President Donald Trump will be “impeached” and “removed from office,” promised Hollywood director and left-wing activist Rob Reiner at an impeachment rally in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
The rally, sponsored by the left-wing and partisan Democrat organization MoveOn, was attended by approximately 500 protesters before Wednesday’s scheduled vote in the House of Representatives on articles of impeachment against Trump.
“Fact, he has abused his power by attempting to bribe a foreign country for his own personal political benefit. Fact, he has obstructed Congress in covering up all of his wrongdoing, and fact, tomorrow, he will be the third president in the United States ever to have been impeached,” Reiner Said.
“We all care about the rule of law. We care about our Constitution. We care about our 243 years of self-rule, and we care about it. We will make sure that not only is he impeached, but he will be removed from office. Thank you. I love you all for coming. Thank you,” Reiner said.
Actress and fellow left-wing activist Alyssa Milano was also a featured speaker at the event. “We will vote them all out,” she promised, while describing herself as “premenopausal” and “angry.” Milano led attendees in a chant of, “THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!”
Breitbart News reported on signs held by the rallygoers, including messages such as: “Impeach and Remove”; “Trump Is Not Above the Law”; Impeach 45″; “Fuck Cheeto Voldemort”; and “Make the Asshole Go Away.”
A rubber prop depicting Trump’s head was seen on the end of a pike held by a man at the event. He told Breitbart News he wished it were Trump’s actual head.
Reiner derided Trump as “the most criminally corrupt president in our nation’s history” via Twitter prior to his rally address.
For all those who believe in the Rule of Law, The Constitution & our 243 yrs. of Self Rule, join me tonight at LA City Hall for one of the over 500 rallies around the country calling for the Impeachment & Removal of the most Criminally Corrupt President in our Nation’s history.
Reiner regularly frames Trump and Republicans as agents of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Every elected Republican knows that this President is guilty of countless Impeachable offenses. But they, along with many White Evangelicals & White Supremacists have made a pact with Putin,” Reiner said in November. “But unlike a pact with the Devil, this one can be unsigned.”
Five aides to a House Democrat who plans to switch and become a Republican say they are resigning
ALAN FRAM Associated Press
December 16, 2019, 3:57 AM
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Five aides to a House Democrat who plans to become a Republican are resigning, saying his party switch “does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office.”
The staffers wrote the letter on Sunday, a day after a Republican official said GOP House leaders had been informed that New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew was planning the switch. Van Drew, a freshman, has said he will vote “no” this week when the House decides whether to impeach President Donald Trump, a decision that puts him at odds with nearly every other Democrat.
“Over the past year, Trump Republicans have sided with special interests over the needs of working people,” the five wrote to Van Drew’s chief of staff, Allison Murphy. “Worse, they continue to aid and abet Trump as he shreds the Constitution and tears the country apart. They have refused to grapple with how the President of the United States has jeopardized our national security for this own political advantage.”
The staffers said they respect Van Drew but “are deeply saddened and disappointed by his decision. As such, we can no longer in good conscience continue our service in the Congressman’s employ.”
It is unusual for members of Congress to switch parties, especially to move from the majority to the minority party, which has vastly less power in the House. And while it is not uncommon for aides to quit if a lawmaker switches parties, the staffers’ decision underscores the deep rifts between Democrats and Republicans over Trump and his conduct in office.
Van Drew represents a southern New Jersey district that he won by 8 percentage points last year but that Trump carried by 5 percentage points in the 2016 election. Van Drew was expected to face a difficult reelection next year, and polling showed he would also be vulnerable in a Democratic primary for the nomination for his seat.
The five resigning aides are deputy staff chiefs Edward Kaczmarski and Justin M. O’Leary, legislative director Javier Gamboa, spokeswoman MacKenzie Lucas and legislative assistant Caroline Wood.
Despite Van Drew’s planned defection, Democrats will retain their House majority.
The chamber seems certain to impeach Trump this week, probably Wednesday, in a near party-line vote over charges that he pressured Ukraine to help him in next year’s election by investigating former Vice President Joe Biden, who is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination. Unanimous GOP opposition to impeachment is considered likely.
The GOP-led Senate seems certain to find Trump not guilty and keep him in office.
Six illegal aliens have been charged with sexually assaulting and trafficking a girl under the age of 16 in Wisconsin.
Esler Hugo Rivera, 33-years-old, 28-year-old Rolando Corado Gonzalez, 40-year-old Avelino Sarceno-Sarceno, 37-year-old Ember Rivera, 28-year-old Noe Bautista-Martinez and 31-year-old Evis Amabilio Garcia-Rivera were arrested and charged on suspicion of second-degree sexual assault after an underage girl called the police saying she had escaped a sex trafficking operation.
All of the six men arrested are believed to be illegal aliens from Guatemala, according to the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Police said the underage girl called 911 as she was on the run after just escaping from the six illegal aliens. She told police that she was being sex trafficked at a house in the Manchester, Wisconsin, area.
After the call, police raided the house and seized evidence that they believe reveals the extent to which the girl was being sex trafficked and sexually assaulted by the illegal aliens.
Illegal alien Evis Amabilio Garcia-Rivera is suspected of sex trafficking the girl. Currently, the illegal aliens are being held on bail from $20,000 to $50,000 each at the Green Lake County Correctional Facility.
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Trump spoke just about an hour after the House Judiciary Committee voted.
December 13, 2019, 8:30 PM
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Just about an hour after the House Judiciary Committee Friday approved two articles of impeachment against him, President Donald Trump accused them of “trivializing” the constitutional process for political gain.
Before a meeting with Paraguay’s president at the White House, Trump told reporters he had been working on a China trade deal but “got to see enough of it.”
“You’re trivializing impeachment, and I tell you what, someday they’ll be a Democrat president and they’ll be a Republican House, and I suspect they’re going to remember it. Because when you do — when you use impeachment for absolutely nothing other than to try and get political gain.”
“I think it’s a horrible thing to be using the tool of impeachment, which is supposed to be used in an emergency and, it would seem, many, many, many years apart – to be using this for a perfect phone call where the president of that country said there was no pressure whatsoever, didn’t even know what we were talking about, it was perfect,” he said, referring to his July 25 phone call in which he pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rivals.
Democrats accuse him of “abuse of power” for doing so and “obstruction of Congress” for blocking their efforts to find out what happened.
“To use the power of impeachment on this nonsense is an embarrassment to this country,” Trump said.
Asked if he preferred a short or long Senate trial – if impeachment made it to that body – Trump praised GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell’s views that a shorter trial is preferable, saying both he’d do “whatever I want’ and “whatever they want.”
“I can do – I’ll do whatever I want,” Trump said. “Look, there is – we did nothing wrong. So, I’ll do long or short. I’ve heard Mitch, I’ve heard Lindsey – I think they are very much an agreement on some concept. I’ll do whatever they want to do, it doesn’t matter. I wouldn’t mind a long process, because I’d like to see the whistleblower, who’s a fraud.”
He went on to criticize, as he often does, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff as “crooked,” “a corrupt politician,” and “a disgrace” – and then mocked U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council Ukraine expert who listened to the July 25 call, became alarmed, and reported his concerns..
“Now, had I not had a transcript – I’m lucky we had this transcript, which by the way has now been verified by the lieutenant colonel – lieutenant colonel, OK? He’s another beauty.”
Vindman was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded by an IED while serving in Iraq.
The president also said he also watched Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee markup session – “I got to see quite a bit of it yesterday” – and that he “watched these Democrats on the committee make fools out of themselves, absolute fools out of themselves.
He said people “are absolutely disgusted” but he was benefiting.
“It’s a very sad thing for our country, but It seems to be good for me politically,” Trump said.
On Friday morning, one of the key players in the impeachment investigation — the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani — was caught on camera arriving at and then leaving the White House. While it wasn’t immediately clear why he was there, Trump has said Giuliani would be delivering a report to Congress and Attorney General William Barr on what he’s found while in Ukraine.
“I hear he has found plenty,” Trump added, speaking about it last weekend.
“The American people have already made up their mind on this #ImpeachmentScam,” Giuliani tweeted Friday.
Boris Johnson’s dominant election victory in the U.K. national election this week is great news for the U.S., yet terrible news for the Democratic Party.
Defying the pundits, Johnson romped to a majority government in the biggest conservative victory since Lady Thatcher in the 1980s. The win was just the latest for the silent majority that wants good governance in contrast to the bellicose activists who desire socialism.
Like midwestern voters in the U.S. in 2016, working-class voters in the economically-distressed industrial areas of Northern England — traditionally a Labour Party constituency — pulled the lever for a Conservative Party that will give them a hand up not a handout. The Labour Party was decimated, winning its fewest seats since 1935.
The outcome should make Democrats nervous. The Labour Party candidate, Jeremy Corbyn, is a socialist who promised to nationalize vast swaths of the U.K. economy. He enjoys support from adolescents, activists, and actors but not ordinary workers. He’s a dour and depressing curmudgeon. In other words, he would be right at home in the Democratic presidential primary field.
Joe Biden has already trumpeted the results to argue that a radical leftist cannot win a national election. “Look what happens,” he said, when you move “so, so far to the left.” And yet the Democratic presidential candidates continue to trip over themselves to see who can get farthest to the left on taxes, healthcare, education, regulations, and energy.
The growing number of suburban voters who will determine the next election are centrists, not socialists. They want a good economy to provide for their families and pay off their mortgages. By sucking trillions of dollars from these communities in the form of tax increases and burdening local businesses with over-regulation, the Democratic Party threatens the economic growth to which they have become accustomed thanks to Trump.
The U.K. results also demonstrate how voters want charismatic leaders in the mold of Johnson and Trump who embody the national spirit. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and their travelers, by contrast, have about as much personality as the average government bureaucrat. Biden called Johnson “a physical and emotional clone” of Trump. That’s a bit much, but it’s not far off in spirit. Biden’s description would be better-suited for Corbyn and Warren/Sanders.
Aside from politics, the Johnson victory is great news for U.S. policy. It will allow the U.K. to finally achieve Brexit, which the British deep state has been stalling for years against voters’ wishes. Johnson has reiterated his promise to take the country out of the European Union by January 31st.
Brexit will free a globally competitive and relatively free-market Britain from the socialist vestige of continental Europe that’s run by an army of bureaucrats in Brussels and Strasbourg. The British Pound surged by two percent on the election news.
Britain will be free to negotiate a bilateral free trade agreement with the U.S. without interference from the EU intelligentsia. This will allow President Trump to follow up on his recent trade wins this week on the USMCA and the Phase One agreement with China. Small businesses and ordinary workers in both countries will benefit from access to new markets and new opportunities.
“Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the EU.”
“You may only have lent us your vote,” said Johnson to the electorate in his victory speech. The same could be said about the many traditional Democrats who supported Trump in 2016. But by continuing to reach out to these voters with economic opportunity — while pointing out the inevitable consequences of socialist policies — conservatives like Johnson and Trump can keep these votes for good.
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Wednesday faced tough questioning from lawmakers on both sides of the Senate Judiciary Committee about his nearly 500-page report examining the origins of the Russia investigation.
In his opening statement, Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in remarks directed at Horowitz, lambasted the FBI’s handling of the probe.
“You were able to uncover and discover abuse of power I never believed would actually exist in 2019,” Graham said. “How bad is it? It was as if J. Edgar Hoover came back to life. The old FBI that had a chip on its shoulder and wanted to intimidate people and find out what was going on in your life and the law be damned.”
“It was Trump today, it could be you or me tomorrow,” Graham warned.
“Whether you like Trump, hate Trump, don’t care about Trump, you look at this as more than a few irregularities. Because if this becomes a ‘few irregularities’ in America, then God help us all.”
Horowitz’s report, released Monday, determined the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election was launched with an authorized purpose, despite significant allegations of wrongdoing in how agents handled the counterintelligence probe of the Trump campaign.
Horowitz also told the committee no confidential human sources were placed inside of the Trump campaign, and that he found no evidence the FBI ‘wiretapped’ Trump either before or after the 2016 election.
“We did not find any documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to conduct these operations [involving confidential human sources]. Additionally, we found no evidence that the FBI attempted to place any CHSs (confidential human sources) within the Trump campaign, recruit members of the Trump campaign as CHSs, or task CHSs to report on the Trump campaign,” he said.
Asked about Attorney General William Barr’s recent statements splitting from Horowitz’s finding that the investigation into the Trump campaign had an adequate predicate, Horowitz responded, “we stand by our findings.”
However, Horowitz acknowledged that the FBI didn’t do all it could to “meet the basic obligation to ensure that the (former Trump campaign adviser) Carter Page FISA applications were ‘scrupulously accurate.'”
“We are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate, hand-picked investigative teams, on one of the most sensitive FBI investigations, after the matter had been briefed to the highest levels within the FBI; even though the information sought through use of FISA authority related so closely to an ongoing presidential campaign; and even though those involved with the investigation knew that their actions were likely to be subjected to close scrutiny,” he testified.
Horowitz said he was deeply troubled by the altering of a document used in the FISA process, as detailed in the report.
“I have not seen an alteration of an email impacting a court document like this,” Horowitz told Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. But he wouldn’t agree that the report shows a “grotesque abuse of power,” as Cruz alleged earlier.
“We did not reach a conclusion like that. So, I wouldn’t agree with that at this point. From my standpoint, people can have that viewpoint. But that was not our conclusion,” he said.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the IG report “conclusively refutes” claims of political motivation by President Donald Trump and strong suggestions of that from Barr.
“There is no ‘Deep State.’ Simply put, the FBI investigation was motivated by facts, not bias,” Feinstein said.
Horowitz also said that he did not find any evidence that the FBI tried to “overthrow” the president as he has claimed and did not tap the phones at Trump Tower.
Horowitz also said he was “surprised” by a statement from U.S. Attorney John Durham on Monday taking issue with his findings. Durham is conducting a broader investigation into how the Russia investigation began. Horowitz said Durham told him in November that he “didn’t necessarily agree” that there was justification to open a full counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.
Durham also told him, Horowitz testified, that the information used to support the preliminary investigation opened by the FBI was “sufficient.”
In a statement released Monday, Durham said he had “advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.” But the statement made no mention of his support for the opening of the preliminary investigation, as Horowitz claimed.
A spokesperson for Durham told ABC News he has “no comment” on Horowitz’s characterization of their November conversation.
Elsewhere in his testimony, Horowitz also revealed his office still had an ongoing investigation into contacts Trump’s current personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, had with the New York FBI field office and whether agents may have improperly leaked information to Giuliani or other journalists about the Clinton email investigation before the 2016 election.
“We are looking at still that question,” Horowitz said in response to Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. “Our investigation is ongoing.”
Earlier, in an interview with “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday, Grahamsaid that he “really believes” that the FBI wanted to “bring down the president.”
“It doesn’t matter why they did it. I want people to understand that cops can’t cheat. Cops can’t lie. They have to play by the rules, even if you don’t like Trump you should play by the rules because it could be you next time, not Trump,” Graham continued.
Similar statements, were echoed by Barr on Tuesday, in a stunning interview where he blasted the Russia investigation as a “travesty” and that Horowitz’s findings left open the possibility for “bad faith” on the part of FBI agents involved.
“From a civil liberties standpoint, the greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government used the apparatus of the state, principally the law enforcement agencies and the intelligence agencies, both to spy on political opponents, but also to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of the election,” Barr said in an interview with NBC News.
FBI Director Christopher Wray, in an exclusive broadcast interview Monday with ABC News, lamented “actions described in this report that [he] considered unacceptable and unrepresentative of who we are as an institution.”
But, he said it was “important that the inspector general found that, in this particular instance, the investigation was opened with appropriate predication and authorization.”
At least one Democrat on the committee blasted Barr’s theories.
“This report shows there was a proper predicate for the FBI to investigate Russia’s malign influence on the 2016 election and contacts with the Trump campaign. That puts to rest President Trump’s accusations of a deep state conspiracy, and no amount of spin from Attorney General Barr, the White House, or congressional Republicans can change that. Barr’s decision to question the report in the media says a lot about Attorney General Barr,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., said in a statement on Monday.
“The Inspector General is an important defender against political influence over law enforcement—a regrettable tendency under Attorney General Barr. I hope the Inspector General turns his attention to other allegations of politically motivated investigations by this administration.”
Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz appeared to admit Wednesday that political bias was a possible factor in the abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Horowitz concluded in his report that political bias did not play a role in the FBI’s decision to start an investigation into possible Russian involvement in the Trump campaign.
However, under questioning by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) before the Senate Judiciary Committee Horowitz said that his investigation could not rule out bias in later stages of the FBI’s investigation.
Lee: Isn’t the lack of evidence on bias, evidence that we really should take as bias? But it’s — in any event, its certainly not itself indicative that no bias occurred, isn’t that correct?
Horowitz: As to the opening [of the investigation], which is in a different place than the FISA issues that you have identified and I talked about earlier, I think it is two different situations. On the FISA side, we found, as you noted, a lack of documentary and testimonial evidence about intentionality, but we noted the lack of satisfactory explanations, and in fact, leave open the possibility, for the reasons you indicated, it is unclear what the motivations were. On the one hand, gross incompetence, negligence; on the other hand intentionality, and we’re in between — we weren’t in a position with the evidence we had, to make that conclusion, but we are not ruling it out.
Lee: My point here — the lack of evidence here is not evidence that there is no bias.
Horowitz: I am solely basing it — correct — on the actual evidence that we have.
Lee: Okay. Thank you very much.
Both Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is conducing a criminal investigation of the FBI’s conduct, have said publicly that the differ with Horowitz about the lack of political bias in starting the investigation.
Later, Horowitz reiterated that he and his staff “couldn’t reach a conclusion about what motivated” the FISA abuse.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He earned an A.B. in Social Studies and Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.
Fox News Host Pete Hegseth became the latest journalist to be suspended from Twitter after attempting to draw attention to the tweeted motivations of Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the Saudi Arabian national responsible for the Naval Air Station Pensacola terror attack.
Journalists Andy Ngo and Mike Cernovich also had their accounts locked last week, for sharing the same material — a tweet from Alshamrani made shortly before the attack, calling America a “nation of evil.”
Three people were killed and twelve were injured in the terrorist attack, which occurred at a Navy air base in Pensacola, Florida.
“The coward posted it just hours before his terrorist attack,” tweeted Hegseth as he shared the tweet. “This is Islamist terror. No reason to ever mince words. Saudi Arabia must be held to account.”
His account was locked shortly after.
On Instagram, Hegseth condemned Twitter for locking his account, accusing the platform of doing the bidding of radical Islam.
“Yesterday, I was BANNED from @twitter — because I posted a screen shot of the terrorist from Florida tweeting his Islamist motivations,” said Hegseth. “That’s it, a screen shot of a terrorist in his own words.”
“If they can ban me, they will ban anyone. We need to fight back. Heck, I posted the terrorist screen shot on this post too, so stay tune for @instagram banning me too.”
“Big tech does the bidding of the Left, especially to include anyone who speaks truth about the threat of radical Islam.”
Hegseth posted a second picture on Instagram of his attempt to appeal the suspension, only to have it denied. He has pledged to “never” delete the tweet that caused his account to be locked, and called Twitter “pathetic” for its behavior.
According to the Daily Mail, the terrorist’s twitter account has been taken down, but it contained posts praising Osama bin Laden and attacking Israel.
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