Morning Greatness: America, You’re Getting an Impeachment Trial for Christmas

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • President Trump receives his intelligence briefing
  • The president has lunch with the Secretary of State

Democrats plan to slow down Impeachment Follies

Merry Christmas America, you are getting a big fat impeachment trial from the Democrats’ Santa Claus this year. Ho, ho, ho. Democrats have re-calibrated their impeachment timeline in order to make their case the to public.

The New York Times wants you to know:

House Democrats have resigned themselves to the likelihood that impeachment proceedings against President Trump will extend into the Christmas season, as they plan a series of public hearings intended to make the simplest and most devastating possible public case in favor of removing Mr. Trump.

Democratic leaders had hoped to move as soon as Thanksgiving to wrap up a narrow inquiry focused around Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, buoyed by polling data that shows that the public supports the investigation, even if voters are not yet sold on impeaching the president.

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a dead zone here in the nation’s capitol and people are not paying attention to politics, they are going to fancy Christmas holiday cocktail parties. The filthy casuals are busy with the holiday season, so this might work out well for the Democrats. They do not want the public paying attention, hence their secret tribunals taking place in the HPSCI star chamber.

Chew on this NYT spin:

But after a complicated web of damaging revelations about the president has emerged from private depositions unfolding behind closed doors, Democratic leaders have now begun plotting a full-scale — and probably more time-consuming — effort to lay out their case in a set of high-profile public hearings on Capitol Hill.

Their goal is to convince the public — and if they can, more Republicans — that the president committed an impeachable offense when he demanded that Ukraine investigate his political rivals.

The Times acknowledges that a extended timeline puts vulnerable Democrats at risk for reelection.

There are risks for Democrats in the longer timeline, which could make it more difficult for lawmakers in politically competitive districts, who fear a backlash from constituents if they appear to be preoccupied with targeting Mr. Trump instead of addressing major issues such as gun safety or health care.

Yes, well this is what the Democrats have been doing since they took the House majority, isn’t it? What major legislative issue have the Democrats taken up with a credible view it will become law? None. They pass ridiculous fantasy bills that no Republican in the senate or the president will ever sign. They don’t care about the issues, they care about power and then jamming through their bad policies with no resistance.

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DoJ to start collecting migrant DNA again

The Department of Justice announced that Attorney General Bill Barr will now have the power, once again, to “authorize and direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect DNA samples from the non-United States persons it detains.”

Whistleblowers had come forward to say that the Customs and Border Patrol was not collecting DNA samples per the 2005 DNA Fingerprint Act.

“The proposed rule change would help to save lives and bring criminals to justice by restoring the authority of the Attorney General to authorize and direct the collection of DNA from non-United States persons detained at the border and the interior by DHS, with the ultimate goal of reducing victimization of innocent citizens,” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen said in a statement.

“Today’s proposed rule change is a lawful exercise of the Attorney General’s authority, provided by Congress, to collect DNA samples from non-United States persons who are properly detained under the authority of the United States,” Rosen added.

The purpose of the DNA collection was for the FBI to run DNA through the violent crimes database to make sure the U.S. wasn’t admitting criminals back into our country. Officials say that they were failing to collect DNA because of a waiver established under the Obama Administration. The Office of Special Counsel disagreed with the waiver, saying “Many cold cases might have been solved — and victims of violent crimes granted closure — by now if CBP had complied with its obligations under the law.”

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And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

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About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

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