“If you want to use a piece of evidence from a deposition or a tape, make sure that other parts of the tape do not destroy the parts that you used.”
That was Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsay Graham, speaking with Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES after a spectacular Saturday morning take-down by Trump’s attorneys of the House impeachment managers. Even though President Trump had been prohibited from having his own witnesses (or even one attorney) in the “inquiry” and House Republicans couldn’t ask questions unapproved by Schiff, Trump’s attorneys showed how information gathered by the managers themselves –- including testimony from their own witnesses –- hidden during their Senate presentation, destroyed their case for impeachment.
Trump’s lawyers were masterful, and just warming up for the longer session Monday. They showed why these House representatives, with all their misrepresentation of fact, would more aptly be called “misrepresentatives.” If you didn’t watch because you’re sick of the whole mess, you really should go back and watch it. Unlike the Democrats’ excruciating, embarrassing, insulting, monotonous, endlessly repetitious 22-hour lie-fest, this is fabulous and runs only about two hours. And whatever you do, don’t miss Monday.
I’m not a lawyer, but it sure seems that in a real court of law, Schiff and Nadler would be disbarred for their manipulation of evidence. They were, in effect, lying to the jury. Nadler not only called the President a “dictator,” he offended senators by accusing them of participating in “the cover-up” if they didn’t vote to convict. I realize there are numerous sleazebag attorneys alive and well and trying cases in courtrooms throughout America (for example, those prosecuting Michael Flynn) but, given the importance of this case, these two snakes belong at the very top of the list of those who disgrace their profession. They validate every lawyer joke in the book --- though what they’re doing to justice and the Constitution is no joke.
BREAKING NEWS: Here's why Dems want to call John Bolton
By Mike Huckabee
(Warning: This story is based on a New York Slimes story of unknown origin, with its release timed for maximum harm and distraction to President Trump’s impeachment defense, so take any claims in it with a pillar of salt until verified by a reputable source. Also bear in mind that it’s built around a “blockbuster” “Gotcha” that shouldn’t even be an issue, as it’s Trump’s job to look into alleged corruption at high levels and running for President as a Democrat should not be a lifetime pass from legal scrutiny, Hillary notwithstanding.)
On Thursday, THE NEW YORK TIMES ran an exclusive report that John Bolton’s new book manuscript includes a claim that President Trump withheld aid to Ukraine on the condition that they investigate Joe and Hunter Biden. The report says that according to the manuscript, Trump told Bolton in August of last year –- he tendered his resignation in September –- “that he [Trump] wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens.”
So, how did the NYT get this manuscript? They say that Bolton had shared it with “close associates,” which Bolton’s team denies. And since a “pre-publication review” is standard at the National Security Council for any former government official with a security clearance who writes or speaks publicly about his or her work, it could be that someone at the NSC leaked the draft. (Say, that would make them both leaky and drafty.) Bolton’s attorney Charles Cooper is complaining that the NSC review process has been “corrupted.”
Or, someone on Bolton’s team might have done the leaking, to help sell some books. And this sort of stunt does sell books; according to FOX News, conservative commentators are noting that merchants started taking orders for Bolton’s book, which comes out in March, just as the NYT story broke.
Bolton’s team would not “speculate” how the NYT got a copy of the manuscript. They also wouldn’t say Bolton was denying the claim made about Trump holding up aid pending an investigation into the Bidens. (Note that they didn’t confirm it, either.)
THIS is why the House impeachment managers are pushing so hard to get Bolton as a witness in the Senate trial. If they subpoena him and Trump cites executive privilege, Bolton will suddenly become ‘THE” witness whom Trump prevented from testifying –- the magic bullet whose testimony would surely have ended his presidency! That will be the media narrative regardless of the truth. And if Trump doesn’t cite executive privilege and Bolton does testify, he’ll be taking the witness chair as a disgruntled former employee who had unresolvable policy disagreements with the President and could say just about anything he wants to.
This development will hang over Monday’s proceedings, which will still be a monumental take-down of the House managers by Trump’s attorneys, completing the work they started on Saturday. Yet the media will be talking about only one thing: John Bolton. Interesting timing, wouldn’t you say?
Bolton's manuscript leaks on same day Amazon sales begin, prompting conservative skepticism
PS – President Trump quickly responded on Twitter: "I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book..."
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Sunday, millions of fans were shocked and saddened by the death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Bryant often used helicopters to avoid the notorious L.A. traffic. Nine people were aboard the helicopter and all were killed when it experienced unknown problems in mid-flight and later crashed into a mountainside in dense fog. Los Angeles Police had grounded their helicopters because weather conditions didn’t meet their minimum safety standards. The crash is under investigation.
Hundreds of grief-stricken fans rushed to the crash site to hold prayer vigils. The deaths also cast a shadow of tragedy over Sunday’s Grammy Awards, which were held in the nearby Staples Center where Bryant played with the Lakers for his entire 20-season career, becoming the team’s all-time leading scorer and the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points. Bryant was also a very successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, raising millions for charities to help children and veterans.
I hope you’ll join me in offering prayers and condolences for Bryant’s wife Vanessa and their other children. But let’s also remember to pray for the other victims and for their families. Not all their names have been released at this writing, but we do know that they include Orange Coast College head basketball coach John Altobelli and his wife and daughter, and Harbor Day School assistant girls’ basketball coach Christina Mauser. The other victims of the crash were not famous sports celebrities, but all their lives were equally precious in the eyes of God.
Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, we observe the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
This is always a very solemn occasion, but even more so now, in the shadow of rising anti-Semitism, some of it even coming from national political figures in Congress; deadly assaults on Jews on American soil; and disturbing recent surveys showing that about 40% of Americans don't know what Auschwitz was, including a shocking two-thirds of Millennials. Another new survey finds that 69% of Millennials and Gen Xers in France, a nation occupied by the Nazis, didn’t know that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, 25% had never heard of the Holocaust, and 20% think it’s “acceptable” to hold anti-Semitic views.
There is very good reason why the credo of those who observe Holocaust Remembrance Day is “Never again.” I have been to Auschwitz multiple times. It is impossible to stand in that cursed place and not feel the weight of the sadness, loss, terror and evil in the very air around you. Anyone who’s ever been there will never again toss around ignorant comparisons of various US policies to “Nazis” and “concentration camps.” And I guarantee that once you’ve been there, you never forget.
Unfortunately, too many people haven’t been there, and haven’t been taught what happened there and in other such camps. I like to believe that no human being who really understands what this was about could possibly feel anything but revulsion at the very idea of anti-Semitism. And yet, it’s on the rise, which tells us we need to redouble our efforts to teach our children this history.
We all know that those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. This is a chapter of history we must never allow to be repeated.
David Clossen has more on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in light of current events at this must-read article in the Daily Signal.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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