Fauci To Testify Before Senate, Trump Stonewalls ‘Haters’ in House

H/T Western Journal.

With all of the Trump haters in the House, I do not blame him in the least.

President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday that Dr. Anthony Fauci will be testifying before the Senate this month but will not appear in front of the Democrat-led House of Representatives.

“The House is a setup. The House is a bunch of Trump haters. They put every Trump hater on the committee. The same old stuff,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.

“They, frankly, want our situation to be unsuccessful, which means death. Which means death. And our situation’s going to be very successful.”

He added that Fauci, the director of the Nationals Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will testify before the Senate, “and he looks forward to doing that.”

The president went on to say that Democrats in the House “should be ashamed of themselves.”

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“They want us to fail so they can win an election, which they’re not going to win,” he said.

Fauci will join Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in testifying before a Senate committee on May 12, NPR reported.-

Trump’s comments about the House confirmed reports that the White House had blocked Fauci from appearing before the House Appropriations Committee as part of its investigation into the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Democratic Reps. Nita Lowey of New York, the chairwoman of the committee, and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut condemned the White House’s decision to allow Fauci to testify before the Senate and not the House panel in a Saturday news release.

The White House’s decision to allow Dr. Fauci to testify in the Republican-controlled Senate but not before the House Appropriations Committee is letting politics overtake public health. There is no distinction between our two co-equal legislative bodies,” they said in a statement.

“The COVID-19 pandemic should not and cannot become a partisan issue — there are too many lives at risk,” the lawmakers said. “We are all Americans first. But the White House’s partisan politics are clearly at play in this decision during our nation’s most challenging public health and economic crisis, and that is both alarming and offensive to the work the American people have elected us to do.”

White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said that allowing Fauci to appear before the committee would be “counter-productive.”

“While the Trump Administration continues its whole-of-government response to COVID-19, including safely opening up America again and expediting vaccine development, it is counter-productive to have the very individuals involved in those efforts appearing at Congressional hearings,” Deere said in a statement last week, according to The Hill.

“We are committed to working with Congress to offer testimony at the appropriate time,” he said.

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Democratic lawmakers should not conduct their “usual fishing expedition” if they hear testimony from Fauci.

“I just hope that the people who are asking the questions are asking intelligent, rational questions that are actually relevant to the American health because we’ve seen what they do before,” Conway told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.

 

“For example, they say stupid things like, ‘This is a job interview — this is a job interview for a lifetime appointment’ about Brett Kavanaugh. ‘Let’s believe all women’ — or at least those three women, most of whom then retracted or didn’t have corroborating evidence,” she said.

 

 

RNC’s Liz Harrington on What She Thinks the Dems Will Try to Impeach Trump for Next

H/T Town Hall.

Nothing the DemocRats try to do to remove President Trump from office will not surprise me in the least.

National Harbor, MD – We have enough to worry about with the coronavirus without the media politicizing everything President Trump has to say about it. Yet that’s exactly what CNN did this weekend following Trump’s emergency press conference at the White House. Instead of simply reporting what the president plans to do with his coronavirus task force, CNN ran chyrons such as, “Trump downplays coronavirus threat,” and, my personal favorite, “Trump is shocked to find out how many people die from the flu each year.”

 

 

I asked RNC spokeswoman Liz Harrington to react to those headlines during our chat at CPAC this weekend.

It’s really unfortunate because they won’t let themselves cover anything objectively anymore,” Harrington said. “It’s always, how can we weaponize this against the president.”

“This is a time when we look to elected officials to calm the fears, not stoke them,” she added.

“To see Democrats…an issue like this. A virus. It doesn’t have a political party. They politicized it from the outset. And I think the American people are tired of it.”

What those chyrons won’t tell you, Harrington explained, is that Trump made the “bold” decision to stop travel to try and contain the virus. He put a coronavirus task force together and appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead it. He answered the media’s question for 30 minutes. Still, outlets like the New York Times decided it would be cute to coin the phrase, “TrumpVirus” and blame him for the chaos.

“They hit a new low every day, unfortunately,” Harrington sighed.

She wasn’t entirely surprised, because it follows the trend of Democrats manufacturing ways to destroy Trump’s presidency. They tried, but failed, to impeach President Trump. He was acquitted of both impeachment charges – abuse of power was defeated 48 to 52, and obstruction of Congress was defeated 47 to 53 – last month in the U.S. Senate. The only Republican defection was Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who voted “yes” on abuse of power.

Harrington said that the release of the transcript of Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky may just be the moment that sealed his acquittal.

“The Democrats overplayed their hand,” she reflected. “This was a manufactured game, just like the Russian collusion hoax.”

“They’ll never stop,” she said. “Maybe they’ll find something…impeach him over the coronavirus, right?”

Click on our conversation above to hear more of Harrington’s take on the impeachment trial, as well as the 2020 Democratic primary.

 

 

Susan Collins Is Getting Death Threats After Impeachment Vote to Acquit Trump

H/T Breitbart.

I hope they catch these loonies then lock them up a throw away the key.

Rep. Susan Collins (R-ME) is getting death threats after she cast her vote during the impeachment trial to acquit President Donald Trump on both charges against him.

The Maine Republican said three of those death threats were deemed “credible” and are currently being investigated.

Collins spoke openly about the death threats on Friday during the Maine Chiefs of Police Association winter conference.

“I just want you to know that I’ve always loved you and appreciated you. But now I have a real personal appreciation for all that you do to keep us safe,” Collins told the group in South Portland, Maine.

Before Collins made her decision to acquit Trump on obstruction of Congress and abuse of power, she leaned towards voting for witnesses at his impeachment trial— a vote which could have dragged out the impeachment trial for several more weeks if it was the majority.

This is not the first time Collins has received death threats based on a vote she had cast. She also received death threats when she voted to confirm now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

In October 2018, the Maine senator also received a threatening letter at her Bangor home that claimed to contain ricin, a deadly substance. The letter referenced her vote to confirm Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice.

Her husband and the couple’s Labrador retriever both stayed in quarantine out of an abundance of caution for some time.

 

 

After Trump Acquittal, What’s Next?

H/T  Town Hall.

It would not surprise me if the DemocRats bring up more articles of Impeachment.

Just because the Senate is about to acquit President Trump of charges Republicans believed never rose to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” don’t think Democrats will raise the white flag of surrender. They (and their media allies) have only just begun.

Next is a campaign to defeat enough of the 23 Republican senators up for re-election and, if possible (it doesn’t look possible, but this is February), keep President Trump from winning re-election.

Democrats have virtually no issues on which to run, except the promise of free stuff — from Elizabeth Warren’s student loan forgiveness plan, which does nothing for those who struggled to pay off their student loans without assistance, to Bernie Sanders’ free Medicare for All.

A new Gallup poll released last week shows how difficult it will be for Democrats.

According to Gallup, 41 percent of Americans “are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S.” That’s the highest satisfaction level in 15 years. Seventy-two percent of Republicans are satisfied, a number likely to grow if the economy remains strong and there is stability in international affairs. Only 14 percent of Democrats are satisfied. That is likely, in part, because President Trump is racking up success after success without any cooperation from the other party. If Democrats had cooperated on at least some issues (other than the new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico) they might have been able to legitimately claim some credit, but their opposition to all things Trump and their attempts to undo the results of the 2016 election leaves them out in the political cold.

According to the conservative Media Research Center, which monitors the broadcast network’s evening news programs, “… evening news coverage of the opening arguments of both sides, found ABC, CBS, and NBC did not live up to the standard they demanded of Republicans. They gave Democrats double the airtime and showered their arguments with mostly praise, while expressing only criticism of the President’s legal team.”

The New York Times and Washington Post have cast aside any cloak of fairness by going anti-Trump nonstop. Their news coverage, editorials and virtually all of their columnists are constantly looking for new ways to express opposition to and hatred of the president. One advantage for readers is that it is easier to get through those papers because they have become predictable and tiresome.

Democrats may feel good about this as they keep company with their media fellow travelers, but President Trump is newly empowered to take his case for four more years of prosperity and relative peace to the public. Every Democrat running for president would raise taxes, giving more money to Washington, which cannot constrain its spending lust under either party. As taxes rise, so would unemployment because many businesses would no longer be able to afford workers they hired during the economic boom.

Look for more investigations — perhaps additional allegations and articles of impeachment — and more “leaks” from former Trump staffers between now and the election. The only way to stop this is for Republicans to regain a House majority and maintain their majority in the Senate.

Barring an unforeseeable disaster (always a possibility), Trump is positioned to win re-election, perhaps in a landslide, which will send the left and most of the media into another deep depression.

Vote To Acquit Trump Postponed as Moderate GOP Senators Rebel

H/T Western Journal.

Hopefully, in November 2020, we will be able to replace these gutless moderate Republicans.

The Senate vote that is expected to acquit President Donald Trump of the articles of impeachment against him will be held on Wednesday. This comes after Senate leaders received pushback from Democrats and moderate Republicans about holding the vote either Friday night or Saturday.

The Hill quoted unnamed sources saying moderate Republicans did not support a quick vote after Friday’s dramatic 51-49 vote to reject calling new witnesses in the trial.

The Hill quoted an unnamed Republican senator as saying a few GOP senators opposed the plan for a Friday or Saturday vote, threatening the unity needed to acquit Trump.

“For us to do to what we want to do, we all got to want to do it,” the senator said.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate who supported calling witnesses, reportedly wanted time for deliberations before the final vote.

Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana, speaking of a meeting among GOP senators, said there was “some feverish discussion.”

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, who also voted to call witnesses, did not object to a quick vote. “Other members have expressed concerns however,” a reported GOP aide said after a meeting among moderates Romney, Collins, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Murkowski rejected Democratic demands for additional witnesses on Friday.

“A fair trial would have been one where we could have remedied the defects that came out of the House. I think we got to a point where you just realize that [it] would never be sufficient to meet the demands of those who were seeking the results they wanted,” she said.

“We started with a flawed product. I’m at that point where I’m frustrated and disappointed — angry at all sides,” she said, according to ABC News.

The Wednesday vote came together through a combination of factors.

“A lot of folks want to address the subject so that gives them a chance on Monday, Tuesday, and part of Wednesday to do that,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune of South Dakota said, according to Politico.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell consulted with Trump before the schedule was adopted. Trump, who gives his State of the Union address Tuesday, signed off on the delayed vote, according to The New York Times.

“The president is gratified that finally — at long last, after multiple delays — the Senate will set a schedule for his acquittals quickly as possible,” said Eric Ueland, Trump’s legislative affairs director, according to The Washington Post. “I do not believe that schedule interferes with his ability to deliver a strong and confident State of the Union message to the House of Representatives and the country next week.”

The delay also addresses the concerns of Democrats. Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said Republicans “wanted to rush through an acquittal vote tonight” but Democrats wanted “ample time for every member to speak,” according to The Times.

The schedule calls for the Senate to reconvene at 11 a.m. Monday to hear closing arguments from each side and then deliberations in the form of speeches from senators who want to make them. The final vote is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Former Conservative Bill Kristol Declares ‘We Are All Democrats Now’ After Trump Nears Acquittal

H/T Flag And Cross.

Little Billy Kristol can take his opinions and comments and shove them when the sun does not shine.

I have been a Republican since the days of Ronald Reagan and I am still proudly a Republican.

Still salty, after all this time?

You’d have to imagine that most “Never Trumpers” have stopped with the Trump-bashing nonsense. They can probably recognize that President Trump has performed extraordinary well as commander-in-chief, despite some off-color tweets that might not be to their liking.

Not Bill Kristol, though. The former conservative continues to go against POTUS with a passion that burns with the fire of a thousand suns. The guy just will not quit.

On Saturday night, Bill shot off a tweet that has conservatives across the country shaking their heads in dismay.

From Daily Caller:

Political pundit Bill Kristol tweeted “we are all Democrats now” on Saturday, drawing strong reactions from Trump supporters all over the internet.

Bill Kristol

@BillKristol

Not presumably forever; not perhaps for a day after Nov. 3, 2020; not on every issue or in every way until then. But for the time being one has to say: We are all Democrats now.

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Glenn Greenwald

@ggreenwald

😍😍😍

Just a reminder that – long before Trump – neocons were already planning their migration back to the Democratic Party because they saw the writing on the wall about changes in the GOP & were hopeful about a Hillary presidency – from 2014: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/opinion/sunday/are-neocons-getting-ready-to-ally-with-hillary-clinton.html?mcubz=0  https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1223639550209200129 

Bill Kristol

@BillKristol

Not presumably forever; not perhaps for a day after Nov. 3, 2020; not on every issue or in every way until then. But for the time being one has to say: We are all Democrats now.

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Kimberly Ross

@SouthernKeeks

Not even close. I’ve been an independent conservative since before the 2016 election and take plenty of issue with Trump and any uncritical supporters, but am no more sympathetic to the Democratic cause than I was before. This “Democrat by default” mindset is sheer nonsense. https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1223639550209200129 

Bill Kristol

@BillKristol

Not presumably forever; not perhaps for a day after Nov. 3, 2020; not on every issue or in every way until then. But for the time being one has to say: We are all Democrats now.

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Tim Young

@TimRunsHisMouth

This is like your most flamboyant friend who attended 200+ Britney Spears concerts before achieving his lifelong dream of becoming a backup dancer for her FINALLY coming out to you as gay…

Yeah, buddy… we ALL knew. https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1223639550209200129 

Bill Kristol

@BillKristol

Not presumably forever; not perhaps for a day after Nov. 3, 2020; not on every issue or in every way until then. But for the time being one has to say: We are all Democrats now.

239 people are talking about this

Bill Kristol

@BillKristol

Not presumably forever; not perhaps for a day after Nov. 3, 2020; not on every issue or in every way until then. But for the time being one has to say: We are all Democrats now.

Mindy Robinson 🇺🇸

@iheartmindy

They are leaving your party in droves…and in your delusional head you think you’ve gained people? Holy hell you are in for a rude awakening come November.

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Mark Krikorian

@MarkSKrikorian

What do you mean “we”, kemosabe? https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1223639550209200129 

Bill Kristol

@BillKristol

Not presumably forever; not perhaps for a day after Nov. 3, 2020; not on every issue or in every way until then. But for the time being one has to say: We are all Democrats now.

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Bill Kristol

@BillKristol

Not presumably forever; not perhaps for a day after Nov. 3, 2020; not on every issue or in every way until then. But for the time being one has to say: We are all Democrats now.

Tony Shaffer

@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y

LOL – dude – you are all Trotsky now…🤡

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toddstarnes

@toddstarnes

He finally came out of the political closet. https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1223639550209200129 

Bill Kristol

@BillKristol

Not presumably forever; not perhaps for a day after Nov. 3, 2020; not on every issue or in every way until then. But for the time being one has to say: We are all Democrats now.

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To say that Elizabeth Warren, a radically far-left Democrat who lied her entire professional career by claiming she was Indian, would be better for America than a man who has overseen record-low unemployment and a booming economy, is about as ridiculous as it gets.

But for some reason, you have to think Kristol is serious. He has lost his way bigly. And it’s sad to see.

LOOK:

I very much prefer Biden or Buttigieg or Bloomberg or Klobuchar to Warren. But the idea that one term of Warren would pose anything like the threat of a second term for Trump to the basic norms and institutions of our liberal democracy, including to free markets, is laughable.

Bill Kristol

@BillKristol

I very much prefer Biden or Buttigieg or Bloomberg or Klobuchar to Warren. But the idea that one term of Warren would pose anything like the threat of a second term for Trump to the basic norms and institutions of our liberal democracy, including to free markets, is laughable.

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Reagan Battalion

@ReaganBattalion

She wants to pack the courts.
Abolish ICE.
Eliminate the electoral college.
Nationalize healthcare.
The list goes on and on…
And you want to protect basic norms and institutions? Which norms, which institutions? https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1198924893884211200 

Bill Kristol

@BillKristol

I very much prefer Biden or Buttigieg or Bloomberg or Klobuchar to Warren. But the idea that one term of Warren would pose anything like the threat of a second term for Trump to the basic norms and institutions of our liberal democracy, including to free markets, is laughable.

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Reagan Battalion

@ReaganBattalion

Talking about the woman who just stated yesterday that we should ignore the results of an election for governor because she did not like the result? https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1197673133509169152?s=21 

Your dislike for Trump (which may have been legitimate) has evolved into full blown craziness. https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1198924893884211200 

Bill Kristol

@BillKristol

I very much prefer Biden or Buttigieg or Bloomberg or Klobuchar to Warren. But the idea that one term of Warren would pose anything like the threat of a second term for Trump to the basic norms and institutions of our liberal democracy, including to free markets, is laughable.

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(((AG)))@AGHamilton29

She wants to pack SCOTUS, eliminate the filibuster, push mandatory buyback of guns, eliminate the electoral college, nationalize large segments of the economy, reject unfavorable election results, seize private wealth via a wealth tax etc.

Which norms are we preserving?

(((AG)))@AGHamilton29

Warren is a huge threat to our Democratic norms and system of governance. Those who care about defeating Trump should push Dems to nominate a reasonable alternative while they can. Nominating Warren signals that protecting those norms isn’t a priority.

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(((AG)))@AGHamilton29

Warren is a huge threat to our Democratic norms and system of governance. Those who care about defeating Trump should push Dems to nominate a reasonable alternative while they can. Nominating Warren signals that protecting those norms isn’t a priority.

(((AG)))@AGHamilton29

I can safely assume that a lot of conservatives and moderates will have a hard time pulling the lever for someone who was to completely remake America regardless of her opponent. If priority is to defeat Trump, then Warren (or Sanders) shouldn’t even be on the table.

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Mark Bult@markjbult

What “conservative” wants any of these Dems over Trump?

Hacking Mile@HackingMile

Conservatives won’t vote Warren/Sanders over Trump. It’s a fairly ridiculous point, like the idea that she’ll magically remake America in the ways listed above. She’d need a 60 D senate for that to be possible and that’s assuming all 60 want those changes, which they wouldn’t.

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Lisa Murkowski Opposes Calling Witnesses in Impeachment Trial

H/T Breitbart.

That just left the gutless nutless Mitt Romney(RINO-UT) and the spineless Susan Collins(RINO-ME)to vote for witnesses a move that was a loss for these RINO’s.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced Friday that she will oppose a motion to call additional witnesses as part of the Senate’s impeachment trial, paving the way for a swift acquittal of President Donald Trump.

“I worked for a fair, honest, and transparent process, modeled after the Clinton trial, to provide ample time for both sides to present their cases, ask thoughtful questions, and determine whether we need more,” Murkowski, a moderate swing vote, said in a statement. “The House chose to send articles of impeachment that are rushed and flawed. I carefully considered the need for additional witnesses and documents, to cure the shortcomings of its process, but ultimately decided that I will vote against considering motions to subpoena.”

The Alaskan Republican lambasted the “partisan nature” of the Democrats’ impeachment effort, saying the trial was unfair and that Congress had failed in its duty as a governing body.

“Given the partisan nature of this impeachment from the very beginning and throughout, I have come to the conclusion that there will be no fair trial in the Senate. I don’t believe the continuation of this process will change anything. It is sad for me to admit that, as an institution, the Congress has failed,” said the senator.

“It has also become clear some of my colleagues intend to further politicize this process, and drag the Supreme Court into the fray, while attacking the Chief Justice. I will not stand for nor support that effort. We have already degraded this institution for partisan political benefit, and I will not enable those who wish to pull down another,” she added. “We are sadly at a low point of division in this country.”

Murkowski’s decision ends the Democrats’ hopes to garner the 51 votes needed to call on current and former White House officials to testify, including fired National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Late Thursday evening, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) became the 50th Senator to announce that he opposes further testimonies.

“I worked with other senators to make sure that we have the right to ask for more documents and witnesses, but there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense,” Alexander said in a statement.

“There is no need for more evidence to conclude that the president withheld United States aid, at least in part, to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens; the House managers have proved this with what they call a ‘mountain of overwhelming evidence,’ he added. “There is no need to consider further the frivolous second article of impeachment that would remove the president for asserting his constitutional prerogative to protect confidential conversations with his close advisers.”