Hillary, Schiff, and Mitt

Leftist heroes of the Week? Hillary, Schiff, and Mitt

By Patricia McCarthy
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We should all realize that the Democrats are floundering badly, like fish out of water, because their activists, their defenders in league with the corrupt media, are the grossly dishonest and deluded Hillary Clinton; Adam Schiff; and now the poor, pathetic Mitt Romney.

Pelosi is right there with Schiff; she’s the wind beneath his little flapping wings.  Hillary has, for all to see, gone completely bonkers.  Since she lost the election, she has blamed too many people and groups and mindsets to list.  This past week, she escalated her paranoia by claiming that Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein are both “Russian assets.”  She said this to Obama operative David Plouffe on a podcast, who did not gasp in disbelief.  He pretended she is sane.

Hillary, like Schiff and Romney, has made herself a laughingstock.  We should all be grateful that this woman never made it to the White House.  The entire Russia hoax began with her.  The Steele dossier was commissioned by her.  The Mueller investigation, the wasted taxpayer dollars, that resulted in Trump being cleared is on her head.  That entire, monstrous travesty was her baby.  Sure, the Deep State thugs like Brennan, Clapper, Comey, et al. were only too happy to get on board.  They loathed and feared an outsider like Trump and wanted to insure their own job security, so they all colluded to derail Trump’s candidacy and then his presidency.  These people, all of them, are diabolical, wholly without a shred of honor or decency.

Then there is Adam Schiff, the inept congressman from California whom Pelosi, in a moment of extraordinarily poor judgment, appointed to be head of the House Intelligence Committee.  That powerful position went to his head, already addled by his hatred for Trump.  What he lacks in intellect, honor, and judgment, he makes up for with chutzpah.

There is nothing more ridiculous than a morally and mentally deficient person who believes that others see him as brilliant and powerful.  Schiff and Hillary share this sad trait.  Hillary, as we all now know, was never the smartest woman in any room.  Schiff is an embarrassment to his committee and his constituents.  If he really believes that the American people are being fooled by his Stasi-like secret hearings meant to support his intention to see Trump impeached, he is sadly mistaken.

Like Hillary, Schiff has become a man who invites mockery.  The Republicans were right to try to censure him.  The Democrats stuck together and voted against censure but surely know he is a terrible liability.  Schiff operates as though he had been trained by the FSB.  He ignores all of our constitutional protections and rights to due process, and his colleagues in the House bury their heads in the sand.  The man is pond scum.

What does one say about Mitt Romney’s descent into elitist madness?  A fake Twitter account!  It’s as though he were in middle school.  Those of us who supported his bid for the presidency in 2012 are shocked and horrified by his childish attempt to take Trump down, to see him impeached.  What became of this man we all believed to be above reproach?  He wanted to be Trump’s secretary of state.  That did not happen, so it seems he is bitter and has regressed to schoolyard bullying.  He’s cozying up to the people who did everything in their power to see that he was defeated by Obama, to their everlasting shame.  He’s chosen the Left and the silly NeverTrumps over the country and Trump’s phenomenal success as president.  Sad to see.  Pierre Delecto!  Who chooses such a silly alias?  Anthony Weiner did.

Mitt is not the good man we thought he was.  He has let his resentment overtake his love of country.

Most Americans who pay attention to politics, especially conservatives, have long realized that the members of the Beltway self-appointed elite care little about the 330 million–plus people who inhabit and love this nation.  They care, first and foremost, about the preservation of their own power and the wealth that inevitably comes with it.  The Clintons and the Obamas came to the office without great wealth but left as multi-millionaires through graft and pay-to-play.  They were bought and paid for by those to whom they sold themselves.  See Peter Schweizer’s books.

The Democrats who have long opposed foreign wars suddenly support them because Trump is trying to end them.  One has to wonder why.  Could it be that they all profit from it?  Has their anti-war stance always been a pretense?  Judicial Watch today released documents that prove that Hillary knew for about ten days that the attack on the embassy in Benghazi was planned by terrorists and that it was all about her funneling guns from Libya to Syrian rebels.  She did nothing to protect or save the Americans who died there.  She and the rest of her set protect themselves, enrich themselves, without regard for others.

So America is most certainly at a crossroads.  Will we be governed by the Constitution that has served us well for two hundred and thirty years or by a kakistocracy, a government run by the least qualified, the most unscrupulous people who somehow rise to positions of power?  Trump continues to implement his drain-the-swamp agenda despite the full power of the Beltway Left and the media that mean to depose him.  Hillary, Schiff, and now Romney are swamp-dwellers who have contempt for all of us in flyover country.

To the rest of us, Trump is the unlikely savior of the America we knew and still love.  He fights for us.  The Democrats and their agents fight against us.  They mean to dictate how we live our lives in every sense of the word “control.”  As Mark Levin often reminds, they never mention the word “freedom” or “liberty.”  That is precisely why they must be defeated.

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Liberals Have Given Up On America

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Liberals

Liberals just don’t think like us

By Robert Arvay
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If you are mystified by things that liberals say and do, then you are in good company.  What they say, and what they do, begin with what they think, and they do not think like us.  Their thinking makes as little sense as what they say and do.

For example, liberal politicians can lie to your face — and then, even when they know that you have caught them in a lie, they have no shame.  Indeed, when challenged, they will, astonishingly, either repeat the same lie, or tell a different one, and all without blinking an eye.  Witness Elizabeth Warren with her repeated fabrications, one of the latest of which is that she was fired for getting pregnant, provably a lie, and yet, she tenaciously repeats it without shame.

When you or I speak, our reference point is the truth.  When they speak, their reference point is their political or personal self-interest.  Truth is their enemy.  It exposes their corruption.  When they speak, their intent is to deceive, to mislead, and to conceal.  There is no reasoning with such people.

They say they eschew violence, while physically and publicly beating those who disagree with them.  Then, they justify their violence by calling it free speech, while calling your speech, violence.  They call good evil, and evil good.  Up is down in their vocabulary.  They speak a language that only they understand.  The only way to learn their language is to become as depraved as they are.

I confess that I no longer listen to liberals.  Is that a sign of a closed mind?  No.  It is because I don’t waste time speaking to people who fail the Turing test, which detects whether a speaker is a human or a robot.  When I must interact with liberals in conversation, I have learned never to try to persuade them.  Why does it need persuasion to convince someone that killing a newborn baby is wrong?  What kind of mind could possibly think that such a gruesome act is ever justified?  No human mind could.

When the infamous Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was captured by Israeli agents in 1960, it was reported that his captors had attempted to elicit some sign of remorse from him.  One of the agents had remarked to Eichmann that his uncle had been murdered in a death camp by Eichmann’s minions.  Eichmann reportedly responded, but your uncle, he was a Jew.

Eichmann seemed unable to recognize the quality of humanity in others.  His defense, that he had been ordered by his superiors to murder innocent people, was to him, perfectly reasonable.  He likely went to the death chamber convinced of his innocence.

Today’s Nazis are people who call themselves, anti-fascists.  They employ Nazi Brown Shirt tactics to brutalize and silence ordinary Americans, and seem never to recognize the obvious fact that they are not anti-fascists, they are in fact, fascists.

We have recently seen the spectacle of the National Basketball Association, which was outraged that some Americans define sexual identities according to biological reality.  They also object to Americans who voice opposition to the brutality of the Chinese government in Hong Kong.  That, apparently, is too much free speech.

We have seen technology corporations refusing to assist American law enforcement in the fight against terrorists here in the US, while at the same time, they provide software assistance to China to hunt down and punish (sometimes by death) Chinese dissidents who seek freedom.

Liberal technology-producers assure us that they “do no evil.”  When confronted by the dichotomy of their words and actions, they keep right on talking around the questions without ever answering.

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden openly boasted of extorting the Ukrainian government to fire one of its prosecutors, while at the same time, his party accuses President Trump of improperly influencing the Ukrainian government to look into Biden’s crimes.  One of their most common tactics is to accuse Republicans of the exact misdeeds committed by Democrats.

There is no end to this.  It is utterly futile to expect the liberal news media to cover stories that expose the corruption of Democrats.  They are too busy fabricating lies about imaginary offenses by President Trump.  Liberal news media accuse Fox News of bias, while at the same time, they openly state that their purpose is to propagandize for the left — oh wait — they call it advocacy “journalism.”

It has been accurately said that when one argues with a fool, the only result is two fools.  My advice is, if confronted by a liberal, state your case briefly and concisely, and then walk away.  Beyond that, it is pointless to try to persuade them.  Actions, not words, will resolve the issue.  Votes, not violence, will settle matters.

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Corrupt Hillary

A glimpse inside Hillary

By Richard Kantro
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It’s genuinely remarkable, what with her résumé overflowing with maledictions, malefactions, imprecations, fabrications, machinations, and depredations, that Hillary Clinton was able last week to outdo herself — at this presumably late stage of her malodorous political career — by hurling a ball of flaming bile at Tulsi Gabbard.

Now, as for me, I’m behind Donald Trump, and his attempt to protect our country from creatures like Hillary Clinton.  I don’t much like the modern Democrat party’s policy or ethos (forgive the titanic understatement).  And I wouldn’t consider voting for any of the Democratic presidential contenders.

But as a sane conservative of the old school who still thinks those of different viewpoints are opponents, and not enemies — a reality I bitterly admit may be changing — I take profound umbrage at Clinton’s elliptical disparagement of Tulsi Gabbard as a “Russian asset.”  Refusing to name Gabbard — and no doubt thinking herself clever — when asked if she was referring to Gabbard, Clinton said “if the nesting doll fits.”

There is a great moment in the movie Billy Budd, where Melvyn Douglas’s Danish sailor character is being examined at inquest in the aftermath of Budd’s unintentional slaying of the evil master-at-arms Claggart.  He is asked, “Is there malice between the master-at-arms and Budd?”  And the Dansker replies, “Aye!  Master-at-arms bore malice towards a grace he could not have.”

Ah, grace.  Hillary Clinton’s frayed psychology is showing, and this perennial beldam’s psyche is as ugly as her politics and her tactics.  Tulsi Gabbard’s positions aside, she is young, good-looking, well-spoken, patriotic, and politically viable:  reasons enough for a jealous harridan to smolder and burn against her.  The one quality, youth, Clinton left behind decades ago.  The others she never had, and never could.

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Kamala Harris

File under ‘Dumb’: Kamala Harris asserts she knows Rudy Giuliani committed crimes, but has no idea what

By Monica Showalter
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Pearls, suits and heels aside, Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris may appear to be smart, but reality shows she’s actually very dumb.

How else to explain this one from softball political interviewer, Anderson Cooper of CNN?

Harris said Giuliani “has clearly broken many laws,” adding that his actions are “further evidence of corruption” by the Trump administration and that they violate an “extraordinary number of rules and ethical laws.” When Cooper asked Harris what specific laws she believes Giuliani has broken, the senator seemed unable to answer directly.

“Well I, I, I don’t know,” Harris replied when Cooper asked her what specific laws she believes Giuliani has broken.

“We’re going to find out,” Harris continued. “But I think that the range includes not only abuse of power and perhaps misstatement and mischaracterization of his role and his responsibilities, but I also really do wonder, just instinctively, whether there’s been any bribery associated with Giuliani’s conduct.”

Rimshot, Cooper, not the brightest bulb in the CNN box, but a classic score on a classic gotcha question, and he wasn’t even trying.

Which kind of points out just how dumb Harris really is.

Not did that ‘get’ reveal that Democrats don’t have a leg to stand on as they attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election, it also reveals Harris as pig-stupid. Rimshot, indeed for Anderson Cooper.

Worse still from Harris’s point of view, if even Anderson Cooper can take her down, what can a Democrat but conclude about her capacity for taking on Donald Trump?

Again and again, she keeps getting caught flatfooted, kind of the right term for someone othewise known to the far left as the Bad Cop. She steps in it like Joe Biden, showing slow reflexes, always caught like a deer in the headlight.

Pipsqueak rival Tulsi Gabbard took Harris out for her execrable record as a prosecutor, holding people in jail beyond their terms and insisting that people proven innocent stay in jail at debate two, and Harris didn’t have the wits to stop her, even with ample warning the attacks were coming.

She looked like a deer in the headlights, as I wrote and showed here.

Now she’s caught flatfooted again, by Anderson Cooper no less. This is embarrassing. No politician of any stripe should be as slow on the uptake as this. File under ‘dumb’

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CNN Melts Down

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Corrupt United nations

Don’t send the UN another dime!

By Silvio Canto, Jr.
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The latest madness from the UN tops them all, as we see in this report:   
The 193-member world body elected 14 members to the 47-member council on Thursday for three-year terms starting in January, with Venezuela claiming one of the two seats allocated to Latin America with 105 votes.
Venezuela was supported by the usual characters, such as Cuba.  Let’s remember that the Chavez-Maduro regime bought a lot of these votes with generous contributions over the years.
This vote happened weeks after UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile, blamed the Maduro government for using public food aid for political purposes. It also reported human rights violations, such as torture and abuses by Venezuelan security forces.
We learned that the UN may run out of money soon.  It appears that some member countries have not paid their dues.  
Frankly, I hope that the UN does go broke and ceases to exist.  Putting Venezuela in a human rights council is Exhibit A that this is a worthless organization.
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Reuters plays defense

Reuters plays defense for Hunter Biden’s Burisma caper

By Thomas Lifson
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I found it hard to read this Reuters article without bursting out laughing.  Titled “What Hunter Biden did on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma,” and written by no fewer than four correspondents, Polina Ivanova, Maria Tsvetkova, Ilya Zhegulev, and Luke Baker, and based on interviews with “more than a dozen people” (most of those providing information in Biden’s role anonymous), it came up with truly lame examples of the younger Biden’s vast contributions to Burisma’s business that could justify the huge amount of money he got for the appointment.  

Interviews with more than a dozen people, including executives and former prosecutors in Ukraine, paint a picture of a director who provided advice on legal issues, corporate finance and strategy during a five-year term on the board, which ended in April of this year.

No details, of course. Remember, Hunter Biden was a drug addict who was unable to complete service in the US Navy because he could not give up his drug habit. While he was trained as a lawyer, I have seen no information that he had any expertise at all in corporate finance or strategy.

The company has said it had wanted to strengthen corporate governance. According to two sources close to the company, Burisma was also looking to attract international investment as well as expand overseas.(snip)

According to four sources close to the company, Biden regularly attended Burisma’s twice annual board meetings – all of which were held outside of Ukraine.

“Regularly attended” is not the same as attended all of them. Oevr the course of five years, there would be a maximum of ten meetings he could have attended. How many did he actually attend? Reuters doesn’t tell us. “Regularly” could mean once a year, or once every eighteen months, or even every two and a half years.

A source close to the company [that’s pretty vague. Why so coy?]  said Biden took part in strategic conversations and shared his opinions and experience. In between board meetings, “there were constant calls, dialogue, sharing of advice, consideration of different options,” the source said. “Expansion to other markets was also discussed,” the source added.

Another source close to Burisma said Biden assisted with analysis of oil and gas assets the company was considering buying abroad, though a deal didn’t go through. The company was considering possible acquisitions in Europe, Kazakhstan and the United States, the source and another person close to Burisma said.

Both sources said that around the time Biden was appointed, Burisma was also looking to secure a financing deal with foreign investment funds, including one in the United States.

Biden helped to find lawyers to work on this process, before it broke down due to the start of the war in east Ukraine, one of those two sources said. “He was a ceremonial figure,” that person added.

All of this is so vague that it could encompass Biden telling them about his politically connected friends.

Bute Reuters does concede:

Biden never visited Ukraine for company business during that time, according to three of the people.

And:

Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a businessman and former member of the Ukrainian parliament who knows the Burisma founder, said it had been Zlochevsky’s idea to appoint Biden as a director. “It was to protect (the company)” at a time when it was facing investigations, said Onyshchenko, who left the country in 2016. In the run up to Biden’s appointment, a popular uprising led to the removal of the Russian-backed Yanukovich in February 2014.

The basic problem that Biden and his Reuters defenders have is that even the sketchy claims of legal, financial, and strategic expertise mentioned are not enough in most people’s eyes to justify the huge income he received.

…the records show 18 months in which two payments of $83,333 per month were paid to Rosemont Seneca Bohai [Biden’s and his friend Archer’s company]  for “consulting services.” The two sources said that one of those monthly payments was intended for Biden and one for Archer. Reuters was not able to independently verify the authenticity of the documents or how much money Hunter Biden received.

As the legal expression “Res ipso loquitor” (the thing speaks for itself”) indicates, the smell from this engagement is so strong that you don’t really have to know anything more to come to a political (as opposed to a judicial) conclusion that it is corrupt

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Biden’s toast

Biden’s toast — and the big bucks Dem donors know it

By Thomas Lifson
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Joe Biden never had a chance to win the Democrats’ presidential nomination, and I said so a week-and-a-half after he announced his candidacy. He’s just too stupid and too corrupt (even for a Democrat), no matter how much name recognition he has and how much he appropriates the fondness many Democrats have for Barack Obama. Those factors were enough to inflate his polls for a while, but not enough to carry him over the finish line next summer in the Milwaukee convention much less into the Oval Office.

It took a couple months, but the big bucks donors came to understand this, and they abandoned him, leaving his campaign stuck in spending too much money to raise money, and depleting his cash reserves, also known as the law of diminishing returns.

Sam Stein of the Daily Beast reports:

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is bleeding cash. And a big reason why appears to be an antiquated, higher-end approach to electoral politics that the former vice president has adopted.

Biden’s team spent more than $923,000 on private jets during the third quarter of 2019, according to recently filed Federal Election Commission data. The expenses, all made to the company EJCR, LLC Dba Advanced Aviation Team, represented a major chunk of change—accounting for roughly one out of every 16 dollars the campaign raised. (snip)

… a review of Biden’s expenditures suggest that a good deal of what he’s spending money on currently involve efforts to simply raise more money.

The former vice president spent more than $230,000 on “fundraising consultants” during Q3; nearly $500,000 on direct mail; and major chunks of change on high-end hotels in cities that serve as donor hubs but aren’t centrally located in early-voting states.

Keep in mind that the media and fellow Democrats are still refusing to acknowledge to ethical issues of a druggie son raking in millions of dollars from corrupt-looking foreign sources while his dad is point man for US policy on their nations. But the donor class doesn’t need Anderson Cooper to tell them that this sort of arraignment will not pass muster in November next year. They don’t want to waste their money on a candidate who won’t be able to deliver favors for them from the Oval Office. The stink of death around his campaign is unmistakable now.

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THE CIRCUS RETURNS

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They Can’t Hide This Forever

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Models Predict Trump Will Crush Democrat in 2020

Moody’s Election Models Predict Trump Will Crush Democrat in 2020

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Donald Trump may be on the path to a landslide re-election win in 2020.

Each of the three election models used by Moody’s Analytics to forecast the 2020 election indicates that Donald Trump will likely win the presidential contest. Under two of the models, Trump is forecast to win with more than the 304 electoral college votes he garnered in 2016.

“Under the average of the three models, Trump would hold on to key industrial Midwest states and pick up New Hampshire, Virginia and Minnesota,” Moody’s said in a report detailing the results of its models.

Moody’s election forecasts have been very reliable in the past, correctly predicting every election result except 2016. The model undercounted support for Trump because it did not anticipate the increase in voter turnout that shifted the majority vote in crucial states.

Importantly, Moody’s models all predict Trump wins even if the economy dips to multiyear lows by the end of 2020 and the stock market crashes 9 percent. In other words, Trump is expected to win despite a falling stock market and a sagging economy.

Moody’s “pocketbook” model looks at three variables: gasoline prices, home prices, and changes in real personal income. Voters tend to see higher gasoline prices as negative, higher home prices, and incomes as positive. Moody’s uses its economic models to predict how these variables will perform in the months leading up to the election.

“Under the baseline economic forecasts, the pocketbook model projects the most favorable outcome for Trump. If voters were to vote primarily on the basis of their pocketbooks, the president would steamroll the competition, taking home 351 electoral votes to the Democrats’ 187, assuming average voter turnout,” Moody’s explains.

Trump does worse under Moody’s “stock market” model, in large part because of the firm’s prediction that the S&P 500 will decline 9 percent between now and election day. Still Trump wins in this model with 289 electoral college votes.

“The Moody’s Analytics baseline forecast calls for annualized growth in U.S. real GDP to dip to multiyear lows by the end of next
year. Because of this growth slowdown, our baseline forecast calls for the richly valued S&P 500 to decline 9% between now and
Election Day. This weighs against Trump, but not enough for Democrats to unseat him,” Moody’s writes.

Even a much steeper decline of 12 percent would result only in a “nail-biting win” for Democrats with 279 electoral votes, compared with Republicans’ 259, Moody’s said.

The third model is based largely on the unemployment rate. But even rising unemployment just before the election would not be enough to cost Trump the election, according to the model.

“The baseline forecast for the unemployment rate across most states is for it to remain near current lows through the first half of next year, before ticking upward amid the growth slowdown. As a result, the unemployment model is not nearly as favorable to the president as the pocketbook model, but nevertheless does project a comfortable Trump victory of 332 electoral votes to 206, assuming average voter turnout,” Moody’s explains.

Turnout could play a big role in the election. If turnout by Democrats and independents voting against Trump is low to average, Trump easily wins under the models. If it climbs to the historical maximum, Trump would lose under the stock market and unemployment models but still win in the pocketbook model.

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Ukraine Cash

Corrupt Senators Took Ukraine Cash

By Daniel John Sobieski
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While Democrats are pushing the bogus Trump-Ukraine quid pro quo story invented by that great storyteller, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, two groups of Democratic senators have been colluding with Ukrainian interests to advance their own agenda and political careers.

Kudos to Steve Hilton for pointing out the corruption of the first group on the Oct. 13 edition of his Fox show “The Next Revolution” – a group of Democratic senators took cash from a Ukraine lobbyist to push Ukrainian gas interests at the same time the Democrats are pushing the Trump-Ukraine yarn. As Hilton states in a transcript of his show available on Fox Opinion:

Remember Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s business partner? He had previously been a top fundraiser for John Kerry, who was Secretary of State at the time. And soon after Devon and Hunter joined the Burisma Board, the company channeled $90,000 to a lobbying firm called ML Strategies, which was headed by none other than David Leiter, John Kerry’s former chief of staff.

That’s handy because then-Secretary of State John Kerry himself has visited Ukraine with promises of U.S. aid and assistance. Well, Leiter registered as a Burisma lobbyist in mid-2014. But in the year leading up to that, he gave close to $60,000 to Democrats, including a select group of U.S. senators who would later be instrumental in pushing cash towards Ukraine’s energy sector, directly in line with Burisma’s interests.

He donated to Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., four times and to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., three times. A month after the last of those donations, both Markey and Shaheen were among four senators who wrote a letter to President Obama that said, “We should leverage the full resources and expertise of the U.S. government to assist Ukraine in improving its energy efficiency, increasing its domestic production and reforming its energy markets.”

This was at a time when Democrats were waging a war on fossil fuels, opposing fracking, and trying to shut down U.S. energy production. American natural gas was bad for the environment, but Ukrainian natural gas was good for the campaign coffers when it involves Hunter Biden’s business interests and John Kerry’s former chief of staff. As Hilton points out, Sen. Markey’s hypocrisy runs particularly deep:

Sen. Ed Markey was the Senate sponsor of the Green New Deal! He wants to shut down gas production in America. Yet he personally intervened with the Obama administration to send your tax dollars to boost Ukraine’s gas production. And not just once.

Not only did he write that letter to Obama, but he sponsored multiple pieces of legislation that called for more U.S. assistance and aid specifically to help Ukraine’s natural gas sector, including one that “directs the Overseas Private Investment Corporation to prioritize support for investments to increase energy efficiency, developed domestic oil and natural gas reserves and develop renewable energy sources in Ukraine.”

Interestingly, as Democrats falsely accuse President Trump of bribing the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on a political opponent, namely Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, another group of Democratic senators actually asked the Ukrainian government to help the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to dig up dirt on Donald J. Trump. As the Marc Thiessen noted in his recent column in the Washington Post:

It got almost no attention, but in May [2018], CNN reported that Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) wrote a letter to Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, expressing concern at the closing of four investigations they said were critical to the Mueller probe. In the letter, they implied that their support for U.S. assistance to Ukraine was at stake. Describing themselves as “strong advocates for a robust and close relationship with Ukraine,” the Democratic senators declared, “We have supported [the] capacity-building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these [democratic] principles to avoid the ire of President Trump,” before demanding Lutsenko “reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.”

This is corruption and hypocrisy raised to a new level. President Trump, as the transcript of his call to Ukrainian President Zelensky showed, pressured no one to dig up dirt on a political opponent. There was no quid pro quo, only a request that the Ukrainians look into the real crime Joe Biden confessed it — leveraging U.S. financial support to get a prosecutor investing his son’s company, Burisma, fired.

And if you want real collusion with a real trail of evidence of people trying to do real things interfering with the 2016 campaign, try Hillary Clinton’s collusion with the Ukraine to derail and besmirch Team Trump. As Politico reported in a story that went nowhere at the time:

Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.

A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in the race, helping to force Manafort’s resignation and advancing the narrative that Trump’s campaign was deeply connected to Ukraine’s foe to the east, Russia. But they were far less concerted or centrally directed than Russia’s alleged hacking and dissemination of Democratic emails.

Here you have a real meeting between a DNC operative in a foreign embassy receiving materials used to defame and derail the Trump campaign. This meeting had real consequences. No fabricated versions of phone calls here.

Democratic senators took campaign cash from Ukrainian interests while begging Ukraine for help in removing a duly elected President from office. And these are the people who would participate in a Senate impeachment trial. The inmates are indeed running the asylum.

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Adam Schiff Gets Busted Again

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There Was No Quid Pro Quo?

Did Adam Schiff Just Admit There Was No Quid Pro Quo?

Appearing on CBS’s Face The Nation Sunday morning, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff essentially conceded that there was no quid pro quo between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by saying “there doesn’t need to be a quid pro quo.

“We have discovered in short order not only the contents of that call, but also the preparatory work that went into the call. The effort to condition something the Ukrainian president deeply sought, and that was a meeting with the president to establish that this new president of Ukraine had a powerful patron in the president of the United States that was of vital importance to Ukraine, was being conditioned on digging up dirt on the Bidens,” Schiff told Margaret Brennan.

“So, you see that as the quid quo pro, not just the military aid,” she replied.

“Well, first of all, there doesn’t need to be a quid pro quo,” Schiff told her. “But it is clear already, I think, from the text messages that this meeting that the Ukrainian president sought was being conditioned on their willingness to intervene in the U.S. election to help the president.”

For weeks now, we’ve been told that the transcript was evidence of a quid pro quo, and now Adam Schiff is saying “there doesn’t need to be a quid pro quo.” Does anyone see this as a huge concession on Schiff’s part?

So, I guess Schiff has flip-flopped on whether there was a quid pro quo after all, and in true Democrat fashion is moving the goalposts to justify his party’s witch hunt. If everything that’s been happening with this impeachment inquiry is because of that phone call, how can anyone justify this impeachment inquiry proceeding when Schiff has conceded that the phone call is exculpatory?

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