December 9, 2019

At this writing (late Sunday night), it’s the calm before the storm. The Inspector General’s report about FISA abuse by the FBI is scheduled for a Monday release. And after spending the weekend in “dress rehearsals” (I am not kidding), the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are moving forward with more impeachment hearings on Monday. According to THE NEW YORK TIMES, they had two "lengthy prep sessions" with Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Tribe, whom you might recall said in December 2016 that Trump’s impeachment “should begin on Inauguration Day,” based on his reading of the Emoluments Clause. Five months into Trump’s adminstration, Tribe called him a “danger to our system of government.” Now there’s an objective voice.

So you can imagine what we’re in for this week. (Remember, we watch the hearings so you don’t have to!) Monday’s hearing will happen even though Democrats did a massive weekend “document dump” --- so many thousands of records that not only the Republicans but even the Democrats will have no way to read through them beforehand.

According to ranking member Doug Collins of Georgia, whose request for a stay was refused, “...they’re going to have scripted questions to a bunch of high-priced consultants that they brought in to present their reports” when, “we can read the reports.” Talking with Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES, he said Democrats should be “ashamed” for presenting this hearing as informative and factual when it’s really an attempt to adjust public opinion. He also complained that Democratic leaders Pelosi and Schiff are using the Judiciary Committee as a “puppet” to do their bidding.

Well, what else are they gonna do when they have no actual evidence to present, just lies and hearsay?

But the media are happy about the continuing hoopla, because it will help them take the focus off something extremely serious that Adam Schiff did: not only go after phone records of President Trump’s personal attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow; Congressman Devin Nunes of California, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee; investigative journalist John Solomon and others, but also release them in his impeachment report. Talk about “abuse of power” --- in trying to tar President Trump with that accusation, he has shown himself to be guilty of it.

You’d think that with the invasion of Solomon’s privacy, other journalists would be incensed. But most of them don’t consider Solomon to be one of their own. In one sense, I agree with them: they’re not even close to being in his league, as he does the job they should be doing but don’t. That has certainly placed him not just on Schiff’s political “Schiff list” but on theirs, too. We’ve been saying for a long time that Solomon is a target because he’s been sniffing around too close to the smelliest parts of the swamp. They’re out to take him down, just as they’ve been working to discredit Attorney General Barr ever since he said he believed spying did occur.

Wonder how Trump’s adversaries would like it if a Republican Congress went after THEM and got THEIR phone records. As Jeff Crouere in the CANADA FREE PRESS has noted, “These records should never have been released to Schiff or any politician and should never have been included in his impeachment report.”

Can you believe it? It takes a New Orleans reporter writing for a Canadian publication to chastise NYC and DC “journalists” for not being more upset about governmental abuse of power. That says a lot.

Apparently, even though it was highly unethical, it was technically legal for Schiff to get these records. There’s a loophole in privacy law called “the third-party doctrine,” which, according to Sen. Rand Paul, says, “Your records are not your records if they are held by a third party –- like a phone company, an internet service provider, a credit card company, or a physician.” (In this case, the phone company, stunningly, chose to be Schiff’s accomplice when it could have challenged him.) But Schiff went way beyond obtaining the records: he used information from them (which Devin Nunes says is inaccurate; in fact, Nunes is suing) in his committee’s report and drew all sorts of unwarranted conclusions from them. And in publicizing Giuliani’s and Sekulow’s records, he certainly violated Trump’s attorney-client privilege.

Hey, if you want more of this kind of abuse going on in our society, just elect more Democrats to office, because it’s in their very nature. Remember Hillary in the White House, with Craig Livingstone and the cache of raw FBI files? What we’ve seen to this point is only the beginning if the “machine” takes complete power once again.

Kim Strassel of the WALL STREET JOURNAL was right when she said Schiff’s action “trampled law and was a disgraceful breach of ethical and legal propriety.” (That article is behind a paywall, but much of it is excerpted here):

Of course, that’s nothing new for Schiff, who apparently sees such behavior as part of his job description. He does more of that before 9AM than most people do all day.

Wow, and here’s what we WON’T be seeing in the impeachment hearings: any Republican witnesses. Yes, it turns out that Jerrold Nadler’s kangaroo court has rejected them all as “irrelevant.” For example, he says Adam Schiff is an irrelevant witness because “he didn’t witness anything.” Question: since when did any of the Democrats’ witnesses actually witness anything? Schiff should testify because he and/or his staff were actively involved with the person making allegations against Trump. Nadler spoke on CNN about the issue, and listening to him, it’s hard to believe this is actually happening in America.

Finally, if at this point we’re still waiting for the release of the IG report, Joe diGenova has a worthwhile 7-minute video that he made in anticipation of it. Good use of time...

Exclusive: Everything You Need To Know About The IG Report, According To Joe DiGenova

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  • Carol J Mathews

    12/09/2019 11:05 PM

    Two governments One for Dem and one for the rest of us.
    The professors were so bias that that my TV actually started to tilt.
    On another subject. We trained the pilots that flew into the twin towers. Why in the world are we training any foreigners, who hate our country or at least want to see its demise, in any military ways?? As for gun free zones, they should not exist to begin with and for sure on a military base. Who ever devised that plan must have been a traitor. !!!!

  • Jerry Korba

    12/09/2019 07:35 PM

    I lasted about 10 minutes watching Nadler he is good to watch; if you are challenging yourself to see how long you last before taking the Lords name in vain. Nadler is a piece of Garbage I thought I saw the devil on the little guys shoulder laughing with delight while Nadler was being crude and doing his bully tactics. A man shouted out what I think of Nadler and the Left, where can we contribute to get him out of jail fund. This Hearing and the Left are Frauds and dam good at it, it is sicking to watch But pelosi and little Nadler are laughing with delight!! And so are our Ememies China can't beat Trump but China will rip the Left apart when its done using it.

  • Kay DeWitt

    12/09/2019 06:20 PM

    I just watched Joe DiGenova's video and the first thought that came to mind is how these never-ending stories of corruption bear witness to the darkness that has been tolerated...and any politican who knew ABOUT this corruption, and DID nothing to expose it, is in no position to want to impeach the President for violating Constitutional laws in the name of moral...patriotic...righteousness!

    When darkness cries out against darkness there has to BE an unrighteous SELF- SERVING motive! Only the light of HIS truth can cry out against the darkness of any so called "impeachable" offense because the light hates the "darkness" . ..the sin.... OF an impeachable offense. .In the case of the Democrats they do not...
    because they CANNOT...hate the darkness of the offense..the "sin"...they want to indict the President for, they hate him, the sinner!....which, of course, is of the EVIL ONE!

  • jack macdonald

    12/09/2019 05:16 PM

    It disturbs me greatly to see the caliber of the Democrat members of congress. The damage they are currently undertaking to destroy our system of govt is astounding. They know not what they wreak. If they succeed in what thgey are attempting we will no longer live in America. That they either do not recognize the course they are on or they know and are too stupid to understand the consequences. The irony of the whole thing is that they are living the American dream. The level of corruption displayed in this farce is mind numbing.

  • George Murrey

    12/09/2019 05:03 PM

    I did the worst by watching a one man show of disgrace this morning. It is sad to see the guy who is supposedly in charge shut down Rep Collins every time he tried to speak, Which makes think back to when I was in high learning about Roberts Rules of Order. There was no such order during the first part of the hearing. Nadler showed his arrogance over and over again. I finally decided to watch my favorite morning local station for real news. The IG gave it's report; and just like the Mueller report there nothing. Which comes to my last point, what a waste of time, energy and resources.

  • Paul Kern

    12/09/2019 04:11 PM

    Just adding my thoughts about the kangaroo court impeachment hearings and the recent shooting.
    I am tired of seeing the fake news cherry pick and keep their followers feeding off the slime from the Deep Swamp. I have been called a deplorable and other nasty names because I wouldn't accept their false narrative. Moved from Oregon to Washington recently and both are very blue.
    Disturbed that so many churches are not concerned from what I have seen. I just tell them we must continue in real prayer and lifting up the name of Jesus.
    As far as the shootings. Being a vet I can't believe the military has been infiltrated where soldiers can't carry their weapons on base. A travesty. The Pentagon or others in authority have lost their minds. It occurred to me that like many "immigrants" from the Middle East Muslim countries the person fits the image of a "sleeper" Many have been shown to be that. At least it seems to have been accepted as a terrorist attack.
    How many must we endure before "normal" Americans realize we are under a spiritual and human attack from people who hate this country and any who support our President.
    What tragedy will have to occur before they wake up. I know many who are thinking the same way.
    Like Gideon we must keep our weapons ready. The first is prayer and fasting. Hold fast on to God's truth as revealed in His Word.

  • Jim L

    12/09/2019 04:07 PM

    When I was growing up, we all heard that American would be taken over from the inside.
    What they were referring to then, is that China was buying all those big buildings in the U.S. and that it would only be a matter of time.
    Well, we don't have to worry anymore about the other countries destroying America, as the Democrats are doing a pretty good job of destroying from within.

  • Helen Corey

    12/09/2019 03:37 PM

    Why is Lindsey Graham being such a chicken about confronting Dems running a jury where the accused is not allowed to defend himself? Does MCCain’s involvement in Ukraine have anything to do with Graham’s reticence?

  • Charlene Williams

    12/09/2019 02:22 PM

    It seems to me that when conservatives retake to House and maintain the Senate and White House the very first thing they should do is pass laws, make constitutional amendments, or whatever is necessary to ensure what is happening with Pelosi, Schiff, and now Nadler against President Trump should never be allowed to happen in America again. I cannot believe there is no way to stop what these three stooges are doing. It is disgraceful and they are despicable. All three should be thrown out of government without retirement or any benefits and fined $1million each. That might stop the next anarchist from throwing all rules, regulations, and precedents out the window. The Democrats are an embarrassment to America and their constituents are so brainwashed they believe everything they say and do is OK. I'll get off my soapbox before I have a fill-blown stroke. I am furious over how these so called impeachment hearings are being handled.

  • Gregory Weinman

    12/09/2019 02:21 PM

    Good article Governor!
    The IG report is now in the public domain. As we both predicted it whitewashes egregious behavior with "mistakes were made but they were errors of omission." It's interesting the IG says he had no documents or testimony indicating any in DOJ acted because of political bias. He also wrote sufficient predicate existed for an FBI investigation into Carter Page. I wonder if asked would he say new evidence kept coming forward supporting the FISA warrant renewal every 90 days including 6 months after Mr Page left the campaign.

  • Ed Thompson

    12/09/2019 02:19 PM

    Repeat a lie long enough— tell a lie long enough- speak a lie loud enough and the gullible people will fall for it every time! Now the lies are being broadcast out to millions and millions of people,some of whom are the gullible ones that also are the ones who gleefully march in the streets over the dumbest things that idiots think up. We are sadly lacking common sense and logic and morality in America but we are full up with stupid these days. What ever the outcome of this sham of an impeachment happens, I’m voting for The President of THE UNITED STATES ????— the right man for the job—Donald Trump. God Bless America and the President .

  • Harry Eich

    12/09/2019 02:17 PM

    "questions to a bunch of high-priced consultants"
    Hey Governor,
    Are these people actually being PAYED for their testimony or are they doing this as "patriots"? Anything less than unpaid makes them out as the paid prostitutes they are. Even if they are being paid this should never be a condition for their testimony, (minus the expense of travel,lodging or lost income.)

  • Eunice Taylor

    12/09/2019 02:15 PM

    I am on a different subject. but please tell me what is up with Lindsey Gram? I remember when he took over the committee chair, he said he was going to find out and investigate what has been going on and why with everything that has been happening with corruption. The only thing that I heard that he had done was sent a letter to the state department requesting a copy of documents and phone records regarding Biden's dealings with Ukraine. I have heard nothing since but all he was looking for was to get this impeachment mess over and move on. Maybe this is all he wants or finding out is too much work for him to be concerned with finding out the truth or did Biden scare him when he said that Gram would regret it for the rest of his life. Maybe Biden does have something on him from earlier times and reminding him that he could be facing his own delimma. However I am very much disappointed with Gram and will never have faith in him anymore, because it is our tax dollars that are being wasted on this corruption and we deserve to know the truth and hold sorry people accountable so it doesn't ever happen again. So please when you see Senator Gram, let him know of our disappointment in him and that we would appreciate him keeping his word on doing what he said he would do. I can say that is one of the reasons President Trump is so loved is because he is not a bullshitter, he is a straight shooter. We do love President Trump. The senators should take notice and learn from him, it pays to be honest and truthful and work for the people that hired you and that are paying you.


  • Rosemary Scott

    12/09/2019 01:18 PM

    Every one of these hearings are exactly the same. Couldn't watch more than a few minutes before I turned the channel! What's the point? The Dems have their biased voices over and over, and won't let the Republicans even question protocol. What a wasteless farce! Time, money all wasted.