Schiff Suddenly Backpedals on Whistleblower, Says He Might Not Need To Testify

H/T Western Journal.

The scheme that Schiff dreamed up is falling apart.

The transcript of the Ukraine phone call rendered what the whistleblower had to say moot.

The Trump “impeachment inquiry” is in full swing, and we now know definitively why the Democrats decided against voting for an actual impeachment inquiry: It might have booted the kangaroos out of the courtroom.

Instead, the only person booted out of the hearings, run by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, was Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, presumably because, as a congressman who’s not a member of the Intelligence Committee, he tried to crash the testimony of former national security official Fiona Hill.

Of course, there’s no ability for Republicans to cross-examine witnesses or to subpoena their own, as there would be in an actual impeachment inquiry, which is kind of the point.

“This process is a joke, and the consequences are huge,” New York GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin told The Associated Press.

Well, the good news is that the joke could be one punchline shorter, since an anticipated witness may not need to testify, according to Schiff.

The bad news is that the witness is, um, the whistleblower who started this whole thing.

You know, the one who allegedly had ties to Joe Biden. And the one who had contact with Schiff’s aides before he filed the complaint. That whistleblower.

We can now just rely on the transcript of the July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky that sparked the Democrats’ impeachment efforts. You know, the transcript Democrats claimed we couldn’t trust.

In an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Schiff said that because there is a second whistleblower, a call transcript and a need to protect the whistleblower’s anonymous status, the Intelligence Committee may not call the original whistleblower after all.

“Well, our primary interest right now is making sure that that person is protected,” Schiff said.

“Indeed, now there’s more than one whistleblower, that they are protected. And given that we already have the call record, we don’t need the whistleblower who wasn’t on the call to tell us what took place during the call. We have the best evidence of that.

“We do want to make sure that we identify other evidence that is pertinent to the withholding of the military support, the effort to cover this up by hiding this in a classified computer system. We want to make sure that we uncover the full details about the conditionality of either the military aid or that meeting with Ukraine’s president,” he continued.

“It may not be necessary to take steps that might reveal the whistleblower’s identity to do that. And we’re going to make sure we protect that whistleblower.”

 

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Historically Accurate Election Model Shows Trump Walloping 2020 Dem Even Worse Than He Beat Hillary in 2016

H/T Western Journal.

Not only will President Trump be reelected by a large majority but I think there will be a possible supermajority in both houses of Congress.

Asked about her age during the fourth Democratic debate in Ohio on Tuesday night — she would be 71 upon entering her first term, the oldest incoming president ever — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren brushed it aside with a subtle dig at Donald Trump’s chances of remaining in office until the election.

“I will outwork, outorganize, and outlast anyone else and that includes Donald Trump, [Vice President] Mike Pence, or whoever the Republicans get stuck with,” Warren said, according to The Hill.

Ho, ho, ho. See, she means Trump’s going to get impeached and removed — or maybe lose in the primary or get some sort of McDonald’s-induced disease or whatever. Much like every other Democrat, Warren’s pretty confident she can run up the score on The Donald.

On the contrary, says a historically accurate election model. Apparently, President Trump might have an easier time of it in 2020 than he did in 2016.

“President Donald Trump looks likely to cruise to reelection next year under three different economic models Moody’s Analytics employed to gauge the 2020 race,” CNBC reported Tuesday.

“Barring anything unusual happening, the president’s Electoral College victory could easily surpass his 2016 win over Democrat Hillary Clinton, which came by a 304-227 count.”

The models showed Trump getting at least 289 electoral votes and as many as 351. Even the low number, for those of you who went through Common Core civics, would be more than the 270 needed for him to win.

The Moody’s projection looks at several variables, including the stock market, unemployment and consumers’ estimation of their own financial standing.

Under the final model, Trump would have the strongest chance of re-election, with 351 electoral votes to the Democrats getting 187.

The unemployment model would still be high, given that unemployment itself is at a 50-year low. Under that model, the projection would be 332 to 206.

The stock market model only has Trump getting 289 electoral votes to Democrats’ 249.

“If the economy a year from now is the same as it is today, or roughly so, then the power of incumbency is strong and Trump’s election odds are very good, particularly if Democrats aren’t enthusiastic and don’t get out to vote,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said.

He’s the co-author, along with Dan White and Bernard Yaros, of the report. He said that the election, like most others, will be “about turnout.” Assuming average turnout, Trump does well. With an energized Democrat base and an apathetic Republican one, the models begin looking less favorable.

“Our ‘pocketbook’ model is the most economically driven of the three. If voters were to vote primarily on the basis of their pocketbooks, the president would steamroll the competition,” Moody’s report read.

“This shows the importance that prevailing economic sentiment at the household level could hold in the next election.”

It also shows the importance of the stock market, which could tip the scales toward a Democrat if there was a 12 percent correction.

And despite the fact that President Trump’s approval ratings have always been low, they’ve been pretty consistently in that range. That’s actually a positive for Trump, Moody’s says.

“The results might come as a surprise given Trump’s consistently low favorability ratings — 40% in the latest Gallup poll — and as most head-to-head matchups against Democrats show the president losing,” CNBC reported.

“However, the report said that Trump’s relatively stable ratings help provide a good benchmark for how he will do once election time comes.”

The paper also mentions the importance of Pennsylvania — just a few counties could flip the entire state — and other challenges the president might face. And, in truth, Trump’s unlike any other president or major-party nominee we’ve seen previously.

But then again, Moody’s predictions have only been wrong once since they began in 1980. That time? In 2016, when they predicted Hillary Clinton would win a narrow victory. They ended up blaming that loss on “unexpected turnout patterns.”

So, no, Sen. Warren. Mike Pence won’t be the president in November of 2020. Impeachment may get past the House but, barring some explosive revelations, it’ll end up dying in the Senate.

Despite the polling matchups, this won’t be a cakewalk for you or any other Democrat candidate. In fact, whoever you guys nominate could, if history holds, end up getting outworked, outorganized, and outlasted by Trump in rather spectacular style.

BREAKING: Schiff Pressured Witness To Say Trump Pressured Ukraine To Investigate Biden, Report Says

H/T The Daily Wire.

I hope there is some way to bring this rat-faced bastard down.

Democrat House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff reportedly pressed U.S. special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker in a secret meeting on October 3 to say that President Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President and current Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

“Volker denied that was the case, noting that Ukrainian leaders did not even know the aid was being withheld, and that they believed their relationship with the United States was moving along satisfactorily, without them having done anything Trump mentioned in his notorious July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,” The Washington Examiner reported. “When Volker repeatedly declined to agree to Schiff’s characterization of events, Schiff said, ‘Ambassador, you’re making this much more complicated than it has to be.’”

The central allegation that Democrats are claiming that Trump is guilty of is engaging in a quid pro quo with Ukraine, instructing them to investigate Biden in exchange for U.S. military support.

“Part of the other context is vital military support is being withheld from the Ukraine during this period, right?” Schiff asked, according to the Examiner.

“That was not part of the context at the time,” Volker said. “At least to my knowledge, they [Ukrainian leaders] were not aware of that.”

It was at this point that Schiff reportedly began to press Volker. According to the Examiner, Schiff and Volker engaged in the following back and forth dialogue:

[Schiff] asked Volker whether he would agree that “no President of the United States should ever ask a foreign leader to help intervene in a U.S. election.”

“I agree with that,” said Volker.

“And that would be particularly egregious if it was done in the context of withholding foreign assistance?” Schiff continued.

Volker balked. “We’re getting now into, you know, a conflation of these things that I didn’t think was actually there.”

Schiff wanted Volker to agree that “if it’s inappropriate for a president to seek foreign help in a U.S. election, it would be doubly so if a president was doing that at a time when the United States was withholding military support from the country.”

Again, Volker did not agree. “I can’t really speak to that,” he said. “My understanding of the security assistance issue is — ”

Schiff interrupted. “Why can’t you speak to that, ambassador? You’re a career diplomat. You can understand the enormous leverage that a president would have while withholding military support from an ally at war with Russia. You can understand just how significant that would be, correct?”

Volker tried to go along without actually agreeing. “I can understand that that would be significant,” he said.

Schiff persisted. “And when that suspension of aid became known to that country, to Ukraine, it would be all the more weighty to consider what the president had asked of them, wouldn’t it?”

“So again, congressman, I don’t believe — ” Volker began.

“It’s a pretty straightforward question,” Schiff said.

“But I don’t believe the Ukrainians were aware that the assistance was being held up — ”

“They became aware of it,” Schiff said.

“They became aware later, but I don’t believe they were aware at the time, so there was no leverage implied,” Volker said.

Schiff has come under intense fire over the way that he has handled the House Democrats’ attempt to impeach Trump.

During a congressional hearing in late September, Schiff made up quotes from Trump’s phone call with Ukraine, quotes that did not exist in the transcript of the call.

Schiff’s move garnered intense national criticism from top lawmakers and political commentators.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) tweeted: “When you don’t have facts on your side some just make it up. The opening statement by their ring leader was #FullofSchiff. House Dems blatantly lying to justify their impeachment inquiry is horribly timed, poorly written and badly intentioned.”

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) tweeted: “It is disturbing and outrageous that Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff opens up a hearing of this importance with improvised fake dialogue between President Trump and President Zelenskyy. We should focus on the facts.”

Fox News analyst Brit Hume tweeted: “If the conversation were as damning as Schiff et al would like, he would have simply read directly from it, instead of making up dialogue. Probably not surprising in light of the extravagant collusion claims he made for 2 years.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tweeted: “We now have both the transcript and the complaint. Anyone who reads them will see they prove what we already knew: @RepAdamSchiff and his cronies will peddle conspiracy theories and distort the truth to attack our President. It’s wrong.”

Schiff also came under intense fire after it was revealed that his staff had contact with the whistleblower before the whistleblower actually filed an official complaint form.

In a separate report, the Examiner revealed that the whistleblower, a registered Democrat who had worked with Biden in the Obama White House, had also previously worked with two of Schiff’s current aides.

Pete Buttigieg Tells Beto Right to His Face: I Don’t Need Courage Lessons From You on Gun Control

H/T Town Hall.

Mayor Pete and Little Bobby O’Rourke are in a struggle to see which one is the biggest loser.

South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg told former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) that on the issue on the confiscation of AR-15s, he does not need a lesson on personal or political courage from him.

O’Rourke once again attacked Buttigieg at the Democratic presidential debate in Ohio for not supporting mandatory buybacks of AR-15s and other similar types of rifles.

O’Rourke said it’s time to follow groups, such as March For Our Lives, “and lead and not be limited by the polls and consultants and focus groups.”

“The problem is not the polls, the problems is the policy,” Buttigieg replied. “And I don’t need lessons from you on courage, political or personal. Everyone on this stage is determined to get something done…The problem is not other Democrats who don’t agree with your particular idea of how to handle this. The problem is the National Rifle Association and their enablers in Congress and we should be united in taking the fight to them.”

Buttigieg was referring to his service as an officer in the Navy, where he eventually went on to deploy to Afghanistan.

“That’s a mischaracterization…I got to answer this. Never took you or anyone else on who disagrees with me on this issue, but when you, Mayor, describe this policy as a shiny object…that was a slap in the fact to every single one of those groups and every survivor of a mass casualty assault with an AR-15 and an AK-47. We must buy them back,” O’Rourke said

The day before the debate, O’Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) each took a jab at Buttigieg for his criticism for the idea of a mandatory buyback.

Omar Funnels 30 Percent of Campaign Cash to Alleged Boyfriend’s Firm

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Ilhan Omar(Delusional-MN)has learned very quickly to be a swamp monster.

Nearly $150,000 in new payments went from Omar’s campaign to E Street Group.

Approximately 30 percent of the money doled out by the campaign of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) in the third quarter went to digital fundraising, communications, and advertising services provided by the E Street Group, a firm run by her alleged boyfriend.

Omar’s campaign committee, which raised a total of $1,084,098.84 in the third quarter, spent $493,389.80 during this time. The E Street Group, a firm run by political consultant Tim Mynett, Omar’s alleged lover, received more money from the campaign than any other vendor.

The Omar campaign paid the E Street Group $149,812.64 between July 1 and Sept. 30, its filings show. That accounts for around 30 percent of Omar’s total campaign disbursements over the same period. Her campaign has over $1.5 million cash on hand.

The payments represent a significant increase from previous spending on the group’s services. In the first two quarters—the first six months of the year—the campaign paid approximately $160,000 to the E Street Group. The $150,000 in new payments, made over the past three months, nearly matches that number.

Mynett’s wife, Dr. Beth Mynett, said that her husband told her in April that he was having an affair with Omar, the New York Post reported in August.

According to divorce papers filed by Beth Mynett, “The parties physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when defendant told plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar.”

“By way of example, days prior to defendant’s devastating and shocking declaration of love for Rep. Omar and admission of their affair, he and Rep. Omar took the parties’ son to dinner to formally meet for the first time at the family’s favorite neighborhood restaurant while plaintiff was out of town,” the papers said. “Rep. Omar gave the parties’ son a gift and the defendant later brought her back inside the family’s home.”

Mynett has denied allegations of an affair, while Omar, who is in the process of divorcing her husband, has dodged questions about the situation.

Omar’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the payments by press time.

Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died

H/T AP News.

This thug will no longer browbeat and scream at witnesses before his committee.

I know you are not supposed to speak ill of the dead but in Cummings case, I will make an exception.

I hope he is barking in the fires of Hell.

He will not be able to browbeat and scream at his brother Satan.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper’s son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the powerful chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68.

Cummings was a formidable orator who advocated for the poor in his black-majority district , which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore and more well-to-do suburbs.

As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings led investigations of the president’s governmental dealings, including probes in 2019 relating to Trump’s family members serving in the White House.

Trump criticized the Democrat’s district as a “rodent-infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” The comments came weeks after Trump drew bipartisan condemnation following his calls for Democratic congresswomen of color to get out of the U.S. “right now,” and go back to their “broken and crime-infested countries.”

Cummings replied that government officials must stop making “hateful, incendiary comments” that distract the nation from its real problems, including mass shootings and white supremacy.

“Those in the highest levels of the government must stop invoking fear, using racist language and encouraging reprehensible behavior,” Cummings said.

On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted his “condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader.” The brief tweet made no reference to past feuds.

Cummings’ long career spanned decades in Maryland politics. He rose through the ranks of the Maryland House of Delegates before winning his congressional seat in a special election in 1996 to replace former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who left the seat to lead the NAACP.

Cummings was an early supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential bid in 2008. By 2016, Cummings was the senior Democrat on the House Benghazi Committee, which he said was “nothing more than a taxpayer-funded effort to bring harm to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”

Throughout his career, Cummings used his fiery voice to highlight the struggles and needs of inner-city residents. He believed in much-debated approaches to help the poor and addicted, such as needle-exchange programs as a way to reduce the spread of AIDS.

A key figure in the Trump impeachment inquiry , Cummings had been hoping to return to Congress after a medical procedure he said would only keep him away for a week. His statement then didn’t detail the procedure. He’d previously been treated for heart and knee issues.

Cummings’ committee, authorized to investigate virtually any part of the federal government, is one of three conducting the House impeachment probe of Trump. Cummings was among the three chairmen to sign a letter seeking documents into the formal inquiry into whether Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate the family of Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden, the former vice president. The committees have issued subpoenas of witnesses in the face of the Trump administration’s refusal to cooperate with the impeachment probe and have jointly been meeting behind closed doors to hear testimony.

Separately, Cummings led an effort to gain access to Trump’s financial records. His committee subpoenaed records from Mazars USA, an accounting firm that has provided services to Trump. The panel demanded documents from 2011 to 2018 as it probed Trump’s reporting of his finances and potential conflicts of interest. Last week, a federal appeals court ruled the records must be turned over to the House.

Shortly after Cummings’ death, which his office said happened after 2 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital, his constituents began mourning. Baltimore mayor Bernard “Jack” Young said in a statement that Cummings “wasn’t afraid to use his considerable intellect, booming voice and poetic oratory to speak out against brutal dictators bent on oppression, unscrupulous business executives who took advantage of unsuspecting customers, or even a U.S. President.”

His widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, chairwoman of Maryland’s Democratic Party, said in a statement: “He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not our problem.”

Cummings was born Jan. 18, 1951. In grade school, a counselor told Cummings he was too slow to learn and spoke poorly, and would never fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer.

“I was devastated,” Cummings told The Associated Press in 1996, shortly before winning his seat in Congress. “My whole life changed. I became very determined.”

It steeled Cummings to prove that counselor wrong. He became not only a lawyer, but one of the most powerful orators in the statehouse, where he entered office in 1983. He rose to become the first black House speaker pro tem. He would begin his comments slowly, developing his theme and raising the emotional heat until it became like a sermon from the pulpit.

Cummings was quick to note the differences between Congress and the Maryland General Assembly, which has long been controlled by Democrats.

“After coming from the state where, basically, you had a lot of people working together, it’s clear that the lines are drawn here,” Cummings said about a month after entering office in Washington in 1996.

Cummings began his long push for civil rights at age 11, when he helped integrate a local swimming pool in Baltimore. This year, during a speech to the American Bar Association in April, Cummings recalled how he and other black children who were barred from the pool organized protests with help from their recreation leader and the NAACP.

Every day for a week, when the children tried to get into the pool, they were spit upon, threatened and called names, Cummings said; he said he was cut by a bottle thrown from an angry crowd.

“The experience transformed my entire life,” he said.

While serving in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1983 to 1996, Cummings pushed for a ban on alcohol and tobacco ads on inner-city billboards in Baltimore, leading to the first such prohibition in a large U.S. city.

Cummings then chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from 2003 to 2004, employing a hard-charging, explore-every-option style to put the group in the national spotlight.

He cruised to big victories in the overwhelmingly Democratic district, which had given Maryland its first black congressman in 1970 when Parren Mitchell was elected.

In 2015, when the death of black Baltimore resident Freddie Gray sparked the worst riots the city had seen in decades, Cummings was in the streets, carrying a bullhorn and urging crowds to go home and respect a curfew. He spoke at Gray’s funeral, asking lawmakers in the church to stand up to show Gray’s mother they would seek justice.

“I want justice, oceans of it. I want fairness, rivers of it. That’s what I want. That’s all I want,” Cummings said, quoting from the Bible.

 

To Bloomberg: White House & Constitution Aren’t For Sale

H/T AmmoLand.

Bloomberg is so mentally disturbed he thinks everything has a price tag including the White House and the Constitution.

BELLEVUE, WA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today reacted to the announcement from anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg that he would finance his own presidential campaign if he decides to run by advising the former New York mayor that “the White House and our Constitutional Rights are not for sale.”

“Michael Bloomberg has been bankrolling extremist gun prohibition efforts for years, because he evidently believes his riches entitle him to tell the rest of the nation how he thinks we should live, and what rights we can exercise,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “There is not enough money in his bank account to buy our liberty, and that for sure includes the Second Amendment rights he so despises.”

Bloomberg’s billions have backed the Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action organizations. He has weaponized his wealth to wage a war of demagoguery against American gun owners and erode a cornerstone of our Bill of Rights, Gottlieb said. He has bankrolled anti-rights citizen initiatives and anti-gun political campaigns.

“According to a published report, Bloomberg thinks his wealth insulates him from special interests,” Gottlieb observed, “but they won’t insulate his ‘special interests’ from voters who value their rights far more than his riches. He’s been trying to hammer the Second Amendment for years, but gun owners will tell him to pound sand.

“America is not ready to elect a so-called ‘benevolent dictator’,” he continued, “and that’s the sort of leadership that billionaire Bloomberg seems to think the country needs, with him on the throne. Thanks, but no thanks.

“Michael Bloomberg seems to think that his fortune gives him some sort entitlement to lead the country, and that the country needs him at the helm,” Gottlieb said. “Honestly, America’s law-abiding firearms owners have had quite enough of him. If he wants to run for something, he can run for the border and once he crosses it, he can buy a third-world country to be the dictator of.”


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With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (www.ccrkba.org) is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.