Speaking on Tuesday’s HANNITY, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee Doug Collins of Georgia had something particularly telling to say about next week’s impeachment “inquiry” testimony. (Yes, poor forgotten Jerrold Nadler finally gets to chair some hearings.) It has to do with the new direction Democrats are taking in the coming weeks.

“Do you know how I know they don’t really have anything?” Collins asked. “Because this first hearing next week is...they’re gonna bring academics in to tell us what an impeachable offense is. I’ll tell you what an impeachable offense is NOT: it’s everything we’ve seen from Adam Schiff and the Democrats for the past year as they’ve attacked a very successful President who is simply doing the best job for America...Next week, get ready! I’ve said this before: “Judiciary Show,” the lights are gonna come on, get the popcorn ready, ‘cause it’s now time to actually get down to business...”

According to Collins, next week Adam Schiff “has to testify.” Since Schiff essentially took the role of Ken Starr, the reasoning goes, he should follow Starr’s lead and come in for questioning about his case. “Maybe he can do a little better, without the gavel in his hand, telling the truth...about what his involvement was in this whole thing, and also where he’s going with his plan.” Collins said. He’s more optimistic than I am about Schiff testifying before the House --- let alone telling the truth.

Nadler has invited someone else to testify, though: President Trump, and his lawyers. But the invitation came with an ominous warning, reading, “While we invite you to this hearing, we remind you that if you continue to refuse to make witnesses and documents available to the committees of jurisdiction under H. Res. 660 [Schiff’s outrageous rules that only Democrats approved], the chair shall have the discretion to impose appropriate remedies.” What, a dose of castor oil? Laps? Jail? Nadler, who is as bad as Schiff when it comes to recognizing the separation of powers, does not have the “discretion” he thinks he does. The matter would have to go before the Supreme Court, and Schiff has already shown that he didn’t want to risk going there.

The hearings will provide additional distraction before the release of the IG report, but according to Andrew McCarthy writing in NATIONAL REVIEW, the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are already working on a “new narrative” to have in place before the report’s release. Of course, the REAL story is that during the Obama administration, our intel bureaucracy (“the swamp”) used its vast powers to improperly spy on the campaign of a political opponent. Dan Bongino, talking about McCarthy’s piece, says their plan is to obscure the true narrative, which is very serious stuff, by focusing on what bad, bad guys the RUSSIANS are and using that to justify whatever the FBI “had” to do.

As McCarthy says, when CNN ran with the first leak from the IG report, they said it was expected to “find mistakes in the FBI’s handling of the FISA process, but that those mistakes do not undermine the premise for the FBI’s investigation.” That premise, as they reported it, was that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. But, as McCarthy points out, that’s only half the premise –- “the uncontroversial half” –- and by itself, it’s not enough to justify spying on an American candidate. He goes on to explain that “the FBI’s full premise is that the Trump campaign was COMPLICIT (emphasis mine) in Russia’s election interference.” See how that excuses what the FBI was doing? And that, conveniently, is what they did suggest in their warrant application to spy. Brilliant analysis from McCarthy. Never mind that there was no reliable evidence that this half of the premise was true.

As McCarthy says, “...If the Horowitz report is going to take the tack that, because Russia did in fact meddle in the 2016 campaign, any investigative overreach amounts merely to regrettable but understandable overzealousness, that would be a very big deal --- and not in a good way."

For when you have time, there’s much more at the link, including the way to counter the predictable “new narrative” that just because some lawyer at the FBI deceptively altered a document, it doesn't follow that the FISA warrant itself was, well, unwarranted. Wrong; there are multiple reasons in this case to think that it was. Unwarranted, I mean.  (You’ll see this was written before the FBI lawyer was identified as Kevin Clinesmith.)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/11/the-first-glimpse-into-horowitzs-fisa-abuse-report/

Oh, and speaking of new narratives, you’ll never guess who has just released a new book to not buy. It’s none other than Glenn Simpson of sleazy “oppo research” company Fusion GPS, and partner Peter Fritsch. (If you want the real lowdown on Fusion GPS, read Lee Smith’s new book THE PLOT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT.) These slimeballs still accuse Trump of doing what THEY did; namely, going to a foreign power to affect an election. Predictably, they’ve already had fawning interviews at NBC and MSNBC, where the book, called CRIME IN PROGRESS (I’ll wait while you laugh helplessly), was called “a fascinating read.” Yeah, I’ll bet it is. File it under “Fiction.”

This piece I've linked to below by Lee Smith, from March, will fill you in on one way Fusion GPS works to further a chosen media narrative. They work through a nonprofit called The Democracy Integrity Project (!), which, as I mentioned in a recent commentary, is funded by George Soros.

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2019/03/11/trump-russia_20_dossier-tied_firm_sending_dc_journalists_daily_collusion_briefings.html

Finally, we’ve known for a long time that Christopher Steele has a remarkable talent for getting just about EVERYBODY to pay him: Hillary and the DNC, Fusion GPS, Russian and/or Ukrainian oligarchs, even the FBI. There’s bound to be plenty of Soros money in the mix. According to a new report by John Solomon, Steele was peddling intel to the highest bidder and distributed other “dossiers” –- even one to a lawyer for Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash. Solomon says that Steele “also was in the business of selling intelligence to private clients –- all perfectly legal –- while informing the FBI.”

This relates to my commentary from yesterday about how poorly vetted the confidential human informants (CHIs) such as Steele were at the FBI. Solomon predicts Steele “will be the star witness, or the star figure, when the FISA report comes out.”

Solomon has been criticized mercilessly for his insistence that Ukraine, not just Russia, interfered in our 2016 election, and that it was done on Hillary’s behalf. But he can cite at least three known episodes of it; nothing about any of them is in doubt. He also notes that a court in Ukraine ruled that this happened, and he continues to stand by his reporting.

Steele distributed other dossier reports, including one to an oligarch’s lawyer | John Solomon Reports

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  • rodney burke

    11/28/2019 05:00 PM

    as more comes out this NEW excuse the dems are trotting out is gonna fall apart. There are too many FACTS to the contrary. Solomon and Carter have been ripping the libs to shreds and it will get better. Anyone who expects ANY dems to tell the whole truth is mentally ill. Schiff will get caught lying, of that I have zero doubt. If he takes the fifth, we KNOW he's guilty of a ton of stuff. The 4th testimony shows us what they have, zero. If at this point we need to know what a high crime is, the dems are wasting their time. Nadler is going to accomplish less than schiff, I predict. He is more inept than the rest. And schiff is inept personified. I say a cell for him right after he testifies

  • David Foster

    11/28/2019 09:20 AM

    Will the Democrats ever learn that chasing your tail in circles (left turns) will get no results? Or coming up with a new method (to lie) will not yield any results. Other than dizziness. And how they created a new definition for feeling out of control, lose of balance.
    I wonder if this is how criminals feel when they are about to be caught from crimes committed they thought they would get away with? Does anxiety play a role here? Is it fear? Or both?
    In my opinion yes plus arrogance and complacent.

  • Kevin J Cook

    11/28/2019 08:16 AM

    Every corrupt democrat who was involved in this coup writes a “book”. This is nothing but a money laundering scheme to fund their scum attorney. And the corrupt GoFundme scammers are just as disgusting

  • Carolyn Mae Wood

    11/27/2019 07:52 PM

    I hope Trump does not get impeached. Just want you to know I am not crazy for a couple of the Fox news people. Hannity and Laura ..it is the way they talk and interrupt every person they have on their show.
    Plus, they are so conceited as I can tell being in my 80's and watching news for 30 years. I like Ed Henry, Waters, Tucker, and a few more.
    I also like you and watch you on the Christian channel. Nice show. I like to watch Dr. David Jeremiah every Sunday and I get a some books he has written. He is a genius. God has really blessed him.

    Thank you for your goodness and may God keep you in perfect peace.
    Carolyn

  • Ed Thompson

    11/27/2019 07:50 PM

    Colonkraperstink took a knee and then the cancer of “I wanna be known” starting spreading through out the NFL and the team owners and the head of the organization did nothing to put the guilty players on the bench and it kept spreading till I got completely sick and tired anything associated with the NFL, myself and my family decided that football didn’t count in our lives anymore! We quit watching. And now, we have been bombarded for YEARS with false narratives about and against The President of The United States of America. I quit watching— we, my family, we are sick of the sickness that spread throughout our great countries government, much like what happened to the NFL, when the adults refused to put the offenders on the bench! Now it’s not a “game” at stake, it’s an entire nation with everything to lose, not just a season, but an entire way of life, if these Democraps are not put in their place by their peers, or their own rank and file. Common sense has to rise above the madness or it’s not going to be good for anyone!

  • Kathleen White

    11/27/2019 06:14 PM

    The Democrats said this on National TV “ We have to change the rules of impeachment to fit this situation “. What I don’t understand is “ WHY IN GODS Name has no one brought charges of TREASON AGAINST the. DEMOCRATS involved in this mess . The FBI. Not prosecuting. Clinton’s Obama’s, Schiff , Pelosi & Others ? Because FBI. CIA. Also corrupt .

  • BILL GUNNELL,Sr

    11/27/2019 04:46 PM

    I believe that we are in the last days, If the democrats win the election we could be even closer to the end . As a christian This may be could be a good thing. Going home to Jesus. Just have to wait and see. Praying a lot and hope you are as well. GOD BLESS!

  • Lisa Chambers

    11/27/2019 02:39 PM

    Sadly, it looks like Gov. Kemp will not appoint Doug Collins to fill the Senate seat when Johnny Isakson retires.

  • Barron R. Calebaugh

    11/27/2019 11:30 AM

    Thank you Governor for all your hard work in keeping us informed. I hope when Nadler starts his circus performance with the array of lies, he looks as stupid and inept as Schiff continues to do. Hopefully the poll numbers will continue to go south as they have after Schiff fell flat on his face.
    Surely the American people can see what is going on here and has been happening for years. I hope the republicans will finally stand and fight like responsible men and women. We'll see!!
    Thank you again for all you're doing. May God bless you and your family.

  • David Colonna

    11/27/2019 11:10 AM

    What an excellent article but Mike we still have Americans who believe the Liberal Democrats did nothing wrong or were warranted in spying on OUR President. I have people at work, some who I thought had a solid brain still saying they cannot vote for our President. It is truly heart wrenching to see how badly they have been brain washed by CNN, MSNBC and the other many lying mainstream media. Truly mind boggling how they can be so lost!!

  • Jim Hunt

    11/27/2019 10:52 AM

    I wonder what would have happened if President Trump, in the famous phone call to the president of Ukraine had said "I heard that there is an investigation in Ukraine into Hunter Biden's business with the oil company. Could you fill me in on that?" If President Trump had used that question instead of "Can you do me a favor...?" would we now be intangled with this web of deception and lies that come from Schiff and company? Or it could be that God allowed this to happen to expose MORE corruption in our own government?

  • W Risinger

    11/27/2019 10:31 AM

    Your site has so many popups on it it's not readable. Do yo really need them?

  • Robert Mascari

    11/27/2019 10:06 AM

    "going to a foreign power to affect an election"..........if the Dems convict Trump of this, Hillary is and DNC are guilty as well. No one on the Dem side seems to care about this.

  • Michael Moody

    11/27/2019 09:58 AM

    Dear Mike:

    I wanted to write to you about a sidebar, but it is really not. It is part and parcel of the things that I think can be done to deal with the crooked cartel called the Democratic National Party. Someone should call it SMERSH, fro the James Bond movies.

    It was reported that Ilhan Omar was an agent of the Qataris even before she ran for politics> It is something that sounds to be to good to be true. Even though it was in sworn testimony, it was still hearsay, and not really possible to corroborate. I did read the article on the allegations thoroughly and I realized something.

    People can lie even in sworn testimony, particularly if it involves hearsay. Or they can just be mistaken. But the one thing that can be entered into a court proceeding that does not lie is checks. Omar could be receiving payments into her campaign account that come from foreign official sources. That is a very serious crime and Democrats and Republicans both have been prosecuted for it. At a minimum she needs to return any such funds to the originators immediately.

    I do know a few things about how checks are used in court. And this is the problem that works into Burisma as well as Omar. It has even been reported that some of Schiff's staff have taken money from the Ukrainian gas company. I think that would be important to find out. It is actually easily done to. I am not the only one who can trace proceeds. A lot of people can. It would be very possible to find out if these things are true if one can find the checks and deposits from the routing bank.

    But the real problem is to obtain permission to access the data. Several different IG's could do it. The FBI could do it. But it would probably take a letter concurred on by the Office of the General Counsel for someone very high up to get those sources moving and actually do it. I think the best source of that information would be through State or US AID.

    But here is the problem. Would these organizations really do it? The FEC or Office of Special Counsel (Hatch Act) could make a referral on Omar. But would they? That is the problem that Trump has had all along. People are not willing to do what the President wants and if there are grounds for action, they think they can refuse. This is where we really see the Deep State at work.

  • Joe Broadway

    11/27/2019 09:57 AM

    I'm lost on election interference. I've never met a Russian or anyone especially someone with a gun pointed at me telling me how to vote. There is no evidence the Russians were running a 100 million voting precents and changed 70 million votes? Propaganda? Well the demo's are the experts on that. I trust the Russians more than the democrats because I know the demo's are liars.

  • Jerry Korba

    11/27/2019 09:43 AM

    I have ranted for a long time how the influence of the Communist countries Russia China have bought the Mainstream Media outlets. If the public thinks it will get the real scoop on most issues than you need to continue to be of a Communist mind. The Propaganda thrown at the public will be mostly Anti American and against Capitalism and Christian values. The Congress on the Left is a member of Communism for this country as it pushes Anti American values down the throats of Americans. I am not pushing fear look at what the Left wants and has gotten the streets of major cities are homes to outright drug use,Filth, crime, mental health nobody cares for, disease, rodents taking over city blocks, lawlessness, before the Left took control only a fraction of this behavior was evident. The attacks on the Constitution is Anti American so correct me if I am wrong is the Media broadcasting COMMUNISM? or not? The Left no longer leans in that direction Communism its pushing it. MAGA Take back the House silence Pelosi Schiff and all the wannabe comrades.

  • james d chamberlain

    11/27/2019 09:30 AM

    Mike, I love your newsletters. I'm a full grown South Arkansan. I have a problem nobody seems to be able to answer. Write me back or call me and we can discuss it. ( not a life or death issue). Have a happy Turkey Day!!!!! 8708819127..

  • Douglas G Darchuk

    11/27/2019 09:07 AM

    Is there any possibility this is a dog and pony show put on to stop any legislation going through the house? Only to keep Trump from completing his plans before the election

  • Linda Olds

    11/27/2019 08:56 AM

    The media is saying that the IG report will say that there's not much wrongdoing comitted against President Trump, in spite of all the time they took on it.
    We are anxious for whatever was done against him to come out into the open.
    I am encouraged, though, by Pompeo's words and smile when he was asked about testifying in the present witchhunt, "In time, all good things will come to pass."

  • Dale Baker

    11/27/2019 08:40 AM

    I remember when the Democrats said that President Trump was mentally unfit to be in office from the get-go until Trump was examined and cleared by the doctor at Camp David. Then they started changing their excuses.

  • Susanne Heron

    11/27/2019 08:19 AM

    Yikes! I would need a flow chart the size of Central Park to keep up with this, and if strings were used, would not be able to walk. Demonstrates more strongly than ever that Congress members can't be allowed to stay in politics, let alone office, long enough to build such a network of corruption. And we are paying them for this!

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    11/27/2019 08:19 AM

    So, why are these DNC + Hitlery not going to jail...why are they not testifying before this hearing for election interference? WHY?