Evening Edition - October 14

October 14, 2019

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.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/schiff-whistleblower-testimony-may-not-be-necessary

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.

https://www.nysun.com/editorials/a-star-is-born-in-the-battle-over-trumps-tax/90866/

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.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/10/producers_of_the_flailing_impeachment_inquiry.html

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.

Maria Bartiromo: DOJ inspector general report due out Friday and covers 'more than just FISA abuse'

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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.

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kristine-marsh/2019/10/14/wow-abc-admits-using-fake-footage-slaughter-syria-segments

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?    

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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.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/oxygen-dependent-man-dies-12-minutes-after-pge-cuts-power-to-his-home

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.

https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/california-turns-off-a-lot-more-than-just-the-lights/

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. 

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/victor-davis-hanson-generations-giants

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  • Peter Rienstra

    10/16/2019 12:29 AM

    The dims are like a bunch of idiots going in circles in the deassart looking for a place to get water and shelter . they keep going over the same old
    path every day.

  • Phil Opperman

    10/15/2019 05:27 PM

    I look forward to every one of these - but I believe this is the best yet. It covers so much, and yet is funny (in a sad sort of way), and succinct, and hard hitting. I also have always loved Victor Davis Hanson, and his piece is fantastic.

  • Mitchell Niles

    10/15/2019 01:56 PM

    Loved the comments, so true,
    about california. At 80 I
    Cannot figure out where my
    state from 1950 went.

  • Linda Boozer

    10/15/2019 12:56 PM

    So. I gotta ask. HOW and WHY are the Democrats continually allowed to do all this unconstitutional STUFF free will and with no authority demanding they stop and at the very least abide by our laws. All I hear is “can’t believe they are doing this!” and no consequences for their abhorrent behavior.

  • LTC(R) Tom Reiva

    10/15/2019 11:02 AM

    The California Dem lack of realistic leadership is making this once nice to visit tourist state a thing of the past. It's truly sad they can't follow Federal law or seek a way to legally change it. I've lost all desire to visit this state!!

  • Kenneth S Dady

    10/15/2019 09:08 AM

    Wonder if there really is a "Whistle Blower"? Believe Adam Schiff might himself might be him.
    Based on what we see and hear from him, he could have made the whole thing up.

  • Roland Revis

    10/15/2019 08:11 AM

    Morning Mike! Is Barr for real? Do you think he's not prosecuting the Democrats because he is in bed with them? Tom Fitton released enough documents to put Comey and others away but Barr refused to prosecute. Sorry Mike I think Barr is another Swamp Lizard!

  • Carmine Fea

    10/15/2019 06:36 AM

    Yes, the whistleblower is no longer needed and the whistleblower did fulfill his/her purpose which was to provide a fake but highly sensationalized accusation against the President to start impeachment in order to call witnesses hunting for something real to use to impeach the President. This is most definitely a cleverly orchestrated "witch hunt" against the President. We may not know who is behind it, but we do have the names of individuals who intentionally or stupidly helped bring it about, Atkinson for one.

  • Richard Geldhof

    10/15/2019 06:06 AM

    Good post today Gov.. Enjoyed your comments on how dysfunctional Democrat brains have gone. Disgrace and shame! They've gone rogue off their own power grid. They shut off their own brains long before the power rid. Glad I support Trump, the leader of America who changes and builds rather than destroys. Turning off the power for fear of sparking fires proved their democratic unfit attitude for all America. Western fires and especially California lead the charge to increase global adverse weather conditions with higher amounts of heat, rain and air pollution across the cereal bowl of America.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    10/15/2019 04:43 AM

    For years we have said that California should break off and float away or sink. Maybe they will this time.
    BLESS YOU........

  • Judy Kelly

    10/15/2019 01:44 AM

    Fabulous!!! Love it; love it! Now, if only all of the liberals could read about all of these truths, we might find that some of them may see the light!

  • Bob Janovick

    10/14/2019 10:18 PM

    RE: "three co-equal branches of government"
    The House is one half of a branch.
    The Dems are 235 over 197 in the House. (Roughly 33/61 members are D.)
    That is marginally more than half of a half of a third.
    So, were talking just a little over 1/6 th of the government.
    Adam Schiff seems to think (?) that he is one of the branches.

  • Edward Lester

    10/14/2019 10:14 PM

    California is in the dark now both literally and for a long time figuratively. Taking on more liability (impoverished, no skill, diseased illegals) than you have assets is not smart but depending on the rest of the US, which you have scorned openly for years, is an even dumber idea. No one feels sorry for you Gavin, in fact, we are energized when we hear Trump has firmly said no to your "demands" for federal help.

  • Gary Stilwell

    10/14/2019 09:39 PM

    Judge Neomi Rao--Hooray!!! finally, someone who actually has read the US Constitution!(and understands it)
    The "committees" in the impeachment inquiry's are unconstitutional--Section 5 clearly describes this. The House(read full House) must vote to do this--even the Cornell Law institute in citing precedence as far back as Adams confirm.
    Her further assessments are entirely consistent with the Constitution.(Bills of Attainder).
    This Lady is brave and Right in her interpretations!!

    There are numerous scenarios proliferating about succession if indeed the president is impeached(and removed from office) Read the Const----The House speaker is NOT in line here--the Senate has the say-so.

    The House recently went into "recess" uh-oh--not allowed by the Const unless the other house approves.---I didn't see any formal approval for this.

    The House(and Senate) also must keep a "journal" of their proceedings--visible to the citizens, and published from time to time--I want the journal of the House committee's proceedings now! how's that for legal requirements!!!
    Note-- on Executive power here--The Const. states The President may convene Congress --OR adjourn it(either House or both) based on what can loosely be defined as irreconcilable differences---he could adjourn the House if he wanted--right now--until the differences were resolved.

    I can't get this info to the White House--perhaps you can

    BTW--Article II limits the Congress from looking at Citizen's tax returns--another dem unconstitutional act(they have not determined Trump is a non-citizen-yet).

  • Kathleen M Flanagan

    10/14/2019 08:54 PM

    LOVE your "Evening Edition". It is about the only political thing I read anymore. One point I am concerned about is - Trump has had three years to "drain the swamp". I have not seen a SINGLE swamp rat charged, arrested, or sentenced. Trump needs to put up or shut up or he is not going to win re-election. And this from a die-hard Republican.

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    10/14/2019 08:38 PM

    When a body is threatened by a cancerous growth, the growth, and the surrounding tissue are excisedin an attempt tosave the body.

    Maybe it is time to recognize that LA, the Bay area, Sacramento and Santa Babara are deadly tumors, which need to be escised from the US, with the surrounding tissue.

    Once we know the non-cancerous tissue was not effected we can bring them back into the body.

    I volunteer to donate a week of labor on the wall between the US and (former state) California.

  • Linda C. Furlong

    10/14/2019 08:25 PM

    I just love how the coroner concludes that the man who had his electric turned off for the fires died of coronary artery disease. Well duh, the man needed the oxygen to breathe due to his coronary artery disease.

  • C. Spencer van Gulick

    10/14/2019 08:13 PM

    Above you say, "Sorry, but (the Democrats in congress) do not get to approve or disapprove who occupies the White House, and we cannot sit by as they attempt to do so." Yes, YES! (Pant, pant), but I'm sitting by, we're ALL sitting by. Republicans and bit players get arrested, thrown in jail, indicted (at least some of us), but Democrats caught with their pants down get a "Tsk, Tsk!" before we move on to our next ineffectual gripe with them. Fourteen House members are holding a private "impeachment inquiry" with the almost the entire government and citizenry out of the loop, for God's sake! Chaos! Tyranny! Ah, the bane of calm minds! You and others are "telling it like it is," but we're all "sitting by", spectating. What can we do? And why?— is there really a Republic any more?

  • Mary spieker

    10/14/2019 08:13 PM

    Thank you Gov mike for your great honest christian interpretations. You are a real blessing!!!!

  • Toni DeFronzo

    10/14/2019 08:06 PM

    A great read. You do have a way with words. Your clear, concise reporting of facts, with a hint of humor thrown in, does make it a little easier to read some frightening facts.

    Thank you!

  • Jerry

    10/14/2019 08:01 PM

    I wonder if Obama might be getting a little nervous with Old Joe not in a very stable mindset I am waiting for him to blurt out Obama made me do it he is has taken half of the money and left Hunter and I to split the other half. Old Joe is weakening talking about the glory days in SF and the all nite male bath houses with his real good friend Cooper Anderson wonderful times a few drinks and a little towel just sweating the nite away (yawk.) Gee fellas stealing another country blind is bad yes? it is but its to bad U R not fixed right to hang with Kraft and the NE Patriots and just get a nice massage after a day of stealing and spreading lies on CNN.

  • Ed Williar

    10/14/2019 07:57 PM

    What if the thousands of people that are showing up at Trump rallies all gathered on the steps of Congress or on the mall in Washington, D.C. to protest this “impeachment” farce...

  • Lisa Ford

    10/14/2019 07:54 PM

    Unfortunately, California's people that are moving are causing other state's prices to climb. Causing rents to go up, home values to go up. And making it hard on us poorer folks on Social Security. And we'd love to have them check their blue ways at the state border.

  • William R McMichen

    10/14/2019 07:24 PM

    Very informative; As usual, Mike`s insight into the reality of things is a "must-read".

  • Peggy S Nelson

    10/14/2019 07:18 PM

    As far as I can find there has never been a president so badly treated as President Trump has been. I also don't think we have ever had a House of Representatives that is so ineffective as the one we have now. Thank you for keeping us informed. Always enjoy even if I don't comment.