Welcome to Impeachment Wednesday.
Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
- President Trump delivers remarks at a Keep America Great Rally in Battle Creek, Michigan
Cocaine Mitch delivers a smackdown
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to Democrat Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s demands for the Senate impeachment trial process. Politico wants you to know that McConnell “pushed back strongly against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request to simultaneously agree to witnesses and the parameters of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, calling it a ‘strange request’ that breaks with recent impeachment precedent.”
McConnell responded, “It is not the Senate’s job to leap into the breach and search desperately for ways to get to ‘guilty.'” Schumer responded that by saying that McConnell is coordinating with the White House so he wasn’t “fair.” Oh my sides, these clowns still think the voters want the Republican dupes to play “fair.” We have long departed from “fair.” It’s good McConnell has put on his big boy pants, if only for a short time. By the way, the Democrats in the Senate coordinated with the Clinton White House during the Clinton impeachment so they weren’t “fair” either.
The Hill wants you to know “the toxic relationship between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has left senators pessimistic about reaching a deal to set the rules of President Trump’s impeachment trial.”
This fills me with such joy, “The problem is the core of the relationship between him and Schumer,” said one Republican senator close to McConnell. “Their history is bad.”
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) described, “There were clear differences among the 55 Republicans and 45 Democrats 20 years ago, but there was a friendship and an exchange of information on a regular basis that I think really served the Senate well. I don’t think that’s the case with the current leadership.”
If this what you say it is, I love it!
Mitch McConnell: ‘I’m not an impartial juror’ ahead of Senate impeachment trial
I don’t know why he bothered but…
President Trump sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. CNN wants you to know that it’s “scorching.” My favorite part is when Trump says “no intelligent person believes what you are saying.” Pretty much that’s all you need to know. But Trump is a master troll, so the letter sent the Democrat-media complex into a conniption fit. Pelosi hadn’t read the letter but called it “sick.”
Pelosi's first reaction to Trump's letter. "I don't have a reaction. It's ridiculous," she told me. I asked her why no reaction: "I mean, I haven't full read it. We've been working. I've seen the essence of it. It's really sick." pic.twitter.com/pPhvsb0axh
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 17, 2019
Read: Trump letter to Pelosi on impeachment
Trump calls Democrats ‘deranged,’ ‘spiteful’ in angry letter to Pelosi over impeachment
Trump Takes ‘Zero’ Responsibility For His Own Impeachment
Miscellaneous Impeachment-related links
Flashback: Democratic Vice Chair Who Rambled Through Impeachment Hearing Was Himself Impeached And Removed From Office
Losers. Protesters rally against Trump in multiple cities on eve of impeachment vote
Nearly all Democrats expected to back articles of impeachment
Lev Parnas received $1M from embattled Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash
Paul Manafort hospitalized, to miss scheduled hearing, attorney says
Rudy Giuliani on ouster of former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: ‘I forced her out’
Jeff Van Drew ousted from Blue Dogs; staffers who quit faced blackball threats from Dems
FISA Court slams corrupt FBI’s application tricks
On Tuesday, we heard some desperate reputation saving from the highly-secretive FISA court. I suppose now that the curtain was pulled back on the magical judicial Wizards of Oz after they got some bad press, the mysterious jurists are showcasing their righteous indignation to rehabilitate their tarnished image revealed in the Horowitz report. To be fair, the court isn’t able to evaluate the truth and substance of the allegations made in a FISA application. How would they even know that the “reliable sources” aren’t really reliable? How would they know the FBI was withholding exculpatory evidence? They have to trust the FBI and we’ve all seen where that got us.
“The FBI’s handling of the Carter Page applications, as portrayed in the [Office of Inspector General] report, was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor described above,” Collyer wrote in her four-page order. “The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.”
“As [FBI Director Christopher Wray] has stated, the inspector general’s report describes conduct by certain FBI employees that is unacceptable and unrepresentative of the FBI as an institution,” the bureau responded in a statement Tuesday night. “The director has ordered more than 40 corrective steps to address the report’s recommendations, including some improvements beyond those recommended by the IG.”
“The [FISA court] expects the government to provide complete and accurate information in every filing with the court,” Collyer wrote. “Without it, the [FISA court] cannot properly ensure that the government conducts electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes only when there is a sufficient factual basis.”
Look, it’s time to burn this crap court down. Starting with the Patriot Act, I’ve consistently opposed giving the government more and more powerful surveillance authority as we have no reason to trust the government. Many are learning this now, but the government should always be viewed with suspicion. I’m not optimistic we will see any substantive changes to this secretive, unilateral process no matter how bad the press is and no matter how serious the abuse is. In case you don’t want to take my word with how bad things really are, check out this tweet from Lee Smith:
Correct—the Deputy AG did not know what Woods Procedures were and Kash Patel had to explain it to him.
The Collyer Order is so weak, self-exculpatory, and based on ridiculous assumptions, it only underscores the fact that the FISA program is a catastrophe. https://t.co/UVHYpq1ZGJ
— Lee Smith (@LeeSmithDC) December 17, 2019
Yes, that would be Rod Rosenstein, the former Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America, who did not know what the Woods Procedures are. Woods Procedures refers to “the lengthy process FBI officials are supposed to go through when submitting a request for a FISA application to make sure every factual piece of information has been properly vetted and verified. It is supposed to be a painstaking process of dotting every i and crossing every t to get permission to use the FISA court to secretly surveil an American citizen on American soil.” How disgusting it is the Rosenstein had no idea what this procedure was. How many other people were violated by malicious snooping by the feds?
FISA Judge Blasts FBI For Providing False Information To Wiretap Carter Page
FISA court slams FBI conduct in Carter Page surveillance warrant applications
Andrew McCabe’s Defense Of The FBI And Steele Dossier Crumble Under Weight Of IG Report
Lisa Page tries to overhaul her image on Rachel Maddow
I’m thinking she’s in some trouble with Durham, why else hit the media for “interviews?” I supposed enough time has elapsed for her and her team to come up with some spin about her hateful text messages with co-conspirator and lover FBI agent Peter Strzok. Here’s how Page explained her “insurance policy” text:
“It’s an analogy,” Page began. “First of all, it’s not my text, so I’m sort of interpreting what I believed he meant back three years ago, but we’re using an analogy. We’re talking about whether or not we should take certain investigative steps or not based on the likelihood that he’s going to be president or not.”
“You have to keep in mind… if President Trump doesn’t become president, the national-security risk, if there is somebody in his campaign associated with Russia, plummets. You’re not so worried about what Russia’s doing vis-à-vis a member of his campaign if he’s not president because you’re not going to have access to classified information, you’re not going to have access to sources and methods in our national-security apparatus. So, the ‘insurance policy’ was an anology. It’s like an insurance policy when you’re 40. You don’t expect to die when you’re 40, yet you still have an insurance policy.”
Does this make any sense to you? Of course not, it’s jibberish that’s swallowed up by the hyper-partisan Maddow audience. Page further explained the text stating “we won’t allow” Trump to become president. She claims that referred to the “collective we” of the American people.
“There is no one on this set of facts who has any experience in counterintelligence who would not have made the exact same decision,” Page said. “This is a question about whether Russia is working with a United States person to interfere in our election. We were obligated to figure out whether that was true or not and to figure out who might be in a position to provide that assistance.”
There was no credible evidence that the RUSSIA was working with a United States person to interfere with the election, the Mueller Report proved that. It’s good that people like Page with such a damaged critical faculty are no longer working for the FBI.
You watch the interview at the DC. Rachel Maddow Asks Lisa Page About ‘Insurance Policy’ And ‘We Won’t Let It Happen’ Texts
CNN’s Brian Stelter Complains About Gorsuch Going On Fox News
Joe Biden is ‘healthy, vigorous,’ his doctor says in summary of medical history
2 Million Sign Petition Protesting Netflix’s ‘Gay Jesus’ Christmas Special
Seattle Homeless Official Resigns After Hiring Trans Stripper for Conference
Producer on U.S. TV show ’60 Minutes’ sues CBS for alleged gender discrimination
More than 20% of U.S. of high school seniors vaped THC in 2019: study
‘Spare Us Your Amnesty’: DHS Rips Mayor De Blasio For Defending Driver’s Licenses For Illegal Aliens
FedEx Driver Pulls His Own Gun, Kills Robber After Being Shot In Stomach
Buttigieg omitted high-powered bundlers from disclosure
House passes $1.4 trillion spending bill to avoid government shutdown
Subway employee opens fire after fight over sandwich wrap
12 inmates dead in shootout at Panama prison
Very bad. ‘Change is happening’: Gun violence research could be funded by Congress for first time in 20 years
Jussie Smollett’s return to ‘Empire’ for finale is ‘being discussed,’ showrunner says
Maria Butina, convicted of being a foreign agent in the US, will host Russian state-funded TV show
Senate approves Ivanka Trump-backed paid family leave for federal employees
Misty Copeland called out a Russian theater for blackface. Some people are defending the theater
Dental patients advised to get tested for HIV, hepatitis
Woman forced to remove hijab in jail settles for $120K
Bye. Bill Taylor, top US diplomat in Ukraine, to depart post ahead of Mike Pompeo’s visit
And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!