Morning Greatness: Impeachment Pageant Marches Into Second Week

Good Monday morning.

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

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

The Impeachment Follies continue: welcome to week 2

Previously on ImpeachmentTV: Lady bureaucrat testified about how she felt that Trump “trashed” her reputation, Adam Schiff transmitted a pretend “witness intimidation” presidential tweet and we learned that Madame Bureaucrat “teaches” a seminar at Georgetown for her hefty government salary. Notably, no one asked her why she ordered the monitoring of certain journalists.

The Democrats are refusing to commit to a timeline as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she has “no idea” if the tribunals will wrap up before Christmas. “It is self-evident that we have open hearings for the next week. I don’t know if there are any beyond that,” she added, noting the possibility that depositions could continue into Thanksgiving week. “And then when we come back [from Thanksgiving], maybe a decision or maybe they have more hearings.” Yes, please, please drag this out.

This week we will hear from:

  • Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
  • Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Derp Stater who probably squealed to “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella
  • Tim Morrison, an NSC official that handled Ukraine affairs
  • Kurt Volker, a special envoy to the Ukraine
  • Jennifer Williams, an aide to Veep Pence (um, why is this lady working for the Veep?)
  • Fiona Hill, an NSC official working on Russia affairs
  • Laura Cooper, a Pentagon official who deals with Russia and Ukraine affairs
  • David Hale, the under secretary of state for political affairs

The Democrats need to influence the public in favor of impeachment, that was the plan: they would put on a show and the public would turn against the president. That doesn’t seem to be going their way, as more than one-third of independents have turned off the impeachment television. Meanwhile, on Sunday Democratic New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew said some Democrats are privately concerned about the ongoing impeachment process and “want to move on.” Van Drew told Maria Bartiromo, “We see little different variations, hearsay, discussions, somebody heard something that somebody else said. Impeachment. You know that our Founding Fathers had vigorous debate of whether they would even allow impeachment in the Constitution. You don’t disenfranchise voters. Millions upon millions of voters. Voters choose their leaders in America.”

I don’t think the Democrats are going to stop. Buckle up.

Related:
Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report
Trump attacks another witness as his impeachment defense faces new tests
Schumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry
Johnson: I’m writing a letter to ‘lay out what I know’ about Ukraine aid
Democrats’ smear campaign against Trump sparked White House involvement in Ukraine, Devin Nunes says
Emails: Open Society Kept Alleged ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella Updated on George Soros’s Personal Ukraine Activities

House Republicans want to know: Why did ABC News kill its Epstein report?

If there’s one thing the Republican elected officials know how to do, it’s to send useless letters. House Republicans have sent a letter to ABC News asking why it “quashed” a report on Jeffery Epstein three years ago.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and two other top Republicans sent a letter to ABC News on Sunday demanding the network explain why it “quashed” ABC News anchor Amy Robach’s story that would have exposed allegations against the now-deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein three years ago.

Megyn Kelly broke the news of the letter. The letter states, “What appears to have been presented to Ms. Robach is first-hand evidence of human trafficking.” What’s a little human trafficking among Democrat donors? The congressmen wrote they were “deeply concerned that this victim, in search of justice, went to ABC News, provided information and an interview and then ABC News chose to bury the truth. This was a decision that Ms. Robach alluded was due to protecting powerful people or financial interests.”

Here’s where it gets fun:

The three Republicans wrote that they were requesting more information from ABC News. They asked if the network will provide Congress with the interview Robach conducted with the victim, what ABC News learned about Epstein after Robach first presented her story to executives and who was involved in deciding the story was not of public interest as well as any rationale for that decision.

They also asked if ABC was ever presented with additional evidence on Epstein from the time Robach first brought her investigation to the network and when he ultimately was arrested. The letter asked if law enforcement was alerted at any time after Robach presented ABC News executives with her reporting, and if so, when and what was provided.

I think the House Republicans are going to get nothing from ABC News.

All the reports:
Where.Is.The.Report? GOP rep predicts watchdog report on alleged FISA abuses will find ‘problems’
Deja vu all over again. Leaked Russian interference report raises UK vote questions

Notable:
From the NYT: How FedEx Cut Its Tax Bill to $0
FedEx CEO challenges New York Times publisher to public debate after tax story

Other morsels:
McDonald’s employee charged in tampering of police officer’s food
Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford accepts ACLU ‘courage’ award
Dunkin’ bans ‘double cup’ in New England, swapping foam for paper
China lashes out at NY Times report on Xinjiang documents
10 shot, 4 dead, as family gathered to watch football game in Fresno
We never heard any complaints about executive power when Obama was president. William Barr’s chilling defense of virtually unlimited presidential power
Thousands could be impacted by PG&E’s upcoming potential power cuts
‘It Was Clearly Criminal’: How A Massachusetts Judge Allegedly Helped An Illegal Alien Escape ICE
Bloomberg apologizes for stop-and-frisk policy
Ilhan Omar funneled another $150K to alleged lover’s consulting group
Racist, anti-Semitic incidents prompt Syracuse to halt fraternity activities; Alpha Chi Rho suspended
Trump tells Kim Jong Un that Joe Biden is ‘somewhat better’ than a ‘rabid dog’
2 Arkansas college professors charged with manufacturing meth
Prince Andrew sparks near-universal condemnation with TV interview
Why Colin Kaepernick wore a ‘Kunta Kinte’ shirt to his NFL workout
Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout abruptly moved, league ‘disappointed’ with change
Federal charges link New Jersey man to synagogue vandalism

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

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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