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Trump Rescues Three Service Members Accused of War Crimes

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Trump intervened in the cases of three U.S. military members who had been accused of or convicted of war crimes.

Trump issued two full pardons on Friday, releasing former Army Lt. Clint Lorance from military prison and dismissing murder charges against Army Special Forces Maj. Mathew Golsteyn. He also restored Chief Petty Officer and Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher’s rank.

Lorance was locked in Fort Leavenworth military prison, serving a 19-year sentence for murdering two civilians. In 2012, he ordered his men to fire on three unarmed Afghan men on a motorcycle near their patrol. He then called for the platoon’s gun truck to engage the Afghan motorcyclists using a machine gun, killing two of them and wounding a third.

Golsteyn’s trial was scheduled to start next month after being charged in 2018 for killing a suspected Taliban bomb-maker during a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. He first disclosed the incident in 2011 while applying for a job with the CIA. The Army investigated the matter, but it closed the case with no charges. However, he later publicly admitted to the killing during a 2016 appearance on Fox News, which reopened the case.

Democrats’ New Line that Trump is Guilty of “Bribery” Shows That They are Losing

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Quid pro quo is out. Bribery and other criminal terms are in.

That’s because Democrats understand that the whole impeachment drama is not taking hold with enough of the public.

They have described President Trump as attempting a quid-pro-quo with Ukraine — upholding money trying to get Ukraine to do investigations into activities that involved Democrats, including Joe Biden and his dissolute son Hunter. If this is true, it’s bad, he shouldn’t do that. But there is no way Democrats are going to get a substantial majority of Americans, nor the Senate, to agree that this justifies removing a duly elected president from office. It’s not criminal, and it’s not the worst thing in the world.

And so now they’ve started using terms like “bribery,” which is not only a crime but one of the reasons listed in the constitution for impeachment. This not only shows desperation, it’s an utter lie.

First of all, this is not exactly a bribe. Bribery is offering something in exchange for action. Trump was, allegedly, withholding something in exchange for an action. There’s a difference. The money had been allocated by Congress. If Trump got his donors together or found some other federal accounts to provide money to the Ukrainians in exchange for something without the involvement of Congress, that would have been a bribe.

What’s more, the Democrats are criminalizing foreign policy. Is it possible that if a president withholds aid from a country in exchange for some action, the president is bribing the country? This kind of thing is done all the time. You get the aid if you meet certain conditions.

Are sanctions bribery?

Sheesh. Get out of the way while you can of the assembly line of presidents who are going to be impeached under these rationales.

Democrats have a bad hand, and Nancy Pelosi has known this all along. By March, Trump will have some excellent talking points, traveling around the country talking about how he has been vindicated by the Senate on “fake” charges by House Democrats.

Meantime, serious damage has been done. Democrats have spent three years trying to oust Trump. He has been unduly distracted from performing the most important duty in the land, serving as president. Enough Americans will recognize this to reelect him, make sure that at least the Senate does not fall into Democratic hands, and maybe even give the House back to Republicans.

Video || Trump Says Impeachment Has Been “Very Hard on My Family”

President Trump has taken impeachment very personally. If some think he’s enjoying this at some level, he’s not.

The president constantly says that he hates the very word. Last night during an appearance in Louisiana, he said:

It’s been very unfair, very hard on my family. Me, it’s my whole life, it’s crazy. What a life I lead. You think this is fun, don’t you? But it’s been very hard on my family. Very, very hard.

Illegal Border Crossings Plummet Over the Last Five Months

President Trump noticed last spring that Mexico was not helping stop illegal immigrants from Central America who were flowing across Mexico to our southern border.

So he got tough, threatening sanctions. Everyone was aghast! But Mexico suddenly started cooperating.

According to the Washington Examiner:

The number of people arrested for illegally crossing the southern border from Mexico dropped in October for a fifth consecutive month, down 73% after hitting 132,000 arrests in May.

More than 35,000 people were apprehended by Border Patrol agents for illegally entering Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California between official crossing points last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Thursday.

The number of arrests in October was down from around 40,000 in September, 50,000 in August, 71,000 in July, and 94,000 in June. CBP uses the number of arrests as an indicator of how many people tried to illegally enter the country, since it is not able to stop every person who tries.

The number of arrests has dropped significantly since Mexico deployed more federal police and military to the U.S. and Guatemalan borders to deter illegal immigration.

In late May, President Trump — frustrated by the lack of legislative action in the U.S. to address the crisis — followed through on a threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports if the country did not take action to deter people passing through Mexico from Central America on the way to the U.S. southern border.

The Mexican government deployed its National Guard to the U.S. border to prevent people from crossing in well-traveled spots. It also sent the Guard and federal police to its southern border with Guatemala to prevent people from entering into Mexico. Other federal law enforcement and military set up checkpoints along highways in Central Mexico to stop buses of people traveling north. Those without legal documents are arrested and deported.

Ukraine Foreign Minister: Military Aid Never Lined to Investigating the Bidens

Well, I guess the liberal MSM will be all over this. Or not.

Apparently if there was a link between the provision of military aid to Ukraine and investigations of Joe Biden, the Ukrainians were not aware of it.

According to the Washington Examiner:

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland never linked military aid to Ukraine on whether the foreign government launched investigations into the energy company Burisma, according to a top Ukraine official.

Ukraine Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told reporters on Thursday that Sondland never asked him for investigations into Joe Biden’s son’s role with the energy company while Biden was vice president, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

“Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and did not tell me exactly, about the relation between the [military] assistance and the investigations. You should ask him,” Prystaiko said. “I do not recall any conversation with me as with foreign minister. It was not we, the Ukrainian officials [who were told this].”

“I have never seen a direct link between investigations and security assistance. Yes, investigations were mentioned, you know, in a presidential conversation. But there was no clear connection between these events,” Prystaiko added.

Ken Starr: No Crime Proven Today

Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr, whose work was the basis for the impeachment of Bill Clinton, said that Wednesday’s House impeachment hearings demonstrated no crime — unlike in the cases of Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. Therefore, the Senate will not vote too convict.

Now, I know what everyone says, that this is a political process and the Constitution does not require a crime to be committed for conviction on impeachment.

But in fact, if a crime has not been convicted, the bar is very high to remove a president. If it’s going to be for bad behavior, it has to be very bad behavior. And denying a corrupt regime its missiles is just not going to be viewed as egregious enough to reverse an election right — and right before the next election.

Ambassador Taylor Was “Pleased” When Trump Gave Ukraine Weapons After Obama Did Not

One of the many ironies here. It was President Trump who actually gave the Ukrainians weapons, as opposed to Barack Obama, who gave them some MREs and I guess a few plastic forks and knives.

All while Trump is supposedly a Russian agent. Meantime, it was Obama who was whispering to then-Russian President Medvedev that he could do more for him after he was reelected.

Now, Trump is being impeached for threatening to withhold aid that Obama never provided, but Trump did.

This is just not going to fly with enough Americans. Democrats will have to do better.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Ambassador William Taylor told Congress that he was “pleased” with President Trump’s decision to provide Ukraine with weapons to defend itself from Russia.

During his impeachment testimony on Wednesday, Taylor explained why he decided to accept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s offer to return to the department to be the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

He explained that while he was in the private sector in 2015, he urged President Obama to provide lethal military weapons to Ukraine when Russia started to invade the Crimean peninsula.

Obama declined to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons and instead opted to sanction Russia and give Ukraine tools such as night-vision goggles and communication devices.

White House: Trump Not Watching the Impeachment Hearings

Who can blame him? Mostly rehash or what we already know.

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Trump is not watching the first day of impeachment hearings on television, according to his spokeswoman, who said he had a busy day of meetings.

Much of Washington came to a standstill on Wednesday morning to hear the opening exchanges in a day of testimony that could decide Trump’s fate.

However, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the president was getting on with his job.

“He’s in the Oval in meetings,” she said. “Not watching. He’s working.”

Trump Says He’ll Strike a Deal with Democrats on DACA

President Trump’s attempt to overturn Barack Obama’s illegal DACA order is at the Supreme Court today. Not sure how it will go. John Roberts, the new Anthony Kennedy, possibly will wimp out for the sake of peace, love and understanding. Trump won’t get a deal this year. Not during the campaign and while he’s being… Continue Reading

Trump Says He Would Welcome Race Against Bloomberg

Well, Christmas is coming, and Michael Bloomberg is already doing some shopping. This year, he’s thinking of buying the presidency. According to several reports, he has changed his previous view and may soon get in the Democratic primary. He could win. The current group is such an amalgamation of nothings, it’s possible. I still think… Continue Reading

McConnell: Democrats Don’t Have the Goods to Convict Trump

According to the Washington Examiner: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters the closed-door impeachment proceedings in the House have not produced evidence that would sway enough Republican senators to convict President Trump if he is impeached. “How long it goes on just depends on how long the Senate wants to spend on it,” McConnell said Tuesday… Continue Reading