these so-called liberal leaders follow the father of lies and author of confusion (Alinsky AND satan) ... it is so obvious the liberal-left regressives have been "taken over" by their pride and evil desire for power at any cost. They are rabble-rousers to the max and want to not just be in power, but destroy President Trump ... a man who is trying his gutmost best to help the America that he loves. AMAZING all that he has managed to accomplish in spite of such bitter opposition against him these past 3 years ... he is a FIGHTER and as far as I am concerned, he is GOD'S chosen man "for such a time as this" ... many praying for him and our country ... including ME!!

  • Alan Baughman

    01/23/2020 12:17 PM

    We’re are the Republicans and blow this out of the water?
    This is an outright Coup against a duly elected President. Plus elected officials were and are currently involved in it.
    This has to be a crime and punished to the fullest extent of the law to all involved.
    Jail time is a must because it should never happen again.

  • Dennis L. Robison

    01/23/2020 12:15 PM

    I started out committed to watching the whole trial but I too got fed up with the Schiff show lie fest and had to find something else (anything else) to do....

  • Laurie Keiski

    01/23/2020 12:13 PM

    The last sentence of your post today reminds me of an old saying about students. A freshman knows not and knows not that he knows not. A sophomore knows not and knows that he knows not. A junior knows but knows not that he knows. A senior knows and knows that he knows. I would suggest that the 11% undecided you reference fall in the freshman category.

  • Robbie Mize

    01/23/2020 12:12 PM

    Gag.....I am nauseous. I certainly cannot listen and now trying to read your summations, I get sick. They are full of it.

  • C Michael Roberson

    01/23/2020 12:11 PM

    The attempt at a coup here by false impeachment is so obvious. But who can we find with the authority, power, and a true desire to see justice done, that can take this information, expose, try, and convict the guilty of treason (which, at this point. seems to be hundreds of people) and clean up the corruption in our federal government? it seems to be an impossible task considering the shear number of guilty people involved. Will the guilty here ever be brought to justice? Considering the number of corrupt people in the White House, both the Senate and the House, the FBI, the DOJ and God knows what other organizations, who is left that is righteous enough and has enough power to clean it all up?

  • Janet Underwood

    01/23/2020 12:09 PM

    The corruption runs deep. Elizabeth Warren says that if elected, one of her first actions will be to "ask" all Trump hires and appointees, including judges, to resign. I wish Trump would have done the same with the Obama holdovers. This whole thing really stinks.

  • Barbara Riefner

    01/23/2020 12:06 PM

    I wish you were one of the Republicans questioning Schiff and others. You seem to connect the dots so well. Hope others on the committee can do the great job you are doing.

  • Paul Potter

    01/23/2020 12:00 PM

    When are Shiff and Pelosi going to be held accountable for the lies and perjury?

  • Doug Johnson

    01/23/2020 11:51 AM

    Where do you start, President Trump should have started by cleaning house when he took office. I’m speaking of the obama left over staff. There is a disease in the White House that needs to be eliminated. These people do not play with any morals so why should our President. He has been on the defense ever since he took office. I think it is time for him to go on offense and start cleaning house. Will this coup that are traitors to America ever be brought to justice? If he would go after a few of the corrupt and have them prosecuted it might get some of them in line. When my crew got complacent I would fire someone and you would be surprised how quickly the rest got in line. I think President Trump should go sit in front of his accusers and look them in the eye to tell them they are liars. If he would of prosecuted hillary and she went to jail that might have shut down a lot of what is going on. Thank you for all you do.

  • marina verdun

    01/23/2020 11:47 AM

    wow....you connected the dots very well....amazing ....like Jeanine Pirro said to Hannity the other night, in a court room I want to scream objection to Schiff every time he spits a lie or fabrication etc. Extremely boring and I pray no American is gullible to swallow the bs

  • Ruth Ferraro

    01/23/2020 11:44 AM

    Thanks for keeping us so well informed. We must keep praying that all these lying people are exposed for what they really are.

  • Steven Swanson

    01/23/2020 11:42 AM

    This whole thing is eerily reminiscent of Jim Jones... I'm just waiting for the Democrats to break out the Koolaid and commit mass suicide!

  • James Bagby

    01/23/2020 11:37 AM

    Gov. Huckabee; For those who have trouble sleeping, I have a definite solution, "just tape the Schiff-sham impeachment show and play it every time you are sleepless". NUFF SAID

  • Pete Koppenhoefer

    01/23/2020 11:35 AM

    Mike, this charade is a waste of tax payer monies. And in comparison to the Clinton financial escapades which were never addressed to fruition, this is an embarrassment to this country.
    And for the democrats to stoop to this level because they are concerned that Trump will get re-elected is very sad.
    How can we get our lawmakers in Washington to do what we elect them to do and not waste their time and out money on this non-productive activities. Someone has to know how we can stop this waste of energy and money.

  • Bo Ehrig

    01/23/2020 11:19 AM

    I live in Hawaii and watching the morning local news CBS affiliate. The guy (Howard Dicus) comes on and tells us about what’s going on in Washington. He spews all the lies for 5 minutes and makes Trump sound bad. Then at the end he says this was heavily redacted and he is not totally sure of the outcome.
    So he spews lies then won’t take responsibility for what he is saying.
    Anyways I thought you might like to hear what’s going on so far away from Washington.
    Many Patriots and Trump lovers out here. Aloha

  • Kyle Wilson

    01/23/2020 11:17 AM

    I will watch the President's defense team respond after the lying pack of Democrats are finished spewing their B.S. I hope this diversion from the orchestrated attempt to overthrow the President does not go unpunished. Myself and a bunch of Americans are expecting accountability. I want to see those accused of sedition get their day in court. You know who they are!!!!

  • M Jill Busam

    01/23/2020 11:16 AM

    When will these corrupt Democrats and all their colleagues who aided and abetted their coup, be brought to justice?

  • Jerry Korba

    01/23/2020 11:13 AM

    Most of the world now are saying this Impeachment is a Farce led by the Dem/Socialist party. What is happening is the country is now seeing how corrupt the Obama Administration was and still is with the ex officials still using their influence trying to destroy America. Oh they dislike Trump for making America great again this is not fiction the Left does not want the United States to be the leader in the world. The Left wants to be the leader use the resources this country has and make it a regime that looks Socialist the Left wants over 350 million people under its control the Left is doing everything it can by owning the Media sending propaganda against Capitalism, the Constitution, the need to kill the babies Americans are having, and taxing what's left of the peoples payroll to line it coffers look at the Obamas the Clintons Bidens Sanders Pelosi the Congress people living on a wage the taxpayer pays them a good salary yes, but not to the tune where they own 12 million dollar homes and thats all that you see they have millions hidden from the IRS these people are not Robin Hood these people are liars and corrupt its on TV today if you can watch Schiff and Nadler and Schumer prepare your self to throw up they will make you sick to your core.

  • Candace Wright

    01/23/2020 11:12 AM

    As A Democratic Deplorable Woman = So very ashamed of those who represent this Party now! No Truth or Morals in all they are Doing and Saying??How they think they are representing any of us who are True Democrats is amazing! This President is DOING so many of Our Values that “WERE” our party! Asking GOD to Protect and Encourage our POTUS as he endures all that this Democratic Evil Goes After his Office??

  • Dan Messenger

    01/23/2020 11:05 AM

    There is something that I don't understand. When Clinton was impeached, were there any meetings in SCIF rooms or any documents that were "secure" that the Senate wasn't allowed to see or only allowed to see in a SCIF room? It doesn't make sense to me that there isn't someone that has the authority to call BS on this whole thing, slap them all with a defamation charge for tarnishing everyone's reputation that they have illegally trampled on, and throw all of their a$$e$ in prison. Is there not someone that can do that?

  • John Zartman

    01/23/2020 11:03 AM

    I am totally sickened by Schiff and the Democrats on their lying and not even showing any shame. They need to be investigated and pu on the hot seat!!

  • Joe Broadway

    01/23/2020 11:00 AM

    Once you tell a blatant lie you can never ever be trusted again. Never again. Once a liar always a liar. Schiff is permantly ruined. Adios.

After watching Day 1 of the Senate trial and as much of Day 2 as they could stomach, my loyal staffers, who diligently research and report on virtually everything of interest that’s going on in the world, have had enough of all this Schiff.
"There are only so many demonstrable lies a person can hear in any given 12-hour period,” they lamented. “It’s just bizarre and monotonous.” Ainsworth was praying for the sweet release of death. Finally, out of desperation, they took Wednesday evening off and went to see a big-screen theater release of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.
There’s just no other way to say it, they told me: Schiff and Nadler are flat-out repulsive.
Besides, why bother listening to a consistent liar who falsifies evidence? (The story in POLITICO says the evidence in question was “mischaracterized” due to “an error,” but read the story and tell me if you don’t think it was falsified.) In a letter sent last week to Nadler summarizing a “trove of evidence” from Lev Parnas, Schiff claimed he had a text showing Parnas tried to set up a meeting with Ukrainian President Zelensky. The text is sent to Rudy Giuliani and says, “trying to get us Mr. Z.” The full exchange is attached to Schiff’s letter.
Trouble is, Parnas wasn’t talking about President Zelensky. “Mr. Z” is a reference to Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma. Ah, that’s very different!  But there’s no way to tell, as the version attached to Schiff’s letter has been redacted to remove any clue, including notes from a subsequent interview with...Zlochevsky.
Of course, this being POLITICO, both Schiff and his false narrative get the benefit of the doubt: “The apparent mischaracterization, however, does not undercut Democrats’ argument that Trump withheld critical military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure Zelensky into opening up investigations into the Bidens...”  How is this narrative still standing when it has already been shot full of holes?
Will Schiff and his team ever face any repercussions for this, or for their repeated lying? As Mark Meadows said of Schiff’s four solid hours of blah-blah Wednesday: “Listen, we quit counting after we had 12 different false statements made by Adam Schiff.”
Long before the “inquiry” began, Schiff was pulling all sorts of flim-flam out of his bag of tricks. We’ve known for months that someone from Schiff’s staff communicated with the so-called “whistleblower” (never officially identified, but it’s Eric Ciaramella), but now we have details from Paul Sperry at RealClear Investigations. I linked to the story yesterday but didn’t get into it then, as there was so much other impeachment news.
Sperry begins by revealing that Ciaramella, two weeks into Trump’s presidency, was overheard talking with a close friend and co-worker about “taking Trump out.” They made it clear to those within earshot that they opposed Trump’s “America First” policy and intended to see him removed from office.
Okay, bad enough. But the really interesting part is farther down in the story. Who was this co-worker? His name is Sean Misko; both he and Ciaramella were Obama holdovers still working in the White House (!) on foreign policy and national security issues. “They weren’t just subverting his agenda,” a source told Sperry. “They were plotting to actually have him removed from office.”
It gets worse. Misko left the White House last summer to join Schiff’s Intel Committee staff; this must have been around the time when they were gearing up to be the “Impeachment Committee.” Sources tell Sperry that Misko offered “guidance” to the “whistleblower” and then worked as a top investigator for Schiff, helping run the impeachment inquiry based on that very complaint.
Sperry’s sources tell him that the actions by Ciaramella and Misko were “part of a larger pattern of coordination” to find some way to impeach the President. It involved “Democratic leaders as well as anti-Trump figures both inside and outside of government.”
If witnesses are called in this trial, Ciaramella, Misko and SCHIFF should be first on the Republicans’ list. The curtain must be pulled back on what this was really all about from the start. Democrats are insisting on witnesses for themselves while arguing that the “whistleblower’s” testimony is unnecessary because other witnesses and documents have corroborated his complaint. Not true. The complaint isn’t corroborated; when Trump released the transcript of his phone call, he showed the complaint to be a fabrication.
Ciaramella withheld information about his contacts with Schiff’s office when he gave his signed complaint to Intel Community IG Michael Atkinson; there’s a section on the form to list such contacts –- specifically including “members of Congress” –- but he left it blank. Yet the rest of the form has been completed in extremely lawyerly fashion, suggesting he had lots of outside help.
Last October, Atkinson had a closed-door session with Schiff’s committee that reportedly included details of contacts between the “whistleblower” and Schiff’s staff. The transcript from this session is THE ONLY transcript out of 18 that Schiff won't release. He classified it ‘secret,’ preventing Republicans from talking. Even impeachment investigators may view it only in a secure room, or “SCIF,” in the basement of the Capitol --- where the testimony was also given.
Finally, it’s eye-opening to play connect-the-dots with Ciaramella. Before this CIA operative went to the White House “on loan,” he was an adviser on Ukraine to Vice President Biden (who, along with son Hunter, is mentioned in the complaint as a political target of Trump). The meeting where he and Misko were heard talking about "taking out" the new President had been called by new national security adviser and “America First” proponent Michael Flynn. Misko had previously assisted Biden’s top national security aide Jake Sullivan. Ukraine-born Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the one who’d heard the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky and leaked his inflated concerns to Ciaramella, held Ciaramella’s old position at the NSC as director for Ukraine. (Vindman also openly expressed disdain for Trump, according to Sperry’s sources.) On July 26, the day after that fateful phone call, Schiff hired Misko to lead his investigation of Trump. Between then and the August 12 filing of the “whistleblower” report, Misko secretly met with Ciaramella, and shared information with Schiff, according to “numerous congressional sources.”
More dot-connecting: After talking with Misko, Ciaramella was referred –- most likely by former DOJ attorney David Laufman, who oversaw both “Mid-Year Exam” and “Crossfire Hurricane” and signed off on the warrant to spy on Carter Page –- to whistleblower attorney Andrew Bakaj, a former CIA officer who had worked with Ciaramella there. Bakaj has spent time in Ukraine, donated to Biden for President and worked for former Sen. Hillary Clinton. Bakaj brought in his partner, Mark Zaid. We’ve profiled both of these lawyers before; after Trump was sworn in, Zaid tweeted that a “coup has started” and “impeachment will follow ultimately.”
And we come full circle: Michael Atkinson’s predecessor as ICIG was Charles McCullough, who is now a partner in Bakaj and Zaid’s law firm. McCullough used to report to Obama’s Director of National Intelligence...James Clapper. Atkinson worked closely with Laufman and served as legal counsel to senior DOJ official Mary McCord, who was Laufman’s boss and worked to get Michael Flynn fired. McCord was recruited by the Democrats to help with impeachment.
Sure looks like a coup to me.  This isn’t all of it. Much more at the link...
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  • Brian Pruitt

    01/23/2020 12:53 PM

    So I am confused. If I lie to congress I go to jail but if a member of congress lies to congress, that is ok? Do I have that right?

  • Jerry

    01/23/2020 12:50 PM

    Has anybody ever considered looking into the Bidens corrupt dealings in 2015 and investigate our VP and his Son Hunter and one of the most corrupt countries in the world over one of the most powerful resources the world needs on a daily basis Oil and gas? Does anyone believe if that investigation had taken place then would the country and the world be sicken by the likes of Schiff Biden Schumer Nadler Pelosi? I put those Commies in the same organization as Putin Obama China North Korea Iran Syria's Leaders corrupt deceitful and without dignity.

  • Ann Ault

    01/23/2020 12:37 PM

    I just don't understand how these horrific liars (in this Nutty Nadler/Schumer Schiff Sham Show/ and all the rest including Pitiful Pelosi) have the liberty and right to SO DOMINATE this Government of ours. The sad thing is, they are appealing to people who WANT to believe their disgusting lies. We know these so-called liberal leaders follow the father of lies and author of confusion (Alinsky AND satan) ... it is so obvious the liberal-left regressives have been "taken over" by their pride and evil desire for power at any cost. They are rabble-rousers to the max and want to not just be in power, but destroy President Trump ... a man who is trying his gutmost best to help the America that he loves. AMAZING all that he has managed to accomplish in spite of such bitter opposition against him these past 3 years ... he is a FIGHTER and as far as I am concerned, he is GOD'S chosen man "for such a time as this" ... many praying for him and our country ... including ME!!

  • Alan Baughman

    01/23/2020 12:17 PM

    We’re are the Republicans and blow this out of the water?
    This is an outright Coup against a duly elected President. Plus elected officials were and are currently involved in it.
    This has to be a crime and punished to the fullest extent of the law to all involved.
    Jail time is a must because it should never happen again.

  • Dennis L. Robison

    01/23/2020 12:15 PM

    I started out committed to watching the whole trial but I too got fed up with the Schiff show lie fest and had to find something else (anything else) to do....

  • Laurie Keiski

    01/23/2020 12:13 PM

    The last sentence of your post today reminds me of an old saying about students. A freshman knows not and knows not that he knows not. A sophomore knows not and knows that he knows not. A junior knows but knows not that he knows. A senior knows and knows that he knows. I would suggest that the 11% undecided you reference fall in the freshman category.

  • Robbie Mize

    01/23/2020 12:12 PM

    Gag.....I am nauseous. I certainly cannot listen and now trying to read your summations, I get sick. They are full of it.

  • C Michael Roberson

    01/23/2020 12:11 PM

    The attempt at a coup here by false impeachment is so obvious. But who can we find with the authority, power, and a true desire to see justice done, that can take this information, expose, try, and convict the guilty of treason (which, at this point. seems to be hundreds of people) and clean up the corruption in our federal government? it seems to be an impossible task considering the shear number of guilty people involved. Will the guilty here ever be brought to justice? Considering the number of corrupt people in the White House, both the Senate and the House, the FBI, the DOJ and God knows what other organizations, who is left that is righteous enough and has enough power to clean it all up?

  • Janet Underwood

    01/23/2020 12:09 PM

    The corruption runs deep. Elizabeth Warren says that if elected, one of her first actions will be to "ask" all Trump hires and appointees, including judges, to resign. I wish Trump would have done the same with the Obama holdovers. This whole thing really stinks.

  • Barbara Riefner

    01/23/2020 12:06 PM

    I wish you were one of the Republicans questioning Schiff and others. You seem to connect the dots so well. Hope others on the committee can do the great job you are doing.

  • Paul Potter

    01/23/2020 12:00 PM

    When are Shiff and Pelosi going to be held accountable for the lies and perjury?

  • Doug Johnson

    01/23/2020 11:51 AM

    Where do you start, President Trump should have started by cleaning house when he took office. I’m speaking of the obama left over staff. There is a disease in the White House that needs to be eliminated. These people do not play with any morals so why should our President. He has been on the defense ever since he took office. I think it is time for him to go on offense and start cleaning house. Will this coup that are traitors to America ever be brought to justice? If he would go after a few of the corrupt and have them prosecuted it might get some of them in line. When my crew got complacent I would fire someone and you would be surprised how quickly the rest got in line. I think President Trump should go sit in front of his accusers and look them in the eye to tell them they are liars. If he would of prosecuted hillary and she went to jail that might have shut down a lot of what is going on. Thank you for all you do.

  • marina verdun

    01/23/2020 11:47 AM

    wow....you connected the dots very well....amazing ....like Jeanine Pirro said to Hannity the other night, in a court room I want to scream objection to Schiff every time he spits a lie or fabrication etc. Extremely boring and I pray no American is gullible to swallow the bs

  • Ruth Ferraro

    01/23/2020 11:44 AM

    Thanks for keeping us so well informed. We must keep praying that all these lying people are exposed for what they really are.

  • Steven Swanson

    01/23/2020 11:42 AM

    This whole thing is eerily reminiscent of Jim Jones... I'm just waiting for the Democrats to break out the Koolaid and commit mass suicide!

  • James Bagby

    01/23/2020 11:37 AM

    Gov. Huckabee; For those who have trouble sleeping, I have a definite solution, "just tape the Schiff-sham impeachment show and play it every time you are sleepless". NUFF SAID

  • Pete Koppenhoefer

    01/23/2020 11:35 AM

    Mike, this charade is a waste of tax payer monies. And in comparison to the Clinton financial escapades which were never addressed to fruition, this is an embarrassment to this country.
    And for the democrats to stoop to this level because they are concerned that Trump will get re-elected is very sad.
    How can we get our lawmakers in Washington to do what we elect them to do and not waste their time and out money on this non-productive activities. Someone has to know how we can stop this waste of energy and money.

  • Bo Ehrig

    01/23/2020 11:19 AM

    I live in Hawaii and watching the morning local news CBS affiliate. The guy (Howard Dicus) comes on and tells us about what’s going on in Washington. He spews all the lies for 5 minutes and makes Trump sound bad. Then at the end he says this was heavily redacted and he is not totally sure of the outcome.
    So he spews lies then won’t take responsibility for what he is saying.
    Anyways I thought you might like to hear what’s going on so far away from Washington.
    Many Patriots and Trump lovers out here. Aloha

  • Kyle Wilson

    01/23/2020 11:17 AM

    I will watch the President's defense team respond after the lying pack of Democrats are finished spewing their B.S. I hope this diversion from the orchestrated attempt to overthrow the President does not go unpunished. Myself and a bunch of Americans are expecting accountability. I want to see those accused of sedition get their day in court. You know who they are!!!!

  • M Jill Busam

    01/23/2020 11:16 AM

    When will these corrupt Democrats and all their colleagues who aided and abetted their coup, be brought to justice?

  • Jerry Korba

    01/23/2020 11:13 AM

    Most of the world now are saying this Impeachment is a Farce led by the Dem/Socialist party. What is happening is the country is now seeing how corrupt the Obama Administration was and still is with the ex officials still using their influence trying to destroy America. Oh they dislike Trump for making America great again this is not fiction the Left does not want the United States to be the leader in the world. The Left wants to be the leader use the resources this country has and make it a regime that looks Socialist the Left wants over 350 million people under its control the Left is doing everything it can by owning the Media sending propaganda against Capitalism, the Constitution, the need to kill the babies Americans are having, and taxing what's left of the peoples payroll to line it coffers look at the Obamas the Clintons Bidens Sanders Pelosi the Congress people living on a wage the taxpayer pays them a good salary yes, but not to the tune where they own 12 million dollar homes and thats all that you see they have millions hidden from the IRS these people are not Robin Hood these people are liars and corrupt its on TV today if you can watch Schiff and Nadler and Schumer prepare your self to throw up they will make you sick to your core.

  • Candace Wright

    01/23/2020 11:12 AM

    As A Democratic Deplorable Woman = So very ashamed of those who represent this Party now! No Truth or Morals in all they are Doing and Saying??How they think they are representing any of us who are True Democrats is amazing! This President is DOING so many of Our Values that “WERE” our party! Asking GOD to Protect and Encourage our POTUS as he endures all that this Democratic Evil Goes After his Office??

  • Dan Messenger

    01/23/2020 11:05 AM

    There is something that I don't understand. When Clinton was impeached, were there any meetings in SCIF rooms or any documents that were "secure" that the Senate wasn't allowed to see or only allowed to see in a SCIF room? It doesn't make sense to me that there isn't someone that has the authority to call BS on this whole thing, slap them all with a defamation charge for tarnishing everyone's reputation that they have illegally trampled on, and throw all of their a$$e$ in prison. Is there not someone that can do that?

  • John Zartman

    01/23/2020 11:03 AM

    I am totally sickened by Schiff and the Democrats on their lying and not even showing any shame. They need to be investigated and pu on the hot seat!!

  • Joe Broadway

    01/23/2020 11:00 AM

    Once you tell a blatant lie you can never ever be trusted again. Never again. Once a liar always a liar. Schiff is permantly ruined. Adios.