Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

THE GREAT REVEAL: House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment Tuesday against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress (Associated Press)

“WE’RE GOING TO GO WITH IT”: Democrats, White House reach agreement on revised NAFTA trade pact (Los Angeles Times)

Government & Politics

“WE DO NOT AGREE”: U.S. Attorney John Durham objects to IG findings on Russia probe origins in stunning statement (Fox News)

GEE, WHAT COULD DURHAM BE OBJECTING ABOUT? FBI Director Christopher Wray announces “40 corrective steps” in response to failures detailed in Horowitz report (National Review)

MEASURE TOTALS $738 BILLION: Lawmakers reach deal on massive defense bill, eye Russia, Turkey, China (Reuters)

A $12 BILLION DISPUTE: High Court justices to hear scumbag/liar-nObamaCare case with billions at stake (The Hill)

Heartland

DECLINED WITHOUT COMMENT: Supreme Court leaves in place Kentucky abortion law mandating ultrasounds (NBC News)

TRENDING BLUE: Virginians prepare for a Second Amendment battle (National Review)

Other Notables

“CATCH AND RELEASE IS OVER”: Border apprehensions drop for sixth month in a row (The Daily Signal)

“SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE”: China set to roll out Orwellian mass-surveillance tool (The Washington Times)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: How to lower student-loan defaults: Simplify enrollment in income-driven repayment plans (Manhattan Institute)

POLICY: The strategic case for supporting Ukraine (The American Interest)

HUMOR: Trump offers Hunter Biden job in Energy Department based on oil-industry experience (The Onion)  

~The Patriot Post

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U.S. Attorney John Durham Does Not Agree With IG Horowitz Conclusions

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ U.S. Attorney John Durham is currently doing a criminal investigation into how the intelligence community, CIA, ODNI and DOJ/FBI originated the investigation of candidate Donald Trump… U.S. Attorney Durham does not agree with the conclusions presented by Inspector General Horowitz: “I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened…https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/09/u-s-attorney-john-durham-does-not-agree-with-ig-horowitz-conclusions/  

US Attorney Durham objects to IG findings on Russia probe origins in stunning statement

By Alex Pappas{foxnews.com } ~ The U.S. attorney who is conducting a wide-ranging investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe released a rare statement Monday saying he disagrees with conclusions of the so-called FISA report… after DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz found in that review that the probe’s launch largely complied with DOJ and FBI policies. “Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened,” U.S. Attorney John Durham said in a statement.Horowitz released his report Monday saying his investigators found no intentional misconduct or political bias surrounding efforts to launch that 2016 probe and to seek a highly controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the early months of the investigation. Still, it found that there were “significant concerns with how certain aspects of the investigation were conducted and supervised.” “I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff,” Durham said. “However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.” As Horowitz has conducted his review of DOJ actions during the Russia probe, Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, has also been conducting a wider inquiry into alleged misconduct and alleged improper government surveillance on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Fox News reported in October that Durham’s ongoing probe has transitioned into a full-fledged criminal investigation…  https://www.foxnews.com/politics/barr-blasts-fbi-over-intrusive-probe-of-trump-campaign-in-wake-of-fisa-report  

VIDEO:  https://video.foxnews.com/v/6114352205001#sp=show-clips

Attorney General Bill Barr Statement Following IG Review: “A clear abuse of FISA process”

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr releases the following statement  after the release of a 21-month investigative report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz… “Nothing is more important than the credibility and integrity of the FBI and the Department of Justice. That is why we must hold our investigators and prosecutors to the highest ethical and professional standards.  The Inspector General’s investigation has provided critical transparency and accountability, and his work is a credit to the Department of Justice. I would like to thank the Inspector General and his team. The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken. It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory. Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration. In the rush to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance of Trump campaign associates, FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source…  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/09/attorney-general-bill-barr-statement-following-ig-review-a-clear-abuse-of-fisa-process/  

Statement by Attorney General William P. Barr:  https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/statement-attorney-general-william-p-barr-inspector-generals-report-review-four-fisa  

scumbag/liar-nObama FBI misled court to spy on Trump campaign

By Art Moore{wnd.com } ~ The Justice Department inspector general report released Monday into the scumbag/liar-nObama administration’s Russia-collusion investigation presents evidence… that the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in its effort to obtain a warrant to surveil a Trump campaign adviser. The FBI’s application was filled with errors, omissions and uncorroborated information, according to Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report. And the bureau knowingly withheld exculpatory information, using “defensive briefings” to secretly access the Trump campaign. Attorney General William Barr said the report shows the scumbag/liar-nObama FBI’s application was unjustified. “The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken,” he said. Significantly, Horowitz concluded the dossier played “a central and essential role in the decision by FBI OGC to support the request for FISA surveillance targeting Carter Page, as well as the FBI’s ultimate decision to seek the FISA order. “The investigators found at least 17 “significant” errors in the applications to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and said it would launch a new audit into the FISA process. But they found no intentional misconduct or political bias on the part of key officials, including former FBI Director scumbag-James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Horowitz, however, found that while FBI special agent Peter Strzok was directly involved in the decisions to open the counter-intelligence probe of the Trump campaign, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane, other high-level decision-makers were involved. Strzok’s intent to prevent Trump from winning in 2016 and to provide an “insurance policy” to undermine him if he were to win the White House, was infamously revealed in texts with his FBI lawyer paramour. The Horowitz investigation centered on how the unverified anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and funded by the scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee was used as evidence to secure the original warrant for Page. Steele later admitted under oath that his report, based on anonymous Russian sources, was unverified. Special counsel Robert Mueller debunked many of its main claims and was unable to verify any of them. The inspector general found that the FBI used Steele and his dubious claims to get information on Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who is appealing his plea of guilty for lying under oath. The bureau, according to the report, promised Steele he would be paid “significantly” for his information. At the White House, President Trump commented on the Horowitz report, saying it’s conclusions are “everything a lot of people thought it would be, but far worse.” “It’s a disgrace what’s happened with respect to the things that were done to our country. It should never happen to another president,” he said… https://www.wnd.com/2019/12/horowitz-obama-fbi-misled-court-spy-trump-campaign/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=wnd-breaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=breaking 

When Impeachment Meant Something

by PAUL KENGOR{spectator.org } ~ In December 1998, Republicans moved to impeach scumbag/liar-Bill Clinton. In December 2019, Democrats are moving to impeach Donald Trump. The differences are striking… In December 1998, President scumbag/liar-Bill Clinton was guilty, both from a legal and moral standpoint. Legally, he lied and obstructed justice. Morally, he turned a young girl, a White House intern, into his sexual plaything, whether in the Oval Office, whether on the phone conducting affairs of state, or whether wielding a cigar as he amused himself with “Miss Lewinsky.” By September 1998, Americans had learned there had been 18 months of gifts and at least a half dozen sexual encounters between scumbag/liar-Clinton and Lewinsky between November 15, 1995, and March 29, 1997, including the peak of scumbag/liar-Clinton’s reelection campaign. Yes, Donald Trump has his moments on the campaign circuit and was certainly no angel in his past life. But the Trump of the current campaigns and the White House has no Monica in his life, let alone under his desk — in the case of scumbag/liar-Bill, literally so. The first Bill–Monica encounter, on November 15, 1995, took place on the same day scumbag/liar-Clinton signed a “Family Week” proclamation. A particularly infamous episode unfolded on Easter Sunday, April 7, 1996, after scumbag/liar-Bill returned to the White House after attending religious services. scumbag/liar-Bill called Monica, who promptly arrived at 4:56 p.m., with security letting her in. The president and intern went into his private study, where Monica gave scumbag/liar-Bill oral sex while he conducted the business of America over the phone. White House records indicated that Monica finished up by 5:28 p.m., Easter Sunday 1996. The president of the United States dismissed his intern for the day. Another day in the scumbag/;liar-Clinton White House. And an election year. They say that President Trump lacks restraint? Democrats in 1998 insisted that the two scumbag/liar-Clinton affronts, the legal and moral, must be kept separate. Sure, the bad-boy president might have lied, but he was lying about sex in order to protect his marriage to scumbag/liar-Hillary. This did not rise to the level of impeachment. Republicans argued the contrary: these were legal violations that merited impeachment. Congressman Henry Hyde, a man widely respected for his integrity, stated the Republican position well: “It’s not a question of sex. It’s a question of lying under oath. The issue is perjury, lying under oath. The issue is obstruction of justice.” Lining up behind scumbag/liar-Bill were liberal feminists. The future Me-Too crusaders gave Boy scumbag/liar-Clinton a pass. After all, he supported “abortion rights.” All sins of sexual exploitation with a girl more than half scumbag/liar-Bill’s age were wiped clean at the altar of Roe v. Wade. Perhaps “pro-choice” feminist sentiment was most uniquely captured by Nina Burleigh, who covered the White House for Time magazine. “I’d be happy to give him oral sex just to thank him for keeping abortion legal,” Burleigh glowed of scumbag/liar-Bill. “I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on, to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.” Abortion, a sacrament in the feminist church…https://spectator.org/when-impeachment-meant-something/?utm_source=American%20Spectator%20Emails&utm_campaign=e33f88f0d8-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_09_03_36&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_797a38d487-e33f88f0d8-104608113  

Duncan Hunter announces plan to resign

By JULIEGRACE BRUFKE{thehill.com } ~ Embattled California Rep. Duncan Hunter (R) announced on Friday he plans to resign from his seat. The announcement comes in the wake of the lawmaker’s decision to reverse course and plead guilty to charges of campaign finance violations… The move came months after Hunter’s wife and former campaign treasurer, Margaret Hunter, opted to change her plea to guilty earlier this year. “Shortly after the Holidays, I will resign from Congress. It has been an honor to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and I greatly appreciate the trust they have put in me over these last 11 years,” he said in a statement.Hunter received a letter from the House Ethics Committee on Thursday asserting he was no longer allowed to vote due to a House rule that bars lawmakers who face a potential prison sentence that exceeds two or more years. The congressman was last present at votes on Wednesday. The Hunters were indicted in August 2018 on charges of misusing at least $250,000 in campaign funds. The indictment included accusations that Duncan Hunter used the funds to purchase trips to Europe and Hawaii, pay for his family’s dental work and school tuition and to fly the family’s pet rabbit across the country. Funds were also spent on “fast food, movie tickets, golf outings, video games, coffee, groceries, home utilities, and expensive meals,” according to the Department of Justice (DOJ)…  https://thehill.com/homenews/house/472681-duncan-hunter-announces-plan-to-resign    

Trump-Hating Leftists Are No Friends of the Constitution

 David Limbaugh

Law professor Pamela Karlan did more than cross the line in taking a cheap shot at President Donald Trump’s son, Barron Trump, in her pro-impeachment testimony. In openly demonstrating her strong personal animus against Trump, she disqualified herself as an expert witness.Don’t get me wrong; I’m not intimating that these proceedings have anything to do with evidence. They are merely a ruse to formalize the Democrats’ pre-ordained conclusion.In responding to a softball question about the difference between a president and a king, Karlan said, “Contrary to what President Trump has said, Article 2 does not give him the power to do anything he wants, and I’ll just give you one example that shows you the difference between him and a king, which is the Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.”These leftist academics are so used to being intellectually incarcerated in their ideological bubbles that they have no fear of blowback from expressing such insults publicly. Their cellmates understand that no decent human being could support this subhuman President Trump and his tainted offspring.As we deplorables know, leftist academics are our moral superiors. To them, Republicans are reprobates, and their ideas are so dangerous that they must be ridiculed and suppressed, especially in their sacred classrooms.Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, asked Karlan: “(D)o you remember saying the following?: ‘Liberals tend to cluster more; conservatives, especially very conservative people, tend to spread out more, perhaps because they don’t even want to be around themselves.’ … Do you understand how that reflects contempt on people who are conservative?”Karlan defiantly denied that her statement revealed disdain for conservatives. Then again, scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton meant no disrespect for Trump supporters when she called them “deplorables,” and former FBI agent Peter Strzok denied he derided Trump supporters when referring to them as “hillbillies” and saying in a text to former FBI attorney Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair: “Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support.”Likewise, I’m sure former President Barack scumbag/liar-nObama meant no offense when he suggested that small-town Americans “get bitter” and “cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.” Classic leftist projection was on full display there. I’m also confident that Politico reporter Marc Caputo wasn’t dissing Trump supporters when he depicted them as toothless “garbage people.”Karlan’s scornful caricature of conservatives is reminiscent of a theory propounded by evolutionary psychologist Dr. Nigel Barber in his piece “Why Liberal Hearts Bleed and Conservatives Don’t.” I discuss this bizarre notion in my recent book, “Guilty by Reason of Insanity.”Barber posits that scientific studies justify his belief that “Conservatives see the world as a more threatening place because their brains predispose them to being fearful.” Their “brain biology” makes them hate “complexity and compromise.” “That would help to explain why politics can be so polarized, particularly in a rather conservative era like the present,” he wrote. Their biological predisposition to fear “illuminates the conservative take on specific political issues in fairly obvious ways,” he argues. For example, they are more religious “because religious rituals foster feelings of safety in a dangerous world.” Liberals, of course, are less religious because they see the world as less threatening and they rely more on science and education to solve problems. Conservatives “tend to be more hostile to immigrants, foreigners, and racial or ethnic minorities and to view them as more of a threat.”But Barber arguably differs from Karlan in one respect. Whereas Karlan says that liberals tend to cluster and conservatives don’t like to be around one another, Barber says conservatives “are pro-family because being surrounded by close relatives is the best-defense against threats that surround them,” while “liberals are less interested in family ties as a protective bubble.” Here we go again with leftist projection. Bubbles are your domain, Mr. Leftist. Not ours.Oh well. Don’t be put off by a possible inconsistency among leftist intellectuals. Focus on the common thread: Conservatives are Neanderthal, Trump-worshipping cult members not entitled to ordinary civility — and their presidents aren’t entitled to due process.This elitist attitude underlies the left’s raging animosity toward Trump and his supporters, and drives their pre-ordained decision to impeach President Trump — a passion that preceded his term of office.The only thing more ludicrous than these leftists pretending to be unbiased in their ongoing witch hunt of Trump is their professed concern for our constitutional system and the integrity of elections. They reverently quote the framers while elsewhere openly vilifying them as racists, sexists, bigots and homophobes. Their very ideology is contemptuous of America as founded, and they are, hands down, guilty of the very thing of which they accuse Trump: trying to steal an election. So when you hear these pointy-headed pseudo-saints zealously advocating for Trump’s ouster while pretending to safeguard our constitutional liberties, keep in mind that they have little more respect for our liberties than they do for Trump.  ~The Patriot Post

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