Morning Greatness: Schiff to Approve GOP Impeachment Tribunal Questions

Good Friday morning.

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

  • The president participates in a roundtable with supporters in Atlanta, Georgia
  • President Trump delivers remarks at a fundraising committee luncheon
  • The president delivers remarks at Black Voices for Trump Coalition Rollout

Impeachment Follies: Schiff tells the Republicans they will need to justify any questions they want to ask in the reality show star chamber next week

Supreme Impeachment Emperor Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has decreed that Republicans cannot ask any questions in the impeachment tribunal unless they tickle his impeachment fancy.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Thursday released a tightened set of guidelines over what potential witnesses can be called in the impeachment hearings, saying Republicans must justify their relevance according to a three-point criteria.

If the Supreme Impeachment Emperor vetoes a question, the entire committee will vote and the committee has a majority of Democrats on it so its game over. The good news is that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was added to the committee, so there will be a firebrand having his line of questioning shut down by the Democrats. Yippee.

Ambassador to the Derp State colluded with a Democrat staffer mere days after “whistleblower” complaint was filed

Impeachment darling and fired Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch conducted a private email conversation about a “delicate” issue with a Democrat staffer shortly after Eric Ciaramella filed his pretend whistleblower complaint.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, a key witness in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, communicated via her personal email account with a Democratic congressional staffer concerning a “quite delicate” and “time-sensitive” matter — just two days after the whistleblower complaint that kickstarted the inquiry was filed, and a month before the complaint became public, emails obtained Thursday by Fox News showed.

The emails appear to contradict Yovanovitch’s deposition on Capitol Hill last month, in which she told U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., about an email she received Aug. 14 from the staffer, Laura Carey — but indicated under oath that she never responded to it.

But the staffer was on the Foreign Affairs committee. Isn’t that interesting? How many committees knew about operation whistleblower before it was rolled out to the public?

The communication came “from the Foreign Affairs Committee,” and “they wanted me to come in and talk about, I guess, the circumstances of my departure,” Yovanovitch testified, describing Carey’s initial email. “I alerted the State Department, because I’m still an employee, and so, matters are generally handled through the State Department.”

Yovanovitch continued: “So, she emailed me. I alerted the State Department and, you know, asked them to handle the correspondence. And, she emailed me again and said, you know, ‘Who should I be in touch with?'”

But that’s not the whole story. According to Tucker Carlson, who obtained the email conversation, Yovanovitch did personally respond.

“Thanks for reaching out — and congratulations on your new job. I would love to reconnect and look forward to chatting with you. I have let EUR [Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs] know that you are interested in talking and they will be in touch with you shortly,” she wrote.

So did Yovanovitch lie? “I specifically asked her whether the Democratic staffer was responded to by Yovanovitch or the State Department. It is greatly concerning that Ambassador Yovanovitch didn’t answer my question as honestly as she should have, especially while under oath,” Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-New York) said.

He ain’t showing up. Mick Mulvaney subpoenaed by House Intelligence Committee in impeachment inquiry
Rand Paul warns he could oppose impeachment trial rules if it limits witnesses
Feinstein Reunites With Ex-Staffer Who Worked With Fusion GPS On Trump-Russia Investigation
Ukraine whistleblower’s lawyer warns Trump to stop attacks on client

A tale of two whistleblowers

Great news. The person suspected of leaking a hot mic tape of an ABC News lady complaining about the censorship of her blockbuster Epstein story, has been fired by CBS. You are reading that right: fired by CBS. Allegedly, the ABC News leaker now works for CBS and CBS, observing the code of corporate media omerta, iced this employee. After all, the same shenanigans go on at CBS too and they don’t want the risk of having their own “editorial” discretion put on display for public consumption.

“Two sources familiar with the matter tell me that CBS News has fired the staffer in question,” Yashar Ali tweeted with an accompanying story. “This comes after ABC informed CBS that they had determined who accessed the footage of Amy Robach expressing her frustrations about the Epstein story.”

I hope this newly fired CBS employee is looking into their legal options. Not everyone gets the Eric Ciaramella treatment. Some animals are more equal than others.

Another anonymous freak that will be protected. New book by anonymous op-ed author details the challenge of briefing the president

Other morsels:
Chaos Behind The Scenes: Trump Jr.’s Visit To ‘The View’ Stirs Everyone Up
Obama fundraiser accused of ‘lavish’ misspending at nonprofit that filed for bankruptcy
Sears and Kmart store closings: 51 Sears, 45 Kmart locations to shutter.
Jeff Sessions, former Trump attorney general, confirms bid for US Senate seat in Alabama
McDonald’s sweet tea came with marijuana inside, South Carolina man claimsLTC. Owner of Bustle, Mic and Gawker lays off more employees
Arrests in massive bribery case include six NYPD employees
Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg eyeing presidential bid
3 charged with smuggling gun parts from US to Saudi Arabia

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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