Whoever heard of an impeachment inquiry being conducted in secret, with an anonymous leaker (loosely dubbed the “whistleblower”) perhaps giving secret testimony by letter from an undisclosed location, presumably because of death threats? Never mind the question of how one sends death threats to an anonymous person.
But that's the kind of thing the Democrats are trying to pull. And now Adam Schiff is saying they might not use this person’s testimony at all. Obviously, he never thought President Trump would simply release the transcript of his phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, or that we’d begin to uncover the prospective witness’s ties. (If anyone is going to be impeached here, I would say it's this witness!) And, of course, this person has now fulfilled his function, which was to sensationalize what would have been considered a normal phone call and cause the media to go to the next level of insanity.
The more we find out about the person who leaked concerns about the phone call, the more we understand why he wants anonymity, and it’s not because of death threats. An article by Clarice Feldman in AMERICAN THINKER sheds some light on that. She believes that once the identity of this person is confirmed, “it will be clear that this was a stupid setup by amateurs in Congress who wanted to cover their tracks.”
The likely suspect appears to be someone who was involved with those behind the unverifiable Steele “dossier” and also with two members of Adam Schiff’s staff…
The first of these, Abigail Grace, was hired by Schiff to investigate the Trump White House. Prior to that, she worked for the National Security Council from 2016-2018 in U.S.-China relations and then at the Center for a New American Security think tank, founded by two former senior Obama administration officials. A source familiar with her work told the WASHINGTON EXAMINER that she had access to executive privilege information and was not authorized to disclose it.
Sean Misko, the second staffer, previously worked under Obama’s deputy chief of staff Jake Sullivan, who became Hillary Clinton’s top foreign policy official during her 2016 run for President. Feldman's source said he was not trusted by Trump appointees because he allegedly tried to insert information, without approval, into final copies of documents.
If the “whistleblower” is indeed the person Feldman's sources say, he is or was with the CIA and is a fellow on the Atlantic Council, which has a business partnership with...(drum roll, please)...Burisma Holdings, the company that put Hunter Biden on its board of directors. This is getting just a little too cozy, don’t you think? Oh, it gets even cozier, as members of the Atlantic Council also include Adam Schiff staffer Sean Misko, Dmitri Alperovitch (co-founder of CROWDSTRIKE), and “more Obama and Hillary people than you can count.”
Feldman’s article lists other connections; for example, the “whistleblower’s” attorney, Andrew Bakaj, has a long anti-Trump history and a connection to the Project on Government Oversight, financed by George Soros’ Open Society foundation. I wrote recently on both attorneys for this person and their Soros-funded organization Whistleblower Aid, formed in the months after Trump’s inauguration in an obvious attempt to take Trump down.
These shady figures with their shady connections seem to think they are the ones who get to determine who the American President will be. We are supposed to have three co-equal branches of government, but the Democrats in Congress are under the mistaken impression that they reign supreme and can make up their own rules. Sorry, but they do not get to approve or disapprove who occupies the White House, and we cannot sit by as they attempt to do so.
A new addition to the D.C. Circuit Court, Judge Neomi Rao, has voiced concern that the way Congress is going after the President violates the constitutional prohibition on bills of attainder, which don’t legislate so much as target a particular individual. “Legislative power does not include the exercise of judicial power to determine the guilt or innocence of individuals,” she said. She went on to quote President Washington: “The Constitution contains a single procedure for Congress to address the fitness for office of the President of the United Staates –- impeachment by the House, and subsequent trial by the Senate.” Obviously, what Democrats are currently doing is not impeachment as it has traditionally been understood.
I would also consider Feldman's AMERICAN THINKER piece a must-read, as it goes into much more detail and shows the swamp is deeper and wider than we knew, spreading way across international boundaries. (Note that in the course of his investigation, Attorney General Barr has been using a lot of his frequent flyer miles.) It’s also becoming clear that the Obama administration was well aware of these cozy relationships.
Right now, we’ve got one political party, with help from the media, trying to stop the swamp-draining and protect itself. I’m optimistic that, thanks to Barr, John Durham and some remarkable reporters who dare to go against the grain, eventually they will have no place to hide.
Incidentally, Democrats will have a lot of distracting to do by the end of the week. FOX News’ Maria Bartiromo says her sources are telling her that Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s internal report on abuse of the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to launch the “Trump/Russia” investigation will be released Friday and that it’s “the size of a telephone book.” I presume she means the one for the New York metropolitan area.
Your Monday serving of fake news: ABC illustrated how horrible, awful, no good and very bad President Trump is for causing the “crisis in Syria” (a remarkably peaceful place before Trump was elected, of course) by pulling our troops, leading to the slaughter captured on this video of the “fury of the Turkish attack on the border town.”
Except it’s not from Syria. Nowhere close. It’s 2017 video of a popular nighttime machine gun and pyrotechnics show at a gun range in Kentucky.
When called on their blatant deception, ABC News issued a perfunctory “correction,” adding that they “regret the error.”
Of course, this was after they’d already told Americans that Trump is responsible for all this death, carnage and gunfire. Think the “correction” will also be presented with similar drama and fireworks to make an equal impression? Or will this now join the canon of debunked anti-Trump stories (“Russian collusion,” "mocking the handicapped," “fine people on both sides”) that just keep coming back from the dead on the Internet, like endless Dracula sequels?
Incidentally, is it really an “error” when you have to go to the trouble of carefully editing the footage to crop out the spectators who were recording the show on their cell phones, to make Kentucky look like Syria? Or by “error,” did they mean being sloppy enough to get caught?
California’s “progressive” government is so “progressive” that it’s just about progressed the Golden State back into the Stone Age. We already had people living out in the open, defecating in public, fighting previously-eradicated diseases, and now, parts of Northern California don’t even have electric lights (or electric anything else) anymore. To fight wildfires that can be sparked by power lines, a less “progressive” state might have built dams to insure there were adequate water supplies, cleared away brush, done controlled burns, built roads into the forests so that fire trucks could access them, or various other things that make environmentalists glare, “How DARE you?!”
Not California, though! If electricity might spark fires (as a “progressive” might say, “Fire BAD!”), then Pacific Gas & Electric will just shut off the electricity to hundreds of thousands of people.
You won’t be surprised to hear that California’s leaders didn’t think this plan through very well. The totally predictable unexpected consequences have included massive food spoilage, the destruction of two years’ worth of cancer research at UC-Berkeley, and at least one death from a man’s oxygen machine shutting down.
Oh, and those who thought solar panels could replace all other power discovered that their own solar panels on their own roofs couldn’t even replace the power they use themselves.
As Stephen Green puts it so well in the piece linked above, we no longer have to say, “Will the last one to leave California turn off the lights?” because they’ll already be off. One satirical website even ran a mock news story claiming that Kim Jong-Un published a satellite photo of a pitch dark California at night to show North Koreans that Americans don't have electricity, either
And now, for those of you in red states who still have electric power, may I direct you to this excellent piece by Victor Davis Hanson, about how our current generation of “woke” leftists that has such a snotty, superior attitude toward previous generations is actually so useless (particularly in California) that the ancestors they scorn look like gods compared to them. And if they hadn’t inherited the infrastructure built by others (which is rapidly deteriorating because they’re incapable of maintaining it), they’d be living in caves and eating grass by now.