“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?




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  • Larry pfannenstiel

    10/08/2019 06:52 PM

    This is all because they hate the man who is exposing the demorats corruption and immorality! They haven't been doing the job they were elected to do! Term limits would solve this problem!

  • Joe Wilkerson

    10/08/2019 05:58 PM

    I would not put anything pass the dems in there headlong dash to get all the power back from all three branches. The GOP let a golden opportunity pass when we had all the branches and I could kick them all in the butt for it. Just think, we had all three branches and could not get the wall built, get judges in and a host of other things done. I do lay a big part of this on our speaker of the house.

  • Terry Nixon

    10/08/2019 05:38 PM

    Mike, As usual, you are completely correct Sir! Our country is in deep trouble. I pray for it every night, hoping our members of Congress might be brought to realize the error of their ways. I am not sure what it would take for the members of Congress to get back to running the country in the best way possible and each put away their hatred for the opposing party. It is like a very large disfunctional family of egotists at best. There is so much hatred, lying and mistrust I am just not sure it will ever happen. We need a strong leader like JFK to patch-up the tent. Only problem is there are few of those left in today's world.

  • Jerry

    10/08/2019 05:06 PM

    I have ranted about Minneapolis and it style of government A few may have wondered what's my beef about Mlps. the Mayor of the city is a weak little coward elected by the same nitwits that elected Omar and the AG Keith Ellison the Muslim Brotherhood activist girlfriend beater and former co chairperson of the Socialist party mix that with Mlps turned into a Sanctuary city the people want 400 more policemen and the council say no way, crime is so bad the police can not get to an emergency till the next day the Police totally dislike this government must be a cousin of DeBlasio the one everyone loves to dislike, Mlps. has my Twins yes even after being beat by the Yanks been 2 years since I been to a game our Vikings again 2 years and the T wolves I went last year free ticket and a bunch of big guys to go with Mpls is not safe I will not waste time or money in that shit hole town sorry sport vendors nothing against you move your teams to the country the same with your bars and entertainment the taxes will be lower and you will be doing better business with a better bunch of people I will spent my time watching small college teams away from Minneapolis when Amy Klobuchar looks like the normal one figure out the nut jobs in Mlps.

  • Ruby Howell

    10/08/2019 05:03 PM

    President Trump did not do what the Democrats have claimed he did. I believe President Trump & the American public need to hear from the Whistleblower's own words not words that were planted by the Democrats. There should never be a closed session of this process at all. The Republicans need to speak as one voice for our President. Thank you for keeping us informed.

  • Donald LaPierre

    10/08/2019 04:56 PM

    By the miracle of being able to see the future( not really, just for this comment)
    I notice that in the year 2024 a new series has captured the interest of most of the country on TV. House of Cards, West Wing, and all previous great series are
    child's play compared to this called THE TRUMP SAGA which took four seasons
    to complete. Truths and lies intermeshed beyond belief that legal scholars
    are amazed that this could possibly occur in America.

  • Robert McFate

    10/08/2019 04:48 PM

    The DemonRATs are well known to change the rules as needed to get what they want!

  • Elaine Gibson

    10/08/2019 04:47 PM

    What is this, new soap opera called As The Stomach Turns? The Dems, especially Schiff and Pelosi are totally out of control and Reps are letting them...….so much corruption and lies...…….American people will vote Red next year. Did you dems flunk recess in school on how to play nicely? Remember God is in control of everything and watching you closely and ready to bring judgment on this country that he loves and its people.

  • Patricia de la Tejera

    10/08/2019 04:46 PM

    The full and complete answer to this combat between good and evil is to be found in messages from heaven at www.holylove.org
    The holy love messages are a continuation of the messages given us at Lourdes, Fatima, Garabandal, Medjugorje, and to Christina Gallagher of Ireland. The Maranatha Spring site has existed for 30 years.

  • Kathy Hallmark

    10/08/2019 04:43 PM

    I am absolutely fed up with all this nonsense. I have a feeling that many other Americans think the same way.
    Are *we the people" paying a bunch of Representatives to just argue about getting our duly elected President impeach, while not tending to real business to help the safety and progress of our country?
    We seniors need a raise, not our do-nothing Congress.

  • Stephen Russell

    10/08/2019 04:27 PM

    Either way U Dems lose since U cant impeach on fake charges.
    Wont work.
    Give it UP & Help the nation or lose 2020

  • rodney burke

    10/08/2019 04:16 PM

    this entire impeachment is unraveling. nancy made her intent clear. She wants a communist takeover. No OTHER party is the "right party" but libs. I would say that is an attempt to over throw the government and there is not only a term for it but a punishment which should be meted out post haste

  • Vivian Sill

    10/08/2019 03:54 PM

    Could/would you put out a list of definitions for all the parts of government or groups you use in your commentary? These include:
    and others. FBI, CIA, TSA do not need to be included. Thank you.

  • Richard Edler

    10/08/2019 03:29 PM

    I think all of this is correct and it is a coup using CIA tactics. I also think they has this planned for awhile. It is historic to see the grasp for power in our day and age - tragic but historic. You are right about the Supreme Court. That is their main goal - to take over all the courts because then they can make their own laws and write a new Constitution that favors them. As proven by Soros’ trying to place new AGs in states to do his bidding. This is an evil time and we have to prevail and keep good people as representatives for a free America. If not we will lose our country and our souls. It is sad to see how little we mean to Dems and aren’t considered voters. Just slaves to be used and taxed for their nefarious purposes. The main plan is to put Pelosi in power and overturn everything Trump has done for the people. The main query still lies - who exactly is running this shadow gov? CIA? Soros? Obama? Who are the conglomerate? And is Gina Haskell part of this? We all wish Trump would fire certain people and get hos own crew! We also know Holder is cheating once again and trying to force red districts blue as was the beta test in Cali. Being next door in NV we watched it all plus it happened here and was awful to observe how Dems cheated their way in by offering more money and free things. I felt I was living in Venezuela! Never felt this ever before. The free things pledge will destroy America since the 48% who live in America and don’t pay taxes want the 52% to pay for them. My mother in law is 92 and crippled and still has to pay taxes for those who are fully capable of working? When I see illegals in my local gym working out and not working? Seriously? The tax system is broken and those who don’t pay taxes then shouldn’t be allowed to vote or at ehe very least make laws that hurt the middle class and the senior citizens. This is a crime. My mother in law already paid taxes and now has to pay taxes again on SS? Isn’t that double taxation? No person over 85 on a limited income. It is like the gov. vultures picking their bones when there is nothing else left. Anyway much more needs to be done to keep America safe from more socialism. Lower college costs - go after and put limits on college tuition and punish them if they don’t abide since they get federal money. Build more less expensive homes for youth to get started. Where are those inexpensive starter homes? And why don’t we have a national senior day or elder day to recognize all of those who came before us and built foundations - economic and Christian - to help us succeed? KAG!

  • Marjorie Higginbotham

    10/08/2019 03:27 PM

    First I’d like to thank you for keeping us informed. This impeachment mess gets scarier everyday. The Democrats get crazier every day. I come from a patriotic family, and it hurts to see what our once great country is becoming.

  • Christine Kerekffy

    10/08/2019 03:26 PM

    This whole impeachment deal stinks to high heaven, can't you just see God with a clothespin on His nose?
    God forbid Pelosi or anyother dem getting to be President.

  • Jerry Korba

    10/08/2019 02:58 PM

    Does America follow this crap Gee I hope the employment rate continues to rise when one replaces a nit wit like Nadler for a lying nit wit like scshit (so sorry about the spelling) people should make sure they keep busy so they can just ignore them, the Left is so negative they anger most people with their crude behavior not worthy of normal people. Trumps administration needs to show those numbskulls what real obstruction is. Let's get on with Trump's second term!!!

  • Karen Chase

    10/08/2019 02:51 PM

    If impeachment is a political process and not a legal..why doesn't the Presidents lawyer impeach Pelosi and all Democrats in the House and Senate? If nothing else.. it will scare them. Then put in law.. the Constitution is legal.. FOLLOW IT!

  • Allegra Kitchens

    10/08/2019 02:48 PM

    We need to pray that this impeachment political ploy will be dismissed. Should it go further and actually get Pres. Trump impeached and removed from office there will be a civil war to re-establish the U. S. Constitution as the law of the land. The American people (those people the Liberal Dems in Congress think are deplorable and of no consequence) will not stand still for impeachment. The Liberal Dems and others of their ilk think they can run over the American people. They better think again, long and hard before they try to remove our duly elected president from office when he has done nothing illegal, let alone worthy of impeachment. I am worried because I know what is going to happen if Pres. Trump is removed from office. It will be out and out war. Too bad Congress is so blinded by hate they would rather destroy our country with a civil war than to concede they lost the 2016 presidential election.

  • Laurie Flickinger

    10/08/2019 02:25 PM

    Those who continue to lie and manipulate the system and the public should be prepared to hang on their own gallows. The truth will bring them down.

  • Robbie Mize

    10/08/2019 02:10 PM

    This is so scary. It leaves me wondering what you actually think will happen Governor Huckabee? Can they actually pull this off? Is there enough defection in the Senate to get this coup approved there after the House has gone against the will of the voters?

  • Anne turner

    10/08/2019 02:02 PM

    No, no, no. You got it all wrong. Omar’s divorce must have been caused by Trump. Isn’t every bad caused by the President. Now that is real power. LOL

    I am coming to believe that real conspirators will never be brought to justice. The media is just too strong. Most of the people in middle America, don’t keep up with the details. They are too busy living their lives. If the Dems get in, they will be forced to pay attention as their quality of life will go down. But don’t worry the government will take care of your needs. You will have food, shelter, and basic health care, freedom to have abortions at will and freedom to off yourself when you become non productive. You won’t even have to decide what to eat or what car to drive, if you can afford one. You won’t have to spend all that time planning vacations since you won’t be able to afford them. Besides even if you could that needed knee replacement won’t be done for at least two years. What else could you possibly want? “We’re from the government and we are here to help.”

  • Dr. Charles Rezner

    10/08/2019 01:57 PM

    Little Adam Schitt has lived in Fantasy Land since Trump was elected and has a continued Fantasy of impeaching Trump. Shitt's problem is he can't find Trump doing anything wrong so he makes things up and leaks and lies. With this obsession to impeach Democrats have failed to do anything for the good of the country and wasted millions of dollars. It is more than time for the President to use the powers provided him under anti terrorism and make the participants in the attempted COUP just vanish not to be heard from for years. I'm talking about Clinton, Comey, McCabe, Rosenstein, Schitt, Nadler, Pelosi, Mad Max, Greene, Brennan, Clapper, and at least 2 or 3 more each from State, Justice, FBI, and CIA along with a couple of Obama District Judges.

  • 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.