Impeaching Trump for Obstructing Congress Would Harm Checks and Balances

by Alan M. Dershowitz{gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ Among the grounds for impeachment being considered by the House Judiciary Committee is that President Trump obstructed Congress by refusing to have members of the executive branch comply with Congressional subpoenas without orders of the court… This ground was given the imprimatur of the academic experts who testified for the Democrats. These experts, however, were not only wrong; their opinions pose a real danger to civil liberties and checks and balances. Moreover, it is highly questionable that these experts would have said that citizens must always comply with Congressional subpoenas without a judicial order if the political shoe were on the other foot. I came of age during the McCarthy era, when Congressional committees issued subpoenas to suspected Communists, fellow travelers and lawyers who represented left wing radicals. Civil libertarians challenged these subpoenas in court, sometimes winning, sometimes losing. But no liberal accused them of doing anything wrong by refusing to comply with Congressional subpoenas until and unless a court ordered them to comply. Now, however, anti-Trumpers are demanding impeachment for what they would have praised during the McCarthy era. In the context of legislative subpoenas to members of the executive branch, there are reasons for concern in addition to those based on the civil liberties of ordinary citizens. There is the separation of powers and checks and balances. Unlike in parliamentary democracies, in which the legislative branch is superior to the executive and judicial branches, under our system, all three branches are co-equal and designed to check the excesses of each other. As Alexander Hamilton wrote in The Federalist Papers, the judicial branch gets to decide whether actions of the other branches comport with the Constitution. If they do not, they are void, because the constitution is the supreme law of the land. The president, as head of the executive branch, is entitled to challenge in court legislative subpoenas that demand material that may be subject to claims of privilege. He is also entitled to insist that the legislature obtain a court order before the executive branch complies. That is how checks and balances work. The president should not be impeached because he takes seriously our system of checks and balances. Even if the president were wrong in challenging these subpoenas, his being wrong would not come close to being an impeachable offense. What do the Democratic experts claim it is? Treason? Bribery? A high crime? A high misdemeanor? It is none of the above and is, therefore, not a basis for impeachment. President Andrew Johnson was impeached for refusing to comply with a statute enacted by congress which he believed was unconstitutional. Not only do many historians and legal scholars believe that was a wrongful impeachment, but the Supreme Court agreed with Johnson that the statute he violated was unconstitutional. Johnson was narrowly acquitted by the Senate, but his impeachment by the house was an abuse of power, because he had not committed any of the criteria for impeachment specified in the constitution. Congress is not above the law. It cannot simply ignore the words of the Constitution even if a majority of its members want to impeach the president. For Congress to impeach President Trump for abuse of Congress would be an abuse of power by Congress… https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15247/trump-congress-checks-balances  

Six Saudi Nationals Arrested Following Attack at Pensacola Naval Air Station

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Following a possible terrorist shooting early this morning at Pensacola Naval Air Station, six Saudi nationals have been arrested… Three of them were reported to have been filming the shooting. The shooter was armed with a handgun and was killed by sheriff’s deputies responding to the dawn incident at NAS Pensacola. Six Saudi nationals have been arrested after an Air Force trainee – also from Saudi Arabia – opened fire at a naval base in Florida, killing three people and injuring eight. The men were detained near the scene of the shooting, which took place at Naval Air Station in Pensacola early Friday morning. It is currently unclear why they have been taken into custody. Three of the six Saudis were seen filming the entire incident as it unfolded, a source told The New York Times on Friday evening.  No officials have yet stated whether any of them were students inside the classroom where the shooting occurred. Authorities are probing whether the incident is terror-related. The shooter, who was shot dead by police, was first identified by NBC News, citing unnamed sources, as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said the suspect was a second lieutenant attending the aviation school at the base. Military from around the globe attend the Naval Air Station in Pensacola for flight training. Congressman Matt Gaetz is the Florida panhandle representative for the district that encompasses NAS Pensacola: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/06/report-six-saudi-nationals-arrested-following-attack-at-pensacola-naval-air-station/  

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Trey Gowdy hit Democrats with one fact about impeachment that left them a broken mess

by patriotpulse.net ~ The Democrats worst nightmare is coming true. The public soured on their witch hunt to remove Donald Trump from office. And now Trey Gowdy hit Democrats with one fact about impeachment that left them a broken mess… Appearing on Fox News, Trey Gowdy told host Martha MacCallum that the American people were turning against the Democrats impeachment witch hunt. Gowdy believes the American people see through the Democrats clear double standard. The former South Carolina Congressman pointed to Democrats shrugging off text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that showed a clear anti-Trump bias but that did not matter because in the end they were unsuccessful in framing Donald Trump for Russian collusion but refused to extend the same courtesy to Donald Trump in the Ukraine case. “Now the Democrats are saying even though there were no investigations of the server or the loose lips liar-Bidens, and even though the aid was released, they’re now hyper-focused on the process!” Gowdy continued.  “It’s the phone call! That’s all that matters!” he exclaimed.  “So to Democrats, all’s well that end’s well if it’s Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, but if you get the aid and there’s no investigation, that’s not enough, it still may be impeachable just because we didn’t like your process,” Gowdy said. “That’s duplicity, it’s a double standard, and that’s why the American people, I think, are completely unmoved thus far by the impeachment hearings of Chairman Rep. scumnag/liar-Adam Schiff (D-Calif.),” he concluded. Trump supporters were glad to see Gowdy back in public making the case for the President. Gowdy was initially supposed to takeover as one of Donald Trump’s attorneys in the impeachment witch hunt, but lobbying rules for ex-members of Congress prevented that. But even from his perch as a television commentator Gowdy still has the ability to shape public debate by pointing out the ridiculously hypocritical and partisan nature of the Democrats impeachment witch hunt.  https://patriotpulse.net/trey-gowdy-hit-democrats-with-one-fact-about-impeachment-that-left-them-a-broken-mess/#gf_1263  

scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff’s Secret Subpoena Adventure Could End with Legal Buckshot in His Face

by Matt Vespa{townhall.com } ~ Rep. scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff (D-CA), high Chancellor of the Trump impeachment effort, might be getting away with murder… The impeachment circus that has engulfed D.C. has overshadowed the House Intelligence Committee chair’s egregious abuse of power. He executed a secret subpoenas adventure of phone records of prominent Republicans. He got their phone records and published them in the committee’s 300-page impeachment report. Now, the report is a work of fiction. scumbag/liar-Schiff is a liar, and nothing from House Democrats on this whole fiasco should be believed. This isn’t about the Constitution, or the framers, or the rule of law. It’s not about upholding the integrity of our institutions; Democrats have already perverted those with their deep state antics against this administration. It’s about the Democratic Party’s inability to grasp that it lost the 2016 election. Democrats wanted to boot Trump since day one of his presidency. The ironic twist is that their impeachment fetish could very well be what secures him a second term. This is not popular in swing states. No one cares. And the liberal media has been so wrong, so stupid, and so corrupt in their coverage of this White House, even Democrats in these states cannot believe what they hear. But let’s get back to that pencil head, scumbag/liar-Schiff. He may have opened himself up to oodles of lawsuits by those he decided to go after with these secret subpoenas. Rudy Giuliani, the president’s attorney, was included in this hit list, and we now have to factor in attorney-client privilege into this whole mess. Seldom is this cast aside concerning an investigation unless the evidence of wrongdoing is overwhelming. scumbag/liar-Schiff decided to ignore those protocols because he wants to boot Trump before the 2020 election, or at least severely damage his re-election chances. It’s funny. The man who says he’s doing this for the country and the rule of law thinks he can break the rules…because he feels he’s right. What an arrogant, self-righteous little snake, huh? Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel has a good column about how scumbag/liar-Schiff engaged in gross congressional overreach:  Fanatics can justify any action, and House Intelligence Chairman scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff this week demonstrated where that mindset leads. In his rush to paint Donald Trump as a lawbreaker, Mr. scumbag/liar-Schiff has himself trampled law and responsibility. That’s the bottom line in Mr. scumbag/liar-Schiff’s stunning decision to subpoena the phone records of Rudy Giuliani and others. Mr. scumbag/liar-Schiff divulged the phone logs this week in his Ukraine report, thereby revealing details about the communications of Trump attorneys Jay Sekulow and Mr. Giuliani, ranking Intelligence Committee member Devin Nunes, reporter John Solomon and others. The media is treating this as a victory, when it is a disgraceful breach of ethical and legal propriety. If nothing else, Mr. scumbag/liar-Schiff claims the ignominious distinction of being the first congressman to use his official powers to spy on a fellow member and publish the details. His report also means open season on members of the press. Mr. Giuliani over months has likely spoken to dozens of political figures and reporters—and the numbers, dates and length of those calls are now in Democrats’ hot little hands. Who gets the scumbag/liar-Schiff treatment next? […]  Whatever his role in the Ukraine affair, Mr. Giuliani remains the president’s personal lawyer. Law enforcement must present a judge with powerful evidence to get permission to vitiate attorney-client privilege. Mr. scumbag/liar-Schiff ignored all that, and made himself privy to data that could expose the legal strategies of the man he is investigating. Mr. Giuliani did have notice that Democrats wanted some of his phone records. The Intelligence Committee sent a subpoena on Sept. 30, and gave him until Oct. 15 to comply. Yet before Mr. Giuliani even had an opportunity to respond, Mr. scumbag/liar-Schiff separately moved to seize his records from a phone carrier, sending his subpoena to AT&T on Sept. 30 as well. Mr. scumbag/liar-Schiff purposely kept that action secret. This guaranteed that the only entity involved with a decision over whether to release the records was AT&T. And that gave Mr. scumbag/liar-Schiff all the cards, since companies fear political retribution far more than violating their customers’ privacy. Well, when it comes to “powerful evidence” to wipe away an attorney-client privilege, this Trump-Ukraine fiasco has none of that…  https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2019/12/06/wsj-columnist-adam-schiffs-covert-subpoena-adventure-shows-democrats-will-do-an-n2557587?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=&bcid=7220442bc3498cb5e2d68f3cb4d11680&recip=18305623   

scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler Appears To Doze Off During Impeachment Hearing

by SCOTT MOREFIELD{dailycaller.com } ~ Democratic New Jersey Rep. scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler was caught on camera appearing to have some difficulty keeping his eyes open as his Judiciary Committee colleague… Republican Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot, was speaking during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing. The momentary lapse by the House Judiciary Committee chairman was posted by the Trump War Room Twitter account, which was quick to poke a little fun with some sleep-appropriate music. In fairness to scumbag liar-Nadler, staying awake during the entirety of Wednesday’s hearings would have been a monumental task for anyone. It included the testimony of four legal scholars, three of whom were invited by Democrats. The fourth scholar, Georgetown University professor Jonathan Turley, argued that, while he did not vote for the president, impeaching him based on such a faulty line of evidence and legal reasoning will create a dangerous precedent for “generations to come.” “President Trump will not be our last president, and what we leave in the wake of this scandal will shape our democracy for generations to come,” he said. “I’m concerned about lowering impeachment standards to fit a paucity of evidence and an abundance of anger. I believe this impeachment not only fails to satisfy the standard of past impeachments but would create a dangerous precedent for future impeachments.”  https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/04/jerry-nadler-doze-impeachment/    

Rush Limbaugh: ‘liar-Pelosi Invokes Her Catholicism on Everything but Abortion

By Maureen Mackey{thepoliticalinsider.com } ~ Rush Limbaugh, conservative media icon, spoke out on “Fox & Friends” on Friday morning right after the very strong jobs numbers came out, saying… “The economy is roaring, wages are up, Trump’s approval ratings are up” — and yet House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her fellow Democrats “are devoted only to one thing: They’re almost sickeningly devoted to destroying” President Donald Trump. On Friday, Limbaugh also called out the Thursday incident during a press conference when a reporter asked liar-Pelosi if she “hated” Trump. liar-Pelosi fired back by saying she doesn’t “hate” anyone because she’s a Catholic with “love in her heart” — and that “hate” is not part of her life. The speaker actually walked back to the podium as she shared her emotional response. She said she regularly “prays” for the president. She snapped at the reporter, “As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me.” Limbaugh and many others called her out for this. He said he wanted to “remind” the speaker that abortion is the killing of unborn children — and that the church is firmly against it. “liar-Pelosi invokes her Catholicism on everything but abortion,” he aptly noted. He also said, “If you wonder what hate is, it’s on parade in this impeachment” situation against Trump that House Democrats have been involved in literally for months at this point.  https://thepoliticalinsider.com/rush-limbaugh-pelosi-invokes-her-catholicism-on-everything-but-abortion/?utm_campaign=TPI12062019afternoon&utm_source=criticailimpact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=4b4ea4948726422aa6473c7b9fa19141&source=TPICI  

Did scumbag/liar-nObama-Appointed Ukraine Ambassador Intervene to Help Anti-Trump Ukraine Group?

by Judicial Watch ~ As the coup abuse against President Trump accelerates, Judicial Watch focuses on the real Ukraine collusion scandal. We just sued the State Department for documents related to a reported “untouchables list”… given by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch to Ukraine Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko in late 2016 (Judicial Watch vs. U.S. Department of State) (No. 1:19-cv-03563). Lutsenko recently told The New York Times that Yovanovitch “pressed him not to prosecute anti-corruption activists.” Lutsenko previously reportedly said the do-not-prosecute list included a founder of the Ukraine group Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC), which was funded by scumbag-George Soros foundations and the U.S. federal government, and two members of the Ukrainian Parliament who vocally supported the scumbag-Soros group’s agenda: The implied message to Ukraine’s prosecutors was clear: Don’t target AntAC in the middle of an American presidential election in which scumbag-Soros was backing scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton to succeed another scumbag-Soros favorite, Barack scumbag/liar-nObama, Ukrainian officials said. Recently, Rudy Giuliani stated that AntAC “was co-funded by the scumbag/liar-nObama administration and far-left billionaire financier scumbag-George Soros,” and “was ironically under investigation for alleged corruption, namely a ‘misplaced’ $4.4 million in U.S. funds designated to ‘fight corruption inside the former Soviet republic,’ during the 2016 presidential election in America.” Reports suggest that the Ukrainian Embassy was a hotbed of anti-Trump, Deep State activism and tried to promote and protect leftist allies in Ukraine and the United States. As the coup attack on President Trump continues, this new federal lawsuit is designed to get to the real truth of the Deep State’s games in Ukraine.  

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2LH7T1tb5E&feature=emb_title  

Who Really Stands Watch Over the House?

Mark Alexander:  Having returned from a few days of much-needed Thanksgiving respite, during which I made a point of avoiding any and all news, let me pick up where we left off.

The relentless Beltway news churn about the Democrat Party’s ongoing efforts to undermine the Trump administration never took a rest. The “scumbag/liar-Schiff Show” charade to impeach Trump is now being handed off to Demo Judiciary Committee Chairman scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler for more testimony drama this week, on its way to a full House vote for Christmas.On the way to scumbag liar-Nadler, Republicans Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan, and Michael McCaul issued a 123-page report declaring: “The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system. The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor.”The Republican report concludes: “The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry paints a picture of unelected bureaucrats within the foreign policy and national security apparatus who fundamentally disagreed with President Trump’s style, world view, and decisions. Their disagreements with President Trump’s policies and their discomfort with President Trump’s actions set in motion the anonymous, secondhand whistleblower complaint. Democrats seized on the whistleblower complaint to fulfill their years-old obsession with removing President Trump from office.”Yep, that pretty much sums it up.scumbag/liar-Schiff then rushed out his committee’s 300-page impeachment report, declaring that Trump “solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 U.S. presidential election” and “sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process.”As I have noted, if not for double standards, Democrat politicians wouldn’t have any standards.Regarding election interference, in 2016 it was the scumbag/liar-Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee that colluded with Russian operatives to fabricate the fake Trump/Putin dossier, which led to the Mueller investigation.That baseless inquiry helped give Democrats control of the House in the 2018 midterm election, which is to say Democrats, in scumbag/liar-Schiff’s words, “solicited the interference of a foreign government” and succeeded in their effort to “undermine the integrity” of that election.The Demo report further notes the main focus of the hearings: “President Trump ordered the suspension of $391 million in vital military assistance” to Ukraine “without any legitimate foreign policy, national security, or anti-corruption justification.”But remember, it was loose lips liar-Biden as vice president in 2015 and a group of Democrat senators in 2018 who threatened Ukraine in order to, in loose lips liar-Biden’s case, protect his son Hunter and, in the Demo senators’ case, demand dirt on Trump to assist the failing Mueller investigation.So now it’s scumbag liar-Nadler who will endeavor to spin the Demos’ MAGA sabotage into something even bigger ahead of next year’s election. According to the Democrat Daily, a.k.a. The Washington Post, “House Democrats are debating whether to expand articles of impeachment to include charges beyond abuse of power in the Ukraine controversy.”Who’d’ve thunk it? Oh, wait. We said this was exactly what the Democrats would do as soon as they announced their impeachment plans.As our Managing Editor Nate Jackson wrote yesterday, “Democrats think combining the fizzled impeachment coup 1.0 (Trump/Russia) with its coup 2.0 sequel (Trump/Ukraine) is the combo to defeat Trump. Color us skeptical.”Now, with all that out of the way, this column is really about a group of individuals who have overwatch on the House impeachment farce. No, I’m not referring to the news recyclers who report every minute of this political theater as if it were a spectator blood sport in order to support their advertising revenue. I am referring to a group of remarkable individuals above the House chamber.You may already know about the many subtle ways in which the foundation of American Liberty — the irrevocable fact that we are endowed by our Creator with “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” — is reflected symbolically around our nation’s capital.For example, the cap on the 555-foot Washington Monument is engraved, “Laus Deo,” Latin for “Praise be to God.” The great oak doors leading into the Supreme Court chamber are engraved with the Roman numerals I through X, representing the Ten Commandments, and the relief above the mahogany bench where the Supreme Court justices sit during session is likewise marble engraved with a stone tablet and the numerals I through X. In fact, monuments and engravings honoring the Judeo-Christian foundation of American law are found all across that town.But what you may not know is that forming a ring around the House of Representatives chamber are 23 bas-reliefs of noted law-givers — those whose principles are the foundation for our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, as well as the Rule of Law they enshrine. There is one in particular that is most noteworthy.You have likely seen our national motto, “In God We Trust,” inscribed in large gold letters above and behind the speaker’s rostrum in the House chamber. Above those words behind the rostrum is a quote from the venerable Daniel Webster that serves as the starting point for the 23 reliefs that look down upon the room: “Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered.”But it is the 28-inch reliefs above the gallery doors, surrounding and looking down upon the chamber, sculpted in white Vermont marble, that should give pause and warrant reflection upon all proceedings in that room and whether such proceedings might be “worthy to be remembered.”In order clockwise around the chamber from Webster’s quote are the images of George Mason (Virginia Declaration of Rights), Robert Joseph Pothier, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Edward I, Alfonso X, Gregory IX, Louis IX, Justinian I, Tribonian, Lycurgus, Hammurabi (The Code of Hammurabi), Moses (The Ten Commandments),  Solon, Aemilius Papinianus, Gaius, Maimonides,  Suleiman the Magnificent, Innocent III, Simon de Montfort, Hugo Grotius, William Blackstone  (Commentaries on the Laws of England), Napoleon and, of course, Thomas Jefferson (The Declaration of Independence). Now, I would argue that there are some American Founders whose reliefs should also be included within that ring of honor — most notably that of George Washington. I would further argue that the man whose life and teaching is the centerpiece of the most important and most produced (more than five billion copies) book of all time, Jesus of Nazareth, should be there.But here is what I find most interesting about those reliefs. Of the 23, all but one are facing left or right, all gazing toward the full front relief of the singularly important relief that is centered directly across from the dais occupied by the speaker of the House. The 11 profiles in the eastern half of the chamber face left and 11 in the western half face right.They all look toward the frontal relief of Moses, the Old Testament’s essential lawgiver.When all the rancorous debate within the Judiciary Committee and the full House is concluded, and as liar-Nancy Pelosi gavels the House to order for the inevitable impeachment referral vote to the Senate, she should remember those who are watching and, most notably, whom she is addressing directly across the room.  ~The Patriot Post 

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