ICIG Atkinson Refuses to Tell Congress Why Whistleblower Rule Changes Were Backdated

Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG), reportedly refused to answer a key question during testimony before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) on Friday.

Atkinson met with members of the committee in a closed meeting to to answer questions related to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

When asked to explain why his office made changes to its whistleblower forms in September and backdated those changes to August when the anti-Trump “whistleblower” complaint was filed, Atkinson had no answer, Sean Davis reported at the Federalist on Monday. He also reportedly admitted to lawmakers that the anti-Trump complainant had improperly concealed his previous secret interactions with House Democratic staff prior to submitting the complaint.

The Federalist first reported late last month that the ICIG secretly changed its whistleblower forms and internal rules in September to do away with a requirement that complainants provide first-hand evidence to support their allegations of wrongdoing.

The IC watchdog disclosed in a press release last week that the rule change was in response to an anti-Trump complaint filed on August 12. The whistleblower complaint was based on second-hand information, much of which was shown to be false after President Trump ordered the declassification and release of his telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

During Friday’s HPSCI committee oversight hearing, Atkinson admitted that the whistleblower forms and rules changes were made in September, even though the new forms and guidance state that they were changed in August, sources told the Federalist.

Despite having a full week to come up with explanations for his office’s decisions to secretly change its forms to eliminate the requirement for first-hand evidence and to backdate those changes to August, Atkinson refused to provide any explanation to lawmakers baffled by his behavior.

When pressed on the curious changes and attempts to obscure the timeline of his revisions, Atkinson refused to explain why the forms were backdated to August even though they were not made until September. The ICIG previously stated that it changed its forms and guidance “in response to recent press inquiries regarding” the anti-Trump complaint, of which Congress was not even notified until the second week of September. The new forms, which were not uploaded to the ICIG website until September 24, nonetheless stated that the revisions were made back in August.

Puzzled Republican lawmakers pressed the ICIG to explain how the forms could have been changed back in August if they were changed in response to press inquiries that were not made until mid-September?

“[T]he timing of the removal of the first-hand information requirement raises questions about potential connections to this whistleblower’s complaint,” three House Republican lawmakers wrote in a letter to Atkinson on September 30. “This timing, along with numerous apparent leaks of classified information about the contents of this complaint, also raise questions about potential criminality in the handling of these matters.”

Several top Republican Senators voiced similar concerns about Atkinson’s behavior in a separate letter.

“Why did the IC IG initially require first-hand information in its May 2018 disclosure form?” the senators asked. “Why did the IC IG remove the requirement for first-hand information?”

As the Federalist notes, Atkinson refusal to answer these basic questions suggests that his handling of the anti-Trump complaint “might not be completely above board.”

Atkinson ignored legal guidance from both the director of national intelligence and the Department of Justice that the anti-Trump complaint was statutorily deficient and forwarded it to HPSCI even though it did not meet the legal definition of an “urgent concern” that is required to be given to Congress.

The embattled ICIG also admitted on Friday that the anti-Trump complainant lied on his whistleblower complaint form by concealing the complainant’s previous secret interactions with House Democratic staff prior to submitting the complaint. Atkinson never even bothered investigating potential coordination between the complainant, whom DOJ said showed evidence of partisan political bias, and House Democrats prior to the filing of the anti-Trump complaint.

During an appearance on Fox News last week, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) suggested that the reason the complaint form was changed was to accommodate the anti-Trump complainant, who offered no first-hand knowledge of the president’s alleged wrongdoing.

“This guideline, they changed it because of this whistleblower,” Nunes said. “[Atkinson] admits it in his own press release.”



Supreme Court Gears Up for Significant 2020 Term

Today the Supreme Court began its official 2019-2020 term, with numerous significant cases on the docket that include the issues of immigration, abortion, and gun rights, according to Fox News.

Several of the key cases to be decided this term include a challenge to Louisiana’s anti-abortion law, which—along with similar laws passed in several other southern states— is considered among the strictest in the country. Some on the Left have argued that the Supreme Court upholding this law would essentially amount to an overturning of Roe v. Wade, the decision that legalized nationwide abortion in 1973.

Also on the agenda is the issue of whether or not President Trump will be able to fully and finally rescind the Obama-era amnesty executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

President Trump has seen a historic number of judges confirmed during his first term, saying last month that “in a few short weeks, we’ll be up to 180 federal judges.” He has confirmed two Supreme Court nominees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, thus giving the Court a 5-4 conservative majority.

But the conservative agenda has nevertheless faced push back due to far-left groups such as the ACLU repeatedly suing the Trump Administration, often being granted nationwide injunctions by solitary left-wing judges.

There has also been tension with regards to Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee, who has a history of suddenly betraying the conservative majority on crucial cases, such as the 2012 ruling that upheld Obamacare, as well as the ruling earlier this year that struck down the Trump Administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Nevertheless, the numerous significant cases to be decided in an election year will put the issue of the courts front-and-center in 2020, as President Trump frequently lists his high number of judicial confirmations as among his greatest achievements as president.


‘Joker’ Smashes Box Office Records, Amidst Audience Praise and Media Scrutiny

The Warner Bros. film “Joker,” depicting the rise of perhaps the most infamous comic book villain of all time, has broken numerous box office records with its weekend release, as per CNN.

The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role and Robert de Niro, brought in just under $94 million in North America in its opening weekend, which marks the highest-grossing October opening weekend in history. “Joker” has also set the new record for “the largest opening for Warner Bros. this year as well as one of the biggest openings for an R-rated film.” The film’s worldwide gross currently stands at $234 million.

Government agencies such as the FBI and DHS have claimed that there were numerous threats of violence against screenings of “Joker,” while none have actually materialized. Numerous critics have claimed, without evidence, that “Joker” somehow glorifies violence and may inspire mass shooters.

The filmmakers have largely stood behind the film, with Director Todd Phillips stating that people were only mad at the film because “outrage is a commodity,” while Executive Producer Michael Uslan declared that the film has “held up a mirror to our society,” and that since “people don’t want to see that reflection, they want to run from it.” Star Joaquin Phoenix walked out of an interview with The Telegraph after the interviewer asked him whether or not the film would inspire mass shooters.

Despite the media-manufactured controversy, the film has proven overwhelmingly popular with audiences. The film currently holds a 90% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and a similar score of 9.0/10 on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). On the latter website, the outpouring of audience support for the film has even led to it being ranked as the 9th-highest reviewed film of all time.


N.B.A. Denounces Team Manager Who Tweeted Support for Hong Kong Protests

The NBA is facing criticism over its denunciation of a team manager who voiced his support for the pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong over the weekend, according to Politico.

Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted an image on Friday that read “fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” His tweet led to a Chinese sportswear company withdrawing its sponsorship of the Rockets. He soon deleted the tweet, but was disavowed by the Rockets’ owner Tilman Fertitta.

The NBA then released a statement officially denouncing Morey, declaring that his statement “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.” The NBA’s statement also claimed to “have great respect for the history and culture of China.”

Following the NBA’s statement, Morey was forced to backtrack his initial sentiments, and has since declared that he has “always appreciated the significant support our Chinese fans and sponsors have provided, and I would hope that those who are upset will know that offending or misunderstanding them was not my intention.”

The NBA’s criticism of Morey drew quick backlash from several prominent political figures, primarily from Texas, and from both sides of the aisle. The statement was lambasted on Twitter by Senator Rick Scott (R-Fl.), Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), and former HUD Secretary and 2020 presidential candidate Julian Castro (D-Texas).

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Morning Greatness: Platoon of Whistle-blowers Ready to be Deployed

Good Monday morning.

Welcome to Morning Greatness, a new feature at American Greatness. Every morning, I will present to you the hottest news of the day accompanied by my special flavor of snark. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or scotch and soak in the best the news cycle has to offer.

You might remember my morning news briefs over at PJ Media, if not, “Hello, welcome, nice to meet you.” You can follow me on twitter for a link to my most recent version or check here at 7 AM EST when the day’s Greatness will be published.

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

  • The president has lunch with the Secretary of State
  • President Trump participates in a briefing with senior military leaders
  • President Trump and the First Lady participate in a social dinner with senior military leaders and spouses

If at first you don’t succeed…

News broke over the weekend that developer “Resistance Bureaucracy” has launched a new app called “Whistleblower 2.0.” The launch comes after the failed beta test of “Whistleblower 1.0” when several fatal errors were discovered in the app’s initial execution.

To start, the corporate media had to issue a damage-control press release revealing the first “whistle-blower” had colluded with House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) Chair Adam Schiff’s (D.-Calif.) staff prior to approaching the intelligence community’s inspector general with his gossip-fueled, hearsay allegations.  Further polluting the “whistleblowers'” efforts to sound the alarm about wrong-doing is that Schiff hid this collusion and lied when asked by the press if he had met with the whistleblower, a fact that would inevitably be revealed when the HPSCI Republicans questioned the whistleblower under oath. In addition, there is the curious case of an amended whistleblower complaint form, that was “updated” to allow hearsay and gossip rather than first hand knowledge of wrong doing. Whenever the corporate media appears to break a story that is unfavorable to the deep state mafia, it’s because the truth is much, much worse. It is most certainly not because they have discovered something in the midst of a good faith “investigation.” Let’s just say the whistle-blower roll out was a disaster on numerous fronts. Not to worry:

Mark Zaid, the attorney representing the whistleblower who sounded the alarm on President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and triggered an impeachment inquiry, tells ABC News that he is now representing a second whistleblower who has spoken with the inspector general.

Zaid tells ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that the second person — also described as an intelligence official — has first-hand knowledge of some of the allegations outlined in the original complaint and has been interviewed by the head of the intelligence community’s internal watchdog office, Michael Atkinson.

So it’s a do-over. Whistleblower 2.0 has first hand knowledge and presumably did not soil himself by meeting with Schiff’s staff. But really, who cares? They could have a platoon of whistle-blowers (they do, mark my words) ready to be deployed but we have the transcript of the call in question. Unless the army of whistle-blowers have something new to add, what is the point? To introduce a perverted interpretation of what we can read in black and white? To keep this sturm und drang in the news as a 2020 campaign strategy? To cripple the president so he can’t do the things he was voted into office to do? Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question.


In campaign ad, Mitch McConnell says impeachment will fail “with me as majority leader”

Judge orders White House to preserve records of Trump’s dealings with foreign leaders

LOL Trump calls for Romney’s impeachment

Trump blames Energy Secretary Rick Perry for Ukraine call at center of impeachment inquiry

DEEP STATE ALERT: John Brennan Says CIA Would Now Assess the United States as “Very Corrupt”: “No Longer a Democracy”

Fact. Sen. Ron Johnson: James Comey, John Brennan have corrupted FBI and CIA

Everything “horrifies” these clowns. Trump’s calls with foreign leaders have long worried aides, leaving some “genuinely horrified”

I wonder why? Barr’s Requests for Foreign Help Prompt Backlash in Australia, Italy, U.K.

China vs. the woke N.B.A

What do you do if you are a woke corporation but love some of that cash money from a foreign country with questionable human rights record?

The General Manager of the Houston Rockets basketball team tweeted support for the pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong and all hell broke out. The New York Times wants you to know the tweet “upset sponsors, media outlets and basketball officials in a country that invests billions in the N.B.A.” It’s important to keep that Chinese money flowing, just ask our moral betters in Hollywood and at Google who are more than happy to suspend their wokeness to bank that Chinese cash money.

The tweet in question was promptly deleted and G.M. Daryl Morley appropriately prostrated himself for his tweet-crime. “I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China,” Morey wrote, adding that his view did not represent the Rockets or the N.B.A. “I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives.’’

A spokesman for the league said in a statement Sunday night that it was “regrettable” and that Morey’s views “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China.” He continued, “We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the N.B.A. can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together.”

Chinese sponsors such as the shoe company Li Ning and the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Card Center, which both announced that they were pausing their partnerships with the Rockets, team officials faced an immediate backlash from the Chinese Basketball Association and the Chinese consulate in Houston.

This totally reminds me of that time when the woke N.B.A pulled the All-Star game from North Carolina over the bathroom bill. The shoe is on the other foot: you want the revenue? Adjust your moral compass, comrade!


Pols blast NBA for ‘kowtowing’ to China

Disturbing video shows hundreds of blindfolded prisoners in Xinjiang

Turkey is going to invade Syria

According to the White House, Turkey is getting ready to invade Syria and the U.S. is preparing to withdrawal forces from the “immediate area.”

“Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria,” the White House said in a statement late Sunday. “The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area.”

Turkey will take possession of the ISIS fighter prisoners captured over the last two years.

“The United States Government has pressed France, Germany, and other European nations, from which many captured ISIS fighters came, to take them back, but they did not want them and refused,” the U.S. said in it statement. “The United States will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer.”

Other morsels:

Pope Francis considers lifting celibacy requirement for priests

Supreme Court kicks off election-year agenda with hot-button immigration, guns and abortion cases

Wow, they’re still on this. Pressley joins hundreds of activists calling for Kavanaugh impeachment: ‘I believe in the power of us’

Trump fan attacked over MAGA hat blames Manhattan art pop-up

Globalist war-enthusiast weighs in: ‘Foreign Policy is in Shambles’: Colin Powell Unloads on Trump and the Republican Party

Strange. Key witness in ex-Dallas officer Amber Guyger’s murder trial shot and killed

‘Joker’ shatters box office records despite its controversial depiction of violence

Man is charged with murder in the deaths of four homeless NYC men who were attacked while they slept

PayPal Unfriends Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency

Sanders health scare involved a heart attack, his doctors say

Hard pass. Rachel Maddow Joins The CW’s “Batwoman”

Ocasio-Cortez Accuses Trump Of Anti-Semitism In Attacks Against Schiff

Queens Democratic machine threatened by AOC but refuses to change

Journalist says CBP agent refused to return passport until he admitted to writing “propaganda”

“Golden Girls” Halloween costumes sell out at Target

Video appears to contradict Warren’s suggestion that school fired her over pregnancy

Wallace is an embarrassment. Chris Wallace Corrects Democratic Congresswoman About Impeachment Precedent

Worth watching the whole video. Giuliani Shushes, Screams at “Pathetic” Howard Kurtz While Spouting Biden Conspiracies: ‘You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself!’

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


American Greatness and the New Criterion present:

‘Sovereignty or Submission?’

Sovereignty or submission? Whither the West? And more specifically, which way America? Will citizenship mean something distinctive and important and will the country be run for the benefit of its citizens or not? That’s the question that’s at the heart of this political moment and it’s the question that will be answered at the upcoming conference of the same name.

Will Americans be sovereign in their own country or will they be forced into servile submission? This conference will frame the 2020 election, but more than that. It will frame the fundamental question of our times.

Keynote Speaker: Tucker Carlson

Other speakers include:

Michael Anton                                 Roger Kimball

David Azerrad                                   Daniel McCarthy

Chris Buskirk                                    Stephen Moore

Angelo Codevilla                             James Piereson

John Fonte                                        Kiron Skinner

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry               John O’Sullivan

Victor Davis Hanson                       Balasz Orban

The populist phenomenon is often identified with the election of Donald Trump in 2016. But the political, moral, and social realities for which Trump was the symbol both predated his candidacy and achieved independent fulfillment in countries as disparate as the United Kingdom, Hungary, and Brazil.

At the center of the populist challenge, we believe, are two questions. The first revolves around the question of sovereignty: who governs a country? This question is at the center of all contemporary populist initiatives and has been posed with increasing urgency as the bureaucratic burden of what has come to be called the administration state has intruded more and more forcefully upon the political and social life of Western democracies.

The second key question, one related to the issue of sovereignty, concerns what Lincoln called “public sentiment”: the widespread, almost taken-for-granted yet nonetheless palpable affirmation by a people of their national identity. The erosion of national sovereignty to which populism is a response has been accompanied by an erosion of that shared national consensus. Increasingly, the traditional pillars of this consensus—the binding forces of family, religion, civic duty, and patriotic filiation—have faltered before the blandishments of transnational progressivism.

The debate sparked by these problems has turned on a number of high-profile issues which the Sovereignty or Submission conference seeks to address, including immigration, free trade, foreign policy, religious freedom, and the question of citizenship.

The conference is hosted by The Center for American Greatness and The New Criterion. It will take place on October 16, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Registration is free, but seating is limited. Please register here.


Volker Testimony Transcript Contradicts Dem Narrative on Ukraine

The congressional testimony of Ambassador Kurt Volker on Thursday directly contradicted the impeachment narrative promulgated by the deep state whistleblower, congressional Democrats and their media allies.

The former top American envoy to Ukraine testified that he was never aware of and never took part in any effort to push the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden or his son Hunter. Rather, he tried to convince the president that accusations that the former vice president acted inappropriately did not seem credible to him.

He also stressed that the interactions between Giuliani and Ukrainian officials were encouraged to help convince the president to trust the incoming Ukrainian government after reports of rampant corruption surrounding the 2016 election.

Volker’s full remarks can be read here.

“As you will see from the extensive text messages I am providing, which convey a sense of real-time dialogue with several different actors, Vice President Biden was never a topic of discussion” during negotiations with Ukraine, Volker testified.

Cherry-picked and out of context snippets of those texts were released by the office of Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-CA) late Thursday evening, putting the communications in a distinctly negative and conspiratorial light.

“[A]t no time was I aware of or took part in an effort to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden,” Volker told lawmakers.

He added that an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had asked to be connected with Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney.

“[I]n May of this year, I became concerned that a negative narrative about Ukraine, fueled by assertions made by Ukraine’s departing Prosecutor General, was reaching the President of the United States, and impeding our ability to support the new Ukrainian government as robustly as I believed we should,” Volker said. “After sharing my concerns with the Ukrainian leadership, an advisor to President Zelensky asked me to connect him to the President’s personal lawyer, Mayor Rudy Giuliani.”

“I did so solely because I understood that the new Ukrainian leadership wanted to convince those, like Mayor Giuliani, who believed such a negative narrative about Ukraine, that times have changed and that, under President Zelensky, Ukraine is worthy of U.S. support,” Volker said. “I also made clear to the Ukrainians, on a number of occasions, that Mayor Giuliani is a private citizen and the President’s personal lawyer, and that he does not represent the United States government.”

Volker denied that he ever urged the Ukrainian government to dig up dirt on the Biden family.

“As you will see from the extensive text messages I am providing, which convey a sense of real-time dialogue with several different actors, Vice President Biden was never a topic of discussion,” he said.

Volker testified that the issue of U.S. military assistance to Ukrainian officials did not come up until late August, when news reports indicated that funding had been put on hold, undercutting Democrat claims that the funding was part of a quid pro quo designed to force the Ukrainians to investigate Joe Biden in order for receive the military aid.

“I became aware of a hold on Congressional Notifications about proceeding with that assistance on July 18, 2019, and immediately tried to weigh in to reverse that position,” Volker testified. “I was confident that this position would indeed be reversed in the end, because the provision of such assistance was uniformly supported at State, Defense, NSC, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the expert community in Washington.”

“As I was confident the position would not stand, I did not discuss the hold with my Ukrainian counterparts until the matter became public in late August,” he said.

Volker explained in his remarks that it was clear that Trump had “a deeply rooted negative view” of the Ukrainian government given its efforts meddle in the 2016 election to damage Trump’s presidential campaign. The interactions between Giuliani and Ukrainian officials, he said, were sought in an effort to persuade Trump that Zelensky’s government could be a trusted U.S. partner.

“It was clear to me that we had a growing problem in the negative narrative about Ukraine, built on these earlier accusations by Mr. Lutsenko, that was impeding the development of our bilateral relationship and the strengthening of our support for Ukraine,” Volker said. “I therefore faced a choice: do nothing, and allow this situation to fester; or try to fix it. I tried to fix it,” he testified.

Volker said Giuliani eventually came to believe on his own accord that the Ukrainian prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, was not credible.

“To my surprise, Mr. Giuliani had already come to the conclusion on his own that Mr. Lutsenko was not credible and acting in a self-serving capacity,” Volker said. “He mentioned both the accusations about Vice President Biden and about interference in the 2016 election, and stressed that all he wanted to see was for Ukraine to investigate what happened in the past and apply its own laws.”

Although Volker stressed that he did not believe any of the accusations of corruption against Biden, he did say that allegations of Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections were “plausible.”

Volker also strongly contradicted Democratic accusations that Trump’s diplomatic team had actively demanded that Ukraine interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign on Trump’s behalf.

“The point about Ukraine avoiding anything that could play into U.S. elections in 2020 is a message that I know our Chargé in Ukraine, Amb. Bill Taylor, reinforced in other meetings,” Volker explained.

He went on to note that he didn’t even know the Biden family had been referenced at all in Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky, contradicting a key whistleblower assertion.

“I was not on the July 25 phone call,” Volker said. “I received a general readout via our Chargé and my own State Department staffer, as well as from Mr. Yermak.”

“All said it was a good, congratulatory call, that they discussed the importance of fighting corruption and promoting reform in Ukraine, and that President Trump reiterated his invitation to President Zelensky to visit the White House,” he testified. “I was not made aware of any reference to Vice President Biden or his son, which I only learned about when the transcript of the call was released on September 25, 2019.”

One of the key charges from the CIA “whistleblower” was that on July 26, Volker had tried to “help”  Zelenskyy “navigate” Trump’s “demands” to investigate Biden’s alleged corruption.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) called Volker a “great witness” who put “a dagger straight through the heart of Schiff’s fairy tale impeachment story.”


New York Times anti-Kavanaugh Book Deemed an ‘Epic Bomb;’ Only 3,120 Sold

A controversial book detailing allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has suffered such terrible book sales, it is being described by industry insiders as “one of the most epic bombs in political publishing over the past decade.”

Released last month, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly was expected to sell at least 10,000-12,000 in the first two weeks, according to the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard.

But even with the New York Times and the rest of the mainstream media’s help promoting the book, it has only sold about a third of that in the first two weeks.

A publishing source provided the latest BookScan numbers, which can account for about 80% of sales. That number is 3,120. “If you add in ebooks — they may have sold a total of 4,000. That’s one of the most epic bombs in political publishing over the past decade,” said the source.

By comparison, another Kavanaugh book, Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, which details the Democratic war on the Trump nominee, has sold 60,000 books and a total of 100,000 copies since its July 9 debut. It was written by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino and published by Regnery.

“Justice On Trial” was Amazon’s top-selling book overall and ranked No. 1 on Publisher’s Weekly when it first debuted in July. It is still ranked No.1 in the “Judicial Systems” category and No. 3 in “Courts and Law” category on Amazon.

The New York Times’ bungled its roll-out of new allegations from the book by failing to note that the alleged victim of one incident didn’t remember the alleged assault, a key point made first by the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway. Then they promoted their piece with a shockingly inappropriate tweet that was reportedly written by Pogrebin herself.

“Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun,” it read. “But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed that she didn’t belong at Yale in the first place.”

After a major backlash, The Times deleted the tweet and apologized.

“A tweet that went out from the @NYTOpinion account yesterday was clearly inappropriate and offensive,” the Times said. “We apologize for it and are reviewing the decision-making with those involved.”

A publishing source told the Examiner that “the pushback by conservatives and supporters of President Trump and Kavanaugh was harsh and hurt sales.”

The Education of Brett Kavanaugh was ranked #6,795 on Amazon’s best seller list on Friday.




Biden Campaign Tries to Suppress Trump Ads on Fox News

The campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden has been actively trying to convince Fox News not to run a campaign ad from President Donald Trump’s campaign, as per Politico.

Biden’s campaign manager Greg Schultz sent a letter to Lily Claffee, general counsel for Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, asking them to not run the “false” ad connecting Biden to the firing of Ukraine’s General Prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was purportedly investigating Biden’s son Hunter amidst his work with an energy company called Burisma Holdings.

Rejecting Biden’s request, a Fox News spokesperson said that “we are not in the business of censoring ads from candidates on either side of the aisle.”

The Biden campaign has made similar appeals to other networks, and CNN has already confirmed that it will not run the ad. Biden’s campaign had also previously pressured the major news networks not to interview Rudy Giuliani anymore, as the former Mayor of New York City has been further explaining the extent of Biden’s corruption in Ukraine.

Further evidence has emerged that Biden did indeed seek to remove Shokin due to his investigation of Burisma; Shokin has recently revealed that he was ordered to “back off” the Burisma investigation as General Prosecutor. A photograph has also emerged of Joe and Hunter Biden playing golf in 2014 with Devon Archer, a former Democratic strategist who joined the board of Burisma Holdings the same time Hunter did, which debunks Biden’s previous claims that he never discussed his son’s business dealings with Hunter.


ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over Alleged Family Separation

The far-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over its alleged practice of “family separation,” as The Daily Caller reports.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Arizona and calls for financial compensation and “damages” to be awarded to illegal alien families by the Trump Administration. In a statement an ACLU spokesperson said that “the suffering and trauma inflicted on these little children and parents is horrific.

The family separation policy had first been enacted under the Obama Administration, but gained more media scrutiny during the Trump Administration. Referred to as a “zero tolerance” policy and aimed at helping illegal alien children who were traveling with adults posing as their parents, the administration ended the practice in June of 2018.

The ACLU has repeatedly sued the administration over its immigration practices, and this latest lawsuit specifically “targets the White House, Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of Refugee Resettlement.”


Official White House Letter Dares Pelosi to Hold Impeachment Vote

The Trump Administration will be sending House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a formal letter daring the Democrats to hold a full, official impeachment vote in the House, The Hill reports.

According to the report, the letter will state that the Trump White House will not cooperate with any subpoenas and other such requests from House Democrats unless and until a formal vote is taken on the floor of the House.

This came after Pelosi announced the beginning of an “impeachment inquiry,” without expanding on what this really meant or what the “inquiry” would entail. Some have since described this move as a sort of middle ground between actual impeachment and holding off on impeachment, in an attempt to satisfy both the moderates and the radicals in the party.

As The Hill notes, the move may not only be designed to put moderate, swing-district Democrats on the spot going into the 2020 elections, but also insures that “GOP lawmakers can have a greater say in impeachment hearings…once the full chamber formally approves it.”

House Democrats only narrowly surpassed the threshold of majority support for an impeachment inquiry last week, but it is still unclear if the caucus has enough votes in favor of actual impeachment.


Watch: Rep. Rashida Tlaib Says Democrats Are Determining How to Arrest Trump Admin Officials

At a meeting with her constituents, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) revealed the Democrats are looking into how they would go about arresting Trump Administration officials.

“This is the first time we’ve ever had a situation like this,” she said. “So they’re trying to figure out, no joke, is it the D.C. police that goes and gets them? We don’t know. Where do we hold them?”

Tlaib’s remarks were caught on tape by a tracker from America Rising PAC.


GOP Rep: Volker Testimony ‘Blows Massive Hole’ in Dems’ Ukraine-Gate Allegations

A House Democrat-led closed door interview with former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker Thursday did not go as well as Democrats had hoped, according to reports.

Volker appeared before the Intelligence, Oversight and Reform and Foreign Affairs committees to testify on a deep state “whistleblower’s” allegation that President Trump tried to pressure Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

According to Rep Lee Zeldin (R.-N.Y.), Volker’s testimony was “blowing a massive hole in that allegation.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, also told reporters that Volker did not tell House members anything that supports the Democrats’ premise for their impeachment investigation against the president.

“Not one thing he has said comports with any of the Democrats’ impeachment narrative,” Rep. Jordan told reporters during a break in the questioning, Thursday afternoon.

Democrats had high hopes that Volker’s testimony would be “damaging to the President and his allies.”

At one point during the deposition, however, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D.-Calif.)had to take over questioning from his own side’s counsel because it wasn’t going well, according to Republican sources.

Volker resigned from his position as the special envoy on September 27, after being mentioned in the whistleblower complaint alleging wrongdoing by Trump in a July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president.  The president had asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyto to look into corruption allegations surrounding Ukraine’s involvement in the 2016 Russia hoax and also Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden’s allegedly corrupt dealings in the country.

Jordan blasted what he called “the process Mr. Schiff has set up” to interview witnesses in the impeachment probe. Schiff initially was going to try to limit GOP members from asking questions, Jordan complained to reporters during the break.

Less than 24 hours before the Volker’s interview was scheduled to start, Republicans learned that it would be led by the Intelligence Committee and that questioning would be done solely by their staff.

Additionally, Democrats did not allow agency counsel participate, Jordan told reporters.

“Mark [Meadows] and I have participated in a countless number of transcribed interviews,” Jordan said. “We have never, ever had an occasion where agency counsel was not allowed to participate, where there were limitations put on our staff who could be there for the interview, and we’ve never seen a chairman suggest that members aren’t allowed to ask questions.”

Jordan described Volker as “unbelievably knowledgeable about what was going on in Ukraine.”

“Ambassador Volker has been very impressive as I said,” he added, reiterating that “he’s said nothing that coincides with what the Democrats are saying with their whole impeachment narrative.”

In answer to a reporter’s question, he repeated, “nothing he has said supports the narrative you’ve been hearing from Mr. Schiff and the Democrats—nothing!”

Rep. Zeldin suggested to reporters that Democrats would regret launching their impeachment inquiry before having all the facts buttoned down. “Now what we’re going to see with one person after another coming before these committees of jurisdiction are blowing massive holes inside of the theory—the narrative—that Chairman Schiff has been providing to the public,” he said.

“For example, when he says that President Trump was asking President Zelensky to manufacture dirt on the Bidens— today blows a hole in that argument. When you’re making a claim that the president was asking for a quid pro quo with President Zelensky, today is blowing a massive hole in that allegation,” he added.


Republicans are calling on Schiff to release the entire transcript of Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker’s testimony, after Dems selectively leaked portions deemed to be damaging to Trump.

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Charismatic Venture Capitalist, Blake Masters, May Challenge Sen McSally For AZ GOP Nomination

A charismatic Republican venture capitalist from Tucson, Arizona is considering a run against Republican Senator Martha McSally in the Republican-leaning state’s primaries next year.

Blake Masters confirmed to the Arizona Republic on Wednesday that he has been mulling a run for months, and “is in the final stages of deciding whether he will enter the race.”

The first time candidate has reportedly run polls and held meetings with political and business groups, both locally and nationwide as part of his deliberation process.

“We need to keep this seat Republican,” Masters, 33, told The Republic. “And we need a GOP that puts voters before donors. Martha McSally lost a winnable race last year. If I come to believe that she can’t win next November, I’ll run.”

Masters told American Greatness that conservatives can do better.

“Americans want dignified work, healthy families, and strong communities,” he said in a text message. “They deserve political leaders who will fight for those things. That means securing the border; getting affordable medical care to every citizen who needs it; taking on the higher education racket; stopping stupid foreign wars; and prioritizing quality of life and high-paying jobs rather than cheap imports and ever-higher profits for the Fortune 500, which never seem to benefit the middle class.”

Masters added that “this is possible — but only if conservatives stop playing defense and step up to take responsibility for our shared future.”

After losing to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, McSally was appointed to interim Senator Jon Kyl’s seat. Kyl stepped down from the late Republican Sen. John McCain’s seat in December of 2018.  McCain’s term ends in 2022, but McSally must win the November 2020 special election for the right to serve out the final two years.

McSally is a weak candidate. She lost to Sinema in a year when Republican Governor Doug Ducey won his re-election by 15 points. Her Democrat opponent Mark Kelly has already outraised her by millions according to FEC filings, and will probably continue to do so as big donors seem to be lukewarm towards her. Campaign donors to McCain have reportedly flipped to Kelly, a former astronaut and the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords.

McSally has a reputation as a lazy campaigner who doesn’t connect with people or do many events. According to one Republican insider, during her race against Sinema last year, she insisted on sleeping at home in Tucson every night during the campaign, resulting in far fewer events than her opponent.

Despite a “complete and total endorsement” from President Donald Trump, McSally already has one conservative primary challenger, businessman Daniel McCarthy “who is questioning McSally’s loyalty to the president and conservative policies,” according to the AZ Republic. 

Conservatives in Arizona fear that McSally—who is trailing or even with Kelly in the polls—is on track to lose two winnable Republican Senate seats in two years.

Masters is a highly accomplished businessman who grew up in Arizona, lived in California for several years, and returned to Arizona last year.

He is married his high school sweetheart and has two children.

The entrepreneur is president of the Thiel Foundation, a private foundation created and funded by Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal. Masters is also Chief Operating Officer at Thiel Capital and co-founder of Judicata, a technology startup that makes legal research and analytics software.

His book, Zero to One, co-written with Thiel, was a #1 NYT bestseller about the economics and philosophy of small business.

Masters says in his bio that his “overarching professional goal has always been to find the most interesting work possible and to do it well.” He would be bring that philosophy to his campaign, according to American Greatness editor Chris Buskirk.

Buskirk, a friend of Masters, told the AZ Republic that he expects the Masters to run an “impressive” campaign.

“He’s going to run a very ideas-oriented campaign about how to rebuild the middle class, about the threat from China … I think those things are really compelling to people,” Buskirk said. “Those are your basic sort of kitchen-table issues and he’s got good ideas about them and I think people will be duly impressed.”




Rep. Tlaib: Only Black Employees Should Conduct Facial Recognition Analysis

While on a tour of the Detroit Police Department’s Public Safety headquarters, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) told police chief James Craig that he should only hire black employees for the role of facial recognition analysts, as the New York Post reports.

When the congresswoman was being shown the department’s video surveillance facility, Tlaib was filmed laughing and telling Craig that he should only hire African-Americans for the role of facial recognition analysts, saying that “non-African-Americans think African-Americans all look the same…analysts need to be African-Americans, not people that are not.”

Craig, who is himself an African-American, later stated that her comments were “insulting,” and were like “a slap in the face to all the men and women in the crime center.” He appeared on Fox News to clarify that the facial recognition process is mostly done by the computer software, and has little to do with the actual analyst or their skin color; he said that he and other officers tried to explain this to Tlaib, but she wouldn’t listen.

Tlaib had previously criticized the Detroit PD in a tweet in August, saying that the department “should probably rethink this whole facial recognition bulls**t.”


Trump Administration Expanding its Use of DNA Collection from Illegal Aliens

The Trump Administration, seeking to build up a comprehensive criminal database for as many illegal aliens as possible, will be expanding its DNA collection efforts at the border, the AP reports.

This new effort will be in addition to the pre-existing operation to collect DNA for the purpose of “detecting adults falsely posing as parents” in order to cross with children.

Although the number of illegal border crossings have gone down “following crackdowns, changes on asylum and agreements with Central American countries,” border officials say they are still worried “over the potential for criminals crossing while resources were stretched.”

The new database is to be “operated by the FBI,” according to the AP report. The announcement was criticized by the far-left American Civil Liberties Union, with spokeswoman Vera Eidelman claiming, without evidence, that the move was part of “this administration’s fixation on villainizing folks at the border.”


Trump Administration Coordinating Migrant Detention with Private Companies

To better improve its efforts to detain illegal aliens, the Trump Administration is enlisting the help of private detention companies, according to the AP.

The administration has turned to such companies for the purpose of “caretaking” responsibilities while the illegal aliens, particularly children, are in government custody.

One such company is Comprehensive Health Services Inc., which is owned by the contractor Caliburn International Corp. AP reports that “in June, CHS held more than 20 percent of all migrant children in government custody.” Former White House Chief of Staff and DHS Secretary John Kelly is on the board of Caliburn.

Director of HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement Jonathan Hayes confirmed that these companies are not being paid more just because they’re private companies, instead saying that they are being hired based on which companies can provide the best quality of caretaking.

In June, there were over 13,000 illegal alien children “being held in federally-funded shelters.”  As a result of enlisting private contractors, that number has since declined to 5,100, thus reducing the burden placed on American taxpayers for all illegal aliens held in federal facilities.


Newly Released Judicial Watch Docs Paint Rosenstein as Active Participant in Deep State Coup

Judicial Watch on Wednesday released 145 pages of former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s communications which include a one-line email from Rosenstein to Robert Mueller stating “The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions.” That email came just five days before Rosenstein appointed Mueller to take over the FBI’s Russia investigation as special counsel, roiling Trump’s presidency.

The communications—which include “off the record” emails with major media outlets around the date of Mueller’s appointment—show that Rosenstein did not just dispassionately go along with the fraudulent probe in an attempt to get at the truth, but was an active participant in the deep state coup, secretly plotting with other FBI and DOJ officials against the president of the United States.

In a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request last Fall, Judicial Watch sought e-mails, text messages, and other records of communication addressed to or received by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein between May 8, 2017, and May 22, 2017.

The time period referred to in this suit is critical. On May 8, 2017, Rosenstein wrote a memo to President Trump recommending that FBI Director James Comey be fired. The next day, President Trump fired Comey. Just three days later, on May 12, Rosenstein sent an email assuring Robert Mueller that “The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions.”

In a May 16, 2017 email, sent the day before Mueller’s appointment, Rosenstein emailed former Bush administration Deputy Attorney General and current Kirkland & Ellis Partner, Mark Filip stating, “I am with Mueller. He shares my views. Duty Calls. Sometimes the moment chooses us.”

And on May 17 Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

During the same time period, between May 8 and May 17, according to then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Rosenstein met with McCabe and other senior Justice Department and FBI officials to discuss wearing a wire into the oval office to spy on Trump, as well as invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president.

When McCabe’s claim was made public, Rosenstein denied the charge, saying that he was only joking about wearing a wire. However, McCabe’s notes about the meeting  (also released by Judicial Watch), tell a different story: “The DAG proposed that he could potentially wear a recording device into the Oval Office to collect additional evidence on the President’s true intentions,” McCabe wrote. “He said he thought this might be possible because he was not searched when he entered the White House. I told him that I would discuss the opportunity with my investigative team and get back to him.”

Until now, it was difficult to determine which deep state official was telling the truth, especially because Rosenstein left office on good terms with Trump. However, the documents released by Judicial Watch Wednesday strongly suggest that he felt no loyalty toward the president and in fact, felt duty-bound to defy him.

The documents released by Judicial Watch also show that Rosenstein had a cozy relationship with reporters from the anti-Trump news outlets 60 Minutes, New York Times and Washington Post.

In May 2017, Rosenstein exchanged emails with New York Times reporter Rebecca Ruiz to provide background for an article about himself. Ruiz gave Rosenstein an opportunity to read a draft of the article prior to publication so he could add “off-the-record comments and clarifications.”

On the day of Mueller’s appointment, Rosenstein exchanged emails with 60 Minutes producer Katherine Davis, providing off-the-record questions insight regarding Mueller’s scope of authority and chain of command.

Rosenstein: “Off the record: This special counsel is a DOJ employee. His status is similar to a US Attorney.”

Davis: “Good call on Mueller. Although I obviously thought you’d be great at leading the investigation too.”

That same day, on May 17, 2017, Rosenstein exchanged emails with Washington Post reporter Sari Horwitz under subject line “Special Counsel.”

Said Rosenstein: “At some point, I owe you a long story. But this is not the right time for me to talk to anybody.”

Horwitz replied: “Now, I see why you couldn’t talk today! Obviously, we’re writing a big story about this. Is there any chance I could talk to you on background about your decision?”

In a statement, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that the “astonishing emails further confirm the dishonest corruption behind Rosenstein’s appointment of Robert Mueller.” He added: “The emails also show a shockingly cozy relationship between Mr. Rosenstein and anti-Trump media reporters.”

Fitton told conservative radio talk show host Lars Larson Wednesday, “You have the coup discussions that are outlined in these documents, so no wonder the deep staters would rather talk about the Ukraine canard than the coup that was taking place here in Washington.”


Whistleblower Contacted House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff Before Filing Complaint with ICIG

The deep state “whistleblower” who accused President Trump of offering a corrupt “quid pro quo” to the president of Ukraine, reportedly contacted a Democratic staffer on the House Intelligence Committee—in violation of federal whistleblower protection laws—before filing an official complaint with the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG).

According to the Federalist’s Sean Davis, the contact amounted to “collusion” between the intel operative and House Democrats.

“Before going to Congress, the C.I.A. officer had a colleague convey his accusations to the agency’s top lawyer,”  the New York Times reported Wednesday. “Concerned about how that avenue for airing his allegations was unfolding, the officer then approached a House Intelligence Committee aide, alerting him to the accusation against Mr. Trump.”

The House Intelligence aide allegedly advised the whistleblower to file a formal complaint, which was subsequently blocked by acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, who did not agree that the claim was an “urgent concern.”

According to his spokesman Patrick Boland, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) never saw the full complaint nor the specifics of the allegations before it was released by the Trump administration.

“The whistle-blower’s decision to offer what amounted to an early warning to the intelligence committee’s Democrats is also sure to thrust Mr. Schiff even more forcefully into the center of the controversy,” the Times opined.

Indeed, the anti-Trump complainant’s decision to notify only the committee’s Democrats of his allegations, and bypass the Republican-run Senate Intelligence Committee entirely, could be described as “controversial.”

There are procedures for IC employees to contact Congress and still be protected, but they are required to first formally communicate with the ICIG, according to the federal IC whistleblower law, known as the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, or ICWPA.

“The bombshell report that the whistleblower and his Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) colleagues actively worked exclusively with congressional Democrats before filing the complaint raises serious questions about whether the complainant followed federal laws providing whistleblower protections for employees within the U.S. intelligence community,” wrote former House Republican staffer Sean Davis at the Federalist.

Under federal law, whistleblowers within the intelligence community are required to report any allegations of wrongdoing to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) in order to receive statutory whistleblower protections for their disclosures. The law does not provide any protections to employees or contractors who bypass the process required by law and go directly to Congress, nor does it provide any avenue to disclose classified information to Congress without first going through the ICIG. If the complainant or a colleague leaked classified information to Schiff or his committee, those individuals could be subject to criminal liability for illegal and unauthorized disclosure of classified information.

“Like other whistle-blowers have done before and since under Republican and Democratic-controlled committees, the whistle-blower contacted the committee for guidance on how to report possible wrongdoing within the jurisdiction of the intelligence community,” said  Boland told the Times.

The intelligence community’s inspector general also bypassed the Senate Intelligence Committee in favor of the hyper-partisan House Intel Committee, Julie Kelly noted at American Greatness earlier this week. After the intel operative’s complaint was filed, Michael Atkinson, the ICIG sent two letters to the House Intelligence committee instead of its Senate counterpart.

During his January 2018 public testimony to the Senate Intelligence committee prior to his confirmation, Atkinson said if there was a dispute with the Director of National Intelligence about the veracity of a claim, he would “talk to this Committee if that situation arose to that level, to keep you informed about those events.”

But Atkinson instead notified the highly-partisan House Intelligence committee led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the same lawmaker who has lied to the American people for three years about evidence of Russian collusion. In a letter dated September 9 addressed to Schiff and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Atkinson alerted the committee that the acting Director of National Intelligence did not agree with Atkinson’s judgment that the claim was an “urgent concern.” (An assessment somewhat laughable now that the call’s transcript is public.)

The new revelations suggest that Schiff and his staff not only coordinated with the anti-Trump complainant and his colleagues prior to a formal whistleblower complaint, but were also less than truthful about their interactions with the complainant.

Nearly two weeks before the ICIG formally informed Congress of a pending “urgent concern” whistleblower complaint, Schiff tweeted allegations from the complaint without disclosing their source, Davis noted at the Federalist.

“Schiff was in on it and he lied about it,” a congressional GOP staffer told The Federalist.

“This is a much bigger scandal that people realize,” opined Fred Fleitz, President and CEO of the Center for Security Policy, and former government official who was under consideration by the Trump administration as the next Director of National Intelligence. “At minimum, Schiff should recuse himself from this impeachment inquiry,”  Fleitz added.


GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy Signs Resolution Censuring Adam Schiff For Fabricating Ukraine Phone Call

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Wednesday that he has signed a resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for fabricating a presidential phone call, last week.

“Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the American people for years. Now he is so desperate to damage the president he literally made up a false version of a phone,” McCarthy (R-CA) charged in a 9:45 AM tweet. “Enough is enough. I have signed a resolution to censure Schiff in the House of Representatives.”

The resolution was introduced by last week by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), after Schiff misrepresented a July 2019 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenky.

Rep. Biggs said in a statement on Sept. 27 that it was inexcusable for the chairman to mislead Americans about a presidential phone call while Congress was reviewing whether the president has committed high crimes or misdemeanors.

During yesterday’s hearing, Chairman Schiff’s opening statement included a blatantly false retelling of President Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president. Democrats previously initiated an impeachment inquiry, which leads to one of the most serious, constitutional duties of Members of Congress: removal of the President of the United States. Through this process, if the President has committed high crimes or misdemeanors, Congress may overturn the election of the President and the will of the American people. It is therefore inexcusable to toy with the process and mislead the American public with such a statement.

In his opening statement during last week’s hearing with acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, Schiff described the call as a “classic organized crime shake down” and proceeded to read fabricated quotes from the text.

“In essence, what the President Trump communicates is this: We’ve been very good to your country,” the California Democrat said.
“Very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what, I don’t see much reciprocity here. You know what I mean? I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you though,” he added.

“And I’m only going to say this seven times so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of it.”

Of course, that was a gross misreading of the phone call . At no point did the president direct Zelensky to “dig up dirt,” nor did he suggest it. Investigations in Ukraine over the government’s 2016 election meddling have been underway, and Trump was merely asking the newly elected Ukraine president to look into it, along with the Biden corruption and cooperate with the U.S. Justice Department.

Nonetheless, Democrats are using the text of cordial conversation (which Trump describes as “perfect”) to amp up their impeachment efforts against the president.

In a tweet earlier Wednesday morning, the president hit back at Schiff, saying he should resign and calling his behavior “sick.”

“Congressman Adam Schiff should resign for the Crime of, after reading a transcript of my conversation with the President of Ukraine (it was perfect), fraudulently fabricating a statement of the President of the United States and reading it to Congress, as though mine! ” Mr. Trump said in a tweet. “He is sick!