“I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this President, he will get re-elected. If we don’t impeach him, he will say he has been vindicated.”

Texas Democrat Rep. Al Green let this slip on MSNBC last May, revealing that the relentless effort to impeach Trump is all just politics. Of course, if Democrats are able to remove Trump from office, that means Vice President Mike Pence gets a big-time promotion, but don’t think Democrats haven’t thought of that. A “President Pence” is absolutely unacceptable to them. In fact, I wrote just a few days ago that some in the Democrat Party are likely strategizing to take down both President Trump and Vice President Pence, leaving Nancy Pelosi next in the line of succession. Pelosi might stay in office for awhile or resign right away and leave the Presidency to her second-in-command.

Sure enough, former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks mused about it on MSNBC:

“You could impeach Pence first. The problem is that Donald Trump then has to name his replacement. But I think that maybe a deal could be struck where he was told if you don’t make a replacement, then Nancy Pelosi does become President. And so you are going to be impeached and convicted; you need to make this replacement so that the proper party remains in power.”

Ah, “the proper party”? Talk about a palace coup. As I recall, when Bill Clinton was impeached in the House, the articles of impeachment included 11 felonies, including lying under oath and suborning perjury. Though many disagreed that impeachment was the right solution even then, it must be acknowledged that Clinton had broken the law; he even had to surrender his law license for a time. The Democrats’ attempt to go after Trump is simply to make sure “the proper party” is in power, preferably before any more Supreme Court justices are appointed, and they will do this by any means necessary.

It doesn’t matter that Trump hasn’t committed impeachable offenses as the framers of the Constitution thought of them. Analysts currently like to say that impeachment is a political process, not a legal one, and they’ve been repeating it over and over in recent days. But this truism is about as true as others such as “Children never lie” and “You can indict a ham sandwich.” (Children are talented fibbers and not everyone gets indicted; ask Hillary Clinton.) Impeachment was SUPPOSED to be saved for gross misconduct and abuse of power, not for what we’ve seen –- which would have been ignored or excused if Obama had done it. If impeachment is turned into merely a political process that can be done just to overturn an election or as political payback for some perceived slight, the future of our nation is dire. (And if a President’s phone calls with foreign leaders can’t be confidential, that compounds the disaster.) Thanks to Tucker Carlson for bringing Wine-Banks’ nonsense to a wider audience –- one that can appreciate what nonsense it is –- on Monday night.

That clip was followed by an interview with former State Department official (and whistleblower) Peter Van Buren, who observed that since the first “whistleblower” report surfaced, the entire transcript has been turned over and is available online for anyone to read. “It’s clearly not crazy or frightening; it clearly doesn’t represent any kind of demand for quote-unquote quid pro quo or anything along those lines,” Van Buren said. And since the transcript has been made public, the claims of any whistleblower would seem to be moot. But Van Buren does describe a “sort of a three-way pitch and toss” being played by the Democrats, the media and the so-called whistleblower.

He thinks the second whistleblower must be essentially the source for the first whistleblower. So there’s nothing new here, and the transcript is already out. But this creates what is referred to in the CIA as a “feedback loop.” They use a second source as a backup to the first and imply that the initial source is more credible by “feeding information into the loop.”

I would add that this is what they seem to have done with the Steele dossier as well. Accounts from multiple sources strengthened the case for the dossier itself, but these were actually reports that came FROM the dossier. All they really had was the made-up dossier.

Of course, we know that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, whom Speaker Nancy Pelosi tasked with running the so-called impeachment inquiry (unofficial, since there hasn’t been a vote), was in on the ruse and has lied repeatedly. As long as he could get away with it, he pretended he and his office staff had had no contact with the first whistleblower; later we found out he or she had originally come to them for direction. We also know that in filling out the complaint, the whistleblower should have disclosed this contact but chose to leave that space blank. These are just a few of the lies; the capper may have been when, during a congressional hearing, Schiff “parodied” President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, putting outrageous words in his mouth and making him sound like a gangster.

(Incidentally, it occurred to me that since Pelosi put Schiff in charge of the impeachment “inquiry,” replacing House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler ---who has been obsessed with impeachment since the day Trump was elected --- we haven’t heard a peep from Nadler. Not that I’m complaining, but what’s going on with that? I digress.)

One thing that needs to be clarified about the whistleblower story is the report that the rules were changed just beforehand to allow for second-hand information. Democrats say this is incorrect and accuse Republicans of indulging in conspiracy theory. Margot Cleveland looked into it, and I’ve linked to her report below. The Intel Community IG (ICIG) put out a statement on October 1 acknowledging he had changed the form in response to the Trump whistleblower, saying it was because certain language in the form made it seem as though only firsthand information was allowed when that was not correct. But what he didn’t make clear in the statement was whether or not the ICIG had previously had a policy of allowing only firsthand information. And if he hadn’t, why would such emphatic language (“FIRST-HAND INFORMATION REQUIRED”) appear on the form, in total caps no less?

After thoroughly examining this issue, Cleveland still ends up with the concern that the ICIG’s office changed its whistleblower policy to get Trump. What do you think?

 

https://thefederalist.com/2019/10/02/the-key-point-about-whistleblowers-first-hand-knowledge-isnt-the-law-its-the-shady-regulation-changes/

 

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  • Claudia Kennedy

    10/08/2019 01:55 PM

    All I can do is pray Lord preserve our nation, guide, guard, and direct our President. Oh I will vote too! I am so tired of the House doing nothing and the Senate little better, they are all trying to preserve their privilege as the current word of the day....protect their healthcare and pensions.

  • Judy Radley

    10/08/2019 01:51 PM

    This is all so confusing, which the Democrats are making it confusing as they know the general public has no real knowledge of the proper procedures an 'impeachment inquiry' let alone an impeachment itself, works. As they don't teach these things in public school any longer. And if they do, it is omitted as most public schools, at least in New York State and California, are run by Liberal Democrats. And of course all the big news media companies are out of New York City, which are controlled and undermined by the Socialist Kings, Cuomo, DiBlasio, and Schumer, etc., the ones who have made New York State and NYC anti-American and a wholly socialistic and communistic states. Making sure that Soros runs everything too. The Democrats, all of them now actually, are domestic terrorists as they are doing treasonous deeds to oust a legally elected United States President. These things are done in foreign countries a lot more than they are suppose to happen in America. It seems like ever since the 9-11 terrorist attack on America, the Democrats have been doing these treasonous acts. Like when they first said, 'you cannot do profiling of people who are the same nationality as the Islamic ISIS criminals that launched the 9-11 attacks, and how the 'open borders' insanity took off around then too.....the Democrats are anti-Christian, anti-heterosexual, anti-American Values and Traditions, etc. Are we absolutely sure when Clinton was in office, and then after he was impeached, his criminals-in-his-corner, really didn't set the stage for the terrorist attacks to take place as a way for quid-pro-quo even back then? The deals the Clintons had with Ukraine, Russia, other foreign countries who are enemies of the U.S.A, all could have set the stage for an attack like that to have happened, by cutting back military, blaming so-called 'climate change' on Americans, but instead Russia, India, China, Korea, etc., are some of the worst environmentally polluting countries on Earth, and the Clinton's and Obama's and AOC's in the U.S.A. are best 'friends' with these communist state countries? Giving them secrets that are undoubtedly a breach of National Security Intelligence policies? Democrats would be more at home in the EU with all its socialist and communist govt. than in the U.S.A., so they are trying to turn America into the EU, and they want to appoint a 'king' or 'czar' of their own choosing, undermining the U.S. Constitution every which way. I support President Trump and May God Keep America's enemies, domestic and foreign, at bay, and continue to Protect President Trump and All of those who understand what is really going on, may God protect all of us too.

  • Mary Williams

    10/08/2019 01:28 PM

    Thank you for your honest commentary.
    I and many Americans cannot understand the silence of the Republicans in Congress on “this Get Trump” agenda. I know some have spoken out but why does Mitch McConnell not put some laws out to stop them. At least put up a FIGHT with something to at least let the American people know he is making some kind of STAND for The President. I for one am tired of their Silence and not defending The President with SOME THING,??????
    God Bless America

  • Edward L. Finley

    10/08/2019 01:27 PM

    It's a Rats! Nest! Full of Democ-Rats! if this ruse passes muster! We as a nation are in serious trouble, because we will never see another legitimate election! These Leftist crooks will see to that. We are already turning into a Puppet Government by default as we speak.

  • Alexandre Peshansky

    10/08/2019 01:24 PM

    Al Green ot only look like a caveman, he seems to be thinking like one (apologies to cavemen - for all I know, some were brighter that this sore specimen).

  • Coleen Bane

    10/08/2019 01:22 PM

    What a sham and we taxpayers are paying for this?It seems impeachment is on the wrong side!!! Does no one have reasonable sense anymore!

  • Sharon K. Behlen

    10/08/2019 01:20 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I am so glad that I get your messages. You are one of the last true Patriots!!!! Please keep this coming and may God bless you!

  • Helen Sustachek

    10/08/2019 01:08 PM

    So the House won't vote. Then we would know who to vote out in the next election. I say impeach the House. They are all corrupt. Oh, no Constitutional right to do so. Who cares? They don't care about the Constitution. Just make up our own rules like they do. Does it sound like a crazy idea? Sure crazy like they are.

  • Jeff Wegs

    10/08/2019 01:06 PM

    Isn't that treason?

  • David W Dornik

    10/08/2019 11:47 AM

    The custody of a male child is the right of the mother until the child is capable of taking care of his own self. This has been approximated at seven years of age, and the Fatwa (legal verdict) has been issued on this age, as normally children are able to take care of themselves at this age." (See: Radd al-Muhtar, 3/566)
    In the case of a female, the mother has this right of custody until she reaches puberty. This has been declared at nine years of age. (al-Mawsili, al-Ikhtiyar li ta'lil al-mukhtar, 3/237)

    The right of custody will be taken away from the mother if she:
    1Leaves Islam,
    2Openly indulges in sins such as adultery and there is a fear of the child being affected,
    3She does not attend to the child due to her leaving the house very often,
    4She marries a non-relative (stranger) to the child by which the child may be affected,
    5She demands payment for the upbringing of the child if there is another woman to raise the child without remuneration.

  • Ron Eaton

    10/08/2019 11:35 AM

    Now you read what she said so it tells the democrats only main reason they do what they do. Now for you or me, not for Americans. Just the wants for total control so they can take your guns, raise your taxes, eat your babies, that one is hard to take, and to punish all who is opposed to a one world government. This election, get up get out and let’s take the house back and keep President Trump making us stronger and greater than ever before.

  • Leonid Zolotarev

    10/08/2019 11:28 AM

    It looks more and more like a coup d'etat. Trump should immediately appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. Also, millions of Trump supporters should march on Washington and demand resignation of Democratic Party Leadership. People should camp in Washington until the problem is taken care of.

  • Stephanie Dobbins

    10/08/2019 11:26 AM

    Of course, the left is obsessed with taking down a duly elected president. I hope that the dems have a moment of clarity and realize that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Pay back is a tough pill to swallow.

  • Mary Jane Conti

    10/08/2019 10:54 AM

    Such crazy bs from the dems. No wonder I no longer vote Democrat!

  • Betty Franklin

    10/08/2019 09:36 AM

    Wow. I didn't realize that the purpose of impeachment was to make sure the "proper" party retained power. I thought it had to do with law-breaking. Learn something new every day.

“I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this President, he will get re-elected. If we don’t impeach him, he will say he has been vindicated.”

Texas Democrat Rep. Al Green let this slip on MSNBC last May, revealing that the relentless effort to impeach Trump is all just politics. Of course, if Democrats are able to remove Trump from office, that means Vice President Mike Pence gets a big-time promotion, but don’t think Democrats haven’t thought of that. A “President Pence” is absolutely unacceptable to them. In fact, I wrote just a few days ago that some in the Democrat Party are likely strategizing to take down both President Trump and Vice President Pence, leaving Nancy Pelosi next in the line of succession. Pelosi might stay in office for awhile or resign right away and leave the Presidency to her second-in-command.

Sure enough, former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks mused about it on MSNBC:

“You could impeach Pence first. The problem is that Donald Trump then has to name his replacement. But I think that maybe a deal could be struck where he was told if you don’t make a replacement, then Nancy Pelosi does become President. And so you are going to be impeached and convicted; you need to make this replacement so that the proper party remains in power.”

Ah, “the proper party”? Talk about a palace coup. As I recall, when Bill Clinton was impeached in the House, the articles of impeachment included 11 felonies, including lying under oath and suborning perjury. Though many disagreed that impeachment was the right solution even then, it must be acknowledged that Clinton had broken the law; he even had to surrender his law license for a time. The Democrats’ attempt to go after Trump is simply to make sure “the proper party” is in power, preferably before any more Supreme Court justices are appointed, and they will do this by any means necessary.

It doesn’t matter that Trump hasn’t committed impeachable offenses as the framers of the Constitution thought of them. Analysts currently like to say that impeachment is a political process, not a legal one, and they’ve been repeating it over and over in recent days. But this truism is about as true as others such as “Children never lie” and “You can indict a ham sandwich.” (Children are talented fibbers and not everyone gets indicted; ask Hillary Clinton.) Impeachment was SUPPOSED to be saved for gross misconduct and abuse of power, not for what we’ve seen –- which would have been ignored or excused if Obama had done it. If impeachment is turned into merely a political process that can be done just to overturn an election or as political payback for some perceived slight, the future of our nation is dire. (And if a President’s phone calls with foreign leaders can’t be confidential, that compounds the disaster.) Thanks to Tucker Carlson for bringing Wine-Banks’ nonsense to a wider audience –- one that can appreciate what nonsense it is –- on Monday night.

That clip was followed by an interview with former State Department official (and whistleblower) Peter Van Buren, who observed that since the first “whistleblower” report surfaced, the entire transcript has been turned over and is available online for anyone to read. “It’s clearly not crazy or frightening; it clearly doesn’t represent any kind of demand for quote-unquote quid pro quo or anything along those lines,” Van Buren said. And since the transcript has been made public, the claims of any whistleblower would seem to be moot. But Van Buren does describe a “sort of a three-way pitch and toss” being played by the Democrats, the media and the so-called whistleblower.

He thinks the second whistleblower must be essentially the source for the first whistleblower. So there’s nothing new here, and the transcript is already out. But this creates what is referred to in the CIA as a “feedback loop.” They use a second source as a backup to the first and imply that the initial source is more credible by “feeding information into the loop.”

I would add that this is what they seem to have done with the Steele dossier as well. Accounts from multiple sources strengthened the case for the dossier itself, but these were actually reports that came FROM the dossier. All they really had was the made-up dossier.

Of course, we know that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, whom Speaker Nancy Pelosi tasked with running the so-called impeachment inquiry (unofficial, since there hasn’t been a vote), was in on the ruse and has lied repeatedly. As long as he could get away with it, he pretended he and his office staff had had no contact with the first whistleblower; later we found out he or she had originally come to them for direction. We also know that in filling out the complaint, the whistleblower should have disclosed this contact but chose to leave that space blank. These are just a few of the lies; the capper may have been when, during a congressional hearing, Schiff “parodied” President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, putting outrageous words in his mouth and making him sound like a gangster.

(Incidentally, it occurred to me that since Pelosi put Schiff in charge of the impeachment “inquiry,” replacing House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler ---who has been obsessed with impeachment since the day Trump was elected --- we haven’t heard a peep from Nadler. Not that I’m complaining, but what’s going on with that? I digress.)

One thing that needs to be clarified about the whistleblower story is the report that the rules were changed just beforehand to allow for second-hand information. Democrats say this is incorrect and accuse Republicans of indulging in conspiracy theory. Margot Cleveland looked into it, and I’ve linked to her report below. The Intel Community IG (ICIG) put out a statement on October 1 acknowledging he had changed the form in response to the Trump whistleblower, saying it was because certain language in the form made it seem as though only firsthand information was allowed when that was not correct. But what he didn’t make clear in the statement was whether or not the ICIG had previously had a policy of allowing only firsthand information. And if he hadn’t, why would such emphatic language (“FIRST-HAND INFORMATION REQUIRED”) appear on the form, in total caps no less?

After thoroughly examining this issue, Cleveland still ends up with the concern that the ICIG’s office changed its whistleblower policy to get Trump. What do you think?

 

https://thefederalist.com/2019/10/02/the-key-point-about-whistleblowers-first-hand-knowledge-isnt-the-law-its-the-shady-regulation-changes/

 

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  • Claudia Kennedy

    10/08/2019 01:55 PM

    All I can do is pray Lord preserve our nation, guide, guard, and direct our President. Oh I will vote too! I am so tired of the House doing nothing and the Senate little better, they are all trying to preserve their privilege as the current word of the day....protect their healthcare and pensions.

  • Judy Radley

    10/08/2019 01:51 PM

    This is all so confusing, which the Democrats are making it confusing as they know the general public has no real knowledge of the proper procedures an 'impeachment inquiry' let alone an impeachment itself, works. As they don't teach these things in public school any longer. And if they do, it is omitted as most public schools, at least in New York State and California, are run by Liberal Democrats. And of course all the big news media companies are out of New York City, which are controlled and undermined by the Socialist Kings, Cuomo, DiBlasio, and Schumer, etc., the ones who have made New York State and NYC anti-American and a wholly socialistic and communistic states. Making sure that Soros runs everything too. The Democrats, all of them now actually, are domestic terrorists as they are doing treasonous deeds to oust a legally elected United States President. These things are done in foreign countries a lot more than they are suppose to happen in America. It seems like ever since the 9-11 terrorist attack on America, the Democrats have been doing these treasonous acts. Like when they first said, 'you cannot do profiling of people who are the same nationality as the Islamic ISIS criminals that launched the 9-11 attacks, and how the 'open borders' insanity took off around then too.....the Democrats are anti-Christian, anti-heterosexual, anti-American Values and Traditions, etc. Are we absolutely sure when Clinton was in office, and then after he was impeached, his criminals-in-his-corner, really didn't set the stage for the terrorist attacks to take place as a way for quid-pro-quo even back then? The deals the Clintons had with Ukraine, Russia, other foreign countries who are enemies of the U.S.A, all could have set the stage for an attack like that to have happened, by cutting back military, blaming so-called 'climate change' on Americans, but instead Russia, India, China, Korea, etc., are some of the worst environmentally polluting countries on Earth, and the Clinton's and Obama's and AOC's in the U.S.A. are best 'friends' with these communist state countries? Giving them secrets that are undoubtedly a breach of National Security Intelligence policies? Democrats would be more at home in the EU with all its socialist and communist govt. than in the U.S.A., so they are trying to turn America into the EU, and they want to appoint a 'king' or 'czar' of their own choosing, undermining the U.S. Constitution every which way. I support President Trump and May God Keep America's enemies, domestic and foreign, at bay, and continue to Protect President Trump and All of those who understand what is really going on, may God protect all of us too.

  • Mary Williams

    10/08/2019 01:28 PM

    Thank you for your honest commentary.
    I and many Americans cannot understand the silence of the Republicans in Congress on “this Get Trump” agenda. I know some have spoken out but why does Mitch McConnell not put some laws out to stop them. At least put up a FIGHT with something to at least let the American people know he is making some kind of STAND for The President. I for one am tired of their Silence and not defending The President with SOME THING,??????
    God Bless America

  • Edward L. Finley

    10/08/2019 01:27 PM

    It's a Rats! Nest! Full of Democ-Rats! if this ruse passes muster! We as a nation are in serious trouble, because we will never see another legitimate election! These Leftist crooks will see to that. We are already turning into a Puppet Government by default as we speak.

  • Alexandre Peshansky

    10/08/2019 01:24 PM

    Al Green ot only look like a caveman, he seems to be thinking like one (apologies to cavemen - for all I know, some were brighter that this sore specimen).

  • Coleen Bane

    10/08/2019 01:22 PM

    What a sham and we taxpayers are paying for this?It seems impeachment is on the wrong side!!! Does no one have reasonable sense anymore!

  • Sharon K. Behlen

    10/08/2019 01:20 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I am so glad that I get your messages. You are one of the last true Patriots!!!! Please keep this coming and may God bless you!

  • Helen Sustachek

    10/08/2019 01:08 PM

    So the House won't vote. Then we would know who to vote out in the next election. I say impeach the House. They are all corrupt. Oh, no Constitutional right to do so. Who cares? They don't care about the Constitution. Just make up our own rules like they do. Does it sound like a crazy idea? Sure crazy like they are.

  • Jeff Wegs

    10/08/2019 01:06 PM

    Isn't that treason?

  • David W Dornik

    10/08/2019 11:47 AM

    The custody of a male child is the right of the mother until the child is capable of taking care of his own self. This has been approximated at seven years of age, and the Fatwa (legal verdict) has been issued on this age, as normally children are able to take care of themselves at this age." (See: Radd al-Muhtar, 3/566)
    In the case of a female, the mother has this right of custody until she reaches puberty. This has been declared at nine years of age. (al-Mawsili, al-Ikhtiyar li ta'lil al-mukhtar, 3/237)

    The right of custody will be taken away from the mother if she:
    1Leaves Islam,
    2Openly indulges in sins such as adultery and there is a fear of the child being affected,
    3She does not attend to the child due to her leaving the house very often,
    4She marries a non-relative (stranger) to the child by which the child may be affected,
    5She demands payment for the upbringing of the child if there is another woman to raise the child without remuneration.

  • Ron Eaton

    10/08/2019 11:35 AM

    Now you read what she said so it tells the democrats only main reason they do what they do. Now for you or me, not for Americans. Just the wants for total control so they can take your guns, raise your taxes, eat your babies, that one is hard to take, and to punish all who is opposed to a one world government. This election, get up get out and let’s take the house back and keep President Trump making us stronger and greater than ever before.

  • Leonid Zolotarev

    10/08/2019 11:28 AM

    It looks more and more like a coup d'etat. Trump should immediately appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. Also, millions of Trump supporters should march on Washington and demand resignation of Democratic Party Leadership. People should camp in Washington until the problem is taken care of.

  • Stephanie Dobbins

    10/08/2019 11:26 AM

    Of course, the left is obsessed with taking down a duly elected president. I hope that the dems have a moment of clarity and realize that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Pay back is a tough pill to swallow.

  • Mary Jane Conti

    10/08/2019 10:54 AM

    Such crazy bs from the dems. No wonder I no longer vote Democrat!

  • Betty Franklin

    10/08/2019 09:36 AM

    Wow. I didn't realize that the purpose of impeachment was to make sure the "proper" party retained power. I thought it had to do with law-breaking. Learn something new every day.

“I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this President, he will get re-elected. If we don’t impeach him, he will say he has been vindicated.”

Texas Democrat Rep. Al Green let this slip on MSNBC last May, revealing that the relentless effort to impeach Trump is all just politics. Of course, if Democrats are able to remove Trump from office, that means Vice President Mike Pence gets a big-time promotion, but don’t think Democrats haven’t thought of that. A “President Pence” is absolutely unacceptable to them. In fact, I wrote just a few days ago that some in the Democrat Party are likely strategizing to take down both President Trump and Vice President Pence, leaving Nancy Pelosi next in the line of succession. Pelosi might stay in office for awhile or resign right away and leave the Presidency to her second-in-command.

Sure enough, former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks mused about it on MSNBC:

“You could impeach Pence first. The problem is that Donald Trump then has to name his replacement. But I think that maybe a deal could be struck where he was told if you don’t make a replacement, then Nancy Pelosi does become President. And so you are going to be impeached and convicted; you need to make this replacement so that the proper party remains in power.”

Ah, “the proper party”? Talk about a palace coup. As I recall, when Bill Clinton was impeached in the House, the articles of impeachment included 11 felonies, including lying under oath and suborning perjury. Though many disagreed that impeachment was the right solution even then, it must be acknowledged that Clinton had broken the law; he even had to surrender his law license for a time. The Democrats’ attempt to go after Trump is simply to make sure “the proper party” is in power, preferably before any more Supreme Court justices are appointed, and they will do this by any means necessary.

It doesn’t matter that Trump hasn’t committed impeachable offenses as the framers of the Constitution thought of them. Analysts currently like to say that impeachment is a political process, not a legal one, and they’ve been repeating it over and over in recent days. But this truism is about as true as others such as “Children never lie” and “You can indict a ham sandwich.” (Children are talented fibbers and not everyone gets indicted; ask Hillary Clinton.) Impeachment was SUPPOSED to be saved for gross misconduct and abuse of power, not for what we’ve seen –- which would have been ignored or excused if Obama had done it. If impeachment is turned into merely a political process that can be done just to overturn an election or as political payback for some perceived slight, the future of our nation is dire. (And if a President’s phone calls with foreign leaders can’t be confidential, that compounds the disaster.) Thanks to Tucker Carlson for bringing Wine-Banks’ nonsense to a wider audience –- one that can appreciate what nonsense it is –- on Monday night.

That clip was followed by an interview with former State Department official (and whistleblower) Peter Van Buren, who observed that since the first “whistleblower” report surfaced, the entire transcript has been turned over and is available online for anyone to read. “It’s clearly not crazy or frightening; it clearly doesn’t represent any kind of demand for quote-unquote quid pro quo or anything along those lines,” Van Buren said. And since the transcript has been made public, the claims of any whistleblower would seem to be moot. But Van Buren does describe a “sort of a three-way pitch and toss” being played by the Democrats, the media and the so-called whistleblower.

He thinks the second whistleblower must be essentially the source for the first whistleblower. So there’s nothing new here, and the transcript is already out. But this creates what is referred to in the CIA as a “feedback loop.” They use a second source as a backup to the first and imply that the initial source is more credible by “feeding information into the loop.”

I would add that this is what they seem to have done with the Steele dossier as well. Accounts from multiple sources strengthened the case for the dossier itself, but these were actually reports that came FROM the dossier. All they really had was the made-up dossier.

Of course, we know that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, whom Speaker Nancy Pelosi tasked with running the so-called impeachment inquiry (unofficial, since there hasn’t been a vote), was in on the ruse and has lied repeatedly. As long as he could get away with it, he pretended he and his office staff had had no contact with the first whistleblower; later we found out he or she had originally come to them for direction. We also know that in filling out the complaint, the whistleblower should have disclosed this contact but chose to leave that space blank. These are just a few of the lies; the capper may have been when, during a congressional hearing, Schiff “parodied” President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, putting outrageous words in his mouth and making him sound like a gangster.

(Incidentally, it occurred to me that since Pelosi put Schiff in charge of the impeachment “inquiry,” replacing House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler ---who has been obsessed with impeachment since the day Trump was elected --- we haven’t heard a peep from Nadler. Not that I’m complaining, but what’s going on with that? I digress.)

One thing that needs to be clarified about the whistleblower story is the report that the rules were changed just beforehand to allow for second-hand information. Democrats say this is incorrect and accuse Republicans of indulging in conspiracy theory. Margot Cleveland looked into it, and I’ve linked to her report below. The Intel Community IG (ICIG) put out a statement on October 1 acknowledging he had changed the form in response to the Trump whistleblower, saying it was because certain language in the form made it seem as though only firsthand information was allowed when that was not correct. But what he didn’t make clear in the statement was whether or not the ICIG had previously had a policy of allowing only firsthand information. And if he hadn’t, why would such emphatic language (“FIRST-HAND INFORMATION REQUIRED”) appear on the form, in total caps no less?

After thoroughly examining this issue, Cleveland still ends up with the concern that the ICIG’s office changed its whistleblower policy to get Trump. What do you think?

 

https://thefederalist.com/2019/10/02/the-key-point-about-whistleblowers-first-hand-knowledge-isnt-the-law-its-the-shady-regulation-changes/

 

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  • Claudia Kennedy

    10/08/2019 01:55 PM

    All I can do is pray Lord preserve our nation, guide, guard, and direct our President. Oh I will vote too! I am so tired of the House doing nothing and the Senate little better, they are all trying to preserve their privilege as the current word of the day....protect their healthcare and pensions.

  • Judy Radley

    10/08/2019 01:51 PM

    This is all so confusing, which the Democrats are making it confusing as they know the general public has no real knowledge of the proper procedures an 'impeachment inquiry' let alone an impeachment itself, works. As they don't teach these things in public school any longer. And if they do, it is omitted as most public schools, at least in New York State and California, are run by Liberal Democrats. And of course all the big news media companies are out of New York City, which are controlled and undermined by the Socialist Kings, Cuomo, DiBlasio, and Schumer, etc., the ones who have made New York State and NYC anti-American and a wholly socialistic and communistic states. Making sure that Soros runs everything too. The Democrats, all of them now actually, are domestic terrorists as they are doing treasonous deeds to oust a legally elected United States President. These things are done in foreign countries a lot more than they are suppose to happen in America. It seems like ever since the 9-11 terrorist attack on America, the Democrats have been doing these treasonous acts. Like when they first said, 'you cannot do profiling of people who are the same nationality as the Islamic ISIS criminals that launched the 9-11 attacks, and how the 'open borders' insanity took off around then too.....the Democrats are anti-Christian, anti-heterosexual, anti-American Values and Traditions, etc. Are we absolutely sure when Clinton was in office, and then after he was impeached, his criminals-in-his-corner, really didn't set the stage for the terrorist attacks to take place as a way for quid-pro-quo even back then? The deals the Clintons had with Ukraine, Russia, other foreign countries who are enemies of the U.S.A, all could have set the stage for an attack like that to have happened, by cutting back military, blaming so-called 'climate change' on Americans, but instead Russia, India, China, Korea, etc., are some of the worst environmentally polluting countries on Earth, and the Clinton's and Obama's and AOC's in the U.S.A. are best 'friends' with these communist state countries? Giving them secrets that are undoubtedly a breach of National Security Intelligence policies? Democrats would be more at home in the EU with all its socialist and communist govt. than in the U.S.A., so they are trying to turn America into the EU, and they want to appoint a 'king' or 'czar' of their own choosing, undermining the U.S. Constitution every which way. I support President Trump and May God Keep America's enemies, domestic and foreign, at bay, and continue to Protect President Trump and All of those who understand what is really going on, may God protect all of us too.

  • Mary Williams

    10/08/2019 01:28 PM

    Thank you for your honest commentary.
    I and many Americans cannot understand the silence of the Republicans in Congress on “this Get Trump” agenda. I know some have spoken out but why does Mitch McConnell not put some laws out to stop them. At least put up a FIGHT with something to at least let the American people know he is making some kind of STAND for The President. I for one am tired of their Silence and not defending The President with SOME THING,??????
    God Bless America

  • Edward L. Finley

    10/08/2019 01:27 PM

    It's a Rats! Nest! Full of Democ-Rats! if this ruse passes muster! We as a nation are in serious trouble, because we will never see another legitimate election! These Leftist crooks will see to that. We are already turning into a Puppet Government by default as we speak.

  • Alexandre Peshansky

    10/08/2019 01:24 PM

    Al Green ot only look like a caveman, he seems to be thinking like one (apologies to cavemen - for all I know, some were brighter that this sore specimen).

  • Coleen Bane

    10/08/2019 01:22 PM

    What a sham and we taxpayers are paying for this?It seems impeachment is on the wrong side!!! Does no one have reasonable sense anymore!

  • Sharon K. Behlen

    10/08/2019 01:20 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I am so glad that I get your messages. You are one of the last true Patriots!!!! Please keep this coming and may God bless you!

  • Helen Sustachek

    10/08/2019 01:08 PM

    So the House won't vote. Then we would know who to vote out in the next election. I say impeach the House. They are all corrupt. Oh, no Constitutional right to do so. Who cares? They don't care about the Constitution. Just make up our own rules like they do. Does it sound like a crazy idea? Sure crazy like they are.

  • Jeff Wegs

    10/08/2019 01:06 PM

    Isn't that treason?

  • David W Dornik

    10/08/2019 11:47 AM

    The custody of a male child is the right of the mother until the child is capable of taking care of his own self. This has been approximated at seven years of age, and the Fatwa (legal verdict) has been issued on this age, as normally children are able to take care of themselves at this age." (See: Radd al-Muhtar, 3/566)
    In the case of a female, the mother has this right of custody until she reaches puberty. This has been declared at nine years of age. (al-Mawsili, al-Ikhtiyar li ta'lil al-mukhtar, 3/237)

    The right of custody will be taken away from the mother if she:
    1Leaves Islam,
    2Openly indulges in sins such as adultery and there is a fear of the child being affected,
    3She does not attend to the child due to her leaving the house very often,
    4She marries a non-relative (stranger) to the child by which the child may be affected,
    5She demands payment for the upbringing of the child if there is another woman to raise the child without remuneration.

  • Ron Eaton

    10/08/2019 11:35 AM

    Now you read what she said so it tells the democrats only main reason they do what they do. Now for you or me, not for Americans. Just the wants for total control so they can take your guns, raise your taxes, eat your babies, that one is hard to take, and to punish all who is opposed to a one world government. This election, get up get out and let’s take the house back and keep President Trump making us stronger and greater than ever before.

  • Leonid Zolotarev

    10/08/2019 11:28 AM

    It looks more and more like a coup d'etat. Trump should immediately appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. Also, millions of Trump supporters should march on Washington and demand resignation of Democratic Party Leadership. People should camp in Washington until the problem is taken care of.

  • Stephanie Dobbins

    10/08/2019 11:26 AM

    Of course, the left is obsessed with taking down a duly elected president. I hope that the dems have a moment of clarity and realize that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Pay back is a tough pill to swallow.

  • Mary Jane Conti

    10/08/2019 10:54 AM

    Such crazy bs from the dems. No wonder I no longer vote Democrat!

  • Betty Franklin

    10/08/2019 09:36 AM

    Wow. I didn't realize that the purpose of impeachment was to make sure the "proper" party retained power. I thought it had to do with law-breaking. Learn something new every day.