Morning Greatness: Sondland Delivers Dumpster Fire Testimony

Good Thursday morning.

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

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump and the First Lady  present the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal

I have a condensed version of the Greatness for you today, I am sick. I think I’ve been poisoned by watching these congressional hearings. I do want to bring a few things to your attention but know that I tapped out after the Sondland exhibition and did not watch the second tribunal and I certainly did not watch the Democrat debate.

The Sondland advertorial was an unmitigated disaster. Sondland’s opening statement, circulated to the media vultures beforehand, came in hot and then Sondland waffled and walked back his most explosive claims. YES, THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO was the big bombshell, explosive statement in his opening remarks but then we find out no one told him that, he just presumed there was a quid pro quo. Right. I’ve repeatedly written here that it was a terrible mistake to say Trump didn’t engage in a quid pro quo, of course he did. All foreign policy is a quid pro quo, there are always terms and conditions to receive U.S. money. To say otherwise is ridiculous and it buys into the left’s compulsive tactic of criminalizing Trump’s executive actions. But now, some bloated political consultant or staffer decided the path forward would deny Trump conducted standard diplomacy. Idiots. Now where do they go?

Another notable moment from Sondland’s allocution was that he had no idea the Biden syndicate had anything to do with Burisma. Speaking of that, Ukraine’s top prosecutor announced an expanded investigation into Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky who is on the lam, whereabouts unknown. Here’s another story Zero Hedge writes up, Ukrainian MP Claims $7.4 Billion Obama-Linked Laundering, Puts Biden Group Take At $16.5 Million:

“The son of Vice-President Joe Biden was receiving payment for his services, with money raised through criminal means and money laundering,” he then said, adding “Biden received money that did not come from the company’s successful operation but rather from money stolen from citizens.”

Woah Nellie, that sounds terrible, but the good news is that the corporate media will pretend this isn’t happening and it will not appear on any news website or on cable news shows. It will be memory-holed OR the people involved in the investigation will be “tied” to Trump or accused of corruption themselves. Or perhaps this investigation has already been “discredited” and “debunked,” another tool in the Democrat tool belt. Senator Lindsey “I write letters” Graham has announced he is trying to get transcripts of Veep Biden’s phone call with Ukrainian leaders. This is a great idea but Graham is big smack talker who never closes the deals his mouth makes. In fact, Trump should declassify all of Obama’s phone calls with foreign leaders so we can be certain there was no QUID PRO QUOs going down. Ha!

It looks like ImpeachmentTV isn’t helping the Democrats. A new poll from Marquette shows that the very important state of Wisconsin has turned against the impeachment show trial and now Trump is beating all the top Democrat presidential candidates in the head to head race. Keep it up, dummies.

Finally, Graham also said that the FISA report will be released on December 9. We’ll see but I’m ready if it happens.

Warning: there are more hearings today. We will hear from Fiona Hill formerly of the NSC and David Holmes, a State Department bureaucrat. May G-d help us.

ImpeachmentTV roundup
Animals. Left Protests at Gordon Sondland Hotels, Threatens Family Members
Voted down the whistleblower. U.S. House committee votes down Republican subpoena request
Perry says Sondland impeachment testimony misrepresented his interactions
White House Denies Mike Pence-Gordon Sondland Conversation Occurred
Lawmakers to quiz eavesdropping U.S. embassy official in Trump impeachment inquiry
Chris Wallace: Sondland testimony ‘took out the bus and ran over’ Trump, top aides
Amash: GOP acts like ‘we’re all stupid’ over impeachment hearings
FBI sought interview with whistleblower at heart of impeachment probe
Brit Hume: Schiff Spreading ‘Nonsense’ That Whistleblower Has ‘Right To Anonymity’
Gordon Sondland Says Zelensky ‘Didn’t Actually Have To Do’ The Investigations Into Hunter Biden, Only Announce Them
Why Gordon Sondland may end up as a punching bag for both parties
What did Pompeo know and when did he know it?
Gordon Sondland says Trump wanted ‘nothing’ from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky
David Hale and Laura Cooper testify in Trump impeachment probe
Gordon Sondland’s impeachment testimony on Trump and Ukraine adds up to bribery
Ken Starr says he’s ‘stunned’ by Sondland omission of Trump claim he wanted no ‘quid pro quo’
This was funny. Nunes slams impeachment ‘three-card monte,’ then yields to Schiff for ‘storytime hour’
These people are nuts. GQ writer mocked for claiming ‘Russian quotation mark’ in paper’s Hunter Biden’s baby story
Impeachment hearings to continue with testimony from Fiona Hill, David Holmes
Lawyer for impeachment witness Lt. Col Vindman demands Fox News retract ‘false and defamatory’ segment

Democrat Debate:
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Yang says white supremacist violence should be designated domestic terrorism
Deval Patrick Cancels Event After Only Two People Show Up
Pete Buttigieg Discusses The Importance Of ‘Wearing His Wedding Ring’ On Debate Stage
‘I Thought You Might Have Been High’: Booker Attacks Biden Over Marijuana Stance
Joe Biden: I Came ‘Out Of A Black Community’
Here Are The Highlights From The Fifth Debate: Billionaires, Cents, And Breaths of Fresh Air
I thought she had already dropped out. Guess not. Sen. Klobuchar: ‘I raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends.’
Biden campaign accidentally sends fundraising email celebrating debate performance hours before event begins
YUK YUK First I’d tell Putin, ‘Sorry I beat your guy,’ Yang quips
5 takeaways from the 5th Democratic debate

Other morsels:
Pentagon discovers $81 million of U.S. Navy gear during audit
White House: Vaping rules not stalled, Trump plans Friday meeting
WE WILL COME FOR YOU. FDA nominee ducks questions on Trump e-cigarette flavor ban
Hollywood group launches largest-ever survey on sexual harassment
I don’t think so. Jewish Democratic group launches ad ‘Trump is the biggest threat to the safety & security of American Jews’
Former Baltimore Mayor Indicted For Alleged Children’s Book Series Fraud
Woman Accused Of Taking A Box Cutter To Several Illegal Immigrants In Elaborate Visa Fraud Scheme
Would-be terrorist fixated on ‘True Crime Community’ sentenced to prison
Amazon Ring blasted over lack of privacy, civil liberties protections in senator’s report
Carolyn Maloney elected to replace Elijah Cummings leading House Oversight Committee
NY Times columnist, CBS News analyst speaks to ‘secretive’ Dem donor group, report says
Peter Schweizer on Clinton Foundation’s money troubles: ‘They don’t have influence to sell’
‘Taxi Driver’ screenwriter equates Trump supporters to Nazis who ‘lined the streets in Nuremberg’
Why one group is paying $2.1 million to free about 200 detained immigrants
FBI says hackers are targeting US auto industry
Dance teacher and reality TV participant pleads guilty to statutory rape and exposing a teenager to HIV
WUT. Teen charged with hate crime for posting ‘Slave for sale’ ad on Craigslist with photo of African American classmate
Los Zetas Cartel Dumps 11 Trash Bags with Human Body Parts in Mexican Border State

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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