GOP Congressman Amash Facing Primary Challenge After Calling for impeachment of Trump

H/T BarbWire.

I will be contributing to the campaign of  Michigan State Rep. Jim Lower so he can send Rep. Justin Amash(RINO-MI) to the unemployment line.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who is of Palestinian and Syrian Christian descent, spoke out over the weekend, saying that according to the Mueller report, President Trump had committed impeachable offenses, including obstruction of justice.

Amash stated that the Mueller report indeed contained details of impeachable offenses committed by Trump.

President Trump responded by tweeting that Amash was just trying to get attention.

Michigan State Rep. Jim Lower, a Republican, said that he had been planning to run against Amash in the primary election, but decided to fast-track his announcement and campaign after Amash’s statement about Trump.

The Hill – Pro-Trump GOP state rep announces Amash primary challenge in Michigan – A Michigan state lawmaker on Monday announced he will mount a primary challenge to Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) after the congressman tweeted that he believed President Trump had committed impeachable offenses, according to the Detroit Free Press.

State Rep. Jim Lower (R) said he would challenge Amash in the Republican primary for his western Michigan seat rather than seek a third term in the state legislature.

Lower said he had been planning to run before Amash’s remarks but fast-tracked his announcement after the tweets this weekend despite originally planning to make it closer to July 4.

Amash drew fire from Trump on Sunday for tweeting that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report detailed “impeachable conduct” and that Attorney General William Barr had misrepresented Mueller’s findings…

I can’t help but believe that even though Amash is of Christian heritage, that his statements against Trump are more about his re-election efforts than about real justice.

Many parts of Michigan are becoming hotbeds for Muslims who hate Trump.

Therefore, by speaking out against Trump and calling for his impeachment, might just win him votes of Muslims and other Democrats in his district.

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Commentary: A Point-By-Point Response to Justin Amash on Impeachment

H/T Town Hall.

Representative  Justin Amash(RINO-MI)is a moron and a Never Trumper and it is good to see him taken to task.

I will contribute to any Republican that will challenge him in 2020.

Congressman Justin Amash created a stir over the weekend by becoming the first Republican member to express a belief that President Trump should be impeached.  Reaction to the libertarian-minded Michigan representative was swift and intense, including an array of takes from various political commentators, a predictably harsh response from the Republican National Committee and — of course — an inevitable Twitter salvo from the president himself:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Never a fan of @justinamash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy. If he actually read the biased Mueller Report, “composed” by 18 Angry Dems who hated Trump,….

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

….he would see that it was nevertheless strong on NO COLLUSION and, ultimately, NO OBSTRUCTION…Anyway, how do you Obstruct when there is no crime and, in fact, the crimes were committed by the other side? Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!

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Amash’s stance is unlikely to shift the political calculus very much in Washington.  Democrats’ base still wants impeachment, but party leaders are perfectly capable of reading polls, and have therefore repeatedly downplayed the likelihood of pursuing that unpopular course of action.  The addition of a single Trump-hostile GOP back-bencher to the impeachment brigade won’t change those dynamics (especially with other prominent Trump-skeptical conservatives rejecting Amash’s view), even if it delivers a handy talking point to the president’s critics.  Setting aside the issue of whether Amash’s statement will have any practical impact on the matter, let’s consider it on the merits, point by point:

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.

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(1) This is a serious accusation, with which I disagree entirely.  William Barr’s summary memo to Congress regarding the Mueller report’s ‘bottom line’ legal findings and outcomes was absolutely and entirely accurate. He correctly conveyed: That Mueller found no conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign (or any Americans, for that matter) and the Russian government’s 2016 election meddling, and that the Special Counsel laid out evidence and analysis on both sides of the obstruction of justice question, ultimately declining to make any charging recommendation in either direction.  Barr relayed all of this information, even directly quoting the portion of the report that specifically said the lack of recommended charges was not an “exoneration.”  After fielding Mueller’s punt, Barr and DAG Rod Rosenstein applied their own legal judgment, reaching the totally reasonable and defensible, if debatable, conclusion that no prosecution was warranted.

More important than any of that, however, is the simple fact that Barr released Mueller’s extremely lightly-redacted work to the American people.  If people choose to that believe Barr’s top-line summaries didn’t sufficiently convey the gravity of the evidence against Trump to the public, they’re entitled to that opinion — but it’s an opinion have only been able to formulate thanks to Barr going above and beyond his legal requirements by publishing the roughly 450-page document for all to see.  As I view it, Barr’s analysis was spot on.  His supposed “lying” to Congress is nonsense.  It’s conceivable that he’s lying about the nature of several conversations he had with Robert Mueller (for instance, on Mueller’s apparent insistence that his decision not to recommend charges wasn’t rooted on DOJ guidance about indicting a sitting president), but I doubt it.  But if he did lie, Mueller can tell Congress as much if and when he testifies, which Barr notably hasn’t opposed.  Amash asserts that Barr’s alleged misleading conduct is “significant” but subtle, relying on people failing to notice “sleight of hand” and “logical fallacies.”  He provides no examples.  I strongly suspect Barr could handle any of his objections professionally and convincingly.

(2) This is a purely subjective and prudential judgment to be made exclusively by members of Congress.  The standard for impeachment is quite vague and effectively amounts to a political decision to be weighed by elected members of the House.  Having read the report, Amash writes that the impeachment threshold “simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct.”  In his view, Trump’s actions meet this definition.  He claims that anyone who was not President of the United States would “undoubtedly” be indicted under similar circumstances — a view shared by hundreds of former prosecutors.  But there are also many powerful and persuasive dissenting voices on this question, and the legal issues aren’t nearly as clear-cut as Amash suggests.  Despite Trump’s impulses and outbursts, the investigation never ended up getting obstructed — and the underlying crime (conspiracy) and grave misconduct (coordination) it was seeking to unearth never materialized.  I think it’s a gross simplification to cast this as a legal layup the way Amash does, although I won’t accuse him of deliberately misleading his constituents on this point.

Whether a president’s actions are impeachable is a judgment call that’s left totally to the discretion of people who hold Amash’s elected office.  He’s reached his own determination on the question.  Despite being deeply troubled by a number of episodes documented in the Special Counsel’s report (I do not remotely endorse the talking points that Trump did ‘nothing wrong,’ or that Mueller definitively found ‘no obstruction’), I take a different view — a view that’s informed by Amash’s well-taken point that impeachment is an option that ought to be exercised only under extreme circumstances.  Given the fundamental ‘no collusion’ finding, and considering that there’s an election next fall, I believe that it would be wrong to move to dislodge the duly-elected president from office based on the evidence we have.

(3) There is no question in my mind that this is true.  Partisan tribalism has overtaken nearly all other considerations among a great many federal lawmakers in both parties.  Democrats almost always defend Democrats, and Republicans almost always defend Republicans.  Protecting one’s party or ideological allies often seems more important than protecting one’s institution.  There’s a reason why exceptions to this general and growing reality are so often newsworthy.

(4) As a member of Congress, Amash is likely better equipped to make this statement than most people, but it seems both likely and unsurprising.  Congressmen and Senators routinely vote on measures they haven’t read, so it would follow that they wouldn’t bother actually reading a thick stack of papers produced by Robert Mueller when readily-available summaries and partisan analyses are ubiquitous.  To his credit, Amash actually reads the legislation he votes on, and publicly posts a constitutional explanation for every vote he casts.  In sum, on this issue, I profoundly disagree with the Congressman’s commentary about the Attorney General, understand but depart from his arguments on impeachment, and agree with his broader critique of the legislative branch’s myriad abdications and frequent laziness.  I’ll leave you with this:

Saagar Enjeti

@esaagar

BARR to @FoxNews Pelosi’s charge he lied under oath: “I think it’s a laughable charge and I think it’s largely being made to try to discredit me partly because they may be concerned about the outcome of a review of what happened during the election”

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NY Medical Society Rejects Assisted Suicide

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

This is rather hypocritical after all the state allows infanticide.

It is ok for a doctor to murder a baby but yet the same doctor cannot help someone to commit suicide.

Doctors group reaffirms opposition as lawmakers weigh legalization bill

Eric Swalwell Is a Financial Mess

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Representative Eric Swalwell(Dumbass-CA)wants to be president and manage the nation’s budget when he cannot manage his own finances.

Despite $174k annual salary, Swalwell has failed to pay down student loans, built up credit card debt as congressman

DNA Tests Reveal 30% Of Suspected Fraudulent Migrant Families Were Unrelated

H/T Godfather Politics.

Charge these unrelated adults with child trafficking.

An ICE pilot of new rapid DNA testing at the border has found that nearly a third of those tested were not biologically related to the children in their custody.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the pilot for a few days earlier this month in El Paso and McAllen, Texas, finding of about 30 percent of those tested were not related to the children they claimed were their own, an official told the Washington Examiner.

Art Together@ArtTogetherWith

Stolen, bought, human trafficking, most have been raped multiple times…this is the real tragedy created by our ridiculous border policies that are destroying our country and these kids lives. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/dna-tests-reveal-30-of-suspected-fraudulent-migrant-families-were-unrelated 

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DNA tests reveal 30% of suspected fraudulent migrant families were unrelated

Some of the migrant families arrested at the southern border weren’t actually families.

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Officials said that these were NOT cases of step-fathers or adoptive parents. “Those were not the case. In these cases, they are misrepresented as family members.”

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I’m shocked… Shocked I tell you that it’s not more!

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Some of the migrant families arrested at the southern border weren’t actually families.

In a pilot program, approximately 30% of rapid DNA tests of immigrant adults who were suspected of arriving at the southern border with children who weren’t theirs revealed the adults were not related to the children, an official involved in the system’s temporary rollout who asked to be anonymous in order to speak freely told the Washington Examiner Friday.

“There’s been some concern about, ‘Are they stepfathers or adopted fathers?’” the official said. “Those were not the case. In these cases, they are misrepresented as family members.”

In some incidents where Immigration and Customs Enforcement told the adults they would have to take a cheek swab to verify a relationship with a minor, several admitted the child was not related and did not take the DNA test, which was designed by a U.S. company. More

This isn’t what the liberals have been asserting! They have insulted us repeatedly for even hinting at this possibility, yet will we get an apology from any of them? Well, don’t hold your breath.

Charge every one of these illegals with child trafficking. Make some examples out of them and this nonsense will start slowing down mighty quick. When the “get in for free” card becomes the “go to jail for decades” card it becomes much less attractive.

 

Federal Funding for California Bullet Train Formally Gets The Axe

H/T Godfather Politics.

California needs to pay back the $2.5 billion of federal funds that taxpayers have already ponied up for this boondoggle.

The U.S. is formally canceling $929 million in previously awarded funding for California’s high-speed rail program after rejecting an appeal by the state.

The Federal Railroad Administration said it had canceled the funding awarded in a 2010 agreement after it said the state had “repeatedly failed to comply” and “failed to make reasonable progress on the project.”

Bob Zadek@rzadek

Good. It was an ill conceived project that would have never been supported in a free market. Let the boondoggle get private capital if it is to be built, not taxpayer loot. Great piece @SShackford. https://reason.com/2019/05/17/federal-funding-for-california-bullet-train-boondoggle-formally-canceled/ 

Federal Funding for California Bullet Train Boondoggle Formally Canceled

State leaders cannot seem to let a bad project die.

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Democrats wasted millions…

Reason: 

Good news for every American who doesn’t live in California: If that state insists on pushing forward with its overbudget, behind-schedule boondoggle of a bullet train, it won’t be with your money.

The Federal Railroad Administration yesterday formally terminated a $929 million grant to help pay for the construction of a high-speed rail line that was originally supposed to link Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Los Angeles Times reports:

The California High-Speed Rail Authority “is chronically behind in project construction activities and has not been able to correct or mitigate its deficiencies,” said Ronald Batory, chief of the federal agency.

The railroad administration’s letter notes that the agency rejected every quarterly budget that the state authority submitted since late 2016, repeatedly admonishing the state for “deficiencies and errors” in its documents. The letter alleges the state made ineligible expenditures from the grants, including giving a bonus to consultants for meeting the terms of the grant and paying for expenses “related to a consultant’s name change.”

The feds warned back in February this was likely coming. While there is no love lost between President Donald Trump and California’s political leadership, this isn’t mere politics—it’s a long-overdue response to a construction plan that has grown wildly, absurdly, almost comically out of control. More

The California boondoggle did just what it was supposed to do and that’s spread money around to liberals in the state. Now how do we divert those funds toward the construction of The Wall?

The feds are also still seriously considering forcing California to pay back $2.5 billion of federal funds that have previously been spent.

 

 

Trump Has A STERN WARNING For Iran And We Don’t Think He’s BLUFFING

H/T Clash Daily.

Iran had better know President Donald J.Trump is not kidding.

Iran needs to understand President Trump will hit them like the wrath of God. 

Iran has been making some threats against the United States. Here’s President Trump’s response…

The country that leads the world in funding terrorism is getting pretty bold in taunting the United States.

Last week, Politico reported that a briefing to lawmakers included a “credible and imminent threat” from Iran and its proxies against the U.S. On the floor of the Senate, Sen. Marco Rubio(R-FL) said that the threat was “serious and potentially imminent” and that the Trump administration is right to reposition military assets in order to be in a position to retaliate if an attack occurs.

The New York Post reported that on Saturday a top Iranian official was used a cruel 9/11 imagery to mock the American political system.

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“The [US political] system has an apparently huge body, but suffers from osteoporosis,” Revolutionary Guard head Gen. Hossein Salami told the Fars news agency. “In fact, the US is like World Trade Building that collapses with a sudden hit.”

The remark came as tensions between Iran and the United States escalated.

But while Salami claimed the American system “has cracked and lost its strength,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said his country is “not seeking war,” according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

President Trump is squashing the talk with his own bold language.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!

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Former CIA Director, David Patreus, has said that Iran needs to be very careful as tensions rise with the Trump administration because it could “going to get worse” for them if they do something dumb.

“They are going to have to make a decision. Either they are going to have to really tighten their belt and keep tightening, because it’s going to get worse,” Petraeus said on ABC’s “This Week.” “There are going to be further screws tightening down in maximum pressure campaign and try to grit their teeth and get to November 2020 in hopes that their desired outcome emerges.”

He added: “They’re going to have to be very careful not to overplay their hand and result in some kind of response that is quite punitive.”

Source: Fox News

The Trump administration sent a carrier strike group and a bomber squadron to the Middle East in response to escalations in the region, including between Israelis and Palestinian militants in the Gaza strip. The move was to be a “clear and unmistakable message” to Iran.

“In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force,” Bolton said. “The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.”

Source: fox news

Last week, several ships were bombed of the coast of the United Arab Emirates. The initial U.S. assessment, as well as that from a foreign entity, says that Iran or Iranian-backed proxies committed the bombings.

Standing up to the bullies was the one response the Left’s political machine was completely unprepared for… and Trump knew it. It’s why we elected him in the first place.