Dan Henninger, opinion writer for the Wall Street Journal, suggests the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz shows no bias in the FBI investigation of Donald Trump — but only in the minds of the obtuse, Democrats, and their allies in the media.
Within minutes of the 434-page report’s release Monday, the generic media headline was that it “debunks” the idea that the FBI was guilty of political bias against Mr. Trump, as well as conservative “conspiracy theories” that there was a deep-state effort to get Mr. Trump.
Whatever the Horowitz review of four FBI Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications and its Crossfire Hurricane investigation did or did not “debunk,” the report is mind-boggling, shocking and damning. It is page after page—indeed, paragraph after paragraph—detailing gross errors of judgment and violations of FBI investigation protocols. Everyone who purports to have an opinion about what has been going on in the U.S. the past 3½ years should at least read the report’s detailed executive summary and draw their own conclusions.
Christopher Steele’s primary FBI handler even told the Horowitz investigators “it was obvious to him”—as early as July 2016—that the producer of the famous anti-Trump dossiers “was politically motivated.”
True, Mr. Horowitz asserted no “documentary or testimonial evidence” of anti-Trump bias inside the borders of this investigation. But one has to be obtuse to read this report and not see its authors are incredulous at the idea that the only explanation possible is incompetence and misjudgment on an unimaginable scale by trained FBI professionals. As Mr. Horowitz puts it with almost bemused understatement, “We did not receive satisfactory explanations for the errors or problems we identified.”
As it did with the Mueller report, the media is abandoning the actual content to push the public’s attention toward Attorney General William Barr’s “disagreements” with Mr. Horowitz. This is a sham issue, a red herring.
In a better world than we’ve got now, the press—or some of it—would step back from the Trump-Barr obsessions and revisit its historic role of protecting individual freedoms from such raw, unaccountable government power.
The Florida Republican went through some of the history of Hunter Biden, the degenerate son of former Vice President Joe Biden, during today’s House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing.
An essential element of the Democrats’ case on abuse of power is that the Bidens did nothing wrong. It can only be an abuse of power and not a correct use of power if the president was pursuing something under which there was no reasonable basis to ask a question about Hunter Biden and Burisma. Hunter Biden and Burisma, well, that’s an interesting story. And I think just about every American knows there’s something up with that.
I don’t want to make light of anybody’s substance abuse issues. I know the president’s working real hard to solve those throughout the country. But it’s a little hard to believe that Burisma hired Hunter Biden to resolve their international disputes when he could not resolve his own dispute with Hertz rental car over leaving cocaine and a crack pipe in the car.
Again, I’m not casting any judgment on any challenges someone goes through in their personal life, but it’s just hard to believe that this is the guy wandering through homeless encampments buying crack who was worth $86,000 a month to Burisma Holdings.
Of course, after he brought all this up, the Democrats and their notetakers in the press said Gaetz’s description of Hunter Biden was a case of “the pot calling the kettle black” since Gaetz was arrested as a young man and given a DUI. The charges were later dropped.
There is absolutely no comparison between Gaetz’s history and that of Hunter Biden, a rampant drug and alcohol abuser who has found all kinds of scammy ways to make money and is currently the subject of a paternity suit.
And yet the press is reporting “pot calling the kettle black” as if it’s serious.
We could be looking at just a couple of weeks here.
Senate Republicans are so confident of acquittal that they want to limit the whole show and may not call witnesses. At the very least, they won’t bring in Hunter Biden or the whistleblower, because some Republicans are opposed and they need 51 senators to call a witness.
Senate Republicans do not expect to call witnesses President Trump might want to hear from most in an impeachment trial, conceding there are not the votes to summon key figures such as Hunter Biden and the unidentified government whistleblower whose complaint sparked the process.
Senate impeachment rules require a majority vote to call witnesses, and with just two out of 53 votes to spare, there is no “appetite” among Republicans to pursue testimony from people that Democrats blocked Republicans from subpoenaing during the House investigation. Indeed, Republicans might forgo calling witnesses altogether, saying minds are made up on Trump’s guilt or innocence and that testimony at trial on the Senate floor would draw out the proceedings unnecessarily.
“Here’s what I want to avoid: this thing going on longer than it needs to,” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told the Washington Examiner. “I want to end this.”
Top Republicans are leaning toward calling for a vote to acquit Trump immediately after House Democrats and the White House have delivered their arguments to head off partisan disagreements that might lengthen the trial.
“At that point, I would expect that most members would be ready to vote and wouldn’t need more information,” said John Barrasso of Wyoming, the No. 3-ranked Senate Republican. “Many people have their minds pretty well made up.”
That would amount to a slightly extended version of events (two weeks or so) of what some observers had once thought might occur, though was never seriously considered: Republicans holding no trial at all and simply voting to acquit.
House Majority Leader James Clyburn of South Carolina, second in command to Nancy Pelosi, acknowledged Friday that some Democrats will oppose impeachment in the House.
Republicans likely will stand together. That means the only bipartisan vote will be against impeaching President Trump.
Clyburn also goes through some nonsense about how Democrats are not whipping the vote because it’s a vote of “conscience.” Well, if they’re not whipping the vote, which I don’t fully believe, it’s because they know some of the members in moderate districts have to oppose it to get reelected.
I am so tired of hearing the Democrats invoking the Founding Fathers in their impeachment of President Trump.
The Democrats’ policies, ethics, attitudes and even use of the Constitution are so far from what the Founders envisioned for this country, it disgusts me to hear them invoked. Especially for such a partisan exercise.
Anyway, Pelosi sounds like she’s getting ready to exhume James Madison and have him testify before Jerry Nadler’s committee.
Please, Democrats, at least stop sounding like this is something you are doing reluctantly and with a sense of gravitas. Just go ahead and get it over with.
Former Fox News reporter James Rosen asked Nancy Pelosi if she hates President Trump.
Which is kind of a silly question, but anyway, it provoked her, as intended.
“I don’t hate anyone,” Pelosi said. “We don’t hate anyone.”
She then continues:
“It has nothing to do with that. I think the president is a coward when it comes to helping our kids who are afraid of gun violence. I think he is cruel when he doesn’t deal with helping our Dreamers, of which we are proud. I think he is in denial about the climate crisis. However, that’s about the election … take it up in the election.”
Um, well, how can you not hate a fella like that?
“Don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that,” Pelosi said. “As a Catholic, I resent you using ‘hate’ in a sentence that references me.”
So now the reporter is anti-Catholic. You can’t ask Catholics if they hate people.
At least Catholics get to participate in identity politics. They’ve mostly been left out.
President Trump is playing the Democrats quite nicely, and the result is that the hearings have only solidified his support. Democrats have moved the needle not one bit, and things are only going to get worse for them.
From an opinion piece I have running today on the NBC News website:
Trump will likely continue to sear the Washington establishment and the bureaucracy — which seems unaware it is far less popular with the public than it is with itself.
Trump will likely continue to sear the Washington establishment and the bureaucracy — which seems unaware it is far less popular with the public than it is with itself. He will deploy his usual vivid character assassination against opponents, skillfully highlighting any questionable behavior that might suggest they deserve it.
He will also undoubtably issue more charges that the media has cast aside any pretense of objectivity, instead delivering “fake news.” He seems prepared to use all this to ignite his base, which he will spend less time “expanding,” as the experts constantly counsel, and more time getting supporters to the polls on Election Day.
After weeks of sequestered run-throughs, Trump’s impeachment show finally opened Nov. 14 in Capitol Hill’s grandest theater, the cavernous assembly room usually used by the Ways and Means Committee, for a series of matinee performances. The featured witnesses recited the narrative of how Trump withheld aid from Ukraine in what Democrats said was a quid pro quo — later revised by some lawmakers as “bribery” when that line seemed to fall flat — in exchange for investigations of his political opponents. Dialogue from Trump himself was cited, albeit as overheard by an eavesdropper on a phone call.
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